Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing
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4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured from 22oz bottle into Hefe Glass.
Deep oaky brown color with 2"thick off-white head.
Wheaty, weizen typical smell...actually maybe a bit of a strong strong smell...
It has a smoky/oaky dark wheat taste...slight cherry and malty...almost Quad like.
Overall, its a very unique interpretation. Delicious and easy drink despite the high ABV. Again, NB did well!
11-19-2011 01:07:24 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Not sure how old this is but I bought it several months ago.
Pours a dark coke like color with a massive tan head which has okay retention. The smell is very sweet and nice lots of sweet yeast esters. The feel is medium to thin good carbonation. The taste is sweet bubble gum, cloves, banana and malts, a very good beer one of the better things from New Belgium, I'd like to see this made again.
10-16-2011 02:30:57 | More by DavidST
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/3/11
Pours a medium cola brown, slightly dulled. it's darker in the glass with a mahogany appearance at the stem and a pretty ruby hue when held to the light. One and a half fingers of foam rose quickly and fell just the same. Thin retention. Very impressive lace, though.
Wheat is strong in the aroma - toasted, clean and snappy; heck, I'd go so far as to call it tangy. Darker grains rough it up around the edges a bit. Earthy overtones. Some yeast tones. Becomes more appreciably bready as it warms. Doesn't taste snappy, though. No, no, it's punchy. The wheat has a kickin' flavor that slaps the palate whilst riding a wave ample, focused carbonation. Moderately spicy. As the beer closes in on room temperature some sweet banana notes emerge. Toasted bread abounds. At times it almost gets to roasty territory, but holds back. tangy and flavorful with a warming sensation. Medium body with something of a dusty notion and coating finish.
Pretty nice take on the style on an under-appreciated style. I would prefer a lower abv, but it's not that tall of a gripe. Worth a shot.
10-04-2011 00:03:27 | More by Ryan011235
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
09-19-2011 02:29:50 | More by MoustacheHero
3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
09-09-2011 05:21:49 | More by Mebuzzard
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a huge, creamy light tan head that fades away slowly into a rich film that leaves foamy rings of lace.
The aroma is of banana nut bread, spice, full rich toffee, nutmeg, caramel and cloves.
The flavors follow with banana and clove esters peeking through a grainy, rich caramel and chocolate with notes of sweet toffee and black pepper on the finish.
Medium bodied, smooth and rich.
Delicious and balanced dunkle. Awesome.
09-05-2011 22:07:18 | More by JayS2629
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
A – Great looking, slightly off-white head. Great retention and lace. Black cherry, mahogany body.
S – Banana nut bread, full of ripe bananas and walnuts. Caramel and a light yeasty twang deep in the nose. Faint booze as it warms.
T – Nutty opening of roasted chestnuts. Boozy banana bread through the center. Wheat, nutmeg, banana, and black pepper in the finish.
M – Medium body is creamy and smooth. Nice carbonation. Touch boozy, but probably par for the course at 9%.
O – I’d like to see how this doe with a few years under it. Still great as is.
08-20-2011 17:36:58 | More by vfgccp
3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
08-09-2011 17:21:39 | More by mdfb79
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-09-2011 00:54:23 | More by fsvan
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
A - Great pour. Nice off-white foamy head; builds slowly. Brew is dark crisp brown with lots of reds and blacks. Nice head retention too.
S - Lots of huge banana!!!! Great scent for this style! Lots of spices too. Not your girlfriends wheat...
T - Strong, but hidden nicely, zero heat. Great smooth Belgian goodness. Lots of cloves, banana, spice.
M - Dry! Great carbonation, but slightly bitter. The bitterness doesn't fit with this style.
O - Rockin' brew, glad I finally got to try it!
08-07-2011 04:32:52 | More by chugalug06
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
This one pours a dark raisiny brown in color with a one finger creamy beige colored head. The aromas are of major bananas and cloves. It has some raisin to it as well. The flavors are sweet and rich. It's a pretty solid banana, clove, and raisin bomb. It's very good for the style, even though this one is really an imperial dunkel. This drinks alot thicker in body than it appeared to be during the pour. It is really smooth and very easy to drink. It has a great and resonating flavor. Overall this is a fine dunkel, and definitely one of the better beers in the Lips of Faith series. I recommend it.
08-07-2011 02:17:04 | More by aasher
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
07-31-2011 21:27:00 | More by stimulus
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
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!
07-29-2011 01:11:31 | More by russpowell
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-16-2011 20:35:25 | More by jmvecchio1
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
06-29-2011 19:21:31 | More by PatLarsen
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured into a weizen glass. Pretty sure the ABV puts this into the weizenbock category.
4.0 A: Clearish deep amber/light brown color. Three fingers of beige creamy/frothy hybrid head. Average retention overall, but the last quarter inch sticks around for a while. Lots of irregularly placed lacing.
4.5 S: Big hit of banana and clove with pepper underneath. Good bit of roasty toastiness and I swear I'm picking up hints of bacon. Raw cocoa and some caramel. Very nice here.
4.0 T: Again tons of banana, clove, and pepper. More chocolaty than the nose suggested with about the same amount of caramel. Lightly roasty and toasty. Lightly boozy. The taste is good, but as of right now the flavors don't mesh seamlessly together, at least not yet.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good carbonation for the style with plenty of spritiness to it. Very creamy, though could be a bit smoother.
4.0 D: Pretty good beer. I think after a couple years this could be a hell of a beer.
06-28-2011 17:40:42 | More by DavoleBomb
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
06-28-2011 02:31:44 | More by SkipWeathers
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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