Beer of the Weekend #775: Sierra Nevada Dunkelweizen Bock

During halftime of the NBA Finals last night I cracked open a treat I got from J-Rod: Dunkelweizen Bock, brewed by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of Chico, California.

The color is cloudy, deep caramel brown. Two fingers of dense, shiny, frothy head is spotted with a few bubbles and dissipates evenly. Banana is noticeable immediately after popping the cap. Banana is the most prominent aroma and is accompanied by clove, bubblegum, and a touch of apple. Toasted malt begins to emerge as the beer warms. The flavor is toastier than the aroma, but banana, bubblegum, and clove spice are still noticeable. It is really toasty, actually, for a short time. After it has warmed, its dunkelbock characters become much more prominent with a touch of a boozy, dark fruit. It is wheaty and yeasty, and the mouthfeel is full and light. The label description mentions molasses, and there is a touch of it.

Fun facts about Dunkelweizen Bock:

• Style: The name says it all.

• Price: I don’t know. J-Rod told me it came in a four-pack. Perhaps it was a custom four-pack.

• Alcohol content: 7.2 percent ABV.

• The description on the back label begins, “Dunkelweizenbock is the surly older brother of a hefeweizen—dark and hardy, but with the intense fruity flavors and hazy body of its beer-style sibling.”

The Quiet Man’s grade: A-.

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