Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier

Total Score: 8.4/10 Bread1Honeycomb1Peppercorns1Stein1

Weihenstephaner have released a new beer and in the words of Homer Simpson I let out an: “Omygod, omygod, omygod!” when I spotted it in plain sight at the local DM’s. Let me explain to you my love for the world’s oldest run brewery – Weihenstephan – these guys make almost the best example of every style they touch, so when I saw that this was a Kellerbier – my favourite Lager style, I was sold. PS: They could only use a single hectare of the exceedingly rare Hallertauer Record hop so stocks of this brew are very limited.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: Pretty damn good looking beer right here: Cloudy sunburst orange body with a proud 2cm off-white head that will not budge – it’s like a nitro head here, I’m impressed with that kind of staying power [that’s what she: something]. 9/10.

S: Honey and bread notes upfront, lingering on forever with touch of spicy hop characters. It’s not an overly complex aroma but it promises a bountiful swig of bread and honey goodness… who doesn’t like bread and honey? Winnie the Pooh’s arch nemesis: The Spotted or Herbaceous Backson, that’s who! 7/10.

T: Yep, this is as good as expected – Weihenstephan fail to disappoint yet again, those diabolical awesome bastards. The reason I love Kellerbiers is because for a Lager they taste very much like an Ale, and really Ales are where it’s at bro. Bread, honey, spicy/peppery, light floral hop notes and a dry cracker finish – this has all the good stuff, well done Weihenstephan! 9/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied, with that classic Weihenstephan creamy but light carbonation that makes you realise “these Bavarian monks know their shit”. 9/10.

D: I could drink this all of the day and every night, but then I would be broke so a 6-pack is it for me unfortunately. In any case this is a damn solid Keller and if you’ve never come across the style be forewarned – it’s not like any other Lager you’ve tried before – if you like your Ales you’ll be fine but if you’re a Lager-lover you might find it a bit on the dense side and lacking in both carbonation and crispness. It’s certainly not a palate cleanser if that’s what you’re after – this is real beer done in a Medieval fashion with body and bread – sort of a meal as beer was back in those days, and I just can’t get enough [enough of the 80’s music references Doc!]. 9/10.

Food match: Crumpets with honey or scones? You have to be Aussie to understand.

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