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Dunkel WeissDunkel Weiss

Brewed by:
Beer Academy
Ontario, Canada

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewing a hefeweizen has been on our minds since moving in. The huge, fruity aromas of bruised banana and fragrant cloves along the lightly tart, refreshing finish of a well brewed wheat beer is undeniably enjoyable. We used 5 different types of wheat in this brew, adding to just over 40% of the total malt content. Using Crystal and Midnight What Malts introduced some sweeter caramel and roasty flavours and also brought this Hefe to the Dunkel side (dunkel is German for dark). This batch is more of a caramel or toffee coloured unfiltered wheat beer, leaving room for future brews to dial up the colour. The yeast that fermented this ale is a historic German Hefeweizen yeast strain, and the resulting flavours and aromas speak well to the style.

23 IBU

Added by Sammy on 06-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Academy: Recipe 1 Batch 1

Poured a light brown colour, a cap of white head, little to no lace on the glass. Smell is sweet banana and bubble gum, yeasty and wheaty, hints of cocoa with a little bit of spice as well. Taste is sweet and fruity, over ripe banana, malty and doughy, touches of brown sugar and a bit of chocolate, a bit of spice in finish with a big banana aftertaste. Medium carbonation, lightish body, a bit of a light feel. Nice dunkelweiss, lots of flavours I enjoy for this style, enjoyed this quite a bit and something I will pick up again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Dark, a little sour.Chocolate malts. Hits the style, but not so drinkable. Unknown IBU, that info was not publicized for this one. On sweet side,not too sweet but needs some tweaking for drinkability.Will have to try another batch.

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beer Academy.

Light brown, with a beige head. Good retention but not much lacing. Nose has some bruised banana, yeast notes, a bit of spicing and is quite bready. Taste has more of the same, bruised banana, whole grain bread, very subtle spciing and some wheat flavour. Fairly sweet, and perhaps a bit light. A touch of back end tightness. Medium body and carbonation. Good flavour all around, a nice dunkelweiss.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

625ml bottle poured into Weiss glass 10/9/12 thanks liamt07 for sending me the bottle

A hazy light brown with a hint of orange, not a whole lot of carbonation and just a pinky finger of tan foam that's gone in a flash and leaves no lace

S smells of caramel chocolate chip banana bread, that's the best description I can give, its simple but great, I'm impressed by the nose on this one

T some sour fruit and dry cereals, some plum perhaps and some faint cold coffee, tastes quite different and not nearly as good as the nose

M medium bodied and not quite flat but it could use some more bubbles for sure, for the style I almost expect it too be on the verge of foam needing a few hard swirls too keep me from burping, lots of bruised banana on the finish

O decent beer but needs some tweaks, if they could get every aspect up too par with the nose this would be something special

Recipe 01 Batch 01, I'd like too give this one another go again further down the road, good start lets see where they finish

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Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This weiss hasn't entirely crossed over to the dunkel side; the beer is the colour of pumpkin pie filling and, despite possessing the customary wheat beer cloudiness, it still leaks golden-amber highlights against a bright backdrop. Despite a less than attractive complexion it shows great structure; its head is spun like cotton candy and is sticky as a spider's web.

Bananas gone rotten? Send 'em over to Beer Academy, they've found a great use for them! Actually, while this beer may smell like a heaping pile of compost-ready bananas, no actual fruit is used. Kind of impressive, right? This is why yeast is my favourite unicellular organism.

Malt can be better appreciated on the palate where the effervescent properties of the yeast aren't paraded quite so much; while they may create intense aromatics they can't contend in the mouthfeel department. Sure, they impress a distinct clove-like spiciness but it's the wheat and barley that create the beer's smooth, creamy and doughy texture...

Not to mention, it's also grain that adds the chocolatey taste to the beer's 'banana-chocolate chip cookies' profile. This other, 'darker' side of the equation isn't as prominent as the bruised banana flavour but it's still appreciable (even amongst the bubblegum and spice rack notes).

Of the dozen or more offerings I've tried of theirs, Beer Academy has yet to make a truly disappointing or "off" beer, a fact even more impressive when you consider that they seem intent on trying their hands at virtually every style and committing to none. I've yet to be blown away, mind you, but I'll take 'consistently good' over 'occasionally great'.

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Photo of WeissBoy
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Dunkel Weiss from Beer Academy
3.57 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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