Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Weltenburger Kloster Barock DunkelWeltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel

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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 289
Photo of diamonddave
1.42/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The front label lets us know: "Contents: Beer". Thanks, fellas. I wouldn't have figured that one out.

I'm trying very hard to think of good things to say about this stuff. I don't like to write straight-up negative reviews. But I'm finding it difficult to say anything kind about this horrendous Kloster-fock of a beer.

Okay, it doesn't look bad. It's dark brown like leather or tree sap. The small foamy head laces the glass a li'l bit.

Speaking of tree sap: I can't help but use earthy descriptors for the smell and taste. Smell: bark, grain, dirt, straw, figs, prunes, yeast. Along with the yeast is a faint tomato soup odor. Anything that reminds me of tomato soup is already starting off on the wrong foot. Somehow, it manages to smell syrupy on top of all this.

The taste is heavy on the syrupy sweetness, like a Scotch ale. Lots of plum/fig type fruitiness. Tastes like dirt and tree bark, too. Makes me wonder if "Barock" is German for "bark".

It's almost impressive, in a way, that so many bad tastes and smells can be crammed into one bottle.

Although the freshness date is 4-2-05 (which probably means Feb. 4, 2005 since this is brewed in Deutschland), I can't help but think that this bottle must have been sitting out in the bright lights of World Market for way too long. Or maybe the "05" means 1905. The objective reviewer in me says that a beer can't possibly be meant to taste like this and wants to buy another bottle just in case this one was horribly spoiled. The realistic part of me, however, would rather spend $2.29 on a pint of pureed cow manure.

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Photo of Overlord
2.61/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very disappointing.

Poured a reddish brown. Looks okay. Smells ... like not much at all. Maybe a faint whiff of malt and raisins/prunes/figs.

Taste is fairly nonexistent. Some sweet caramel malt ... and that's about it. Really pretty weak. Wanted to try a new brewery, and won't return.

Mouthfeel is thin and flat.

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Photo of AlexLMS
2.62/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear despite the deep dark amber colour. The head is beige to light brown, moderately large and creamy. It seldom persists and presents little lacing.
Aroma: caramel and some roasted sweet malts.
Taste: not so strong roasted presence, sweet malts, molasses and fainty bitter taste.
Mouthfeel: moderate level of carbonation, moderate alcoholic strength and light body. Watery.
Finish: burnt bitterness aftertaste. Not very long.

Overall: I did not appreciate this one. Too watery and characterless to deserve a higher grade.

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Photo of cokes
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt sienna tops with a healthy stack of beige.
Nose of burnt honey and molasses, interrupted by rusted metal and rude minerals.
Begins toasty, bread flaked with bitter chocolate. Expands towards butterscotch and caramel, but is cut short by the same sense of machinery as clued by the nose. Salt and calcium, iron, and rust. Rides out with astringency, without noteable hop contributions.
Light bodied, but too coarse to be drinkable.

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Photo of stcules
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown-reddish color. Not so compact head, not persistent. Few rising bubbles.
In the smell caramel, and something roasted, maybe even coffee. Surely a little heavy. Peanuts butter.
At the taste malt, caramel, but all is more delicate than in the smell. Again hazelnuts and coffee. Quite well balanced.
Coffee, hazelnut in the aftertaste, with some herbaceous hint, almost medicinal Quite pleasant. Liquorice.
Balanced, in the taste. Less for the smell.
Medium-light body.

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Photo of drewmprs
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted a little skunky. This beer had chunks of yeast that settled at the bottom, but not too much to detract from the beer. I paid 2.59 at hollingshead, and yes, i'm still working on my german wheat beer purchase. Its been two months for one case. Some spicy undertones, a nice head that gave way about midway through the beer. I poured it in my new hefeweizen glass. cheers

