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Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-15-2002)
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Photo of donteatpoop


3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with fast disappearing tan head.

Smells heavy of carmel/molases/raisins malts.

Taste is toast and carmel, overly sweet and unbalanced.

It has a good mouthfeel, thick but creamy, goes down smooth.

To be honest, it's just too sweet to be drinkable. And it's not really a pleasant "hey that's kind of sweet," it's thick maple syrup on prunes.

I wasn't impressed. What have these monks been doing all these years?

Cool bottle though.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 05:48:19 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of schuim


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a brown clear appearence and a fast disapearing head. The aroma is light sweet and vegatal. There is a light toffee aroma.

The taste is soft and malty. the dark malt ad a caramel taste and a sticky sweetness. The taste changes into light toffee and cappuccino flavours.
The after taste is changing into a light bitterness from dark malt.
A nice soft and mild beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 18:22:46 | More by schuim
Photo of nick76


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here is a toast the the President, may his presidency be better than this beer. The aroma is malty and papery with some chocolate, toast, corn, and hops. The appearance is dark red with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma with a better that expected taste. The palate is thin. Overall a decent drinking beer but not a great all around beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 08:17:01 | More by nick76
Photo of Overlord


2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very disappointing.

Poured a reddish brown. Looks okay. Smells ... like not much at all. Maybe a faint whiff of malt and raisins/prunes/figs.

Taste is fairly nonexistent. Some sweet caramel malt ... and that's about it. Really pretty weak. Wanted to try a new brewery, and won't return.

Mouthfeel is thin and flat.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 18:19:36 | More by Overlord
Photo of drizzam


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - 1 pt .9 fl. oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured into my pint glass with a big fluffy tan head that didn't want to go away, leaving a gorgeous lacing down the inside of the glass. Holding it up to the light I noticed it was clear and a beautiful dark ruby color. This is a really good looking brew!

S - Malty aroma with the scent of dates or raisins. Not very volatile but smells very appetizing.

T & M - Thinnish mouthfeel...the carbonation makes it pop. Caramel and malt tastes with a hint of that dried fruit I was smelling. Just a hint of raisin on the back of my tongue. Finishes fairly dry. This is pretty tasty stuff.

D - One word...yum! 4.7% ABV ensures you can make it a decent session brew for moderation drinking. The oldest Monastery-Brewery in the world seems to know what they are doing by the taste of this Munich Dunkel Lager. I look forward to more of this in my future.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 20:05:58 | More by drizzam
Photo of jwc215


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 22:56:41 | More by jwc215
Photo of velkyal


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Weltenbuger Kloster claim to be the oldest monastery brewery in the world, having been established in 1050 (or ten to eleven as it's sometimes called), though I very much doubt that the Barock Dunkel bears any major resemblance to whatever the monks were churning out then. This poured a very alluring ruby colour, with a big fluffy tan head and lots and lots of carbonation - which I wondered if it had anything to do with the glass, as there were streams of bubbles coming up from the pattern on the glass bottom. At first the nose worried me as it bore a resemblance to the detergenty smell but eventually it gave way to a predominantly ginger spiciness. Tastewise this was really nothing special, lightly malty but with a thin body it was quite disappointing to be frank - perhaps I like big beers too much these days?

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 13:35:36 | More by velkyal
Photo of germanbeer1


5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost 1,000 years of brewing has created near perfection in the form of Weltenburger Barock-Dunkel. Has a dark brown color, but certainly not black with a large head and good lace throughout. This beer is considered by most to be rather plain in taste, but the traces of chocolate provide a solid, uncomplicated taste. It has a great full body and I miss being able to pick up 20 bottles of this at a time. I recommend this beer to anyone and everyone who is interested in dark German beer. Visiting the brewery itself is an amazing experience.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 01:28:32 | More by germanbeer1
Photo of tangentrider


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown clear beer with a disappearing tan head.

S- Dried fruit, caramel, and roasted malt.

T- Dried fruit, milk chocolate in the back, a touch of coffee bitterness; very rich complex flavors.

MF- Creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D- Very rich beer without being overbearing; I will drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 04:11:08 | More by tangentrider
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 18:48:46 | More by wl0307
Photo of BeerSox


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into pilsner glass.

Deep ruby hue, bordering on brown, with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Lots of caramel with a little bit of balancing noble hop aroma.

A little bit of smokiness and roasty grains mixed with the same caramel from the aroma. The hops add a little bit of bitterness, but not much flavor. The finish is the lingering toasty grains.

Good sessionable beer. Probably a good alternative for a brown ale if one is looking for something different. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 23:50:52 | More by BeerSox
Photo of birchstick


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very dark amber with a nice tan head
S - dark fruits, roasted malts
T - very malty , with a roasty flavor present throughout. Also noticeable are some dark fruits.
MF - creamy and smooth
D - this is a very good beer. Not being very familiar with the style I am very glad I picked this up and will wait until it cools a bit outside to pick up some more...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 04:35:41 | More by birchstick
Photo of Proteus93


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep amber with reddish hues, with about a perfect two finger semi-creamy head. A nice looking pour.

