Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-TraumWeltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum

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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by mickeymac on 11-17-2002

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a light orange amber, semi cloudy with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers fluffy white with good lace.

The smell is spicy malt, very bready.

The taste follows Great toasty malt. Spice notes over a caramel and bread body.

The mouthfeel is very good, better them medium body, good carbonation. And a way smooth and creamy feel on the tongue.

The Drinkability is very good, I like drinking this brew, would be great with a big holiday meal. Prosit, MK

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Photo of AaronRed
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very surprised when I opened this beer. I knew it would not be an American type winter ale- thinking more this would be a smooth rich beer without the spices. I was right except the beer was even better than I anticipated. Nice copper color with a creamy head if small bubbles gave a nice appearance in a tall 22 ounce glass. Sort of a sweet caramel apple aroma, but very tame. Definetely a malty beer with a rich and smooth finish. Somewhat like an Octoberfest, but more rounded. Wonderful and full mouthfeel which I believes enchances this beer to that of a good winter brew. This beer shows that you don't need all kinds of spices for a cold weather brew.

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Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of dazdave
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll begin with saying that Marzen is one of my favorite style beers. So a high quality marzen from Germany makes me very happy. I was actually thinking when I decided to open this up it was going to be some kind of winter beer but the taste I was hoping for was what it turned out to be. I've had this sitting in my fridge for probably a good year and a half. It was definitely time.
I decided to have this beer to accompany some out of a box bland pumpkin curry I made. The beer poured well into the glass with just a bit of head. It has a nice dark orange hue to it with very small bubbles.
Its such a mellow beer or maybe its just matured.. Great balance of the malts and hops with a full flavor. Slightly sweet with hints of orange and and of raisin at the finish.
A lovely beer.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into my ayinger seidel

A- Amber orange colouring with 2 finger pillowy head that reduces quickly leaving a crown, some good lacing

S- Lots of lovely distinctive munich spicey malts, some fresh bread.

T- A touch watery, however the spicey malts come through well in the finish, very faint hop notes in the background

M - Solid mouthfeel in the finish a little watery in the begining, but good overall.

D- A very solid marzen beer, one of my favourite styles, and this is a great well balanced example

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber color with a thin head. Aromatic and bready, bringing up hints of toffee, cinnamon, pungent dark fruits and caramel.

Flavorwise it offers a delicious meld of toasted malts, burnt sugar (mostly in the finish), pumpernickel, maple syrup, coffee nuttiness, and unripe dark fruits. The finish is a little more bitter than others I've had in this style, balancing the assertive sweetness perfectly.

This is a big, bold and bready beer, but you wouldn't mistake it for an "extreme beer" either. Like a liquid version of any number of sweet breads. Would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of John
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a German beer? An Oktoberfest? Hmm...can't say I would've catagorized it any different, but this is sort of like an Oktoberfest or maybe a (Helles/Mai) Bock and an English Pale Ale all rolled into one. Clear amber with a hugely fruity aroma along with relatively assertive hops and toasted malt. As it rolls around the palette, fruity flavors and caramel overtake the the intial sip. Hop bitterness dominates the swallow and more leafy hops and more fruitiness finish it off. Outstanding drinkability, my 0.5L is gone already! Interesting brew and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of largadeer
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The amber-hued body matches the copper bar. The head is slightly off-white and retains well.

It smells nice - mild, but nice. Malty, clean, a bit of toast, biscuit, honey.

Very toasty on the palate, only slightly sweet, honey-like and a bit floral. Bready, crisp, dry in the finish. One of the cleaner Octoberfest beers I've had, great stuff.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The bottle shows a nice Christmastime depiction of the abbey, putting me in a wintry spirit. This brew is clear deep bronze/orange with a one finger egg-shell head that leaves a ton of really nice arcs of lace all over the glass. Head retention is nice, and this looks like a prototypical O-Fest from the Hinterland should!

S - Rich carrot cake topped with crusty white icing. Caramel, maple syrup, and dried apples. There is a wonderfully mossy note here too, like fresh dry dirt or wet twigs... I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe like an old attic full of kids toy's and old Christmas candy. This smells like my grandma's house, and she was a baker and a candy freak. She had bowls around her house stuffed with of every kid of sweet imaginable, and Christmas always smelled good over there.

T - Sweet caramel and butterscotch, with intimations of maple syrup, clove, brown sugar, honey, hay, and pumpkin. Good stuff!

M - Tingly carbonation and a nearly-full medium-ish body make this interesting in the mouth. Its actually fuller and heavier than it feels. The super-sweet malty notes bring the thunder, while the lively carbonation and lighter hop notes lift this out of malt-bomb sugar-hell.

