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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 59
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-08-2011)
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at barleys i was thrilled to be able to try this one instead of buying a bottle.

Poured a nice hazelnut brown, very clear, and with ample carbonation producing a nice two inch white foamy head. This quickly faded leaving behind nothing more then a thin film on top and a decent side glass lace presence. Very nice overall look though and there was definitely an unfiltered presence as the sediment was just well, settling down to the bottom. Aroma was full of wheat as one would expect from it. Lots of earthy and grain like tones that were mixed in with and accented very nicely by a bit of a yeasty presence. The aroma was slightly musty with a touch of a bready like quality, much thicker then I thought it would be.

Very nice here. A very rich full bodies flavor would be the best way to describe it. Normally I find wheat beers to always have the same overall flavor profile, however this one was a step up, and maybe due to the dark wheat. The flavor just seemed to come off as a bit more complex with a lot of earthy and grain like flavors. There was defiantly a lot of yeast and wheat mixed in and I even picked up the presence of some dark fruit like flavors. Overall very pleasing and a very nice palate about it. A nice smokey kind of flavor started to settle in towards the end of the session and almost gave it kind of a smoked presence in the finish. Very clean, but not as crisp as I would have thought. There was defiantly an underlying slickness to it. Some kind of slippery feel that kept it from having that clean cut off you normally get. It wasn't distracting at all, but rather served to prolng the flavor and give it a little more depth. The carbonation seemed to leave quickly and the last few sips did fall a tad bit flat. Very nice. This was light enough to be a consistent drinker without going overboard and boarding on too light. But the flavors were very well pronounced and defiantly left you with a good overall impression. This was defiantly a sessionable ale here and something I would not mind seeing in the fridge for a while.

Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: Pours a dark brown color with some red highlights and a creamy off-white head.

S: Banana overload is a good way to describe the nose. Intense banana ester with plenty of sweetness, dark fruits, caramel, and toffee. A fairly mild roasted malt note and a hint of cola.

T: Still lots of banana on the palate, but it's significantly more restrained. Sweet caramel malt and fruit notes along with some nice clove. There's just a tiny hint of creamy vanilla on the back end.

M: Medium to full in body with a really smooth and creamy carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: At 9%, I was a bit worried about this beer. Really great stuff, though.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tall curvy dark weizen, crop of manila tinged foam. Very creamy and sticky texture, the glass is coated as it's sipped. Color is a deep red garnet when backlit, slow trails of bubbles ascend languidly. Crystal clarity. After a few sips the foam breaks eventually.

Dry pepper and cloves in the nose, something that reminds me of churros... fried dough and cinnamon.

Dark malt and smooth wheatiness, not overly sweet and a bit dry in the finish. Clove spice, chocolate covered banana, German Riesen chocolate caramel candies. Some raisin and estery notes. Extremely smooth and medium bodied. Finish is fairly quick and abbreviated, though a trace of the chocolate banana does linger somewhat. Rich and tasty, it's one to savor... a unique twist with the pepper and barley malt, it sets itself apart from Aventinus as something unique.

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark brown color with a thick, foamy, tan, two-finger head. Nice rings of lace were left behind when the head finally receded.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and caramel with a subtle clove touch.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel maltiness, wheat and a sharp hop bitterness. The banana and clove flavors took a back seat to the malt and bitter bite.

M - It was smooth and very crisp. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish

O - Really nice dunkelweizen. The Lips of Faith series continues to impress.

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!

Photo of oline73
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at West Lakeview for the extremely reasonable price of $6.50! Shared with my wife in weizen glasses.

A - Pours with three-plus fingers of creamy tan foam that feature good retention and leave behinds splotchy lacing. The body is a transparent dark chocolate brown with some caramel highlights. Many tiny bubbles are visible.

S - Chocolate, wheat, clove, a hint of nutmeg and cinammon, roasted grains, estery yeast, and some banana character that grows in strength as the brew warms. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

T - Taste is more laden with fruity esters, banana, and caramel, with the spice melange, roast, and chocolate moving to the periphery. Not quite as interesting as the nose, but still quite good.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, chewy texture, sticky finish. Not particularly exciting, but alcohol is no perceptible.

