Black Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 35
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 02-04-2005)
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Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of bubrewer
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma of this beer just climbs out of the glass, slides across the table, and grabs you by the nostrils. There is so much there - take your time picking them all out. It's spicy; but what spices? Sort of pumpkin-pie spice, but not exactly. Clove is dominant, but not by much. There is also some bubblegum (in a good sweet smelling way, not in an infected, phenolic way) and some spicy rye-bread smell. Just wonderful. Was many minutes before taking the first sip just enjoying the cornucopia of smells.

The flavor has a smoky character, and the mouthfeel is full and smooth and round like a good dunkelweizen should be.

Nothing at all offensive in this beer, and it packs a plethora of flavor and aroma. Buy a case of this whenever you get the chance!

Photo of ZAP
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outstanding nose of overripe bananas, cloves and a little brown sugar...pours a rcih, deep brown..regal looking and with a big fluffy tan head on top....body is a little bigger than I expected...call it medium...mouthfeel is a little sticky and sweet...more of a sipper than a summer slammer...closer to a weizenbock than a hefe weizen in stature...very tasty chocolate flavors, bananas, some cloves,..

Finishes with a very, very subtle yeasty tartness....

This is a gem....I bet this would pair nicely with some bratworsts..a must try brew if you like this style

Photo of RJUGA03
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Blackish brown with absolutely no light transparency holding an ample 2" dirty white head.

S- Like coffee & cholclate bread.

T-Burnt malty choclate notes on the draw with smooth, slight alcohol finish.

M-Medium thickness with noticable carbonation leaving you with a somewhat bitter dry taste on your tongue.

D-A great beer and would enjoy one at anytime spring, summer, winter, or fall. Probably the best dunkel I remember having.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer us just phenomenal either on tap or in bottle.

Appearance: Pours out a deep, midnight black with a tightly packed light mocha head. The head maintined a good half finger body the entire time. Even though it is very dark, the body appears to take on a thin presence, ensuring it will not fill you up as much as some thicker beers.

Aroma: Awesome freshness to this with a spiced backbone. A toffee-like smell leads a perfect path to the sweet taste of the beer. Some nuttiness and anise tease the senses. There also seems to be a smoky aroma that blends in well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A sweetness of the dark wheat paves the way for a nice nutty finish. A very delicate blend of spices doesn't dominate this to winter warmer status. The dry, grainy, wheat comes through and clings to the taste buds very nicely. This is a style that probably doesn't get enough attention. The overall chocoalte sweetness and nutty characteristics all make for a wonderful creation.

Drinkability: This could easily become a session beer in my house. As refreshing as it is for a wheat beer, it is forcefull enough to be a winter sipper. Not a style that reaches the crowds as much as others, but this is truly a beautifully built beer that could please many different drinkers.

Photo of Mdog
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black, with a huge head.

Smell: Roasted notes, toffee, a hint of smoke.

Taste: Wow! Sweet caramel, a little banana, roasted nut flavor, a hint of chocolate, all extremely smooth.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, oatmeal/milk stout-like.

Drinkability: Super tasty, not too heavy, and super price.

I've been waiting to try this beer for years and was psyched to see it as a seasonal release. I think this is my favorite New Glarus beer yet. It follows the NG tradition of excellent wheat beers and puts an oatmeal stout twist on it. I really enjoyed this beer and hope it is still around the next time I go to Wiscoland. Awesome stuff!

Photo of edbeered
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the last bottle at the restaurant. Lucky me. It pours black and opaque, topped with a small brown head. The smell was muted, but there were hints of a sweet fruitiness. Initially, one is impressed by the balance of banana and lemon flavors. It's not till several seconds later, at the very end that there is an explosion of burnt toasty chocolate malt. The combination of flavors is exhilerating. More please!

Photo of sweemzander
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours totally pitch black with a huge foamy tan head that took forever to dissipate down to a solid 2-finger.

(S)- Slightly sweet light molasses with a cinnamon bread aroma to it. Even has a light cocoa and rye/carraway seed smell to it.

(T)- Rich rye/carraway seed bread with light coffee on the side with that cinnamon essence to it. Great barley background to it.

(M)- Super smooth feel to it with an edgy bite from the ample rye & barley added. Solid carbonation level. Great balance!

(D)- What a great Dunkel! Has the richness of a dark beer with the lightness of a Hefe. Superb beer by New Glarus; my new favorite by them. A 6pk would be gone very quickly. Great for late fall/early winter.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a green and brass colored twist off cap which had the words ‘Drink Indigenous’ on it. Main label is the usual New Glarus cartridge paper quality parchment. Labeled as ‘Black Wheat’, no strength is listed.

