Weissbier, which translates to "white beer" in English, hails from Bavaria. The brewer of this German beer replaces a sizable proportion of malted barley with malted wheat.
Weissbiers contain water, malted wheat, malted barley, hops and yeast. The percentage of alcohol in weissbiers varies, but 5.3 percent is typical for a light-colored weissbier. The alcohol content of dark-colored weissbiers tends to be slightly higher.
The traditional measure of a weissbier is 500 ml, or slightly less than one pint. The Erdinger brewery in Erding produces typical Bavarian weissbiers. A 500 ml measure of Erdinger Weissbier contains 220 calories. Erdinger Dunkel Weissbier, a dark weissbier, contains 240 calories.
Carbohydrate is the only nutrient present in weissbier in anything more than trace amounts. A 500 ml measure of Erdinger Dunkel Weissbier contains 15.5 g of carbohydrate, while Erdinger Weissbier contains 13 g of carbohydrate.
- Erdinger Weissbier: Nutrition
- "German Wheat Beer"; Eric Warner; 1992