Bayern Dragon's Breath - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bkilpatr on 04-24-2009

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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by timmos1:
Photo of timmos1
4.72/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Come on people live a little. Its not a hefe, its not a dunkel. Its some of both, but neither.

Taste--its got the wheat thing going, but it's sweet. I like the sweet aftertaste, no zing here, but hey, it's different. I like it a lot, it goes down smooth for a lighter beer. The color is a little different to get used to, but its a one of a kind beer.

So what do you expect out of this beer? I m not expecting my world to shake here. It's pretty good and drinkable. It's not wine people. It's beer. Relax, enjoy.

Maybe they should remove the heff from the label.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Hazed chestnut

SMELL: Fresh-baked bread, nutty yeast, faint tartness, dried grass, ripe fruit

TASTE: Bready, toasty, animal feed, mild tartness, caramel, brown apples, herbal hop, vague spice, yeast, melon, husky; semidry, pulling finish

Looking for a different kind of bock? Look here. This is not your typical clove-and-banana German Wheat beer profile. It’s more of a rustic Altbier yeast with some depth to keep things interesting.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Two-finger head of rich, off-white foam that falls at a moderate pace, leaving rings around the glass. Chocolate brown and cloudy. Held to a light, it's apricot brown/orange.

S - Biscuits, malt, and a hint of bananas.

T - Caramel, lightly toasted malt, touch of banana bubblegum on the finish. There's also a trace of bittering hops for balance.

M - Moderately fizzy. Great structure with well-defined body. Good carbonation. Moderately lasting finish.

D - When I lived in Missoula, Bayern was my favorite local brewery and this beer was my everyday brew. This review is of the last bottle of the several cases that came with me when I moved. It's next to impossible to have just one. Very delicious, very well-made. Precisely the type of the beer I enjoy as the refreshing, rewarding sure-thing. It's even better fresh from the tap.

BTW - it's not really a dunkel, but rather a "dark" hefeweizen. That's why it seems a bit more restrained than dunkels that really pop with the flavors.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6% ABV on this bottle, procured at a coffee shop in Missoula.

This beer pours a cloudy, iced tea colour, with bits of sediment swirling about the bottom of the glass. It has one finger of very temporary soapy pale beige head, which leaves nary a trace of lace. The aroma is fairly weak, just a bit of wheat grain. The taste is sweet malt, a bit of spicy wheat, some yeast, molasses, and a bit of dry earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry: malty, spicy wheat, and more earthy hops.

An overall decent dunkel, but a bit too restrained, to live up to its moniker.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and copper brown in color. The head us off-white and peaks at a finger's width before dying down in fair time. Breaks down to a thin, broken layer of suds.

Smell - Aroma hits on some darkened wheat, grain and a touch of grassy hop.

Taste - Follows the nose. Wheat, touches of caramel and a light grassy hop. Faint lemon. Finishes somewhat clean.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with bitey nation. Crisp, mostly dry finish.

Overall - Dunkelweizen? Hardly. I should have known better to buy when I saw the label saying it was a "Dark Heff Ale". This is the "dunkel" equivalent of Widmer's "Hefe"; that is to say, it's a sad Americanized version of in the style. It's a fair, easy drink, but nothing I'd buy again.

Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle from Princeton's. It poured a dark brown with a short light tan head. This tasted like a wheat porter at first, but then the malts seemed to fade away. It's not a bad dunkelweizen, but the flavors all around are a bit muted compared to other examples in the style like Franziskaner Dunkel. There's a bit of dark bread with spicy phenols. It's smooth and drinkable, but the whole character just isn't there.

Photo of morimech
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky, dark brown color with a large head that had good retention. Very little lacing is left on the glass. The yeast gave this beer a spicy note rather than a banana, bubblegum one. A little bit of dark wheat bread aroma but otherwise the smell is muted. The flavor also is a bit weak. The yeast does not add much to the flavor. Almost like it was brewed with an ale yeast. Some wheaty malt and a touch of spice and that is about all that there is in the flavor. Not bad but far from great. The body is alright but feels a bit watery. Nicely carbonated. Just a weak tasting wheat beer in the end. It drinks alright but why bother when there are far better ones in the market.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.39/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Love the artwork on the label...full props! The brew itself pours a lovely partially yeast hazed coppery brown color. The head is slightly caramel in color and starts off about a finger in thickness, eventually settling down to a thin foamy layer. There appears to be modest carbonation lumbering to the top of my glass, and the lacing is quite impressive, leaving behind thick shapely pieces of soapy foam all around the inside of my glass. Very nice looking beer overall!

S- This brew has a rich, mellow, and malty aroma overall. More specifically, the malt sweetness smells like a combination of sweet toffee and/or chocolate. The richness has a yeasty quality, something like what fresh raw dough would smell like. I also smell an earthy hopped finish that gives this a well rounded aroma profile.

