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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 barleywinefiend
1.71/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a deep brownish color with a lighter dirty white cap that fades fast

S: Less than stellar. Not much here. Uh oh.

T: Where do I begin? This beer had absolutely no taste. Water, hops, wheat. Nothing distinguishing about it. I was looking for banana, wheat, cloves or something but this beer literally tasted like water with something hand mixed in a jar and served. It was far from any dunkel i have ever had.

M: Very thin, light body, no flavor

O: This beer recipe needs to be re-examined and given some TLC because it damages the rep of Fish Brewing and Leavenworth. (580 characters)

Photo of groverj3
1.96/5  rDev -38.2%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
2.01/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle served into a weissbier glass

Pours a very clear mahogany color. When held to light it is virtually indistinguishable from the brown glass of the bottle it came from. Disconcerting is its clarity; this must be a filtered wheat beer since there is no cloudiness to this beer whatsoever. Where's the yeast? The body pretty much looks just like a brown ale. One finger of sand head forms up but checks out of the party early, like the awkward religious girl who leaves before the drinking gets too serious.

I get lots of brown ale aromas right up front: toasted bread crusts and brown sugar and stale Maxwell House. There is some wheat aroma, but it smells old or overprocessed or something. Like dry whole-wheat bread. There's some kind of plasticy phenolic scent here that comes across as a used (but not necessarily filled) diaper. The phenols tell me that there's some weissbier yeast in this beer after all, but it isn't pulling its weight. Where's the clove? Where's the banana-like ester profile? The aroma of Boulder Bend Dunkeweizen is nailing the "dunkel" part of its given style, but failing to measure up to the "weizen" part. This nose is not to style, and moreover is just unpleasant.

Oh, God. This beer tastes awful. Take some stale whole-wheat breadcrusts and pour a spoonful of sasparilla and lemon on them and then throw them into a medicinal waste fire. Dunkelweiss my ass; there's no weissbier yeast flavors to be had, apart from a harsh phenolic character. This beer tastes like a plastic garbage bag. The inside of a used one, really. The beer gets watery in the midpalate, only to finish like a dentist's office with more plastic.

The beeer is medium-bodied and effervescent. It certainly doesn't seem like a poor effort in this respect. A decent mouthfeel does not alone a good beer make, however. My overall impression is that this beer is a complete waste of time and money, Avoid at all costs. In this bottle lies nothing but shame. (1,976 characters)

Photo of ryane
2.06/5  rDev -35%
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 (300 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of kc44
2.36/5  rDev -25.6%
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... (1,263 characters)

Photo of DIM
2.37/5  rDev -25.2%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of MaxBrews
2.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm surprised I'm the second one reviewing this beer. My parents (who know nothing about beer) went to Seattle for the week and thankfully brought me home 4 local beers....

Appearance: Opaque. Dark brown bordering on black, a small but nice off white head tops the glass. Lacing even clings to glass. In a pint glass you would guess this is a stout.

Smell: A very wheaty malt with hints of chocolate. A very faint nose overall.

Taste: Tastes much like a regular american wheat ale; by this I mean wheat & a tiny bit of citrus zest. The only difference in this is the color and the presence of roasted malt giving slight chocolate flavors. This more present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light in body, bitterness, dryness and appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm glad I got to be the second reviewer of this beer. Unfortunately this really isn't anything to go crazy about. Its a very average beer, making the marks of the style just barely. The brewers played it really safe with this brew, no experimentation, just a basic american wheat beer with darker coloring and roasted malt. I really appreciate smaller brewers, but in order to compete some of these guys really need to step up there game. (1,210 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a head that you're pouring harder and harder still from an increasing height and still only get like a 1/6 inch-high head.

Smell: Thin scents of chocolate powder and caramel mingled with a note of mealy wheat and fruit.

