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Best American Wheat Beer - Top Ten Ranked by the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championships


   
This Top Ten American Wheat Beer List is from America's Best and from the results of the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championship.
     
1. Sch’Wheat – Sweetwater Brewing - Georgia
2. UFO White – Harpoon Brewing - Massachusetts
3. Summer Ale – Boston Beer Company - Massachusetts
4. Lunar - Boulevard Brewing 
5. Hop Sun - Southern Tier Brewing     
6. Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer - Sierra Nevada Brewing 
7. Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing 
8. Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing  
9. Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing
 
10. Dream Weaver Wheat - Troeg Brewing 
         

      
American Wheat
Category: Light American Wheat
This beer can be made using either ale or lager yeast. It can be brewed with 30 to 75 percent malted wheat, and hop rates may be low to medium. A fruity-estery aroma and flavor are typical but at low levels; however, phenolic, clove-like characteristics should not be perceived. Color is usually clear golden to light amber, and the body should be light to medium in character. Diacetyl should not be perceived. Because this style is packaged and served without yeast, no yeast characters should be evident in mouthfeel, flavor, or aroma.
OG: 1.036-1.050
FG: 1.004-1.016
Alcohol by Volume: 3.8-5%
IBU: 10-35
Color SRM: 2-10
 
Subcategory: Dark American Wheat
This beer can be made using either ale or lager yeast. It can be brewed with 30 to 75 percent malted wheat, and hop rates may be low to medium. A fruity-estery aroma and flavor are typical but at low levels; however, phenolic, clove-like characteristics should not be perceived. Color is dark amber to dark brown, and the body should be light to medium in character. Roasted malts are optionally evident in aroma and flavor with a low level of roast malt astringency acceptable when appropriately balanced with malt sweetness. Roast malts may be evident as a cocoa/chocolate or caramel character. Aromatic toffee-like, caramel, or biscuit-like characters may be part of the overall flavor/aroma profile. Diacetyl should not be perceived. Because this style is packaged and served without yeast, no yeast characters should be evident in mouthfeel, flavor, or aroma. Chill haze is also acceptable.
OG: 1.036-1.050
FG: 1.004-1.016
Alcohol by Volume: 3.8-5%
IBU: 10-25
Color SRM : 9-22
 




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