Wheat will, wheat will, rock you

Afraid didn’t get to a pub this week – at least not one on this beaten patch – but I did drink enough ale to stun a musk ox.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 11th October 2014, 3:00 pm
Wheat beer
Wheat beer

My tippling was done in that great beer producing region of Bavaria, where I had travelled in order to research the Munich Beer Festival ahead of a hefty feature to appear in the LEP later this month (or next – basically, whenever I have sobered up enough to remember the detail). What I do recall, however, is the beer – and the wheat beer in particular.

Have sampled varieties of this German brew before, but never such quality and never (again) in such quantity.

Although some of the best I sampled were produced by micro-breweries with the emphasis on micro (several producing solely for one hotel or restaurant) I am happy to report that two (at least) real crackers are readily available here in the UK, and suffer not one jot for the jaunt.

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ERDINGER Weißbräu was the lightest, least lively of the wheat beers I drank, soft on the palate with subtle orangey citrus taste, and frighteningly quaffable (at 5.3%).

Less prone to over hasty inhalation was the Schneider- Weisse Grunes, a blessing as it weighs in at a hefty 6.2%. No less enjoyable, however, with a complex spicy aroma and a malty full body.

Both available at www.thedrinkshop.com/