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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 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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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a healthly looking brown color with a tan colored head on it. The aroma on this beer is pleasent, it had a real nice roasted malt smell and some lager yeast in there too. The taste of the beer is probably one of the better Dark Lagers out there. The mouthfeel is thicker then I expected, I really liked how it almost felt creamy. Overall this beer had a great feel to it and it was nicely flavored. Really worth trying, hell I want to try it again sometime.

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

Fresh keg on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. This one has a great color, somewhere between amber and brown, reminding me of chestnut shells. Two inches of beige head tops the body, slowly settling to a collar. The aroma is malty, toasty, lightly caramelized and fruity; it's bold but clean. It's similar on the palate: the malt profile reminds me of toasted whole grain bread, behind it there are notes of dark fruit, coffee and caramelized malt. Light-bodied with a dry and toasty finish, I could drink this all day. Might be the best dunkel I've had.

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5L mini-keg from Rudy's in La salle, IL. BBD: 12-17-07

Had some help drinking this, but it was light enough to drink 2/3 of it.

Poured a reddish orange, with offwhite, eggnog foam. Visible streams of carbonation. Head retention was good in a pint glass.

Slightly nutty and malty aroma as it warmed.
Flavors were mainly caramel and almond, some toasted character developed in the aftertaste. A metallic note came and went, not present throughout. Fairly light bodied, good malt presence, nothing too out of the ordinary. Not bad for a session.

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Blue Max in MN on my way north.

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with a small tan head of foam. It left minimal lacing when the head receded.

S - Rich malty nose with some floral notes. Not a lot going on here.

T - Good malty sweet lager with nice caramel and toffee flavors. It has a grassy hop bite for balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied dunkel lager.

D - This was pretty good. I had never had anything from Weltenburger and I picked this up on a whim. Pretty nice.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glassy tobacco brown (that appears more ruby than brown when backlit) topped by a firm head of ecru foam that maintains a gently rounded mesa as it deflates. Fat fingers of fluffy foam find purchase on the glass, although they appear somewhat uneasy about their long term prospects.

The nose is weak and uninteresting. It's lightly malty with a 'darkness' that smells more like it comes from dark Karo syrup than from roasted malt. There may be a faint cocoa powder presence, but then again, there may not be. In the end, the aroma is simply too underpowered to allow much dissection.

It's been a good, long while since I've had a Munich dunkel lager and it looks like I'm going to have to reset my palate. Several sips later... Barock-Dunkel is malt-dominant with a subtle, but substantial enough, amount of flavor. I taste gently roasted malt with the suggestion of weak cocoa and black tea. It's sweeter than it is bitter, but it's neither really.

The finish is short and exceptionally clean with a slight metallic linger. The body/mouthfeel is light-medium at best and the amount of carbonation is on the low end.

It's interesting what one discovers when reading the fine print on labels. Along the side of the back label, in print so fine as to suggest embarrassment on the part of the brewers, are listed the ingredients: water, malted barley, hops and hop extract. Uh... yeast is necessary in the brewing of beer the last time I checked. Hop extract is an affront to my sensibilities as a hophead, but I'll try not to let that adversely affect my impressions of Barock-Dunkel. Bottom line: this is pretty close to average beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow what a nice pour!A medium brown with a reddish tint with a huge foamy head that sticks nicely to the glass,aroma is very cracker-like with a touch of cocoa but just a touch.A very clean tasting beer lightly sweet and grainy with a touch of iron and a hint of clove.Now this is a beer to drink for any occasion clean but satisfying and just enough flavor to make it interesting a real winner.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: Pours a dark brown color with a two finger head.

S: Plenty of nutty, toffee, and bread forward malts. A bit of chocolate, dark fruits, and a light lager yeast aroma. Nicely malty and substantial.

T: Toasted bread, toffee, and a hint of caramel. A little bit of nuttiness and cocoa powder. Light lager yeast and a very subtle hop flavor. Just a hint of bitterness to keep the sweetness in check.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A very nice Dunkel that was very easy to drink.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel
Code: 12580736

Appearance: A frothy head the color of sand dies down to form a 3 mm cap over a mainly clear, deep ruby accented dark mahogany brown body. With each sip a wall of lace forms as you tilt the glass back, breaks apart, and then leaves behind a ring of craggy lace as you set the glass back down.

Smell: A gently roasted malt expresses notes of dark baked bread crust, chocolate, cocoa, and wood. Only some minor grassy hops are found.

