Weihenstephan

WEIHENSTEPHAN

“As the oldest existing brewery in the world, our brewery occupies an exalted site atop Weihenstephan Hill in the Bavarian city of Freising, surrounded by the comparatively still very young Weihenstephan Science Centre of the Technical University of Munich.”

www.weihenstephaner.de

 Year-Rounds/Seasonals:

Limited/Specialty:

HEFEWEISSBIER: 99 Points

So perfect

This Hefeweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. and 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Nothing refreshes you more than this naturally cloudy wheat beer with its wonderful yeasty fragrance and taste. Goes well with dishes that do not have too intensive a flavour, especially that Bavarian speciality ‘Weisswurst’ or white sausage.”

My Description: What stands out the most about this particular Hefe is how clean it is, the quality makes the flavors and texture of this beer so easy to swallow it’s ridiculous. It has a good sized, white colored head that holds the whole way and produces a good amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and straightforward with notes of cloves and bubblegum. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This beer starts off with a beautiful wheat malt body with flavor notes of bubblegum and a hint of banana. The aftertaste is smooth and crisp with a lingering clove spice. This beer is great and deserves the grading it received. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken, BBQ shrimp, or pretzels.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Hazy Orange/Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

HEFEWEISSBIER DUNKEL: 94 Points

Dark and Tasty

This Dunkelweizen is available year-round in 12 oz and 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Supple, malty and mellow. Its harmonious flavour is the great strength of our dark wheat beer.”

My Description: This Dunkel is delicious and a nice alternative to the Hefeweizen when you are in the mood for something a little more sweet. It has a good sized, off-white colored head with an amazing retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma isn’t too complex; there are notes of caramel malt, cloves, bananas, and a hint of bubblegum. It is roughly medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. It has a very pleasant and welcoming caramel flavor upfront accompanied by notes of bananas, raisins, and a hint of orange. This transitions beautifully into an aftertaste with an apparent clove note that lingers slightly. This beer is clean and definitely enjoyable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with bratwurst, BBQ salmon, or a black bean stew.

ABV: 5.3%  Color: Dark Orange/Amber  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

KORBINIAN: 96 Points

Delicious liquid bread

This Dopple Bock is available year-round in 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A double bock beer that has what it takes. Not just for lovers of strong beer. With a malty aroma and great taste, our Korbinian is a true beer speciality. It goes well with smoked meat and fish as well as wild roasts and fowl.”

My Description: This is truly one of the great Dopple Bocks from Germany; all the elements are presented exquisitely, the beer is delicious, and it could substitute a meal. It has a good sized, beige colored head that holds nicely and produces a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly complex with notes of raisins, toffee, malt, and bread. The aroma smells terrific and is a great indication of what is to come. Korbinian is medium/full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The texture is creamy and smooth. Upfront there are flavor notes of dark fruit like raisins, figs, and plums. This is accompanied by a hint of chocolate and caramel malt. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and adds a feeling a warmth and satisfaction. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing a good balance to the overall flavor profile. I loved it. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, grilled sausage, or wood grilled salmon.

ABV: 7.4%  Color: Dark Mahogany  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

KRISTALL WEISSBIER: 95 Points

Clean and Clear

This Kristallweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. and 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The source of its pearling, effervescent taste is the secret fermentation process which we have developed especially for our crystal wheat beer. It quenches your thirst like no other beer. With its elegant appearance, it is the specialty of our brewery. Goes well with fish, seafood and light dishes.”

My Description: The filtration of the yeast makes this beer clear and calms the flavors down a bit, but you wouldn’t know it in this beer. It has a very large and fluffy, white colored head that lasts forever and produces a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is clean and invigorating with notes of bubblegum, clove spice, some citrus zest, and maybe a hint of coriander. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The first flavor noticed when you taste the beer is a huge bubblegum burst that is refreshing and welcomed. This is accompanied by notes of banana and citrus zest that are laid on a smooth and mild malt body. The aftertaste is a nice clove spice that lingers for a few seconds and makes one beg for another sip. This beauty is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled salmon, fish tacos, or spicy chicken wings.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Clear Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

OKTOBERFESTBIER: 83 Points

Good choice for chugging!

This Oktoberfest/Märzen is brewed seasonally in the Autumn months in 12 oz. and 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of flavor. Prost!”

