Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #275
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,621
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.35%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
113
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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
 
Germany
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Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
83
Good
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 1 Pint 9 fl.oz brown glass bottle with a very cold looking Winter label. The usual picture of old buildings set in a green valley is replaced with a snow covered version under a dark blue night time star-lit sky. Advertised as the oldest Monastery Brewery in the world (Since 1050), and labelled as “Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum”. As with the other offerings from this Brewery the label also states that it is brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516.

Appearance: Wow, I thought I had mistakenly opened the Weltenburger Kloster Pils by accident!!! I am utterly stunned to find that this is a clear golden, slightly amber looking body. A massively well-carbonated white head, gives the beer a very Germanic look indeed. It laces the glass with complex pseudo-spidery web lace patterns. A rather excellent presence in the glass, looks fabulous.

Smell: Nose is a nice mix of freshly peeled citric fruits, light spices, hops, roasted malts and fresh bread. Quite astonishing, not exactly complex, but it does have many layers & dimensions.

Taste: Another clean tasting offering. The introduction is really crisp tasting, yet it has intrigue. Light roasted malts, fresh bread and an extremely fruity middle. Light spicy hops in the middle, lead to a slightly astringent bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: High inherent carbonation, lends credibility to the beers “Winter aspect”. You know you are drinking this beer, and it will not let you forget this in a hurry. Nice crisp, fresh, wholesome mouthfeel.

Overall: Donner und Blitzen!!!!
I am truly overwhelmed by this Roller-Coaster beer. “Winter-Traum", roughly translates as “Winter-Dream” – and this is a dream beer, because it is not what you expect from a ‘real world’ Winter offering.

I expected a dark beer – and got a golden one;
I expected a weak smelling beer – and got a lovely nasal surprise;
I thought it would be “wishy-washy” – yet it had incredible tastes;
I wanted another one – but only bought a single bottle. Shit!

Bloody Hell - Quite THE “Surprise Beer of the Month”.

Unique, if not least for the fact that there is probably no ‘Beer-Style’ that adequately describes this baby! LOL.
Highly Recommended.

May 31, 2003
More User Reviews:
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a mountainous head on a dark ruby red body that died slowly (good carbonation). A very mild hoppy smell with floral, springy notes and minimal smell of sweet malts. I expect a little more from a Marzen. While maintaining a fairly sturdy body with some smooth creaminess and a little prickly backbite, the sweet malts like caramel and the floral hops are a little subdued. It's not weak but it is a little mellow. I tend to like my Marzens a little more in my face, so while I enjoyed this beer I wouldn't pick this one first again.

Dec 03, 2008
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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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Rayek from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant amber colored beer with faint carbonation and great clarity. Rocky off-white head has decent retention and leaves a generous lace.

S: Very sweet overall. Aromas of apple and pear, plus a bit of lemongrass came through to me.

T: Fairly mild for this style. Husky malt flavors start things out. Bitterness comes on with a tart lemon bite that provides just enough balance. A residual sweetness runs underneath it all. Finishes dry with a lingering peppery bitterness.

M: Medium body is very smooth and silky. Carbonation level is just right.

D: This came across to me as is a very refined beer. But it didn't do that much for me drinking it. It's very balanced and well done, but kind of dull.

Dec 23, 2008
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rcatalano from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Dec 17, 2011
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popery from California

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good sessionable German beer. Winter-Traum pours a slightly darker shade than the Anno 1050, so about the color of a new penny, clear and with a big white head. It's also less sweet and spicier than that beer. There's a big lemon note and some darker specialty malts present in small amounts. There are a lot of malt notes bouncing around.

Jan 03, 2010
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biggred1 from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russet amber colored with a fine creamy light tan head that leaves nice looking lace in big scraps on the glass. The smell is sweet toffee smelling malt and a bit of herbal hops. A nice malty and bready tasting beer with a tootsie roll sweetness and mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied and easy drinking. A nice beer but I thought I was buying a winter warmer not an O-fest after loooking at the label. Winter-Traum is a nice beer but maybe they should call it Fall-Traum.

Nov 07, 2009
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abrand from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pt0.9fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 9.26.09.

The winter marzen pours a brilliant amber color with a very sticky, frothy head that slowly fizzles away. So far, so good. Smells of caramelized malts, some spices and a hoppy finish. Taste is bready doughs and plenty of malts. Tastes a little watery to me. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp and drinkablity is mediocre. I thought I was getting into a winter warmer or a spiced ale, not the octoberfest bottled in a winter label.

Jan 14, 2010
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kinger from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I, like some of the others here got excited about finding this bottle being labeled as a "winter" brew, and then experienced sadness when I found out it was only a Vienna Lager...but after drinking this I am a happy man. Maybe the mood was just right but this one really hit the mark tonight. Nothing unrealistic in relation to the style just a pleasant example. Sweet aroma, very bready/biscuity with a hint of stinging sour fruit. Beautiful light amber pour with a frothy head and a nice ring of lacing at the top. Sharp mouthfeel, clean and simple. Nice toasted flavor mixed in with an ample helping of sweet malt. Lightly hopped supplying a quick burst of bitterness. Doesn't excel in any category but overall I give it a deserving 8 for sheer enjoyment.

Dec 16, 2008
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nickd717 from California

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Excellent appearance. Pours a very clear amber color with a nice frothy white head and good lacing.

Aroma is pleasant and fruity with sweet caramel malt and some spices.

Flavor is not intense but is good and balanced. Sweet caramel and pale malt, light fruits and nuts, and a hint of spice. This is pretty tasty, especially for the style.

Medium body with a nice smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall this won't blow you away, but it's really great and interesting for a Vienna/marzen. A little underrated in my opinion.

Mar 13, 2010
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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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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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barnzy78 from Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.9%

Dec 05, 2011
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tmoneyba from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate grassy hop aroma. Medium body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy sweet flavor with medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

The beer goes well with spicy food.

Mar 20, 2009
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pperez38 from California

3/5  rDev -18.9%

Jan 31, 2012
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shwami from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Jan 07, 2012
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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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GRG1313 from California

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

Dark orange with a nice white head. Really pleasant nose of fresh tortillas and malt.

Creamy mouth feel with light candy sugar and malt. Medium/light body but with pleasant malty, toffee flavors.

Finishes with light coffee with cream flavors and undertones malt, burnt toast and hoppy carmel. Some light spices all around.

Interesting and a bit different. I would try again.

May 18, 2009
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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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wrightst from Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Aug 12, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

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

Served in a glass mug from a mini-keg.

Ah, New Year's Eve...what a time for beer! This one pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger-and-a-half of dirty white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, light cinnamon, nutmeg, and some very light caramel. The taste holds notes of light caramel, walnuts, cedar, nutmeg, and brown sugar. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty nice little brew, but the flavors don't really assert themselves enough to make this mini-keg necessarily worth it.

Jan 06, 2011
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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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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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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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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Apr 11, 2016
Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 113 ratings