Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #130
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
77
Ranked #48,685
Avg:
3.33 | pDev: 16.22%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
133
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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
 
Washington, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  14
SCORE
77
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can't tell whether this is affiliated with Fish Tail or just a brewery with similar uninspired name and product.

Poured a brown color with lighter brown head 3/7" deep. Smelled like licorice yeast urinal cakes.

Taste was not inspiring me to think of this as a good dunkelweizen. While its a style I don't jam on, there have been good ones, so its not like I always hate on this style. I mean, I don't like anything from this brewery. Bitterness and astringency were not what I was looking for. Some toasted like dark bread feels. Cola like carbonation and taste at times. There is something about it that tastes more like a doppelbock than a dunkelweizen. They went with more of a scorched malt stout/porter/brown vibe meets lager yeast moreso than a hefe yeast. Tastes much stronger of alcohol in the taste and mouthfeel than a 4.7% beer should be. Fuck this was like Lobotomy Bock, that beer really sucks. Avoid this one too.

Jan 31, 2020
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Spikester from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with three fingers of five minute tan head that leaves splotches of lacing.
Smell is coffee chocolate.
The taste is coffee chocolate with a touch of herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with modest carbonation. The finish is dry and balanced.
Overall a pretty good beer for the style. This beer was over one year old from a twelve ounce can.

Jan 21, 2018
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the_awesometeer from California

3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is dark brown with a foamy head. Nice carbonation. It smells sweet, dark fruits and slightly roasted malts but mostly the dark fruits and raisins. The beer tastes similar lots of sweetness and a nice bitterness to finish it off. The beer is old but still has nice feel to it and carbonation.

Oct 25, 2017
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

As the days become a little cooler and the days a little shorter, autumn is in the air. That calls for a dunkelweizen. On to the beer:

Dark leather brown colored and topped with an inch of creamy head and holding on top well. Looks great and so does the lacing, though it smells nothing special. A note of red apple, a dash of dark toasted malt, no spicy aromas detected.

Boulder Bend takes on a sweeter flavor with a toasted accent. It even carries some astringency that I would rather see muted. Over-toasted apple bread appears to be the flavor this beer is going for, along with dark chocolate. The flavor goes all over the place. Feels okay; medium bodied with very light carbonation hitting.

Boulder Bend could use some tuning, or the kayak will risk capsizing at the bend.

Sep 21, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.99/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nut, burnt caramel, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, roasted nut, burnt caramel, cocoa powder, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of toast, nut, and caramel qualities all around.

Serving type: can.

Mar 16, 2016
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Jonboy418 from Florida

3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Meh. A dunkelweizen which is best described as a "dark wheat" beer. Poured well, and was a dark hazy color. Thought it was going to be a cross between a wheat and a brown ale. Pretty disappointed. It was more like a porter without the big malt flavors. Thin, watery feel. I wasn't a big fan, but I won't give up on the dunkelweizen.

Nov 08, 2015
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Hydrophobic from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my St. Martin tulip from a 12 oz can

Appearance is a dark opaque brown with amber hues through the light and a sticky finger of off-white head with small tight effervescence leaving very minimal lacing.

Smells just like a porter with filbert, sweet dark chocolate and raisins.

Tastes strongly of a caramel sweetness with chocolate covered cashews, subtle hints of bubblegum and a very very slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is lively on the tongue, but otherwise smooth and creamy and goes down easy.

Overall, it would seem as if this beer is missing something or is misidentified as a dunkelweizen as it drinks much like an American porter or brown. As a beer in itself it is very flavorful, drinkable and I did enjoy it.

May 31, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a half finger head that's light tan in color. Sub-par retention, breaking down to a thin, broken layer of suds.

Smell - Caramel, light roast, wheat.

Taste - Follows the nose. Caramel, light chocolate notes, hints of roast and a light grassy hop note.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with lively carbonation. Smooth, slick texture.

Overall - Good, but calling it a dunkelweizen is quite misleading. This is as Americanized as Widmer's 'Hefeweizen'. Flavor is akin to an American brown ale. Had they just left out 'dunkelweizen', I would seriously consider giving it a higher overall score, but until then...

