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Weihenstephan 1516 Kellerbier Returns!

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by invertalon, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (467) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    "Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill. At the first sip this naturally cloudy, amber-orange-colored Kellerbier reveals a touch of caramel. Its fresh and fruity aroma is owed to the chosen hops and accompanied by a pleasant bitterness. In combination with a well-balanced malt body this wonderfully mild and smooth beer was created to please both, your tongue and mind."

    5.6% ABV, 25 IBU

    1516 was incredible when it came out a few years ago! I have been hoping it would make a return ever since.

    It is coming soon, along with a non-alcoholic Hefeweissbier, as well.

  2. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,174) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Marketing goons go wild. :grin:

    2 questions come to mind first: Will it be the same recipe? Will it be the same price tag?
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  3. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,015) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

  4. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Crusader (755) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Soon? How soon? I need this now
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  5. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,692) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    THIS IS FANTASTIC. I had recently just been thinking about how much I missed this beer ... so glad it'll be coming back over.
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  6. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Zealot (588) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    I thought Kellerbier was a staple of Weihenstephaner all year round. Brooklyn Brewery cloudy Pils claims it is spot on for Kellebier. I must say It is damn close-
  7. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,692) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Its listed on their website as year round, but it hasn't been available in the US as a year round offering.
  8. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,601) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    Interesting. I've had the 1516 before but I don't recall being blown away by it. I went to check my score for it but my review isn't there. Did it get lost? Did I somehow not review it? Who knows. I can at least recall that it was pretty good so I'll grab a sixer and review it again.
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  9. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Savant (931) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Fuck yeah, NA Hefeweizen!

    But seriously, all I remember is that I enjoyed it at times, and at others it had some astringency to it. All depending on how much of the dregs got in there.

    I look forward to experimenting further. :wink:

    Plus, guaranteed fresh Weihenstephan!
  10. EmperorBatman

    EmperorBatman Initiate (42) Mar 16, 2018 District of Columbia

    I wonder how they will keep the 1516 fresh. From what I understand, a traditional Zwickel/Kellerbier is unfiltered and unpasteurized, so how will they ensure that the bier doesn’t go bad? I suppose it’s the same question for the Weiß as well.
  11. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,026) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    I missed out on 1516 the last time it came around; definitely keeping my eyes peeled for this.

    Glad I'm not the only one who's pretty excited for this. I don't drink much NA beer mostly because they all taste like shit for the most part, but a nice banana/clove/yeasty hefeweizen would probably really go down a lot nicer than your typical cereal grain swill.
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  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,563) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    That's why they're called dregs :wink:.
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  13. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,026) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    I always pour the dregs into my weizens....does NA hefeweizen dregs have a certain "quality" that makes this inadvisable?
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  14. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,901) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Jim, FWIW that would be my position as well. I reviewed this beer in a New Beer Sunday thread:


    I asked my local Retail Beer Distributor to special order me a case and I was quite disappointed by the high price for this beer - somewhere between 50 - 60 bucks as I recall. If this time around the beer is priced similarly (e.g., around15 bucks a 6-pack) this beer will be a pass for me. It is a nice enough beer but not worthy of a high price.


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  15. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (157) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    It was a major disappointment on its first release. In fact, I still have 3 at the back of the fridge.
  16. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,563) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I thought he was talking about the 1516 for that part, because this is the first we've seem to heard about the NA Hefe.
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  17. zid

    zid Savant (978) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    Why do I have the feeling that the only sixers I'll see in stores are the leftovers from the first release?
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  18. MightyTrustKrusher

    MightyTrustKrusher Initiate (65) Nov 5, 2014 New Jersey

    I only had 1516 on tap, but thought it was great.
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  19. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Savant (931) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Should have put in the winky face. I was kidding.

    Although I am curious what it will taste like.

    Yes, yes I was.

    I would uh, not go to that store anymore.
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  20. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,174) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Hah. I see that now. :grin: Seriously, it's thinned out, but I've seen it on shelves around here since the last release -- and at the same $14 a six-pack. :confused:
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  21. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Savant (931) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Wow, seriously?
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  22. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,174) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

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  23. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,398) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    If you guys look closely at those bottles, they are probably still within the "best by" date! :wink:
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  24. Leftofthedial

    Leftofthedial Disciple (374) Nov 17, 2011 California

    Love Weihenstephan, and love kellerbier even more so. Was quite disappointed with the first batch that made it over unfortunately. Lacked that dank, minerally, and delicious yeast flavor that I love in kellerbier and thought it was a little too malty. May give this one another shot if I see it but I’m going to lower my expectations this time.
  25. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (2,849) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Good news. This is a really enjoyable brew. My original review.


    Been enjoying Jacks Abby Saxony Lager recently. Kellerbiers are a top 5 style for me.
    #25 Tucquan, Apr 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2019 at 12:07 AM
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  26. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Savant (931) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I thought they skipped Saxony to brew Citra Brau?

  27. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (2,849) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I still had some left from last year. It held up well
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  28. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,725) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    I loved the last one...I'll get this for sure
  29. jkrich

    jkrich Meyvn (1,163) Nov 1, 2001 Florida

    This is good news - I really enjoyed it the first time but failed to grab another six-pack before it sold out.
  30. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Savant (931) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Well apparently there's still some kicking around from the last release!
  31. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Champion (873) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    Maybe that s a PA thing, or too-close-to-a-big-city (Philadelphia) thing? :thinking_face:
    It was $12/pk here . (Near Binghamton)

    I'm looking forward to it . 1516 is one of my favorite beers ever. Curious to see if it was more the situation (Extended period of 90sF + it was free (gift card) ) :smiley:, or it's actually the beer.:thinking_face:
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