T- The flavors follow the aromas fairly well, with mellow sweet flavors of toffee/molasses, chocolate, and a yeasty rich flavor that is slightly fruity....bananas to be exact....nothing too ripe however. The finish comes across more crispy bitter on the palate than the aroma let on. Overall nothing really stands out....just a nice mellow and flavorful ale!

M- This is a very nice creamy ale! The carbonation is really plentiful yet the bubbles are very small individually....really allowing the flavors to burst on the palate properly! Overall this reminds me of enjoying the type of dessert that I really enjoy....complex and not super sweet.

O- This is a very highly drinkable ale in my humble opinion! I would have no problem enjoying this beer over the course of an evening and appreciate the well balanced nature of the brew! The alcohol is very well hidden, it's very flavorful and rich, yet it's also a very smooth and light on the palate. Now I can understand how this was brewed in Bavaria and won awards so many awards! I highly recommend this!

Photo of ShwarzAl3r
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had passed up on purchasing a six-pack of this beer for a long time. Mostly the dark hefeweizen title worried me, but one day I decided to go for it and buy a sixer.

This beer is truly unique. I have tried many good hefeweizen's in my day and this beer has a great heff flavor that hits you immediately, but there is much more to this beer than this first flavor lets on. After the first fairly normal, but good, hefeweizen flavor a darker malty taste starts to take over and blend with the wheat-like heff. This darker tone blends into the first flavor in a very bold way to give this beer a distinct, rare and bold taste. Dragon's Breath is definitely worth giving a try. I probably couldn't drink it on a regular basis but it is a solid beer that would be great every once in a while.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up I think at Worden's in Missoula... Poured into my shaped SA glass...

Dark brown and expectantly hazy.. good 1" head and descent retention...

Nose is lighter "German" than expected.. more toffee than banana or clove.. but the Motherland still is there... I just wanted/expected more.

Taste has a fresh bready maltiness that helps bring the German qualities out more than the nose.. but it still is a bit lite.. and an nice caramel component adds sweetness that also push the esters up a bit...

the body is about the same as a hefe.. with maybe just a tad more from the leftover sweetness... the carbonation is about right too.

Photo of Jackinape
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got 6er in Miles city today,had two outta the bottle on the way home.
Outta the bottle smell chocolate,
taste nice chocolate.
Get home outta of a glass now,smell cloves,slight banana, hint of chocolate.
Taste cloves,banana,hint of carob like flavors to me.Not much lacing or head.muddy brownish red color.Best Bayern beer ive had yet really like it.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark red amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass. Light aroma of toasted and caramel malt, dark fruit, wheat. Flavor follows with toasted and sweet malt, cloves, wheat and a hint of grassy hops. Light to medium bodied. Subdued, but very pleasant malt and wheat flavors, well integrated. As another reviewer noted, a nice light weizen beer, but the "Dragon's Breath" seems to indicate something a little more dangerous. A pleasant, low-key dunkelweizen.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a nice glowing orangey-amber hue with some nice cloudiness. an off-white frothy cap thins to a blanket of foam that leaves minimal tracing of lacing.

aroma is pleasantly wheaty with notes of clove, molasses, cinnamon and a hint of malt.

taste has some interesting spice to it. clove, cinnamon, some herbal notes. touch of spearmint. green herbal hops. caramel malt comes through. way more spice than an average dunkel, this one is interesting, although I'm not sure I'm feeling it entirely.

mouth is nicely creamy. moderate body with ample carbonation. smooth and creamy, especially for a dunkelweizen, which i'm kind of liking.

All in all, an interesting take. I feel like this follows the typical Bayern pattern of almost-awesome but just falling a bit short. The spice is a bit pungent for this one to work well... I could see myself drinking it again, but not my favorite dunkel.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown body with a two finger head of creamy mocha appearance. Decent lacing as it falls fairly quickly to a thin ring.

S: Pretty muted really, faint clove and toasted bread with a light hint of dark malt and faint sweetness.

T: Much better than the aroma, all the flavors of the nose but with added intensity and depth. More malt and clove present with a little added brown sugar sweetness. Pretty nice overall.

M: Smooth with pretty nice carbonation, makes the mouthfeel slightly creamy with just enough activity to wake up the tastebuds.

D: Pretty smooth and drinkable, not a lot going on so it makes it easy going down and the low abv makes it pretty quaffable.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this from a friend from Montana. Murky dark brown-mahogany pour with a two finger creamy beige head with decent retention and nice lacing. Earthy, malty nose with hints of brown bread, subtle dark fruit, toffee, and a some metalic/mineral notes as well. The taste follows suit with lots of earthy, bready malts up front along with hints of molasses, brown bread, toffee, dark fruit, and a touch of banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and subtly creamy with good balance and drinkability. Overall, while this is not the dark Weizen I'm used to here in Germany, it's still a solid offering.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Dark amber/brown hue covered with a small white head that is very well retained.

