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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%
 
 
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 80
Photo of Braudog
2.1/5  rDev -41%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a well-chilled half-liter bottle. This poured like a textbook dunkelweizen ... hazy and orange-brown with a solid, stoic head of white foam. I need a flavor identifier to help me pin down this aroma ... where’s the wife when you need her? I don’t always want her around when I’m breaking out new bottles in my beer room, but this is an exception. It’s like a mushy overripe banana or a caramel banana split without the ice cream ... hard to describe. The first swish is incredibly disappointing, I can’t tell you. Much more watery than you can imagine. And that same odd essence in the aroma comes thru in the flavor ... cooked banana chips, dark brown sugar, exceptionally sweet. (#2676, 2/2/07)

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Photo of stcules
2.44/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark orange, with a beautiful, abundant head, dirty white colored.
The smell is definitely sweet, and also a bit strange, with oven cooked apple, molasse, all on a malty base.
A bit better in taste, with a very light caramel, sugary. No weizen notes.
A bit more caramel malt in the aftertaste, but nothing too much. Chestnut honey, also.
A bit strange for a dunkel weizen.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.62/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Four finger white head, fluffy and long retention. Fluffy lacing. Light nut-brown color with some little clarity.

S- Nutty smell, caramel malts, wheat smells, toffee and brown sugar. Weird smelling brew.

T- Watery flavor, but some nuttiness and unlayered malts. Not great all around.

M- Little chewiness and very wet feel. Nothing special.

O- Thought I might like it from the smell and appearance. Nope.

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Photo of CMW
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy orange color with a large rocky white head. Retention is good and minimal lacing.

S - Small amounts of banana and yeast in the nose. There is a definite metallic smell coming through.

T - Roasted malt flavor is more present than other dunkelweizens. No banana and very little yeast in the taste. Metallic aftertaste.

M - Low carbonation and fairly thin.

D - The metallic aftertaste makes this tough to drink more than one.

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Photo of drewmprs
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nothing too great about this beer. THe bottle I have looks slightly different than the one on this profile. A traditional dunkel meaning that one could see through the beer glass to the other side. It tasted a bit saucy to me and I'm not sure if i would order another one in the future. weltenburger is not my favorite brewery.

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Photo of jwc215
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy light brown with a thin, but well-retained head.
The smell was weak. Some small hints of banana and citrus.
The taste was also weak. Very average. There was some tastes of lemon with a background of yeasty bread. The caramel flavor was faint. Theere was nothing complex or outstanding for this style that would make it noteworthy.
The mouthfeel was okay at first, but lacking. It was very lemony - more characteristic of a hefe-weiss than a dunkel (although I do realize that they are related styles.)
It wasn't bad to drink, but nothing to go out of the way for.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: 257C1056
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Weltenburger's dunkelweizen is a dunkelweiss with significant yeast and compost elements that overpower the grain, bread, banana and spice aspects.

Pours a towering head of small to medium, dense, off-white bubbles that has several minutes' worth of staying power, eventually declining to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer. Very modest lacing is left along the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a dark brown color with hints of orange; light brings out a burnt orange mixed with brown hue. While the body is nearly opaque due to the suspended yeast, a medium intensity level of carbonation is visible along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of strong yeast and mushroom compost components, with dark bread and mild wheat twang noticeable as well. Interesting, but not particularly appealing.

Front of palate is mostly of grain flavors, a bit of banana ester, and some mushroom-like component. Mid-palate is sweet, with yeast, banana esters, slight spicy phenols, and continued mushroom-like flavor. Back of palate features an increase in the spicy phenols, continued yeast, a bit of tartness, and mild banana esters.Aftertaste is fairly bland, with some lingering wheat tanginess and yeast flavors.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium to medium-high levels of carbonation that are complementary for the style. The result is a slightly fizzy at first, then smoothed-out and foamy mouthfeel. Closes dryly, with a bit of tartness and very minor stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 16.9oz brown bottle, this dunkelweissbier had a cloudy dark brown color and a foamy, lumpy light tan head that couldn't keep alive despite the lively effervescence streaming to the surface.
The smell was predominantly malty with some strong caramel and yeast notes. It lacked both the clove and banana aromas expected in a beer of this style. The taste was a duplicate of the smell, possessing a solid malt backbone and lots of caramel and yeast. It had all the characteristics of pumpernickel rye bread. A light hops bite glided over the palate in the finish. The feel was medium-bodied, mildly stoked with carbonation, and a bit dry.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this brew. I was hoping that a brewery around since 1050 A.D. (it said so on the label) would have cracked the code for a top-notch dunkelweiss. Too bad this beer fell short.

