DetailsHefe means yeast, Weizen means wheat. Long ago in the south of Germany, the two combined to create this tasty sought-after wheat beer. Fast forward to 2000, when a homebrewer named Hank introduced us to his Hefeweizen beer recipe, and we’ve been selling it ever since! This popular non-hoppy Hefeweizen beer recipe kit delights a wide range of beer lovers with its medium body and effervescence. Fill a stein and serve with a slice of lemon. Prost!
- Light, blonde and a bit cloudy with a creamy head
- Slightly sweet, fruity and non-bitter, with medium body; often served with a slice of lemon
- Ingredients include: 6 lbs. wheat liquid, 1 lb. of Light DME, 8 oz. Carapils® specialty grains, 1 oz. Tettnang hops, yeast, priming sugar and a grain bag
- Light, blonde and a bit cloudy with a creamy head
- Details & Instructions
4.9 / 5.014 ReviewsGood beer, needs some tweakingBrewed straight according to instructions. Used Safbrew US-06 to ferment. This beer is good, flavor is excellent but color and bitterness is a bit lacking. Best served young and is a good representation of a hefeweizen. My only real criticism is the color. It turned out darker than described and quite darker than traditional hefeweizens. Additionally, the bitterness was a bit lacking. I was originally planning on using a liquid yeast strain but decided on the dry yeast and was impressed. Batch was poorly temp controlled and ranged from 72 to 60 degrees. This produced a very good range of phenols very characteristic of a traditional hefeweizen that didn't dominate with banana or clove. If I brew this kit again, I fully intend to add the malt extract as a late addition to the boil to prevent any darkening of the sugars and increase hop utilization during the boil. I think this single change would result in a paler and slightly more bitter product that would make this a perfect hefeweizen to showcase the yeast of your choosing.January 17, 2016Crowd PleaserThis is my go to beer. Every 3rd kit I brew is a Hank's.October 31, 2017Purchased
10 months agoHank's is a hitThis is a classic hefeweizen with all the typical strong banana, clove and bubble gum aromas and flavor. I used a harvested T-58 yeast from a witbier with this kit and it turned out excellent. Flavors maybe even more pronounced than with S-06, which I have used previously. I have made both the all grain and extract and feel with the decoction of the all grain it turned out a bit better, but not much. Easy to drink and I am sure it will not last long, especially if I have friends over. Would be an easy beer to drink for non craft fans. Highly recommend you try it.July 15, 2017Purchased
1 year agoA very good choiceThis was a great recommendation by the staff at Midwest. Not bitter, not really sweet. Flavorful without the alcohol flavoring, yet has a little kick to it after you drink one.January 13, 2018Purchased
7 months agoGreat summer Hefe!I have brewed this many times, both extract and all grain. Love this simple beer -- I get more banana than clove, but I tend to ferment it at 74ish degrees. Love this beer!!December 2, 2016Purchased
1 year agoFirst time making any beer. Turned out great. Had it all drank before the second week in the bottle. Already ordered moreMay 3, 2018Purchased
3 months agoThe liquid malt should beThe liquid malt should be a blond not amber. the final product is too dark for a hefe. I enjoy drinking it.January 30, 2016This is a great brew for summertime so brewing now to be ready. Great flavor and thirst quencher one of my favorite style of wheat beer!February 13, 2018Purchased
6 months agoHank's hefe weizenTaste is great but made a mistake during fermentation l didn't filter the hops out so it has just a little hop bite to it. It is still taste great the will b one of my favorites.February 6, 2018Purchased
6 months agoHank's Always a HitI've brewed this kit three times and it continues to be not only everyone's favorite Hefeweizen, but is generally everyone's favorite of all the varieties I brew.March 19, 2016
- Customer Q&A
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.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.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.