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Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 252
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 20
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-15-2002

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Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg - The second oldest brewery in the world! Ouch, that’s gotta sting - I bet they’re waiting with bated breath for Weihenstephan to close their doors - not bloody likely as Weihenstephan are the still the best Weizen brewers around. Turns out Weltenburger have been brewing since 1050 AD and Weihenstephan only beat them by 10 years! How about that? Anywho, time to give this Munich Dunkel Lager a good rundown, wish me luck.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: Hazed auburn brown body with a nice dense beige head that soon retreats to leave a light lace covering. Not the worst looking Dunkel Lager out there by any means. 7/10.

S: Truckloads of malt give this brew a brown sugar/dark rum note, this is of course bang-on to style, followed by some light bread notes, hint of nuttiness and a dark fruit (plum/prune) finish. If I had a complaint, and I do, it could do with a bit more of a prominent yeast character. 7/10.

T: Sweet rum raisin! This beer tastes like sweet rum raisin. Along with that is some light woody/nuttiness, a thin veneer of bread characters, and a lacquer dry finish. The sweetness of this brew is perfect - not too under/over powering, and there is a slight herbal aftertaste as a nod to the hops that are no doubt in this brew. 8/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium but not quite there, bodied with a light but dense carbonation - in the case of this brew a medium body is warranted yet not obtained, oh well. 6/10.

D: The aftertaste, that lacquer dry finish, begin to grate me as I reached the end of the glass - which is a shame because there is an excellent beer struggling to free itself from the shackles of an oppressive aftertaste... or something along those lines. It does however compare favourably to its greatest competitor: Weihenstephaner Tradition - which I found to be less flavoursome overall - so cheers to Weltenburger! WIBIA? (which sounds funny when said out loud and stands for “Would I Buy It Again?”) Yes I think I would - there is definitely a spot in my fridge door for a malt heavy Lager, as there should be in every fridge. 7/10.

Food match: If it’s pork related and BBQ’d you’ll ne’er go wrong with this brew.

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Photo of aleigator
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yields a clear, dark brown color, with fiery ember hints in it. Has a very fluffy, huge white head, which doesn't collide at all.

Smells of whole-grain bread, accompanied by toffee malts and a convincing amount of earth. On the nose, this beer reminds me of an malt beer, while providing more body and revealing more earth than sugar.

Has a very creamy mouthfeel, revealing a vivid carbonation, showcasing a malt driven, earthy beer. Drinks very clean throughout, while malts define the taste at all stages.

Tastes of rustic bread, accompanied by cocoa nibs and a whiff of coca-cola, all wrapped up into the beers profound, earthy maltiness. Turns a tad more into a toffee direction, while the beer remains very silk on the palate, finishing with a bubbly, decent bitterness, adding a nice complexity to the malts.

Convinces by its perfect malt balance, resulting in a very focused beer with a pleasant depth, heading completely into the malt direction.

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium clear brown color into an Aventinus Weizen glass. When held to the light there is a bright ruby cast throughout. Big light tan head with good retention and thick patches of lacing. A good looking beer. Fairly robust aroma and taste too.Mostly dry biscuity malt and a hint of caramel malt. There is toffee in the aroma and flavor as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. The toffee and strong malty flavor are interesting on the tongue. There is a slight finishing bitterness. This is a good Dunkel and an ideal summer session beer,

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Photo of cavedave
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing yet thick reddish brown, cordovan for those familiar, with a finger of dark beige head that relaxes rather quickly to a thick ring and island. Nice leopard spot lace on glass.

Dark bread,hints of dark caramel, a sort of nuttiness to the roast qualities of the aroma, a bit of spicy hop under it all. Plenty of aroma to this one as it opens. Along the way I get hits of chocolate and light roast coffee in the bouquet.

Wow, medium strength taste, but bright and complex, changes as it warms. Breadiness now is a tasty toast flavor, with more hop back to this than expected from the nose. I get coffee, cocoa, dark caramel, toffee, hints of a rooty herbal as well as more spicy hop notes. These are tasted as the beer warms to room temp. The sip ends spicy yet juicy and full of building flavor.

Very light bodied when compared to how much flavor this beer has, and apparently also thin for style, nicely low carb, very clean flavor profile, nice clean spicy linger. Rated to style it would seem this also has too much hop presence in the flavor profile and finish.

Tasty beer that took about 10 sips for my palate to acclimate. Once it did I realized how fine a beer it is, and how tasty and complex a treat, even if it doesn't meet the classical criteria recognized on BA.. Recommended.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Dark crusty bread aromas with a light toffee note. Faint floral hops.

Appearance: A light copper colored beer with very good clarity. The tan head is made of long lasting fine bubbles that leave a moderate lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Medium amount of dark Munich malt flavor bringing toast bread crust and hint of cocoa without any sweetness. There is a mild caramel note and a slight sweetness, against the the moderate hop bitterness the balance is about even. The finish is medium with an aftertaste of crust bread malt flavors.

