Happy Birthday dear Bavarian Purity Law - our new beer: Weihenstephaner 1516
The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan is focused on Tradition while being a state-of-the-art enterprise at the same time. As the 500th anniversary of the Bavarian purity law will take place in 2016 we decided to celebrate this remarkable birthday with a special brew which will be available for a short period of time only. Our brew masters honor the century old brewing tradition and the handcraft of their guild by creating an unfiltered Kellerbier with all of their passion, according to a handed down recipe through history and with premium ingredients only.
The “Weihenstephaner 1516” is unfiltered, hence retains the typical pure character which is underlined by the amber color and the stable froth. This style of a typical Kellerbier is one of the most traditional and typical Bavarian types of beer and exists at least as long as the Purity Law is in effect. At the first sip our Kellerbier reveals a touch of caramel. Its fresh and fruity aroma is owed to the chosen hops and accompanied by a pleasant bitterness. In combination with a well-balanced malt body this wonderfully mild and smooth beer was created to please both, your tongue and mind. In order to stay in consistency with the historical theme we used solely traditional and local hops like “Hallertauer Record”, “Hallertauer Perle” and “Halltertauer Mittelfrueh” and are proud to introduce this new beer with the following specifications:
Original wort: 12.6 % weight
Bitter value: 25 EBU
Alcohol content: 5.6 % vol.
Colour: 13 EBC units of colour
The world-famous purity law for German beer of 1516 - what is it?
The Purity Law is the collective name for a series of regulations limiting the ingredients in beer in Germany and its predecessor states. The most well-known version of the law was adopted in Bavaria in 1516, but similar regulations predate the Bavarian order, and modern regulations also significantly differ from the 1516 Bavarian version. The most influential predecessor of the modern Purity Law was a law first adopted in the duchy of Munich in 1487. After Bavaria was reunited, the Munich law was adopted across the entirety of Bavaria on April 23, 1516. As Germany unified, Bavaria pushed for adoption of this law on a national basis. According to the 1516 Bavarian law, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. The 1516 Bavarian law set the price of beer (depending on the time of year and type of beer), limited the profits made by innkeepers, and made confiscation the penalty for making impure beer.
The Bavarian order of 1516 was introduced in part to prevent price competition with bakers for wheat and rye. The restriction of grains to barley was meant to ensure the availability of affordable bread, as wheat and rye were reserved for use by bakers. It has also been argued that the rule had a protectionist role, as beers from Northern Germany often contained additives that were not present in Bavarian beer.
Marcus (Sales Director Export) and Mario (Head Brewmaster) did a tasting of the beer and are pointing out the highlights and details of the new beer.