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Winter Dunkel | Whistler Brewing Company

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Winter DunkelWinter Dunkel

Brewed by:
Whistler Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
When you try a Whistler Winter Dunkel you will notice some delicate citrus, orange aroma complimented by the chocolate. On the palate you experience a rich beer with toffee, chocolate and orange taste. The bitterness from the hops is just enough to compensate for the rich malty flavors without leaving a distinct note. All this is accompanied by the distinct bitterness from the bitter orange.

Added by BDTyre on 12-09-2011

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by CookstLiquor:
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber. Pours a mahogany brown with thinnish tan head. The nose on this is like a smelling a chocolate cake with just a hint of orange marmalade in the background. Mouthwatering of you're in the mood for dessert! The mouthfeel is a bit thin and overall for a winter brew it feels a little light. The flavours are nice and sweet and appealing with chocolate, marzipan, coconut and a bit of orange dominating everything.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of flowbee
1/5  rDev -70.9%

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, a welcome arrival here in Alberta; if the stereotypical orange/chocolate combo is maybe a tad late, the generic winter association sure as hell isn't. And yes, yes, I have indeed 'tried a Dunkelweizen' before.

This beer pours a clear, dark, yet bright red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy beige head, which leaves a variable hanging wall of patchy, fuzzy lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of, well it smells pretty much like somewhat watery Terry's Chocolate Orange, quite evocative of a few very recent office party over-indulgences, i.e., milk chocolate laced with sweet, sugary, candied orange essence, and very little else beyond a generally drying character that I suppose can be attributed to the overmatched workaday hops. The taste is still replete with bittersweet chocolate malts, juicy orange fruit and zest, some seemingly more pedestrian pale and caramel malt, nothing really resembling the proclaimed wheat, a bit of sassy vanilla vodka, and earthy, and surprisingly kind of bitter leafy hops.

The bubbles are present and well wrought, with a nice subtle hum throughout, the body a tremulous, but mostly steady medium weight, and smooth, though with little smoothness fanfare. It finishes quite off-dry, the lingering baker's cocoa and fruity orange notes not blanching just yet, even in the face of an opportunistic earthy and forest floor subdued bitterness.

Well, I likes me the choco-orange combo as much as any holiday imbiber, but the recent ale offerings purportedly incorporating such have left me wanting. No longer, it would appear, as Whistler has accomplished a pretty good thing here - the (sub) titular additives play out loud and proud, and don't really overdo it, allowing a relatively serene balance to be maintained by dint of the understated and under-loved hops. The only issue may be the proclamation of this as a Dunkelweizen, as any of the specific malty fruitiness of that style, if it actually exists, just gets lost in this particular mire.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - dark cola brown/black half finger of head receded to some thin islands
S - dominated by milk chocolate and creamy sugary orange, can't smell much beyond that
T - much like the nose it is rich in orange cream chocolate flavour, hints of caramel and nutty malt
M - a little on the thin side, slightly prickly, finishes with some cocoa dry bitterness
O - for such a specific theme of chocolate orange I think this works well, definitely tasty, although the dunkelness is somewhat lost in the mix

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Photo of souvenirs
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep red brown with a decent amount of head.
S: Oh my goodness, it smells delicious. Terry's Chocolate Orange in a beer. Yes, please.
T: Rich dark chocolate and orange. Bitter finish.
F: Medium body, good carbonation.
O: This one's a winner, as far as I'm concerned. It's rich enough that it's not something I'd want to drink all the time, but I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of urbs76
3.68/5  rDev +7%

Photo of LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Whistler Brewing 'Winter Dunkel' @ 5.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.75
A-pour is amber from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a small beige head leaving a streaky lace along the weizen glass
S-terry's chocolate orange
T-similar to the smell , terry's chocolate orange
MF-decent carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer ,
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Svingjo
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber-brown with a light tan head; good retention & lace.

S: Terry's chocolate orange, with a little Christmas spicing. Interesting, but also a bit odd.

T: Very chocolaty and malty, there's a light spicing, but not a lot of wheat or weizen character. Light orange rind in the finish, modest bitterness.

M: Fairly full body for its strength, but only a slight hint of residual sweetness. With the flavouring, it may seem like a bit of a gimmick, but there's some quality malt here. Probably unfiltered too.

D/O: Overall it's well-crafted and done well... but it's not really my 'thing'.

"The Winter Dunkel recipe starts with a traditional Dunkel Weiss in mind. The base malts selected are wheat and caramel malts to give some toffee and chocolate hints to the beer. The chocolate notes are further enhanced by adding some local chocolate from the Whistler Chocolate Company into the brew. Then, to spice it up, coriander and generous amounts of sweet orange peels are added for some interesting citrus notes, along with some bitter orange to balance some of the malt sweetness. The hops selected compliment the recipe, without too much bitterness. The resulting brew has a subtle hoppiness, complimented with surprising chocolate and orange notes."

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Handsome red amber brew with an enthusiastic head in the Pilsner glass. Sudsy and lush in the mouth. Interesting aroma of cake and cocoa.

