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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Added by Globetrotter on 04-16-2004

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, muddy texture. There was a big, off white, long-lasting, creamy head. Average lacing.

S: A nice and sharp aroma of wheat and malt.

T: Tasted of wheat, malt, and that a hint of that typical bubblegum you get with most weissbiers. Not a terrible flavor, but very thin in the finish.

M: A good amount of carbonation with clean, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A bit uneven beer, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Its...dark chocolate both in color and in primary aroma, one finger foamy white head with really amazing retention time. Holding the glass up close to a light source reveals that there is actually a remarkable lack of sediment for something so chewy and toothsome in texture. Smell mostly like a turbo charged chocolate malt and very little of the expected banana bread. It may have been mentioned before, but this beer really DOES smell more like a Schwarz profile (chocolate, chicory, roastiness and a certain level of acridness) and taste more like the cloven banana bread of a Weizen profile. Not that I'm saying that the Schwarz-like flavors aren't there, they just push back further into the background while the wheat comes forward for a turn. Its really odd how they take turns on your tongue like that. Body is well carbonated, medium thick, and manages to remain refreshing for it despite the relative boldness of the flavors contained within. Well worth trying just on novelty factor alone, but also exhibits some real care and craftsmanship behind the scenes. Straight 4's across the board.

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Photo of dunit697
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackbier, the literal traslation from German. There is no mistaking this Bier for anything else. I am normally a fan of dark bier, and the one was very good, but the only thing is it really is black as night and it a bit more challenging for me to drink because of that. If you say the blacker the better, than buy this!!

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Photo of phaedrusovchaos
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A schwarz-weizen, you say? Well, okie dokie then

Pours a dark ruby red, which is mostly seen around the rim. The body is dark, slick brown...almost black. Nice foamy, rich, thick head, off white. Lacing is thin

Aroma is schwarz-y. Rich and full. Not much 'weizen' going on. Caramel and chocolate. Maybe some candied black plum

Now the taste is different, in that the weizen comes out a bit more. Banana and clove are there to dance with the chocolate and caramel. This isn't a flavor bomb, however. It seems a bit gooey up front, but the spice and yeast come in to thin it out.
The feel can use a bit more bubble to cleanse the palate and give more weizen character. Other-weiz this is a nice beer with a bit of a twist on the style

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
Code 2119124 stamped on bottle, but unclear what this means.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a very tall (>4cm), self-sustaining head of a gray-tan color, a bit like the color of snow after it's been plowed out of the street. Head has very strong staying power, reducing very slowly to a 1cm cap atop the body. Leaves fairly good lacing, small swirls and streaks along the side of the glass. Body is dark chocolate brown, nearing black. When held up to a light, it's opaque, with the slightest bit of orange-yellow highlights along the edges. This is the darkest dunkelweiss I've seen, probably indicating a higher than average use of roasted malt. The very dark color of the beer with the gray-tan head looks very good in the Weihenstephaner glass.

Aromas are of wheat malt, some roasted malt lending charred and weak coffee scents, and clove-like phenols. The noticeable roasted malt character adds a fairly distinct scent profile to this beer, as no other dunkel I've tried has captured this. What it lacks (or gets covered up) from a typical hefe- or dunkelweiss, it makes up for with this specialty.

Taste opens with some malt sweetness and toasted malt flavors on the tip of the tongue. Mid-palate reveals the usual banana esters, but they are subsumed under the roasted barley and wheat malt flavors. There's a brief moment of slight, typical wheat beer tartness near the close, which normally lasts through the aftertaste in a classic wheat beer. Here, it's cut very short by the return of roasted malt and faint coffee-esque flavors. In general, think of a lighter wheat beer flavor joined to some roasted malt flavors (light coffee, smoke, char) and you have this beer.

Carbonation is medium to medium-high alongside the medium bodied beer. The combination goes fairly well together, perhaps a bit high in terms of carbonation. The effect is a fairly effervescent, crisp mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed this variation on the weissbier theme. The components were unique and enjoyable. One I would drink again.

