Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbeer

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Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbeer

Postby Big Monk » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:28 pm

In one of my previous posts, "I want to brew 6 beers...", I stated how I was not a fan of Hefe. In short, my dislike has always been an overbearing characteristic yeast flavor of Hefe that did not agree with me.

Well, leave it to Weihestephaner to change my mind. This was a delicious example of the style. Huge, mousse like foam stand. Spicy, clove aroma. Restrained Hefe yeast character with light clove flavor. A real knockout and a game changer for me as far as now being able to seek out a Hefe flavor I enjoy. Image

Bottle was date 3rd week of February, 2016.
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Re: Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbeer

Postby Ancient Abbey » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:13 am

Commercial examples have much more restrained yeast character than homebrew versions.
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Re: Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbeer

Postby Big Monk » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:30 am

I've never had a homebrew Hefe. I must be referencing American interpretations.


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Re: Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbeer

Postby Brandon » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:41 am

Big Monk wrote:I've never had a homebrew Hefe. I must be referencing American interpretations.


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From what I've had, homebrew versions and US commercial versions are more pronounced yeast character than malt. I love fresh balanced German versions that are malt forward or balanced. One I brewed last year (based on a recipe from Bryan) was right in my sweet spot. I fermented with Wyeast 3056 Bavarian wheat blend which is a combo Hefeweizen and ale yeast strain. Fermented at 60F. I don't buy into "hot" fermentation for these.

I'm not a fan of overdone banana or clove, I like when it complements the malt in balance.



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