Cellar Club Pilot Series No. 10

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Cellar Club Pilot Series No. 10: Dunkelweiss Spiced Ale

Cellar Club Pilot Series No. 10: Dunkelweiss Spiced Ale

Dunkelweiss literally translates to “dark white” and that particular oxymoron really sets the tone for this style of beer. In the 18th and 19th century, the brewing tradition in Bavaria was very strong, with clean lagers dominating the brewing landscape. Wheat beers that were fermented with a top-fermenting ale yeast and produced unique flavors of banana and clove went against the grain, so to speak, and provided a very different alternative.

We’ve brewed a rich, dark weizen beer, using a unique Colorado-grown variety of wheat known as Antero, malted at local craft maltster Troubador Maltings, for a full-bodied sweetness that’s flavorful and drinkable. The addition of cloves and black pepper give the beer a spicy finish.

Visual

Deep brown, heavy sheen, moderate tan foam.

Aroma

Moderate prune, tobacco and roasted. Slight moderate candy banana, cloves and sherry. Slight dark chocolate, brown spice, black pepper, molasses and bready. Very slight caramel and cola.

Flavor

Moderate sweetness that tails off to slight by the finish. Slight-moderate bitterness growing to moderate by the end.

Mouthfeel/Body

Medium-full body, moderate-strong coating, moderate warming. Moderate astringency.

ABV

10.0%

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