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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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 186
Photo of longarm
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a thick light head of lightly colored foam, not indicative of the black brew it blankets. Carbonation lasts relatively well for a wheat.

Aroma: Strong elements of toffee, dark chocolate and caramel. Smells like a Heath bar. I don't notice any hops, but that's fine.

Taste: Taste like a chocolate bar, but not overwhelmingly sweet. Even a little bitter on the finish. Very nice and unlike any dunkel weiss I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a little heavy for a wheat, but this isn't a thick beer at all. It finishes quite clean for a wheat too, almost lager-like

Drinkability: Certainly a fine brew to have around for regular consumption.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with one finger of off-white head. There's not much lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of sweet roasted malt. It's got some great banana and clove aromas in there as well. The taste has some burnt malt up front, with lots of spicy flavors too. There's some sweetness from the yeast, but the finish is slightly dry. The mouthfeel is decently thick, and the drinkability is good too. A damn good beer! Cheers to kmpitz2 (Kevin) for sharing this one!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost black. It has a creamy topping of light brown foam. Retention is better than average and the lacing is nice. The nose is damn near perfect for a dunkelweizen. Chocolate, clove, pepper, bubblegum and tangy wheat. The mouthfeel has a creamy texture, but there's a bit of an "airy" feeling to it that keeps it from being outstanding. The body is about medium-full. The flavor follows suit with the aroma with the addition of banana and a cocoa dryness that lingers long after the swallow. But the essence of this one is summed up in the chocolate/clove/pepper/spicyrye/caramel interplay on the tongue. It's one of the better dunkelweizens I've had. Just wish Solstice didn't have to be the sacrificial lamb.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick smokey chocolate brown color, soft and silky fluffed cocoa brown head dances quickly to the top of the glass at about a half inch and then back down again. Drippy glaring lace in globs, not much sticking.

Aroma has softly spoken layers of caramel, banana, cocoa, and a touch of dry spice clove and nuts. Wonderfully complex and secretive. Keep sniffing...

Taste is mixed, busy, and full up front but tenders off quickly into a creamy dream of caramel and roasty cocoa. Dark banana slips through in alot of mixed areas with touches of dry fig and sweet chocolate bread cake. Mellowing smooth amounts of creamy cocoa and caramel always remain present as yeasty spices of clove, white pepper, and cola fizz dust the back end while it continues to finish with spectular drippings of lovely little roasty nuttyness and wheat sweetness.

Lots of subtle layering here, you could get lost in trying to pick out every flavor and where it happens and all depending on its temp. It continuely changes its mood as it warms from chocolatey to fruity to spicy to earthy to caramel candy to...on and on we go. Overall I think chocolate banana nut bread with a caramel center, but then those spices, roasted hints, and even some hops make for interesting twists to the overall. Not to mention the continued carbonation thats full but not overly charged and spritey but holds its own on that account and still comes across super smooth and largely creamy. Amazing stuff. It's seemingly simple in some parts then a bunch of stuff starts happening just when you're about to think its boring, and it does this by leaps and bounds. Hello...big finisher!

And oh my this slides down quickly. Gone before ya know it. So creamy, inticingly full, yet not overly rich in any fashion. Now that it has your attention it won't let go and you won't stop with just one. Hell, a sixer might not be enough with the way this stuff drinks down. Wow! An absolute wonderment of a beer. It does conjure up a dunkel weizen quality but I tend to think...Banana porter anyone?

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a cloudy dark brown with a big wheat beer head. The aroma is very strong, with not only all the regular wheat beer smells, but also a big roasted aroma, chocolate, nuts, and an earthiness that is hard to describe. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Sweet, but not too sweet, balanced by the bitter roastiness. There are a lot of flavors that somehow work together. This is a pretty strange beer, but I like it. Full mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I will definitely buy more of this, since I only got a single bottle.

