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 Post subject: Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen opinions
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:35 pm 
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As my signature line indicates, I'm addicted to German wheat beer; specifically hefeweizen and dunkelweizen.

Only commercial dunkelweizen I have tried is from Weihenstaphaner. Love it.

For commercial hefeweizen, between Weihenstaphaner and Paulaner, I love both equally. I do drink more Paulaner than Weihenstaphaner simply due to Paulaner retailer being 1 mile away versus Weihenstaphaner retailer being 12 miles away. Convenience wins.

I would like to hear from other BNers that have tried these hefeweizen beers and their opinions of aforementioned beer.

Thanks!

Post script: The way I pour a hefweizen is to decant into a glass until two fingers of beer are left, then swirl and shake side to side vigorously for three seconds, finally dumping the remaining contents into the glass.

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 Post subject: Re: Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen opinions
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:59 am 
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Paulaner's Hefe was good, I havent had Weihenstephaner Hefe. But my German Hefe(and really Dunkel for that matter) is Franziskaner. Not sure if you can fine it up there. I dont know specifically what is is I like so much about it, I guess its just the way the beer balances out, I've had other Hefe's that go too much in either direction, or just don't really express those flavors nearly as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen opinions
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:31 pm 
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both are excellent! if you want a real treat try the Weihenstephaner Krystalweizen. They are as good as it gets for the style. That being said, you can make a hefe every bit as good as these because you can have yours fresh. Keep your ferment temp at 62! Extract or all grain you can make a great hefe.

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 Post subject: Re: Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen opinions
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:58 pm 
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I don't drink Franziskaner any more. I bought a case a few years ago that 1/2 the bottles were infected.


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 Post subject: Re: Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen opinions
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:21 pm 
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Weihenstephaner...hands down when its fresh. My second choice is schneider edelweisse. Making a kick ass hef is the reason I got into homebrew. I feel I have a real handle on how to make a superior weissebier but there is a certain complexity to the yeast character of weihenstephaner hef(when its relatively fresh)that is hard to duplicate. Ayinger also makes a really good hef and it is widely available on draft in my area. Schneider Hopfenweisse is another great weissebier although untraditional. Try a smoked weissebier, you will be pleasantly suprised. I think paulaner is pretty good, never really cared for franziskaner(although I dont think I ever really gave it a fair shake).

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 Post subject: Re: Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen opinions
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:41 pm 
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I haven't tried Paulner yet, but what I remember, I enjoyed Weihenstepahner Hefeweizen.

I'll give Paulner a try in the future.

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 Post subject: Re: Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen opinions
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:23 am 
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There's a wide range of commercial dunkelweizens. I find most of the american ones, including gordon biersche (who otherwise makes good german styles), are a bit heavy on the caramel/caramunich for me. Though the style allows for some sweetness, IMO, a dunkelweizen should never be particularly sweet. It should get most of its character from munich/mellanoidin/vienna/carafa malts. It is not a weizenbock, which is a strong beer that you don't typically drink a lot of in a session. Sweet wheat beers are cloying, and it makes the beer hard to drink by the liter. True dunkels are sessionable in flavor, if not alcohol strength. Remember this is a beer you should be able to down a liter of, then repeat, and maybe even do it a third time.

That said, many beers I think are too sweet have placed in competition because other people interpret the allowable sweetness differently than I do.

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 Post subject: Re: Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen opinions
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:59 am 
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Paulaner is about 5.5% and I usually have 3-4 per night during the week and up to a 6 pack on the weekend. More time restraint than alcohol. I get done working at midnight, have a few beers and try to get in bed by 2am.

I've got a dunkelweizen homebrew in the fermenter that should get to 3.75-4% ABV, so it's a great session strength beer.

For me it all depends on the beer and my mood. Last night I had three Sam Adams Noble Pils and a local microbrewery's Blond Ale (5%). Tonight, I'm going to have a Paulaner hefeweizen followed by a Weihenstephaner dunkelweizen.

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