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Dunkel Weiss - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 04-29-2009)
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Photo of Georgiabeer


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a slightly hazy chestnut with a mediocre head that fades to a thin cap. In the nose, you get some notes of banana, some lemony citrus, and the barest hint of clove. Definitely on the lighter side. The taste is also a bit light , but there are nice notes of banana and clove that grow as the beer warms. Smooth and spicy in the mouth. Definitely on the lighter side for a dunkelweizen, but smooth and pretty tasty, especially on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 18:38:41 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a weizen glass. Ruddy light brown body with a disappointingly small off-white head that leaves scattered spots of lacing in its wake.

Light chocolate and brown sugar aromas under a 1-2-3 punch of banana, tangy yeast and wheat aromas. Clove flavor is much stronger than the hints that showed up in the nose. Tastes much like the drippings at the bottom of a banana split- banana, chocolate, caramel, a vague creaminess. A lemony bite at the swallow, then the banana split flavors linger.

Overall impression: Doesn't look like much, but a tasty dunkel for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 16:21:59 | More by PDXHops
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long day today. Nice long session at Barleys followed by a big tasting back at the house,. What more
could anyone ask for? Consumed on 07/05/2010.

Now this was a damn good beer. I was thrilled to see it up on the board and ordered it straight away.
Dark as could be it comes to my table looking like melted milk chocolate. Nice firm head of maybe
three inches caps the top and settles down quickly into a smooth and even layer.

Aroma is big, deep chocolate, rich roasted malts, enormous brown sugar and caramel notes, this one was
a beast to say the least. Really carried over and expanded into the flavor. Rich chocolate, roasted
nuts, molasses, hints of earthy, dry notes. Really just very full and deep. Rich, creamy feel and a
session ability that was top notch.

Overall this was about as solid as it gets. A tremendously good beer that I would love to be able to
try again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 23:59:13 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Tucquan


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-06-24 at the Bulls Head Tavern in Lititz, PA.

A - A very unusual, chocolate milk color. Not at all what I'd expect from a Dunkel.

S - Mild, bready, not banana and clove

T - Again, not like a Dunkel but it certainly has a unique taste. It reminds me a little of the malt flavor in their Hercules DIPA, minus the hops of course. It's sweet but not overbearing, certainly come sweet chocalate and a hint of sour on the aftertaste. My wife squeezed a slice of lemon in hers and it certainly changed the taste to her preference but I was enjoying the unusual flavor of this brew.

M - Creamy, medium to thick body, light carbonation

D - Well, I could have had another one at the pub but I needed my hop fix and switched to a Smuttynose IPA so one was enough.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 00:33:06 | More by Tucquan
Photo of BARFLYB


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour into a pint glass at Kraftworks. This one bumps me up a notch, to bad it was not a memorable beer.

GD Dunkel weiss pours a pretty standard brown with some redness in it when towards light. A nice whitish head that died quickly, sparse lace on this. Smells of nuts, malt, slight peat, chocolate and small roast. Taste is roasted malt up top blending into a nutty assortment going into chocolate. A small earthy hop kick somewhere towards the beginning. Nothing to big. Feel is medium and lightly carbed. It goes down like a dunkel should so there's that. The drinkability on this is not to much because it does nothing for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 08:06:02 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of jgasparine


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with no head whatsoever, and just a few tiny bits of lacing. The body was a very cloudy, dark amber color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells of cooked lentils over a base of bannana esters and wheat.

T- The taste replicates the nose nicely with some sweet stewed malt coming into play, and some touches of caramel. The finish is rather nice, lingering on the tongue with melanoidin and bannana ester.

M- Medium to medium-plus body with some texture from unattenuated wheat, and a nice soft carbonation.

D- Nicely drinkable despite the off-putting cooked lentil aroma. Not the most well-crafted dunkel-weisse that I've had, but I certainly wouldn't turn-down another glass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2010 01:44:39 | More by jgasparine
Photo of emmasdad


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish-brown color, with a negligible amount of light brown foam. Nice malty aroma, along with bananas, cloves and roasted nuts. On the palate, I get a nice, light brown sugar sweetness, along with wheat, clove and molasses. A nice effort, pretty good on draught, but I have no intention of dropping $6/bomber on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 23:10:06 | More by emmasdad
Photo of drabmuh


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Churchkey, 16 ounces in an Imperial pilsner glass. Brown, high haze, tight white head, head falls away, does not leave lacing on sides. Head fails to cover the top of the beer, carbonation mild, seems under carbed.

Some fruity esters in the nose, a slight malt character, no hops, sweetness or alcohol. A relatively minor and subtle aroma.

