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Steingadener Weisse Dunkel - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG

Steingadener Weisse DunkelSteingadener Weisse Dunkel

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BA SCORE
77
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32 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.64%


Brewed by:
Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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baos

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:

Bottle into my favorite bicentennial jar.

A: Yellow-orange haziness with nice white head.

S: Bubble gum banana

T: Bubble-gummy and banana wheatiness. With a nice maltiness. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms. Good beer.

M: Not bad.

D: Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 21:08:58 | More by baos
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RiekerStarBrew

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the beer was poured from the pint bottle to my pint glass, it had a dark gold/amber color with a small head. The aroma was very complex. I picked up an apple aroma with a spicy undertone. There was a sweet malt presence as well and an alcohol lace. The flavor was a tad sour, probably a product of the yeast. The beer finished well. It initially is dry, but the hops peek through and the darker gains linger for a toffee flavor to boot. The mouthfeel was a medium body, well-carbonated effect. All together, the beer was a good experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 22:58:54 | More by RiekerStarBrew
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml picked up at Tres Bonne Cuisine.. Poured into my shaped SA glass...

2 finger head dies back slowly with a bunch of lace.. the brew is lighter than I was expecting.. yet still a nice hazy copper.

Nose is unexpectedly balanced toward the grains as opposed to the clove or banana.. toasty bready notes pretty much dominate.. there are still plenty of phenols and esters.. but they are lite given the style..

Flavor mirrors the nose with a nice smack of pink bubblegum.. the maltiness helps me think of some lite vanilla.. bready malts are more punctuated as the glass hits room temperature.. clove and banana are both restrained.. caramel too shows.. wow.. this is alot better than I was expecting.. alot better as it hits room temperature..

The body is light/medium and the carbonation is a smooth medium.. I am amazed how fresh this one tastes...

Again.. I am astounded how fresh most of the German brews that I get at TBC actually taste.... I doubt it is legal.. but you would have to be a real A-Hole to complain.

4/4/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 08:16:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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t0rin0

California

3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I almost think I should try another of these before I review this but it'll be a while before I can do that. To start, I really think this beer is infected. The sour apple is way too powerful for a weizen beer.

It poured a dark yellow, more like brownish color that was hazy. The head built up quickly and then dissipated just as quickly. No lacing.

The smell was of green apple. But not in a bad way. It was more sweet than sour smelling. The best I can come up with is the same smell that you get from a bottle of Floris Apple from Huyge (the guys that make Delerium Tremens). So more like a green jolly rancher. Underneath all that there is some wheat and some malt. But its hard to tell as the bacteria commands the smell.

The taste was a bit more balanced. There was the nice dark wheat flavor and some banana hefe yeast. Then there was the sour apple. Here, in the flavor, it was sour but nice. What I got from it was a nice german hefe mixed with a lambic. Overall pretty enjoyable. Again, I am pretty sure that it shouldnt be like this but hey, I enjoyed it.

Light/medium bodied and smooth. Definitely drinkable but you have to like sour bacteria flavored beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 00:39:12 | More by t0rin0
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Rayek

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy walnut brown. A fizzy cream head starts out strong, but quickly disappears. Leaves no lace.

S: Lots of over ripe banana, plus cloves and a bit of toffee. There's an extra fruit aroma in the back that I couldn't quite pin down. Apple perhaps?

T: Tastes a lot like it smells, which is a good thing. Starts out with a sweet banana bread flavor. A sharp clove spiciness follows. Finishes slightly tart and somewhat dry, with lingering toffee flavors.

M: The grainy body feels under carbonated for this style.

D: I'm torn over this one. The appearance and mouthfeel were way off, but the aroma and flavor were great. Crank up the fizz and get in some head retention and you'd have a nice beer. Unfortunately, this beer is only half right.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 15:48:59 | More by Rayek
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Odd. Best before, but no date marked next to it...nor on the back label, where the month strip is labelled. At the bottom of the back label, however, it says 2/04. I wonder if? Wierd! Somebody put Duchesse in this bottle...the acetic acid is nearly that strong. When I first popped it open, I immediately thought sour milk. Cloudy amber with a small, quickly receding head and minimal lacing. On top of that, there is early rotting apples and cherries. No bananas, no cloves. Carbonation is spritzy. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a medium-light body. The taste is sour. Well, I've always wanted to try a Dunkel Lambic Weizen. Here it is! The taste is a recap of the aroma. There is the initial crackery taste of wheat mixed with lacto in the middle, a touch of cereal grain and chewed aluminum foil in the aftertaste. No alcohol is noted. Mildly acidic but not like a typical lambic. Rotting fruits and leather in the finish.

