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The Weihenstephaner Beers.... what do people think of them?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MaxOhle, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Savant (410) Illinois Nov 10, 2012

    What do people think of Weihenstephaner as a whole?
  2. I've enjoyed every Weihenstephaner beer that I've tried, which I believe consists of just about everything that is commercially available in the United States. Their Hefeweizen is the gold standard for the style, in my opininon. That said, I don't drink them with too much frequency due to the issue with freshness. While Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier might be the best in the world, if the bottle on the shelf is 7 months old...
  3. stayclean

    stayclean Savant (370) Wisconsin Mar 17, 2012

    I imagine most people that have had them like them.
  4. acelin

    acelin Advocate (545) Kansas Feb 14, 2009

    All of their beers are amazing, and indeed ideal representations of the style, if not perfect representations.
  5. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (1,100) North Carolina Dec 8, 2007 Staff Member Subscriber Beer Trader

    Very nice beers (all of the ones I have tried).
  6. All the brews are top notch especially Korbinian, my favorite doppelbock
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  7. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    They win.
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  8. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    Also, dont cost a billion dollars... AND GET SHIPPED FROM OVERSEAS. WHY ARENT THEY 27 DOLLARS, LIKE EVIL TWIN?!?!?!

    I will regret this post in the morning.
  9. Their heffe is what got me started in craft beer (broke me from the BMC shell). I still pick up a few bottles from time to time just because I love it.
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  10. drevim

    drevim Aficionado (190) Indiana Oct 12, 2012

    I really enjoy all the styles I've been able to try. Just seems German beers don't see a lot of chatter here. I think they get lost behind the Belgians. Schneider is another solid brand worth checking out.
  11. acelin

    acelin Advocate (545) Kansas Feb 14, 2009

    When I start homebrewing, I plan on doing German beers justice. Hoppy hefe? Check. Imperial Dunkels? Check. Triple weizenbocks? Hell yes. Imperial hopped hefes? Oh dear yes. We only used English ales in this country because the original literature was in our language. It wasn't because most of us are of english descent.
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  12. PoopChute69

    PoopChute69 Initiate (0) Poland Oct 24, 2012

  13. acelin

    acelin Advocate (545) Kansas Feb 14, 2009

    Know what else would be good? Roasted barley Doppelbock with american imperial stout like hops.
  14. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    So true. should be an "end thread" type post. Can't say more than that. Thank God that these beers exist and will continue to exist in their present form!
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  15. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Savant (325) Nebraska May 25, 2005

    it's one of those breweries that i should probably buy more than i do
  16. semibaked

    semibaked Champion (830) Kentucky Mar 27, 2007

    They are great, Vitus and Original Premium are my favs.
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  17. I feel like that's not doing them justice, that's ruining them.
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  18. Also, Weihenstephaner makes incredible beers (Korbinian is AWESOME), and I share the same sentiment as poopinmybutt.
  19. djaeon

    djaeon Champion (755) California Oct 2, 2006

    I've only had the Hefe Weissbier, and it was pretty damn good.
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  20. acelin

    acelin Advocate (545) Kansas Feb 14, 2009

    It's hard to ruin a style when you are making new ones.

    Hoppy wheat beers can be quite amazing if done right.

    Roasted malt dunkels would just add a greater depth of flavor.

    Triple weizenbocks have been done by german brewers in the past, just not often.
  21. zac16125

    zac16125 Poobah (1,025) South Carolina Jan 26, 2010 Beer Trader

    Im not big on German style beers, but the Hefe is the gold standard of the style, and hands down the best Hefeweizen Ive had
  22. I just don't think adding more hops and boosting the alcohol is "doing justice" to a style that has been brewed in a certain tradition for years. Hefes, dunkels, weizenbocks, etc. don't need to have justice done to them...they are already great!

    That said, if you think it's something you'll enjoy then brew away. I'll simply leave it on the shelf and pick up the Weihenstephaner it's sitting next to :).
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  23. acelin

    acelin Advocate (545) Kansas Feb 14, 2009

    I don't think you understand. You're the only one saying doing justice. I simply think we took the lesser of two paths: American craft brewing innovated from english foundations instead of german ones.
  24. Great beers at great prices.
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  25. Oisin

    Oisin Aficionado (225) California Oct 14, 2005

    Yes--Korbinian over Spaten's Double Shovels any day! And the price is so right.
  26. One of the greatest brewery's on earth.
  27. Great range of beers. Their Kristallweissbier is easily the best anywhere in the world. And its largely ignored or forgotten.
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  28. bushycook

    bushycook Savant (370) Virginia Jan 31, 2011 Beer Trader

    This. It's definitely my fave from them.
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  29. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    Agreed, the Germans don't get a lotta love on BA typically, not much negativity either though. I've enjoyed everything I've had by Weihenstephaner, Schneider is great as well as are Ayinger and Paulaner now I'm sad I have such little German stuff on hand save for Aventinus.:(
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  30. drevim

    drevim Aficionado (190) Indiana Oct 12, 2012

    Weihenstephaner Hefe and Aventinus were my first 2 German beers. Talk about hitting it right the first try, a complete blind stab with a server who couldn't pronounce them.
  31. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    Aventinus and Salvator were my 1st 2 Germans. Listed style be damned, Aventinus is it's own beast.
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  32. Centennial

    Centennial Savant (450) Vermont Nov 9, 2009

    I second that statement.
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  33. It is also at the Bavarian brewing university. That should say something about the beer's quality.
  34. Weihenstephener Hefeweissen - Simply the best you can drink in the style, 'nuff said.
    Korbinian - best dopplebock that I've had thus far
    Vitus - Damn good Weizenbock
    "Regular" Weihenstephener - Munich Helles, very good beer

    Has anyone had their Pilsener? I've seen it start to creep on the shelves of my beer shops, but I just haven't got around to buying it yet.
  35. Every beer Ive had from them has been above average at worst, World class at best.
  36. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    Extremely nice beer- same malt character as their Original, but a bit drier and hoppier. If you like the Original you'll love it.
  37. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    3.9, 4.58, 4.70, and 4.83 for the 4 beers I had. Not too shabby.
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  38. Actually, you didn't.
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  39. metter98

    metter98 Champion (895) New York Aug 29, 2006 Subscriber

    All of the beers I have had from them are excellent, and their hefeweizen is my favorite in the style.

    The last time I was in Munich, I went to Freising and walked up the hill to the monestary. They had a great ad on the wall next to the brewery with two nuns sitting on the end of a dock, dipping their feet in the water and drinking wheat beers with a caption that translated from German as "this is heaven." I would agree with this statement.
  40. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poobah (1,255) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

    Exemplars of the styles they make.

    If there is a clear worldclass brewery - this is it.