Buttery, a slight roast on the back, full bodied, sweet. No cereal flavor, wheat comes through. No bitterness, drinkability high. Overall a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2009 14:33:06 | More by drabmuh
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, nobody else has reviewed this one since I reviewed from the bottle a few days ago, well, 10oz serving on-tap at The Pit served a crisp dark orange with a thin barely-there head that diminishes to a ring and leaves no lacing. Aroma is a decent amount of toasted malts. The taste is a wonderful blend of toasted malts and cocoa. The beer is quite smooth and refreshing, even for summer. This is an enjoyable beer, but I must say I prefer it bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 20:04:47 | More by atsprings
Photo of rye726


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky mahognay with a thin tan head. Nose is very fruity with some wheat malts, peppery yeast and spices. Taste is also on the fruity side, but well balanced. Nice citrus and tropical presence along with the herbal yeast. Crisp body is well carbonated. Nice effort from GD.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2009 05:39:51 | More by rye726
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One thing a love about Mountain Sun is their accommodation of guest taps. This one was a guest there on Vine Street in Denver.
A lighter pour than I was expecting. Hazy golden, murky, where's the 'dunkel'? No big deal, but if we're going with style points...
Semi-sweet aroma, a little spicy as well. Soft fruit.
Not as malty in the taste as I thought it would be. Spice, clove, banana, some bready yeast and malt. Maybe it's be, but I think this style should be a slight bit sweeter or maltier than a saison. Not that this is a saison, but it more closely resembles one to me. It's good. That's true. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2009 05:10:55 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of weeare138


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weird...I see this is available in bottles, though I've never seen it in the Philly market. I've actually never heard of it before I saw it on tap at Capone's today...

Appears a light russet toned amber with a fluffy, beige head that slowly fades out. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of the classic German Dunkel Weizens...spicy clove, caramel, nuttiness, light bread. Nice!
Taste follows the aromas with a roasted nut flavor with clovey spiciness trailing the rear.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly tart from the wheat, with higher carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2009 18:33:10 | More by weeare138
Photo of hopdog


3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a deerper amber color (almost brown) with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of breadiness, wheat, toast, and some fruitiness. Tastes of bananas, wheatiness, some spices, and lighter roastiness. Lacing left on the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 22:40:51 | More by hopdog
Photo of RickS95


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damned thing almost exploded as I popped the cap, then literally filled my snifter with the head after roughly an ounce of beer hit the glass. The beer is a medium brown, very rich looking, in color; but all you notice is the huge head of slightly offwhite bubbles. All different sizes, all popping at different times.

Nothing Earth-shattering about the nose, it's not bad, just nothing exceptional. Standard issue banana and clove, with what must be cinnamon giving it more depth. All the usual hefe suspects are kept in line with an aggressive malt bill.

I totally dig the taste. Very malty, but it's got that nice yeasty tang to it and the aforementioned spice (has to be cinnamon) to balance the twang and add a little sweetness.

Medium-bodied, feels thick and creamy as it dances on the tongue. Tangy and sweet, faintly spicy with some heat at the end, mostly from the carbonation.

An extremely easy drinker. No real faults, the lack of smell is a minimal issue in my book. The style hasn't always been high on my list of must haves, but this beer may enter my normal rotation of drinks.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 03:20:54 | More by RickS95
Photo of Phinner


2.13/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great Divide = Great Disappointment. Dunkelweizen is one of my preferred styles, but this doesn't come close to being up to par. Very syrupy; balance is way too malty; and overall I had to pour into the sink.

The proprietary yeast is not close to being what a weiss should represent. Would not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 22:59:52 | More by Phinner
Photo of CHADMC3


3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown with ruby hues and a foamy, light tan head that quickly dissipates to leave only faint traces of lacing to accompany the lively bubble of carbonation.

A unique aroma seems to offer the yeast of a hefe and the hearty malt of a Marzen, yet also hints of cocoa. It is earthy, yet zesty, with the german malts really becoming present as it warms.

The flavor is similar with a mix of German malts and yeast with lemon zest and a touch of spice/coriander.

Light to medium in body with medium carbonation and a crisp finish.

A decent take on the style, perhaps a touch heavy on the malt, but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 00:57:36 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a warm and inviting clear brown tinged with golden red, almost mahogany, with a fairly decent light tan head. Aroma is strong, yeasty and wheaty with a hint of citrus. Pleasing flavor is mainly wheaty with hints of fruit - mainly pear and apple plus a subtle note of orange - and wood. There is also just a whisper of cloves. Texture has average body but plenty of fizz, leaving a persistent tingle and a fruity, wheaty finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 02:07:32 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of feylure


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on April 12 2010.

