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August 14, 2003

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbeer

Beer of the night.

And for the last three years, since Rodenbach stopped exporting its Grand Cru to the states, my favorite beer. It has the smooth drinkability of an American lager, the mouthfeel of a stout, and a great yeasty bite at the end.

I'm lucky to find it twice a year, so the relative scarcity of the brew may have something to do with its appeal, but it is from the world's oldest brewery, which has been in operation since 1040. Presumably they know what they're doing.

Don't take just my word for it, though.

The Beer Advocate
Wonderful taste and aroma made it hard for me to restrain myself from downing my six-pack in one sitting. I'm delaying my self-gratifacation to more thoroughly enjoy them. This is the standard bearer for the style. Truly world-class.

The Oxford Bottled Beer Database
Towards the finish the fruit develops into cider apple, and the aftertaste is smooth, yeasty and slightly appley. This is a fine example of the style, with exceptionally complex fruit character. Its refreshing taste and sheer drinkability make it an ideal drink for a spring or summer evening.

Epinions
5 stars - I wouldn’t be surprised if the German citizens of Bavaria tip a bottle of this brew each morning, before starting the day. The mixture of flavors make it seem like a breakfast beverage.

It pours like a liquid, tastes like a solid, and according the the Sainted Wife, turns into a gas. What more could one want from a beer?

Update: It is hard to find, and since all the Weihenstephaners have similar labels, make sure that it's the Hefe Weissbeer in your grasp, rather than the Pilsner or the KristallWeissbeer, not that there is anything wrong with either of those. The first place I ever found the Hefe Weiss was at Kroger, of all places. Harris Teeter usually carries one of the other Weihenstephaner brews.

I got the latest six-pack from the Charlotte Frugal MacDougal's. Charlotteans may also want to try the dueling Park Road beverage stores. According to Adrianne, one of the many Hraka beer correspondents, Brawley's has an incredible selection.

One can also buy it online, at Internet Wines and Spirits, and occasionally at Liquid Solutions.

Posted by Bigwig at August 14, 2003 12:36 AM | TrackBack
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Comments

But where do you FIND it?

Sources, man, we demand sources!

Posted by: cj at August 14, 2003 01:10 AM

Done. :)

Posted by: bigwig at August 14, 2003 01:39 AM

I live in Phoenix, and the upscale grocery AJ's just down the road from me carries what looks like a steady supply of single bottles of four different kinds of Weihenstephaner. Thanks for the tip.

So tonight it will be the original -- which I have never tasted! -- tomorrow the heifeweissbier, the next night . . . it's hot out here, did I mention?

Posted by: Jerome du Bois at August 15, 2003 05:14 PM
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