Name: Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier
Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Country of Origin: Germany
City & State: Freising, Germany
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.4%
First Brewed: 1933
I know I have had this beer before… I just don’t remember it. Oh, and sorry we have not written in a while. I was in Dallas on business, and have just been really busy lately. But we have some new motivation… before I leave for a week on another business trip! Anyway, tonight we are grabbing a bottle of Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier. I wonder if anyone out there can pronounce the name of the brewery… not you German readers. Other readers!
Anyway, looking forward to reviewing this beer. I don’t have an orange. I hope I can still enjoy the beer!
In the Glass: It’s light yellow in the glass, and pours a two-finger head. The lace is weak, but the head stays strong when swirling the beer in the glass back and forth.
Nose: That is what a beer is supposed to smell like. It is filled with yeast and has a subtle dryness to it. I just want to take a big chug of this. Like I said, I know I have had this beer before… just not sure what it tastes like. Based on the style, I need an orange. But I hear it’s not cool to fruit your beer.
Flavor: This isn’t ice cold, as we just bought the bottle tonight. But I threw it in the freezer when we got home. It is at cellar temps right now. Perfect for most, if not all beers. The flavor is incredible. Never mind the bubbles, the flavors are that of a typical hefeweizen. I haven’t had one of these overseas yet, but the next time I go over there, I will be sampling one of these. By the way, did you know that Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan is the oldest brewery in the world?
Mouthfeel: There is a ton of carbonation. The beer sits nicely on the tongue, but as you swallow the bubbles really try to force all that flavor to the back half of your palate. The flavor is nice, but the mouthfeel, and I hate bubbles… is acceptable. I wouldn’t want to swish this one around in my mouth… as that wouldn’t give me any more flavor, only create more bubbles… but man, what an enjoyable beer.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is decent. Nothing to write home about. The ABV is also pretty low, and what aftertaste I get is subtle, dry, and reminds me of why an orange would match well with this beer. I am not a huge fan of this style, but the hot Arizona summers might change me in a few years. The crisp flavor a beer like this produces will help cool down those hot summer nights nicely.
I am not a huge fan of this style, but I really enjoyed this beer. As my palate changes, I have to keep an open mind on beers that I might not always dig. For example, I HATE Brettanomyces beers… there is just something about that yeast strain that I can’t handle. Not sure of the yeast strain they use here, but man… I could get used to drinking beers like this. Beers like this might even taste better from DAS BOOT!!!
Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier – The bottle says: “NA”
*Note: When we opened the bottle we had in the fridge, it was flat. And it tasted like trash! No, we tried it… and it was horrible. So we went to Total Wine & More and grabbed a fresh bottle. The review was from a fresh bottle literally purchased on the day we reviewed it.
It’s been a while since we reviewed a beer, but tonight we are back. We tried to do the last beer that we brought with us from Indiana last night, and it was FLAT. It tasted so gross, not like this beer normally would at all. So tonight we went out and bought the beer again. It’s actually a lot better when it’s not been transported across the country and sitting in the fridge for months.
Tonight’s beer is a nice golden yellow. Mine didn’t have much head, but Ricky’s had about an inch of head in the glass when he poured it. It’s pretty cloudy and almost looks thick for such a pale colored beer. It smells like a European beer. Weird, huh? But yeah, I believe that beers definitely smell and taste differently if they are from Europe. Even their “domestic” beers over there are so much better than our domestic beers here. Beer is just better in Europe. This one is no exception. It has that smell of what to me is a domestic European beer. Not overly special, but good all the same.
The taste is about what I expected. This really is the kind of beer I would expect to get if I ordered a typical beer in Europe. It has a light flavor, slightly spicy, slightly citrusy. It tastes about like it smells… it’s nothing over-the-top, but it’s a good, simple beer. This beer is really one of the reasons why beer is just more fun to drink over there. It’s probably not something I’d buy all the time, but if I had a craving for a European beer, this might be close to the top of my list (besides something Belgian, of course!).