S: Heavy on the yeast, with apricot, banana and lemon. Malt is very light and underapparent.

T: Yeast and bitter hops get your attention at first, but a light chocolate malt flavor comes through toward the end with an unexpected touch of smoke. Finish carries a lengthy bitterness.

M: Nice soft wheaty mouthfeel, and well carbonated with fine bubbles.

Compared with previous dunkelweizens I have enjoyed, I thought this one was lacking a bit in terms of malt and was overly bitter. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of jesseejames
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out a nice brown with a nice creamy brownish head with lots of lace. The smell is of fruits with a hints of nuts. Nice really malty taste that is just a touch sweet which I like in a nice dark wheat beer. Has a really smooth finish with a bit heavy mouth. For a dunkelweizen this is one of the better ones. Goes great on a hot summer afternoon with salsa and chips.

Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A two finger white head forms an recedes to a ring. Some nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Malty sweet with some banana, clove and spice. Very nice.
T: A great malty flavor of banana and citrus fruits with a hint of spice and cloves. Sweet caramel as well. Some dry wood as well. I really like this.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and low on the carbonation end. Very easy and smooth to drink. An easy session beer for me.

One of the best Dunkelweizens I have had. Something I would highly recommend.

Photo of JackieTH
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Fats for hauling back & sharing a growler from Montana!

Appearance: Brown & cloudy body with one-two fingers of tan head.

Smell: Not much nose, was very muted. Traces of toasted bread, sweetness, yeast, malt, cloves.

Taste: Malty, cloves, toasted bread with a hint of molassas sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodies, smooth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavors are all present and accounted for but overall are quite muted which I suppose makes it easy to drink and the low ABV doesn't hurt either.

Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Big handsome foam in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Brew is a brownish orange. Aroma makes me think "rusty." The foam piles up and lasts to the end of the glass.

Tangy on the tongue. Watery and weedy. Malty with a sharp edge. As much as I like the idea of a "dark Hefeweizen" I don't taste anything like wheat. There is a little sweet maltiness.

It's a big and tangy brew with a lot of carbonation but the oxidized taste is more like an Old Ale. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Wash.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The label features a fire-breathing dragon. I'm not sure of the symbolism, if any.

Appearance: A not-very-aggressive pour produces a one inch pale brown creamy, billowy, sticky head, which is unusual for this brewery. The color is a pale reddish-brown with thin haze.

Smell: Malt, yeast, perhaps some dark fruit- raisins or prunes. The hop aroma is very subdued.

Taste: Sweet malt, with subdued earthy hops. Perhaps some rye bread, molasses- like the stuff they put on horse feed. Loved eating that stuff when I was a kid. Otherwise very smooth with some crispness.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, primarily due to the creamy, billowy head, which sticks around.

Overall: This beer is very unlike most wheat beers- which is okay by me, since the bananas and cloves can get to be tiresome. Another easy-drinking beer from Bayern.

Photo of MisterClean
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At OBF.

A - Pours black with a 2 fingered cappucino head. Dissipates moderately fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Wheat and breadiness.

T - Wheat, breadiness, and bitterng hops. You're practically drinking bread here!

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced.

D - A great beer, but not according to BJCP guidelines. A bit dark and overly bready for the style. A good beer nonetheless though.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a growler into a weizen glass

A- Poured brown with some reddish hues, very clear with lots of visible carbonation and a giant fluffy off-white head that left splashy lace.

S- Mineral, bready, and banana notes. Fairly faint aroma.

T- Bready, banana, caramel, toffee, and mineral notes.

M- Very easy drinking, light bodied, soft carbonation, and semi-dry finish.

O- A very nice and easy drinking dark wheat ale, which is a style I enjoy but don't see too often.

Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/25/09- Purcahsed at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not look for freshness info. Poured into my Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance- Deep amber colored pour, actually more brown-ruby in color. Full 3/4 inch creamy and thick head with nice staying power. Leaves some nice patchwork and slight clumps of lace behind.

Smell- Not a huge nose, but has the normal suspects of clove, banana, bread and some other mild spices.

Taste- Quite nice for an american made Dunkel. Not any huge flavors, but as in the nose..it has a nice light clove flavor with a very slight banana flavor. More caramel malted and bready in flavor.

Mouthfeel- Good mid range carbonation level with a minor clove aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice job by Bayern. I would buy this off an on for a change of pace beer if I lived back there.

Photo of Murrhey
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- one finger tan head. Decent retention. Partial lacing. Auburn body. Looks nice.

S- wheat, yeast, cloves. Not great, but still appealing.

T- heavy flavors, dark yeasts, tasty. Maybe a smidge of dark fruits?

M- syrupy, leaves a thick feel on the aftertaste.

O- tasty, but don't go out of your way to get it. Subtle and fairly forgettable.

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Bayern Dragon's Breath from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.