Wednesday, November 5, 2008
My recent dunkel weisse experience left me feeling a little hollow because the flavour just didn't meet with my expectations. I ended that post telling you about the other Weinhenstephaner Dunkel that I had yet to try. This one is labelled Tradition and I thought it was perhaps a rougher, fuller version of the other dunkel weisse, but a comment by Barry about dunkel being dark beer in general rather than the darker weisses that I thought them to be helped explain why this beer was filtered and not at all spicy when I got it into the glass. At first I thought it was a kristal dunkel weisse, an interesting notion, but in fact this appears to be a traditional dark German beer and a damn tasty one at that. It delivers on the rich dark malt aspect where the weisses failed, matched with an amazing clarity and rich colour. It is one of the tastiest looking beers I have seen in quite some time. Hopefully we'll see more of this type of beer arriving on Irish shores in the near future.