The Winter Wheat? @ErdingerWB – Dunkel

20150101_194311So that’s Christmas and New Year all done with, then.  Doesn’t last long, does it?  All that preparation, anticipation and expenditure…then, in the wink of an eye it’s gone.

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.

A wheat that WAS worth the wait: Erdinger (@ErdingerWB) – Weissbrau

20140908_125616I put my back out this weekend – lifting up a just starting-to-walk-Jacob.  So after a trip to the Osteopaths, I thought a small painkiller might be in order, so I bought myself a bottle of Erdinger Weissbrau.

This wheat beer arrives appropriately “mit hefe” and being a hazy pale sun-gold yellow means it’s a very attractive-looking drink indeed.  A thin head hangs about long enough for a quick “hello” before sliding off, leaving faint traces and a little lacing around the glass.

The nose of Erdinger is faintly grainy, a little yeasty and not much else – which is fine.  I don’t want my wheat beer hopped to bits.  This is all about the yeast.

A hearty effervescence makes for a hugely refreshing pint indeed,  and once that clears you’re left with a delightful creamy mouth-feel and an accompanying creamy taste that has a gentle peppery and grainy note attached to it, on the swallow the taste fizzles gently away to leave tasty banana undertones, a little sweetness and a lovely dry note.

Excellent – refreshing, complex and tasty.  I wasn’t turned on to wheat beers before, but now am. Quite lovely – get some for the days when you’ve deserved refreshment.

(They’re very proud of this beer, you can see it in the web page – and why not?  It’s an excellent product.)