Bonfire Dunkle Weiss | Two Brothers Brewing Company

Bonfire Dunkle WeissBonfire Dunkle Weiss
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by jwinship83 on 11-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation but poured with a massive three finger high beige head.
S: There are light aromas of bananas and sweet malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more complex with notes of caramel and chocolate malts along with hints of chocolate towards the finish. A light amount of sweetness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer seems to be over carbonated and takes a delicate hand to pour this and get more beer than bubbles in your glass. The beer is interesting but doesn’t seem to fit the style.

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Photo of Etan
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short off white head that sticks around for awhile, leaves a collar. Some lacing left.

Sweet toasty bananas?

Very malty sweet with that banana/clove aftertaste. Drinks right at its states ABV.

medium mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation.

Ah it was alright, pretty drinkable although more flavor in any direction...whether it be more roastiness or more hefeweizen characteristics. Good price point but wouldn't seek out otherwise,

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Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of samie85
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear dark brown color with two fingers of light brown head.

Smells of clove mainly with some light banana and chocolate notes.

This one is pretty much chocolate banana with some light clove notes.

Pretty creamy upfront but the clove thins it out a bit with a drying finish; has low carbonation and light bodied.

This one is pretty drinkable, and I'm not usually a dunkelweizen fan (or wheat beer in general for that matter) but this one has a distinct enough profile where it distracts from the clove; my worst enemy.

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Photo of wallyworld68
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Amp
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass.
16.1° P, 15.1 IBU, 6.2% ABV, no date.

*Yes, this is old. I picked this one up a few days before review towards the end of May this year at Groppi's, who, to my delight, had a bottle on the shelf. At that point I had wanted one for at least a year.

A - Bonfire pours a gorgeous vintage burgundy brown with good clarity despite the dark color. The light oak head is effervescent as can be and disappears quite quickly. No lace.

S - The volatile mutant yeast aroma disappears quickly leaving behind dark wheat and light smoke notes. The mutant yeast returns! Mild aromatic notes of the classic German strain.

T - Quite dunkl-y indeed, there's a good amount of dark what within this brew but just a touch of smokiness. The yeast shows mild signs of infection, but certainly no where near as much as the nose.

M - Highly carbonated with a medium-light body and soft, dry finish, the feel of this brew is still quite nice!

O - I wish I would have looked at reviews before my spontaneous, joy-filled purchase. It seems there had been issues even when fresh. Then again, I knew what I was getting into, buying an old beer. Still, it's not as bad as some reviews have made it out to be, even with it's age.

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Photo of mdwalsh
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Not sure how old this beer is, got it a few weeks ago at Andy's in Rochester, MN. I'll be gentle on things that appear they could be age related. It was still fantastically carbed when I opened it. Perhaps too carbed, it pours just a thick head Smells of a possible minor infection, but I don't think so. This is taking forever to settle.

Finally enough beer to actually talk about the look. Dark, ruby brown, slight haze, obviously good carbonation. The head is beige, small tightly packed bubbles.

The aroma is slightly acidic, slightly cidery, but not horendus at all. I've had perfectly good BMCs smell worse.

The taste again has just a touch of acidic sourness, a definite infection. But it plays ok with the rest of the beer. I won't finish this, not all 22 oz, but I will complete a review. Beyond the sour I get a little caramel, which is actually interesting with the apple. I'm thinking with age this beer has pretty much fallen apart.

Despite the carb and age, the body isn't half bad.

I hate to tank a rating, but in reality, there is an infection here and the beer didn't have anything to fight back with. If you still have this beer, drink or destroy.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

I needed 22oz bombers to bottle some homebrew so I decided to do a little culling from the cellar. Found this one hiding behind some Stone IRS. Threw it in the kegerator to cool down.

Holy carbonation batman. Seriously, 1/3 of a inch of beer and a whole Tripel Karmeliet tulip filled with head. Jeez. That's a shit ton of head. Serious lacing all the way down the glass. Bad sign, only time I've ever seen that much head is in a infected beer. I'm glad I put in the the kegerator when I did, otherwise my cellar might have been a tad stickier. The nose is interesting. Muted notes of caramel and toast mixed with green apple skins and pie cherries. The flavor is much the same but the sour pie cherries and green apples dominate the flavor profile pushing the caramel and toast to the outskirts of the flavor profile. It's not horrific at all, but it doesn't seem like its supposed to be there either. Its not a bad beer, but I think its turned into something that its not supposed to be. I once had a barleywine that picked up a slight infection that just lent itself to a mild tartness in the background. Made it really tasty. This is more along the same lines. Malt is still there, but its definitely secondary the the tartness of the beer. It kind of hits you in the back of the jaw.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from diekia, courtesy of the Review This! BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malts, some hints of dark fruit and chocolate along with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and chocolate. Then bready flavors of wheat and a hearty roasted malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, although there are better beers in the style this is still a solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.64/5  rDev +29.6%
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 Mistofminn
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with ruby red highlights. About a finger of khaki head with below average retention doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

Smells remarkably like a Weizenbock (gasps) with typical banana and clove characters, with the "dark wheat" characters of chocolate and lightly roasted malts.

