Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel WeissLips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss

Educational use only; do not reuse.

124 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 124
Hads: 214
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 58
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 124 | Hads: 214
Photo of Rayek
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep chocolate brown with clarity I wasn't expecting from a style that's usually unfiltered. A small yet dense nougat head falls to a thin film. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Over-ripe banana sticks out the most. I also picked up a strong dose of bubblegum. Some chocolate and a bit alcohol round things out.

T: Bananas and dark fruits make up most of the flavor. The chocolate from the nose is there, but restrained. A mild bitterness brings a bit of pepper and clove. Finishes with lingering banana and a light warmth.

M: The medium body doesn't have quite the level of carbonation I expect from this style.

D: I'm torn on this one. It's a nice beer, but some of the things that I expect in a Dunkelweiss are absent.

 719 characters

Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coca-Cola brown hazy beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and boozy with plum, prune and dark bread scent in addition to the usual German Wheat beer aromas. Banana is stronger than clove here. Clove is the weakest smell here.

Starts out sweet with a bruised bananas on bread flavor. Deep chest warming, only indication of how strong this stuff is. Banana and then plum and finally clove are the strongest flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. Alcohol is way up there. This is a beer style normally considered a Session beer style, not a KO Beer.

 580 characters

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle at the Sunrise Mini Mart. Good work. Poured into a Budweiser pint glass.

The beer is a deep brown with a tan head. The head is fairly tight and huge in the pour. Seems like it should be a 5, but it starts dying down and loses some magic. Hrm.

The nose is mainly ripe banana, but there is a small clove in the background and dark crystal malt. Interesting and somewhat layered.... but it could use a bit less banana.

The taste is also somewhat one dimensional. Banana. There's also a breadiness behind it, but it starts to taste flat. I'd like a bit more spice or something. Maybe a bit higher carbonation? Either way, this beer is becoming worse as I drink it. That said, it goes down well for 9% ABV and I'm not disappointed. I just feel like it could be more.

 777 characters

Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark chestnut color with a tall, sticky tan head. Nice aroma...typical clove and banana along with spices, pepper, and chocolaty malts. Sweet banana and smooth malty flavors. Tangy wheat, fruity esters, bubblegum, cocoa, caramel, molasses, faint raisin, pepper, and a slight hit of alcohol warmth. Seems a little rough around the edges, but that's probably due to the high ABV. Medium bodied and dry. Pretty good..I wish it was a little more "together" though.

 465 characters

Photo of Domingo
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a combination of styles that I both enjoy, dunkelweizen, and weizenbock...plus I tend to like NB's wheat beers. Seems like a good beer on paper.
Pours a very dark color for either style. The only darker one I've seen is the Erdinger version. Definitely unfiltered, but not as cloudy as some others.
Roasted malts come first - lots of chocolate character - followed by traditional dark weizen notes like banana bread and clove. There's definitely a fair amount of boozy heat and rum flavor, too.
Husky wheat texture and alcohol make this one slow going.
I can really see this being a beer that does well as a taster, but fails a bit as a regular drinker.
It has a great flavor and character in small doses, especially when cool.
As it warms as you drink more of it it becomes strong and a little overbearing.
Still, I do like where they were trying to go. Good effort, but it misses the mark for me a bit. Weizenbocks are already a little boozy, but this one takes it a little too far for my personal tastes.

 1,022 characters

Photo of beertunes
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured a lightly opaque black with a half-inch of khaki head that that had medium retention and lacing.

The aroma had a solid banana scent upfront with a solid grain profile in the background. There was also a slight bubblegum presence, and over the aroma was very nice. The flavors were very similar, banana, some bubblegum, earthy grains and a bit of yeast spiciness.

The body was full but light, was smooth and had a clean finish. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have 3 or 4 of these on a rainy Northwest afternoon. Overall, this was a very nice beer, one of the better offerings from a brewery that I mostly find to be average-ish. Certainly worth trying when you see it.

