American Wheat Beer Recipe

Are you looking for a refreshing beer with a citrusy kick? Look no further than this American Wheat Beer recipe! This hazy beer is packed with the bold flavors and aromas of American hops and yeast, which is perfect for a hot summer day.

American Wheat Beer

This hazy, refreshing beer is packed with exuberant citrus flavours and aromas, which are imparted by the powerful American hops and yeast.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
To Ferment28 days
Course: Beer
Cuisine: wheat beers
Keyword: American Wheat Beer
Servings: 40 Pints
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Large pot or mash tun
  • 1 Fermenter (plastic or glass carboy)
  • 1 Airlock and stopper
  • 1 Siphon or tubing
  • 1 Hydrometer
  • 1 Thermometer
  • 1 Funnel
  • 1 Brewing spoon or paddle
  • 1 Sanitizer solution
  • 1 Bottles or kegging equipment


For the Mash – Liquor 14.5 Litres (25½ Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°c/149 °F

  • 6.10 oz Wheat malt Quantity 3kg
  • lb Lager malt Quantity 2.5kg
  • 10½ oz Carapils malt Quantity 300g

For the Boil – 27 Litres (47½ Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 10 mins

  • oz (Hops) Citra 13.8% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 25.0)
  • 1 oz (Hops) Citra 13.8% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0)
  • 1 tsp Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil

To Ferment – 18°C (64°F) – Conditioning 3 weeks at 12°C (54°F)

  • 1 Wyeast 1010 American Wheat



  • Heat 14.5 liters (25.5 pints) of water to 65°C/149°F in a large pot or mash tun.
  • Add the wheat malt, lager malt, and carapils malt to the water and stir well to ensure there are no clumps.
  • Allow the mash to rest for 1 hour, maintaining the temperature at 65°C/149°F.
  • After 1 hour, sparge the mash with hot water to extract the remaining sugars.


  • Bring 27 liters (47.5 pints) of water to a boil in a large pot.
  • Once boiling, add 2/3 oz of Citra hops to the pot and stir well.
  • Boil the wort for 50 minutes, then add Protofloc to the pot and boil for an additional 15 minutes.
  • After 1 hour of boiling, turn off the heat and add 1 oz of Citra hops to the pot.
  • Cool the wort to 18°C (64°F) as quickly as possible.


  • Pour the cooled wort into a sanitized fermenter.
  • Pitch the Wyeast 1010 American Wheat yeast into the fermenter.
  • Seal the fermenter and ferment the beer for 28 days at 18°C (64°F).
  • After fermentation is complete, transfer the beer to a secondary fermenter and condition for 3 weeks at 12°C (54°F).
  • Bottle or keg the beer, carbonate, and enjoy!
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)4 Weeks5.9%25 IBU9.1 EBC

Refreshing and Citrusy Flavor

This American Wheat Beer recipe offers a unique blend of wheat, lager, and carapils malt that creates a smooth and crisp base. The addition of Citra hops adds a burst of citrusy flavor and aroma, making this beer perfect for a hot summer day.

Easy to Make

With just a few simple ingredients and equipment, this American Wheat Beer recipe is easy to make at home. Whether you’re an experienced brewer or a beginner, this recipe is perfect for anyone looking to create a delicious and refreshing beer.

Perfect for Any Occasion

Whether hosting a backyard BBQ or relaxing on the porch, this American Wheat Beer is the perfect drink for any occasion. With an estimated ABV of 5.9% and a bitterness rating of 25 IBUs, this beer will impress even the most discerning beer drinkers.


If you’re looking for a refreshing and easy-to-make beer with a bold citrus flavor, this American Wheat Beer recipe is the perfect choice. So why not try it and impress your friends and family with your brewing skills?

FAQ on Making this American Wheat Beer Recipe

What ingredients are used to make this American Wheat Beer?

This recipe uses wheat, lager, carapils malt, Citra hops, Protofloc, Wyeast 1010 American Wheat yeast, and water.

What is the mash time and temperature for this recipe?

The mash time is 1 hour at a temperature of 65°C (149°F).

What is the fermentation process for this beer?

This beer is fermented at 18°C (64°F) and conditioned for 3 weeks at 12°C (54°F).

Can you use different types of malt in this recipe?

Yes, you can experiment with different types of malt to modify the beer’s flavor profile.

Can you use a different type of hops instead of Citra in this recipe?

Yes, you can use different types of hops to achieve different flavor profiles in the beer.

How many pints does this recipe make?

This recipe makes approximately 40 pints.

What is the estimated ABV of this American Wheat Beer recipe?

The estimated ABV is 5.9%.

What is the bitterness rating for this beer?

The bitterness rating is 25 IBU.

What is the color rating for this beer?

The color rating is 9.1 EBC.

How long does it take to prepare this recipe?

It takes approximately 1 hour for the mash, 1 hour and 15 minutes for the boil, and 4 weeks to ferment and condition the beer.

How would you describe the taste and aroma of this American Wheat Beer?

This beer has a smooth and crisp base with bold citrus flavors and aromas imparted by the Citra hops.

What food pairings go well with this beer?

This beer pairs well with light salads, seafood, grilled chicken or pork, and spicy foods.

Dan Smullen Beer is my life profile

Hi, I'm Dan, founder of BeerIsMyLife. I've been an avid homebrewer for over ten years, and beer is my true passion. I've traveled all over the world, visiting breweries, tasting beer, as well as making my own batches. I set up this blog to share that experience with you.

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