Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing
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2.83/5 rDev -30.6%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger of tan head that fades to a layer.
Smell: Very fruity with lots of banana and mild roast. Smells a bit like banana runts.
Taste: Sweet malt with lots of banana. Just a little roast and a bit spicy. Crisp given the abv.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Not my favorite. I thought the banana flavor was way to strong and didn't allow for many other flavors to come through.
06-26-2011 17:09:45 | More by oline73
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
The beer pours dark brown with a beautiful garnet glow with a clingy tan head. The aroma is moderate-high spicy, peppery yeast with chocolate malts and hints of smoke. The flavor is quite spicy yeast, chocolate malt with a pleasant tartness and hints of smoke. The hop bitterness combined with slightly dry finish balances this beer wonderfully. The body is moderate and carbonation medium/high. Overall a beautiful, wonderfully inviting, well-crafted dunkelweiss -- pick it up!
06-24-2011 01:42:20 | More by uwmgdman
3.08/5 rDev -24.5%
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a rather dark brown body with an unabashedly tall, foamy, faint ecru-colored head.
Smell: Spicy notes of peppery and clove reach well ahead of the slow-pokey scents of dark wheat, sugar-free chocolate and banana puddings, and alcohol marinating dark fruits.
Taste: A sprinkling of chocolate sprinkles and a drop or two of sweet caramel over a single slice of toasted wheat bread. Then a brief curtain call of golden raisin, banana, chewing gum, and cloves. Sip of diet cola. Then, a flash of sharp, cutting cloves and coarse liquor right before the semi-dry, lightly chocolaty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. The carbonation flees the drink in a real hurry, leaving the beer a bit flat within minutes.
Overall: Sorry, NB, but I'm not too keen on this LoF release. In the taste you almost had me, then lost me real fast.
06-21-2011 18:21:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
06-19-2011 13:46:44 | More by fsimcox
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
06-18-2011 02:20:16 | More by Zorro
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
(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.
06-14-2011 13:14:19 | More by rhoadsrage
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance-Thoguht it was a dark black, stoutish. However up to the light it's a very dark brown. 2/3 finger light brown head, nice big bubbles floating on top.
Smell-This is going to be sweet. I get a ton of banana and spice. Lots of malts, and some citrus as well.
Taste-Haven't been able to wrap my head around this. Best way I can discribe is caramalizing a ripe banana in some brown sugar, clove and cinnamon. This taste is a treat. Sweet all around, great desert beer, fucking tasty.
Mouthfeel-Lots of body. Thick and creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation.
Overall-This beer is an experience. Great flavors, flavors i've never had before in a beer. Still trying to wrap my head around everything going on in this brew. Please, if you can get this beer, spend the 6-7 bucks and drink it.
06-10-2011 01:55:54 | More by SWMeyer4141
3.1/5 rDev -24%
Thanks to heyta for the bottle. Served in a tulip because I like it that way.
Pours a very, very dark brown that borders on black. This looks like a stout, not a dunkel. Way too dark. Aside from that, small off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin collar and some galaxy swirls on top. The nose has a very small amount of chocolate along with some banana and clove. The yeasty components take a big backseat to the malt, and this is especially true in the flavor. Far too big and malty without much of a yeasty component. Medium body with low carbonation for the style. Overall, not a big fan of this one. I guess you can't really tell it's 9%, but that's about all it has going for it.
06-05-2011 22:34:59 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-03-2011 03:00:02 | More by augustgarage
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Aromas are initially huge with caramelized ripened bananas and waves of bready malts; there is also some with some butterscotch and toffee detectable as the beer warms. There was some sensory memory going on here as well that I couldn't figure out, but this smells almost exactly like Banana Runts (childhood fat kids flashback).
The taste begins opposite with the toffee, butterscotch and milk chocolate maltiness dominating the palate. Upon further examination, the German yeast flavors become much more equal with the sweet dark maltiness. Over-ripened bananas once again take center stage, not too much spice or clove and no alcohol what-so-ever.
Mouthfeel is quite full with adequate carbonation, lesser than the usual style, but the higher than normal ABV is to blame/explain that.
