Winged Nut
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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German Dunkelweizen
Ranked #93
Ranked #40,684
3.63 | pDev: 12.95%
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
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Notes: We affectionately refer to the first beer in our Revolution series of modern, American craft beer, as our unusual little bird. It’s a little on the flighty side @ 5.4% ABV, and it’s a little on the wacky side because we brew it with finely milled chestnuts (genus castanea …for you nut freaks), Willamette hops, and we ferment it with a Bavarian Weissbier yeast strain. All of these nuances contribute to its ‘nutty’ personality.

22 IBU
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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish amber with creamy head and generous lacing. Strong banana-y scent. The flavor is burnt and noticeably nutty, especially in the aftertaste. Reasonably malty. Lightly bittered.

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Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this better than most BAs. Chestnut is a great additive to this German style.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
a) Classic malty amber color, with clear body, no vis carbonation, and little short lived head (additives kill stick).
S) Too faint for what’s in store when you sip. Nutty, malty.
T) Big welcoming German malt style, Alt Bier in Cologne, malty, sweet, but balanced with hop and that over arching nutty chestnut flavor which is sweet cola like, but natural and a great food pairing.
F) Spicey nutty, slick, ticklish. Low carbonation, good weight and syrup slick. Nice dry, earthy chalky finish.
o) Many 4s for originality. Would try all this brewers’ beers.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a tall glass. The beer is a gorgeous golden copper with a scant head. There isn't much aroma -- just a little sweetness. The taste is rich and roasty with a medium amount of malty sweetness. There is a faint hops presence. The mouthfeel shines: the body and carbonation are virtually perfect and balance each other to give a very nice roundness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

apparently i like this one better than most folks, as its quite unique for the style, and the use of chestnuts is a really cool idea. i dont know a lot of beers to use them in the mash, and while this beer doesnt taste like chestnuts to me necessarily, what they contribute to the beer is quite obvious. somewhere short of brown in color, deeper than copper, but clear and sort of bright, gorgeous head on it, almost looks belgian, white and wispy. aroma is great, nutty fur sure, but some of that is from the other malts in here too, some caramel sweetness too, and a neat earthiness, toasted, warming, hearty and autumnal in vibe. the flavors are like that as well, malty, with a lighter banana yeast complexion than say their hefeweizen, but a similar complexion with some fall spice notes to it as well. the chestnuts seem to add a dry earthy almost chalky taste and feel, as well as some body, this tastes organic and natural to me, very much from the earth, and i like that in an old world style like this. beautiful balance and layers of flavor, a touch sweet, but still highly drinkable. one of the most unique beers they do in here on a regular basis, and i liked it a whole lot! highly recommended for something unconventional in a classic style.

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Photo of mynie
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I don't care for chestnuts so I don't remember why I bought this other than that maybe it was cheap.

Nice pour. Dark brown, fluffy white head. Style listing says it's a dunkel but it's more logically a brown, right? Whatever.

Smells malt-forward, very fruity, with some organic nutiness. Like a 90s beer that was maybe not that great.

Tastes like it smells: really not sure what they hell they were going for here, even in a general stylistic sense. Nutty and peaty, yeah, but the nutiness doesn't jibe up all that well with the grain bill. It's not *horrible*, but certainly not worth buying.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a copper/amber color with a very creamy head that sticks around for a while and lots of lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet grain, chestnuts and other nuts with notes of the weissbier yeast strain. A slight floral hop a the end.

T: Sweet malt, a nice earthy nuttiness. A slight floral hop and notes of the weissbier yeast strain.

F: Medium body and carbonation

O: A unique and a very interesting beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: Looks like a dunkel with that beautiful color of copper and brown blended together by a Crayola alchemist. The head is frothy, thick, and stays put as a nice dark cream color cap, it never truly dissipates. Lacing is beautiful: Many bands of squiggly foam and maybe even some random splotches that look like sea creatures.

Aroma: Sweet, malty, and hazelnut syrup aroma could come to mind. The Bavarian Weissbier yeast strain is definitely the prominent aroma as it makes me think a little bit about bananas in my beer.

Taste: Sweet to the touch on the taste buds. Buttery malts and mild notions of hazelnut flavors.
Big banana Hefeweizen punch on every sip. A little hint of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a tad dry and sticky, if that's possible.

