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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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BA SCORE
82
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Murph on 11-05-2002)
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

10-19-2012 02:14:21 | More by t0rin0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rusty pumpkin with no hint of a yeasty haze. The head was somewhat explosive on the pour and filled the entire glass for a moment or two. Interestingly enough, the beer itself doesn't look all that well-bubbled. In any case, the cap is a good one. It's pale orangish ecru in color, is airily creamy and maintains its position atop the beer for a good, long while. Other than the lack of yeasties, this is a fine looking version.

I'm having a hell of a time appreciating much in the nose at all. Eventually, after much foam slurping, I'm able to pick up the scent of lightly toasted grain, sour dark fruit and gentle clove spice. I don't usually like to have to work that hard to ferret out a beer's olfactory charms. To be fair, it's much more forthcoming with head depletion and warming. With more power it might be much better than average for the style (sheer speculation on my part).

Better on the palate. At least now I can identify the dunkel weizenness of this dunkel weizen. In general terms, the beer isn't all that vivid on the palate. In particular, the flavor profile consists of lightly toasted, lightly sweet banana bread with a smattering of ground clove. It's all pleasant enough despite my desire to turn the flavor knob up a notch or two.

A more dynamic yeast strain would go a long way toward making Hefe Weissbier Dunkel a more delicious beer. I didn't seem to have any problem with it in this brewery's hefe weizen however, and I have to believe that it's the same strain. Apparently, I reviewed that beer before I got my hefe weizen banan-o-meter up and running. This one scores a respectable 3.0/5.0.

The body follows the same path blazed by the flavor; that is, the lighter-than-style-average one. I have no problem with an easy drinking, mild mannered, gently carbonated, session dunkel weizen. It'll be sorta hard to session one bottle though. I've just noticed that the beer develops a more pronounced caramel-like sweetness as it sits.

Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg's biggest positive as a brewery is that they don't brew anything that I consider to be average for the style or below. Only the doppelbock and the hefe weizen have been well above average. This dunkel weizen is a passable version that failed to capture my fancy as well as I thought it might. I'm still glad that I had the opportunity to give it a go and might recommend it to those who don't like a strong hefe presence in their hefes.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 21:40:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:54:52 | More by womencantsail
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 20:27:32 | More by TMoney2591
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 21:19:13 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-01-2011 15:48:48 | More by Rochefort10nh
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 12/12/08, served chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a black-tea like murky, dark reddish-brown colour, the light beige creamy froth comes thick and tight, resting on rather lively carbonation.
S: the sour fruitiness (dried mangos, sour pears and a touch of raisin) comes with an assertive wave of caramelised sugar, sour nuts, and sour lactose drink; wheatish malts and semi-roasty malts hover in the background, pretty light and not imposing at all. But overall the sourness (more like from oxidised fruits than from the more typical fruit esters) comes a bit too much for me, otherwise it could've scored higher.
T: not too sour-sweet (in terms of fruits and lactose drink), not too wheat-ish, and not too malty - the flavour throughout is quite a mouthful of harmonious mix of light spices, burned malts, settled taste of brown sugar, boiled caltrop, and semi-chewy - tea-stem - like light bitterness... the undertone of sour mangoes as well as the lightly burned sugary maltiness is constantly on the side, not quite pronounced but providing a soothing touch at the back of the palate.
M&D: carbonation is a strong point, fresh but not fizzy, on top of a moderate body and relatively soothing flavour profile; all in all, this is not a strictly-speaking "delicious" Dunkel Weizen in any sense to me, but a rather harmonious and drinkable version worth revisiting time and again. I wonder if the oxidised-fruit-like sour edge could be milder if served slightly fresher?

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 18:00:45 | More by wl0307
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DoubleJ

California

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 04:16:58 | More by DoubleJ
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2013 19:48:12 | More by BillRoth
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flagmantho

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 04:03:47 | More by flagmantho
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-01-2013 14:18:56 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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stcules

Italy

2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 19:45:41 | More by stcules
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 19:41:02 | More by RoyalT
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-05-2011 04:43:34 | More by barnzy78
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-25-2013 16:34:10 | More by mrfrancis
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-07-2011 19:21:32 | More by ROGUE16
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Vancer

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 00:10:37 | More by Vancer
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the Tucher glass hazy golden amber brown with a huge tannish head which rose tall and lasted forever.

The aroma was strong caramel and bananas as the beer was being poured. Some dark caramel presence was notable as the head fell and a nice wheat character.

The flavor was lightly fruity with a notable banana flavor, a strong bready/biscuity character and a caramel wheat attribute. The flavors were muted and a bit aged, nothing fresh about the beer.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruity and biscuity flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation despite the huge head, seemed a bit low. A decent brew, but nothing to seek out.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code dated 10.01.02 H.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 21:56:55 | More by GCBrewingCo
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argock

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 04:07:30 | More by argock
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-18-2011 04:42:52 | More by jmdrpi
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FLima

Brazil

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 17:23:19 | More by FLima
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Rayek

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 03:57:19 | More by Rayek
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

10-13-2013 00:00:15 | More by Kopfschuss
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CampusCrew

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 16:32:28 | More by CampusCrew
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 23:17:04 | More by beerwolf77
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