Dunkelweizenbock | Goose Island Beer Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Very Good
24 Ratings

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Viggo on 10-15-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by manahansf:
Photo of manahansf
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep copper color beneath a thin and lacy white head. The aroma has a touch of vinous characteristics and a low hint of grainy malt. The nose is light and subtle but the flavor is complex. The aged beech wood flavors are immediately tasted as the mellowed malt and hops serve as a medium for the wood flavor. It is strong and bold, and reminds me of rosewood aromas. The light body with high levels of carbonation allow the brew to dance on the palate. Flavors such as smoked peat and spiced cider emerge in the finish which is slow and gentle as it lingers only long enough for you to taste the end and wonder why there isn't more tastes like this in more beers.

 678 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimpled chalice)

A- This beer has a murky caramel brown body with a thick light tan head that fades to a thin film that floats around the glass. The body is to dense to see any carbonation except a few random bubbles close to the edge.

S- The smell of caramel malt with a hint of good smelling pot caramel blend with toffee and faint banana with a finish of faint green hops. The malt smells are very fresh and bold.

T- The slight sweet caramel malt and toasted malt flavor has a hint of banana that is not fake like candy but more like the real fruit. There is a spicy alcohol taste in the finish and I can't taste any hops mixed in with it.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a dry light alcohol heat in the finish that cleans of the soft sweetness.

D- The dark malt flavors have a good balance with the alcohol but I would like to taste more depth in the malt flavor to make it a bit more interesting.

 947 characters

Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of errantnight
2.24/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well sadly, my friend Joe1510, the last reviewer before me has it right... this beer has been swept away by the sands of time.

Pours a murky, hazy, and relatively flat brown. Just looks dirty and a bit watery.

The aroma provides a bit of hope, there's a ton of prune/raisin, and a bit of a spicy sourness around the edges... but no banana/clove to speak of.

The taste is a big letdown. There's a quick, fleeting burst of straight ahead caramel/raisin sweetness that is gone almost before you can taste it, disappearing into a cherry-ish sourness. Not a lingering, delicious sourness, just a firm tartness that wipes the palate clean of, well, anything. It's an odd, and not altogether enjoyable experience.

Warming helps it immeasurably... by which I mean you can taste the raisin sweetness for a moment, but it also reveals a heavy wet cardboard that emphasizes the ridiculous oxidation that has gone on here.

Lest there be any further question about whether waxing does ANYTHING to prevent oxidation... let this beer serve as testament to its uselessness in that regard.

Who knows if the beer described so beautifully and bottled so elegantly ever lived up to that promise (from the reviews, maybe it did), but there's not even enough of a trace left behind to see what that deliciousness might once have been.

Don't buy, don't trade for, this one is cooked.

 1,367 characters

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml wax sealed "20th Anniversary Cellar Collection" bottle into a Val Dieu goblet.

The label clearly states "Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub, Chicago, IL 60614" so that's why this review is here and not in with the Fulton St. brewery reviews.

8.0% ABV stated on the label.

A: Pours a cloudy and murky dark caramel brown color. Tiny light brown head instantly evaporates and leaves no skim and the thinnest of rings. No lace and very lazily carbonated. 750ml bottle featured a ton of sticky and dark sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The last pour was swirled and resulted in a beer that resembled chocolate milk.

S: Chocolate and banana are the key players here. Also noted were caramel, slightly sour grain, mild citrus, and toasted malt. Nice fruity yeast aroma, as well.

T: Once again, chocolate (milk, dark, and bittersweet) and banana dominate. Fruity yeast, tart grain, caramel and toasted malt, cookie dough, lemon, black pepper, and a slight fresh ground coffee bitterness round out the bill.

M: This has a lot going on here. This runs the gamut from bittersweet, to tart, to peppery, to sticky. Kitchen-sink mouthfeel. Very nice tart and fruity finish.

D: Been sitting on this bottle for months and now wish that I'd cracked the wax seal much sooner.

 1,284 characters

Photo of Jkellerson
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got to enjoy this at the Lincoln Park Goose Island the other weekend. I found the taste to be very light for the type of beer I was experiencing. There was a very smooth quality to the beer as I went down easy. the goblet was daunting at first thinking I'm gonna drink one of their classy beers that has no food pairing. I ate it with a stilton burger (excellent) and it complimented the mustard and the pumpernickel roll very well. A great beer to try and I will defeinetley come back for more.

 497 characters

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Viggo
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice, pours a hazy brown, small off white head, some spots of lacing. Smell is sweet, lots of banana and caramel, some chocolate spice, little bit of alcohol. Taste is chocolate and toffee, caramel bananas, some alcohol, very malty, nice and complex. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, quite thick, low carbonation, has some heat to it but very satisfying.

