Black Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Black WheatBlack Wheat

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

Poured into a pint glass. Eager to try this after loving Crack'd and Dancing Man Wheats from New Glarus.
A: Aggressive pour and yeast rousal yields 3 fingers tan head with great retention. Very dark brown, nearly black opaque liquid.
S: Strong roast note rides on top of clove and banana almost like a chocolate covered banana. Smells great and unlike any other beer I've had.
T: Delicious. Rich flavor. Great maltiness - caramel, bread, rye spice gets revealed in a late aftertaste. Nice spiciness and a hint of alcohol come in later too.The sweetness of this wheat beer is very nicely balanced by the dark roasted bitterness of chocolate malt.
M: Smooth with a pleasant warmth
D: High. I would have another and buy again. New Glarus strikes again!

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

Got this brew from LJArsenal, thanks!

Poured into a pint glass and produced a dark brown brew with a half inch tan head. There was little retention and almost no lacing.

Aroma contained roasted dark malts and dark chocolate aroma with a hint of spice.

Taste of clove and wheat/banana bread but very slight. A bit muted for a dunkelweizen in my opinion but still tasty.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Not much flavor between sips though. Does make for a good session beer though.

Easily drinkable but a little on the light side of flavor. I would definitely have another, but this wouldn't be my go-to dunkelweizen. Definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark brownish-black, nearly opaque with slivers of mahogany light filtering through around the edges. A gorgeous, two-finger light tan head quickly recedes leaving a ring and film around the glass.

Smell: Toasted malts right off the bat. Some caramels, chocolates, and grains. It definitely smells like a wheat beer, but the toasted grains add a new component. Minor spice notes as well.

Taste: It tastes like a smoky, toasted wheat beer. I really wasn't expecting the smoky notes as much as the smoke scents weren't overly prevalent, but the taste reminds me of many smoked porters. The chocolates and caramels definitely start it off, but there's an ever present smokiness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp. The carbonation is almost perfect, but seems a little bit much for me. The slow pour generated a huge head, and the beer still seems quite carbonated. The smokiness leaves a bit of stickiness on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is an interesting beer to be sure. The smoke combined with toasted notes provides an interesting contrast to the overall flavor and mouthfeel, which is surprisingly similar to a traditional wheat beer. I like it! (It's a shame it's not more widely available...)

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown. Almost black (maybe that's why they call it black wheat). Thick mocha colored head that almost escapes the rim. Not much lacing. The aroma consists of chocolate, pretzles, fresh baked wheat bread, sugar cane and hints of coffee. The flavor is smooth burnt chocolate malt. Nutty, slightly fruity a tiny hint of bitterness hits me at the end. Medium to full body. The carbonation is a bit much for me. Dial that back and we have a total knockout. I think it sort of takes away from what could be an absolutely silky mouthfeel. Overall this is my top 5 from NG. Seek this one out if you can.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark purplish black with a light tan head that hung around as lacing on the glass.

Smell: Clove and malty wheat scent - some nice burnt grains and spices are present

Taste : Belgian wheat flavor with a roasted grain essence
Mouthfeel: Not overly thick, but not supposed to be according to the style. Dark color of the beer may fool you into thinking that it should be thicker, but overall pretty nice. I would drink this one again, not sure how many I can drink in one sitting. A nice beer

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

Small capped bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Hazy, dark amber in color, nice off white head with good retention.
The aroma betrays an improved wheat beer (this is not a typical dunkelweizen); some of the usual notes are there, bubblegum and banana, but roasted malts, and a wonderful chocolate open the way to a flavor and body that are richer than your average weizen, even your average dunkelweizen. The chocolate again plays a surprisingly plesant note among other roasted malts; no alcohol to be noticed; caramel is there, and a faint grassy bite somewhere.
A very pleasant beer, another great New Glarus.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Black with just a hint of ruby highlights when held up to light, topped with a rich, two-finger tan head with great retention and lots of lace. Definitely lives up to its name, and is by far the darkest dunkelweizen I've ever seen.

S: Complex and subdued, with the traditional spice and banana notes of the style fighting it out with rich roasted malt aromas - predominantly coffee.

T: Starts out surprisingly light, with the fruit and spice from the yeast delivering a refreshing dose of hefe flavors; soon, though, the black roasted malts come roaring out with a delicious assault of bittersweet coffee and grain. Great beer.

M: Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation.

D: Not hard to drink at all, but the flavors are intense enough to make me take things slowly.

Notes: Possibly my favorite current offering from NG (Belgian Red excepted, as I consider it more of a dessert wine than a beer, scrumptious as it is), the Black Wheat drinks like the miraculous hybrid offspring of a great hefe and a great stout. I enoyed the hell out of it in the summer, but I bet it would be an equally enjoyable winter beer, as well. Definitely seek this one out if you're lucky enough to be in Wisconsin.


