96 Ayinger Ur-Weisse, Privatbrauerei Aying (Germany). 5.8% ABV (7/09)
Hazy brownish golden head with a super high head. Pure banana bread pudding and delicate spice aromas and flavors with a velvety texture and graceful, tangy apple peel and talc accent fade. Classic.
91 Franziskaner Dunkel Hefe-Weisse, Spaten-Franziskaner Brau (Germany). 5% ABV (6/08)
Hazy copper mahogany color with a fine taupe head. Nutshell, banana bread crust and toffee aromas. A round entry leads to a dryish medium-to-full body of caramelized nuts, fig anise bread and delicate spice. Finishes with banana pudding and dark toffee fade. A tasty choice for grilled game sausages.
90 Leavenworth Biers Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen, Fish Brewing Co. (WA). 4.7% ABV (7/10)
Deep mahogany color. Aromas of chocolate covered espresso beans and dark toasted banana nut bread follow through on a round, buoyant entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with very good depth and harmony of flavors. Finishes with a long, zesty peach marmalade, praline and grassy hop-accented fade. A delicious, crowd-pleasing dunkel weiss.
89 Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Dunkel, Wurzburger Hofbrau (Germany). 5.5% ABV (7/10)
Hazy copper chestnut color with taupe blanket. Phenolic aromas of pewter, pumpernickel rye and dried banana muffin have a hint of singed rayon. A supple entry leads to a dryish medium body of toasted banana nut bread, molasses and wafer. Finishes with a soft, melon rind, oily nut and turned earth-accented fade. Somewhat odd nose holds this back a bit, but otherwise a very nice beer.
89 Dunkel Weizen, Sprecher Brewing Co. (WI). 4.65% ABV (7/10)
Clear deep copper mahogany color. Aromas of toasted spice cake and sassafras follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with good depth and a tangy citrus marmalade and herb bread-accented finish. Very tasty and refreshing.
88 Dunkel Weizen, John Harvard’s Brew House, Framingham (MA). 5.7% ABV (7/10)
Dark reddish mahogany color. Aromas of toffeed nuts, sarsaparilla and banana cake follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with good depth and smoothness. Finishes with a tangy, roasted Brazil nut, white peach, Meyer lemon zest and wheatberry-accented fade. A nicely framed, very serious and dry dunkel weiss that carves out its own distinctive niche of flavor.
87 Falken Steiner Ur-Schwarze, Privat Brauerei Bischoff (Germany). 5.2% ABV (6/08)
Russet mahogany color with an off white blanketing head. Nutshells, overripe banana and pumpernickel dough aromas. A round, supple entry leads to a dryish medium-full body with dried banana, praline and pudding flavors. Finishes with a mild, slightly earthy, yeast and wet straw fade.
83 Dunkelweizen, Bastone Brewery (MI). 5.2% ABV (7/09)
Deep brown color. Fruity caramel fudge aromas follow through on a round entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with dark caramel apple and banana soufflé note. Finishes with a tangy apple nut granola and tilled earth fade. Nice roasted character.