Weissenoher Bonifatius Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2009

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by silverking:
Photo of silverking
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Merry Christmas everyone!

A- glowing amber with a thin tan head. There is a slow moving stream of small bubbles.

S- freshly milled barley, caramel, and hint of fresh grassy hops.

T- caramel and biscuit malts, faintly bitter hops. Surprisingly long finish filled with more biscuit malt.

M- light bodied, light carbonation. Watery finish.

O- enjoyable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sfprint
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pretty dark black tea (like if left in the sun). Seemingly transparent, though the darkness is at the threshold of being able to determine that, also making it difficult to see the rising carbonation. 3 finger ice cream float head. Orangy cream in color.
S: Coffee grounds smoky malt, cream, very rich.
T: Really reminds me of this particular Japanese black sun tea, also in flavor, but there's a nice slight sour tang of the hops. Coffee. There's also apricot in the middle. Very nice, well balanced flavor.
M: Very little carbonation, a tad astringent.
O: Quite good. Funny coffee/tea combo but very enjoyable.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drmeto
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-sweet malt,plums,raisins,dates,Syrup flavour
-well carbonated
-sweet,watery,bready finish

Good Dunkel,the weltenburger blows the shit out of it though

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Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also known as Weißenoher Monk’s Christmas / Christkindl.

I have the bottle that says "Weißenoher Monk’s Christmas / Christkindl."

Dark amber colored lager edging in to the color brown Small off white colored head.

Smell is sweet with a fair amount of caramel, barley husk and grass. Toasted grain. Hops are herbal and grassy.

Starts off sweet with a little bit of a nutty Bock taste. On the sweet side with the taste of caramel and nut. Hops are slightly bitter and are well balanced to the amount on malt present. Quite mild and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is really mild and pleasing. Not a beer of any sort of extremes, just a tasty brew that is pleasing to drink. If this beer was a dog it would be a Labrador Retriever fetching your slippers and not a snarling Doberman Pincher.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A reddish brown beer with a settling head.

The smell is full of currants, raisins, plums and dates, melanoidines. The beer smells very malty and intens. No hops to be smelled.

The taste is sweet and malty with the melanoidines very present. The beer is not overly sweet and syrupy when I have some sips. The beer is totally not bitter and the aftertaste is quite short. The 5% alcohol is low for the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a Victory pint glass, cola brown, dark, but translucent, with a small layer of head. Nutty aroma, caramel malts, coffee grounds, and a strong honey profile emerged as the beer got warmer. Taste was nutty and sweet, caramel and honey, bready, with a nice floral hoppiness in the finish. Body was pretty light actually, very easily drinkable, and quite nice/simple overall.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours long lasting creamy, beige head that clings to the walls before finally sets to a firm cloth atop of deep reddish-coppery body with good clarity. Aroma is rich Munich malt sweetness with melanoidins reminiscent of bread crust, unfermentable sugars and strong chocolate overtones. Body is medium-full with moderate yet fine, soft carbonation and creamy mouthfeel while the flavor is rich Munich malt with bread crust-like melanoidins and moderate dextrinous sweetness that never gets cloying, with medium-dry finish with evident, palate-cleansing hoppy bitterness and slight nutty astringency. Excellent and very true to the style.
(500 ml, freshness date reads 18. March 2011, into tulip.)

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


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Photo of mactrail
2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottling is called "Weißenoher Monk's Christkindl" for the holidays, apparently, but it's the Dunkel rather than the similar-sounding "Monk's Christmas" bock.

The way to get suds on this is to pour in a narrow-waisted Weissbier glass. Spritzy enough in the mouth. Color is an attractive amber with the nice head. Aroma is lightly oxidized and grainy. Oily mouthfeel and winey sensation. A seriously buttery taste. Starts with honey Cheerios and deviates toward stale pecans. Mild earthy aftertaste of bitter fruitiness.

Another oddity from BevMo, and another reason to be wary of unknown beers from those guys. At least Trader Joe's seems to taste their house beers before selling them. From the 500 ml bottle.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Omnell
4.64/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of doktorhops
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Pils to Dunkel, like cradle to the grave we traipse onto another brew. Another day another brew, inexorably trekking onwards, ever closer to the sweet release of death... just kidding, I love drinking and reviewing beers! [FML...IA! - F**k My Life... IS AWESOME!] Still I’m going to have to take a self-imposed sabbatical soon, yet I’m so close to that constant looming 1,000 beer reviews... what does this have to do with this Weißenoher Klosterbrauerei Bonifatius Dunkel? Nothing really, can’t a man philosophise every once and a while? Seriously though I do enjoy a good Dunkel, I’ve reviewed like 5 of them... I guess out of 944 beers that makes me “not a fan” of the style, which is a shame because I definitely enjoy Dunkels more than mass-produced macro crap and I’ve definitely reviewed more than 5 macro Lagers.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stein.

