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Right beer, right time

Lots of people don’t like German-style wheat beers; in fact, this blogging partnership is divided on the issue, with Bailey something of a fan, and Boak being very much a sceptic.

Even if you like a good weizen, Franziskaner is probably not your favourite. Of those you can get easily in the UK we think, somewhat predictably, that Schneider is the one to go for. Our all time favourite is Distelhäuser’s (Würzburg), which gives a fantastic hit of tropical fruit, and especially pineapple.

On Friday night, though, after a two and half hour German lesson, a tall, cold Franziskaner at a mediocre, would-be-trendy pub in Waterloo really hit the spot. It didn’t fit the season — it defied and defeated it.

11 replies on “Right beer, right time”

I guess I mean lots of beer geeks don’t like them (or at least that’s the impression I have).

My experience is also that many serious beer geeks aren’t very keen on hefeweizens in general. That definitely applies to me. I enjoy the best ones (especially Weihenstephaner and Schneider Weisse), but the rest I’m really not keen on at all. Mostly they are either boring or they have flavours I find mildly off-putting.

I am fond of wheat beers, but I prefer them in Summer. Myself, I usually buy Paulaner or Weihenstephaner at Vinmonopolet here in Norway. But my favourite is the Czech hefeweizen from Primator brewery.

I thought I knew more people that don’t like German wheat beers than do, especially people who don’t like other beers. Then again they go down pretty well at Leeds Christkindelmarket, so I’m not sure now. They never used to agree with me but the more I try, the more I enjoy. Particularly at the end of summer, start of Autumn.

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