Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kapuziner Schwarz-WeizenKapuziner Schwarz-Weizen

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml bottle in a classic Weizen glass

Poured with a nice, soft crackle. Beautiful nose - essences of chocolate, malt initially, then the classic clove aroma kicks in. Faint banana comes alive with some time & air (and continues to grow with warmth), as does some caramel sweetness and some faint bread crusts. Color is a clouded, deep cherry amber/mahogany hue, transitioning from a warmer, slightly brassy tone near the glass base to a very ruddy port under the foam cap. a solid 3 fingers of thick, sculpted, dense creamy colored foam that retained well and only retreated to a finger's worth, with some sporadic lacing. Visually a very attractive brew.

Wonderful (yet mild) dark chocolate on the tongue, yet crisp and dry...a great counter to each other. As it warms mild raisin and perhaps even some currant are noticeable, as do some iced coffee qualities. Slightly yeasted, mildly teasing with a whisper of a peppery crackle and very understated clove. A very nice caramel sweetness, slightly syrupy, rises on the palate, more malts (can you say Whoppers?), it finishes a bit watered and thin, mildly bitter, traces of the chocolate and caramel present while leaving a nice tingle behind, cleanly bitter and clean. I usually find it very upsetting for a beer to finish thin & watered, but this is actually OK in its cleanliness, and I'm sure that light finish would be appreciated more in warmer weather.

This was one of the most unique beers I've tried in quite a while. It has some characteristics of a Schwarzbier, but is more Porter-like in its chocolately malt profile. This was excellent, and I will certainly try to find more of the genre. I could see this being a fantastic summer evening beer, with its outstanding Weiss brother for the light and heat of the day. Incredibly enjoyable, crisp, clean, yet almost a subtle dessert like quality to it. Highly recommended, especially if you can enjoy the Weiss version as well. If you are looking for a malted, chocolatelycoffeesque "summer beer", look no further. A tip of my hat to Kulmbacher for setting the bar for the Weiss style, in all its forms, high.

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.13/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

*I hate this beer, will never drink again*

app: dirty poo cola water. NOT good lookin

smell: very intresting smell.. draws me in.. yum yum. mostly malts not many hops. very rich smelling in a subtle way.

taste: yucky bottle water, I wish this were more fresh, it taste old and ruined. soap, chemicals.. yuck. NOT a fan. OFFENSIVE.

mf: I do not care. it is watery but good as far as mf.. but this beer is no good so it does not matter.

drinkable:?? no! it is not good!


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Photo of Nipitato
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Beautiful dark amber almost mahogany color. Thick and rich mousy, craggy head with great retention.

S: Strong vanilla aroma almost like cream soda. Also a bubblegum scent. Mild malt aroma is bready. Clove like aroma absent.

T: Clean and sweet malt flavor. Banana flavor also prominent. Slight vanilla flavor. Dry finish. Malt flavor is bready and nearly roasted Clove like flavors also present.

MF: Medium filling mouthfeel. Quite carbonated.

D: Great beer that meets nearly all the qualities associated with a dunkel weizen. A great session beer to boot.

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Photo of Jermbrew
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looks a bit like prune juice except it maintains a nice white head on top.

Aroma gives of a raisin-figginess. Hints of pare and bananas as well.

Smooth and somewhat chewy mouthfeel. This is definitely creamy but not really heavy. Very mild chocolate aftertaste but not at all bitter. The mild milkiness is pleasant. Carbonation is a little too soft in my opinion and the drink is watery.

The dark color contrasts the mild flavor profile nicely. This is very drinkable but I tend to prefer bolder beers.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to the kindness of MABZ.

Cloudy coca-cola colored beer with a tall and long lasting tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and mainly a chocolate and cloves scent. There is a little chocolate syrup scent in this. As this warms up a bit a caramel and cookies aroma develops and reminds me a bit of a Kit Kat candy bar.

The taste begins sweet and chocolate with a substantial cookie taste to it. More than a little roasted malt flavor in this it has a bit of brown ale flavor to it. There is very much a chocolate flavored soda effect to this beer. The taste is rounded out by some tartness in the finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but I don't think I will ever seek this out again it is just not that special. Probably pick an Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus over this one.

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Photo of normZurawski
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer. Not so great smelling with a hint of something off there. Taste is good though, with a thick & roasted maltiness overriding the overall flavor. Motuhfeel solid. Good drinkability overall, very smooth and well made beer.

