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Dunkel Weiss | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Dunkel WeissDunkel Weiss

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of three new beers that I know of from these guys, the other two being Saison and Belgica. I like the blurb on the side of the bottle telling the drinker not to add any lemon to this. Decadent pour reveals a cloudy dark red, with a large white head. Musty smells of banana, brown bread and bubblegum come through in the aroma. Overall the smell is juicy. Taste is still incredibly juicy, but with a beautiful wheat backbone. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation and flavor to make it complex, yet approachable. This is an easy drinker, but it deserves to be sipped. A great beer here from Great Divide that is as good, if not better than many of the great German examples. Hopefully this is a year round offering. Not to be missed for wheat beer lovers.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type bottle poured into a .5L Weissen glass

appearance- a rich, cloudy oak. nice dark head with great lacing. supprised on how much.

smell- a lovely aroma of bananas, caramel malts, wheat, and cloved.

taste/mouthfeel- The taste is great. Although i didn't smell it as much, i notice right away a slight chocolate after taste. the banana and wheat tasted alot like banana bread. the chocolate flavor went very nicely with it. it was medium bodied and good level of carbonation. nice and smooth to.

drinkability- i greatly enjoyed this beer and will buy another very soon!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Red foiled cap.

Poured into a Mayflower nonic pint, formed a 3/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Head falls slowly to half-height, with tons of sticky lacing. Aroma is slightly smoky cloves and wheat sweetness. Taste is also wheat sweet upfront, moderate clove character in the middle through to end. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is amazingly good. This one will get me back for more.

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Photo of RickS95
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damned thing almost exploded as I popped the cap, then literally filled my snifter with the head after roughly an ounce of beer hit the glass. The beer is a medium brown, very rich looking, in color; but all you notice is the huge head of slightly offwhite bubbles. All different sizes, all popping at different times.

Nothing Earth-shattering about the nose, it's not bad, just nothing exceptional. Standard issue banana and clove, with what must be cinnamon giving it more depth. All the usual hefe suspects are kept in line with an aggressive malt bill.

I totally dig the taste. Very malty, but it's got that nice yeasty tang to it and the aforementioned spice (has to be cinnamon) to balance the twang and add a little sweetness.

Medium-bodied, feels thick and creamy as it dances on the tongue. Tangy and sweet, faintly spicy with some heat at the end, mostly from the carbonation.

An extremely easy drinker. No real faults, the lack of smell is a minimal issue in my book. The style hasn't always been high on my list of must haves, but this beer may enter my normal rotation of drinks.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm excited to see Great Divide branching out and doing some unexpected brews. This and the saison are some of the most recent ventures and both are worth a try.

Bottled 4/17/09.

Red foil wrapped bomber opens with a loud hiss and pours into a goblet. It has a nice redish brown color, clarity is fair, and the head is thick but short-lived.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a pleasant nutty fruit character to it.

Flavor is nicely balanced. Although it seems too sweet at first, the roasty malts and ample hopping even it out. There's a nice spicy flavor that is not uncommon in a Belgian. The wheat is big but the roasty carmel notes and even some chocolate come through.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, with full body and light carbonation. It's very easy drinking even on the eve of a 90 degree day.

Although I don't have much experience with the style, I picked up an authentic German example (from the BA top 10) and had it earlier today. I don't know how true this is to the originals but it's a tasty beer in it's own right.

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Photo of jdflyer06
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. into a snifter

A: A beautiful dark orange with little head and some lacing. A really pretty beer.

S: Smells of a sour. Lemon zest and grassy notes dominate. Some bitter hop aroma comes through.

M: Perfect carbonation. Finishes clean and leaves no unwanted aftertaste. Perfect.

T: Citrusy with a light caramel malt backbone. Some bitter hops come in and the finish is orange peel and candy sugar. Very nice.

O: Pretty drinkable but is somewhat sour and dries the palate as you get further along. Pretty unique; somewhere between a sour and a lager. I would say this is exactly what GD was going for. I don't think I'd want this often, but it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Murky brown with some orange/ ruby hues. There is a thin, but creamy off-white head that has some pretty nice retention.

S- Bananas, clove, caramel, and vanilla. Smells very nice and just about right.

T- Tastes surprisingly fruity with some hints of watermelon. There is a nice amount of sweetness, but not enough to have it become annoying.

M- Creamy to no end. Just wonderful.

D- An enjoyable beer. This could definitely stand up with some German competitors.