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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this one.

A-Pours an opaque black with a thin white head and some lacing.

S-Dark roasted malt and roasted coffee notes.

T-A very pleasant blend of roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of grainy wheat peeking through.

M-Light to medium bodied and crisp.

D-A very drinkable dunkelweizen.


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Photo of ahalloin
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pried the cap off with a small lever style cap remover and felt a nice spray of released carbon dioxide. Poured a mostly black hazy fluid with mahogany highlights. Lush cream khaki colored head of about a finger width formed atop the beer. The head receded to a nice active ring on top of the beer.

Smell is very rich with hints of maple sugar sweetness, slight banana, clove, caramelized barley, and a tiny bit of roast. Enticing smell to say the least!

Taste is fairly complex as the flavors move through a progression. The immediate noticeable flavor is a sweet caramelized banana flavor with a dash of cinnamon. The second step in the flavor is a pronounced yeasty tang laden with a subtle roast flavor. The finish is unbelievably lingering with a powerful aftertaste of bitter roastiness coupled with a caramely sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a bit cloying, especially in the finish. Carbonation is medium-light and proper for the style.

Drinkability...hmmm..tough to say, as I don't think many people would dig the powerful finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of DeeMented
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

The beer poured dark and black, with a thick tan head. It looked a lot like Coca Cola. The head dissipated rather rapidly with no lacing. When held to the light, the glass looked completely black except for a ruby shine right at the very edges.

The smell was very complex. It had kind of a sweet, toasted caramel aroma, with a hint of coffee. Sometimes I found a bit of chocolate, sometimes it was a bit like bananas, but it was hard to pick out any one scent.

The mouthfeel had a lot of carbonation (too much?). Very creamy.

The taste started sweet, with a light burnt malt flavor. Not much on the front end. It finished with a coffee flavor that was a ever-so-slightly dry. Also a bit of lingering banana.

I found this to be a very complex beer, and very good. I'll definitely buy more of these.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours from the bottle with a huge, foamy light tan head, so big that I had to wait for some of it to drop before I could get the whole bottle into the glass. Head eventually dies down to a mere surface coating leaving some lace in its place. Very dark brown in color with some translucency.

S: Dark roasted malts, coffee and some banana. Interesting.

T & M: Starts off quite lively and somewhat acidic, much like black coffee, but mouthfeel turns creamy and smooth. Predominant flavor is (watered down) coffee, but there is a little chocolate and some spice as well. Lighter in body with medium carbonation. Very spry.

D: A decent dunkel. A lighter beer packed with flavor.

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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 RJUGA03
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Blackish brown with absolutely no light transparency holding an ample 2" dirty white head.

S- Like coffee & cholclate bread.

T-Burnt malty choclate notes on the draw with smooth, slight alcohol finish.

M-Medium thickness with noticable carbonation leaving you with a somewhat bitter dry taste on your tongue.

D-A great beer and would enjoy one at anytime spring, summer, winter, or fall. Probably the best dunkel I remember having.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a medium tan head that starts out at two inches and fades slow. The head is unique in that it has some interesting bubble structure.

S - Coffee, toffee, cocoa and all are strong.

T - Flavors of chocolate, malt, subtle coffee and anise.

M - It has a light and airy feel to it. It is extremely smooth at the start and into the middle, but the end and finish offer a bit of texture.

~ My friends were right! This is a great brew and it has taken me far too long to try one. Hopefully, the time until my next Black Wheat isn't long.

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Photo of Arsenal04
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown-to-black with a reddish-purple shining through the bottom 1/4 of my Weizen glass. Unlike most others before me, when poured very little head appeared, one finger tops with no lacing. I was expecting a similar head to the Crack'd Wheat I enjoyed last night. Good news is that I'm starting to pick up the aroma of clover which is paired very mildly with another spice and some fruits that I couldn't decipher (banana?). Taste doesn't do a lot for me. I pick up the banana but I'm having trouble pin-pointing the rest of the flavors - they all seem to collide with each other, none of them standing out amongst the rest. Light mouthfeel that doesn't coat the mouth and throat, but leaves behind an aftertaste that I do not much desire. Overall, this isn't by any stretch of the imagination my favorite style of beer and I might pass on another one if given the option; however, with more experience under my belt and other dunkelweizens sampled to pit it up against others in this category, maybe my appreciation would change my opinion.

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

Very dark, almost black and opaque when held to my lamp. It poured one of the best heads I have seen in a beer and the foam rose quite a bit above the rim of my glass. The head lasted quite a long time as well.

The beer reminiscent of chocolate covered bananas, with a slight spice to it. The chocolate plays very well with the banana ester. There is a slight roasty hint to this beer as well. Some traditional wheat beer aroma will be recognized by anyone who has had a weisse beer in their day.

