Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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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

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47
Ratings:
80
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
18.82%
 
 
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 80
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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