Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
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: 73 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by davidchollar:
Photo of davidchollar
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i have yet to try this brewery's highly rated doppelbock, but i plan on getting one soon. like the helles, this hefe has some good things going for it, but ultimately falls short of greatness.

appears just a couple shades darker than the helles. cloudy and light brown, with an awesome foamy head. big obvious smell, very nice. just what you'd expect, delicious, fruity, banana, subtle clove. deeper sniffing and searching the senses reveals some toasty malt, distinguishing this from its paler cousin.

tastes pretty good. it has all the smells and flavors of a good hefe, but seems unable to pull it together for a clean finish. no crisp bitterness, or any sort of bite. leaves sort of a flat sweetness, even a bit of a bad aftertaste. overall decent. one of the few german beers available at the local store, i'll definitely get this again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is dark brown in color with a full, tan head. The gooey yeast that I whipped up further darkened the foam. The carbonation inside the glass is gushing.

Smell – There is a rich, dark, heavily-toasted malt nose to this Weizen. The yeast is there but you have to search for it.

Taste – The dark roasty character dominates at the taste. Again, the yeast is present but very light. There’s also a good dark chocolate flavor that reminds me of half-baked homemade cupcakes.

Mouthfeel - This one is in between light and medium-bodied with some light, fluffy carbonation and a darkish bittersweet chocolate finish at the end.

Drinkability –This one was unusual for the style but very drinkable. The purists will brand it “off-style” as should I, but a decent, drinkable weizen of any kind, more or less a dunkel, is so rare here in the US I’ll give this one a thumbs up.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium brown shoe polish hue; tan, solid bubble bath head. The nose is yeasty, as the head settles, some caramel and powdery malts are detectable. Simplistic—some sharp light hops, dark roasted malts and yeast like offerings are blended well together. Sweet, watered down caramel malts give way to chocolate and even some banana peel. The finish is bitter, yet a bit sweet. This is pretty enjoyable; always thought this was a tough style to produce. While the flavors are a bit subdued, this one was smooth and enjoyable enough.

Photo of Murph
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown color with a nice big dark tan head that slowly subsides. Sweet chocolatey notes with some very light fruit scents in the aroma. Nice opening chocolate flavors that soon begin to feel a little watered down. Definitely a little dissappointing since I've tried others that were very full flavored from this brewery. Just very thing and watery with no real yeast flavors and no wheaty graininess either. Thin and not nearly as full in the mouth as it should be, again, dissappointing. I could drink this beer but I'm not sure why I would want, there are some many better tasting dunkel weizens out there.

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 16.9oz brown bottle, this dunkelweissbier had a cloudy dark brown color and a foamy, lumpy light tan head that couldn't keep alive despite the lively effervescence streaming to the surface.
The smell was predominantly malty with some strong caramel and yeast notes. It lacked both the clove and banana aromas expected in a beer of this style. The taste was a duplicate of the smell, possessing a solid malt backbone and lots of caramel and yeast. It had all the characteristics of pumpernickel rye bread. A light hops bite glided over the palate in the finish. The feel was medium-bodied, mildly stoked with carbonation, and a bit dry.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this brew. I was hoping that a brewery around since 1050 A.D. (it said so on the label) would have cracked the code for a top-notch dunkelweiss. Too bad this beer fell short.

Photo of bitoffinger
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
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 eric5bellies
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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 jwc215
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy light brown with a thin, but well-retained head.
The smell was weak. Some small hints of banana and citrus.
The taste was also weak. Very average. There was some tastes of lemon with a background of yeasty bread. The caramel flavor was faint. Theere was nothing complex or outstanding for this style that would make it noteworthy.
The mouthfeel was okay at first, but lacking. It was very lemony - more characteristic of a hefe-weiss than a dunkel (although I do realize that they are related styles.)
It wasn't bad to drink, but nothing to go out of the way for.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown with coppery highlights and a light, long-lasting, off-white head. First off in the aroma is sharp, metallic prune, along with some clove and a mild undertone of wheat and bread. The flavor is surprisingly tart, accompanied by some clove-like spice. It's pretty sour on the back end. Malty flavors seem secondary, but the malty aftertaste is welcome. The carbonation is almost creamy, and the feel is rather sharp and dry.

There is an abundance of tartness overall, with just enough clove-like spice to keep it interesting. The maltiness is disappointingly in the background. The sharp and tart qualities mellow a bit over time as the overall impression becomes spicy and dry, with the tart flavors lingering on the tongue rather than assaulting it up front.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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 kimcgolf
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark brown with medium-thick tan head that lingered well and left decent lacing. Aroma was mild, but wheat, nuts and malt scents were the prominent notes. Mouthfeel was slightly tingly, but the body was slightly on the thin side. However, the flavor followed thru again on the malty sweet wheat side, all leading to a medium duration, pleasant finish.

Photo of drewmprs
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nothing too great about this beer. THe bottle I have looks slightly different than the one on this profile. A traditional dunkel meaning that one could see through the beer glass to the other side. It tasted a bit saucy to me and I'm not sure if i would order another one in the future. weltenburger is not my favorite brewery.

Photo of crnipeter
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
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 PatVane
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Solid Dark Lager From Germany

Photo of froghop
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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 -5.5%
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 Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 tangentrider
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque, deep gold beer with an off-white head. Nice lacing.

S- Clove with a touch of caramel and maybe a slight bit of floral.

T- Clove, roasted malt, with a bit of banana. Rich flavor.

MF- Smooth and nearly silky; nice low carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. This is a hefe with good depth, yet not overwhelming.

Photo of steveh
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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 Murrhey
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
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 DoubleJ
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half-liter bottle purchased from the Wine Exchange. This beer is under the Weltenburger name, but it is brewed and bottled by Brauerei Bischofshof. On to the beer:

It's not the best dunkel wheat beer I've put my lips to, but it's still okay. It has the trademark cloudy brown appearance with a pillowy head on top. Light whiff of apples and yeast in the aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma as well, and the flavors are also light on the palate. There's a little spice and astringent grain in the mix too.

The bottles on the shelf were fresh at the place I bought this at. It's generally hard to find any lesser known German beers fresh on the shelf regardless of retailer; many of them are old and possibly stale. Although it didn't deliever as much as I hoped, it was worth the try.

Photo of KI9A
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber. Nice creamy head. Smells of clove/bannana/malt. Taste of clove, bannanas and dark fruit. Finishes with a smooth, shot of alcohol. Ratings on another site are really under rated. This dunkel is a a very good one. Tough to find a crappy beer from these guys!

Photo of OatherS
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle with brown label with a picture of a town on the front.

Appearance: One finger head that fades. Brown color, somewhat transparent. Somewhat amber.

Smell: Slight banana odor. Caramel and a cooked odor.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth flavor. Somewhat watery. Wheat flavor is subdued. Caramel flavor also slight.

Drinkability: Nice beer. Not too strong of a flavor, but still very drinkable.

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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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