WINTERWEISS

4

Brewery: Muskoka Brewing Company

Type: Dunkelweizen

From Beer Advocate:  ‘These southern Germany wheat beers are brewed as darker versions (Dunkel means “dark”) with deliciously complex malts and a low balancing bitterness. Most are brown and murky (from the yeast). The usual clove and fruity (banana) characters will be present, some may even taste like banana bread.’

Dark Wheat Beer.  FASCINATING

ABV: 5%

IBU: 12

Thoughts:  I poured aggressively; too aggressively, judging the book by the cover as the dark beer poured out.  Turns out it has plenty of carbonation and liveliness to it- and needed no of my supplementation.  It looks identical to a root beer- the carbonation, chestnut brown at the base and cream at the foam.  It even smells like a root beer.  An extra malty root beer.  Dang.  It’s good.  It unravels in my mouth for at least 7 seconds- changing several times.  I don’t have the vocabulary for this pallet of beer but it’s probably my favorite brown or dark beer since the Trappist dubbel I had in Yellowknife a year ago.  It’s velvety smooth one moment and then rough and grimey like a few cigarette butts might be floating in there.  The sort of juxtaposition really worked on me.  Because it’s not only complex it’s pleasant.  Very Cool.  I did not know this was a wheat based beer when I had it, and did not pick up on it, FYI.

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