Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier
BeerAdvocate reviewers rate this beer 98. So it must be good, right? Of course I'm talking about Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier, a Bavarian-style wheat beer brewed by "The World's Oldest Brewery," founded in 1040 AD (which BTW is the same year my mother-in-law was born).
The brewery has a campaign here to get this beer recognized. They sent me a T-Shirt with the "Y-EN-STEFFAN" pronunciation on it along with a tall glass and bottle opener that spoke beer with me! 5.4% alcohol. 16.9 oz bottle. Simple label includes all the stats and a small brewery logo/shield.
The aroma is not that strong, though it is pleasant, malty. The flavors are very pronounced, however! Excellent malty, wheaty twang from the start to the finish. Fruity with tons of banana and some more nuanced orange flavors. More banana and then some spicy cloves start to creep in and make an impression.
Bottom line... Great beer! Terrific flavors with lots of intricacies. Well balanced between sweet and citrus/spice. Even my wife loved it, took the bottle and ran! I'd probably give it a 97 though! Check it out!