Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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2.78/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
12-08-2009 14:09:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.9/5 rDev +20%
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.
09-04-2011 01:53:23 | More by kylehay2004
2.78/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
09-08-2011 20:26:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.08/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
08-28-2011 15:50:02 | More by oberon
3.6/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
02-03-2010 01:26:20 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
08-19-2010 22:29:42 | More by biboergosum
3.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-13-2011 05:30:53 | More by mactrail
2.73/5 rDev -16%
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.
07-25-2010 04:42:00 | More by Halcyondays
1.68/5 rDev -48.3%
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.
10-10-2011 21:46:36 | More by barleywinefiend
3.68/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
11-01-2012 03:03:15 | More by superspak
2.86/5 rDev -12%
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.
02-02-2013 00:01:24 | More by Stinkypuss
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
07-02-2010 09:21:16 | More by JohnGalt1
3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
09-18-2009 20:31:47 | More by beertunes
3.38/5 rDev +4%
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
06-29-2012 03:53:14 | More by wordemupg
4/5 rDev +23.1%
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.
12-28-2009 23:44:17 | More by ccrida
3.4/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
03-01-2014 21:07:00 | More by LiquidAmber
3.43/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
08-04-2012 16:10:00 | More by tone77
3.73/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
03-11-2012 02:09:36 | More by Cyberkedi
3.2/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
01-16-2012 18:54:39 | More by clayrock81
Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.