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Bonfire Dunkle Weiss - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 116
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jwinship83 on 11-05-2008

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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 116
Photo of NCSUdo
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Deep brown under a medium sized off white head. Little retention and lace.

S: Smells of banana bread, sweet, some bubble gum and toasted malt. Decent aroma.

T: Sweet up front, toasted malt, some banana and bubble gum, bitter finish is slightly off balance, but over a nice taste.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, carbonation a bit prickly but overall a mostly silky and smooth mouthfeel. Good drinkability, a pretty nice example of the style.

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Photo of AltBock
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bottle with a label that shows a roaring fire deep inside a dark and creepy forest. I sure hope that there's somebody around because this fire looks like it's getting out of hand. If somebody doesn't get to it soon, this dark and creepy forest will burn down. Only you can prevent forest fires! In the middle of the label is the name of the beer in big orange colored weird looking letters. Just below that is the Two Brothers Mickey Mouse look a like company symbol. To the far right of the label is the mandatory US information, a few of the beer's specifications, and 3 small paragraphs that talk about the beer. Don't bother looking for a date because this Two Brothers bottle doesn't have one.

Appearance: What kind of glassware should this beer be poured into? You got it, a pint glass! No, I poured this beer into the proper Weizen glass. It looked like this Dunkelweizen poured a deep dark mahogany brown, but a closer inspection showed me that it was more of a reddish caramel brown color. It was a pretty interesting color. A Weizen usually has one of those annoying tall head of foams, but this one was easier to deal with. This head of foam was a creamy off white color and close to 1 inch in height. It had great retention that left behind a long lasting 1/4 of an inch skim of foam. It didn't leave behind any streaks of lace, but it did manage to leave behind a few blots of lace.

Smell: I didn't care for the aroma at first because it was too peppery with just a hint of roasted wheat. That was it, until it was swirled around. When swirled, out comes more roasted wheat along with a speck of milk chocolate, ripe banana, and a pinch of cloves. That's not the best part. Along with all the enhanced aromas, the swirled aroma kicked out all the peppery aromas. Thanks swirled aroma! You saved the aroma from being a peppery disaster!

Taste: This Dunkelweizen kicked off with the roasted wheat. After the wheat leaves, this beer goes weizen on my ass with ripe banana, a pinch of cloves, and a few spices. It was hard to tell with this taste what kind and how many spices were in here. It tasted like all the spices in here blended into each other and created one big ball of spice. The one spice I could point out was the nutmeg. It was too hard to point out any other spice in here. I liked the roasted wheat and the big spice ball, but it was the finish I didn't care for. This beer ended with a slightly sour and overly yeasty taste. At least the finish didn't totally ruin the beer for me.

Mouthfeel: To me, this Dunkelweizen was more on the light side. It was getting close to the medium bodied line, but it didn't go over it. The aftertaste was a bit on the light side too. This light aftertaste featured a hint of roasted wheat, a pinch of ripe banana, a dash of cloves, and a little yeast. This aftertaste didn't bother to linger on like some aftertastes.

Drinkability: In the end it was a nice light Dunkelweizen, but it just didn't anything for me. I liked almost everything this beer had to offer, but it just didn't anything for me. Maybe it's the Dunkelweizen style. Two Brothers brews a few quality brews and this is another one on that list. It is worth a shot? Not really unless you really like Dunkelweizens or Two Brothers beers. If not, then you can pass this one up. One of these was enough for me.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass.

It being the Bears v. Packer game today I thought I'd try something a bit different.

Out of the bottle and into the glass, the beer pours the color of the soon to be torn and ragged frozen tundra of Soldier Field, a bloody, murky brown that holds the memory of all those who played there. Like most of the fans at today's game this beer is well covered, wrapped up in a two inch thick, creamy beige head, the perfect color for a bleak winter's night, I only wish I lasted longer and fails to cling to the glass like a tongue to a frozen flag pole.

Thankfully this beer does not smell like a football field and more thankfully, a football player. Instead it smells of a decidedly unfootball like estry fruitiness, though lingering in the background is the ever present smokiness of a thousand Smoky Joes, burning down quietly in the barren parking lot.

The beer sports a complexity of a well writen NFL playbook but suffers from mixed signals and the barking of bullheaded line coach. Licorice, molassas, caramel and an estery floral fruitiness all vie for my attention but I am caught up in this toasted bannana and rather grainy herbalness. Like any grizzled football player this one is a bit rough around the edges.

Slightly less complex than Kyle Orton's neck beard, though infinitely more drinkable this one reminds me of the Packers season, full of hope with flashes of brillaince but overall a let down.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

younger35 hooked me up with this IL goodie, thanks bitch.

22 oz. bomber poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a super murky brown with a quick two finger light tan head thatdies down to a thin layer of foam. Some stick remains on the sides of the glass after swirling, but not much. Smell consists of chocolate covered bananas with some smokey malts and grains. Metallic notes, roasted marshmallows, and gritty earth in the nose as well. A nice aromatic balance between toasty and sweet. Taste starts off with metallic banana bread and brown sugar, interesting. Midway dark wheat flavors emerge on the tongue with clove, nuts, and cocoa powder. Unfortunately this beer suffers in the aftertaste with a wet carboard flavor, caramel, and ashy bark. Light to medium body with a somewhat smooth feel but the strong carbonation sting really gets in the way. I must say though, the 7.5% is hidden quite well. A nice winter beer, but a bit rough around the edges. Thanks for the chance to give this bad boy a try Dan.

