A pitcher of Steamworks Slam Dunkel enjoyed on the patio of the brewery's Durango restaurant Monday.
Dunkelweizens have always struck me with a bit of cognitive dissonance: they look dark, almost as dark as a stout, but they taste like wheats. Perhaps not surprisingly, as dunkelweizen translates literally as "dark wheat."
This particular beer, Slam Dunkel (5.9 percent ABV, 21 IBUs), was delicious. It poured a substantial two-finger head out of the pitcher. A light, crisp and refreshing but hardly simplistic taste followed. I'd give it a solid B.