For the best experience, Login or Register for more features.  Favorites, write reviews, get notifications of new recipes, and more.

BJCP 2015 Guideline

Standard American Beer American Wheat Beer


BJCP 2015 1D American Wheat Beer example
1D - American Wheat Beer


Overall Impression

Refreshing wheat beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their German cousins. A clean fermentation character allows bready, doughy, or grainy wheat flavors to be complemented by hop flavor and bitterness rather than yeast qualities.


Different variations exist, from an easy-drinking fairly sweet beer to a dry, aggressively-hopped beer with a strong wheat flavor. American rye beers should be entered in the Alternative Fermentables specialty category.

Commercial Examples

Bell's Oberon, Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Widmer Hefeweizen

There are more details available on the BJCP website. Click below to view the complete style.

View Style on BJCP Website


  • OG:  1040 - 1055
  • FG:  1008 - 1013
  • ABV: 4 - 5.5
  • IBU: 15 - 30
  • SRM: 3 - 6
BJCP 2015 1D - American Wheat Beer Commercial Example