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

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.
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.
Deschutes Brewery American Wheat Ale
84 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Vegetal aromas of boiled mustard greens and asparagus, overripe bananas, and corn pudding with a supple, light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long lemon custard tart, kale with peppercorn croutons, grapefruit pith, and melon finish. A hoppy wheat ale with a savory backbone.