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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Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at the Munich Haus in Chicopee poured in a proper 1/2 liter mug
A - Shade tobacco colored back drop, massive mocha cap, carbonation is steady and unrelenting.
S - Light smoked malt, a touch of roast, and caramel
T - Very much like the nose, a bit more munich malt on the palate.
M - Near perfect, dances across the palate, leaves a semi sweet, dry finish.
O - A German delight, so glad to have had the offering at a place that is careful how they treat their lagers.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber to reddish color with a big frothy tan head. Big extra toasted caramel nose that follows in the flavor. Rich, medium feel and still very easy to drink. Just a wonderful example of a true German dark lager. Prost

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Photo of jcruelty
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Malty German beer with forbidding German name. One of those beers that drinks like a meal. I like the Baroque old school design of the beer label. Not bad.

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Photo of safaricook
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice smooth Dunkel. It might have got a higher rating if it wasn't so much outshined by the Knusprige Spanferkelhaxe it was paired with at the Weltenburger am Dom in Regensburg. However it was a perfekt fit.

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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 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 Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another monastery for aficionados of beers, only southern German and quite different than Belgian Trappists.
Skip similarities and differences, quality shows the monastic intent of sharing. And I'm glad these guys still do.

A common beer with an uncommon balance. Undistinguished in its looks and aromas, it shows well-blended malts particularly in the taste and the yeast does its job during lagering to keep the malts from getting too sweet. A restrained use of hops also keeps the balance. My mouthfeel reflects this appreciation.
This dunkel went great with roasted potatoes.

Reviewed in the "1001", this Dunkel arguably should be on the list. (These monks have 3 on the list.)
MJ's 1999 "guide" gave it 2.5 of 4 stars saying it was "smooth and faintly roasty."

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent exemplification of the style, to the extent it almost feels more like a textbook figure than a freshly-made beer. But it is fresh: appropriately light of mouthfeel, and presenting at the forefront a crisp, yeasty-tart top-note, this dunkel never overburdens as it yokes darker flavors—fig, plum, woody raisin, vanilla bean, clove—into its delicate mélange. Really nice nose, expressing dry golden raisins, soggy cereals, and baking-spice, this putatively-ancient recipe is both balanced—between light and dark, sticky and dry, sweet and tart, biting and smooth—and bursting with a broad-spectrum variety of flavors that could feel discordant (and, in less deft dunkels, often do) but instead marry into a buoy of caramel-mahogany-tinted refreshment.

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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 biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - here's hoping this one is better constructed than its Kellerbier kin.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some decent defrosting rear window lace around the glass as it evenly blows off.

It smells of mildly roasted caramel malt, a softly nutty dark breadiness, concentrated brown sugar, a bit of black orchard fruitiness, and plain earthy, musty, and herbal noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel/toffee malt, a free-range ashiness, oily bar-top nuts, a lesser dark sugary fruitiness than in the nose, and more generic leafy, weedy, and dusty old-school hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its swirling and penetrating frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and sort of smooth, especially as a mild creaminess arises as things warm up a tad. It finishes well off-dry, all that barely charred malt still maintaining the run of the place.

Overall, a respectable rendition of the style, if a bit pedestrian in its sometimes pandering sweetness. Ah well, a lot of people like that sort of thing, and I could see having a couple of these on a chilly evening, before moving on to something more crisp or warming.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Into tulip.

Brilliantly clear. Deep ruby-brown with a light beige, fluffy, sea-foam like head that has some staying power. Great lacing. A beauty.

Deep chewy munich malty nose, with touches of plum. Nearly, a cola aroma, with a slight touch of toast. The faintest hint of of a spicy noble hop aroma is there if you dig.

Medium - body. Follows the nose for the most part. Chewy malt aromas, a touch of dark toast on the end, and a hint of plum. Minimal hop bitterness, but a bit of herbal flavor is there. I get a bit of silky, fresh-grainy character too - wheat, maybe?

