I saw this beer and was immediately intrigued. I was familiar with dunkel-weizen, dark wheat ale, but had not heard of a Schwarz-weizen, black wheat ale. I thought it may just be a slightly darker version of a dunkel. Instead, I was treated to a delightful mix of what would be a schwarz bier and a Bavarian weizen. I love schwarz biers. I like their balanced but mild roastiness balanced with the clean fermentation of lager yeast. I also love Bavarian weizen beers because of their massive amount of yeast driven fruit flavors. How would these two concepts fair when put into the same beer?
Appearance: Black with a touch of haze which was hard to see because of the intense dark nature of the beer. Rich, tan head with great retention.
Aroma: Clove, cinnamon, banana, chocolate, a touch of toffee. A slight note of phenolic smoke. A bit of mocha.
Taste: Rich with a very creamy mouthfeel. The smoke is more prominent in the finish. Balanced touch of acidity adds to the complexity and drinkability of this beer.
Overall Impression: I loved this beer. It was kind of like drinking a chocolate covered banana, but one made from chocolate of exceptional quality. This is another great import by Shelton Brothers. I keep drinking their beers and wondering who imported them only to realize I’d inadvertently grabbed another of their products off the shelf. Great stuff.
Availability: Better beer stores and German Delis.