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Photo of gpogo
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark opaque black/brown with a light cream colored head that had rather good retention.

A- Wheaty with a light fruity banana bubblegum aroma.

T- Wheaty banana bubblegum flavor. Faint bit of spice. Very slight amount of roastiness. Sweet malt. Finishes with a bit of a wheaty aftertaste.

M- Smooth medium body with light carbonation.

D- Quite enjoyable, but nothing special.

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Photo of DeezGunz14
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Kinsman
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swing-top bottle... very nice. America should really take a hint from the Germans and bring these back!

Fills lower tiers of my glass with a dark and murky brown thats almost pitch black once it settles in the glass. A large fluffy and dense cream colored head tops it nicely.

Aroma hints at toasted bread and grain upfront. Further exploration reveals the Weizen yeast withs its banana and bubble gum fruitiness and a moderate spice character.

A bit more roasty and toasty than your average Dunkelweizen, but tasty nonetheless. Some malty sweetness as well. Yeast character however plays a dominate role with a healthy dose esters and some clove like spice mixed in.

Mouthfeel is rather light and bubbly but finishes nicely. Overall, Kapuziner is a excellent authentic German weizen but it still leaves you wanting a bit more.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a somewhat slight head that fades t a ring and leaves just the barest lacing. Smells bready, with a slight tang of the grain, and a note of caraway. A very light beer, one of the lighter dark beers I've had. The problem here is that there is a slight (very slight) roastiness, which doesn't add a lot to the beer in itself, but does negate any yeasty flavors, and once again there aren't a lot. For me, one of the great pleasures of a German wheat beer are the esters from the yeast with it's hallmark flavors of banana and clove, set against the backdrop of the soft wheat. Unfortunately I don't get that here at all, and there is no great roastiness or maltiness to compensate. Easy to drink, but doesn't hold my interest.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown. The pour produced an abundance of frothy tan head that was dense and mousse like. Large hole would fill the foam like swiss cheese holes, get the idea.
This very realy opaque beer is also nicely carbonated.

Aromatics are simple and understated with wheat malts, yeast and roasted malts. There is a sutle presence of cloves.

Taste is wheat malts some clove and hints of roasted malts. The roasted malts also have some smokiness to them.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and lite with some creamy slickness at the end.

A good dunkel and would drink more no problem.

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Photo of beeragent
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a medium brown, forming a fluffy off-white head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt aroma on the nose. Not the typical dunkelwiezen aroma as expected.

T - Light malt flavor, a hint of cocoa and a slightly wheaty aftertaste. No hop presence.

M - Light bodied with a typical German wheat beer mouthfeel. Average carbonation and very smooth and clean.

D - Flavors aren't the usual German wheat beer taste such as clove and banana. Still, the beer is enjoyable, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of DavidST
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle (with a swing top) into a pint glass, unsure of the freshness.

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a large tan head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and brown sugar. The feel is sort of light. The taste is also a little light, I get lots of coffee and a little roasted malts but its also a little watery. Overall not bad but I expected a little more from the look.

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Photo of cooch69
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours from a swing top bottle a very deep dark brown almost black. It has a tight and creamy yet semi-compact off white/light tan head.

Nose is dark roasted malts, black coffee, and a little cocoa. There are hints of ginger and brown sugar wafting in the backround.

Taste is so much like coffe it's unbelievable. I don't think I've ever had any beer that did'nt actually use cofee that tasted so much like coffee(two creams and one sugar). It is slightly sweet at first but leads into a dry roasty finish. Slightly nutty as well, predominantly filbert's. This one is pretty creamy and only on the lower end of medium bodied. Also a little bit of acidity in the finish. This is probably one of the only factors that I could actually distinguish this as a wheat beer from. Because this beer to me would taste just as much as a cream ale as a wheat beer in a blind tasting.

