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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 75
Photo of stcules
2.44/5  rDev -31.5%
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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Photo of tangentrider
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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?

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of KI9A
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Braudog
2.1/5  rDev -41%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a well-chilled half-liter bottle. This poured like a textbook dunkelweizen ... hazy and orange-brown with a solid, stoic head of white foam. I need a flavor identifier to help me pin down this aroma ... where’s the wife when you need her? I don’t always want her around when I’m breaking out new bottles in my beer room, but this is an exception. It’s like a mushy overripe banana or a caramel banana split without the ice cream ... hard to describe. The first swish is incredibly disappointing, I can’t tell you. Much more watery than you can imagine. And that same odd essence in the aroma comes thru in the flavor ... cooked banana chips, dark brown sugar, exceptionally sweet. (#2676, 2/2/07)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.31/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of drewmprs
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big 500 mL German bottle with 10.01.02 on the back, which I hope isn't the date - it was new in the store so pretty sure it's not. No weizen glasses available so we used pilsners, which is the closest thing we could find. It pours a cloudy chestnut color with a 2 finger off-white head of dense tiny bubbles that pits when it recedes and leaves good lacing. The aromas are banana, bubblegum, caramel?, medicine?, sweetness, and clove. The body is light and tingly like a lager and is kinda thin with a short finish. It tastes of bananas (banana pudding), clove, metal/spiciness, caramel/toasted malts, and a mild bitterness. The flavors are there but too subdued. Pretty average in my opinion.

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Photo of OatherS
3.88/5  rDev +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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Photo of Naerhu
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown opaque body with a one inch creamy head. Nice white lacing. Powdery sweet guava aroma.
Slightly sweet malt, short lived wheat flavor. Very simple, and refreshing with lots of yeast flavor. Many points are subtracted for lack of intesity, but all said and done, this is a yummy one.
Smooth micro bubbles and the yeasty silkiness make this very pleasing.

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Photo of oggg
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't sure, so I swirled the yeast in the last inch of beer and poured it right in.

This beer is brown with orange tints at the edges. It sports a pretty white head. Most prominent in the nose is chocolate, then caramel, and then some breadiness and barely any clove. On the tongue, the sweet caramel is most prominent, with high breadiness and yeastiness. And a tiny bit of clove but not that much. Seemed to get acidic in the middle. Phenols? The malt drops out quickly leaving a thin and empty feeling beer. Not very fun to drink.

Overall: Shouldn't this style have more banana or clove?

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Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of Murph
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
81 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.