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Beer #32 – February 1, 2010: Schneider Weisse

February 1, 2010

Beer: Schneider Weisse

Brewery: G. Schneider & Sohn, Kelheim, Barvaria, Germany

Style: Hefeweizen / Weissbier

Serving Type: 500 ml (16.9 oz) bottle

Price: $3.99 / bottle

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Pilsner glass

Strength: 5.4% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Refreshing on a hot day, or even after working up a sweat fixing the basement stairs!  Easy to drink, yet full of flavor.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Rich, slightly hazy amber hue with a big, frothy, billowy white head.

Aroma: Clove, yeasty, clover honey

Mouthfeel: Lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation lead to a full, slightly creamy, effervescent mouthfeel.

Taste: Weissbier is made with a large percentage of wheat malt, and you can definitely taste the sweet, grainy, cereal character in this beer.  Fruit flavors of lemon, orange and banana come forward, as well as notes of spice, clove and grains of paradise.  Of course, this beer is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, meaning no fruit or spice is allowed in the beer.  These flavors are simply the result of the fermentation by the special strain of hefeweizen yeast.  The finish is slightly dry, but overly so, just enough to make you thirst for more.  Overall, this is a delicious and classic example of what a true German hefeweizen should be.

Pairing: Weissebier = Weisswurst!

Trivia: Traditionally, since unlike many wursts (German sausages) weisswurst is not smoked, it is made fresh daily each morning, and therefore meant to be consumed fresh before noon that day (a tradition that started before the advent of modern refrigeration.)  And yes, it is traditionally served with Weissebier.  Beer before lunch?  Actually, weissbier not only goes great with weisswurst, but is a great accompaniment to poached eggs, omelets, and other traditional egg-based breakfast dishes.  Weissbier is made with wheat after all, and as they say “Wheat Beer – the Breakfast of Champions!”

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