 705 characters

Photo of alleykatking
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep brown color with crimson highlights when held to the light. Two finger tna head shows medium retention. Nice streaks and light webbing of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- To me overripe banana comes in first with the aroma. This gets partnered with spices like clove and the two become almost all I can smell. Alcohol does come in and tingle to nose. Light notes of bubblegum in the very end.

T- Overripe banana does come through in the front of the beer with some light bubblegum hints. The clove comes through next with a semi-dominate flavor. Middle of the beer shows some light darker fruits (fig and raisin mostly). Ending shows a light bubblegum note with a ton of candi sugar in this. I have feeling to believe this shows the higher ABV. Banana comes through in the ending with warming alcohol.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Banana, clove, and bubblegum show up on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, candi sugar, and banana. Flavors were a little underbalanced I thought as they didn't flow together. No off flavors were detected while drinking this beer. Medium heavy alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer was a interesting drinker that I enjoyed but wouldn't go for many glasses of it. The ABV was a little much and showed in the flavor too much at times. A good try for the style but I just wasn't feeling it as much at times.

 1,427 characters

Photo of SkipWeathers
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - nice dark brown color with white foam; inviting

S - sweet and clove-like; the aroma and appearance leaves you expectant for a full rich cascade of flavor

T - banana, clove, malt, orange zest, pepper

M - weakest aspect; it starts off strong but leaves you flat. Non-carbonated. Kind of diasppointing.

O - I was comparing this to Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen and it comes up way short. Similar in flavor but does not linger. It stalls out at the 50 yard line. Still, not bad for a New Belgium product. My first "Lips of Faith" sampling.

 542 characters

Photo of fsimcox
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz tulip glass. Poured a deep dark brown. Thin tan head that dissipated surprisingly quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of sweet banana, with hints of clove, and a little bit of brandy to remind you this is a 9% abv beer.

Tastes of sweet banana, with some bready malt. A little brandy-cough syrup in the background. Some hints of roasted goodness.

A creamy mouthfeel, with a warming sensation.

I enjoyed this beer, but think it would be much better on a cold winter days.
Very good for the style. Watch out for the ABV, it is hidden well.

 567 characters

Photo of drowninginhops
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Boone's on King Street Charleston SC. Served in a standard pint glass.
A: Dark with some ruby colors that shown through the beer as the light changed. Off-white head that left good lacing.

S: Banana, clove, alcohol.

T: Banana, chocolate, clove, alcohol, roasted malts and a slight pepper flavor round out this.

M: Medium to thick mouth feel. Perfect level of carbonation.

D: Not the type of beer you want a alot of at one time, the flavors and alcohol will get you.

 482 characters

Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark chestnut color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with good retention to a thick skim. Laced the glass in sheets and webs.

S: Wheat malt and overripe banana. Clove and pepper mix with a fair alcohol aroma.

T: Just like the nose with malt and banana up front. Clove and dark-colored fruit are prominent in the middle. Building spicy bitter/sweet finish. Warming alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full body. low-moderate carbonation is good for the style. Banana, dark-colored fruit and candy fill the palate. Not sure it all got balanced in the end with the dry, warming alcohol.

O: Interesting malt and yeast character. ABV was a little daunting.

 647 characters

Photo of seeswo
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black with whitish tan head that fades quickly. Smells like sugared banana, spices and a touch of booze. The taste is really good - a spiced, sugared banana-bomb. Much smoother than it seems like it is going to be from the nose, but stilla touch of booziness holds it back a touch. Funny enough, this is like a holiday beer to me and I think normal spiced holiday beers are way too much. Mouthfeel is slightly lower in carbonation and pretty thick for the style. Overall, this is an enjoyable take on the style.