Overall: I do like the size of the bottle as a 4-pack: 16.9 oz. This is a fine beer, but when the taste is the worst attribute, that's not right. I think it tastes too much like bananas than hazelnuts.

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Photo of ordybill
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass in St.Louis, Missouri. The appearance is a light amber with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of malt, bread , pepper and caramel toffee. The flavor is a a fairly sweet malt flavor with a toasted finish. Overall, an exceptional beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, gold in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is banana, clove, dark wheat, and light nuttiness--very interesting, different, and tasty. Super clean beer as well. Really like what Urban Chestnut is doing with German styles. This one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Amber colored with red/brown tinge. Creamy off-white head retains at a half inch. Spotty and wispy lacing.

S: The Hefeweizen yeast dominoes the nose with a lot of banana/banana bread, brown sugar, clove and nutmeg. Slightly medicinal. And yes, nutty. Kiss of green hop oils.

T: Yeast character leads with some ripe and tropical fruit notes, yeasty/nutty flavors, banana bread, brown sugar, and clove. Hint of bread/cocoa and a dose of chestnut. Yeasty spice finish.

M: Medium-light body. Light creaminess and sharp carbonation.

O: Interesting, but a bit one dimensional. The yeast dominates. Still an easy drink though.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with frothy magnificence that tops the hazy amber liquid; excellent retention that results in quite a few strands of lacing

Smell: Wheat bread, banana, chestnut and clove

Taste: Wheat bread, clove and other spice cake elements, up front, with banana and chestnut flavors building in the middle; after the swallow, there is a surprisingly tangy tone, though the sweeter side lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having ventured through a number of Urban Chestnut's beers recently, I put them forward as exhibit A for those who find German beers boring and uncreative; they have taken a number of German styles and put their twist on them to good effect

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Photo of bwood06
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle into a pint glass

A - 2 finger creamy khaki head that dissipates moderately quickly. Beer is clear with an ever so slight haze to it. Amber with a slight mahogany tint. Slow rising carbonation. Low to moderate carbonation. 3.75/5

S - Bready/yeasty with a nice caramel note. A bit of dark fruit and floral notes as well. Nuttiness and earthiness comes out more as beer warms. Complex aroma. 4/5

T - White bread right off the bat then transitioning to dark fruit with a light caramel note in the middle. A bit of clove and banana ester shows up right before you get an earthiness/nuttiness along with a bit of floral hops on the back end. Long finish of nuttiness. Interesting complexity to this beer. 4/5

M - Slight carbonation burn. Very crisp and lighter than expected. Disappears from the palate very quickly while flavor is retained. 3.75/5

O - Interesting offering from Urban Chestnut. Aroma and taste are very complex and layered nicely. Complexity lends itself more to a heavier bodied beer rather than the medium body that this exhibits, although still a very good offering. None of the flavors really come out and smack you in the face, they have to be searched for a bit, but they are there waiting to be teased out. 4/5

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Photo of Psychoslowmatic
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kind of like a brown, with some German crispness and excellent mouthfeel I'd guess is from the chestnuts? I must try more from this brewery, will get this beer again. It seems link a great fall beer.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

light amber with a good 1/2 inch head
smell, malt,sweet toffee, some pepper, sweet roll, honey, banana,nut
taste, sweet malt, medium roasted... a little banana, some nuttiness,
feel, fuller than it looks, medium full bodied, carbonated but smooth, malty
overall a well put together german american that's just a little to sweet for me

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was good, very similar to a weissbier. This one is a bit darker and fuller though, and you can taste the hazelnuts. they add a nice layer of nuttiness to the brew. This would be a great winter time go to brew.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Cameron_como
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Great dark copper color with lots of bubbles and head, bunches of roasted malt and chestnut in the nose and flavor, but very thin in mouthfeel. Very drinkable, liked it a bunch.

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Photo of Suds
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a moderate haze and a thin head. The smell is classic dunked...yeast and wheat. Clean. I didn't get much chestnut at first, but it comes forth as you enjoy the beer. Dryish. Nice wheat and hop character. Enjoyable.

