Lips Of Faith - Dunkelweiss 30°
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
4.14 | pDev: 7.73%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.
L: Pours brilliant deep chestnut under a light tan 2” moussey and clingy foam collar that persists.
S: Rich dark bread and banana and a hint of clove.
T: Fruit, malt, banana, clove, dark bread, toffee, with a shot of pepper that leaves warmth all the way down. Not a lot of hop.
F: Creamy, medium to medium full body, above average, fine soft carbonation.
O: A respectable Dunkelweiss with a rich, creamy texture.

Jun 28, 2015
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Riccymon from Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Opal Divine's Marina in a Chimay goblet; a deep brown color with a thin band of head. Seemed to have been served a bit cold, so the smell may have been muted at first. What I did smell, however, was a mix of banana, clove, and bread. First sip was a clove bomb, accompanied by banana, apple, and dark bread. Very tasty, with a tart finish. Mouthfeel was medium in body, leaving the mouth feeling pretty hydrated. While drinking 30°, I might have guessed its ABV at around 7%. Coupled with the great flavor, I found this very drinkable.

Jun 11, 2009
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illidurit from California

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pint glass. Deep dark brown with a nice ecru head that leaves impressive lacing. Aroma is bruised apples, banana pith, clove, pepper, vanilla, and a hint of bubblegum. Great smell. Taste is dark wheat bread crust with an even banana sweetness and accents of apple and spices. I would have guessed there was much less alcohol in this beer. Really delicious and drinkable. Up there with La Folie as one of the very best NB beers.

Jun 02, 2009
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John_M from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Parish Public House in Santa Cruz the other night.

The beers pours a rich brown color with very good head retention and exceptional lacing. The nose on this beer is profound, and I'm guessing is not for everyone. There is a complex aroma of sun rottened apples, clove and brown sugar. The apple aroma is just amazing and is so intense it's almost overpowering. Thankfully, flavors on the palate don't entirely replicate the nose, with a lot more chocolate flavor on the palate. That being said, this beer is moderately sweet with a boatload of spice. It's really quite impressive. Mouthfeel is no more then medium bodied, and drinkability is pretty good considering the amount of spice and alcohol.

There are plenty of beers from NB that make me wonder what anyone sees in their beers. Then you try a beer like this, and the light bulb suddenly comes on. This is a terrific beer from NB.

Jun 01, 2009
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Halcyondays from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy brown, with a light white head, good lacing.

S: Typical dunkelweisse scents, banana bread, clove, with some nutmeg.

T: Real flavourful banana bread with a noticable amount of ethanol which doesn't overtake the brew, it melds nicely with the other spices in the flavour. Christmas type spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice are there, a very tasty beer.

M: A very smooth beer, not yeasty at all. Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, very drinkable for its heft.

D: A real nice effort from New Belgium, it is interesting that they are making a German style in the Lips of Faith after all their Belgian-style stuff, but it works. Probably my favourite from them outside of La Folie, well done.

May 31, 2009
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Overlord from California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber orange. Inch or two of white foam head. Smells like bananas and grass.

Really nice flavor. Strongly of bananas, maybe a bit of cloves ... though the wheat and grass comes through quite clearly. Nice and creamy, with a strong flavor. Still ... one pint is typically enough Dunkelweiss for me.

Apr 27, 2009
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HopHead84 from California

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's. The beer is a cloudy brown with a small off white head.

The aroma is of freshly baked banana bread with some spices. Other aromas are of bubblegum, caramel, a yeastiness, pepper, and cloves. There's a touch of alcohol and no hops. It smells like it will taste delicious.

The flavor is sweet, toasted, bready malt. Banana, cloves, and a bit nutty. Banana nut bread with some sugar is an accurate description of the way this tastes. Slightly peppery and spicy from the cloves. The finish is peppery, with some sugary sweetness, banana, cloves, and a hint of alcohol. The dry finish leaves a sweet taste lingering on my palate. No hops are noticeable. 9%?! I never would have guessed. The alcohol is well masked. It does indeed taste delicious.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. This beer is very drinkable. A great Dunkelweizen from New Belgium.