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Photo of bitoffinger
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful light, hazy brown color with a huge 3+ finger head that vanishes relatively fast and leaves no trace of lace. Great looking pour.

S: Strongest smell on the nose is of bread crust; no noticeable banana touches the nose. Funky, yeasty smell with hints of fruit. Nothing out of the ordinary.

T: Taste of dark malts dominates. A slight hint of sweetness keeps any bitterness at bay.

M: Leaves a pretty light mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation level. Not overpowering.

O: A beer certainly unlike any normal hefe, but easy enough to drink. Nothing to die for, but a session-able beer.

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Photo of froghop
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

purchased @ 99 bottles in federal way, washington.

pours a cloudy dark amber with a very large yellowish head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, toffee, and nuts.

taste is of caramel, some sour malt, roasted nuts, and a touch of cocoa, ends on the dry side.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half-liter bottle purchased from the Wine Exchange. This beer is under the Weltenburger name, but it is brewed and bottled by Brauerei Bischofshof. On to the beer:

It's not the best dunkel wheat beer I've put my lips to, but it's still okay. It has the trademark cloudy brown appearance with a pillowy head on top. Light whiff of apples and yeast in the aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma as well, and the flavors are also light on the palate. There's a little spice and astringent grain in the mix too.

The bottles on the shelf were fresh at the place I bought this at. It's generally hard to find any lesser known German beers fresh on the shelf regardless of retailer; many of them are old and possibly stale. Although it didn't deliever as much as I hoped, it was worth the try.

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Photo of argock
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 17oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. No freshness date discernible. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.39.

A: Burnt caramel with 3-finger meringue-like head with average retention and scant lacing.

S: The aromas are not prominent. The ones I can detect include soft banana, mild wheaty tang, and light clove. The darker malts don't really form much of a presence.

T: The flavor is highly herbal and drier than most dunkelweizens I've tried. Dark malts provide a little more complexity than a typical wheat ale, but the esters are very subdued and the clove spiciness is masked.

M: Feel is not cream and thin overall. Carbonation is good and the aftertaste is mineral and dry.

D: Not a bad brew, but not much remarkable about it either. I think I would much rather tackle an above-average hefe than another one of these. Weltenburger's offerings, with the exception of their Asam Bock, have been a bit on the disappointing side.

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Photo of Vancer
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy cola brown into the Bitburget pilsner glass, rocky tan head really billows up, pour this one easy. A few lace rings on the way down, and check out the bottle bottom - plenty of yeasties gave their all for this brew.

Thin malt in the aroma, pretty darn weak. Taste is better, but still on the light side. Bits of malt, banana and clove dance slowly together, as mentioned, a lighter brew but still tasty and enjoyable. A decent beer to try, but you can get local dark wheat ales at a much better price - and even tastier.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This wasn't my favorite dunkel wheat beer. It wasn't bad by any means; it just didn't hit the spot for me. I really wanted to like it more. The initial smell and taste of it was good, but the aftertaste wasn't so great. It went from sweet and full to bitter and really left me wanting to get something else to drink. Because of my initial response to it I ranked it a little higher than I would have if only going off the finish.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted in mid-April 2010....500 ml with BBE date 30.Sept.2010, into the Franziskaner glass. Pours cloudy chestnut brown body topped by huge, off-white to light tan long lasting head that never sets completely. The aroma profile exhibits strong (for a weizen) melanoidin character, bread crust, caramel and some subdued bananaish sweetness . Apart from the bread crust sensation the beer doesn't smell bready nor gives off intense banana and clove aromas. The taste is melanoidins, wheat, muted tartness, light hoppy bitterness and yeast, lacking banana and clove. Mild carbonation, light-medium albeit somewhat watery body. A good session weizen but not a memorable one.