It does taste exactly like orange and chocolate, just a little drier. The malt flavor is full but the body is light. Tangy with citrus and mellow with the chocolate. Indescribable might be the word for this stuff. But it's thoroughly drinkable once you get used to the idea.

Wild and crazy. From the 650 ml botle purchased at the BC Liquor Store in Ladner.

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Photo of Moose90
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mack
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 22/15/15

A maroon glow when held to the light with just a thin film that leaves no lace

S Terry's Chocolate Orange alright, candied orange, milk chocolate, maybe a little hazelnut, smells artificial but good

T more fruit, not all orange but hard to pace, chocolates a little darker then the nose

M silky and a little light bodied, could use a few extra bubbles but far from flat

O fairly one dimensional but if you like Terry's Chocolate Orange this ones for you

Not bad for a glass but I couldn't see myself drinking this all night, worth a try though

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Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Terry Chocolate Orange, err, I mean Whistler Winter Dunkel is clear and has a chestnut body, amber trim and dark-ish, roasty overtones. Carbonation is minimal but there's just enough foamy lather to wrap the beer in a little soapy bow (not the glass though).

If you were blindfolded and a friend held Winter Dunkel and a Terry's Chocolate Orange under your nose, you couldn't tell which is which. (I haven't tried this experiment but I'm curious to.) The super-candied, crunchy orange rind coated in sweet, vanilla-drenched milk chocolate flavour is identical.

This is no more a Bavarian Dunkelweizen than Armour's hot dogs are Weisswurst. Present this beer to a German - even at Christmas - and they'll likely spit it out. Or at least they wouldn't recognize it for what it says it is. There's few bubbles and no yeasty esters or spice. Why even call it a Dunkelweizen?

...especially when coriander was used, making it by definition a Belgian Witbier. The use of locally-procured organic chocolate - a very delicious and seemingly high quality source, it should be noted - gives this the air of a porter or stout. Mind you, it does suit the lighter body afforded by the wheat.

Whistler has succeeded at perfectly emulating an all-time Christmas treat: the Terry's Chocolate Orange. Kudos to them for that dubious honor. Don't get me wrong, I've been tempted myself to brew a chocolate-orange stout for the holidays. I love the flavour. I just wish this one wasn't so superficial.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If only Whistler put this much effort into their regular beers!

Dark coppery-mahogany colour with a thick white head. Slightly dusty wheat scent with chocolate and orange. The scent is akin to an After Eight chocolate orange stick. A bit more bitter in the taste, definitely more orange and coriander than chocolate, but still a good dose of chocolatey taste. A bit coppery in the background - it could be a bit sweeter.

Nice mouthfeel, a bit low carbonation but not too bad. This is a great beer, and Whistler continues to surprise me with their seasonals.

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Photo of ZachT
2.09/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown, very thin head
S: Rich chocolate malt, bitter orange peel
T: Dark chocolate, some toffee,and a bitter orange finish. Not well balanced, maybe some aging would bring out more flavour but it is lacking something. Would probably taste better on tap.
M: Light, bit of carbonation
O: I am usually not a big fan of flavoured beers. A bit of an uninspired "winter" beer. I personally think the flavours would work much better in a stronger style of beer, maybe something like a weizenbock or a winter warmer with much more alcohol and "thicker" mouthfeel. Or maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this style of beer.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wowzers - the previous reviews were spot on regarding the Terry's Chocolate Orange. It's all I can do to avoid smashing the bottle on the wall... The overall characteristics that make beer are masked by the strong orange and chocolate smells and flavours. I don't mind flavoured beer that remembers it is a beer. This is OK, but the roasty warm flavours I love in a Dunkel are masked here.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

Tastes very much like a Terry's chocolate orange, only not so sweet. Strong aromas and flavours of both chocolate and orange. Not bad, but I think I prefer my dunkelweizen unflavoured - it covers up all those lovely phenolic flavours, which is what I look forward to when I drink a weizen.

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Photo of FinnHawk
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Olek4374
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from Sobeys SWCB in Edmonton (snagged it on sale too). Pours a nice brown colour with a good mouthfeel, not as heavy as I expected. Not very intense carbonation, and definitely best served a little warmer than a normal beer. Not a huge fan of dunkels, but this is one you might want to try out.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Veiled brownish dark copper color, with a copper hue, and high activity. Foamy and slightly creamy dark beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs and light lacing. Flavors of mint, chocolate, coffee, toffee, nutmeg, barley, dark grains, banana yeast, ginger, vanilla, herbal spices. Gingerbread and spicy cookies. Creamy and silky, well rounded, medium to full body with a good crisp, soft prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, burnt sugars, mocha feel, roasted malts, Christmas, soft clove and orange peels, with red ale spices and leafy hops. Very festive, filling, with an inviting smell. Feels a little like After Eight chocolate without being as disgusting, pretty well balanced and still refreshing. Tons of flavors, good interesting taste, quite complex. But one per year is enough, and it makes a nice gift. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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