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Old 08-09-2010, 11:33 PM   #1
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Hey folks,
what are the American breweries that you know of who currently produce a weizen using a real yeast, and doing everything in the proper German style?

I visited Live Oak in Austin, Tx and they brought something to my attention that I hadn't thought of: How many American "weizens" or "weissbiers" I had tried that actually taste nothing like a German wheat beer!

(Not exactly a brewing question, but pretty technical ;-)

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Old 08-09-2010, 11:43 PM   #2
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The brewery out back of my house lol. I don't know of many commercial breweries doing real weizens though. Check out Victory's Sunrise Weiss and their Moonglow Weizenbock. It's a PA brewery, so you may have some trouble picking it up. I highly suggest finding them though because they're amazing.

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Old 08-09-2010, 11:58 PM   #3
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Only one I know that open ferments ala the germans, is the sierra nevada kellerweiss, and they use a yeast from a bottle of an actual german hefe.

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Old 08-10-2010, 12:14 AM   #4
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As long as you can get Live Oak, it doesn't matter. That one is the best!

Firestone Walker's is decent here on the left coast.

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Old 08-10-2010, 07:08 AM   #5
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As long as you can get Live Oak, it doesn't matter. That one is the best!

Firestone Walker's is decent here on the left coast.
Firestone doesn't have a German style hefeweizen that they sell in stores. They have made them before though for their tasting room.

Solace is not a German hefe
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No, but neither is Live Oak (sold in stores).
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/firestone-walker-hefeweizen/101868/

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Only one I know that open ferments ala the germans, is the sierra nevada kellerweiss, and they use a yeast from a bottle of an actual german hefe.
You sure about that? I thought they used an "Ale Yeast", per their website.

Good stuff, though.

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Old 08-10-2010, 03:14 PM   #8
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You sure about that? I thought they used an "Ale Yeast", per their website.

Good stuff, though.

My understanding was that someone captured some Belgian yeast and brought it back.
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