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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 103
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: mickeymac on 11-17-2002

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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 103
Photo of philbertk
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Seduced by the Winter Label and expecting a German twist on a Winter seasonal, I was very dissappointed. Thin head, no lace. Thin dark gold color. Mild hop stanky fruit hint front. Thin smooth caramel fruity body. Mild hop end. Fruity slightly stanky Winter? Marzen. Weak.

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Photo of russpowell
2.47/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
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.

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Photo of klewis
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark golden with a big white head. A bit of lacing.

S: Stale, sweet malt and butterscotch aromas

T: Very sweet and malty with flavors of honey, caramel, and diacetyl. The sweetness is quite unbalanced and is a bit obnoxious.

M: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D: This isn't quite dump-worthy, but I won't be buying this again. Way to sweet for a beer that isn't a doppelbock or an old ale.

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 28 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This beer is a clear dark yellow color. It greets your tongue w/ a malty flavoer. Use this beer to convert a BudMillCoo idiot to real beer. it's a nice transition beer for them

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Photo of JISurfer
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, this beer is total false advertising. I was expecting something bold, malty, with spices and such, but instead got an average Oktoberfest beer. The friggin' label had damn winter snowflakes all over it, with christmas type things as well. A marzen for a christmas beer? WTF!? The smell was malty, but also had an alcohol presense, mixed in with a little fruittiness. The taste was similar, but also had a roasted malt taste, with an ever so slight hop/alcohol finish. I was disappointed with this one. Sure, it's an ok Oktoberfest, but to lead people on thinking it's a Christmas beer is not cool. I'd advise to stay away from this trap.

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Photo of AltBock
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz. bottle with a drawing that depicts the world's oldest Monastery-brewery during one of Germany's many winter snowfalls. If that doesn't say winter just yet, they put snowflakes around the Monastery drawing. On the back label is the US Government warning, US importer, refund values, barcode, Weltenburger's unknown bottling code, and the ingredients. I couldn't help but notice that under the ingredients they list water, malted barley, hops, and hops extract. I thought the hops were going to be enough, but hop extract? Whatever floats your boat.

Appearance: When poured into a Euro style Brooklyn Brewery pint glass, this Weltenburger is a clear dark amber with a touch of mahogany. The head of foam on this beer sucked! It started off with an inch of white bubbles and then it quickly popped away into oblivion. After it popped away, it only left behind 5 white bubbles acting as the rings. There's no way 5 rings could leave any lace. Back to the drawing board Weltenburger.

Smell: The aroma started off bad with the faint aroma of toasted malts, regular hops, and plenty of malted grains like corn. After the beer was swirled around, it was much better than what it was. The malted grains were gone and the sweet aroma of raisins and caramel had emerged. It's about time! It wasn't for those sweet raisins and caramel, this aroma would have been a disaster.

Taste: The taste started off with some lightly toasted malts and then it went forward with a hint of sweet caramel, a sliver of dark fruits, a tiny pinch of spices, and then ended with a mild nondescript hop punch. It was just too hard to tell what kind of hops they were. That hop taste could have been the hop extract.

Mouthfeel: It was somewhere between light and medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and with a crispy aftertaste of toasted malts and those nondescript hops that were in the taste.

Drinkability: This has to be my least favorite beer from Weltenburger. I didn't really care for it. I'm glad I only paid a $1 for it. I still can't figure out what made this a winter beer. I guess it had to be the tiny pinch of spices that were in the taste. One is more than enough for me.

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Photo of stcules
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper coulour without perlage. Foam appears white and quite creamy even if not so much.
At nose we can note a very high presence of malt even if this is not cloying. It is possible to find a smell of yeast .
This is obviously an important beer which is typical of a high quantity of malt, this can make the beer a little heavy. In any case, to be a doppelbock , this beer is quite dry and hoppy. Considering that, and taking note about the style, it allows a quite good drinkability.
it is a sample of a winter beer that heat up without beeing too heavy, uninteresting and boring.

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Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 23/07/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: amber hue with semi-lively carbonation, topped with an off-white foamy head with o.k. retention.
S: lightly sour-sweet floral hops and intense syrupy+biscuity malts dominate, while a touch of peanuts, roasted malts and caramel stays underneath... Background sourness of a well-lagered beer lurks.
T: mild caramalts and very light lemony sourness lead towards a faintly bitter-sweet toasted aftertaste, while the slightly chewy mouthfeel suggests a handful of hops in the mixture. The finish is not bitter at all, but the sour-sweet fruity edge lingers. Rather simplistic.
M&D: okay carbonation, med-bodied, refreshing but slightly thin on texture for a Märzen-like malty brew but lacking a necessary complexity. Hence o.k. drinkability.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew produces a good amount of off-white head, which retains quite nicely. Winter-Traum has great lacing. The body is copper in color and clearly filtered.

