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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Murph on 11-05-2002

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 44
Photo of PatVane
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Solid Dark Lager From Germany

Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

This pours a dark, murky brown color with a thick, foamy head. The aroma is full of banana and yeast. The taste is sweet, bready with a lingering tasting of some bread and spices. Smooth and easy drinking with a malty finish.

Photo of FLima
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber orange color with a beige thick big head with great retention.
Nice aroma of caramel, banana, nuts and a touch or oranges.
Flavor of toasted and nutty malts, cardamom, cloves, dark bread, banana with cocoa and ice tea with an orange slice.
Light to medium body with good carbonation, slightly acid.
A pleasant light Dunkelweizen, not super complex, but it is not completely naked as well. Well balanced, nothing is really predominant here relatively to style.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I wanted to make some sort of blaxploitation reference/joke here, but I just couldn't pull the trigger. Hashtag full disclosure. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear topaz topped by over a finger of wan cream foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, mild orange zest, light pumpernickel, and a pinch of cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, with the citrus coming through a bit stronger. This is balanced, though, by strong spicy contingent, mostly clove, though with bits of brown sugar and cinnamon in there as well. I also get some rye bread in the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a tasty and enjoyable dunkelweizen. 'Nuff said.

Photo of falloutsnow
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: 257C1056
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Weltenburger's dunkelweizen is a dunkelweiss with significant yeast and compost elements that overpower the grain, bread, banana and spice aspects.

Pours a towering head of small to medium, dense, off-white bubbles that has several minutes' worth of staying power, eventually declining to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer. Very modest lacing is left along the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a dark brown color with hints of orange; light brings out a burnt orange mixed with brown hue. While the body is nearly opaque due to the suspended yeast, a medium intensity level of carbonation is visible along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of strong yeast and mushroom compost components, with dark bread and mild wheat twang noticeable as well. Interesting, but not particularly appealing.

Front of palate is mostly of grain flavors, a bit of banana ester, and some mushroom-like component. Mid-palate is sweet, with yeast, banana esters, slight spicy phenols, and continued mushroom-like flavor. Back of palate features an increase in the spicy phenols, continued yeast, a bit of tartness, and mild banana esters.Aftertaste is fairly bland, with some lingering wheat tanginess and yeast flavors.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium to medium-high levels of carbonation that are complementary for the style. The result is a slightly fizzy at first, then smoothed-out and foamy mouthfeel. Closes dryly, with a bit of tartness and very minor stickiness across the palate.

Photo of steveh
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another in from a brewery that's been rock solid with German style beers. Here's hoping that the streak is golden.

.5 litre brown bottle, no clear dating -- just like all of the others in the line. $3.50

A -- Hazy, copper-amber color with the same dense, long-lasting, head as the Hellesweizen, but maybe a little deeper in cream color.

S -- Bready malts up front with some vague vanilla-cream, even cocoa, and light phenols.

T -- That same vanilla-cream and cocoa character up front, some mild phenols and citrus character in the middle, and toasty malts in the finish with some lingering citrus and even some (very) light hop bitterness.

M -- Mouthfeel is a soft creaminess with a light-medium body.

O -- Just about the best Dunkelweizen I've had since I was last in Germany. Very rich in character and flavorful, a solid example for anyone wanting to experience the style.

Photo of bitoffinger
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful light, hazy brown color with a huge 3+ finger head that vanishes relatively fast and leaves no trace of lace. Great looking pour.

S: Strongest smell on the nose is of bread crust; no noticeable banana touches the nose. Funky, yeasty smell with hints of fruit. Nothing out of the ordinary.

T: Taste of dark malts dominates. A slight hint of sweetness keeps any bitterness at bay.

M: Leaves a pretty light mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation level. Not overpowering.

O: A beer certainly unlike any normal hefe, but easy enough to drink. Nothing to die for, but a session-able beer.