Overall a very nice, well balanced, easily drinkable, yet rich lager. There's just something about continental malt that makes for a beautiful low abv beer.

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Photo of matuto
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drinking from a bottle that was brewed in Brazil. Dark brown, red reflexes, clear liquid, low retention foam. Sweet and malty aroma. Crispy, light body. (Drank in 12/06/2015.)

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear brown body with one finger head and left lace patches down glass. Aroma is a mix of minor sweet malts, a touch of bread and some dry, earthy hops and graininess that I always get with lagers. Smooth bodied, light, the low ABV and the yeast-aided smoothness makes it highly sessionable. Taste profiles of minor hops with hint of grapefruit sweetness, a sweet caramel/toffee malt profile with some breadiness as well for fuller body.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg - The second oldest brewery in the world! Ouch, that’s gotta sting - I bet they’re waiting with bated breath for Weihenstephan to close their doors - not bloody likely as Weihenstephan are the still the best Weizen brewers around. Turns out Weltenburger have been brewing since 1050 AD and Weihenstephan only beat them by 10 years! How about that? Anywho, time to give this Munich Dunkel Lager a good rundown, wish me luck.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: Hazed auburn brown body with a nice dense beige head that soon retreats to leave a light lace covering. Not the worst looking Dunkel Lager out there by any means. 7/10.

S: Truckloads of malt give this brew a brown sugar/dark rum note, this is of course bang-on to style, followed by some light bread notes, hint of nuttiness and a dark fruit (plum/prune) finish. If I had a complaint, and I do, it could do with a bit more of a prominent yeast character. 7/10.

T: Sweet rum raisin! This beer tastes like sweet rum raisin. Along with that is some light woody/nuttiness, a thin veneer of bread characters, and a lacquer dry finish. The sweetness of this brew is perfect - not too under/over powering, and there is a slight herbal aftertaste as a nod to the hops that are no doubt in this brew. 8/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium but not quite there, bodied with a light but dense carbonation - in the case of this brew a medium body is warranted yet not obtained, oh well. 6/10.

D: The aftertaste, that lacquer dry finish, begin to grate me as I reached the end of the glass - which is a shame because there is an excellent beer struggling to free itself from the shackles of an oppressive aftertaste... or something along those lines. It does however compare favourably to its greatest competitor: Weihenstephaner Tradition - which I found to be less flavoursome overall - so cheers to Weltenburger! WIBIA? (which sounds funny when said out loud and stands for “Would I Buy It Again?”) Yes I think I would - there is definitely a spot in my fridge door for a malt heavy Lager, as there should be in every fridge. 7/10.

Food match: If it’s pork related and BBQ’d you’ll ne’er go wrong with this brew.

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Photo of aleigator
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yields a clear, dark brown color, with fiery ember hints in it. Has a very fluffy, huge white head, which doesn't collide at all.

Smells of whole-grain bread, accompanied by toffee malts and a convincing amount of earth. On the nose, this beer reminds me of an malt beer, while providing more body and revealing more earth than sugar.

Has a very creamy mouthfeel, revealing a vivid carbonation, showcasing a malt driven, earthy beer. Drinks very clean throughout, while malts define the taste at all stages.

Tastes of rustic bread, accompanied by cocoa nibs and a whiff of coca-cola, all wrapped up into the beers profound, earthy maltiness. Turns a tad more into a toffee direction, while the beer remains very silk on the palate, finishing with a bubbly, decent bitterness, adding a nice complexity to the malts.

Convinces by its perfect malt balance, resulting in a very focused beer with a pleasant depth, heading completely into the malt direction.

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium clear brown color into an Aventinus Weizen glass. When held to the light there is a bright ruby cast throughout. Big light tan head with good retention and thick patches of lacing. A good looking beer. Fairly robust aroma and taste too.Mostly dry biscuity malt and a hint of caramel malt. There is toffee in the aroma and flavor as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. The toffee and strong malty flavor are interesting on the tongue. There is a slight finishing bitterness. This is a good Dunkel and an ideal summer session beer,

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Photo of cavedave
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing yet thick reddish brown, cordovan for those familiar, with a finger of dark beige head that relaxes rather quickly to a thick ring and island. Nice leopard spot lace on glass.

