Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.72/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Can I just add in a 3rd review to this much-loved brew of mine? It's 12:33 on a Saturday afternoon in Columbia, which is currently about as hot as the Sammath Naur. I'm sitting here halfway through a growler of my beloved Weihenstephaner Hefe, which I am enjoying out of it's own glorious glass. Everything seems right with the world.
Since I've reviewed this beer twice over, let me take a different tack now and simply praise it some more. This may be the beer that has had the greatest shift in appeal for me, ever. At first review, way back in 2006, I was pleasantly surprised as up till then I "don't usually spring for Hefes". My how things have changed...
This beer currently sits under Westvleteren 8, Bourbon Sexual Chocolate, and 5 other beers on my top ten list. To be able to buy a growler (From Green's on Piney Grove, bless 'em) of my #8 rated beer of all time for a measly $10 is just such a wonderful thing... here is a brewery that has been around since the Dark Ages, still cranking out beer today. I don't know if the beer was better in the past or will be better in 2208, it is fantastic now.
The extreme drinkability of Weihenstephaner Hefe is maybe only matched by its balance. We have a puffy, creamy, mellow yet flavorful wheat beer boasting a superb finish, which is a stumbling block for most American brewers of this style (and many Germans as well). It fades out gently, with neither clove-spice nor lemon-sour nor fruity banana dominating, but all turning out the lights, tucking you into bed, and tiptoeing out the door quietly, making sure to shut the doors behind them. What's left in your mouth and mine is a delightful light sweetness, mineral water, wheat-dough, and spice flavor that is entirely inoffensive - and is actually great.
I suppose I could gush about this beer all day, but I have Things to Do. So let me just say, again, that an unfiltered Weihenstephaner Hefe out of the proper glass on a hot day is one of my favorite things in life. One day I will drink this close to the source and it will be good then, too.
I do not exaggerate when I say that I think that enjoying Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is one of the infinite, small mercies of God. Prost indeed.
Serving type: growler
07-09-2011 16:48:33 | More by kkipple
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4.21/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured into my new Schneider weizen glass.
A: Cloudy yellow golden rod with very active carbonation, two inch head with lacing all around.
S: Bananas on front, slight yeast scent on back-end, turns a little bready or nutty as it matures.
T: Slightest of orange on the very front end that quickly vanishes, mellow banana and wet walnuts throughout as the prominent characteristics. I wanted a stronger taste here, but still enjoyable.
M: Light, smooth, and refreshing with a medium carbonation that turns high and bitey on the back-end.
O: Beautiful appearance, great carbonation, and bananas throughout. Love it. Looking forward to enjoying weizens this coming spring and summer.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 03:12:37 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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