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 JTuomi
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0,5 l bottle (bb 11.12.2014) into a pint glass. Clear ruby brown body, some bubbling, medium foam head with good retention and heavy lacing. Smell - sweet malt, with plum and raisins. Taste - begins with semi sweet malt and the same dark fruits as in the smell, followed by a taste of toasted malt that builds up in the mouth, ending dry with a slight hop bitterness. Soft malty taste with a hint of metal. Semi-light body, medium-low carbonation. Overall a good flavorful dunkel, went down well with over-cooked pork.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

A 500ml Euro Bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A muddy brown color with a fine, tan head. Good stickage.

Smell - Malty. Sweet. Slight whiff of chocolate. Nutty.

Taste - Malty. Semi-sweet chocolate. Carmel. Mild toasty flavor. A touch acidic. Walnuts. Minimal hop presence.

Mouth - Slick. Average carbonation.

Overall - A smooth, complex, delicious lager that could only come from Germany. Here in Southern California, this is not an easy beer to find (Jagerhaus, in Anaheim, sells it in the bottle or on tap). Go find some. It's worth the effort.

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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 silverking
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- crystal clear, deep copper. Creamy tan head. Really nice lacing.

S- caramel, chocolate, toasted malt. There is also a light nuttiness to it.

T- caramel, Chocolate, pecan, And a very light hop bitterness.

M- light, refreshing, active carbonation.

O- it is an extremely solid lager. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mactrail
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark auburn color with red highlights. A fine foam in the Einbecker Pilsner glass. Sudsy and luxurious on the tongue. Aroma is warm caramel and toasting grain.

Rich and sensationally roasted malty flavor. Fairly sweet, but that fades into a Some dark graininess stands out along with a mineral aftertaste. Just a kiss of hops, but the dark roast malt gives it an edge. The caramel sweetness dries out nicely for the finish. Have another gulp!

I think this is a much better than average Dunkel, with more flavor while retaining that soft, mellow sensation. This would be the one to fill your big stein with. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, two finger foamy head, really sticky.
Smell of toasted malts, dark fruit, nuts, faint dark chocolate, nice but pretty toned down.
Taste: dark malts, lightly roasted, a bit smoked, cocoa powder, some nice sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, orange zest and juicy dark fruit (plum, raisin). Has a nice mix of dusty and juicy notes. Noble hops in the finish, green and spicy.
Thin body, but smooth, low to medium carbonation. Refreshing.
Nice dunkel, really drinkable and rich in taste. I can see why it's got quite some awards.

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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Mug. Bright amber color, clear appearance. Yellowish, creamy foam creates a rocky crown. A thin & lasting layer remains on top. Floral, crystal malt aromas & chocolate hues. Crispy upfront with slight sweetness & moderate toasted flavors. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture & spicy touch. Gentle chocolate, dry nut & bitter cocoa flavors in the middle linger into a dry bitter/sweet finish. Well balanced & easy drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz - poured in dimpled mug... possibly not entirely clean, like last time)

A: hazy, reddish mid-brown... scant foam - open, sudsy bubble structure

S: fresh-ish brown bread with a minerally, toasted grape skin (mild raisin) note

T: lightly chocolaty and roasty... caramelized wood.... mild brown bread crust... malty over bitter, but a clean, polished sort of malt... almost an herbal overtone - an earthy, dried-leaf vein through it

M: fairly light and marginally smooth with a bit of a carb bite on the back end.... perhaps a tad too flat and dry?

O: I suppose fairly flavorful and a touch more complex (rough, ragged) than usual for a dunkel

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Photo of Lemke10
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear, dark amber color with a slight, foamy head. The aroma is inviting with toasted malts and hazelnut tones. This is highly drinkable with a smooth texture and a decent sweet grain taste that is perfect for the style. Very well made and delicious.

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - nice burnt sienna with a ruby hue when put to the light. Mild head (two fingers), eggshell white with a little residue.

S - Nice toffee smell with distinct malt and hop scents; a little too predominant but not by much. Fairly nice aroma.

T - Starts with a sweet caramel taste and transitions into a more malty middle and a slightly bitter hop hint at the end. A slight hint of raisins perhaps in the beginning also. A little more malt would be the only major improvement.

M - Not overly active but certainly not stale. A little more carbonation would be preferred, but the body is comparable to your average Dunkel.

O - the bottle claims its "das Beste Dunkel der Welt"...certainly an overstatement, but not an utterly gross exaggeration. This is a very good dunkel, well worth the drink, and although there are better Dunkels in Germany, it is a nice and balanced beer with pretty even overtones for the most part.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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 StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good not great. not as October as I wanted it to be, but still a tasty brew, quintessentially german in every way. the pours is clear for the genre, lacey on the sides of the glass, with a deep ruby color and a nose of german amber malts and lager yeast. it smells also like warm fermentation for a lager, a little acidic and funny for some reason, but not unattractive. notes of lager yeast and semisweet amber come though, toffee in the finish, with not quite enough hops to balance. yeasty and bold flavored, I wish it wasn't quite so sugary on the back end, but a drinkably dark german beer with a lot of character. decently carbonated, a little bland in the mouth, but a good beer overall, especially for the price.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured three fingers of head on a clear, dark amber colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is of grain and hay, like a barn.
The taste has a strong malt profile with some moderate pine bitterness at the end.
The texture is a little sticky with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Luiz0930
4.68/5  rDev +20%
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 JonnoWillsteed
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep chestnut.
S: Malt and molasses.
T: Round, deep, toffee'ish
M: Smooth
O: Nice example of a good deep spicy and interesting German beer.

