Weisse Dark

Weisse Dark
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

This dark wheat beer is velvety and quaffable with typical malt aroma. Hacker-Pschorr's Weisse Dark wheat beer shimmers gently like a black opal with glint of amber. Its taste as strong as its look. A touch of caramel pleasantly spreads over the palate. Fine noses will detect nuances of apricot and clove in addition to its characteristic malt aroma. The spicy sweetness of the dark malts harmoniously combine with subtly bitter hoppy notes.

The secret of the unique taste is the use of selected wheat and barley varieties and especially the brewing process. This gives the beer its distinctive color and its delicate, velvety smooth character.

Profile

ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
13
Served at: 
39 - 45°
Judges Review 
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Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Since 1417, a hundred years before the Reinheitsgebot was enacted, Hacker-Pschorr Brau has brewed beers of exceptional character and unsurpassed quality. The Weisse Dark is a beautifully crafted dunkelweizen, a style that continues to gain adherents. Redolent of pungent clove and sweet banana with a smidgen of cotton candy, the aroma proudly proclaims Bavarian wheat beer roots. A gentle, tangy wheat tartness drew high praise from Tom, who deemed the overall aroma “classical Bavarian weizen.” Rick enjoyed the finessed interplay of star anise and clove spiciness and tropical fruit notes, and picked up an intriguing “clotted cream” sweetness he felt lent an extra layer of complexity to the aroma. Weisse Dark fills the glass with a hazy, almost chunky brown, topped by a prodigious meringue-like ecru head. Dominated by rich banana and mangosteen, the flavor still throws around plenty of bready malt and tangy wheat notes, all underpinned by enticing, warming clove and pepper. Pete liked the “jungle fruit” notes of banana and mango, but felt the clove and pepper were a touch sharp and drying in the aftertaste. Underneath the swirling fruit and spice, Tim drew out a faint chocolate character that reminded him of “malted milk balls.” If you’re a fan of weissbier but have yet to venture into the world of dunkelweizen, Hacker-Pschorr’s Weisse Dark is a perfect starting point.