A beer originating from Bavaria where it is known as Weizen. The wheat is added to the mash and results in a refreshing summer drink. Both pale and dark versions are available, some are brewed to be drunk hazy, some brewed to be drunk clear.
A wheat beer contains two-thirds malted wheat and one-third barley malt. Called "hefeweizen" in German (literally, yeast-wheat), it is a very refreshing beer, citrusy in flavor, and often the base for beers containing fruit. Widmer Hefeweizen, produced by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, practically defines the term "wheat beer" in Oregon. It is one of the better wheat beers in the Northwest and is credited with putting Hefeweizen on the map nationally. While many people serve wheat beers with lemon slices, others prefer the taste as is.
Wheat beer is a beer that is brewed with a significant proportion of malted wheat. It is common for wheat beers to also contain malted barley. The addition of wheat lends wheat beers a light flavour and pale colour.