Naturally cloudy, crystal clear, dark, light or alcohol-free - on the scale of the most popular beers in Germany, the wheat beer takes second place just behind the Pils. Bavaria is considered to be the wheat beer country par excellence and we Franconians also love to sit in the beer garden under chestnut trees in summer and sizzle a wheat beer with a magnificent head of froth. This is a must in any case, otherwise the beer tastes only half as good - whether freshly tapped or celebrated from the bottle into a wheat beer glass. In Germany, Weißbier can only be called a beer brewed with top-fermenting yeast (the yeast rises to the brew surface during the fermentation process and forms a white "foam" there) and whose malt consists at least half of wheat. This is probably the reason for the names Weißbier or Weizenbier. Weißbier is a full-bodied beer, usually has an alcohol content of five to six percent by volume and an original wort of between 11 and 14 percent. As a light version less, as Weizenbock considerably more. Which brings us to the variety of varieties. This also distinguishes the Franconian wheat beers. The following wheat beers are brewed particularly frequently in Franconia:
Yeast wheat beer
The Hefeweißbier, Hefeweizen, or yeast for short, is probably the best known wheat beer. Brewer's yeast, proteins and flavourings are still present in this wheat beer and make it optically yeasty and cloudy. Typical for Hefeweizen are an intensive yeast aroma, a slightly fruity taste reminiscent of banana or apple, and its dark yellow colour.
Finely filtered, without turbidity and crystal clear, the Kristallweizen ends up in the bottle. During filtration, all yeast residues and thus also some flavour carriers are removed. This is why the taste of Kristallweizen is less full-bodied and intensely yeasty, but rather fresh and tangy. It also has a slight bitter note. Particularly in the 60s, almost exclusively Kristallweizen was served in Germany. Today the trend is clearly back towards "natural cloudy".
The beer for real wheat beer specialists. Fruity and malty in taste, with roast aromas and a subtle hint of caramel. Dark brown to black in colour, brewed in Franconia according to our own recipes - you should try it. By the way: At certain times of the year, such as during Lent and Advent or on certain occasions, there is a real wheat beer rarity in Franconia: the Weizenbock. The Bock beer is usually brewed only in small quantities or as a special bottling. In our online shop the Weizenbock is therefore only available temporarily - while stocks last.