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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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There’s nothing better than Bayern’s unfiltered Hefeweizen. This Bavarian Hefeweizen ("hefe" means yeast and "weizen" refers to wheat), combines pure wheat flavor with Bayern’s own strain of yeast. Bayern’s Hefeweizen is hopped moderately with Hallertauer Perle from Germany, has an alcohol content of 5.4% Alcohol by Volume (13.1% Plato o.g.) and is made using malted wheat, pale and caramel malt. The hefeweizen beer style was invented in Bavaria and Bayern Brewing’s version is one of the very few that is actually brewed as it is in Bavaria by a Bavarian Brewmaster. So if you are interested in this style of beer, try this one first and see how the other ones compare to the original. St. Wilbur Weizen is brewed using the recipe of the old Brauerei zum Schiff brewery in Kaufbeuren, Germany, which is located 60 miles southwest of Munich and was established in 1540. Jürgen Knöller, the owner of Bayern Brewing, apprenticed in this brewery from 1978 to 1981 and brought this original recipe to Missoula in 1987. In 2002, Jürgen decided to rename Bayern’s Hefeweizen "St Wilbur Weizen" after his beloved St. Bernard, Wilbur, who had been adopted from the Humane Society. Sympathetic with the issues of these large breed dogs, Bayern now donates a portion of sales of this beer style and all affiliated merchandise to the Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation. To learn more about this, please read this edition of our Brewsletter. Whenever you think about Wilbur, just remember this: HE MAY BE A SAINT, BUT HE’S NO ANGEL!


1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
jimhilt (2544) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Apple cider nose. Starts with a cider flavor expecting wheat and an unusual smoothness. Hoppy/cidery finish. Best before Oct 2005 explains why it is off. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2006
This beer pours a cloudy yellowish color with a slight yellow head and decent lacing. Lemon and wheat aroma with a hint of citrus and hay. HELLO Mr. wheat and hay man. Mildly refreshing citrus with malty overload and little hop presence. Definite citrus and grapefruit presence with chives and clove in the finish. Sweet and cardboardy in the finish with heavy bitterness and mild carbonation levels. Not overwhelming and little alcohol presence..ho hum. A little too wheaty to drink more than one, but a nice change of pace beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3188) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus, obtained from my west coast connection. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus, spices, and bananas. FLavor is sweet, bananas, citrus, and spices. Good beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Tap @ Dog & Grog Virginia City, MT. Somewhat sweet, sour, min hops flavor but with a fair bitterness especially on the finish. A touch of yeast in the nose and flavor. Not much on notes with this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one, from his west coast connection. Pours hazy yellow gold with a decent sized white head. Aroma of citrus, spices, bananas, wheat. FLavor is smooth, sweet, bananas, citrus, spices, and alcohol. Good body, decent brew.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reid (2255) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Label says "St.Wilbur Weizen" and has a St.Bernards Dog busting out of a barrel, but this is indeed an America wheat/hefe so I am sure this is the same beer. A nice looking Hefe, the looks are true to style hazy orange beer with a small tight bubbled white head. The aroma is barely there though some hints of wheat and a tiny bit of mashed banana. Flavours are not bad, mashed banan( like the baby food jars banana), quite spicy and very wheatlike..it does tend however to tail off a bit as the beer passes over the tongue. Best part about this beer is the palate, very soft and silky even, thicker than expected for this style..liked it. Overall not a bad attempt..on the border of American Wheat and true Hefe.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Cloudy yellow with a frothy head and huge spots of lace. Wheaty nose with bananas and some clove. Slightly metallic flavors. Some wheat with a touch of clove. Eh, didn’t like the flavor all that much.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a head that sticks around a bit, then takes off. Citrus on the nose. This starts off like it really wants to be a hefeweizen and then completely falls off the cliff. Up to the lips and just entering the mouth, but then it turns into a citric fest and loses all notion of its initial identity. It was not unenjoyable, actually I didn’t mind it, just no way is it a hefeweizen. Thanks to wohlfs for the bottle.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
This beer is bull. German brewer, authentic German style? Not like the ones I’ve had in Bavaria. In any event, the pour was weak, very little head and a rather dark carmel-like color (they got the cloudy / unfiltered part correct, whoopie). The aroma was wheaty (musty) and somewhat hoppy with a sweet caramel touch (why so much caramel in a wheat?). The flavor was highly disappointing. Too much of: grassy hop flavors, caramel malts, and an American Wheat style flavor. Totally missed the style. Where are my spices? Where are my bananas? Good grief. They got some citrus right. Some artificially sweetened lemon juice. Boooooooo (yes, I’m booing a beer!). Boooooooooooooo, again.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Draught at the Brewpub: Golden cloudy color, thick head and light lacing. Nose of light sulfer, some creamy wheat and some esters. The flavor is creamy, lots of chewy wheat sweetness. Finishes light and tangy.


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