Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

very good
149 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Weltenburger Kloster Barock DunkelWeltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 07-15-2002

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150  | next → last
Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 291
Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

kick ass looking label convinced me to buy despite the best before date of 03/07. was convinced it was a dunkel weizen until i checked here. who knew?

fantastic looking beer. full frothy lightly tanned head sits above a deep ruby brown beer. classy comes to mind for some reason.

malty sweet aroma. nutty, molasses. dont think ive ever used molasses as a description in a review. fits here though. well done.
a bit one dimensional as there isnt much to offset the sweet smell, but its not so strong that it gets unappealing.

good smooth malt flavor. leaning towards sweet, but again, not unappealing. i mention a bready flavor in my only other review of this style (matilda bay dogbolter) and it is appropriate here as well. would love to try the two side by side.

really easy to drink. despite the lack of a balancing hop presence, it doesnt seem unbalanced. and the sweetness doesnt leave a strong after taste. finish is fairly clean.
my guess is this would kick ass fresh.

 991 characters

Photo of kimcgolf
3.54/5  rDev -9%
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.

 425 characters

Photo of seanyfo
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-served in my 500ml paulaner seidel, boasting a lovely ruby red burgundy body with a tanned creamy solid 4 finger head -a fantastic feast for the eyes.

S- i can either get marmite or a heinz baked beans smell, weird, malty sweetness is apparent though. wholemeal toast maybe.

T-This is my first munich dunkel but i can already see the comparison with its helles brother - lots of malty sweetness with a hit of bitter on the finish, it really is good. A slight metallic baked bean tasting finish linger after the swallow, its purely malt, but thats how it comes across to me.

M- a firm lively carbonation but doesnt bloat you, creamy mouthfeel with lots of character. no watery forgettable finish.

D- this is a great sessionable beer, but only to a point, i think the metallic aftertaste would grow tiresome after a liter or 2!.

a nice introduction to munich dunkels for me i feel, will explore the style a lot more to see whether i prefer them over their helles brothers. I wish this is what english pale ale tasted like!


 1,047 characters

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dense cream colored head. Dark amber colored beer is almost chestnut brown, surprisingly clear, and loaded with streams of bubbles. Aroma is all malt, fairly sweet, and reminiscent of a doppelbock. Moderately sweet malt with just a bit of cocoa. Mouthfeel is soft with just a bit of fizz from the carbonation. Sweetness fades in the finish and leaves with a bready cocoa flavor. There is something about the mix between the aroma and the taste that follows that makes this beer above average.

 506 characters

Photo of davidchollar
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

the bottle lists this at an abv of 4.5%. i've been putting this one off for a while, don't really know why. i was so happy to get the dopplebock, it's almost all i've been drinking lately. so today, because i felt like doing some reviews, i decided to try this. i feel silly for waiting so long, this is a good one.

nice, very dark caramel color, impressive tan head. awesome lacing. this is a really nice looking lager. smells like a doppelbock. i haven't had many, but i don't remember the other munich dunkel lagers i've tried smelling so incredibly malty. this is serious. caramel, whoppers, malt. it really reminds me of kloster asam bock.

at less than 5%, this would be a great session beer. it has all the characteristics i love about doppelbocks, but a much lower abv. tastes good, as you would expect after admiring the nice appearance and smell. it's not spectacular, but it really does the job. weltenburger's barock dunkel lager is a solid beer. very near the fine line between worth a try and recommended.

 1,025 characters

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

 802 characters

Photo of drewmprs
2.82/5  rDev -27.5%
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

 375 characters

Photo of pons
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually first found this beer when I was in Montreal last May and really loved it. I spotted it again months later and decided to review it based on the second drinking, as well memory of my first encounter with it.

The beer was poured into a pilsner glass, leaving a 3/4 inch head and lingered nicely throughout drinking. The beer has a delicate brownish hue, slightly transparent. You can smell the Munich malt straight away. The initial taste is a bit heavier than expected, with a slightly bitter aftertaste, yet not overpowering; pleasantly piquant. After a few quaffs, nuances of bread (the whole grain variety) begin to show, with maybe a hint of sweetness akin to caramel.

This was a pleasant change of pace, as Dunkels are not a normal drinking repertoire for my tastebuds. I'll definitely go back to it when craving a darker beer.

