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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Weltenburger Kloster Winter-TraumWeltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%


Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mickeymac on 11-17-2002)
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, orangy amber, clear, large thick tanned head which didn’t hang around
long, moderate lacing. S: Malt, charcoal, reminiscent of a dunkel. T: Started with
hints of slightly sweet malty charcoal which was balanced out by some fuggles hop
like earthy hoppy bitterness M: Slightly thick texture, low to moderate carbonation,
smooth. O: Combined aspects of an English bitter, Munich dunkel and a Franconian
kellerbier. Pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 11:40:16 | More by jonb5
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pkalix

California

4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a darker golden honey color, minimal head. nice uneven lacing down the side.
smells like a dark honey. sweet, caramel-y malts in the aroma and in the taste. minor bitterness longer after the liquid is down but it's actually very balanced. some healthy carbonation rising in the tall Paulaner glass.
trying to check my son's homework but incredibly distracted by this greatly balanced, semi-sweet, delicious brew. i like the even taste and the european accent.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 01:39:55 | More by pkalix
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head on a cloudy copper colored body.
The aroma is malty, barnyard, hay and caramel. It borders musty, but it's still nice.
The flavor has a malt sweetness, mild bitterness and a curious spice note at the end.
Smooth texture with low carbonation and heavier body.
An enjoyable beer. The taste is a bit different with the spice, but it's a good addition.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 03:08:39 | More by Fatehunter
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just found my notes and the good looking label that I had carefully soaked off of this bottle.

Coppery orange color with an off-white, creamy head. Thick sheets of lace stuck to the glass.
Biscuity malt smell, but also alot more hoppiness than I was expecting.
The flavor also had more hop strength compared to the malt. A bit tough to put into words, as I was expecting a malty marzen / winter ale. Slightly buttery, and caramel notes, but more akin to a pale ale.
Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation level gave it a smooth finish.
Pretty average all in all, I guess I was expecting something more and different.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 04:41:59 | More by BigBry
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Big name for a beer. But would it live up to all that? Out of a bomber this beer was a clear orange color with lots of rising carbonation that produced a cap of tan head. The retention was good and it left lacing in sliding bands. The aroma was of dry grains, caramel malt, hints of pepper and fruit. The flavors were pretty dry overall and not spicy like I was expecting. Mostly toffee and caramel first followed by some doughy malt and a bit of green apple. The finish was mildly hoppy and crisp/dry. A curious combination, especially for a winter beer, but not at all unpleasant. It wasn’t much of a stand-out either, just sort of blasé. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation frothy.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:26:23 | More by thekevlarkid
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
No obvious bottled on date
Poured into a US pint glass

Weltenburger has produced a solid winter lager with its Winter-Traum, as it is pleasing in all areas. For those who enjoy German styles, this is a must-try as it is delicious, relatively low in alcohol, and affordable for an import at $3 per bottle.

Pours a voluminous head of dense, off-white foam that coalesces at the top of the glass into a meringue-like structure. The head slowly dissipates over a few minutes to a thin cap of bubbles atop the body. The collapsing of the head results in columns of lacing along the sides of the glass that are disturbed, but augmented and re-supplied with each sip. Body is a moderately dark golden brown out of the light, a mid-intensity amber when in it. Transparent bod with slow, visible carbonation.

Smells of rich, dense caramel and deep golden malt syrup alongside spicy and herbal components from the hops. Nearly reminiscent of a doppelbock in aroma. Also a faint hint of cloves, but unsure what this could be from. Enjoyably complex for a lager.

Taste has a whole-grain bread, malt-forward opening that is also joined with herbal hop components. Mid-palate picks up mild hop bitterness and increasing levels of caramel and bready malt components. Mid to back of the palate shines, as I get: a mild spiciness from hops; a certain herbal character; fruit, particularly plum in the back that peaks and then returns to caramel malt flavors. Aftertaste is bready and somewhat biscuit-like.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with gentle, but noticeable carbonation that creates a smooth-flowing mouthfeel on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 03:35:26 | More by falloutsnow
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ADZA

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden caramel hue with a big fluffy three finger head that stays and leaves nice everywhere,the smell is sweet toffee,caramel,sticky date pudding and a touch of hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and slighty creamy and has tastes of caramel pudding,candied figs,sticky toffee and marzipan with a light ever present slight hoppiness that keeps the sweet in check and overall its definately one of the better Marzens out there and would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 08:58:48 | More by ADZA
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J23hc

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

,Poured into pint glass. Typical dark reddish clear body, but with a very nice frothy head that lasts. Not too much on the nose, just a maltiness and a faint vegetable characteristic, like cooked stringed beans. A little more on the palate, good malt presense, sort of earthy flavors. Wet, crisp, refreshing and drinkable. Can't call it complex, but definitely not undrinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 17:57:54 | More by J23hc
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange with impressive clarity and a big sticky white foam head. Some dark fruits on the nose with underlying notes of dark fruits.

