For the origin of the term “white” in front of the beer, there are multiple stories. Etymologically, “weizen” has its origin from wheat. Other traditions, according to the name “white beer”, could also come from the former color of the beer, because the first wheat beers, were quite bright.
Wheat beer became popular in Bavaria during medieval times and the Dukes that ruled in that time made sure to have the monopoly on the production. However, a few breweries wanted to make wheat beer and that was until 1960 when the wheat beer prohibition started, because they were trying to save wheat for making bread.
Under the wheat beers there is a unique range of varieties, from light, dark, kristal, unfiltered and non-alcoholic, ranging to wheat strong beers.