Black Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Black WheatBlack Wheat

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Skidz on 02-04-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass with a few fingers, no scratch that, a full hand of foam. Black mahogany body with visible trails of carb in the beer. The latte tinted foam was creamy and lasted for awhile. Nutty mellow roast coffee and cloves in the nose, with a soft tobacco element too. Roasty flavor, some mild spice, tobacco, toffee, and nuttiness. Light earthy hop in the aftertaste, but not bitter. Dry roast with a hint of sweetness in the end. Very light and smooth, countering the robust flavors. Tasty and a good choice to pair with hearty food. Glad they resurrected this classic!

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fudgy chocolate color with a large tan head that slides down the side without leaving much behind

Smell: Banana spice bread, pecans and milk chocolate

Taste: Bitter nut skins dominate the banana spice and chocolate flavors, up front, with a spicy rye tartness that grows by mid-palate; after the swallow, the milk chocolate emerges as does the cinnamon and cloves, though the nut skin bitterness wraps up the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Discovered this one at the back of my fridge so it is not the freshest; still, a decent beer and I have given it the benefit of the doubt to account for the age

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dark brown color dunkel with a large foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with light notes of cloves and some residual sugar. Taste is also an enjoyable mix between a solid caramel malt backbone with nice ester of cloves and light banana bread with a well balance sweet finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed though more ester originating from the yeast strain could have provided further enjoyment.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into Town Hall Weizen glass.

Poured vigorously yielding a 2 finger head. Fizzles down instantly. Left no lace. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: A lot of burnt malts. Bananas, chocolate. It reminds me of a a chocolate banana milk shake. I really don't like the burnt malts, but everything else is ok.

Taste: Again, a lot of burnt malts. Chocolate and banana. Very fizzy taste to it. Wheat of course. Not a lot going on here, but I dig it for this style of beer.

Mouthfeel: Here is the main downfall of this beer. Very fizzy and overcarbonated. Medium bodied. Very roasty in the mouth. Leaves a big smokey aftertaste that I really wasn't expecting.

Overall, a nice easy drinking beer. I like some of the aspects, but other parts let me down. I could drink more if I desired to.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus' Black Wheat pours a cloudy brown body beneath a full head of creamy dark tan foam that holds quite well but leaves only standard lacing. The nose is quite interesting in its combination of sweet cocoa, dark chocolate, banana bread, and bubble-gum. It's medium-light bodied; and its efferevescent carbonation is at first prickly, and then airy as it warms in the mouth before fading smoothly away. The flavor is even more complex than the aroma suggests, and there are emerging notes of roasted malts, clove, generic "spice", carmel, and even a touch of what could be perceived as smoke. It finishes with a flourish of banana that fades to toasty and chocolate notes as its bitterness rises, and then lingers dryly with some residual clove and spice. Wow! A really interesting, flavorful, and complex beer that holds your interest!

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a good light tan head. The nose brings some really nice weizen characteristics of banana and clove along with some light chocolate. The taste is a bit of darker malt, chocolate, and then banana and clove. Really quite tasty. Good feel and carbonation. Drinks quite well.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a deep murky brown, and makes good use of the volume of this glass, with several huge fingers of foamy light tan head. Despite the huge head, this eventually peters down into just a small layer of wispy foam, leaving back a smattering of lace. Not quite as robust looking as the original pour I must say. The aroma is toasty smelling, with roast, caramel, cocoa powder, and some fruity accents of oranges and yeasty banana. Notes of clove and cinnamon give this a spicy pop in the nose.

The taste is once again more dark feeling, with roasty accents of chocolate and caramel, but I'm also getting that familiar sense of smooth sweet wheat character as well. A bloom of bananas flavor stretches in to the finish, along with lingering notes of roast. That same festive mix of spices from the aroma is present as well, really jazzing the taste up here, and seeming to be much more prominent that what I would find in a regular Dunkel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an extremely mellow and creamy feel to the carbonation. There appears to be a beefier feel to the body, but damn, this goes down smooth!

