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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 214
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 57
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 214
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours into my snifter a dark brown/red caramel color with almost two fingers of tan head, moderate retention and lacing.

S - Banana and clove, chocolate, wheat, roasted grain and nutmeg.

T - Not as explosive as the aroma, yet something new for my palate. Getting a lot of that banana and clove, nutmeg, somewhat sweet, yet spicy, roast coffee/chocolate are very mild, but there, with very little alcohol present.

M - Medium-heavy in body, pretty creamy and well rounded.

D - This is a new one for me, interesting style and another solid offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Pours with a tawny, amber-cola body that sports a healthy dose of carbonation. Attractive head sits as a crown of khaki bubbles up top, retaining well and leaving a few patches of lace behind. Creamy weizenbock- like aroma with vanilla and German yeast esters of bubblegum and banana.

Very flavorful beer, with floral hops and a big malt presence that coats the palate with wheat-y vanilla, banana, and clove. Alcohol lurks in the background, adding a spicy semi-heat to the finish. Mouthfeel is hefty, but not overbearing to the tongue. Smooth carbonation makes for a smoother finish. One of New Belgium's better LoF releases, and a great hybridization of the Weizenbock/Dunkelweizen style

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Photo of drowninginhops
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into an imperial pint glass. Poured a reddish brown with a one and a half finger very light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, clove, banana, alcohol, and a slight roastiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, clove, slight alcohol, and slight roastiness. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew and a very nice Dunkel. The aroma was quite nice and I really liked the slight alcohol aroma that it was giving off with the typical Hefe notes. The flavor was very nicely balanced and at 9% the alcohol was not palate invasive at all. For the style, this one is top-notch in my opinion. A definite must try.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a half liter weizen glass. The color is a deep caramel brown. Two fingers of slightly tanned head developed and dissipated to leave traces along the glass, a spotted lacing, and a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: The heavenly aroma of dunkelweizen, though tinged with black pepper spice. Immediately noticeable are scents of apple, banana, and bubblegum. There is also caramel, clove, and black pepper spice that makes the nostrils tingle a little.

Taste: The black pepper is more noticeable in the flavor, where it introduces each sip with a nice spice kick. It overpowers everything else, frankly, until the beer warms. It's almost as if I have a waiter cranking away at a grinder over my glass. However, when it does fade flavors of apple, banana, and caramel emerge, thankfully balancing the black pepper so it is tolerable. The rather substantial ABV for a dunkelweizen is very well masked.

Drinkability: Tasty stuff, but it lacks the usual potency of dunkelweizen. It is obviously not true to style on purpose, but the uniqueness of the pepper spice gets old quickly.

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Photo of garjc
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- This beer poured a dark chocolate amber. The tan head was very thick (about three fingers), had great retention, and left chunky lacing.

S- Banana attacked the nose immediately. Underneath that was a hint of clove and alcohol. Quite lovely indeed.

T- The banana from the nose is back and this time it brought some more complexity. Chocolate, bread, and black pepper all tantalize the tongue until some subtle dry hops hamper the sweetness. Very well-balanced indeed.

M- Medium bodied with thin-to-medium carbonation. So far the only lackluster quality of this beer.

D- This is dangerously sessionable. The flavors don't fatigue the palate at all and the medium body goes down smoothly. I could drink this all day. Hats off to New Belgium for this beauty.

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Photo of Rayek
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at West Lakeview for the extremely reasonable price of $6.50! Shared with my wife in weizen glasses.

A - Pours with three-plus fingers of creamy tan foam that feature good retention and leave behinds splotchy lacing. The body is a transparent dark chocolate brown with some caramel highlights. Many tiny bubbles are visible.

S - Chocolate, wheat, clove, a hint of nutmeg and cinammon, roasted grains, estery yeast, and some banana character that grows in strength as the brew warms. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

T - Taste is more laden with fruity esters, banana, and caramel, with the spice melange, roast, and chocolate moving to the periphery. Not quite as interesting as the nose, but still quite good.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, chewy texture, sticky finish. Not particularly exciting, but alcohol is no perceptible.

