Dunkelweizen | Legend Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: German Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by doerickson on 05-16-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by BierManVA:
Photo of BierManVA
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bier pours a very dark brown with a nice heavy head. Head lingers nicely.

Aroma is strong banana and light clove with a sugary sweet smell as well like bubblegum or cotton candy. Pleasant.

The taste of this bier is very nice. Smooth and delicious, heavy wheat. What I notice the most is not the start but the finish...CHOCOLATE. Heavy dark chocolate overtones when swallowing. Strange IMO for this bier type but very nice none the less.

A quality product from Legend.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this double-deuce at Kroger's recently and wanted to give Legend another shot.

Pours a very cloudy and very dark caramel-brown in color. Impressive, multi-finger thick layer of off-white head stands firm and lasts. All sorts of sticky lace on the glass. LOTS of things going on in the aroma department: Dark fruit, chocolate squares, estery fruits, toasted nuts, cooking spices. Flavor is quite..."wheaty". Not sure if that means anything. But there's a supporting cast of sweetness, a touch of bitterness at the end, a hint of ABV, and spicy zip. Mouthfeel was thinner than expected and detracted somewhat from the overall experience. A quality offering from Legend that has done wonders to change my opinion of their beers.

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Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an Aventinus glass, the one with the thin bottom and the bulbous top, which is certainly becoming one of my favorite glasses after this, my second beer, in the glass (which has enhanced Victory's Moonglow to something much more formidable than what it was in my pint glass).

Appearance: A beautiful red / amber color (with hints of brown), with some haze from the unfiltered yeast, which I swirled and poured in (which has, for me, made the Hefe Weizens, Dunkel Weizens, and Weizen Bocks taste better, look better, and feel better, so that's my deal with these guys from now on). Lots of head, lots of huge sticky lacing. I think this glass is making this so much better, but that makes me feel better about using a glass such as this for the beer, one that caters to it well.

Smell: Beautiful chocolate-covered bananas at first, some creamy malt, some toasted malt, and some dark banana bread. Awesome and pretty singular as far as I'm concerned, especially with the notes of chocolate.

Taste: All of the aroma is coming through. First the chocolate and dark toasted malt, to some banana and slight sugars, then some faint bread, faint hops, and a lingering faint banana flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: First there's a burst of carbonation, then it slips into creaminess with the medium to thicker body.

Drinkbility: This is a pretty awesome Dunkel Weizen. Highly drinkable, a lot of odd complexity, much flavor, and great to look at. Apparently it says this is a one-off release, so if that's the case I'm off to stock a few in the fridge for sure.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Major props to my hometown brewery - the last few of their "big beers" that I've tried have been fantastic. This was no exception. Pours a hazy oak color with a nice thick head. Big time citrus flavors, but they were very nicely rounded out with a strong malt character and some pumpernickel bread (or something chewy like that). Drinkability is fantastic and the beer hits the palate wonderfully. Head remains on the beer for a while, and the taste leaves a great residue that begs for more.

A great brew. Keep em coming.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a light tan head with some scattered lacing.
Aroma of sweet caramel with a spicy yeast profile with a touch of banana and clove with just a hint of cocoa.
Flavors of chocolate, caramel and some bread tones. Not much clove or banana as would be expected with the style.
Mouthfeel is lighter than one would expect and real astringent bitterness, little bit of harshness that is quite out of place.
Drinkability is above average but just doesn't stay on style and the astringent bitterness is quite out of place. Not what I expected.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy, murky brown with a small, creamy tan head that doesn't fade out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cloves, mild bubblegum, and cocoa with just a tiny hint of banana in the background...good interpretation of the style.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is of cocoa, semi-dry, spicy, and mildly thin.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head lasts excellently, with delicate lacing plenitful. Aroma is wheaty, with an obvious citrus kick. Taste is roasted wheat upfront, then the sour citrus kicks in, a bit more than necessary, I would think. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, and drinkability is pretty good as well, but the somewhat overpowering citrus kind of limits things. Have to revisit this one a bit fresher and see how it goes. Interesting brew nonetheless, worth a try, especially since there just aren't enough d-weizens out there.

