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Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 153
Hads: 243
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Globetrotter on 04-16-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Banana creamy beer, bold molasses and licorice.Good head. Malty sweet. Touch of choclate malt, some spices, tad roast in mid-sip.A change up on wheat beers and you can taste the German quality, but could not have every day. Picked up days ago at Belmont Party Supply.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, murky dark brown-black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and some slight cocoa bean aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee, and slight cocoa bean flavors. There is a very mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smell is somewhat lacking compared to the taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a foamy tan head that starts out large but quickly descends without much lace left behind

Smell: Quite roasty, with hints of mocha, coffee and just a touch of banana

Taste: Starts out with a brown bread flavor that verges on a smoked meat flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the mocha, coffee and banana flavors appear to the rescue, as we were heading in the wrong direction for the style for a moment; lingering cocoa powder flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: It started with so much promise, when I first smelled the roast, but the beer just didn't follow through in the flavor department

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark pecan brown with orange highlights that, like most beer of this general color, becomes dusky ruby when backlit. The khaki colored cap is impressively creamy and develops large, soft divots in it upper surface as it drops. Unfortunately, it isn't quite sticky enough to leave much lace.

The nose is much more chocolate-like than most dunkel weizens. It had just entered my mind that the beer smells almost like a schwarzbier when I glanced at the label and saw 'Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen'. Hmmm... I wonder if Kulmbacher Brauerei was going for some hybrid of those two styles. If so, then they've succeeded admirably. Incidently, I detect no banana or clove.

If the nose favors the schwarzbier side of things, the flavor is a deliciously balanced melding of both styles. I don't know that I've ever tasted a beer quite like it. It's either a dunkel weizen that heavily favors roasted malt or a lighter, fruitier, spicier schwarzbier. What the hell, it's a schwarz-weizen. I guess the brewery got it right when they chose the name.

I've just decided what this beer reminds me of... one of those frozen, chocolate-covered bananas (coated with a little crushed coffee bean). I'm impressed that the banana esters are prominent enough to fight through all the black malt. Maybe I shouldn't be since I'm betting that the same yeast is used here as is used in the excellent Kapuziner Weissbier; no slouch in the monkey fruit department. In any case, the (hefe weizen) banan-o-meter score is a more than respectable 3.0/5.0.

The body/mouthfeel is a minor letdown. I know that neither one of these two styles is all that full in the mouth, but more luxuriousness would be appreciated. Even without a great deal of heft, it could be lightly silky and soft, as the best hefe weizens tend to be. In addition, a few more bubbles might perk up the mouth party a little bit.

Despite high hopes, Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen isn't the dunkel equivalent of the outstanding Kapuziner Weissbier. It is, however, an original creation that attempts to combine two (not dissimilar) styles and manages to pull it off. I recommend it for the novelty factor alone. Thankfully, it's also good beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Without a doubt the darkest dunkelweizen I've ever had. Opaque and black with a long-lasting, thick, ivory colored head that left a little lace on the glass.

S - It had a muted wheat smell with touches of roasted malt.

T - It tasted of wheat and burnt toast maltiness. Not much else going on here.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with chewy mouthfeel.

D - This is not the best dunkel. The flavors were pretty bland.

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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy the label is spot on on this one this truly in a black wheat ale,poured into a weizen glass a deep ebony with some reddish tint thru out a big blooming almond colored head atop.Soft fruit and chocolate mainly i the nose not alot of that clovey spice like you find in many of the style a hint of toastiness as well but its actually quite clean.More delicate than you might expect on the palate soft fruit tones with some wheat malt present with a lingering chocolate and smoke note.This is a delicate brew extremely easy to quaff but it wont knock your socks off flavor wise.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok so I have to admit when I saw this lone, actually dusty bottle sitting on the shelf of an un-named local store, I was more then intrigued. I had never heard of a black Hefe and I knew I had to have one, I just had to. Rang up for 1.99 so I was not complaining and out the door I went. Pour was true to the name, very dark brown, nearly black and you could tell it was hazy and full of suspension. Big, towering two inch plus head of foam on top nearly would not stay in the glass and really looked quite full. Tons of side glass lace and a great look. Smell was very nice as well, the main player here being a yeasty and wheat aroma, but the nicest blend of roasted malts and even a touch of some caramel or dark nuttiness mixed in really set it off. The flavor was fantastic. Such a smooth creamy feel, but then again such great carbonation that it did not feel too full or too dull. Flavors were all over, you could definitely tell it was a Hefe as the classic flavor was there, but there were definite hints of roasting, or smoked aromas which were also as big and served to not only darken up the flavor but also the color. Really quite rich, with a touch of sweetness in the middle, and a bite of bitter at the end. This was great with dinner and I actually took a while to finish it, it was just that good. Overall I was not only impressed, but shocked at how good this was. This may have been one of my favorite that I have reviewed in a long time. This was just really outstanding and a shining example of a new style to me. I will be grabbing every bottle I see if I ever see it again and making this my choice of the week if I can. If you see it, pick it up and try it, it is really outstanding. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Julio's - I had this in Germany, but wanted to see if I liked it as much at home years later - poured chilled from the flip top 750 into a Weizen glass, shared with tenderbranson69.

