Imported by: Import-a-n-t Wines, Inc.
Available: IL, WI, CT, NY, PA, FL, AZ, NE, ME, MA, NC, TN, SC
Brewing water for this beer comes from the brewer well at the Donnersberg (”Thunder mountain”).
Original gravity: 1050
Final gravity: 1009
Malts used: 60% wheat, 40% barley from Rhineland-Palatinate region
Hops used: Perle (aroma), Magnum (bittering) from Hallertau
Atypical packaging, with its pedestrian green bottle and twist-off top that suggests tonic water, rather than beer. Even the name alludes to something other than a wheat beer. But, packaging aside, that’s what you have — a German dark wheat beer, with notes of vanilla, bubble gum, banana and light toffee, along with hints of plum skin and clove.
For a beer called schwarze, German for black, this weizen isn’t really all that dark: more a deep brown than anything. It is plenty fruity, though, with a sweet, candied fruit (lemon, orange) and light milk chocolate nose, and a round, still sweet and fruity palate that mutes the spiciness I normally identify with a the dunkelweizen style and persists even through the slightly cloying finish. Although I normally favor dry beers as aperitifs, every sip I take seems to suggest that it would be just the thing to serve guests arriving for a sumptuous, multi-course meal.