Taste: The nose indicates the flavor spot on. It starts with dark chocolate and warms to display some of the sweet cocoa and toasty breadiness. The grassy hop notes appear every now and again; and it's supported by a firm bitterness. Some smokey, roasted notes linger in the finish along with a bit more of the bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and remarkably smooth with a moderate, very-fine bubbled carbonation that gently caresses the palate.

Overall: An interesting, if not particularly complex, well polished and rounded lager. Charming to say the least!

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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 RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark ruby with a tan head that rises and does not stick around long but leaves a thick lacing on the way down. Nose is almost like old wood. Like a cleaned out old attic. Dusty and void of life. A mild bit of malt character there, but not a whole lot. Flavor is smooth and even. Nothing real crazy going on here. Thin malt influence. Has the body, but not a lot of character to follow. Feel is standard. A bit thin really. Drinkable, sure. It is a decent brew. Nice to try. But no home run to run back to.

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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 chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made on premises. Served in a glass mug at the Kloster.

Clear dark reddish brown with a tan head. The head has very good retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma: fine roasted malts with an overtone of hops.

T: quite malty; sweetand bitter in balance. Light herbal hops.

M: medium-light carbonation seems about perfect. Medium body.

O: A flawless albeit straightforward Bavarian dunkel. Make the pilgrimage.

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby brown with a fluffy tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, some cocoa, an earthy backing.

The taste is of caramel/toffee, and date/fig fruitiness. Some earthy, earthy/fruity hop spicing in the back. It goes malty, then a touch of hops, then finishes sweetish, though balanced.

Medium-bodied. Very smooth and drinkable. A classic dunkel lager. Not overly complex, but well-balanced with enough subtle complexities to enjoy it. Very smooth.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is ruby / brown and clear with almost no head, low carbonation and no lacing. Served on draft at a local beer bar.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly, it is 100% malty.

Beer is medium and creamy in the mouth. Lead off is sweet and the finish is a little dry and bitter. Interesting. Its like a doppelbock but thinner and weaker overall. I like it overall, not sure I would order it again.

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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 Gavage
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a brown color with a one inch head. Moderate lace sticks to the glass during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness and some soft earthy tones are easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: nice malt profile with some hints of brown sugar, mild earthiness, and a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: superbly easy to drink dunkel. If you are looking for a nice malty dunkel, this one hits the spot.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Optimistic (?) Bottle date of March 2009; Sampled December 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that sit on top of a blackened, concentrated brown colored brew that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated garnet color when held up to the light. Rich malt aromatics greet my nose upon my first smell of the aroma. Sweet, concentrated / caramelized malt notes, a hint of molasses, touches of chocolate, a substantial toasted note along with hints of lightly burnt toast and browned, crushed soda crackers. The rich malt aromatics almost take on a butterscotch like note as the beer warms up.

Quite light feeling up front, but it picks up some light heft towards the middle and finish. Still this is a very quaffable brew. Malt focused with darker grain flavors of caramelized malt sugar, sweet malt, touches of toasted / almost roasted malt and a really pronounced, browned, soda cracker note in the finish. The finish has a light bitterness that couples with an almost raisin like malt sweetness and a slightly dusty malt character. As the beer warms it picks up a slight herbal note that couples with the light hop bitterness in the finish.

This should really appeal to the malt lovers out there, despite being relatively low in alcohol it has a full, rich, textured malt character to it. Plus it is very light and easy drinking.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my local stores has fresh bottles of Weltenburger beers, and I'm going to take advantage of that as much as I can for quality sampling. Its dark lager was chosen during my recent visit. On to the beer:

The beer's body is ruby brown with hues of orange. Head is good and frothy on top. I'll bring the glass to my nose and get a whiff of...dark malts and sweet bread. Taste is similar to the aroma, so I can save myself some typing. Okay, i'll add this: similar flavor characteristics to its doppelbock, and that's a good thing. Body is medium and pepped with a spring of carbonation (maybe a little too much on that). Save for very hot weather, I could see myself enjoying this during any time of year. I would also recommend this beer to those who want to train their palates to withstand doppelbocks.

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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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. ubiquitous Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown colour, with a nice, white head, which leaves some lacing behind.

S: Smell is of baked bread, malt, and caramel, with a hint of toffee and raisins.

T: Very malty, caramel dominates the flavour, with a hint of orange.

M: Smooth, creamy and light, an easy drinking beer for a Bavarian breakfast.

D: A good dunkel, not as good as the Ayinger, but few are. A good example of a German dunkel, easy to drink, I'd buy again and enjoy.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have no more cold space to store beer, and what does largadeer do when he sees me? He gives me a bunch of beer, so now I have to drink it. Thanks Chris!