My Description: This looked and tasted different than other beers I’ve had in this style but that didn’t necessarily deter me from grading it for what it is, a pretty good beer that is best used for pounding during the Oktoberfest parties. It has a weak, white colored head that fades quickly but somehow leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma was interesting with notes of malt and some grassiness but there was also a note of honey that surprised me. It is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The beer is nicely balanced and crisp with some malt notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste. However, that honey scent is not limited to the aroma because it is definitely apparent in the flavor profile, this is rather different but it is subdued and doesn’t overpower the rest of the flavors. There is also a hint of herbal hops in the beer which taste nice. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with German pretzels, grilled sausage, or sauerkraut.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Straw/Golden  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3/10

ORIGINAL PREMIUM: 93 Points

The Original

This Helles Lager is available year-round in 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A good beer takes time. The long lager time makes our pale beer a matter of mild, flavourful beer enjoyment. Brewed in accordance with a centuries-old beer tradition on Weihenstephan Hill.”

My Description: This beer is well crafted, delicious, and easy drinking making it an easy choice for any occasion. It has a good sized, white colored head that fades rather quickly to a film but produces a good amount of lacing. The aroma pleases the senses with fresh notes of malt and grass with a hint of floral hops, it smells great. It is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This beer is definitely crisp and refreshing but what stands out the most is how clean and smooth it is. It is beautifully balanced with grain notes upfront that transition nicely into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with knatwursts, black bean burgers, or grilled asparagus.

ABV: 5.1% Color: Pale Straw Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

PILSNER: 91 Points

Bavarian Pilsner

This Pilsner is available year-round in 12 oz. and 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Slightly bitter, mild, with a fragrance of hops – our pilsner is a cut above the ordinary. A beer with character.”

My Description: This is a great Pilsner that is sure to satisfy. It has a good sized, white colored head that fades to a thin film that holds the rest of the way and produces a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is mild and pleasant with notes of grains and floral hops accompanied by a hint of lemon and honey. It is roughly medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The beer is definitely crisp, smooth, and sessionable. There is some sweetness throughout the beer with some grain notes but it is more on the bitter side with notes of floral/grassy hops. The bitterness will linger slightly in the aftertaste but it is clean and welcomed. There are also faint notes of honey and lemon throughout. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with Sea Bass, Thai chicken, or grilled bratwurst.

ABV: 5.1%  Color: Pale Golden  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 4/10

VITUS: 100 Points

Weizen at its finest

This Weizen Bock is available year-round in 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A light-coloured, spicy single-bock wheat beer, for both beer lovers and the beer connoisseur. Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars makes this single-bock a really special beer with full body and a distinctively great mouthfeel. Prost!”

My Description: This beer instantly put a smile on my face upon tasting it; Vitus is delicious and the flavors are well integrated, it is very refreshing, and the body is creamy and clean. It starts with a good sized, white colored head that has a good retention level but leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is excellent, there are malt undertones with notes of cloves, bubblegum, and banana bread that pleases and excites the senses. It is roughly medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavors in Vitus do not compete against each other, they work in perfect harmony which shows the quality of this beer. It has a malty backbone with flavor notes of bubblegum, cloves and other spices, and as the beer warms up a warming banana bread flavor starts to show itself. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and overall this beer is nicely balanced. It is best served around 45°F and pairs well with grilled shrimp, sauerkraut, or heavy salads.

ABV: 7.7%  Color: Hazy Blonde  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

1516: 95 Points

Cheers to 500 years!

Cheers to 500 years!

This Kellerbier is a limited release for the 500 anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot.

Brewer’s Description: “At 5.6% strength, its gets compelling character not from leftover yeast—in fact the beer is centrifuged to a precise degree, leaving only faint haze in its orange-amber color—but from an unusual combination of hops. Joining lemony-herbal Hallertauer Mittelfrüh is a rare heirloom hop called Hallertauer Record. Schäfer said that the variety has nearly disappeared—only one hectare grew last year—but he wanted its spicy character. It’s not a flashy beer meant for sipping and sampling; just a tasty one that will reward repeat drinking.”

My Description: This is a great representation of the style and a wonderful tribute beer to the Reinheitsgebot purity law. It begins with a good sized, white colored head that holds the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and enjoyable with notes of pale malts, grain, and a touch of pepper hop spice. 1516 is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is delicious, it’s easy to drink this beer down. Grain notes are dominate along with spiced German hops and a touch of lemon, which blend cleanly together and transition smoothly into a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is a necessary six pack because one is not enough. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, German sausages, or baked ham.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Gold  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 3/10