Taste is spot on the aroma. Chocolate covered bananas, cloves and dark roasted malts. Pretty simple, yet complex and enjoyable.

Medium in body, with a smooth and creamy texture. Average carbonation level. Drinkability is good in this one, I had no problem finishing the bomber.

Not a bad offering from Two Brothers, but I like some of there other stuff better.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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 mwilbur
1.54/5  rDev -57%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from 22 oz bomber into weizen glass.
A: Pours a...what the hell?!?! This is some kind of black magic... This literally poured an entire glass of head without any beer. I have never seen such a thing before. Bizarro. Takes about 10 minutes to settle...ridiculous overcarbonation. Once the beer does appear it is a dark amber.
S: Chemical malt bananas and barely any spice. Not as bad as the no-beer beer appearance, but not good.
T: Simply terrible. Weak and bad tasting caramelt malt and that chemical thing persists here too.
M: Slick and oily.
D: I should have done my research and checked out the reviews on this one before getting it. The drain ended up getting more of this one than I did. I was all excited to try different dunkelweizens, but this one is a big disappointment. Stay away...I wish I had.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this beer at room temp poured into a pint glass. Beer is dark chestnut hue with garnet tints and fizzy beige head of 4 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour, would have overflowed without precautions taken. Aroma is chocolate malt and roasted notes a little fruity, but not as complex as I had hoped. Not too much twang in there either. First sip reveals an average body and rolling gentle carbonation. Flavor is very mild but similar to nose with bits of brown sugar and chocolate and a hint of dark red fruit, plums??. No hops or ABV show through, but again not very complex flavor. The beer is an easy drinker, but I was hoping for more subtleties and mix of flavors. I am a little disappointed.

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Photo of drtacks37
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first time experiencing a Dunkle Weiss. I was skeptical at first since I don't care for Weiss beers. This is very different than the usual Weiss. When it is poured, Bonfire looks like Root Beer with a very thick, but light head. The color is similar to root beer as well. It has a sweet flavor with a rich coffee/chocolate aftertaste. I learned tonight that I don't mind a Dunkle Weiss, but don't prefer it either.

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Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Deep dark rown and hazy. Large cola head with some retention. Not a bunch of lacing.

S: Little smoky. Some of the dark malts with the wheaty base. Banana and bubblegum.

T/M: Very fruity. Lots of yeast. More of the obviously banana and bubblegum. The wheat is quite tart. There's a wisp of smoke in the back. Pretty light body with strong carbonation.

D: Drinkable and interesting.

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Photo of prototypic
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow. The cap pops on this one with some force. Hmmmm...could be an overcarbonation problem. Bonfire pours an attractive nut brown color. It's clear and backlighting gives it really nice scarlet highlights. As I suspected, it's overcarbonated to an annoying degree. Topping it off is an off-white head that stands over four fingers tall easily. It takes a while for it to dissipate to a normal level. Lacing was somehow on the light side. Clean up that carbonation issue and this would probably be attractive.

The nose is okay, but isn't special by any means. There's a decent spicy combo of pepper and clove. Neither appears to be stronger. Banana is disappointingly weak. There's a subtle hint of it, but it clearly needs to be stronger. It's somewhat herbal and earthy. Smells like there's a nice malty base present. It smells a little sweet, but not by much. Alcohol is blended well. It's not bad. I'll go above average here, but barely. It smells alright, but nothing stands out about it.

The flavor's a little better than the nose, but not enough to warrant a score bump. It is spicy up front. Clove and pepper are more prominent here. Clove seems to be the strongest spice. It is a little sweet and it has a solid malt base. Banana is very, very subdued and is almost unnoticeable. I really don't like that aspect of it. Banana needs to be much more in the mix for this to truly succeed. It's a little earthy on the tail. Alcohol isn't noticeable in the least. The flavor's a little more lively than I expected. But, it's still just floating above average.

Bonfire has a light body that leans toward medium. It's nearly smooth, but active, buzzy carbonation really interferes with any smoothness it might have. Average, at best. Drinkability is above average. The flavor here is okay. No better. Excessive carbonation keeps it from being really enjoyable. But, it still goes down pretty easy despite that shortcoming.

Two Brothers is a pretty solid brewery. This is not one of their finer efforts. It's okay, but suffers from overcarbonation and a strong banana deficiency. Ultimately the flavor never really materializes into what I'd hoped it would be. Those probably wouldn't be big problems to correct. Fix it and get this fire blazing. It's worth a try. Stick with a single bomber though.

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Bonfire Dunkle Weiss from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 43.6% out of 100 with 117 ratings
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