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Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky mahognay with a thin tan head. Nose is very fruity with some wheat malts, peppery yeast and spices. Taste is also on the fruity side, but well balanced. Nice citrus and tropical presence along with the herbal yeast. Crisp body is well carbonated. Nice effort from GD.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
Bottled Apr 17 2009

A- Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a murky brown color with a nice off-white head with a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is very nice with some bready malt, wheat, a touch of caramel and bananas and clove.

T- The taste like the aroma is caramel malts and bready wheat malts. There is also some banana and clove flavors, almost like banana bread.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another fantastic brew from Great Divide that is recommended!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long day today. Nice long session at Barleys followed by a big tasting back at the house,. What more
could anyone ask for? Consumed on 07/05/2010.

Now this was a damn good beer. I was thrilled to see it up on the board and ordered it straight away.
Dark as could be it comes to my table looking like melted milk chocolate. Nice firm head of maybe
three inches caps the top and settles down quickly into a smooth and even layer.

Aroma is big, deep chocolate, rich roasted malts, enormous brown sugar and caramel notes, this one was
a beast to say the least. Really carried over and expanded into the flavor. Rich chocolate, roasted
nuts, molasses, hints of earthy, dry notes. Really just very full and deep. Rich, creamy feel and a
session ability that was top notch.

Overall this was about as solid as it gets. A tremendously good beer that I would love to be able to
try again.

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Photo of farrago
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is a coppery brown color, tops off at a finger plus but made of large enough bubbles that they pop off into a thin coating across the surface, lacing doesn't stick around very long either. Reddish brown liquid with a slight orange lightening at the rims, solid haze gives it as much translucency as you can get without opacity. Very sweet and thick nose of clove, molasses, honey and caramel, with no lack of pralines, milk chocolate powder, apricot, cherry fruit with a touch of banana and, perhaps, tangerine. Full-bodied, finds more balance here with a hoppy floral mist and little grassy nip before the clove, nutmeg spice and molasses, butterscotch and caramel take over. The carbonation puts up a good struggle against the density but eventually falters and gets squeezed out through the mid-palate. Smooth enough mouth feel, allows the apricot, peach, pear and mango fruit to slowly spread wide. Minor pie crust or fruit bread notes. Could probably have been made denser, a good thing it was not.

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Photo of natasharai
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 JAStheAce
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice light brown with crimson undertones. about 2 inches of thick vanilla head. this is hazy and very sexy looking beer. Good wafts of wheat and bread,7. Sweet smelling, yeasty and traditional warm banana bread. Big malt presence right off the bat. Bready with an abrupt bitter aftertaste. Some cinnamon spice with nutmeg as well and very refreshing. A light to medium body but more on the medium style like a good dunkel should. Mid-level carbonation.

i am pleasantly surprised with this beer and I tip my hat for the USA as this is an excellent interpretation that boldly goes to a style of beer that is firmly entrenched as a German specialty. And I feel it does quite well.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a somewhat clear (for the style) light amber color with a large tan foam typical of wheat beers. Retention is good and the lacing is terrific. Good looking dunkel, albeit a bit light in color.

Smell is a bit different than most of the style. Surprisingly grainy without a ton of banana and clove. Yeast is more biscuity and doughy with quite a bit of pecan nuttiness. Smells good, just different.

Chocolate, cloves and a bit of banana come through in the taste with a bit more rounded feel as some other light fruits come into play; pears and apples perhaps? This one has some characteristics more akin to a dunkel lager than a dunkelweiss...strong nutty presence, honey malt sweetness and some grassy hops. Mouthfeel is good, as it has a nice creaminess to it but seems to fall a bit short of some of the best German D-weiss'. Still a good American rendition of the style and I would surely buy a sixer of this if it was available around here.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with an orange hue. Full bubbly tan head that falls to a thin one. Full, thin lace.

Nice wheat aroma with a bit of bready yeast. Bit of clove and sweetness.

Nice wheat taste with a dark malt backbone. Somewhat sweet and spicy with a slight banana flavor in the finish.

Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation and a slight bite on the tongue.

I like it. I can see drinking more of this.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a growler into a weizen glass. Pours garnet with golden highlights and a thin khaki head.

S - Nutmeg, malt, light fruits, banana.

T - Bready, caramel, malty, mild spices. A very mild alcohol flavor in the aftertaste isn't surprising given the alcohol percentage in this one.