D - Killer. Oktoberfests are one of my all time favorite session styles, and although this one is a little too sweet IMO its still a very well made brew. I would say that this is more complex than, but slightly less drinkable than it's peers.

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

Grassy bitterhop notes with a bisquit background.
Orange amber with a lowish creamy head.
Nice broad hop flavors on top of a firm malt body. Hops are fresh and malt is fruity, I do not think this is a beer which ages or travels well. It is nice finally
to taste a well-done german fall/winter seasonal.

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

Pours a clear amber colored brew.

Smell is sweet and very malty with toasted grain smells in the background.

Taste is malty and mildly spicy, nice bitterness keeps it from getting out of hand. The bitterness gets stronger as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable brew well balanced.

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

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight spice, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly spicy, with some nice caramel notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, recommended.

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

It's designated a winter beer, with a quaint snowy German village under a star-filled sky on the label. However, this book shouldn't be judged by the cover. I've never tried a "winter'" beer this light in color or flavor. It's slightly gold with a foamy white head. The carbonation level is rather high. The smell is spicy with a bit of yeast smell. It's got toast and slight honey flavors with minimal hoppiness. It's a nice beer, it's just not what I had in mind when opening a winter beer.

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Photo of IceAce
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Zippy and hoppy with a beautiful dry finish. This brew is well-carbonated and sports a wonderful Euro-malt backbone.

Two fingers of dense off-white foam sit atop a golden body of outstanding clarity. The nose is hop-rich and this brew is very well balanced.

A must have if spotted on draught!

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Photo of steveh
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is pretty much identical to the brewery's Anno -- which isn't to say that's at all bad.

A -- Nice clear, orange amber color with a thick, long-lasting, light tan head.

S -- Bready/yeasty malt up front in the nose. Just what I'd expect. Some very vague fruitiness back.

T -- Yeah -- that's the stuff. Big chewy maltiness with a breadiness that starts sweet and finishes dry. Some nice, subtle hop bitterness in the aftertaste to balance out.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- Terrific. Same local source as the Anno, and I plan to look for both more often.

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Photo of popery
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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...

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Photo of pgenius
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an orange with a white head that goes away quickly

S - Sweet malt and grains, not very powerful

T - Lots of sweet malt and some wheat flavor, with a little bitterness due to the hops

M - Medium bodied, sweet, and slightly bitter

D - I would have another one of these, it was a pleasant experience

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I picked up for Thanksgiving and just getting around to drinking this now.

1pt.9fl oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Nice looking, crystal clear if crystals were a deep shade of amber and had live bubbles running up the length of them. One and a half finger head sinks into a cap and leaves behind some splotchy lacing.

S: Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malt slightly roasted and dusted with just the slightest bit of smokiness. Not knock you over the head but all these aromas can be picked apart with some time.

T/MF: Taste is crisp and clean, snappy bit of hoppy bitterness that is wonderfully understated and allows the malts to swing the scales in an otherwise incredibly delicate balancing act of flavors. And this swing is a good thing, nice bready sweet malt, again with a slight bit of smokiness that adds a counterpoint to the sweetness of fresh cut apples. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, effervescent but not overpowering in its carbonation with a slight drying finish that only leaves a bit of a bitterness and a bit of sweetness in the finish.

D: In three sips I'm about halfway done with this beer. Wonderfully smooth, easily quaffable with a crisp and clean taste. Could drink a number of these and you wouldn't have to point a gun at my head to get me to do it either.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of CMW
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark golden brown with a substantial white puffy head. I am impressed by the retention however the lacing is almost nonexistent.

S - Slightly malt, but more sweet. Bananas, sour grapes, and spices.

T - The malt is the first thing to come through. There is a chewy, doughy taste to it. As it moves down your throught you get a little sweetness and I swear I can taste grapes.

M - Carbonation is low but this is definitely a full bodied beer.

D - Quite drinkable and would be easy to have more than one.

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Photo of KI9A
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised to see this was a Marzen, I guess I expected another winter warmer..but, am surprised in a good way.

A: Average Marzen like ruby/amber. Quick fading head, decent lace.

S: Roasty malts, sweet fruit.

T: Rich sweet malts, apricot, light figgy middle. Apples, and maybe pear? I detect mild hops at the rear.

M: Oily, ( not in a bad way ), coat you mouth goodness. Nice bitterness sticks around a bit.

D: Easy to session this beer, at $2.99/bottle, I am going back to grab a bunch for my Christmas party.

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