Pours like thick, cloudy, dark amber.

Smells like sweet malt and caramel.

Taste is almost like it smells, sweet up front that fades to the dark wheat citrus flavor and has hints of rye. It has a full mouthfeel beginning to end.

Overall, I'd say this is a ok brew. I got it discounted at the store, and I'm a fan of Great Divide, but I'll stick to their IPAs and stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:03:10 | More by feylure
Photo of gkunkle


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown color, as the bottle describes it, visible carbonation. The head disappointed me a bit, most wheat beers present much better head with good retention, this one had a decent head, but retention was poor. Smell was of clove, wheat, brown sugar and a little bit of raisin. Taste is great, as far as American made dunkels go, this is pretty good in the taste department. Sweet wheat taste with just a little bit of alcohol present in my nose as I sip (since the head has now fully receded) the taste is good, but would not stack up to something like weihenstephaner. Overall, a decent representation of the style for an American brewer, but there are better offerings in the same genre available to me that I would rather buy.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 03:50:43 | More by gkunkle
Photo of birchstick


3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours an amberish copper with a billowing white head

S - smells of toasted and caramel malt (which give it the nice color) with a bit of grass and citrus

T - starts off with caramel malts that take over the palette. This fades to a bit of toasted malt and some nice, light citrus hops. The caramel malt flavors return on the exhale, making this a nice malty wheat beer.

M - a little light on the mouthfeel, but goes down smoothly

D - pretty decent dunkel weiss beer...I picked it up for 1.79, which was a steal. I would stick to brewers across the pond next time I go back to this style. Pretty good though.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:00:59 | More by birchstick
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 25 Jul 2010. Served in the Paulaner weizen glass.

Medium foamy khaki colored head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy brick red color. Aroma is a bit lighter than expected, borwn sugar and yeast. Sweet and clovey. Slightly bready. Some brown sugar and banana. Chewy body. Minimal ethanol. Fruity nutty sweetness in the aftertaste.

Overall flavors seem a bit watered down and muted. Would not get this again at $7/22 oz.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 06:02:43 | More by htomsirveaux
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color with a head as big as was anticipated; plenty of lacing around the side of the weizen glass

Smell: Crusty wheat bread; a dusting of cocoa powder; hints of hazelnuts, banana and clove; and a trace of lemon

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, with hints of cocoa, hazelnuts, banana and clove developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, a hint of tartness develops but the cocoa and bready flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Great Divide isn't the first brewery I would think of when it comes to German style beers so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this one is a bit of a disappointment; the malt bill lacks the banana, clove and cocoa prominence I seek in the style; the beer is pleasant enough but not a contender when compared to the best of the style

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 21:59:48 | More by brentk56
Photo of jdflyer06


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. into a snifter

A: A beautiful dark orange with little head and some lacing. A really pretty beer.

S: Smells of a sour. Lemon zest and grassy notes dominate. Some bitter hop aroma comes through.

M: Perfect carbonation. Finishes clean and leaves no unwanted aftertaste. Perfect.

T: Citrusy with a light caramel malt backbone. Some bitter hops come in and the finish is orange peel and candy sugar. Very nice.

O: Pretty drinkable but is somewhat sour and dries the palate as you get further along. Pretty unique; somewhere between a sour and a lager. I would say this is exactly what GD was going for. I don't think I'd want this often, but it's definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 02:51:22 | More by jdflyer06
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a weissen glass. This beer was bottled on April 10, 2010. Pours a silty brown with light filtering through to the bottom, making it look like a sunset in a glass. A mild amount of sediment is floating around A relatively thin cream-colored head that has mild retention along the sides as it swirls.

Smells of sweet malt, toffee and oranges,with floral notes and mild grains.

Has a nice mild sweet taste, with caramel, honey, peach, and malt. Some grassiness hits then back of the tongue, ending with a bit of lemon.

Fairly carbonated, this beer is medium-bodied with very little bitterness.

Fairly drinkable, especially for a wheat beer. I'd much rather have this than any of the other wheat beers sold out there!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:32:07 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of vkv822


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into weizen glass.

Pours a clear brown with very light orange hues and a thin off white head. There is slight carbonation and yeast visible.

The aroma is of banana, with notes of sweet wheat bread. There are faint notes of clove and cocoa as well, though overall the aroma is fairly subdued.

The taste follows the nose nearly identically with a mixture of banana, wheat bread and cocoa combining into a pleasant banana bread-like flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasant level of carbonation.

Quite drinkable, though not quite as strong flavored as I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 04:40:50 | More by vkv822
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Dunkel Weiss from Great Divide Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.