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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mickeymac on 11-17-2002)
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Reviews by Toddv29424:
Photo of Toddv29424
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with a moderate head. Smell is strong and of sweet malts, and you can tell there is a huge amount of sugars still left in this beer. Also a hint of something light, like rice in the nose. The taste is tremendously sweet and malty, like a good winter brew should be. Very sticky going down the throat with the dark malt taste continuing to develop even after it is swallowed. Bottle says this is made with "hop extract" but there is no discernible bitterness to be found.

Toddv29424, Dec 03, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep bronze with a fluffy two finger white head that settles into a nice creamy mass,bit anise and fennel aromas really pungent and in your face an underlying peppery sharp note is there as well.A very clean tasting lager,pizza dough base with a lightly sweet licoric flavor finishinf with spiecey and herbal note.There is a healthy dose of hops here Iam sure its saaz with the spicey/herb elemant making it clean but tasty a real easy going lager with substance.Well done.

oberon, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A golden yellow, kind of light though, with a vigorous head from my pour, which unfortunately fades quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. A decent amount of carbonation floating toward the top. Alright but nothing to speak of.

Smell: Lots of malt, and some candy sweetness like maple, vanilla, some cinnamon, slight nutmeg, all those mishmash flavors that an Oktoberfest brings. Again, not too bad, but nothing special.

Taste: There's a nice hop bite that comes in near the end which is pretty unexpected, and I like that a lot. The malt and sweet flavors come out pretty well. Nothing's too complex, but all of them are discernible, and it's fairly tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel: A bit too watery and astringent, possibly coming from the lighter-than-expected color, which turns out leads to a thinner and slicker body.

Drinkability: Not one of the best of the style, but certainly a decent brew, and could be a session for sure if you'd want it to be.

asabreed, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber color with a thin head. Aromatic and bready, bringing up hints of toffee, cinnamon, pungent dark fruits and caramel.

Flavorwise it offers a delicious meld of toasted malts, burnt sugar (mostly in the finish), pumpernickel, maple syrup, coffee nuttiness, and unripe dark fruits. The finish is a little more bitter than others I've had in this style, balancing the assertive sweetness perfectly.

This is a big, bold and bready beer, but you wouldn't mistake it for an "extreme beer" either. Like a liquid version of any number of sweet breads. Would definitely buy it again.

Metalmonk, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The bottle shows a nice Christmastime depiction of the abbey, putting me in a wintry spirit. This brew is clear deep bronze/orange with a one finger egg-shell head that leaves a ton of really nice arcs of lace all over the glass. Head retention is nice, and this looks like a prototypical O-Fest from the Hinterland should!

S - Rich carrot cake topped with crusty white icing. Caramel, maple syrup, and dried apples. There is a wonderfully mossy note here too, like fresh dry dirt or wet twigs... I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe like an old attic full of kids toy's and old Christmas candy. This smells like my grandma's house, and she was a baker and a candy freak. She had bowls around her house stuffed with of every kid of sweet imaginable, and Christmas always smelled good over there.

T - Sweet caramel and butterscotch, with intimations of maple syrup, clove, brown sugar, honey, hay, and pumpkin. Good stuff!

M - Tingly carbonation and a nearly-full medium-ish body make this interesting in the mouth. Its actually fuller and heavier than it feels. The super-sweet malty notes bring the thunder, while the lively carbonation and lighter hop notes lift this out of malt-bomb sugar-hell.

D - Killer. Oktoberfests are one of my all time favorite session styles, and although this one is a little too sweet IMO its still a very well made brew. I would say that this is more complex than, but slightly less drinkable than it's peers.

pmcadamis, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. The golden-orange body is topped by a small, thin stark-white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. A heavy aroma of bubble gum is evident as soon as the cap is popped, but subsides into a much milder aroma when poured. Sweet pale malt, mild chestnuts, and a hint of residual bubble gum are all evident on the nose.
The palate is sweet malt up front, much like a good bock. Notes of sweet biscuit and lightly sweet fruit come through mid-palate before the strangely dry finish. The medium body holds the sweet flavor well, and has a nice, slightly creamy texture before the swallow. the finish is, again, oddly dry, although not unpleasant. This is an interesting take on a winter ale, and more enjoyable than most German holiday offerings.

ElGordo, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Fatehunter, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

nickd717, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of russpowell
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I rolled the dice on this despite my missgivings on buying mid to low ABV imports (just ain't seen many travel well past the east cost)

Pours a deep gold/light amber with a slight haze. Foamy white head drops to thin, but protozoa (sp??)-type activity on the surface.
Zero lacing.


Smell: Butterscotch and ever so slight fruitiness

Taste: Fruitiness, dryness and butterscoth diatechyl taste I rarely tasted in Germany. Slight hop bitterness on the tounge

MF: Thin and prickly. I am used to German winter offerings having some heft, no such luck.

Not terrible, but pretty dissapointing. This is why I stick to dark &/or stronger beers from across the pond. Would've loved to try this in Germany.

russpowell, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I picked up for Thanksgiving and just getting around to drinking this now.

1pt.9fl oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Nice looking, crystal clear if crystals were a deep shade of amber and had live bubbles running up the length of them. One and a half finger head sinks into a cap and leaves behind some splotchy lacing.

S: Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malt slightly roasted and dusted with just the slightest bit of smokiness. Not knock you over the head but all these aromas can be picked apart with some time.

T/MF: Taste is crisp and clean, snappy bit of hoppy bitterness that is wonderfully understated and allows the malts to swing the scales in an otherwise incredibly delicate balancing act of flavors. And this swing is a good thing, nice bready sweet malt, again with a slight bit of smokiness that adds a counterpoint to the sweetness of fresh cut apples. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, effervescent but not overpowering in its carbonation with a slight drying finish that only leaves a bit of a bitterness and a bit of sweetness in the finish.

