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Wolnzacher Nikolausbier | Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG

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Wolnzacher NikolausbierWolnzacher Nikolausbier

Brewed by:
Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ElGuapo on 11-03-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 12
Reviews by pezoids:
Photo of pezoids
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was hazy and cherry orange in color with a thin filmy head. The aroma has some bittersweet fruits, sweet cherry malts and a touch of honey. The taste is light and fruity. There’s a decent and prominent body of malt present. This is an interesting beer – It seems like a crossover of sorts and I can’t pin it down. Seems to have some of the characteristics of a Bockbier and a fruity seasonal. It’s tasty, a bit light, but has just the right amount of sweetness. Semi-sticky finish with a lemony coating that tingles the tongue. A nice and interesting beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blurry auburn brown with a scattered beige rimming.
Caramelized nose with hazelnuts and stewed figs, backed with a leafy Hallertau spice and traces of metal.
Begins with a vague fruitiness, mincing golden raisins, toffeed pears, currant, and yams, before turning nuttier and full of caramel. Nut skins, and pulpy macadamia flesh, lathered in cooked sugar. Yeast adds dough more than anything, and perhaps a background clove/pepper phantom. It ends full of brown paper bags (signifying that this is probably older than it should be), and stalky floral bitterness.
You gotta love the Wolnzacher mouthfeel and it's sense of rippling, undulating cream.
This is a good version indeed, and probably a mindbender when fresh.

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Photo of bditty187
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Largely clear, tawny-ruby brown in hue, the color is very attractive. When held to a light it looks tan around the edges. An off-white head of one finger in height graced the top of the beer. The head retention was fair, after a moment it faded to a sparse, thin collar. There was no subsequent lacing. The nose is malty and thus sweet. There is a very significant amount of caramel aromas too. Toffee. I don’t get even a suggestion of hops, which is fine because the maltiness is so lovely. The nose doesn’t seem the least bit German. No complaints. Even though the bouquet is one-dimensional I find it very inviting. Moderate potency. The palate is very charming. Okay, it at least tastes German! The hops are weak and largely in the back but tasty nevertheless. Still the malt is what makes this beer work. The caramel flavors are the focal point and the flavors are surprisingly rich. I also detect some faint toasty qualities that balance the sweetness well. There is good depth in the malt but overall the beer is a little straightforward. It lacks complexity but it is tasty and refreshing. The aftertaste is long and fairly clean, lager-like. Overall this is a balanced beer that is well-crafted even if none of the characteristics are remarkable alone. Medium in body, the mouthfeel is silky smooth, low carbonation helps this phenomenon. I enjoyed this beer; nothing noteworthy and I doubt I’ll remember drinking it in a few months. However as I drink it in the moment I like it and I guess that is all that matters. I would quaff this again, if I see in a store. I purchased a 16.9-ounce bottle in Burnsville, MN. It is worth a try.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a big .5L bottle to a big steamed glass. The liquid is a dark dark, amber with a crimson glow. Lots of carbonation pushes up a huge 3 finger dark tan head that lives. The head builds up creamy and tall, then the bubbles grow to show a foamy then rocky head as it fades, leaving a minimal lace. Found sediment in the glass after finishing most of this way fine brew.

The smell delivers dark fruit, black coffee and oh sweet blessed malt.

The taste is marvelously complex. Lots of sweet tart malt roasted to perfection delivering, notes of peaches, carmel, coffee, and rum. What a find! The finish is lovely, dry & soothing.

The mouthfeel is medium to full body. Nice velvety smooth carbonation is well balanced and delicious. This beer could easily be billed as a Dopplebock. As a Dunkle it is in the realm of the Ettaler Kloster Dunkel save the chocolate.

Drinkability? WOW! Zowweey! All night every night! As a Dunkle this beer kills it's peers in it's sleep. As a special Alt Dunkel it still makes quite a statement, earning a huge rating in it's class.
Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK
I got to find more of this I bought their last two.

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Photo of horndecker
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orangey copper color with red around the edges. A decent tan head with fine bubbles which last a bit, but pretty soon we have just a flat glassy surface. Cloudy.

Spicy malt nose, bit of fruit and medicinal hop aroma. Nice enough.

The taste is sweet malt, bright and juicy, pretty long. A very mild hop bitterness emerges, followed by a dark fruit aftertaste. There's not much apparent carbonation, but nonetheless it has a decent foamy mouthfeel.

