Bamberg-Style Weiss (Smoke) Rauchbier (Dunkel or Helles)

Name:
Bamberg-Style Weiss (Smoke) Rauchbier (Dunkel or Helles)
Category:
German Origin Ales
ABV:
4.9% – 5.5%
IBU:
10 – 15
SRM:
4 – 18
Original Gravity:
Varies
Final Gravity:
1.008 – 1.016
Bamberg-style Weiss Rauchbier should have smoky characters that range from detectable to prevalent in the aroma and flavor. Smoke character is not harshly phenolic, but rather very smooth, almost rendering a perception of mild sweetness to this style of beer. The aroma and flavor of a Weissbier with yeast is decidedly fruity and phenolic. The phenolic characteristics are often described as clove- or nutmeg-like and can be smoky or even vanilla-like. Banana-like esters are often present. These beers are made with at least 50 percent malted wheat, and hop rates are quite low. Hop flavor and aroma are absent. Weissbier is well attenuated and very highly carbonated and a medium- to full-bodied beer. The color is very pale to very dark amber. Darker (dunkel) styles should have a detectable degree of roast malt in the balance without being robust in overall character. Because yeast is present, the beer will have yeast flavor and a characteristically fuller mouthfeel and may be appropriately very cloudy. No diacetyl should be perceived.