Brewery: Weisses Brauhaus G. Schneider & Sohn
Location: Kelheim, Germany (Bavaria)
Style: Wheat Doppelbock ABV: 8.2%
So far this Beer Advent we’ve had 2 other wheat beers. This one for tonight is going to be vastly different than the others. In fact, the Schneider Weisse that you will enjoy tonight is brewed in a brewery that specializes in only brewing wheat beers and is the oldest wheat beer brewery in Bavaria! Needless to say, Schneider Weisse takes their wheat beers seriously, all the way to the fine details of the pour. Click here to see the directions for pouring your beer tonight.
This wheat doppel-bock features strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins, plums, and liquorice and roasty aromas.
Below is the history of Schneider-Weisse and of wheat beers in general.
Mathilde Schneider, widowed wife of Georg III, created the first wheat doppelbock of Bavaria in 1907. The recipe for TAP6 Unser Aventinus is so unique that is has remained unchanged until today.
The history of wheat beer is also the history of the Schneider brewing family and its famous Schneider Weisse. Georg I Schneider, as the wheat beer pioneer and creator of the Schneider Weisse Original recipe (which is still used today), is revered by all wheat beer connoisseurs.
Two-hundred years ago, wheat beer could only be brewed by the Bavarian royal family in their reweries. In 1872, King Ludwig II discontinued brewing wheat beer due to a steady decline in sales.
That same year, he sold Georg I Schneider the exclusive right to brew wheat beer. Thus, the Schneider Family saved wheat beer from extinction. Today, Georg VI Schneider is running the brewery in Kelheim, which the family acquired in 1927 and has remained the Schneider Weisse brewery to this day. It is the oldest wheat beer brewery in Bavaria; wheat beer has been brewed there without interruption since its founding in the year 1607
Cheers to the special art of pouring a wheat beer!
Advent Reading: John 1;6-8, 15 John the Baptist’s Witness
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'”)
(John 1:6-8, 15 ESV)