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Beer #35 – February 4, 2010: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

February 4, 2010

Beer: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Brewery: Weihenstephaner Brewery, Freising, Germany

Style: Dunkelweizen

Serving Type: 500 ml (16.9 oz) bottle

Price: $3.29/ bottle

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Pilsner glass

Strength: 5.3% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: A richer, slightly drier, but quite tasty variation on a hefeweizen… and just as quaffable.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Hazy, deep coppery caramel hue, with a big, thick, foamy white head.

Aroma: Slightly musty, with clove and spice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy effervescence

Taste: Initial mild caramel sweetness followed by a slightly fruity, bready middle: orange, banana, whole grain golden raisin bread.  Spice flavors of clove, ginger, and a dash of pepper balance the fruit flavors, all leading into yeasty, slightly musty notes, and a relatively dry finish.

Pairing: Think German cold cuts, seedy mustard, rye bread… or banana pancakes!

Trivia: The label reads “World’s Oldest Brewery” which is hard to argue: brewing at Weiheinstephan began nearly 1,000 years ago in 1040 A.D.  To give you an idea of how long ago that was, the Vikings were at the height of their power, movable type had just been invented in China, and it was 500 year before the Reinheitsgebot became law in Germany.

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