Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing
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3.55/5 rDev -13%
Pours a dark brown color with a small head for a wheat beer. Ok retention and lacing.
Nose is very clove oriented with a decent dose of bananas. Alcohol is big, real big for this style. Malts are far in the background, but maybe a touch of chocolate is there.
Taste is much softer than the nose indicates and the chocolate comes out to play a bit more. Yeasty esters are all over the place, from bubblegum to banana to clove. Little bit of tart wheat, maybe even some coriander? Alcohol is the main detractor for me on this beer, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Other than that, it is a pretty well done dunkelweizen with plenty of yeast character.
03-12-2011 18:39:07 | More by twiggamortis420
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
03-10-2011 23:46:38 | More by JLeege
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
03-10-2011 04:35:32 | More by feloniousmonk
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
03-10-2011 01:32:24 | More by JoeAmerican77
3.63/5 rDev -11%
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.
03-08-2011 01:02:25 | More by UTCengOwl
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
03-07-2011 01:36:16 | More by Domingo
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a weizen glass. Can't read the date on the bottle but it was just released so it's fresh. Was a russet brown color with good carb streams. It had a large tan head that very slowly settled into a 1/8" constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.
The aroma was excellent. Great clove, chocolate banana and pepper aroma that I kept sniffing over and over. Really good. The taste is exceptional with the usual clove and banana blending with the pepper and chocolate tones. A little too sweet or it'd be a 5 for me. Creamy mouthfeel with excellent carb levels and great aftertaste.
Overall, an excellent weizenbock that stands out from the field. Still like the Ayinger a tad more but this is close. Most highly recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - see a big future for this one in the rotation. [H;Y]
03-05-2011 02:29:26 | More by TexIndy
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
03-05-2011 02:01:55 | More by Fatherskull
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
03-04-2011 23:41:50 | More by Chyren
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Pours into my snifter a dark brown/red caramel color with almost two fingers of tan head, moderate retention and lacing.
S - Banana and clove, chocolate, wheat, roasted grain and nutmeg.
T - Not as explosive as the aroma, yet something new for my palate. Getting a lot of that banana and clove, nutmeg, somewhat sweet, yet spicy, roast coffee/chocolate are very mild, but there, with very little alcohol present.
M - Medium-heavy in body, pretty creamy and well rounded.
D - This is a new one for me, interesting style and another solid offering from New Belgium.
03-03-2011 00:22:29 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
22oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.
Pours with a tawny, amber-cola body that sports a healthy dose of carbonation. Attractive head sits as a crown of khaki bubbles up top, retaining well and leaving a few patches of lace behind. Creamy weizenbock- like aroma with vanilla and German yeast esters of bubblegum and banana.
Very flavorful beer, with floral hops and a big malt presence that coats the palate with wheat-y vanilla, banana, and clove. Alcohol lurks in the background, adding a spicy semi-heat to the finish. Mouthfeel is hefty, but not overbearing to the tongue. Smooth carbonation makes for a smoother finish. One of New Belgium's better LoF releases, and a great hybridization of the Weizenbock/Dunkelweizen style
02-27-2011 00:35:07 | More by wagenvolks
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
02-25-2011 22:17:54 | More by drowninginhops
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Served from tap into an imperial pint glass. Poured a reddish brown with a one and a half finger very light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, clove, banana, alcohol, and a slight roastiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, clove, slight alcohol, and slight roastiness. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew and a very nice Dunkel. The aroma was quite nice and I really liked the slight alcohol aroma that it was giving off with the typical Hefe notes. The flavor was very nicely balanced and at 9% the alcohol was not palate invasive at all. For the style, this one is top-notch in my opinion. A definite must try.
02-25-2011 12:41:46 | More by thagr81us
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
Appearance: Poured into a half liter weizen glass. The color is a deep caramel brown. Two fingers of slightly tanned head developed and dissipated to leave traces along the glass, a spotted lacing, and a thick ring around the edge.
Smell: The heavenly aroma of dunkelweizen, though tinged with black pepper spice. Immediately noticeable are scents of apple, banana, and bubblegum. There is also caramel, clove, and black pepper spice that makes the nostrils tingle a little.
