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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
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125 Reviews
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Reviews: 125
Hads: 215
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
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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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 215
Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (705 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (647 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth dark malts with large amounts of overripe bananas. Also present are hints of indistinct spices and larger amounts of toffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth dark malts with a hint of wheat twang kick things off and are joined quickly by soft banana flavors. Midway through the sip very slight amounts of bruised pear flavors make an appearance before being run off by moderate amounts of earthy hops. Near the end of the sip the flavors sweeten with the addition of light toffee and deep caramel malts. The hops, dark malt, and caramel malts fade out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was an easy-drinking version of the style that was heavier on the malt profile than most. Not as complex as the world-class examples but a nice beer nonetheless. Worth a shot. (1,144 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas are initially huge with caramelized ripened bananas and waves of bready malts; there is also some with some butterscotch and toffee detectable as the beer warms. There was some sensory memory going on here as well that I couldn't figure out, but this smells almost exactly like Banana Runts (childhood fat kids flashback).
The taste begins opposite with the toffee, butterscotch and milk chocolate maltiness dominating the palate. Upon further examination, the German yeast flavors become much more equal with the sweet dark maltiness. Over-ripened bananas once again take center stage, not too much spice or clove and no alcohol what-so-ever.
Mouthfeel is quite full with adequate carbonation, lesser than the usual style, but the higher than normal ABV is to blame/explain that.
Overall this is freakin' amazing; totally blows any beer in this category away for its full full flavor profile. Given that it is technically an "Imperial Dunkelweizen" in my book (because it's not fair to compare in this category because I have never had one over 6% ABV), this beer should not be compared to it's counterparts. Regardless, wow, I wish I could access this year round and I am not a Weiss, Dunkel or any German beer fan because I usually find them bland but this continues to verify my philosophy that there is no reason to pay for any beer made out of the US because of how advanced/creative the US breweries have become. (1,428 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.73/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

dark amber/copper body, clear glassy, looks good, head has nice lacing but not much retention... the aroma has tons of cloves, a bit of nutmeg spice, bready throughout, not bad... the taste is extremely clovey with tons of wheat, loses the spice, pretty alcoholic... average (274 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 (390 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich & fruity (sorry about that, but it's true!), mainly banana with tones of wheat and yeast and a strong hint of malt. It pours a dark, warm, chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled, pale yellowish tan head. Mouth-filling flavor is malty, wheaty and yeasty with an undertone of banana and a hint of caramel. Thick, smooth, fizzy texture leaves a nice sharp and fairly persistent tingle. (393 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a small head for a wheat beer. Ok retention and lacing.

Nose is very clove oriented with a decent dose of bananas. Alcohol is big, real big for this style. Malts are far in the background, but maybe a touch of chocolate is there.

Taste is much softer than the nose indicates and the chocolate comes out to play a bit more. Yeasty esters are all over the place, from bubblegum to banana to clove. Little bit of tart wheat, maybe even some coriander? Alcohol is the main detractor for me on this beer, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Other than that, it is a pretty well done dunkelweizen with plenty of yeast character. (651 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-tinged dark brown, plenty of colour to it, with very nice beige head; fairly pale with nice density, sinks slowly but surely to a thin crown of bubbles with some wonderful lacing left behind. Looks pretty damn great.

Smells a bit completely insane. Massive weizen esters, but leaning heavily on the candy banana side, with huge banana sweetness. Also an equally odd side-note of smoke, with some bacon and charred wood, and maybe some peach in the mix as well. Totally didn't expect that, and I'm glad. Quite fascinating, I'm glad it blind-sided me but still, it's a bit too odd for me to love it.

Taste starts out banana cake-esque, there's plenty of that weizeny banana flavour but also a gooey sweet cake batter note with hints of butter and caramel. Not really a lot of dark notes which is a bit incongruous with the look and style, and it really just ends up fruity with more of that seed-heavy banana note. If I were a banana fan I might like it, but A) I'm not, and B) I'm also disappointed that there seems so little else to it, especially given the intrigue of the nose.

