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
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.