Black Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 211
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. yet another thank you to Jason (MBABJJ) for even more New Glarus goodness!

Pours very dark brown bordering on black, with a dense, one-finger light-khaki head that settles into a 1/4" cap that maintains a nice, creamy thickness. Very nice stickage. Honestly, if I had to guess just based on appearance, I'd say this was most likely a schwarzbier.

Nose is very interesting. Lightly roasty at first, with the requisite banana notes sneaking in just underneath. Oats contribute a light nuttiness. Hints of tangy wheat, even a bit of rye. This is a very interesting beer.

Wow. Up front, there are notes of banana, bit of caramel, chocolate, with the light sourdough rye note, nutty oats, and the tangy wheat underneath melding together with a fantastic complexity; a light, dry roasty note emerges midway through as the other major player lingering firmly on the palate through the finish. Delicious. What an utterly fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an active but soft, small-bubbled carbonation that massages the tongue.

Drinkability is phenomenal. Like the best possible melding of a dunkelweizen, a porter, and a rye beer. Love it. New Glarus is rocketing up my list of favorite breweries - right up there with The Bruery now.

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Photo of WJVII
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deep black almost oil color with a thick cream head that is frothy and settles to a nice cap leaving sticky lacing behind. The aroma is sweet and full of spice like a weizen would have but something is a little different. This brew has some chocolate and burnt malt aromas as well. The taste is thick and creamy. There is some spice but almost an overwhelming dark roast taste. This is a heavy beer with characteristics of a porter as well as a hefeweizen all in one. Very unique and tasty!

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

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. No date.

A - 99% opaque with subtle amber highlights. The most impressive part though is the four-finger tan head that rose pretty quickly. Great retention as it lowered leaving bits of lacing.

S - Dark chocolate and caramel malts, pretty burnt, with light molasses drizzles on top and a strong wheat with oatmeal aroma. Lightly boozy at the finish. I've never smelled anything else like this. After a sip I also started picking up a heavy smoke aroma. Not wood smoke, but like, walking into a smoking hotel room that hasn't been smoked in for a while. That may sound gross, but I kind a like it and it made this already interesting beer even more interesting.

T - Burnt malts with oats, wheat, and strangely enough, banana esters with clay are lightly present from the yeast. Very interesting. A little alcohol warming to the finish.

M - Rich and creamy but crisp and smooth. An amalgam of sorts. Warm alcohol to the finish and just a bit burnt.

D - Good, very interesting. I've never had anything like this but it's a very versatile beer that could be had in either the winter as a nice warmer or during the summer as a refresher!

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Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown hazy brew with a large foamy tan head, hold sits own, little lacing.

Rich roasted malty aromas along with pronounced clove spiciness, delicious nose. Crisp tart and fizzy mouthfeel works perfectly to convey this tart fresh yet richer style of wheat beer. New Glarus nails yet another style with a wonderful brew. NG makes me want to move to Wisconsin...

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

This beer poured a very dark brown with a wonderful long lasting light tan head. The nose is more difficult for me to pinpoint. I smell smoke or roasted malts and sweetness?. Taste is sweet, roasted malt and caramel. This beer has taste characteristics of some porters or stouts, but not as strong. Good carbonated bite and slick feeling to the tongue. It has a rather warming effect although the ABV is not that high. I would say this is a fine hefeweizen. I only purchased one bottle so I will have to go with it for now. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark chocolate brown color sits under a thick, ultra-creamy, long-lasting head, which almost looks like soft serve ice cream, it's so smooth. Leaves a bit of lace, too, but this head never totally dies.

Aroma is largely nut, grain (rye, mostly) and soil/peat, obviously pretty earthy. A bit of unripe dark fruit lingers in the background, but not enough to influence the earthiness.

Rye influences the flavor is the best possible way, and anyone familiar with even a few different rye beers will recognize it here. Remains as earthy as the nose promises, with elements of poppyseed bread, smoke, lightly burnt chocolate and anise. Ultimate it's pretty husky, earthy and somewhat bready.

