Weihenstephan Brewery -
Oldest Brewery in the World(First licensed in 1040)
The Weihenstephan Brewery can trace its roots at the abbey
to 768, as a document from that year refers to a hop garden in the area paying a
tithe to the monastery. A brewery was licensed by the City of Freising in 1040,
and that is the founding date claimed by the modern brewery. The brewery thus
has a credible claim to being the oldest working brewery in the world. When the
monastery and brewery were secularised in 1803, they became possessions of the
State of Bavaria.
Since 1923, the brewery has been known as the Bavarian State Brewery
Weihenstephan, and is operated in conjunction with the Technical University
of Munich as both a state-of-the-art production facility and a centre for
The brewery produces a range of pale lagers and wheat beers including
Weihenstephaner Weissbier, a 5.4% abv weissbier which is available in
filtered Kristall and unfiltered Hefe versions. The strongest beers the
brewery produces are Infinium (10.5% abv), Vitus (a 7.7% abv wheat beer) and
Korbinian (a 7.4% abv bock).
Part of Freising
North of Munich, Germany
Brewery tour times:
Mondays: 10.00 a.m.
Tuesdays: 10.00 a.m. and 01.30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10.00 a.m.