Color: amber, lightly filtered
Head: off-white, rocky, lasting
Nose: malty, light hops
Palate: malty, some milk chocolate, underlying hops
Finish: lingering, semi-sweet, dry
Served: on tap at the brewery
Impression: This was a super pleasant surprise. The first time at the pub, they had a Festbier in addition to their regulars, a Pils and a Weißbier. I’d not heard of this one but noticed it on their nicely updated website. From what I gather, it is their “other” regular beer which is replaced by quite a few seasonal beers. So, summer is a great time to be there as there aren’t any then. It turned out to be one of the best Dunkles beers in the Bamberg area. In fact, it’s possibly my favorite. It was superbly poured with a rocky off-white head and the lack of a big nose took nothing away from its gorgeous amber hue. This was a nice dry quaffer right off the bat with a hint of milk chocolate for good measure. The finish was lingering but clean and bittersweet.