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Explain the differences between a wheat beer, a pale ale and an IPA?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Bartending interview

Advice
Customers will ask for recommendations based on their beer preferences. Often they'll say things like, "Give me something light," which usually means they want something like an American Lager. Do you know the spectrum of flavors and styles of beer? If not, do a little research.

You'll need to know the words to describe the types of beers as well. Wheat beers tend to have more of a citrus flavor, and IPA's are characterized as "hoppy," with a piney flavor. If you want to know your beers, you'll need to be able to talk about aroma, body and finish too! Beer is just as complicated as wine. Study the different types, and you'll be amazed at the complexity of beer.
Basic answer example
"Give me something light,"
Entry Level answer example
"Currently, I am working on a fuller knowledge of beers. They are very complex, and the variety is vast. From my understanding, an IPA is a more bitter taste, quite hoppy and sometimes cloudy. A pale ale is usually a light gold color and tends to taste more woody. Then, a wheat ale is a bit hazy due to the protein in the wheat. These tend to be lighter. I love wheat beers in the summer."
Experienced answer example
"If I had to explain these three beer types to a customer, I would say that wheat beer is a great summer drink. It's more citrusy and light. A pale ale is more on the amber color side, and it's quite hoppy. However, hoppiest of all is an IPA. Depending on the brewer, and IPA can be quite bitter in the finish."

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Explain the differences between a wheat beer, a pale ale and an IPA?
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Wheat beers are brewed with a lot of wheat as opposed to other grains. They are typically top fermented, and lighter in color and body.
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Dark beer with wheat ingredient.
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A beer made with wheat and it is top fermented.
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Home made wheat beer.
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Beer brewed with lot of wheat and top fermented.
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Wheat ales are beers made with the addition of wheat. They can vary in style but generally tend to beer less transparent and somewhat heavier than standard ales.
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Ale sytle beer made from wheat.
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A beer made with wheat and jot other grains. It is top fermented and light in color.
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Ales that use a proportion of wheat in the mash to add a protein haze.
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Other than the obvious wheat base, it is generally a sweeter slightly more robust consistency beer, frequently served with a slice of citrus to brighten and enhance the flavor.
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A beer brewed with a large proportion of wheat to the amount of barley.
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A beer made with a large portion of wheat with a large portion of barley.
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Top fremented beer relative to wheat.
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Wheat beer is brewed with more wheat than that of the malt barley.
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A type of beer where they leave the wheat in the beer while it is brewing. This gives a cloudy colour and more citrus.
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It is a non-filtered beer that tends to have citrus flavors.
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Beer made from fermenting wheat instead of hops.
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Wheat beer is beer that is brewed with a large proportion of wheat relative to the amount of malted barley; it is usually top-fermented.
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Has more wheat than malt-barley.
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Beer brewed with much more wheat than malt barely.
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A heffeweizen, like blue moon.
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Large proportion of wheat compared to barley.
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Its a beer brewed with wheat instead of barley.
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Blue Moon. Wheat ale beer is what the beer is made out of ad how long it is brewed.
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An Americanized version of a Hefe Weizen, these beers range within the pale to golden range in color. Reminiscent of a Hefe Weizen in appearance, unless filtered. Long-lasting head with a light to medium body, higher carbonation is proper.
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A beer thats a more americanized version of a hefe. Medium body.
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Beer with more wheat than malted barely.
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A mixture of barley and wheat grains. low in hops if even existant.
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Brewed with large proportion of wheat.
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Unfiltered wheat, sweet/fruity flavor, cloudy appearance.
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A beer derived from wheat obviously. They usually have a brighter taste to them, not so many hops.
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Sweeter beers, such as blue moon.
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Wheat ale beers are brewed with a lot more wheat than any other grain. They are also lighter in color.
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Beer brewed with a large proportion of wheat.
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Is beer brewed in large portion wheat malted barley.
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Beer that is brewed with a larger proportion of wheat then malted barley.
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Beer made of wheat grains.
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A wheat ale beer that has a predominant wheat flavor to it (because it is brewed with wheat). It usually has yeast unfiltered in the beer.
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Beer made with wheat instead of barley. Leads to a lighter, slightly sweeter beer.
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My favorite! I will give you a sample.
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Beer made with wheat and malted barley.
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Lighter beer such as blue moon.
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Beer brewed with a large portion of wheat relative to the amount of malted barley.
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Its beer that is brewed with a large proportion of wheat relative to the amount of malted barley; it is usually top-fermented.
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Beer that is made with wheat.
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Beer brewed with more wheat than barley. Top fermented.
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Laguanitas Little Sumpin.
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Wheat vs rice used in brewing.
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Beer that is made with wheat relative to a malted barely.
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Wheat beer is beer that is brewed with a large proportion of wheat relative to the amount of malted barley; it is usually top-fermented. The two main varieties are Weissbier and Witbie.
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Brewed with large amounts of wheat.
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Made with a large proportion of wheat.
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Smooth, light and served with orange slice.
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Wheat beer is a beer, usually top-fermented, which is brewed with a large proportion of wheat relative to the amount of malted barley. The two main varieties are Weissbier and Witbier; minor types include lambic, Berliner Weisse and Gose.
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Wheat ale beer is beer, usually top- fermented.
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Wheat ale is german style beer and it is made from wheat and barely.
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Wheat ale is a beer that his brewed with a large proportion wheat relative to the amounts of malted barley found in other lager and ales as required by low in Germany.
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Wheat ale beer is usually brewed with a large proportion of wheat relative to the amount of malted barley.
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Its a beer made with a higher proportion of wheat than barley.
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It's beer with exclusive wheat.
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It is a beer that is fermented with lots more wheat in contrast to barley.
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Wheat beer is a beer, usually top-fermented, which is brewed with a large proportion of wheat relative to the amount of malted barley. The two main varieties are Weissbier and Witbier; minor types include lambic, Berliner Weisse and Gose.
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An ipa if going to have more hops, giving it that bitter taste afterwords. Wheat bears are obviously going to have more wheat in them. Possibly some fruity after tones. Pale ales will have more malts. Making them a little bolder.
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A wheat beer is one brewed with a majority of the malt being wheat malt, these are a little lighter in body and color then malt from barley, around 5-6%. A pale ale is made with pale malt, which literally looks pale, and is usually hopped with aromatic hops, around 5-6% alcohol. India Pale Ale has a higher alcohol content 7-8% and is usually featuring lots of bittering hops and aromatic hops.
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IPA is hoppy wheat is heavy pale ale is light.
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Ipa is hoppy while pale ale is more on the hoppy side.
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A wheat beer is brewed with all wheat, for instance a blue moon or a shocktop. They are usually infused with fruit as well. A pale ale is a lighter beer such as a sirerra nevada pale ale. They have flavor but are light and not hoppy. An IPA is a hoppy beer that is brewed with malts and hops.

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