Dunkle Witte (Dark & White)
French Broad River Brewing

Dunkle Witte (Dark & White)Dunkle Witte (Dark & White)
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French Broad River Brewing
North Carolina, United States
3.76 | pDev: 9.31%
Apr 26, 2013
Mar 08, 2008
Very Good
Dunkle Witte (Dark & White)Dunkle Witte (Dark & White)
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Rated: 3.75 by Bamarooster from Virginia

Apr 26, 2013
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Reviewed by mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
An excellent gem we have here from French Broad. I was thrilled to be able to have this many times over the last year of so, but never gave it a proper review. Decided to go for another last night. Served chilled and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 05/11/2009.
The pour was fantastic. A deep, dark brown color, nearly opaque with a huge head of tan on top that just would not quit. It reached a height of around three inches and barely settled below that as it hung around for what seemed like literally forever, giving deep side glass lace all along the way. Rich malt aroma hears, deep notes of caramel, light grain, and lots of sweetness to it. The flavor crosses over and divides styles as it is as full bodied as a rich porter and as malty and sweet as the finest of dopplebock. Such a rich caramel and sweet candy like flavor. Smooth, subtle, and incredibly drinkable, you really cannot go wrong here at all.
Overall this was more then solid and easily one of the best things that have come out of French Broad. I would have no issue with having this one any day, it really is that good.
May 13, 2009
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Reviewed by akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A 650 mL bomber from mikesgroove.

A: The weizen looks more like a schwarzbier, dark and forboding. The ale practically exploded in the glass, filling up three and a half fingers of white head. Despite the size of head, no lacing has occurred.

S: The darker malts have taken control of the nose too, imparting a roasted grain aroma. Caramel is present but there is no indication of any form of weizen. Strong, definitely a little disappointing. For a schwarzbier, it smells quite nice.

T: The ale combines a caramel and fuller dark malts with a light wheat body. The ale lacks the tartness that wheat often brings to the table but the flavors definitely indicate that it is here. The spiciness of a witbier is present through, orange peel and pepper. Nothing indicates the presence of a weizen-style beer. That doesn't mean that I don't like the flavor profile.

M: The dark malts and witbier sensibilities are odd bedfellows. The caramel-orange-caramel switch up works when you think that it wouldn't.

D: French Broad seems to be most at home when bending style rules (think Wee Heaviest also). I wouldn't turn down another bottle.
Feb 22, 2009
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Reviewed by twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a medium brown color with a rocky, large-bubbled light tan head. Fades slowly to a nice foamy film.

As one would expect from this rather odd combination, the nose is quite strange. Chocolate and orange fruitiness are the most prevalent, very unique. Smells fresh and clean.

Velvety creamy feel to it. Very cool that the aspects of both dunkels (roasty, toasty unsweetened chocolate) and wits (orange peel and coriander) come through in equal balance. A bit overcarbonated, but not too bad. This is a strange combo, but for the most part it works ok. Not too shabbby and glad I had a chance to try it, but not sure I would want to buy it again.
Feb 16, 2009
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Reviewed by DrJay from Texas

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Got this one from nvcbc in a recent BIF. Thanks!
Very dark brown with deep ruby highlights and a fluffy, light brown cap. There was a little clumpy lacing. Bready aroma with some toffee and cola nut, a little phenolic, a bit of citrus zest and spice. Brown sugar and molasses sweetness up front with mild cocoa bitterness towards the end. Spice and citrus were present, but quite muted. Fairly bready and yeasty. Mild alcohol warmth, medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Not bad overall, a little on the weird side.
Oct 26, 2008
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Reviewed by mentor from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to GCBrewingCo for the opportunity. Pours a finger of brown head over a dark brown liquid. Smells caramel, chocolate, buttery caramelization, and mildly of clean light phenolic, tannin, and smoke. Light roast coffee beans and dry grassy from hops.