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Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of wheat character with some orange and banana as well. Very nice aroma. The flavor is much better than expected. It's like a wheat beer with lots of chocolate malt thrown in. Strangely a very nice combination. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and it's very drinkable.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark body, soft light brown head, healthy looking. Pillowy soft yet intense nose got a strong clove component. Mellow evolution, old bananas don’t overwhelm and provide just enough sweetness to counter the heavy roastiness. Very dry palate, dark toasted malts. Unleashing subtle dark fruit notes as it warms (grapes, figs), but it might be too dry, almost ashes like. At the same time, the mouthfeel is a bit spritzy, thin-medium thickness may be satisfying for what it is, but it is pretty biting… I applaud the effort at pushing the envelope on atypical styles in the US, but I don’t really find the particular appeal. It feels like a dunkelweizen amped up by throwing more dark malts and enhancing roastiness. Obviously my favourite among the few dunkelweizen I’ve had still.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my in-laws for bringing this down for me to try. It pours a nice creamy-looking deep dark brown color with a 3 finger pillowy tan head. The nose is really rich, with definate banana and cream tones, but also with a chocolate from the dark malts. Wow. I can't wait to taste it. The flavor is right there with the nose, lots of creamyness over chocolate-covered bananas with some slightly roasted nutty tones. Wow. Top notch. The feel is velvety smooth, moderate...Right about where it should be. I think this is one of the best dunkel's I've had. It is so smooth and very easy to drink. A big fat A+ on this one.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a very dark brown, with a large frothy head. Smells of burnt toast, banannas and cloves. A magnificent yeast smells. Tastes chocolatey and burnt. Banannas hit you hard with this one, the yeast Dan uses is a spectacular weizen yeast. A small bitterness from the roasted malts is present, no hops are detectable. This is very creamy and drinkable. I approve of this as a replacement for one of my favorite wheat beers being the solstice weiss. As a matter a fact I wouldnt doubt that the recipes are damn near the same except this one has some roast barley thrown in. Chocolate covered banannas all the way, fantastic and unique.

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Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as name implies. Very cloudy when held to the light and color is dark brown. Big fluffy head. What a nose...clove, burnt toast, yeast, and a bit of chocolate malts.

Full rounded mouthfeel. A nice balance of sweet malts with the acidity from the wheat. The roast malts play a beautiful compliment to the banana and clove flavors. Dessert in a glass from that perspective - bananas with chocolate.

The finish is long and complex with flavors of roast malt, chocolate and the yeast makes another appearance very late. There is a nice dose of noble hops here too. It dries out and leaves an astringency. The final taste for me is the yeast. The beer really left me wanting another. Bravo!

A very well made beer. Interesting flavor profile. I look forward to trying my next side by side with a fine german example of a dunkle weizen. A style not often attempted by U.S. brewers - Dan Carey did a great job here.

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

Opague burnt clay with a gelatin spire of tan heading fueled by manic jets of CO2.
Nose of caramelized bananas, mocha, dark bread, and clove.
Floods into the mouth with milk chocolate. Inches sweeter with caramel nougat and blackened bananas. Light rye spiciness. Notions of seared vanilla pods. But still, the Caramellow candy bar hues reign supreme. Pinpricks of purple grape sweetness, and Dr. Pepper cola. Yeastier on the hindquarters, with a wet blanket of dough, wax, a restatement of banana, and spritely white pepper and clove punctuations. Ends with a modest grassy hop lean, and the everlingering confections of vanilla-chocolate-caramel.
The body is full and fleece-like. Burly and soft and fuzzy. Drinkable in gulps and nothing less.
This is a very nice version.

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Photo of Skidz
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a thick, creamy dark brown, resembling spring runoff from the mountains and sits a deep, chocolate black with almost no light shining through. A large off-brown head sits on top, fading to a light skim, holding to the sides and leaving a good amount of lacings.

Smells lighty toasted with boatloads of wheat on every corner. Massive yeast presence in the foreground with a mild walnut aroma. Traces of steak roasted with cloves and caramel fall along the sides with a thick, sludgy chocolate topping. Light, herbal hops dance, well, swim through the thick, muddy aroma.

Tastes toasted and rich with chocolate and caramel up front. Full roasted presence comes out with an even bigger dosage of yeast slathered all over the toungue. Mocha latte amounts of coffee strike a chord and are complimented with just the slightest hints of cinnamon and mildly peppery hops. Finish is smoothly bittered, thick with nice roasted flavors long after.

Intensly smooth and creamy with an equally matched carbonation that massages the tongue and just rolls all the way down the hatch. Big, meaty body for a weiss, about medium-full. It's just begging to be chewed.

This beer will surely make up for the lack of it's opposing seasonal, the Solstice wheat, which will sadly never be seen again. I can handle this instead. Something is working very well at New Glarus.

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