Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Great new German beers...

The classic German wheat beer, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, was Beer Advocate's #8 beer of the year and rated "A" outstanding with 947 Reviews. We have just received two new beers from Weihenstephaner. You know they have to be good.

Weihenstephaner VITUS...$2.69 / pint
" In good time for Lent Weihenstephan's brewers are following an ancient monastic tradition and presenting their VITUS single-bock wheat beer. The monks knew what was good for body and soul and preferred to drink bock beer. During Lent, when no solid food might be eaten, the nourishing, satisfying beverage became a substitute for meals. Nowadays, though, dietary rules are not so strictly kept to, so VITUS can be enjoyed all the year round – even with a hearty meal. Bock beers are often named after important saints. The new single-bock wheat beer from the Weihenstephan brewery takes its name from Saint Vitus, one of the 14 patron saints of the Roman Catholic church. Saint Vitus is, amongst other things, the patron saint of beer brewers. VITUS is a light-coloured, spicy wheat bock beer, infused with fine, top-fermented yeast. Brewed by the traditional double-mash process, it has a mellowness and a compact, firm head which promises lasting, unique enjoyment. Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars makes this single-bock a really special beer with full body and a distinctively great mouthfeel. VITUS is brewed to the highest quality standards and in strict accordance with Bavaria's Purity Law. Only the best brewing water, selected wheat, barley, hops and yeast are used to make VITUS. The high-quality label, decorated with filigree nostalgia motifs, emphasises the premium quality of the wheat bock beer and its traditional origins. The neck label bears an ancient, traditional portrait of Saint Vitus." -- brewery

VITUS in brief: Light-coloured single-bock wheat beerfull-bodied, spicy flavour only top-fermented yeast
Original wort: 16.5% weight
bitter value: 17
alcohol content: 7.7% vol.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian...$2.69 / pint
"A double bock beer that has what it takes. Not just for lovers of strong beer. With a malty aroma and great taste, our Korbinian is a true beer speciality. It goes well with smoked meat and fish as well as wild roasts and fowl." -- brewery
Original wort: 18,3 % weight
Bittering power: 32
Alcohol content: 7,4 % vol.

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