Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Kapuziner Schwarz-WeizenKapuziner Schwarz-Weizen
261 Ratings
Kapuziner Schwarz-WeizenKapuziner Schwarz-Weizen

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Globetrotter on 04-16-2004

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Photo of guityler83
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big foamy off white head, reminds me of a root beer float. Pitch black with hints of dark brown around the edges of the tall hefe glass. A thick yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle.

S: Light fruity aroma, (very traditional german lager like). a hint of roast. woody, earthy hop precensce.

T: Earthy and woody with very low wheat flavor. I don't detect any of the clove/banana esters that come with traditional weizens. Spicy hop vibe that lingers at the end.

M: Moderatly dry with high carbonation. a bit of a mouth drying astringency

O: If I didn't look at the label I would have guessed this as a straight Schwarzbier. Not bad, but I do like the esters the come through with hefe yeasts which i didn't get in this beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark hardwood brown, with a thick off-white head that looks like it's coming from a nitro tap on the first pour into my Paulaner hefe glass, average retention, no lacing.

S: Smells like a stout on the first sniff, lots of roasted malt and coffee. Banana bread and iron are exhibited upon further investigation.

T: Strong stout like flavours are there at first, especially when it's colder. Very roasty, but not overly burnt which I liked, just right. Some dark bananas and cloves come in during the aftertaste to remind you that this is a wheat beer.

M: Not particulary great, has problems being watery and I think the carbonation is too light, fair overall.

D: A quite tasty and interesting hybrid between a black lager or stout and a dunkleweizen, unlike no other weizen I have hitherto tasted. I believe any fan of German beer would find this interesting and should pick up a bottle.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a swing-top bottle, this beer pours a dark, solid brown color. The aroma contains wheat (a bit of twang), nicely roasted malt, fresh-baked bread, and quite a lot of yeast. The roast scents are the most appealing. Although the taste has a little breadyness in the front, it's essentially dry. The taste also has a lot of wheat flavor...the nearly tart twang that starts in the mid-taste. The beer is full bodied and very drinkable. I could have a few of these easily.

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Photo of travy82
3.88/5  rDev +4%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, I must preface my review by saying that I am not a big fan of the huge Weiss beer yeast character. I don't really care for the banana or clove that you get with them. That said, while I was spending time in Germany, I liked a lot of the DunkelWeizens, but didn't care much for the Heffe. When I saw this, I hoped that it would lean more toward the malt than the yeast being a Schwarz. Let's see what this bottle holds...

Appearance: I poured it relatively aggressively and it resulted in a 1/4" head of cream colored bubbles. The head was creamy too with a quickly developing hole in the center, but there is a long standing ring around the glass that looks the same quite a while after the pour. The beer is quite dark even when held to the light, so I can't see what must obviously be quite a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: The beer really smells like a Schwarzbier. This is great for me as I would think that this was just a lager that had been sitting on the shelf for a while rather than having anything to do with an ale yeast. I get tons of toasty Munich malt notes that are really fresh and inviting. This is mixed with a little dark caramel. Again, the yeast is reserved, but is starting to become a little more noticeable as the beer warms up some, but it hasn't gotten to the annoying point yet.

Taste: The flavor is significantly more "ale" than I ever would have anticipated from the aroma. I can get some of the banana in the flavor, but it is adding a freshness to the beer that is quite a nice mix with the toasty notes and sweetness. The malt rules this beer, and in fact, I am hard-pressed to pick up any bitterness that comes from anything but the darker malts. The finish is sweet, of course, with a little bit of the fruitiness from the yeast to mix with the toasty notes and caramel. This flavor lingers on the palate for a long time after the sip. If you added a hint of spice to the mix, it would finish like one of those seasonal cakes.

