Prost Weißbier: The Secret Is In the Yeast

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May 5, 2014 by Prost Brewing

Prost Weissbier

Prost Weissbier

The next time you’re enjoying a Prost Weißbier, pay close attention to the complex aroma that fills your nose and the flavors that delight your palate. You’ll likely pick up on fruity flavors like banana and citrus, and spiciness reminiscent of clove. What aspects of the brewing process or ingredients create these flavors? Each element is important, but the secret is in the yeast.

Weißbier is the Bavarian term for a hefeweizen, which is an unfiltered German wheat beer. A traditional hefeweizen is brewed with at least 50 percent malted wheat, with malted barley comprising the remaining portion of grains. In accordance with German law, a top-fermenting yeast strain is used in hefeweizens, categorizing them as ales. As the ale yeast does its job and turns fermentable sugars into alcohol, it also creates by-products like acids and compounds that add unique flavors to the beer. It’s an example of advanced chemistry at its most delicious.

When you experiencing a Prost Weißbier, you’re tasting the result of all the ingredients and brewing methods that go into this fine composition. The bright character of the malted wheat and low hop bitterness are a big part of it, but now you know what helps make this beer quite special though – the yeast. Unfiltered, complex, yet light and very refreshing, Weißbier is an excellent choice for any time of the year.

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