Overall this is freakin' amazing; totally blows any beer in this category away for its full full flavor profile. Given that it is technically an "Imperial Dunkelweizen" in my book (because it's not fair to compare in this category because I have never had one over 6% ABV), this beer should not be compared to it's counterparts. Regardless, wow, I wish I could access this year round and I am not a Weiss, Dunkel or any German beer fan because I usually find them bland but this continues to verify my philosophy that there is no reason to pay for any beer made out of the US because of how advanced/creative the US breweries have become.
06-02-2011 23:47:10 | More by claspada
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Served from a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.
A: Big tan head typical of a weizen beer sits on top of this dark, cola colored, clear ale. Good lacing and a moderate amount of bubbles round out the appearance.
S: Strong banana esters dominate the smell - very nice! Wheat and dark malts add a sweetness in the aroma.
T: Very malty with caramel and vanilla flavors. Slight sweetness, with little to no bitterness.
M: Carbonation is medium-low and the body is medium. Finish is dry/semi-sweet.
O: As the beer warms, the malts show more character and new spicy flavors open up, along with some alcohol warmth. Overall this is an excellent beer - highly recommended.
06-02-2011 03:24:46 | More by sommersb
2.7/5 rDev -33.8%
dark amber/copper body, clear glassy, looks good, head has nice lacing but not much retention... the aroma has tons of cloves, a bit of nutmeg spice, bready throughout, not bad... the taste is extremely clovey with tons of wheat, loses the spice, pretty alcoholic... average
05-30-2011 14:54:54 | More by jrallen34
4.8/5 rDev +17.6%
Bought a 1pint, 6oz bottle from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. for $9. Poured from the bottle into a clear Pint Glass. No B.O.D. on the bottle but had a 5/24/11 date on the box.
Appearance- Pours a deep brown body with a 2 finger head and has a great retention. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass but nothing special.
Aroma- Banana upfront aroma with a peppered corn background. A clove and caramel that is not over the top but perfect for what the brewer was hitting on.
Taste- Banana again that makes up the taste and then goes into sweet mode.. Very creamy and has a french vanilla or even a frothed milk aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Great amount of carbonation, and leaves a bitterness on the palate.
Overall- One of the best beers of the month! We enjoyed over 12 of these as a Pub in the last week (employee by employee) and now I'm reviewing this one. Haven't seen much in the stores yet or even at other beer bars. Will recommend for anyone! Best Dunkelweizen I've ever had.
05-29-2011 05:02:47 | More by DCon
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Draft service into a long-stemmed fluted tulip glass at Churchill's in San Marcos.
A: Slightly hazy, dark garnet-tinted brown color with one finger of fine, light beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Spicy, with cloves that stand out and also complement the mild roast. Yeast is also present, adding some contrasting brightness. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins off-dry, with nutty brown malt and yeast phenolics that are mild compared to the aroma. Fine tartness emerges in the soft bready middle that retains some nutshell and even mild chocolate roasted character. The finish is similarly soft, with cloves and fading dark fruit. No alcohol is detected.
M: Medium viscosity, balanced on the palate showing both acidic and coating aspects, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This is definitely one of the most unexpected styles to come out of the Lips of Faith series thus far, being neither sour, or barrel-aged, or even Belgian-inspired. In execution it is really good, bringing a focused but expected collection of sensory qualities to a beer that is deceptively easy-going at 9% abv. Although flavors can't quite live up to the intensity promised by the smell, this beer's different facets work together in a practiced--almost engineered--fashion. Doubly appropriate, considering its German pedigree.
05-28-2011 22:14:52 | More by beagle75
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
05-23-2011 21:43:01 | More by Haybeerman
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
05-18-2011 19:45:40 | More by WastingFreetime
4.53/5 rDev +11%
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.
05-17-2011 00:32:13 | More by John_M
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
05-15-2011 23:52:46 | More by alleykatking
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured from a bomber into my tulip glass. By color the beer is very dark. It is a very deep brown, almost black. After an aggressive pour I got a solid 1.5 inches of tan head. The retention is quite good, and the head slowly recedes to a film with a large island in the middle of my glass. After the head has receeded i am left with some beautiful parallel lacing. There is some visible carbonation at the very edge of my glass. The smell is held up by a backbone of wheat, but the spices catch my nose quite strongly, a more subtle banana smell is also present. The first thing to hit my tastebuds is the rich wheat taste, as the beer crests my tongue I catch the well implemented spices. The mouthfell is fulfilling, and carbonation lifts the beer off the tongue a little, making it slightly refreshing. Overall this is a wonderful beer from a style I thoroughly enjoy. I doubt it will still be around, but this would be a great winter day beer.