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Photo of LeftyBWS
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams specialty pint glass.
A: Ambery-copper color, with tinges of light brown throughout. Medium amount of off-white, bubbly head that settles quickly but leaves a bubbling layer atop the beer. Little carbonation visible.
S: A rather grassy and oddly sourish scent prevails. Lesser hints of sweetness and breadiness. Deep whiffs reveal an off-key sour fruitiness. Generally not that enticing.
T: Farily bland up front, but this leads into a smooth maltiness that is reminescent of vegetables and a subtle sweetness. The finish is blandish, with strains of the original tastes of chocolatey fruits and breadiness. Overall, strangely put-together and not that well-balanced. Seems overly grassy/vegetabley up front and this persists...
M: Not bad, really. Relatively creamy and manageable throughout, especially pleasant in the finish.
D: Fine overall, but the taste is strange enough to make me question having another.
All in all, an odd beer. The smell is definitely off-key, and the taste is an improvement on the smell, but not by much. I was excited to try this beer, and it was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Clear dark brown color, lots of carbonation quickly rising to the top and dissipating the medium head, nice lace ring around edges
s: mix of roasted aromas and tart fruits
t: roasted malts dominate the palate with slight tart flavor and bitterness to finish
m: medium body, lots of carbonation on the front end
d: not quite my cup of brew, but pretty straight-forward

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with fast disappearing tan head.

Smells heavy of carmel/molases/raisins malts.

Taste is toast and carmel, overly sweet and unbalanced.

It has a good mouthfeel, thick but creamy, goes down smooth.

To be honest, it's just too sweet to be drinkable. And it's not really a pleasant "hey that's kind of sweet," it's thick maple syrup on prunes.

I wasn't impressed. What have these monks been doing all these years?

Cool bottle though.

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Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very average aroma of malt and some spicy hops.

T: Tasted of heavy roasted malt, a little caramel, and some spicy hops. A big problem here is that the flavor is very thin and not at all dynamic. A bit underwhelming.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a beer with some good qualities that doesn't quite make it. Not the worst dunkel I've had, but not the best either.

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Photo of velkyal
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Weltenbuger Kloster claim to be the oldest monastery brewery in the world, having been established in 1050 (or ten to eleven as it's sometimes called), though I very much doubt that the Barock Dunkel bears any major resemblance to whatever the monks were churning out then. This poured a very alluring ruby colour, with a big fluffy tan head and lots and lots of carbonation - which I wondered if it had anything to do with the glass, as there were streams of bubbles coming up from the pattern on the glass bottom. At first the nose worried me as it bore a resemblance to the detergenty smell but eventually it gave way to a predominantly ginger spiciness. Tastewise this was really nothing special, lightly malty but with a thin body it was quite disappointing to be frank - perhaps I like big beers too much these days?

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50c bottle

one finger head, pours a deep dark brown, head dissipates with little lacing

malty sweetness, perhaps some light fruits and spices, but not too much else

bready malts, some sweetness of toffee/caramel, but the mouthfeel is a bit watery for me. not all that complex, but enjoyable

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glassy tobacco brown (that appears more ruby than brown when backlit) topped by a firm head of ecru foam that maintains a gently rounded mesa as it deflates. Fat fingers of fluffy foam find purchase on the glass, although they appear somewhat uneasy about their long term prospects.

The nose is weak and uninteresting. It's lightly malty with a 'darkness' that smells more like it comes from dark Karo syrup than from roasted malt. There may be a faint cocoa powder presence, but then again, there may not be. In the end, the aroma is simply too underpowered to allow much dissection.

It's been a good, long while since I've had a Munich dunkel lager and it looks like I'm going to have to reset my palate. Several sips later... Barock-Dunkel is malt-dominant with a subtle, but substantial enough, amount of flavor. I taste gently roasted malt with the suggestion of weak cocoa and black tea. It's sweeter than it is bitter, but it's neither really.

The finish is short and exceptionally clean with a slight metallic linger. The body/mouthfeel is light-medium at best and the amount of carbonation is on the low end.

It's interesting what one discovers when reading the fine print on labels. Along the side of the back label, in print so fine as to suggest embarrassment on the part of the brewers, are listed the ingredients: water, malted barley, hops and hop extract. Uh... yeast is necessary in the brewing of beer the last time I checked. Hop extract is an affront to my sensibilities as a hophead, but I'll try not to let that adversely affect my impressions of Barock-Dunkel. Bottom line: this is pretty close to average beer.

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Photo of Mustard
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 17 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date. Mildly quaint graphics of a vernal Alpine village.

Appearance: Clear amber hue, mid-sized light brown head, heavy lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt with chocolate notes.

