Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing
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3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Bottle poured into a weizen glass. Been pretty excited to try this one!
A: Pours a dark ruby brown that is slightly purple when held to the light, with a nice 3 finger tan head that settle into decent lacing.
S: Spices (especially clove) dominate the nose. Alcohol is a little too apparent, but expected given the 9%ABV (I'd pretty much call this an imperial dunkel). A hint of banana and vine fruit at the end.
T: WOW. Traditional banana, bubblegum and clove are kicked up a notch here. Nice malt sweetness is well balanced with spicy yeast. There's also a fig/raisin note, but it comes across a little too sweet when it mixes with the candi sugar notes. Alcohol becomes too prevalent as it warms, and burns a bit right on the back of the throat, just like when you eat something too quickly right out of the microwave.
M: On the thicker side for the style, but it suits the stronger flavors well. Coats the mouth nicely but not too sticky.
O: I definitely like this beer, but a few things hold it back from greatness. First, absolutely too much alcohol. I think it'd be perfect at 7 or 7.5%. The fruit notes here are great and well balanced, but maybe a little too sweet. I'd call it an imperial dunkel, which is a great unique spin on the style by NB. They should just tone a few things down and make a world-class American dunkel.
04-30-2011 03:27:50 | More by afrokaze
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Thanks to my NOOB BIF for this one!! Dark mahogany pour with a relatively good head and some lacing throughout. Aromas consisted of banana, bubble gum ... typical of the style - with a little backbone. The taste is very consistent with the brew of this type - with a hint of malty roastiness ... some molasses as well. Mouthfeel was a little thin - but good carbonation and a mild alcohol in the finish. Very good beer - considering I am not a big fan of Fat Tire. Glad I had a chance to try it.
11-26-2011 23:58:18 | More by brendaniel
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
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
3.63/5 rDev -11%
Deep dark chestnut color with a tall, sticky tan head. Nice aroma...typical clove and banana along with spices, pepper, and chocolaty malts. Sweet banana and smooth malty flavors. Tangy wheat, fruity esters, bubblegum, cocoa, caramel, molasses, faint raisin, pepper, and a slight hit of alcohol warmth. Seems a little rough around the edges, but that's probably due to the high ABV. Medium bodied and dry. Pretty good..I wish it was a little more "together" though.
03-17-2011 02:49:56 | More by wedge
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
Coca-Cola brown hazy beer with a medium sized tan colored head.
Smell is sweet and boozy with plum, prune and dark bread scent in addition to the usual German Wheat beer aromas. Banana is stronger than clove here. Clove is the weakest smell here.
Starts out sweet with a bruised bananas on bread flavor. Deep chest warming, only indication of how strong this stuff is. Banana and then plum and finally clove are the strongest flavors.
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability is OK. Alcohol is way up there. This is a beer style normally considered a Session beer style, not a KO Beer.
06-18-2011 02:20:16 | More by Zorro
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
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
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
Served in tulip. Poured a lightly opaque black with a half-inch of khaki head that that had medium retention and lacing.
The aroma had a solid banana scent upfront with a solid grain profile in the background. There was also a slight bubblegum presence, and over the aroma was very nice. The flavors were very similar, banana, some bubblegum, earthy grains and a bit of yeast spiciness.
The body was full but light, was smooth and had a clean finish. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have 3 or 4 of these on a rainy Northwest afternoon. Overall, this was a very nice beer, one of the better offerings from a brewery that I mostly find to be average-ish. Certainly worth trying when you see it.
12-16-2011 23:44:13 | More by beertunes
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
06-19-2011 13:46:44 | More by fsimcox
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
Poured from 22oz bottle.
A- Pours a deep brown color with crimson highlights when held to the light. Two finger tna head shows medium retention. Nice streaks and light webbing of lace on the sides of the glass.
S- To me overripe banana comes in first with the aroma. This gets partnered with spices like clove and the two become almost all I can smell. Alcohol does come in and tingle to nose. Light notes of bubblegum in the very end.
T- Overripe banana does come through in the front of the beer with some light bubblegum hints. The clove comes through next with a semi-dominate flavor. Middle of the beer shows some light darker fruits (fig and raisin mostly). Ending shows a light bubblegum note with a ton of candi sugar in this. I have feeling to believe this shows the higher ABV. Banana comes through in the ending with warming alcohol.
