Dunkles Weissbier

Recipes:
3,107
BJCP 2021:
10B
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇪🇺 Central Europe
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Amber
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Malty

Profile

Dunkles Weissbier, also known as dark wheat beer, is a traditional German beer style that offers a unique combination reflecting the fusion of wheat beer characteristics with darker malts. Its history is intrinsically linked to the age-old tradition of brewing wheat beers in Bavaria, where these styles have been cherished for their refreshing qualities and distinct yeast-driven complexity. This style takes the familiar elements of its paler cousin – the Hefeweizen – and introduces darker malts to add depth and color.

Visually, Dunkles Weissbier strikes an inviting pose with its deep amber to dark brown hue, often accompanied by ruby highlights when held up to light. A standout feature is its large, creamy, long-lasting off-white head which is typical for wheat beers due to the high protein content of wheat malt. The body tends to be somewhat cloudy owing to the presence of wheat proteins and yeast, which are traditionally left in suspension. The flavor and aroma profile is a layered tapestry that weaves together the characteristic esters and phenols found in classic Weissbiers – such as banana and clove – with the more robust qualities of caramel or chocolate from darker malts. It does not exhibit significant hop bitterness; instead, it allows the delicate interplay between mild malt sweetness, fruity yeast notes, and a hint of roasted character without becoming overtly toasty or bitter like one might find in darker lager styles. Balancing these attributes results in a medium-bodied brew that remains refreshing while delivering more pronounced malt flavors than its lighter counterparts.

In relation to other styles, it sits comfortably between Hefeweizens and darker offerings such as Dunkles Bock or Munich Dunkel. It shares much with traditional Weissbiers concerning its fermentation character but differentiates itself through its malt profile. However, drinkers shouldn't expect this beer to be as sweet or heavy as some other dark German lagers – it retains a refreshing quality thanks to its effervescent carbonation and careful balance achieved between malt richness and yeasty brightness.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.3 – 5.6 %

In Database
4.0 < 5.1 < 6.0 %

Bitterness

Specification
10 – 18 IBU

In Database
10 < 15 < 21 IBU

Color

Specification
28 – 45 EBC
14 – 23 SRM

In Database
23 < 34 < 48 EBC
12 < 17 < 24 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.9 – 14.0 °P
1.044 – 1.057 OG

In Database
10.4 < 12.8 < 15.0 °P
1.042 < 1.052 < 1.061 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.6 °P
1.008 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.5 < 3.3 < 4.4 °P
1.006 < 1.013 < 1.017 FG

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