Bonfire Dunkle Weiss | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bonfire Dunkle WeissBonfire Dunkle Weiss

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jwinship83 on 11-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 117
Photo of Dotcubed
4.64/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've always liked this brewing company.

And I like dark beers. This should be good.

Having chosen a tulip glass, I feel that the clear dark brown liquid is going to smell quite good since opening it.

Wonderful cocoa & banana smell, why can't more beers smell this good!!!

This tastes magnificent. Malty, toasted brown marshmallows.
Something warming.

Perhaps a little watery, fuzzy.

Quite drinkable but somewhat sweet. Clearly cold weather beer.

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Photo of youngblood
4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a swirling brown color. Almost the color of river water. Had a nice little frothy head on it.
Smelled of dark fruit mostly. Very fruity; fig, date, small bit of tobacco, chocolate. Great sniff to this.
Man this is smooth! Has a slightly gritty texture to it, but not in a bad way. Has a strong malty sweetness to it. I'm loving the fruity aftertaste.
This is easy to kick back definitely. I need to find a sixer now.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from River's Bend.

A - Poured a dark hazy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate toasted malt, chocolate and nuts aroma.

T - Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

D - Solid drinkable brew that met my expectations.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy and opaque chocolate brown color with ample creamy tan head of tiny bubbles.

Slightly roasty smell, wheaty with clove and a hint of cocoa. Smell is not as strong as a lot of wheat beers but still quite good.

Sweet bready flavor like banana bread with notes of cocoa and wood and a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Light body, full carbonation but still creamy smooth.

This is a very solid and drinkable beer. I'm a big fan of the beer and the brewery.

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Photo of Brenden
4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2B tap takeover at Swig 7/11/12. Second beer.

I understand some people have reviewed infected bottles. I understand some people don't get Dunkels. I understand some people don't know what a Dunkel is going for. As it is, this beer is supremely underrated.

Served from the tap in a 10 oz. snifter, Bonfire is a charcoal black with brown at the edges. A creamy, small tan head doesn't last as long as it could. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.
I'm impressed as soon as I smell this beer. It's strong and aromatic, better than any American interpretation I've had thus far and about as good as any I've ever tried. Overall, it looks heavy but it's light, brisk, clean and sweet. It's got light cocoa undertones under the wheat base with a mix of fruits (banana, apple flesh and raisin) and just enough of the yeast character to add some complexity without throwing it off, along with just a gentle spicy nip. This is a beer I could sip all night long under any circumstances.
The feel is crisp and light, but smooth as well. A good dunkelweizen will dispel the "darker is heavier" notion held by those who don't know better.

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Photo of klewis
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a modest bubbly head. Light lacing sticks briefly before sliding down the glass.

S: A malty smell with a slight nutty smell. Light aromas of mocha.

T: Bonfire is a fitting name for this one. A sweet maltiness, roasted chocolate flavors, and a wheat taste give this beer a taste reminiscent of s'mores. Interesting and tasty.

M: Medium-full bodied with light carbonation. Smooth.

D: Tasty and easy to drink. Definitely worth a try and re-buy.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good two finger head after the pour that retains to a ring of foam. Dark cola colored, ruby beer with strong bubbling. Figgy and some chocolatey aromas. Plus some light roasted malts as well. Fruity toasted and roasted malts give layers of complexity to this dunkle weiss. Plums and cocoa and figs. Complex and tastey dunkle with a malty, fruity palate and a juicey feel.

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Photo of adamette
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed by me on tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois July 26th, 2012 in the presence of my brother in law Mat. I believe the place had been renamed simply “Bavarian Lodge” but I still refer to it as “Chef Paul’s.” By any name this is a world class BeerAdvocate place. Anyone reading this should seek it out.
Review from notes taken while I enjoyed the beer.

A Little light comes through body, Medium head. 4.0

S Banana, some wheat, dunkel goodness. Love the smell of one of my favorite styles of beer. 4.5

T Sweet wheat, Dunkel banana, cloves but a bit thin compared to Classic versions of the style that do not immediately come to mind. 4.0

M Big beer with all of that taste, at least a moderate feel and probably a "big" beer as far as mouthfeel. 4.0

D/O Drinkability is good with the manageable ABV and the good tastes. Overall this is a fine Dunkelweizen. 4.0

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Pours a dark, ruby-hinted brown with a small dallop of light-khaki head that doesn't stick around for long. It recedes to a whispy skim and unbroken ring that leaves some globs of lace in the glass.

S: Yeasty nose reveals aromas of banana, clove, toasted malt, tangy fruit, bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate covered cherry, and sweet over-ripe dark fruit.

T: Tangy dark fruit and citrus toe the line with toasted malt, bakers chocolate, banana, anise, clove/cardamom, cherry, milk chocolate, and fresh baked bisquits. Perhaps a bit too much tangy fruit?