Photo of Murrhey
2.62/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Four finger white head, fluffy and long retention. Fluffy lacing. Light nut-brown color with some little clarity.

S- Nutty smell, caramel malts, wheat smells, toffee and brown sugar. Weird smelling brew.

T- Watery flavor, but some nuttiness and unlayered malts. Not great all around.

M- Little chewiness and very wet feel. Nothing special.

O- Thought I might like it from the smell and appearance. Nope.

Photo of stevoj
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle I picked up in Nuremburg area. Fait head faded fast, minimal lacing on glass. Note glass was rinsed from previous serving. Dark and hazy, smooth, mellow taste, without the bitterness you find in some dark beers. This is one of the best dunkel weizens i've tasted. I have a whole rack of twenty different dunkels arriving on Thursday. let's see if this one can stay on top of the heap. worth trying if you can find it!

Photo of KrautAficionado
4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 500ml.
Clear medium to dark amber color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, bread, caramel, light roasted. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, lackig had retention

smell: caramel, toasty malts. banana, spice

taste: danm good dark hefe. some banana

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

drinkability: I love the dark wheats of germany. this is a great examaple.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked from Bobby's fridge.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a very large off-white head.

S: Smells like toffee and caramel with a touch of roasted malts. A nice toastiness and quite a bit of banana. Some mild cola along with a nice clove note.

T: Quite an emphasis on the dark malts here with a strong roast and toast flavor. Lots of toffee and bread along with moderate banana and clove flavors. I get a little bit of dark fruit notes, too.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: A really solid Dunkelweizen and exceedingly easy to drink. Wouldn't hesitate to pick one of these up.

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: rich light-brown hue with a touch of haze and plenty of effervescence. Head is 3+ fingers of pillowy light tan foam. A good looking dunkel.

Smell: light aroma of roasted grain with some fruity character. A touch of caramel finishes it off, but there's very little wheaty or hefeweizeney aroma. Still, it's not too bad.

Taste: caramelly malt flavor with a hint of roasted grains. The flavor reminds me of a very light Scotch-style ale, almost. There's not much here that reminds me of a weizen beer, though. Still, it is not too bad.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with an OK level of carbonation. Not precisely creamy, but there's a nice, fizzy textural effect here.

Drinkability: a decent dunkel. I would prefer more yeasty character on top of the lightly roasted malt backbone.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Weihenstephaner Weizen Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy dark copper colour with a large frothy head that is ivory in colour, it reains well whilst reducing to a film.

S - No real aromas that are dominant other than the usual banana and clove.

T - Nothing that is overpowering but does have some yeast anaceed and some small amounts of chocolate and grain, that acompany the usual flavours of this style.

M - Medium to light body with minimal carbonation. Nice fizz at the finish.

D - Not a bad demonstration of the style and I recommend it.

Photo of cooch69
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi Dark Brown with a nick fluffy head.
Smells of bananas semi bitter chocolate figs and spices. Very smooth mouthfeel. The taste is chocalatey and spicy with some bananas floating around. It's easy to drink and lighter than most other Dunkeweizen's I've tried. It's a pretty solid wheat beer but not one of my favorites.

Photo of crnipeter
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted in mid-April 2010....500 ml with BBE date 30.Sept.2010, into the Franziskaner glass. Pours cloudy chestnut brown body topped by huge, off-white to light tan long lasting head that never sets completely. The aroma profile exhibits strong (for a weizen) melanoidin character, bread crust, caramel and some subdued bananaish sweetness . Apart from the bread crust sensation the beer doesn't smell bready nor gives off intense banana and clove aromas. The taste is melanoidins, wheat, muted tartness, light hoppy bitterness and yeast, lacking banana and clove. Mild carbonation, light-medium albeit somewhat watery body. A good session weizen but not a memorable one.

