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Dark 'n Curvy - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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89
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: EvilKeith on 12-31-2006)
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of megahurts4
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Piece Brewery Dark-n-Curvy Dunkelweizen served on tap

Appearance: Small head with good lacing. Dark brown and cloudy.

There is a subdued wheat smell, but the taste contains a much greater wheat flavor. There is also a slight nut flavor in the malts.

It's a good dark wheat to enjoy in a session.

Photo of TSJ4000
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the world of Dunkelweiss, yeast is king. I wasn't able to detect too much of the German hefe yeast that I so desired. A bit muted but a tasty beer nonetheless. The dark malts were not too pronounced, almost true to a German Warsteiner in that both are black without tasting very black at all. I was looking for a little more yeasty, dark malt, wheatiness from this beer. An appoachable beer for the style.

Photo of Treebs
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Piece, served in a 12 oz. goblet/tulip hybrid looking glass.

A: Pours a still dark brown with a small off white head that recedes quickly. Not the prettiest looking beer in the world.

S: I'm just getting some yeasty and solid wheat notes in the nose. A slight spice of clove.

T: The taste reaffirms the nose. Same yeast and wheat notes, banana and bubblegum with a touch of clove and a little malt.

M: Prickly carbonation with a medium body. Easy to drink.

O: Pretty standard IMO. There was nothing that stood out, but it didn't falter in any way besides the look.

Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of EvilKeith
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark & Curvy poured from the growler a hazed Long Island Iced Tea color with caramel highlights when backlit. The head was short-lived fizzy tan foam that fell to a thin halo-like ring. The lacing was minimal.
The smell was big bready yeast, wheaty grain, lemon citrus, spicy cloves, banana oil with bubblegum phenolics and a distinctive pleasant smoky character. As the brew warmed a caramel sweetness was noted.
The taste followed the smell fairly well, but with a grainy sharpness. There was a crisp, moderately active carbonation and a medium body that came across with a crisp mouthfeel.
My past visits to Piece have taught me what a master brewer can do with a Hefe Wiezen. Their Top Heavy has no equal in my experience. I was anticipating another stellar offering in Dark & Curvy.
I will visit Piece again soon to review the on-tap version and chat with the brewer.

Photo of Tschnab
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Piece.

A- a cloudy brown, with a tan head about a half inch. No lacing.

S- lots of bananas and wheat, with some clove spice. Good smell.

T- confirmed by the smell, mostly wheat and bananas. The taste is nice and yeasty too, but it gets a little cloying about half way down. The feel is lighter than I would have liked.

O- not a bad beer, solid rendition of a style we don't see everyday.

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Dunklveizen, like Michael Jordan, DUNKED over the competition. It was spicy, dark, and bold. My girlfriend, who doesn't like beer, LIKED this one. I mean actually LIKED IT! Men, get your witches to piece pizza if you want to convince them you don't have a problem

Bottoms up!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewpub

appearance: served in a large dunkel glass, brunette body with a beige cap and minimal retention, rather murky

smell: dark wheats, fig, clove and banana

taste: the aromas come through strong in the flavor as well - especially the banana and clove...there are also notes of cola and honey which contribute to a silky smooth feel. its a nice drinkable dunkel, but its not 100% true to style

mouthfeel: very smooth

drinkability: filling but ok

Photo of spointon
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Piece pub on 2/21/2009.

A= This dunkel poured a murky cola-brown color, with pretty much zero head.

S= Smell was muted banana bread and clove.

T= Like the smell, this one was malty and showed all of the appropriate banana and clove notes one would expect. Slight spice near the sweet finish.

MF= Medium body with a slick and undercarbonated feel. I would have liked about twice as much crispness here.

D= Pretty drinkable despite the few less than perfect aspects. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting for sure.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours from the growler a medium amber/brown body, moderately hazed, with an off-white head.

Smell: Malty notes of chocolate, caramel, and toast followed fast by a salvo of cloves, with soft fruity tones closing it out.

Taste: Darkened grains glazed with sweetish caramel and a thin coating of chocolate. Growing phenolic clove accent. Fruity touches of raisins, apple, and 'nanas. Light herbal hops, medium-low bitterness. For a moment it seems like a late-breaking kick of malts my be pending, but, it remains earthy, drying into the finish with cloves and pepper-dusted banana slices at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Just a hair over medium-bodied and just a bit above medium carbonation.

Overall: A very solid dunkelweizen.

Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i'm not a hop head for the american style IPA. if you are this is your brew pub.

noted at about 5.5-6 percent alcohol. was told this was a particulary good batch in late june/early july of this year. the color is a diluted dark amber. its dark but in no way opaque. fruit ester nose, wheat, malt and light funk. taste coincides with the banana esters and wheat intermeshed with malt. strange yet interest funk at the end. woods, leathery malt, and ripe banana. very prominity taste hangs on the palate in this strange musk. now that i think about it is sort of has a doppellbock style to it this time around.

had it again about 6 month later and it didn't have as many esters as it did chocolate. more so even than the caramel aroma.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Like every beer I drank that night, it came to me with no head at all, I had to come back to my neighborhood to a pool hall to find a proper pour. Nice color though.

Smell: Weak caramel, wheat sweetness, rum. Should have been better. Again weak head.

Taste: The taste was delicious, reminiscent of an Aventinus only a little watery, and less complex, more rum and sweet malt and not much else.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but it's my first example of the style.

Drinkability: This is milder than the weizenbock I know and love, but flavorful, very high on the session scale.

Photo of roadhouse
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap today at Piece. Served into a tall weizen glass.

Appearance was a murky brown color, with no head whatsoever. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't get a head to form. Whoever was bartending was a complete idiot.

Aroma was mild due to having no head but I picked up some banana esters, breadiness, and some caramel sweetness, with a slight spicy clove character.

Taste was much better than the look and smell. Some nice malt character up front with caramel and bread, followed by the banana in the middle and the cloves merging in a spicy yet still sweet finish.

Mouthfeel was altered again by having less than ideal carbonation from a shitty pour. It came across way too thick and was lacking the effervescence that this style should have.

I would like to try this one again with a proper pour as I thought it was a damn good tasting Dunkelweizen, all those bad things aside.

Photo of sorvats
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Dark 'n Curvy from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
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