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Bonfire Dunkle Weiss - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jwinship83 on 11-05-2008)
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

11-28-2011 18:52:23 | More by Amp
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4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've always liked this brewing company.

And I like dark beers. This should be good.

Having chosen a tulip glass, I feel that the clear dark brown liquid is going to smell quite good since opening it.

Wonderful cocoa & banana smell, why can't more beers smell this good!!!

This tastes magnificent. Malty, toasted brown marshmallows.
Something warming.

Perhaps a little watery, fuzzy.

Quite drinkable but somewhat sweet. Clearly cold weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 02:28:00 | More by Dotcubed
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

07-19-2012 01:08:40 | More by TMGH
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-22-2011 22:21:31 | More by brandoman63
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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a swirling brown color. Almost the color of river water. Had a nice little frothy head on it.
Smelled of dark fruit mostly. Very fruity; fig, date, small bit of tobacco, chocolate. Great sniff to this.
Man this is smooth! Has a slightly gritty texture to it, but not in a bad way. Has a strong malty sweetness to it. I'm loving the fruity aftertaste.
This is easy to kick back definitely. I need to find a sixer now.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 12:32:36 | More by youngblood
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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy and opaque chocolate brown color with ample creamy tan head of tiny bubbles.

Slightly roasty smell, wheaty with clove and a hint of cocoa. Smell is not as strong as a lot of wheat beers but still quite good.

Sweet bready flavor like banana bread with notes of cocoa and wood and a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Light body, full carbonation but still creamy smooth.

This is a very solid and drinkable beer. I'm a big fan of the beer and the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 02:42:19 | More by tmitch75
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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from River's Bend.

A - Poured a dark hazy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate toasted malt, chocolate and nuts aroma.

T - Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

D - Solid drinkable brew that met my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 14:05:35 | More by tmoneyba
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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2B tap takeover at Swig 7/11/12. Second beer.

I understand some people have reviewed infected bottles. I understand some people don't get Dunkels. I understand some people don't know what a Dunkel is going for. As it is, this beer is supremely underrated.

Served from the tap in a 10 oz. snifter, Bonfire is a charcoal black with brown at the edges. A creamy, small tan head doesn't last as long as it could. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.
I'm impressed as soon as I smell this beer. It's strong and aromatic, better than any American interpretation I've had thus far and about as good as any I've ever tried. Overall, it looks heavy but it's light, brisk, clean and sweet. It's got light cocoa undertones under the wheat base with a mix of fruits (banana, apple flesh and raisin) and just enough of the yeast character to add some complexity without throwing it off, along with just a gentle spicy nip. This is a beer I could sip all night long under any circumstances.
The feel is crisp and light, but smooth as well. A good dunkelweizen will dispel the "darker is heavier" notion held by those who don't know better.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2012 14:18:49 | More by Brenden
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

07-30-2012 15:57:21 | More by Chrixsus
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a modest bubbly head. Light lacing sticks briefly before sliding down the glass.

S: A malty smell with a slight nutty smell. Light aromas of mocha.

T: Bonfire is a fitting name for this one. A sweet maltiness, roasted chocolate flavors, and a wheat taste give this beer a taste reminiscent of s'mores. Interesting and tasty.

M: Medium-full bodied with light carbonation. Smooth.

D: Tasty and easy to drink. Definitely worth a try and re-buy.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 02:36:09 | More by klewis
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

10-07-2012 01:17:32 | More by cowboy83
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-19-2012 17:20:12 | More by RichH55
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-05-2012 03:53:00 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good two finger head after the pour that retains to a ring of foam. Dark cola colored, ruby beer with strong bubbling. Figgy and some chocolatey aromas. Plus some light roasted malts as well. Fruity toasted and roasted malts give layers of complexity to this dunkle weiss. Plums and cocoa and figs. Complex and tastey dunkle with a malty, fruity palate and a juicey feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 02:33:56 | More by scruffwhor
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Pours a dark, ruby-hinted brown with a small dallop of light-khaki head that doesn't stick around for long. It recedes to a whispy skim and unbroken ring that leaves some globs of lace in the glass.

S: Yeasty nose reveals aromas of banana, clove, toasted malt, tangy fruit, bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate covered cherry, and sweet over-ripe dark fruit.

T: Tangy dark fruit and citrus toe the line with toasted malt, bakers chocolate, banana, anise, clove/cardamom, cherry, milk chocolate, and fresh baked bisquits. Perhaps a bit too much tangy fruit?

M: Sweet and spicy with a welcome dry roasted maltiness that helps to balance out the fruit tang.

D: I highly suggest that all sediment be swirled around and poured into your glass. Doing so really dials in a toasty/creamy/chocolatey presence that I think is what the folks at Two Brothers were going for with this beer. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 20:28:12 | More by GbVDave
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, murky, purplish night sky with a shortish lid of finely bubbled beige fuzz, leaving some thin strings of sticky lace.

