What type of beer is Schneider Weisse Tap 3?
Schneider Weisse Tap 3 is a German wheat beer.
Wheat beers originate in Bavaria and are top fermenting beers which contain at least50% wheat malt and then usually the remainder made up of barley malt. They are distinct from Belgian white beers which have unmalted wheat and other ingredients like oranges and coriander.
They classic tastes and smells of a German wheat beer are banana and clove.
The Germans know how to brew pure beers. They have a purity law for their pilsner styled lagers where they can only use water, barley, hops and yeast. I throughly approve of this system.
Now you can’t make a wheat beer without wheat so strictly speaking, wheat beers cannot conform to the purity laws.
Schneider Weisse Tap 3 includes…
- Wheat malt
- Barley malt
- Carbon dioxide
Well they aren’t far off the purity laws. Of course wheat is in there, i would be more than shocked if it wasn’t. Carbon dioxide is listed as sometimes beers need extra carbonation, especially if they arrest the fermentation early to stop alcohol forming which also stops carbon dioxide forming as well.
Generally the German wheat beers are slightly higher in carbs and sugar than equivalent pale lagers. They are often in a isotonic range. That means the salts and sugar are in the same concentration as your blood. It is an interesting topic and theory and I’ve written an article about it all here
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The calories and carbs are reasonably high but the added sugar is ok. It has less calories and carbs than say, Erdinger Alkoholfrei.
I will often go for the really low calorie non alcoholic beers but they can struggle for body, something these German wheat beers dont usually struggle with. Im hopeful they have put the carbs here to good use and the beer isn’t watery or thin.
A lot of the German bottles are quite writing heavy with crests and can look a bit busy. However once you get to know them, especially the German wheat beers (weissbier) then you know it is a sign of good things to come.
The beer itself is a beautiful dark amber wheat beer colour. The star of the show is that head. Just look at the picture. I have reviewed about 100 non alcoholic beers and you just don’t get heads like that every often. Brilliant. It lasts for ages too.
There is a hugely fragrant wheat beer smell as soon as you open it and especially when you go in for a sniff.
A traditional wheat beer should have banana and clove notes and this certainly does. If no one tells you, you might be trying to play the familiar smell but as soon as you know there is banana you can’t miss it.
Magnificent. Truth be told, ive never been the biggest fan of wheat beers but that was in my exclusively lager drinking youth. Now they are a new discovery and I can see ive been wasting my life!
This is just a huge beer. Pick a metric to measure against and this aces it.
Lets start with body. You would hope with the quite high carb load for a light beer that it would feel subtstancial and it does. It nearly feels like a meal it itself. Big, thick, creamy and massive body.
On to mouthfeel and again it is just everywhere. It coats every part of the mouth and you are tasting it well after the swallow.
Last but not least is the flavour and surprise surprise, that is not lacking either. Some wheat beers are so strongly flavoured they almost taste like a medicine but Schneider Weisse just strikes the right balance. There is big wheat, toasted cereal and malt but not enough to tip it over the edge.
Oh, and the head lasts until the last sip. Extraordinary.
So yea, I didn’t really like it.
Jokes of course, this is amazing. Easily a top 3 beer and im wondering what is better than it. Is there any?
9.5/10 – Should it be a perfect 10? Maybe. If they could somehow reduce the carbs slightly but keep the same taste and body, that might do it. But that is splitting hairs, just enjoy this as a remarkable beer.
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Where to buy?
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Is Schneider Weisse Tap 3 gluten free?
Unfortunately Schneider Weisse Tap 3 is not gluten free.
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Schneider Weisse Tap 3 vegan?
Schneider Weisse Tap 3 is indeed vegan friendly.
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
Should it be a perfect 10? Maybe. If they could somehow reduce the carbs slightly but keep the same taste and body, that might do it. But that is splitting hairs, just enjoy this as a remarkable beer.