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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 1
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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Photo of germaniac


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 02:59:27 | More by germaniac
Photo of maxpower


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle pours a hazy copper color with a small off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Sweet bready, caramel aromas, light grainy, nutty, caramel flavors, finishes clean and dry. Light to medium bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, very nice

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 01:01:52 | More by maxpower
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 01:35:07 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 23:21:36 | More by asabreed
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 04:13:08 | More by JISurfer
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 06:17:18 | More by russpowell
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 01:39:43 | More by oberon
Photo of paterlodie


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 23:07:57 | More by paterlodie
Photo of carln26


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 21:25:32 | More by carln26
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 16:13:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 00:00:42 | More by GClarkage
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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2005 08:36:13 | More by IceAce
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 17:37:35 | More by Boilermaker88
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 02:43:52 | More by Zorro
Photo of lou91


3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 04:11:39 | More by lou91
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 22:27:50 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Joss


4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 12:19:39 | More by Joss
Photo of beerguy101


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A lighter bodied Octoberfest/Marzen with some pumped up alcohol (6.2%) Malty and somewhat sweet. Mild hops. Mild flavor, with not a lot of complexity. That said, this is a tasty beer. Not very complex, but tasty. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 04:07:13 | More by beerguy101
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2003 20:57:06 | More by jcalabre
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 23:48:41 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2003 18:23:14 | More by AaronRed
Photo of John

New York

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 17:41:06 | More by John
Photo of mickeymac


4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 21:54:54 | More by mickeymac
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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
83 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.