Mar 25, 2015
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark cloudy brown head, a medium beige head some light lacing. Aroma and taste is of dark lightly toasted caramel malt, yeast and some grain flavors. A medium body with light carbonation. Finish is lightly toasted caramel malt, yeast and grain. Aroma and taste seem a bit mild for the style, but still an ok drinking brew.

Sep 26, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a half finger of head on a dark brown, almost black body.
The aroma has some chocolate malt, and some burnt malt.
The taste starts with burnt malt, and dies out with some chocolate and mild sweet note. Short but good profile.
The texture is crisper with soft edges.
It tastes more like a black lager than a dunkelweizen. Either way it's not bad

Sep 14, 2014
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hophugger from Virginia

3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

nice pour, good head, great color. Tastes closer to a light porter than a wheat. Not much wheat taste or character here. Overall, very nice flavor with a crisp, clean finish. Some malty and possibly some choclately flavors. Overall, a well done beer sitting above average on the scale !!!!

Jul 17, 2014
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DIM from Pennsylvania

2.37/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: Dark, muddy brown; poured with frothy, khaki colored head.

s: Stout like roasty cocoa and coffee, not much else.

t: Same as the smell, nothing resembling a dunkelweizen. Heavy roasty malts that belong in a stout and a hint of tart grains.

m: Full bodied but fizzy rather than creamy carbonation.

o: As a dunkel, this misses by a mile. I don't think it even uses a hefe yeast. As a wheat stout, this is good beer.

Apr 20, 2014
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ryane from Washington

2.06/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Im not going to go through a full tasting review of this beer, Im just too disappointed, this does not taste in anyway like a dunkelweiss

It has far too much roasted malt for a dunkelweiss (coffee, chocolate) and not enough of the characteristic yeasty flavors (clove,banana), quite a disappointment

Mar 20, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transparency and half finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, mildly nutty, slight sour note. Flavor of toasted and caramel malt, hints of chocolate and charred coffee, finishes with light toastiness and light grassy hops. Medium bodied. The malt profile seems closer to a mild porter than a weizen; I'm not getting much wheat character at all. Flavor has nice toasty malt and light chocolate elements, but seems to finish thin with a light sourness. An OK dark malty beer, but not really meeting the dunkelweizen style, and a bit odd for that. This is the second Leavenworth wheat style ale that seemed to be more of a traditionally malted style than a weizen. Odd. OK, but better choices if you're looking for a dunkelweizen.

Mar 01, 2014
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BrewVet from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an appealing dark brown to black with a quickly dissipated head. Mouthfeel is bubbly like most wheat beers. Flavor is lacking for a dunkel the malty taste overpowers the effervescent nature of a wheat. Not bad but not great and I'm only reviewing this based on 1 beer picked up at Total Wine from the warm shelf.

Jan 26, 2014
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groverj3 from Arizona

1.96/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked this up from Total Wine along with several other wheat beers. I'm a big fan of Hefes as well as Dunkelweizens (though to a lesser extent).

I will preface this by noting this may have been a bad bottle. You never know.

This was quite disappointing to say the least. I poured, slowly, carefully, only to watch everything turn to foam. So, after waiting a bit for it to settle I finished the pour. I took a sniff, I was assailed by something I can only describe as "vomit-like." I took a few sips and was displeased. A weizen, even Dunkelweizen, shouldn't be as hop-forward as this. Aftertaste was strange and unpleasant as well.

I did not finish this one. It's not out of the question that I had a bad bottle though. You never know how long something is sitting around. There was no bottling or best-by date on the bottle that I could find.

Jan 09, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen

Pours a sexy dark brown with a size able off white head and plenty of lace. Nutty aroma of roasted malt, wheat and hops. In the taste, roasted malts, tangy lemony wheat, and a firm bitterness. Good roast, but odd sourness and misplaced hops. I think this one needs some cleaning up.