 850 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an almost see-thru brown hue. The color did not catch my attention and left a lot to be desired. But the smell was of a flowery malt with a delicate hint of ice cream. The Head pours a great 2.5 finger head that dissipate over 2 minutes and leaves a a constant foam film on the beer. The mouthfeel was of malty vanilla witha refreshing carbonated palate that tickles the tongue. The taste maintaind the malt-vanilla flavor the a blck cherry after taste that was just extraordinary. I was pleasnatly surprised with the quality of this beer that was in the clearance beer section at Sam's Wine & Liqours on Butterfield.

 624 characters

Photo of Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Bier Spezi Hamburg. Clear brown to copper coloured, large light tan head. Pleasant aroma of lightly roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and bakery (including rye bread and Danish pastry). Lightly roasted malty flavour, fairly mellow, bready notes, some caramel but not really sweet, decent hops for a dunkel. Mouthfeel could have been fuller. Moderate but pleasant aftertaste. Okay.

 405 characters

Photo of PorterLambic
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown (think root beer) with a small, tight head that drops to a thin film.
Smell is malt, oak and light hops.
Taste is smoke (like smoked sausage), malt & oak with what may be a hint of coffee in the far background. Reminds me of a rauchbier only less intrusive.
Smooth with a light carbonation, mellow aftertaste that fades fairly quickly. Good flavor and balance, well worth a try.

 408 characters

Photo of horndecker
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, walnut colored brew, with an ovaltine colored brown head, fine and rocky. A little sudsy lace carries on after the initial head subsides.

Nutty, vegetal nose eventually yields pine needles, sweet caramel and toffee.

Fizzy mineral start to the taste, quick and slight herbal hop bite. Then the malt follows, toasty and a little burnt around the edges, but full and round and delicious. Molasses and raisins, along with nut and stewed fruit flavors. The finish is drying, with a slightly bitter and dusty aftertaste. Healthy carbonation keeps it all bouncing around your tongue. Pretty darn tasty, especially with this bratwurst and bratkartoffeln.

 664 characters

Photo of stcules
2.76/5  rDev -29%
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.

 471 characters

Photo of AltBock
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1Pt .9 fl oz bottle
Appearance: Poured a Dark ruby cola like color with a big head of foam to it.
Smell: Burnt malts with a hint of caramel. Not much of a smell to it.
Taste: Caramel, roasted malts with just a slight taste of chocolate.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, carbonated, with a bitter burnt malt aftertaste.
Drinkability: The drinkability is high for me, because I got this beer for $1.59. If you can get at that price get some. But I can't see paying much more for this beer. I'll continue to stick with their Asam-Bock.

 531 characters

Photo of cokes
2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

 441 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

 1,646 characters

Photo of diamonddave
1.42/5  rDev -63.5%
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.

 1,590 characters

Photo of RoyalT
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

 550 characters

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow what a nice pour!A medium brown with a reddish tint with a huge foamy head that sticks nicely to the glass,aroma is very cracker-like with a touch of cocoa but just a touch.A very clean tasting beer lightly sweet and grainy with a touch of iron and a hint of clove.Now this is a beer to drink for any occasion clean but satisfying and just enough flavor to make it interesting a real winner.

 395 characters

Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Head is small and foamy white. Aroma is slightly sweet and malty. A mild bodied dunkel. Mild taste. Nice sweet malt flavor. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer

 253 characters

Photo of rastaman
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

 289 characters

Photo of Mustard
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

 477 characters

Photo of Murph
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber/brown color with a nice fluffy light brown/tan head that retains well. Great aroma of nice earthy yeastiness and some smooth caramel maltiness. The first taste is that of the caramel maltiness that nicely transitions into some great chocolatey flavors. The earthy/herbal yeasty qualities are also very much present in the flavor as well and are very nicely done. The maltiness of this brew gives it a great smoothness while it is kept fairly chewy by the yeasties and is also well carbonated. This is one very drinkable brew and I would definitely suggest it to any who can find it.

 611 characters

Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color, with some mahogany tinges to it, Barock-Dunkel has a thin, fine head, and decent lace. Mild, malty nose, with some roasty-choco notes showing up. Overall it displayed some good mouthfeel. Tasted some mild malt sweetness right off, and some toffee notes, too. A bit of a peaty/smoky character seemed present. Finish comprised of some bitter, roasty notes. Not bad.... Prosit!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


 489 characters

firstprev| 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150  | next → last
Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
3.89 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.