Originally Posted by jrakich87
I've enjoyed hefeweizen for years (Pyramid or Widmer), but I thought that it was a generic term for wheat beer rather than a specific style.
You misspelled "German."
Hefe = yeast
weizen = wheat
Pyramid and Widmer "hefeweizens" are unfiltered American wheat beers, nothing like a Bavarian hef. Pick yourself up a Paulaner or Weihenstephaner to taste the difference. The yeast and fermentation character (
and clove) is absolutely key to the style.
I have nothing against American wheat beer, in fact I have a sack of grist ready to go for a clear, hoppy, 40% wheat ale!