Best American Hefeweizen

1. Pyramid Crystal Hefeweizen
Pyramid Breweries
Washington USA

2. Spanish Peak Crystal Weiss
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
California, USA

3. Hop Sun
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, USA

4. Odell Easy Street Wheat
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, USA

5. Sierra Nevada Wheat
Sierra Nevada Brewing
California, USA

6. Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, USA

7. Circus Boy
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, USA

8. Anchor Summer Beer
Anchor Brewing Company
California, USA

9. Sweaty Betty Blonde
Boulder Beer
Colorado, USA

10. Jack Whacker Hefeweizen
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, USA

Subcategory: Light American Hefeweizen
This beer can be made using either ale or lager yeast. It can be brewed with 30 to 75 percent malted wheat, and hop rates may be low to medium. Hop characters may be light to moderate in bitterness, flavor and aroma. Fruity-estery aroma and flavor are typical but at low levels; however, phenolic, clove-like characteristics should not be perceived. Color is usually straw to light amber, and the body should be light to medium in character. Diacetyl should not be perceived. Because this style is served with yeast the character should portray a full yeasty mouthfeel and appear hazy to very cloudy. Chill haze is also acceptable. Yeast flavor and aroma should be low to medium but not overpowering the balance and character of malt and hops. Brewer may indicate on the bottle whether the yeast should be intentionally roused or if they prefer that the entry be poured as quietly as possible.

OG: 1.036-1.056
FG: 1.006-1.018
Alcohol by Volume: 3.5-5.5%
IBU: 10-35
Color SRM: 4-10

Subcategory: Dark American Hefeweizen
This beer can be made using either ale or lager yeast. It can be brewed with 30 to 75 percent malted wheat, and hop rates may be low to medium. Fruity-estery aroma and flavor are typical but at low levels; however, phenolic, clove-like characteristics should not be perceived. Color is dark amber to dark brown, and the body should be light to medium in character. Roasted malts are optionally evident in aroma and flavor with a low level of roast malt astringency acceptable when appropriately balanced with malt sweetness. Roast malts may be evident as a cocoa/chocolate or caramel character. Aromatic toffee-like, caramel, or biscuit-like characters may be part of the overall flavor/aroma profile. Diacetyl should not be perceived. Because this style is intended to be served with yeast the character should portray a full yeasty mouthfeel and appear hazy to very cloudy. Chill haze is also acceptable. Yeast flavor and aroma should be low to medium but not overpowering the balance and character of malt and hops. Brewer may indicate on the bottle whether the yeast should be intentionally roused or if they prefer that the entry be poured as quietly as possible.


OG: 1.036-1.050
FG: 1.004-1.016
Alcohol by Volume: 3.8-5%
IBU: 10-25
Color SRM: 9-22

This listing of the Top Ten American Hefeweizen Beers in the United States is constantly being revised as we drink more and more of the great beers made here in America. So, If you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!