Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Beers of the World Cup - #5 Germany - Schneider Weisse Tap 7

As the first of the competing teams begin playing their final game in their FIFA World Cup group, I have realised that my Beers of the World Cup challenge is going to be more difficult that I originally envisaged. It's proving to be almost impossible sourcing beers from some of the competing countries whilst some are very easy. Tonight I moved onto to one of the favourites for the tournament with a chilled bottle of Schneider Weisse Tap 7 from Germany.
G.Schneider & Sohn is a Bavarian brewery company founded in 1872 when Georg Schneider and his son (also Georg) acquired the Weisses Brauhaus in Munich, the oldest wheat beer brewery in the city. In 1927, descendants of Georg Schneider extended their brewing operations to Straubing and Kelheim. After the brewery in Munich was destroyed during air raids in 1944, the entire brewing production was moved permenantly to Kelheim.
The brewery produce a mixed range of differing wheat beers with Schneider Weisse Tap 7 being a nod to the past. Georg Schneider I bought the right to brew wheat beer from King Ludwig II and started brewing his delicious wheat beers in 1872. The current brew master still makes Schneider Weisse Tap 7 from the original recipe of the brewery founder.
Schneider Weisse Tap 7 pours with a foamy head that stays with the drink all the way to the bottom of the glass. The beer was darker in colour than I had expected, with a deep mahogany brown finish. Strong scents of clove and nutmeg are easy to identify with the faint aroma of banana bread also easy to spot. To taste, the beer has a similar taste to the Belgian Leffe with clove being the easiest taste to identify although there is a noticeable sweetness that help add some balance to the palate.
As far as German wheat bears go, it was certainly a beer that I would drink again. However, given the choice I would reach for my favoured Erdinger Hefe-Weizen if I was looking for a refreshing pick-me-up. The complex flavours of the Schneider Weisse Tap 7 are probably a better match or drink with strong tasting foods like roast pork, Bavarian sausage, marinated prawns, camembert, peperoni and olives - which is how I will try my next bottle.

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