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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
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210 Ratings
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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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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip.

A: Beautiful reddish brown, I could gaze into this for a while. Substantial head, could have lasted a bit longer, but satisfying nonetheless

S: Wow! Bananas and spice from the moment the bottle was opened. Really invites me to move to the first quaff.

T: And the taste completely fulfills what the aroma promises. Liquid banana bread, fresh spices, lots of pepper. Ginger snaps? An old world bakery in a bottle. Finishes with a bit of bubble gum-- where did that come from? What a trip.

M: Quite satisfying in the mouth, the crispness highlights the pepper and other spices.

D: At 9%, you'll want to savor this one. Wish I could clear the evening calendar and have another. Will definitely pick up a couple more before they sell out.

Quite unique, like the other lips of faith varieties. So glad I spotted this on the shelf while looking for something else.

AmericanGothic, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of garjc
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- This beer poured a dark chocolate amber. The tan head was very thick (about three fingers), had great retention, and left chunky lacing.

S- Banana attacked the nose immediately. Underneath that was a hint of clove and alcohol. Quite lovely indeed.

T- The banana from the nose is back and this time it brought some more complexity. Chocolate, bread, and black pepper all tantalize the tongue until some subtle dry hops hamper the sweetness. Very well-balanced indeed.

M- Medium bodied with thin-to-medium carbonation. So far the only lackluster quality of this beer.

D- This is dangerously sessionable. The flavors don't fatigue the palate at all and the medium body goes down smoothly. I could drink this all day. Hats off to New Belgium for this beauty.

garjc, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of stimulus
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

February 2011 release. 22 oz bottle.

A: Pours a clear brown with ruby edges and a two finger beige head leaving lacing throughout.
S: Brown sugar, cinnamon, and a bit of wheat malt.
T: Very sweet, but not cloying. Sugary, but falls on a solid, easy drinking wheat backbone.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, no alcohol bite, well carbonated.
O: Very good for the style, though I've only had two others. It is an imperial version, and this is a definite winner in the Lips of Faith series.

stimulus, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich & fruity (sorry about that, but it's true!), mainly banana with tones of wheat and yeast and a strong hint of malt. It pours a dark, warm, chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled, pale yellowish tan head. Mouth-filling flavor is malty, wheaty and yeasty with an undertone of banana and a hint of caramel. Thick, smooth, fizzy texture leaves a nice sharp and fairly persistent tingle.

Cyberkedi, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is just wonderful in this beer, consisting of clove, bananna, licorice, chocolate, vanilla, smoked bacon and impressive underlying spice. It's almost too much of a good thing, but not for me. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, with the smoke and licorice dominating otherwise. Mouthfeel is long and spice filled, with the alcohol barely noticeable and well integrated into the flavor profile. It's really amazing the amount of flavor this beer delivers.

Just delicious.... probably the best domestic example I can think of for the style.

John_M, May 17, 2011
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 hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a weizen glass. Can't read the date on the bottle but it was just released so it's fresh. Was a russet brown color with good carb streams. It had a large tan head that very slowly settled into a 1/8" constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent. Great clove, chocolate banana and pepper aroma that I kept sniffing over and over. Really good. The taste is exceptional with the usual clove and banana blending with the pepper and chocolate tones. A little too sweet or it'd be a 5 for me. Creamy mouthfeel with excellent carb levels and great aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent weizenbock that stands out from the field. Still like the Ayinger a tad more but this is close. Most highly recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - see a big future for this one in the rotation. [H;Y]

TexIndy, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, dark amber, that verges on opaque, crowned by a small, persistent tan head, with thick, glass-coating lace. There are small streams of fine carbonation, these drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Massive presence of dark bread, dark fruits (plums, figs), apple peel, earth, pepper, ripe bananas and cloves. Sweet, vinous alcohol is present as well. The complexity is remarkable.