Medium body yet its a bit watery on the finish. Some dark fruity taste up front. Some toasted biscuit. No detectable hop presence really. Grapey like taste which is odd due to the light color. Definitely a strange oktoberfest at a strange time of year.

Some good butter toast like notes in this as well.

Okay beer. Nothing spectacular. Definitely doesn't remind me of winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 03:22:27 | More by jtierney89
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Maruhn in Darmstadt, Hessen (Germany)

Pours a clear dark copper-gold with a full, foamy head.

Aromas of toasted malts, bread, lager yeasts, rotton fruit, and copper.

The taste was a little surprising with a slight smoky flavor (reminiscent of cigarette butts), hints of raspberry, and mild rust. The full fruity and roasted malt finish is quite nice.

Overall the beer has a unique character and the flavors have clear definition. It is balanced nicely, and the smokiness, though unexpected, is subtle enough to be pleasant. Unfortunately, I enjoyed it less as it sat; certainly not a session beer. All the same, I would recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 12:04:47 | More by rinhaak
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stevoj

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into lager glass. Deep amber color, minimal head, which dissipated quickly (Note: glass was just rinsed out and wet from previous beer). Typical spiciness for a German Christmas beer. Lower alcohol content, but a smooth taste. Not so spicy to dissuade casual drinkers, but a nice tart aftertaste. No lacing on glass. I'd drink this year round if it was available...

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 21:45:30 | More by stevoj
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flagmantho

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Label says this beer is 5.4% ABV, rather than the above-noted 5.2%.

Appearance: light orange hue with a little bit of murky haze. head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: rich aroma with a sweet, fresh malt character and just a hint of graininess. I like it quite a lot.

Taste: nicely malty flavor which is a bit drier than the aroma would suggest. Bitterness is low but noticeable at the end. The flavor is quite simple, but it's clean and it appeals to me. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. It's a little more to the fizzy side rather than creamy, but it's got a decent enough texture.

Overall: I rather like this beer. I don't always like Oktoberfests, but this one really does work for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 22:10:20 | More by flagmantho
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skypup

Germany

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L bottle served in a glass mug.

A- Clear deep gold with a two finger head, medium retention, little lacing.

S- Toasted malts, sweet fruits; mellows to a mild bitter aftertaste.

T- Caramelized malts, fruit and mild sweetness.

M- medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D- Pretty good beer, good winter beer; distinctly different from most German lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 18:11:17 | More by skypup
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: An dull coppery-ice tea mixture with a brilliant clarity has a spacious, light and lazy effervesce rising within. A chalky white head is a digit high, leaving a spongy, patchy covering after a fair amount of retention.

S: The nose was sweet caramel grains, some chocolate, and French toast, along with warm chestnuts light to medium in delivery.

T: The flavor was lightly toasted with a caramel sweetnes providing a good base. A touch of lightly toasted bread and toffee along with fresh hop flowers come about. Things are rounded off by a nut toasted flavor, warm chestnuts along with a faint, but noticeable detection of semi-dry apple slices providing a bit of fruitiness.

M: creamy, smooth with light traces of carbonation, just enough to make you aware of its presence. Good body of medium base.

O: Overall a good octoberfest style with a bit of winter warmer fullness. A bit full by style, not your typical easy to consume by the pitcher example such as Paulaner or Hacker Pschorr, but rather a cool weather limited serving beer a bit bigger substance wise.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:04:06 | More by beerthulhu
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womencantsail

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one, Chris.

A: The pour is clear amber in color with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Nice and sweet with a surprising amount of fruit character. I get lots of stone fruits like peaches, plums, and cherries with brown sugar and toffee. Creamy caramel notes with almost no hop aroma.

T: Sweet sugar (mostly brown sugar) with a light citrus note and some more cherry, peach, and plum fruit sweetness. Toffee and caramel sweetness is also there along with some lightly toasted bread.

