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

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.