 372 characters

Photo of tapman
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it from a growler poured at the brewery.

Pours a dark brown/ruby in color with a tan, one 1/2 finger head, which is pretty good for a growler.

Smell is that of chocolate, both bitter and baker's, along with a small degree of tangy hoppiness giving it that 'beer' smell. Malts are more apparent when warmed a bit, with medium toast and a sweet, irish soda bread maltiness as well.

Taste is chocolate, caramel, sweet honey wheat toast, and a little hop bitterness. The balance is done very well between sweet, bitter, and bread. My only concern is that all of these flavors are kind of slight. The flavors are not bright or strong, which is surprising in a dark beer.

Mouthfeel is thick, though well carbonated giving it a lighter feel which adds to drinkability and the overall gravity of the brew.

A little strong and a little thick, this brew tastes very good, but doesn't satisfy like a good stout, porter, or even dark lager. This wouldn't be a session beer for me, but definetly would be included on my Goose Island bill for as long as hey have it on tap.

 1,079 characters

Photo of LoRezDave
2.51/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Waay past it's prime.

Pours a solid opaque brown. Hard pour produces barely a head that quickly vanishes.

Aroma is a little carmel malt and a little wet cardboard.

Taste is really whacked. Carmel malts, little warm toast, esters (inappropriate), wet cardboard (massive oxidiation).

The guy at GI warned me this was way past it's prime and he's right. I probably am doing a dis-service by reviewing, but for those that are sitting on this drink it now! If you dare!

It's not necessarily a drain-pour but like a mediocre home-brew at best.

 542 characters

Photo of paco1029384756
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brow color with little head and a fine ring of lacing.

Scent of heavy malts, cinnamon, candi sugar and some burnt sugar. Hearty and full, I love it.

Taste of strong sweet malts and burnt sugar with a healthy amount of flavor to back it up. A hint of mint and chocolate come in as it warms in the mouth. A full butterscotch character comes in as well. Finishes with some malts and more burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, matches the appearance of the beer perfectly.

 488 characters

Photo of shivtim
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Clybourn Goose Island. Comes in a chalice, a deep hazy brown color. Nose is heavy on bananas, with some spice and wheat. Taste is well balanced malts with sweet bananas, and lingering clove and citrus. More complex taste than some other wheat beers. Mouthfeel is good, and drinkability is high. Nice brew!

 319 characters

Photo of strattor
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a large, heavy chalice at the Wrigleyville brewpub. Deep caramel color with a dense, tan head.

Aroma is of caramel and toffee. Some alcohol sneaks through, as well as some sweetness.

A pretty sweet beer, with strong caramel/toffee flavors. There is a little but of fruity herbal flavors, but just a little.

Thin mouthfeel, with little carbonation. The mouthfeel suits the flavors.

Pretty tasty, but I couldn't drink any more than one. Lots of very full flavors, but when they were all put together were a little overwhelming.

 547 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2009
This beer pours with a noticeable viscous texture. The beer is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a murky, muddy, brown-amber color that is hazy enough to be opaque when held up directly to the light, but does pick up a bit more of a red hue. Up front I get a banana note that is quickly subsumed by a toasted malt character. A bit of clove character is noticeable throughout the aroma and there is also a nice nuttiness here in the nose. There is a touch of spiciness here as well, which seems to meld with the toasted grain notes, and there is also a prune / fig fruit thing going on here as well that seems to get a bit over-ripe as the beer warms. An interesting nose, but it isn't quite as expressive as I might have hopped.

Not nearly as sweet tasting as I expected, there is a touch of malt sweetness here, but it is well tempered by a wheat-tartness and the toasted malt character. My second sip sees a bit of clove spiciness become noticeable up front and the tartness accentuates some plum-like flavors. The finish has a mix of hop bitterness and toasted malt notes that are not quite roasty, but do provide a touch of astringency. The body of this beer isn't as big as it looked visually, but does have some heft to it; the beer is actually pretty quaffable for a beer of this strength though and is pretty nice for the style. This has a bit of an off flavor in the finish that is sort of plastic like, a bit savor / meaty, or perhaps just burnt; I really can't quite put my finger on it.

Not a bad beer as most of the elements seem to be here, but somehow all the flavors / aromas don't seem to combine into an integrated whole all that well. Still this is certainly enjoyable

 1,769 characters

Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose, Clybourn

The second I popped the top on this brew and started pouring the smell of banana bread filled the room. This beer is pours surprisingly dark with a body bordering on thick, rich apple cider. By apple cider I mean the darkest of apple ciders you have ever witnessed. A lot of yeast was released into the glass even with a careful pour. The head grew to just under two fingers in my weizen glass and quickly fizzled down to a solid cap that leaves behind some small patchy lacing here and there after each drink.