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Photo of optiontwo
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz poured into hefeweizen glass

Appearance: As it was pouring from the bottle the color appeared to be a murky light brown but in the glass it is a much darker brown with minimal white head.

Smell: Chocolate and smoke upfront with a definite funkiness that is usually synonymous with wilds and sours. Also some slight earthiness, grass, wood, etc.

Taste: Pretty true to the smell but with a little more sour aftertaste than I was expecting. Chocolate, smoke, and sour fruit are the most prominent flavors.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light and well carbonated.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and is quite flavorful for how light-bodied it is.

Overall: I've had only one or two dunkleweiss beers before this one and I'm not sure if it's my style. I enjoy this particular one for what it is and the thing I liked the most about the flavor was the unexpected sourness, made it quite refreshing. Despite that though, I doubt I will pick this up again but I'm sure some would enjoy it immensely.

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Photo of younger35
2.99/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this from Binny's for like $5.99. The beer may not always be the greatest but they have really cool bottles. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a maroonish brown with a nice creamy one finger tan head. The head recedes very slowly leaving a nice thick cap and collar and plenty of lacing.
Smell- Lightly grainy and rather roasted with a lightly smoky aspect. Some caramel and chocolate malts show adding a sort of nuttiness. Lightly spicy with a bit of clove and some feint wafts of banana.
Taste- Slightly nutty from the start with a light sweetness and touch of bitter chocolate. A bit of clove and banana with a lightly roasted wheat smokiness. A bit cloying at times and it turns a bit cidery as it warms (copied that from emerge077, couldn't pick out that weird flavor and he nailed it). Lingering sweetness with a roasty nutty aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Nice solid body with a light creaminess and light crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Honestly the beer isn't bad while cold but once it warms the sweetness really is a bit overbearing. It's fairly cloying and becomes a bit too much. Unfortunately the best part of this beer is the mouthfeel and look. Not the worst beer I've ever had but not my favorite from Two Brothers.

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Photo of klewis
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark murky mess of brown liquid. Bubbly light brown head. Barely. And lacing is damn near absent. Aroma is muddy, earthy and vegetal. A little clove and chocolate, but the nose is mostly goth. Flavor is phenolic, a little roasty, slight anise and some bread pudding. All in all, pretty agreeable. Easy to drink. Smooth feel to it. Close to medium in body. Decent enough, but not really up to Two Brother's standards.

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Photo of morimech
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass being sure I got the yeast sediment into the glass. Has a dark, murky brown color with a small tan head that quickly settles to a thick cap. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

The smell is weak. It just does not explode with weizen aromas. What I do smell is a combination of cloves and something along the lines of moldy grain.

The flavor is just off. Has a musty, slightly sour flavor that does not belong. The yeast flavors are weak. I do not taste any fruity esters. Unimpressive flavors. A shot of sourness before a clove aftertaste settles in.

Light bodied with a well suited carbonation. Typical for the style.

Not a well done dunkelweizen. The 6.2% ABV is well hidden in this light bodied beer. It was also a bit expensive as well. There are many dunkleweizens that are better and cheaper on the market.

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Photo of cubsfan2004
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A murky brown with a tan head. Very good lacing.

S - Banana and roasted wheat with a slight booze smell.

T - Sweet roasted wheat and chocolate. Slight alcohol in the flavor as well. I did not detect banana in the flavor.

M - Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D - Goes down easy but drinkability limited by relatively high abv.

A nice dunkelweizen, but I would have liked the banana to show up in the flavor.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Jaks Tap

As this beer was put in front of me, it's dark... in the bar. OK, moved to a lighter area so I can see that this is a murky, dusty brown. There is an ever-present tan head that hardly leaves any legs.

I get a lot of cloves in my nose. It kind of does smell like burning leaves/kindling, ever so slightly. Malts as well.

I taste roasted malt, biscuit, cloves and slight fruit. This is very creamy and light. Could make for a nice fall session beer. Tasted pretty good with my burger as well.

As I find with most Two Brother's offerings... this was good, not great. It's a fun style to play with but I wouldn't be sad to let the rest of this season pass without having another Bonfire.

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Photo of Slynger
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Village Tap.

Served in a pint glass, black with a dark chocolate brown edge. CO2 bubbles cling to the side, with a feeble head of foam that barely covers the surface. Aroma is plain at first, and some clove and cider notes come out as it warms.

Tastes cidery, there are grape and clove notes, with sort of a funky yeast presence that doesn't help things. It lingers into the aftertaste, with a sort of slick feeling. The body is thinner than a dunkelweisse/weizenbock, about as light as a standard hefeweizen. I finished the pint, but didn't really enjoy it. This is a brand new keg, as this was just released. I don't have high hopes for the bottled version, although this may be a bad draft line issue (not likely looking at other bottle reviews).

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Photo of MillRat
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- murky dark brown body, a little lighter around the edges with a finger of beige head. not too much lacing.

S- spices like cloves and coriander a hint of chocolate, and just a touch of booze.

T- roasted malt, a bit of coffee, banana, and spices. some bread like qualities as well. the tiniest touch of hops at the end

M- creamy and smooth. highly carbonated.

D- very easy to drink and a welcomed addition to the two brothers family. the growler went well when split between three people

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Bonfire Dunkle Weiss from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.