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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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of Toddv29424
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with a moderate head. Smell is strong and of sweet malts, and you can tell there is a huge amount of sugars still left in this beer. Also a hint of something light, like rice in the nose. The taste is tremendously sweet and malty, like a good winter brew should be. Very sticky going down the throat with the dark malt taste continuing to develop even after it is swallowed. Bottle says this is made with "hop extract" but there is no discernible bitterness to be found.

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

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. The golden-orange body is topped by a small, thin stark-white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. A heavy aroma of bubble gum is evident as soon as the cap is popped, but subsides into a much milder aroma when poured. Sweet pale malt, mild chestnuts, and a hint of residual bubble gum are all evident on the nose.
The palate is sweet malt up front, much like a good bock. Notes of sweet biscuit and lightly sweet fruit come through mid-palate before the strangely dry finish. The medium body holds the sweet flavor well, and has a nice, slightly creamy texture before the swallow. the finish is, again, oddly dry, although not unpleasant. This is an interesting take on a winter ale, and more enjoyable than most German holiday offerings.

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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 Braudog
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this first at a Bon Vivant tasting, and brought home a 0.5L bottle to enjoy further. This pours with a uniquely amber color for a German brau, dog (ha!), looking American ... kinda like a European tourist wearing white sneakers. Anyway, the aroma ends the illusion, a full-force blast of cookie-maltiness with a sharp sweet tinge at the end. That Teutonicness carries into the flavor, bready, doughy, and sweet ... toffee, butter, and maybe a little green raisin. Pretty sweet for a "Vienna", but this is an enjoyable quaff nonetheless. (#2741, 3/9/2007)

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

Amber color with an enormous billowing off white head. Fair nose with some hints of floral hops, citrus, and nutty malts. Immediate buttery malts and citrusy lemon in the background. Spicey ester are strong with toasty malts and yeast flavors in the background. The finish is alcoholic, crisp and a little tart crispness. This brew is pretty tasty but with as much citric character as it displays you might think it was more of a warm weather beer.

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Photo of klewis
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark golden with a big white head. A bit of lacing.

S: Stale, sweet malt and butterscotch aromas

T: Very sweet and malty with flavors of honey, caramel, and diacetyl. The sweetness is quite unbalanced and is a bit obnoxious.

M: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D: This isn't quite dump-worthy, but I won't be buying this again. Way to sweet for a beer that isn't a doppelbock or an old ale.

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

Honey amber in color with a frothy, loose head of tan suds that lasts for a few minutes before sliding down my pint glass, leaving only the scantest trails of lacing.

Aroma is barely noticable until it warms a bit; sweet malt and caramel, toasty grain, honey roasted nuts, and crisp floral hops.

Taste starts with honeyed bread malts, light caramel, faint butterscotch and closes with delicate floral hop bitterness. Overall a well balanced Marzen that is just interesting enough to consider for sessions.

Body is just above medium, with soft rolling carbonation and a crisp, slightly slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of germaniac
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours reddish orange, nice and hazy with generous carbonation. Topped by a creamy pillow of head.

Flowery hops in the nose, with a dash of toasted caramel sweetness.

Smooth and crisp. Malt provides the lion's share of the flavor, sweet and slightly nutty. A faint hop bittterness kicks in at the end, just a small floral bite.

Not exactly what I would expect from a winter beer, but a decent drinking brew.

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

500 ml bottle pours a hazy copper color with a small off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Sweet bready, caramel aromas, light grainy, nutty, caramel flavors, finishes clean and dry. Light to medium bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, very nice

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper color initially with plenty of head. Head consists of large coarse bubbles and dissipates quickly. When present the head is a nice tan color which compliments the copper colored beer.

S - Aroma of lightly toasted malt with a floral spiciness from the hops.

T - Rich sweet malt combines with the spice of the hops to produce a balanced taste with a clean finish.

M - Good, robust feel. Plenty of carbonation.

D - Enjoyed this one with chili dogs and fries. The paring was great and I would look forward to drinking this beer again.

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

16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A golden yellow, kind of light though, with a vigorous head from my pour, which unfortunately fades quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. A decent amount of carbonation floating toward the top. Alright but nothing to speak of.

Smell: Lots of malt, and some candy sweetness like maple, vanilla, some cinnamon, slight nutmeg, all those mishmash flavors that an Oktoberfest brings. Again, not too bad, but nothing special.

Taste: There's a nice hop bite that comes in near the end which is pretty unexpected, and I like that a lot. The malt and sweet flavors come out pretty well. Nothing's too complex, but all of them are discernible, and it's fairly tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel: A bit too watery and astringent, possibly coming from the lighter-than-expected color, which turns out leads to a thinner and slicker body.

Drinkability: Not one of the best of the style, but certainly a decent brew, and could be a session for sure if you'd want it to be.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, this beer is total false advertising. I was expecting something bold, malty, with spices and such, but instead got an average Oktoberfest beer. The friggin' label had damn winter snowflakes all over it, with christmas type things as well. A marzen for a christmas beer? WTF!? The smell was malty, but also had an alcohol presense, mixed in with a little fruittiness. The taste was similar, but also had a roasted malt taste, with an ever so slight hop/alcohol finish. I was disappointed with this one. Sure, it's an ok Oktoberfest, but to lead people on thinking it's a Christmas beer is not cool. I'd advise to stay away from this trap.