The more I drink, the more the taste grows on you. Quite nice. Dunkel Weizen this!

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kapuziner Schwarz Weizen pours a dark brown with a tan head from a brown 500 ml bottle. The aroma is mostly malty with a little bit of banana noticealbe. The flavor is interesting, it's definitely different than other dunkel weizens I've tried. Banana is definitely noticeable, but so is roasted malt and some chocolate notes. I like it. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Banana creamy beer, bold molasses and licorice.Good head. Malty sweet. Touch of choclate malt, some spices, tad roast in mid-sip.A change up on wheat beers and you can taste the German quality, but could not have every day. Picked up days ago at Belmont Party Supply.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 sulldaddy
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

splitting a bottle with Stopper.

I am pouring at room temp into a snifter. The beer pours a deep mahogany with soft fluffy beige head that rests as a minimal .5 cm throughout the sampling. Aroma is some dark chocolat and roasted malt with some light cloves as well.
First sip reveals a lite body with very fine gentle carbonation.
Flavor is some sweet chocolate and brown sugar but mild overall, just a faint hint of cloves resurface on the finish. No hint of ABV as this i an easy drinker and very mild. Maybe would be more complex fresh on tap?

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick, solid, pale brown head leaves a few thick strands of lace. Dark chocolate colored beer with a hazy amber hue around the bottom. Doughy banana aromas upon pouring. Not as evident after a few minutes when all I can pick up is some zesty floral notes. Light flavor. Refreshing wheat and yeast mainly with some underlzing chocolate. There is a tinge of sourness that comes off as lemony in most wheat beers, but for some reason makes me think of sour cherries. Possibly the mix of dark malts with the lemony flavor? I don't think it's bad, but it does seam out of place. Finishes fairly clean leaving a feeling of carbonic acid in my mouth and burps of yeasty banana. Mouthfeel is just ok. The carbonation is a bit abbrasive and not as soft as I was expecting. It tastes like the diluted a really good Dunkel Weizen with about 20% sparkling water.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a beer type within the Dunkel Weizen style. It is different in taste and mouthfeel, being dryer and more roasted.

It pours a murky brown beer with a beautiful off-white head that is sticking to the glass.

Smell of wheat with some gumball and banana notes. Some light toastiness and vanilla in the back.

Taste at first is tobacco and dry, pretty strange and not like any dunkel weizen I ever tasted. This is more of a schwarzbier than I expected, with it's roasted and adstringent (maltbitter) properties. There are also some earthty notes, maybe from the hop or the combination with the dark, roasted malts.
Mouthfeel is pretty empty and drinkability is lower because of the dryness.

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Photo of Mitchster
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$2.99 for a 1pt 0.9fl oz bottle at Merchants. This is quite an interesting find, as I've never had a Schwarz Weizen. Sure enough, this one pours out to a cloudy near-black, forming a khaki head with good retention and lacing. Yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Moderately-strong carbonation. The aroma is interesting...rotten bananas, very old coffee, light molasses, caramel, light cloves, a touch of sour milk with swirling. Mouthfeel is flimsy and very cola-like with a medium-light body but bready at the same time. Hrmm..this is interesting. The taste is a recapitulation of the nose, like a Bavarian Hefe with some roasted character going on. It has a balanced character, but the mixture of roasted grain and bananas is alarming, and probably one of those "love-it-or-hate-it" kinda things. Lots of green apple and cola character.

Well, I'm glad I tried this. An interesting hybrid style that doesn't quite work for me. It's drinkable but one is plenty enough.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace, ton of yeast left in bottle. Deep mahogeny/brown color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts balanced, slight malty flavor, roasted malt finish, yeast is not noticeable. $2.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of dgallina
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml dark brown bottle without obvious freshness dating.

Pours clouded opaque dark brown with an inch or more of off-white foam, thick lace. Aroma is peppery cloves against banana bread. A bit lighter in the mouth, with more carbonation than expected. Flavor starts with more black pepper than cloves, with an odd burnt malt center that settles into a nicely drying banana and nut finish.

Worth trying, though the flavor profile is unusual for a dunkel weizen.

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Photo of wingman14
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a huge off white head that fades away. Smells of citrus, hops, banana, with a bit of yeast and wheat. A strong hefe taste mostly of the banana with a small bitter taste. The aftertaste is mostly wheat but fades quickly. After the first sip the beer has a good balance of flavor and has a watery feel to it. The carbonation is subtle. This beer is refreshing and different, but worth checking into for hefe fans.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard 500 mL German bottle with some code on the back label. It pours into the weizen glass almost black with some sediment and a finger of tan head with an aroma of roasted/earthy malts. The taste adds to this faint notes of chocolate, spice, banana, and a yeast/wheat tang on top of a light to medium body that seems a bit thin. About average for a dunkel I'd say.