Apr 13, 2009
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Floydster from California

3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce glass at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach yesterday for eight dollars, also part of the Lips of Faith series, I was told this has a 9% ABV

A-Medium brown color with amber highlights, 3/4 inch foamy off white head that lasts nearly ten minutes, great lacing until the end too
S-Cloves, sweetness, bananas, dark malts, bread, caramel, pecans, wheat, milk chocolate, hint of booze, and butter
T-Taste starts off sweet with a good amount of rich malts and chocolate, some toasted accents in the middle, lots of banana and other spice in the finish, aftertaste is a little warm on the tongue but nothing major, lots of wheat in the middle later on and this becomes chewier, really like how the sweetness bounces off the grainy and bready malts, enjoyable flavor
M-Spicy, sweet, chewy, and slightly hot mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lasted a good amount of time
D-Could drink a few of these, alcohol is well hidden for the most part, not overly sweet or heavy though which seems to happen a lot with this style, decent drinkability

I cannot really say that I have made many well made Dunkelweizen from American brewers but this made me think otherwise, why it is not quite up to the European standards, it is nicely brewed, would drink again, recommended

Apr 07, 2009
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at 1702, Tucson, February 2009
This beer arrives from the tap a fairly dark color (even for a Dunkel Weizen), it is a bit hazy and has a murky brown color. The head is a pretty thin wisp that is a pale, tan color. The aroma has lots of bubblegum notes to it as well as some banana notes and a backdrop of clove. This smells like a hearty banana bread, and is quite nice. There is also a touch of tart, wheat aromatics here as well.

The flavor has a light tartness to it that is balanced by a chewy malt character that is sweet, but more in a bread / caramelized malt way than a simple sugar sweetness. This is nice and chewy, it is not quite light enough to be a session beer, but I would be happy to drink a couple of these in an afternoon. This is a great beer to pair with food as the mat keeps the beer going strong even with he savory soup I am enjoying right now. There is a nice toasted malt character here (not really roasted though) with lots of chewy, bread like notes. The traditional Weizen flavors of clove and banana are nicely noticeable and there is a bit of spicy pepper to this beer as well.

This is just a fantastic example of a Dunkel Weizen. This has easily exceeded my expectations of this beer and I will be happy to drink this a couple more times before it leaves my local.

Mar 21, 2009
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rye726 from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see a German effort from New Belgium. It pours redwood color with a tan head. The nose is very fruity with a bit on a bubble gum aroma. Taste is also on the sweet and fruity side with peppery yeasts and a spicy alcohol presence. Medium body seemed a bit over carbonated. A little sweet to drink more than a glass.

Feb 26, 2009
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Falling Rock, $6 per pint. Listed as a Lips of Faith Mattie's Dunkel Weisse. Nice dark brown color with a good spicy clove smell. It had a delicious flavor, wheat, smoke, clove, even bacon, I said it. 9% and way too easy to drink. This was surprising and awesome.

Feb 23, 2009
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hellbilly from Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at papago... pours a dark nutty brown with orange hues. it is capped by a soft beige tinted off white head.

the aroma is almost exactly like banana nut bread... toasted nuts candied in brown sugar, cooked over ripe bananas, doughy malt and clove with some raisins.

it tastes like yeasty banana bread as well!... although a bit too sweet for beer. it's got a lot of brown sugar-y maltiness along with hints of molasses, yeast, nearly rotten bananas, milk chocolate, toasted cashews and pecans with a warmly spiced finish which reveals some floral hoppiness. the aftertaste is just like a banana rolled in brown sugar! the alcohol is not noticed until the night goes on.

the body is a little thicker than medium from the sugars with a slight chalkiness/starchiness to the mouth feel . i'd like this a whole lot more if it weren't so sweet. still...8/4/7/4/15/3.8

Feb 18, 2009
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium snifter at Hopleaf 2/6/09. Thanks to Tom Morris for the assist!

A: Served a dark and hazy, muddled brown color. Capping this is a dense, light-tan colored head that seemed to retain for ages and left a thick coating of lace behind.

S: Huge fruity nose of bananas, bubble gum, coriander, and other spices from the yeast. Also noted were aromas of chocolate, toffee, and earthy hops.

