Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 296
Photo of germanbeer1
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost 1,000 years of brewing has created near perfection in the form of Weltenburger Barock-Dunkel. Has a dark brown color, but certainly not black with a large head and good lace throughout. This beer is considered by most to be rather plain in taste, but the traces of chocolate provide a solid, uncomplicated taste. It has a great full body and I miss being able to pick up 20 bottles of this at a time. I recommend this beer to anyone and everyone who is interested in dark German beer. Visiting the brewery itself is an amazing experience.

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Photo of RoverDnB
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


The best bear i have ever tasted!
Actually first i got this item in Moscow/Zelenograd and then this beer become my favorite.
After relocation to Estonia, Tallinn a was driven crazy because discovered that this excellent drink is absent in whole Tallinn. And got it again in beer festival in Bremen at 28 may 2016.
A few mouthfuls of happiness.

//I should add that usually i prefer czech/german lagers but this one kicks off even my favorite beers!

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Photo of shbobdb
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I am talkin' about! The beer has a nice chocolate presence that is balanced out by some rich prunes, a light nuttiness all on a nice sweet pils backbone. Really outstanding. The mouthfeel is very rich without being too thick and the carbonation is simply perfect creating a full rich body. On the one hand, I'd like to describe it as so thick I need a spoon . . . but on the other hand, it finishes very light, not quite crisp, but certainly on the lighter side.

Basically, it is a near perfect beer. It is complex without sacrificing drinkability, rich and full without being too thick. Basically, this is why I drink beer. So good.

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Photo of Luiz0930
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A German classic. This beer is a bit like having Coca Cola Slurpee. tastes of malts with a rich carbonation finish. Germans make their beer from the same ingredients and come out with flavors that tend to be balanced and easy drinking. A good Dunkel


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Photo of nickd717
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Haus Staudt, 0.5 liters served in a big ol' stein.

Pours a translucent medium brown color with a nice off-white head that leaves thick foam and excellent lacing.

Sweet malty aroma, fairly nutty and toffeeish. Smells pretty good.

Flavor is great. Sweet caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, and toast.

Medium-full bodied for the style with a smooth and slick mouthfeel.

Great, great dunkel overall. Really surprising. A beer even worthy of "Barock" Obama (although I hear the prez prefers Bud Light, that sellout).

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Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have no more cold space to store beer, and what does largadeer do when he sees me? He gives me a bunch of beer, so now I have to drink it. Thanks Chris!


A: Snifter. Dark brown with good clarity and a ruby tinge, accompanied by a mountainous frothy head. Great retention and ferocious lacing.

S: This has quite the expressive malt aroma! Rich caramel, toasted bread crust, and a touch of toffee. A distinct nut character adds depth to the melanoidins, a faint noble hop bouquet shoots an envious glare at the luscious malt profile from behind a curtain. Excellent.

T: The taste is equally as pleasing as the aroma, with notes of nuts, bread crust, and some caramel. The beer displays a restrained lower moderate sweetness, with a low level of bitterness and no hop flavor to speak of. There's a whisper of chocolate in there, and a suggestion of roast. Diacetyl is absent, as are alcohol flavor and fruity esters. The finish is clean.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and dextrinous.

Overall: What an excellent beer. An outstanding example of an excellent style that I drink far too infrequently.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a slight red tinge, little carbonation, semi-opaque with slight cloudiness, huge cappuccino colour head.

S: Dark malts, candy malt, slight molassis, slight toasted wood smoke.

T: The taste follows nose, but was better than I was expecting. Rich and smooth and creamy. Dark toasted malts, slight molassis, no smoke.

M: Low carbonation, medium heavy bready body, but very smooth and creamy.

O: Delicous piece of history that should be tried. Would go well with dark rye or pumpernickel breads with whipped butter, or with light cheeses. Saw it overpriced in China, got this one slightly cheaper in the US. Great German beer

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh keg on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. This one has a great color, somewhere between amber and brown, reminding me of chestnut shells. Two inches of beige head tops the body, slowly settling to a collar. The aroma is malty, toasty, lightly caramelized and fruity; it's bold but clean. It's similar on the palate: the malt profile reminds me of toasted whole grain bread, behind it there are notes of dark fruit, coffee and caramelized malt. Light-bodied with a dry and toasty finish, I could drink this all day. Might be the best dunkel I've had.

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Photo of steveh
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had some good luck in the past with this brand, a Dunkel sounded good.

No best by or brewed-on dates, poured from a brown, .5l bottle into my HB Willi Becker-style.