M - Medium bodied, mild/low carbonation, a little sticky.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Red Foil

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, banannas, wheat, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, nice yeast notes, a nice touch of banannas/wheat/spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this one is tasting very nice tonight. Thanks Chuck.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, garnet-hued body with a smallish, off-white head.

Smell: A sweet and malty aroma with notes of dark, grainy wheat-based bread, dark brown sugar, dark caramel, and three Tootsie Rolls. Also some scents of chewing gum, clove, and dark fruitiness.

Taste: Dark, bready toastiness with sweet flourishes of brown sugar and nutty dark caramel. Hint of Tootsie Rolls. Flavors of bubble gum, spice, and dark fruits join the fray. Another hint of Tootsie Rolls. Oh-so mild touch of banana. Very light bitterness. Final pinch of clove spice in the otherwise sweetish, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, it certainly isn't everyday that you run into a dunkelweizen, though I'm glad I did. Makes for sweet, easy, lightly wheaty drinking on this Wednesday evening. It's nice to see Great Divide churning out so many new beers this year.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very rich hazel, ruby red color with some hints of brown, and a tan colored finger of head that quickly recedes to a light film and a ring around the glass.

Smell: Lots of banana. Some spices of cloves and cinnamon. Some wheats and some malts as well. A little bit of citrus, but banana dominates on this one.

Taste: Banana, yeast, cloves, spices, cinnamon, malts, yeast, bananas. It begins sweet, transitions to a little bit tart, and finishes of cloyingly malty. Impressive how smoothly it transitions.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and airy. The beer sits right on your tongue, never coming across as overbearing.

Drinkability: The 6.4% ABV is well masked. The banana and cloves are well done. I have officially come over to the "Dunkel Side."

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Photo of gkunkle
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown color, as the bottle describes it, visible carbonation. The head disappointed me a bit, most wheat beers present much better head with good retention, this one had a decent head, but retention was poor. Smell was of clove, wheat, brown sugar and a little bit of raisin. Taste is great, as far as American made dunkels go, this is pretty good in the taste department. Sweet wheat taste with just a little bit of alcohol present in my nose as I sip (since the head has now fully receded) the taste is good, but would not stack up to something like weihenstephaner. Overall, a decent representation of the style for an American brewer, but there are better offerings in the same genre available to me that I would rather buy.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a murky, rusty brown under a medium, but short lived, off white head. No lace and no retention.

S: Toasted malt, some caramel, hint of banana, clove, bread and yeast. Nothing huge, but very clean and balanced.

T: Sweet up front, malty, toasted, caramel, hint of banana again. Finish is slightly bitter, but the malt hangs on. Bit of yeast, bread. Sweetness can be a little medicinal, but the taste still holds up well.

M/D: Nice medium to light body. Carbonation is slightly prickly. Drinkability is fine. Very drinkable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Docer
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle in the fridge for about a month... and am finally trying it... this is the second Dunkle next to Hacker-Pschorr ontap that I have tried.. here is the review..

- Wonderful rich dark copper.. leans towards molasses.. minimal to no head... and light lacing.. ever so slightly cloudy.. lot's of good live yeast in the bottle for conditioning.

- Rather strong wood aged scent... very oakey.. and grain-like... does smell of the style very much so... slight bittering and sweetness..

- Robust wheat, sweet and creamy.. almost a strong cake.. carrot cake minus the tartness... this Dunkle could go stronger if desired... complex and actually quite good.

- Bit dry and chewy, sweet and strong.

- Great tasting.. if you like strong wheats.. a good one for you! Tastes stronger than the 6.4% it states though... but rich, complex, balanced.. and a great American interpretation of the style.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a cloudy cola brown body with a small beige head. Good retention with some patchy lacing.

Aroma is clove, doughy bread, ripe banana, and toasted caramel.

Medium body and carbonation.

Taste is more complex than the aroma. Clove and ripe banana are joined by hazelnut, black pepper, wheat malt, yeast, and some earthy hops. Caramel adds a nice backdrop.

Nicely done. An enjoyable sipper that improves as it warms to near room temperature.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weird...I see this is available in bottles, though I've never seen it in the Philly market. I've actually never heard of it before I saw it on tap at Capone's today...

Appears a light russet toned amber with a fluffy, beige head that slowly fades out. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of the classic German Dunkel Weizens...spicy clove, caramel, nuttiness, light bread. Nice!
Taste follows the aromas with a roasted nut flavor with clovey spiciness trailing the rear.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly tart from the wheat, with higher carbonation.

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Dunkel Weiss from Great Divide Brewing Company
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