Interesting, and nice maltiness, but the finish is too sweet and fruity, not really very refreshing.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick khaki head held up well, but left no lacing. The beer is ruby amber in color, and the smell of sweet malt. Light caramel malt along with just a little sweet citrus hoppiness make up the flavor. There’s just enough bitterness in the aftertaste to cut the lightly sweet flavor. The body is smooth and luscious.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured deep copper amber but the sediment slipped into the glass. The head was compact and off-white but laced the glass.

The aroma was mainly Munich malt and caramel. No hop aroma, and a subtle sweetness shined through.

The flavor was sweet and malty with caramel malt but well balanced with hop bitterness. No hop flavor, but a subtle nuttiness from the Munich malt.

The finish was dry and nutty with a lasting malt impression. The body was medium.

I wish I had not messed up the pour and made the appearance be murky.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy, a touch murky, but with a brightly deep reddish color that almost takes on a purplish-amber hue. The head starts out at about two-fingers thick and is a nicely tannish amber color. The aroma is sweet and malty up front with a lightly toasty note in the finish that almost takes on a hint of smoke. A rich, caramelized bready note is prominent in the middle aromatics as well as some light spicy notes that help to round things out.

The taste is quite a bit drier than 8I was expecting from the aroma, but it fits in perfectly as a hugely malty German beer that is not overly sweet (a product of decoction mashing perhaps). A touch of salty, smoky peat is noticeable as part of the complex malt profile. There is a touch of sweetness here, it is almost fruity with hints at berries and even something like pear. Solid, freshly baked, crusty, caramelized bread notes and a light biscuit character round out the malt notes. A lightly spicy hop note is here in the flavor as well. It almost, in combination with the sweet malt notes, adds something like cinnamon flavor to the beer. Definitely there is a nice spicy hop character that at times is herbal and takes on a light, yet balancing bitterness in the finish. This is definitely a nice beer, I think it might not be as fresh as I could like, but it is still quite tasty.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Rich dark caramel color, topped with a small frothy head that starts as small bubbles, and recedes it's way into larger ones. Aroma is rather breadlike, but I am picking up some chocolate notes as well. Taste is full bodied, biscuity, with a slightly dry finish. It says Hallertau on the label, but I'm thinking they didn't use a lot in this brew. Nice and thick, a bit of sweetness. pat

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Photo of Bighuge
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear ruby/scarlet red appearance. Small but bubbly light beige head. It recedes to a bubbly rimming that leaves spotty lace. Great toasted malt, black malt, grainy mix on the nose. The flavors of this beer are quite smooth and delicate. Very nice though. Subtle carmelized malt tones mix with some burnt and blackened malt tones. Maybe a little roasted barley and just a titch of hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy and the body checks in at about medium-full. I could make a session with a bunch of these, but it'd be an expensive session after 12 or so.

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Photo of inebrius
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

These Wolnzacher brews just hang out on the upper shelves of your local beer store looking like pimply adolescents with K-mart shoes at a junior high dance. You shouldn't judge on outward appearance though, shallow bastard. As with the other two readily available Bürgerbraü offerings a velvety vibe persists as the liquid is hastily drained. Aromatics of roasting hazelnuts and buttercreme frosted spice cakes. Again, as with the others, a profound balance taps the buds leaving traces of Asian greens and comfort. One of, if not the best, 1/2 liter beers you can pick up at a moderately stocked merchant.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I did a little reading on the website about this beer, and it looks like the style is an Altfrankisches Dunkel. It is a traditional beer of Franken ( in northeastern Bavaria). They used to have the beer named by the style, but it now has a different hop line-up and I believe it is named after the brewer, Nikolaus.

A chocolate brown pour with some bits of red in there. It is topped with a good sized, but dying off-white head. Sweet malts and caramel hit the nose first, and from there it is all German hops.

Smooth with a nice rich medium body, just plain silky. From my reading, the brewer intended to really get a good balance without too much malt bitterness from the roasted grains. He did just that. The light spiciness from the hops is perfectly balanced by the malts. The flavor is actually dominated by sweetness, but just slightly. Caramel, some hops, some graininess, it is all there. The complexity is not out of this world, but the balance and everything tasting just how it should is. Drinkable, you bet. I could drink a couple, and being that I only got one, I may be quite upset today. This is another wonderful beer from one butt-kicking brewery.

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Wolnzacher Nikolausbier from Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG
4.11 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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