Taste: Light caramel/chocolate maltiness followed by a clean, mild flowery bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin. Lightly carbonated.

Notes: All in all a subdued brew. Flavors need to be punched in the face. For better or worse, goes down like water.

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Photo of matuto
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
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 rastaman
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rasins and mollasses in both nose and flavour, some burnt toast. Creamy and raisiny palate, with some nice burnt bitterness in the finish, some roast, slightly sticky and sweet, pleasant dunkel however it couyld be a little less sweet and could with a touch less of that mollasses flavour.

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Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here is a toast the the President, may his presidency be better than this beer. The aroma is malty and papery with some chocolate, toast, corn, and hops. The appearance is dark red with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma with a better that expected taste. The palate is thin. Overall a decent drinking beer but not a great all around beer.

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Photo of sfprint
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp 10.4.12

A: No head, pretty dark, no visible rising carbonation.
S: Really smokey, funny smoke flavor. Burnt beans!
T: Smokiness is there but translates more into a nicer toasted sort of flavor. Rather pleasant for a rauchbier. Inoffensive. Very smokey which dominates the flavor, but the malt underneath is fairly neutral. Very earthy
M: Unnoticeable. Little carbonation.
O: Pretty good for a rauchbier.

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Photo of matjack85
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this single 500ml brown bottle at Sal's World of Liquors in Addison, IL for $3.49. I never saw this brewer before in the Chicago area and I like dark beers, so I thought I'd give it a try. There is some sort of coding on the back label, but 26 01 92L doesn't cut it as a freshness date for me.

The beer pours a clear amber brown color and makes a 2 finger fluffy tan head, but it left very little lacing.

The smell was really nice - lots of malt and dark bread aromas along with a burnt sugar smell ang even a hint of chocolate.

The taste is where this beer falls apart for me. All those smells and yet so little flavor. The malt and bread flavors are there but not in the proportions that you would think from the smell. The beer is not sweet at all and the spicy hops make it even less sweet. I wasn't as crazy about this as most of the reviewers.

The mouthfeel was not watery but it was thin and the carbonation was only moderate.

At just 4.7% alcohol it is easy to drink, but I didn't find myself wanting another one. This is one of those cases where it looks and smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - deep chestnut brown with a tan/beige head that lingers

smell - this is really faint, but what I do pick up on is whole grain wheat, caramel, peanuts

taste - caramel, molasses, whole grain wheat, green tea

mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium bodied, slightly sweet aftertaste

drinkability - straightforward beer that isn't all that interesting, but drinks smoothly, I enjoyed this one

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Photo of RoyalT
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one was brown with a reddish hue and a fairly big head that didn’t show much retention.

Smell – The malts were very sugary here. I could pick up some caramel and sweetened molasses as well.

Taste – The malt was much bigger at the taste. The molassess also came out big. The finish was extremely sweet, almost fruity.

Mouthfeel – This Dunkel Lager is light to medium-bodied with some subtle carbonation and no bitterness.

Drinkability – This is not my idea of the style, but it wasn’t bad and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of aleigator
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear amber brown with an off-white, almost tan, frothy head which rose quickly and fell quickly but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong toasty and nutty character. Also present was a nice mineral aspect to the aroma.

The flavor was lightly metallic with a strong mineral flavor. The flavors were toasty and nutty with a caramel malt presence that was never what would be considered as sweet. The bittering was strong enough to defeat any sweetness but not so bitter as to leave a strong hop impression.

The finish was dry with a bit of lasting toasty character into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a good carbonation level. A nicely drinkable beer, but a bit metallic in the flavor.

16.9 ounce bottle. Dating on back label 18.01.02 K.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : amber red/ruby colour, with tan foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : roasted malts aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dark malts and fruits, with hints of chocolate, slightly smoky finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Munich dunkel lager.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark brown with just a hint of ruby red, medium of-white head dissipates very quickly, and leaves little lacing. Aroma is a pleasnt mixture of roasted nuts and dark fruit with malty sweet undertones. Taste is along the same lines, nutty and sweet with a hint of fruit. Body is a little on the thin side, which accounts for a weak mouthfeel and short finish that is a little on the watery side, but still enjoyable.

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