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Dundee Summer Wheat, Kolsch and Stout

It was pleasure to taste the latest additions to Dundee’s product line in a virtual tasting format along with brewer Jim McDermott and a few other writers and bloggers. The new beers are the Summer Wheat, Kolsch-style Ale and Stout . The Kolsch and Stout being found in the very popular Dundee variety pack and the American Wheat being available in 6 packs etc.. I really enjoyed these beers and think that the Dundee line of beers just keeps on getting stronger. The Summer Wheat is an excellent example of an American Wheat, unfiltered¬† with 40% wheat in the grain bill, a nice touch of rye malt and Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. It’s light in flavor and has nice citrusy aroma and a crisp finish. American Wheat beers usually leave me a bit disappointed, but this one definitely does not and will definitely be gracing my fridge’s shelf this summer, move over Cream Ale! Next we tasted the Kolsch-style Ale featuring German Hallertau hops, this is a nice full bodied beer a wee bit heavier than your typical Kolsch style yet still refreshing and oh so drinkable, in fact I found myself grabbing the sucking down all Kolsch’s first at my Memorial Day barbecue. This beer will pair with just about anything you throw on the grill this summer. Last we sampled the Stout, which is one of the summer seasonals in the variety pack. I know what you saying – a Summer stout? Yep that’s right! This beer was the biggest surprise of the bunch for me. This stout falls somewhere in the middle of the flavor profile between a Sweet Stout and and Dry Irish style stout and does possess a nice balanced sweetness with flavors of chocolate, coffee and a subtle bitterness/finish from the Galena hops, I also noticed a nice roasted aroma from that I attribute to the roasted barley malts added to the mash. Brewer Jim McDermott recommended trying this with with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream as a “Stout Float” what a great idea and I look forward to trying that myself.
I also asked about any of the seasonals being available on their own (six packs etc.) and was told there wasn’t any plan for that at the time, but they always listen to their fans feedback and would consider it in the future based on feedback. So Dundee fans don’t hesitate to give them a shout out on twitter @dundeebeer and let them know what you think.

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