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What's your latest wheat beer discovery?

I'm still hooked to Ayinger's Bräu-Weisse. Been two years and need something new to top it!!!

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  1. And now for something completely different:

    Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White

    I had one last Sunday on tap at Monks Cafe in Philly. I know that I must have had this before but I was surprised at how pronounced the fruit was. It was almost like drinking grapefruit juice. It was mildly sweet as well.

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    1. re: Chinon00

      I had that for the first time several months ago in Texas. I really enjoyed it, but have never seen it in SoCal.

      Probably my newest wheat beer was Anchor's Summer Ale. Very enjoyable.

    2. Have you tried Southern Tier's ÜberSun?

      That is one extraodinary concoction. It's a cross between a Double IPA and an American Wheat. No surprise which beer style predominates but the combination takes both styles in a new direction.

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      1. re: brentk

        No I haven't tried that one but my tastes usually tend to be with Heze Weizens.

      2. I don't know that, in this much more beer-centric era (thanks, in part, to the 'net), that any beers are really "discoveries" anymore for me. More likely I set out specifically looking for the new beers I've read about- which is often much more frustrating than years back when one simply, joyfully, stumbled upon some new release.

        As for "wheat" beers, my two recent favorites are the Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse and the 1809 "Interpretation" of a Berliner Weisse.



        Still sad that Berliner Kindl Weisse will no longer be exported to the US and the Brooklyner-Schneider is draft only (again, disappointment from too much knowledge- Ignorance was once bliss, I guess) but at least I've got the two great beers above to cry into...

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        1. re: JessKidden

          I have a bottle of the Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse in my fridge right now. Was that a one time bottling?

          1. re: brentk

            At this point, I think it will be a one-time brew. (Stranger things have happened, tho').

            Early reports, perhaps in error, (like this one on BB's own website http://www.brooklynbrewery.com/news/a... ) of the Brooklyn-brewed version was that it was going to be bottled (Brooklyn just bought and installed a very expensive bottling line that they've only used thus far, for Local 1) but it looks like it's draft only according to later articles.

        2. Hop Sun from Southern Tier is excellent. I did not care for their imperial Uber Sun too much though.

          An Avetinus is always welcomed by me

          1. El Hefe from Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, WI

            1. I am generally a big fan of Weinstephaner but recently discovered Hacker Pschorr and am in heaven. It is delicious.

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              1. re: pellegrino31

                Have you tried Franziskaner? It's very similar to Weinstephaner, and I think it's just fantastic. I haven't had a Hacker Pschorr in ages (isn't that best name ever?), I'll have to go out and buy some, stat.

                1. re: LeslieB

                  Oh definitely, I like Franziskaner a lot but if I am remembering it correctly I think it felt heavier than Weinstephaner to me. But still a wonderful beer.

              2. Ommegang Witte is nice for a lighter style.

                1. I just picked up (@ State Line Liquors in Delaware) a bottle of some Norwegian Wheat Stout. Haven't tried it yet. Will go home tonight and post the name and maybe tasting report.

                  1. the 1805 berliner weisse is fantastic. quite sour, kind of like a less intense geuze lambic. as for regular bavarian wheat beer my favorite is schneider weisse. pinkus is good too. the schneider-brooklyner was too over the top for me, too much alcohol and the hops were overpowering. but it's good to try, very unique.

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                    1. re: warrenr

                      I like all of the Ramstein wheat beers from High Point Brewery in Butler N.J.. In fact, Wheat beers, in various styles (Octoberfest, Summer, Winter, Blonde) are all they make. Their Winter Wheat debuts next week. Somewhere around 10% alc. content!

                      1. re: Drew E

                        "In fact, Wheat beers, in various styles are all they make."

                        I thought they made a few lagers now, and at least one pale ale (some of which are draft only)?

                        I wish they had better distribution in central and southern NJ (I mean, c'mon, it's a small state) - I don't see their full line often and when I do see their beers on the shelf, I'm always worried about how old they are. Have never seen any of their beer available on draft.

                        1. re: JessKidden

                          Pretty sure they're all wheats. Give them a call and Greg will be happy to tell you where it's available in your area.

                      2. re: warrenr

                        I second the Schneider and Pinkus recommendations. They are worth the price.