Definitely not what I expected, although (by the label) it's hard to tell if this one is past it's prime or not. I would hazard to guess it's infected if it's indeed supposed to be a dunkel-weizen. Chalk this one up as an interesting experiment. I won't rate this one to style (which gives it much higher marks that it deserves, as it's an absolutely horrible dunkel).

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 16:32:09 | More by Mitchster
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filabrazilia

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown with nicely formed tan head. Lace clings to the glass and carbonation streams to the top of the glass.

There are strong hints of banana and clove in the nose which give this a nice fruity and spicy aroma.

There is a sweet fruit flavor in the taste which make this a refreshing beer to drink. This beer would pair well with spicy food or be a nice thirst quencher on a hot day. It's not great, but pretty good--a wish the flavors would have been a little more pronounced.

Thin mouthfeel but pleasant to drink. There is a dry tart finish.

This is a delicious beer that is pretty drinkable and a nice introduction to the style. I can't wait to try some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 16:44:56 | More by filabrazilia
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a Hefewizen glass I "won" at Volksmarch in Germany

Poured murky honey to dark brown with bubbly white head. Drops quick/no lacing

Smell: Band-aids and some frutiness

Taste: Spicy (cinamon) and fruity/doughy taste. Slight earthy taste
and some yeastiness. Dryness and some bitterness in finish with apple-like notes

MF: Fairly well balanced, good carbonation, but little more ABV wouldn't hurt

Weizens aren't usually my thing, but I be this pretty good over in Germany, not bad here. Worth a try to weizen buffs

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 03:25:30 | More by russpowell
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy,murky brown beer, with a lovelly large creamy white head. Very fresh, aromas, spicy, medicinal partially,,red berries, some clove. Flavor much the same as the aroma, but with a touch of wheatyness. I liked the palate on this bottle conditioned lager..bubbly,yet still smooth and easily passes over the tongue. Unlike others ..i liked this beer..very subtle but tasty if you give it a chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 17:23:38 | More by Reidrover
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Jredner

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer World of Largo, FL.

Aroma is fruity sweet with lots of malt and some mild bannna and nut notes. Copper orange in color with an amazingly fast receding head. Starts with two fingers of tan head and goes to none in seconds. Nutty roasted notes in the fore with a bit of sweet fruitcake and smooth sweet malt. Low carbonation levels and virtually no hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 07:51:36 | More by Jredner
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in color, with a thin, white head that fades a little but remains full. Little bit of lacing.
Smell is light malts with some mild, fruity tones (banana & apple) and a hint of clove.
Taste is bready malts with some slight tartness that sits at the back of the throat. Banana and applesauce notes, with some more hints of cloves. Little bit of hops can be detected in there.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp up front with a smooth, clean finish. Medium level of carbonation, and a light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is good. Nothing too detracting in any of the aspects of this beer. Decent for a cool, spring night.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 00:19:59 | More by Parrotbeak
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color and a bit murky with hues of orange. Poured with an off-white foam that quickly dissipated. Sweet, dark roasted malt aroma with hints of over-ripe, almost sour, dark fruit. Medium bodied with lazy carbonation. Flavors are similar to aromas. Roasted and toasted malt flavors along with over ripe fruit. Finished cleanly. Very east to drink, but very forgettable aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:01:16 | More by IronLover
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a murky brown color with gold highlights. It was very hazy with a one-finger white head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of banana, clove and malt. Very little wheat aroma.

T - It tasted fairly sweet with some banana, clove and wheat flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was an okay dunkelweizen. Needs some work.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:37:32 | More by zeff80
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mpyle

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Amber color with a bit of cloudiness. Poured a coarse bubbled head which dispersed incredibly quickly. Lacks the thick, creamy head of a weizen.

Smell - a bit of cider, a bit of sour. Soft malty character. Sour aroma definitely seems a bit off for the style.

Taste - A bit bready and malty early, transitions to a gentle fruitiness in the finish. Taste less offputting than the aroma, but the cider element to the fruitiness is a bit unusual.

MF - medium body and fairly high carbonation. A bit of carbonic bite, but no major astringency or warming. Feels like a dunkelweizen, at least.

D'ability - Not an unpleasant drinking beer, but I could probably name a dozen german wheat beers that are better without much effort.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 01:40:25 | More by mpyle
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml (16.9 ounce) bottle purchased for $2.99 at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO.

