Craft Beer “Wheat” Days 5-6
Freigeist BierKultur Abraxxxas
Germany / Berliner Weisse / 6% ABV / 12oz / $6
Really a mashup of two styles, Berliner Weiss and Lichtenahainer (an ancient sour smoked beer, usually all barley) this beer has a lemon-y tartness, smoke, and lactic sourness on the back.
Sixpoint Mad Scientist #12: Goser the Gozerian
Brooklyn, NY / Gose / 4.5% ABV / 12oz / $5
Inspired by the classic Leipziger Gose, and Ghostbusters, The Mad Scientists from Red Hook brewed up this rarity. It’s tart, slightly salty, and little bit hoppy, with a slight herbal nose from the coriander
Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve Companion – 2011
Brooklyn, NY / Wheatwine / 9.1% ABV / 750ml / $20
This wheat wine was made with floor malted grains (55% malted wheat) It has a juicy maltiness, but with a suprising lightness on the palate (especially compared to barleywines). The yeast leaves nice fruity esters at the end. Delightful.
Berliner Weisse is a cloudy, sour wheat beer usually around 3% abv. It is a regional beer from Northern Germany, mainly Berlin, dating back to the 16th century. By the 19th century, Berliner Weisse was the most popular alcoholic drink in Berlin, and 700 breweries produced it. By the late 20th century there were only two breweries left in Berlin producing the beer, and a handful in other parts of Germany.
Gose is a top-fermented beer style of Leipzig, Germany, brewed with at least 50% of the grain bill being malted wheat. Dominant flavors in Gose include a lemon tartness, a herbal characteristic, and a strong saltiness (the result of either local water sources or added salt). Gose beers typically do not have prominent hop bitterness, flavors, or aroma. The beers typically have a moderate alcohol content of 4 to 5% ABV.
Wheat Wine is usually a strong American style similar to barleywines, but brewed with larger amounts of wheat malt. The Companion in particular is based upon some ancient recipes and techniques Garrett Oliver discovered when editing the Oxford Companion to Beer.