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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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83
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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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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 1 Pint 9 fl.oz brown glass bottle with a very cold looking Winter label. The usual picture of old buildings set in a green valley is replaced with a snow covered version under a dark blue night time star-lit sky. Advertised as the oldest Monastery Brewery in the world (Since 1050), and labelled as “Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum”. As with the other offerings from this Brewery the label also states that it is brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516.

Appearance: Wow, I thought I had mistakenly opened the Weltenburger Kloster Pils by accident!!! I am utterly stunned to find that this is a clear golden, slightly amber looking body. A massively well-carbonated white head, gives the beer a very Germanic look indeed. It laces the glass with complex pseudo-spidery web lace patterns. A rather excellent presence in the glass, looks fabulous.

Smell: Nose is a nice mix of freshly peeled citric fruits, light spices, hops, roasted malts and fresh bread. Quite astonishing, not exactly complex, but it does have many layers & dimensions.

Taste: Another clean tasting offering. The introduction is really crisp tasting, yet it has intrigue. Light roasted malts, fresh bread and an extremely fruity middle. Light spicy hops in the middle, lead to a slightly astringent bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: High inherent carbonation, lends credibility to the beers “Winter aspect”. You know you are drinking this beer, and it will not let you forget this in a hurry. Nice crisp, fresh, wholesome mouthfeel.

Overall: Donner und Blitzen!!!!
I am truly overwhelmed by this Roller-Coaster beer. “Winter-Traum", roughly translates as “Winter-Dream” – and this is a dream beer, because it is not what you expect from a ‘real world’ Winter offering.

I expected a dark beer – and got a golden one;
I expected a weak smelling beer – and got a lovely nasal surprise;
I thought it would be “wishy-washy” – yet it had incredible tastes;
I wanted another one – but only bought a single bottle. Shit!

Bloody Hell - Quite THE “Surprise Beer of the Month”.

Unique, if not least for the fact that there is probably no ‘Beer-Style’ that adequately describes this baby! LOL.
Highly Recommended.

TheLongBeachBum, May 31, 2003
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 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 pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

pkalix, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of dazdave
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll begin with saying that Marzen is one of my favorite style beers. So a high quality marzen from Germany makes me very happy. I was actually thinking when I decided to open this up it was going to be some kind of winter beer but the taste I was hoping for was what it turned out to be. I've had this sitting in my fridge for probably a good year and a half. It was definitely time.
I decided to have this beer to accompany some out of a box bland pumpkin curry I made. The beer poured well into the glass with just a bit of head. It has a nice dark orange hue to it with very small bubbles.
Its such a mellow beer or maybe its just matured.. Great balance of the malts and hops with a full flavor. Slightly sweet with hints of orange and and of raisin at the finish.
A lovely beer.

dazdave, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Luiz0930
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Peyton5410
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Peyton5410, Jan 15, 2013
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 seanyfo
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into my ayinger seidel

A- Amber orange colouring with 2 finger pillowy head that reduces quickly leaving a crown, some good lacing

S- Lots of lovely distinctive munich spicey malts, some fresh bread.

T- A touch watery, however the spicey malts come through well in the finish, very faint hop notes in the background

M - Solid mouthfeel in the finish a little watery in the begining, but good overall.

D- A very solid marzen beer, one of my favourite styles, and this is a great well balanced example

seanyfo, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of falloutsnow
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

falloutsnow, Feb 07, 2012
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 John
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a German beer? An Oktoberfest? Hmm...can't say I would've catagorized it any different, but this is sort of like an Oktoberfest or maybe a (Helles/Mai) Bock and an English Pale Ale all rolled into one. Clear amber with a hugely fruity aroma along with relatively assertive hops and toasted malt. As it rolls around the palette, fruity flavors and caramel overtake the the intial sip. Hop bitterness dominates the swallow and more leafy hops and more fruitiness finish it off. Outstanding drinkability, my 0.5L is gone already! Interesting brew and definitely worth a try.

John, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of IceAce
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Zippy and hoppy with a beautiful dry finish. This brew is well-carbonated and sports a wonderful Euro-malt backbone.

Two fingers of dense off-white foam sit atop a golden body of outstanding clarity. The nose is hop-rich and this brew is very well balanced.

A must have if spotted on draught!

IceAce, May 17, 2005
Photo of pgenius
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an orange with a white head that goes away quickly

S - Sweet malt and grains, not very powerful

T - Lots of sweet malt and some wheat flavor, with a little bitterness due to the hops

M - Medium bodied, sweet, and slightly bitter

D - I would have another one of these, it was a pleasant experience

pgenius, Mar 09, 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 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
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber colored brew.

Smell is sweet and very malty with toasted grain smells in the background.

Taste is malty and mildly spicy, nice bitterness keeps it from getting out of hand. The bitterness gets stronger as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable brew well balanced.

Zorro, May 28, 2004
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight spice, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly spicy, with some nice caramel notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is pretty much identical to the brewery's Anno -- which isn't to say that's at all bad.

A -- Nice clear, orange amber color with a thick, long-lasting, light tan head.

S -- Bready/yeasty malt up front in the nose. Just what I'd expect. Some very vague fruitiness back.

T -- Yeah -- that's the stuff. Big chewy maltiness with a breadiness that starts sweet and finishes dry. Some nice, subtle hop bitterness in the aftertaste to balance out.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- Terrific. Same local source as the Anno, and I plan to look for both more often.

steveh, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +8.7%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Mdodge8837, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of mickeymac
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's designated a winter beer, with a quaint snowy German village under a star-filled sky on the label. However, this book shouldn't be judged by the cover. I've never tried a "winter'" beer this light in color or flavor. It's slightly gold with a foamy white head. The carbonation level is rather high. The smell is spicy with a bit of yeast smell. It's got toast and slight honey flavors with minimal hoppiness. It's a nice beer, it's just not what I had in mind when opening a winter beer.

mickeymac, Nov 17, 2002
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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
83 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.