Summertime is here and this means lighter, more “session” style beers are coming around by the truckload (literally). Pale ales, fruit/spiced beers, and low gravity IPA’s will start appearing more on the tap lineups in craft bars across the country. But what you will begin to see the most, which is also the #1 summertime beer, are wheat beers. First, you have the American Pale Wheat Ale, which is similar to a hefeweizen (we will get into those in a second), with the one exception being that they are usually filtered. The two most popular styles of wheat ales are the hefeweizen and the witbier. First, the hefeweizen is a German style what ale (hefe – with yeast, weizen – wheat in German). With hefeweizens, you will lightly notice the flavors of bananas, cloves or maybe slight hints of apple. Hefeweizens are unfiltered, which is where the hazy, cloudy appearance comes from. Some great examples of hefeweizens are Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Sierra Nevada Kellerweis and Flying Dog In Heat Wheat. The belgian style of wheat ale is known as a witbier (wit – wheat, bier – beer in Dutch). With witbiers you will get more of an orange peel or coriander type flavor in the ale. They are also cloudy and pale due to being unfiltered and with the high levels of wheat involved in the brewing. Some good examples of witbiers are Allagash White, Avery White Rascal, Ommegang Witte and Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat. All are light, refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day. So swing on by Millstone and give a few wheat ales a try. If the lighter style of ales is what you’re looking for, these will be right up your alley. Cheers!!
This article was written by Guizmo