Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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From:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
 
Germany
Style:
Munich Dunkel
Ranked #16
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,584
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.14%
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
212
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 11, 2022
Added:
Jul 15, 2002
Wants:
  31
Gots:
  61
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Rated: 4.05 by cabsandking from Ohio

Jul 11, 2022
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Drunk in June 2022

Look: lovely amber/brown colour with a beige, persistent head, and lacing down the glass

Nose: sweet, bready malt, some brown sugar.

Taste: dark bread, sweet malt, brown sugar, and the slightest touch of roastiness. Mild bitterness. Very, very nice!

Feel: smooth, with medium carbonation.

Overall: this is an extremely enjoyable beer. As with all traditional beer in Germany, it's designed for repeated drinking without boring or destroying the palate, and it walks that line brilliantly.

Cheers!
Jul 09, 2022
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Rated by MHL81 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Smooth and eminently sessionable. Good thing this little 11.2 oz darling has 5 others included in the package.
May 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
1.5 x 0.33L bottles
Bottle Code: 088M1302
Glass: 0.5L Fest Mug
Temp at Pour: 53.5 F


Look:
Deep but clear mahogany brown that borders on chestnut. Initial 3- finger beige head dissipates to a thin but consistent cover.

Smell:
Toasted dark grains and pumpernickel bread. Semi-sweet chocolate. Some dried dark fruits and nuts.

Taste:
Follows the nose closely - rich dark bready malts and chocolate. There is an additional note of licorice or anise. No discernable bitterness. There is a faint earthy note later in the sip and the chocolate notes transition to bittersweet chocolate. The beer dries very slightly on the finish.

Feel:
Very smooth and balanced. Body is medium, with a lean towards the fuller side.

Overall:
A phenomenal Dunkel. Flavorful and yet easy-drinking. The flavors have real depth to them and could even rival some doppelbocks that I have had. And it is only 4.7% ABV. Barock Dunkel has been my favorite Munich Dunkel (or in my top 2 Dunkels) since I first had it over a decade ago.
May 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.59 by Beecham from California

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.33 by stephenlee93 from England

Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Very pretty reddish brown color with a light tan head. Aroma: caramel, bread & roasted malt. Slightly sweet. Flavors delivered was exactly as the nose implied. Feel is on the thin side with lower carbonation & no alcohol detected. Overall: very good.
Apr 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by BlueSpader from Washington

Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by irishevans from California

Mar 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.01 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Mar 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by mpenske from California

Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
O:. Freaking delicious.
A very well made beer. As a Dunkle should be.
To me this is the gold standard for a Dunkle.
Perfectly balanced.
The beer that makes you want to drink more repeatedly without getting tiresome, as is traditional in Germany.
Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by Norton21 from Illinois

Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This is one pretty looking beer, crystal clear brown with a really nice reddish hue to it. The head has a nice light brown to it and it had some really nice retention. Minor lacing.

The nose is mostly a sweet rich bread aroma, some dark fruit and caramel/toffee like smells to it too.

The taste much like the nose has a sweet rich bread and crusty flavor, but it also presents some dark grain and nuttiness to it as well. A nice little subtle but noticeable hop kick to it as well, comes out in the form of almost a little black pepper like.

Mouthfeel is light but full, it has some nice body but it drinks much lighter than that body would make you think before you swallow. A minor sweetness to it and little to no bitterness present.

This is a good and enjoyable dunkel, it isn't my favorite but I'm enjoying it enough to be glad that I have a whole six pack.
Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Unknown vintage; drank 8/29/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dark orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE khaki head; nice lacing.

Mild caramel, cream & farmhouse funk upfront in the nose; a hint of dark chocolate as this warmed.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream & caramel flavors up front; mild dark chocolate & faint farmhouse funk on the finish.

For a lower ABV beer, this packed a punch in nose, mouthfeel & flavor. I'd love to have another!!
Aug 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.26 by chris826 from Mississippi

Aug 11, 2021
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
11.2 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed an amber-brown body, clear, with a tight, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Lightly toasted malts given a sweet glaze of caramel. Softly fruity. Modest German hops with an earthy, herbal hint.

