Wicked Fuel | New Braunfels Brewing Company

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New Braunfels Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by kojevergas on 10-23-2014

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12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Whichcraft in Austin, TX and served cold into a snifter.

Reviewed live as a coffee dunkel per the label. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

4.70% ABV. 27 IBU.

Expectations are fairly high; I've had good experiences with beers from this brewery and the premise - a coffee dunkel - is intriguing.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide tan colour. Nice creaminess. Decent thickness. Not as full, rich, or soft as would be ideal. Recedes within 30 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's an appealing appearance for a dunkel, but the head does need some serious work. Not unique or special, but atypically dark for a dunkel - most dunkelbiere are dark without ever reaching black.

AROMA: Coffee is unmistakable. Deep dark black roasted coffee. Quite appealing. Dark malts, schwarz malts, some burnt bitter notes, and a subdued malty sweetness. It's pretty tame for a coffee brew, but the coffee notes aren't generic.

Muted though the aromatics are, my interest is piqued. I do wonder - why isn't wheat evident in the aroma?

Light and shallow, but pleasant. More of an assertive aroma would be welcome.

TASTE: Schwarz malts, dark malts, almost acrid coffee bitterness, cheap deep-roasted coffee, and still more coffee bitterness. What little malty sweetness is present is inadequate to balance the coffee bitterness. I'm quite disappointed with the harshness of the coffee and its flat, shallow presence.

Actually, the whole flavour profile is flat and shallow. Not to mention brief in terms of flavour duration. There's no creaminess or roasted barley to help this build along; maybe a dunkel just isn't a sufficient base for a coffee brew?

It's quite simple and plain, offering nothing of interest to the discerning drinker. The coffee lacks intricacy or nuance. Folgers homebrew is likely better executed.

TEXTURE: Harsh. Too dry. A biteen astringent. Drags on the palate. Not creamy, soft, or refreshing like it should be. Medium-bodied and a bit too thick.

Doesn't fit either the dunkelweizen scheme or the coffee ale schema. Overall presence on the palate is wanting. Subpar execution.

Decent carbonation.

OVERALL: The premise of adding coffee to a dunkel is intriguing, but the execution just isn't there. I like what they were shooting for, not what's in the bottle. My first miss from New Braunfels. I'll finish the bottle with little effort, but there's no way I'd purchase this again. The quality just plain isn't there. Drinkable, but disappointing.


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Wicked Fuel from New Braunfels Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 9 ratings