Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Style:
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #249
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,553
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.35%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
113
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84
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one of this delicious Bavarian Christmas beers that I am working through. They all seem to have in common this deliciously increased herbal noble hopping. This one is no exception only it differs from most other by adding some darker malts (Munich probably) like in a Märzen instead of relying on the Pilsener malt flavours alone, which is a negative point for me in taste, as I am not the biggest fan of this kind of malts in lagers. Still worth trying

Dec 19, 2019
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janubio from Spain

3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served at hme in a shaker glass. Pours a deep golden colour, big head that remains all the while, good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, yeast, bananas.
medium body, good carbonation, sticky texture.
Taste of caramel, anise, bananas,
Simply good.

Jun 12, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a slightly richer lager for the winter time, looks and drinks like a marzen, which if it isnt one, is pretty darn close to one in terms of style and the way it presents itself in my glass. cool to have this on tap, not enough old school german beer around on draft anywhere anymore, so it was fun to see and i jumped right on it. a hazy rusty orange pour with a tall and rising airy white head, pretty beer in its rawness. aroma is less sweet than expected for the style and color, a drier cooked and toasted cereal complexion with a classic german lager yeast to it, slightly dusty to me as it almost always is, just a weird way i smell and taste this yeast, strange association i know, but its there, and hardly any hops at all, but this might be a little older now, being spring and all at this point. the flavor has a nice earthy grain profile, a baked warmth about it, some minerals, maybe some wheat too, a breadiness, and not much residual sugar at all. i love the high carbonation keeping the fuller body moving along, and i like it being on the dry side for the style, the yeast kicks butt in the finish. not my favorite example of the style, and an unexpected find this time of year, but ill never be dissatisfied with a well made german lager, and i enjoyed this accordingly.

Apr 17, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Cerveza de color ámbar con una gran cabeza espumosa. De cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta tostada, caramelo y un poco de levadura. En boca destaca la malta y un sabor herbáceo. Moderamente amarga con un final largo y un poco seco.

Mar 30, 2019
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Anacross from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright copper liquid pours beautifully. Smell is nutty, toasted malts and grains, with notes of toffee, cocoa and berries. taste confirms the smell's first impression.
Great balance between dry and sweet, solid, rich flavor combined resulting in a superb beer.
Too bad this one is around only around the holiday, I wish I could enjoy it all year long.

Jun 24, 2018
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lmaduells from Spain

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Normally, when you enjoy a lager beers tend to be very balanced, excess bitter taste or staying some part unbalanced. This beer is round without imbalance. Although not the style I do recognize that there are craft beer.

Feb 15, 2016
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Malt_Man from England

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Deep amber colour, clear, lots of bubbles, 2cm bright white bubbly head, dissipates to <1cm fairly quickly.

S) Nothing huge, but some fairly weak odours of warm malts.

T) Deep malty flavour, slight refreshing acidity from carbonation, light hop bitterness at the back. Nothing complicated here.

F) Medium carbonation for a lager, and a bit of density. No bitterness or unwelcome aftertastes.

O) Malty Vienna-type lager, easy drinking, a good chewy chugger for lager drinkers in the winter months.

Nov 27, 2015
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dcmchew from Romania

3.7/5  rDev 0%

Clear, amber, finger and a half of a slowly receding off-white head. Seems rather carbonated, too.
Sweet malt, caramel, toasted grain, hint of citrus peel, stale fruit, faint German hop.
Sweet malt syrup and caramel in the taste, on the brink of being simply too much. Biscuit, some spiciness, a generic fermenting fruit note too (apple, faint dark grape). Some woody, or rather hay-like notes, some hops in the finish, trying to be bitter enough to cut off the sweetness, but failing. Bit of metal instead.
The body is really nice, rather smooth, fluffy, tho a bit sticky. Not overly carbonated. Aftertaste has lingering sweet malts and an off note, probably the lager yeasts.
Doesn't really warm much, but it's almost tasty, better than many other märzenbiers out there and almost fitting that profile (makes me think of a Vienna lager more), so might be a good alternative to those. Finishing it wasn't a chore, so i guess it's ok.

Nov 27, 2014
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jonb5 from England

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, orangy amber, clear, large thick tanned head which didn’t hang around
long, moderate lacing.

S: Malt, charcoal, reminiscent of a dunkel.

T: Started with hints of slightly sweet malty charcoal which was balanced out by some fuggles hop like earthy hoppy bitterness.

M: Slightly thick texture, low to moderate carbonation,
smooth.

O: Combined aspects of an English bitter, Munich dunkel and a Franconian
kellerbier. Pretty solid.

