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Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier

Rating: 3.1

Another special beer here now, this one being a rare new release from Weihenstephan for 2016 and one that celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot (or German Purity Law to those of us who can’t pronounce the former). The beer was first introduced around February of this year and is one that I actually stumbled across in Brewdog’s Glasgow BottleDog store whilst stopping by to grab their Monk Hammer offering and a couple other beers back in March; a lucky find. As you may already know, I’m a huge fan of Weihenstephan beers and in particularly their flagship hefeweizen offering so I’m always on the lookout for any of their beers that I’ve yet to try despite knowing that they are unlikely to reach the lofty quite of their main beer. This one will be my eighth different offering from the brewery and the first since trying their Original Helles beer at a Brewdog bar in Glasgow back in February, not long before I picked this one up actually.

Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier

Appearance (3/5): Bright and quite a cloudy bodied beer, this one sits as a golden amber in the glass and is topped with a small, bubbly white head on top that has a few bubbles rising to the surface too as well as leaving the odd bit of lacing on the sides.
Aroma (6/10): Pale malts and grassy hops open up proceedings here before a faint sweetness starts to come through alongside a background citrus aroma. The beer isn’t a particularly strong offering on the nose but I managed to detect some bread malts and a touch of spice before some biscuit malts seen things out.
Taste (7/10): Light malts and a few pale, earthy flavours kick things off here with some biscuit malts and a few bread ones not far behind. The beer has a decent citrus aroma coming through with touches of spice and sweetness on top. Again it wasn’t particularly strong or complex but it was well executed and went down just fine.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied and quite light in general, this one was fairly fluffy on the palate and featured the odd bit of spice too. There was a fresh feel to it and touches of sweetness seemed to compliment this nicely before some grains and a light citrus tang rounded things off.

Overall (12/20): This one was an okay beer on the whole but far from impressive and that was doubly disappointing given the fact it was from the Weihenstephan brewery. Overall the beer was definitely drinkable but it seemed quite ordinary and basic really with a faint sweetness and pale malts making up most of the taste alongside the citrus bursts towards the end. It’s always nice to try a new beer from the brewery but sadly it’s not one of their best and I doubt it’s one I’d go back to if it was a regular offering.

Brewed In: Freising, Germany
Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Kellerbier
Abv: 5.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog BottleDog (Glasgow)
Price: £2.50

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