What a nice day! Sunshine, warm temperatures and blue sky. Such a pleasant surprise after this year’s wet summer and the arctic temperatures of the last few days.
To me, warm weather is weissbier weather and I am currently enjoying a cool Weihenstephan Hefeweizen!
For all of you who have never tried Weihenstephan, I encourage you to go out and have one. Like many other German “Weizenbier”, it’s very different from Belgian “witbeer”. It has a much fuller and smoother flavor. It has a wonderful cloudy appearance when poured into the typical tall half liter glasses and will charm you with its herbal and yeasty fragrance.
If you are craving a “Weizen” now, here are some suggestions where to get one:
- Hesp on Weesperzijde has Hefeweizen on tap! Great! Just make sure you ask them for a proper Weihenstephan glass rather than a terribly unfitting Grolsch pint.
- Restaurant As by the Beatrixpark has Hefeweizen in bottles and a great terrace to go with it.
- Grungy cafe Soundgarden on Marnixstraat (do they have a web site?!?) has a dark Weihenstephan for you to enjoy on its secret terrace.
- Then there are brown cafe Westers (no web site either!?!) on 1e C Huygensstr near the Vondelpark, Jordaan institution De Tuin on 2e Tuindwarsstraat (nope, no web site either…) and Cafe Bax on Ten Katestraat.
- And cafe Gollem on the Spui not only has a web site and over 200 beers on offer, including Weihenstephan, but even an image of the good stuff on its home page!
Of course you can also buy a few bottles or crate. Here are two suggestions:
- Slijterij Ton Overmars on Hoofddorpplein has bottles, crates and and otherwise great beer, wine and whisky selection with very knowledgeable and friendly service
- Or you can oder from the Cracked Kettle