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

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  1. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Is there actual evidence that they are really the world's oldest brewery?
  2. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Disciple (313) Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    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. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,354) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

  4. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,235) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Never had anything I didn't love/really like. The hefe is one of my personal all time favorites.
  5. Hopdaemon39

    Hopdaemon39 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2011 New York

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

    heinzdog9 Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2011 Georgia

    The gold standard of hefes.
  7. ifnkovhg

    ifnkovhg Aspirant (204) Aug 12, 2008 California

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

    ChrisMon02 Crusader (746) May 2, 2010 Ohio

    WORLD CLASS...All of them.
  9. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (15,085) May 5, 2010 Michigan
    Premium Member 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.
  10. marquis

    marquis Crusader (762) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    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.
  11. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Possibly the best weissbier I've had on tap, period!
  12. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (484) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    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.
  13. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (716) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    We'll find out next fall when Bud Light Octoberfest hits the shelves.

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

    Derranged Devotee (484) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    You almost had me there for a second. Although I can't think of anything that would stop AB from making such a thing.
  15. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (716) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    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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  16. Jwale73

    Jwale73 Poo-Bah (3,656) Aug 15, 2007 Rhode Island
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    Fantastic brewery - I'd love to try these beers fresh. When I drink German or German-Style beers, Weihenstephaner is my archetype for comparison.
  17. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    As my pet bear Yogi used to say...

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

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  18. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,021) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    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.
  19. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (389) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    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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  20. Boozledooz

    Boozledooz Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2011 Colorado

    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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  21. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

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

  22. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

  23. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (15,085) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    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.
  24. Dweedlebug

    Dweedlebug Disciple (383) Feb 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

    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'
  25. supermodified

    supermodified Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 Ohio

    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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  26. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    My username is relevant.
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  27. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,354) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    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).
  28. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,021) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    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.
  29. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Disciple (313) Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    Are we talking about Octoberfest now? Mmmmm....Hacker Pschorr
  30. lewisti

    lewisti Initiate (166) Nov 7, 2001 Connecticut

    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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  31. alexipa

    alexipa Devotee (439) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    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.
  32. TicoCali

    TicoCali Disciple (350) Jul 25, 2010 California

    Very good brewery.
  33. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,021) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    No, just the Weihenstephan version -- we can revisit Oktoberfest again next year. :wink:
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  34. mverity

    mverity Defender (669) Oct 6, 2012 Florida
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    I couldn't have put it better. Their stuff is simply and amazingly executed.
  35. slitherySOB

    slitherySOB Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2002 Ontario (Canada)

    I've had three of their offerings, and I like them.
  36. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,502) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    I am glad nobody knows about their Pilsner..

    (oh shit... whoops)
  37. goodbeerallday

    goodbeerallday Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2011 Australia

    vitus? yes please.
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  38. deathevocation

    deathevocation Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2008 Australia

    Worldclass and at a great price. I have a five litre keg of the hefe to demolish NYE.
  39. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,338) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    Very good beer! I like everything they make even though most of their styles are not my favorite.
  40. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    It seems like they just started sending it to SoCal.
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