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Dunkel Weiss - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jamie2dope on 04-29-2009

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Photo of Tucquan
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of bump8628
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky brown with a light tan head that fades quickly.

There's a weird mix of characteristics going on in this one. The banana/clove character that I was expecting is quite muted, which isn't necessarily a bad thing considering most American brewed examples taste like banana Runts. Other than the mild yeast I get a solid dose of bready/toasty malt and just a dusting of diluted cocoa. All of these characteristics are at home in the style, but they just don't seem to meld well in this one.

I've found Great Divide almost always does a style justice, but this is one that didn't do it for me. Not that it's a bad beer, but it's a style I typically enjoy and I found this one to be a bit muddled and well overpriced.

Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown with a two-finger head that takes forever to die and leaves minor lace around the glass. A funky roasted malt aroma and hints of bready yeast but not much sweetness nor is there very much in way of lemon/citric zest or spices. Light-to-medium bodied that for some reason has a smokey edge and while trying to combine with the spices and citric hops it doesn't mesh well. So basically a rather dry malted hefe with very little in the citric/spice taste category that is well-carb'd so it finishes crisp, dry but bland. Minimal sweet malts like caramel and very hard to notice pepper and clove in there as well. A nice attempt at this style but not very good and the price isn't exactly inviting me to buy another.

Photo of Pittsburgh
2.29/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Something about this beer is very off-putting to me. I can't really pick up exactly what it is, whether its a bad malt or yeast, or the combination of the yeast and malt, but I am not liking this beer.

Looks good, but smells a little weird and tastes a little weirder. There is this dominant smell/taste that is just pungent/borderline awful to me. I tried to be nice, because I think its on purpose, but I can barely get this down. Sorry. Very sweet, has characteristics of a Heffe/Belgian, again there is something pungent dominating this beer.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a dirty dark copper color with red edges. the head is tight and creamy, very light tan color with a nice lace left behind.

S-the nose is quite grainy, a sort of dirty grit and wheat. notes of caramel underneath with a hint medicinal phenol.

T-again, a dirty grain, notes of wheat, nice banana and lemon flavors in the back taken over by a medicinal phenol flavor and touch of bitterness.

M-grainy feel with lots of carbonation in the back and spicy crisp finish. thin in the middle and towards the back, body falls off and is light in the first place.

D-phenolic and thin in the back lingering and bothering me. not a solid beer.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 4/2010

A- Cloudy, murky copper brown color. The head is tan with a very impressive, copious quantity of lacing which coats the glass like drapery and is retained forever.

S- Muted, but evolving and opening over time, the aroma was unexpected. Roast, mocha, and wet cardboard. No classic Dunkel Weiss aromatic characteristics of soft banana & spice were detectable.

T- Sweet roasty malt & toffee on the attack. The mid palate is dominated by a strong roasted hazelnut flavor. The finish is of hazelnut & mocha. No classic Dunkel Weiss flavor characteristics of soft banana & spice were detectable.

Unlike a true classic Dunkel Weiss, but not unpleasant, as the rich sweet malt was quite good. Perhaps this should have been more accurately labeled as a "Hazelnut Brown Ale".

Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Nate for picking this 22 oz. bomber up for me.

With the yeast added,the color reminds me of homemade apple cider. Muddy deep amber with som hazey ochre and coppr tones too. Not as much foam as I was hoping for.

Lots of pumpernickle grains with a powdered chocolate covered banana and dark bubblegum aromas from the yeast.

The taste starts dark bready with a grainy palate that sticks through till almost the finish. The middle has a some weak chocolate flavors sprinkled on top bananas. The finishing palate is a little more powdery than grainy.

Good yeast flavors mix pretty good with the malt and wheat bill. The palate brings the overal quality of this beer down a bit in my opinion. Don't let this beer warm up too much.

Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a deep unfiltered coppery amber, with several huge fingers of dirty off-white head. All of that foam eventually shrinks down to a thin filmy look, that leaves just some light patchy lacing behind. The aroma is sticky in the nose with toasted wheat and a good bit of spicy close. I'm getting just a touch of banana here but those ripe fruit aromas I usually associate with the style are mostly subdued here in the nose.

The taste is thick with dark wheat character, with plenty of spice and some light earthy hops laying a strong zip on the tongue. Much like the aroma, I'm getting just a smidge of those fruity esters from the yeast. Strong dry finish on this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly feel up front that then descends into a much flatter and chewy texture towards the back of the swallow. That 6% seems about right for the feel. There's some heft here but it doesn't seem to hinder the overall presence.

This wasn't horrible or anything but some more depth of fruit character definitely would have been welcome here in the profile, as this mostly came off as a bit 2-note. This was just OK though and is ultimately not one of Great Divides better offerings.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of jmbranum
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a brandy glass about half-full at a time to concentrate flavors. Very fresh (bottle says it was bottled on April 20th --- about 3 weeks ago). Tasting it alongside my old favorite dunkel, Aventinus, for comparison purposes.