Not a bad feel, with a bit of body to it, slightly dry at the back and a bit heavy. Not bad.

Too much banana. What's great about good weizens is the balance between fruit and spice, and there's really a want of spice here. Decent brew, but a bit one-note. (1,351 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with ruby hues along the edges of the glass. The head is a billowing three fingers in height, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing that sticks to the edges of the glass. Simply beautiful. The aroma is of banana bread and cloves. It is a rather simple aroma, yet it still has a ton of depth to it. The taste is of cloves, star anise, and a hint of banana. It is a lot more spicy than the aroma, and although the spices are nice I do wish the banana would come through more. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderately high carbonation, and a chewy texture. Overall, this is a really good beer that I would love to drink again. If it were less expensive I could see it becoming a regular in my refrigerator. However, at its current price it will have to be a special treat. (827 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

369th review on BA
draft to chalice

App- A nice deep dark garnet red with brown highlights. Nice on finger head, not too much lacing.

Smell- A yeasty dark, ripe, tart fruits.

Taste- Very sweet, Went another direction I was not expecting it too. The yeasty part was delicious and the dark fruits added a nice contrast.

Mouth- Medium body with a medium carbonation level. Sweet raisiny tastes. Left a similar taste to a quad.

Drink- Quite tasty. Well done and balanced. Nice spice with a good flavor profile. (511 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (971 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (365 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (465 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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%. (366 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (735 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber of this in Las Vegas for $5.99. 9% ABV. Pours out to a brilliantly clear dark mahogany, foing a nice light yello head with excellent retention and good lacing despite my cheap hotel highball glass. The aroma is noticed at arms length. Rich brown bananas, walnuts, caramel syrup, and a very interesting pungent cheesiness, almost like the smoke of rauchbiers. Mouthfeel is soft with a big dense body. Taste of browner bananas, burnt rubber, lots of cloves and peculiar higher order phenolics with a mild bitterness. Aftertaste of leather and cooked walnuts. This is the closest you'll get to banana bread. Very interesting and heady. Very rich. One bottle is entire meal unto itself. Worth trying. (712 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, dark amber, that verges on opaque, crowned by a small, persistent tan head, with thick, glass-coating lace. There are small streams of fine carbonation, these drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Massive presence of dark bread, dark fruits (plums, figs), apple peel, earth, pepper, ripe bananas and cloves. Sweet, vinous alcohol is present as well. The complexity is remarkable.

Taste: Opens with ripe bananas, sweet alcohol, then cloves a bit later. As the taste progresses, earth and bread notes rise to ascendency. Late in the taste, pepper and clove flavors appear. Beneath all of this there is a spicy alcohol note throughout. At the close of the taste, there lingers on a note of fennel, which only gradually fades away.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, velvety and full upon the palate. with only a slight hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Unwaveringly excellent, to sip and savor this presents a glimpse of what artisanal beer can be, but all too often, is not. A must try. This would be an excellent compliment to holiday dinners.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pop-off crown. Served in a Pilsener glass. (1,177 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (737 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THis is one great beer. A beefed up American take on a Dunkle. It works!!! Very impressive.

Poured into a Budweiser select pilsner glass. Looks murky and brown but when held to a light, it is all amber and ruby highlights. Nice size antique white head / good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is outstanding. Heavy duty hefe aromas, cloves and banana and yeast. Also some pepper and bready malts.

Taste is great as well. A dark hefe on steroids. The hefe elements are prominent. Good use of the banana/yeast/cloves combo that makes a hefe so inviting. In addition there is a hearty blend of bready malts and some pepper and alcohol presence reminiscent of a good Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is a good bit less light than a traditional Dunkel. This is a 9% abv beer. Stronger feel and some alcohol presence above and beyond a normal Dunkel. Does it work? Hell yes!!! This is a great beer.

Overall very impressive. I would drink this one again. (942 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (538 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.