Originally Posted by Klainmeister
I take my Bavarian heritage with pride, but sometimes there are some damn good beers made with some additions.
Same here. Mom is Bayerisch, born in Munich (I was born farther up north in the red wine region of the Rhine river valley) so I have a fondness for the idea of adhering to the Reinheitsgebot. I've only just started brewing, but I already know that if I brew a German beer that I will follow it.
As for hefeweizens being an exception... I don't know if anyone addressed this (my apologies if I missed a post) but in my completely novice experience, I've always seen it referred to as "hefeweizen" and not "hefeweizen bier". If hefes are not viewed as "beer" per se, (since the Reinheitsgebot so strictly defines what beer is) then brewing a hefe is perfectly acceptable and lies outside of the Reinheitsgebot. It's just a fermented wheat beverage under this concept.