Privatbrauerei Bischoff - Falkensteiner Ur-Weisse
- ABV: 5.20%
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
- Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass
Bischoff’s Falkensteiner Ur-Weisse pours a super hazy, golden straw color with a pillowy white head. The aromatics on this brew are quite big and start filling the room with an unmistakable hefeweizen character as soon as the first drops hit the glass. Look for big clove notes atop a very pleasant sweet fruitiness including light banana-like esters, plus a notable wheat “twang” accompanied by a lightly chalky, earthy, yeast aroma. All of the aromas follow through on the palate, where the beer opens with a lightly sweet and quite bold wheat backbone with mild cracker-like notes. The cloves are apparent here again, along with lightly spicy, floral, hop notes. A moderate fruitiness builds on the midpalate, accompanied by a very subdued bitterness and an excellent earthy yeast flavor that carries through and lingers with wheat notes and a touch of lemon in the persistent finish. The panel loved both the body of this hefeweizen, which really stands out as being particularly lush and creamy for the style, as well as the superb balance among all of its flavors. We found all of the parts working in harmony in this perfect summertime brew. Try it with a grilled chicken salad with mandarin oranges, or fish tacos with mango salsa.
Note: many people reflexively add a lemon wedge to their hefeweizens. Please resist the temptation, at least until you've had at least one of these without the fruit and can sample the true flavor—there's plenty of it to stand on its own. Plus, we're pretty sure that when this beer took home the 2006 DLG Tasting Center's Gold Prize, it was served sans lemon.
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