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Style: Wheat
ABV: 5.0%

Rings’s Rating:
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Regular readers know I’m a big fan of Bavarian style wheat beers, or weiβbier to use the local term. I’ve often lamented that so few traditional and craft weiβbiers are found on American shores, because most beer fans over here just don’t know what they’re missing.

In the past, I’ve touched on a few that are available over here, including Schneider, Unertl, and Plank, among others. Several Bavarian friends are kind enough to bring me a few bottles or a case of some local favorites whenever they fly over for a visit, so even though it’s not “International Month,” now is a great time to dive in.

Today, I’m enjoying a Dachsbräu Weizen from Weilhiem, located just southwest of Munich. It’s a family owned brewery that’s been around about 130 years. They make a lager and a wheat, along with several versions of each, and have a great little pub on site. Their logo is actually a skunk, which means the beer had better be good. Anecdotally, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the family a couple times and the recently retired father is nothing short of hilarious, in a typical Bavarian sort of way, which means the skunk makes perfect sense to him. They have a licensed brewery in Japan, of all places, but they beer is of substantially different quality.

Their weizen pours a deep cloudy orange, almost tan in color, with a wonderful sticky off-white head that retains itself throughout the serving. The nose hints of soft esters and not nearly as flowery or fruity as some pale wheat beers or wits. The first sip is malty, but soft because of the wheat, and jumps to a relatively firm Hallertau hop bite that is more aggressive and balanced than many Bavarian wheats, although still a fraction any American pale ale. The finish is clean and wheaty malt.

Incredibly balanced, this is a pretty unique “craft” weiβbier. It’s an absolute shame we can’t get it in the U.S …yet.

Reviewed by Rings on June 3, 2013.
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