Smooth, gentle mouthfeel, thankfully not over-carbonated or prickly. Since the flavor is pretty robust and complex, a low-key but solid texture is needed here, and it pulls through on that score.

I'd call Black Wheat a malt-lover's dream without for a second considering it a malt-bomb. Its use of wheat, oats, rye and malted barley is inventive and tasteful. Woe be to those of us who don't live in Wisconsin, because it seems New Glarus just gets stronger every year.

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

Thanks to Deuane and Carolyn (SierraGS) for sharing this one!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. The look is nice, darker black body with some brown around the edges with a nice head yield.

Nutty chocolate, chocolate, caramel, roasted peanuts and cashews primarily. There is a nice toasted caramel scent as well. Slightly sweet, it just comes together really well and the wheat ties it all together.

Nice taste, the wheat provides such a nice taste. Not a huge fanboy of the style, but New Glarus seems to have a knack for turning me onto some different stuff. Some sweet chocolate and raisins mixed with a desirable corn taste. The mouthfeel is rather grainy, but fairly light.

Could do these all day. Calling any/all Wisconsin traders!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade courtesy of FlyingBison.

Pours a murky dark brown in color. There's a nice quarter inch of frothy, off white head. Looks delish.
Smell is mostly dark roasted malts. Some peppery spiciness I'm picking up as well. A little bit of a smoky, tobacco scent as well.
Taste is more of the dark roasted malts. There's a lemony pepper spice going on as well. This is very nice. Plenty of carbonation dances around in the mouth. Medium to full mouthfeel. Very good beer. New Glarus does it again.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting beer from new glarus, and has great session possibilities. Huge thanks to Viggo for pulling this out of one of your many, many boxes.

Deep mahogany pour with a large tan head. Decent retention and lace. A lot of breadiness in the aroma, along with smoke and a dark fruitiness. The flavour goes long on the smoke for me, and I found its intensity like a mild rauch. This combines with a spicy dark fruit Aventinus feel. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Aventinus, but with the sweetness toned down, and the breadiness amped up with a dose of smoky peat. Pretty interesting stuff. The body is about par for the style, with its moderate heft and its significant carbonation.

New Glarus continue to impress me.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has an amazing root beer chocolate look, with a dazeling 4 min head, off brown, great lace.

The nose has yeastiness, with toasty bread, hints of dark malt, no hops here. Subdued, but nice.

Big round malt taste with deep chocolate and spicy, some breadiness, very balanced and finishes quite dry, no left over tastes.

The mouthfeel is heavy, somewhat chalky, the carbonation low despite the large head, an easy drinker. I'm liking this as a great winter session beer. Very German in style, very well done.

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

The appearance is quite impressive and was a good start to an enjoyable beer. The body is a very dark brown that allows just a little glimpse of light to pass through the edges. The head is three fingers thick and soft with a light tan hue.

Toasted caramel sweetness of malt makes up the nose and it's followed quickly by a light clove spice. I also picked up a brief whiff of root beer.

There's a lot more going on in the taste than I expected and I found quite a bit of different qualities in there. First and foremost, the roasted chocolate and toasty malts are the centerpiece. After the swallow this starts to develop a profile of a hefeweizen with a light banana and clove presence. There's also a yeast presence. It really tastes like a combination of a stout and hefe and this gives it a fun little twist.

I can really pick up the oats in the mouthfeel. It adds the right amount of thickness to what would normally be a lighter body. The carbonation is slightly heavy. Finish is dry with a burnt malt aftertaste.

This drinks heavier than a 5.7% abv, but the flavor is intriguing and I went through this one pretty fast because I kept wanting another sip.

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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 PerzentRizen
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with mnjeff...thank you for the great New Glarus goodness.