 538 characters

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/06/11 notes. Big thanks to nwu08 for sending me this as an extra as it was a Want of mine. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of retention and some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pepper, spices, bananas, cloves, bready malts, and roasted malts. Some definite banana and yeast/spice, very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bananas, toasted and bready malts, spices, yeast, and cloves. Not quite as much banana as the nose and more roasted qualities.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Really nice mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good dunkelweizen. I liked the nose a lot as the bananas and spices remidned me of a dark Belgian ale, and the mouthfeel was great. Would have it again.

 908 characters

Photo of bohemiandonut
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have essentially no idea what to expect with this beer. I like Dunkel, New Belgium is hit or miss, but the bottle really sold me. Beautiful design.

This pours well, looks great in a wine glass. The smell is somewhere in between a very ripe banana, bubblegum, and mellow clove. Almost mesmerizing. After the slew of immemorable foreign bocks I've been imbibing, this comes as a welcoming fresh take.

Really heavy on those aroma notes upon the taste. The lacy layered head is breathing clouds in swirl around the glass. This is tasting (appropriately I suppose) very Belgian. It's just got a tad bit too much phenol to let the hops and malt shine through. Mmm... Isoamyl acetate.

Still, this is easily comparable to the best German entries to the style.

 756 characters

Photo of Ryan011235
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/3/11

Pours a medium cola brown, slightly dulled. it's darker in the glass with a mahogany appearance at the stem and a pretty ruby hue when held to the light. One and a half fingers of foam rose quickly and fell just the same. Thin retention. Very impressive lace, though.

Wheat is strong in the aroma - toasted, clean and snappy; heck, I'd go so far as to call it tangy. Darker grains rough it up around the edges a bit. Earthy overtones. Some yeast tones. Becomes more appreciably bready as it warms. Doesn't taste snappy, though. No, no, it's punchy. The wheat has a kickin' flavor that slaps the palate whilst riding a wave ample, focused carbonation. Moderately spicy. As the beer closes in on room temperature some sweet banana notes emerge. Toasted bread abounds. At times it almost gets to roasty territory, but holds back. tangy and flavorful with a warming sensation. Medium body with something of a dusty notion and coating finish.

Pretty nice take on the style on an under-appreciated style. I would prefer a lower abv, but it's not that tall of a gripe. Worth a shot.

 1,127 characters

Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dark brown, pretty clear with burnished red highlights. If you think this is opaque, hold it up to the light. Head is an ashy grey, short but leaving nice lace. Aromas leaning toward phenols and earth tones. Bready, just about where a dunkelweiss should be. Lacking the potent raisin component of the best in style.

The flavor here is somewhat muted again. Malty leads with ripe banana, fig, light purple grapes, and carob. Definitely fruity. This could be a banana-grape smoothie in another incarnation. Pleasant flavor, nice take on the dunkel style, as it really isn't too far off the beaten path, yet some dunkelweizens make me sick with the mushy banana. Pretty cool.

Enjoyable. A little thin, but it is a wheat beer. Carbonation is solid, not too sticky or heavy. Booze is well hidden, and with a fairly thin profile and body, that's quite a feat. Overall a fairly impressive brew within its style even though it doesn't completely appeal to me.

 964 characters

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

 561 characters

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

 2,658 characters

Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Great pour. Nice off-white foamy head; builds slowly. Brew is dark crisp brown with lots of reds and blacks. Nice head retention too.

S - Lots of huge banana!!!! Great scent for this style! Lots of spices too. Not your girlfriends wheat...

T - Strong, but hidden nicely, zero heat. Great smooth Belgian goodness. Lots of cloves, banana, spice.

M - Dry! Great carbonation, but slightly bitter. The bitterness doesn't fit with this style.

O - Rockin' brew, glad I finally got to try it!

 492 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Lips of Faith Series Dunkel Weiss, 1 pint, 6 fl. oz., Alc. 9% by vol.

Very dark appearance, nearly black, complete and utter opacity, lovely creamy tan head, large and lasting, looking great.