Very pretty glowing amber beer, nice head, large bubbles at the bottom of the glass.

Almost no aroma at all, which doesn't seem right for this style at all. Flavor is a little better but seems kinda flabby for the style. Some tangy notes heffweizzen notes but they are pretty subtle. If you really try, you can pick up the clove notes (not really bananas though), but you shouldn't have to try this hard. Some wheat bready notes.

Nice mouthfeel. Fairly high carbonation. Reasonably drinkable.

Maybe I"m spoiled and would like it better if I wasn't drinking Aventinus on the same night, but I must say that $7+ a bomber (on sale) seems high for this beer. I expect a lot more of a flavor punch from a dunkel heffeweizen.

Photo of jgasparine
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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.

Photo of jeddsp
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At first taste and look I agreed with what most everyone said about this beer. Pours dark amber...head didn't last but about 10 seconds if that...made the beer look like dirty water fountain water....taste was ok. Not too bad...not too good...average at best. Then I sat down and ate dinner. I had the beer with nearly what they recommended on the side of the bottle. Had fish, potatoes, veggies...and WOW did the flavors really come out of this beer! I really enjoyed it while paired with my food...Try this beer again with something close to what they recommend on the bottle...you might be pleasantly surprised.

Photo of MbpBugeye
1.45/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had this side by side with Weihenstephaner's Dunkel. I think the comparison made this beer seem pretty awful.
The beer is a ruddy, red, muddy river looking beer with a sizable, reddish head. The head doesnt last long at all and the beer soon looks like stagnant lake water. I thought these German style wheats should have great luxurious heads...

The smell is also strange. Super sweet and caramelly. It reminded me of Michelob Amber Bock but stronger and richer. It seemed like there was caramel and toffee syrup added.

Taste is like the nose, syrupy sweet like artificial caramel.

I did not like this beer. I think I would be able to drink it easier if it werent side by side with the quintessential Dunkel but still I dont think I would like it very much more.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a somewhat clear (for the style) light amber color with a large tan foam typical of wheat beers. Retention is good and the lacing is terrific. Good looking dunkel, albeit a bit light in color.

Smell is a bit different than most of the style. Surprisingly grainy without a ton of banana and clove. Yeast is more biscuity and doughy with quite a bit of pecan nuttiness. Smells good, just different.

Chocolate, cloves and a bit of banana come through in the taste with a bit more rounded feel as some other light fruits come into play; pears and apples perhaps? This one has some characteristics more akin to a dunkel lager than a dunkelweiss...strong nutty presence, honey malt sweetness and some grassy hops. Mouthfeel is good, as it has a nice creaminess to it but seems to fall a bit short of some of the best German D-weiss'. Still a good American rendition of the style and I would surely buy a sixer of this if it was available around here.

Photo of flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The label indicates this was bottled 4/16/2009, so it is a little old but probably still fine.

Appearance: clear, rich copper color with a finger of ivory foam. It may be just me but I like a little cloudiness to my dunkelweizens and a little more action in the foam arena. It's not too bad, though.

Smell: aroma is carameley but not particularly wheaty. Again, it's good, but not exactly what I'm looking for in this style of beer.

Taste: the flavor has a little wheat to it, but it's mostly caramel malt flavor with a healthy dose of nuttiness. This is a lot more like a nut brown ale than a dunkelweizen; for all that, it's not bad, though perhaps a bit sweet for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a relatively nice carbonation to it. A little creaminess without much sticky staying power -- not bad.

Drinkability: as I said, it's a bit sweet for my taste. Plus, I'm in the mood for a dunkelweizen, and this beer simply cannot satiate that jones. I'm disappointed that it's not really what I expected, but it's not a bad beverage by any means.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Is dunkelweiss one word or two? Pours a mostly cloudy light brown color. I checked not much yeast. A soft off white head with ok retention and not much lacing to boot.

The nose is light overall. Some hints of malt. A very light chocolate backing but limited. Some banana character but limited cloves that could use some balance. Some bubblegum and a light minerally aroma. Almost salty in a way.

The taste is a bit more descript. Some malty undertones with a light caramel/munich taste. No real hint of wheat. The chocolate in the nose is gone. Would like a touch more complexity here. The yeast comes out but some banana and acetaldehyde. A touch of cloves but still limited. Some esters, rose peddles and figs.

The body is a bit dry for style. Could use a bit more complexity overall. Carbonation is light as well. Overall some minor off notes, but could use some more depth and wheat. Easy drinking though.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours up a dark amber/caramel color. Almost two-fingers of tan foam make the head. Retention is good. Lacing is medium thickness and slightly slippery.

Good wheat notes. Nice caramel maltiness. A nice yeast presence. Light hints of dark fruits and a slight touch of spiciness.
A subtle nose, for the style.

