Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Leavenworth Boulder Bend DunkelweizenLeavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Slynger on 06-15-2009

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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 55
Photo of wac9
2.3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

a dark wheat ale that taste ok ie just another beer i dont care about

Photo of Hydrophobic
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my St. Martin tulip from a 12 oz can

Appearance is a dark opaque brown with amber hues through the light and a sticky finger of off-white head with small tight effervescence leaving very minimal lacing.

Smells just like a porter with filbert, sweet dark chocolate and raisins.

Tastes strongly of a caramel sweetness with chocolate covered cashews, subtle hints of bubblegum and a very very slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is lively on the tongue, but otherwise smooth and creamy and goes down easy.

Overall, it would seem as if this beer is missing something or is misidentified as a dunkelweizen as it drinks much like an American porter or brown. As a beer in itself it is very flavorful, drinkable and I did enjoy it.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a half finger head that's light tan in color. Sub-par retention, breaking down to a thin, broken layer of suds.

Smell - Caramel, light roast, wheat.

Taste - Follows the nose. Caramel, light chocolate notes, hints of roast and a light grassy hop note.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with lively carbonation. Smooth, slick texture.

Overall - Good, but calling it a dunkelweizen is quite misleading. This is as Americanized as Widmer's 'Hefeweizen'. Flavor is akin to an American brown ale. Had they just left out 'dunkelweizen', I would seriously consider giving it a higher overall score, but until then...

Photo of Samp01
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark cloudy brown head, a medium beige head some light lacing. Aroma and taste is of dark lightly toasted caramel malt, yeast and some grain flavors. A medium body with light carbonation. Finish is lightly toasted caramel malt, yeast and grain. Aroma and taste seem a bit mild for the style, but still an ok drinking brew.

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -8%

Pours a half finger of head on a dark brown, almost black body.
The aroma has some chocolate malt, and some burnt malt.
The taste starts with burnt malt, and dies out with some chocolate and mild sweet note. Short but good profile.
The texture is crisper with soft edges.
It tastes more like a black lager than a dunkelweizen. Either way it's not bad

Photo of hophugger
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

nice pour, good head, great color. Tastes closer to a light porter than a wheat. Not much wheat taste or character here. Overall, very nice flavor with a crisp, clean finish. Some malty and possibly some choclately flavors. Overall, a well done beer sitting above average on the scale !!!!

Photo of DIM
2.37/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: Dark, muddy brown; poured with frothy, khaki colored head.

s: Stout like roasty cocoa and coffee, not much else.

t: Same as the smell, nothing resembling a dunkelweizen. Heavy roasty malts that belong in a stout and a hint of tart grains.

m: Full bodied but fizzy rather than creamy carbonation.

o: As a dunkel, this misses by a mile. I don't think it even uses a hefe yeast. As a wheat stout, this is good beer.

Photo of ryane
2.06/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Im not going to go through a full tasting review of this beer, Im just too disappointed, this does not taste in anyway like a dunkelweiss

It has far too much roasted malt for a dunkelweiss (coffee, chocolate) and not enough of the characteristic yeasty flavors (clove,banana), quite a disappointment

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transparency and half finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, mildly nutty, slight sour note. Flavor of toasted and caramel malt, hints of chocolate and charred coffee, finishes with light toastiness and light grassy hops. Medium bodied. The malt profile seems closer to a mild porter than a weizen; I'm not getting much wheat character at all. Flavor has nice toasty malt and light chocolate elements, but seems to finish thin with a light sourness. An OK dark malty beer, but not really meeting the dunkelweizen style, and a bit odd for that. This is the second Leavenworth wheat style ale that seemed to be more of a traditionally malted style than a weizen. Odd. OK, but better choices if you're looking for a dunkelweizen.

