A few posts ago, I swooned for Schneider Weisse’s Aventinus. So I figured I’d try the Bavarian brewery’s original Hefe-weizen brew with some big crusty slices of We the Pizza’s Sicilian pie. (A review of We the Pizza is forthcoming although I want to try their original pie as well as a sandwich before I do.) The beer is indeed as amber gold as Schneider Weisse advertises with a very good head–now, now, get your brain out of the bottom of the barrel. It’s basically a not-so-cheap drinking beer. If you’re at a backyard barbecue you could suck down a few pints of these and still have room for a dog. So if you’re feeling like treating yourself to a few good brews because you don’t want to drink American piss, then this is as good as you’ll get. But, naturally, as it always does, it will cost you.
In Alexandria, I get Schneider Weisse’s Hefe-weizen from Fern Street Gourmet for about $4 a bottle. I feel that’s a bit overpriced since I can pick up Aventinus at Whole Foods for the same price but it’s worth it to support a Mom and Pop over that corporate behemoth wrapped in an organic lettuce leaf. Besides, you’ll find Andy behind the counter and he won’t steer you wrong if you’re looking for a good bottle of wine. Even better, he won’t push the more expensive bottles. You tell him what you want to spend, Andy will find you a great bottle.