A -- Clear, dark reddish chestnut brown with a dense, thick, tan head. Some of the other reviews report thin, short lasting heads -- they've either gotten old bottles, or are using dirty glassware -- the head on my example lasted at one inch thick through the duration of the consumption and left good lacing.

S -- Sweet malts with a bread crust character -- even a touch of molasses with some earthiness back.

T -- Sweet, bready malts intermingle with some mild milk chocolate character. Bread crust and mildly earthy characters makes up the backbone with some underlying spicy hops, but very light. Finish is almost creamy in character with big bready flavor. Finishes dry and mildly bitter with the sweet chocolate character lingering in the aftertaste.

M -- Soft to creamy mouthfeel with a medium body.

O -- Probably the best imported Dunkel I've had, though transport - and probably Pasteurization - take their toll on German imports, and this one is no exception when you compare to the fresh beers in Bavaria. Nonetheless, this one is worth seeking out locally if you are a Dunkel fan.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much more intense and with heavier body than average euro dark lagers or Budwar Dark, one of my favorite dark lagers. Not to say that it is not suitable to be a session beer, but I like it best as a single drink before sleep. Not too sweet, caramel notes, some chocolate. Very tasty. Beside Asam-Bock, the best from Weltenburger.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Sampling right now on 12/11/14. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for around $3.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a O.5L "Warsteiner" handled glass stein.

Pours a deep mahogany brown in color with ruby-red highlights. A good 1 to 2-finger foamy beige head is seen that settles down to about 2-3mm after a good bit. Lots of stick lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of sugary roasted malts with a hint of cocoa and caramel. Pretty much the same for the taste with some molasses as well as some dark fruit in the mix. Very tasty and smooth brew. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation which isn't too much for this great German brew (World's Oldest Monastery from 1050 AD). Overall, really like this one.

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Photo of ordybill
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500cl bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a sweet roasted malt smell
Appearance- The brew is a dark brown color with a red tint and has a large tan head.
Taste- Has a great strong malt flavor that has a hint of sweetness to eat.
Palate- A Medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall An excellent brew. highly recommended

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dunkel pours a dark brown color with a slightly reddish tint. It has a medium, foamy, and a lot of little carbonation bubbles. The scent is quite a bit different than the typical dunkel that I’ve had. It has definite sweet caramel notes that are reminiscent of a brown ale and also rich dark fruit notes, possibly dates or prunes, which remind me of a Belgian strong ale or a quad. The flavor is much like the smell would lead you to believe with added hints of chocolate. This is a bold, rich beer with flavors not at all typical of German beers, dunkel or otherwise. The body is definitely far on the heavy end for a German beer and the malts really come out, though the finish is quite smooth. It is similar to most German beers though in that all the flavors are perfectly balanced and it is obviously crafted with a great deal of skill. This beer definitely plays to my tastes and for me is amazingly underrated.

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Photo of drmeto
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the most lovely smelling beer ive ever had.
its straight-up hop accented dark berry marmelade
-taste-wise dark berries are dominant
-plums,dates,cherries,sweet malt are all there
-middling carbonation (traditional for the style),but big head retension
-malty finish with quite a nice hoppy note,wished it had more variety though

Top of the class Dunkel.
Only had minor irks during the finish

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Photo of claytri
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured an amazing translucent dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is of hints of coffee over a sweet malt base. The taste is a rich sweet malt with touches of coffee and chocolate on top of that. The feel is medium and wet. This was a great example of a Dunkel, rich a full bodied taste with some great flavors in it. This is a Dunkel I will come back to.

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Photo of Brookfieldglass
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a weizen glass (had nothing better around at the moment). Bottle is of unknown date/age.

Brilliantly clear, I cannot stress this enough. Color is what I'd call a beautiful dark ruby red/orange with a light tan one finger head after the pour but it does thin out fairly quickly. Retention is lacking but there is great lacing present.

Very malty aroma on my nose, with touches of something I can't really pick out..perhaps caramel? In the aroma I'm detecting hints of something toasty but it is not overpowering and adds to the character of the aroma.

Medium body with an almost slimy mouth feel and pretty much follows the aroma. Malty aromas, a touch of dark toast on the end. I do not detect any hop bitterness. This beer flows from start to finish without anything odd present for the style.

This is my first experience with this particular beer but I believe it is a good candidate for a benchmark of what this style should represent. This is a very well balanced and extremely drinkable beer. For those of you who love these German beers, this one shouldn't disappoint!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a tall glass mug. The liquid is a clear brown with good carbonation. The head is light tan 2 fingers and leaved little lace.

The smell is sweet and nutty.