Photo of BrewVet
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an appealing dark brown to black with a quickly dissipated head. Mouthfeel is bubbly like most wheat beers. Flavor is lacking for a dunkel the malty taste overpowers the effervescent nature of a wheat. Not bad but not great and I'm only reviewing this based on 1 beer picked up at Total Wine from the warm shelf.

Photo of groverj3
1.96/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked this up from Total Wine along with several other wheat beers. I'm a big fan of Hefes as well as Dunkelweizens (though to a lesser extent).

I will preface this by noting this may have been a bad bottle. You never know.

This was quite disappointing to say the least. I poured, slowly, carefully, only to watch everything turn to foam. So, after waiting a bit for it to settle I finished the pour. I took a sniff, I was assailed by something I can only describe as "vomit-like." I took a few sips and was displeased. A weizen, even Dunkelweizen, shouldn't be as hop-forward as this. Aftertaste was strange and unpleasant as well.

I did not finish this one. It's not out of the question that I had a bad bottle though. You never know how long something is sitting around. There was no bottling or best-by date on the bottle that I could find.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.92/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen

Pours a sexy dark brown with a size able off white head and plenty of lace. Nutty aroma of roasted malt, wheat and hops. In the taste, roasted malts, tangy lemony wheat, and a firm bitterness. Good roast, but odd sourness and misplaced hops. I think this one needs some cleaning up.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of ripe banana, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, molasses, toast, clove, roasted malt, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of chocolate, banana, toast, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, roasted malt, toffee, pepper, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, banana, toast, nuttiness, and clove on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors with decent complexity; though it does feel a bit on the watery side; no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice and interesting take on a dunkelweizen. Nice roasted flavors with decent balance of fruitiness; very smooth and easy to drink. Definitely enjoyed this.

Photo of RJLarse
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Boulder Bend Dunkel in a grocery store. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a nut brown color, semi translucent, with a small off-whit head.

Smell is a roasted malt aroma with the candy scents, caramel.

Taste is a roasted nutty flavor, with some caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a drinkable dunkel but probably not a great one.

Photo of ninaturner
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, unfiltered, good head retention.

Aroma: The caramel comes through as well as small hints of banana and cloves.

Taste: Tastes of roasted chocolate malts; small hints of clove; bittering hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel--similar to other dunkels.

Drinkable: Not as drinkable as other dunkels, but good.

Overall: This is a decent dunkelweizen, but I think it could be improved if the clove and banana flavors came through more in the beer.

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a touch of yeast detected. Taste is also somewhat mild, some banana, a bit more hops than usual for this style, some mild spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is decent but mild for the style.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
The beer pours a slightly cloudy mahogany hue with amber highlights on the edges of the glass. A creamy beige head of 1.5 cm foams up on the pour, but fades fairly quickly to a few strands of an edge layer. Basically no head at the first sips.
Aroma is some bready yeast and biscuity malt with a bit of toffee mixed in for good measure. I also get a bit of dry baker's chocolate. Fairly mild but not uninteresting nose.
First sip reveals a lighter body with fine tingly carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. The flavors are similar to what the nose advertises with malt dominant profile of toffee and some chocolate. I do get a little bready yeast and some mild fruit flavors on the finish.
Overall the beer is not flawed but is not really memorable either. A little more yeast centric flavors could make it more interesting, I could describe the beer as a filtered dunkelweizen. Makes the overall experience, not bad but dull.

Photo of wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 28/6/12

A dark brown with lots of haze and bubbles, just a pinky of mocha foam but its dense and retains very well leaving several rings of lace before falling

S coco powder, bruised banana, and some cold coffee, pretty straight forward

T more chocolate then the nose and just a little sour dark fruits that brings it down a little, everything I smell is still there but the bruised banana

M medium bodied but quite creamy from the bubbles and there's some coco lingering

O OK beer but a little sourness I could live without, almost like there's a slight infection but it is very slight if the case

A hard sell at 18$ a 6er here in Alberta, I doubt I'd try this one again with all the other options available too me

Photo of yemenmocha
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruised banana logo would have been more appropriate. Pours a hazy brown with smallish head. Nose is a big, fat bruised banana. Palate offers a nice mix of brownbready flavors and esters from the nice yeast, along with more bruised banana. Medium-light bodied. Easy drinking. Not bad for an American attempt at the style.

