About Specialty Wheat Ales

About Specialty Wheat Ales
This category is, practically speaking, a catchall for beers that don’t fit neatly in an existing categories of Wheat Ales. Specialty wheat ales are frequently soured with fermentation agents like Brettanomyces or Lactobacillus, or brewed with unusual fermentables like buckwheat, sweet potatoes, maple syrup. This category also features the growing number of ultra-high gravity imperial or “extreme” wheat ales that push the limits of alcohol. Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by a pleasing combination of the beer’s elements, and overall drinkability.

Top Picks for Specialty Wheat Ales

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Kudamm Berliner Weisse Bock
93 points
Hazy old gold color. Exotic aromas and flavors of honey baked orange and lemon, pickled okra, fenugreek, and leather with a slightly chewy, tart, effervescent, sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long finish with notes of peach-apple vinaigrette, lemon sourdough toast, and arugula finish. A wild and racy sour weizenbock with mouthwatering flavors and acidity for sour heads.
City Lights Brewing Co. Brut Wheat Rosé Ale
86 points
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of toasted baguette, sweet relish, cinnamon roll, wild cherry preserves, orange flesh, and banana nectar with a supple, vibrant, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, easy underripe melon finish. Bone dry and intended for the table, this is the funky wheat ale to drink when its time for something completely different; wheat beer for the pet nat fan.