DetailsThis recipe has been in our stable for nearly 20 years and has proven to be one of our most popular wheat beer recipes. Originally created by a homebrewer named Hank, this delicious German style ale utilizes the famous Weihenstephan wheat yeast strain to produce the time-honored flavor profile of spicy clove phenolics and distinctive banana ester profile. Paired with American malts and hops, this recipe brings this Bavarian classic over the pond to spread the joy of hefeweizen for all to enjoy. Expect a hazy, deep golden ale with a firm and lasting white head and heaps of flavors consisting of soft, luscious wheat notes, medium-low bitterness and fermentation derived flavors ranging from spicy clove to ripe banana. Brew up a batch and keep the legend of Hank alive.
Fermentation Range: 65-70F
Original Gravity: 1.052
Aroma: Moderate bready wheat malt aroma plays second fiddle to prominent clovey phenolics and fruity banana esters. No hop aroma.
Appearance: Deep golden in color with a medium-high haziness. Bright white and lasting foam head.
Flavor: Moderate, balanced flavors of banana and clove are the most noticeable, with plush, bready and slightly grainy wheat malt flavors in the background. Low hop bitterness balances any perceived malt sweetness. Finishes dry with no hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low body without any overly heavy character. Very smooth and soft on the palate with moderate creaminess and a velvety finish.
“Hefeweizen has long been a go-to style for beer enthusiasts due to it high drinkability and complex flavor profile. This particular recipe has been in our recipe hoard for nearly 20 years, and it does not disappoint. Melding classic German weizen yeast with American base malts and hops creates a rich flavor and smooth body that is perfect for anytime a complex yet easy sipping beer is desired.”
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4.7 / 5.023 ReviewsNot a HefeI just gave one to my friend who told me his favorite beer is hefe from his time in the Army in Germany. I gave him one and he asked "what kind of beer is this?" When I said a hefe, he made sure that I knew that it was not a hefe, to say the least.July 23, 2019Purchased
3 months agoNice beerProblem free brew. Easy to produce and a nice finish.July 5, 2019Purchased
3 months agoThis was pretty solidIf i put it up against a true Hefewizen on tab at a german beer than no, it doesn't get 5 stars.But for a homebrew this is preeeetty darn close. Great flavor easy drinkabilityMarch 5, 2019Purchased
1 year agoA Great Everyday Beer3rd time we've made this kit and it always pleases. Great beer for every season, it never lasts long.January 30, 2019Purchased
1 year agoBrewed more than once, always a winnerJanuary 13, 2019Purchased
1 year agoHank's HefewiezenTried it today for the first time. I found it to be good for then short brewing time. I think it is an acquired taste for me. Most of my brews are of then darker ales and stouts, so hefeweizen is a change. I enjoy trying the different products.October 27, 2018Purchased
10 months agoIt doesn't lastThe biggest problem with this beer is that - especially if you keg it - it won't last very long at all.
Absolutely delicious, beautifully balanced, and full glasses of it simply vanish.August 29, 2018Purchased
1 year agoGood Wheat Beer!Everyone loves Hank’s Hefeweizen, so we brew it fairly often. Good beer any time of year!July 27, 2018Purchased
1 year agolovely supriseThis was on sale! I thought, uh huh there is probably a reason!
Golly I was wrong. It is delightful! I keg mine and left the high pressure on cause I got too busy to drink and it is too fuzzy now for pictures, but the head was marvelous when I thought I need to put the low pressure hose on that keg. I will definitely pay the full price cheerfully next time. Clever dogs, Midwest!
They gave me a taste and knew I would be back!July 26, 2018Purchased
1 year agoGreat beer would recommend to anyoneThis kit is great. Perfect beer for the summer. Everyone who’s tried it also thinks it’s a hit (and they weren’t lying because we went through a case).July 6, 2018Purchased
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Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 26 answersIs this kit a 5 gallon batch?BEST ANSWER: Yes it is, but you can make it a little more- I usually end up with 6 gallons and it tastes fine and good flavor and alcohol content.The box says six weeks till ready but the instructions only mention a 2 week primary and 2weeks in bottles. Did they leave out 2weeks in secondary? What has everyone been doing for fermentation times with Hanks?BEST ANSWER: Fermentation and aging are two different things. Fermentation stops when the sugars are used up and I don't let more than 2-3 weeks past in total before bottling. Otherwise, you will probably end up with uncarbonated bottles, for bottling only, unless you add more yeast at bottling and this doesn't always work. Beer gets better over time, so you can start drinking it after a couple of weeks and carbonation develops, and this is ready. But it can also improve over more time.What's the difference between a beer extract kit and a beer kit?BEST ANSWER: An extract kit starts with malt extracts (dry or liquid). The grains have already been converted to malt, so it's a simpler process. A full grain beer kit starts with the grains themselves, and the brewer has to go through a mashing process before starting the boil. This is more complicated (and takes additional equipment), but gives you more control over the result (if you know what you are doing). Most of the extract kits I have ordered here are "partial grain" -- they ship with some grain as well as the extract, and you steep the grains for about 30 minutes (in the same pot) before starting your boil. I have been very happy with the results on all of my beers so far.After the boiling process, the instructions says to let it sit for 2 weeks (single stage fermenter). The carbon only bubbled and swirled for a couple days then just mildly swirled for a couple more. After that first week, the beer just seemed to be just sitting there. Is that normal? This is my first time brewing beer.BEST ANSWER: I tend to brew in larger batches (4 kits at a time). I have yet to brew a Hefeweizen, so I can't tell you how mine behaved. I can say that with all other beer I have brewed from the kits, this is NOT normal. Do you have a starting SG (specific gravity) and a current SG? This is the best way to tell if your fermentation has completed. If fermentation has not completed there are several things that can cause a stuck fermentation. The biggest culprit is normally temperature. Can you tell us the temperature of your beer as it is fermenting? Did you vigorously stir your wort before you added your yeast to get oxygen in the wort for the yeast? (Do not do this now, it is too late for that) What was the temperature when you pitched (added) your yeast? Are you sure that your seal for your bubbler is good? I had a case once where the fermentation was happening just fine, but all the excess CO2 was escaping from a bad seal and never reached my bubbler. Please answer these questions and we will see if we can get you back on track.