Christmas never seems to depart with the same brash, bombastic and over-blown style that it arrives in…it just seems to slink away under the cover of new year to hunker down and dig in, to preparation for the full-frontal assault that it’ll steam-roller us with in 10 ten or so months time…
But hey, it was Christmas and I was too damn bone-idle (and busy) to blog…so now its my turn to blast out a great stack of reviews, ephemera and other assorted stuff and nonsense.
First off we’ll start with Erdinger Dunkel…and I confess it’s the first Dunkel I’ve ever tried, being a relative newcomer to the world of wheat.
Pouring a pleasant portery hue this looks quite inviting. The head isn’t quite what it was with your standard wheat, but it’s sticks around for long enough.
I’d describe the carbonation as exuberant, but that’s in the style and is belchily entertaining.
On the nose, it’s pretty much like a standard wheat – soft rounded maltiness,with a little graininess and an overtone of more generously kilned malts; it’s nice and works well for me.
The taste is whopping great amounts of malt and sweetness with an excellent follow on of heavy cream and dark malts. There’s little in the way of bitterness (as expected) but which is good as it’d certainly get in the way of the excellent tasty creaminess and spice.
I reckon I prefer a more standard wheat bear, but that’s just a personal note and this really is an excellent beer all the same. Very much recommended.