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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
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210 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 61
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-08-2011)
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rob for sharing!

Big 22oz. serigraphed bottle. No wheat glasses on hand, so I used a standard tasting glass. The bottle reads "Cat-burglar-smooth and just as fond of the dark, Dunkel Weiss sneaks together wheat and barley malts with a pinch of black pepper." The only other beer I know that uses black pepper is Knot Stock.

Appearance when pouring is a chestnut brown, but in the glass it literally turns a black color. Very dark, but I can tell when it is held up to light the beer is very clear and filtered. The head is a substantial rocky beige color that crackles away at first but settles down into a soft pillowy head. It has a decent head retention. This is the darkest I have ever seen a Dunkelweizen and certainly, the most filtered I have ever seen a dweizen as well. It misses more points for this departure from the tradition, but where it missed, it made up for with strong character.

The aroma is also a slight departure from what is standard in a D.weizen. BIG and bold aromas leap out of the glass, mostly of ripened banana and to a lesser extent cloves. This intense aroma is uncharacteristically strong for the dark wheat style. Softer elements show through beyond the abrasive banana and clove smell: cocoa powder, fig, and honey. not unpleasant at all, but slightly over the top for what a dunkelweizen should be.

The taste is on the sweeter side, with a nice complimentary spiciness from the yeast. Quite pleasant. Very flavorful and robust. There is some chocolate up front, soft but present, followed by a sweetness towards the swallow that has a ripened fruit quality. The finish has a considerable amount of pepper spice and clove notes from the yeast, which round out the sweetness very nicely. I am surprised by this beer's flavor...very well designed.

The mouthfeel is a miss. The carbonation is just not enough for a dunkelweizen. Maybe it is the very high alcohol, but the beer feels heavy and almost slick. The alcohol leaves a twinge, but otherwise that is not coming off as highly carbonated.

The overall impression of this beer is that we have an American brewery recreating a classic German beer style to suit American consumers needs. WAY over the top with appearance, aroma, and flavor. Not to mention alcohol! Sure there may be some German breweries that have high octane beers, but a South German dunkelweizen is a subtle yet different approach to a hefeweizen. This is an altogether different beast, what with the addition of black pepper and 9% abv. Would I drink it again? Sure I would. I would not offer it up as a great example of the style, but I would certainly use this for a food pairing beer!

MusicaleMike, Mar 31, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Today I had the best dunkelweizen I have ever had...what a great beer.Poured into my Brooklyn & Schneider Hopfen-Weisse glass a deep russett brown with a blooming cappuccino colored head that settled into a creamy froth after leaving multiple rings of scum behind,creamy is a great word to describe for many things about this beer.A great aroma with real assertive banana notes along with vanilla wafers,can someone say banana puddin?To go along with banana pudding notes a subtle clove and chocolate element comes into play aroma-wise.Mouthfeel is airy and full,it glides down with such ease honestly its scary.Flavors of bananas dipped in chocolate with a tinge of earth giving it an american twist,the clove-like spice is subtle.Wow what a great beer,Iam hop head to the core but when I drink a gem like this I know it,get yourself some of this.

oberon, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat and roasted malt, with a little bit of pepper and cloves. The flavor is more of the same. I get some dark fruit, caramel malt, molasses, wheat and pepper. Very drinkable, with only a little bit of the 9 percent ABV showing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice dunkelweizen and another good Lips of Faith beer.

Mora2000, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of PatLarsen
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear chocolate brown color with a big, foamy beige head. Aroma of banana, clove, caramel malts, chocolate, sweet bread, and spices. Flavor of banana, sweet bread, caramel, nuts, toast, mild spices, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with a good deal of soft carbonation and a sweet bready mouthfeel. Good dunkelweizen.

