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South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen/Weissbier

South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen/Weissbiers are amber to light brown; the German word Bernsteinfarben means amber colored. If served with yeast appearance may appropriately be very cloudy. The phenolic and estery aromas typical of Weissbiers are more subdued in Bernsteinfarbenes Weissbier. No diacetyl aroma should be perceived. Hop aroma is not perceived. Distinct sweet maltiness and caramel or bready character from the use of medium colored malts characterizes this beer style. Hop flavor is not perceived. Hop bitterness is low. These beers are made with at least 50 percent malted wheat. The phenolic and estery flavors of this Weissbier should be evident but subdued. Bernsteinfarbenes Weissbier should be well attenuated and very highly carbonated. No diacetyl should be perceived. During registration brewers may specify pouring instructions, choosing normal pouring, quiet pouring or intentional rousing of yeast. Entries will be presented during judging as specified by entering brewer. Body is medium to full.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.048 - 1.056 (11.9 - 13.8)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.008 - 1.016 (2.1 - 4.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.80% - 4.30% (4.80% - 5.40%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (10 - 15)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 9 - 13 (18 - 26)