Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Germany | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Murph on 11-05-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
80
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
18.82%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 80
Photo of KrautAficionado
4.61/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 500ml.
Clear medium to dark amber color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, bread, caramel, light roasted. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle I picked up in Nuremburg area. Fait head faded fast, minimal lacing on glass. Note glass was rinsed from previous serving. Dark and hazy, smooth, mellow taste, without the bitterness you find in some dark beers. This is one of the best dunkel weizens i've tasted. I have a whole rack of twenty different dunkels arriving on Thursday. let's see if this one can stay on top of the heap. worth trying if you can find it!

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Photo of steveh
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another in from a brewery that's been rock solid with German style beers. Here's hoping that the streak is golden.

.5 litre brown bottle, no clear dating -- just like all of the others in the line. $3.50

A -- Hazy, copper-amber color with the same dense, long-lasting, head as the Hellesweizen, but maybe a little deeper in cream color.

S -- Bready malts up front with some vague vanilla-cream, even cocoa, and light phenols.

T -- That same vanilla-cream and cocoa character up front, some mild phenols and citrus character in the middle, and toasty malts in the finish with some lingering citrus and even some (very) light hop bitterness.

M -- Mouthfeel is a soft creaminess with a light-medium body.

O -- Just about the best Dunkelweizen I've had since I was last in Germany. Very rich in character and flavorful, a solid example for anyone wanting to experience the style.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - pours a deep amber, with a nice, thick, lasting tan head. Abundant lacing.

Smell - Nice banana and clove notes, as expected

Taste - Starts off with a nice malty delivery of banana and clove, and finishes dry with a bubblegum-ish aftertaste. Flavor is right on here.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy, yet at the same time, a bit thinner than I was expecting.

Drinkability - Super smooth and drinkable, this one is perfect to session with.

Overall - A very solid Dunkelweizen, but I'd still say I prefer Franziskaner. Would glady drink this again though.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked from Bobby's fridge.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a very large off-white head.

S: Smells like toffee and caramel with a touch of roasted malts. A nice toastiness and quite a bit of banana. Some mild cola along with a nice clove note.

T: Quite an emphasis on the dark malts here with a strong roast and toast flavor. Lots of toffee and bread along with moderate banana and clove flavors. I get a little bit of dark fruit notes, too.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: A really solid Dunkelweizen and exceedingly easy to drink. Wouldn't hesitate to pick one of these up.

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Photo of KI9A
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber. Nice creamy head. Smells of clove/bannana/malt. Taste of clove, bannanas and dark fruit. Finishes with a smooth, shot of alcohol. Ratings on another site are really under rated. This dunkel is a a very good one. Tough to find a crappy beer from these guys!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, lackig had retention

smell: caramel, toasty malts. banana, spice

taste: danm good dark hefe. some banana

mouthfeel: a little light, good carbonation, not over done

drinkability: I love the dark wheats of germany. this is a great examaple.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste is crisp and clean with complex notes. Amber brown in color, unfiltered, Semi sweet nose of cinnamon rolls in the nose. Medium to med/lite body. Smooth.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured very heady with a murky with a hazy-straw color.

It had a great yeasty bread scent that was accented by mild amounts of banana and clove.

It is nice and wheaty with some great clove taste. It has a slightly dry alcohol-astringent finish. It is lite bodied but not watery.

It is very drinkable. It hit the spot.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is dark brown in color with a full, tan head. The gooey yeast that I whipped up further darkened the foam. The carbonation inside the glass is gushing.

Smell – There is a rich, dark, heavily-toasted malt nose to this Weizen. The yeast is there but you have to search for it.

Taste – The dark roasty character dominates at the taste. Again, the yeast is present but very light. There’s also a good dark chocolate flavor that reminds me of half-baked homemade cupcakes.

Mouthfeel - This one is in between light and medium-bodied with some light, fluffy carbonation and a darkish bittersweet chocolate finish at the end.

