Grapefruit Hefeweizen | Fruit Beer Recipe

To say this Grapefruit Hefeweizen is refreshing would be quite an understatement. With minimal bitterness, this complex fruit beer gets its satisfying citrus flavor from the fresh grapefruit zest. Use the recipe below to brew your own batch of this thirst quenching Grapefruit Hefeweizen.


For 5 Gallons (19 L)

  • 3.25 lb (1.5 kg) Dry wheat malt extract (65%/45% Wheat/Barley)
  • 2.0 lb (0.9 kg) Wheat malt
  • 1.0 lb (0.5 kg) Pilsner malt
  • 1.3 oz (37 g) Hallertau hops (60 min)
  • 1 tsp Irish moss (optional)
  • Zest of 3 medium yellow grapefruits
  • 5.0 oz (142 g) Corn sugar for bottling
  • White Labs WLP380 Hefeweizen IV ale yeast


  • Original Gravity: 1.045
  • Final Gravity: 1.010
  • ABV: 4.59%
  • IBU: 18
  • SRM: 3


To brew this hefeweizen recipe, mini-mash grain for 30 minutes at 152°F (66°C), strain and sparge with hot water. Add enough water to bring total volume up to 5.5 gallons (20.8 L). Stir in malt extract, then bring to a rolling boil. Add hops and boil for 60 minutes, add 1 tsp Irish moss (optional) during last 15 minutes of boil. Cool and pour into fermenter, aerate and pitch yeast when temperature is below 80°F (27°C). Ferment at 70°F (21°C) until bubbler slows to about one bubble per minute. Transfer into secondary and add the zest of 3 medium grapefruits (previously soaked in cheap vodka since brew day). Start checking after 3 days for desired graepfruit flavor. Prime with 5 oz (142 g) of corn sugar at bottling (use caution as zest can plug bottling wand).

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