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Photo of Pepeton
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I have to thank the Soccer World Cup for this brew, 'cause a local supermarket is now offering 7 beers from the Kulmbacher brewery in a sort of a celebration or homage for the host of this sport event.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Pours a really dark and murky and tan head than leaves some lacing.

Smell is typically that of a hefe-weizen: Fruity, spicy, malty and some citrus scents from the hops. Goood!

Taste begins with a lightly roasted malts, the hefe yeast follows and stays.

Mouthfeel is medium, refreshing (last night we were 90°F here in Monterrey, México) with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is good, since this beer is well suited for our Spring, Summer and Fall (this means hot weather LOL!!).


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Photo of Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark almost black brown with a small bubbly tan head. The aroma is very nice typical hefe nose of banana, wheat, honey, cinnamon, citrus hops. The taste starts malty on the palate with a slight caramel sweetness followed by a cinnamon, pepper, spicy citrus hop bite. Finishing light on the palate, soft and bready in the finish....fantastic.

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Photo of gosurfobx
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 1pint .9oz bottle. Pours murkish black, with a ruby red hue when put against light. Has a frothy head that slowly settles to the size of one finger width. Smells like a wheat beer. Taste has notes of chocolate with the wheat malt. Seems a bit to watery in the mouthfeel. Was OK. Would drink again but not in a hurry.

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Photo of Derek
2.14/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I found this refridgerated bottled at the Bamberg train station.
Best before 20.04.06.

A: Murky, dark brown/black; a little creamy, off-white head, a little retention & lace.

S: Cider & fusil alcohol. Like a fermentation gone wrong!

T: Dry, cidery, with only a hint of banana bread.

M: Light to moderate body is chalky and acidic. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Definitely not impressed.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty curious about this beer when I first noticed it at work. Schwarz and Hefeweizen are two of my favorite styles, and a combination of the two sounded very interesting.

Pours to a nutty brown color like a schwarz but with the huge rocky head of a wheat beer. Looks appealing. The head doesn't have the staying power I would have imagined though, nor the lacing.

The smell is nutty, like a brown ale. Not so much of the banana and clove, but a little touch of hops. A little bit soapy, but otherwise good.

The taste is good. The banana comes out a little bit in the flavor, but otherwise nutty and roasty. Nice mix of a schwarz and a weisse. Lightly sweet but dries out quick.

The body is medium with a decent carbonation. Pleasant, but not as drinkable as a regular hefe. I was glad to be able to try it.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large format German bottle with what appears to be a monk on the front. Pours out a cloudy dark brown with a good size off white head even after a slow pour.

Smell is wonderful. Chocolate, malt, citrus, wheat, sweatness and overall very complex. Tons of bubbles make their way to the top as this beer is effervesant.

This is how I like my "smoked" beers. The smoke is not overpowering and really compliments the rest of the flavors. The smoke stays through almost the entire taste including the ending. The ending also has a slight bitterness that makes it a bit dry. The sweetness (chocolate, coffee and malt) is mostly in the beginning. Much more complex than I would have thought. Very easy drinking. Just a great, solid beer. I will look for the Weisbeir in this line as well.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with only faint hints of light creeping through the edges. It has a creamy one inch head that fades to a thin cap and thick ring, that leaves behind a nice sheet of lacing.

Smell; wheat and roasted dark malts with traces of lemons. There's a nice presence of cloves and bits of chocolate.

Taste; nice wheaty bread dough, with dark chocolate malts on the initial sips. It has a little lemon to it with cloves and just some hints of bananas as it gets warmer. There's a bit of a hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated pint bottle into an Aventinus weizen.

TALL head of light tan over deep brown. Very strong tetention with layered tendrils of lace.

The dark wheat aromas are upfront with a bit of lemon and the yeast comes across as cloves and bread. Very nice.

The taste is a pleasant combination of roasty wheat and bananas with just a hint of hop bitterness. Dry finish with the malt and bananas lingering.

Medium mouth with lots of carbonation. Not too much tingle, but enough to move things along nicely. Good beer! I like this almost as much as Aventinus.

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Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.72 out of 5 based on 257 ratings.
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