PatLarsen, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth dark malts with large amounts of overripe bananas. Also present are hints of indistinct spices and larger amounts of toffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth dark malts with a hint of wheat twang kick things off and are joined quickly by soft banana flavors. Midway through the sip very slight amounts of bruised pear flavors make an appearance before being run off by moderate amounts of earthy hops. Near the end of the sip the flavors sweeten with the addition of light toffee and deep caramel malts. The hops, dark malt, and caramel malts fade out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was an easy-drinking version of the style that was heavier on the malt profile than most. Not as complex as the world-class examples but a nice beer nonetheless. Worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dark dense brown body with a billowy off-white head that has a strong sea of carbonation that glides up through the body.

S- The dry hop note gives way to a dark melanoidin nougaty aroma with some soft yeasty note as the beer warms.

T- The wheat bread taste takes on some green plantain earthy yeast qualities and some roasted dark notes that are followed by a fresh bubble gum ester note that remains soft. The finish is a soft bread crust note that is pretty clean with a green hop snap to finish of the taste.

M- The mouthfeel is a medium-light texture with a soft fizz finish. There is no alcohol heat showing up in this beer.

O- This beer has a full dark wheat flavor with soft melanoidin qualities and softer yeast esters that add nice depth and are a bit different than the traditional hefe characters. The black pepper is very well hidden.

rhoadsrage, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -2%

ste5venla, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of nickthegun12
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really do love this beer, it has a dark complexity...i big nice creamy head on it....

the taste has subdued notes of banana...and a slight bitterness with a full malty taste...

the smell is strong dark fruits, mainly banana...

its not as dry as i think it should be....extra creamy feel...

overall i really do like this beer its very well put together and very drinkable

nickthegun12, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle with purple and gold label printed directly on the glass.

Served cool into a NB goblet, Dunkel Weiss is a very dark redish brown color with less than perfect clarity. The head is bone white with tight little bubbles. As it slowly settles, it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is really nice and surprisingly intense. Much like many German dark wheat ales, this one gives you those clove, banana, and bubblegum notes. In addition, there seems to be vanilla and caramel.

The flavor is again like a more intense traditional dunkelweizen. It has sweetness up front that leads to roasted malts and bitterness in the middle and finally finishes with that clove spiciness. It's really well balanced despite the strength and variety of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus body with creamy smooth carbonation. The alcohol is pretty well hidden for being a new bottle of 9% ABV.

Overall a really impressive version of this classic style. It may be one of the best Lips of Faith series beers I've had.

GilGarp, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rileys in Madison. Really tasty stuff, above average mouthfeel. Great malting, with cocoa nibs and wheat. Was terrific appetizer for a good supper. Pours very dark brown. Very pleasant malt aromas. A little coca cola.Bannana, not much cloves.

Sammy, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Aventinus weizenbock glass. Surprisingly dark brown body, largely clear with faint auburn highlights and mahogany highlights. A small dark beige head anoints the surface. Delicate pasty lacing, shimmering legs, and decent retention.

Potent banana and bubble gum aromatics, with a touch of clove, and brandy dipped bread dough.

Ester-heavy flavor profile, with banana and hints of vanilla leading the way, balanced by a rich maltiness, a grainy, faintly tart wheat base, and a long spicy finish, owing I think to the addition of black pepper rather than yeast-derived phenols.

Alcohol is rather high for the style, making this decidedly more filling than rejuvenating, though the soft, pillowy, effervescent, medium-bodied feel is well done.

Interesting change of pace for the sour-heavy Lips of Faith series - wasn't expecting much, but this is pretty tasty actually.

augustgarage, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and dark pour, two fingers slight off white head, leaves a thick Styrofoam lacing.

Smells of ripe oranges and sweet malts

Oh man, mowed grass, salt lentil soup yum, banana, clove heavy, barley barley barley, and yes sir, citrus kicks and deep dark wheat and pinto beans. This is a killer unique flavor. Much better job than their bs attempt at Sahti.

Medium to heavy body with a mouthful of carbonation. Solid.

I would recommend this to the experimental drinker, its a unique drank son! Not sure how much I could put down tho, probably just the bomber.