Tastes drying chocolate and drying caramel. Smoke, roast, and mild phenol. Bit of black patent sour countered by playful estery finish. Weird how they can work together. Super strong carbonation cleans the palate and adds a sting, almost a sour to the roast, like an astringent coffee. Bit of wheat and spice zing. Not quite a ginger flavor...something I can't quite get my finger on. Cookie dough with baker's chocolate chips! I am really liking this beer. Complex in regards to flavors, sweet/dry balance. Flavors are balanced. Different dimensions of this beer cooperate with othe dimensions to create a cohesive whole. Thick mouthfeel
Oct 02, 2008
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Reviewed by csmiley from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to bross242 for sending me this bottle.

A - Pours dark brown with a good amount of cola brown that gets through around the edges. Some clarity appears in the right light. The tan head ended up at a whopping 2 inches and stuck around forever. Lots of lacing is left behind.

S - Bread dominates the aroma. Dark bread with some sweet spice. Granola and honey have a strong showing midway. Biscuit and alcohol bring up the tail end.

T - Caramel is strong in the flavor. Notes of cocoa are present but not too strong. Dark bread crust and alcohol play off each other and make a good combination. Bready flavor borders on a multi-grain bread. Some clove-like spice and banana finishes it up. Nice flavor overall.

M - Medium bodied with a healthy amount of carbonation. Finish is sweet and bready. Doesn't stick around for too long. Somewhat creamy overall.

D - Drinkability is very good. It is very quick to go down even at 7.5%. Some complexity keeps it interesting. I would have liked to see just a tad more wheat in this one but still a good solid brew from French Broad. I would recommend this one to anyone wanting to break into the (obscure) Dunkelweiizen style.
Sep 16, 2008
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Reviewed by drunkmonk from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Style points upfront for a style I'm not sure I've encountered before.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Nice creamy dark tan head, settles out to a nice even lace. Bananna nut muffin aroma with just a slight molasses sweetness. Spicy clove gives way to doughy wheat bread and toasted crust flavor. Very slight hint of smoke in the finish. Medium body with a nice lively carbonation keeps things feeling light for a dark colored beer. The 7.5% abv is nowhere to be found. A real nice drinker. I will be going for this again.
Jul 20, 2008
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Reviewed by aubuc1 from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bomber from Bruisin' Ales in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a very "cola" appearance. Nice tan head.

Smells of yeast, but not too fruity. Very creamy/smoothe smell.

Tastes very mellow rasiny with yeast. 7.5% alchohol is masked very well in there, can't really taste it.

Mouthfeel is a little fizzy for me.

Very easy to drink, would love to have this readily available to me, but this is not the case.
Jul 07, 2008
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Reviewed by cvstrickland from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Double-deuce bomber poured into a weizen glass yields a clear dark ruby-brown body trimmed in garnet highlights topped with impressive pale tan, extremely fine-bubbled foam a thick finger deep with great retention. Plenty of lacing remains stuck in the glass.

Smell is sweet and bready with a bit of wheat, banana, and clove on a mellow malty backbone.

Taste is warm and bready, yet crisp and refreshing. Silky flavors of molasses and banana are set off by a crisp citrus note and a juicy character. A hint of minerally bitter, cocoa-powdery chocolate lurks in the finish.

Smooth and a little mouth-coating, the drink is mild and delicious. A thickish medium body and fine carbonation make it a real treat to drink. No trace of the potent alcohol. Really."Dunkel-Witte" is a perfect description of the flavors and feel of the beer, oxymoronic or nay.
Jul 05, 2008
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Reviewed by tayner from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle from mikesgroove in the april powerball, thanks mike!

This is not a style I am at all familiar with, so I am just typing what i can get from it.

Poured a cola colored liquid into a pilsner glass and there was a tan head that started at 2 inches and maintained 1/4 inch for the whole glass. No lacing but very nice look overall.

Smell was not very strong or aromatic, but i could pick out some clove spice and some traces of wheatiness which were meshed with some dark fruitiness.

Taste seemed to be, for me, a cross between a reasonably balanced porter and a wheat beer. I could taste up front some wheat bread covered in brown sugar and cloves and toasted. midpalate i got some sweet molassas and dark cane sugar flavors, and at the end there was a slight over-ripe banana flavor. Very odd combination of flavors but it worked.

Nicely carbonated to the point where the mouthfeel was light, which when you look at the beer you dont expect it to be that light, but yet still creamy and not at all watery feeling.

