Bonfire Dunkle Weiss - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a very clear dark brown color with two fingers of light brown head.
Smells of clove mainly with some light banana and chocolate notes.
This one is pretty much chocolate banana with some light clove notes.
Pretty creamy upfront but the clove thins it out a bit with a drying finish; has low carbonation and light bodied.
This one is pretty drinkable, and I'm not usually a dunkelweizen fan (or wheat beer in general for that matter) but this one has a distinct enough profile where it distracts from the clove; my worst enemy.
04-17-2012 05:59:32 | More by samie85
2.93/5 rDev -18.4%
22 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass.
16.1° P, 15.1 IBU, 6.2% ABV, no date.
*Yes, this is old. I picked this one up a few days before review towards the end of May this year at Groppi's, who, to my delight, had a bottle on the shelf. At that point I had wanted one for at least a year.
A - Bonfire pours a gorgeous vintage burgundy brown with good clarity despite the dark color. The light oak head is effervescent as can be and disappears quite quickly. No lace.
S - The volatile mutant yeast aroma disappears quickly leaving behind dark wheat and light smoke notes. The mutant yeast returns! Mild aromatic notes of the classic German strain.
T - Quite dunkl-y indeed, there's a good amount of dark what within this brew but just a touch of smokiness. The yeast shows mild signs of infection, but certainly no where near as much as the nose.
M - Highly carbonated with a medium-light body and soft, dry finish, the feel of this brew is still quite nice!
O - I wish I would have looked at reviews before my spontaneous, joy-filled purchase. It seems there had been issues even when fresh. Then again, I knew what I was getting into, buying an old beer. Still, it's not as bad as some reviews have made it out to be, even with it's age.
10-13-2011 02:35:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
2.75/5 rDev -23.4%
Not sure how old this beer is, got it a few weeks ago at Andy's in Rochester, MN. I'll be gentle on things that appear they could be age related. It was still fantastically carbed when I opened it. Perhaps too carbed, it pours just a thick head Smells of a possible minor infection, but I don't think so. This is taking forever to settle.
Finally enough beer to actually talk about the look. Dark, ruby brown, slight haze, obviously good carbonation. The head is beige, small tightly packed bubbles.
The aroma is slightly acidic, slightly cidery, but not horendus at all. I've had perfectly good BMCs smell worse.
The taste again has just a touch of acidic sourness, a definite infection. But it plays ok with the rest of the beer. I won't finish this, not all 22 oz, but I will complete a review. Beyond the sour I get a little caramel, which is actually interesting with the apple. I'm thinking with age this beer has pretty much fallen apart.
Despite the carb and age, the body isn't half bad.
I hate to tank a rating, but in reality, there is an infection here and the beer didn't have anything to fight back with. If you still have this beer, drink or destroy.
05-03-2011 23:02:29 | More by mdwalsh
3.1/5 rDev -13.6%
Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.
I needed 22oz bombers to bottle some homebrew so I decided to do a little culling from the cellar. Found this one hiding behind some Stone IRS. Threw it in the kegerator to cool down.
Holy carbonation batman. Seriously, 1/3 of a inch of beer and a whole Tripel Karmeliet tulip filled with head. Jeez. That's a shit ton of head. Serious lacing all the way down the glass. Bad sign, only time I've ever seen that much head is in a infected beer. I'm glad I put in the the kegerator when I did, otherwise my cellar might have been a tad stickier. The nose is interesting. Muted notes of caramel and toast mixed with green apple skins and pie cherries. The flavor is much the same but the sour pie cherries and green apples dominate the flavor profile pushing the caramel and toast to the outskirts of the flavor profile. It's not horrific at all, but it doesn't seem like its supposed to be there either. Its not a bad beer, but I think its turned into something that its not supposed to be. I once had a barleywine that picked up a slight infection that just lent itself to a mild tartness in the background. Made it really tasty. This is more along the same lines. Malt is still there, but its definitely secondary the the tartness of the beer. It kind of hits you in the back of the jaw.
08-27-2010 00:56:32 | More by hwwty4
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
Acquired from diekia, courtesy of the Review This! BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malts, some hints of dark fruit and chocolate along with a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and chocolate. Then bready flavors of wheat and a hearty roasted malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, although there are better beers in the style this is still a solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.
05-06-2010 02:35:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.65/5 rDev +29.5%
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.