D - My wife and I finished this really quickly. At this price I'm definitely going to buy at least one more bottle of this one. A totally unexpected hit from New Belgium.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with some nice ruby highlights, a monster head, a belgian like 6 inches of creamyness that left tons of sticky lacing.

The smell was very german, big banana bread and clove with sweet dark raisony fruit.

The flavor is very full and complex with a nice big chocolate maltyness up front mixing in with bananas, dates, raisons, cherries and some spices along with a strong yeast character. The hops are a bit subdued, but are lingering in the background to balance out the sweetness a bit.

The mouthfeel has a dry powdery quality along with some nice carbonation.

Overall a pretty solid and enjoyable Dunkel.

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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Today I had the best dunkelweizen I have ever had...what a great beer.Poured into my Brooklyn & Schneider Hopfen-Weisse glass a deep russett brown with a blooming cappuccino colored head that settled into a creamy froth after leaving multiple rings of scum behind,creamy is a great word to describe for many things about this beer.A great aroma with real assertive banana notes along with vanilla wafers,can someone say banana puddin?To go along with banana pudding notes a subtle clove and chocolate element comes into play aroma-wise.Mouthfeel is airy and full,it glides down with such ease honestly its scary.Flavors of bananas dipped in chocolate with a tinge of earth giving it an american twist,the clove-like spice is subtle.Wow what a great beer,Iam hop head to the core but when I drink a gem like this I know it,get yourself some of this.

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Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am glad this finally made it to Houston. I have been wanting to try this since it was released.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown color. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. A ring stays all the way down the glass. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left behind as well.
S: Big banana esters up front and center. The banana is always there, but it never becomes cloying or over barring. Toasted and sweet malt as well. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose with a big banana ester flavor. Spicy and zesty. Toasted and sweet malt again. Dry wood which melds everything together.
M/D: A medium to full body. Creamy and smooth. A great beer to sip on. I am really enjoying the bottle.

This did not disappoint me. A very nice Dunkelweizen. A lot more alcohol than I would think for the style, but it is really well hidden. Everything works well together. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark cola brown with ruby hues on the edges. Full, thick, creamy, sticky, off-white head. Great retention leaving a nice creamy lace.

S - Delivers just what you want from the style. Tons of banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, estery aroma. Some sweet caramel and brown sugar in the back. A touch more peppery than some other dunkelweizens. Pretty sweet and the alcohol is very well hidden.

T - Similar to the nose, but the pepper and clove really come out, especially the pepper. It starts out with a spicy, peppery zing and then settles down a touch with the sweet malt and banana coming out a bit stronger. Banana and estery flavors finish the sip. The spice is persistent throughout and I think a slight alcohol warming comes along with that spiciness.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly smooth with a warming finish.

D - Tasty and slightly warming beer that is fairly easy to drink. Peppery spiciness slows down how fast I can drink it and how much I would want, but there is definitely enough sweetness to balance this out.

Notes: Pretty good showing of the style. More peppery and clove (spice in general) than some other German dunkelweizens I've had. There is enough sweet malt and banana flavors to hold up that spice though. Alcohol only slightly peaks its head and that is fairly dangerous with it being 9%. I really enjoyed this and the price isn't horrible (for a bomber and especially for a beer in the Lips of Faith series). Worth a try (and quite possibly subsequent tries).

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tall curvy dark weizen, crop of manila tinged foam. Very creamy and sticky texture, the glass is coated as it's sipped. Color is a deep red garnet when backlit, slow trails of bubbles ascend languidly. Crystal clarity. After a few sips the foam breaks eventually.

Dry pepper and cloves in the nose, something that reminds me of churros... fried dough and cinnamon.

Dark malt and smooth wheatiness, not overly sweet and a bit dry in the finish. Clove spice, chocolate covered banana, German Riesen chocolate caramel candies. Some raisin and estery notes. Extremely smooth and medium bodied. Finish is fairly quick and abbreviated, though a trace of the chocolate banana does linger somewhat. Rich and tasty, it's one to savor... a unique twist with the pepper and barley malt, it sets itself apart from Aventinus as something unique.

