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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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Reviews: 136 | Hads: 252
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 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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Photo of CampusCrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, lackig had retention

smell: caramel, toasty malts.

taste: danm good dark lager.

mouthfeel: a little light, good carbonation, not over done

drinkability: I love the dark lagers of germany and czech rep. this is a great examaple.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark amber colour with a one fingered head that retains well.

S - Aromas of biscuit malt and a little earthy

T - Plenty of yeasty malt up front with ma little cocoa. The finish is bitter and lingering

M - Nice medium body and carbonation.

O - Probably the best dunkel I have tried to date

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

I've had some good luck in the past with this brand, a Dunkel sounded good.

No best by or brewed-on dates, poured from a brown, .5l bottle into my HB Willi Becker-style.

A -- Clear, dark reddish chestnut brown with a dense, thick, tan head. Some of the other reviews report thin, short lasting heads -- they've either gotten old bottles, or are using dirty glassware -- the head on my example lasted at one inch thick through the duration of the consumption and left good lacing.

S -- Sweet malts with a bread crust character -- even a touch of molasses with some earthiness back.

T -- Sweet, bready malts intermingle with some mild milk chocolate character. Bread crust and mildly earthy characters makes up the backbone with some underlying spicy hops, but very light. Finish is almost creamy in character with big bready flavor. Finishes dry and mildly bitter with the sweet chocolate character lingering in the aftertaste.

M -- Soft to creamy mouthfeel with a medium body.

O -- Probably the best imported Dunkel I've had, though transport - and probably Pasteurization - take their toll on German imports, and this one is no exception when you compare to the fresh beers in Bavaria. Nonetheless, this one is worth seeking out locally if you are a Dunkel fan.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : amber red/ruby colour, with tan foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : roasted malts aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dark malts and fruits, with hints of chocolate, slightly smoky finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Munich dunkel lager.

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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 allforbetterbeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown, showing deep red and slightly cloudy when held up to light. Pours with a finger and a half of head that recedes rather quickly to a thin layer on top.

The nose I am picking up is a bit weak, with some dusty malts and light aromas of noble hops showing through, but without their characteristic spiciness. Later on as I drink this it opens up (or my senses do) and the nose gets much richer, with nuts, toffee and whole grain bread being present and very appealing.

The hops that are present and rather floral and grassy, and very low in bitterness. The malts are most certainly German, with some nice biscuit, toasted bread, light caramel, pecan, toffee and malty notes showing throughout the flavor profile. This beer is drier than it is sweet, which requires less bitterness to counteract the sweetness that I would have guessed. The result is a mellow and complex beer that is lighter in flavor but still very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is light and rather creamy, with lower carbonation than many lagers, which I find nice. One might be tempted to see the dark color and think bock, and then be disappointed by the lighter mouthfeel and body. That would be a mistake as this beer isn't intended to be a malt bomb.

Drinkability is good, and if this was a style you loved it would be very good.

Conclusion: This is the first higher quality example of this style that I have tasted, and I find it enjoyable. I can imagine this pairing well with some lightly spiced schnitzel or stuffed cabbage.

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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 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 dasenebler
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L, Germany, best by 5/11.

Pours a deep, dark reddish amber with a tight and creamy beige head. Retention and lacing are above-average.

Aroma has some light roast, buttery caramel, and molasses. Nice.

The flavor of this beer is outstanding. You know it's a good Dunkel when it's only 4.7% ABV but reminds you of a Doppelbock. There's an uncanny amount of toffee, chocolate and coffee for such a light (ABV) beer, and it's not sweet at all. Clean and smooth on the finish, with just enough hops to bitter and balance. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with relatively persistent, effervescent carbonation. This beer exhibits an amazing balance between rich flavor and clean drinkability.

Don't be fooled by its BA overall score: this is an awesome beer, especially when you get a relatively fresh bottle as I have. I didn't expect to rate this so highly, but apparently Weltenburger Barock Dunkel is just what Herr Doktor ordered.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 500ml bottle with a yellow white head that lasted the entire drink lacing the glass. The beer is a red brown with tiny bubble, carbonation is limited. The smell is absolutely delicious with caramel malts upfront and a grassy herbal hop back finishing with a roasted smell.

The very bready with hints of banana and apricot. Hops are the herbal grassy tettnanger type. Finishes off with a roasted malt finish. Balance is more malty than hoppy but almost balanced like aMunich dunkel should be.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin with minimal carbonation to the tongue. Some hop drying by a wet beer overall. This lends to mass consumption by the liter! Very drinkable.

Overall this beer is excellent. One of the best in it's style!

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

Picked this up at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, always a solid selection. Poured a deep brown , somewhat chunky head. Big malts on the nose, ton of sweet caramel as well. Taste was very smooth, complex as it warms, but very drinkable with a strong malt finish, good stuff.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - deep chestnut brown with a tan/beige head that lingers

smell - this is really faint, but what I do pick up on is whole grain wheat, caramel, peanuts

taste - caramel, molasses, whole grain wheat, green tea

mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium bodied, slightly sweet aftertaste

drinkability - straightforward beer that isn't all that interesting, but drinks smoothly, I enjoyed this one

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Photo of nickd717
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Haus Staudt, 0.5 liters served in a big ol' stein.

Pours a translucent medium brown color with a nice off-white head that leaves thick foam and excellent lacing.

Sweet malty aroma, fairly nutty and toffeeish. Smells pretty good.

