Egerer Konig Wilhelm Ur-Weisse Dunkel

Review Date 10/14/2016 Updated  By John Staradumsky


For Christmas of 2015, my wife bought me a really cool present: BeerAdvent Calendar 2015 from Kalea. In truth, my wife got me a lot of nice presents (sheís the best wife ever), but the nice thing about the Beer Advent Calendar is you get it early. You have to, since itís comprised of 24 different imported German beers in a box with little doors that you open, one per day from December 1st through December 24th. All of the beers are listed on the side of the carton, however, so be careful not to look and spoil the daily surprises!

I love German beer more than beer from any other country on Earth, so this was definitely right up my alley. My one criticism of the calendar is there are no bocks or doppelbocks (not fair!), but otherwise itís just an amazing way to sample 24 German beers Iíve never seen before. I got mine a Costco here in Georgia and paid $59.95 for the box. That might sound steep, but when you distribute that price over 24 different half liter cans, it only works out to $2.50 per can. Not a bad deal at all looked at that way.

Today is Day 18 of the German Beer Advent Calendar-only another 6-pack to go! Day 18 brings with it yet another beer from Brauerei Egerer: Konig Wilhelm Ur-Weisse Dunkel. By now, I'm resigned to the fact that the rest of the case is going to be a rebranding of an existing Egerer beer. Indeed, this beer seems the same as the Egerer Winter Weisse I got on Day 15.

Then too, I suppose with 75% of my Beer Calendar consumed, I can now comment on value for price paid. While I would have liked more variety from different German brewers, I think the price I paid was fair and I have enjoyed all the beers included. I will indeed be on the lookout for this sampler again in 2016.

Egerer Konig Wilhelm Ur-Weisse Dunkel has an alcohol strength of 5% by volume, it's Reinheitsgebot compliant, and like all the beers in this sampler it was packaged on 7/04/15 and suggested as best by 09/01/16. I drank mine on August 14th.

Konig Wilhem Ur-Weisse Dunkel pours to a dark brownish color with a thick fluffy head of foam and a distinctly nutty, Munich-malty nose. Taking a sip, the beer has tart crackery wheat up front quickly followed by nutty, toasty darker malt notes. Chocolate chip cookies are here, but the beer is not at all sweet so perhaps chocolate chip cookies made without sugar. A light suggestion of molasses, cloves, bananas, and a very tart quenching finish make this beer a very fine dunkelweizen indeed. Don't forget to swirl the yeast and pour into your glass! 

OK, so it's a lot like the Winter Weisse, and that was as I remarked a lot like the Eaglebrau Weizenbier Dunkel from Day 11. Who minds a repeat of such a delicious beer? I love Dunkelweizens after all.

Iím greatly enjoying my Beer Advent Calendar with the day 18 beer. Hereís looking forward to the remaining 6, and another assortment of 24 in 2016. Weíll be on the lookout next year at Costco, and following the beers on their Facebook page.

The beers of the 2015 Beer Advent Calendar:

Day 1 Alpinebrauerei Burgerbrau Alpen Stoff

Day 2 Ankerbrau Nordlingen Grandl Helles Lagerbier

Day 3 Herrnbrau Tradition Bayerisches Festbier

Day 4 Schlossbrauerei Herrngiersdorf Publiner

Day 5 Hofbrauhaus Friesing Huber Weisses

Day 6 Lowenbrauerei Passau Urtyp Hell

Day 7 Spath Brau Osser Osser Gold

Day 8 Hosl Marzenbier

Day 9 Wittmann Urhell

Day 10 Kloster Urstoff Marzen

Day 11 Egerer Eaglebrau Weizenbier Dunkel

Day 12 Egerer 1516 Schloss Weisse

Day 13 Barbarossa Pilsener

Day 14 Lausaria Romergold Export Hell

Day 15 Egerer Winter Weisse

Day 16 Kress Bayrisch Zwickel

Day 17 Egerer Winterfestbier

Day 18 Egerer Konig Wilhelm Ur-Weisse Dunkel

Day 19 Egerer Das Besondere Festbier

Day 20 Egerer Baren Weisse

Day 21 Bierkutscher Edel Pils

Day 22 Alpenkonig Gold

Day 23 Egerer Altbayrisch Dunkel

Day 24 Edel Bayer Urtyp Hell

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned