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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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 58
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-tinged dark brown, plenty of colour to it, with very nice beige head; fairly pale with nice density, sinks slowly but surely to a thin crown of bubbles with some wonderful lacing left behind. Looks pretty damn great.

Smells a bit completely insane. Massive weizen esters, but leaning heavily on the candy banana side, with huge banana sweetness. Also an equally odd side-note of smoke, with some bacon and charred wood, and maybe some peach in the mix as well. Totally didn't expect that, and I'm glad. Quite fascinating, I'm glad it blind-sided me but still, it's a bit too odd for me to love it.

Taste starts out banana cake-esque, there's plenty of that weizeny banana flavour but also a gooey sweet cake batter note with hints of butter and caramel. Not really a lot of dark notes which is a bit incongruous with the look and style, and it really just ends up fruity with more of that seed-heavy banana note. If I were a banana fan I might like it, but A) I'm not, and B) I'm also disappointed that there seems so little else to it, especially given the intrigue of the nose.

Not a bad feel, with a bit of body to it, slightly dry at the back and a bit heavy. Not bad.

Too much banana. What's great about good weizens is the balance between fruit and spice, and there's really a want of spice here. Decent brew, but a bit one-note.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of JayQue
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THis is one great beer. A beefed up American take on a Dunkle. It works!!! Very impressive.

Poured into a Budweiser select pilsner glass. Looks murky and brown but when held to a light, it is all amber and ruby highlights. Nice size antique white head / good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is outstanding. Heavy duty hefe aromas, cloves and banana and yeast. Also some pepper and bready malts.

Taste is great as well. A dark hefe on steroids. The hefe elements are prominent. Good use of the banana/yeast/cloves combo that makes a hefe so inviting. In addition there is a hearty blend of bready malts and some pepper and alcohol presence reminiscent of a good Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is a good bit less light than a traditional Dunkel. This is a 9% abv beer. Stronger feel and some alcohol presence above and beyond a normal Dunkel. Does it work? Hell yes!!! This is a great beer.

Overall very impressive. I would drink this one again.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of david131
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark and clear ruby red with some brown and black highlights. The light brown head is very creamy and slowly settles to a thin covering.

S- A lot of caramel, toffee, oats, flowers, honey, nutmeg, black cherries, and alcohol. Crazy complex. I love it.

T- Same as the aroma but the alcohol definitely has a harsh presence which definitely cut down the complexity.

M- A very nice carbonation presence but the alcohol harshness makes it a bit hot on the finish.

O- A very nice smelling beer but the drinkability suffers from the noticeable alcohol content. That being said, this is an extraordinarily well-made beer.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MusicaleMike
4/5  rDev -2%
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!

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black-ruby color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. He head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of banana and clove with pepper with a bit of wheat and sweet malt.

T - Starts off with some clove and banana flavor with some wheat. Through the middle some sweet malt and some more yeast flavor with some more clove. The finish is a mix of banana, clove, some bubblegum, some rich sweet malts, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy and lightly sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice take on an stronger version of a dunkelweizen. The balance is nice with some really good strong banana and clove notes.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark, clear red amber. Minimal head, but a bit of lacing. Wheat, malt and slighly sour aroma. Light malt and dark fruits to start, then lighter fruits with a distinct banana flavor. Finishes with the pepper, light malt and slight hops. Weizen wheat in the finish. Interesting flavor progression. It seemed a little subdued at first, but quite nicely done and interesting. Must try again.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Moran's Liquor Works in Lincoln, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

New Belgium's LoF dunkelweizen is a weizenbock by another name with a prominent black pepper spiciness added to the recipe. While I don't think this overabundance of that particular spice contributes much to the flavors in a dunkelweiss (or weizenbock), the team at New Belgium has otherwise crafted a solid dark weizenbock that I wouldn't mind having again (though in smaller bottles would be nicer) once in a while.

Pours a tall (>3cm), tan head that lasts for a few minutes before descending to a perpetual cap (0.5cm) atop the beer. Leaves some small amounts of lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is a very dark brown when out of the light, but a transparent mahogany wood-finish color that is mineral-red accented. Carbonation not readily visible.

Very strong, pleasant aroma of musty bananas, some nuttiness, slight bit of roasted and chocolate malts, black pepper, with a solid backbone of dark barley and wheat malt mash sweetness. Probably one of the better weizen ale aromas I have smelled: if it had some cinnamon, nutmeg, or clove oil component this would be perfect.

Taste opens with some very dark, deep wheat malt sweetnes that's somewhat overshadowed by a black pepper component. Caramel and wheat malt sweetness increase just beyond this, and upon reaching mid-palate, there is a small explosion of flavors: black pepper, old banana, pie spice. The spiciness is good in a wheat ale, but the taste of black pepper outweighs banana and pie spices and diminishes my overall enjoyment of the beer. Taste fades out with some creamy banana, vanilla, and dark malt flavors for an excellent close. Aftertaste is of residual black pepper, banana, and some tartness.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with a substantial, fizzy carbonation. A bit heavy for a dunkelweizen, but just about right for a weizenbock. Which is it? Slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat, with a dry finish.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of nickthegun12
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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