The times are over, when Guinness was associated only with a black Irish stout beer. More and more specialty beers bear nowadays the characteristic Guinness logo with the harp, which has been trademarked back in 1876.
Guinness Irish Wheat is the newest product development of Padraig Fox, General Manager for the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, which has been an experimental brewery at St. James's Gate for over a hundred years. Other earlier products include Rye Pale Ale, Antwerpen Stout, Nitro IPA, and Guinness Blonde American Lager.
Guinness Irish Wheat is a light golden Bavarian style wheat beer with a typical wheat haze and notes of citrus, clove, and banana. The beer is brewed with Mount Hood and Amarillo hops with a low bitterness of 21 IBU and has 5.3% alcohol by volume.
But it is different from other wheat beers is such a way that it is brewed with stout malt and wheat malt, which was 100% sourced in Ireland. Additionally the beer is fermented with the very same yeast that is used for the world famous stout.
"I wanted to help create the best wheat beer outside of Germany," said brewer Jasmin Winterer, whose native home of Germany led her to come up with the concept for Irish Wheat. "The style is familiar, but if you look closer, you'll see how we made it distinctly Guinness.”
"When the weather's warmer, people love crisp, refreshing-tasting wheat beers," said Padraig Fox. "So now is the perfect time to unveil Irish Wheat, our uniquely Guinness spin on a really popular style of beer. From the 'Sunny South' of Ireland, where we source our wheat, to the USA – sláinte."
Guinness Irish Wheat will be available only for a limited time in six packs of 11.2 oz. bottles.