Monthly Archives: June 2013

Weihenstephan – Hefe Weissbier

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The Weihenstephan Abbey was funded by the Benedictine monks in 725 and in 1040 they established what is now the oldest still operational brewery, in the world. The brewery is now owned by the state of Bavaria and is closely related to the technical university of Munich where studies on brewing and beverage manufacturing is a graduate program.

I bought this beer at Munich airport where it came with two beers in a crate with a Weihenstephan glass. Price was 6,7 Euro for two 500ml beers at 5,4% and a glass.

A beuatiful yellow unfiltered beer fills the glass and have a inviting look to it.

The head structure is very fine bubbles that stays with a good layer.

A fantastic aroma that is fruitful and at best I can describe it as delicious, such an invitation to the taste to come is perfect. Taste is a tad on the light side, sprinkling but the fruit fades too fast. Unlike some other weissbiers where the last sip can be dull or with too much sediment this is good all the way through.

This is a beer to give a try when sitting in the sun on a hot summer day.

Overall rating is 87 / 100

Lobkowicz – Dark and Light

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The brewery in Vysoky Chlumec was established in 1466 and was purchased by the Lobkowicz family in 1474. The production was interrupted in 1939 when the brewery was confiscated by German armed forces and the Lobkowicz family was forced to exile to Great Britain. After World War II they returned in 1948 to Czechoslovakia only to vitness the communists take over their private properties and the brewery. In 1992 the brewery was returned to the Lobkowicz family and American born William Lobkowicz took over management of the family’s assets in the Czech Republic.

I bought these beers at a small beer basement shop in Tartu, Estonia. Two 500 ml bottles with a strength of 4,7% for 1,75 Euro each.

The idea is to drink them as it is done in the Czech Republic. The dark and light lager beers are mixed 50/50 or with less of the dark if you do not want it to dominate the light.

Colour is dark, a dark red with the beautiful nuances of chestnut.

The head is thin and very fine.

A weak aroma that does not make much notice of itself.

First tasting reveals a flat CO2 along with a light bitterness from the light beer but after taste is dominated by caramel from the dark beer. When mixed 50/50 the dark beer dominates and a little too much for my taste.

I would like to try it again, but with 75/25 light/dark.

Overall rating is 73 / 100

Indslev Bryggeri – Svane hvede Hefe-Weizen

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Indslev brewery was established in 1897 by Frederik Christian Rasmussen. At some point the brewery was closed down, but in 2005 restored to former glory with brand new production equipment. The re-opening was made possible by Anders Busse Rasmussen, grand grand nephew of Frederik Christian Rasmussen

I bought this beer in a local supermarket in Denmark. Price was 3 Euro for a 500ml bottle at 4,9%.

The colour with a pretty orange glow and the unfiltered beer gives it a great nuance.

The head structure is very fine but fades away a little too quickly.

Aroma is fresh and fruity. The taste can feel a little flat from the low CO2 content but there a good play among the fruit notes and overall it has a great taste. Still a good Weissbier!

Overall rating is 82 / 100