A - poured vigorously which creates a huge 4 finger sandstone cream atop a coffee colored dark brown bordering on black. The bead is tiny and the surface of the ale has a frothed milk appearance. There is sporadic lace that clings in a bat wing pattern

S - A cocoa bean like smell coupled with coffee and some bready notes w/ light biscuit and nuttiness of the roasted wheat w/ mellow toffee and toasted grainw/ mild floral notes in the back

M - The feel is good w/ creamy/roasty slick and smooth textures. A moderately carbonated wheat w/ mild charred tinge and roastiness underlying w/ a mild fruity light tinge of yeast and the nutty textures carries on with a dry gently spiced finish

T - I really like the flavor of this ale - coffee-like character and smoothness of the wheat together are a good blend w/ pretty nice level of toasted flavors w/ a mild charred tinge. the wheat is slightly fruity w/ ripe banana notes and light cinnamon tinge w/ mildy woody hop adding complexity. The yeast gives the flavor smoothness too with a mild creamy taste and light caramel edges from the malt anchor the taste and blend with the char elements

D - I recommend this if you are a fan of schwarzbiers and dunkles - A very tasty wheat with slight hybrid taste of schwarzbier/hefeweizen -I consider this worth seeking out

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque ruby brown with a great tan head. Nose is slightly malty, but exhibits very little character. Flavor is sweet with an interesting almost corn like flavor. That is what hit my mind at first. Overall it is a really odd combination of flavors that almost seems like more than one beer blended together. I get a really odd yeast flavor with a hearty weisse flavor lingering in the back. Feel is good with a nice slightly higher level of bubble and the liquid feel is slightly bodied, though not very thick. Definitely drinkable. A very interesting and unique take on the style and worth trying out. I am glad I did.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, reddish brown, cream-toned cap of foam above.

Sweet, smooth, malty aroma, big yeast esters, banana and spice lay below the cola and cocoa nuts on top. An intriquing mix, but very inviting.

Taste: Again, interesting mix of darker flavors, you'd find in a schwarzbier lager maybe, with some of the wiessbier flavors, all wrapped up in a smooth, exceptionally drinkable package. No wonder, since I like both of those styles that this brewery produces.
Light-bodied, but not missing anything flavorwise, creamy and chocolatey. Good drinker, nice and quaffable.

thanks to BuckeyeNation!

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours dark brown with medium brown highlights near bottom of glass. A towering tan head settles and stays at a pretty good height. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of cocoa powder, some subtle banana, roasty notes (ala coffee) with earthy, chickory-like backing. Leans more towards shwarz in character, though there is a bit of banana (didn't catch clove, though).

Banana comes out more in flavor, especially initially. Still it is not strong. Roasted chocolate/cocoa with some chickory-like earthiness gives it a bitterish balance in the finish.

The feel is a tad thinnish with a touch of husky astringency - not quite as creamy as I would really prefer, but satisfying enough.

I was between scores on drinkability, but it shows itself nicely enough overall to give it the higher of the two scores in mind. A nice dunkel with schwarz characteristics. Interesting, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass. Served with yeast. Beer is brown, thick head made up of brown bubbles. There is very little lacing.

Beer has a yeasty aroma and some esters, overall a little mild.

Beer is good, odd yeasty bitterness, mouthfeel is overall really nice, beer is really smooth. Beer has some sweetness, some fruity flavors, full bodied, clean finish. Drinkability high.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of wheat with some light chocolate and banana notes. I get some classic German yeast in the aroma as well. The flavor is full of chocolate and wheat. I don't get any banana or spice notes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent dunkelweizen but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half-liter bottle from BevMo and poured into a weizen glass, on to the beer:

No light is going through this ultra-cloudy leather brown, almost black, the head is big and billowy for a brief moment before imploding into a thin layer on top. Apples, rye, unsweetened chocolate, and earth in the aroma. Hmmm, the chocolate part was unexpected...so maybe it will taste like chocolate. Whoa cowboy! That's sweet!Faint apple flavor at first, then chalk and cigar flavors rush in. Thin in the mouth with little sign of carbonation. Hint of dusty cigar flavor in the aftertaste.

Not what I was expecting. A bit too sweet to have more than one serving, but it's interesting.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A schwarz-weizen, you say? Well, okie dokie then

Pours a dark ruby red, which is mostly seen around the rim. The body is dark, slick brown...almost black. Nice foamy, rich, thick head, off white. Lacing is thin

Aroma is schwarz-y. Rich and full. Not much 'weizen' going on. Caramel and chocolate. Maybe some candied black plum

Now the taste is different, in that the weizen comes out a bit more. Banana and clove are there to dance with the chocolate and caramel. This isn't a flavor bomb, however. It seems a bit gooey up front, but the spice and yeast come in to thin it out.
The feel can use a bit more bubble to cleanse the palate and give more weizen character. Other-weiz this is a nice beer with a bit of a twist on the style

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark hardwood brown, with a thick off-white head that looks like it's coming from a nitro tap on the first pour into my Paulaner hefe glass, average retention, no lacing.