Taste: The black pepper is more noticeable in the flavor, where it introduces each sip with a nice spice kick. It overpowers everything else, frankly, until the beer warms. It's almost as if I have a waiter cranking away at a grinder over my glass. However, when it does fade flavors of apple, banana, and caramel emerge, thankfully balancing the black pepper so it is tolerable. The rather substantial ABV for a dunkelweizen is very well masked.
Drinkability: Tasty stuff, but it lacks the usual potency of dunkelweizen. It is obviously not true to style on purpose, but the uniqueness of the pepper spice gets old quickly.
02-25-2011 05:14:22 | More by TheQuietMan22
4.65/5 rDev +14%
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.
02-25-2011 00:16:29 | More by garjc
3.6/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
02-24-2011 06:31:28 | More by Rayek
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
02-23-2011 15:50:10 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -2%
Pours dark velvety brown with a red tint and ruby highlights. Head is initially thick and rocky, eventually settling to a dense sheen.
Aroma is malty and slightly smokey. Burnt toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Generous plum and raisin dark fruit.
Taste is initially malt and sweet with the caramel malt and dark fruit from the nose. Then fresh cracked black pepper spiciness takes over and brings a lingering warmth. Finishes musty, with a dry woody quality and some alcohol heat.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
This is an unusual Dunkel. The heat from the peppery spice took me by surprise. Very non-traditional.
02-22-2011 00:33:42 | More by Blakaeris
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured very dark with some nice ruby highlights, a monster head, a belgian like 6 inches of creamyness that left tons of sticky lacing.
The smell was very german, big banana bread and clove with sweet dark raisony fruit.
The flavor is very full and complex with a nice big chocolate maltyness up front mixing in with bananas, dates, raisons, cherries and some spices along with a strong yeast character. The hops are a bit subdued, but are lingering in the background to balance out the sweetness a bit.
The mouthfeel has a dry powdery quality along with some nice carbonation.
Overall a pretty solid and enjoyable Dunkel.
02-22-2011 00:30:26 | More by bashiba
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
02-21-2011 23:55:39 | More by rye726
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
02-21-2011 22:07:17 | More by oberon
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
I am glad this finally made it to Houston. I have been wanting to try this since it was released.
A: Pours an opaque dark brown color. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. A ring stays all the way down the glass. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left behind as well.
S: Big banana esters up front and center. The banana is always there, but it never becomes cloying or over barring. Toasted and sweet malt as well. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose with a big banana ester flavor. Spicy and zesty. Toasted and sweet malt again. Dry wood which melds everything together.
M/D: A medium to full body. Creamy and smooth. A great beer to sip on. I am really enjoying the bottle.
This did not disappoint me. A very nice Dunkelweizen. A lot more alcohol than I would think for the style, but it is really well hidden. Everything works well together. Highly recommended.
02-20-2011 01:51:15 | More by champ103
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-20-2011 01:24:54 | More by MarcatGSB
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Very dark cola brown with ruby hues on the edges. Full, thick, creamy, sticky, off-white head. Great retention leaving a nice creamy lace.
S - Delivers just what you want from the style. Tons of banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, estery aroma. Some sweet caramel and brown sugar in the back. A touch more peppery than some other dunkelweizens. Pretty sweet and the alcohol is very well hidden.
T - Similar to the nose, but the pepper and clove really come out, especially the pepper. It starts out with a spicy, peppery zing and then settles down a touch with the sweet malt and banana coming out a bit stronger. Banana and estery flavors finish the sip. The spice is persistent throughout and I think a slight alcohol warming comes along with that spiciness.
M - Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly smooth with a warming finish.
D - Tasty and slightly warming beer that is fairly easy to drink. Peppery spiciness slows down how fast I can drink it and how much I would want, but there is definitely enough sweetness to balance this out.
Notes: Pretty good showing of the style. More peppery and clove (spice in general) than some other German dunkelweizens I've had. There is enough sweet malt and banana flavors to hold up that spice though. Alcohol only slightly peaks its head and that is fairly dangerous with it being 9%. I really enjoyed this and the price isn't horrible (for a bomber and especially for a beer in the Lips of Faith series). Worth a try (and quite possibly subsequent tries).
02-19-2011 05:27:01 | More by FreshHawk
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-19-2011 03:11:46 | More by emerge077
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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