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2012 Top 10 German Style Hefeweizen Beers in the USA

This Top Ten List of Hefeweizen  is from the results of the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Cup.

1. EOS Hefeweizen - Nebraska Brewing, Papillion, Nebraska
2. Ayinger Brau-Weisse - Brauerei Aying, Germany
3. Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing, New Ulm, Minnesota
4. Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen, Fish Brewing, Olympia, WA
5. Tumblewheat, Altitude Chophouse and Brewery, Laramie, WY
6. Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen, Fish Brewing, Olympia, WA
7. Whitetail Wheat, Montana Brewing, Billings, MT
8. Miners Gold, Lewis & Clark Brewing, Helena, MT
9. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA
10. Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI



South German Hefeweizen
The aroma and flavor of a weissbier with yeast is decidedly fruity and phenolic. The phenolic characteristics are often described as clove- or nutmeg-like and can be smoky or even vanilla-like. Banana-like esters are often present. These beers are made with at least 50 percent malted wheat, and hop rates are quite low. Hop flavor and aroma are absent. Weissbier is well attenuated and very highly carbonated, yet its relatively high starting gravity and alcohol content make it a medium- to full-bodied beer. The color is very pale to pale amber. Because yeast is present, the beer will have yeast flavor and a characteristically fuller mouthfeel, and may be appropriately very cloudy. No diacetyl should be perceived. Brewer may indicate on the bottle whether the yeast should be intentionally roused or if they prefer that the entry be poured as quietly as possible.
OG: 1.047-1.056
FG: 1.008-1.016
Alcohol by Weight: 3.9-4.4%
IBU: 10-15
Color SRM: 3-9

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