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Photo of crusian
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewing based on style.
pours a nice dark brown with a decent finger of head. Beautiful darkness in the glass.
the nose holds a lot of banana from the yeast and a hint of peppercorn, but mostly overpowered by the banana.
Taste has some banana, but the peppercorns come out much much more, it is actually a really nice mix, I may try to put pepper on my next banana to see if it would work this well. The is a little bit of sweetness on the finish. I like this. The pepper is very intriguing, and addicting. perfect medium body and carbonation. I must say, this is probably the best Dunkel I have had. Good job Peter!
edit: holy crap this is 9% never noticed.

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark dark brown that is transparent in the light. The finger-width, brown head gives way after a few minutes

S: A banana scent dominates with some clove and caramel notes in there as well. Smells a lot like NB's Abbey Ale.

T: Tastes like Abbey, too, with the banana taste coming in first. That caramelized sweetness is present as well. There's some extra fruitiness sticking around and the cloves are definitely in there. A tasty, sweet treat.

M: Medium-bodied with an extra carbonation that adds a crispness that lightens it a bit. Not overwhelming in the least. Probably the aspect that differs the most from NB's Abbey.

D: The delicious taste and not overly heavy feel make it very drinkable, maybe too much so for a 9% ABV. You might want to be careful with multiple.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip.

A: Beautiful reddish brown, I could gaze into this for a while. Substantial head, could have lasted a bit longer, but satisfying nonetheless

S: Wow! Bananas and spice from the moment the bottle was opened. Really invites me to move to the first quaff.

T: And the taste completely fulfills what the aroma promises. Liquid banana bread, fresh spices, lots of pepper. Ginger snaps? An old world bakery in a bottle. Finishes with a bit of bubble gum-- where did that come from? What a trip.

M: Quite satisfying in the mouth, the crispness highlights the pepper and other spices.

D: At 9%, you'll want to savor this one. Wish I could clear the evening calendar and have another. Will definitely pick up a couple more before they sell out.

Quite unique, like the other lips of faith varieties. So glad I spotted this on the shelf while looking for something else.

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Photo of deadliest
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark brown with an off-white head of tight bubbles that leaves nice lacing on the slow descent down.
S: Roasted malt, ripe/dark banana, cloves and honey.
T: The same ripe banana up front along with dark roasted malts, then clove and a cross between honey and caramel.
F: Medium to full feel, smooth with some alcohol slickness, nice carbonation.
D: 22oz bomber steadily disappeared, but the alcohol starts to build up in the taste(and in me, wheee). Definitely going to be looking out for more dunkelweizens in the future.

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Photo of Bobby12many
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark mahogany pour with a massive rocky top head that sticks around... and to my face. Perfect presentation of a dunkel. I cant say Ive been more visually impressed by an American Dunkel.

S- Banana and clove, lightly roasted malts and bready wheat notes. Rich and hearty smelling. Very nice.

T- smooth and creamy malts up front that slowly fade, giving way to a light roasted bitterness. a very nice wheat heartiness throughout.Chocolate and Banana notes linger, with a touch of spice in the finish. A truly excellent beer.

M - nice full body without being overly rich and thick. Spot on for the style.

D - not a hint of the 9% ABV anywhere. I would drown myself in this stuff. The best American Dunkel i have had the opportunity to enjoy. Bravo! New Belgium.

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Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle with purple and gold label printed directly on the glass.

Served cool into a NB goblet, Dunkel Weiss is a very dark redish brown color with less than perfect clarity. The head is bone white with tight little bubbles. As it slowly settles, it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is really nice and surprisingly intense. Much like many German dark wheat ales, this one gives you those clove, banana, and bubblegum notes. In addition, there seems to be vanilla and caramel.

The flavor is again like a more intense traditional dunkelweizen. It has sweetness up front that leads to roasted malts and bitterness in the middle and finally finishes with that clove spiciness. It's really well balanced despite the strength and variety of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus body with creamy smooth carbonation. The alcohol is pretty well hidden for being a new bottle of 9% ABV.

Overall a really impressive version of this classic style. It may be one of the best Lips of Faith series beers I've had.

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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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