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.
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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.