A: Snifter. Dark brown with good clarity and a ruby tinge, accompanied by a mountainous frothy head. Great retention and ferocious lacing.

S: This has quite the expressive malt aroma! Rich caramel, toasted bread crust, and a touch of toffee. A distinct nut character adds depth to the melanoidins, a faint noble hop bouquet shoots an envious glare at the luscious malt profile from behind a curtain. Excellent.

T: The taste is equally as pleasing as the aroma, with notes of nuts, bread crust, and some caramel. The beer displays a restrained lower moderate sweetness, with a low level of bitterness and no hop flavor to speak of. There's a whisper of chocolate in there, and a suggestion of roast. Diacetyl is absent, as are alcohol flavor and fruity esters. The finish is clean.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and dextrinous.

Overall: What an excellent beer. An outstanding example of an excellent style that I drink far too infrequently.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 19/12/08, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: super-elegant reddish brown in colour, a beige frothy head (with some reddish hues) with very good retention comes on top of lively, but not fierce, carbonation. Very very enticing.
S: light dustiness, sweet aroma of sweet red dates, Demerara sugar, and raisins, but it also goes light and refreshing, with a whiff of creamy malts as well as sour/vinegary berry fruitiness in the background. Predominantly sour-sweet fruity is the overall impression of this beer, in a pleasant way.
T: mildly sour-sweet fruits dominate the foretaste, followed by more chewy toasted and caramely malts with a faint hint of chocolates and nuts... the maltiness climes up a level of intensity in the aftertaste, but constantly being kept in check by an expanding hop bitterness that really makes an impact on both the mouthfeel and the complexity of the taste. Bitter-sweet in the finish, refreshing enough to make a more-ish pint. BTW, a wee bit of raisiny aroma lingers in the remote corner of the palate, too.
M&D: very smooth on the carbonation, as refreshing as soft... All in all, this is a med-bodied, successful Dunkel that is more fruity than most other samples I've tried, and deliciously so!

* Tasting Date: 21/07/07
BB 28/12/2007, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.
4 A: pours a dark copper hue, topped with a semi-tight puffy light-beige froth with good retention; lively carbonation.
4 S: very refreshing, with boiled-chestnutty, burned-sugary, chocolatey and bready malts on a par with lager's lightly-doughy sourness, added with a touch of hop resins at the back. Not very complex, but retaining a sound and fresh aroma for a Dunkel.
3.5 T: nutty, caramely, brown-sugary and (mildly) toasty hints of dark malts come with a tinge of boiled kidney beans upfront... the light-bodied malty foretaste is ensued by a soothing flow of lightly dryish aftertaste (of hops), making the whole palate settle down quietly to a slightly chewy finish, with a faint trace of sourness and tea-ish flavour.
3.5 M&3 D: pretty refreshing on the palate with light carbonation to soothe the palate; this light-bodied Dunkel smells richer than the palate, but the flavour still retains freshness to make it easy-drinking. Alas, the flaovur profile falls a bit dull after several sip, hence just an average mark for drinkability.

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal-clear deep amber-brown hue with two fingers of creamy ivory foam. It looks nice to me.

Smell: fruity and grainy malt aroma. Plums, pears and prunes all make an appearance. Quite nice.

Taste: light and grainy; slightly fruity. Flavor tracks well with the aroma, though with more emphasis on grain than on fruit. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: rather light body but a nice level of carbonation. A refreshing consistency.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. This has the good quality of being a light yet flavorful session beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Glossy black in the glass is really a deep burgundy when backlighted. A frothy, dirty bone white head sits atop for a fair amount of time before dissipation. Lacing was lame while the effervesce was near silent.

S: some dry chocolate notes, along with a bit of dried molasses sweetness. Lingering about were notes of ripe fresh dark fruit (plumes) and a dark malt sweetness.

T: The flavor, much like the nose, had indications of chocolate along with some molasses and sweet dark fruit. There where hints of some brown ale nuttiness and brownies and a dark malt sweetness upon the swallow. Slightly dry, sweet malt base and bready with a very low, if any, hop presence. Definitely a malt forward beer where the hops take a back seat to flavor.

M: a light to medium body, oily slick texture with some dark fruit twang. Surprisingly I thought I detected some alcohol from this subtle 4.7% offering. Carbonation was quiet.

D/O: Low abv of 4.7% but somehow feels like it drank bigger in alcohol and flavor. For those that think low abv beers don’t pack a punch or flavor should be referred to this beer. Smooth drinkability with a light dry sweetness from the malt and an overall flavor character suited well per style.

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Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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