Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Type State-owned enterprise
Location Weihenstephan, Freising, Bavaria, Germany
Coordinates 48°23′46″N 11°43′45″E / 48.39611°N 11.72917°E / 48.39611; 11.72917Coordinates: 48°23′46″N 11°43′45″E / 48.39611°N 11.72917°E / 48.39611; 11.72917
Opened 1040
Annual production volume 382,341 hectolitres (325,819 US bbl) in 2014[1]
Revenue €33,989,000 in 2014[1]
Owned by Government of Bavaria

The Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan (Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan) is a German brewery located on the site of the former Weihenstephan Abbey in Freising, Bavaria. In 2014, the total output was 382,341 hectolitres (325,819 US bbl).[1] The brewery advertises itself as "The World's Oldest Brewery", although this claim is disputed.[2]



Until the 1950s, the brewery described its date of foundation as the year 1146. At this time, a document allegedly dating to the year 1040 resurfaced. In it, Otto I, Bishop of Freising bestowed a brewing right upon the abbey. The document is generally dismissed as a forgery from the early 1600s. The first written record of the brewery dates to the year 1675.[2]

State Brewery[edit]

In 1803, as part of a larger wave of German secularization, Weihenstephan Abbey was dissolved. The cloister passed into ownership of the Bavarian government, where it was incorporated as the Königlich Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan (Royal Bavarian Brewery Weihenstephan).[1] In 1921, the brewery adopted its current name. Today, although it is fully owned by the government of Bavaria, it is run as a modern enterprise in line with private sector practices. The grounds around the brewery were developed into a campus of the Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf.


  • 2016: Gold medal at the World Beer Cup, in the category South German-Style Hefeweizen, for Weihenstephaner Hefeweißbier.[3]
  • 2016: Silver medal at the World Beer Cup, in the category German-Style Wheat Ale, for Weihenstephaner Kristallweißbier.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Beteiligungsbericht des Freistaats Bayern 2015 - Staatliche Beteiligungen an Unternehmen". Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Finanzen, für Landesentwicklung und Heimat. November 2015. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b Christof Siemes , Georg Etscheit , Claas Tatje , Karin Ceballos Betancur and Gunhild Lütge (2012-05-31). "Flaschenkunde". Die Zeit. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  3. ^ a b "World Beer Cup 2016 Winners List" (pdf). World Beer Cup. 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-05.