Poured into a Duvel glass at 48 degrees this beer is a very dark almost opaque brown. The small bubble head fills the top of the glass much like a Duvel beer would and then recedes to lacing around the edges of the glass - somewhat disappointing.

The aroma is wheat, wheat, and more great wheat. I'm also getting some chocolate malt, light toffee, and some creamy coffee aromas.

The taste is unrestrained and unfiltered wheat and there's plenty of it. The character is this burst of flavor is rambunctous and unreserved in just about every way. I'm getting coffee, a slight twang of sourness, no bittering hops, light sweetness but this beer finishes very dry.

The mouthfeel is dry, highly carbonated, and light in the mouth.

Drinkability is high because of the low abv, high carbonation, and wheat beers in general go down smooth.

Great beer and I think you'll find it pleasing if you can find it.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra from badbeer. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours like a stout: a dark chocolate (brown) color that is nearly opaque, with only the slightest bits of light peeking through the edges. Unlike a stout, this has a generous off-white head that speaks to ample carbonation, and it leaves some lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malts and dark chocolate; in concentrating, it is possible to pick up some banana and clove, but they are very mild.

T: Like a blend of a stout and a weizen. The weizen half takes over first, with a strong banana flavor, some wheat, and a very mild clove bit. It gives way to chocolate and roasted grains, and finishes with a chocolate-banana flavor that leans toward an earthy plum nature. It's very interesting.

M: Interesting enough to keep my palate engaged for the drink, but it really wears on me by the end of the glass. Well-masked ABV, slightly low carbonation for a weizen-based beer (which means it doesn't clean the palate very well), resulting in a buildup of flavor that just gets to me by the end.

D: I think one was enough.

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Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as extra from brian23456. Thanks for the opportunity. You are always a pleasure to trade with!

Appearance: Beautiful deep brown bordering on black. When held up to the light the brew is clearly brown with ruby corners. 2 finger light brown crown with some retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Loads of wheat and peppercorn. A gentle bacony smoke note as well. Roast malt lays the foundation.

Taste: Same as the nose with some extra roast malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely done medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Perhaps a touch too much carbonation IMHO.

Drinkability: This isn't a bad dunkel but I prefer some of the German legends more.

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

Thanks to eyncognito for this black beauty.

A: The weizenbier is actually a weizenschwarzbier, black as night and darker than any dunkel I've ever seen. Hell, the beer poured like a stout with a cascading white head that stands in contrast to the body. On close inspection, the black beer is actually a dark chocolate brown color that is inpenetratable.

S: The roasted malts drive the aroma, so much so that I'd never peg this for a wheat beer. On close inspection, banana peaks through, adding a nice sweetness to the nose.

T: Where the nose seems lackluster, the taste picks up all of the aromas and packages them together. Chocolate and burnt grains lead off with a full dryness that wants to be a stout. Yeast follows presently with the fruit. Clove and banana aren't strong but are present and nicely cut into the malts. Wheat lingers throughout, a lighter presence amongst the dark grains. The aftertaste is chocolate-covered banana, with more focus on the chocolate than the banana.

M: A most unusual wheat beer that seems to be pigeonholed as a dunkelweizen, if only because no other category seems to work. The combination of dark malts and weizen yeast is interesting and keeps the palate engaged.

D: The alcohol is moderate and well-hidden. A little more yeast and weizen elements and this beer would be world-class.

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Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a huge foamy tan head with a nice sticky lace. Has the aromas of chocolate, caramel, banana, clove, and cinnamon. The taste matches the aroma, is somewhat sweet, and the roasted flavor of the malt comes through. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, and very drinkable. Another solid offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a cloudy deep brown color, nearly black, with a one and a half inch light tan head on top. Nice amount of lacing left down the glass.

Aroma is of chocolate, a bit of banana, and some spicy clove notes. Kind of weak really, but nothing off.

Taste is bready, a bit of banana, a slight chocolate that is very restained, and a bit of clove spiciness in the finish. Pretty much tastes like a regular Hefe only with a slight chocolaty tinge.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good carbonation level that makes it rather creamy. Pretty easy to drink, though not as much as a regular Hefe.