Decent enough looking beer upon first pour -- cloudy dark amber, with a nearly white head. But the head goes away quickly, and there's no lacing.

Smell lacks the clove and banana I'm looking for, and there's not much malt presence at all. Mostly sour.

Taste is the pretty much the same -- mostly sour. It's like there's sour apple juice in this. Odd.

Mouthfeel is okay, but still not up to snuff.

Drinkability is decent, but $2.99 is just too much to pay for a beer of this rather modest quality. Certainly doesn't measure up to this brewery's fin Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 01:26:14 | More by ColoradoBobs
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ABV for this is 5.1%.

I had been on a good streak of beer I had chosen from the magnificent Sun Singer, selecting some very good and diverse beer. This one fits into the diverse category, but unfortunately not into very good. Not all bad, just not very good. The appearance precipitated The Case of the Dissipating Head. Initially, I was ready to give this a 4.5 Appearance score, wowed at first by the two lush tan fingers resting atop a cloudy nut brown body. Yet I had to change my mind after letting the beer sit a minute or so, and practically watching the head disappear before my eyes. Nary a trace of it through lacing, either. Pity. The nose leaves me equally wanting, with brown sugar and fruit mixing with some malt and hops--all of which are alluded to without stepping forward with confidence.

The taste leaves me bewildered that this is actually a dunkelweizen. I'm waiting for the weizen to knock on the door. The dearth of hops, the light feel, all are mysteriously absent. What is here is fairly tasty--sweet and sour fruit, pleasant yeast, but nothing to indicate that this is a familiar dunkelweizen. It is unique in my brief tasting experience, I'll admit.

In sum, this is a fairly good beer, but one I'm hard pressed to characterize as a dunkelweizen, and one that would seem to be terrific had it more hops and more prominent taste. For future samplers, don't expect a familiar weizen. This one is on the whole decent, but strange.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 21:56:18 | More by Gehrig
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Zorro

California

3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clouded brown beer with just a ring of head.

Smells sweet and much like tea with a tart berry and banana in it. Bit of buckwheat aroma to this one but isn't all that odoriferous.

Starts out sweet with a mulberry and tea flavor. Clove and banana bread flavor here but seem a bit muted as if it had been cooked. This is OK, but eh, I have had better.

Mouthfeel is OK.

In summary this was a boring beer to me. Seems like the brewer just phoned this one in. Not something I can really recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 03:09:34 | More by Zorro
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - An initially massive four finger khaki head looks beautiful for 30 seconds, but wastes no time dropping down to nothing at all. No lace, no foam, not even swirling makes any difference. After about a minute I'm left with a bourbon-brown brew with absolutely no toppings.

S - Chocolate cake batter, banana baby food, banana yogurt (the kind that you have to mix up the bottom dwelling fruit yourself), vanilla wafer cookies, ans graham crackers. This is a blast from the past! I lived on banana pudding and vanilla wafers when I was a kid, and graham crackers never lasted long around my house when I had a gallon of milk to soak them in. Good stuff, and a little trip down memory lane is always nice. But, this is a bit weak and under assertive, and would have garnered a much higher score if it had more oomph.

T - The banana and vanilla wafers start things off, but are soon replaced by a twangy wheat acidity that clears up the relatively sweet initial sip. Some hints of lemon drop candy make this almost puckery in the mid palate, before finishing up salty and extremely dry. Good progression of flavors, but none of them are stunners.

M - Light, crisp, tangy, sour, and extremely carbonated. The finish is really dry and leaves yeasty flavors behind. Nice.

D - Pretty good. There are much better dark wheat beers out there though. I've never really been impressed with Aktienbraurei...the Oktoberfest sucks, and that's a hard one to screw up. This is just mediocre. I like the vanilla wafer and banana pudding notes, so I'm having a hard time hating this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 18:31:56 | More by pmcadamis
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Boilermaker88

California

2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle like the one in the picture into my Franziskaner hefeweizen glass. A large, audibly fizzy light beige head briefly formed over a cola-colored brew before collapsing into nothing after a few minutes. Huge amounts of carbonation were noted rushing to the surface. No lace.
The nose had a definite caramel aroma to it; very sweet. Also some modest bready malt and mild fruit juice notes. Missing were the banana and clove aromas my nose was looking (and hoping) for.
Guess what? The banana and cloves were AWOL in the taste. too. Lots (and I mean LOTS) of caramel flavor which gave the beer a mildly cloying feel. Grainy, not bready, malt flavor mid-palate, before a final flat, limpid finish. The feel was light, thin and watery despite all that carbonation.
Man, after admiring this dunkelweizen's appearance I had high hopes for this brew. Alas, like so many things, looks can be deceiving. It had all the characteristics of a flat Coca-Cola on ice. If you want a fairly pretty beer with little else going for it, pick up a Steingadener dunkelweisse. If you're looking for a flavorful dunkelweizen, look past it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 05:07:21 | More by Boilermaker88
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nick76

