Weissenohe Kloster-Sud (500ml)

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In 1050, Benedictine monks founded a monastery along a stream in the beautiful green hills of Franconia, in northern Bavaria, and pretty much immediately began to make beer. The monks called their new home Weissenohe, meaning “along the white stream” — a reference to the unusual concentration of limestone in the water (washed down from nearby chalk cliffs), which proved to be great for brewing. Today, there are still services in the chapel, and Urban Winkler, who represents the youngest generation in a line of family brewers, still makes beer in the traditional way.

At Weissenohe the Reinheitsgebot (the famous Bavarian beer purity law) is still observed, and the beer is made by the traditional, and painstaking, double-decoction method, which is only rarely observed in Bavaria today. Urban Winkler’s brewing methods have been handed down to him from earlier generations of brew-masters at Weissenohe, and refined in accordance with the teachings of older brew-masters in the area. Franconians, a famously stubborn and uncompromising people, still support almost 300 small breweries in their tiny corner of Bavaria, and have kept the old ways even as breweries in the rest of Bavaria modernize, streamline, and forget.

Tasting Notes

Kloster means monastery. This beer is this monastery’s particular version of a kellerbier – kellerbier (cellar beer) can vary from brewery to brewery although generally they are amber hued, and showcasing some of the finest malt work Germany has to offer, usually unfiltered and kept in cask on the premises, some breweries bottle this beer for export. We’re so lucky, as this is one of the finest malty beers we bring in. Enjoy with a wide variety of pub fare, roasts, and stews.

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