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Photo of pmangold
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

got this as an extra in a trade. the size is perfect, poured into a pint. good clarity, dark amber color. i got the slightest hazelnut in the nose. very faint hazelnut in the taste, but it was there. A very refreshing dunkel that offered a great break from all the big beers I've been drinking lately. An overall good beer and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

With the understated complexity of traditional Dunkelweiss delivering waves of malted grain and yeast character, the Urban Chestnut brewers take upon their namesake with actual chestnuts to the brewing process for a taste that's just as genuine as it is true to heart.

Rusty garnet with the pour, the common wheat haze casts an ominous translucent glow onto the eye. Its creamy sheet of foam sheds malty-sweet aromas with the taste of faint toast, cocoa nib, light coffee and hard candy. Its sweet taste is bready and almost cake-like as complex banana, peppercorn, clove and, ...yes- nutty flavor.

Relaxing its malty substrate a bit, the sweetness persists and gives the middle palate a nutty, grape and spicy middle. Cola nut, light toffee and toast frame the middle as the taste trends mild and homogenous. Peppercorn and chestnut mellow the taste and give balance to the banana bread undercurrent.

Finishing with a slight cola-like tack, the beer's semi-dry and slightly bitter finish is just shy of the malty-dry finish of authentic German dark wheat ale and with the bitter hop presence to compromise. Yet there's the soothing taste of chestnut to give a buttery and toasty elegance that's not often reconciled in even craft beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is somewhat sulfur, toasted malt, and wheat. Flavor reveals burnt malt and wheat. There's a citrus note underneath. Not pleasant. Tastes fairly odd.

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Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.7 oz. Euro bottle into a Sierra Nevada tulip hops glass. No date (reviewed from notes). The body was hazy orange/amber. The head was off white. The fine, dense cap remained.

The smell was banana nut bread. Lemony. Nice.

The taste had a pleasant nutty bitterness. Citrus. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely. Light creaminess. Not overpowering in any element. Finishes semi-dry with plenty of sweetness in the middle.

The body was medium with adequate carbonation.

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Photo of jdb288
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from trade. Amber pour with thick white head. Smell is sweet, nutty. Taste is unique - that earthiness from the chestnuts, some roasted malt flavor, cotton candy sweetness, banana. Probably wouldnt' do this one again. Chestnuts + beer not my thing but can see how others might like it.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- murky brown with red and orange hues. A light, white head that doesn't stick around long.

S- huge malt and chestnut aroma. Big time nutty aroma lets me know exactly what is in store. Tree bark and other earthy notes make their way.

T- a fun and interesting blend of Euro malts and hops with the chestnut addition. Willamette hops really pave a nice balance with the intense nut character. Different, yet delicious.

M- A bit on the light side for the style, but honestly, it makes it doesn't abide by any particular style. Smoothness helps the drinkability. Would make for a nice beer to have a few rounds of at the local pub.

O- my first from this brewery, and i have to say that I am impressed. Not normally a style that I seek out, but most definitely enjoyed and would have again. Probably the strongest nut character I have had, but they found a way to really make it work.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at a craft/local-oriented beer bar in the St. Louis airport. Not really sure at the time of tasting what the beer was. Tasted 28 September 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours medium amber, a little bit of orange and gold. Brought with 1.5 fingers of off-white yellowish head. Excellent lacing.

Smell is nutty, a little dry, a bit woody. See taste, as it's very similar.

Taste is similar. Both the smell and the taste are super nutty. Rich, lightly toasted nuts. Kinda grainy and unobtrusive behind that. Has a character that I'm having a hard time putting a name on. Almost like a lagery crispness.

Medium-light body, good carbonation, sort of prickly, varied, and pleasant. Carbonation is stable throughout.

Like an amber ale with nuts; and I mean a lot of nuts. Tasty and rather unique - I mean, I've had some beers with "nut" in the name, but none of them compare to this nutty one. Feels slightly light, in color and body, for this kind of beer, but not in the flavor; reminds me of a black IPA in that way. Heavily nutty in a really nice way.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear deep orange. Nice off-white head. Contiguous wisps on the surface. Medium collar.

Smell - Very phenolic. Clove, banana, some hops. Definitely nutty.

Taste - Same phenolic character. Oppressive here. Sharp flavor. Strong yeastiness. Nuttiness is less pronounced.

Mouthfeel - A little harsh on the sharp yeastiness. Medium body.

Overall - Not a pleasant beer after a few sips.

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