Opinion: Well, this is my first beer of the night, so this may be influencing my opinion, but I have enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I like the malt balance compared to the yeast, and the fact that even though the beer is opaque, you don't get any harshness or acidity from the dark malts. All this said, I doubt that I will be buying this beer much more when there is Kostritzer out there that, IMO, is superior to this beer. Though they are different "technology", agreed, but they are similar enough that I would use the descriptions of one to compare the other...to a point. Regardless, this is a pretty decent beer and give it a shot...especially if you like wheat beers.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce brown bottle with a swing top
Bottle # 1917222
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a deep chestnut brown and black combo. Nice fluffy head on top with a tan colored appearance. Almost looks like a stout.

Pleasant nose with some funky yeast whiffs, perhaps some banana notes.

Soft mouthfeel with flavors of caramel drizzle and light chocolate from the nice malt profile of the beer. The overall flavors are pretty tight if you like malty hefeweizens.

Mini hop snap on the finish, but what is most interesting about this german beer is its authenticity and nailing that yeast flavors. Hints of bananas, bubble gum and pineapple. So drinkable, smooth and interesting if you're in the mood.

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Photo of Erlkoenig
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jame515
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mizx
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a half inch beige head which faded fast. Dark raw umber brown body, almost coffee. Smells of malt and bready yeast. The tast is an interesting combo with roasted malt, cola, sour rye, even a little tart fruit. There's an interesting acidic sour zing which reminds me of the start of a mild sour beer. The body seems creamy like a stout yet is very light. Finish is fairly long. I was really pretty impressed.

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Photo of albern
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a thick inky black, with lots of haziness noticeable right from the pour. The off white head is very creamy, huge, with great retention and loads of billowing lace all over the glass. The nose on the beer is chocolate, mocha, and a full palate of maltiness; there may be a fruity esters present as well, but mostly malt.

This is a pretty full bodied beer with a big chocolate, mocha, and grainy malt presence. After the beer settles, there is a definite wheaty taste in the background. The beer is slightly sweet with some drying tendencies in the finish. There is a slight mouth puckering quality to this beer with maybe a pear or apple presence hidden deep down underneath. This is a creamy beer, with modest carbonation, very drinkable, and very enjoyable. I wouldn't rank this as high as say an Ayinger dunkel or Hacker-Pschorr DW, but this is a good beer nevertheless. L'Chaim.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kapuziner Weissbier Schwarz pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a creamy light tan head on top. The foam quickly fades down to a thick sheet on the beer leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is bready, with notes of chocolate, vanilla bean, brown sugar and a hint of raisin mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate with a sharp carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is somewhat sweet with notes of bubblegum, cocoa, rye bread, and yeast. Towards the end banana and clove finish off the taste. Once gone some of the sweet malty flavors linger on the palate.

For a different twist on a wheat beer grab a bottle of this beer. It's more sweet than I thought it would be. Otherwise very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark pecan brown with orange highlights that, like most beer of this general color, becomes dusky ruby when backlit. The khaki colored cap is impressively creamy and develops large, soft divots in it upper surface as it drops. Unfortunately, it isn't quite sticky enough to leave much lace.

The nose is much more chocolate-like than most dunkel weizens. It had just entered my mind that the beer smells almost like a schwarzbier when I glanced at the label and saw 'Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen'. Hmmm... I wonder if Kulmbacher Brauerei was going for some hybrid of those two styles. If so, then they've succeeded admirably. Incidently, I detect no banana or clove.

If the nose favors the schwarzbier side of things, the flavor is a deliciously balanced melding of both styles. I don't know that I've ever tasted a beer quite like it. It's either a dunkel weizen that heavily favors roasted malt or a lighter, fruitier, spicier schwarzbier. What the hell, it's a schwarz-weizen. I guess the brewery got it right when they chose the name.

I've just decided what this beer reminds me of... one of those frozen, chocolate-covered bananas (coated with a little crushed coffee bean). I'm impressed that the banana esters are prominent enough to fight through all the black malt. Maybe I shouldn't be since I'm betting that the same yeast is used here as is used in the excellent Kapuziner Weissbier; no slouch in the monkey fruit department. In any case, the (hefe weizen) banan-o-meter score is a more than respectable 3.0/5.0.

