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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel WeissLips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss

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BA SCORE
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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 58
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.99/5.00

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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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

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4/5  rDev -2%
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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.