M: Somewhat light in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: This was a nice beer. A bit sweet, but still pretty easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:40:37 | More by womencantsail
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange/copper color with a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Spicy, slightly floral aroma with hints of earthy hops and sweet malt. Hints of grass and straw compliment the piny hops and are countered by sweet caramel, hazelnut and biscuit. Subtle light fruit with zesty pepper and cinnamon.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of zesty spice, earthy, floral hops and sweet malt. Grassy hops up front provide dryness without being very bitter. Spicy pepper, clove and cinnamon linger over the sweet malt backbone into a dry finish. Slightly toasted with hints of caramel, rye, biscuit and nut.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 06:28:49 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent, orange toned gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuits, caramel, apple, honey, and malted wheat
Taste is of the aromas with a floral punch that leads to a sugary, malty flavor.
Mouthfeel is prickly up front, malty, sweet, and balanced with a snappy bite at the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 00:43:39 | More by weeare138
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug from a mini-keg.

Ah, New Year's Eve...what a time for beer! This one pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger-and-a-half of dirty white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, light cinnamon, nutmeg, and some very light caramel. The taste holds notes of light caramel, walnuts, cedar, nutmeg, and brown sugar. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty nice little brew, but the flavors don't really assert themselves enough to make this mini-keg necessarily worth it.

Serving type: can

01-06-2011 22:05:29 | More by TMoney2591
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stella glass

Thanks to my buddy Matt for bringing this minikeg to the party.

This beer pours a solid copper color with a white head. I know that it's not helpful to say that I smell barley in the aroma, but in all honesty that was literally the only smell that I could pick out. I also wonder if the beer had gone stale, because to me it tasted kinda flat. It was still a palatable beer the barley with hints of orange zest in the background, overall not a beer that will wow you.

Serving type: can

01-02-2011 04:34:32 | More by Vdubb86
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largadeer

California

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The amber-hued body matches the copper bar. The head is slightly off-white and retains well.

It smells nice - mild, but nice. Malty, clean, a bit of toast, biscuit, honey.

Very toasty on the palate, only slightly sweet, honey-like and a bit floral. Bready, crisp, dry in the finish. One of the cleaner Octoberfest beers I've had, great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 03:17:27 | More by largadeer
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nickd717

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Excellent appearance. Pours a very clear amber color with a nice frothy white head and good lacing.

Aroma is pleasant and fruity with sweet caramel malt and some spices.

Flavor is not intense but is good and balanced. Sweet caramel and pale malt, light fruits and nuts, and a hint of spice. This is pretty tasty, especially for the style.

Medium body with a nice smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall this won't blow you away, but it's really great and interesting for a Vienna/marzen. A little underrated in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 21:51:57 | More by nickd717
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abrand

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pt0.9fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 9.26.09.

The winter marzen pours a brilliant amber color with a very sticky, frothy head that slowly fizzles away. So far, so good. Smells of caramelized malts, some spices and a hoppy finish. Taste is bready doughs and plenty of malts. Tastes a little watery to me. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp and drinkablity is mediocre. I thought I was getting into a winter warmer or a spiced ale, not the octoberfest bottled in a winter label.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 05:07:07 | More by abrand
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popery

California

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good sessionable German beer. Winter-Traum pours a slightly darker shade than the Anno 1050, so about the color of a new penny, clear and with a big white head. It's also less sweet and spicier than that beer. There's a big lemon note and some darker specialty malts present in small amounts. There are a lot of malt notes bouncing around.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 07:11:11 | More by popery
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birchstick

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale copper color with a one-finger head

S - smells of some faint caramel and toasted malts. There is also some grape fruitiness to it.

T - taste follows the nose. Sweet brown sugar and caramel malts dominate the palate. There is a lot of grapes and darker fruits throughout. There is a faint, grassy hop and a touch of toastiness present on the finish. Tastes very good.

M - slick, buttery mouthfeel with a full body and a nice touch of carbonation

D - this is very good beer. Very malty and full of flavor, it is really easy to drink. I didn't realize that this was a Marzen when I picked it up, however I think this is a good beer to throw into the holiday mix for variety's sake.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 23:41:07 | More by birchstick
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CMW

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark golden brown with a substantial white puffy head. I am impressed by the retention however the lacing is almost nonexistent.

S - Slightly malt, but more sweet. Bananas, sour grapes, and spices.

T - The malt is the first thing to come through. There is a chewy, doughy taste to it. As it moves down your throught you get a little sweetness and I swear I can taste grapes.

M - Carbonation is low but this is definitely a full bodied beer.

D - Quite drinkable and would be easy to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 03:06:50 | More by CMW
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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
83 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.