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Bonator - Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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89
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WYVYRN527 on 06-27-2009)
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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange brown with a good cream head that dissipates. No lacing.

Pint was a bit too cold, so initial sniff reminded me of fruit and caramel, almost like Twizzlers. As it warmed, the malt came out. Caramel, dates, roasted plums, vanilla. Real nice.

Rich and sweet, but complex. Cherries, stone fruit, plums, dried fig or dates, caramel, vanilla, wood leading to some brown bread and light bitterness intermingling. What a treat.

Full bodied, but could use a bit more. Loved this. Sipped it and didn't notice the alcohol at all. Not a hot brew. Very drinkable, and smooth.

Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Holy loaf of bread, caramel, grassy hops, toffee, warm alcohol, plums, and figs.

Taste: The sweetness dies down a bit, but the toasted and bready notes come through with grassy hops and mild bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and a little warm booze too.

Overall: Pretty nice doppelbock. Hard find her in Boston and a good bottle price too. Might have to grab another.

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear garnet with tan head.

S - Toasted brown bread, toasted brown sugar, vanilla.

T - Follows the nose - Brown bread crust, woody grain, caramel, light but earthy bitterness, some berry fruit underneath. Bready and nutty on the finish.

M - Low carbonation, thin medium body.

All good except for the mouthfeel was a little off. I would drink this again but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Photo of socon67
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gravity cask at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn NY. Might be the first ever cask in the US.

A - Light amber color with an acitve fizzy carbonation in the pour. Sticky lacing on the top and some decent foam retention. Cloudy view belies some sediment of yeast in the pour.

S - Smells of walnuts, maple, and sugary sweet fruit. My first thought was that this was just like popping the box on a Russel Stover chocolate sampler.

T - Very sweet flavor with some bready yeast notes. Has a gritty protein flavor. Rich sugar stays throughout. Residual sugar of fruit adds to the complexity.

M - Crisp clean taste. Actually quite refreshing. Has a distinct texture to the liquid. By the time I finished the glass I found this to be a sneaky full bodied beer.

O - Not a style I go for but this was clearly a solid example of a traditional German dopplebock. If given another chance to have on tap I'd go for it.

Photo of bcsbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 0.9oz swing top bottle into a mug.

Appearance: The body has a deep brownish coppery color with dark reddish amber highlights. On top is a small collar of tan foam. The head slowly settles and clings to the glass as I drink. This makes for lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a big deep aroma with tons of malt character. It has deep roasted grain with notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread and toasted nuts. The alcohol is also noticeable and adds a touch of fusel character which is a little distracting.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is big and full bodied like the aroma and like the aroma it starts with a big bready and roasted grain like base. Inside of it are notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread, and some light toasted nuts. I also pick up some dusty/earthy and mildly fruity yeast as well as some old dried/leafy hop spice. This adds some light bitterness to the background. Mingling through all of this is a very noticeable fusel booziness that has a harsh edge to it.

Notes: There is a lot of depth and complexity but it has its ruff edges too.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Pours semi-opaque, amber in color, about a 38mm head that is white-brown in color. Not much visible carbonation (but it's not easy to see into the beer). Head recedes gradually to leave a film of whiteness across the beer for essentially the entire session. Lacing is noticeable and quite nice.

The scent is a bit weak, at least to my nose. While I pick up some breadiness, caramel, and a bit of banana-y ester, they're largely pale and very ephemeral. I'd like a little more presence in this area.

This is, taste-wise, one of the better doppelbocks I've had. The bready maltiness is very present, but not over-the-top or lingering past its welcome. It is further complemented by flavors of caramel, floral hops, and a bit of rum on the back of my tongue. Not as complex or going for the same things as Celebrator, but good in a different direction.

Mouthfeel is as expected: heavier beer with moderate carbonation for a pleasing effect. Finish is semi-dry with a bit of astringency,

At 8.2%, this is a sipping beer for me. Just right for the cold fall and winter nights. Would pick another one up again without hesitation.

Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark reddish amber with three fingers of off white creamy suds and lacing all over.
Smell hits you from way back. Yeast and spice.
As you get closer the caramel and malt blend in with the yeast and spice to make a great smelling beer.
Taste is a little hot but still enjoyable. Malt sugar and alcohol with a bitter aftertaste.
Taste is kind of boring and one sided. Not a lot of things stand out except the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is sticky and sugar retention is solid through the entire tasting.
Drinkability is only as much as you can stand here. Too much heat but this would be nice on a mid-winter's night.

Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

After trying the Weissenohe Dunkel, I was looking forward to this.
Pours a reddish brown color with a thin sheen of slightly off-white head at the top.
The nose is boldly sweet with lots of molasses, super sweet malty flavors, dried fruits, and caramel.
The taste has a ton of depth. Rum raisins, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, a hint of cocoa, and nuts. The malty flavor is potent and there it a hint of heat to it, but nothing too extreme. Hops round out the middle, and the finish is of hazelnut liqueur.
The texture is pretty typical. Chewy, but still nothing you have to sip gradually.
The heat's enough to keep this from being one of the absolute best DB's, but this is still an absolutely excellent beer.
Highly recommended.

