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

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color with a head as big as was anticipated; plenty of lacing around the side of the weizen glass

Smell: Crusty wheat bread; a dusting of cocoa powder; hints of hazelnuts, banana and clove; and a trace of lemon

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, with hints of cocoa, hazelnuts, banana and clove developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, a hint of tartness develops but the cocoa and bready flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Great Divide isn't the first brewery I would think of when it comes to German style beers so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this one is a bit of a disappointment; the malt bill lacks the banana, clove and cocoa prominence I seek in the style; the beer is pleasant enough but not a contender when compared to the best of the style

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Photo of oberon
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse glass a murky russett color with a great fluffy two finger white head that settled slowly into a frothy mass leaving broken chunks of lace behind in its wake.Aromas of chocolate malt and clove mainly,much more chocolate than any other of the style I have had.I hate to say it but the flavors for me are average to below average for the style for me,mainly chocolate weheat malt flavors with light clove,no complexity or nuances.I love GD,one of my favorite breweries but this really doesnt hit home for me.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a deep unfiltered coppery amber, with several huge fingers of dirty off-white head. All of that foam eventually shrinks down to a thin filmy look, that leaves just some light patchy lacing behind. The aroma is sticky in the nose with toasted wheat and a good bit of spicy close. I'm getting just a touch of banana here but those ripe fruit aromas I usually associate with the style are mostly subdued here in the nose.

The taste is thick with dark wheat character, with plenty of spice and some light earthy hops laying a strong zip on the tongue. Much like the aroma, I'm getting just a smidge of those fruity esters from the yeast. Strong dry finish on this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly feel up front that then descends into a much flatter and chewy texture towards the back of the swallow. That 6% seems about right for the feel. There's some heft here but it doesn't seem to hinder the overall presence.

This wasn't horrible or anything but some more depth of fruit character definitely would have been welcome here in the profile, as this mostly came off as a bit 2-note. This was just OK though and is ultimately not one of Great Divides better offerings.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed orange peel with a gorgeous bonfire glow when backlit with late morning sunshine. The sponge cake-like crown is an attractive shade of golden beige and looks damn good as it melts. Less than expected glass coverage is the only (minor) disappointment.

The nose isn't short on wheaty tanginess. Here's hoping that lemon juice won't be rampant on the palate. The usual aromas of bruised banana and clove are noted. Too bad there isn't much in the way of cocoa, which I always like in beer of this style.

Dunkel Weiss Dark Wheat Ale isn't overly tangy, which is a good thing. My problems with it are two-fold. The first has to go with the malt bill and the second has to do with the yeast. That doesn't mean that it's bad beer. Far from it. It just means that Great Divide didn't consult me before brewing. How dare they?

Malt flavor is of the toasted bready-earthy-nutty-woody variety that always make me think of Munich, Victory, etc. Something with more of a caramel and/or chocolate vibe would have been tastier. In addition, the yeast isn't estery enough. The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is only 2.0/5.0 and clove spiciness is on the subdued side. More dunkel and more weizen would have been the way to go.

The body/mouthfeel falls a fraction short as well. It's on the light side of light-medium and doesn't have much creaminess or volume. What was good initially is slightly less than that in the bottom half of the bomber.

Great Divide is pretty much a permanent member of my 'Top 10 American Breweries Of All-Time'. Dunkel Weiss, although a well-crafted beer in a general sense, doesn't put a serious scare into the greats of the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-effervescent caramel color with a thumb of fluffy tan head. Hazed a bit as the bottle drains, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Bubblegum & bananas

T: Caramel, brown sugar, apricot, green banana & dryness up front. Dryness & green bananas dominate as this warms along with more brown sugar sweetness, a little bit of clove & some roasted malt, dryness backs off once pretty warm. Finishes fruitty (bananas & figs) with more brown sugar

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, & some chewyness

Drinks a bit slow, the dryness & green bananas slow me down. Not a bad Dunkel, but there many better

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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 WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a murky mahogany brown muddled hue with a nice sized light beige cream head forms thin sporadic lacing as it dwindles down.

Aroma has a touch of chocolate malt dark roastiness going on. Even a bit of banana and clove but a heavy nutty yeast note. A bit muted overall, not as expressive as most German counterparts.

Flavor packed full of toasted caramel malt, banana clover, a touch of raisin and green apple in the finish. Again the yeast has a dominant spicy nutty edge that I'm diggin'. Complex lower alcohol brew, gotta love Great Divide.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is not as spritzy as the real deal but it still carries everything pretty well. Nothing cloying finishes easy without weighing the palate down in anyway, really non offensive.

Drinkability is solid a beer that they need to brew in six pack form so I can grab a couple more of these this coming spring. Good stuff.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Churchkey, 16 ounces in an Imperial pilsner glass. Brown, high haze, tight white head, head falls away, does not leave lacing on sides. Head fails to cover the top of the beer, carbonation mild, seems under carbed.