Taste: Toasted, bready malts with a tangy, twangy touch of fruitiness. Distinct, semi-sweet caramel note. Herbal, lightly spicy hop character with a mild amount of imparted bitterness. Scantly drying, lightly nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fine, forgettable. Shame on Ayinger and their Altbairisch Dunkel for ruining me when it comes to other dunkels.
Jul 24, 2021
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Rated by eatsluggs from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I was with beša at Prost! outside garden, was a good beer. But we went there because Stammtisch was too full.
Jun 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from fridge temp. Pours a very dark brown with no transparency. Head was minimal and quickly dissipated. The nose is fantastic. Freshly baked sourdough bread, fresh juicy figs, subtle notes of dark cherries, wheat, a little bit of butterscotch candy. Taste nicely follows the nose. Quite malty. Not overly sweet and not too bitter, but both are clearly there. Very smooth. Chocolate (milk), toffee candy, earthy notes (dirt, but in a good way), bread (like a dark German bread), dark fruit (figs again), and a little bit of walnut. This is just phenomenal. So drinkable yet incredibly flavorful. I wouldn't have guessed it was only 4.7% - the amount of flavor made me jump to the 7% - 8% range. The aftertaste is a bit sweet, but is predominantly bitter. This is also in a really nice way. Overall, one of my favorites of the style. I will be buying more.
Jun 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a nice mahogany with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Tastes of nicely roasted malts with a bit of caramel mixed in up front with the euro lager yeast present. Has a mild bitter finish that rounds it out nicely. Nice body and mouthfeel.
Apr 08, 2021
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Reviewed by taint67 from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I was very excited when I came across this beer. Why? Because Munich Dunkel is my favorite style of beer. Here in Georgia you go to a good beer store they have 3000 IPAs and 1 variety of Munich Dunkel. Another reason is these folks have been making beer for a thousand years. It poured like you think it would....like a work of art. Dark, clear mahogany. The nose was all Munich Dunkel caramel, bready, wonderful. The taste was amazing...old school balance between the subtle complex malty flavors, all over the spectrum, neatly balanced out by the bitterness. To me it is up there with Hofbrau Dunkel, a world classic. The only thing with me is these beers are just slightly "thin" for my taste. But who the hell am I? They have been brewing for a thousand years....right?
Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Jan 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.53 by Machus from Montana

Jan 23, 2021
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Reviewed by robertfyffe from California

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Look: mahogany amber look
Smell: brown bread
Taste: dried fruits and malt flavors
Feel: carbonated medium bodied
Overall: nice beer but couldn’t drink more than a couple
Dec 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.77 by dieterdaxx from Germany

Dec 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby red around the edges. A dense dark beige head forms with excellent retention and plenty of lace.
S: Oh man that nose is fantastic. Dark pumpernickel bread, maybe a bit doughy. Chocolate and dried plums and raisins. A touch peppery and yeasty. The malt character here is amazing.
T: Like the nose, plenty of big malt flavors going on here. Dark rye and pumpernickel bread. Chocolate and dried fruits again. Just a touch of roast, and even a touch of earthy hops. Though the breadiness takes over again. It never becomes to sweet, and the malt flavor is so nuanced, I love it.
M/O: A light to medium body. Good crisp carbonation. Supremely clean. Ridiculously easy to drink. Downed in big gulps, as my favorite dinkability saying goes :) Then I immediately want another one.

Just an excellent example of a dark lager. Actually drinks like a lighter Dopplebock to me. Which is to say it drinks above its weight. Most American breweries can't get this much malt flavor and character with an 8% Dopplebock, let alone anything below 5%. Not that that is the soul mark of a great beer, but it is certainly part of it. An all around excellent Dunkel Lager.
Oct 31, 2020
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a clear, dark amber to mahogany coloration that turns ruby red when held up to the light, with a large, foamy, lasting head. Smells of bready toasted, caramel malt and hints of chocolate, dried fruits and nuts. Taste follows the nose, with an excellent balance of rich, sweet'ish bready, toasted, caramel malt and rather light, earthy hops, with notes of chocolate, raisin and hazelnut, as well as hints of treacle and licorice. Finishes with a light sweetness and some bready, toasted malt, chocolate and nutty accents lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While I'm not a huge fan of the style, I still have to say that this is an excellent example of a Munich Dunkel that is quite rich and satisfying, yet easy-drinking at the same time. In fact, the depth of flavor is quite impressive for the ABV here, with a complex malt balance and just enough hoppy accents to prevent this from becoming too sweet, which it really manages very nicely as opposed to many other examples of the style. Probably the best Munich Dunkel I've had, although it's not really a style that I seek out, with a rich malt complexity and great overall balance.
Oct 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.39 by Rhetion from Florida

Oct 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.88 by Brian_Pheiffer from California

Sep 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle # 127L1038. Purchased in OBX and drank on the beach.

