Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Schneider Weisse Original

Top Craft Beers

Schneider Weisse Original, one of GAYOT's Top Craft Beers, still brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law)

Schneider Weisse Original
Bavarian Hefeweizen
G. Schneider & Sohn/ Kelheim, Germany

The Bavarian hefeweizen is one of the most beloved craft beer styles in the world. It is characterized by overtones of banana and clove, which are derived from distinct yeast strains. It's one of the few ale styles brewed in Germany, and tradition calls for the mixing of at least 50 percent wheat to barley and minimal bitterness, which allows the sweetness of the malt and the aforementioned yeast by-products to shine. Founded in 1872, this iconic brewery is a true family operation; it's currently run by Georg Schneider VI, the sixth-generation descendant of founder Georg Schneider. Considered by many to be the benchmark of Bavarian wheat beer, it still uses the original recipe and is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law), using only water, barley and wheat malt, hops and yeast. Much darker than most wheat beers, Schneider Weisse comes out of the bottle with an amber hue, and a bubblegum-like flavor mixes with an estery tartness and malty sweetness. Despite its deep color, it's not heavy and has a refreshing dry finish. Although many bartenders seem compelled to add lemon to this style, first try it without to appreciate the true taste the brewers intended.

Price: $3.29 for 16.9 oz
5.40 percent ABV

Top 10 Craft Beers
More Top Craft Beers


PCM080612
USG082514

India Pale Ale was first developed for British soldiers in South Asia; however, the style has since gained popularity with civilian beer fans.

Although sipping fine Scotch can be an expensive habit, GAYOT's Top 10 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies start at a reasonable $50 a bottle.