1516 Schloss Weisse

Review Date 4/9/2016 Updated  By John Staradumsky


For Christmas of 2015, my wife bought me a really cool present: BeerAdvent Calendar 2015 from Kalea. In truth, my wife got me a lot of nice presents (sheís the best wife ever), but the nice thing about the Beer Advent Calendar is you get it early. You have to, since itís comprised of 24 different imported German beers in a box with little doors that you open, one per day from December 1st through December 24th. All of the beers are listed on the side of the carton, however, so be careful not to look and spoil the daily surprises!

I love German beer more than beer from any other country on Earth, so this was definitely right up my alley. My one criticism of the calendar is there are no bocks or doppelbocks (not fair!), but otherwise itís just an amazing way to sample 24 German beers Iíve never seen before. I got mine a Costco here in Georgia and paid $59.95 for the box. That might sound steep, but when you distribute that price over 24 different half liter cans, it only works out to $2.50 per can. Not a bad deal at all looked at that way.

Today is Day 12 of the German Beer Advent Calendar-we're halfway to Christmas! I'll confess that I'm drinking this beer in April of 2016, and while I didn't drink a beer a day in December, I did have a lot of fun opening a door on the calendar each morning and revealing a new and different brew. On Day 12, I spied a can of 1516 Schloss Weisse.

1516 Schloss Weisse is brewed by Privatbrauerei Egerer, and is in fact the third consecutive beer in the calendar brewed there. Now, I know I've tasted Egerer beers before but never catalogued them; the label says this beer is brewed under licence form Privatbrauerei Bach. In fact, I can't find any details of Privatbrauerei Bach anywhere on the web. We all know the famous composer of the same name, though the brewery may not be named for him for sure. 1516 is the year of the Reinheitsgebot; Schloss Weisse means White Castle literally, though here it means castle wheat beer.

Be that as it may, 1516 Schloss Weisse has an alcohol content of 5% by volume.

1516 Schloss Weisse pours to a hazy yellow color with a thick rocky head and a potent nose of bananas foster. Taking a sip, the beer has a refreshing crackery wheat character up front followed by banana, vanilla and a hint of clove. The beer finishes tart wheaty and very refreshing. Swirling the can I rouse a lot of yeast and of course decant into my can and drink it. It's very good for you. I found this to be a very delightful hefeweizen, one I would buy again if I ever can. 

Iím greatly enjoying my Beer Advent Calendar with the day 12 beer. Hereís looking forward to the remaining 12, and another assortment of 24 in 2016. Weíll be on the lookout next year at Costco, and following the beers on their Facebook page.

The beers of the 2015 Beer Advent Calendar:

Day 1 Alpinebrauerei Burgerbrau Alpen Stoff

Day 2 Ankerbrau Nordlingen Grandl Helles Lagerbier

Day 3 Herrnbrau Tradition Bayerisches Festbier

Day 4 Schlossbrauerei Herrngiersdorf Publiner

Day 5 Hofbrauhaus Friesing Huber Weisses

Day 6 Lowenbrauerei Passau Urtyp Hell

Day 7 Spath Brau Osser Osser Gold

Day 8 Hosl Marzenbier

Day 9 Wittmann Urhell

Day 10 Kloster Urstoff Marzen

Day 11 Egerer Eaglebrau Weizenbier Dunkel

Day 12 Egerer 1516 Schloss Weisse

Day 13 Barbarossa Pilsener

Day 14 Lausaria Romergold Export Hell

Day 15 Egerer Winter Weisse

Day 16 Kress Bayrisch Zwickel

Day 17 Egerer Winterfestbier

Day 18 Egerer Konig Wilhelm Ur-Weisse Dunkel

Day 19 Egerer Das Besondere Festbier

Day 20 Egerer Baren Weisse

Day 21 Bierkutscher Edel Pils

Day 22 Alpenkonig Gold

Day 23 Egerer Altbayrisch Dunkel

Day 24 Edel Bayer Urtyp Hell


Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned