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Bayern St. Wilbur Weizen - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

Bayern St. Wilbur WeizenBayern St. Wilbur Weizen

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%

Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-19-2002)
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Reviews by Knuckles:
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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sigh. Back in the day, before I had kids and a wife and a mortgage, I used to live in Montana. One of my favorite things to do in the summer was to drive from Bozeman to Missoula just to go to the Iron Horse (formerly Bayern's brewpub) and drink the Bayern Hefeweizen. It used to be a hefe of glory, a beacon of hefeweizenosity in a barrenwasteland of post-apocalyptic wheat crap like Pyramid and Widmer. Alas, those triumphant days of hefe-perfection are gone, and they've replaced it with a beer that looks like a hefe, feels like a hefe, and almost tastes like a hefe. It's the Manchurian Candidate of hefes.

Appearance: Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Lovely tawny brown, slightly murky from the yeast and the chill, with this incredibly insistent vortex of bubbles swirling up from the bottom of my glass. The head is at least two inches tall, and sticks around for a good ten minutes or so.

Smell: Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Whereas this beer used to pimp slap you with a nose full of fruit and nut (that sounds dangerously like a Cadbury bar), it now meekly reminds you of the badass mutha it used to be. You shut yo mouth! I'm talkin' bout hefe.

Taste: Again, just the faintest shadow of the majesty that this beer used to be. There is the faintest bit of clove, and a wee nutty finish. But nothing like it used to be. The guy who owns and operates Bayern is a true brewmeister from Bavaria, so it's not like he's pulling this stuff out of his ass. Ok, I ferverntly HOPE he's not pulling this stuff out of his ass. And I swear upon a case of Weihenstephaner that this beer used to absolutely kick ass. It was worth the three hour drive from Bozo to Missoula, so it must have been.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely spot on, dead accurate to the style. Not thick and soupy like Widmer/Pyramid, but right in line with Fransizkaner, etc.

Drinkablility: I've got to give it a four, as I could drink this all night. I would just be very, very sad while I did it remembering just how magnificent this beer used to be.

I'm of the opinion that Jurgen has dumbed down the yeast strain for popular consumption in Missoula, but I could be wrong. Needless to say, I'm still quite sad about it (but I'll soldier on in spite of it). All this said, PLEASE bring back the real hefe yeast strain, pretty please? I promise I'll redo my review if you do...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 01:19:54 | More by Knuckles
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1" head is rocky and sticks around for quite a while... the brew is not as hazy as most hefes.... lite orangey golden color.

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when i was young i used to do bottle drives with the boy scouts. all i remember is the smell of the un rinsed beer bottles. it was disgusting sweet rancid smell. this beer tastes kinda like the bottles smelled. there was little carbonation ~.1cm head. the smell was very sweet, a little tangy. i had almost no smell of clove or bananna. in the glass it was a nice orange -straw color and very clear. all i taste is wheat with a little pique of what might be hops.

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Bayern St. Wilbur Weizen from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
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