T: Ripe bananas, clove, bubble gum, and spicy alcohol. As it warmed flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, and white pepper emerged.

M: Starts smooth, if a little thin, and turns prickly/peppery during the middle. Nice clingy finish.

D: Very impressive beer. Would love to revisit this with some sort of regularity.

Feb 07, 2009
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jcdgoad from Arkansas

3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at Little Rock's Flying Saucer. It was served in a New Belgium glass. I couldn't figure out what this beer smelled like until Lori, the bartender told me that it was circus peanuts. I can't think of any other way to describe this beer other than it smells and tastes like Circus peanuts. It's an interesting beer that should be tried, but it is not my favorite by New Belgium. I had a hard time finishing my glass.

Feb 06, 2009
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robbyc1 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a standard Hopleaf glass last night at the bar as a nightcap.

Roasty reddish black with no highlights, nice white-ish dissipating head, a bit of lace.

Roasty smell, deep malt, chocolate notes, banana esters from the yeast, tastes like this too with a nice not sweet, not dry finish that makes you want more, some toffee notes as well, great taste for this style. Comes across as a strong German ale for sipping, thanks NB.

Fizzy and less impressive mouthfeel, could use more heavyness, but drinkability is good, very easy to go down and have more. Well done.

Feb 01, 2009
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BretSikkink from Mexico

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black, with a tan head that is foamy and full. It lasts a long time and leaves a lot of sticky deposits on the snifter.

The nose is estery moreso than phenolic: there is a large bubble gum component that plays with overripe banana, while there is a cinnamon/nutmeg contribution from the phenols that doesn't make nearly the same impression.

Flavors are darker, with plenty of sweetness to balance the spicy and fruity nature. Melted caramel, with a hint of roasted barley to firm up the wheat. Hops are lightly bittering, mostly grassy and out of the way.

Pretty decent - way overboard on the bubble gum esters. Nothing else compares to the power of the yeast flavor, although everything else is pretty solid. I would have it again if I was in a dunkel mood.

Jan 31, 2009
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bigbelcher from Arizona

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is really muddy nurky brown color with a large tan head like a lot of dunklesweiss beers. Aroma is lot of banana with not much clove. Can definently tell they used German yeast. Flavor is pretty much spot on for the style but with a heavy emphasis on the banana. A unusual beer for New belgium but a nice change of pace for them.

Jan 31, 2009
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a cloudy, dark brown color with a thick, foamy, tan, two-finger head. It left great looking sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malts, floral notes and caramel.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel maltiness, wheat and a sharp hop bitterness. Really great tasting.

M - It was smooth and very crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the best tasting dunkels that I've ever had. If you see it on tap try it!

Jan 21, 2009
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magictrokini from California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Hamilton's. Pours murky brown with al lot of carbonation in the form of tan bubbles. Smallish off-white head, decent lacing. Lovely banana bread aroma. Not as much wheatiness as expected, more of a grain/cereal scent. Smooth, bubbly mouthfeel. The rich banana bread nose is mirrored in the flavor. Sweet and yeasty, with little stale hay bite of some dunkels. Easy to drink, sweet without being disgusting, all around a really good beer.

Jan 20, 2009
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scray24 from Colorado

4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer was a nice dark auburn to brown, good head and lacing.

Smell was phenomenal - chocolate and bananas, most overpowering smell of banana with slight clove that I've ever had.

Taste was exceptional as well scary thing was the drinkability - at above 9%, this stuff could cause some serious misperception.

Best dunkel i've had and just can't get over the nose on this one - awesome.

Jan 12, 2009
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naterock from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass.
Had on tap at Patton Alley Pub

Dark Brown with a decent head and patchy lacing.

smell is strong roasted malt and a slight citrus nose, coriander.

taste is odd, bananas taffy, dark roasted malt.
not very complex but interesting.

mouth is thick and easy drinkable, I have to say this is the strangest beer I've ever had, Banana and chocolate. New Belgium I never knew you had it in you.

Jan 10, 2009
Lips Of Faith - Dunkelweiss 30° from New Belgium Brewing Company
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