Really interesting take on the Dunkleweizen style. Much more roasty and spicy than what I expected, these dimensions meshed well with the already tasty chocolate banana bread character this had going on. Nice stuff!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Schmittymack, cheers Dan!

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of brown head. Average lacing & no head retention

S: Apple skins, bubblegum & peppery rye??

T: Roasty malt, orchard fruit, a touch of licorice & booze notes up front. Wet charred grain, a touch of smokeyness, dryness & pear are all there as this warms. Finishes fruitty & dry with a touch of booze

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, not bad, but not as good as I hoped...

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brown, very clear, and with ample carbonation producing a nice two inch white foamy head. This quickly faded leaving behind nothing more then a thin film on top and a decent side glass lace presence. Very nice overall look though and there was definitely an unfiltered presence as the sediment was just well, settling down to the bottom. Aroma was full of wheat as one would expect from it. Lots of earthy and grain like tones that were mixed in with and accented very nicely by a bit of a yeasty presence. The aroma was slightly musty with a touch of a bready like quality, much thicker then I thought it would be.

Very nice here. A very rich full bodies flavor would be the best way to describe it. Normally I find wheat beers to always have the same overall flavor profile, however this one was a step up, and maybe due to the dark wheat. The flavor just seemed to come off as a bit more complex with a lot of earthy and grain like flavors. There was defiantly a lot of yeast and wheat mixed in and I even picked up the presence of some dark fruit like flavors. Overall very pleasing and a very nice palate about it. A nice smokey kind of flavor started to settle in towards the end of the session and almost gave it kind of a smoked presence in the finish

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color. One and one quarter inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, yeast, banana, and clove. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, then slight hops, spice, slight hops, and some slight citrus notes in the finish. Overall, complex, well blended, nice bodied, and a good aroma.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to beerbeagle for this brew.

Pours a very dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus light tan head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast/grassy notes, bannanas, cloves, corinander. The taste is malty/yeasty/grassy, with some nice spice notes. Medium body, slightly dry finish. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink.

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Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

February 2009 bottle

A- Pours a good three finger-width tan head on a black beer. Average head retention for the style, minimal lacing.

S- Aroma is of a normal weiss, bananas and cloves, but seemingly with a touch of roastiness. Maybe it's just my sniffer playing tricks on me?

T- Lots of bananas going on in the taste. Slight oxidation. The roasted notes that seemed to be present in the nose are gone but there is a licorice sensation fills my olfactory system after each sip.

M- Medium mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation.

D/O- Overall I did enjoy the over two and a half year old dunkel offering from New Glarus. It is starting to shows signs of going south but as for now is still a quite drinkable brew. Thanks again to TATURBO's cellar for not letting this beer see the light for a few years.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Highly carbonated, dark brown, nearly black, short end that eliminates itself with a quickness.

Cola in aroma, nutty, sweet...interesting...a whiff of chocolate.

In the mouth, smooth, and high on the quaffability factor. Cocoa and nuts high in the flavor, clove and banana, too...slides right over the palate and invites another encounter.
A champion session dunkel, but doesn't taste like any other, more traditional versions I've sampled. Quite unique, and tough to pin down. Who cares about that, this is, as said, a sweet thing and easy to down. I'd prefer this over most other wheat beers.
Why, oh, why can't we get New Glarus in MN?

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave (d0b) for bringing one of these back from WI on a recent beer run. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Typical weizen look, where it starts out nearly all foam, then does the cascading waterfall thing until it settles to a four-finger tan foam with excellent retention and glass-coating lacing. The brew is a transparent dark cherry brown color, with a few bubbles visible on the sides.

S - Roast malted barley, wheat, cloves, banana, some peppery spice, yeast, and a touch of semisweet chocolate. It's sharp and twangy with a touch of saison-y sourness to it.

T - The taste really takes on the stylistic idiom of banana bread (bananas, fresh bread, yeast, cinnamon), but with some chocolate and caramel mixed into the finish. Aftertaste has plenty of roastiness to it.

M - Huge body for a 5.7% beer - really hearty and filling. Soft creamy texture with moderate carbonation, and a fairly clean finish other than the aforementioned roasty flavor.