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is heavy with brown sugar and caramel. There is also some dark fruit, raisins, yeast, and bread. The appearance is amber brown with yeast chunks and a small head. The flavor is like the aroma and somewhat bitter and acidic. The palate is thin and poorly carbonated. I like the beer but it just seems sub-par in to many areas to be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 07:37:15 | More by nick76
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 Pint 0,9 fl.oz. (that’s 500ml in proper units) in a tall, thin, slender brown glass bottle so often used by the Germans. Classy looking label with a Medieval landscape so befitting of the advertised Established Date of the Brewery, 1308.

Appearance: Chestnut brown body – with a slight copper hint. Pours with massively high levels of carbonation at first, but the head rescinds almost immediately – quite astonishing – I have never seen such a large head form & disappear so quickly without leaving any lace traces at all. Oh, but wait I have; it’s like pouring a lively cold Soda into a warm glass – it fizzes and pops as it settles to a flat appearance! It drops marks for that I’m afraid because now I’m expecting a Cola-Beer.

Nose: Very malty with a fruity aspect. Sweet hints in the foreground. Smells like leftovers from a Soda-Stream.

Taste: Well, erm, quite strange. I am beginning to wonder if this really is a Weisse-Dunkel, I’ve not had that many I will be honest, but this is like a flat malty beer mixed some lemonade. Fruity tones in the middle, slight aspect of cloves in the mildy cloying finish. Different.

Mouthfeel: The Soda aspect lends a vivacious mouthfeel to an otherwise middle of the road mouthfeel

Drinkability: Reasonably good actually – given its refreshing cold Soda aspects, especially as it has been in the 80’s today in LA. A good thirst quencher, but it is lacking in any kind of complexity department and has very simple malt tastes.

Overall: The closest think I have ever drunk to a “Beer Soda”, which in England, we would call a ‘Shandy’. It is not on my restocking list. Nice though.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 20:06:13 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Haybeerman

Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale brown and quite cloudy. Very carbonated at first, but the slightly off-white head dissipates quickly; not persisting long enough to say how much there actually was. No lacing.

S: Malty with slightly fruity aroma. Some clove/spice.

T: Very malty and astringently citrussy - not what I was looking for in a Dunkel Weizen. Quick CO2 rush made it flat-tasting. The fruity notes hit at the end making for a different-tasting finish. It is an interesting beer.

M: High carbonation made it thin and bit mediciny to me. Light body for a Dunkel.

D: Fairly good, likely to due the carbonation. Its different.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 00:41:11 | More by Haybeerman
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this today in a local health food store. After beginning my night with a Schneiderweisse, I (unfortnunately) followed with this. Head immediately disappated, not a good sign for a wheat beer. Taste was initially quite thin, as was the mouthfeel. Very carbonated. The taste isn't bad, but is also not good. I agree with another reviewer, who classified this one as a "soda beer". No reason to try it, boys. I'm so glad I have an Aventinus to bring me back to my standards!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 04:39:57 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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rkhaze

California

2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky golden brown with a foamy, quickly disappearing tan head.
Smells of sweet toasted malt, banana, light citrus fruits and allspice.
Bready malt taste with banana and a bit of nut. Finishes dry with baking spices and citrusy flavors. Light flavors all around.
Thin bodied with a pallid mouthfeel and tons of carbonation.
I suppose this would be refreshing on a hot day but there's really nothing here that would make me want to have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 23:54:35 | More by rkhaze
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle, this beer was lighter in color than expected. This was too light to be considered a dunkelweizen, and in fact resembled its brother St Blasius (weizenbock, apparently Helles version). The aroma is a little buttery, maybe a hint of lactose sourness, not too much of the clove/banana I expected and wanted. Same with the taste, this leaves an impression of slightly sour milk. Maybe the bottle is aged improperly, in which case this review is unfair. But really it shouldn't be sold to the public (me) if this is not the intended outcome. I drank it not long after purchase after all. Bottom line: worst dunkelweizen in this reviewer's experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 01:38:03 | More by TurdFurgison
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Steingadener Weisse Dunkel from Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
77 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.