Gutmann Dunkler Weizenbock

dark weizen in glass with bottle
Gutmann Dunkler Weizenbock

Brewery: Gutmann
Town: Titting
Style: Dunkler Weizenbock
Color:  unfiltered mahogany
Head: off-white, rocky, yeasty
Nose: dried dates, yeast
Body: medium
Palate: malty, dried dates
Finish: lingering, fruity, yeasty, semi-bitter

Served: from a bottle bought in Munich

Impression: To be honest, I haven’t been blown away by Gutmann. Perhaps my expectations were too high since it’s THE Weizen brewery in Franconia. The regular Weizen was certainly serviceable but their regular Weizenbock was disappointing. I’d heard about a Dunkler Weizenbock but hadn’t seen it so was glad to finally get my hands on one. It was a few months past the date (quite unusual in Germany) but poured nicely enough though the head needed some coaxing. A very nice nose of dried dates and yeast segued into a lovely similar palate. The finish was lingering but not sticky, a fair feat at 6.9%. There’s some bitterness in the finish but this second tasting is from a bottle five months past its date. I wouldn’t say it’s unpleasant but not typical of the style. I hope to find a bottle in its date range and certainly will seek one out.

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