Weihenstephaner & Sierra Nevada Braupakt
A joint-venture project by two allied master brewers from the old and the new world of brewing topped tuesday’s agenda at the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan. The oldest brewery in the world is partnering with Sierra Nevada, craft beer pioneers from the USA, to produce a fruity, hoppy wheat beer named Braupakt (The Brewers’ Pact). Scott Jennings, head brewmaster at Sierra Nevada, had personally travelled over to launch the brewing process side by side with Weihenstephan’s head brewmaster, Tobias Zollo. What makes this wheat beer so special is its combination of the venerable Hallertauer Tradition hop strain with aromatic US Amarillo and Chinook hops to create a sophisticated beer that is truly a “perfect match”.
This naturally cloudy amber Hefeweizen has a firm, creamy head and reveals fragrances of peach, apricot and citrus on the nose. The initial impression on the palate is of a bouquet of aromas, including subtle touches of banana plus refreshing grapefruit from the American Chinook hops. The fruity peach and apricot notes from the Amarillo hops are balanced by the gentle sweetness of the caramel malt. The beer has a delicate tartness that melds into a harmonious mouthfeel on the finish.