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
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 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 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 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 Bookseeb
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dark ruby red with a firm fluffy head that dissapates slowly leaving nill lace. Smell is lightly roasted with not much else as it is in the Taste as well, also having grain and light caramel with moderate hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad dark heff, but could use a little more compexity.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried (but, oddly, never reviewed) my fair share of 'Dragon' beers: Dragon's Tooth, Dragon's Milk and so on. This is a 12 oz. bottle that buddy Bryce brought back from Montana a few weeks back (the tiny sticker tells me so!). Label notched at 'Best Before: D 10'.

A: Poured to a pint, a deeply weathered copper/auburn, nearly clear and resplendent with carbonation. Fairly good head, dirty whiteness piled to nearly a finger high. It doesn't stay long, and leaves only traces of lace.

S: A murky, pit-fruited twang ~ raisins and prunes. Lots of toasted malt, but a musty and dry/tart-ish finish that entices without enthralling much.

T: Toasted and spiced bread, clove and fruit blending in a time-honored way. The fruit tends toward apple, then a little husk and smoke that reminds me of toasted walnuts. Never too sweet, Dragon's Breath offers a good blend of spices, grains and adequate hop bitterness.

M: Velvety feel, carbonated enough to mimic a better Bavarian, but thinner than I'd like. Crisper and fairly refreshing,

D: Easy enough to drink. Perhaps not as stellar as the German iterations, but no slouch either. Dunkels aren't all that common out west, especially ones that stick to a truer, less-hopped recipe: in that regard a winner I'd enjoy again. Just not one that wins out over the Germanic originators...

Photo of chumba526
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears dark amber with a small off white head.

It smells slightly fruity, nutty and a little sweet.

It tastes semisweet, a little smoky; there is a slight clove flavor. You can taste a nice yeasty flavor. I also get a bit of a caramel taste. A nice beer. It is quite light for the color but has a nice flavor.

Carbonation is moderate.

The drinkability is pretty good I could drink a few of these.

Overall a pretty good beer. Not great but pretty good.

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 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 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 Parrotbeak
2.64/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber, with a greenish-gold hue around the edges. Frothy, white head that remains. Pretty good lacing.
Smell is fairly vapid. Very light malts and hops...can't get much else.
Taste is light, creamy malts, with some very faint hops. Very faint notes of barley and corn.
Mouthfeel is flat and watery. Wet on the finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is decent. Very bland, but not offensive.

Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weizen glass. The beer poured a semi-cloudy deep brown color with about an inch of dark khaki head that had OK retention and lacing.

A solid wheat scent greets the nose with a dark background note I couldn't quite place. The flavors were pretty similar to the aromas, just not as bold.

The body was nicely full, with a dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, I could drink a couple of these on a sunny afternoon with no trouble. Overall, a decent beer, worth a shot if you see it.

Update 10/3/10: Thanks to Miss Whitney for bringing me back another one of these that she grabbed on her vacation. Many kisses sugar. My first review holds up to my second experience with this brew, I'd like for it to available local to so I could drink it more regularly. Perhaps worth a trade.

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 mikereaser
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottl on 12/2/09

A - pours a dark walnut color with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared into a layer of foam

S - slight wheat aroma, but not much, hints of some smokiness

T - sweet malt, wheat dominates, a bit of spicyness, slight amount of earthy hop bitterness, maple syrup

M - good carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel

D - very drinkable, good flavor, i definitely want another

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Best by February of 2010, according to the label, which refers to this beer as a "dark heff ale". Legal action from Playboy Enterprises is no doubt forthcoming.

Poured an opaque, iced tea-like color, with a big, rocky beige head that took it's sweet time dropping. Lots of lace.

Earthy, bready and clove-y in the nose. I think I can detect some brown sugar notes in there as well. Not an aroma bomb but seems fairly true to the style.

Workmanlike in the flavor department, as in the nose. Starts off slightly sweet. There's an underlying earthy graininess that lurks in the background, along with some mild spicy notes. Slightly dry note at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with an appropriate mouthfeel and carbonation for the style.

Fairly easy drinking dunkelweizen, and not bad for this side of the Atlantic. I wouldn't mind sessioning this.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Dragon's Breath poured a dark brown color with a single finger foam head and dissipated pretty quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

The smell was of clove and the taste was real spicy. In the mouth it seemed to have a strong bitterness on the finish. It left the roof of the mouth tingling. It also had some dark fruit in the finish. Overall I am not well versed in this style but it was a pretty good beer.

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 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 scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my dear friend Nick for bringing back a sixer of this from Montana for me.

Huge tan head after the initial pour that recedes to a film after a couple of minutes. Very dark brown, almost muddy with a little cola. The taste has some nutty roasted malts, clove like yeast and a pretty dry middle and fiish. None of these flavors stand out, pretty subtle overall. But still an ok session wheat beer.

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 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 bkilpatr
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. 04/23/09.

Pours a murky brownish-orange color with tons of floaty chunks. Only a thin finger of whitish head is produced from a moderate pour, not much retention. Aroma is mostly toffee and raisin, with minimal banana and wheat characteristics.

Taste is mild with wheat and banana, hints of clove and orange peel. Slight bitter hop in the finish. Feel is smooth but a bit thin and watery. Could use both some more body and carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good as a result. It's light, so it goes down quickly.

Though not as good as some German versions of the style, it is much more affordable and tastes pretty decent.

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Bayern Dragon's Breath from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
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