About Wheat Beers from Germany

About Wheat Beers from Germany
Germany: A Matter of Purity There is good evidence that grain beverages were brewed by ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures, but many Europeans commonly credit the development of beer as we know it to Bavarian brewers of the 16th century. It is no surprise, then, that Germany exemplifies a beer-drinking nation with rich historical ties to many of the styles consumers still encounter today. Beer purity is a cornerstone of the German beer-making process. The Reinheitsgebot, or Beer Purity Law, originally stipulated the strict use of only water, barley and hops in brewing. The law was later modified to include yeast upon it’s discovery. German-brewed beer is still largely produced under this law. Germany’s strong regional brewing traditions have given rise to many popular beer styles. Hamburg is known for its dry pilsner-style lagers. Berlin specializes in tart Berliner weisse beer. Dortmund is world famous for its rich “export” lagers. Dusseldorf clings to its traditional alt beers, and Cologne continues to produce refreshing kölsch beers. Luckily for U.S. consumers, Germany remains the world’s largest beer exporter by a wide margin, making these regional styles—along with others like Munich helles-style lagers and weizen beers—available in the U.S. market. In recent years, German beer consumption has seen an uncharacteristic decline. The result of this decline has been a decrease in the number of commercial breweries in the country, though Germany still remains a major player in the beer industry overall.

Top Picks for Germany

Wheat Beers

Hofmühl Weissbier Hell
96 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana soufflé, pressed flowers, apricot, and honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long finish displaying accents of sweet zucchini bread with butter, cashew caraway, coriander, and clove finish. A beautiful, nuanced hefeweizen with a celebratory quality; cheers!
Ayinger Bräuweisse
96 points
Hazy yellow straw color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of frosted banana cake, cashew brittle, white macadamia cookie, and kiwi-mango relish with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish that shows touches of melon and nectarine and banana custard finish. A superb Hefeweizen with great flavor, balance, and sessionability.
Awards: 2017 Best Weizen Hefe , 2017 Best German Beer
Hofmühl Weissbier Leicht
95 points
Hazy light gold color. Pure aromas and flavors of fresh,spicy banana nut muffin and pudding with a creamy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish revealing notes of wheat wafer, banana chip, jicama, and watercress finish. A fantastically pure and delicious hefeweizen that is a great example of the style; liquid sunshine.
Hofmühl Zerberus Doppelbock
94 points
Hazy deep amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of bananas foster with nuts, frosted pound cake, chamomile tea, and pomegranate vinaigrette with a slightly chewy, soft, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long finish revealing notes of toffee, banana soufflé, and daikon finish. A delightfully chewy and appetizing weizen bock to savor.
Hofmühl Zerberus Doppelbock
93 points
Cloudy amber color. Aromas and flavors of spicy frosted banana cake, lemon pepper muffin, and pickled root and cruciform vegetables with a creamy, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, medium-long finish with accents of banana creme brulee, spiced nuts, white chocolate rice bar, and kale finish. A remarkably vibrant and subtle weizenbock with fine flavor and a graceful style.
Hofbräu München Hefeweizen
93 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of salty banana chips, lightly buttered baguette and pretzel bread, and yams with a round, soft, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a captivating, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of watercress, wafer cookie in cream, jicama, and minerals finish. A spot-on very tasty hefeweizen with classic flavor, balance, and drinkability.
Weihenstephan Vitus Single Bock
93 points
Hazy amber color. Savory, meaty aromas and flavors of turkey and egg croissant sandwich, spiced chestnuts, and hint of mint with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long finish with shades of toasted rye with peach preserves, banana cake, spiced nuts, and yams finish. A delicious, chewy, and warming wheat bock.
Hofmühl Weissbier
92 points
Hazy old gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honeyed banana nut muffin, honeycomb, bread pudding, and hint of crayon and marker with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish conveying nuances of spiced nut brittle, cheese Danish, lettuce, and minerals finish. A picture perfect hefe with delicate enveloping flavors and an exquisitely fine and silky texture.
Hofmühl Weissbier Dunkel
92 points
Hazy medium brown color. Attractive, savory aromas and flavors of croque monsieur on pumpernickel, spiced banana chips, cocoa, and teriyaki jerky with a round, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long finish with impressions of chocolate nougat bar, bibb lettuce and spouts, and spiced dried fruits finish. A delightful interplay of sweet, meaty and savory make this dunkel stand out from the crowd.
Hofmühl Weissbier Leicht
90 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Roasted aromas of rye banana bread, dark roasted nuts, waxy honeycomb, and cream cheese with a soft, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long wheat wafer, banana custard, and sprouts finish. A great lighter style hefe that is amazingly crushable.