Drinkability is unbelieveably high for this one. I downed the first pilsner glass and half a bomber in about 4 or 5 sips. I had to make myself slow down on the second glass so i didnt finish off the bomber too fast. The 7.5% is well hidden, unless you slam it like me, then i feel it.. good thing im not drivin!

I would seek this one out again for sure. Not sure how close to style it is, but whatever the case, I liked it!
Jun 14, 2008
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Reviewed by NCBeernut from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a nice dark mahogany brown, with a light khaki cap - about 2 fingers in a weizen glass. Generously roasted wheats. A touch of smokiness takes a backseat and is not offensive in the least. A bit nutty. A little sugary sweetness in the middle but leaning more to the dry side on the finish. A touch of hops just add some balance, but that is about it. Pretty high on carbonation, but still smooth, though I could do with just a tad less bubbles. Very tasty, and definitely some points for being unique.
Jun 06, 2008
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Reviewed by AlexJ from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Was not sure what to expect with a name like this. I assumed it was a Witte styled beer brewed with dark wheat malt. If this was the case the Witte flavors eluded me. However if this was a Dunkleweizen it is a very tastey and unique example.

THe pour is deep scorched mahogany with a fluffy tan head that reaches high and falls rather quickly, settling to a sustained veil. Delicate lace.

The aroma is creamy dark wheat, light powdered cocoa, earthy hops, and a hint of spice.

THe flavor is slightly more pronounced. Roasty dark wheat and scorched caramel with a hint of cocoa. THere's very minimal spice flavor and some dark fruit and mild yeasty spice. The flavor is unique for whatever style this is supposed to be. It's good, but doesn't taste like any other dunkleweizens I've tried.

The body is slick and creamy, but lacks that wheaty sparkle. Almost too heavy for the style. Still tastey and very easy to drink.
May 28, 2008
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Reviewed by wcudwight from North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark brown with a 1/2" khaki colored head.
Nice aroma of bananna bread and brown sugar. After smelling this beer I'm going to see if my wife will make me some bananna bread with brown sugar.
Taosty caramel malts with some brown sugar and bananna. Also a hint of soy sauce in the finish. Nothing really stands out flavor wise but it doesn't taste bad.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly creamy. Carbonation is spot on.
Easy enough to drink as the 7% is untracable. I get somewhat bored drinking a bomber though.
May 28, 2008
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Reviewed by ewright from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Typical of a beer from Flying Saucer, this pint was served with virtually no head. The beer was a nice clear, dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges.

S: The sourness from the Witte shows up first, followed by a bit of caramel and cocoa from the dark roasted grains.

T: Again, the sourness from the Witte makes an early appearance. The darker malts show up later with hints of toasted pumpernickel bread (no, really!)

M: Moderately full with decent carbonation. Light hopping schedule prevents any bitter aftertaste.

D: An interesting cross between two classic styles. A nice refreshing brew for a sunny afternoon.
May 19, 2008
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Reviewed by BattleRoadBrewer from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served cool from 22 oz bottle courtesy of ncvbc into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with crystal clarity. Seemed to pour a bit flat--a more aggressive pour generated a 3/8" fluffy head that dissipated to a thin tan film that left slight lacing.

Aroma is strongly yeasty with a bit of fruit.

I'm really impressed with the flavor, balanced, smooth, not too dark and not too toasty. Nice sour flavor at the back of the mouth in the finish. Perfectly balanced, neither sweet nor dry.

Mouthfeel is good, a bit thin, just the right amount of bitterness. Plenty of carbonic tingle on the tip of the tongue despite the relatively flat pour.

This is a really drinkable beer. Not too heavy or sweet like the usual dunkelweizen. Happy to go back for a couple refills from this bomber. I'd buy another given the chance.
May 11, 2008
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Reviewed by rallison from California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a nice reddish dark brown with a 1/2 finger off-white head that leaves touches of lacing.

Smells nice - yeasty, brown sugar-y, fruity. Pleasant.

The taste loses a bit. Fruity with some nice touches of brown sugar sweetness. Touches of wheat. Yeasty finish. Not bad, although lacking some complexity. I'd like to try this without the white mixed in.

Mouthfeel is slightly spicy but overall decent.

Drinkability is good.

