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Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
84
good

216 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 04-16-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Sammy, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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

brentk56, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Texasfan549, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

kjkinsey, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

oberon, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

zeff80, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jason, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

feloniousmonk, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Slatetank, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

jwc215, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  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.

Halcyondays, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

InspectorBob, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Georgiabeer, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

DoubleJ, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Zorro, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

jdhilt, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +7.5%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
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Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
84 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.