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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Braupakt 2024

Braupakt
2024

When I first heard about this beer I was excited. How could one not be? A collaboration between these two? It has to be great, right? Right?? Of course, I've seen enough collaborations between two high-powered, well-respected breweries to know that expectations can often be raised to such a level that there is no way on Earth that they could ever be met. Is that the fault of the consumer? Sure, but in my experience that has been a fact of life. All too often these high-profile, 'matches made...

Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier

Weihenstephaner
1516 Kellerbier

When a certain type of beer is called for (or craved), you just can't substitute it with anything else. This is one such beer. 11.2 oz bottle. Golden body with a light haze and a modest head that has some lingering retention and a little lace. I'd love to try this draft, at the source. Big German malts are present right from the moment that the bottle is opened, and they continue to pour out of the stein. A beer in two parts. The malt cascade that meets the first sips, then gives way to a hop...

Weihenstephaner Helles

Weihenstephaner
Helles

Canned version, sold with the stein (pictured) in a gift pack in 2022. $10.99 for the combo. Right now I am somewhat unconvinced that this is a different beer to this one, but the ABVs are different (this at 4.8%, the Original at 5.1%) and they must be different since the German version of the website lists both beers! (Thanks @robsterowski for the heads up on that). However, when I look at my notes on the Original, all of the same attributes apply, especially in the appearance and the nose....

Weihenstephaner Festbier

Weihenstephaner Festbier

12 oz single from Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into the Tücher Weizen glass (not pictured, rather the picture shown is from 08/15/21) , the color is alarmingly light for the style, IF we were talking a Märzen (we're not, BTW!). Here's the explanation for the hue which comes six years after my original notes on this beer. The pour is largely a macro yellow color and lacks the kind of extra added orange, amber depth that one would expect to find in a Märzen. Strike one...

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Additional notes 02/02/23 (pictured) Still an amazingly drinkable beer with rich, deep flavors that coupled with the alcohol offer once of those deeply satisfying experiences. Vitus has been a favorite now for the best part of 20 years for me, and I never tire of it. Original notes 11/21/08 Thanks go out to stopbarking for the chance to crack this one. 500 mL bottle. Surprised at the pour into the Tucher Weizen glass reveals such a light colored beer. A real butterscotch colored affair with a...

Weihenstephaner Original

Weihenstephaner Original

$2.49, Green's Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. 1 pint 0.9 floz bottle The Helles moniker is more evident in this beer than almost any other I have seen. The lightness and the clarity of the body are extraordinary. Extremely pale golden color like Bud Light!! Aroma is that familiar mild skunk lager smell. Pours into the Southampton Weizen glass with an enormous rocky head. The head fades slowly to leave some spotty presence and some (not a lot) lacing. Very crisp clean malts, and a tiny hop presence....

Weihenstephaner Original

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

$2.49, Green's on Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into the Southampton Weizen glass, this has a head that looks superb. Initially huge, it dies slowly to give a rocky and pitted perfect froth. Surprisingly little lacing. Typical cloudy orange body underneath. Aroma has some bananas, but there seems to be a spiced overtone to it as well - maybe some apples? As it warms the bananas become increasingly apparent. The tastes are mainly muted bananas. What I like about this beer is it is...

Weihenstephaner Original

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

Well, I didn't quite get this one. I had great expectations, and perhaps that was the problem - too high. Pale lemon pour with not quite as much clarity as I was expecting. Lots of chill haze too, and a head that was not as lasting as I would have thought. Banana, pineapple and acid apples in the nose, and rather a lot of acidic apple in the taste too. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side as well. I dunno, just an average beer from a brewery that we have all come to expect a lot more...

Weihenstephaner Korbinian

Weihenstephaner
Korbinian

Dark, malty pour and aroma, the beer looks great and promises much. Not as sweet as some others in the style that I have tried and there was a very dinstict biscuit or cookie backbone. Almost like some crumbled shortbread had been put into the glass at some stage - very nice. Very well balanced. Classic full mouthfeel and smooth finish. Nice ABV level that matched well with the carbonation to provide a very satisfying drink. If anything this drinks a little bigger than the 7.40%...

Weihenstephaner Original

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Again, I think this is a question of what sytle of beer you enjoy most. Certainly if you are a big fan of Hefe's in general you are probably going to love this stuff. For me, it's undoubtably a fine example, but not necessarily one I am going to be raving on about as a personal favorite. Great looking orange colored pour with a smashing head that retained more than I expected. The usual standard clove undertones and it goes down well. I enjoyed this one, but not being an enormous fan of the...