Paulaner is one of the most popular brands of German beers. Among them, the most famous is Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier. In today’s post I present just this beer.
In one of the earlier posts I wrote about doppelbock and monks who settled in Munich by Duke Maximilian I. It was the year 1627, and these monks were The Minims – order coming from Italy, founded by St. Francis of Paola.
Since 1629 they brewed beer for their own needs. But when the liquor became more and more popular, and the brothers began speakeasies, it aroused objections of local brewers, because the monastery did not have the appropriate rights to sell beer.
To the city authorities began to come complaints about the activities of the monks.
The first complaint received by 24 February 1634, this date is considered to be the beginning of today’s brewery Paulaner.
The beer, which was brewed in the monastery at that time, it was enhanced version of beer from Einbeck – a precursor of today’s doppelbock. Into its prevalence has contributed a man named Valentin Stephan Still, who entered the Order of Minims, took the name of Barnaba and since 1773 took care of the monastery brewery.
Every year on April 2, Duke of Bavaria was invited to the monastery, and from the hands of the Father Barnaba received first pint from the barrel opening on the anniversary of the death of the Order’s founder, St. Francis of Paola.
This strong, dark doppelbock was called Sankt-Vaters-Bier. Over time, the name has been converted to Salvator (‘Saviour’). Beer with the same name is produced by the brewery Paulaner to this day (I will present it in one of following blog posts).
In 1799 the monastery was expropriated, it became the property of Prince Maximilian IV, who leased the brewery. The tenant, Franz Xaver Zacherl, continued the tradition of brewing Salvator.
When since 1840 other breweries began to use the name Salvator for their strong beers, Zacherl filed a lawsuit against one of them, arguing that “Salvator” is a product name, not a kind of beer.
He won the lawsuit, and the effect of this event was the tradition of giving names to doppelbocks ended on -ator, for example: Fortunator, Maximator, Animator, Optimator, Kulminator, Imperator.
Since 1810 the Paulaner brand is associated with the celebration of the Munich Oktoberfest. The brewery is allowed to serving its beers during the festival – brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot).
Currently, Paulaner Brauerei belongs to the BHI (Brau Holding International AG), in which 49.9% of the shares is a Dutch company Heineken.
In 2012, the brewery took 8th place in terms of popularity of the German beer brand – then they produced 2.3 million hectoliters of beer, exporting it to 70 countries around the world. The ranking list is here.
Paulaner Hefe-Weißbier Naturtrüb is a classic German hefeweizen.
Wheat light beer with the addition of a special strain of yeast, which precipitate is located on the bottom of bottle. After that, as they already perform their job, the beer is pasteurized, and yeast are thermolysis. It is cloudy – in the production process does not apply filtering; it contains many vitamins and minerals.
Glass is ready – I begin the tasting.
Name: PAULANER HEFE-WEISSBIER NATURTRÜB
|Amber colour with a tinge of orange.
The beer is cloudy, unfiltered. At the bottom of the bottle is sediment of yeast.
Foam white, small, dense, high – falling slowly creating a lacing.
|The aroma is mainly cloves.
Further malt, notes of banana, chewing gum, yeast notes.
|In flavour the most characteristic are cloves.
With each sip we inhale the aroma, which is mixed with the taste – cloves is a lot and are very expressive.
Next to them is less intense banana flavour, but not sweet and ripe, a little more tart and green.
Current is a light sweetness of wheat malt, but beer is not sweet – it’s just an accent.
Then we have a light lemon acidity.
Beer has three balanced feelings of taste: sweet, sour and dry – seasoned with cloves tartness.
There is also a yeast accent.
Bitterness is present in the background, not too intense, but perceptible.
The finish is slightly bitter, slightly sour and slightly tart from cloves.
Bodied at the average level – as hefeweizen relatively low.
Carbonation medium into the high.
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier is delicious hefeweizen.
In aroma dominated cloves. In taste also, but it is balanced and composed of several elements.
We have a sweet flavour (wheat), further – acidic (lemon), tartly-dry (cloves). There are present also touches of banana and yeast notes.
Bitterness slightly marks its presence and builds finish, in which is reflected also acidity of lemon and cloves dryness.
The appearance perhaps announced more-bodied beer, but that does not detract from the fact that it is very tasty, refreshing and drinkable.