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AHA Guideline

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American-Style Wheat Wine Ale

American-Style Wheat Wine Ales are gold to light brown. Chill haze is allowable. Fruity-ester aroma is often high and counterbalanced with complex alcohol character. Bready, wheat, honey-like and/or caramel malt aromas are often present. Hop aroma is low to medium. High residual malt sweetness is present. Bready, wheat, honey-like and/or caramel flavors are often part of malt character. Hop flavor is low to medium. Hop bitterness is medium to medium-high. Fruity-ester flavors are often high and counterbalanced by complexity of alcohols and high alcohol content. This style is brewed with 50% or more wheat malt. Very low levels of diacetyl may be acceptable. Phenolic yeast character, sulfur, and/or DMS should not be present. Oxidized, stale and aged characters are not typical of this style. Body is full.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.088 - 1.120 (21.1 - 28)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.024 - 1.032 (6.1 - 8)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 6.70% - 9.60% (8.50% - 12.20%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (45 - 85)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 5 - 15 (10 - 30)