05-13-2011 04:25:07 | More by gkunkle
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
22oz bottle from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $7. Into a NB Globe.
A: Cola colored with a cream head about an inch thick that sticks around fairly nicely. Excellent clarity, and nice gobs of lacing. Really nice looking red high lights when held to the light.
S: Tons of spices, huge amount of cloves and a fair amount of banana as well, some pepper notes, I also get some notes of cinnamon and nutmeg as well and even some all spice. A bit of a wheat malt smell, but this is really heavy on the spices.
T: Huge wheat malts, not nearly as spicy up front as the nose would suggest, but there is a definite amount of spice on the aftertaste. Slightly chocolatey. Banana is definitely there, but the clove is a bit subdued compared to what the nose leads on. Finish is really long on the spices and the combination is reminiscent of pumpkin pie. I also get a few curry notes mixed in as well. Tons of flavors, fairly complex. No booze whatsoever in this one. Damn tasty.
M: Fairly hefty body on this beer, with lower carbonation, really creamy, fairly sticky, and a little bit of warmth as it is swallowed.
O: Wow, this is a gem from NB. I have somewhat lost taste for many wheat beers, but this one is incredibly well done. It may not totally be to style, but along the lines of "would you have another?" it definitely hits the mark. Really a nice beer, hopefully they make this one again.
05-11-2011 01:47:50 | More by pokesbeerdude
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Purchased this at Argonaut Liquors on colorful Colfax in Denver.
Beautiful walnut brown, oddly clear, which I was not expecting. Was this filtered? There wasn't any yeast chilling at the bottom of my bottle. Pours with a big fat topping of foam that erodes into a thin, broken sheet across the top of the beer. Spotty lacing sticks around in scattered, little bits.
Smells strongly of german wheat beer yeastiness. Lots of ripe banana and clove, with an underpinning of mocha and vanilla. Banana bread-like, to sum it up simply.
The first sip opens to reveal a pretty sweet brew, overall. Very light bitterness, the spotlight focused intensely on the qualities of the yeast used. It's a fine yeast at that, providing a strong banana character which is further yummified by the drizzled chocolate flavor of the malt. A little bit of vanilla, with a great, mocha-like character overall. Moderate clove spiciness in the finish, and actually a little dry despite the alcohol content. Certainly full bodied, creamy and soft, with a jovial, fluffy carbonation that keeps things from bogging down. A slight alcohol burn becomes noticeable after my palate acclimates to the sweetness.
Probably one of my favorites from New Belgium. This is a really great dunkelweizen, if a bit over the top. Probably more of a weizenbock, as it's far more similar to Aventinus than to any dunkelweizen I've had.
05-09-2011 16:57:19 | More by UnionMade
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Sampled on 5-7-11
Pours a deep red/brown color, with a quickly settling head that leaves a ring of white lacing that slowly recedes.
Smell is sweet, strong malt, lots of clove, smoke, and a hint of coffee. Malty banana is in the back, with lots of dark fruit in the finish.
Taste is exactly like the smell, but with an earthy quality that really ties things together. Lots of smoke to help the fruity flavors. The finish is all clove, with a sweet, slightly hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is good, slick and creamy to go with the malty flavors.
Drinkability is also good, the hops add just enough kick to keep the alcohol in check.
Overall, a great example of the style, in a more hardcore, American micro way.
05-07-2011 23:27:12 | More by BMoney575
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
22oz Bomber poured into a NB globe glass.
This one's dark! When held up to the light I would even go so far as to say crimson in color. Offered up a 1/4" thick head that looked like a ready to flip pancake. Very nice lacing as well.
Initial whiff is like walking into the produce section. Bananas fill your nose along with some dark fruits (plums, maybe). Dark malts, spice, and biscuits linger behind.
Instantly get that bready and full malt flavor on the front of the tasting. Sweetness turns peppery at the finish, and that's where the alcohol bite shows up as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I found it to be an exceptional value as well. $5.99 for a 22oz at 9% ABV. I'm definitely going to pick up a couple more of these.
05-07-2011 04:25:09 | More by bigaltemple
4/5 rDev -2%
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
05-01-2011 20:47:44 | More by dirtylou
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
05-01-2011 00:25:26 | More by ZenAgnostic
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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