Geipel Brewing

Craft Lager from North Wales

Gellioedd, North Wales


“DOONG-kel-VYT-zen” is the dark version of the traditional cloudy wheat beer of Bavaria. “Dunkel” means dark and “weizen” means wheat in German. With at least 50% wheat malt, it has a very different flavour to barley based beers. But it’s the unique yeast that gives it a cloudy appearance and unusual flavours of banana, bubblegum, clove and coriander. The yeast is top-fermenting at ale (warm) temperatures but the results must be lagered (cold conditioned) for best results. Dunkelweizens normally have low bitterness, high carbonation and a richer taste than their cousin Hefeweizen.


Our Dunkelweizen was designed to emphasise the unique characteristics of this style without the extra carbonation that can make it difficult to serve. We use a lot of wheat malt: over 75% which makes for a long brew-day since wheat malt has no husk to aid the lautering process. Munich and a little smoked malt add richness. We use a small amount of hops to not overwhelm the other unique flavours. Availability usually alternates with its cousin Hefeweizen.

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ABV: 5.2%

IBU: 15

OG: 13.3 ºP

Malts: 🇩🇪 Wheat, 🇩🇪 Munich, 🇩🇪 Smoked

Hops: 🇩🇪 Spalt Select

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Taste: Smoky banana & clove

Aroma: Barbecued bubblegum