Dunkelweizen | J.J. Bitting Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
J.J. Bitting Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Mick on 06-16-2003

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Photo of Mick
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely done dark wheat beer with tones of chocolate. Dark coffee color and slightly cloudy A low hop profile, but big bodied and full. A gentle aroma of roasted malt and caramel greet the nose. A very mild chocolate malt flavor complimented by a strong wheat character make this beer a treat. Not too carbonated or creamy, balanced well. Served unfiltered.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was very dark brown - almost black (except along edges near bottom - and as drink wore on it became browner - but, still very dark) with a thin, foamy white head.
The smell was a bit thin - hints of banana/clove and chocolate.
The banana/clove was mingled with a generous amount of chocolate. It was almost like chocolate covered banana with hints of clove.
The initial sweetness was thinned by a watery feel.
It goes down easy - a bit too much chocolate for the style, IMO - especially when paired with a meal. But, overall it's a good, fairly refreshing, brew - brought home a growler of it.

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Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the JJ Bitting Brew Pub.

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light chocolate and lightly fruity. Bananas. Fruity and cholcolate tasting too. Very light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 09/03/05.

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Photo of Naugros
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got the sample flight at JJ Bitting, but I don't review off of the small amount in a sampler, but my wife ordered a pint of this and I stole some of hers to get what I feel the appropriate amount of exposure to be able to review.

Not much of a head for a weizen of any kind. Maybe I'm spoiled, but I expect a huge head on a dunkelweizen. Neither the sample glass nor the pint much of a head at all. The body even seemed a little too light in tone for dunkel.

The smell is spot-on for this style. Banana esters and rich caramel malts...it doesn't get a lot better than this in a dunkelweizen from the US. But the taste doesn't follow suit. It's a little thin on flavor (as it is in body) and there's an earthy off-flavor that is throwing the whole thing off kilter a bit.

This is not their best beer. I really enjoyed the Avenel Amber and their Victoria's Golden Ale. However, it's not one of their worse either. It still would go very well with a bacon cheese burger.

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Photo of EPseja
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a nice tall weiss glass of this one with my buddy Yelterdow. Served at just above fridge temperature.

A - Deep, dark molasses in color with a struggling light tan head that gave way to a thin film and a small ring around the glass. Not much lacing at all.

S - Mmmmm! Chocolate covered bananas dipped in peanut butter. Sweet and thick roasted malts with a hint of spiciness. Absolutely delicious!

T - Sweet, roasted malts opens up to a tart, yeasty bananas foster and light caramel middle. Slightly sour, slightly toasty bready finish much like sourdough. The aftertaste is that of sweetness and toasted malts.

M - Watery, but refreshing. Thin, but that makes it easy to drink.

D - Siper drinkable considering the thickness of the smell. Luckily, this beer remains consistent and modest, adding to its drinkability.

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Photo of AltBock
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on-tap at J.J. Bitting on 6/28/2008. This one is more than likely just a spring/summer time seasonal. I guess they don't own any Weizen glasses because they served it to me in a standard pint glass.

When the bartender handed it to me, I thought I didn't order any Porter, I ordered a Dunkelweizen. That's how dark this beer really is. This Dunkelweizen poured a deep dark (almost black) mahogany brown with a small less than 1/2 an inch head of white/tan foam. What was there had really good retention that left behind foamy rings and spots of lace around the glass.

The aroma was rich with ripe banana. Oh man was that banana smelling good! Behind the ripe banana is where it got interesting. Hiding behind the banana was smoke, smoked peat, milk chocolate, and a hint of roasted malts. I never would have guessed that a Dunkelweizen could smell so good with smoked aromas. It was truly a unique aroma!

Let's see if the taste is at unique as the aroma. The taste was nice and crispy and heavy on the ripe banana. Behind the banana was milk chocolate, a hint of yeast, lightly toasted malts, and ends with the slightest touch of smoke. Although it did contain some smokyness to it, the taste wasn't nearly as smoky as the aroma. It would have been fun to taste all the smoky flavors, but the ripe banana was good enough.

The mouthfeel was on the light and crispy side, but this Dunkelweizen featured an aftertaste of ripe banana, milk chocolate, and chocolate malts. The aftertaste liked the chocolate. I enjoyed the aftertaste, but sometimes the lively carbonation of this beer covered the aftertaste up. There was bit too much carbonation going on in this beer.

I never would have thought that a smoky heavy on the banana Dunkelweizen would be this good! It is just a unique beer. I would seriously consider this beer for a Growler purchase. If you go to J.J. Bitting and this is available, make an effort to try it!

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Photo of yelterdow
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewpub 7/31/05... been looking forward to this offering for a few months now.

Appearance- A rum-raisin brown with reddish highlights, slightly hazy with a moderate head that settles to a ring after a few moments.

Smell- Chocolate, peanut butter, and roasted malts in the beginning, later revealing a caramel malt undertone. Complex enough to get me thinking about where exactly I have smelled this before... fudge brownies, cake, some banana. Wonderfully fresh and fragrant.

Taste- A smoky introduction which showcases the roasted malts, again I am picking up caramel and chocolate primarily. Now comes a yeasty, bready aftertaste which mirrors sourdough bread. There is an element of espresso with a squeeze of lemon rind, an interplay of bitter and tart.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Thin but creamy, very easy. Overall, a great interpretation which I will visit again next time I'm in Woodbridge.

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Dunkelweizen from J.J. Bitting Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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