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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Rating: 4.35

Back to one of my favourite brewers now, a dunkelweizen from the Weihenstephan Abbey in Bavaria which has been in continuous operation since 1040 making it the world oldest continually operated brewery, and in my opinion one of the best going by the few of their beers I have tried already. I had been looking out for this one for a few months now after being blown away by the breweries flagship hefeweizen and thoroughly enjoying several of their other beers. I had been planning to buy this one online whenever I finally get round to placing an order with someone but I managed to stumble across a bottle in a Glasgow Peckhams store last month and was quick to snap up a bottle of the stuff. Despite this one not featuring on the 1001 Beers list it is one of the beers I have most been looking forward to trying and assuming it doesn’t disappoint then I will be making a return visit to pick up a few more bottles in the near future. Going by the breweries track record I am sure I will enjoy this one, particularly considering it is a dunkelweizen and it’s not often I get to pick a new one of these up in Scotland.

Appearance (4/5): Poured into a weizen glass, this one settles to a cloudy and light looking caramel brown colour that is topped by a massive, three-finger sized head that is light brown to white in colour and has a fine, bubbly texture.
Aroma (9/10): Sweet smelling with strong clove and wheat notes to begin with, this is quickly followed by some banana and a hint of orange zest too. There is some background spice and a little pepper along with some mild malty aromas. A very nice and somewhat complex smelling beer. Great stuff.
Taste (8/10): Good wheat and yeast notes right off the bat along with a good amount of clove and some light malts. There is the banana and spice mentioned in the smell, all of which is standard fair for the style but it is still an excellent beer. There is a little spiciness towards the end and a touch of dryness in the finish.
Palate (5/5): Solid medium mouthfeel with strongish carbonation and a nice creamy texture to it. It goes down outstandingly easy and is a wonderful beer to drink. The finish is slightly dry but very appealing.

Overall (17/20): An outstanding beverage and one the I insist you look out for and try, this was a steal at only £2.25 for the bottle; if only it was more readily available in my area. I don’t think it is just quite as good as the original hefeweizen offering from Weihenstephaner but it is an excellent change and the flavours all work well together. Get a bottle if you can.

Brewed In: Freising, Germany
Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
First Brewed: Brewery since 1040
Type: Dunkelweizen
Abv: 5.3%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Peckhams
Price: £2.25

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