Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Swashbuckler Brewery, Dunkelweizen

Swashbuckler Brewery

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This beer pours a dark brown slightly opaque with rich amber hues and an off white head.

Very pleasant caramel malts on the nose with some dark fruit sweetness although that is very subtle, I do not pick up any hops.

Very smooth and pleasant to drink. The caramel malts coat you tongue with a little sweetness, there are just enough hops to balance this beer but not leave you with a hoppy aftertaste. The malt sweetness carries though even to the finish, maybe too much into the finish. I’m afraid the finish in my sample is not what it should be. My sample is a little flat. This growler was filled Sunday afternoon and it is now late Wednesday night. I could tell from the pour that the beer was a little flat; not too much head. With just a little more carbonation the malt sweetness would not have lingered as it did. Don’t get me wrong this is still a good beer but I can tell it would have been a lot better if I had a fresher sample.

I poured the second glass more gingerly and there is a difference in the mouth feel and finish of the beer. Even with just slightly more carbonation the beer has a cleaner mouth feel and a dryer finish. The first glass was more syrupy and flatter tasting than the second glass.

All and all this is a very good beer. This is an excellent representation of a Dunkelweizen. However I will have to give this another review from a fresher sample to give it an honest grade.

If you find yourself at the PA Ren Faire please give this beer a try, you will not be disappointed.

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