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Bayern Dragon's Breath | Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Montana, United States
bayernbrewery.com

Style: German Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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#36,314
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
128
pDev:
15%
 
 
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Love the artwork on the label...full props! The brew itself pours a lovely partially yeast hazed coppery brown color. The head is slightly caramel in color and starts off about a finger in thickness, eventually settling down to a thin foamy layer. There appears to be modest carbonation lumbering to the top of my glass, and the lacing is quite impressive, leaving behind thick shapely pieces of soapy foam all around the inside of my glass. Very nice looking beer overall!

S- This brew has a rich, mellow, and malty aroma overall. More specifically, the malt sweetness smells like a combination of sweet toffee and/or chocolate. The richness has a yeasty quality, something like what fresh raw dough would smell like. I also smell an earthy hopped finish that gives this a well rounded aroma profile.

T- The flavors follow the aromas fairly well, with mellow sweet flavors of toffee/molasses, chocolate, and a yeasty rich flavor that is slightly fruity....bananas to be exact....nothing too ripe however. The finish comes across more crispy bitter on the palate than the aroma let on. Overall nothing really stands out....just a nice mellow and flavorful ale!

M- This is a very nice creamy ale! The carbonation is really plentiful yet the bubbles are very small individually....really allowing the flavors to burst on the palate properly! Overall this reminds me of enjoying the type of dessert that I really enjoy....complex and not super sweet.

O- This is a very highly drinkable ale in my humble opinion! I would have no problem enjoying this beer over the course of an evening and appreciate the well balanced nature of the brew! The alcohol is very well hidden, it's very flavorful and rich, yet it's also a very smooth and light on the palate. Now I can understand how this was brewed in Bavaria and won awards so many awards! I highly recommend this!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Hazed chestnut

SMELL: Fresh-baked bread, nutty yeast, faint tartness, dried grass, ripe fruit

TASTE: Bready, toasty, animal feed, mild tartness, caramel, brown apples, herbal hop, vague spice, yeast, melon, husky; semidry, pulling finish

Looking for a different kind of bock? Look here. This is not your typical clove-and-banana German Wheat beer profile. It’s more of a rustic Altbier yeast with some depth to keep things interesting.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle's notch is in between March and April. It's been a long time since I've seen a brewer use the notch system. I saw cans and bottles of their beers..make up your mind, already. Lol.

A dark hefeweizen, eh? Looks like clear dark mahogany, slightly off white head of foam, decent lacing.

Smells of cloves and bananas, the former being bolder. Light sweetness, heck, the overall smell is on the light side. At 6%abv, I thought that the smell would be bolder. I let the bottle warm up. ..

The flavours are equally as non assertive. Bummer. I don't detect any flaws, it is just bland to my taste buds. There's a little bit of roast that I get, hence the dark Hefeweizen moniker, but I still don't get the reasoning behind why the brewery chose to go there. Oh well.

The mouthfeel is just fine.

I bought the bottle as a single and I'm glad I did. I have no interest in drinking it again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bayern Dragon's Breath, Dark Heff Ale, Bayern Brewing, Missoula, Montana

Dark brown color, thin creamy, cocoa-toned head.

Aroma, roughly suggestive of a wizen, there's a whiff of wheat, sure. Caramel, clove, latent banana. Some of that. But what does "heff ale" mean? Have they created their own colloquialism for "hefe" as in in "hefe weizen." Are they sure that the unwashed masses will have no truck with a "Dunkel wizen", and need to coin the ugly phrase, "dark heff ale." I'm a bit turned off by this.

Smells okay, actually, but uninspiring.

Taste: dark malt, smooth, refreshing what, but comes across as very pedestrian. Eh, it's beer and you can drink it,..I guess. But doesn't do hardly a thing for me. No complexity, nothing special, bland as can be. Sorry.

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Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Best by February of 2010, according to the label, which refers to this beer as a "dark heff ale". Legal action from Playboy Enterprises is no doubt forthcoming.

Poured an opaque, iced tea-like color, with a big, rocky beige head that took it's sweet time dropping. Lots of lace.

Earthy, bready and clove-y in the nose. I think I can detect some brown sugar notes in there as well. Not an aroma bomb but seems fairly true to the style.

Workmanlike in the flavor department, as in the nose. Starts off slightly sweet. There's an underlying earthy graininess that lurks in the background, along with some mild spicy notes. Slightly dry note at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with an appropriate mouthfeel and carbonation for the style.

Fairly easy drinking dunkelweizen, and not bad for this side of the Atlantic. I wouldn't mind sessioning this.

