Dunkel Weiss
Great Divide Brewing Company

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German Dunkelweizen
3.68 | pDev: 13.04%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by emmasdad:
Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish-brown color, with a negligible amount of light brown foam. Nice malty aroma, along with bananas, cloves and roasted nuts. On the palate, I get a nice, light brown sugar sweetness, along with wheat, clove and molasses. A nice effort, pretty good on draught, but I have no intention of dropping $6/bomber on this one.

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Photo of birchstick
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours an amberish copper with a billowing white head

S - smells of toasted and caramel malt (which give it the nice color) with a bit of grass and citrus

T - starts off with caramel malts that take over the palette. This fades to a bit of toasted malt and some nice, light citrus hops. The caramel malt flavors return on the exhale, making this a nice malty wheat beer.

M - a little light on the mouthfeel, but goes down smoothly

D - pretty decent dunkel weiss beer...I picked it up for 1.79, which was a steal. I would stick to brewers across the pond next time I go back to this style. Pretty good though.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-06-24 at the Bulls Head Tavern in Lititz, PA.

A - A very unusual, chocolate milk color. Not at all what I'd expect from a Dunkel.

S - Mild, bready, not banana and clove

T - Again, not like a Dunkel but it certainly has a unique taste. It reminds me a little of the malt flavor in their Hercules DIPA, minus the hops of course. It's sweet but not overbearing, certainly come sweet chocalate and a hint of sour on the aftertaste. My wife squeezed a slice of lemon in hers and it certainly changed the taste to her preference but I was enjoying the unusual flavor of this brew.

M - Creamy, medium to thick body, light carbonation

D - Well, I could have had another one at the pub but I needed my hop fix and switched to a Smuttynose IPA so one was enough.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown with a two-finger head that takes forever to die and leaves minor lace around the glass. A funky roasted malt aroma and hints of bready yeast but not much sweetness nor is there very much in way of lemon/citric zest or spices. Light-to-medium bodied that for some reason has a smokey edge and while trying to combine with the spices and citric hops it doesn't mesh well. So basically a rather dry malted hefe with very little in the citric/spice taste category that is well-carb'd so it finishes crisp, dry but bland. Minimal sweet malts like caramel and very hard to notice pepper and clove in there as well. A nice attempt at this style but not very good and the price isn't exactly inviting me to buy another.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Dunkel Weiss pours a dark brown with ruby amber highlights with a creamy white head and slippery lacing.

The aroma has strong ripe banana, spicy cloves and dark caramel roasted malts.

The flavor follows the nose nicely, with strong ripe banana, clove spiciness and darkly toasted and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, very smooth and creamily carbonated with a lively finish.

Dunkel Weiss is a very good German style wheat beer, tasty and very satisfying. I would expect nothing less from Great Divide however!

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Photo of sprucetip
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours murky brown, very active, fizzy head lingers a bit then fades, no lacing.

SMELL Gets better and stronger during the sample. Subtel in stature but very pleasant. Light banana fruity esters, sweet malty, hint of spice, grainy. Pretty smooth.

TASTE sweet malty, wheaty, tea bags, boozy and fruity with light bitterness emreging at the end. Like the nose, improves as it warms.

FEEL effervescant, rich medium body, pleasantly viscous texture, clean finish.

OVERALL maybe a bit too sweet. but a good and tasty beer, and an admirable attempt at the style. A bit rich too be pounding.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with no head whatsoever, and just a few tiny bits of lacing. The body was a very cloudy, dark amber color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells of cooked lentils over a base of bannana esters and wheat.

T- The taste replicates the nose nicely with some sweet stewed malt coming into play, and some touches of caramel. The finish is rather nice, lingering on the tongue with melanoidin and bannana ester.

M- Medium to medium-plus body with some texture from unattenuated wheat, and a nice soft carbonation.

D- Nicely drinkable despite the off-putting cooked lentil aroma. Not the most well-crafted dunkel-weisse that I've had, but I certainly wouldn't turn-down another glass.

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Photo of avalon07
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dirty brown color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, white, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of wheat, grain, and a little banana.

T: Tasted predominantly of wheat and grain, with a little big of banana. A bit thin in the finish. Not as complex as you'd think.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: While this one does have its negatives, it's still pretty drinkable.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour into a pint glass at Kraftworks. This one bumps me up a notch, to bad it was not a memorable beer.

GD Dunkel weiss pours a pretty standard brown with some redness in it when towards light. A nice whitish head that died quickly, sparse lace on this. Smells of nuts, malt, slight peat, chocolate and small roast. Taste is roasted malt up top blending into a nutty assortment going into chocolate. A small earthy hop kick somewhere towards the beginning. Nothing to big. Feel is medium and lightly carbed. It goes down like a dunkel should so there's that. The drinkability on this is not to much because it does nothing for me.