Aromas of subtle banana bread sweetness along with wheat, yeasty esters, and clove. A dash of cocoa and funk appear as well.

Very nice flavor though not super strong. Definitely banana bread and hints of cocoa sweetness. Then comes some mellow dark wheat and lightly tangy red apples and grapes. Yeasty cloviness too. Medium bodied and nice smooth and fuzzy-tingly carb.

Very drinkable. Like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 04:10:19 | More by Slynger
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky crimson coloring, smallish cola-tinged head.

Aroma: fruit, grapes, figs, dates, carob, and a bit of cocoa...swetness and yum. Spice, and plump fruit, and deliciousness.

In the taste: more sweet, malty deliciousness. Medium-bodied, easy drinking and smooth, but vastly tasty. What is itabout the dunkel weiss? The smooth, sweet drinkability, the fruity flavor, ...non-stop deliciousness.
The texture and the grit of a wheat beer, all the roasty, toasty malty tasteof a dark bock beer.

I love a good dunkel weiss, and this joins the ranks. Way to go, Bros!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 07:39:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed by me on tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois July 26th, 2012 in the presence of my brother in law Mat. I believe the place had been renamed simply “Bavarian Lodge” but I still refer to it as “Chef Paul’s.” By any name this is a world class BeerAdvocate place. Anyone reading this should seek it out.
Review from notes taken while I enjoyed the beer.

A Little light comes through body, Medium head. 4.0

S Banana, some wheat, dunkel goodness. Love the smell of one of my favorite styles of beer. 4.5

T Sweet wheat, Dunkel banana, cloves but a bit thin compared to Classic versions of the style that do not immediately come to mind. 4.0

M Big beer with all of that taste, at least a moderate feel and probably a "big" beer as far as mouthfeel. 4.0

D/O Drinkability is good with the manageable ABV and the good tastes. Overall this is a fine Dunkelweizen. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 04:14:24 | More by adamette
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lightly hazy dark wheat beer with a thin but persistent white head, aromas of wheat malt, chocolate, and banana/clove yeast notes, leaning more toward the clove. Solid toasted malt flavor with enough roastiness to balance. Little hop presence until the aftertaste. A very easy-drinking beer for one with as much flavor as it has and a welcome addition to TBB's lineup. Since it uses the same yeast and hops as their year-round Ebel Weiss brew, I would not be surprised to see this one make a return appearance, maybe next year.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2008 04:30:53 | More by MillRat
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West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is rockin' it carbonation a bit high at first pour but as the bottle opens and a focused slow pour there's no problems getting a nice tall weizen glass full of dark ruby almost black crimson highlighted dunkel weiss. Head is bubbly with the higher levels of carbonation but doesn't quickly dwindle head sticks sporadically in mixed chunky patterns.

Aroma has darker roasts a mild metallic twang with tart fruit including apples and raisins blended together with the creamy dark chocolate roasted malt character. I'm lovin' this brew mild banana esters but overall a kick as fall release that works for what it's trying to pull off authentic dunkel weizen. An herbal citrus kick is flowing as well and it's going great with the rest of the experience.

Flavor before pouring the rest of the yeast into my glass it was much more balanced in flavors I got dark roasts ripened fruit notes tart citrus with slight raisin and apple tartness. After pouring the yeast in I got a chalky nutty character that over burden the rest of the flavors that were going on. Tart apple still persisted with a raisin tone but the additional yeast sediment didn't do justice like it typically dose. So hold off or pour two smaller glasses to detect the difference.

Mouthfeel overall was nice effervescent with the heavy carbonation I don't believe it was overdone just right for the style, most American dunkel weiss brews leave out the spritzy carbonation levels. Medium bodied for sure especially when you pour the sediment in.

Drinkbility overall an enjoyable fall/winter seasonal that I would like more access to, I think these two brothers should move into Pittsburgh they are makin' some great versions of classic styles and this one sits no differently.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 01:11:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-23-2013 11:10:54 | More by coffygrinder
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

05-27-2012 23:52:06 | More by hoppymcgee
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-03-2011 20:40:31 | More by FreshmanPour77
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Libbey narrow tulip. Beer #2 of 15 from their new Retro Releases series, thankfully not an infected batch this time.

A: Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a decent white head. Very little retention and lacing.

S: Crisp brown malts and strong yeast. Slightly fruity with notes of brown sugar, banana, cloves, plum. Weiss character is very evident.

T: Dried plum, cloves, banana, dark bready malt, a bit of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon). Slight vinous yeast. Rounded out with a soft chocolate and roasted malt character. Ghost of hops in the background.

M: Creamy, nice carbonation.

O: The bottle describes this as a darker, more chocolaty version of their Ebel's Weiss hefeweizen. This is really quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 01:06:45 | More by Etan
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-23-2012 21:08:05 | More by JVan
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Bonfire Dunkle Weiss from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.