D - It's not quite as refreshing as Dancing Man or Crack'd Wheat due to the fuller body and roasty aftertaste, but the ABV is quite mild and the carbonation is just right for sessions. Still, I'm just not sure this is a style I'd want to pound down.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a light tan head, good retention with a little lace.

S: Clove, cinnamon, rye, caramel & roast.

T: Cola-like caramel, cinamon, clove, vanilla, rye bread, balanced bitterness. Sort of a schwarz-wiesse?

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Thanks Viggo!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours totally pitch black with a huge foamy tan head that took forever to dissipate down to a solid 2-finger.

(S)- Slightly sweet light molasses with a cinnamon bread aroma to it. Even has a light cocoa and rye/carraway seed smell to it.

(T)- Rich rye/carraway seed bread with light coffee on the side with that cinnamon essence to it. Great barley background to it.

(M)- Super smooth feel to it with an edgy bite from the ample rye & barley added. Solid carbonation level. Great balance!

(D)- What a great Dunkel! Has the richness of a dark beer with the lightness of a Hefe. Superb beer by New Glarus; my new favorite by them. A 6pk would be gone very quickly. Great for late fall/early winter.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty well carbonated, as I pour it gently it forms a frothy, three finger thick, light brown head. The beer is quite hazy and is a almost purple, deep brown-amber color. The aroma has notes of bubble gum and clove up front, but then moves to a roasted malt note with notes of burnt grain husk. The mix between the two types of aromatics is quite interesting. The taste is lightly sweet up front with a light spritzy note on the palate from the body and carbonation. There are traditional Weizen notes of clove, bubble gum and a bit of banana. There is a bit of tartness to this beer as well, and it is joined in the finish by a lightly astringent roast character. This is quite the tasty tipple; I really like how the dark malt notes of chocolate, toasted biscuits, caramel, spicy grain, and coffee interplay with the traditional yeast character of a Bavarian Hefeweizen.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz received from Czoch75 in the Fight Club: Project Mayhem BIF... I've been interested in this brew since it came out... and here it is in my small weizen glass... Thanks Clint!!

Sticky lite tan head atop a virtually black brew.. great lace and retention..

I would never in a million years describe this as a dunkelweizen.. much more like a (big) schwarzbier fermented out with a lite Weizen yeast... The nose has a bunch of chocolate and bordering on Char mixed in with the traditional aromas.

The flavor is dominated pretty much by dark malts and chocolate.. sorta burnt husky flavors with lesser dark caramel and the expected banana and lite (very lite) clove.. Dark chocolate essence runs from front to back.. as it warms there is a nutty component that is still left in the dark dust.. The body is exquisite.. and honestly... the drinkability is great.. I am left wondering what else is in there.. A little one dimensional for me.

Thanks Clint.. but this one was a little too burnt.. and the chocolate was too much for my palate on such a lite beer.... that said, I would love to have this in the stable of brews in Boise.


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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass. Black Wheat is a murky brown with a bit more transparency near the edge of the glass when held to light. The head is massive and frothy, though I poured gently. It takes a couple minutes for the head to recede and there's scattered lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of sugary sweet bready malt. Fruity esters are present in the form of bananas, and the spices are mainly cloves. A low level of bubblegum is noticeable. The alcohol is surreptitious in the beer. The flavor is sweet with some coriander. It's a bit peppery. The banana is very apparent and it's slightly accentuated by the bubblegum. The finish is sweet, dry, and a bit peppery.

Medium bodied with a medium - high level of carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Every time I drink a Dunkelweizen I have the urge to visit Germany again.

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Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for the trade...
Appears a murky black with a 2 finger tan head that lasts for a minute. Tiny spots of lace that slowly slide.
Smell is of chocolate and caramel malts, banana, wheat, clove, and a touch of candied apples.
Taste is of the same wonderful aromas mixing well for a delightful taste.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, yeasty, and slightly sweet.
Drinkability-I really enjoyed this one. Very drinkable and authentic to the style. One of the best American versions I’ve had.

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Black Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 212 ratings