StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 After making my way through the 6-pack of this gem, I had to go back and bump my original rating of 4.6 up a point to 4.7 to reflect the greatness of the beer. Nevertheless, here’s my original review:
Thick, deep, muddy, impenetrable dark brown. Looks chocolatey. Small, wispy, off-white head. Smells of bananas, roasted chocolate, cloves and yeasty rye bread. Taste is mouth watering and full-bodied. Very rich, like an espresso laden mocha. Has a Schwarzbier-like dry malt complexity that hangs around the mouth for awhile and awakens the palate. Greatly spiced. Lively carbonation, but not over the top. This beer is to the dunkelweizen category as New Glarus’ Solstice Weiss is to hefes. Hands down the best dunkelweizen I’ve ever had. I’m thankful I have five more of these in my fridge.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured dark muddy brown like the color of iced tea. Had a HUGE fluffy tan head that was beautiful. Aroma is heavy banana, nuttiness, roasted notes, and bread. The flavor was highly complex: chocolate, banana, toasted bread, coffee, cinamon, clove, and nuts. The finish was slightly dry.
BrewCrew13 (1) - Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark and clowdy like an oil fire. First Aroma is of caramel wheat and rye, cinnamon, spice and all things nice. The bottles tend to be too small for me, I always have to have 2. Be sure to leave this beer sit for 24hrs before opening and leave 1-2cm in the bottom when you pour it into your favorite glass. A great black beer for a white winter.
Kevin (2160) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
not solid black, but very dark with a tan hued head. smells like a snickers bar. that’s a new one for me, but it is apt, just like a damn snickers bar, weird. wow, taste is a nice caramel sweetness with some strawberry jam hiding behind it. roasted finish that is like the smell of a smoker that has sat out for a few days since it’s last use. lingering peppery spice keeps my tongue awake. i’m really enjoying this and i havcen’t gotten half way through this one. banana notes are coming out in this now in both the flavor and aroma. chaocolate flavors emerge. so much flavor hidden in this one. a truly remarkable beer. best beer i’ve had in a while. i will get more next winter. thanks for supplying this one bbb63, i am in your debt even more.
heemer77 (5211) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost perfectly black body. The head is tight with a light tan color. Rich caramel aroma with a little bit of coffee. There is also a little cinnamon spice. The taste is subtle caramel and a little bit of iced tea. There is also some light chocolate with a little bit of vanilla. Excellent beer. I appreciate that they have crafted a subtle dunkel that is still very interesting.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours ah, well black’s not the right word, but I don’t think brown is either. Light black, maybe? Nice soft foamy head of brown foam. Decent but not spectacular head retention and lacing. Wheat bread, banana, and yeast in the aroma.
Oh yum. Lots of flavors going on – chocolate, wheat, banana bread, and a nutty caramel taste. A little bit of dark grainy bitterness, but honestly, I had too look for it. Very smooth and mellow, with gentle but persistent carbonation. Cocoa Wheat cereal in the finish. Exceptionally easy to drink.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deliciously cloudy leather brown color with a huge fluffy brown head. Aroma is incredible....bananas, citrus, nutmeg, clove, nuts, chocolate, carmel, roasted malt, and a pleasant sweetness...almost like a chocolate banana bread. Very smooth body, quite chewy body accompanied by tons of amazingly compatible flavors including roasted malts, chocolate, hazelnut, bananas, clove and other spices with a smokey barley and wheat to name a few. Absolutely incredible.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Believe the hype. Far and away the freshest smelling Hefe yeast I’ve encountered (he says, smelling the empty glass and bottle longingly...). This is the perfect banana and bubblegum yeast. Sweet, oozing with sugar. Clove wafts in a bit at the nostrils along with a faint woodsiness. The body is thin and prickly, contributed to by the carbonation which is intense in its regeneration upon the slightest tilt of the glass. Wood, earth, brown sugar and smoked malt come through in the flavor, alongside a generous clove presence. Beats the great Ramstein Classic by a wide margin, although the body is more traditional in the Ramstein. Let it warm, let it warm, and the smoke and clove will slip all over you like a flannel you’ve had since 10th grade, along with that little bit of wheaty citric tang. A bit of a body ding for the thinness - otherwise? Damn near perfection in a glass. A textbook - the kind of beer you want to keep around to teach newbies with, I suspect. Wow. Thanks to JPDIPSO - bigtime.
Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I live in Madison just a few hours from this brewery. Therefore, the beer is super fresh. This is one of the best Dunkelweizens I have had. Pours dark with a nice nut brown head (make shure to leave a little to swirl out that tasty yeast!!). Classic Weizen smell with hints of caramel. Tases of banana, roasted chocolate. Great with a lemon. Too bad it is only a seasonal beer.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(12 oz bottles: Obtained in trades with goldtwins and IMtheOptimator, thanks Larry and Andrew!) Okay, one word. WOW! I need to collect my thoughts before I continue writing because all I can say is, "WOW!" I guess I’ll start with the appearance of this amazing beer. It pours a very dark brown similar to walnut, but with a slight ruddiness near the edges. It should go without saying that this beer is fully opaque through the center of the glass, but because I can clearly see the significant cloudiness at the edges, this beer is opaque even there. The tan head pours tall and firm, and with the bubbles being very small, it takes many minutes before it settles down to a thin layer, and then it holds there. The aroma is absolutely incredible. Roasted coffee, rich and sweet dark malts, and in less abundance, some banana and vanilla. Damn, I can sit here all night and just keep sniffing this beer. But that would be a tragedy because then the beer would warm up and go flat, and with how super this beer tastes, I can’t allow that to happen. I must lick every last drop of this incredible beer out of the glass. Roasty, malty, very sweet, smoky, lots of banana and yeast. Eructations are mostly banana. But as sweet as this beer it, there is a slight touch of tartness in the finish that partially offsets the sweetness. Full bodied without a doubt, thick and somewhat syrupy, and it retains this fullness right through to the finish. Solid carbonation helps to keep the beer from cloying, though I still think you really need a sweet tooth to fully enjoy this beer. I think with just a touch more tartness, it would be more effective at offsetting the sweetness, and the beer would be even more enjoyable, and more lively on the palate. And after all this, I still find myself going back to that one word. WOW!