One of the great benefits of living in an arid desert is that we are smack in the middle of January and its 75 degrees outside and sunny. Few things are better this time of season than charring some meat on the grill and throwing back a few brews with friends and family. Now it’s no secret that at every weekend party scene there are always cases upon cases of American Pilsners in all of its many forms. Typically it’s the usual suspects like Budweiser or Miller, but there’s one German company that’s been trying to get into your oversized igloo and deservedly so. That company is the premium German beer Warsteiner and it’s time to find out what the rest of the beer drinking world already seems to know.
Since 1753 Warsteiner has not only gained, but also maintained a fantastic reputation amongst the world beer community and has been serving up their premium brew to more than 60 countries worldwide. Since that time, Warsteiner has grown to become the largest privately owned brewery in Germany. Brewed while adhering to strict regulations derived from the German Purity Law of 1516, Warsteiner uses only fresh forest spring water and contains no chemicals, additives or preservatives. Currently, they produce four different kinds of their uber-brew comprising of a pale pilsner (Verum), a dark lager (Dunkel), a hefe-weizen (Konig Ludwig Weiss) and a special amber Oktoberfest.
Thanks to Young’s Market Company distribution I was able to sample the Konig Ludwig Weiss hefe-weizen and to say that I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. Traditionally, Hefe-weizens can be a notoriously difficult beast to tame in that they are comprised of a plethora of different citrus and fruit flavors that if left unbalanced, can really sour an otherwise pleasant drinking experience. Some hefe-weizens I’ve come across have had an overly pronounced banana flavor while others can be far too sharp due to a high acidic and citrus content resulting in a tart and sour tasting beer. In any event, these unfortunate mistakes are pitfalls that Warsteiner’s Konig Ludwig Weiss diligently manages to avoid. Once poured into a tall stein the hefe-weizen’s trademark cloudiness, light color and citrus aroma immediately grabbed my attention. The Konig’s flavor is spot on with a perfect balance reached between the citrus flavors and the beers light malt body. Once the slightly tart flavor subsided I began picking up on the brews crisp apple and sweet banana profile. Although well represented, the beers fruit flavors manage to avoid becoming either cloying or overbearing.
In all honesty, this is a damn good hefe-weizen and a great example of the quality and century’s long tradition of brewing that has made Warsteiner a worldwide phenomenon. So spice up your weekend bashes and playoff parties with something a bit more unique and forgo the libation status quo. I mean really, how could hundreds of years of skill and millions of fans the world over steer you wrong??!!