Feb 17, 2014
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pkalix from California

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a darker golden honey color, minimal head. nice uneven lacing down the side.
smells like a dark honey. sweet, caramel-y malts in the aroma and in the taste. minor bitterness longer after the liquid is down but it's actually very balanced. some healthy carbonation rising in the tall Paulaner glass.
trying to check my son's homework but incredibly distracted by this greatly balanced, semi-sweet, delicious brew. i like the even taste and the european accent.

Mar 15, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head on a cloudy copper colored body.
The aroma is malty, barnyard, hay and caramel. It borders musty, but it's still nice.
The flavor has a malt sweetness, mild bitterness and a curious spice note at the end.
Smooth texture with low carbonation and heavier body.
An enjoyable beer. The taste is a bit different with the spice, but it's a good addition.

Jan 16, 2013
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just found my notes and the good looking label that I had carefully soaked off of this bottle.

Coppery orange color with an off-white, creamy head. Thick sheets of lace stuck to the glass.
Biscuity malt smell, but also alot more hoppiness than I was expecting.
The flavor also had more hop strength compared to the malt. A bit tough to put into words, as I was expecting a malty marzen / winter ale. Slightly buttery, and caramel notes, but more akin to a pale ale.
Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation level gave it a smooth finish.
Pretty average all in all, I guess I was expecting something more and different.

Dec 09, 2012
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Big name for a beer. But would it live up to all that? Out of a bomber this beer was a clear orange color with lots of rising carbonation that produced a cap of tan head. The retention was good and it left lacing in sliding bands. The aroma was of dry grains, caramel malt, hints of pepper and fruit. The flavors were pretty dry overall and not spicy like I was expecting. Mostly toffee and caramel first followed by some doughy malt and a bit of green apple. The finish was mildly hoppy and crisp/dry. A curious combination, especially for a winter beer, but not at all unpleasant. It wasn’t much of a stand-out either, just sort of blasé. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation frothy.

Mar 05, 2012
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falloutsnow from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
No obvious bottled on date
Poured into a US pint glass

Weltenburger has produced a solid winter lager with its Winter-Traum, as it is pleasing in all areas. For those who enjoy German styles, this is a must-try as it is delicious, relatively low in alcohol, and affordable for an import at $3 per bottle.

Pours a voluminous head of dense, off-white foam that coalesces at the top of the glass into a meringue-like structure. The head slowly dissipates over a few minutes to a thin cap of bubbles atop the body. The collapsing of the head results in columns of lacing along the sides of the glass that are disturbed, but augmented and re-supplied with each sip. Body is a moderately dark golden brown out of the light, a mid-intensity amber when in it. Transparent bod with slow, visible carbonation.

Smells of rich, dense caramel and deep golden malt syrup alongside spicy and herbal components from the hops. Nearly reminiscent of a doppelbock in aroma. Also a faint hint of cloves, but unsure what this could be from. Enjoyably complex for a lager.

Taste has a whole-grain bread, malt-forward opening that is also joined with herbal hop components. Mid-palate picks up mild hop bitterness and increasing levels of caramel and bready malt components. Mid to back of the palate shines, as I get: a mild spiciness from hops; a certain herbal character; fruit, particularly plum in the back that peaks and then returns to caramel malt flavors. Aftertaste is bready and somewhat biscuit-like.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with gentle, but noticeable carbonation that creates a smooth-flowing mouthfeel on the palate.

Feb 07, 2012
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ADZA from Australia

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden caramel hue with a big fluffy three finger head that stays and leaves nice everywhere,the smell is sweet toffee,caramel,sticky date pudding and a touch of hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and slighty creamy and has tastes of caramel pudding,candied figs,sticky toffee and marzipan with a light ever present slight hoppiness that keeps the sweet in check and overall its definately one of the better Marzens out there and would drink again.

Feb 02, 2012
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J23hc from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

,Poured into pint glass. Typical dark reddish clear body, but with a very nice frothy head that lasts. Not too much on the nose, just a maltiness and a faint vegetable characteristic, like cooked stringed beans. A little more on the palate, good malt presense, sort of earthy flavors. Wet, crisp, refreshing and drinkable. Can't call it complex, but definitely not undrinkable

Jan 21, 2012
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jtierney89 from New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange with impressive clarity and a big sticky white foam head. Some dark fruits on the nose with underlying notes of dark fruits.

Medium body yet its a bit watery on the finish. Some dark fruity taste up front. Some toasted biscuit. No detectable hop presence really. Grapey like taste which is odd due to the light color. Definitely a strange oktoberfest at a strange time of year.

