Being a fellow beer enthusiast, I felt compelled to try a wider variety of drinks. Germany is well-known for their huge selection of beers, but what are the best options to choose from? The majority of beer connoisseurs demand to drink the finest quality. Due to this, I decided to scout for the best beers that Germany brews. I narrowed the list to 5 beers: Weihenstephaner Vitus, Weihenstephaner Korbinian, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, and Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock.
The Benedictine monks created a proud and continuing legacy when Weihenstephaner was first available for consumption in 1040. A company doesn’t last for nearly a thousand years, unless they are doing something right. Additionally, each beer that Weihenstephaner produces has its own unique flavor, taste, and texture.
Relaxing, comfortable, smooth tasting, and sweet. These are the first words that appear in my vocabulary when describing Weihenstephaner’s Vitus. Despite it being a mellow tasting ale to consume, it has a substantial high alcohol volume content of 7.7 percent. Hefeweizen ale yeast, is the key ingredient that makes this beer so inviting. This is an excellent choice for people that are trying premium German beer for the first time, or individuals who don’t prefer a thick and bitter taste. I would recommend this beer for picnics or outdoor gatherings, since it has a clean and light effect on the mind and body.
Unlike the last entry, Weihenstephaner’s Korbinian would probably be labeled as an ultra-manly malt liquor drink. When I poured out a couple of inches into the glass, I knew right away that it was a Doppelock, due to its dark brown color. I had a split-second fear that it might be slightly rough to stomach. Fortunately, it wasn’t as bad as I initially thought. Ironically, the alcohol volume content is slightly lower than the Vitus, at only 7.4 percent. I would recommend this heavy brew for a night out with friends or playing a game of poker with the boys, while puffing on a nice cigar.
Anyone that has a sweet tooth, will be a sucker for Weihenstephaner’s Hefeweissbier Dunkel. What makes this particular ale different, is its slight caramel taste. The creamy feel that it leaves on the tongue acts as a spell, putting consumers in a trance to have another sip. What gives this beer its unique taste is the same ingredient used in the Vitus (Hefeweizen) with a blend of dark malted barley. I was impressed with the beer’s rich and creamy coating. Typically foam coating on beer fades away after 30 seconds or so, but this still held strong with no signs of dissipating. I believe this is a contributing factor to its enhanced flavor. Compared to the other beers that have been previously mentioned, this has a much lower alcohol volume content, only 5.2 percent. I would highly recommend this beer for anyone that enjoys the taste of candy or soda.
If the previous beer didn’t pique your interest, but enjoy basic tasting beers on the sweeter side, than Weihenstephaner’s Hefe Weissbier could be the solution. They are very similar in taste, however the only notable contrast between the two, is that this ale has a slightly bitter piquancy and doesn’t include any mint and caramel flavor. The alcohol volume content is similar to Hefeweissbier Dunkel, exceeding by only 0.2 percent. This drink stands out from the rest of Weihenstephaner’s beer, due to its simplicity in taste. This is the common man’s exotic beer, because it is light and plain enough where it has the ability to appeal to a larger audience.
The last beer label of discussion, is unrelated to Weihenstephaner. Hundreds of years after the establishment of Weihenstephaner, G. Schneider & Sohn marketed their first label in 1872. Ever since, they have been building up a respectable reputation for crafting premium beer. One of their newest and most discussed brands is the Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock. Out of all of the beers mentioned, this by far has the strongest aroma and physical effects. A beer enthusiasts that is looking for a Doppelbock capable of taking down a rhino, doesn’t have to search any further. With a 12 percent alcohol volume content, it is definite that after a few of these a person would require assistance traveling home.