Feb 02, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of ripe banana, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, molasses, toast, clove, roasted malt, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of chocolate, banana, toast, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, roasted malt, toffee, pepper, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, banana, toast, nuttiness, and clove on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors with decent complexity; though it does feel a bit on the watery side; no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice and interesting take on a dunkelweizen. Nice roasted flavors with decent balance of fruitiness; very smooth and easy to drink. Definitely enjoyed this.

Nov 01, 2012
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RJLarse from Washington

3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Boulder Bend Dunkel in a grocery store. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a nut brown color, semi translucent, with a small off-whit head.

Smell is a roasted malt aroma with the candy scents, caramel.

Taste is a roasted nutty flavor, with some caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a drinkable dunkel but probably not a great one.

Oct 08, 2012
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ninaturner from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, unfiltered, good head retention.

Aroma: The caramel comes through as well as small hints of banana and cloves.

Taste: Tastes of roasted chocolate malts; small hints of clove; bittering hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel--similar to other dunkels.

Drinkable: Not as drinkable as other dunkels, but good.

Overall: This is a decent dunkelweizen, but I think it could be improved if the clove and banana flavors came through more in the beer.

Aug 15, 2012
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a touch of yeast detected. Taste is also somewhat mild, some banana, a bit more hops than usual for this style, some mild spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is decent but mild for the style.

Aug 04, 2012
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
The beer pours a slightly cloudy mahogany hue with amber highlights on the edges of the glass. A creamy beige head of 1.5 cm foams up on the pour, but fades fairly quickly to a few strands of an edge layer. Basically no head at the first sips.
Aroma is some bready yeast and biscuity malt with a bit of toffee mixed in for good measure. I also get a bit of dry baker's chocolate. Fairly mild but not uninteresting nose.
First sip reveals a lighter body with fine tingly carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. The flavors are similar to what the nose advertises with malt dominant profile of toffee and some chocolate. I do get a little bready yeast and some mild fruit flavors on the finish.
Overall the beer is not flawed but is not really memorable either. A little more yeast centric flavors could make it more interesting, I could describe the beer as a filtered dunkelweizen. Makes the overall experience, not bad but dull.

Jul 22, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 28/6/12

A dark brown with lots of haze and bubbles, just a pinky of mocha foam but its dense and retains very well leaving several rings of lace before falling

S coco powder, bruised banana, and some cold coffee, pretty straight forward

T more chocolate then the nose and just a little sour dark fruits that brings it down a little, everything I smell is still there but the bruised banana

M medium bodied but quite creamy from the bubbles and there's some coco lingering

O OK beer but a little sourness I could live without, almost like there's a slight infection but it is very slight if the case

A hard sell at 18$ a 6er here in Alberta, I doubt I'd try this one again with all the other options available too me

Jun 29, 2012
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruised banana logo would have been more appropriate. Pours a hazy brown with smallish head. Nose is a big, fat bruised banana. Palate offers a nice mix of brownbready flavors and esters from the nice yeast, along with more bruised banana. Medium-light bodied. Easy drinking. Not bad for an American attempt at the style.

Mar 24, 2012
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kc44 from Pennsylvania

2.36/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Starts out with a great head, doesn't retain it as well as it might. Actually a little darker and hazier than I had expected from a dunkelweizen, I know it needs to be dark and wheat is gonna mean some haze, but I've seen beers in this style look a lot more inviting. Still, something I can look at and think yeah, I'll drink that. Little bit of malt and hops on the nose, no bananas or cloves or any fruitiness to speak of really. Taste leans pretty strongly toward sweetness, not real balanced, but not undrinkably sweet or anything. Slight bit of roast from the dark malts, no mistaking the wheat in the malt bill, but much like the aroma, nothing really going on in the taste that jumps up and says "good 'ol dunkelweizen!" The mouthfeel on this reminds me of just about every beginner homebrew with wheat extract: undercarbonated and thin. Altogether, not really the beer for me - I'll stick with the import classics where this style is concerned unless I get wind of any must-have USA iterations. That being said, the beer is not so much bad as it is not good - remember how much worse it could be. Below average? Yes. Undrinkable, terrible, should be forcibly removed from the market? Not in my opinion. Is it even a dunkelweizen? I dunno about all that...

Mar 23, 2012
Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 133 ratings