Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 58
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Cat-burglar-smooth and just as fond of the dark, Dunkel Weiss sneaks together wheat and barley malts with a pinch of black pepper. Nab one before it gives you the slip! Tempt your Lips of Faith with the whole line - up at New Belgium.com." Brewed in the style of a German Dunkelweizen. Available as a one-off release in the Lips of Faith Series.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium globe glass. Served above 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy creamed head of an ecru-tan color over a deep brown body with dark cola highlights. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious. Retention is very good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Sour wheat, caramel bread, a pinch of roasted grain, moderate black pepper and clove spiciness. Subtle notes of cocoa and dark fruit, moderate banana. Potency is medium/high. 4

(Taste) Sweetened wheat base, cocoa powder, dark fruit syrup, toasted caramel bread, moderate clove and banana bread character. Less spice and yeast character in the flavor, more balanced but ever present. Dunkel Weiss finishes on a pleasant blend of chewy wheat and roasted barley. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, moderately chewy and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate generating a high frothiness and medium crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is evenly sweet to spicy and yeasty. Alcohol presence is light, and there are no off characters to mention. 3.75

(Overall) Altogether Dunkel Weiss is a very solid example of the uncommon style, with lots of smooth wheat, roasted malt and hefeweizen yeast flavor, yet roundly balanced and highly drinkable, which is a pleasant surprise considering the sneakily high 9% ABV. I hope that New Belgium decides to upgrade this seldom brewed style (in America, at least) to a more permanent status, as this would make for a unique summer or fall beer. 4

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith: Dunkel Weiss
3.99/5.00

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat and roasted malt, with a little bit of pepper and cloves. The flavor is more of the same. I get some dark fruit, caramel malt, molasses, wheat and pepper. Very drinkable, with only a little bit of the 9 percent ABV showing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice dunkelweizen and another good Lips of Faith beer.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Star Liquor, consumed in parking lot while waiting for GTTM tix

appearance; served in a shaker pint - dark, cola-esque body, full off-white head with good retention.

smell; overripe banana, dark cherries, vanilla, dark wheat, clove

taste: nice offering - banana, dark cherry, wheat, spicy clove, cocoa, ginger.

mouthfeel: medium body, nicely spiced finish

overall: strong

Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel-brown color like soda pop. Modest sized tan head is alright. Nose is pleasant with some bruised banana. Dark roasty wheaty grain flavors on the palate are nice with plenty of banana and soft spices. Light body, and a mineral-like quality through the finish and aftertaste. Easy drinking. Alcohol level is surely masked on this one, if it is in fact 9%.

Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 2/5/11. Poured into a NB Globe.

A - Dark cola brown with a fluffy 3-finger bone-colored head. Retention is great, some streaky lacing is left on the glass.
S - Dark malt, roasted plantains, cloves, and caramel. Huge banana flavors on this, smells great!
T - Very close to the nose, dark roasted banana or plantains dominate with cloves, bubblegum, and a heaping caramel malt backbone. Probably the "roastiest", most banana-forward Dunkelweizen I've had.
M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body and prickly carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, but the high ABV would keep this from being sessionable.

Photo of gregshead
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 3/18/11 Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a dark murky brown with a reddish hue.

S: Vanilla sugar with banana aroma underneath. The nose really draws me in.

T: Nice cloves/banana and vanilla sweetness. Imagine a darker stronger dunkel with some extra sweetness.

M: A little bit of heat on the tongue. Nice light carbonation feel, along with a medium thickness feel.

O: I liked this one much to my own chagrin. I'm not much of a lager person but I could see myself coming back to this one again.

Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, med. Pale tan head slowly shrinks to foamy ring and wisps, foamy lace.

Aroma is licorice, tar, toast, hint of clove.

Taste is black pepper, tar, prunes, dark whole wheat (esp in aftertaste), faint hint of licorice, strong clove, and spiciness. It has a hint of a weizenbock crossed with a Belgian ale esp. in yeastiness. It’s very good but not outstanding.

Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra bottle showed up today from thagr81us. Thanks! I've wanted to get this since I heard of it. I hope NB start distributing in this market soon. Violated my no beer in April rule because of the huge tax check I had to write tonight. I don't write a 5000$ check without getting a blowjob, nap, or a beer. 2 out of three ain't bad.

Beer served in an Erdinger Weissbrau glass, Beer is dark brown / ruby, mostly clear with a tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, lacing on the glass. It isn't hazy enough, it isn't carbonated enough. Oh well.

Sweet, cloves, some banana, smell is mildly alcoholic, whoa, this beer is 9% ABV. That sucks. Too much alcohol.

Wow, this beer tastes awesome. It is medium in body, perhaps a little heavy, sweet up front and finishes with a nice banana character. There is some mild spiciness in the front half of the beer. The finish is nice.

This beer started out slow and had a nice finish to it. I really liked it.

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

Bottle from Rileys in Madison. Really tasty stuff, above average mouthfeel. Great malting, with cocoa nibs and wheat. Was terrific appetizer for a good supper. Pours very dark brown. Very pleasant malt aromas. A little coca cola.Bannana, not much cloves.

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark brown color with a thick, foamy, tan, two-finger head. Nice rings of lace were left behind when the head finally receded.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and caramel with a subtle clove touch.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel maltiness, wheat and a sharp hop bitterness. The banana and clove flavors took a back seat to the malt and bitter bite.

M - It was smooth and very crisp. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish

O - Really nice dunkelweizen. The Lips of Faith series continues to impress.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Aventinus weizenbock glass. Surprisingly dark brown body, largely clear with faint auburn highlights and mahogany highlights. A small dark beige head anoints the surface. Delicate pasty lacing, shimmering legs, and decent retention.

Potent banana and bubble gum aromatics, with a touch of clove, and brandy dipped bread dough.

Ester-heavy flavor profile, with banana and hints of vanilla leading the way, balanced by a rich maltiness, a grainy, faintly tart wheat base, and a long spicy finish, owing I think to the addition of black pepper rather than yeast-derived phenols.

Alcohol is rather high for the style, making this decidedly more filling than rejuvenating, though the soft, pillowy, effervescent, medium-bodied feel is well done.

Interesting change of pace for the sour-heavy Lips of Faith series - wasn't expecting much, but this is pretty tasty actually.

Photo of dcloeren
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: If I didn't know this was a beer I would say that it had the same hue as a coke/dr. pepper. Poured a doughy 1.5 fingers of creme colored head

S: Smells almost exactly like bananas foster mixed with clove, belgian spices, some chocolate and a nice hint of grape. Smells delicious to say the least

T: Taste is similar to the smell. Yeasty bread, dark malt, bananas, clove, the spices I got in the nose were more prevalent in the taste, maybe a hint of maple syrup or some sticky molasses. Very tasty

M : Medium bodied with a great amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth quite nicely with the aftertaste

O: I think New Belgium did an excellent job with this one. I spent some time in Germany for work and this is right on par with some of the best dunkels I had while I was there.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well made and very pleasant dunkelweizen. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a slight head. Lovely typical aromas of banana, a hint of clove, and a nice sweet breadiness underlying it all that makes the banana notes come off as banana bread at times. Nice. well balanced flavors of banana, some breadiness, a light citrusy counterpoint, and light molasses notes. Not earthshaking, but quite nice. Very smooth, and this is accentuated by a lower level of carbonation. One of the Lips of Faith beers I'd definitely buy again.

Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.