Drinkability –This one was unusual for the style but very drinkable. The purists will brand it “off-style” as should I, but a decent, drinkable weizen of any kind, more or less a dunkel, is so rare here in the US I’ll give this one a thumbs up.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I wanted to make some sort of blaxploitation reference/joke here, but I just couldn't pull the trigger. Hashtag full disclosure. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear topaz topped by over a finger of wan cream foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, mild orange zest, light pumpernickel, and a pinch of cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, with the citrus coming through a bit stronger. This is balanced, though, by strong spicy contingent, mostly clove, though with bits of brown sugar and cinnamon in there as well. I also get some rye bread in the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a tasty and enjoyable dunkelweizen. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of OatherS
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle with brown label with a picture of a town on the front.

Appearance: One finger head that fades. Brown color, somewhat transparent. Somewhat amber.

Smell: Slight banana odor. Caramel and a cooked odor.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth flavor. Somewhat watery. Wheat flavor is subdued. Caramel flavor also slight.

Drinkability: Nice beer. Not too strong of a flavor, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown opaque body with a one inch creamy head. Nice white lacing. Powdery sweet guava aroma.
Slightly sweet malt, short lived wheat flavor. Very simple, and refreshing with lots of yeast flavor. Many points are subtracted for lack of intesity, but all said and done, this is a yummy one.
Smooth micro bubbles and the yeasty silkiness make this very pleasing.

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Photo of FLima
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber orange color with a beige thick big head with great retention.
Nice aroma of caramel, banana, nuts and a touch or oranges.
Flavor of toasted and nutty malts, cardamom, cloves, dark bread, banana with cocoa and ice tea with an orange slice.
Light to medium body with good carbonation, slightly acid.
A pleasant light Dunkelweizen, not super complex, but it is not completely naked as well. Well balanced, nothing is really predominant here relatively to style.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium brown shoe polish hue; tan, solid bubble bath head. The nose is yeasty, as the head settles, some caramel and powdery malts are detectable. Simplistic—some sharp light hops, dark roasted malts and yeast like offerings are blended well together. Sweet, watered down caramel malts give way to chocolate and even some banana peel. The finish is bitter, yet a bit sweet. This is pretty enjoyable; always thought this was a tough style to produce. While the flavors are a bit subdued, this one was smooth and enjoyable enough.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark brown with medium-thick tan head that lingered well and left decent lacing. Aroma was mild, but wheat, nuts and malt scents were the prominent notes. Mouthfeel was slightly tingly, but the body was slightly on the thin side. However, the flavor followed thru again on the malty sweet wheat side, all leading to a medium duration, pleasant finish.

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Photo of cooch69
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Semi Dark Brown with a nick fluffy head.
Smells of bananas semi bitter chocolate figs and spices. Very smooth mouthfeel. The taste is chocalatey and spicy with some bananas floating around. It's easy to drink and lighter than most other Dunkeweizen's I've tried. It's a pretty solid wheat beer but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Extremely cloudy deep amber. A dense and foamy beige head has nice retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: A nice banana bread combination greets the nose. Lemon and clove round things out.

T: Extremely dry and tart. A sharp lemon tartness dominates. It's helped along by bits of clove. In the background is an interesting, yet subdued mix of baking chocolate and sourdough bread. Finishes tart and dry.

M: The grainy body has high, but soft carbonation.

D: This is a nice dunkel. It's light enough to make for a good session beer. A little extra complexity would have been nice.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rusty pumpkin with no hint of a yeasty haze. The head was somewhat explosive on the pour and filled the entire glass for a moment or two. Interestingly enough, the beer itself doesn't look all that well-bubbled. In any case, the cap is a good one. It's pale orangish ecru in color, is airily creamy and maintains its position atop the beer for a good, long while. Other than the lack of yeasties, this is a fine looking version.

I'm having a hell of a time appreciating much in the nose at all. Eventually, after much foam slurping, I'm able to pick up the scent of lightly toasted grain, sour dark fruit and gentle clove spice. I don't usually like to have to work that hard to ferret out a beer's olfactory charms. To be fair, it's much more forthcoming with head depletion and warming. With more power it might be much better than average for the style (sheer speculation on my part).

Better on the palate. At least now I can identify the dunkel weizenness of this dunkel weizen. In general terms, the beer isn't all that vivid on the palate. In particular, the flavor profile consists of lightly toasted, lightly sweet banana bread with a smattering of ground clove. It's all pleasant enough despite my desire to turn the flavor knob up a notch or two.

