From Bavaria, With Wheat
Wheat has been a popular German brewing ingredient for centuries; however, after the passage of the German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot) in 1516, brewing with Wheat was made illegal- except with a Royal Warrant. The Dukes of Bavaria exploited this loophole and monopolized the brewing of Weizenbier (Wheatbeer) at their Munich Hofbrauhaus (Royal Brew House) for over 300 years. In 1872 Hofbrauhaus lessee Georg Schneider was able to purchase the right to brew with Wheat from King Ludwig II, sparking a country-wide boom of new Wheat brewery construction and the redevelopment of existing breweries. Today, Weizenbiers account for some 30% of German beer consumption. Clandestine's BND Hefeweizen (literally, 'Yeast Wheat'), is inspired by the complex, malty Wheat beers of Bavaria. Brewed with a decoction mash, BND is possessed of all the key attributes of the style, exploding with banana and bubblegum esters and clove-like phenols. To compliment the complex flavors of the Wheat and yeast interaction, only a small amount of Noble hops are added. The resulting beer is full-bodied, yet refreshing and without bitterness.