A: Deep, clear caramel/rust coloured body with a sizable beige head that takes its sweet time to dissolve [there’s a pun in there somewhere]. She looks better than the Pils by virtue of simply being a darker brew, pretty harsh bias, however the Pils did look too yellow and clear and ironically (for a klosterbrau) mass-produced. 7/10.

S: Rum-raisin character all over this aroma! [I actually hate rum-raisin... yep] Dark fruits aplenty with this Dunkel, more so than the other 5 Dunkels I tried... I think... it’s been a while for me in the saddle. Toffee and bread notes as well in the aroma, though there is no getting past old mate rum-raisin, he’s a pushy one he is. 6/10.

T: Thankfully the flavour isn’t rum-raisin but more Werther’s Original toffee... dipped in butter. The Diacetyl in this brew is pretty off-the-charts, lucky I don’t mind Diacetyl (when it plays well with the other flavours). Rounding out the flavours are a slight nutty character, maybe pecan, with a herbal leafy tobacco note in the finish. Sweet? Dry? Bitter? It’s a bit of all of those. Surprisingly good balance. Uh oh! Metallic twang in the after taste, my filings are excited now. 7/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied, with a fairly dense/creamy carbonation, some balance has been restored after the disappointment of Eucharius Pils. 7/10.

D: Damn metallic taste detracting from the rest of the brew! Otherwise I would be all over this like Sundays (and sundaes, which I am also all over). I get an impression from Weißenoher Klosterbrauerei so far as a rather hodge-podge kind of monastery that is into brewing for the fun of it and cuts corners a little to let the old monks have a go at brewing and isn’t fussed about the end product. 6/10.

Food match: Sundaes, which I am all over: “get your Dunkel sundae here!”.

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Photo of samEBC
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of magictacosinus
2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After painstakingly searching the Internet for an answer, I finally found out that this is released as "Weissenohe Monk's Christkindl Dark Lager" during the holidays either as an exclusive recipe for distribution in the US only, OR only distributed in the US under this name. Either way, it's definitely approaching Spring and getting a bit old for Winter Warmers, but I gave this a go anyways. Poured into a pilsner glass out of a 500ml bottle. No freshness date.

Pours an amberish, browned clear tone with a decent amount of carbonation around the glass and a modest 2 finger head that fizzles down into nothing in about 15 minutes. Definitely a sure sign that this beer is already getting past its prime. Carbonation is nice at first, but ceases to exist altogether. No lacing or stickiness to speak of here, but surprisingly holds a solid semi-thick appearance overall. I've definitely seen better beers in the Helles Bock/Dunkel/Märzen styles, however.

Has an off, caramel-like, biscuit aroma right up front, combined with lots of toffee notes, honey soaked malty character, and a little bit of zest. Not too much spiciness or as lively as expected, but the malts hold the fort relatively well. It's lightly tinged, and there's a slight pleasing astringency while it's cold. As it warms up, however, it becomes progressively caramelized in nature and becomes grating, nearly to the point of throwing off the yeasty, bready characters that these kinds of beers are known for.

The flavor, on the other hand, is pretty pleasing and mellow overall, with a slight honey, spiced zest at the front and a smoothened out, candied toasted barley finish. The biscuit-y character is most predominant here, but the overarching taste resembling dried tangerines and caramel bread is very delightful at first. However, as this warms up, it really does take a nosedive like nothing else. The bready notes become over-sweetened and muted, and the body truly suffers overall, often turning into a syrupy, thinned, undercarbonated experience.

This is rather refreshing at first, but people buying this by now should make sure they drink it before it gets warm too fast. I had higher hopes for this, but I believe these should be taken off the shelves at this point as it hasn't held up very well since it was brewed. If you must have, do pair it with hearty food - I did so with steak, bread, and peppery greens. Otherwise, steer away. There are plenty of other stylized beers like this available year-round and brewed domestically that are far better.

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Photo of unimatrix1
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykechandler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aleigator
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a filtered hazelnut brown color, with a huge, spongy head, from which big bubbles emerge.

Smells of whole grain bread, with a toasty note to it, topped of by copper and wood bark. The nose got a restraint toffee sweetness to it, complimenting the rich dark malts perfectly.

Has a very soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation, revealing a bubbly quality during the finish.

Tastes mirrors the nose to a certain degree, the profound malts draw most of the attention, with a mild acidity adding to its depth. Its pleasant sour note evolves to a toffee peak during the finish, evoking the image of caramelized grapes being dipped into bakers chocolate. A leafy quality, as well as a mineralic carbonation diversify this impression, while the beer remains expectedly well balanced as expected.

Well made Dunkel, which got a nice twist to it, while integrating a pleasant depth.

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Weissenoher Bonifatius Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 21 ratings