The taste is good light roasted malt and mild hops, Taste notes include nuts sweet fruit and light chocolate. A very good example of the style.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is good a very easy drinker. Prosit MK

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Photo of dasenebler
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L, Germany, best by 5/11.

Pours a deep, dark reddish amber with a tight and creamy beige head. Retention and lacing are above-average.

Aroma has some light roast, buttery caramel, and molasses. Nice.

The flavor of this beer is outstanding. You know it's a good Dunkel when it's only 4.7% ABV but reminds you of a Doppelbock. There's an uncanny amount of toffee, chocolate and coffee for such a light (ABV) beer, and it's not sweet at all. Clean and smooth on the finish, with just enough hops to bitter and balance. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with relatively persistent, effervescent carbonation. This beer exhibits an amazing balance between rich flavor and clean drinkability.

Don't be fooled by its BA overall score: this is an awesome beer, especially when you get a relatively fresh bottle as I have. I didn't expect to rate this so highly, but apparently Weltenburger Barock Dunkel is just what Herr Doktor ordered.

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Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 2012: Wow! This is what a dunkel should be....coffee brown color with two finger beige head, nice roast, nutty flavor and bitterness in the aftertaste. Weltenburger has become my favorite German brewery. Rich and tasty, absolutely gorgeous!

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Photo of Domingo
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My local store only just started carrying this. I love the style and thus far everything I've had from the Weltenburger Kloster, too.
Pours a pretty standard deep brown with a good amount of head for a normal pour. The foam stick around and laces really well, too.
The smell is also very typical. Not too nosy, but a mild dark bread and chocolate flavor.
Up front the flavor is chocolate malt and pumpernickel bread. In the middle you can't help but pick up a lot of molasses and maple syrup, with the finish having a little bit of raisin and date flavors. Yum!
Mouthfeel is intentionally light for easy drinking, but never watery.
I could drink as many of these as I have at any one time.
An awesome example of a flavorful dunkel. On par with the best examples of the style for sure.

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Photo of WJVII
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Reviewed from notes while in Germany 5-2-08) This beer was a dark brown color, 1/2 in tan head that was more like a thick cap. There was a light roast smell, but more noticeable was the hops. The taste was of nice dark chocolate, hints of roasted coffee and a slight sweetness in the finish. This is an "after dinner" beer. Extremely smooth and well put together!

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It poured a crystal amber. It had a nice three finger head. The head was slightly off white.

It had a nice malt, and floral hop scent.

It had a strong bitter hop taste on the front-end. Then a nice malt sweetness grew. And it finished with the bitter hop taste in the back-end. It had a perfect lite-to-medium body.

A very drinkable beer. It had several good qualities that made it enjoyable. If it were less expensive I could drink this as a session beer.

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Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Rich breadiness, very German, hint of raisins, hint of cinnamon toast.

L: Clear dark brown, light tan carbonated head that dissipates slightly.

T: Rich bready malt with some dark fruit undertones, raisins mostly. Medium low spicy bitterness, semi-dry, fairly clean finish.

M: Medium light body, medium high carbonation.

Great Dunkel, great flavors for 4.7% and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed at Crane Flat campground, generously provided by largadeer. Thank you, Chris.

Dark brown, dense beige head excellent retention and lace. An almost perfect looking beer. The nose is delicate and complex, with chocolate, bread, light fruit, wheat and no real hop character. Beautiful chocolate bread character. Some caramel is also present. The palate opens light with wheat, a little toast, chocolate a light nutiness. As with the nose, the caramel character is light but present. Dry and clean finish, with a light body and crisp carbonation, this is excellent.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
An overexcited pour yeilds four fingers of foamy off-white to beige head over a clear reddish brown body. Head retention is excellent, left little lace.

Smell - 4.0
Sweet and malty aroma of fresh grain, caramel and a little roastiness.

Taste - 4.0
A malt focused brew, as is appropriate for the style. Malt gives flavours of biscuits, multigrain crackers and toast, finishing with smoky roasted malt. Hops provide light to moderate bitterness for balance, and the dry finish makes this a very quenching, moreish beer.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light bodied and smooth, goes down very easily.

Drinkability - 4.0
An ideal session beer for any time of the year. Personally I like a beer with a little more body and flavour, I can see this getting a little boring with time.

A quality Munich Dunkel Lager. A great beer for the malt-heads out there who want something easy drinking and moderate in alcoholic strength.

Re-review: While a 4 is a good score, it is not worthy of this beer. I probably drank it too cold the first time, it is very rich, and absolute malt bomb, but well attenuated and sessionable.

A - 4.0, S - 4.0, T - 4.5, M - 4.0, D - 4.5.

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