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Weihenstephaner Festbier is a Bavarian Festbier brewed as a seasonal selection by the Weihenstephan Brewery (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan) owned by the State of Bavaria, north of Munich, Germany. As Bavarian State law only allows four basic ingredients in beer, brewers travel north to Hallertau for the beer’s noble hop selection, base the malt foundation on Bavarian cultivated barley, use deep marsh landscape water and their very own bottom-fermenting yeast to produce this festbier with a strong 5.8 % ABV and a bitterness value of 26 IBUs .
While its roots in beer making can be traced to the year 768, Weihenstephan Brewery became licensed as a brewery by the City of Freising in 1040. The brewery claims and is recognized as the World’s oldest working brewery.
In 1803, Napoleon Bonaparte secularized the brewery and monastery, and the brewery became the property of the State of Bavaria. It is presently known as the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan and is one of the most modern in the world, being operated in conjunction with the Technical University of Munich.
Elements of the monastery influence are evidenced on the package as several nunscelebrate the time of season with beers in their hands and laughter in their spirit.
Onto The Method
8.5/10 – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – Pours an attractive straw north of golden with a fluffy white head formed by rich carbonation that melts into a moderate height over the serve. Lacing is present but minimal.
1.5 – Aroma – Earthy grains fill the air while subtle hop notes linger over the lower end of the horizon. A mild and familiar bottom fermenting lager yeast compliments a crisp and clean character.
2.0 – Taste – Lightly bittered by the noble hops, the mild biscuitty yeast bite lays the foundation for a tightly built earth malt crispness.
2.0 – Palate – Very clean and crisp flavor that goes down quick and smooth with some noble sharpness and healthy carbonation. Easy to drink one after another.
1.5 – Overall – This Festbier is a very Bavarian-specific style of the region’s seasonaloffering. While it may be reminiscent of a Helles style in representation, it is very unique, refreshing, well made and wholly enjoyable.
7.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – A medium to moderate hammer represented by a 5.8% ABV, the ease of consumption makes this tool stronger than it presently suggests.
9.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – A well built, light bodied, crisp and refreshing lager that does most of the digesting for you, the simple and quality ingredients process the alcohol quickly throughout the system and the bloodstream.
6.5/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –This beer is easy to pound and genuinely enjoy, but somewhere in its essence is an unwelcoming light headache. This was unexpected and the least desirable quality in this beer, but it still drinks pretty good.
9.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – Each beer was effortlessly consumed one after another, and even with a medium to high alcohol content, it was quite easy and enjoyable to control this motor. It was a sad state of affairs when the six pack came to a conclusion, and was inappropriately and unsuccessfully followed by an American ale.
40/50 Blades – The Buzz – Weihenstephaner Festbier is a crisp and refreshing seasonal lager created by the World’s oldest working brewery. While uncharacteristic of the Marzen style, it is very specific to the region and in my opinion, very little is taken away because of that fact.
Local laws prevent Weihenstephaner Festbier from being polluted with unwanted ingredients, thereby showcasing an exceptional compilation out of four simple ingredients.
Weihenstephaner Festbier is so easy to drink, beer after beer, that a strong rush comes onquickly and dominates the senses, but is unfortunately followed by a light headache and a little dizziness. Still, it isn’t difficult to overcome that and continues to be enjoyable throughout the remainder of the session.
As a seasonal, it’s well appropriate for enjoying an early Fall evening over a crisp mountain landscape.