D - My wife and I finished this really quickly. At this price I'm definitely going to buy at least one more bottle of this one. A totally unexpected hit from New Belgium.

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra bottle showed up today from thagr81us. Thanks! I've wanted to get this since I heard of it. I hope NB start distributing in this market soon. Violated my no beer in April rule because of the huge tax check I had to write tonight. I don't write a 5000$ check without getting a blowjob, nap, or a beer. 2 out of three ain't bad.

Beer served in an Erdinger Weissbrau glass, Beer is dark brown / ruby, mostly clear with a tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, lacing on the glass. It isn't hazy enough, it isn't carbonated enough. Oh well.

Sweet, cloves, some banana, smell is mildly alcoholic, whoa, this beer is 9% ABV. That sucks. Too much alcohol.

Wow, this beer tastes awesome. It is medium in body, perhaps a little heavy, sweet up front and finishes with a nice banana character. There is some mild spiciness in the front half of the beer. The finish is nice.

This beer started out slow and had a nice finish to it. I really liked 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 mactrail
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge and powerful dark wheat bomb.

Quite lovely in the tulip glass with thin lacing and lots of prickly carbonation in the mouth. Amazing aroma; about as strong as I've ever gotten from a beer. Flavor simply smacks you in the head. For a beer without the extreme-IPA hop blast, it's an amazing amount of taste. Hops do come on strong, but it's just part of a long and evolving mouthful of flavor. The pepper seems to reinforce the powerful cloves-- I'd have believed it was from the actual spice instead of esters.

If you like powerful rich ales, this is a must-try. The pepper is a novel idea and it works with the huge malt flavors. Deep, dark roasted malt, bitter cloves, cedar cigar wrappers.

Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Berkeley, CA, and brought back to Australia, where I shared it with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a dark, but rather clear brown colour, with a reddish tinge when held to the light. Head is much lighter in colour than the body, forming only a mild beige crest to the beer. Lacing is exceptionally intricate. When pouring, it looked quite light and fluid, but in reality, in the glass it's quite heavy, and forms some tight static carbonation. Looks pretty great, all up.

Nose is like a mega-wheat beer on steroids. Huge esters of banana, with a genuine punch-to-the-nose aroma of sticky, fresh, heavy cloves. The clove even gives a deeper spice to the aroma, hinting at pepper and chilli. It's so potent that it almost verges towards the smokiness of a Schlenkerla Weizen. Daym, that's one heavy and fine weizen nose.

Taste is also a firm and strong weizen contender, but very cleverly, it's not overtly heavy, brusque or intense. This allows it to maintain the supple drinkability of a lower ABV beer. Smooth banana characters feed into a more potent, but still smooth heat of alcohol on the back. In fact, the very light feel probably helps with the drinkability, and by toning down the intensity of the flavours—in a way, the feel itself isn't good, but it's as though it's sacrificing itself for the greater good.

This was quite a surprise. I expected a rather pedestrian dunkelweizen, possibly spiked with an incongruous alcohol burn, but instead we receive a beefed-up, but still wonderfully balanced example of the same.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well made and very pleasant dunkelweizen. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a slight head. Lovely typical aromas of banana, a hint of clove, and a nice sweet breadiness underlying it all that makes the banana notes come off as banana bread at times. Nice. well balanced flavors of banana, some breadiness, a light citrusy counterpoint, and light molasses notes. Not earthshaking, but quite nice. Very smooth, and this is accentuated by a lower level of carbonation. One of the Lips of Faith beers I'd definitely buy again.

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dirty brown, dark hazelnut. Hazy. Light foaming, almost soda pop looking.

Aroma is more sweet than spicy. Being from NB it fooled me into thinking it would have more of a yeasty aroma. Banana and clove are muddled by a caramel-like sweetness. Nothing bad, just threw me off a bit.

More bready in the taste. The caramel turns away from the sweeter side and more to a baked side. Slight spice in the middle, perhaps some nutmeg. Jolly Rancher sweet all over. Candied. Not sure. Getting no banana and slight clove.

Carbonation takes the cake and lifts away the flavors, which were not all that solid. A nice beer, a bit hollow though.

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.

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.