Die Weisse Original Hell
Date: November 6, 2018
The Story— Die Weisse, Salzburg’s original wheat beer brewery. It’s not a place that is a mecca for tourists, but it packs the place with regulars and people who know good beer. It’s a European beer hall on a slightly small scale – and if you don’t like wheat beers you’d probably best spend your day at a Stiegl outlet or at the Augustiner Muln garden. But this place offers a range of beers that aren’t typical. It would be worth the trip just for the interesting range of beers, but happily the beers are quite good and reflect the long history of good brewing at this relatively unknown Salzburg gem.
The Beer— Die Weisse Original Hell is – of course—a wheat beer. A golden Hefeweizen that it’s been brewing for a long time. It’s not at all a world classic, but it’s a good solid respectable brew that will attract a steady group of regulars. The wheat malt is a bit muddy and it has a dull edge, but the esters grow as it drinks. We’re glad the brewery keeps this in the lineup. We can’t be sure, but we thing this kind-of-heavy-handed weisse is close to what you would have found in a weisse bier decades ago.
Value — Good to very good. You won’t feel cheated here.
This week we return to HIGHLIGHTS OF EUROPE– The best we’ve found in researching our next book – a guide to great beer in European tourist cities. (Planned publication 2019.) We’ll shift back to great American beer finds next week.
Next week we return to the US to highlight some great American craft beers, some of which we’ve found in researching out first US Beer publication: Brews and Snooze-– Breweries you can visit and walk back to a fine place to spend the night. Look for it in 2019.
About these posts: We taste and evaluate over a thousand beers every year. The beers posted here rank in the top quarter of those tastings. Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.