Rich and malty, with the play between chocolate and banana. Some toffee-like sweetness in the front end, there is just a slight tap of spice on the tongue from the rye, and a mild faint roast in the tail. The beer is not overly sweet, but there is a malty sweetness that lingers for quite a while after the finish. The hops flavor is very low, and for me is hard to pin down. I don't think that the hops were supposed to be showcased in this beer anyway. This is the single most perfect beer for a spring day, or warmer evening by the fire.

This is a very top notch release from New Glarus again. I can honestly say that I had to slow down when drinking this beer in order to review it. I found myself drinking it so fast I was almost out (and I only have 1 bottle at the moment) and not able to save enough for a review. The chocolate is light and so nice with slight banana

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Photo of Floydster
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with iowaherkeye today as an extra, thanks for including this in the package, currently drinking from Chimay goblet, color is very dark brown and nearly black, 1/2 inch creamy beige head that did not last long, some lacing at first, aroma consists of burned caramel and toffee mostly, also wheat, cloves, grains, other sweet malts, and roasted chocolate, this stuff starts off with spices and mostly cinnamon, chewy in the middle with various malts and grains, finishes with cloves and sweet cocoa, overall flavor is light overall but interesting, notes of spice and sweetness make for a unique beer, chewy, sweet, and roasted mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderately carbonated, taste does not last long, could drink a few more bottles of this no problem, as it feels pretty light, there is not much alcohol anywhere, goes down easy for the style, not a big fan of dunkelweizens but I enjoyed this one quite a bit considering, would drink again, worth trying

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Photo of craw4d
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling this beer in a small pils glass. I've never had a dunkleweizen before, but I have had plenty of wheat beers. This was interesting to get that wheat nose with such a dark pour. There was a very small head when poured first. The burnt roast is really nice and refreshing with the wheat. You get the traditional flavors with that added chocolaty goodness.

I've always liked the New Glarus beers and this one does not disappoint. I brought this back from Madison, WI yesterday and was waiting to try it.

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

Pretty good beer. Technically excellent, but it really doesn't trip my trigger. Poured a big foamy, textured head with a little lace; had the classic banana weisse nose and dark roasty, burnt notes too. Flavor was a shade flat, but I could pick up the aromas in the taste along with chocolate and a touch of berry and maybe a hint of licorice. A dark weisse en extremis.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby color with a large creamy off white head.

Scent of sugars, clove, wheat, grain, and banana. A great Weizen scent with caramelized sugars and some earth.

Taste of burnt sugars, earth, a hint of hops, and some caramel. A very nice finish with burnt sugar, caramel and earth make up for the slight lack in the beginning of the taste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with a good bite of carbonation.

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Photo of katan
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Very dark brown - almost all the way to black. The edges show a little bit of amber hue through. Head formation is strong, eggshell in color. 2mm high, well retained. Not able to detect hazing or yeast suspension.

S - A dry grainy astringency dominates the nose. I would say its a wheat bite, husky and earthy.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness that starts to show some adjunct malts, caramel perhaps. Some yeasty and bready notes, backed up by the estery combination of clove and cinnamon. Mid-stream shows only the lighting flash. Finishes with a combination of sweet malt notes and some more of that grainy astringency. Almost if I were chomping on some oats.

M - Super hefty body - surprisingly for the style and for the abv target. Carbonation bite is present - noticeable.

D - The label says this one is for sipping around the fire. I would have to agree. It sits on the palette just a bit too hard to be a session beer. The very earthy, grainy tones really grab ahold of your taste buds.

I'm afraid to say it - but I almost find this beer too complex. Very difficult to nail down to determine what exactly you are enjoying.

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Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep nontransparent brown color with two finger dark tan head that shrinks down.

Smells like a chocolate covered banana. Hints of coffee, deep roasted malt, wheat and yeast.

Moderately roasted malt followed by bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes with wheat. Some of the banana comes through.

Lighter part of medium bodied. Seems to be overcarbonated. Fizzes up in the mouth. Bitter and dry aftertaste on the tongue.

I'm not big into most wheat beers, but this one is appealing to me. It's more interesting with the deep roasting. Solid beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy brown color. The head is light tan in color, and a billowy three inches in height. This is what a dunkelweizen should look like. The aroma is of banana bread, clove, roasted malt, and a hint of wheaty tang. The taste taste is full of roasted malt, milk chocolate, clove, ginger snaps, and banana bread. This beer tastes bafflingly good. It has a lot of element that one wouldn't think would go together well, but they do. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a chewy texture. Overall, I am an undying fan of traditional dunkelweizens, and this beer is most certainly not a traditional example. But I love it. I was really hesitant when I heard this beer was a dunkelweizen/porter hybrid, but New Glarus really pulled it off. Good work.

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