Taste: Opens with ripe bananas, sweet alcohol, then cloves a bit later. As the taste progresses, earth and bread notes rise to ascendency. Late in the taste, pepper and clove flavors appear. Beneath all of this there is a spicy alcohol note throughout. At the close of the taste, there lingers on a note of fennel, which only gradually fades away.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, velvety and full upon the palate. with only a slight hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Unwaveringly excellent, to sip and savor this presents a glimpse of what artisanal beer can be, but all too often, is not. A must try. This would be an excellent compliment to holiday dinners.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pop-off crown. Served in a Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of acelin
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

acelin, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of 6demonbag
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

6demonbag, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of warmspray
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

warmspray, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ret3
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ret3, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of nzerbe
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ifnkovhg
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ifnkovhg, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Iowacraft
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Iowacraft, Feb 19, 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 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 ZenAgnostic
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown body wit creamy pancake batter head.

Smell - Overripe banana and dark fruit.

Taste - Sweet front end, full hefe body, and noticeable alcohol in the finish. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Plenty of body. Good feel. Creamy and active on the tongue.

Overall Drinkability - Probably the one of the best dunkelweizens I've had. Good balance and complexity.

ZenAgnostic, May 01, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a huge, creamy light tan head that fades away slowly into a rich film that leaves foamy rings of lace.

The aroma is of banana nut bread, spice, full rich toffee, nutmeg, caramel and cloves.

The flavors follow with banana and clove esters peeking through a grainy, rich caramel and chocolate with notes of sweet toffee and black pepper on the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and rich.

Delicious and balanced dunkle. Awesome.

JayS2629, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber with a cryptic date stamp of 110107031 into a weizen glass.

A. Very dark brown, almost black, but not. Absolutely no head to speak of, which worries me considering the cryptic date stamp. Just how long has this beer sat in the store? Points deducted for lack of head.

S. Banana Bread with nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and hints of cardamom. Very full of spice. If my nose could drool in anticipation, it probably would be. As it warms up some I start to pick up a hint of a vaguely smokey aroma. That's kind of odd, but I like it nevertheless.

T. Banana Bread with candi sugar, than cloves and...allspice hit me hard. At the back end of the taste there is a healthy dollop of baking chocolate. And yet it never gets cloying. Very nice.

M. Medium to heavy bodied. Full of flavor.

I'd buy this one again when in the mood for the style. The only thing that worries me is that cryptic date code. I have no idea how fresh this bomber was when I purchased it out of the cooler. If it is indeed somewhat old, I'm even more impressed and would like to taste what the difference would be fresher. But....*shrug* I guess I may never know. This one was delicious enough as is, I suppose.

WastingFreetime, May 18, 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 fsvan
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into New Belgium globe.

A- Black through the center of the glass, with dark copper along the edges. Two fingers of light tan head, which forms a ring as it goes down.

S- Huge banana notes first. A peppery spiciness. Some Belgian yeast notes, and roasted dark malt. Smells great, and very enticing.

T- Banana up front. Some clove. A bite of pepper, and a sweetness in the end. I know this is a German style, but this tastes like it could have been brewed with Belgian yeast.

M- Heavy of medium. Nicely cabonated.

O- This is a really, really good beer. Not many craft breweries do this style (especially not this big), and if New Belgian put this out regularly I think this could be the standard bearer by which other American Dunkelweizens are measured. If you haven't had this yet, and there is still one around you, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

fsvan, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of JayQue
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THis is one great beer. A beefed up American take on a Dunkle. It works!!! Very impressive.

Poured into a Budweiser select pilsner glass. Looks murky and brown but when held to a light, it is all amber and ruby highlights. Nice size antique white head / good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is outstanding. Heavy duty hefe aromas, cloves and banana and yeast. Also some pepper and bready malts.

Taste is great as well. A dark hefe on steroids. The hefe elements are prominent. Good use of the banana/yeast/cloves combo that makes a hefe so inviting. In addition there is a hearty blend of bready malts and some pepper and alcohol presence reminiscent of a good Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is a good bit less light than a traditional Dunkel. This is a 9% abv beer. Stronger feel and some alcohol presence above and beyond a normal Dunkel. Does it work? Hell yes!!! This is a great beer.

Overall very impressive. I would drink this one again.

JayQue, Apr 26, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.