Perhaps a little watery, fuzzy.
Quite drinkable but somewhat sweet. Clearly cold weather beer.
03-15-2010 02:28:00 | More by Dotcubed
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a brown color with ruby red highlights. About a finger of khaki head with below average retention doesn't leave a lot of lacing.
Smells remarkably like a Weizenbock (gasps) with typical banana and clove characters, with the "dark wheat" characters of chocolate and lightly roasted malts.
Taste is spot on the aroma. Chocolate covered bananas, cloves and dark roasted malts. Pretty simple, yet complex and enjoyable.
Medium in body, with a smooth and creamy texture. Average carbonation level. Drinkability is good in this one, I had no problem finishing the bomber.
Not a bad offering from Two Brothers, but I like some of there other stuff better.
01-09-2010 07:45:55 | More by Mistofminn
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
12-12-2009 01:11:43 | More by WVbeergeek
1.53/5 rDev -57.4%
Poured from 22 oz bomber into weizen glass.
A: Pours a...what the hell?!?! This is some kind of black magic... This literally poured an entire glass of head without any beer. I have never seen such a thing before. Bizarro. Takes about 10 minutes to settle...ridiculous overcarbonation. Once the beer does appear it is a dark amber.
S: Chemical malt note...no bananas and barely any spice. Not as bad as the no-beer beer appearance, but not good.
T: Simply terrible. Weak and bad tasting caramelt malt and that chemical thing persists here too.
M: Slick and oily.
D: I should have done my research and checked out the reviews on this one before getting it. The drain ended up getting more of this one than I did. I was all excited to try different dunkelweizens, but this one is a big disappointment. Stay away...I wish I had.
11-17-2009 04:39:44 | More by mwilbur
3/5 rDev -16.4%
Sampled this beer at room temp poured into a pint glass. Beer is dark chestnut hue with garnet tints and fizzy beige head of 4 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour, would have overflowed without precautions taken. Aroma is chocolate malt and roasted notes a little fruity, but not as complex as I had hoped. Not too much twang in there either. First sip reveals an average body and rolling gentle carbonation. Flavor is very mild but similar to nose with bits of brown sugar and chocolate and a hint of dark red fruit, plums??. No hops or ABV show through, but again not very complex flavor. The beer is an easy drinker, but I was hoping for more subtleties and mix of flavors. I am a little disappointed.
11-07-2009 04:45:06 | More by sulldaddy
3.03/5 rDev -15.6%
My first time experiencing a Dunkle Weiss. I was skeptical at first since I don't care for Weiss beers. This is very different than the usual Weiss. When it is poured, Bonfire looks like Root Beer with a very thick, but light head. The color is similar to root beer as well. It has a sweet flavor with a rich coffee/chocolate aftertaste. I learned tonight that I don't mind a Dunkle Weiss, but don't prefer it either.
11-05-2009 02:04:14 | More by drtacks37
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint. Notes.
A: Deep dark rown and hazy. Large cola head with some retention. Not a bunch of lacing.
S: Little smoky. Some of the dark malts with the wheaty base. Banana and bubblegum.
T/M: Very fruity. Lots of yeast. More of the obviously banana and bubblegum. The wheat is quite tart. There's a wisp of smoke in the back. Pretty light body with strong carbonation.
D: Drinkable and interesting.
11-04-2009 02:46:47 | More by pwoods
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
Wow. The cap pops on this one with some force. Hmmmm...could be an overcarbonation problem. Bonfire pours an attractive nut brown color. It's clear and backlighting gives it really nice scarlet highlights. As I suspected, it's overcarbonated to an annoying degree. Topping it off is an off-white head that stands over four fingers tall easily. It takes a while for it to dissipate to a normal level. Lacing was somehow on the light side. Clean up that carbonation issue and this would probably be attractive.
The nose is okay, but isn't special by any means. There's a decent spicy combo of pepper and clove. Neither appears to be stronger. Banana is disappointingly weak. There's a subtle hint of it, but it clearly needs to be stronger. It's somewhat herbal and earthy. Smells like there's a nice malty base present. It smells a little sweet, but not by much. Alcohol is blended well. It's not bad. I'll go above average here, but barely. It smells alright, but nothing stands out about it.
