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Erdinger Pikantus Dunkler Weizenbock - Strong Wheat Beer
1968 was when this beer was first brewed, at the time pale pilsners were the popular drink and the 'Bock' style of beer was seen as an outdated drink. Erdinger brought back the 'Weizenbock' to shed the old fashioned image and it worked. A Weizenbock means strong wheat beer and this style of beer is usually brewed to mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring time.
In Germany now Erdinger Pikantus has now become a hugely popular drink and is drunk by both young and old and is brewed all year round.
An off white head sits upon a cloudy dark caramel brown liquid with quite a bit of carbonation. There is a predominant malt aroma on the nose that is definitely there on the tongue - almost burnt toffee flavours with a hint of alcohol with a slight sweet licorice flavour and bitter to finish. The palate is quite heavy but probably justifyably so for the amount of alcohol.
Some great flavours that do really well to disguise the high level of alcohol. 7.3% - quite strong for a mid week drink especially if you start getting in to the swing of things! Definitely worth checking out.