Appearance: Thick gelatinous pour, gloppy glugs slowly evacuate into my Stone Old Guardian glass with a crude oil like consistency. Deep murky brown body, creamy light tan colored head forms quickly and settles to a thin rim which eventually drops down to a halo head. A gentle swirl reveals a finely dissolved conditioning.

Nose: Lovely and juicy. Banana bread initially springs to mind, soft cloves quickly follow with milk chocolate, cocoa and a dark malty whiff. Smells lovely and induces salivation almost immediately. Gosh this smells fantastic, top marks.

Taste: As the nose suggests, this is one luscious Dunkel Weizen. Dark malts, caramelized bananas and fresh cloves run the gauntlet of milk chocolate and a lightly smoked nutty feel in the middle. Spicy bitterness and a dark chocolate finish with a cocoa powder dryness. Smooth and damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: In the mouth, the dissolved carbon dioxide easily relaxes from its liquid captor. Striking smooth yet firm and prickly in its feel. Starts soft, goes harsh in the center yet returns to a soft smooth ending with a thick swallow. This has a gorgeous feel.

Drinkability: There is very little in the way of anything to detract from the enjoyment of the Black Wheat….well except the bottom of the bottle in my instance. This should really be sold in 750’s; even then, I could seriously manage a couple of these!! Rather Quaffable.

Overall: A nice change of pace, I keep thinking of the milk chocolate covered banana candies that I used to crave as a child. I don’t often get to try too many Dunkel Weizens, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one immensely. Very nice!

A Chocolate Banana Thanks to BigHuge for this one, a rather unique tasty treat.

Photo of nghab
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap earlier today, not taking notes, so comments are from memory of the beer several hours earlier. Back when New Glarus first made this beer, I loved it, so was pleased to see that they've reintroduced it. And it was nice to see it very reasonably priced at $2.75/pint.

AROMA: Not an intense wheat beer nose, but banana is present, with clove spiciness to a slightly lesser extent. Pretty conventional, right? Nope, it's mildly roasty, too, also with some chocolate malt notes.

APPEARANCE: Very deep brown to black, nice tan head, and to the extent I could tell in the dim lighting of the pub, fairly clear (clear and dark), didn't seem to be hefeweizen-hazy.

FLAVOUR: Wow! Dancing Man meets Road Slush. BA classifies this as a dunkelweizen, and, yeah, it is a weizen and it is dunkel/dark, but this is a style-defying beer not to be confused with a traditional dunkelweizen because it is definitely not. This is more like a stout or perhaps more of a schwarzbier, with wheat and weizen yeast character. I would not be surprised if this uses roasted wheat rather than roasted barley because the roast character is more mellow than a stout. Smooth malt character. Earthy, bready, yeasty, roasty, chocolatey, estery, mild spicy phenolic, like a touch of cinnamon with the clove and slight peppery character in the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-high carbonation, some creaminess, medium body

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Flavour comments above mostly say it. Stout and schwarzbier lovers will probably appreciate this interesting variation.

Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost black. It has a creamy topping of light brown foam. Retention is better than average and the lacing is nice. The nose is damn near perfect for a dunkelweizen. Chocolate, clove, pepper, bubblegum and tangy wheat. The mouthfeel has a creamy texture, but there's a bit of an "airy" feeling to it that keeps it from being outstanding. The body is about medium-full. The flavor follows suit with the aroma with the addition of banana and a cocoa dryness that lingers long after the swallow. But the essence of this one is summed up in the chocolate/clove/pepper/spicyrye/caramel interplay on the tongue. It's one of the better dunkelweizens I've had. Just wish Solstice didn't have to be the sacrificial lamb.

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I acquired a six-pack of this excellent brew in a trade with natasharai, and now I'm going to need more of it every time it's released!

Appearance: Black Wheat pours an opaque dark, dark brown, bordering on black. I've had a handful of beers that pour darker (Dark Lord, Storm King, and other Russian Imperial Stouts), but this stuff is pretty dark. Robust carbonation yields a four-finger, light khaki head in my 22-ounce weizen glass -- it's a good thing I opted for a glass with this much extra room! After a few minutes, the head settles into a nice half-finger cap that remains throughout drinking. Lacing is a bit on the "soapy" side, but it's there.