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Photo of BlissJunkie
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Erdinger weizen glass.

A: Murky walnut with somewhat active carbonation. Firm cream cap has very nice retention and leaves sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Banana and a bit of clove, plus a faint hint of baking chocolate.

T: Banana bread is the theme here, as the wheat and banana aromas meld with the clove and lemon bitterness to create a nice flavor medley. There's an ever so mild chocolate flavor in the background that I wish were stronger. Finishes tart and dry with a touch of acidity.

M: The medium body is quite creamy and smooth. Carbonation is right on the money.

D: This is a nice effort by Great Divide. I was quite pleased. The beer went down easy and made me what another.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cvstrickland
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 22-ounce bomber bottle is trimmed in red foil, and when opened and briskly poured into my cool little Brewgrass tasting glass, yields a chestnut-colored brew with a glimmer of burnished copper twinkling at the edges. A trim cap of pale beige foam relaxes quickly into a thin ring that leaves only a few speckles of lacing clinging to the glass. Subsequent pours to the little glass yield a progressively hazier and darker-hued brew as the rested lees come into suspension.

The aroma is of candied-fruit sweet with a splash of overripe apple, molasses-covered banana, and a sprinkling of dark toffee. A note of chocolate becomes increasingly prominent as the drink tempers a bit.

The taste is also quite sweet, with gritty, powdery greenish banana accenting darker tones of milk chocolate and light roast coffee. A mellowing bit of toffee is dried by a touch of banana peel-type dryness and a spike or two of tangy clove.

The brew is medium-bodied but seems to drink a little heavier and slicker than that because of its copious sweetness and extremely fine-grained carbonation.

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Photo of bump8628
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky brown with a light tan head that fades quickly.

There's a weird mix of characteristics going on in this one. The banana/clove character that I was expecting is quite muted, which isn't necessarily a bad thing considering most American brewed examples taste like banana Runts. Other than the mild yeast I get a solid dose of bready/toasty malt and just a dusting of diluted cocoa. All of these characteristics are at home in the style, but they just don't seem to meld well in this one.

I've found Great Divide almost always does a style justice, but this is one that didn't do it for me. Not that it's a bad beer, but it's a style I typically enjoy and I found this one to be a bit muddled and well overpriced.

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Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of coldmeat23
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours up a dark amber/caramel color. Almost two-fingers of tan foam make the head. Retention is good. Lacing is medium thickness and slightly slippery.

Good wheat notes. Nice caramel maltiness. A nice yeast presence. Light hints of dark fruits and a slight touch of spiciness.
A subtle nose, for the style.

Nice dark wheat notes. Light touches of sweet, dark, fruits, along with bananas and apples. A good amount of yeastiness, but not over dominant. Mild traces of cloves and a good nuttiness.

Medium body, with a medium to full level of carbonation. The carbonation seems to detract from the overall enjoyment.

This is good, and easily drinkable, but not really all that memorable, sadly. This is my lowest rated from Great Divide, other than Hades.

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Photo of everetends
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta, GA. I believe the bottle was 6 or 7 dollars. Really happy to see this because I love German styles and I was happy to see Great Divide took a Dunkel Weis. Served this one up in my Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice dark brown, very cola color in appearance. Held to the light it has that really nice dark caramel hue to it, absolute cola look here. The body has just a touch of haze but you can easily see through it. The beer has a really nice and steady carbonation movement. The pour yielded about a finger of head and it slowly faltered to about an 1/4 finger that lasts good and long. Throws up a bit of chunky lace but it doesn't really stay on the glass too well. Overall, the look is solid for sure and has me excited about jumping into this brew.

S: Well, its a bit lighter than I like thats for sure. Still, its nice. You get the typical banana and clove presence coming out. You get a bit of some caramel malts that bring on a touch of sweetness behind that banana. The hops are very light but they have that nice German earthiness you expect, a little dirty. Other than that just getting a touch of wheat actually. Everything is there and well represents the style, but the level of intensity is not quite there for my liking.

T: Taste is a bit better. The banana and clove is really nice and has a good complimentary balance to it. The wheat comes in next and is much more pronounced than it is in the nose, it is at a much more appropriate level here than in the nose. Caramel is pleasant, and adds just enough sweetness to the brew in creating that nice flavor combination of bananas drizzled lightly with caramel. Yet again hops are earthy and bring that nice dirt component. Yet again this has places to go to make it better but it is absolutely solid and enjoyable.

