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Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Leavenworth Boulder Bend DunkelweizenLeavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 118
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 25.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
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: 55 | Hads: 118
Photo of PhageLab
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
1.71/5  rDev -46.9%
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.

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Photo of cooch69
3.93/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.01/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of gkunkle
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of echoes
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.77/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.


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Photo of Shadman
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.