The flavor's a little better than the nose, but not enough to warrant a score bump. It is spicy up front. Clove and pepper are more prominent here. Clove seems to be the strongest spice. It is a little sweet and it has a solid malt base. Banana is very, very subdued and is almost unnoticeable. I really don't like that aspect of it. Banana needs to be much more in the mix for this to truly succeed. It's a little earthy on the tail. Alcohol isn't noticeable in the least. The flavor's a little more lively than I expected. But, it's still just floating above average.
Bonfire has a light body that leans toward medium. It's nearly smooth, but active, buzzy carbonation really interferes with any smoothness it might have. Average, at best. Drinkability is above average. The flavor here is okay. No better. Excessive carbonation keeps it from being really enjoyable. But, it still goes down pretty easy despite that shortcoming.
Two Brothers is a pretty solid brewery. This is not one of their finer efforts. It's okay, but suffers from overcarbonation and a strong banana deficiency. Ultimately the flavor never really materializes into what I'd hoped it would be. Those probably wouldn't be big problems to correct. Fix it and get this fire blazing. It's worth a try. Stick with a single bomber though.
10-09-2009 01:58:30 | More by prototypic
3/5 rDev -16.4%
This was served with a small light tan head and a little lace. Color is a fairly hazy very dark mahoganey. Aroma was roasty dark malt, pumpernickle rye, a little dark ripe fruit, and not a lot of spice. Flavor is dominated by tartness, then a little bittersweetness, the above aroma characteristics and a little nuttiness. Body is ok, a bit sharp. Finish is mainly dark sour malt. Nothing special, but not too bad.
09-15-2009 21:41:07 | More by drpimento
2.93/5 rDev -18.4%
A 650 mL bottle purchased at Anderson's on Talmadge in Toledo, OH. I'd heard that this is infected.
A: The ale has a huge, ginormous white head that bubbles up to over three fingers. Just as fast as it appeared, it was gone, fueling concerns. The ale sits still, no sign of carbonation (and no lacing), with a dark black cherry cola color.
S: Darker chocolate notes dominate with a subtle hint of wheat underneath. It smells a little sour, which surprisingly aids the depth. I'm going in...
T: The infection adds a very mild sourness to the start of each sip. Setting the darker malts off with a flourish. The wheat stands out, with a lighter flavor. The yeast adds clove, but it struggles to make its way through the sourness. Chocolate sits in the aftertaste, wiping away memories of the start.
M: Sour? Yes. Infected? Yes. Still tasting good though? Yes. Not the best dunkelweizen, but one that offers a great deal of darker malts that are content to linger on the palate.
D: This one is enough for me. Maybe I'll check back in on the next, uninfected, batch.
08-15-2009 00:48:39 | More by akorsak
1.85/5 rDev -48.5%
So after a delicate twenty minute long pour the beer is finally ready to be drank. How annoying. The beer is a dark brown color (perhaps the darkest dunkelweizen I've yet seen, but alright). The head is massive, and doesn't recedes. The aroma has the nasty chemically breadiness to it. It smells nothing like a dunkelweizen. Unfortunately this translates over into the taste. There is some roasted malt, and chocolate with a hint of yeast that cover some of it up, but it is still there. It is also lacking of the usual banana bread and clove that are expected in the dunkelweizen. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with likely carbonation. Overall, this beer doesn't do it for me. It seems like Two Brothers was trying for a dunkelweizen/porter hybrid along the lines of New Glarus Black Wheat. If that is truly what they were going for they were completely off. On the other hand if they were going for a traditional dunkelweizen they were way off too. The aroma makes me scared with every sip that it will taste like it smells. That, and the over carbonated pour make this beer a something I would not recommend.
08-03-2009 00:17:19 | More by KarlHungus
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass
Pours a 1 finger light tan head. Not very good retention. Not a lot of lace either. Color is a combination between dark ruby red and caramel bark brown.
Aroma: A little smokey/roasty. Chocolate, banana, cloves. A very typical dunkelweize. Reminds me of the Naked juice flavor: chocolate banana.
Taste: pretty much like the aroma. Big roasty malt bomb mixed with bananas, cloves, and chocolate. Pretty solid dunkel.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and very creamy. Medium-full bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a smokey/chocolaty aftertaste.
Overall, very easy drinking beer. This bomber didn't take me too long to finish. I really liked it. Good representation of the style and I would buy more.
07-23-2009 21:09:10 | More by mothman
Bonfire Dunkle Weiss from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.