Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Another Wings and Beer night, another new-to-me brew.  This week the guest tap at our favorite place for hot wings and cold beer - Porky's Cafe in Shelton, CT - was featuring Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier brewed by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan.  Try to say that three times fast!

Founded in 1040, Weihenstephan is the world's oldest continuously operating brewery.  Practice makes perfect?  It is interesting to note that they are also the co-brewer, in conjunction with Samuel Adams, of Infinium.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (5.40% ABV) is a German Hefeweizen. It is a top fermented, unfiltered, bottle conditioned wheat beer.  

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a hazy golden color.  If you are drinking it from a bottle, there will be a layer of  yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.  Mmm, that's good stuff. 

As it was presented to me, the head was thin and fuzzy.  The aroma is of bread, wheat and lemon.

The first thing you taste is the wheat and a breadiness that is smelled more than tasted.  This is accompanied by a light fruitiness - banana and citrus - that is only mildly sweet.  There is a spice note that I couldn't quite put my finger on.  I was initially thinking coriander but in retrospect I believe what I was tasting clove.  

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a smooth, easy drinking beer.  It finishes clean without a trace of bitterness.  

I imagine this beer would be execptionally refreshing on a hot summer day, but I think it makes a good all-around, anytime beer.  It's very nice and excellent overall.

I guess practice does make perfect!  Well done!

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