1855 Weisse

Brues Alehouse Brewing Co
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Our Impression: One of the most memorable beers we had on our last trip to Germany was a weizenbock from Bräustüberl Weihenstephan, right outside of Munich is a small town called Freising.  If you are unfamiliar with Weihenstephan, it is said to be the oldest continuously operating brewery in the world.  They have contributed a vast amount of knowledge and research to the brewing industry and many breweries rely on their yeast to brew German-style lagers and wheat beers. It is a treat to be able to dine inside their historical facility and enjoy their incredible beers.  They seasonally brew a beer called Vitus, which is a pale-colored weizenbock.  While you may be able to find this beer in the US, it will never be fresh like the local version.  We dream of brewing a beer of that quality, and 1855 is the first attempt at brewing such a style.  We actually brewed this according to a recipe from our German malt supplier, Weyermann.  It’s darker and richer than Vitus, but a great foundation for what this style represents.  

 

If you are curious why we name this beer 1855, it is to commemorate the year Georg Schneider negotiated the right to brew and sell wheat beer.  The rights to brew wheat beer were under control of King Ludwig II.  He agreed to sell the rights to Georg and for the first time in history the right to brew wheat beer was passed on to a commoner.

 

Style:  Weizenbock, BJCP 10C

Grain- Pale Wheat, Dark Wheat, Pilsner, Carahell, Carawheat, Carafoam

Hops -  Spalt Select, Hersbrucker

Yeast- German Wheat Strain

Adjuncts- None

Water-  Reverse Osmosis Base with light additions of CaSO4, CaCl2 

Original Gravity: 17.9 Degrees Plato

ABV: 8.0%

Estimated IBU - 23 IBU

Color: 12 SRM

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by the yeast and complex malt character.  Sweet toasted malt, banana, and clove create a nice, rich aroma.

Appearance: 1885 pours reddish-orange with moderate cloudiness due to the non-flocculating yeast and the higher protein content from the wheat.  A thick white lasting foam emerges with medium carbonation.
Flavor: Our weizenbock shares much of the same character as a classic hefeweizen, with increased malt complexity due to the higher ABV, and from layering traditional German caramel and toasted malts.  This beer is very smooth, non-bitter, and finishes with a pleasant candy-like sweetness.  The yeast comes through with the classic banana-clove character.  Overall 1855 easy to drink and very enjoyable!
Mouthfeel:  Full, chewy, and creamy, with medium carbonation.