Pretty interesting beer. Despite the color it tastes very similar to a regular Hefe. Worth a try indeed just as everything from New Glarus is.

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

a rather dark ruby chocolate with a very proper head that doesn't stick around for more than five minutes. nose is a milder blend of a lot of things. banana and clove sweetness, smokiness, chocolate, and woody malt. i get that in the palate as well but it seems to come a bit thick. creamier than expected. but this gives way to a complex chocolate and vanilla woody body that gives it something other than a german crisp feel but still quite refreshing. i love this beer as a complex summer sipper. the body is still quite light. great american dunkel.

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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 tpd975
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CrazyMacHarris for this one.

A: Pours a nice dark nutty brown hue with a small creamy head. Light retention with just a touch of lace.

S: Wonderful wheat aromas here. Strong notes of yeast, and clove. There is a subtle smokey aroma that hides beneath.

T: Wow, I love what Dan did with this one. Solid wheat character here. Banana, clove, and yeast up front. The end is where the dark malt shines. Nice cocoa nib flavors with just a hint of smokey charred malt.

M: On the lighter side of medium, with good carbonation to carry the flavor.

D: Very good. Sometimes I believe Dan Carey can do no wrong.

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Photo of mjryan
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sort of cross between a hefeweizen and schwarz beir. Very nice. Dark with some ruby highlights. Bannana and clove yeast aroma with some dark malt character as well. Bannana and clove again in the flavour but with a smooth chocolate flavour and some sweetness. Very faint roast character. Silky texture, smooth. A really good hybrid beer. Nothing extreme. Rediculously drinkable.

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Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky, mahogany coal with a silky tan head. Nose has bready malts, chocolate, roasted nuts, banana, clove, peaches, apricot and earthy yeast. Flavors of big malts, ripe tropical fruits, cocoa, spices and peppery yeasts. Full, creamy body is delicately carbonated with a nice finish. Makes me want to seek out more offerings from New Glarus.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Thanks to Justn for the extra!

Pours quite black, but not completely. Nice inch + of solid head. No lacing, but still has a ring on top with 1/4 left to go.

Very pungent. Get some of the yeasty tang of a hefe, plus some cocoa from the dark malt. A touch of sourness too. Pretty darn interesting.

Presents some traditional hefe flavors. Bananas, some cloves, albeit not as strong as some. Still some sourness/funk outside of the usual yeasty twang. Interesting. Not sure how well the dark malt compliments the hefe characteristics.

Great beer to try once. Definitely creative and out of the ordinary.

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Photo of younger35
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer at Casanova's on my way back to Chicago from Minneapolis for about $7. New Glarus has pretty much become my favorite brewery since I don't have regular access to Deschutes anymore. Drank from my New Glarus Weiss glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish tan with a sort of reddish backbone. A nice initial two finger light tan head forms that recedes fairly slowly leaving an amazing cap and collar with quite a bit of lacing.
Smell- Lightly yeasty and very spicy with a sort of white pepper kick. Definite clove and cinnamon with banana bread like backbone. Light flecks of chocolate and roast are noticeable above the soft wheat but it's not as strong as I was expecting.
Taste- Starts a lot like the nose with a sort of spicy kick. I don't get the banana but the pepper, clove and allspice are all very present. The yeast is earthy in the beer and the chocolate is a hair more aggressive than it is in the nose. It's a raw sort of chocolate nib chocolate that is light and nice and malty. A bit of caramel (not sweet though) and a twange of hops upon the finish really round out the brew nicely.
Mouthfeel- Soft with a medium body with a very light amount of carbonation.
Drinkability- Like all New Glarus beer the drinkability is off the charts. The beer looks great in the glass and tastes even better. I can't get enough from these guys. They need to get there asses into Minnesota so I don't ever have to drive to get them!

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Black Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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