Overall, not bad. It grows on me a bit.
May 08, 2008
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Reviewed by wagenvolks from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Raleigh.

I have to admit, I wasn't a fan of French Broad until I came across this oxymoronic beer (Dunkle Witte, isn't that just a German Black & Tan??). I didn't care for FB's Wee Heavy-er Scotch Ale, so I wasn't expecting alot out of the Dunkel Witte. Nevertheless, I'm somewhat surprised by the low rating this one has recieved.

The beer poured an attractive mahogany-amber hue; the head was light khaki in color and fantastically retained, leaving nice splotches of lacing down the sides of the pint glass. Somehow the aroma smelled better in the sample glass that I tried before I ordered a pint of this stuff, but nevertheless, the beer smelled pretty damn good, with notes of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, floral hops, and some earth.

The taste was upper echelon for the "style": rich, creamy cane-sugar malts backed by a blend of sweetened red grapes and plum, butternut squash with brown sugar, and peppery hops. It's sweet, but not overly so, and the little kick of hops adds a perfect bitter note to the finish. Body is medium thickness, and nicely carbonated. Overall, this resurrected FB in my mind, which is good, because I like supporting my local breweries.
May 06, 2008
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body encircled by a ring of beige-colored bubbles.

Smell: It's a hybrid! Alien scents of malted coriander, earthy brown sugar, sauteed fruits, yeast and dried citrus peel.

Taste: Brown malts with nutty brown sugar and a mild sweetness. Molasses-coated coriander. Hint of fruit. Some spicy, citrusy hints. Not much bitterness. A malty, mangled finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice idea, but, in all honesty, I'd rather just have either the white or the dunkel.
May 05, 2008
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Reviewed by DontCallMeSurly from Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to ncvbc for this. A 22oz bomber was poured into my Duvel chalice.

Poured a soda-colored black with about an inch of white head. The retention lasted for quite sometime. The scent is of some sweet malts, but other than that I'm really not too familiar with either style enough to put my finger on specific tastes. Mouthfeel is pretty light with a good amount of carbonation. Not too much, nor too little.

I really wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I enjoyed it.
May 05, 2008
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Reviewed by NCSUdo from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 oz bottle

A: Pours a cola colored brown under a half inch slightly off white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Some wheat, yeasty and tropical. Maybe some toasted malt and butter character as well.

T: Slightly sweet and fruity up front, toasted malt is big in between along with some taste I can't really define, I want to call it butter (which was in the smell) but it's slightly fruity, decent bitterness in the end. Very earthy tasting as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, lighter than it looks, no alcohol, carbonation is tight. Drinkability is only above average. There just isn't enough character in the smell or taste department. Bottle advertises a "Dunkel-Witte" but it really lacks any character that is found in a dunkel or witte.
May 04, 2008
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Reviewed by ATLbeerDog from Georgia

2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours deep brown almost the same color as root beer with a small head, and below average lacing. Below average carbonation with a sweet smell of malts, mild hops and Belgium yeast. Tastes malty with a heavy yeast taste. Light on the pallet, this beer is not bad - but not great.
May 04, 2008
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Reviewed by blackie from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a: pours a dark brown in color with a white head that recedes to a thin ring

s: most of the wit is in the form of creamy, clean wheats and a light coriander spice; the dunkel shows itself mostly as an estery overripe banana

m: medium carbonation and light-medium body

t: Reminds me a lot of a wit with some darker German malts added (probably because that's what it is)...still retains the lightly sweet and lightly spicy character of a wit, with some fruity chocolate and estery notes added. Not particularly flavorful as nothing really stands out...no great wit or dunkel flavors but more of a bland in-between; but it's a nice experiment regardless.

d: easy enough...for a 7.5% it is well hidden

pint glass at the Raleigh Saucer...described by the brewer as a strong Belgian Dunkel Weizen
Apr 25, 2008
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Reviewed by atsprings from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Described as a blend of a Dunkle and Witbier. Served a nice clear brown with a thin head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was some brown malts, sweet fruits and spices. The taste was like a witbier with brown malt thrown in. The beer was medium bodied with some warming alcohol. This was an interesting beer to say the least.
Mar 08, 2008
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