A more dynamic yeast strain would go a long way toward making Hefe Weissbier Dunkel a more delicious beer. I didn't seem to have any problem with it in this brewery's hefe weizen however, and I have to believe that it's the same strain. Apparently, I reviewed that beer before I got my hefe weizen banan-o-meter up and running. This one scores a respectable 3.0/5.0.

The body follows the same path blazed by the flavor; that is, the lighter-than-style-average one. I have no problem with an easy drinking, mild mannered, gently carbonated, session dunkel weizen. It'll be sorta hard to session one bottle though. I've just noticed that the beer develops a more pronounced caramel-like sweetness as it sits.

Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg's biggest positive as a brewery is that they don't brew anything that I consider to be average for the style or below. Only the doppelbock and the hefe weizen have been well above average. This dunkel weizen is a passable version that failed to capture my fancy as well as I thought it might. I'm still glad that I had the opportunity to give it a go and might recommend it to those who don't like a strong hefe presence in their hefes.

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Photo of wl0307
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 12/12/08, served chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a black-tea like murky, dark reddish-brown colour, the light beige creamy froth comes thick and tight, resting on rather lively carbonation.
S: the sour fruitiness (dried mangos, sour pears and a touch of raisin) comes with an assertive wave of caramelised sugar, sour nuts, and sour lactose drink; wheatish malts and semi-roasty malts hover in the background, pretty light and not imposing at all. But overall the sourness (more like from oxidised fruits than from the more typical fruit esters) comes a bit too much for me, otherwise it could've scored higher.
T: not too sour-sweet (in terms of fruits and lactose drink), not too wheat-ish, and not too malty - the flavour throughout is quite a mouthful of harmonious mix of light spices, burned malts, settled taste of brown sugar, boiled caltrop, and semi-chewy - tea-stem - like light bitterness... the undertone of sour mangoes as well as the lightly burned sugary maltiness is constantly on the side, not quite pronounced but providing a soothing touch at the back of the palate.
M&D: carbonation is a strong point, fresh but not fizzy, on top of a moderate body and relatively soothing flavour profile; all in all, this is not a strictly-speaking "delicious" Dunkel Weizen in any sense to me, but a rather harmonious and drinkable version worth revisiting time and again. I wonder if the oxidised-fruit-like sour edge could be milder if served slightly fresher?

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Photo of tangentrider
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque, deep gold beer with an off-white head. Nice lacing.

S- Clove with a touch of caramel and maybe a slight bit of floral.

T- Clove, roasted malt, with a bit of banana. Rich flavor.

MF- Smooth and nearly silky; nice low carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. This is a hefe with good depth, yet not overwhelming.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Weihenstephaner Weizen Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy dark copper colour with a large frothy head that is ivory in colour, it reains well whilst reducing to a film.

S - No real aromas that are dominant other than the usual banana and clove.

T - Nothing that is overpowering but does have some yeast anaceed and some small amounts of chocolate and grain, that acompany the usual flavours of this style.

M - Medium to light body with minimal carbonation. Nice fizz at the finish.

D - Not a bad demonstration of the style and I recommend it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: rich light-brown hue with a touch of haze and plenty of effervescence. Head is 3+ fingers of pillowy light tan foam. A good looking dunkel.

Smell: light aroma of roasted grain with some fruity character. A touch of caramel finishes it off, but there's very little wheaty or hefeweizeney aroma. Still, it's not too bad.

Taste: caramelly malt flavor with a hint of roasted grains. The flavor reminds me of a very light Scotch-style ale, almost. There's not much here that reminds me of a weizen beer, though. Still, it is not too bad.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with an OK level of carbonation. Not precisely creamy, but there's a nice, fizzy textural effect here.

Drinkability: a decent dunkel. I would prefer more yeasty character on top of the lightly roasted malt backbone.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle purchased at Wegman's in PA. Aroma and taste is mainly caramel with hints of banana and nutty finish. A good dunkelweizen, but is rather watery for the style. I really expected better from this brewery with a label "SEIT 1050". Who knows when it was actually bottled; it did taste a little old (bottle code 126E1430).

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Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

This pours a dark, murky brown color with a thick, foamy head. The aroma is full of banana and yeast. The taste is sweet, bready with a lingering tasting of some bread and spices. Smooth and easy drinking with a malty finish.

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