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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 groverj3
1.96/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of ninaturner
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of kc44
2.36/5  rDev -26.7%
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...

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of mfavoino
2.33/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
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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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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Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.