Photo of drtth
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is hazy dark caramel brown color. The ¼” fluffy head is a nice tan color that persists reasonably well. Sipping for the first 1/3 of the beer leaves some bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is on the simple side and mostly dark caramel or brown sugar with a bit of dark breadiness thrown in.

Taste: The flavors include mostly some dark caramel sweetness and nutty character along with a touch of breadiness. The alcohol is nicely concealed here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium and the carbonation is faint. The medium long finish is mostly sweet malt fading a way to an almost dry but not at all bitter ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I sipped my way through this one and kept hoping that some of the complexity I’ve found in other doppelbocks would eventually emerge, but it didn’t. Consequently this is not a beer I’ll be seeking out and I’ll probably not have it again given how much better several other doppelbocks are. However, if someone else was buying and this was my option I’d probably drink another.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of HamGlade10
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of brandonld23
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. Flip-top bottle, this beer is a slightly hazy amber with a thick head about an inch and a half high. It settles quickly and shows good lacing. It expresses nutty aromas along with a slight nuttiness. Flavors are identical to the boquet. Malty with hints of toast and caramel, finishing with a fruity hop character. Rich and viscous, this beer coats the palate and the flavors linger for a long time. Bonator is quite drinkable, and I'm glad to have tried this brew.

Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade with Erzengel, cheers mate!

50cl bottle poured into Paulaner seidel

BBE 17 Aug 2011

A- Garnet mahogany body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy tan head, reduces relatively quickly to a crown with average lacing, but fine due to abv.

S- Sweet fruit cake, toffee malts, subtle hint of toasted malts.

T- Sweeter caramel/toffee malts up front balancing to a subtler toasted malt quality in the finish. If picky, the finish is maybe a bit thin in flavour, a little bit of an anti climax. Very smooth, no suggestion of alcohol heat at all.

M- Moderate carbonation and full body. Lager clean

D- A nice balance of sweeter and toasted malts on the palate but perhaps a bit weak in the finish. Body is excellent with a fantastic smoothess for its abv strengthened by the lager clean finish. A nice example.

Photo of doktorhops
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yes I have Doppelbocks on the brain at the moment. I have a craving for that delicious sweet dark fruit bready goodness and those full-bodied creamy Ales. I have an addiction, and the only cure is more cowbell, err Doppelbocks. Wirtshaus Klosterbrauerei in the picturesque Bayern town of Weißenohe seems as good a place as any to produce an Ale that will slake my Doppelbock lust, or is it?

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Deep clear burnt caramel body with a 1cm cappuccino cream-coloured head that sits firm in the glass, like a proud Bavarian man-about-town-in-Lederhosen.

S: Quite a bit of funk on the nose, aromas of over-ripe fig, dark plum, date, moist brown bread and sweet molasses. Wowzer! What an intriguing bouquet. I'm really digging this brew so far.

T: The funk carries over to the flavour - all manner of over-ripe tastes (fruity and otherwise) trip wildly across the tongue; fig, plum, date, heavy brioche and caramel. There is the slightest hint of lemon rind in the hops (and I mean barely noticeable). This is a malt/yeast driven affair on a scale that makes Weihenstephaner (the makers of Korbinian) take a step back and go "Whoa, easy there!". Also noted is a touch of metallic twang - a tiny blemish in an otherwise fine Ale.

M: Lays a brown velvet carpet on your palate with its mid to heavy body and thick, creamy carbonation.

D: The over-ripe fruit funk is great with this one, the body is not. It's almost too cloying, too heavy bodied to be enjoyed, but it really gives meaning to the description of a Doppelbock as "liquid bread" and for that reason I regard this Weißenoher Klosterbrauerei Bonator quite highly. If it was a tad (and I can't believe I'm saying this) lighter, and a tad less over-ripe in its fruitiness it would easily be a Korbinian beater. As it is I am challenged just finishing the one bottle, I will however (like some intrepid 19th century explorer) brave the Doppel!

Food match: A meal unto itself requires no food. Seriously it would be a bad idea to undertake any meal with this brew, however if you were foolish enough to attempt such an undertaking my recommendation would be something roasted and German, such as a pork knuckle foolish soul.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled (actually the whole 550ml -16.9 ounce) bottle on 12/7/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a 2+ finger creamy beige head that lasts for a while. Good lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of nuts, caramel, maple sugar and dark fruits. The taste is even better with a hint of figs and dark wheat bread. Very easy to drink with no bitter aftertaste. Great balance of different flavors just add more to this brew. Really enjoyed this one!

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into a mug...

P: Dark Amber color with a full finger of frothy tan rootbeer head. Good retention and nice vertical lacing along the glass. Streaming bubbles with a thick layer of swimming foam that stays on top.

S: First off is dark chocolate, followed by toffee, espresso and roasted caramel malts. Figs, spices and wood are also players in this warm welcoming.

T/M: Heavy toffee presence with a confident blend of amaretto, dark chocolate, and mild dingy earthy hops. The finish is a wet bitter sweet alcohol and coffee finish.

O: Good double bock with complementing flavors and a smooth finish that leaves you wanting more. A reasonable price which will cause me to grab more.

Photo of TheMrFarnham
2/5  rDev -49.6%

Bonator from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.