The label is marked with 'World Beer Cup - Gold award'. Well I've no idea what that is, but if it is as the name infers, I'm not hugely surprised.

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Photo of pkalix
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark brown, transparent, with little foam. suspect another old brew from THE DELI
nice roasty aroma; toffee and sweet.
taste is the same- roasty, toffee, sweet. typical commercial german malts but very standard and acceptable.
overall, another great german brew although they are starting to run together in a similar groove. not the commercial hofbrau malts, but a shade of variance. a great standard.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
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 MattSweatshirt
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 15.05.2013
Bottle drank on election night.

Poured into a big wine glass at a hostel in Spain.

A big fluffy off white head on a dark amber body. Lots of lace.

Lots of bread and toasted malt.

The taste is kind of like the smell. There is a great dark breadiness and slight toasted character.

Lighter side of medium body that is fairly carbonated. Great.

Probably the best Munich Dark Lager I've ever had. A touch of metallic character is off-putting but otherwise it is a solid brew.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours deep brown with garnet tint, clear. Head is medium tan, one finger or so, receding after a minute but not completely disappearing. Lacing on the glass.

On the nose, some toast and light sweet notes of chocolate, caramel. Raisins. Nice but not particularly rich.

Flavor and finish are clean. Body is medium with medium-dry finish. Finish does not linger long--some mild bitterness and spicy noble hop arises mid-quaff and quickly subsides. Taste is definitely malt-forward, if a bit subtle. Some bready/toasty notes. Very slight chocolate.

Easy-drinking beer that would probably rise and fall repeatedly without becoming tiresome deep into a social evening filled with talk and laughter.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16oz bottle of this for $3. Not a bad deal.

A - Looks awesome like a dunkel should. Deep amber hue almost black with some clarity at the base of the glass. Head is a nice 1/2 inch sticky tan colored head that makes for a great looking lace ring.

S - Smell is mildly skunky yeast but mostly showcasing dark fruits, coffee beans, and a mild dark chocolate. All great in my book.

T - Very balanced sweet malts making way with mild raisin and prune with a sweet chocolate base. Coffee roast is minimal and hops come mid palate.

M - Medium bodied and chewy with a light ABV.

Overall I had a feeling the Germans can make a kick ass Dunkel and it was well worth the price of admission. Seek out if you can.

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Photo of claytri
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
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 falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: "00201218" stamped on bottle label
Glass: Ayinger Willi glass

Weltenburger's Barock Dunkel is a fairly rich, substantial Munich Dunkel Lager, boasting noticeable chocolate and toffee-like sweetness alongside a balancing European hop bitterness. Compared to others, it has a fuller, more chocolate flavor compared to Hirter Morchl and Capital's Dark, which focus more on the toasted nuts and toffee sweetness of the style.

Pours a 2.5cm head of dark tan foam, mixed small, medium, and large-sized bubbles resulting in a swiss-cheese like appearance. The foam gradually subsides to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Significant lacing is left, mostly large stripes and lines, along the glass' sides. Body is dark amber brown out of the light, lighter amber brown when looked at through light. Carbonation is steady and visible, from the base of the glass.

Aroma of burnt malt, cocoa powder, light toffee, chocolate syrup, with a hint of lingering smokiness to the charred grains. Not incredibly complex, and could be stronger, but still pleasing. My perception of the aroma may also be due to the age of the bottle.

Front of palate picks up some minor-key milk chocolate under dark malt sweetness. Mid-palate notices continued milk chocolate, charred malt, toffee, and a mild bitterness to help things balance out a bit, though the sweetness, roasted-ness, and chocolate-ness are dominating components. Back of palate detects charred malt and cocoa powder buried beneath roasted and brown malt sweetness. Lingering aftertaste of bittersweet milk chocolate, a mix of chocolate and brown malts with some European bittering hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light bodied, with medium-high levels of carbonation that foams the beer up substantially on contact with the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is at first fizzy, then smooth and creamy. Finishes wet, with little residual stickiness around palate or lips.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made on premises. Served in a glass mug at the Kloster.

Clear dark reddish brown with a tan head. The head has very good retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma: fine roasted malts with an overtone of hops.

T: quite malty; sweetand bitter in balance. Light herbal hops.

M: medium-light carbonation seems about perfect. Medium body.

O: A flawless albeit straightforward Bavarian dunkel. Make the pilgrimage.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml served in a pokal glass.

A: Pours a deep amber clear color forming a small yellow head leaving some lacings

S: Sweet, smoky, toffee and roasted. Fruity too. Not bad at all

T: Sweet upfront, very toffee. Grapes, sweet grains, yeasts. Very bready

M: Light to medium and bit molasses body. Sweet toffee upfront and very mild bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Bit too sweet but nice beer

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Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
3.9 out of 5 based on 289 ratings.
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