S: Smells like a stout on the first sniff, lots of roasted malt and coffee. Banana bread and iron are exhibited upon further investigation.

T: Strong stout like flavours are there at first, especially when it's colder. Very roasty, but not overly burnt which I liked, just right. Some dark bananas and cloves come in during the aftertaste to remind you that this is a wheat beer.

M: Not particulary great, has problems being watery and I think the carbonation is too light, fair overall.

D: A quite tasty and interesting hybrid between a black lager or stout and a dunkleweizen, unlike no other weizen I have hitherto tasted. I believe any fan of German beer would find this interesting and should pick up a bottle.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a somewhat slight head that fades t a ring and leaves just the barest lacing. Smells bready, with a slight tang of the grain, and a note of caraway. A very light beer, one of the lighter dark beers I've had. The problem here is that there is a slight (very slight) roastiness, which doesn't add a lot to the beer in itself, but does negate any yeasty flavors, and once again there aren't a lot. For me, one of the great pleasures of a German wheat beer are the esters from the yeast with it's hallmark flavors of banana and clove, set against the backdrop of the soft wheat. Unfortunately I don't get that here at all, and there is no great roastiness or maltiness to compensate. Easy to drink, but doesn't hold my interest.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to the kindness of MABZ.

Cloudy coca-cola colored beer with a tall and long lasting tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and mainly a chocolate and cloves scent. There is a little chocolate syrup scent in this. As this warms up a bit a caramel and cookies aroma develops and reminds me a bit of a Kit Kat candy bar.

The taste begins sweet and chocolate with a substantial cookie taste to it. More than a little roasted malt flavor in this it has a bit of brown ale flavor to it. There is very much a chocolate flavored soda effect to this beer. The taste is rounded out by some tartness in the finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but I don't think I will ever seek this out again it is just not that special. Probably pick an Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus over this one.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace, ton of yeast left in bottle. Deep mahogeny/brown color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts balanced, slight malty flavor, roasted malt finish, yeast is not noticeable. $2.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17 oz picked up at the Coop over the weekend for about $4.50... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

Rocky 3 finger head... descent lacing... brew is a hazy chestnut coffee color.

Aroma is subtle banana and roasty coffee and mild burnt grains.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma with a little clove and a touch of tartness toward the end. Reminds much more of s schwarzbier than anything close to a weizen. Spicy and roasty/chocolaty body is light and carbonation is on the higher side which really adds to the overall drinkability.

Very very interesting brew... glad I picked it up.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight yeast, slight hop, hint of wheat, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, slight pale malt, slight yeast, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Bavarian Black wheat.

A: From the bottle poured a deep chocolate brown while in the glass was a flat black with a 2 finger whipped, creamy khaki colored head that was moderately lasting. There was a decent amount of macro bran-colored flake yeasty matter that rested on the bottom of the glass.

S: The nose was a smooth, wet, charred malting accompanied by hints of lightly burnt chocolate and bananas. The overall strength was light with a smooth roasted nature.

T: The initial flavor opens with a big yeasty banana flavor combining well with a deep roasted malting of hazelnut coffee. A smooth offering of scorched malt and bittersweetness of chocolate comes through while the yeasty quality of bananas was both fresh, and refreshing. Smooth with a wet minerality the beer finishes up with a final offering of bananas.

M: light bodied like a Schwarz with a slight creaminess of weizen. There is a noticeable good amount of carbonation adding bubbles and life providing just the right amount of accent.

D: fairly good, a light bodied affair like a good Schwarz with a smooth bitterness that goes down well enough. Good recommend.

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Photo of Derek
2.14/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I found this refridgerated bottled at the Bamberg train station.
Best before 20.04.06.

A: Murky, dark brown/black; a little creamy, off-white head, a little retention & lace.

S: Cider & fusil alcohol. Like a fermentation gone wrong!

T: Dry, cidery, with only a hint of banana bread.

M: Light to moderate body is chalky and acidic. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Definitely not impressed.

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Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dark brown with a dense cap of tan foam. Clumpy lace. Aromas of sour wheat, banana, fruity, chocolate, nuts, toasted malt, hint of lemon and spice. Sweet malts in the flavour, caramel and a bit of toffee, chocolate, banana, faint lemon and sourness, bread. Nice texture, fairly creamy with a medium body. I liked it and I'd buy it again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5L bottle at Ye Olde Forge in Massachusetts. The beer was pitch black color with a thick frothy foam (at least 4 inches in the weisse glass it was served with).

The dominant aroma was bubblegum, backed up by some bananas. It was real nice, and a little unexpected although I previously had some good experiences with the standard Kapuziner weissbiers. The taste was delicious, bananas and cloves mixed with fruity bubblegum, very nice. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy, this was very easy to drink. And only 5.4%, excellent dark weisse.

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Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
84 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.