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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for afficionado and brewer, Dec 21 1998
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This review is from: German Wheat Beer (Paperback)
German Wheat Beer covers many aspects of the important styles: Weizen, its most popular variations (Dunkles, Krystal, Weizenbock, etc.), Berliner Weisse, and its cousin from Bremen. Starting with his personal discovery of Hefeweizen, Warner takes us through the history, discusses brewing techniques, and describes the many sensory features which make these styles unique. It is a fascinating story for the person who enjoys wheat beers, as well as a resource for the craft brewer.
Reading this book has heightened my appreciation of wheat beers. I learned that it is not just the amount of phenolics a beer contains, but the type, as well. I had previously associated "phenolic" with a medicine-like taste; Warner showed the way to another type of phenolic, which gives a pleasant clove taste and aroma. Knowing not only what I enjoy about a particular beer, but why, as well, has been a pleasant experience.
Warner starts the book with mention of his apprenticeship at a Weissbier brewery and study at Weihenstephan, and ends with small-batch recipes and a discription of several different brands. The latter tells you where in Germany these brands are brewed, and he encourages you to visit and taste in person. I would like to arrange a side trip to Freising and other Weissbier towns during my next trip to Germany!
My sole (and relatively minor) criticism is directed not so much at this particular book, as it is at the entire series. The non-brewing reader may find some of the information uninteresting, while the brewer is hungry (thirsty?) for more detail. Is the Classic Beer Styles series for homebrewers? Or is it for people who happen to enjoy good beer? I don't think it is a bad idea to try to serve both (albeitoverlapping) markets, but there are some areas that definately are of more interest to one than the other. The glossary at the end, however, will be of interest to both types of reader; several German technical terms used in the text are defined.
Nevertheless, I found German Wheat Beer to be a fascinating book about some unique beer styles. I recommend it for both beer afficionados and craft brewers alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the AHA style books, May 10 2001
This review is from: German Wheat Beer (Paperback)
This one is my favorite. Warner was trained at Weihenstephan, and then worked at Tabernash, and subsequently their weisse was awarded beer of the year by Malt Advocate. Warner incorporates personal anecdotes with first rate brewing advice that is easy to follow. The sections on the nature of the beer and its history are especially excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good text for the all-grain brewer., Aug. 23 1998
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This review is from: German Wheat Beer (Paperback)
As with all the books I have read in the Classic Beer Styles series, Warner's book on German Wheat Beer is excellent. Warner interestingly details the characteristics and classic processes used in brewing German Wheat Beer, and includes recipes for the various styles of Wheat Beer. A must read for anyone serious about brewing this style.
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German Wheat Beer by Eric Warner (Paperback - Jan. 26 1998)
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