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Five on Five: Wheat Beers

Wheat beer is a diverse category, and personal preferences play a big role in picking the right one. We asked brewers to share their thoughts on wheat beers they enjoy. Here are their suggestions for the next wheat beer in your glass.

John Holl Aug 17, 2019 - 4 min read

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Boulevard Brewing Co. Unfiltered Wheat

Doug Cambell, President of Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York
“One of my favorite rituals with witbiers is to have an original Schneider Weisse (Germany) and an American classic such as Boulevard Wheat (Kansas City, Missouri) on the table at the same time. I love how that throws into sharp relief the incredible variety in a style that I believe sometimes gets short shrift as being ‘entry level,’ devoid of character or complexity. Enjoying classics from both sides of the pond simultaneously always reinvigorates my enthusiasm for them.”

GoodLife Brewing Company Sweet As! Pacific Ale

Matt Van Wyk, Cofounder and Brewmaster at Alesong Brewing & Blending in Eugene, Oregon
“While my current wheat-beer exploits are often deep into a lambic beer or a unique farmhouse ale, Sweet As! is an all-season ‘go-to’ in Oregon. GoodLife Brewing (Bend, Oregon) dubs it a Pacific Ale, but it has earned back-to-back gold medals in the American-style wheat-beer category at the Great American Beer Festival. Whether I’m hitting the trails or the slopes, finding this crisp and refreshing, reliably clean and hops-forward wheat beer on draft or in a can is always a treat.”

Spangalang Salted Plum Table Beer

Paul Vismara, Creative Director at Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers in Denver, Colorado
“We are blessed with a wealth of great breweries here in Denver, and one of my favorites is Spangalang Brewery in Five Points. I just can’t get enough of their Salted Plum, which uses 10 percent wheat. Everything is in perfect balance, with the subtle addition of salt complementing the slight tartness of the plums. I take a crowler home with me every time.”

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

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John Holl is the author of Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint, and has worked for both Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® and All About Beer Magazine.