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Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

A glass of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan in Freising, Germany, on draft at Olympen in Oslo.


As the glass states, Weihenstephan is the "Älteste brauerei der welt" or the oldest brewery in the world. The Benedictine Weihenstephan Abbey, founded in 768 CE, started brewing beer in 1040 CE and they continued doing so until Napoleon Bonaparte and his army swooped down on Bavaria, closing monasteries left and right. When the monastery and brewery were secularised in 1803, they became possessions of the State of Bavaria (an independent kingdom until it joined the German Federation in 1871). Today, this is the Bavaria State Brewery and their weissbier is the "Gold standard" of German wheat beers.


The Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is a 5.4% abv unfiltered and unpasteurized wheat beer. It poured a hazy, pale orange color with a big white head. Wonderful yeast aroma with spicy notes of coriander and citrusy hop notes. Mouthfeel is light with a nice carbonation. Flavor started out with a rich yeast character, dry but with a banana note. The hops added some fresh citrus and a light, crisp bitterness that lingered in the finish. This is a very harmonic but flavorful wheat beer. Absolute world class!

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Taken on August 31, 2010