Taste: A bit of burnt wheat-based biscuit, some very, very minute hints of sweet chocolate and caramel. Slight raisin. A tired fluttering of leafy hops with a low amount of bitterness. Zero banana esters, zero clove-like phenols. Lightly sweetish, somewhat bland taste on the hohum finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Like the Leavenworth Whistling Pig I tried the other day, this beer is kind of a flop. I fear it's time to just clear the word "Dunkelweizen" right off the label, guys. Black IPA's are all the rage, so let's call this a Black American Pale Wheat Ale. Feel free to shoehorn "alpine-style" in there somewhere, too. (982 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.77/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a light clear white head, spotty lace.

S: Dark malt/pumpernickel bread, heavy malt.

T: Carbonic acid hits me first which is never a good sign. Notes of dark malt, but light, no ester character.

M: Light-bodied, bit astringent, the carbonic acid comes out again.

D: Nowhere near what a good dunkelweisse should be, no yeast esters, and frankly not a real good tasting beer. For Leavenworth, just stick with the Alt. (461 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Walnut brown that is actually dark reddish orange when backlit with the rising sun. Nearly three fingers of brown sugar colored foam is produced on the pour and ends up hanging around for a spell. Splendid looking lace makes it to the glass, which solidifies the score.

The aroma is average at best. It features a hint of caramel, no cocoa and a sour fruitiness that needs to be toned down on the palate for this to be successful beer. So far, this brew is better than Whistling Pig Wheat Ale.

Boulder Bend can't sustain the decent scores when it comes time to bathe the taste buds. It doesn't have much flavor... and what's there does not impress. If the ABV was a little lower, it would taste and feel like a light version of a dunkelweizen. Actually, it's almost there now.

For starters, there isn't enough malt. Flavors include watery (and unsweet) caramel, the merest hint of cocoa, a tangy toasted wheatiness and a shot of overripe apple juice. No banana and no clove. The beer is simple and bland and doesn't stand out in any way.

The body/mouthfeel is one small step above watery and almost gets there just before the swallow. The carbonation is lackluster too, which doesn't help.

In the final reckoning, Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen Alpine-Style Dark Wheat Ale is no better than Whistling Pig Alpine-Style Wheat Ale. Maybe if Fish put as much effort into brewing as they do into naming, these Leavenworth Biers would at least be decent. (1,448 characters)

Photo of Slynger
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, I suppose I'm the first review on this one. I found it at John's Marketplace during my present visit to Portland. It is described as an "Alpine-Style Dark Wheat Ale," so I stuck it under American Dark Wheat. Anyways.

Pours a deeply hazy, translucent brozey-brown. Slim cap of off-white, fine bubbled carb.

Smell is light, of some dark fruit and yeast, touch of chocolate, bit of alcohol.

stronger in the flavor dept. It's yeasty and dark fruity, some red grape and date, a hint of semi-sweet chocolate finishing with a light bitterness and a cloying sourness. Medium bodied with a carbonation that lacks a bit of size and zestiness.

Not bad stuff, just not very good either. What a find i have made ; ( (720 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: Nice rich dark amber brown color with a nice coffee colored head. The head doesn't stick around for very long.
S: The beer has some subtle roasted chocolate aroma with some slight clove scent.
T: Very light chocolate and coffee notes to it, some nice spiciness from the yeast and the hops.
M/O: Very crisp and refreshing but the beer lacks a lot of the classic dark wheat qualities. The spiciness is nice but overall this beer lacks a lot of character. (455 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head of moderate height. Head dissipated quickly but left a little lacing. Smell is of roasted malt and some caramel. Taste is mostly of roasted malt and a little of hops. No wheat taste at all. Mouthfeelnus a little watery, carbonation is fine. I was pretty dissapointed with this beer. It's not really a dunkelweizen if there is no wheat. It would be ab okay beer if they would rename it. (426 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.92/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 355 ml brown bottle, came in a 6 pack. Pours out a cloudy dark brown, suspended particles, capped by a foamy loose-bubbled light tan head.

