The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan (Freising, Germany) recently announced that Kristallweizenbock is currently available in the U.S. as a one-time, limited release.
When you work at Weihenstephan, the world’s oldest brewery, there is a good chance that you are going to run across some amazing pieces of brewing history from time to time. Johannes Weiss, Weihenstephan’s Sales Manager Export, did just that when he discovered a label dating back to the 1950’s while rummaging through the brewery’s “nearly one thousand-year-old archives.” Once he showed the vintage label for Kristallweizenbock to Brewmaster Tobias Zollo, it was an easy decision to breathe new life into this all but forgotten beer.
“I thought, as a brewery world-acclaimed for wheat beer specialties, brewing one wheat beer style that is hardly available is something very special,” explained Weiss. When Weiss discovered the 1950’s Kristallweizenbock label, it sparked an idea. “I suggested using hops with ‘crystal’ names,” said Weiss, “smaragd (emerald) and opal. [These hops] add fruity flavors to the beer and complement the name.”
Although Weihenstephan is well-known for their traditional Weizenbock, Vitus, Kristallweizenbock sets itself apart “as it is filtered and has a stronger focus on hops, without being too ‘hoppy’.” When all is said and done, this 7.5% ABV brew balances “delicately between the distinctive fruity flavors of the ‘crystal’ hops and strong banana notes commonly associated with wheat beers.”
“Kristallweizenbock is a very special beer style,” noted Weiss, “a niche within a niche, but still it fits perfectly to our existing portfolio.”
Kristallweizenbock launches in the U.S. in April, and will be available nationwide for a limited time. You can find this one-time release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles at fine beer retailers. If you are at all interested in experiencing a piece of brewing history from one of the world’s most respected breweries, be sure to pick up a sixer of Kristallweizenbock while on your next beer run. Prost!
Vital Information for Kristallweizenbock from The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan
Release – Limited/One-Time, launching April 2017 in the U.S.
Style – Weizenbock
ABV – 7.5%
Featured Hops – Sapphire, Opal, Emerald & Pearl
Treatment – Filtered to earn the name “Kristall”weizenbock
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Fun Fact – ” “This glass (pictured above) is important,” says Weiss, “the shape of the glass helps to present the beer’s flavor notes in the most perfect way.”