Feel: A medium bodied beer with a softness on the palate. A medium-light level of carbonation.

Overall: A dark malt dominated lager with notes of dark crusty bread and a hint of caramel yet with little sweetness making for a balanced beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light ruby-brown color. Appears to be very clear. Small head that settles to rim bubbles. No lace, though.

Mild iron metallic aroma. Some darker (Crystal?) malt nose.

Lightly sweet with a strong toasty darker malt element. Good hop finish--it's light but very noticeable. A great compliment to my weinerschnitzel.

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Photo of drmeto
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the most lovely smelling beer ive ever had.
its straight-up hop accented dark berry marmelade
-taste-wise dark berries are dominant
-plums,dates,cherries,sweet malt are all there
-middling carbonation (traditional for the style),but big head retension
-malty finish with quite a nice hoppy note,wished it had more variety though

Top of the class Dunkel.
Only had minor irks during the finish

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown producing 2 fingers of frothy, tan, shortlived head that leaves motes & streaks of thin lace.
Aroma is toasted malts, dark bread, cola caramel, molasses, dark fruit, nuts & a hint of dark chocolate. Taste is dark malts, molasses, coco, roasted nuts, dark fruit, a hint of orange slice candy & smoke with spicy grass & lemon hops in the finish. Aftertaste is cola caramel, toasted pumpernickel & spice. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but smooth, low to medium carbonation, moderate prickle from mid-sip into finish, wet fronted, dry & lightly astringent aftertaste. A excellent example of the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal/pilsner style glass.

Deep chestnut red and brown body, with excellent clarity and lots of rising carbonation. Matches with a creamy three finger head with excellent island top and retention. Falls evenly with some nice ring lacing and coating, just a great looker.

Mild toffee and great clove and brown spice warmth on the nose. Comes off like more of a bigger beer nearly doppelbock territory but not as sweet. Very solid, mild sense of bitter cocoa powder as well.

Palate comes very simply and nicely. Light bodied and hints of malted whoppers candy, mixed with almost a tea like herbality in the mid palate. Steely like finish but very tolerable, giving some nice milk chocolate flavors. Good sense of light crispness going on here, as the beer definitely hits and announces a tolerable easy drinking abv.

A solid very drinkable Munich Dunkel for sure.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe:
This one was another very nice beer from the brewery, I'm not entirely sure but my thinking is that last years came out slightly better but this one is still an excellent beer and one well worth picking up. The taste was a sweet and nutty one but certainly wasn't overdone and managed to strike a great balance as I sipped away at it for quite some time; good stuff.

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Photo of ordybill
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500cl bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a sweet roasted malt smell
Appearance- The brew is a dark brown color with a red tint and has a large tan head.
Taste- Has a great strong malt flavor that has a hint of sweetness to eat.
Palate- A Medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall An excellent brew. highly recommended

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Sampling right now on 12/11/14. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for around $3.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a O.5L "Warsteiner" handled glass stein.

Pours a deep mahogany brown in color with ruby-red highlights. A good 1 to 2-finger foamy beige head is seen that settles down to about 2-3mm after a good bit. Lots of stick lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of sugary roasted malts with a hint of cocoa and caramel. Pretty much the same for the taste with some molasses as well as some dark fruit in the mix. Very tasty and smooth brew. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation which isn't too much for this great German brew (World's Oldest Monastery from 1050 AD). Overall, really like this one.

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber brown color with a thick one finger head with good retention.
Nice aroma of chocolates, mild licorice, light grains, nuts and caramels.
Flavor with notes of caramels, cocoa background, toasted malts, burnt coconut, cola, light wood and some nuts. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness towards the end and a lingering light toasted note.
Light towards medium body with active carbonation.
Straightforward Dunkel, but also flavorful and easy to drink. This beer was first produced over 150 years ago, I wonder how this licensed version brewed in Brazil compare to the German one. By the descriptions it seems to fairly match.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0,5 l bottle (bb 11.12.2014) into a pint glass. Clear ruby brown body, some bubbling, medium foam head with good retention and heavy lacing. Smell - sweet malt, with plum and raisins. Taste - begins with semi sweet malt and the same dark fruits as in the smell, followed by a taste of toasted malt that builds up in the mouth, ending dry with a slight hop bitterness. Soft malty taste with a hint of metal. Semi-light body, medium-low carbonation. Overall a good flavorful dunkel, went down well with over-cooked pork.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.15/5  rDev +7%

A 500ml Euro Bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A muddy brown color with a fine, tan head. Good stickage.

Smell - Malty. Sweet. Slight whiff of chocolate. Nutty.

Taste - Malty. Semi-sweet chocolate. Carmel. Mild toasty flavor. A touch acidic. Walnuts. Minimal hop presence.

Mouth - Slick. Average carbonation.