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Photo of russpowell
2.47/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I rolled the dice on this despite my missgivings on buying mid to low ABV imports (just ain't seen many travel well past the east cost)

Pours a deep gold/light amber with a slight haze. Foamy white head drops to thin, but protozoa (sp??)-type activity on the surface.
Zero lacing.

Smell: Butterscotch and ever so slight fruitiness

Taste: Fruitiness, dryness and butterscoth diatechyl taste I rarely tasted in Germany. Slight hop bitterness on the tounge

MF: Thin and prickly. I am used to German winter offerings having some heft, no such luck.

Not terrible, but pretty dissapointing. This is why I stick to dark &/or stronger beers from across the pond. Would've loved to try this in Germany.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep bronze with a fluffy two finger white head that settles into a nice creamy mass,bit anise and fennel aromas really pungent and in your face an underlying peppery sharp note is there as well.A very clean tasting lager,pizza dough base with a lightly sweet licoric flavor finishinf with spiecey and herbal note.There is a healthy dose of hops here Iam sure its saaz with the spicey/herb elemant making it clean but tasty a real easy going lager with substance.Well done.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 20-07-06. Nice head and cristal clear quiet dark amber beer. Nose is ambermalty andsweet with tiny hint of hops but also yeast. Taste sweet malty but to me misses freshness and brew also shows a yeasttaste and this quiet strong. Quiet alcoholic and to me not one of the freshest though obviously quiet fresh. Quiet harmonic overal and nothing negatively disturbing in mouthfeel as this one is actualy quiet plesant and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of carln26
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured perfectly into the goblet a dark amber with a light fluffy white head. Rich malty smell of dark caramel, dates, and just a touch of citrus hop on the finish. Very sweet and malty taste. More of the caramel, with a figgy middle. The citrus isn’t present in the flavor, but there is just a touch of a hop bitterness. Very smooth, rich mouth feel leads to a great drinkability. It’s really nice to see a nice malt alternative to the spice bomb holiday ales.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beautiful label depicts the snow-covered Weltenburger Monastery beneath a snowflaked night sky. Burnished tangerine orange with butterscotch edges. The classy looking crown of orange-tinted marshmallow is midway between firm and creamy. Thick sheets and streamers of lace stick to the glass and add visual interest to what is already a good looking beer.

Winter-Traum smells more like an English pale ale than a marzen/Oktoberfest. It's dominated by sweet, untoasted, biscuity pale malt. The understated hop presence could just as easily be English as German. There isn't much to get exited about and I don't get the whole 'winter' thing.

The flavor continues along the English pale ale track. If the malt was toasted, even minimally, it sure doesn't come through on the palate. It contributes a modicum of buttery sweetness, but that's about it. You'd think that the stage would then be cleared for the hops to strut their stuff, but you'd be wrong. There's a curious lack of flavor, but what reaches my taste buds is okay.

I can taste plenty of fruit (bitter oranges, apricots), but no spiciness. Again, why the winter theme? Instead of 'Winter Dream', it might just as well be called 'Spring Delight'. Although the mouthfeel struggles to reach medium, I'm enjoying its subtly carbonated smoothness.

Other than their excellent doppelbock, I haven't been overly impressed with Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg beer. This offering doesn't know what it wants to be and has, therefore, decided to be nothing much at all. With a name like 'Winter Dream', I expected something both different and better than I got.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/8/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz or 500ml bottle with a dating code on the back which makes it sound like it was bottled in early 2003?!?! Assuming I'm reading it wrong.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a 1/2 inch creamy looking head and average lace.

Smell- This smells pretty dark and fairly sweet. Odd scent, but not a bad scent.

Taste- This one was kinda bitter and at the same time it was a bit sweet, not to mention the super dark roasted caramel flavor. A bunch of stuff going on here....a bit too much.

Mouthfeel- a bit highly carbonated.

Drinkability- Wasn't expecting a beer like this flavor for a winter beer, but it wasn't bad. Very complicated.

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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 Boilermaker88
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a goblet. Had a clear amber color topped by a towering white head that slowly caved in on itself to form a shallow skim. Swirling the glass produced a bunch of tightly formed carbonation creating a resurgence in the head and spotty lace.
I'll admit I had no idea what this beer was or would smell and taste like. The nose had the caramel sweetness overlaying a solid roasted malt aroma. Much less noticeable was the slightly citric, mildy herbal hops notes. Overall, the nose was not all that robust.
The taste really had me guessing what this beer was. Not spiced; the hop profile was too mild for that. This brew had a load of roasted malt flavor and a touch of breadiness. Caramel sweetness also was predominant. Still, the overall package was not real strong. The feel was medium-bodied, crisp and, thanks to the high carbonation, creamy. Nice.
Overall, Winter-Traum was a decent, easy-drinking brew. I was surprised to see it was an Oktoberfest. I didn't expect that for what I thought was a winter release. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

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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 lou91
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour with a honey translucent color and carbonation on the sides of the glass. Sweet smell of malt and yeast. A pleasant sweet taste in a clean refreshing German lager. The winter scene on the label led me to believe that this was a higher-octane bock but it is kind of wimpy. The sweetness does not complement the beer well.

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Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
3.67 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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