On the docket: 1/2L bottle of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel 5.3% abv.
Poured into: Weizen glass courtesy of my ex-navy brother.
S: Tawny, muddy brown body dwarfed by an immense column of tan, spongy, billowy head that lasts longer than a prog-rock guitar solo. Lacing is delicate and even down the sides of the weizen glass. Tiny bubbles shoot to the top to join their bandmates.
A: Fruity esters of banana and bubblegum. A subtle spice phenol, clove-like. Malty sweetness with a very low hop presence. Think banana runts candy, which I happen to like. Inhale gently and you can also detect a little tang from the wheat. One may also get a hint of brown bread and caramel.
T: Much of the aroma is in the taste- notes of banana, malty sweetness, wheat-y tang. There are also suggestions of caramel and brown bread. Flavor wise, this beer boasts balance. Nothing overpowers anything else, the elements work in harmony. Hops take a back seat to the malt presence here, likely Vienna or Munich, or both.
F: Quite enough tingle. Overall, very smooth, rich, and coating. Creamy, and yet fluffy. Call it a medium-plus feel.
O: A fantastic rendition of the style, one of those “go-tos” for artistically crafted dark German beer; always a pleasure to drink.
S: 4.25 A: 4.75 T: 4.5 F: 4.25 O: 4.25
Suggested food pairing: braised venison, chocolate cake, banana bread, asiago cheese