Smell: Inviting. I pick up roasted caramel and oatmeal aromas, in addition to a hefty dose of familiar German hefeweizen yeast. The wheat's in there, too, but the predominant aromas are roasty and yeasty. Given that hefeweizens, weizenbocks, stouts, and doppelbocks are my favorite styles, this beer smells like a blend of a lot of my favorite things! My only complaint is that the smell is rather subdued, congruent with the mouthfeel (see below).

Taste: JACKPOT! This stuff is what dreams are made of for a guy like me. All my favorite aspects of stouts (roasty/chocolatey goodness), wheat beers (yeast and wheaty sweetness), and doppelbocks (cracker-like, dry maltiness) are on full display in this masterpiece. It shares several of these features with black lagers, a style I also enjoy. It's got the light, refreshing qualities of a hefeweizen, backed by the dry, roasted, malty vigor of a solid stout or doppelbock. I should note that oats are part of the grain bill on this beer, and that flavor certainly comes through nicely -- I taste prominent echoes of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, which I love. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel: This is the most/only disappointing aspect of Black Wheat. With all those strong and fulfilling flavors, I'd expect a much fuller body, with some creaminess to sustain the beer as I sip it. Unfortunately, behind the initial prickle of hefeweizen-style carbonation, the beer is rather watery and empty in the mouth. If New Glarus could just boost this beer's body and perceived volume, it would be nearly perfect.

Drinkability: At 5.7% ABV, Black Wheat doesn't hit very hard, which is just fine. It's like drinking a super-extra-ultra-dunkel hefeweizen, or a weizenbock without the extra alcohol. I could put away three or four of these in a session, which is an interesting thought: this is certainly a sessionable beer, belied by its ample roastiness and overall "oomph." It manages to be refreshing, mildly warming, cozy, and relatively light, all at once. Great stuff.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy brown color. The head is light tan in color, and a billowy three inches in height. This is what a dunkelweizen should look like. The aroma is of banana bread, clove, roasted malt, and a hint of wheaty tang. The taste taste is full of roasted malt, milk chocolate, clove, ginger snaps, and banana bread. This beer tastes bafflingly good. It has a lot of element that one wouldn't think would go together well, but they do. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a chewy texture. Overall, I am an undying fan of traditional dunkelweizens, and this beer is most certainly not a traditional example. But I love it. I was really hesitant when I heard this beer was a dunkelweizen/porter hybrid, but New Glarus really pulled it off. Good work.

Photo of Skidz
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a thick, creamy dark brown, resembling spring runoff from the mountains and sits a deep, chocolate black with almost no light shining through. A large off-brown head sits on top, fading to a light skim, holding to the sides and leaving a good amount of lacings.

Smells lighty toasted with boatloads of wheat on every corner. Massive yeast presence in the foreground with a mild walnut aroma. Traces of steak roasted with cloves and caramel fall along the sides with a thick, sludgy chocolate topping. Light, herbal hops dance, well, swim through the thick, muddy aroma.

Tastes toasted and rich with chocolate and caramel up front. Full roasted presence comes out with an even bigger dosage of yeast slathered all over the toungue. Mocha latte amounts of coffee strike a chord and are complimented with just the slightest hints of cinnamon and mildly peppery hops. Finish is smoothly bittered, thick with nice roasted flavors long after.

Intensly smooth and creamy with an equally matched carbonation that massages the tongue and just rolls all the way down the hatch. Big, meaty body for a weiss, about medium-full. It's just begging to be chewed.

This beer will surely make up for the lack of it's opposing seasonal, the Solstice wheat, which will sadly never be seen again. I can handle this instead. Something is working very well at New Glarus.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Adam for this bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Pours very dark brown underneath a massive three inch beige head that stays on as a huge cap for the duration and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is wonderful, a perfect mix of the dark roasted chocolate malts and wheat sweetness. It's almost like a chocolate covered banana with a hint of toasted character. There are some spices that tingle the nose as well.

The taste mirrors the aroma and starts with the sweetness of the wheat with some bananas and hints of spices. The dark chocolate malts form a solid backbone with an almost smoky sweet malt finish.

The mouthfeel is super silky with plenty of carbonation that dances all over the palate between each sip.

Though I haven't tried tons of them, this is the best dunkelweizen I've had by some margin. New Glarus just continues to blow me away with their wheat beers. World class.

Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick smokey chocolate brown color, soft and silky fluffed cocoa brown head dances quickly to the top of the glass at about a half inch and then back down again. Drippy glaring lace in globs, not much sticking.

Aroma has softly spoken layers of caramel, banana, cocoa, and a touch of dry spice clove and nuts. Wonderfully complex and secretive. Keep sniffing...

