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Old 03-05-2008, 05:50 PM   #1
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German Wheat Beers are probably the only style of beer I can say I don't like. I don't like that fruit-loop taste that most of them have. But I do enjoy American Wheats, or at least the few I have had at micro brew pubs.

Do American wheats taste different because they don't use German Weizen Yeast? I want to brew a Wheat beer like the American styles I have had, but I want to make sure it is the German yeast that causes the different taste. I wouldn't want to brew and then realize the American Wheat I liked was a fluke at some micro, and in fact American wheats have the same fruit-loopyness of Germans.


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yea its the German yeast that gives the bananna clove notes, I made a honey weizen and did not like it for that reason. I just kegged a kolosh that was made with an American wheat yeast it had none of those flavors.


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Just use an American Wheat or a generic ale yeast with wheat malt and you'll be fine.
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I did an American wheat with Whitelabs East Coast ale yeast and that worked great. I did take on some fruitiness from the wheat and being an ale, but it was in no way like a german hefeweisen, and one of the better brews I've done(so say others).
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Yes American Wheats taste different (bad ) because they don't use the same yeast as Hefeweizens. As mentioned above, just use a similar recipe with American ale yeast...
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hmm Now i'm not sure, should I use American wheat or American Ale yeast?

..Trying to brew a refreshing summer wheat, any opinions on which yeast would achieve that?

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I personally would just go with American Ale. It is a much more versatile yeast. The other major difference in my experience is that American Wheats typically do at least a hop addition for flavor, and sometimes for aroma. This is not overly typical with german wheats. American Wheats should almost certainly have a flavor addition. Typically one of the C hops.
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hmm Now i'm not sure, should I use American wheat or American Ale yeast?

..Trying to brew a refreshing summer wheat, any opinions on which yeast would achieve that?
I don't think there is an American Wheat yeast specifically. Just use something like US-05...
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I don't think there is an American Wheat yeast specifically. Just use something like US-05...
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+1 on the S-05 it is good for just about any beer and wont give you the fruity flavors.
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+1 on the S-05 it is good for just about any beer and wont give you the fruity flavors.
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