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Bayern Dragon's Breath - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 102
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 5
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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 102
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of ShwarzAl3r
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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... (1,333 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of Jackinape
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
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! (1,866 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.45/5  rDev +25%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of timmos1
4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
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. (567 characters)

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Bayern Dragon's Breath from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.