Carmelite Wheat is a beer brewed in the traditional German style of a Hefeweizen. Hints of clove spices, banana and vanilla come mainly from the yeast while the malty sweetness is subdued with high carbonation and low hop bitterness. The specific yeast strain used to ferment this beer comes from the yeast banks of the oldest brewery in the world and has been cultivated since the 11th century.
What the heck is a Hefeweizen, anyways? Glad you asked… “Hefe” means yeast, “Weizen” means wheat. So a Hefeweizen is a wheat beer brewed with the porpose of retaining some yeast. It is a top fermented, unfiltered, wheat beer with a noticeable yeast sediment and a cloudy appearance. Wheat beers are also referred to as Weissbiers (white beers) because before the invention of pale lagers and pale ales, most beers were dark. Wheat beers were the exception as the wheat content lightened the colour of the beer.