The body/mouthfeel is a minor letdown. I know that neither one of these two styles is all that full in the mouth, but more luxuriousness would be appreciated. Even without a great deal of heft, it could be lightly silky and soft, as the best hefe weizens tend to be. In addition, a few more bubbles might perk up the mouth party a little bit.

Despite high hopes, Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen isn't the dunkel equivalent of the outstanding Kapuziner Weissbier. It is, however, an original creation that attempts to combine two (not dissimilar) styles and manages to pull it off. I recommend it for the novelty factor alone. Thankfully, it's also good beer.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my ongoing quest to sample as many wheat beer variations as possible, I picked this one up yesterday and decided to give it a shot tonight. I poured this one from a 1 pint, .9-ounce bottle into my half-liter weizen glass.

A: The name is almost literally accurate -- this beer is nearly jet-black in color. I can faintly detect a hint of deep, dark brownish-red, but I kind of have to use my imagination to do so. As for the head, this one doesn't foam up nearly as easily as a standard hefeweizen, but a vigorous pour does produce a solid four-finger, meringue-like head that lingers for about a minute. After that, the beer exhibits a cream-/tan-colored cap that remains throughout drinking. Lacing is slightly below-average for a wheat beer. Visible chunks of light-colored yeast stick together and slowly sink to the bottom of my glass.

S: Doesn't smell like a wheat beer, frankly. There is a prevailing toasted/pleasantly burnt smell, blended with something chocolatey and a hint of yeasty bread. I like the smell of this one; I may like it more on a cold night.

T: Zero bitterness, possibly reflecting almost zero hops. Dominating flavors are chocolate, melba toast, coffee, and an earthy, iron-like accent note. Again, I really don't pick up any of the standard wheat beer flavors.

M: This is how I know I'm drinking a wheat beer: it has that familiar, light-but-substantial feel, with ample carbonation. I must note, though, that the carbonated "bite" of most weizens is not present; the carbonation here is fleeting on the tongue. The iron-y earthiness adds an unusual dimension.

D: Tough call. Not as eminently drinkable as many other wheat beers, but still refreshing and enjoyable. I think I'd prefer this beer with a substantial, hot meal, or by the fireplace in the winter. Ultimately, I think I will drink this one again, but it's not an instant favorite of mine.

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Photo of crow
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of steinlifter
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark hazy brown/black, thick 2 finger head that diminished to a nice 1/4 inch thick head that held all the way through.
sweet chocolate and burnt coffee nose, with fruity esthers.
tastes quite a bit like a Stout, coffee flavors with chocolate notes, nice subtle hopping.
drinkability is very good, I wouldn't mind have a couple more of these.(although...I have had better dunkels).

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours dark brown with medium brown highlights near bottom of glass. A towering tan head settles and stays at a pretty good height. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of cocoa powder, some subtle banana, roasty notes (ala coffee) with earthy, chickory-like backing. Leans more towards shwarz in character, though there is a bit of banana (didn't catch clove, though).

Banana comes out more in flavor, especially initially. Still it is not strong. Roasted chocolate/cocoa with some chickory-like earthiness gives it a bitterish balance in the finish.

The feel is a tad thinnish with a touch of husky astringency - not quite as creamy as I would really prefer, but satisfying enough.

