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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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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Chrixsus, Jul 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Jwren5, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

outsider, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of TMGH
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

TMGH, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

sparx1100, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a dark brown with a two finger cream-colored head. Smells of light roasted malt and a bit of clove. Opens with a mild chocolately flavor mixed with light tones of clove and banana and a bit of bread. Finishes smooth with light chocolate roasted malt flavors. Very light bodied. A decent brew, however the flavors never really come through and were never as upfront as I would have liked.

chanokokoro, Jul 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

DrGonzoDDS, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

gpawned, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Two Brothers' dunkelweiss is slightly smoky, well-roasted, wheat-based beer that seems to eschew most of the classic dunkelweiss formula and replace it with that roasted nature, making everything subservient to it. While this wasn't a totally successful venture, it was good to try it, though I wish I had been able to get a six-pack instead of a single bomber. Was looking forward to this one, particularly the "chocolate covered bananas" remark mentioned on the bottle's writing. Well, that flavor combination doesn't really exist in a bold way, though it is there. Would I get this again? Well, I'm certainly curious, and though it was fairly satisfying as a twist on the dunkel style, so I suppose I would.

Pours a very tall, tan head, as expected, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles. Retention is a bit better than average, declining at a moderate pace and leaving some good lacing on the sides of the glass. Head eventually settles to a 0.5cm cap atop the body. Body of beer is a very dark for the style, sort of a very dark brown-amber, with light bringing out the red hues in the amber color. Beer is opaque from swirled-in sediment, but I can see some carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of roasted malt, toasted nuts, and a bit of yeast. A bit one-dimensional, but still inoffensive and enjoyable. Average would be a good way to describe it.

Taste opens with a bit of smoked and roasted malt, transitioning to a bit of dark bread-like flavors, yeast, and a bit of ripe banana. Mid-palate brings out faint chocolate flavor and ripe banana ester components, though it's certainly less than potent. The banana ester-chocolate pair is met with bread, roasted malt, some yeast, and mildly pie-spice like phenols. Back of palate features dark malt with some roasted characters along with mild yeast and overripe banana esters. Lingering aftertaste of ripe bananas esters, malt sweetness, and a small percentage of roasted malt. I found that the taste was more enjoyable at slightly above cellar temperature, and generally brought out the complexity and flavors of this beer.

Beer is medium-bodied, with mid-level carbonation that's enough to foam this up slightly on the palate without creating any "prickly" sensation. The resulting mouthfeel is smooth, flowing, and well-suited to the beer: it sits around on the palate long enough to pick up the flavors as necessary. Closes out semi-dry with a bit of stickiness around the edges of the mouth.

falloutsnow, Jun 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BeerOps, Jun 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

thewimperoo, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with an orangish cast. Moderate tan head.

Smell: Milk chocolate and bananas mostly, with some wheat and clove.

Taste: Missing some of he yeastiness from the aroma, as here is lots of chocolate and roast. The banana is religated to the background, and there is just a hint of clove on he finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. Thinner body than expected. Off dry finish.

Overall: Decent Hefeweizen, but needs more yeast to balance the roast.

bsp77, Jun 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

hoppymcgee, May 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

RichH55, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

illini4x4, May 06, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

ctrevino, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Stevie_Janowski, May 05, 2012
Photo of innersanctum
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

C Dawg says the dunkle weiss is the worst style of beer, and I says he can shove a Firestone Walker IPA where the sun doesn't shine!

Its nice to see the Brothers produce some more of ye 'ole Bonfire. The dunkle isn't produced by many domestic craft outfits, and my neighbors out in the Western burbs have done an admirable job. Is it "The Best" dunkle out there, no, but its solid enough.

The malty dunkle/bannana/malt/sweetness comes through more in the smell than the taste. Taste is a bit drier and hoppier with a chocolaty finish with less complexity than others of this style. It is good, not great, and for $6/bommer it was solid value.

innersanctum, May 05, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Kinda going out of order in this anniversary series (1, 3, 2), but who's counting? This stuff pours a dark, somewhat hazy russet-ruby topped by a half-finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises clove, dark wheat, light banana, a pinch of black pepper, and a half-pinch of cinnamon. The taste comes through with a blast of spice: cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, allspice, and black pepper. Some mild dark wheat and banana notes populate the background, but they're clearly relegated to the supporting cast (they're petitioning for more than their couple o' lines apiece, but the director seems to be a bit of an ass...). Something akin to mild tea sits amongst the scenery behind everything else. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a muddled, weak take on the dunkelweizen style. Not my thing, yo.

TMoney2591, May 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

JimGlonke, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

scott2269, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation but poured with a massive three finger high beige head.
S: There are light aromas of bananas and sweet malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more complex with notes of caramel and chocolate malts along with hints of chocolate towards the finish. A light amount of sweetness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer seems to be over carbonated and takes a delicate hand to pour this and get more beer than bubbles in your glass. The beer is interesting but doesn’t seem to fit the style.

metter98, Apr 28, 2012
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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.

Etan, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short off white head that sticks around for awhile, leaves a collar. Some lacing left.

Sweet toasty bananas?

Very malty sweet with that banana/clove aftertaste. Drinks right at its states ABV.

medium mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation.

Ah it was alright, pretty drinkable although more flavor in any direction...whether it be more roastiness or more hefeweizen characteristics. Good price point but wouldn't seek out otherwise,

Duff27, Apr 25, 2012
Bonfire Dunkle Weiss from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.