About Wheat Ale

About Wheat Ale
Wheat ales are light straw to gold in color and range in alcohol from 4-6%. These beers may be filtered or unfiltered resulting in a hazy hue. These beers can vary in flavor and aroma with some versions of the style being more hop forward and others closer to the classic German weizen hefe style. This generic category encapsulates the diverse interpretation of the classic German weizen styles brewed in America and elsewhere. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat, Firestone Walker Solace and Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin.

Top Picks for Wheat Ale

John Lemon Belgian Wheat Ale
94 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Spicy, floral aromas and flavors of lavender, frosted lemon scone, tarragon and herbs de provence, and floral tea with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish with notes of citrus spice cake, watercress, hint of pink pepper, and wheat wafer finish. A vivacious, nicely spiced, saison wheat ale that is sure to please.
New Glarus Brewing Co. Dancing Man Wheat Ale
94 points
Clear dusty old gold color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of banana bread pudding and waxy apple and pear with an even, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of delicately spiced praline, honeyed sprouts, and citrus finish. A delicious and beautifully balanced wheat ale that is a pleasure to drink.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cloud Cutter Ale
92 points
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lemon soufflé and scone, cracked green pepper, pine, and lip balm with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish conveying notes of citrus peels, pepper, and radicchio finish. A hoppy wheat ale with a refreshing summer-style.
John Lemon Belgian Wheat Ale
92 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced melon and kiwi, alpine herbs and flowers, lemongrass and lime leaf, and parmesan-peppercorn cracker with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying accents of wafer, banana chip, and radish spouts finish. A nicely layered spicy wheat ale with great pairing potential.
Sixpoint Brewery Sweet Action Wheat Ale
92 points
Bright old gold color. Hoppy, herbal aromas of buttered herb muffin and praline with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length banana-papaya custard and grapefruit marmalade finish. A fun hoppy wheat ale that is super crushable.
Samuel Adams Hopscape Wheat Ale
91 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of banana pepper muffin, spiced praline, and dried citrus and herbs with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long finish revealing notes of herb toast, banana custard tart, and peppered endive finish. A tasty, mouthwatering, artfully hopped wheat ale.
Kawaba "Snow Weizen"
90 points
Hazy light gold color. Mild, buttery, dank citrusy grainy aromas of banana pudding and bread, frosted lemon scone, white grapes, and clay with a velvety, soft, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk apple pie, pretzel bread, and kiwi finish. A delicious and very appetizing wheat ale that is sure to please.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Wheat Beer
89 points
Brilliant yellow color. Aromas and flavors of whipped creme, alpine herbs, sliced banana, and cream of wheat with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, fruity light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish conveying suggestions of sourdough loaf finish. Fresh, vibrant aromas and pillowy texture; a wheat ale with lots to offer.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company XAVER Nach Altbayerischer Brauart Old World Wheat Ale
87 points
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of margherita pizza and tomato foccacia with cracked pepper, banana kefir, roasted nuts, and earth with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, long finish with notes of spicy apple bread pudding, lettuce, and minerals finish. A robust, fruity and earthy wheat ale with a distinctive personality.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Schnickelfritz Bavarian Style Wheat Ale
86 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of banana nut muffin, okra, turnips and greens, lemongrass, and hint of vanilla yogurt with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, fast finish displaying shades of bamboo shoot, water chestnut, and jicama finish. A light, dry hefe.