Flavor is great. Sweet caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, and toast.

Medium-full bodied for the style with a smooth and slick mouthfeel.

Great, great dunkel overall. Really surprising. A beer even worthy of "Barock" Obama (although I hear the prez prefers Bud Light, that sellout).

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed at Crane Flat campground, generously provided by largadeer. Thank you, Chris.

Dark brown, dense beige head excellent retention and lace. An almost perfect looking beer. The nose is delicate and complex, with chocolate, bread, light fruit, wheat and no real hop character. Beautiful chocolate bread character. Some caramel is also present. The palate opens light with wheat, a little toast, chocolate a light nutiness. As with the nose, the caramel character is light but present. Dry and clean finish, with a light body and crisp carbonation, this is excellent.

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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 flagmantho
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 Minkybut
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a mahogany color and the beer poured a big thick pillow head that was brown. The beer had a bready/yeasty smell. The taste was malty, caramel a little sweet but not too much. The beer was a little watery, but still a good beer. I will buy again.

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

500ml from Capital market, Salem. Nice dark brown beer with a gorgeous frothy,tan head. very bready malt aromas,..bread and oat cereal. Like it. Smooth milk chocolate and coffee with boiled milk flavours.Slight hints of bitterness in the end. Very smooth ..silky smooth palate. Overall i really liked this soft, malt driven beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up today at Knightly Spirits along with a few choice other beers. It looks like the date on the bottle may be from 2002, so this beer may not be in that great of shape. Either way, it is a Dunkel that I have not tried, so here we go.

Appearance: Pours a very clear reddish chestnut color with a small 1/4" head of tight tan bubbles that faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds to end up as a small ring at the top of the beer where it meets the glass. There is some really light lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got the essential toasty malts along with a hint of the dark malts giving it a mild dark cherry impression. I pick up a little bit of oxidation on this beer, but nothing like you would expect if this beer really is over 8 years old. As the beer warms up some, the aromatics get a bit more earthy, but don't really change all that much.

Taste: The flavor is a bit more bold than I expected from the aroma. The toasty malts are definitely there as well as a subtle acidity from the dark malts (I assume). The oxidation is quite a bit more apparent than it was in the aroma. I definitely get a mild dry paper flavor in here that doesn't necessarily play well with the rest of the beer. After the beer warms up some, the flavor mellows out a bit and it gets more drinkable. The carbonation is appropriate and I believe that it helps distract the palate from the age.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer. I would like to try a fresh one before I seriously cast judgment, but either way I am going to finish my beer whether it has a bit of oxidation or not and that is a pretty bold statement as I have some seriously choice beers lined up after this one. I wouldn't "dis" this one if you see it, but I would check out the "born on" date.

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Photo of matjack85
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this single 500ml brown bottle at Sal's World of Liquors in Addison, IL for $3.49. I never saw this brewer before in the Chicago area and I like dark beers, so I thought I'd give it a try. There is some sort of coding on the back label, but 26 01 92L doesn't cut it as a freshness date for me.

The beer pours a clear amber brown color and makes a 2 finger fluffy tan head, but it left very little lacing.

The smell was really nice - lots of malt and dark bread aromas along with a burnt sugar smell ang even a hint of chocolate.

The taste is where this beer falls apart for me. All those smells and yet so little flavor. The malt and bread flavors are there but not in the proportions that you would think from the smell. The beer is not sweet at all and the spicy hops make it even less sweet. I wasn't as crazy about this as most of the reviewers.

The mouthfeel was not watery but it was thin and the carbonation was only moderate.

At just 4.7% alcohol it is easy to drink, but I didn't find myself wanting another one. This is one of those cases where it looks and smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottle says best before 16 Mar 2010.

A: Dark amber in color, with a thick, creamy off-white head. The beer leaves lacing on about half the glass as it is consumed

S: Malt, bread, caramel, hints of chocolate or toffee. Very inviting.

T: Overall, very pleasant, but didn't seem that all the aromas showed up in the taste. Left me wanting something a little bit more. Nevertheless, a very enjoyable, malty beer with little evidence of hops. Had a pleasant syrupy/caramel thread to it. Not quite as thick-bodied as I was expecting/hoping for.

M: Very smooth and somewhat thinner than I was expecting for a dunkel. But, overall, satisfying.

D: Very easy to drink. Goes down suprisingly quickly. Good choice for an afternoon with friends or serving at an event. A conservative, relatively risk-free dunkel lager.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle dated 26.01.02. I didn't notice when I purchased it but this is one old dunkel.

Served cold, poured into a pint glass, it has a great amber red color with excellent clarity. The creamy head sticks around a good long time but slowly settles leaving a sheet of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty with bready yeast and orchard fruits.

Flavor is rich and spicy with a strong malt backbone to support the lightly roasty and bitter flavors. The caramel and toasted nuts are a nice compliment to the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Very well balanced from start to finish. Sweet up front with a bitter spicy finish.

Overall, this is better than expected. I don't know if the age helped or hurt this beer but it's still pretty solid even after almost 8 years.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good brew! Served with a full foamy, frothy light tan head and a little lace. Head settled down to a thin cover shortly. Color is a lovely, clear, deep, dark amber. Aroma is malty and a bit roasty with a hint of burnt sugar. Flavor is quite nice with the above nose qualities plus a bit of hop. Good carbonation tho the liquid seems just a tad thin. Very nice finish. Definitely a session beer.

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Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
87 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.