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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 215
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 58
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 215
Photo of JLeege
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split with a couple friends, into a tasting glass

Appearance- Pours dark brown with an off white head. Much darker pour than expected.

Smell- Bready malts, loads of banana. Clove.

Taste- Banana leads the assault and never gives up. Ample amounts of clove the typical peppery like spice as well. Dark bready malts, with notes of caramel and even some light chocolate. Sweet throughout but not cloying. Damn, was this tasty!

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and smooth.

Overall- Fantastic beer, probably the highlight of the night amongst a few highly regarded brews. As good as anything coming out of Germany. Had about a six ounce pour and wanted much more. Seek this one out! Beers like this make me wonder why New Belgium makes so many beers that are simply "meh" at best. (777 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at John's Grocery Store in Iowa City on 02-19-2011. Poured into a a Fin du Monde Tulip. No bottled on or drink by date. $5.99 for a 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with muddied white color head and nice lacing.

Nose: Earthy and grainy. Sweet. Great Dunkel nose.

Taste: First taste...beef jerky. Sounds odd, slight smoke flavor, followed by a sweet teriyaki. Banana undertones, great flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, would border on excessive, but I'm not going to knock it, I like the zing.

Drinkability: I actually really like this beer. As a fan of the Hacker Pschorr Dark Weisse, I would say I enjoy this beer. For the higher ABV, and darker body, this is very palatable. I would buy again, and for the price, a winner. (773 characters)

Photo of gregshead
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 3/18/11 Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a dark murky brown with a reddish hue.

S: Vanilla sugar with banana aroma underneath. The nose really draws me in.

T: Nice cloves/banana and vanilla sweetness. Imagine a darker stronger dunkel with some extra sweetness.

M: A little bit of heat on the tongue. Nice light carbonation feel, along with a medium thickness feel.

O: I liked this one much to my own chagrin. I'm not much of a lager person but I could see myself coming back to this one again. (505 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. No best before date.

A- dark with ruby edges, only slightly cloud, fluffy white head that resolves with lots of lacing after a few minutes.

S - super strong banana nose with wheat & yeast at the edges.

T - surprisingly sweet caramel malt backing clove and nutmeg/spiciness over a solid foundation of yeast and banana.

M - little to no carbonation and very light. No booziness or alcohol warming at all! Shocking!

D - really easy drink; could chug this all night long (then fall over).

Great beer. Absolutely delicious! (568 characters)

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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 bigaltemple
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (741 characters)

Photo of nickthegun12
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really do love this beer, it has a dark complexity...i big nice creamy head on it....

the taste has subdued notes of banana...and a slight bitterness with a full malty taste...

the smell is strong dark fruits, mainly banana...

its not as dry as i think it should be....extra creamy feel...

overall i really do like this beer its very well put together and very drinkable (376 characters)

Photo of ScorpyX
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark dark brown that is transparent in the light. The finger-width, brown head gives way after a few minutes

S: A banana scent dominates with some clove and caramel notes in there as well. Smells a lot like NB's Abbey Ale.

T: Tastes like Abbey, too, with the banana taste coming in first. That caramelized sweetness is present as well. There's some extra fruitiness sticking around and the cloves are definitely in there. A tasty, sweet treat.

M: Medium-bodied with an extra carbonation that adds a crispness that lightens it a bit. Not overwhelming in the least. Probably the aspect that differs the most from NB's Abbey.

D: The delicious taste and not overly heavy feel make it very drinkable, maybe too much so for a 9% ABV. You might want to be careful with multiple. (780 characters)

Photo of jmvecchio1
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out deep walnut in color, clear, with a off-white head. The aroma off the beer is malty sweet with rich banana and clove esters prominent. Even though this is a Belgian take on a traditional German beer, New Belgium really nails the traditional German style characteristics. The taste of this beer is sweet up front, but it fades into a roasty chocolate and banana. The black pepper wasn't that strong on the taste. The drink of this beer is exceptionally nice. (476 characters)

Photo of fsvan
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my .5L mug...

A- Pours a GIANT foamy light tan head. Very dark brown beer with hints of purple. Some lacing towards top of the glass, head subdued fairly quickly.

S- A lot of mixed spice in this one. Some clove, pepper, allspice, etc. I also get a very ripe grape aroma that is forward in the nose. Definitely some banana to boot...