M: Sweet and spicy with a welcome dry roasted maltiness that helps to balance out the fruit tang.

D: I highly suggest that all sediment be swirled around and poured into your glass. Doing so really dials in a toasty/creamy/chocolatey presence that I think is what the folks at Two Brothers were going for with this beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Slynger
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, murky, purplish night sky with a shortish lid of finely bubbled beige fuzz, leaving some thin strings of sticky lace.

Aromas of subtle banana bread sweetness along with wheat, yeasty esters, and clove. A dash of cocoa and funk appear as well.

Very nice flavor though not super strong. Definitely banana bread and hints of cocoa sweetness. Then comes some mellow dark wheat and lightly tangy red apples and grapes. Yeasty cloviness too. Medium bodied and nice smooth and fuzzy-tingly carb.

Very drinkable. Like this one a lot.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky crimson coloring, smallish cola-tinged head.

Aroma: fruit, grapes, figs, dates, carob, and a bit of cocoa...swetness and yum. Spice, and plump fruit, and deliciousness.

In the taste: more sweet, malty deliciousness. Medium-bodied, easy drinking and smooth, but vastly tasty. What is itabout the dunkel weiss? The smooth, sweet drinkability, the fruity flavor, ...non-stop deliciousness.
The texture and the grit of a wheat beer, all the roasty, toasty malty tasteof a dark bock beer.

I love a good dunkel weiss, and this joins the ranks. Way to go, Bros!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is rockin' it carbonation a bit high at first pour but as the bottle opens and a focused slow pour there's no problems getting a nice tall weizen glass full of dark ruby almost black crimson highlighted dunkel weiss. Head is bubbly with the higher levels of carbonation but doesn't quickly dwindle head sticks sporadically in mixed chunky patterns.

Aroma has darker roasts a mild metallic twang with tart fruit including apples and raisins blended together with the creamy dark chocolate roasted malt character. I'm lovin' this brew mild banana esters but overall a kick as fall release that works for what it's trying to pull off authentic dunkel weizen. An herbal citrus kick is flowing as well and it's going great with the rest of the experience.

Flavor before pouring the rest of the yeast into my glass it was much more balanced in flavors I got dark roasts ripened fruit notes tart citrus with slight raisin and apple tartness. After pouring the yeast in I got a chalky nutty character that over burden the rest of the flavors that were going on. Tart apple still persisted with a raisin tone but the additional yeast sediment didn't do justice like it typically dose. So hold off or pour two smaller glasses to detect the difference.

Mouthfeel overall was nice effervescent with the heavy carbonation I don't believe it was overdone just right for the style, most American dunkel weiss brews leave out the spritzy carbonation levels. Medium bodied for sure especially when you pour the sediment in.

Drinkbility overall an enjoyable fall/winter seasonal that I would like more access to, I think these two brothers should move into Pittsburgh they are makin' some great versions of classic styles and this one sits no differently.

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Photo of MillRat
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lightly hazy dark wheat beer with a thin but persistent white head, aromas of wheat malt, chocolate, and banana/clove yeast notes, leaning more toward the clove. Solid toasted malt flavor with enough roastiness to balance. Little hop presence until the aftertaste. A very easy-drinking beer for one with as much flavor as it has and a welcome addition to TBB's lineup. Since it uses the same yeast and hops as their year-round Ebel Weiss brew, I would not be surprised to see this one make a return appearance, maybe next year.

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Photo of cubsfan2004
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A murky brown with a tan head. Very good lacing.

S - Banana and roasted wheat with a slight booze smell.

T - Sweet roasted wheat and chocolate. Slight alcohol in the flavor as well. I did not detect banana in the flavor.

M - Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D - Goes down easy but drinkability limited by relatively high abv.

A nice dunkelweizen, but I would have liked the banana to show up in the flavor.

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Photo of Etan
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Libbey narrow tulip. Beer #2 of 15 from their new Retro Releases series, thankfully not an infected batch this time.

A: Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a decent white head. Very little retention and lacing.

S: Crisp brown malts and strong yeast. Slightly fruity with notes of brown sugar, banana, cloves, plum. Weiss character is very evident.

T: Dried plum, cloves, banana, dark bready malt, a bit of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon). Slight vinous yeast. Rounded out with a soft chocolate and roasted malt character. Ghost of hops in the background.

M: Creamy, nice carbonation.

O: The bottle describes this as a darker, more chocolaty version of their Ebel's Weiss hefeweizen. This is really quite tasty.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, dirty brown color with a small, foamy, off-white head. Not much in the way of lace.

S - It smelled fairly nutty and of wheat. There was also a grainy aroma.

T - The wheat flavor comes through more in the taste. It has a nutty, roasty taste.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty interesting dunkel. Pretty tasty, too.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- murky dark brown body, a little lighter around the edges with a finger of beige head. not too much lacing.