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Photo of SCW
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/25/09- Purcahsed at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not look for freshness info. Poured into my Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance- Deep amber colored pour, actually more brown-ruby in color. Full 3/4 inch creamy and thick head with nice staying power. Leaves some nice patchwork and slight clumps of lace behind.

Smell- Not a huge nose, but has the normal suspects of clove, banana, bread and some other mild spices.

Taste- Quite nice for an american made Dunkel. Not any huge flavors, but as in the nose..it has a nice light clove flavor with a very slight banana flavor. More caramel malted and bready in flavor.

Mouthfeel- Good mid range carbonation level with a minor clove aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice job by Bayern. I would buy this off an on for a change of pace beer if I lived back there.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this from a friend from Montana. Murky dark brown-mahogany pour with a two finger creamy beige head with decent retention and nice lacing. Earthy, malty nose with hints of brown bread, subtle dark fruit, toffee, and a some metalic/mineral notes as well. The taste follows suit with lots of earthy, bready malts up front along with hints of molasses, brown bread, toffee, dark fruit, and a touch of banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and subtly creamy with good balance and drinkability. Overall, while this is not the dark Weizen I'm used to here in Germany, it's still a solid offering.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my dear friend Nick for bringing back a sixer of this from Montana for me.

Huge tan head after the initial pour that recedes to a film after a couple of minutes. Very dark brown, almost muddy with a little cola. The taste has some nutty roasted malts, clove like yeast and a pretty dry middle and fiish. None of these flavors stand out, pretty subtle overall. But still an ok session wheat beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle from Princeton's. It poured a dark brown with a short light tan head. This tasted like a wheat porter at first, but then the malts seemed to fade away. It's not a bad dunkelweizen, but the flavors all around are a bit muted compared to other examples in the style like Franziskaner Dunkel. There's a bit of dark bread with spicy phenols. It's smooth and drinkable, but the whole character just isn't there.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried (but, oddly, never reviewed) my fair share of 'Dragon' beers: Dragon's Tooth, Dragon's Milk and so on. This is a 12 oz. bottle that buddy Bryce brought back from Montana a few weeks back (the tiny sticker tells me so!). Label notched at 'Best Before: D 10'.

A: Poured to a pint, a deeply weathered copper/auburn, nearly clear and resplendent with carbonation. Fairly good head, dirty whiteness piled to nearly a finger high. It doesn't stay long, and leaves only traces of lace.

S: A murky, pit-fruited twang ~ raisins and prunes. Lots of toasted malt, but a musty and dry/tart-ish finish that entices without enthralling much.

T: Toasted and spiced bread, clove and fruit blending in a time-honored way. The fruit tends toward apple, then a little husk and smoke that reminds me of toasted walnuts. Never too sweet, Dragon's Breath offers a good blend of spices, grains and adequate hop bitterness.

M: Velvety feel, carbonated enough to mimic a better Bavarian, but thinner than I'd like. Crisper and fairly refreshing,

D: Easy enough to drink. Perhaps not as stellar as the German iterations, but no slouch either. Dunkels aren't all that common out west, especially ones that stick to a truer, less-hopped recipe: in that regard a winner I'd enjoy again. Just not one that wins out over the Germanic originators...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up I think at Worden's in Missoula... Poured into my shaped SA glass...

Dark brown and expectantly hazy.. good 1" head and descent retention...

Nose is lighter "German" than expected.. more toffee than banana or clove.. but the Motherland still is there... I just wanted/expected more.

Taste has a fresh bready maltiness that helps bring the German qualities out more than the nose.. but it still is a bit lite.. and an nice caramel component adds sweetness that also push the esters up a bit...

the body is about the same as a hefe.. with maybe just a tad more from the leftover sweetness... the carbonation is about right too.

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Photo of casapy
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of morimech
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky, dark brown color with a large head that had good retention. Very little lacing is left on the glass. The yeast gave this beer a spicy note rather than a banana, bubblegum one. A little bit of dark wheat bread aroma but otherwise the smell is muted. The flavor also is a bit weak. The yeast does not add much to the flavor. Almost like it was brewed with an ale yeast. Some wheaty malt and a touch of spice and that is about all that there is in the flavor. Not bad but far from great. The body is alright but feels a bit watery. Nicely carbonated. Just a weak tasting wheat beer in the end. It drinks alright but why bother when there are far better ones in the market.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dark ruby red with a firm fluffy head that dissapates slowly leaving nill lace. Smell is lightly roasted with not much else as it is in the Taste as well, also having grain and light caramel with moderate hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad dark heff, but could use a little more compexity.