JoeAmerican77, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Star Liquor, consumed in parking lot while waiting for GTTM tix

appearance; served in a shaker pint - dark, cola-esque body, full off-white head with good retention.

smell; overripe banana, dark cherries, vanilla, dark wheat, clove

taste: nice offering - banana, dark cherry, wheat, spicy clove, cocoa, ginger.

mouthfeel: medium body, nicely spiced finish

overall: strong

dirtylou, May 01, 2011
Photo of Bobby12many
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark mahogany pour with a massive rocky top head that sticks around... and to my face. Perfect presentation of a dunkel. I cant say Ive been more visually impressed by an American Dunkel.

S- Banana and clove, lightly roasted malts and bready wheat notes. Rich and hearty smelling. Very nice.

T- smooth and creamy malts up front that slowly fade, giving way to a light roasted bitterness. a very nice wheat heartiness throughout.Chocolate and Banana notes linger, with a touch of spice in the finish. A truly excellent beer.

M - nice full body without being overly rich and thick. Spot on for the style.

D - not a hint of the 9% ABV anywhere. I would drown myself in this stuff. The best American Dunkel i have had the opportunity to enjoy. Bravo! New Belgium.

Bobby12many, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Obscure05
4/5  rDev -2%

Obscure05, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of plfahey
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep dark brown in color with ruby highlights and brilliant clarity. Large Pale tan head slowly subsides with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Smells like a typical dunkelweiss, only bigger. Rich, overripe banana esters and strong clove phenolics take charge, followed by bready wheat and light toast and chocolate. Some alcohol makes up the aroma as well. Background note of caramel/raisin/prune.

Flavor-Moist banana bread and moderate clove upfront, before mellowing to a quite complex malt (and even some hops!) profile. In steps malt character of bread, wheat, bread crusts, chocolate, and toast. Smoke phenolics combine with light earthy hops in the finish, which seems to go on and on forever. Flavor-wise, the alcohol is almost entirely imperceptible.

Mouthfeel-Medium full, silky smooth body. Moderate to moderately high carbonation. Some substantial alcohol warmth is the only place where the alcohol makes itself none.

I wish the carbonation had been a little higher, because then this beer may have been perfect. Bringing in a Dunkelweiss at 9%, I kinda expected a boozy mess, but the alcohol is all but imperceptible, and the flavor profile is complex, balanced, and delicious. Bravo.

plfahey, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -2%

jheezee, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev -2%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Oops
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Oops, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Goebbel's in Wichita...

Pours chestnut with 4+ fingers of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Yeasty pepper, apricot, juicy fruit gum

T: Follows the nose, also over-ripe persimmons, a touch of brown bread, & green bananas up front. Green bananas, apricots & persimmons dominate as this warms along with phenolic spicyness to include cinnamon notes & much white pepper. Finishes spicy & fruitty & grainy with some gingerbread notes

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation

Pretty good, but I found it a touch too spicy, the booze is well hidden in this one. Beware, this too easy to drink!

russpowell, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of Glibber
4/5  rDev -2%

Glibber, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev -2%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with some nice ruby highlights, a monster head, a belgian like 6 inches of creamyness that left tons of sticky lacing.

The smell was very german, big banana bread and clove with sweet dark raisony fruit.

The flavor is very full and complex with a nice big chocolate maltyness up front mixing in with bananas, dates, raisons, cherries and some spices along with a strong yeast character. The hops are a bit subdued, but are lingering in the background to balance out the sweetness a bit.

The mouthfeel has a dry powdery quality along with some nice carbonation.

Overall a pretty solid and enjoyable Dunkel.

bashiba, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into an imperial pint glass. Poured a reddish brown with a one and a half finger very light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, clove, banana, alcohol, and a slight roastiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, clove, slight alcohol, and slight roastiness. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew and a very nice Dunkel. The aroma was quite nice and I really liked the slight alcohol aroma that it was giving off with the typical Hefe notes. The flavor was very nicely balanced and at 9% the alcohol was not palate invasive at all. For the style, this one is top-notch in my opinion. A definite must try.

thagr81us, Feb 25, 2011
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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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