Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

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

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

  1. Brunite

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2009
    Posts:
    492
    Likes Received:
    716
    Location:
    Illinois
    Yes. I am aware of the difference in their garb. But; I'm told that these fellows disguised themselves to appear non-Trappist. After all; how well would all those Westy Bricks sold if folks actually saw them drinking the German stuff for their own consumption?:cool:
     
  2. Vonstein15

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Posts:
    339
    Likes Received:
    173
    Location:
    Ohio
    they do now,Thanks
     
  3. BradtheGreat7

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2011
    Posts:
    125
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Ohio
    Weihenstephan is top shelf world class. Their Hefeweissbier is the hands down best Hefe on the planet, and their Vitus weizenbock for me is the best weizenbock on earth. It's a light colored weizenbock, but it's basically their world class Hefe juiced up on flavor and abv. It reminds me of a double Hefeweissbier. I've had almost if not all their brews released in the states and enjoyed all of them. But my 2 regulars from Weigenstephaner are the Hefe and vitus when it's released each season in cooler months. Germans know beer as well as anyone and especially wheat beer, and weihenstephan are at the forefront for both German and weiss bier styles. Their are 3 German breweries I really enjoy and while many more exist these 3 are in my top 50 brewers of the world list. Weihenstephan is one of the 3 along with G.Schneider & sohn as well as Brauerei Aying/Ayinger. If you are looking for quality hefes, weizenbocks, or anything wheat you can't go wrong with those 3. I recommend getting the weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and vitus first chance you get.

    Cheers
     
    slm100 likes this.
  4. Hoppsbabo

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2012
    Posts:
    1,199
    Likes Received:
    898
    Location:
    United Kingdom (England)
    Delicious. I like the dunkel most. Haven't tried the Korvibian... er, whatever it's called.
     
  5. jhartley

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2010
    Posts:
    7,039
    Likes Received:
    54,500
    Location:
    Florida
    I just received a 5 pack + the glass for Christmas from my parents. Can't wait to try them out! Doesn't look like I will be disappointed.
     
    BlastBeats likes this.
  6. dungledauf

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2005
    Posts:
    71
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Very difficult to find on draft in the Pittsburgh area. Fathead's, Smokin Joes, and the Sharp Edge have had some of their beers on draft in the past year. Their Munich Helles and Wheat were incredible. I strongly wish more bars carried their products on draft.
     
  7. JediMatt

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Posts:
    485
    Likes Received:
    290
    Location:
    Iowa
    I have loved every beer of theirs I've tried.

    Dammit, now I want to go to my local German Beer Hall for lunch and get a pint. ;)
     
  8. BushDoctor

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2007
    Posts:
    115
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    New York
    Vitus = Awesomeness
     
    semibaked likes this.
  9. slm100

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2012
    Posts:
    9
    Likes Received:
    1
    I have tried a few: Hefe Weissbier, Vitus and Hefeweissen.
    All of which were very good. Nice price too.
     
  10. Momar42

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2010
    Posts:
    301
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Maryland
    For me the only American Hefe that comes close is Live Oak, from Austin, TX. Had some less than a week old and it was amazing. Never thought an American brewery could nail a German hefe like that. I was wrong. Of course there are a $hitton on Germans in Central Texas.
     
  11. DelMontiac

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2010
    Posts:
    1,673
    Likes Received:
    7,737
    Location:
    Oklahoma
  12. MarcatGSB

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2011
    Posts:
    2,019
    Likes Received:
    2,453
    Location:
    Michigan
    Never had anything from them that I thought was average...everything is slightly above and in some cases the best available. Awesome stuff from those guys, even though they are pretty new to this whole brewing thing...
     
  13. jhartley

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2010
    Posts:
    7,039
    Likes Received:
    54,500
    Location:
    Florida
    Enjoying the Kristallweiss right now. Smells of bananas and apples, really light and fruity, definitely something you could drink a lot of in the summer, quite refreshing.
     
  14. timc100

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012
    Posts:
    175
    Likes Received:
    619
    Location:
    Illinois
    Bring very fond, treasured memories of drinking beer in the homeland. Great stuff, of course if fresh
     
  15. BierStein711

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2011
    Posts:
    28
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Illinois
    A lot of good German beers seem to get away from the spotlight on this website. Schneider, Ayinger and Weihenstephaner all seem to not have a fair amount of attention.

    I received a Weihenstephaner gift pack, and I'm looking forward to exploring them more; I have only had the Hefeweizen and the Original Lager.
     
    drevim likes this.
  16. UCLABrewN84

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Posts:
    7,934
    Likes Received:
    7,933
    Location:
    California
    Korbinian. It's good. Get one.
     
  17. Hoppsbabo

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2012
    Posts:
    1,199
    Likes Received:
    898
    Location:
    United Kingdom (England)
    Will do. It's on my list!!!
     
