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Bonfire Dunkle Weiss - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Bonfire Dunkle WeissBonfire Dunkle Weiss

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jwinship83 on 11-05-2008)
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Photo of sulldaddy


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:45:06 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of drtacks37


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 02:04:14 | More by drtacks37
Photo of pwoods


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:46:47 | More by pwoods
Photo of prototypic


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 01:58:30 | More by prototypic
Photo of akorsak


2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 00:48:39 | More by akorsak
Photo of KarlHungus


1.85/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:17:19 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 21:09:10 | More by mothman
Photo of beckje01


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black color with a white head.

S - A light wheat smell...

T - Semi sweet flavor with lots of wheat somewhat one sided.

M - Ok nothing to get excited about

D - Very drinkable but not much to it, overall just a average beer. If it wasn't for the beer notebook I would have completely forgotten about this one

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 06:40:07 | More by beckje01
Photo of BDLbrewster


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, rich coffee color with a fluffy milk chocolate head that takes a while to fade.

The smell is faint, bananas, cream and sweet, almost nutty malts. No alcohol at all.

The taste provides sweet chocolate and some palate mellowing wheaty flavor that is expected. The malt profile is not very complex, there is also more chocolate in the aftertaste as well. Refreshing and almost no bitterness at all.

The mouthfeel is light and airy. Not a whole lot of carbonation present, but slick and satisfying.

Drinkability is great, I enjoyed this one and could enjoy several more. Would love to see it on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 18:02:29 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber pours into my glass a deep, basically opaque ruby red with a solid inch of light khaki bubbles on top of the brew. Dark fruits mix with some caramel and chocolate atop a crisp wheat base. Swaths of spiciness and earthy accents. I get a touch of diacetyl as well.

First sip is crisp wheat malts with some sweetness that moves into fruit and cocoa flavors. A bit of sourness moves in alongside spicy yeast accents. A nice malty brew that flows down with light banana accents and a yeasty kick. The sourness knocks it down a notch for me though.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with good carbonation. Goes down easy enough but in the end it just doesn't really strike a chord with me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 00:37:13 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke."

--Benjamin Disraeli

Hazelnut brown with russet highlights... that becomes dark cranberry when backlit with morning sunshine. The skinned almond colored crown is on the lightly airy and unsticky side. It lasts a while, but doesn't look very good and doesn't grace the glass with much lace.

This dunkelweizen smells like both a dunkel and a weizen (more the latter), which is to its credit. It's minimally toasted-earthy-nutty and only slightly brown malty. Spicy clove is much more prominent than banana. This has a chance to be pretty good beer.

Bonfire isn't setting my world ablaze. Positives are definitely present, but so are negatives. In the end, the flavor score settles into a spot just north of average. Incidently, the beer drinks much closer to the 6.2% seen on the label than the 7.5% shown above.

Positives include the usual style flavors of well-toasted (not quite cocoa-like) malt, along with a sweet nuttiness, a light fruitiness and a hefty shot of clove. Negatives include too much tartness, not enough banana, and cloves that are more medicinal and phenolic than yeast-derived. At least that's the way it tastes to me.

BDW is supposed to be a bigger, darker version of Ebel's Weiss. I prefer the hefeweizen to the dunkelweizen. There is some underlying sweetness, but something seems amiss in the sweet-bitter-sour department. Maybe more malt would have helped, it's hard to say. The flavors themselves aren't *that* far off.

The body/mouthfeel seemed thin initially, although now that I'm into the bottom half of the bottle, it's more light-medium. An odd slickness appears on the finish and the bubbles are within the wide range of acceptable.

Bonfire Dunkel Weiss Dark Wheat Ale is not one of Two Brothers's better efforts. Having said that, it's a decent example of the style that would probably be just fine after a few well-chosen tweaks. A purchase price of $5.99 isn't too bad for a bomber, but a second chance probably isn't in the cards.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 14:50:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of youngblood


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
Photo of feloniousmonk


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
Photo of isubsmith


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared with the bartenders at my favorite watering hole.

Appearance: Dark brown, somewhat thin. Minimal head that dissipated quickly.

Nose: Lots of grains, some spicy smells - almost cinnamon or cloves.

Taste: Meh. Lots of grain, some sourness upfront. Lots of gritty yeast flavors. Some sweet fruit near the end - perhaps bananas as others have suggested. Not nearly as roasty as I expected/hoped.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, light. Too much carbonation for me - almost biting.

Drinkability: While I could drink a few more bottles, I see no overwhelming reason to. Probably the most disappointing Two Brother's beer I've had. Their beers are normally very good, very well balanced. This one just didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 12:09:36 | More by isubsmith
Photo of drunkmonk

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks DavidEddie.

Dark reddish brown. Diluted milk chocolate head, leaves a wispy lace. Light aroma's of caramel and chocolate malts. Light toast and ghost nuttiness. Flavors of pumpernickle and toasted bread crusts, very light roasted malt flavors. Again hints of nut. Finishes with faintly sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is slick and thin. Drinkability is effortless. A nice easy drinker. I would have preferred more maltiness and a bigger body on this. Sausages anyone?

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:20:19 | More by drunkmonk
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a great dunkel, but a drinkable dark brown with a decent white head, and substantial lace down the glass. Boozy, spicey chocolate aroma. Above-average carbonation and about average mouthfeel as a tad more watery than I would expect. I taste a bunch of cloves first and foremost, and then chocolate.Fairly sourish finish. Could be much creamier.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 21:47:05 | More by Sammy
Photo of malcontent


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet body with only a smidgen of head, not really what I look for with a German-style weiss. Color is nice, however.

