Thursday, July 8, 2010

International beer of the Week: Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

Country: Deutschland (Germany)

Best Enjoyed: At a Biergarten in Munich. Riverside on the Rhine. While “grillen” in a park.

Weihenstephaner weissbier is my all time favorite beer. From the oldest brewery in the world comes an exquisite example of a German Hefeweizen that cements the value of experience. Weihenstephan Abbey was a Benedictine monastery founded in the 9th century in the town of the same name, Bavaria. Licensed as a brewery in 1040, Weihenstephan brewery has been producing beer for nearly 1000 years. Though no longer an active monastery the brewery is not solely a commercial brewery; since 1923 the brewery has operated as the official Bavarian State Brewery and it doubles as a learning center for aspiring brewmasters at the Technical University of Munich.

If you’re are a fan of wheat beer, then this is a must try. If you are not a fan of wheat beer, sort it out! Wheat beer rich and tasty with a mild sweetness and nothing is more refreshing on a hot day (especially not watery Mexican beer). For the uninformed, wheat beer is a special type of ale brewed using wheat in combination with or in place of barley. Weissbeer translates literally to white beer, referring to the color of the resulting product. Hefe is the german word for yeast and it implies that the beer is unfiltered resulting in it’s cloudy appearance.

This particular weissebeer offers aromas of banana, lemon zest. The taste is wheaty beginning, with a sweet banana flavor and a hint of cloves. Hands-down it is the best beer I have ever had, smooth the whole way down. I am admittedly a big fan of wheat beers and this is the best of them. So do yourself a favor and head to the nearest Biergarten, Kneipe, Lokal (or whatever you want to call it) and order a refreshing Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier.

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