Appearance: cloudy pumpernickel under an off-white tannish head which fades into a puddle bordered by a slightly thicker collar. Swirls average.
Nose: chewy, rich, and sweet – borderline too sweet. Raisins and moist dense raisin breads of the whole wheat and pumpernickel dark bread variety. Hint of brown sugar and maple. Fresh moist meaty dried prunes. Sliced over-ripe bananas in the back.
Palate: chewy and surprisingly delicate given the dense richness of the nose. Moist raisins bread ala ripe bananas ala brown sugar melts in the mouth with a pleasant weight and density. Bananas are a constant presence, weaving in and out of the other individual flavors – brown sugar, caramelized maple, pumpernickel.
Final Thoughts: thankfully the taste wasn’t as rich as the nose implied. A decent Samuel Adams beer that doesn’t suck but doesn’t wow at the same time – a gateway approachable Dunkelweizen true to the style, albeit a bit on the simplistic side.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)