The Brothers consistently nail aroma. Bubblegum and tart cherry with moderate roasted qualities and a faint hint of wheat twang.

Strong sweet/tart interplay to start with plenty of dark fruit to support. Not much in the way of the yeast comes through and the finish is shockingly flat in the flavor department. There is, however, a surprising long, chocolaty aftertaste that ties things up nicely.

Probably could use a bit more carbonation and the body isn't as full as others of the genre. Still, a nice entry from Two Bros. and a worthwhile brew to give a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 01:23:02 | More by malcontent
Photo of Soneast


2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with some amber edges. Has about a 1/2 inch light brown colored head that recedes rather quickly leaving a bubbly ring, the little lacing evident is very watery and slips away quickly.

There are a lot of grains on the nose and a definite hint of sour fruits, not citrus, per say, but rather fruit that has gone bad. Almost acidic in aroma. Not a whole lot of phenols nor fruity esters as I would expect.

The flavor also consists primarily of grains with a hint of sourness to the overall graininess and I can pick up a semblance of bananas right near the end. Not really any roastiness as I expected. The finish definitely has a tartness to it. Once again I was expecting more banana and spicy flavors.

Overall this beer failed my expectations of a Dunkelweizen. It is too bad this was my first Two Brothers beer as I've heard nothing but good things about them, but this really did not impress me. It is drinkable, but not what I expect from the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 04:38:52 | More by Soneast
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy dark mahogany color with a thin tan head.

Aroma of sweet malts, green apple, medicinal notes, and banana.

The taste is sweet with a touch of sour red fruit. Also note toasted caramel malts, figs, and a hint of chocolate in the finish.

Lighter bodied, oily, and mildly carbonated.

A decent-drinking beer but a bit underwhelming for a dunkelweizen.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 22:37:15 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Vancer


2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I thought the "Double Weiss" per the label would pack some abv punch, but on closer inspection I see it's only 6.2%.

Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost blackish, with a quick dying tan head. Aroma is light, just some sweet malts notes.

Quaff is not toasty, as the label notes, but a funky sour rotten fruit taste. Someone drop a spoiled melon in the mash tun?

Wow, surprised at Two Bros with this one, usually they produce tasty brews. This one misses the mark badly.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 19:23:34 | More by Vancer
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours with warm caramel brown tones, a thinnish cap of light mocha above it.

Aroma - some light banana, metallic-like aroma. Some initial roastiness seems to have faded rather quickly. There is a little caramel sweetness in the residuals. 3.5

Taste - the opening grain is a touch sour, reminiscent of a mild infection. Doesn't sport the heavy carbonation that goes along with it though, so I'm more inclined to think it's just the balance of malts and sugars. A kind of sweet brown ale flavor, like sour brown sugar. Banana notes on the swallow, expected weissy yeastiness. The aftertaste is a little tart with powdery grain. Once the palate adjusts, the flavors settle into a more likeable beer, some nice roasted grain coming out, and a good blend of grain sweetness, caramel, and yeast. 4.0

Mouthfeel - thin, highly carbonated, a little light. 3.0

Drinkability - a decent brew, crafty but not all that enticing. 3.0

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:28:10 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, under $6 at Cable Bev in Bardonia, NY. Pours dark cola, moderate head, dissolves to a medium khaki ring and leaves just a smidge of lace. dark ripe fruit nose. Figs, earth, dark fruit juice, and a slight metallic or perhaps a hint oxidation picked up before it was warmed up. Ehh, nothing special going on here. I'd say worth a try if you're in love with the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 01:11:45 | More by Billolick
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, dirty brown color with a small, foamy, off-white head. Not much in the way of lace.

S - It smelled fairly nutty and of wheat. There was also a grainy aroma.

T - The wheat flavor comes through more in the taste. It has a nutty, roasty taste.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty interesting dunkel. Pretty tasty, too.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 02:52:51 | More by zeff80
Photo of bmwats


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz. bottles into pseudo weizen glass.

A: Dark cloudy brown. Medium carbonation pours into a 2 finger, off-white, foamy head. Fairly quickly settles into a surface layer of foam. A little beer cling retreats back into the body of the brew as you drink, but no real lacing remains. Carbonation rises throughout.

S: Dark chocolaty malt, wheat, yeast, raisin, molasses, and spice.

T: Wheat and yeast, bittersweet chocolate, a little spice (nutmeg maybe), and pungent peatiness.

M: Light and hearty. The sweet wheat and yeast first. A pungent, but not overwhelming aftertaste follows.

D: Great drinkability. Good flavor, and light body.

Good solid atmosphere. Subdued but complex flavor and nose. Great light feel, but taste is not sacrificed. All of this makes for great drinkability. Great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 02:50:23 | More by bmwats
Photo of dwilkins


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical for the style. Very dark brown, some reddish?. Creamy, thick head. Persisted throughout the 22 oz serving.

S - A little of the spicy/yeasty smell, some toasty notes. No hoppiness whatsoever.

T - Initial thought was sweetness, but it finished much dryer with some biscuity/toastiness.

M - Full body. Not quite syrupy, though. Surprisingly little sparkle given the amount of head.

D - Tremendous. The dry finish and the lack of overpowering yeast esters made this easy to return to.

Notes: I would rate this beer higher than I did if my rating had been on preference and not style. I think it misses the style a little bit, but I prefer it to the typical DunkelWeizen. In fact, I only purchased it because I like the breweries offerings. This is one of those beers I'd offer to friends who sat they don;t like dark beers. Well done, Two Brothers!

One more thing. The bottle I purchased claimed 6.2 ABV, not the 7.5 listed on this site. Was gibt es?

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 22:29:53 | More by dwilkins
Bonfire Dunkle Weiss from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.