Monthly Archives: November 2015

Weihenstaphaner – Vitus

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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 unfiltered weissbeer from a German webshop at the price of 1,49 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 7,7%.

Good looking hazy yellow beer.

Gigantic head with the finest of fine on the top.

Powerful aroma that explodes with fruit, banana and sums up the whole body of the beer.

Low CO2, full bodied fruit that is very heavy, extremely sweet in the after taste. There is no sign in the taste of the high alcohol content.

Overall rating 79 / 100 

Arcobräu – Weissbier Hell

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First recorded reference to the Schlossbrauerei Moos relates to the handover from Stephan Trainer to his son-in-law Johann Albrecht von Preysing in 1567. In 1619 a large fire destroys the brewery, agricultural buildings and castle. Restoration by Count Warmund von Preysing starts with the brewery and the agricultural buildings. In 1789 Johann Kaspar I Count of Preysing combines the breweries Aholming and Moos. He creates the foundation of today’s brewery from the stones.

The first experiments to create Weissbier are made in 1826. In 1887 Konrad Count of Preysing introduces mechanical processes into the brewery. After the death of Count Kaspar von Preysing in 1940, his sister Maria Theresia Countess von und zu Arco-Zinnenberg succeeds him. Count Ulrich Philip von und zu Arco-Zinneberg combines all breweries owned by the Count’s family under the name of Arcobräu. The so-called Schlossbrauerei Moos becomes the headquarters in 1960. In 1992 several breweries in Schwandorf, Straubing and in the Bäder triangle are incorporated into Arcobräu over the years which leading to an expansion of the distribution area.

I bought this unfiltered weissbeer from a wine shop located that the main shopping street of Aarhus, Denmark at the price of 3,5 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,3%.

Good looking orange in the colour.

Medium sized head and fine on the top.

Light aroma compromised of fruits and sweetness.

Almost violently CO2 level, wheated with a sweet fruit in the after taste.

Overall rating 75 / 100

Hofbräu München – Münchner Weisse

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The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, Munich’s famous “hofbrauhaus”, was founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V. It was originally founded as the brewery to the old Royal Residence, which at that time was situated just around the corner from where the beer hall stands today in Germany. Maximilian I, Wilhelm’s son and heir, did not care much for the popular Braunbier, which was the dark and heavy brown beer. So, in the beginning of the 17th century Maximilian I turned the brewery’s focus onto wheat beers and forbade all other private breweries to brew wheat beer thus creating a monopoly.

I bought this unfiltered weissbier from a wine shop in Rieti, Italy at the price of 4,5 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,1%.

Good looking yellow and orange in the colour.

Medium head with a fine top that disperses slowly.

Sweet fruit and with a hint of hops in the aroma.

Good CO2, sweet fruit with clear taste of banana, balanced, long after taste full of spices and generally a heavy feeling to it.

Overall rating 84 / 100