Weyermann Braumanufaktur Bohemian Pilsner Shows the Versatility of Its Pilot Brewery
Weyermann Braumanufaktur Bohemian Pilsner Abv 4.7
Weyermann is deservedly best known for its malts. With few exceptions, when we visit good small breweries in the United States and all over Europe, there are bags of Weyermann malt ready to make excellent beer. Bamberger smoked malt is probably the most famous, but the range of malts that come out of their classic read brick facility is staggering. They also maintain another malt manufacturing facility that specializes in larger batches of pils malt. We assume that the pils malt used in this beer came from that facility, but the beer was brewed in Weyermann’s tiny brewery in Bamberg.
No trip to Bamberg is truly complete without a visit to Weyermann’s maltery – a short walk from the train station (use the tunnel under the tracks and walk away from the city center.) It’s also an easy stop on the way to Keesman and Mahrs Brau if you read the bus maps carefully. Public tours are only once a week, though if you’re in the brewing trade you can get a better and smaller-group tour at other times.
Even without a tour, however, it’s worth a visit. The gift shop is open most days although it tends to close fairly early in the afternoon. The gift shop sells the usual branded material, but there’s a refrigerator that stocks a wide range of beers from the on-site pilot brewery. These can range from quite traditional beers like the pils we feature today, to ideas that “just might work.”
One note: bottle deposits are enormous; we think they make much more on bottles that are not returned than they do on beer. Get your bottles and find a piece of grass outside to try the beers, or visit the place twice so you can get your Euros back. The pils is an excellent value if you only pay for the beer.
Tasting notes: Spicy hops jump out at the start with a floral zing and end the taste with a long back-side bitter. Clean pale malt rides far underneath but is firm enough to give good support to the hops. It’s certainly hoppier than lots of Bavarian Pilsners, but the balance makes it moreish from the first to the last sip.
Food Pairings: Spit roasted chicken is a can’t miss choice, but a pilsner with as much taste as this has can match a huge range of dishes. Asian dishes such as potstickers, Indian curries, or good old American barbeque all benefit from the pilsner’s cool and clean feel. Post #0075 201702
Today Our Weekly “Hopping Around” post features ten pictures of Bamberg that we couldn’t fit into the book. We’ll continue to feature some of Bamberg’s best and most distinctive beers on our “Beer of the Day” blog this week.
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