Coffee and chocolate in the aroma, very faint banana, and a hint of phenols.

Flavour is clean yet almost non-existant, simply a growing roasted malt character in the aftertaste. No off-flavours, just not much flavour in general.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, yet on the light side, almost watery.

Not a bad beer but definitely missing some key elements for a dunkelweizen, or a memorable beer for that matter. Not worth the hefty import pricetag here in Alberta. (615 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -5.4%

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 (350 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass a deeper chesnut brown with thicker but quick to fade off white head atop.Aromas were very light with some minimal clove being the main component,a passing toasty wheat note comes thru as well.Alot like the aromas the flavors are minimal,light clove and again the toasted wheat.Very average beer for the style,not horrible but lacking any real punch of flavor. (387 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice light refreshing malty beer...but not much of a dunkleweizen. Poured a dark muddy brown into my Aventinus Wezen glass. Medium size light tan head, better than average retention, a covering of the glass remains till the end. A few rings of lacing.

Smell is strictly malts with a little chocolate. No hefeweizen-like elements or presence..cloves, bananas etc.

Taste is similar to smell, more like a mild porter than a Dunkel. A good tasting crisp malty beer, but not a Dunkel.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough but lacking in Dunkel qualities.

An ok summer drink and worthy of a session or two,,,but not as a Dunkel. (624 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown, hazy, with a good tan head and lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, hint of chocolate & smoke.

Taste follows nose as the roasted malts with a hint of smoke & chocolate only seem to come through after an inital wateriness. Reminds me more of a Swartzbier than a Dunkle.

Smooth mouthfeel, touch watery. Carbonation level works well.

Not a well crafted Dunkle, some nice flavours and @ 4.7% certainly sessionable. Hefty price tag in Alberta will probably make this my last Leavenworth Dunkle I try for awhile. (528 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Dark, hazy brownish coloration, thin bubbly froth which quickly dissipated. Small bits of sediment populate the glass. Reminds me of rootbeer.

S - Feint sweetness on the nose, a bit malty, perhaps some chocolate.

T - Mildly sweet, with some apparent spices. Not bad, per say, but nothing is really happening here.

M - Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Slightly thin at the end.

D - Okay, but not a good representation of a dark wheat. Easy to drink though, so it might be a good gateway brew for someone. (553 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oooohhhh.. Galt spies a new brewery/label at Brewforia tonight.. Awesome.. 3 beers with the Leavenworth moniker.. cool.

That is as far as my "cool" goes.

Poured into my little stem glass.. the brew is perfectly clear deep brown.. the head is tan .. doesn't stick around for very long... no hazy yeast. no hazy wheat.

Nose is roasty and toasty... much like a Munich dunkel.. but nothing ever verging on Weizen territory... no clove no banana

Flavor is again .. toasted malts.. pretty clean.. dark malts and nothing else... no phenols.. no esters....

Where is the wheat.. where is the Weizen yeast.. Really.. this is a good beer... but nothing in the Dunkelweizen category... I would be embarrassed as a homebrewer.. let alone someone who is trying to make cash.

Damn... Damn... Damn. I like this brew alot as a minor Schwazbier.. or maybe as a Munich Dunkel.. but as a Dunkelweizen, this is a joke... I'm done.

3.5/3/3/3.5/3.5 (933 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Pilgrim's in Coeur d'Alene for $1.49. According to the notch on the label, this was bottled in August.

Poured a dark, cola-ish color with a creamy tan head of about an inch's worth in height. Said head took several minutes to drop. Streaks of lace were left behind.

Caramel sweetness in the nose. Toasted, earthy grain scent in the background.

Mildly sweet, with a very mild toasted biscuit flavor. Very slight dry note at the swallow. No weizen characteristics. I agree with others that have described this as more like a Munich dunkel lager.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

Doesn't seem much like a dunkelweizen at all. It's certainly easy to drink. If this were sold as a Dunkel lager, I'd give it better marks. (763 characters)

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