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Photo of DruRho
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of eclectic
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber brown with a small head that lingers... yeasty clove aroma with some banana in the background.. thinner than I would expect for the style and not as rich as I would like.

As I continue drinking and my glass slowly warms the flavors begin to smooth out and meld together in a much more enjoyable way.. still a bit odd for the style, but enjoyable.

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Photo of phisig137
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, producing a 1 finger head that quickly falls into a thin blanket over top o the glass. Some lacing, but this beer is a but undercarbonated for the style.

Aroma is nutty, caramely, and oddly brie like. Never had a beer that smells like a good cheese, but this one does somehow. Not unpleasant, just different.

Flavor is very enjoyable, but again, not quite right for the style. Good amounts of caramel and roastiness are present, as well as coffee. The problem with it is that I don't taste any wheat, or any yeast esters. If I was tasting this blind, I might think its a porter.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is high.

I honestly expected more from this. Most of Legend's seasonal offerings are outstanding, but this one doesnt' quite do it for me. I personally think it was much better last year.

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Photo of ncaudle
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of RealityDeviant
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bomber bottle from Once Upon A Vine. The label is pretty simple and features the standard Legends unicorn logo.

Appearance: This brew pours a dark, amber-brown. It has a healthy tan head which it retains well. Eventually the head falls down to a ring of tan lace. I’d say it looks inviting enough, but it does not look quite as cloudy as I expected.

Smell: Good complexity, with notes of caramel, honey, dates dominating. I also detect hints of chocolate graham crackers and to a lesser extent, banana and clove. I’m a little disappointed that banana wasn’t more pronounced, but it seems relatively pleasant as it is. I’d say the only thing that truly detracts from the overall aroma is what seems to be a tinge of alcohol poking its head out of the honey note.

Taste: Heavy on the caramel and honey at first, moving into a bready, chocolate graham cracker-like flavor at the midpoint, and finally dark fruit. Oddly enough there is a slightly nutty aftertaste. A touch of alcohol doesn’t seem to harm the taste, but it can be picked up.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied with medium carbonation. It’s easy to drink, but it’s not as creamy as one might hope for.

Drinkability: I'll give this brew good marks on drinkability, although its thin body would make it a little too easy to quaff on a summer’s day.

Notes: I’m a fan of the dunkel weizen style, but this seems somewhat unusual. It’s enjoyable, but it’s certainly not your average dunkel. Fortunately, it’s refreshing like so many beers of the style. Thumbs up to Legends on this offering.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had a number of these at the brewpub and they are just fabulous with food. Arrives in the pint glass a dark cloudy brew with a table of beige foam. Smell is malty, mild anise, with some raisin and pecan. It's telling me there is plenty of sugars present. Taste is malty sweet carbonation with a mild alcohol bite. Very satisfying with a medium body and mouthfeel. So easy to drink that I forget that I've ordered food. Recommended.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strangely darker shade of brown for the style. Head is khaki and strong as it should be. Aromas are also a little different, Some caramel sweetness and the usually spice and a touch of banana, but as others have mentioned there is a chocolate note throught the nose and the taste.

Taste somewhat echo's the aroma. Lighter on the banana than most dunkleweizens I have had. Definate chocolate and a touch of astringency at the end. Nothing is bad tasting, just a touch surprising.

Mouthfeel is nice and rice with good carbonation. Alcohol is 6% which is a bit high for the style, but it is not noticable.

Drinkablility is good, perhaps a bit heavy to session, but still one could have a few with a meal. Interesting interpretation of the Dunkleweizen, almost a hybrid between a lighter Dunkle and a Weizenbock.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of doerickson
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, iced tea-colored pour with a cream colored, sticky head that adheres to the glass from start to finish. Apple, banana, clove and faint cinnamon aromas.

All malt all the time, with fruit essences and a bit of a maple syrupy character. Muted phenolics. Finishes warm from the relatively high ABV.

This is very good stuff. High marks to Legend for this one.

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Dunkelweizen from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 18 ratings