I was between scores on drinkability, but it shows itself nicely enough overall to give it the higher of the two scores in mind. A nice dunkel with schwarz characteristics. Interesting, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight yeast, slight hop, hint of wheat, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, slight pale malt, slight yeast, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kapuziner schwarz-weizen 1 pt 9oz bottle
I was curious about this beer, seems like a sort of hybrid of Schwarzbier and Dunkle weizen, well since I love both, what the hell!
Pours out a deep rich brown clor, an explosive, tan foamy creamy cap fills most of the hefe glass in a straight pour.looks utterly delicious head stays for a long time, looks like fairly active carbonation in glass,laves little to no lacing. Looks like a Schwarz with Hefe Carbonation, doing good so far.
delicios malts, bananas, cocoas, coffee, cherries, toasted dark grains, yeasty sourdough bread, pumpernickel are the aromas that you are greetes with. Seems to lean more towards the Schwarzbier side thus far.
Taste is fantastic. toasted oats, bananas, dark bread, a cocoa-coffee like finish, slight bittersweet finish, cherrylike fruits, toasted malts,maple.I didn't expect this much bitter coffe-cocoa tones, a pleasant suprise. If the aromas are more Schwarzbier, then the taste is a great balance of both styles. Very well executed.
Mouthfeel is medium thick, this is great, even better than schwarzbier,more prononced version of a dunkle weizen.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

what would look exactly as it called... a good swartsbier... but with an interesting quality and grit of a hef. pour is really nice near blackness with a mocha head of volume. nose is chocolaty, and hef fruit and clove all at once. palate is the creamy quality of a shwarts with the gritty zest of a hef for the finish. very elaborate... first molasses, cocoa, that breaks to a hop wheat malt grit and mild sour... like a smoked malt sour... quality... this fruit twang and sourness is the finish of something like burnt clove. blends well with the dark malt/wheat malt sweet finish. great beer. the closest thing i'm had is probably new glarus' black wheat. but more dimension.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed cola brown with a dense, creamy head of mocha froth that has superb retention and delicate lace.

Aroma is roasty dark wheat, banana bread, weak cocoa, and dried grass.

Flavor is roasty, bittersweet wheat, dark raisin bread, light powdery cocoa, dry leather, and a grassy, almost smoky finish.

Body is medium, silky, smooth, and very creamy. It feels like whipped mousse on your palate, so soft and slippery. Mouthfeel is really something. Drinkability is great, wheatbeer sessionability with heightened complexity and a unique personality

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Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. Cloudy dark brown pour, a good two fingers of dark cream colored head.

Heavy wheat, rye in the aroma. Some clove and faint roast

Standard bread, banana and clove flavors. These are accompanied by some roast malt and cocoa. Just a hint of that bitter roast through the finish.

Almost creamy mouthfeel. Almost a milk like feeling. Very drinkable even with the cheweyness. No abv present at all.

Real good, drinkable brew. Solid, but still able to drink this on a seventy+ degree night.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz swing top bottle into a weizen glass. No dating info but is new to the DFW market so should be fresh. It was a reddish brown color with lots of carb streams. It had a massive head that took awhile to whittle down to a constant foam cap. Great lacing with plenty sticking.

The aroma was a good mix of schwarzbier and dunkel. Roasted dark malt, cocoa, coffee and some banana esters. The taste was also good with the dark malt and smoked meat taste leading the way. Wasn't getting much of the banana directly but could tell that something was balancing down the darker elements. Interesting mix. Mouthfeel was a little watery. Also had an overly acidic aftertaste.

Overall, an interesting beer. I'm a big fan of both styles and this blend worked out pretty well. The other problem I had is that it really made me crave a true schwarzbier and not necessarily another of these. Avail here in TX. Rotation - would like to try on-tap. For bottles, maybe the rare one. [O;O]

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Photo of bmwats
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a standard weizen.

A: Dark brown color. A muddy brown pour forms a 3 finger frothy, bone white head. Looks a little like an ice cream float with the craterous, pock marked, sticky head. Settles slowly, but leaves a layer of foam. Very little lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted nuts, a little coffee, and hints of chocolate.

T: Roasted flavor. More malty than wheaty. Kind of a strong alcohol taste, but not unpleasantly so (almost like a coffee liqueur). Yeast and nutty flavors are noticeable.

M: Light. Full-bodied, no holes in this one. Not a whole lot of aftertaste.

D: Is very nice.

Great atmosphere. Appearance is quite appealing, and a really pleasing nose. Great full balanced flavor, and light body. Overall, great quaff.

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Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 261 ratings
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