STRONGER WHEAT BEERS

See also: Schoeps

Weizenbock

Weizenbock (6.5-9.0% ABV) is a relatively recent arrival, in German brewing terms, dating from the early 20th century.  It shares the grain-driven body of a Dunkles Bock , but takes a banana and clove character from its wheat-pointing ale yeast.  These are not easy beers to make, the avoidance of cloying sweetness relying on decoction mashing and the fermentation temperature needing careful control to avoid a phenolic character.  That said, a well-made one keeps far longer than a typical wheat beer.

Wheat Wine

First brewed in 1988 in the US, in contrast to other wheat beers Wheat Wine can take a high hop content and taste frankly hoppy without going weird on the palate.  The best are complex and robust sipping beers (8.0-12.0% ABV), some good enough to withstand ageing in oak.  Its roots are in American wheat beer, with more than 50% of the mash likely to be malted wheat, though its ambitions are aimed firmly at American Barleywine.  It is not a style that has travelled much – though it should. 

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