Not much in the way of aroma, but a hint of nuttiness along with bits of metallic notes.

The taste is slightly metallic, with caramel and herbal character; however, very faint.

MF wise it's a standard with prickly CO2 and a chewy sensation. DNK wise it's medium in body with some character, but nothing quite too much to ponder.

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Photo of lou91
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of germaniac
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours reddish orange, nice and hazy with generous carbonation. Topped by a creamy pillow of head.

Flowery hops in the nose, with a dash of toasted caramel sweetness.

Smooth and crisp. Malt provides the lion's share of the flavor, sweet and slightly nutty. A faint hop bittterness kicks in at the end, just a small floral bite.

Not exactly what I would expect from a winter beer, but a decent drinking brew.

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Photo of abrand
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of J23hc
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of paterlodie
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 20-07-06. Nice head and cristal clear quiet dark amber beer. Nose is ambermalty andsweet with tiny hint of hops but also yeast. Taste sweet malty but to me misses freshness and brew also shows a yeasttaste and this quiet strong. Quiet alcoholic and to me not one of the freshest though obviously quiet fresh. Quiet harmonic overal and nothing negatively disturbing in mouthfeel as this one is actualy quiet plesant and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date February 2009; Sampled January 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, light cranberry color, but shows a pretty, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet and malty with just a touch of hop character. Aromatic notes of honey-like malt, soda crackers, chewy bread aromas as well as faint hop notes of grass and slight herbals are found in the nose. A pleasant aroma, though it is not overly characterful.

Sweet tasting, yet somewhat on the light side for the amount of sweetness. Sweet grain notes are noticed up front, but the finish has more of a washed out, grassy hop character to it. Cracker like malt notes that seem a bit on the stale side as well as some toasty grain notes are the most dominant note in the finish. this has a light-medium heft to it that makes it noticeable, but still easily quaffable.

Not a bad beer, but it does seem a little past its prime, though I wonder how fresh it is (it has another year to go according to the bottle date). I do like the chewy malt character and how quaffable the brew is.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is this a Deutsch winter warmer? The snowy village on the label, snowflakes and "winter-traum" caught my eyes, telling me to purchase that bottle. I have a half-liter of fun in this bottle, and the time has come to pop the cap. On to the beer:

Light washed out orange body, the white head holds a 1 cm thickness for a few minutes. The nose finds carmael, pumpkin spice, and nutmeg in the aroma. Malty flavor all around, processed hop flavor is tea-like, which is light and comes in at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is a little thin and crisp. My bottle seems to have been sitting out on the shelf for a while, some of the hop oils leak around the palate (aka skunky). That said, it's still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lots of unappetizing yeast sediment gobbed out of the bottle even as I did my best to restrain it. I have no problem with drinking a few yeasties, but this looked like a slurry of floating garbage.

The head is white, fades quickly, and leaves no lace. The beer itself is a dull orange gold.

The brewer presents this as a winter beer. If I'm not mistaken, "traum" translates as "dream", thus "Winter Dream." The brewer's website does not mention this beer nor does it specifically mention an Oktoberfest beer. (It does however list a "Badebier" or "Bathbeer" made for both drinking and bathing! The English translations of their German website are entertaining in their own right.)

The Winter-Traum reminds me of Klaster lager. The smell is of pungent yeast and brown malts. The taste is of fruit spiced with ...(nutmeg, allspice, clove?). The aftertaste lingers sweetly.

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Photo of corby112
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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

A- Clear amber beer with a fluffy off-white head and nice lacing at the pour, reducing to minimal

S- Sweet, perfumy aroma with a small amount of spice.

T- Sweetness is less than in the aroma with biscuit coming to the fore.

MF- A bit watery for a winter beer; light carbonation

D- Not nearly as full-bodied as I expected; I may have it again, but it will need to be on sale.

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

I, like some of the others here got excited about finding this bottle being labeled as a "winter" brew, and then experienced sadness when I found out it was only a Vienna Lager...but after drinking this I am a happy man. Maybe the mood was just right but this one really hit the mark tonight. Nothing unrealistic in relation to the style just a pleasant example. Sweet aroma, very bready/biscuity with a hint of stinging sour fruit. Beautiful light amber pour with a frothy head and a nice ring of lacing at the top. Sharp mouthfeel, clean and simple. Nice toasted flavor mixed in with an ample helping of sweet malt. Lightly hopped supplying a quick burst of bitterness. Doesn't excel in any category but overall I give it a deserving 8 for sheer enjoyment.

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Photo of BigBry
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.

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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
83 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.