2020 Homebrew Contest – American Wheat


We will be holding our 5th Home Brew contest. The winner will produce their beer on our 10 BBL Brewhouse for serving in our tasting room as well as at a tap account. As in previous years we will be providing BRIESS malt, common specialties, Fermentis Yeast, you provide any other items you want to add (sometimes you can ask me for ingredients that are not common to the home brew shop).

The Beer: This year we want you to be creative and produce a very tasty American Wheat. So, below are the important dates, you just need to get creative and get your samples in.

Grain Pickup: Friday January 31, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Saturday February 1, 2:00 to 5:00PM

Beer Samples due by Friday March 13, 2020

Beer Judging on Saturday March 14, 2020. We will be judging solely on the premises of Aroma, Taste and can/would I drink more than one glass. We will not be judging per BJCP guidelines as is a creative contest, nor will we be providing judging notes.

Call for Judges: We will be needing volunteer judges, you can be certified or just possess a passion for craft beer and the ability to say “I’d drink this one all day”.

Brewing the Winner: Date depends on the winner availability and availability of ingredients.

***On Tap during our Fourth Anniversary party Saturday May 9, 2020***

1D. American Wheat Beer

Overall Impression: Refreshing wheat beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their German cousins. A clean fermentation character allows bready, doughy, or grainy wheat flavors to be complemented by hop flavor and bitterness rather than yeast qualities.

Aroma: Low to moderate grainy, bready, or doughy wheat character. A light to moderate malty sweetness is acceptable. Esters can be moderate to none, although should reflect relatively neutral yeast strains; banana is inappropriate. Hop aroma may be low to moderate, and can have a citrusy, spicy, floral, or fruity character. No clove phenols.

Appearance: Usually pale yellow to gold. Clarity may range from brilliant to hazy with yeast approximating the German weissbier style of beer. Big, long-lasting white head.

Flavor: Light to moderately-strong bready, doughy, or grainy wheat flavor, which can linger into the finish. May have a moderate malty sweetness or finish quite dry. Low to moderate hop bitterness, which sometimes lasts into the finish. Balance is usually even, but may be slightly bitter. Low to moderate hop flavor (citrusy, spicy, floral, or fruity). Esters can be moderate to none, but should not include banana. No clove phenols. May have a slightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium body. Medium-high to high carbonation. Slight creaminess is optional; wheat beers sometimes have a soft, ‘fluffy’ impression.

Comments: Different variations exist, from an easy-drinking fairly sweet beer to a dry, aggressively-hopped beer with a strong wheat flavor.

History: An American craft beer adaptation of the German weissbier style using a cleaner yeast and more hops, first widely popularized by Widmer in the mid-1980s.

Characteristic Ingredients: Clean American ale or lager yeast (German weissbier yeast is inappropriate). Large proportion of wheat malt (often 30–50%, which is lower than is typical in German weissbiers). American, German, or New World hops are typical.

Style Comparison: More hop character and less yeast character than German weissbier. Never with the banana and clove character of German weissbier. Generally can have the same range and balance as Blonde Ales, but with a wheat character as the primary malt flavor.

Vital Statistics: OG: 1.040 – 1.055 IBUs: 15 – 30 FG: 1.008 – 1.013 SRM: 3 – 6 ABV: 4.0 – 5.5%

Commercial Examples: Bell’s Oberon, Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Widmer Wheat

Tags: standard-strength, pale-color, any-fermentation, northamerica, craft-style, wheat-beer-family, balanced
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