Photo of froghop
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

purchased @ 99 bottles in federal way, washington.

pours a cloudy dark amber with a very large yellowish head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, toffee, and nuts.

taste is of caramel, some sour malt, roasted nuts, and a touch of cocoa, ends on the dry side.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy brownish orange. Huge tan head reaches two inches before receding to leave thick gobs of lace that gling to the edges of my glass.

The aroma is very similar to sweet ice tea. Clove light banana and some wheat cracker hints as well.

The flavor is rather muted. Slight malty fruity tone but not a whole lot going on. After warming a bit I got a touch of butter in the finish.

Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a rather unoffensive beer. Nothing real notable. I could see sessioning this one for it's easy going nature.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - pours a deep amber, with a nice, thick, lasting tan head. Abundant lacing.

Smell - Nice banana and clove notes, as expected

Taste - Starts off with a nice malty delivery of banana and clove, and finishes dry with a bubblegum-ish aftertaste. Flavor is right on here.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy, yet at the same time, a bit thinner than I was expecting.

Drinkability - Super smooth and drinkable, this one is perfect to session with.

Overall - A very solid Dunkelweizen, but I'd still say I prefer Franziskaner. Would glady drink this again though.

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Extremely cloudy deep amber. A dense and foamy beige head has nice retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: A nice banana bread combination greets the nose. Lemon and clove round things out.

T: Extremely dry and tart. A sharp lemon tartness dominates. It's helped along by bits of clove. In the background is an interesting, yet subdued mix of baking chocolate and sourdough bread. Finishes tart and dry.

M: The grainy body has high, but soft carbonation.

D: This is a nice dunkel. It's light enough to make for a good session beer. A little extra complexity would have been nice.

Photo of argock
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 17oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. No freshness date discernible. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.39.

A: Burnt caramel with 3-finger meringue-like head with average retention and scant lacing.

S: The aromas are not prominent. The ones I can detect include soft banana, mild wheaty tang, and light clove. The darker malts don't really form much of a presence.

T: The flavor is highly herbal and drier than most dunkelweizens I've tried. Dark malts provide a little more complexity than a typical wheat ale, but the esters are very subdued and the clove spiciness is masked.

M: Feel is not cream and thin overall. Carbonation is good and the aftertaste is mineral and dry.

D: Not a bad brew, but not much remarkable about it either. I think I would much rather tackle an above-average hefe than another one of these. Weltenburger's offerings, with the exception of their Asam Bock, have been a bit on the disappointing side.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured very heady with a murky with a hazy-straw color.

It had a great yeasty bread scent that was accented by mild amounts of banana and clove.

It is nice and wheaty with some great clove taste. It has a slightly dry alcohol-astringent finish. It is lite bodied but not watery.

It is very drinkable. It hit the spot.

Photo of Vancer
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy cola brown into the Bitburget pilsner glass, rocky tan head really billows up, pour this one easy. A few lace rings on the way down, and check out the bottle bottom - plenty of yeasties gave their all for this brew.

Thin malt in the aroma, pretty darn weak. Taste is better, but still on the light side. Bits of malt, banana and clove dance slowly together, as mentioned, a lighter brew but still tasty and enjoyable. A decent beer to try, but you can get local dark wheat ales at a much better price - and even tastier.

Photo of CMW
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy orange color with a large rocky white head. Retention is good and minimal lacing.

S - Small amounts of banana and yeast in the nose. There is a definite metallic smell coming through.

T - Roasted malt flavor is more present than other dunkelweizens. No banana and very little yeast in the taste. Metallic aftertaste.

M - Low carbonation and fairly thin.

D - The metallic aftertaste makes this tough to drink more than one.

Photo of stcules
2.44/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark orange, with a beautiful, abundant head, dirty white colored.
The smell is definitely sweet, and also a bit strange, with oven cooked apple, molasse, all on a malty base.
A bit better in taste, with a very light caramel, sugary. No weizen notes.
A bit more caramel malt in the aftertaste, but nothing too much. Chestnut honey, also.
A bit strange for a dunkel weizen.

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