Foreword By Yvan De Baets
About the Book
Part I – Wheat, the Other Brewing Grain
1 Wheat, Beer, and Bread
2 Wheat Basics: Why Is My Beer Cloudy?
– Partly Cloudy to Cloudy
– Twenty-First Century Solutions
– You Say 4-Vinyl Guaiacol, I Say Clove
– The German View
Part II – The White Beers of Belgium
3 In Search of the Real Belgian White
– Biere Blanche de Louvain
– The Peeterman
– Biere de Hougaerde
4 The Six Degrees of Pierre Celis
On March 13, 1966, Pierre Celis brewed his first official batch of Oud Hoegaards Bier. Brouwerij Celis was in business, and eventually that business would take him (and wit) to the United States.
– It All Started With a White
Visiting Allagash Brewing, where White accounts for 80 percent of production.
– The Best-Selling American Wheat Beer Ever
The story behind Blue Moon White.
– Treating the Spices Right
Bavik in Belgium approaches spice additions differently.
– Acting Green and Looking White
How Mothership Wit became new Belgium’s first organic beer.
– Two Times White Is Still White
A stronger version of White turned into Southampton Brewing’s most popular beer.
– A Taste of Leuven?
Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca takes wit to the wild side.
5 A Recipe for Wit
From Jean-Francois Gravel of Dieu de Ciel! in Montreal.
Part III – The Weiss Beers of Southern Germany
6 A Fallen Style Returns to Glory
The rise and fall, and rise again, of weizen in Southern Germany. The revival began at Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn. Brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler provides a step-by-step tour through the very traditional production of Scheider Weisse Original.
7 Bavarian Tradition With a Wyoming Accent
Introduced only in 2005, Schönramer Festweisse also adheres to tradition, including bottle conditioning with speise.
– Meet the Other Schneider
“You brew the beer right, you serve it fresh, it is not a problem.”
– The Beers Are Smoked, The Wheat Isn’t
Perhaps all wheat beers were once smoky; Schlenkerla Rauchweizen still is.
– An Open Fermentation Policy
Sierra Nevada Brewing new Kellerweis uses “old” methods.
– Making Adjustments in New Jersey
Greg Zaccardi insists using a decoction mash still makes a difference.
– Don’t Be Nice to Weiss
“I treat it like a redheaded stepchild.”
8 A Recipe for Hefeweizen
From homebrewer Bill Aimonetti.
Part IV – The Wheat Beers of America
9 A Hefeweizen By Any Other Name . . .
America had little in the way of a wheat beer tradition before Kurt and Rob Widmer a game-changing cloudy beer that would help define a new style, American Hefeweizen.
10 Brewing in a Melting Pot
New Glarus Brewing in Wisconsin is well known for a variety of beers, but no American brewery is better equipped to brew traditional wheat beer.
– Beer From America’s Breadbasket
Wheat beers account for 70 percent of production at Boulevard Brewing.
– A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Although a “seasonal,” Oberon is Bell’s best-selling beer.
– Summer Ale on the Oregon Coast
Pelican Pub & Brewery takes a lesson from Great Britain.
– Wheat Wine: The Beer
A “style” born at Rubicon Brewing in Sacramento.
– A Beer for the Punk Comic Crowd
Gumballhead was brewed to prove “American wheat beer doesn’t suck.”
11 Two Recipes for Wheat Wine
Steven Pauwels of Boulevard Brewing and Todd Ashman of FiftyFifty Brewing take two different approaches in offering recipes for a wheat wine.
Part V – Wheat Beers From the Past
12 Beers the Reinheitsgebot Never Met
Berliner weisse and Gose from northern Germany have a long, sour and sometimes glorious history. A look at how they were brewed and how they are made today in Berlin and Leipzig.
13 The Care and Brewing of Relics
Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia has become the second largest Berliner weisse producer in the world. Granted that’s only 50 barrels (1,500 gallons) annually but interesting things are happening with old styles.
14 Four Resurrected Recipes
Recipes for Berliner weisse, for Gose, for Lichtenhainer and for Grätzer from homebrewer Kristen England.
Part VI – Putting It All Together
15 Judging and Enjoying, Brewing Tips Included
– Belgian White/Wit
– German Weizens
– American Wheat
– Berliner Weisse
– Don’t Forget the Pour
Part V – End Matter
Appendix – Yeast charts