The nose is loaded with warm banana bread, more banana than bread though, and dark sugars. Molasses and dark brown sugar all play their own roles while adding complexity. There is a lot of caramel keeping this beer malt heavy with a faint, leafy hoppiness drifting around in the back. The estery banana really plays a nice part in this beer and adds some fruity sweetness that I don't come across too often in other brews. Faint milk chocolate pops in and out throughout the entire drink. The nose is complex and inviting.

The flavor is just as deep as the nose suggested it would be. The dark sugars from the nose start off the flavor profile with dark brown sugar and faint molasses leading the way before being joined by some fig-like sweetness. The milk chocolate takes on more of a bittersweet chocolate on the tongue while the banana bread comes in a big way, tasting like banana nut bread with chocolate chips. This beer is interesting and delicious. The banana adds that layer of sweetness before a leafy hoppiness balances it all out.

This dunkle weizen has a medium body with a bit of a gritty texture. The body is caramelly smooth and somewhat creamy with clean alcohol fumes rising through the nose. That alcohol works to add some more spiciness to the already spicy hop profile.

Dunkelweizenbock was a sipper for me with all the complexities. The bottle is now gone and I find myself wanting more. As it warms the flavors continue to develop until this becomes a sit down and focus type of brew.

I'm a big fan of these special releases from Goose Island for their 20th anniversary. I usually don't find myself buying many wheat beers of any kind but this is high quality. I'm glad I had the chance to give it a go.

 2,270 characters

Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a from a growler that PJ and Jory brought up to Bodega Brew Pub for the tasting. It's got all the classic characteristics of a double weizzen bock. Subtle sharpness contrasted with a dark malty smoothness. a bit of fruit. and acid. aromatic. Great finish. Alcohol is hidden. Good beer!

 293 characters

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap poured into a goblet at the Clybourn Brewpub in Chicago. pours a cloudy medium brown color with a preciptitous character and no head.

aroma is sweet and malty with notes of banana, with wheat malt and a touch of caramel and citrus. nicely balanced, with a concentrated and rich profile, typical of a good bock.

taste is malty and fruity with notes of banana, caramel, alcohol and wheat malt.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a lightly tart from the wheat malt. well balanced on the palate.

drinkability is good. this is a well balanced and a bit boozy. overall, a drinkable bock with a smooth and nicely proportioned wheat malt character. a solid brew from Goose Island. cheers!

 687 characters

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving is from on-tap, and poured into a goblet. Leaves less than a one finger head, but it is longlasting, but also does not result in much lacing. Body is a medium brown.

Smell - dates, raisins, and of course, cloves and bananas. No hint of the high abv in the nose.

Taste - raisins, dates, and medicinal phenols, all washed through with cloves and bananas. Very good, and still no real presence of the high abv, it's very well hidden.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is very good, but it may be just a little high in abv for extended sessionability, but definitely low enough to have the next one or two, and certainly worth while.

 663 characters

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 2 Mar 2009. Trade from autumnaldave, thanks!

The bottle says 8.0%, not 7.6%.

Poured in 0.5 L Paulaner wheat glass. Small brown head, much smaller than expected. Medium carbonation. Cloudy mahogany color, quite murky. Aroma of bananas, clove, raisins, figs, brown sugar, caramel. Tastes of banana, cocoa, toast, malt, vegemite. Lots of dates, raisins, dried peaches, dark spices, plums. Finishes faintly bitter, a bit syrupy, cloves, nutmeg. Aftertaste of dried tart cherries. Milky mouthfeel, heavy body. Medium ethanol.

Very tasty, quite filling.

 570 characters

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes

Growler poured on a Wednesday and consumed on a Saturday. Mild loss of carbonation present, but nothing too bad.

Pour thick and icky looking, like sewage. Or, actually it looked like that foul M'bege stuff that Sprecher was peddling a while back.

Smells like a goddamn chocolate dipped banana. If I closed my eyes and you put this underneath my nose I wouldn't think it was beer, at first--that's how much it smells like a chocolate dipped banana. As it warms you can pick out some sweet and spicy yeast and just a hint of peppery wheatmalt, but the banana still runs the show.

Tastes very much like it smells. Tastes like candy. Banana dominates all throughout, with lightly bockish nodes of chocolate starting things off. This moves into a middle that's like a very harsh hefe, lots and lots of banana and white pepper wheat malt but with a fiery yeast background. Ends on a chocolate node with a banana aftertaste.


 948 characters

Dunkelweizenbock from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 24 ratings