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Photo of halo913
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of colts9016
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wiezen glass at 47 degrees

Appearance: A monster 3 finger head that is foamy and airy. The retention on the head is okay. The color of the beer is a medium brown color with a light tan hue. The clarity of the beer is opaque but there are some particles floating with in the vessel. Overall the appearance of the beer is above average.

Nose: A very medium roasted dark malt that is toasty and has some bread notes. The malt is more dominate in this beer with some chocolate and espresso notes. The hop character is subtle in the beer with some fruity and wood notes.

Taste: The medium roasted dark malt with toasted bread notes. The yeast flavor is noticeable as with the hop flavor. The hops is slightly fruity and woody.

Mouth Feel: Slightly coating, carbonated, and astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This beer is slightly disappointing and a tad watered down. I have tasted better Dunkelweizens.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Dragon's Breath poured a dark brown color with a single finger foam head and dissipated pretty quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

The smell was of clove and the taste was real spicy. In the mouth it seemed to have a strong bitterness on the finish. It left the roof of the mouth tingling. It also had some dark fruit in the finish. Overall I am not well versed in this style but it was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A two finger white head forms an recedes to a ring. Some nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Malty sweet with some banana, clove and spice. Very nice.
T: A great malty flavor of banana and citrus fruits with a hint of spice and cloves. Sweet caramel as well. Some dry wood as well. I really like this.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and low on the carbonation end. Very easy and smooth to drink. An easy session beer for me.

One of the best Dunkelweizens I have had. Something I would highly recommend.

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Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weizen glass. The beer poured a semi-cloudy deep brown color with about an inch of dark khaki head that had OK retention and lacing.

A solid wheat scent greets the nose with a dark background note I couldn't quite place. The flavors were pretty similar to the aromas, just not as bold.

The body was nicely full, with a dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, I could drink a couple of these on a sunny afternoon with no trouble. Overall, a decent beer, worth a shot if you see it.

Update 10/3/10: Thanks to Miss Whitney for bringing me back another one of these that she grabbed on her vacation. Many kisses sugar. My first review holds up to my second experience with this brew, I'd like for it to available local to so I could drink it more regularly. Perhaps worth a trade.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a nice glowing orangey-amber hue with some nice cloudiness. an off-white frothy cap thins to a blanket of foam that leaves minimal tracing of lacing.

aroma is pleasantly wheaty with notes of clove, molasses, cinnamon and a hint of malt.

taste has some interesting spice to it. clove, cinnamon, some herbal notes. touch of spearmint. green herbal hops. caramel malt comes through. way more spice than an average dunkel, this one is interesting, although I'm not sure I'm feeling it entirely.

mouth is nicely creamy. moderate body with ample carbonation. smooth and creamy, especially for a dunkelweizen, which i'm kind of liking.

All in all, an interesting take. I feel like this follows the typical Bayern pattern of almost-awesome but just falling a bit short. The spice is a bit pungent for this one to work well... I could see myself drinking it again, but not my favorite dunkel.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6% ABV on this bottle, procured at a coffee shop in Missoula.

This beer pours a cloudy, iced tea colour, with bits of sediment swirling about the bottom of the glass. It has one finger of very temporary soapy pale beige head, which leaves nary a trace of lace. The aroma is fairly weak, just a bit of wheat grain. The taste is sweet malt, a bit of spicy wheat, some yeast, molasses, and a bit of dry earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry: malty, spicy wheat, and more earthy hops.

An overall decent dunkel, but a bit too restrained, to live up to its moniker.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. 04/23/09.

Pours a murky brownish-orange color with tons of floaty chunks. Only a thin finger of whitish head is produced from a moderate pour, not much retention. Aroma is mostly toffee and raisin, with minimal banana and wheat characteristics.

Taste is mild with wheat and banana, hints of clove and orange peel. Slight bitter hop in the finish. Feel is smooth but a bit thin and watery. Could use both some more body and carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good as a result. It's light, so it goes down quickly.

Though not as good as some German versions of the style, it is much more affordable and tastes pretty decent.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At OBF.

A - Pours black with a 2 fingered cappucino head. Dissipates moderately fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Wheat and breadiness.

T - Wheat, breadiness, and bitterng hops. You're practically drinking bread here!

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced.

D - A great beer, but not according to BJCP guidelines. A bit dark and overly bready for the style. A good beer nonetheless though.

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Bayern Dragon's Breath from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 128 ratings