Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Slynger on 06-15-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
120
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
25.08%
 
 
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 120
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger head with some lacing. Very dark brown with some light getting through.

S: sweet caramel malt aroma with chocolate notes.

T: Sweet malt at the front end, milk chocolate in the middle and finishes with a roasted taste. Actually a nice flow and complex.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

O: This beer is better than advertised. Its very drinkable and has a nice flow of flavors as it is enjoyed.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a single from a cool new store in Cowtown that breaks down those overpriced import six packs.

This beer pours a rather murky dark cherry-wood colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some low-lying spanning bridge trestle lace around the glass as it rapidly makes its exit.

It smells of thin roasted wheat grain and caramel malt, a bit of brown sugar, weak coffee, faint banana chip esters, and mild earthy, musty hops. The taste is more toasted wheat and biscuity caramel malt, a rather understated and indistinct fruitiness, bittersweet cocoa, an ethereal coffee astringency, and earthy, somewhat leafy, piney hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and kind of tight in its bearing, the body on the light side of medium weight, and thinly smooth. It finishes fairly dry and a bit crisp, the malt acting kind of pithy and clingy.

Hmmm...a mild, in alcohol and flavour both, dunkelweizen, with the suggestion of a west coast hop dalliance. Interesting, I suppose, and it has enough basic elements to not write off entirely. I wouldn't refuse this if offered, as it's well made and plainly drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass a deeper chesnut brown with thicker but quick to fade off white head atop.Aromas were very light with some minimal clove being the main component,a passing toasty wheat note comes thru as well.Alot like the aromas the flavors are minimal,light clove and again the toasted wheat.Very average beer for the style,not horrible but lacking any real punch of flavor.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Walnut brown that is actually dark reddish orange when backlit with the rising sun. Nearly three fingers of brown sugar colored foam is produced on the pour and ends up hanging around for a spell. Splendid looking lace makes it to the glass, which solidifies the score.

The aroma is average at best. It features a hint of caramel, no cocoa and a sour fruitiness that needs to be toned down on the palate for this to be successful beer. So far, this brew is better than Whistling Pig Wheat Ale.

Boulder Bend can't sustain the decent scores when it comes time to bathe the taste buds. It doesn't have much flavor... and what's there does not impress. If the ABV was a little lower, it would taste and feel like a light version of a dunkelweizen. Actually, it's almost there now.

For starters, there isn't enough malt. Flavors include watery (and unsweet) caramel, the merest hint of cocoa, a tangy toasted wheatiness and a shot of overripe apple juice. No banana and no clove. The beer is simple and bland and doesn't stand out in any way.

The body/mouthfeel is one small step above watery and almost gets there just before the swallow. The carbonation is lackluster too, which doesn't help.

In the final reckoning, Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen Alpine-Style Dark Wheat Ale is no better than Whistling Pig Alpine-Style Wheat Ale. Maybe if Fish put as much effort into brewing as they do into naming, these Leavenworth Biers would at least be decent.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice in the snifter with brown-tinged amber color and decent lacing. Pleasant enough, but very light weight and with very little weizen flavor. Some caramel notes, but not much malt and certainly not sweet. Hoppy bitterness without any aromatic elements. Bitter aftertaste not pleasant. Kind of medicinal.

I wouldn't call it a Dunkelweizen. Maybe an American Amber flavored with some wheat. It's not actually bad, and as a quaff, it's acceptable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a head that you're pouring harder and harder still from an increasing height and still only get like a 1/6 inch-high head.

Smell: Thin scents of chocolate powder and caramel mingled with a note of mealy wheat and fruit.

Taste: A bit of burnt wheat-based biscuit, some very, very minute hints of sweet chocolate and caramel. Slight raisin. A tired fluttering of leafy hops with a low amount of bitterness. Zero banana esters, zero clove-like phenols. Lightly sweetish, somewhat bland taste on the hohum finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Like the Leavenworth Whistling Pig I tried the other day, this beer is kind of a flop. I fear it's time to just clear the word "Dunkelweizen" right off the label, guys. Black IPA's are all the rage, so let's call this a Black American Pale Wheat Ale. Feel free to shoehorn "alpine-style" in there somewhere, too.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Pours a murky bog of brown with a light frothy head. Smells of malts and wheat stretch out to grab the nose, but they do not overstay their welcomes. Those malts and wheat return when the tongue gets involved, with the wheat appropriately making up the majority of the flavor profile. Not too much complexity, though a very faint hint of smoke signal can be detected somewhere in the wheaty static. Lighter than most dunkels that I've had, the taste doesn't hang around too long, but that does make for a pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oooohhhh.. Galt spies a new brewery/label at Brewforia tonight.. Awesome.. 3 beers with the Leavenworth moniker.. cool.

