Dunkel Weiss | Great Divide Brewing Company

Dunkel WeissDunkel Weiss
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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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Added by jamie2dope on 04-29-2009

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 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 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 froghop
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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 boatshoes
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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 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 BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-24-09

Pours an extremely cloudy amber/brown color, with a pleasant foamy off-white head and a thick layer of lacing.

Smell is very fruity, lots of clove, caramel, and toffee. Nicely complex, and very well balanced.

Taste is a lot like the smell, just with a noticeable earthy, peaty flavor. Very smooth, with a nice sweetness and a slightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but the carbonation helps.

Drinkability is good, the flavors are sweet, but enjoyable.

Overall, a good beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of damienblack
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a blood-red, deep. Fluffy head, but not quite as aggressive as some of the German dunkels. Smell is a bit muted, but still fresh vibrant malt. Doesn't smell hoppy. Taste is muted but still bright sweet dark malt. Pretty lively with some nice carbonation. A bit thin in the mouth, not a huge depth of flavor, nor as coating as a lot of the germans. But still tasty and quite refreshing.

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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 sevopie
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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 klewis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy copper with a medium head. Light lacing.

S: Mixed fruit and banana with a light honey aroma.

T: A berry-like fruity flavor with a touch of banana. Maltier and sweeter than most in the style. Citrusy hop finish.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: A pretty average dunkel weiss. Decent, but not nearly as good as many of its German counterparts.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Small light tan fizzy head, weak retention and no lacing. Hazy dark amber colored beer.

S- Large caramel and roasted nut aroma with hints of banana and clove.

T- Subtle caramel with roasted nuts, light metallic flavor and nice clove spice.

M- Medium/light bodied beer with a silky mouth feel and a little bit of bite.

This is a lighter beer then I expected. A little more body and flavor would do this beer good.

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Photo of riored4v
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6/16/09

Poured into a pint glass. Slightly cloudy, reddish body 1 finger, off-white head.

Smell is malty and mildly sweet. Slighlty estery with hints of cloves.

Taste had hints of cloves w/ a mild banana presence in the finish. Mildly bitter and slightly spicey. Fairly sweet, nice maltiness with hints of darker roasted malts.

Mouthfeel had good carbonation, medium body and crisp finish.

Drinkability was good. Nice balance of flavors with a clean finish.

Although a good beer, it didnt seem to be very traditional and was more on of an american rendition. Even after swirling the yeast from the bottom, is still seemed to lack some of the good traditional-ness.

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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 everetends
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 atsprings
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, nobody else has reviewed this one since I reviewed from the bottle a few days ago, well, 10oz serving on-tap at The Pit served a crisp dark orange with a thin barely-there head that diminishes to a ring and leaves no lacing. Aroma is a decent amount of toasted malts. The taste is a wonderful blend of toasted malts and cocoa. The beer is quite smooth and refreshing, even for summer. This is an enjoyable beer, but I must say I prefer it bottled.

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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 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 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 Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a medium off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, bananas and cloves.

The flavor is sweet sugary dark fruits, molasses and some fruitcake spices. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite style and this one is too far on the sweet side for me.

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Photo of ohmybock
2.36/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I paid $6 for a 22oz bomber which is awfully expensive for a dunkel weizen. I generally respect Great Divide so I went ahead and bought a bottle anyway. My bottle had a recent bottling date of April 17, 2009. When poured, it looked okay. The head was a bit small for a wheat beer, but it wasn't a big deal. The label claimed a German yeast was used, and the aroma seemed to back that up. I could smell a bit of banana/clove character which I like. Unfortunately, the taste was a bit disappointing. It has some of that banana/clove character, but the phenols seem to be slightly out of whack. Either that or they just don't mix well with the slightly off-putting grainy/dark flavor. I like some quality German dunkel weizen beers, but this beer has something in it that doesn't sit well with me. It's almost some sort of unpleasant dirty/dirt-ish flavor. Whatever it is, it gets worse as the beer warms. I was only able to get through half the bomber before I had to dump what was left. I like that GD is doing some new/seasonal beers, but I'll look elsewhere when it comes to dark wheat beers.

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Dunkel Weiss from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 47.5% out of 100 with 120 ratings
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