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Herevana – McLeod’s – Dunkelweizen German Style Dark Wheat

Change of pace, and when McLeods’s does this they’re usually, almost without fail, super excellent beers. I remember going to buy this and totally not buying this but one of their others “Great Wave Japanese Dark Lager ” which was mind-glowingly good.

Anyway I make amends.

McLeod’s Brewery make the McLeod’s Dunkelweizen German Style Dark Wheat. – at their digs in Waipu, Northland, New Zealand, this beer is in the style that is a Weissbier – Dunkelweizen with an ABV of 5.6%. This is 1.9 standard drinks units.

There’s no escaping that lovely malty aroma, I think instantly of ‘Vienna lager’ when I get it, and I then think this’ll be a rare old treat.

The pour is super brilliant, a deep dark beer with a lovely shite head that slightly off white, but thick and fun and firm. That lovely aroma, it’s there, bigger.

oh, well now, I got a punch in the mouth from a whole range of things all wanting to be first. There’s a smoky bit, that’s really persistent, and rather nice, there’s a bitter bit, that’s not really much trouble, there’s a sweetness, that is lurking and jumping in and out, then as if that wasn’t the game there’s banana. A whole load of banana plodding along at the back and then taking all the attention. What a trip.

This, for me, sets the bar. It’s high bar. A way and the most best beer in and around this style that I’ve had for a while. If you’re doing it do it well, and this does it. Bravo. This is brilliant.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 10 on the arbitrary number scale. Stunning. I’m never lost for words but this really delivers a package like the brewer says it’s going to do. Immense amount of care and thought went into this and the result is a beer that is delectable and really once again setting the bar. Brilliant.

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson ” concept album which is loosely based around a sailor’s letter home to his wife and newborn son. It’s a sweeping opus that draws on country, vintage record collections and his time serving in the Navy” MrsPhil approved. ’nuff said.

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

Old-school beer styles never go out of fashion, & this is our first release of a favourite. Using  traditional German Hefeweizen yeast in tandem with German pilsner, Munich & wheat malts, we crafted this Dunkelweizen for maximum enjoyment. Easy-drinking, fruity & rich with a hint of tartness, think of it as banana bread in a pint, & you’ve hit the mark. Prost!

Brewers Notes

Weissbier – Dunkelweizen

The Dunkles Weissbier, also known as Dunkelweizen, is a moderately light copper to mahogany brown colored German wheat beer with a distinctive banana-and-clove yeast character, supported by a toasted bread or caramel malt flavor. It is highly carbonated and refreshing, with a creamy, fluffy texture and light finish. Reflecting the best yeast and wheat character of a weissbier blended with the malty richness of a Munich dunkel. The banana and clove character is often less apparent than in a weissbier due to the increased maltiness


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