Phillips Benefit Brew – Alberta Animal Rescue Dunkleweizen

Reviewed by on February 17, 2015 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: February 17, 2015

  • Best Before: June 22, 2015

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Dunkelweizen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Phillips is a prolific craft brewer located in Victoria, BC, but we are hereby denoting them temporary Albertans, for a beer that they’ve brewed to benefit charity – the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society in this case – as chosen by the voting public.  Besides, I think head dude Matt Phillips spent some quality time in Wild Rose Country at one time or another.

This 650ml bottle pours a mostly clear, dark cola brown hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, frothy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds off.

It smells of semi-sweet bready pale and wheat malt, faint ripe banana, earthy yeast, subtle muddled black orchard fruit notes, more zesty clove and white pepper spice, and tame leafy, weedy, and kind of musty hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, a lesser spicy wheat graininess, clove, banana chips, aerosol black pepper, more mixed dark fruity esters, and weak earthy, mildly floral noble hops. The carbonation is fairly forward with its swirling bubbles, and a tad fizzy at times, the body a sturdy medium weight, and so-so smooth, as the yeast and gritty maltiness seem like they’re tramping clumsily through the petunias. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness rising higher, in concert with the lingering caramel and wheat malt sweetness.

A decent enough version of a dunkelweizen, though perhaps the roasted character could have been upped just a tad to match the bang-on appearance and otherwise appealing flavour. Quite a worthy venture, to brew a crowd-pleasing offering, in both ABV and style alike – this will play equally well to fans of Erdinger, and to advocates of Phillips’ more intense and less altruistic meanderings.

Brady White



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