Some good butter toast like notes in this as well.

Okay beer. Nothing spectacular. Definitely doesn't remind me of winter.

Jan 17, 2012
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rinhaak from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Maruhn in Darmstadt, Hessen (Germany)

Pours a clear dark copper-gold with a full, foamy head.

Aromas of toasted malts, bread, lager yeasts, rotton fruit, and copper.

The taste was a little surprising with a slight smoky flavor (reminiscent of cigarette butts), hints of raspberry, and mild rust. The full fruity and roasted malt finish is quite nice.

Overall the beer has a unique character and the flavors have clear definition. It is balanced nicely, and the smokiness, though unexpected, is subtle enough to be pleasant. Unfortunately, I enjoyed it less as it sat; certainly not a session beer. All the same, I would recommend giving it a try.

Jan 02, 2012
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stevoj from Idaho

3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into lager glass. Deep amber color, minimal head, which dissipated quickly (Note: glass was just rinsed out and wet from previous beer). Typical spiciness for a German Christmas beer. Lower alcohol content, but a smooth taste. Not so spicy to dissuade casual drinkers, but a nice tart aftertaste. No lacing on glass. I'd drink this year round if it was available...

Dec 26, 2011
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flagmantho from Washington

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Label says this beer is 5.4% ABV, rather than the above-noted 5.2%.

Appearance: light orange hue with a little bit of murky haze. head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: rich aroma with a sweet, fresh malt character and just a hint of graininess. I like it quite a lot.

Taste: nicely malty flavor which is a bit drier than the aroma would suggest. Bitterness is low but noticeable at the end. The flavor is quite simple, but it's clean and it appeals to me. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. It's a little more to the fizzy side rather than creamy, but it's got a decent enough texture.

Overall: I rather like this beer. I don't always like Oktoberfests, but this one really does work for me.

Dec 22, 2011
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skypup from Germany

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L bottle served in a glass mug.

A- Clear deep gold with a two finger head, medium retention, little lacing.

S- Toasted malts, sweet fruits; mellows to a mild bitter aftertaste.

T- Caramelized malts, fruit and mild sweetness.

M- medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D- Pretty good beer, good winter beer; distinctly different from most German lagers.

Oct 31, 2011
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: An dull coppery-ice tea mixture with a brilliant clarity has a spacious, light and lazy effervesce rising within. A chalky white head is a digit high, leaving a spongy, patchy covering after a fair amount of retention.

S: The nose was sweet caramel grains, some chocolate, and French toast, along with warm chestnuts light to medium in delivery.

T: The flavor was lightly toasted with a caramel sweetnes providing a good base. A touch of lightly toasted bread and toffee along with fresh hop flowers come about. Things are rounded off by a nut toasted flavor, warm chestnuts along with a faint, but noticeable detection of semi-dry apple slices providing a bit of fruitiness.

M: creamy, smooth with light traces of carbonation, just enough to make you aware of its presence. Good body of medium base.

O: Overall a good octoberfest style with a bit of winter warmer fullness. A bit full by style, not your typical easy to consume by the pitcher example such as Paulaner or Hacker Pschorr, but rather a cool weather limited serving beer a bit bigger substance wise.

Oct 14, 2011
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brokensail from California

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one, Chris.

A: The pour is clear amber in color with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Nice and sweet with a surprising amount of fruit character. I get lots of stone fruits like peaches, plums, and cherries with brown sugar and toffee. Creamy caramel notes with almost no hop aroma.

T: Sweet sugar (mostly brown sugar) with a light citrus note and some more cherry, peach, and plum fruit sweetness. Toffee and caramel sweetness is also there along with some lightly toasted bread.

M: Somewhat light in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: This was a nice beer. A bit sweet, but still pretty easy to drink and enjoyable.

Aug 06, 2011
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange/copper color with a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Spicy, slightly floral aroma with hints of earthy hops and sweet malt. Hints of grass and straw compliment the piny hops and are countered by sweet caramel, hazelnut and biscuit. Subtle light fruit with zesty pepper and cinnamon.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of zesty spice, earthy, floral hops and sweet malt. Grassy hops up front provide dryness without being very bitter. Spicy pepper, clove and cinnamon linger over the sweet malt backbone into a dry finish. Slightly toasted with hints of caramel, rye, biscuit and nut.

Jul 10, 2011
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent, orange toned gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuits, caramel, apple, honey, and malted wheat
Taste is of the aromas with a floral punch that leads to a sugary, malty flavor.
Mouthfeel is prickly up front, malty, sweet, and balanced with a snappy bite at the end.

Feb 12, 2011
Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 113 ratings