Aroma: banana cream pie. Boom, there it is. Soft, sweet, slightly spicy. A little bubble gum.

Taste: Big malty flavor. Dark and deep. Great little texture, dark fruit flavor coming through, a little fig, some grape, and then nicely dry. Some bits of cocoa, a beautiful mix of chocolate and dark fruit, rich and malty. Deee-licious. Tast-eee!
Can't dispute that. One flaw? That 9% a.b.v., it's roaring in now, and I wish it wouldn't. This tastes just delicious, and could have still been, without being so strong. Whoa.

 728 characters

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Boatshoes for this one. I got a box full 'o new beers, this one was a surprise.

Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass.
A- This is a dark one. Deep shades of plums, reds, mahoganies and tobacco build a opalescent glass of beer. A big head cascades as it rises above, threatening to spill over the rim of the glass. Large concentric rings of lacing are torn off as it fades back down to a very thick covering.

S- As this beer pours the room is filled with the aroma of over ripe banana. It reminds one of the brown spots on a soft banana. Very sweet and tropical. Upon close inspection, it isnt hard to find fresh cracked black pepper and pineapple. Wow, I'm loving how the banana and citrus come together to create a tropical fruit salad bouquet, complete with melon. Once I focus on the smell of the wheat and how it interacts with the banana, I am reminded of eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches on wheat bread as a kid.

T- Banana is the stronger of flavors. Wheat is no slouch either. It gives a snappy finish to this sweet and fruity beer. Lots of berries move along as pepper makes an appearance. The finish yields a spot of alcohol that I wish werent there. Perhaps this could benefit from being only around 6-7% or less rather than 9%. The finish and aftertaste introduce some milk chocolate into the mix.

M- Dry, but quite smooth. Nice fuller body with a fluffy soft carbonation.

D- The alcohol plays too much part in this. Its tasted slightly, but becomes a much bigger part of the feel as this bottle moves along.

 1,554 characters

Photo of Jadjunk
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Cat-burglar-smooth and just as fond of the dark, Dunkel Weiss sneaks together wheat and barley malts with a pinch of black pepper. Nab one before it gives you the slip! Tempt your Lips of Faith with the whole line - up at New Belgium.com." Brewed in the style of a German Dunkelweizen. Available as a one-off release in the Lips of Faith Series.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium globe glass. Served above 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy creamed head of an ecru-tan color over a deep brown body with dark cola highlights. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious. Retention is very good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Sour wheat, caramel bread, a pinch of roasted grain, moderate black pepper and clove spiciness. Subtle notes of cocoa and dark fruit, moderate banana. Potency is medium/high. 4

(Taste) Sweetened wheat base, cocoa powder, dark fruit syrup, toasted caramel bread, moderate clove and banana bread character. Less spice and yeast character in the flavor, more balanced but ever present. Dunkel Weiss finishes on a pleasant blend of chewy wheat and roasted barley. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, moderately chewy and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate generating a high frothiness and medium crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is evenly sweet to spicy and yeasty. Alcohol presence is light, and there are no off characters to mention. 3.75

(Overall) Altogether Dunkel Weiss is a very solid example of the uncommon style, with lots of smooth wheat, roasted malt and hefeweizen yeast flavor, yet roundly balanced and highly drinkable, which is a pleasant surprise considering the sneakily high 9% ABV. I hope that New Belgium decides to upgrade this seldom brewed style (in America, at least) to a more permanent status, as this would make for a unique summer or fall beer. 4

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith: Dunkel Weiss

 1,936 characters

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

 422 characters

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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

 390 characters

Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see a German effort from New Belgium. It pours redwood color with a tan head. The nose is very fruity with a bit on a bubble gum aroma. Taste is also on the sweet and fruity side with peppery yeasts and a spicy alcohol presence. Medium body seemed a bit over carbonated. A little sweet to drink more than a glass.

 321 characters

Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.