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Bayern Dragon's Breath - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 25.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not sure why a german style dark wheat beer thats under 6% abv is called dragons breath, with flames all over the label, kind of gimmicky or misleading or something, but nevertheless, the beer isnt all that bad. i can see a thick layer of yeast or bottling sugar on the bottom of the bottle, but a careful pour yields a slightly murky dark brown thin liquid with a half inch of head that fades instantly. the nose is not real german yeasty at all, nor german malty really, more american medium roast barley, somewhere between a porter and a black ale in that regard, with some doughy yeast and a lightness not explained by the color. the taste is rather generic, and off the mark a bit for the style theyre calling it, but its a drinkable dark brew. yeast forward, but nothing too interesting. nice roast on the malt, slight chocolate note and a tad sweet at the end, still clean in the finish and easy to drink a fair few of these. i didnt love this one, but it served its purpose as the only non gold craft beer i could find at a town pump servo in colstrip, montana. wont seek this out again, but it didnt offend me by any means, and at under 8 bucks a 6 pack, i cant really complain...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of colts9016
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wiezen glass at 47 degrees

Appearance: A monster 3 finger head that is foamy and airy. The retention on the head is okay. The color of the beer is a medium brown color with a light tan hue. The clarity of the beer is opaque but there are some particles floating with in the vessel. Overall the appearance of the beer is above average.

Nose: A very medium roasted dark malt that is toasty and has some bread notes. The malt is more dominate in this beer with some chocolate and espresso notes. The hop character is subtle in the beer with some fruity and wood notes.

Taste: The medium roasted dark malt with toasted bread notes. The yeast flavor is noticeable as with the hop flavor. The hops is slightly fruity and woody.

Mouth Feel: Slightly coating, carbonated, and astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This beer is slightly disappointing and a tad watered down. I have tasted better Dunkelweizens.

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Photo of timmos1
4.72/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

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Photo of ShwarzAl3r
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.43/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally getting around to trying this beer. Always on shelves but I've never had the desire to buy a six-pack.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color. A bit of off white head forms, no retention or lacing.

Smell: Dark(ish) and caramel malts, some clove, a bit of banana. A bit odd smelling, to be honest.

Taste: Caramel malts, with clove and a bit of banana. Not well integrated and again, odd. I can see what they were trying to do with this, but execution was poor.

Overall: Light bodied with moderate carbonationl. Not too bad here. Overall, not a real good dark hefeweizen.The flavors just clash rather than complement.

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Photo of Bobheed
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark/medium brown, fairly murky color with a one finger ivory head

S: Lots of wheat in the nose, little bit of spiciness

T: Nice, smooth, get some of that spicy flavor I picked up in the nose. Has kind of a sourdough bread taste(probably would pair well) and has a crisp malty finish

M: Pretty typical heff feel, smooth, watery, not much carbonation

O: Overall, this was a pretty good beer. Would drink again for sure, but it's not my first choice.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bayern Dragon's Breath, Dark Heff Ale, Bayern Brewing, Missoula, Montana

Dark brown color, thin creamy, cocoa-toned head.

Aroma, roughly suggestive of a wizen, there's a whiff of wheat, sure. Caramel, clove, latent banana. Some of that. But what does "heff ale" mean? Have they created their own colloquialism for "hefe" as in in "hefe weizen." Are they sure that the unwashed masses will have no truck with a "Dunkel wizen", and need to coin the ugly phrase, "dark heff ale." I'm a bit turned off by this.

Smells okay, actually, but uninspiring.

Taste: dark malt, smooth, refreshing what, but comes across as very pedestrian. Eh, it's beer and you can drink it,..I guess. But doesn't do hardly a thing for me. No complexity, nothing special, bland as can be. Sorry.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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...

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Photo of chumba526
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
2.64/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of Jackinape
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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