Phillips Benefit Brew Alberta Animal Rescue Dunkleweizen
Chosen by the public as the 2014 Benefit Brew winner, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society rescues and provides sanctuary to abandoned, surrendered or abused animals. Full proceeds from the adoption of this beer go towards helping the AARCS eliminate cruelty and find loving homes for all animals. www.aarcs.com
A dark take on the German wheat theme, dunkelweizens have the same banana and clove notes of their pale cousins, but also have earthy, toasty, chocolatey notes from the addition of dark malts. They are "shoulder season" wheat beers to many drinkers - something a little more robust than a hefeweizen for the fall and spring seasons, but not as rich as winter’s weizenbocks. Alcohol is between 4.8-5.6% generally, bitterness is low, and carbonation is high. Occasionally, you will see dark versions of American Wheats, but these are uncommon.