S- spices like cloves and coriander a hint of chocolate, and just a touch of booze.

T- roasted malt, a bit of coffee, banana, and spices. some bread like qualities as well. the tiniest touch of hops at the end

M- creamy and smooth. highly carbonated.

D- very easy to drink and a welcomed addition to the two brothers family. the growler went well when split between three people

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz. bottles into pseudo weizen glass.

A: Dark cloudy brown. Medium carbonation pours into a 2 finger, off-white, foamy head. Fairly quickly settles into a surface layer of foam. A little beer cling retreats back into the body of the brew as you drink, but no real lacing remains. Carbonation rises throughout.

S: Dark chocolaty malt, wheat, yeast, raisin, molasses, and spice.

T: Wheat and yeast, bittersweet chocolate, a little spice (nutmeg maybe), and pungent peatiness.

M: Light and hearty. The sweet wheat and yeast first. A pungent, but not overwhelming aftertaste follows.

D: Great drinkability. Good flavor, and light body.

Good solid atmosphere. Subdued but complex flavor and nose. Great light feel, but taste is not sacrificed. All of this makes for great drinkability. Great quaff.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught, unfortunately served in a nonic and not a weizen, thus the head was not as soapy or frothy as typically expected.

Smell: Banana bread, winter wheat, alcohol, and smoke

Taste: banana, bread, alcohol, cloves

Mouthfeel: full bodied, and smooth

Overall, this is a dunkelweizen worth your time. It was perfect on draught, and I can say that it is a testament to a great brewery.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Deep brown under a medium sized off white head. Little retention and lace.

S: Smells of banana bread, sweet, some bubble gum and toasted malt. Decent aroma.

T: Sweet up front, toasted malt, some banana and bubble gum, bitter finish is slightly off balance, but over a nice taste.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, carbonation a bit prickly but overall a mostly silky and smooth mouthfeel. Good drinkability, a pretty nice example of the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark murky mess of brown liquid. Bubbly light brown head. Barely. And lacing is damn near absent. Aroma is muddy, earthy and vegetal. A little clove and chocolate, but the nose is mostly goth. Flavor is phenolic, a little roasty, slight anise and some bread pudding. All in all, pretty agreeable. Easy to drink. Smooth feel to it. Close to medium in body. Decent enough, but not really up to Two Brother's standards.

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Photo of dwilkins
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical for the style. Very dark brown, some reddish?. Creamy, thick head. Persisted throughout the 22 oz serving.

S - A little of the spicy/yeasty smell, some toasty notes. No hoppiness whatsoever.

T - Initial thought was sweetness, but it finished much dryer with some biscuity/toastiness.

M - Full body. Not quite syrupy, though. Surprisingly little sparkle given the amount of head.

D - Tremendous. The dry finish and the lack of overpowering yeast esters made this easy to return to.

Notes: I would rate this beer higher than I did if my rating had been on preference and not style. I think it misses the style a little bit, but I prefer it to the typical DunkelWeizen. In fact, I only purchased it because I like the breweries offerings. This is one of those beers I'd offer to friends who sat they don;t like dark beers. Well done, Two Brothers!

One more thing. The bottle I purchased claimed 6.2 ABV, not the 7.5 listed on this site. Was gibt es?

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Pours a 1 finger light tan head. Not very good retention. Not a lot of lace either. Color is a combination between dark ruby red and caramel bark brown.

Aroma: A little smokey/roasty. Chocolate, banana, cloves. A very typical dunkelweize. Reminds me of the Naked juice flavor: chocolate banana.

Taste: pretty much like the aroma. Big roasty malt bomb mixed with bananas, cloves, and chocolate. Pretty solid dunkel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very creamy. Medium-full bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a smokey/chocolaty aftertaste.

Overall, very easy drinking beer. This bomber didn't take me too long to finish. I really liked it. Good representation of the style and I would buy more.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, under $6 at Cable Bev in Bardonia, NY. Pours dark cola, moderate head, dissolves to a medium khaki ring and leaves just a smidge of lace. dark ripe fruit nose. Figs, earth, dark fruit juice, and a slight metallic or perhaps a hint oxidation picked up before it was warmed up. Ehh, nothing special going on here. I'd say worth a try if you're in love with the style.

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Photo of malcontent
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet body with only a smidgen of head, not really what I look for with a German-style weiss. Color is nice, however.

The Brothers consistently nail aroma. Bubblegum and tart cherry with moderate roasted qualities and a faint hint of wheat twang.

Strong sweet/tart interplay to start with plenty of dark fruit to support. Not much in the way of the yeast comes through and the finish is shockingly flat in the flavor department. There is, however, a surprising long, chocolaty aftertaste that ties things up nicely.

Probably could use a bit more carbonation and the body isn't as full as others of the genre. Still, a nice entry from Two Bros. and a worthwhile brew to give a shot.

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Bonfire Dunkle Weiss from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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