Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Weltenburger Kloster Winter-TraumWeltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum
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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-TraumWeltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mickeymac on 11-17-2002

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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 85
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 biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew produces a good amount of off-white head, which retains quite nicely. Winter-Traum has great lacing. The body is copper in color and clearly filtered.

Not much in the way of aroma, but a hint of nuttiness along with bits of metallic notes.

The taste is slightly metallic, with caramel and herbal character; however, very faint.

MF wise it's a standard with prickly CO2 and a chewy sensation. DNK wise it's medium in body with some character, but nothing quite too much to ponder.

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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 GRG1313
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pils glass.

Appears a slightly hazy copper color with a one inch off-white head that falls to a cap. Lots of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is very caramelly with some toffee and a light toasty malt character.

Taste is sweet with caramel up front, a bit of a tart fruit character, a touch of melanoidins, and a light mineral taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and smooth texture.

One of the better beers I've had from Weltenburger besdies the Doppelbock. This one seemed to be lacking the slight buttery character that I found in many of the other ones that knocked them down for me.

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Photo of stcules
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper coulour without perlage. Foam appears white and quite creamy even if not so much.
At nose we can note a very high presence of malt even if this is not cloying. It is possible to find a smell of yeast .
This is obviously an important beer which is typical of a high quantity of malt, this can make the beer a little heavy. In any case, to be a doppelbock , this beer is quite dry and hoppy. Considering that, and taking note about the style, it allows a quite good drinkability.
it is a sample of a winter beer that heat up without beeing too heavy, uninteresting and boring.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, I wasn't sure of the style but apparently it is a marzen. Nice dark orange-golden color. It has a very nice aroma of wheat bread and honey, very cool. The flavor is very bready with again, a hint of honey. This is very easy to drink and will motivate me to pick up more beers from this brewery and German beers in general.

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Photo of Rayek
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of kinger
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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 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 clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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 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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Photo of tangentrider
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Clear amber beer with a fluffy off-white head and nice lacing at the pour, reducing to minimal

S- Sweet, perfumy aroma with a small amount of spice.

T- Sweetness is less than in the aroma with biscuit coming to the fore.

MF- A bit watery for a winter beer; light carbonation

D- Not nearly as full-bodied as I expected; I may have it again, but it will need to be on sale.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml picked up today at Tres Bonne Cuisine for about $4 .. poured into my Smokestack goblet.

1" head.. quite a bit of sticky lacing... brew is crystal clear orangey amber.

Nose is clean toasty malts.. simply very clean.

Munich malts with some toasty biscuity notes... slightly spicy hops notes are present but play in the background .. again.. just very clean and tastes fresh... body is light side of medium.. with smooth carbonation.

I am beginning to get excited about the German selection at TBC.. So far, they've all been very nice.


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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 wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 23/07/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: amber hue with semi-lively carbonation, topped with an off-white foamy head with o.k. retention.
S: lightly sour-sweet floral hops and intense syrupy+biscuity malts dominate, while a touch of peanuts, roasted malts and caramel stays underneath... Background sourness of a well-lagered beer lurks.
T: mild caramalts and very light lemony sourness lead towards a faintly bitter-sweet toasted aftertaste, while the slightly chewy mouthfeel suggests a handful of hops in the mixture. The finish is not bitter at all, but the sour-sweet fruity edge lingers. Rather simplistic.
M&D: okay carbonation, med-bodied, refreshing but slightly thin on texture for a Märzen-like malty brew but lacking a necessary complexity. Hence o.k. drinkability.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date February 2009; Sampled January 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, light cranberry color, but shows a pretty, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet and malty with just a touch of hop character. Aromatic notes of honey-like malt, soda crackers, chewy bread aromas as well as faint hop notes of grass and slight herbals are found in the nose. A pleasant aroma, though it is not overly characterful.

Sweet tasting, yet somewhat on the light side for the amount of sweetness. Sweet grain notes are noticed up front, but the finish has more of a washed out, grassy hop character to it. Cracker like malt notes that seem a bit on the stale side as well as some toasty grain notes are the most dominant note in the finish. this has a light-medium heft to it that makes it noticeable, but still easily quaffable.

Not a bad beer, but it does seem a little past its prime, though I wonder how fresh it is (it has another year to go according to the bottle date). I do like the chewy malt character and how quaffable the brew is.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of philbertk
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Seduced by the Winter Label and expecting a German twist on a Winter seasonal, I was very dissappointed. Thin head, no lace. Thin dark gold color. Mild hop stanky fruit hint front. Thin smooth caramel fruity body. Mild hop end. Fruity slightly stanky Winter? Marzen. Weak.

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Photo of AltBock
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz. bottle with a drawing that depicts the world's oldest Monastery-brewery during one of Germany's many winter snowfalls. If that doesn't say winter just yet, they put snowflakes around the Monastery drawing. On the back label is the US Government warning, US importer, refund values, barcode, Weltenburger's unknown bottling code, and the ingredients. I couldn't help but notice that under the ingredients they list water, malted barley, hops, and hops extract. I thought the hops were going to be enough, but hop extract? Whatever floats your boat.

Appearance: When poured into a Euro style Brooklyn Brewery pint glass, this Weltenburger is a clear dark amber with a touch of mahogany. The head of foam on this beer sucked! It started off with an inch of white bubbles and then it quickly popped away into oblivion. After it popped away, it only left behind 5 white bubbles acting as the rings. There's no way 5 rings could leave any lace. Back to the drawing board Weltenburger.

Smell: The aroma started off bad with the faint aroma of toasted malts, regular hops, and plenty of malted grains like corn. After the beer was swirled around, it was much better than what it was. The malted grains were gone and the sweet aroma of raisins and caramel had emerged. It's about time! It wasn't for those sweet raisins and caramel, this aroma would have been a disaster.

Taste: The taste started off with some lightly toasted malts and then it went forward with a hint of sweet caramel, a sliver of dark fruits, a tiny pinch of spices, and then ended with a mild nondescript hop punch. It was just too hard to tell what kind of hops they were. That hop taste could have been the hop extract.

Mouthfeel: It was somewhere between light and medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and with a crispy aftertaste of toasted malts and those nondescript hops that were in the taste.

Drinkability: This has to be my least favorite beer from Weltenburger. I didn't really care for it. I'm glad I only paid a $1 for it. I still can't figure out what made this a winter beer. I guess it had to be the tiny pinch of spices that were in the taste. One is more than enough for me.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is this a Deutsch winter warmer? The snowy village on the label, snowflakes and "winter-traum" caught my eyes, telling me to purchase that bottle. I have a half-liter of fun in this bottle, and the time has come to pop the cap. On to the beer:

Light washed out orange body, the white head holds a 1 cm thickness for a few minutes. The nose finds carmael, pumpkin spice, and nutmeg in the aroma. Malty flavor all around, processed hop flavor is tea-like, which is light and comes in at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is a little thin and crisp. My bottle seems to have been sitting out on the shelf for a while, some of the hop oils leak around the palate (aka skunky). That said, it's still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 5.4%. Deep golden brown to amber colour, large off-white head. Moderately spicy aroma, quite nice, with some notes of bakery, also a certain fruitiness. The flavour is quite fruity but also distinctly malty, notes of toffee and mild spices, decent hops in the finish. A lager well above average! A bit too much carbonation for my taste though.

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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 47.2% out of 100 with 108 ratings
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