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Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 114
Photo of ccrida
3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint at the Fishbowl Brewpub, Leavenworth's Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen is a murky chestnut with a small, light tan head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is neutral, with light toast and toffee slowly opening up as it warmed.

Taste is richer, toffee, some noble hop spice, with a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and light.

Drinkability is high, this is a tasty, nice fall flavor without being to sweet and cloying. Highly quaffable. (466 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pale brown with a short bubbly tan head. Short retention and no lacing.

At first to me it smelled like a handful of fresh black patent malt at your local home brew shop. A little oaky with some chocolate and a touch of bacon.

Flavor is good and balanced well. Not that there is alot to balance in this style. Not very bright and shiny flavor notes, just nice dark wheat-roasted malty goodness.

Very smooth, fresh and light bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Overall this is a good dunkelweizen. Not spectacular, but it has pretty good flavor, seems fresh and is very easy to drink. (606 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.97/5  rDev +25.2%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of cooch69
3.93/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This onne pours a medium brown with some amber and a pretty small head for a German style wheat ale. Head was pretty tight, maybe around one to one 1/2 fingers and it was pretty light tan.

Nose on this one has coke syrup, bready and wheaty malts, and even a slight bit of wild Musk perfume. There is also some dried banana chips in the backround that remind me of a fresh made trail mix.

Taste is clean and crisp and consists of chocolaty malts, spices, mainly cloves and there is a little bit of the boozy alcohol in the finish. There is also a bit of the coke syrupy taste that I had in the smell.

This is a pretty good Dunkelweizen. I hav'nt had much of this style in a while and this is a good way to get back into them. (730 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger head with some lacing. Very dark brown with some light getting through.

S: sweet caramel malt aroma with chocolate notes.

T: Sweet malt at the front end, milk chocolate in the middle and finishes with a roasted taste. Actually a nice flow and complex.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

O: This beer is better than advertised. Its very drinkable and has a nice flow of flavors as it is enjoyed. (420 characters)

Photo of BrewVet
3.82/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of echoes
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle.

A: Pours a moderate bubbly, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves almost no lacing. Color ranges from the top blackish-brown to light brown/red at the bottom. Excellent colors. Noticeable carbonation.

S: Roasted wheat and yeast. Smells decent. Not unpleasant by any stretch.

T: Tastes like a dark hefeweizen. Slightly bitter, maybe due to hops? (Based on the taste, dunkelbock also fits quite appropriately).

M: A little light. For a dark beer I would prefer a heavier mouthfeel. Smooth mouthfeel. A little bubbly (carbonation) is perceptible.

D: Goes down very easy. Could easily have another but there isn't enough to make me want to have more than one.

Not much to bring me back to it. I'd drink it again if offered but it isn't something I'd probably buy again. Overall I'd say this is decent but not exceptional or outstanding. (865 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev +13.9%
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... (653 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Pours a murky bog of brown with a light frothy head. Smells of malts and wheat stretch out to grab the nose, but they do not overstay their welcomes. Those malts and wheat return when the tongue gets involved, with the wheat appropriately making up the majority of the flavor profile. Not too much complexity, though a very faint hint of smoke signal can be detected somewhere in the wheaty static. Lighter than most dunkels that I've had, the taste doesn't hang around too long, but that does make for a pretty drinkable brew. (563 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
3.52/5  rDev +11%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a single from a cool new store in Cowtown that breaks down those overpriced import six packs.

This beer pours a rather murky dark cherry-wood colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some low-lying spanning bridge trestle lace around the glass as it rapidly makes its exit.

It smells of thin roasted wheat grain and caramel malt, a bit of brown sugar, weak coffee, faint banana chip esters, and mild earthy, musty hops. The taste is more toasted wheat and biscuity caramel malt, a rather understated and indistinct fruitiness, bittersweet cocoa, an ethereal coffee astringency, and earthy, somewhat leafy, piney hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and kind of tight in its bearing, the body on the light side of medium weight, and thinly smooth. It finishes fairly dry and a bit crisp, the malt acting kind of pithy and clingy.

Hmmm...a mild, in alcohol and flavour both, dunkelweizen, with the suggestion of a west coast hop dalliance. Interesting, I suppose, and it has enough basic elements to not write off entirely. I wouldn't refuse this if offered, as it's well made and plainly drinkable. (1,167 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/2010
Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a chocolate beer with little head development. Thin film of tiny bubbles, which are light graham in color.

S: Chocolate malts, dark grains. Hollow grainy. Little/no hop nose. Slightly creamy scent.

T: Yum! I was surprised by the nice toastiness of this beer. I admittedly had low expectations, which likely fosters my admiration, but this beer is nice. Light cocoa, malts, milky flavor. Touch of a metallic finish on this. As I take more his off this, I like it less. Has a bit of a burnt flavor as it warms. Almost a sour flavor in here.

M: Decent medium body with medium/low carbonation provides a effervescence I didn't anticipate. Nice.

D: Very drinkable. Again, I was surprised by this beer, and would be happy to recommend to others. (790 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass, as I have no Weizen glass.

Look - pretty close to jet black with about two fingers worth of frothy dark tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - a bit clove-like, but the malt smell is still there, just not as present.

Taste and Mouthfeel - pretty good deep weizen like taste. Not much of a fruity taste, but there is a bit of a depth there. Bitterness is quite low, but not quite sweet either. There is a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Texture is pretty creamy, and the mouthfeel itself it pretty smooth.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but not terribly complex either. Fun for drinking, but not for thinking. (674 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy, barely translucent brown with less than an inch of tan head that dissipated quickly leaving minimal lacing.

A soft wheat aroma is supported by a nice roasty finish. The refreshing wheat flavors coat the tongue, with just a touch of roastiness and hops on the finish.

The body is good, light and full with out being sticky. Drinkability is very good, a great beer for these last few days of summer. Worth trying if you see it and perhaps worth some effort to seek out. (519 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance pours a dark amber with minimal head and lace. Smell of grainy sweet malty caramel. taste has a sweet smokey maltiness, with light hops and a note of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is light, fair bodied, but almost watered down with good carbonation. Not bad of a brew, but could use a bit more balance. (315 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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 !!!! (289 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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 (760 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice in the snifter with brown-tinged amber color and decent lacing. Pleasant enough, but very light weight and with very little weizen flavor. Some caramel notes, but not much malt and certainly not sweet. Hoppy bitterness without any aromatic elements. Bitter aftertaste not pleasant. Kind of medicinal.

I wouldn't call it a Dunkelweizen. Maybe an American Amber flavored with some wheat. It's not actually bad, and as a quaff, it's acceptable. (454 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich leathery caramel hue... a swirled pour produces a decently cloudy, wheaty amberish brown hue. an impressive two-finger almost billows out of my weizen glass, then slowly fades to a thin froth that stays til the bottom, leaving bits of lacing.

aroma of earth, dark malt, hints of pear and apricot. a touch of peat. almost rye-ish? interesting, although not quite what I was expecting.

taste follows aroma pretty closely, with lots of bread, malt, dough, hints of fruit and a bit more malt. a touch of sourness. kind of straightforwardly uninteresting.

mouth is amply carbonated, moderate body that works for the style. slightly bitter in the finish.

all in all, drinkable but not earthshattering. which is how i feel most of Leavenworth's stuff has turned out. I'd drink it again if it was on sale, but kind of unmemorable... and there are a lot of better dunkelweizens out there. (896 characters)

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Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.