Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing
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4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-16-2012 03:57:56 | More by david131
4/5 rDev -2%
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!
03-31-2012 18:21:38 | More by MusicaleMike
4.23/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
03-30-2012 06:18:46 | More by ngeunit1
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
03-30-2012 02:37:20 | More by LiquidAmber
4.08/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-07-2012 19:46:50 | More by falloutsnow
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
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
02-05-2012 06:10:43 | More by nickthegun12
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
01-28-2012 05:38:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Beer poured from 22oz brown bomber bottle to globe glass.
A - The beer pours a very deep mahogany, almost brown, almost deep black with nice ruby color tones on the edges. A nice 2 finger white creamy full head with excellent retention and lacing.
S - A wonderful aroma of colve, banana, grape, pepper. A hint of sweet malt with a touch of alcohol. Very nice.
T - The beer starts very similar to the nose. A lot of clove, banana, and grape flavors. Very pleasant. The middle of the beer brings out pepper and spice along with a nice deep malt character. The beer sinishes warm, clean, and fresh.
M - Medium to medium/full bodied with good carbonation.
D - Good. Hides the alcohol very well.
Overall, this is a really good beer. I am glad NBB released this. My good friend Rory recommended it and I am glad to heed his advice. I would buy this again without hesitation.
Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-21-2011 02:55:13
01-27-2012 14:48:49 | More by hopfacebrew
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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