M: Light side of medium in body. Has a bit of creaminess to it but it rides a fine line of almost being watery. Can't tell if this is a good thing or not. Carbonation has some heft and really keeps this crisp and refreshing. ABV is nicely light but still has a touch of heat every now and then to remind you its there. This brew finishes pretty damned clean, leaving just a touch of wheat and caramel behind at times.

D: Well, it is light in the feel but that does make this pretty drinkable. This becomes an easy drinker and nice darker beer that can be enjoyed in hotter temperatures. It is solid all around and Great Divide did a good job of representing the style. With that said, I still feel the same way about this one as I do the rest of the newer styles they are bringing out. They seem to do just enough but I feel like they could do a bit more and these beers could be damned good. I still imagine tweaking will be done and this beer will get better as newer batches are released and hopefully they will be. Thanks again, Great Divide. You rarely let a brotha down.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown color with copper highlights. Poured s 2 finger creamy tan head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Laced in sheets.

S: Light fruit and wheat malts. Banana and spice.

T: Slightly sweet caramel malts and bready wheat malt. Banana and clove flavors are somewhat muted by the malt. Toasty flavor lingers through a bitter finish

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Dry and toasty flavor in the finish is pleasing.

D: Very flavorful and easy to drink. Good body and flavor if you're not quite up to a bock.

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Photo of sevopie
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy cola colo rwith a quickly fading tan/orange head.

Banana and pineapple juice are the dominating smells, with some honey, a touch of a bitter spice, and a faint chocolate malt. Touch of alcohol as well.

Very wheaty on the flavor with some raisins and banana as well. Spices come through again, with a dark bread on the finish - maybe rye.

Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

Not quite sure what to think of this one, as it hit me as a lot wheatier and breadier than I thought it was going to be. I'm enjoying it, but only partially, and probably couldn't stomach the whole bomber.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Naaman's Road Total Wine in Delaware. Split over dinner with two buddies of mine.

Appearance- Pours a nice mellow shade of brown with with some busy carbonation. However, surprisingly mild head that only gradually grows to about a finger and a half. Used to more head on German style wheat beers, but what head there is does retain very well and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell- Lots of sweet caramel and toffee on the nose, followed closely by cloves and banana bread. Not so much the scent of fresh banana as a combination of yeastiness/breadiness/banana. A nice sweet smell with a fair amount well represented scents.

Taste- A bit less complex than the smell but still very pleasant. Lots of sweet toffee, banana, and yeastiness for the primary flavor profile. Followed up with a bit of cinnamon/cloves spices but fairly mild in the spice department compared to some dunkels that I've had.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Despite fairly lively carbonation, I found the mouthfeel to be a bit thinner than I like in dunkelweizen. Not initially noticeable but wateriness became more prominent as the beer warmed slightly. Although a bit on the thin side, the pleasant flavors and nice smells coming off this beer still made it quite drinkable.

Overall, a solid dunkelweizen and another solid beer from Great Divide. I've had better representations of the style, but on the whole a very good American interpretation.

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Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber-red with a small beige head that dissipates quickly, and has some lacing.

smell is of malt, a touch of sweetness, and roasted nuts.

taste is nutty, malt, a few hops, some roastiness, and caramel, ends a little dry.

overall a nice dukel.

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Photo of natasharai
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a small fizzy tan head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. The beer is a cloudy brown color.

Smell: Sweet caramel, spicy clove, some ripe banana, gingerbread, and molasses

Taste: Spicy clove and ginger, molasses, small floral hop character, roasted malt, and a sweet nutty flavor at the end

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, tingle on the tongue, medium slightly watery body, leaves mouth with a sweet sticky feel

Overall: Good drinkability, pretty basic but less fruit than some. The smell was more complex and better than the taste. The flavor starts spicy then fades to a roasted malt/nutty flavor. The flavor was a little watery and to "fresh" maybe too much hop presence for me. Decent Dunkel considering it is US made...

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into Weiss Glass.

A. Poured an almost 3 finger head. Nice carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Ruby/Caramel color. Nice lacing left.

S. Banana, Clove, Spices, Malt.

T. Clove, Banana, a roastiness from the malt.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Easy drinking. An almost refreshing quality to it. Could use a little more complexity in the flavor.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of PDXHops
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a weizen glass. Ruddy light brown body with a disappointingly small off-white head that leaves scattered spots of lacing in its wake.

Light chocolate and brown sugar aromas under a 1-2-3 punch of banana, tangy yeast and wheat aromas. Clove flavor is much stronger than the hints that showed up in the nose. Tastes much like the drippings at the bottom of a banana split- banana, chocolate, caramel, a vague creaminess. A lemony bite at the swallow, then the banana split flavors linger.

Overall impression: Doesn't look like much, but a tasty dunkel for sure.

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