Coming of age
Wheat gives the Whiskey a softer taste than Bourbon. This Wheat Whiskey has sweet aromas of vanilla and honey, and flavors of toffee, berries and spice with fresh mint.Read More
Because it is made with wheat, its mixability with a variety of juices and liqueurs makes it perfect for creating an endless array of crisp and refreshing cocktails.See Recipes
OUR HERITAGE The First Truly New Whiskey
At its launch, Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey was the first truly new variety of American straight wheat whiskey introduced since Prohibition. Heaven Hill Master Distillers saw an opportunity to give today's whiskey connoisseurs a unique taste experience. Bernheim was the only straight whiskey to use winter wheat as the primary grain in its mashbill, giving it a soft, sweet flavor and medium finish.
Today, on the front of the bottle, Bernheim proudly displays its finest attributes: Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey, small batch, and a 7 year age statement. With an age statement of 7 years, Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey truly is well worth the wheat. It is the only straight wheat whiskey distributed nationally. As a straight whiskey, it meets the same criteria as Bourbon or rye—aged a minimum of two years in new, charred oak barrels, distilled at less than 160 proof, and contains no coloring, flavoring or blending agents. As a small batch product, it is made with a dump of 100 barrels or less.
Bernheim's Flavor Profile
Mildly sweet with hints of vanilla and honey
Hints of toffee, berries, & spice with fresh mint
Soft toasted oak, elegant and warm
Frequently Asked Questions
- How is wheat whiskey different than Bourbon?
All straight Bourbon whiskey is distilled from at least 51% corn. Straight wheat whiskey differs as it must be distilled from a mash containing at least 51% soft winter wheat.
- What makes Bernheim different than other wheated Bourbons?
Wheated Bourbons like Old Fitzgerald, Larceny and Maker's Mark adhere to all of the laws of straight Bourbon whiskey, but use a small amount of wheat in place of rye, whereas Bernheim's main grain is wheat. Bernheim also has an age statement of seven years, which means that seven year old whiskey is the youngest that can be put in the bottle.
- What does small batch mean?
Periodically, the Master Distiller will select a limited number of barrels (typically no more than 100) from specific middle floor locations in the rickhouse that have matured to their high standards. These barrels will be mingled in limited quantities or "small batches."
- Is Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey gluten free?
Although Bernheim is made with wheat, corn and malted barley, it is in fact, gluten-free. The distillation of those main ingredients eliminates many of the elements which affect those with gluten intolerance. However, it is important to consult a health care professional to gauge your sensitivity.
- How many calories are in Bernheim?
In a 1.5 oz. serving, there are 109 calories.
Cocktail Recipes Smooth, Quality Cocktails
Because it is made with wheat, Bernheim has a unique, more mellow taste profile than a traditional Bourbon, so it delivers a smooth, high quality cocktail without overpowering or making it too heavy. Its mixability with a variety of juices and liqueurs makes it perfect for creating an endless array of crisp and refreshing cocktails.
- Bernheim Ball
- Bernheim Blossom
- Bernheim Bee's Knees
- Bernheim Ginger Buck
- Bernheim Fashion
- Bernheim Reviver
- Kentucky Jewel
- Bernheim Cooler
- Bernheim Manhattan
- Kentucky Melba
- Lilac Grove
- Autumn Sunset
- 1 1/2 oz. Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey
- 1/2 oz. Pineapple juice
- 1/2 oz. Simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 6 mint leaves
Combine all ingredients except champagne and shake vigorously. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a floating mint leaf.Previous Next Print
Mixologists from around the country have contributed to our library of unique Bernheim cocktails including Ted Kilgore of Niche Taste Bar in St. Louis.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES An Exceptional Whiskey
Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey is made with the same time-honored tradition our Master Distillers have passed down for generations. Critics agree Bernheim is an exceptional whiskey worth tasting.
of the Year
Whisky Mag. World
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNER
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Whisky Mag. World
Beyond the Basics of Beer and a Shot
San Francisco Chronicle
"For the more adventurous, bartender Jay Beaman says he'll pair Anchor Brewing's Summer Beer, a crisp wheat ale, with the soft roundness of wheated American whiskey such as Maker's Mark or, better yet, Bernheim Wheat Whiskey." Read More
"WK's Marmalade Whiskey Sour used Bernheim Wheat Whiskey for its base, with bittersweet orange marmalade and lemon to give the drink a complicated citrus twang" Read More
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