Sixpack of the Week: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Weihenstephan (Freising, Germany)

SIXPACK SEZ: With hefeweizen, the malt flavor is an afterthought, with the wheat serving as a blank canvas for all that spicy, fruity yeast character. But add some roasted malt and turn it dark, and suddenly you’ve got a whole ‘nother thing: caramel, chocolate and an overall creaminess that plays off the banana and clove of a lighter German wheat beer. This version, from the world’s oldest brewer, is outstanding when fresh, preferably out of a tall glass in a Bavarian beer garden.