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Weiss Damm 
Posted: 7 July 2015  Beer Republic 6.0 
Weiss Damm from Spain This Weiss Damm tasted like no recent German wheat beer I've sampled. It was lighter, less fruity.  This is a Mediterranean wheat beer.  If that's a combo you can live with, then vaya con Dios.     
Avg price/liter: USD 5.36   ABV %: 5.0  Type: German Wheat   
       


Before the world became globalized, you still had foods and culture cross borders, but with more time needed to get from point A to point B, the world was effectively larger.  A culinary delight originating in point A would be altered over time in point B to fit in more with the local culture.  You could say, without fear of exaggeration, that back then culture from one country was expropriated and refashioned for new locales.    

Weiss Damm is a case in point.  Damm takes pains to describe German wheat beer's history from the sixteenth century, its prohibition in Bavaria because it didn't meet the 1516 German Purity Law, and its subsequent embrace and encouragement by Duke Maximiliano I.  Damm proclaims that they've recovered an original recipe and now present to you a wheat beer that will alter your life priorities.      

Spain is in the European Union, so I surmise that real German wheat beer has no problem being imported into Spain in vast quantities without duty. Weiss Damm wouldn't be able to compete with the real thing, assuming Damm was brewing an "original recipe" of German wheat beer.         

Damm ain't.  This Weiss Damm tasted like no recent German wheat beer I've sampled. It was lighter, less fruity.  This is a Mediterranean wheat beer.  It's got wheat characteristics without the clove-banana-citrus common to real German wheats.       

Is it bad?  No.  It's different  I think of it like I do an Indian restaurant in Hua Hin (Thailand), which is delicious, but far from authentic Indian.  Thai-Indian.  Judge it as Thai-Indian and you can't go wrong.  Judge it by the established standards, and it fails. 

This is Spanish-German wheat beer.   If that's a combo you can live with, then vaya con Dios.       

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