Dark Wheat Beer Recipe

“Introducing our Dark Wheat Beer Recipe, a captivating brew that defies expectations. Blending the characteristics of an ale and a traditional wheat beer, this rich and malty beverage boasts a delightful wheat flavor with a hoppy twist and a refreshing citrus aroma. Crafted with precision and passion, our Dark Wheat Beer is a unique sensory experience that will satisfy beer enthusiasts seeking something distinct and memorable.”

Dark Wheat Beer

More like an ale than a traditional wheat beer, this dark and malty brew has the distinct flavour and character of wheat but with a hoppy, citrus aroma and flavour.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
To Ferment28 days
Course: Beer
Cuisine: wheat beers
Keyword: Dark Wheat Beer
Servings: 40 Pints
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Mash tun or large pot
  • 1 Boiling pot
  • 1 Fermenter (e.g. glass carboy or plastic bucket)
  • 1 Airlock
  • 1 Thermometer
  • 1 Hydrometer
  • 1 Brewing spoon or paddle
  • 1 Wort chiller or alternative cooling method
  • 1 Brewing burner or stove
  • 1 Racking cane or siphoning equipment
  • 1 Bottles or kegs for conditioning and storage
  • 1 Bottle capper or kegging system
  • 1 Sanitization equipment (e.g., sanitizer solution, brushes)
  • 1 Brewing calculator or brewing software (optional, but helpful)
  • 1 Measuring cups and scales for weighing ingredients
  • 1 Grain bag or mesh strainer (for mashing)
  • 1 Brewing thermometer (specifically for mashing)
  • 1 pH test strips or pH meter (optional, for checking mash pH)


For the Mash – Liquor 16.25 Litres (28½ Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°c/149 °F

  • 6.10 oz Vienna malt Quantity 3kg
  • 5.12 oz Wheat malt Quantity 2.6kg
  • 1.2 oz Biscuit malt Quantity 500g
  • 10½ oz Crystal wheat Quantity 300g
  • oz Carafa special I Quantity 100g

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

  • 1⅓ oz (Hops) Magnum 11% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 44.1)
  • ¾ oz (Hops) Willamette 6.3% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0)
  • tsp  Protofloc  Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil

To Ferment – 18°C (64°F) – Conditioning 5 weeks at 12°C (54°F)

  • 1 Wyeast 2565 Kölsch


Mash Preparation:

  • Heat 16.25 Litres (28½ Pints) of water to a temperature of 65°C (149°F).
  • In a mash tun or large pot, combine the following ingredients for the mash:
  • 3kg (6.10 oz) Vienna malt
  • 2.6kg (5.12 oz) Wheat malt
  • 500g (1.2 oz) Biscuit malt
  • 300g (10½ oz) Crystal wheat
  • 100g (3½ oz) Carafa special I
  • Stir the ingredients well and let them mash for 1 hour at the temperature of 65°C (149°F).


  • After the mash, transfer the liquid (wort) to a large boiling pot.
  • Add 27 Litres (47½ Pints) of water to the pot.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and maintain a rolling boil for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Add 1⅓ oz of Magnum hops at the start of the boil to provide bitterness (IBU 44.1).
  • When there are 10 minutes remaining in the boil, add 1 tsp of Protofloc to aid in clarity.

Cooling and Fermentation:

  • After the boil, cool down the wort as quickly as possible to around 18°C (64°F).
  • Transfer the cooled wort to a fermenter.
  • Pitch 1 packet of Wyeast 2565 Kölsch yeast or an appropriate amount of yeast starter into the fermenter.
  • Seal the fermenter with an airlock and allow the beer to ferment at a temperature of 18°C (64°F) for approximately 28 days.


  • After fermentation, transfer the beer to bottles or kegs.
  • Condition the beer at a temperature of 12°C (54°F) for about 5 weeks to allow it to carbonate and develop flavors.
  • After the conditioning period, your Dark Wheat Beer will be ready to drink.
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)6 Weeks6.5%44 IBU28.8 EBC

Unleash Your Palate with Our Dark Wheat Beer Recipe

Are you ready to embark on a brewing adventure? Look no further than our Dark Wheat Beer recipe! This exceptional brew pushes the boundaries, offering a delightful twist on the traditional wheat beer experience. Prepare to be captivated by the enticing combination of ale-like qualities and the distinct flavor profile of wheat.

A Flavorful Fusion of Ale and Wheat

With its rich malty goodness, our Dark Wheat Beer recipe defies expectations. This unique concoction seamlessly merges the smoothness of an ale with the characteristic wheat notes you know and love. The result? A taste sensation that balances the rich depth of malt with a hoppy kick and a refreshing citrus aroma.

A Brewing Experience Unlike Any Other

Crafted with precision and care, our Dark Wheat Beer recipe is designed to elevate your brewing skills. Unleash your creativity and passion as you embark on this journey, combining the finest ingredients to create a brew that’s truly exceptional. Immerse yourself in the brewing process and witness how tradition and innovation come together in a harmonious union.

Why Wait? Brew Your Own Dark Wheat Beer Today!

Take the plunge into the world of brewing with our Dark Wheat Beer recipe. Whether you’re an experienced homebrewer or just starting out, this recipe offers an exciting opportunity to explore new flavors and expand your brewing repertoire. Get ready to savor the rewards of your labor and share the joy of a meticulously crafted Dark Wheat Beer with friends and family. Cheers to brewing excellence!

FAQ on Making this Dark Wheat Beer Recipe

What is the preparation time for this Dark Wheat Beer recipe?

The preparation time for this recipe is 1 hour for mashing and 1 hour 15 minutes for boiling.

What is the ABV of this beer?

The estimated ABV of this beer is 6.5%.

What is the estimated bitterness rating of this beer?

The estimated bitterness rating of this beer is 44 IBU.

What type of hops are used in this recipe?

Magnum and Willamette hops are used in this recipe.

What type of malt is used in this recipe?

Vienna, wheat, biscuit, crystal wheat, and carafa special I malts are used in this recipe.

What type of yeast is used in this recipe?

Wyeast 2565 Kölsch yeast is used in this recipe.

What type of water should be used for brewing this beer?

The recipe does not specify a specific type of water, but it is recommended to use water with low mineral content.

What food pairings would complement the flavors of this beer?

This beer would pair well with grilled meats, spicy dishes, and strong cheeses.

How long should the beer be chilled before serving?

The beer should be chilled for at least a few hours before serving.

Can this recipe be adapted to be brewed in a smaller batch size?

Yes, the recipe can be scaled down to make a smaller batch.

Can this recipe be modified to create a sweeter or fruitier version of the beer?

Yes, adding fruit or increasing the amount of crystal wheat malt could result in a sweeter or fruitier version of the beer.

Is it necessary to use a secondary fermenter for this recipe?

The recipe does not require the use of a secondary fermenter, but it can be used if desired.

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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