Put simply, the best Dunkleweizen available in the USA. Now, if I’m honest one can apply that to the full range of Andechs beers that we get here in the US in their respective styles, so am I saying anything out of the ordinary? No, not really, but it bears saying.
Darkish amber body with a beautiful tan head. Head is not very well retained and offers scant lace, but still looks good initially. Color is perfect.
The nose is extraordinarily rich, and to me resembles even the bigger, bolder Doppelbock from the same brewery. If I’m honest, the same can be said of the tastes which offer an extraordinary amount of richness for the relatively modest ABV. Wave after wave of bubblegum and phenolic banana bread come down, and the yeasty notes are strong. Ample body – again mimicking it’s bigger stable mate. Alcohol punches way above its weight too. It’s a BIG package wrapped up in a smaller presentation.
In many ways this is an amazing beer, This amount of depth given the style and for the ABV is largely unprecedented in my considerable experience. I almost refuse to believe the ABV at times, and the resemblance to much bigger Doppelbocks from major brewers is really noticeable.
I’ve been drinking this beer for at least a couple of decades at it continues to amaze me. World class.