Archive for the ‘Wheat’ Category

We all know That I really like Sierra Nevada.  As far as I’m concerned they can do no harm.  Their Wheat Beer is no exception.  Wheat beers are top fermented beers with a large portion of wheat in addition to the barley.  In Germany the wheat beers are called “Weizen” which means wheat.  There are two main types with different prefixes, Hefe (for yeast), and Kristall (for crystal which is the same beer filtered).  The naming of Bavarian, Belgian, Dutch, etc countries wheat beers is a lengthly discussion.  The important thing to know is Hefeweizen is the same as a “Wheat Beer”.  About Sierra Nevada, their Wheat Beer is very good.  There is nothing to set it over the top, but it is very good.  I think what I’m trying to get out is this particular brew is just basically good.  It is well balanced, and drinks very well.  Again, I love Sierra Nevada and their Wheat Beer doesn’t disappoint.

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Paulaner “Hefe-Weizen”

Posted: April 28, 2012 in Wheat

My favorite place in the entire world is Munich Germany.  There is just something about being in the capitol of Bavaria that is magical.  The people are just good, the food is amazing, and the beer is fantastic.  Most of the year you can get Helles (German for “bright”) their golden lager style being brewed since the 1890’s, Dunkel (German for “dark”) the maltier roasted variety.  Those beers are served in 1 liter steins which if you are not used to those glasses they are not for boys.  Some parts of society think drinking 40’s is manly, I say F that, real men use steins.  Also they have Weisbier, which is what our Hefeweizen is.  In the more touristy places it is fine to get it but some local places they make fun of you because that beer is for women.  I don’t really care it is one of the greatest things I have ever had.  German Weisbier is more carbonated than most American styles so I can’t drink a lot of them, but a couple is worth it.  Paulaner is 8th among Germany’s best selling breweries and has been such an integral part of the city of Munich for so long their symbol is on the city’s maypole.  This Hefeweizen is so good there aren’t really words to describe.  It is a little expensive to get it here but you can get cases in a lot of stores and it is so very worth it.  Every person that is serious about beer needs to have this as a point to compare every other Hefeweizen to.

Pyramid “Haywire Hefeweizen”

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Wheat

Pyramid is great.  If you are ever in Seattle and go to a Mariners game the Pyramid brewery is right across the street from the stadium.  They do this parking lot party for each game that is awesome.  Its a good way to try their beers without selling your kidney to buy them at the stadium.  Their restaurant is good too.  The Hefeweizen is Pyramids flagship beer.  It is very good.  It is exact ally how a Hefeweizen should be.  One thing they did in recent years is to give names to all of their beers.  It used to be Hefeweizen, now it’s Haywire Hefeweizen.  Thats cool I guess but why change what you have always been just because everybody else has a name for each of their styles.  Just a gripe from me I guess.  Anyway, their Hefeweizen is good, you should try it if you haven’t already.

Widmer Brothers “Hefeweizen”

Posted: December 19, 2011 in Wheat

There comes a point in all mens lives where we change.  We go from being boys to men.  It is gradual yes, but there are some important milestones.  One point is the where our palate changes.  I’m talking about the when we stop drinking cheap domestics and graduate to full flavor craft beers.  The beer that did this for me was Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen.  I think I was about 21, and I was changed forever.  I think Widmer Brothers made a fantastic beer.  There is a lot of flavor without being to much.  Their Hefeweizen has a special place in my heart.  By the way American Wheat beers go this is one of the best.  Oregon State has more breweries than I can count and the fact the Widmer Brothers is as big as it is, and has survived as long in that market tells you they are special.  I do very much love this beer and think you will too.

Flying Dog “In-Heat Wheat”

Posted: December 18, 2011 in Wheat

Flying dog is cool.  Their beer is great, the labels are neat, and you can get it all over the place.  Flying dog was started as a brew pub in Aspen by George Stranahan.  His neighbor was no other than Hunter S. Thompson.  Anybody that was friends with Mr. Thompson should be a very interesting guy with great ideas.  I think that shows is their beers.  Flying dog makes some of the best craft beers I’ve ever had.  The flavors are bold without being overwealming.  They are easy to drink all the way to the last drop.  There is not a bad thing anybody could say about any of their beers.  The Hefeweizen is great.  As I have said before, I prefer hopper beers, but I do appreciate a good beer and this is one.  All I can say is it is perfect.  If you see it, try it out, you won’t be dissapointed.

Leinenkugel “Sunset Wheat”

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Wheat

A lot of people I know like this beer.  I think it is too much.  There is something about it I don’t like.  I don’t really like beers that have too many over the top flavors.  I know how a wheat beer should taste and this one seems to try a little bit to hard and missed the mark.  I think brewing a wheat beer, which already has a lot of flavor, with spices like coriander just don’t blend together.  I don’t reccomend it.  The brewery is pretty cool though.  They have been around since 1867 in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin, were bought by Miller in 1988, and have been making Sunset Wheat since 2006.

Franziskaner “Weissbier”

Posted: May 14, 2011 in Wheat

Franziskaner is actually the name given to the Weissbier produced by the Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu a brewery in Munich.  It was first alluded to in the 1300’s and has been at the same location since 1854.  They have been delivering to North America since 1909.  A Franziskaner is a Franciscan monk in German thus the monk on the label.  A monk is the symbol for Munich, and monks have played a large role in the development of brewing in Europe through the ages.  Wheat beers take on a few different names depending on where they are made.  In German “Weissbier” means white beer, “Hefeweizen” means yeast wheat and is the term used in English.  In Belgium it is just called white beer.  All of them are a little different.  I personally enjoy the German style the best.  It is traditionally served in a 0.5l curved glass.  I did get made fun of by our waiter one time in Munich for drinking it.  Apparently that is what the women drink.  Of the Weissbiers I’ve had this on is pretty good.  It is nice that it is pretty available, but there are some I live more.  If you can find the Paulaner, or Hofbrauhaus I would recommend either of them.  I do think that German wheat beer is better than American wheat beer.  When you pour this beer you will notice the cloudiness due to the it being unfiltered.  Another feature of Wheat beer is a high carbonation  which makes pouring a little tricky and requires a little bit of practice.  As of this bee specifically it is quite good.  It is refreshing every time.  If you have never had a German Weissbier get one as soon as possible they are so good, and Franziskaner is a good choice.