S: Creamy and sweet light chocolate aromas blending in with the round maltiness... a balance of noble hops in there to make for a nice, delicate and complex scent.

T: Mild, milk chocolate and toasted malts. Somewhat reminiscent of 'Whoppers Malted Milk Balls.'

M + D: Effervescent and light, a smooth body and a very easy drinker. With the mellow ABV, it's an easy session candidate and would perform well as such. The style seems to fly below the radar a bit, and perhaps undeservedly so... it's a fine style of lager, and well worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 02:51:02 | More by Proteus93
Photo of WJVII


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Reviewed from notes while in Germany 5-2-08) This beer was a dark brown color, 1/2 in tan head that was more like a thick cap. There was a light roast smell, but more noticeable was the hops. The taste was of nice dark chocolate, hints of roasted coffee and a slight sweetness in the finish. This is an "after dinner" beer. Extremely smooth and well put together!

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 20:57:46 | More by WJVII
Photo of DoubleJ


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 03:35:41 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of shbobdb


4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I am talkin' about! The beer has a nice chocolate presence that is balanced out by some rich prunes, a light nuttiness all on a nice sweet pils backbone. Really outstanding. The mouthfeel is very rich without being too thick and the carbonation is simply perfect creating a full rich body. On the one hand, I'd like to describe it as so thick I need a spoon . . . but on the other hand, it finishes very light, not quite crisp, but certainly on the lighter side.

Basically, it is a near perfect beer. It is complex without sacrificing drinkability, rich and full without being too thick. Basically, this is why I drink beer. So good.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 20:57:09 | More by shbobdb
Photo of emerge077


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2008 15:33:13 | More by emerge077
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 23:07:24 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:16:31 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of AlexLMS


2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear despite the deep dark amber colour. The head is beige to light brown, moderately large and creamy. It seldom persists and presents little lacing.
Aroma: caramel and some roasted sweet malts.
Taste: not so strong roasted presence, sweet malts, molasses and fainty bitter taste.
Mouthfeel: moderate level of carbonation, moderate alcoholic strength and light body. Watery.
Finish: burnt bitterness aftertaste. Not very long.

Overall: I did not appreciate this one. Too watery and characterless to deserve a higher grade.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 13:36:58 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of LeftyBWS


3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams specialty pint glass.
A: Ambery-copper color, with tinges of light brown throughout. Medium amount of off-white, bubbly head that settles quickly but leaves a bubbling layer atop the beer. Little carbonation visible.
S: A rather grassy and oddly sourish scent prevails. Lesser hints of sweetness and breadiness. Deep whiffs reveal an off-key sour fruitiness. Generally not that enticing.
T: Farily bland up front, but this leads into a smooth maltiness that is reminescent of vegetables and a subtle sweetness. The finish is blandish, with strains of the original tastes of chocolatey fruits and breadiness. Overall, strangely put-together and not that well-balanced. Seems overly grassy/vegetabley up front and this persists...
M: Not bad, really. Relatively creamy and manageable throughout, especially pleasant in the finish.
D: Fine overall, but the taste is strange enough to make me question having another.
All in all, an odd beer. The smell is definitely off-key, and the taste is an improvement on the smell, but not by much. I was excited to try this beer, and it was a bit of a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 07:40:27 | More by LeftyBWS
Photo of Absumaster


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, brown or dark copper beer with a thin head.

Smell is light burned and roasted on top of a big malt backbone. Also a nice caramellic layer. Great nose.

Taste is strong malty like a lot of munich malt has been used. A little molasses and roasted notes. To me this beers body was a little too low, but I read on the label that this beer only has 4,7% alcohol, and this beer has more taste than the average beer. I especially like the combination of the roast and malt. Bitterness is low and drinkability is great.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 11:48:53 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Halcyondays


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 04:41:24 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Clear dark brown color, lots of carbonation quickly rising to the top and dissipating the medium head, nice lace ring around edges
s: mix of roasted aromas and tart fruits
t: roasted malts dominate the palate with slight tart flavor and bitterness to finish
m: medium body, lots of carbonation on the front end
d: not quite my cup of brew, but pretty straight-forward

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 10:52:52 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of Riggsy


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red / copper into Sam Adams (courtesy of BA) glass. Not much head, what appears is light tan in color, thin, faded quickly.

Aromas of Munich malt, sweet toffee / caramel, and dark fruit.

Flavor is malty, caramel, slightly nutty. Some dark fruit, sweet plum, raisin in background.

Mouthfeel is medium but sweetness sticks to the tongue. Carbonation is appropriate.

A nice drinkable Dunkel bordering on Bock. Alcohol is such that 2 or 3 in a session is not unreasonable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 22:49:16 | More by Riggsy
Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
88 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.