Taste is mixed, busy, and full up front but tenders off quickly into a creamy dream of caramel and roasty cocoa. Dark banana slips through in alot of mixed areas with touches of dry fig and sweet chocolate bread cake. Mellowing smooth amounts of creamy cocoa and caramel always remain present as yeasty spices of clove, white pepper, and cola fizz dust the back end while it continues to finish with spectular drippings of lovely little roasty nuttyness and wheat sweetness.

Lots of subtle layering here, you could get lost in trying to pick out every flavor and where it happens and all depending on its temp. It continuely changes its mood as it warms from chocolatey to fruity to spicy to earthy to caramel candy to...on and on we go. Overall I think chocolate banana nut bread with a caramel center, but then those spices, roasted hints, and even some hops make for interesting twists to the overall. Not to mention the continued carbonation thats full but not overly charged and spritey but holds its own on that account and still comes across super smooth and largely creamy. Amazing stuff. It's seemingly simple in some parts then a bunch of stuff starts happening just when you're about to think its boring, and it does this by leaps and bounds. Hello...big finisher!

And oh my this slides down quickly. Gone before ya know it. So creamy, inticingly full, yet not overly rich in any fashion. Now that it has your attention it won't let go and you won't stop with just one. Hell, a sixer might not be enough with the way this stuff drinks down. Wow! An absolute wonderment of a beer. It does conjure up a dunkel weizen quality but I tend to think...Banana porter anyone?

Photo of GORUM
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my in-laws for bringing this down for me to try. It pours a nice creamy-looking deep dark brown color with a 3 finger pillowy tan head. The nose is really rich, with definate banana and cream tones, but also with a chocolate from the dark malts. Wow. I can't wait to taste it. The flavor is right there with the nose, lots of creamyness over chocolate-covered bananas with some slightly roasted nutty tones. Wow. Top notch. The feel is velvety smooth, moderate...Right about where it should be. I think this is one of the best dunkel's I've had. It is so smooth and very easy to drink. A big fat A+ on this one.

Photo of Jerktookmyname
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown hazy brew with a large foamy tan head, hold sits own, little lacing.

Rich roasted malty aromas along with pronounced clove spiciness, delicious nose. Crisp tart and fizzy mouthfeel works perfectly to convey this tart fresh yet richer style of wheat beer. New Glarus nails yet another style with a wonderful brew. NG makes me want to move to Wisconsin...

Photo of dfillius
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Eager to try this after loving Crack'd and Dancing Man Wheats from New Glarus.
A: Aggressive pour and yeast rousal yields 3 fingers tan head with great retention. Very dark brown, nearly black opaque liquid.
S: Strong roast note rides on top of clove and banana almost like a chocolate covered banana. Smells great and unlike any other beer I've had.
T: Delicious. Rich flavor. Great maltiness - caramel, bread, rye spice gets revealed in a late aftertaste. Nice spiciness and a hint of alcohol come in later too.The sweetness of this wheat beer is very nicely balanced by the dark roasted bitterness of chocolate malt.
M: Smooth with a pleasant warmth
D: High. I would have another and buy again. New Glarus strikes again!

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a cloudy dark brown with a big wheat beer head. The aroma is very strong, with not only all the regular wheat beer smells, but also a big roasted aroma, chocolate, nuts, and an earthiness that is hard to describe. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Sweet, but not too sweet, balanced by the bitter roastiness. There are a lot of flavors that somehow work together. This is a pretty strange beer, but I like it. Full mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I will definitely buy more of this, since I only got a single bottle.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. No date.

A - 99% opaque with subtle amber highlights. The most impressive part though is the four-finger tan head that rose pretty quickly. Great retention as it lowered leaving bits of lacing.

S - Dark chocolate and caramel malts, pretty burnt, with light molasses drizzles on top and a strong wheat with oatmeal aroma. Lightly boozy at the finish. I've never smelled anything else like this. After a sip I also started picking up a heavy smoke aroma. Not wood smoke, but like, walking into a smoking hotel room that hasn't been smoked in for a while. That may sound gross, but I kind a like it and it made this already interesting beer even more interesting.

T - Burnt malts with oats, wheat, and strangely enough, banana esters with clay are lightly present from the yeast. Very interesting. A little alcohol warming to the finish.

M - Rich and creamy but crisp and smooth. An amalgam of sorts. Warm alcohol to the finish and just a bit burnt.

D - Good, very interesting. I've never had anything like this but it's a very versatile beer that could be had in either the winter as a nice warmer or during the summer as a refresher!

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Black Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.