    UCLABrewN84 likes this.
  18. beernut

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2008
    Posts:
    127
    Likes Received:
    76
    Location:
    New Jersey
    As ColoradoBob would say

    VVV
    III
    TTT
    UUU
    SSS
     
  19. stout1420

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2010
    Posts:
    20
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    New York
    Worlds oldest brewery if I'm not mistaken! For a reason
     
  20. JediMatt

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Posts:
    485
    Likes Received:
    290
    Location:
    Iowa
    The other American hefe's that are close in quality (IMO) are New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat and Sierra Nevada Kellerweis.
     
  21. JackHorzempa

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2005
    Posts:
    18,873
    Likes Received:
    22,540
    Location:
    Pennsylvania

    And:

    · Troegs DreamWeaver Wheat (2012 GABF Gold Medal winner)
    · Stoudt’s Heifer-in-Wheat (2010 GABF Gold Medal winner)
    · Sly Fox Royal Weiss
    · Victory Sunrise Weiss
    · Etc.

    Cheers!
     
  22. Momar42

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2010
    Posts:
    301
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Maryland
    I hear great things about NG Dancing man but I would have to disagree on the SN. There are good American Weiss beers but they are different compared to the German offerings. The Live Oak, to me, represents the German style best. All subject to opinion of course.
     
  23. JediMatt

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Posts:
    485
    Likes Received:
    290
    Location:
    Iowa
    Hmm. It's been a while since I've had Kellerweis, but I seem to remember thinking that it was a hell of a lot closer to a true representation of the German style hefe than almost any other brand out there. I'll have to give it another try and see if I still feel the same way.
     
  24. Darwin553

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2009
    Posts:
    521
    Likes Received:
    179
    Location:
    Australia
    I can't say that I've met a bad Weihenstephaner beer yet with Vitus the pick of the litter.
     
  25. PangaeaBeerFood

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2008
    Posts:
    431
    Likes Received:
    246
    Location:
    New York
    So you're going to take German styles of beer and make them American? That's "doing justice" to German beer the same way take-out Chinese food is "doing justice" to Chinese culture. I'm as big a fan of fusion as the next guy, but don't pretend you're doing the Germans a solid by completely changing everything they like about their beer.

    I'm also confused by the second half of your statement. Most, if not all, post-prohibition beer were lagers based on the Pilsner. Pre-prohibition beer was largely British-style Ale and Porter, dating back to before the Revolutionary War, because we used to be British.
     
  26. sommersb

    Subscriber

    Joined:
    May 25, 2010
    Posts:
    240
    Likes Received:
    205
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Love the SN Kellerweis and I think it's very German-like
     
  27. Momar42

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2010
    Posts:
    301
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Maryland
    I think perhaps its time for me to the same :).
     
  28. CaptJackHarkness

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Posts:
    132
    Likes Received:
    87
    Location:
    New York
    The only people who don't like Weihenstephaner are those who never drank Weihenstephaner !
     
    CoverMePorkins likes this.
  29. JackHorzempa

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2005
    Posts:
    18,873
    Likes Received:
    22,540
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Prior to Prohibition the popular beer in America was what we today call a Classic American Pilsner (CAP). A CAP is similar to a German style pilsner but used indigenous ingredients (American 6-row barley, Maize (or rice), American Cluster hops for bittering, etc.).

    You can read Jeff Renner’s article entitled: The Revival of the Classic American Pilsner in the Zymurgy of Sept./Oct. 2000. You can download it from the AHA website: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/zymurgy/free-downloads

    Cheers!
     
  30. jesskidden

    Subscriber

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2005
    Posts:
    7,780
    Likes Received:
    18,012
    Location:
    New Jersey
    The "pre-Prohibition" era in the US covers more than a century, of course, but (to quote Stanley Baron from his Brewed in America [1962]):

    By the 1890's, Pabst, Anheuser-Busch and Schlitz were the #1, 2 and 3 brewers in the US and #5, P. Ballantine & Sons, was the largest ale brewer, yet their lager beer division was already outselling their ales, porters and stout by 1891.

    It should also be noted that the per capita consumption of beer in the US before the great wave of German immigration that brought with it the rise of lager beer breweries in the mid-1800's was quite small compared to the immediate pre-Pro era. In 1850 it was 1.5 gallons of beer per person and by the turn of the century in 1900 that had risen tenfold to 15.5 gallons - most of it lager beer.
     
  31. diesel59

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Posts:
    859
    Likes Received:
    1,326
    Location:
    New York
    I like them... but I like ayinger better!
     
  32. sprucetip

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2007
    Posts:
    146
    Likes Received:
    40
    Location:
    Alaska
    I love them. Generally, they define the style, more or less. If you don't like them, you probably don't like German style.
     
  33. Pelican5

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    Posts:
    237
    Likes Received:
    305
    Location:
    California
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe