Amarillo Wheat Beer

The base for this recipe is an Amarillo pale ale, brewed as an APA. But this version is adjusted to work as a wheat beer. Lots of orange character. And it works very well together with the Munich malt.

It’s inspired by Blue Moon’s Belgian White, with added coriander and orange peel.


Amarillo Wheat

American-Style Wheat Beer
  • Volume 25 l
  • OG 1.055
  • FG 1.014
  • IBU 30
  • ABV 5.38 %
  • 2 kg
    Barke Munich Malt
    Germany Weyermann
    33.33 % GP 18
  • 2 kg
    Pale Ale
    Germany Weyermann
    33.33 % GP 19
  • 2 kg
    Pale Wheat
    Germany Weyermann
    33.33 % GP 18
  • 20 g
    Magnum | Boil 60min
    Pellet AA 9.7 % IBU 17
  • 20 g
    Amarillo | Boil 20min
    Pellet AA 7.5 % IBU 8
  • 20 g
    Amarillo | Boil 10min
    Pellet AA 7.5 % IBU 5
  • 60 g
    Amarillo | Boil 0min
    Pellet AA 7.5 % IBU 0
  • 1 pkg
    WLP300 Hefeweizen Ale Yeast
    White Labs
    Attenuation 74.0 %
  • 25 g
    Boil 15 min
  • 25 g
    Bitter Orange Peel
    Boil 5 min


Start by weighting out the malts – equal amounts of Munich, Pale ale and Wheat.
Crushed using malt conditioning and 1.4mm gap setting
The start of mashing
Measure and portion hop amounts and coriander seeds. The coriander seeds I mill with a manual coffee grinder before adding to the boil 15 min before ending
End of mashing, after lautering boil for a standard 60 min, at the last 5min add orange peel
Preparing and sanitising the little helpers
Wort temperature at yeast pitch time around ~19C
For this beer I’m using WLP300 harvested from a previous batch
After 2 weeks fermentation it’s ready to be transferred to keg and moved to conditioning
Measured FG around 1.006
There’s still a lot of yeast in suspension, WLP300 does not drop that easy


Tasting notes:


Golden-amber, hazy and moderate carbonation.


Oranges, coriander, floral, citrus.


Follows the nose, lot’s of Orange and a hint of coriander, wheat and clove.


Medium-bodied with a medium bitterness.


Orange goodness. I love how Amarillo hops pair up with Munich malt and orange peel in a pale ale, but together with wheat malt and and wheat yeast it adds even more complexity. Generally a good tasting beer, next time I might lower the bitterness to have it closer to a more classic wheat beer standard.

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