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 being in an International mood lately, this 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 seasonal 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.