A lower ABV brew (4.7%) but heavier than expected (which conflicts with my thin comment below - I know). 4.25

A - Pours a clear dark amber with a one-finger light tan somewhat rocky/somewhat creamy head which dissapates to almost zero. Minor lacing 4.25

S - Aromas of brown bread, very mild sweetness, no real hoppiness, nuttiness leading to an almost caramel, with faint dark chocolate. 4.25

T - A complex brew. Brown bread, good bitterness of the herbal and grassy kind, no sweetness. 4.25

MF - Medium bodied, but seems too thin for the style and my expectations, with a dry lingering bitter finish. 4.0
Sep 27, 2020
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Appearance: Clear, brown. Fluffy khaki colored head with great retention.

Aroma: Dark malt- Slight chocolate & roasted malt aroma. No burnt aromas. No hops.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Sweet impression on front. Restrained bitterness. Mild chocolate and roasted malt. No burnt flavors. Medium length finish.

Palate: Full bodied, creamy and soft. Low carbonation.

Overall: Considering I have not idea how long this bottle was on the shelves (no decipherable date codes), this is a very good Dunkel. Right on point for German quality. Perfect color and clarity. Excellent head and retention. Flavorful, without being overpowering. Malt forward, sweet on the front end with a clean finish. Full bodied, creamy and soft. I could drink these all day.
Sep 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.14 by generallee from Virginia

Sep 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Beer_Economicus from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Weltenburger Kloster- Barock Dunkel

The beer is listed as: Lager - Munich Dunkel.

The bottle was opened and immediately poured into a dimpled stein (Hofbräuhaus). It poured a deep brown, immediately letting you know of it's malty goodness. Brown, thin, with the correct amount of carbonation (approx. 2 inches from a gentle pour with a tipped glass). The picture was taken about 20 seconds after the pour was complete...Had to get Pizza on the plate, first. Not sure how the look could get any better for the style. The head retains nicely at the start, and is pale tan.

Appearance: Score: 5.0

First impressions: Like many german beers, nothing jumps out. Opening a dunkel isn't like opening an IPA. You don't open it and say, OH MAN, THAT"S BREAD IN A GLASS! You have to get close and smell it. Everything about the pour and initial smell lends itself to being a traditional dunkel.

Smell: Not much smell, which is fine. A lot of malt, and a lot of those "lager notes," which I am struggling to describe. You just know it when you smell it. I suppose there are limited ester or yeast smells that remain, but it's nothing like a Belgian. Score: 4.0

Taste: Classic Dunkel. I'm not experienced enough with traditional German styles, or dunkel's in general to know how this compares as a munich dunkel, but within the dunkel category it is stellar. It's my favorite, although admittedly I have had few compared to say, stouts, for example. Taste is heavy on the malt, low on the chocolate (which directly stands in contrast to the Von Trapp version, which is almost like a chocolate-bar level of chocolate). Outside of these flavors, you just get some of those classic traditional lager/bready notes that I'm struggling to describe. Score: 4.75

Mouthfeel: Traditional. Thin, with the appropriate amount of carbonation. Score: 4.50

Overall, I love this beer. It's so easy drinking. One way or another, I've made sure to have at least a couple bottles on hand at all times for the past several years. I've even driven out of my way on work trips just to pick some up from stores that I know that carry it, if no one near me does. (That's no longer a problem, since we moved last year, but it used to be for years and years.). I've loved this beer since before I ever found BA. Score: 4.75
Aug 24, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very dark reddish amber color with a slight head and lacing.
Aroma has roasted malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a roasted malt flavor
A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
A good Munich Dunkel
Aug 22, 2020
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Absolutely beautiful beer, with a pour reminiscent of rich dark bread. Dark copper colored body, crystal clear and lively. Strong head production, retention, and lacing.

Sweet and spicy nose, with notes of pepper and rye mingling with toffee, caramel, bread, prune, cola, and red grape.

A touch sour up front, which improves but does not completely fade as the beer warms. Dark bread, caramel, and cola notes, with a musty pepper character in the middle. Strong raisin flavor on finish, which leaves behind an impression of fruit bread.

Slick and smooth; lively with bite.
Aug 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.87 by faraday326 from California

Jul 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Jul 19, 2020
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