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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website

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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beautiful label depicts the snow-covered Weltenburger Monastery beneath a snowflaked night sky. Burnished tangerine orange with butterscotch edges. The classy looking crown of orange-tinted marshmallow is midway between firm and creamy. Thick sheets and streamers of lace stick to the glass and add visual interest to what is already a good looking beer.

Winter-Traum smells more like an English pale ale than a marzen/Oktoberfest. It's dominated by sweet, untoasted, biscuity pale malt. The understated hop presence could just as easily be English as German. There isn't much to get exited about and I don't get the whole 'winter' thing.

The flavor continues along the English pale ale track. If the malt was toasted, even minimally, it sure doesn't come through on the palate. It contributes a modicum of buttery sweetness, but that's about it. You'd think that the stage would then be cleared for the hops to strut their stuff, but you'd be wrong. There's a curious lack of flavor, but what reaches my taste buds is okay.

I can taste plenty of fruit (bitter oranges, apricots), but no spiciness. Again, why the winter theme? Instead of 'Winter Dream', it might just as well be called 'Spring Delight'. Although the mouthfeel struggles to reach medium, I'm enjoying its subtly carbonated smoothness.

Other than their excellent doppelbock, I haven't been overly impressed with Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg beer. This offering doesn't know what it wants to be and has, therefore, decided to be nothing much at all. With a name like 'Winter Dream', I expected something both different and better than I got.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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 largadeer
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.

largadeer, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of russpowell
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
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 Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Gueuzedude, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/8/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz or 500ml bottle with a dating code on the back which makes it sound like it was bottled in early 2003?!?! Assuming I'm reading it wrong.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a 1/2 inch creamy looking head and average lace.

Smell- This smells pretty dark and fairly sweet. Odd scent, but not a bad scent.

Taste- This one was kinda bitter and at the same time it was a bit sweet, not to mention the super dark roasted caramel flavor. A bunch of stuff going on here....a bit too much.

Mouthfeel- a bit highly carbonated.

Drinkability- Wasn't expecting a beer like this flavor for a winter beer, but it wasn't bad. Very complicated.

GClarkage, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +9%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

wl0307, Jan 27, 2008
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.

DoubleJ, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +9%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9%
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 beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.


JohnGalt1, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of flagmantho
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.

flagmantho, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 08, 2013
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.

stcules, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -18.3%

barnzy78, Dec 05, 2011
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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.