Dark bread,hints of dark caramel, a sort of nuttiness to the roast qualities of the aroma, a bit of spicy hop under it all. Plenty of aroma to this one as it opens. Along the way I get hits of chocolate and light roast coffee in the bouquet.

Wow, medium strength taste, but bright and complex, changes as it warms. Breadiness now is a tasty toast flavor, with more hop back to this than expected from the nose. I get coffee, cocoa, dark caramel, toffee, hints of a rooty herbal as well as more spicy hop notes. These are tasted as the beer warms to room temp. The sip ends spicy yet juicy and full of building flavor.

Very light bodied when compared to how much flavor this beer has, and apparently also thin for style, nicely low carb, very clean flavor profile, nice clean spicy linger. Rated to style it would seem this also has too much hop presence in the flavor profile and finish.

Tasty beer that took about 10 sips for my palate to acclimate. Once it did I realized how fine a beer it is, and how tasty and complex a treat, even if it doesn't meet the classical criteria recognized on BA.. Recommended.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Dark crusty bread aromas with a light toffee note. Faint floral hops.

Appearance: A light copper colored beer with very good clarity. The tan head is made of long lasting fine bubbles that leave a moderate lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Medium amount of dark Munich malt flavor bringing toast bread crust and hint of cocoa without any sweetness. There is a mild caramel note and a slight sweetness, against the the moderate hop bitterness the balance is about even. The finish is medium with an aftertaste of crust bread malt flavors.

Feel: A medium bodied beer with a softness on the palate. A medium-light level of carbonation.

Overall: A dark malt dominated lager with notes of dark crusty bread and a hint of caramel yet with little sweetness making for a balanced beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light ruby-brown color. Appears to be very clear. Small head that settles to rim bubbles. No lace, though.

Mild iron metallic aroma. Some darker (Crystal?) malt nose.

Lightly sweet with a strong toasty darker malt element. Good hop finish--it's light but very noticeable. A great compliment to my weinerschnitzel.

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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 mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown producing 2 fingers of frothy, tan, shortlived head that leaves motes & streaks of thin lace.
Aroma is toasted malts, dark bread, cola caramel, molasses, dark fruit, nuts & a hint of dark chocolate. Taste is dark malts, molasses, coco, roasted nuts, dark fruit, a hint of orange slice candy & smoke with spicy grass & lemon hops in the finish. Aftertaste is cola caramel, toasted pumpernickel & spice. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but smooth, low to medium carbonation, moderate prickle from mid-sip into finish, wet fronted, dry & lightly astringent aftertaste. A excellent example of the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal/pilsner style glass.

Deep chestnut red and brown body, with excellent clarity and lots of rising carbonation. Matches with a creamy three finger head with excellent island top and retention. Falls evenly with some nice ring lacing and coating, just a great looker.

Mild toffee and great clove and brown spice warmth on the nose. Comes off like more of a bigger beer nearly doppelbock territory but not as sweet. Very solid, mild sense of bitter cocoa powder as well.

Palate comes very simply and nicely. Light bodied and hints of malted whoppers candy, mixed with almost a tea like herbality in the mid palate. Steely like finish but very tolerable, giving some nice milk chocolate flavors. Good sense of light crispness going on here, as the beer definitely hits and announces a tolerable easy drinking abv.

A solid very drinkable Munich Dunkel for sure.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe:
This one was another very nice beer from the brewery, I'm not entirely sure but my thinking is that last years came out slightly better but this one is still an excellent beer and one well worth picking up. The taste was a sweet and nutty one but certainly wasn't overdone and managed to strike a great balance as I sipped away at it for quite some time; good stuff.

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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 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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