Nice dark wheat notes. Light touches of sweet, dark, fruits, along with bananas and apples. A good amount of yeastiness, but not over dominant. Mild traces of cloves and a good nuttiness.

Medium body, with a medium to full level of carbonation. The carbonation seems to detract from the overall enjoyment.

This is good, and easily drinkable, but not really all that memorable, sadly. This is my lowest rated from Great Divide, other than Hades.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a murky mahogany brown muddled hue with a nice sized light beige cream head forms thin sporadic lacing as it dwindles down.

Aroma has a touch of chocolate malt dark roastiness going on. Even a bit of banana and clove but a heavy nutty yeast note. A bit muted overall, not as expressive as most German counterparts.

Flavor packed full of toasted caramel malt, banana clover, a touch of raisin and green apple in the finish. Again the yeast has a dominant spicy nutty edge that I'm diggin'. Complex lower alcohol brew, gotta love Great Divide.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is not as spritzy as the real deal but it still carries everything pretty well. Nothing cloying finishes easy without weighing the palate down in anyway, really non offensive.

Drinkability is solid a beer that they need to brew in six pack form so I can grab a couple more of these this coming spring. Good stuff.

Photo of sprucetip
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours murky brown, very active, fizzy head lingers a bit then fades, no lacing.

SMELL Gets better and stronger during the sample. Subtel in stature but very pleasant. Light banana fruity esters, sweet malty, hint of spice, grainy. Pretty smooth.

TASTE sweet malty, wheaty, tea bags, boozy and fruity with light bitterness emreging at the end. Like the nose, improves as it warms.

FEEL effervescant, rich medium body, pleasantly viscous texture, clean finish.

OVERALL maybe a bit too sweet. but a good and tasty beer, and an admirable attempt at the style. A bit rich too be pounding.

Photo of sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650mL bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottled April 17, 2009.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish mahogany amber that produced an immediately dissipating gray head.

(S)- Fruity esthers of lemon, banana, & apples. Bits of clay & biscuits.

(T)- Rather yeasty with over-ripe banana, lemon, & an apple cider background. I think this might be too old.

(M)- Good carbonation level with a decent balance & feel to it. The flavors are just a bit off for the style; definitely too old.

(D)- Still drinkable, but this was probably much better fresh. Great banana & wheat. Will re-review when I find a fresh one.

Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 22-ounce bomber bottle is trimmed in red foil, and when opened and briskly poured into my cool little Brewgrass tasting glass, yields a chestnut-colored brew with a glimmer of burnished copper twinkling at the edges. A trim cap of pale beige foam relaxes quickly into a thin ring that leaves only a few speckles of lacing clinging to the glass. Subsequent pours to the little glass yield a progressively hazier and darker-hued brew as the rested lees come into suspension.

The aroma is of candied-fruit sweet with a splash of overripe apple, molasses-covered banana, and a sprinkling of dark toffee. A note of chocolate becomes increasingly prominent as the drink tempers a bit.

The taste is also quite sweet, with gritty, powdery greenish banana accenting darker tones of milk chocolate and light roast coffee. A mellowing bit of toffee is dried by a touch of banana peel-type dryness and a spike or two of tangy clove.

The brew is medium-bodied but seems to drink a little heavier and slicker than that because of its copious sweetness and extremely fine-grained carbonation.

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

Bronzed orange peel with a gorgeous bonfire glow when backlit with late morning sunshine. The sponge cake-like crown is an attractive shade of golden beige and looks damn good as it melts. Less than expected glass coverage is the only (minor) disappointment.

The nose isn't short on wheaty tanginess. Here's hoping that lemon juice won't be rampant on the palate. The usual aromas of bruised banana and clove are noted. Too bad there isn't much in the way of cocoa, which I always like in beer of this style.

Dunkel Weiss Dark Wheat Ale isn't overly tangy, which is a good thing. My problems with it are two-fold. The first has to go with the malt bill and the second has to do with the yeast. That doesn't mean that it's bad beer. Far from it. It just means that Great Divide didn't consult me before brewing. How dare they?

Malt flavor is of the toasted bready-earthy-nutty-woody variety that always make me think of Munich, Victory, etc. Something with more of a caramel and/or chocolate vibe would have been tastier. In addition, the yeast isn't estery enough. The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is only 2.0/5.0 and clove spiciness is on the subdued side. More dunkel and more weizen would have been the way to go.

The body/mouthfeel falls a fraction short as well. It's on the light side of light-medium and doesn't have much creaminess or volume. What was good initially is slightly less than that in the bottom half of the bomber.

Great Divide is pretty much a permanent member of my 'Top 10 American Breweries Of All-Time'. Dunkel Weiss, although a well-crafted beer in a general sense, doesn't put a serious scare into the greats of the style.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Red Foil

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, banannas, wheat, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, nice yeast notes, a nice touch of banannas/wheat/spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this one is tasting very nice tonight. Thanks Chuck.

Dunkel Weiss from Great Divide Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.