That is as far as my "cool" goes.

Poured into my little stem glass.. the brew is perfectly clear deep brown.. the head is tan .. doesn't stick around for very long... no hazy yeast. no hazy wheat.

Nose is roasty and toasty... much like a Munich dunkel.. but nothing ever verging on Weizen territory... no clove no banana

Flavor is again .. toasted malts.. pretty clean.. dark malts and nothing else... no phenols.. no esters....

Where is the wheat.. where is the Weizen yeast.. Really.. this is a good beer... but nothing in the Dunkelweizen category... I would be embarrassed as a homebrewer.. let alone someone who is trying to make cash.

Damn... Damn... Damn. I like this brew alot as a minor Schwazbier.. or maybe as a Munich Dunkel.. but as a Dunkelweizen, this is a joke... I'm done.

3.5/3/3/3.5/3.5

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.92/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.77/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a light clear white head, spotty lace.

S: Dark malt/pumpernickel bread, heavy malt.

T: Carbonic acid hits me first which is never a good sign. Notes of dark malt, but light, no ester character.

M: Light-bodied, bit astringent, the carbonic acid comes out again.

D: Nowhere near what a good dunkelweisse should be, no yeast esters, and frankly not a real good tasting beer. For Leavenworth, just stick with the Alt.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
1.71/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a deep brownish color with a lighter dirty white cap that fades fast

S: Less than stellar. Not much here. Uh oh.

T: Where do I begin? This beer had absolutely no taste. Water, hops, wheat. Nothing distinguishing about it. I was looking for banana, wheat, cloves or something but this beer literally tasted like water with something hand mixed in a jar and served. It was far from any dunkel i have ever had.

M: Very thin, light body, no flavor

O: This beer recipe needs to be re-examined and given some TLC because it damages the rep of Fish Brewing and Leavenworth.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Popured a light brown with one-finger head that sticks around glass on top of a rather mild, almost airy, sweet malt aroma although there are citric hefe notes as well. Light body, the lgiht citric/hefe characters are there, although no spice or wheat twang is really prevelant, and there is very minimal sweetness...like touches of toffee more than caramel or chocolate. Nice blend and balance so I don't mind sipping on it and there's touch of fruits and a dry malt base in the finish, but overall it's just too bland to be anything other than a half-decent beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy, barely translucent brown with less than an inch of tan head that dissipated quickly leaving minimal lacing.

A soft wheat aroma is supported by a nice roasty finish. The refreshing wheat flavors coat the tongue, with just a touch of roastiness and hops on the finish.

The body is good, light and full with out being sticky. Drinkability is very good, a great beer for these last few days of summer. Worth trying if you see it and perhaps worth some effort to seek out.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of ccrida
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint at the Fishbowl Brewpub, Leavenworth's Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen is a murky chestnut with a small, light tan head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is neutral, with light toast and toffee slowly opening up as it warmed.

Taste is richer, toffee, some noble hop spice, with a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and light.

Drinkability is high, this is a tasty, nice fall flavor without being to sweet and cloying. Highly quaffable.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a subtle fruity underpinning and a hint of cloves. It pours a dark, rather hazy mahogany with a decent, fine-bubbled, light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor has a malty core and fruity, caramel and nutty notes. Smooth Texture has average body but a good amount of fizz.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -7.1%

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

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.97/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/2010
Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a chocolate beer with little head development. Thin film of tiny bubbles, which are light graham in color.

S: Chocolate malts, dark grains. Hollow grainy. Little/no hop nose. Slightly creamy scent.

T: Yum! I was surprised by the nice toastiness of this beer. I admittedly had low expectations, which likely fosters my admiration, but this beer is nice. Light cocoa, malts, milky flavor. Touch of a metallic finish on this. As I take more his off this, I like it less. Has a bit of a burnt flavor as it warms. Almost a sour flavor in here.

M: Decent medium body with medium/low carbonation provides a effervescence I didn't anticipate. Nice.

D: Very drinkable. Again, I was surprised by this beer, and would be happy to recommend to others.

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Photo of JayQue
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice light refreshing malty beer...but not much of a dunkleweizen. Poured a dark muddy brown into my Aventinus Wezen glass. Medium size light tan head, better than average retention, a covering of the glass remains till the end. A few rings of lacing.

Smell is strictly malts with a little chocolate. No hefeweizen-like elements or presence..cloves, bananas etc.

Taste is similar to smell, more like a mild porter than a Dunkel. A good tasting crisp malty beer, but not a Dunkel.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough but lacking in Dunkel qualities.

An ok summer drink and worthy of a session or two,,,but not as a Dunkel.

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76 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.
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