Monday, December 27, 2010

Weihenstephaner - Original Premium

Purchased From: Canal's of Hamilton
Serving Type: 500 mL bottle, poured into a flute glass

Weihenstephaner (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan) is, as they claim, the world's oldest brewery. I don't have any evidence to back up their claim, but they sure seem old, with the claimed founding date of 1040. The English Wikipedia seems to back up this claim, but the German version tells the tale of a dispute, although briefly. Either way, 1040 is old and this beer is good.

Their Original Premium has a pale, lightly cloudy yellow body with effervescent bubbling. It's got a medium-sized creamy foam head that leaves thin and elegant lacing on the glass. The nose has a distinctive honey sweetness with mild dandelion bitterness and citrusy hints. The carbonation is crisp and clean but understated. Makes for a pleasing mouthfeel. The body is sweet and malty with hints of noble hops. The finish is refreshing and makes this beer very drinkable.

Final Verdict: A-

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