Dunkelweizen is a beer made from roasted and caramelized grain which gives it the darker color. It’s usually slightly sweet with hints of banana and vanilla.The Spoetzl/Shiner Dunkelweizen is a relatively traditional wheat Dunkel. Dunkel’s use of wheat rather than barely is also why it’s known as a dark wheat beer.
Best Served: 40-50 degrees, in wheat beer (hefenweizen) glass.
This dunkel has only a faint scent of roasted and caramelized grain, however, it’s definitely a dunkel on the nose. You’ll catch the wheat up front on the nose with slight apricot on the back end. The taste is the inverse of the smell. It’s apricot and banana up front and fades roasted wheat.
It’s not the best dunkel you will ever get but it sure is good. It does well at cold and warmer temperatures. It’s basically the Bartholomew of beers. You know it’s good but lacks standout qualities.
Aroma: Roasted wheat with faint banana and vanilla.
Taste: The first taste is wheat-forward with some dark fruit.
Texture: The texture is one of the best features of the dunkels. This one pours smooth with a huge sustained head that is thick and full bodied.
Finish: The finish is wheat-like and soft. Does not linger on the pallet.
Comparisons: This beer might be comparable to the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel.