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AHA Guideline

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Light American Wheat Beer without Yeast

Light American Wheat Beer without Yeasts are straw to light amber. Chill haze is acceptable in these versions packaged and served without yeast. Low fruity-ester aroma is typical, as is low to medium-low malt aroma. Phenolic, clove-like aromas should not be perceived. Diacetyl aroma should not be perceived. No yeast aroma should be evident. Hop aroma is low to medium. Low to medium-low malt sweetness is present. Hop flavor is low to medium. Hop bitterness is low to medium. These beers can be made using either ale or lager yeast. Grist includes at least 30 percent malted wheat. No yeast flavor should be evident. Low fruity-ester flavors are typical. Diacetyl and phenolic, clove-like flavors should not be perceived. Body is low to medium.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.036 - 1.050 (9 - 12.4)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.004 - 1.016 (1 - 4.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.00% - 4.00% (3.80% - 5.10%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (10 - 35)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 2 - 10 (4 - 20)