Some fruity esters in the nose, a slight malt character, no hops, sweetness or alcohol. A relatively minor and subtle aroma.

Buttery, a slight roast on the back, full bodied, sweet. No cereal flavor, wheat comes through. No bitterness, drinkability high. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One thing a love about Mountain Sun is their accommodation of guest taps. This one was a guest there on Vine Street in Denver.
A lighter pour than I was expecting. Hazy golden, murky, where's the 'dunkel'? No big deal, but if we're going with style points...
Semi-sweet aroma, a little spicy as well. Soft fruit.
Not as malty in the taste as I thought it would be. Spice, clove, banana, some bready yeast and malt. Maybe it's be, but I think this style should be a slight bit sweeter or maltier than a saison. Not that this is a saison, but it more closely resembles one to me. It's good. That's true. Very drinkable.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a slightly hazy chestnut with a mediocre head that fades to a thin cap. In the nose, you get some notes of banana, some lemony citrus, and the barest hint of clove. Definitely on the lighter side. The taste is also a bit light , but there are nice notes of banana and clove that grow as the beer warms. Smooth and spicy in the mouth. Definitely on the lighter side for a dunkelweizen, but smooth and pretty tasty, especially on-tap.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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 flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The label indicates this was bottled 4/16/2009, so it is a little old but probably still fine.

Appearance: clear, rich copper color with a finger of ivory foam. It may be just me but I like a little cloudiness to my dunkelweizens and a little more action in the foam arena. It's not too bad, though.

Smell: aroma is carameley but not particularly wheaty. Again, it's good, but not exactly what I'm looking for in this style of beer.

Taste: the flavor has a little wheat to it, but it's mostly caramel malt flavor with a healthy dose of nuttiness. This is a lot more like a nut brown ale than a dunkelweizen; for all that, it's not bad, though perhaps a bit sweet for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a relatively nice carbonation to it. A little creaminess without much sticky staying power -- not bad.

Drinkability: as I said, it's a bit sweet for my taste. Plus, I'm in the mood for a dunkelweizen, and this beer simply cannot satiate that jones. I'm disappointed that it's not really what I expected, but it's not a bad beverage by any means.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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 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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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 Haybeerman
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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 sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650mL bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottled April 17, 2009.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish mahogany amber that produced an immediately dissipating gray head.

(S)- Fruity esthers of lemon, banana, & apples. Bits of clay & biscuits.

(T)- Rather yeasty with over-ripe banana, lemon, & an apple cider background. I think this might be too old.

(M)- Good carbonation level with a decent balance & feel to it. The flavors are just a bit off for the style; definitely too old.

(D)- Still drinkable, but this was probably much better fresh. Great banana & wheat. Will re-review when I find a fresh one.

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Photo of avalon07
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Nate for picking this 22 oz. bomber up for me.

With the yeast added,the color reminds me of homemade apple cider. Muddy deep amber with som hazey ochre and coppr tones too. Not as much foam as I was hoping for.

Lots of pumpernickle grains with a powdered chocolate covered banana and dark bubblegum aromas from the yeast.

The taste starts dark bready with a grainy palate that sticks through till almost the finish. The middle has a some weak chocolate flavors sprinkled on top bananas. The finishing palate is a little more powdery than grainy.

Good yeast flavors mix pretty good with the malt and wheat bill. The palate brings the overal quality of this beer down a bit in my opinion. Don't let this beer warm up too much.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $7.49. Dark chestnut, not brown. Smells quite wheaty and tastes like cloves, wheat, yeasty, not bad for a dunkelweizen at all. Too bad there are plenty of German examples which are cheaper and are obviously a tad bit more authentic. Still, this was interesting and I am glad to see Great Divide releasing new beers in bombers.

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Photo of ccrida
2.1/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bomber from the April bottling that I've cellared since it release. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Great Divide's Dunkel Weiss is ruddy caramel with a small off-white head that leaves very light lace.

Smell is estery, really earthy. Reminds me a lot of the 1.5 year old Fantome Hiver that I had last night actually, but it's a little mustier.

Taste is weird, a little fishy actually, or maybe mushrooms. Not loving this at all. Not spoiled though, it's just the esters, spicy clove, a little banana, but overall, it's a big miss by my book.

Mouthfeel is crisper and dry, but no real carbonation, with a medium body.

Drinkability is low, this is not a very good beer at all. Maybe it's better fresh, or maybe it's just a bad beer period. At least this bottle certainly was.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a dirty dark copper color with red edges. the head is tight and creamy, very light tan color with a nice lace left behind.

S-the nose is quite grainy, a sort of dirty grit and wheat. notes of caramel underneath with a hint medicinal phenol.

T-again, a dirty grain, notes of wheat, nice banana and lemon flavors in the back taken over by a medicinal phenol flavor and touch of bitterness.

M-grainy feel with lots of carbonation in the back and spicy crisp finish. thin in the middle and towards the back, body falls off and is light in the first place.

D-phenolic and thin in the back lingering and bothering me. not a solid beer.

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