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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
Where Spotted: Cork & Fork, 1522 14th St. NW
Price: $3.49 for 500ml bottle
Das Big Gulp: While beer has evolved into the Stemware Age, it’s nice to remember that it can still be enjoyed in volume, too. As if you couldn’t tell from all the syllables, this dark wheat beer is from Germany, where a half-liter mug is considered a “medium.” It’s not for splitting; it’s for finding your largest glass—maybe that “Avoid Hangovers, Stay Drunk” souvenir mug—and savoring the fact that you won’t have to make a fridge run for a while.
Wheat Tooth: Like its hefeweizen counterpart, the dunkel pours cloudy with a pillowy head, although its shade is closer to iced tea. As with all low-alcohol (and thus more perishable) imports, beware of old bottles, which will taste stale. When fresh, this beer smells purely sweet, like bubblegum, with a mellow, quenching taste that’s perfect for summer veggies on the grill.