Beer Camp Across The World: Dunkle Weisse | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bavaria's Ayinger are legends in the brewing industry, known for their love and perfection of classic German beer styles. Playing off their background, we came together to create this dark twist on the Bavarian-style wheat beer. This beer features layers of wheat malt flavor and was handled through traditional open fermenters to highlight Ayinger's famous Hefeweizen yeast character.

Added by Lucular on 05-10-2017

BEER STATS
Ratings:
278
Reviews:
87
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of HermitDan
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tracker83
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DangerDawg
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of newcastlemike
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly vigorous off-tan head that doesn't seem to quite fully; rather it leaves a health amount of foam on the surface. The beer itself is a very nice looking amber brown that is clear.

The smell and taste are good. The smell has strong notes of rbeady yeast and moderate banana notes with a very light caramel. The taste is pretty much the same but with a slight bitterness and a slightly stronger malt to give the beer taste the impression as banana bread.

The feel is a nice, smooth, and light bodied beer with a bit of weight and a very light carbonated tickle.

Overall, this was a good collaboration.

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Photo of cmcquirk
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this style of beer and when I saw that it was in this year's Beer Camp Pack, I was quite eager to have it. Packaged on 4/25, it still tasted fresh and went down easily, with tons of wheat body and a nice full flavor. Isn't that what a beer of this type should be like, at the end of the day?

Poured like a typical Dunkel with a nice hue of brown and plum with the lighter, viscous head reflecting those hues in bubbled form. Wheat, dark malt, plum, and yeast filled the nose with all of those being present in the taste as well. Banana came through in the taste as this looked and felt quite Belgian from start to finish. The one exception was the alcohol, as this was quite mild though a warming effect took hold of me as I worked my way through this. Loads of wheat in the aftertaste as this was a bit like a domestic version of Chimay.

Full in body, it would have been easy to have another one of these for "dessert" had there been another bottle in the pack. The taste of bread was addicting and there wasn't a buzz when I finished this off. It's a shame that more domestic brewers don't give Dunkelweizen's a go - they're beautiful when done right, as this beer clearly proved.

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With only 12 Hads in this style, I'm hardly an expert. But for Dunkel Weisse, two rules of thumb apply for me: a fruity, Syrupy Feel beats lots of bubbles; and compared to many other styles, The Smell is often better than the Taste.

Beer Camp's Dunkle does not get lots of points for the first principle (it is too carbonated). But it follows the second "principle" well (its great banana-fruity Smell is yeast imparted, but the Taste is weaker.)

Should Ayinger and SN brew this again? Probably not. More likely, one of the brewers learns from this dunkel and develops another beer. And isn't that the purpose of Beer Camp ?

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This twist on the weisse type of beers was very good...

The beer poured out with a dark caramel color and hints of the same sweetness to the nose. I was mostly impressed with how it blended with malts and hops. The mouthfeel was a bit carbonated, still light on the tongue and with a crisp aftertaste (making it feel sessionable.) The taste was reminiscent to a brown ale but with more flavor. The hop character was light and not overpowering - I found this to be a very drinkable brew.

The offerings out of this year's box has been hit or miss, but this one was a definite hit.

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Photo of Rammed96
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a inch of densely packed, creamy beige on top. The aroma is an enticing blend of banana esters and dark wheat. The taste is as advertised in the nose with perhaps a bit less banana than the aroma would indicate. It seems to be well balanced between the banana and dark wheat. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griphon
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcsbeer
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy and murky amber, with an average head of tan suds. No lace.

Aroma: Lots of wheat malts here, with a definite clove and bubblegum hefeweizen yeastiness. Nice.

Taste: Sweet and malts, with toffee and caramel alongside the wheat grains. The hint of Ayinger’s spicy yeastiness also comes around to play here. A very drinkable weisse brew, and faithful to the German heritage. Prost!

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy brown colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells fruity and yeasty with lots of unbaked bread dough scent. If you ever worked in a Pizzeria rolling out the pizzas you know what this smells like. Bread with a faint sourness. Scents of clove and much less of banana but it is there.

Starts out mildly sweet and slightly bitter with a strong bread flavor and a lesser banana taste. Lots of fruity esters in this one, tastes a bit like it was fermented slightly hot to add banana flavor over clove. Fainter taste of Russian brown bread.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall certainly a passable beer. Not that outstanding but I certainly wouldn't refuse another glass of this.

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Photo of StoutBruin2
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer Camp Across The World: Dunkle Weisse from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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