M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Banana, clove, and bubblegum show up on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, candi sugar, and banana. Flavors were a little underbalanced I thought as they didn't flow together. No off flavors were detected while drinking this beer. Medium heavy alcohol drying left on the palate.
O- This beer was a interesting drinker that I enjoyed but wouldn't go for many glasses of it. The ABV was a little much and showed in the flavor too much at times. A good try for the style but I just wasn't feeling it as much at times.
05-15-2011 23:52:46 | More by alleykatking
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Deep, dark chestnut color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with good retention to a thick skim. Laced the glass in sheets and webs.
S: Wheat malt and overripe banana. Clove and pepper mix with a fair alcohol aroma.
T: Just like the nose with malt and banana up front. Clove and dark-colored fruit are prominent in the middle. Building spicy bitter/sweet finish. Warming alcohol.
M: Medium-to-full body. low-moderate carbonation is good for the style. Banana, dark-colored fruit and candy fill the palate. Not sure it all got balanced in the end with the dry, warming alcohol.
O: Interesting malt and yeast character. ABV was a little daunting.
05-23-2011 21:43:01 | More by Haybeerman
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
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
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a dark brown, almost black with whitish tan head that fades quickly. Smells like sugared banana, spices and a touch of booze. The taste is really good - a spiced, sugared banana-bomb. Much smoother than it seems like it is going to be from the nose, but stilla touch of booziness holds it back a touch. Funny enough, this is like a holiday beer to me and I think normal spiced holiday beers are way too much. Mouthfeel is slightly lower in carbonation and pretty thick for the style. Overall, this is an enjoyable take on the style.
04-22-2011 00:50:16 | More by seeswo
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
03-13-2011 08:17:01 | More by bohemiandonut
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
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!
04-25-2011 03:10:04 | More by TheGordianKnot
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
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
Color is a dark brown, pretty clear with burnished red highlights. If you think this is opaque, hold it up to the light. Head is an ashy grey, short but leaving nice lace. Aromas leaning toward phenols and earth tones. Bready, just about where a dunkelweiss should be. Lacking the potent raisin component of the best in style.
The flavor here is somewhat muted again. Malty leads with ripe banana, fig, light purple grapes, and carob. Definitely fruity. This could be a banana-grape smoothie in another incarnation. Pleasant flavor, nice take on the dunkel style, as it really isn't too far off the beaten path, yet some dunkelweizens make me sick with the mushy banana. Pretty cool.
Enjoyable. A little thin, but it is a wheat beer. Carbonation is solid, not too sticky or heavy. Booze is well hidden, and with a fairly thin profile and body, that's quite a feat. Overall a fairly impressive brew within its style even though it doesn't completely appeal to me.
04-09-2011 03:51:23 | More by BretSikkink
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Big thanks to Boatshoes for this one. I got a box full 'o new beers, this one was a surprise.
Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass.
A- This is a dark one. Deep shades of plums, reds, mahoganies and tobacco build a opalescent glass of beer. A big head cascades as it rises above, threatening to spill over the rim of the glass. Large concentric rings of lacing are torn off as it fades back down to a very thick covering.
S- As this beer pours the room is filled with the aroma of over ripe banana. It reminds one of the brown spots on a soft banana. Very sweet and tropical. Upon close inspection, it isnt hard to find fresh cracked black pepper and pineapple. Wow, I'm loving how the banana and citrus come together to create a tropical fruit salad bouquet, complete with melon. Once I focus on the smell of the wheat and how it interacts with the banana, I am reminded of eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches on wheat bread as a kid.
T- Banana is the stronger of flavors. Wheat is no slouch either. It gives a snappy finish to this sweet and fruity beer. Lots of berries move along as pepper makes an appearance. The finish yields a spot of alcohol that I wish werent there. Perhaps this could benefit from being only around 6-7% or less rather than 9%. The finish and aftertaste introduce some milk chocolate into the mix.
M- Dry, but quite smooth. Nice fuller body with a fluffy soft carbonation.
D- The alcohol plays too much part in this. Its tasted slightly, but becomes a much bigger part of the feel as this bottle moves along.
03-16-2011 07:08:46 | More by MbpBugeye
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
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.