Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe

Germany

The Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe is one of the oldest brewers in Germany, if not the world, and was started by the Benedictine monks in 1050. Of course, all the ingredients were grown right around the monastery. The low-protein barley makes for perfect malt. The Hersbrucker hops from nearby gives these beers something special. The water is taken from the local spring. All of this is still happening today, and although things are a bit more modern and efficient than they used to be, the tradition of making high quality beer is still fundamental to what this brewery does.

As part of the secular policies implemented by Napoleon in the early part of 19th century, the abbey’s brewery eventually was taken over by brewmaster Friedrich Kraus in 1827. Since then, the brewery has been in the hands of the family and is now managed in the fifth generation by Urban Winkler and his wife.

Drinking any of their beers really brings about that feeling of history and rustic nature. It might be a quality akin to a Belgian farmhouse beer, with the raw, unfiltered elements shining through and the yeast transforming it into something out of this world. Another word used to describe these beers is balance. After almost 1000 years, the brewers at Weißenohe have most definitely figured out how to make the best beer with the ingredients they have.

Wines

Weißenoher Kloster-Sud · Profile

A malty beer with fine underlying spicy notes – a perfect amber lager.

Weißenoher Kloster-Sud · Pairing

A more substantial beer that pairs well with game dishes, strong cheese, steak, and dark rye bread.

Weißenoher Doppelbock Bonator · Profile

A strong beer that stands on its own – a pleasing combination of smooth yet powerful, spicy caramel and toffee flavours.

Weißenoher Doppelbock Bonator · Pairing

This beer was originally developed by the monks to constitute their liquid meal during the times of fasting (with Papal approval!).

This chestnut brown doppelbock is meant to be drunk on its own, but it also pairs well with chocolate and toffee flavoured desserts.