I just made a dunkelweizen this weekend. I would say, from reading Warner’s book, that the best way to add color is with dark munich malt. I don’t think (from memory) that he used crystal or chocolate malt in any of his recipes. Since I could not find any dark munich malt, however, I “cheated” with crystal and chocolate malt.
This, along with a 90-minute boil, gave me the medium-amber color I was looking for. Time will tell if the crystal and chocolate will give the beer an undesirable harshness. I think you’d want a fairly soft finish in any weizen. I’ve tried this year’s SA Summer Wheat (Dunkelweizen) and I think it’s too harsh, as well as under-carbonated. The color’s right, though.
par M. L. Pasteur, 1868 Mais quel est donc l’établissement où les laboratoires sont à …