Photo of kc44
2.36/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Starts out with a great head, doesn't retain it as well as it might. Actually a little darker and hazier than I had expected from a dunkelweizen, I know it needs to be dark and wheat is gonna mean some haze, but I've seen beers in this style look a lot more inviting. Still, something I can look at and think yeah, I'll drink that. Little bit of malt and hops on the nose, no bananas or cloves or any fruitiness to speak of really. Taste leans pretty strongly toward sweetness, not real balanced, but not undrinkably sweet or anything. Slight bit of roast from the dark malts, no mistaking the wheat in the malt bill, but much like the aroma, nothing really going on in the taste that jumps up and says "good 'ol dunkelweizen!" The mouthfeel on this reminds me of just about every beginner homebrew with wheat extract: undercarbonated and thin. Altogether, not really the beer for me - I'll stick with the import classics where this style is concerned unless I get wind of any must-have USA iterations. That being said, the beer is not so much bad as it is not good - remember how much worse it could be. Below average? Yes. Undrinkable, terrible, should be forcibly removed from the market? Not in my opinion. Is it even a dunkelweizen? I dunno about all that...

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a subtle fruity underpinning and a hint of cloves. It pours a dark, rather hazy mahogany with a decent, fine-bubbled, light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor has a malty core and fruity, caramel and nutty notes. Smooth Texture has average body but a good amount of fizz.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Total Wine in West Orange over the weekend since I had never seen this beer or anything from Fish Brewing Company, for that matter. Even though this poured pretty dark and cloudy, it could have been a bit more full. This wasn't a bad selection and for this time of the year, this would be a great session beer since I could hardly taste or feel the alcohol in it!

As to be expected, this poured brown and cloudy and also as to be expected, this had a strong roasted mouthfeel to it with notes of pumpernickel and burnt malt to it. The carbonation and booze were a bit underwhelming and the mouthfeel was watery too. I wished this had more of a wheat presence in it but I just had to take it for what it was worth, which reminded me of a soda in more than one way.

If you like session beers, look no further as a six-pack of this could easily be enjoyed in a few sittings. This wasn't bad so much as it was just "eh...". No banana, not much of a body, and lack of carbonation and head all combine to make this unmemorable but for anyone who wants a low-cost version of this style that's accessible by nearly all, this would be a sufficient choice.

Photo of mfavoino
2.33/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep brown with not much cloudiness to it. Head is one finger and dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Sense a little bit of sweet chocolate flavors, but honestly there isn't much to report.

Taste: Really no yeast flavor to this beer, and not the typical malt/bread profile that I would expect from this style. Light chocolate flavor and toasted malts are really the only thing to note. Not much flavor to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light and actually watery.

Overall: Nothing stuck out at me with this beer, which I'm not even sure could be considered a Dunkelweizen.

Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Popured a light brown with one-finger head that sticks around glass on top of a rather mild, almost airy, sweet malt aroma although there are citric hefe notes as well. Light body, the lgiht citric/hefe characters are there, although no spice or wheat twang is really prevelant, and there is very minimal sweetness...like touches of toffee more than caramel or chocolate. Nice blend and balance so I don't mind sipping on it and there's touch of fruits and a dry malt base in the finish, but overall it's just too bland to be anything other than a half-decent beer.

Photo of UnderPressure
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber/medium brown beer with a foamy off-white head.

Dark roasted malt and some wheat and yeast in the aroma.

A nice, sweet malt flavor up front. Slightly metallic. Some hop flavor. Mild bitterness.

A medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Soft carbonation.

Pretty good beer. Nothing crazy outrageous. Something I could drink all night.

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Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.