T/M- At first I get a rubbery/medicinal taste; this however, faded after the first 3 or so drinks. This beer tastes like it was brewed with a mix of german and belgian yeasts. The flavor profiles of the two strains really clash on the tongue. I get the pepper and (very slight) funk mixed with the clove malty sweetness and raisins; finished with the same banana presented in the aroma. After it sat for 15-20min it really smoothed out and became a nice balanced malty beer. It has some warmth to it, but masks the 9% well. It has a medium/full body with medium/light carbonation. Pretty smooth in the mouth overall.

O- This beer was a little disappointing at first, but now I'm really digging it. When it smooths out it has a nice balance. It really has a strong belgian dark hefeweizen feel to it. Not bad for around $6 a bomber! (1,180 characters)

Photo of fsimcox
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -8%
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 bohemiandonut
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
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 SkipWeathers
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Chyren
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out fairly thin, dark brown, clear, and quickly builds a stable 2-3 finger light tan head. The strong scent of caramelized bananas bursts forth and carries on the air from this beer. Underneath floats light clove, cinnamon, and wheatiness. Simply being in the vicinity of this brew is enough to pull you in by the nose. The tongue reaffirms the nose, the spiced bananas come through as if sauteed in brown sugar and butter. The yeast and malts and slight grain bitterness lend themselves to balance. It is smooth and warming. Another fantastic Lips of Faith creation! (573 characters)

Photo of MoustacheHero
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber of the generically named Dunkel Weiss, poured into a NB globe.

A: A very dark pour, with barely a dark red gleaming through when held to light. A foamy head that holds up strong.

S: A big, spicy bouquet of cloves, pepper, banana and toast. Really warm and inviting.

T: A bold flavor, peppery with banana and clove laced throughout. It finishes on a crisp, toast note.

M: A full bodied, frothy mouthfeel that is coating, heavy and wonderful.

O: A great beer overall. It's a shame no great name will carry this beer into the halls of history. (556 characters)

Photo of Bobby12many
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of PatLarsen
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear chocolate brown color with a big, foamy beige head. Aroma of banana, clove, caramel malts, chocolate, sweet bread, and spices. Flavor of banana, sweet bread, caramel, nuts, toast, mild spices, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with a good deal of soft carbonation and a sweet bready mouthfeel. Good dunkelweizen. (331 characters)

Photo of holden303
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip glass this dunkelweiss pours a dark burgundy/brown with about one finger of tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving nice lacing.

S: quite complex I picked up root and malt with a bit of spice, the gf said it smelt like the wort at NB.

T: lots going on here, get the lightness of the weiss but also some peppery spice as well, there were moments when i felt like I was drinking german chocolate cake.

M: very crisp, does not coat the mouth

O: overall I was a bit skeptical of this beer as this is not my preferred style but New Belgium Lips of Faith series continues to impress and at $5.99 this will be added to my everyday 22oz beers. (670 characters)

Photo of garjc
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of Fatherskull
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark reddish brown/amber color with two to 3 fingers of tan head. Good retention and mild lacing

S - Roasted banana and clove. Very inviting.

T - Banana, chocolate, and clove (plus a bit more I can't put my finger on, maybe coffee) with a peppery finish. Roasted malts. Not a lot of alcohol in the taste.

M - Creamy but not too heavy. Light to medium carbonation. Rounded nicely.

D - The sweet flavor is kind of cut short after each sip allowing the sweetness to not become overwhelming. Very drinkable despite the 9% alcohol.

Delicious Dunkelweizen. Well rounded, not overpoweringly sweet or alcoholic. That 9% does build though, only thing holding back drinking this all day. (695 characters)

Photo of SkurvvyPirate
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours fairly dark with a nice creme colored head that almost seems like nitro. Almost looks like a soda in color.

Smell - Lots of fruit and spice in the smell. I smell mostly banana and clove.

Taste - Flavor is very similar to the smell. Taste banana and a delicious aftertaste that lingers around.

Mouthfeel - I was surprised by the amount of carbonation, it was a lot more then I was expecting. But it really worked well and helped the flavor stick around.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer! Normally I am not a huge fan of "spicy" beers but this was really good. You really can't taste the high ABV at all and it is very drinkable. I will definitely be buying a few more for my stockpile. (713 characters)

Photo of JRegal
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer while i was in NC and brought it back to Florida.

This beer is darker than most Dunkel's i've had (with Weihenstephan's being my main benchmark). Upon first taste i was surprised by just how spiced this beer was. It also has a much stronger malty kick that puts it much closer to being a great winter beer than i would consider most dunkel weiss.

All in all, grab one and share it with a friend. (415 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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