How to Decipher the Beer List at Your Local Craft Beer Bar
The world of craft beer is a-booming, and that's all well and good, but sometimes it can be hard to keep up. Quercus Vitis Humulus? What the heck is that? Where's the Kapuziner Schwarz Weizen I ordered last week?! And now that I think of it, what the heck was that, anyway? Don't worry. By familiarizing yourself with a few common terms and word roots, you'll be speaking fluent craft brew language in no time.
Because of Germany's rich brewing history, many names rooted in German words have been borrowed for beers or beer styles over the centuries. In German, Hefe means "yeast", and weizen translates to "wheat". This may seem like a no-brainer now that the hefeweizen has taken over tap towers at even the most pedestrian of pubs, but keeping those base words in mind will help determine other more unusual or esoteric styles as well, like weizenbock or kristalweizen; both wheat based beers.
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