This ones is subtle, yet aggresive and packed with different nuances to be discovered. A solid beer yet not great.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A:pours a very dark muddy brown with a little tint of orange light peeking through. Tan colored head tops it off in massive amounts and "honeycombs" its way slowly down the glass leaving sticky trails behind everywhere.

S: Burnt chocolate and a soft meyer lemon note ... banana?

T: Chalky mouthfeel is the first thing I have to notate here albeit not a flavor. Light to medium body and very chalky, Also very effervescent. Subtle milk chocolate suggestions make their way into banana and clove and mild citrus. All and all the flavors are extremely subdued and perhaps hindered by massive carbonation matched with a general light overall body and character of the beer. This one is a bit confused.

M: chalkdust torture

O: Not a good example of what beer can be.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of wheat with some light chocolate and banana notes. I get some classic German yeast in the aroma as well. The flavor is full of chocolate and wheat. I don't get any banana or spice notes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent dunkelweizen but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of kevo237
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, huge fluffy head after pour. Settled to a nice size afterwards and looked so darn good and creamy. Smell was of copper and slight smoke. Mouthfeel was excellent as it sizzled a bit on my tongue. Taste was roasty at first that did not stick around long enough before turning into a typical, spicy clove taste.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and prefer it to Kapuziner Weissbier.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle somewhere in Poland. From notes.

A - One finger tan head on a black body with great retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet dark malt. Dry grain. I honestly wrote down 'farts' so I'm not confident this smelled good.

T - Raisins, figs, dark malt, and burnt sugar with a hint of wheat.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Smooth, dry finish.

O/D - I wouldn't seek it out to be honest. It's pretty run of the mill but worth a shot if you're into the heferoos.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice medium brown pour with an off-white head. No lace, no real retention.

Toasted wheat and some cocoa powder in the nose. I'm missing something.

This is a very one dimensional beer. Toasted what, light cocoa notes, some slight sourness toward the end, that mingles with light grain sweetness and some light bitterness. No spice, no banana/clove elements. This is a poor representation of the style.

Lighter boded, with good carbonation.

Not entirely hateful, but this is not what I want in the style. What was there was ok, but missing a ton.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, best before 9/29/11.

Pours a lovely, cloudy mahogany with orangey highlights. Out of the light, it does almost look black. The head is standard Weizen fluffiness, and the lacing is very good.

The nose is muffled, though there's some fleeting ripe fruit and a strange wood-chip aroma.

The flavor is spicy, yeasty and bready. Very dry for a wheat beer. The finish has a touch of roast and chocolate, but it's very faint. If these dark malt flavors were cranked-up a bit, then this would be a very tasty beer. As it stands, a bit boring. The mouthfeel is excellent, with very soft, smooth and persistent carbonation.

This is much darker and drier than most Dunkelweizen. I can see where it gets it's "Schwarz" moniker. Overall a decent beer, though the standard Kapuziner Hefeweizen is far better.

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Photo of atis
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with brown and very thick creamy head that lasts till the end of the glass, looks perfect. Aroma is rather intense toasty malt, when it warms up, some yeasty notes can be felt as well.

Taste is different from aroma, it starts watery with light feeling of toasty malt and bits of dark fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is rather thin and very low carbonation, some warming feel after the glass is finished.

Overall, it looks good and smells good, but seriously lacks flavour.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 ForWhatAlesYou
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle poured into a Weizen glass

A: Very thick foamy head on the pour that diminishes a little but stays present until the end of the glass. Chocolatey-brown color. Looks delicious. Appearance alone earns this one some respect.

S: Alcohol, yeast, dark fruit, bitter cocoa, short crust, blackberry jam.

T: Sweet cloves and nutmeg find their way throughout the taste. I get a lot of banana liquer. Not overtly impressive but enjoyable. Would happily drink again.

M: I had a hard time putting this one into words. One other review mentioned a dry-ness while not being astringent and I think I mostly agree with that.

D: Good. I like that I do get instances of hefeweizen and black ale. I could have this on all but my most picky nights.

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Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.72 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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