14 Jun

Uniquely Australian: new beer style heroes Aussie-grown wheat

Uniquely Australian: new beer style heroes Aussie-grown wheat

Aussie drinkers are getting a brand-new style of beer that they can call their own.

Aussie Wheat Ale is a modern take on the traditional wheat beer, tailored specifically to
Australian tastes using wheat grown by local farmers.

It is the brainchild of leading Australian brewers and beer experts who came together to
come up with the ultimate Aussie beer, asking themselves: what do Australians love in a

It was a no-brainer that the ultimate Aussie beer needs to showcase top-quality Aussie
ingredients. It should also be light and bright, with a fresh and zesty aroma, while staying
approachable and refreshing.

The result was Aussie Wheat Ale: a contemporary twist on the traditional wheat beer, using
techniques to create a flavour profile that will appeal to modern beer lovers.

Most Australian beer uses barley as the dominant ingredient. Substituting a proportion of
barley with premium wheat malt grown right here under the Aussie sun gives this new beer a
soft fluffy head with subtle aroma, delicate malt sweet taste and bright haze that glows like
sunlight in the glass.

Some of Australia’s most well-known breweries Matilda Bay, Mountain Goat, Pirate Life, 4
Pines and Green Beacon Brewing Co have all come up with their own unique take on the
new style.

One of the brewers who helped to create Aussie Wheat Ale is Matilda Bay’s Phil Sexton, who
is widely considered the father of Australian craft beer. Back in 1984, Phil started the craft
beer movement in Australia with the now iconic Redback – a wheat beer made mostly in the
traditional German hefeweizen style.

He describes Matilda Bay’s Aussie Wheat Ale as somewhere between “a pacific ale style
and a Redback”.

“There’s a little bit of baggage with traditional wheat beers. Some people think of wheat
beer as heavy tasting and that doesn’t necessarily fit our Australian lifestyle and climate,” he

“Aussie Wheat Ale is unlike anything that you might’ve tried in the past. We’ve paired some
of the country’s best brewing wheat with a new and exciting hop, Australian Eclipse, to give
us a very fresh and vibrant beer that takes the wheat beer category in a very new direction.”

Mountain Goat Head Brewer Alana Rees said her brewery has been championing Aussie
craft beer since 1997 and has a long history of putting its own spin on the classics.

“This beer is for a whole new generation of drinkers, made with locally-grown wheat and
hops. It’s the cleanest, most sessionable beer we have ever created with a nice mouthfeel
and a soft citrus note,” she said.

Phil worked in Western Australia’s central wheat belt in his younger years, so he’s passionate
about showcasing this hero ingredient: Aussie wheat.

“We make really high-quality wheat in Australia and that’s why I’m so excited about Aussie
Wheat Ale,” he said.

“It’s a craft beer style that Australians can call their own, knowing that they’ll be supporting
our farmers while enjoying a refreshing and modern Aussie beer.”

Aussie Wheat Ales by Matilda Bay, Mountain Goat and Pirate Life are available now at
nation-wide from Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores.

4 Pines will be available nationally from August.

Green Beacon Brewing Co’s Mollyhawk Aussie Wheat Ale is available in NSW and QLD from
Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores.

Pirate Life, Matilda Bay, Mountain Goat, 4 Pines and Green Beacon Brewing Co are part of
the Carlton & United Breweries family.


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Matilda Bay Aussie Wheat Ale
This bright and fresh brew is equal parts hazy and lively, combining all Australian wheat and
Australian Eclipse hops. Aroma of mojito lime, ripe tangerine and fresh cut grass gives way to
hints of tangerine flesh, Seville orange, a silky full body from the Australian-grown wheat, with
subtle bitterness and a crisp tight finish.

Mountain Goat Aussie Wheat Beer

Soft citrus on the front palate from the hops, with a smooth, creamy body and a crisp finish
that’s immensely refreshing.

Pirate Life Aussie Wheat Ale
The Pirate Life Aussie Wheat Ale pours a luminous pale straw. Expect a fluffy white head and
delicate floral and citrusy aromas. To drink, it’s crisp and well balanced with a clean,
refreshing finish.

4 Pines Brewing Company Aussie Wheat Ale
Aussie Wheat Ale pours light in colour with a slight haze that reminds you of golden days.
Castilla and Amarillo hops pack a fruity aroma of stonefruits, ruby red grapefruit, and
raspberries, complemented by a citrus kick from small additions of yuzu peel.

Green Beacon Mollyhawk Aussie Wheat Ale (QLD/NSW only)

Mollyhawk Aussie Wheat Ale -packed full of Aussie wheat, naturally hazy and super pale.
Aromas and flavours of fresh citrus with hints of juicy tropical fruit.

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Lisa Gilbert 0412 822 673

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