American Pale Wheat AleAs American wheat beer brewers typically use an American ale yeast strain—or even lager yeast—American pale wheat ales often display notes of lemon, rather than the banana-like or clove-like flavors and aroma compounds found in Belgian Witbier yeast and German Hefeweizen Ale yeast. In fact, some brewers add real lemon, lemon rind or lemongrass to their American wheat brews, and many are typically served with a lemon garnish. Their color varies from straw to light amber, and they are often a summer seasonal release, delivering crisp, wheat-like, citrusy, bready and light-bodied aromas and flavors.
|Taste/Smell||Crisp, Wheat, Citrusy, Bready, Light-bodied|
|Alcohol-by-Volume (ABV) Range||3.5 – 5.5%|
|Popular Examples||Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat, Bell’s Oberon Ale, North Coast Blue Star Wheat, Anchor Summer Beer, Boulder Sweaty Betty Blonde, Big Sky Trout Slayer Ale, Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Southern Tier 422 Pale Wheat Ale, Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen|
|Serving Temperature||Cool, 46-54°|
|Glassware||Pint or Nonic, Beer Mug, Weizen Glass|
|Cheese Pairing Ideas||Brick, Camembert, Goat Cheese (Chèvre), Mozzarella|
|Food Pairing Ideas||Salads with fruity or lemony vinaigrette dressings, lemon-accented poultry and light seafood|