12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 3

Day 1 was a hit for me and Day 2 a miss, here’s to hoping odd numbered days are where it’s at.  With a blind reach into the fridge, the third beer in the series is…Dunkle Weisse.  A collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Germany’s Ayinger Brewery, dunkle weisse literally translate to dark white.  Strangely, that’s what this beer is, a dark white beer.  More specifically, a dark version of a traditional German wheat beer.  As you might expect from a beer this style, it’s only got an IBU of 10 with 5.7% ABV and is another 12 ounce bottle.  I don’t know for sure what to expect from this but I’m looking forward to cracking into it. 

Pour:

Beer Camp Dunkle Weisse pours a deep deep brown color with about two fingers of very light tan colored head.  The beer is dark for sure and very little to no light gets through. The head is sort of thick and definitely lingers.  Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma:

The short version: this thing smells amazing!  It smells like everything you would expect if it were an actual hefeweizen.  Big aromas of banana, clove, a little caramel, and a little malt.  There’s also a sweetness and maybe a light citrus touch.  I’m a fan of hefeweizen and witbiers and the like so this beer smells like it’s right up my alley.

Taste:

The taste is about like it smells.  Wheat or breadiness comes through first off followed by the banana and clove flavors.  There is some fruitiness, like lemon or something similar.  The citrus is light but it’s there.  The taste is sweet but certainly not cloying.  Something about the taste makes me wish it was cold outside and I had football on.  No?  Just me?  Alright.

Overall:

This is easily my favorite beer of the first three.  I feel like I came out of the gate a little to strong rating the White IPA a 4 because I definitely have to go higher with this one.  Delicious and super drinkable.  If you close your eyes to smell and taste the Beer Camp Dunkle Weisse, you could definitely be tricked into thinking it was just a regular hefeweizen, until you open your eyes and see just how dark it is.  It’s a lot like listening to Don “No Soul” Simmons….I’ll wait while you YouTube that one.

4.5 out 5

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