Overall - A smooth, complex, delicious lager that could only come from Germany. Here in Southern California, this is not an easy beer to find (Jagerhaus, in Anaheim, sells it in the bottle or on tap). Go find some. It's worth the effort.

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Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very average aroma of malt and some spicy hops.

T: Tasted of heavy roasted malt, a little caramel, and some spicy hops. A big problem here is that the flavor is very thin and not at all dynamic. A bit underwhelming.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a beer with some good qualities that doesn't quite make it. Not the worst dunkel I've had, but not the best either.

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Photo of silverking
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- crystal clear, deep copper. Creamy tan head. Really nice lacing.

S- caramel, chocolate, toasted malt. There is also a light nuttiness to it.

T- caramel, Chocolate, pecan, And a very light hop bitterness.

M- light, refreshing, active carbonation.

O- it is an extremely solid lager. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mactrail
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark auburn color with red highlights. A fine foam in the Einbecker Pilsner glass. Sudsy and luxurious on the tongue. Aroma is warm caramel and toasting grain.

Rich and sensationally roasted malty flavor. Fairly sweet, but that fades into a Some dark graininess stands out along with a mineral aftertaste. Just a kiss of hops, but the dark roast malt gives it an edge. The caramel sweetness dries out nicely for the finish. Have another gulp!

I think this is a much better than average Dunkel, with more flavor while retaining that soft, mellow sensation. This would be the one to fill your big stein with. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, two finger foamy head, really sticky.
Smell of toasted malts, dark fruit, nuts, faint dark chocolate, nice but pretty toned down.
Taste: dark malts, lightly roasted, a bit smoked, cocoa powder, some nice sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, orange zest and juicy dark fruit (plum, raisin). Has a nice mix of dusty and juicy notes. Noble hops in the finish, green and spicy.
Thin body, but smooth, low to medium carbonation. Refreshing.
Nice dunkel, really drinkable and rich in taste. I can see why it's got quite some awards.

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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Mug. Bright amber color, clear appearance. Yellowish, creamy foam creates a rocky crown. A thin & lasting layer remains on top. Floral, crystal malt aromas & chocolate hues. Crispy upfront with slight sweetness & moderate toasted flavors. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture & spicy touch. Gentle chocolate, dry nut & bitter cocoa flavors in the middle linger into a dry bitter/sweet finish. Well balanced & easy drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz - poured in dimpled mug... possibly not entirely clean, like last time)

A: hazy, reddish mid-brown... scant foam - open, sudsy bubble structure

S: fresh-ish brown bread with a minerally, toasted grape skin (mild raisin) note

T: lightly chocolaty and roasty... caramelized wood.... mild brown bread crust... malty over bitter, but a clean, polished sort of malt... almost an herbal overtone - an earthy, dried-leaf vein through it

M: fairly light and marginally smooth with a bit of a carb bite on the back end.... perhaps a tad too flat and dry?

O: I suppose fairly flavorful and a touch more complex (rough, ragged) than usual for a dunkel

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Photo of Lemke10
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear, dark amber color with a slight, foamy head. The aroma is inviting with toasted malts and hazelnut tones. This is highly drinkable with a smooth texture and a decent sweet grain taste that is perfect for the style. Very well made and delicious.

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - nice burnt sienna with a ruby hue when put to the light. Mild head (two fingers), eggshell white with a little residue.

S - Nice toffee smell with distinct malt and hop scents; a little too predominant but not by much. Fairly nice aroma.

T - Starts with a sweet caramel taste and transitions into a more malty middle and a slightly bitter hop hint at the end. A slight hint of raisins perhaps in the beginning also. A little more malt would be the only major improvement.

M - Not overly active but certainly not stale. A little more carbonation would be preferred, but the body is comparable to your average Dunkel.

O - the bottle claims its "das Beste Dunkel der Welt"...certainly an overstatement, but not an utterly gross exaggeration. This is a very good dunkel, well worth the drink, and although there are better Dunkels in Germany, it is a nice and balanced beer with pretty even overtones for the most part.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much more intense and with heavier body than average euro dark lagers or Budwar Dark, one of my favorite dark lagers. Not to say that it is not suitable to be a session beer, but I like it best as a single drink before sleep. Not too sweet, caramel notes, some chocolate. Very tasty. Beside Asam-Bock, the best from Weltenburger.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good not great. not as October as I wanted it to be, but still a tasty brew, quintessentially german in every way. the pours is clear for the genre, lacey on the sides of the glass, with a deep ruby color and a nose of german amber malts and lager yeast. it smells also like warm fermentation for a lager, a little acidic and funny for some reason, but not unattractive. notes of lager yeast and semisweet amber come though, toffee in the finish, with not quite enough hops to balance. yeasty and bold flavored, I wish it wasn't quite so sugary on the back end, but a drinkably dark german beer with a lot of character. decently carbonated, a little bland in the mouth, but a good beer overall, especially for the price.

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