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

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

  1. Is there actual evidence that they are really the world's oldest brewery?
  2. Everyone around here stocks their Hefe, but the Original Lager is much harder to find for some reason...which is thoroughly depressing, as I want to drink that every day for the rest of my life. Top notch brewery.
  3. Never had anything I didn't love/really like. The hefe is one of my personal all time favorites.
  4. Hopdaemon39

    Hopdaemon39 Savant (415) New York Dec 27, 2011

    Best German lagers you can get- haven't been to Germany but over here I haven't had anything better
  5. heinzdog9

    heinzdog9 Aspirant (40) Georgia Jun 11, 2011

    The gold standard of hefes.
  6. ifnkovhg

    ifnkovhg Savant (280) California Aug 12, 2008

    I didn't like Korbinian, but their other stuff is really, really good.
  7. ChrisMon02

    ChrisMon02 Advocate (625) Ohio May 2, 2010

    WORLD CLASS...All of them.
  8. superspak

    superspak Poobah (1,285) Michigan May 5, 2010 Beer Trader

    I have had the whole lineup(that the US gets) and they are damn awesome to world class in rank. The only beer that disappointed me was the Oktoberfest. Really wasnt what I expected from the style at all(though the beer was still good). However, the rest of the styles they make are spot on.

    Really wanna get my hands on the dunkel lager they make, badly.
  9. I imagine it's like my father's broom-had three new handles and two new heads but it's the same broom.
    Many breweries claim great age but it's doubtful whether any have been uninterrupted and continuous enterprises.Is it the same brewery if premises are changed? Or is it simply that brewing has been carried out in the locality over a long time? Which is true for practically all Northern European towns.
  10. Possibly the best weissbier I've had on tap, period!
  11. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    I don't think I've ever had an Oktoberfest that I liked a lot, in fact I don't think its a particularly well liked style in America either.
  12. We'll find out next fall when Bud Light Octoberfest hits the shelves.

    I think I've used this joke before.
  13. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    You almost had me there for a second. Although I can't think of anything that would stop AB from making such a thing.
  14. In addition to their beers bring great, the gift pack is the best holiday gift pack deal around. 5 16.9 ounce bottles, all within a few months bottling, and a glass for $15. Considering their half liter bottles go for $3 to $4 alone, that's amazing.

    The pack I got this year had the Hefe, Original, Krystal, Dunkel, and the Vitus. Merry Christmas
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  15. Jwale73

    Jwale73 Champion (870) Rhode Island Aug 15, 2007 Beer Trader

    Fantastic brewery - I'd love to try these beers fresh. When I drink German or German-Style beers, Weihenstephaner is my archetype for comparison.
  16. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    As my pet bear Yogi used to say...

    They're "better than you're avvverage BEER!"

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  17. steveh

    steveh Champion (970) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    You need to try more German beers. Big differences between breweries brewing the same style -- for many of the same reasons an IPA can be different from brewery to brewery.
  18. My first sample of their Original (helles) a few years ago prompted me to realize that I'd been drinking ales almost exclusively for some time, and that lagers warranted my attention as well. Thanks Weihenstephaner!
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  19. Boozledooz

    Boozledooz Initiate (0) Colorado Jul 8, 2011

    The problem with Weihenstephaner is that they are very difficult beers to come by fresh, but in Germany from the source it is an excellent brewery. I also think Dry Dock Hefeweizen is the first hefe I've had that matches Weihenstephaner's. If it had more reviews it very well might be the number 1 hefe. Try it if you ever get a chance.
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  20. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    Any beer that is good enough for Trappist Monks to drink is good enough for me!

  21. Schwantz

    Schwantz Savant (390) Florida Dec 16, 2012

  22. superspak

    superspak Poobah (1,285) Michigan May 5, 2010 Beer Trader

    Well, yes and no in agreement there. The real problem is most American breweries cannot make a solid style example; because most of the ones I have had are too fruity and off balanced, and dont have nearly enough body and mouthfeel,

    However, I know of plenty of people including myself who drink the shit out of Great Lakes Oktoberfest every year. That is a spot on brew.
  23. He's referring to this statement in your original post: When I start homebrewing, I plan on doing German beers justice.

    Clearly, he's not the only one saying doing justice. Just sayin'
  24. supermodified

    supermodified Savant (330) Ohio Nov 28, 2012

    Their Festbier is strikingly different than the other Octoberfest beers I have tasted. And that color! It glows!
    The taste grew on me. I would buy again.
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  25. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    My username is relevant.
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  26. Those aren't Trappists, you can tell by the robes Edit - habit.

    You can see what a Cistercians (Trappists) wear a white habit and a black Scapular (apron like thingy).
  27. steveh

    steveh Champion (970) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    It's in the more modern "Wiesn" style that's served at the Oktoberfests these days. Hofbrau and Augustiner import their versions and Paulaner imports bot their Amber Marzen and Wiesn Fests.

    I agree that few US micros make a great, Bavarian style Okto, but many are well-made beers.
  28. Are we talking about Octoberfest now? Mmmmm....Hacker Pschorr
  29. lewisti

    lewisti Savant (325) Connecticut Nov 7, 2001

    I took a real liking to their Vitus helles weizenbock the last few years, highly recommended, and just this week I tried their helles lager for the first time and while this is not my favorite style by any means, its was hands down the crispest cleanest most refreshing lager i may have ever had, no funny aftertastes as you get with some of these.
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  30. alexipa

    alexipa Advocate (525) Colorado Oct 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    Weihenstephaner is fantastic, they don't brew a bad or even mediocre beer. One of the best breweries in all the land.

    If we are talking about Oktoberfests now, that's my favorite style! I love the weihenstephaner one but agree it's different from others. My favorites are Hacker-Pschorr and Ayinger, special mention to Paulaner.
  31. TicoCali

    TicoCali Savant (460) California Jul 25, 2010

    Very good brewery.
  32. steveh

    steveh Champion (970) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    No, just the Weihenstephan version -- we can revisit Oktoberfest again next year. ;)
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  33. mverity

    mverity Savant (485) Florida Oct 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    I couldn't have put it better. Their stuff is simply and amazingly executed.
  34. I've had three of their offerings, and I like them.
  35. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,310) Maryland Mar 18, 2008 Subscriber

    I am glad nobody knows about their Pilsner..

    (oh shit... whoops)
  36. vitus? yes please.
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  37. Worldclass and at a great price. I have a five litre keg of the hefe to demolish NYE.
  38. Lare453

    Lare453 Champion (975) Florida Feb 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Very good beer! I like everything they make even though most of their styles are not my favorite.
  39. It seems like they just started sending it to SoCal.