D: In three sips I'm about halfway done with this beer. Wonderfully smooth, easily quaffable with a crisp and clean taste. Could drink a number of these and you wouldn't have to point a gun at my head to get me to do it either.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper color initially with plenty of head. Head consists of large coarse bubbles and dissipates quickly. When present the head is a nice tan color which compliments the copper colored beer.

S - Aroma of lightly toasted malt with a floral spiciness from the hops.

T - Rich sweet malt combines with the spice of the hops to produce a balanced taste with a clean finish.

M - Good, robust feel. Plenty of carbonation.

D - Enjoyed this one with chili dogs and fries. The paring was great and I would look forward to drinking this beer again.

CDBeerDisappear, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a light orange amber, semi cloudy with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers fluffy white with good lace.

The smell is spicy malt, very bready.

The taste follows Great toasty malt. Spice notes over a caramel and bread body.

The mouthfeel is very good, better them medium body, good carbonation. And a way smooth and creamy feel on the tongue.

The Drinkability is very good, I like drinking this brew, would be great with a big holiday meal. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of GRG1313
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange with a nice white head. Really pleasant nose of fresh tortillas and malt.

Creamy mouth feel with light candy sugar and malt. Medium/light body but with pleasant malty, toffee flavors.

Finishes with light coffee with cream flavors and undertones malt, burnt toast and hoppy carmel. Some light spices all around.

Interesting and a bit different. I would try again.

GRG1313, May 18, 2009
Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -28%
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.

jtierney89, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of AaronRed
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very surprised when I opened this beer. I knew it would not be an American type winter ale- thinking more this would be a smooth rich beer without the spices. I was right except the beer was even better than I anticipated. Nice copper color with a creamy head if small bubbles gave a nice appearance in a tall 22 ounce glass. Sort of a sweet caramel apple aroma, but very tame. Definetely a malty beer with a rich and smooth finish. Somewhat like an Octoberfest, but more rounded. Wonderful and full mouthfeel which I believes enchances this beer to that of a good winter brew. This beer shows that you don't need all kinds of spices for a cold weather brew.

AaronRed, Jan 23, 2003
Photo of cabsandking
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with an enormous billowing off white head. Fair nose with some hints of floral hops, citrus, and nutty malts. Immediate buttery malts and citrusy lemon in the background. Spicey ester are strong with toasty malts and yeast flavors in the background. The finish is alcoholic, crisp and a little tart crispness. This brew is pretty tasty but with as much citric character as it displays you might think it was more of a warm weather beer.

cabsandking, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a goblet. Had a clear amber color topped by a towering white head that slowly caved in on itself to form a shallow skim. Swirling the glass produced a bunch of tightly formed carbonation creating a resurgence in the head and spotty lace.
I'll admit I had no idea what this beer was or would smell and taste like. The nose had the caramel sweetness overlaying a solid roasted malt aroma. Much less noticeable was the slightly citric, mildy herbal hops notes. Overall, the nose was not all that robust.
The taste really had me guessing what this beer was. Not spiced; the hop profile was too mild for that. This brew had a load of roasted malt flavor and a touch of breadiness. Caramel sweetness also was predominant. Still, the overall package was not real strong. The feel was medium-bodied, crisp and, thanks to the high carbonation, creamy. Nice.
Overall, Winter-Traum was a decent, easy-drinking brew. I was surprised to see it was an Oktoberfest. I didn't expect that for what I thought was a winter release. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

Boilermaker88, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of Joss
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grassy bitterhop notes with a bisquit background.
Orange amber with a lowish creamy head.
Nice broad hop flavors on top of a firm malt body. Hops are fresh and malt is fruity, I do not think this is a beer which ages or travels well. It is nice finally
to taste a well-done german fall/winter seasonal.

Joss, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml picked up today at Tres Bonne Cuisine for about $4 .. poured into my Smokestack goblet.

1" head.. quite a bit of sticky lacing... brew is crystal clear orangey amber.

Nose is clean toasty malts.. simply very clean.

Munich malts with some toasty biscuity notes... slightly spicy hops notes are present but play in the background .. again.. just very clean and tastes fresh... body is light side of medium.. with smooth carbonation.

I am beginning to get excited about the German selection at TBC.. So far, they've all been very nice.

4/4/4/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of lou91
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour with a honey translucent color and carbonation on the sides of the glass. Sweet smell of malt and yeast. A pleasant sweet taste in a clean refreshing German lager. The winter scene on the label led me to believe that this was a higher-octane bock but it is kind of wimpy. The sweetness does not complement the beer well.

lou91, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

largadeer, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of carln26
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured perfectly into the goblet a dark amber with a light fluffy white head. Rich malty smell of dark caramel, dates, and just a touch of citrus hop on the finish. Very sweet and malty taste. More of the caramel, with a figgy middle. The citrus isn’t present in the flavor, but there is just a touch of a hop bitterness. Very smooth, rich mouth feel leads to a great drinkability. It’s really nice to see a nice malt alternative to the spice bomb holiday ales.

carln26, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of biggred1
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russet amber colored with a fine creamy light tan head that leaves nice looking lace in big scraps on the glass. The smell is sweet toffee smelling malt and a bit of herbal hops. A nice malty and bready tasting beer with a tootsie roll sweetness and mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied and easy drinking. A nice beer but I thought I was buying a winter warmer not an O-fest after loooking at the label. Winter-Traum is a nice beer but maybe they should call it Fall-Traum.

biggred1, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

weeare138, Feb 12, 2011
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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
83 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.