The Vitus by Weihenstephaner near München, Germany is an excellent beer! As a home-brewer, I just bought a yeast variety from this fine brewing institution. Today, as I brew beer, I think fondly of Bavaria and the great beer brewed there. Bavaria brings to mind a few very distinctive styles, of which the wheat beer is the one that seems most inspiring. Brewed to drink during the winter, this 7.7% ABV Weizenbock is a strong wheat beer for sure. The flocculent yeast brings strong flavor, aroma, and the estery character to this beer. When I tasted this beer at the Tap-House Munich, I was blown away at the full and delicious flavor of this brew. It made me think of everything German I have ever tasted, and for a second I thought I could speak German too. Anyway, this beer, as well as my last adventure in Germany was great, and I hope you get a chance to taste this winter favorite of Bavaria! Prost to the Vitus, ein ausgezeichnetes bier!
The daily beer painting is of Hofbräuhaus Original, one of the finest brews in the world! Well, if you like a Munich Helles Lager, that is. This really is the “King of Beers,” as it was originally the Royal Brewery founded by Duke Wilhelm V in 1589, and was built right in the spot where the Hofbräuhaus exists today! During its heyday, way back when, only royalty and invited guests could drink at this amazing beer destination. During this time period the brewers switched the beer from the traditional old style brown ale to Hefeweizen. At this time in Germany, beer was considered liquid bread, and extremely good for your health. Just another part of the Germans’ complete breakfast. The ladies of the court were known to drink seven liters of the hefe per day! Germans have historically cared about the quality of the beer they drink starting with the Reinheitsgebot Law of 1512, which is the first known legislation over food production. Reinheitsgebot Law states that only water, malt, yeast, and hops are allowed in beer.
The Hofbräuhaus is still there right in Munich’s city center and has the largest tent at Octoberfest. The Duke is no longer in control of the brewery, but it is still owned by the governing body of Bavaria. There is seating for 5,000 inside the beer hall, and overflow outside in the beer garden. Don’t sit at a regular’s table, or you may be asked to move to a different seat, or to the beer garden. I went to the Hofbräuhaus when I was 20 years old in 2000. I was studying abroad in Athens, Greece, and during the fall break I made a trip to Germany for some tasty beers. I had been fighting a cold for about two weeks when I got there. I was sitting outside in the beer garden next to my friend’s mother. I thought a liter of helles lager should be enough, but when my friend’s mom ordered me a second one, I was concerned about my cold getting worse. She exclaimed, “When will you be back at the Hofbräuhaus? Drink up, you pansy!” So I did as I was told. She was right. Although I have been back to Germany twice since then, I still haven’t been back to Munich. Hmm… maybe it’s time for another trip to Germany.
Ein prost! Auf dem besten Bier in Bayern, Reinheitsgebot und mein Lieblingsbier Bayrisch!