Wheat & Rye Beers

Traditional & Classic? Yes...but also unexpected and creative. Using wheat and rye malts instead of barley opens up a whole new flavor profile.

Have fun and explore the "other" grains!

Bavarian-Style Dunkelweizen

If you are familiar with the classic Weizen style, then this is a variation you might like to try. Similar alcohol, yeasts, hopping rates and choices, the difference in the grain. Darker wheat, some chocolate malt, and dark Munich add another layer of color, flavor, and aroma. If you like Weizen, then give this one a try. Cheers!

Bavarian Weizen

There are homebrewers who started brewing at home after spending time in Germany where they developed a passion for this beer. Cloudy, wheaty, full of clove or banana aromatics, this is a very unique brew. It is best when young and the farthest it has traveled is from the basement to your glass. Very good ones can be bought, but they suffer with travel and age. Make your own and enjoy it when it's best!

Belgian Witbier

Here's a Belgian-style white beer or witbier. Brewed with either oats or wheat (or both), witbiers are known for their orange and coriander aroma. With no finishing hops, the spices work nicely with the wheat and specific ale yeast for a crisp, fruity, and unique style of ale. The hops that are used are classic choices, but, if you want to enhance the citrusy flavor and aroma, use American C hops (Tip: watch the alpha's, so it doesn't end up too bitter!). Feel free to adjust the spices or try something different. It's a Belgian ale that you can endlessly customize. Cheers!

Blackberry Wheat Beer

I sometimes ask brewers to close their eyes and imagine the beer they want to make next Is it light gold in color? A fresh wheat flavor with a delicate fruit flavor and aroma? Then maybe it's this recipe.

Adding honey at the end of the boil and using the wheat dry malt extract will help you brew a paler-colored beer. Blackberry is in the title, but really, use whichever flavor you like. The hops are not strong, and the goal is a lovely wheat ale with fruit character. Cheers!

German Wheat Beer

Here's another tried and true recipe for a weizen. If you've already brewed the Bavarian Weizen, give this one a try. The grains and hops have been changed up, but it is still in the style. Cloudy, wheaty and full of clove or banana aromatics, this is a unique brew.

Honey Wheat Ale

This recipe makes an American-style wheat ale. Honey is used as an adjunct for a couple of reasons. First, it will help you brew a lighter colored ale than if you used all malt extract. Second, honey ferments more completely, and you will get a crisp, dry finish. Cheers!

Hoppy American Wheat

American-style wheat beers are usually best described as an American blonde ale that has a significant percentage of wheat in the recipe. It's usually not very strong alcohol-wise or very bitter. Usually. This is going to be a bit stronger and definitely hopped like a pale ale. It's not your dad's American wheat.


If you have ever seen a picture of happy people drinking yellow beer in little, straight-sided in Cologne, Germany, you are observing kölsch drinkers. This beer is crisp, clean, malty, but not sweet. The fermentation is cooler than an English or American ale, and you can almost lager it in secondary. It is a very easy-to-drink golden ale that drinks like a pilsner.

Red Wheat Ale

I need this space to describe beers like this. It's a homebrew that can't really be pinned to a particular style. Think of it like an American amber ale (red color, brewed as an ale, not very bitter), but brewed with a lot of wheat, so the flavor will have that fresh wheat flavor coming through. Different, and good. This is also a good recipe to pair with fruit. Eliminate the finishing hops and add a bottle of fruit essence to your priming solution on bottling day. Cheers!


If you are a fan of German-style wheat beers, then here is a variation that you might enjoy. Imagine a Weizen, but instead of wheat, you'll use rye. A richer, darker grain with a spicy edge. Everything else is done like a Weizen. This beer is hard to find brewed domestically, and even harder to find imported. You'll just have to make your own. Cheers!

Ruby Rye Red Ale

A slightly different interpretation of an American amber ale, this rye has a lovely, spicy character. It's hard to find rye beers at the beer store, so, if you like the flavor, you probably just need to make your own! Palisade hops are a stronger variety of Tettnang, so, if we have it, try it. Otherwise a Perle, Liberty, and Tettnang blend will accentuate the spicy rye character. Cheers!

Wheat Your Whistle

American-style wheat beers are usually fermented as an ale but could also be lagered over the winter. Wheat Your Whistle is essentially a blonde ale that has a fair percentage of wheat for a fresh grain flavor. Lightly hopped, it should pour with a nice white head. Cheers!