Style: Wheat doppelbock
Brewery: G Schneider & Son
I knew I wanted a wheat beer in the tasting, but I didn’t want a fairly standard light one. I wanted a wheat beer with some darker notes that maybe the guests hadn’t tried before. Furthermore, I had a bottle of this just a few weeks before the tasting and absolutely adored it, so I quickly ordered up a box! G Schneider & Son was founded in 1872 when Georg Schneider I and his son Georg Schneider II acquired the oldest wheat beer brewery in Kelheim. It is still owned by the original family today, and is now in the 7th generation of ownership. They currently employ 100 people and export to 27 different countries. This beer was the first weizenbock in Bavarian history when it was first brewed in 1907 and continues to be made over 100 years later.
This had a deep chocolate colour but still clear, with a thin white head that didn’t hold as long as I expected. A medium body and carbonation was also observed, evident when the beer was swirled. The aroma was amazing, with big sultana, syrup and over ripe banana notes accompanied by hints of smoke. The taste was more of the same, with the big banana esters filling the palate alongside the dried fruits and cloves. The aftertaste was short but rather sweet, leaving the mouth quite sticky yet satisfied.
I thought this was an excellent beer, which is unsurprising for a beer that has been in constant production for over 100 years! Rich, fruity, warming and just simply delicious, a few of these bottles will be gracing my fridge in the not too distant future.