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Photo of Murph
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown color with a nice big dark tan head that slowly subsides. Sweet chocolatey notes with some very light fruit scents in the aroma. Nice opening chocolate flavors that soon begin to feel a little watered down. Definitely a little dissappointing since I've tried others that were very full flavored from this brewery. Just very thing and watery with no real yeast flavors and no wheaty graininess either. Thin and not nearly as full in the mouth as it should be, again, dissappointing. I could drink this beer but I'm not sure why I would want, there are some many better tasting dunkel weizens out there.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the Tucher glass hazy golden amber brown with a huge tannish head which rose tall and lasted forever.

The aroma was strong caramel and bananas as the beer was being poured. Some dark caramel presence was notable as the head fell and a nice wheat character.

The flavor was lightly fruity with a notable banana flavor, a strong bready/biscuity character and a caramel wheat attribute. The flavors were muted and a bit aged, nothing fresh about the beer.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruity and biscuity flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation despite the huge head, seemed a bit low. A decent brew, but nothing to seek out.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code dated 10.01.02 H.

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Photo of oggg
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't sure, so I swirled the yeast in the last inch of beer and poured it right in.

This beer is brown with orange tints at the edges. It sports a pretty white head. Most prominent in the nose is chocolate, then caramel, and then some breadiness and barely any clove. On the tongue, the sweet caramel is most prominent, with high breadiness and yeastiness. And a tiny bit of clove but not that much. Seemed to get acidic in the middle. Phenols? The malt drops out quickly leaving a thin and empty feeling beer. Not very fun to drink.

Overall: Shouldn't this style have more banana or clove?

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown with coppery highlights and a light, long-lasting, off-white head. First off in the aroma is sharp, metallic prune, along with some clove and a mild undertone of wheat and bread. The flavor is surprisingly tart, accompanied by some clove-like spice. It's pretty sour on the back end. Malty flavors seem secondary, but the malty aftertaste is welcome. The carbonation is almost creamy, and the feel is rather sharp and dry.

There is an abundance of tartness overall, with just enough clove-like spice to keep it interesting. The maltiness is disappointingly in the background. The sharp and tart qualities mellow a bit over time as the overall impression becomes spicy and dry, with the tart flavors lingering on the tongue rather than assaulting it up front.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy brownish orange. Huge tan head reaches two inches before receding to leave thick gobs of lace that gling to the edges of my glass.

The aroma is very similar to sweet ice tea. Clove light banana and some wheat cracker hints as well.

The flavor is rather muted. Slight malty fruity tone but not a whole lot going on. After warming a bit I got a touch of butter in the finish.

Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a rather unoffensive beer. Nothing real notable. I could see sessioning this one for it's easy going nature.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i have yet to try this brewery's highly rated doppelbock, but i plan on getting one soon. like the helles, this hefe has some good things going for it, but ultimately falls short of greatness.

appears just a couple shades darker than the helles. cloudy and light brown, with an awesome foamy head. big obvious smell, very nice. just what you'd expect, delicious, fruity, banana, subtle clove. deeper sniffing and searching the senses reveals some toasty malt, distinguishing this from its paler cousin.

tastes pretty good. it has all the smells and flavors of a good hefe, but seems unable to pull it together for a clean finish. no crisp bitterness, or any sort of bite. leaves sort of a flat sweetness, even a bit of a bad aftertaste. overall decent. one of the few german beers available at the local store, i'll definitely get this again.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big 500 mL German bottle with 10.01.02 on the back, which I hope isn't the date - it was new in the store so pretty sure it's not. No weizen glasses available so we used pilsners, which is the closest thing we could find. It pours a cloudy chestnut color with a 2 finger off-white head of dense tiny bubbles that pits when it recedes and leaves good lacing. The aromas are banana, bubblegum, caramel?, medicine?, sweetness, and clove. The body is light and tingly like a lager and is kinda thin with a short finish. It tastes of bananas (banana pudding), clove, metal/spiciness, caramel/toasted malts, and a mild bitterness. The flavors are there but too subdued. Pretty average in my opinion.

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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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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 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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