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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Madhouse Dunkelweizen- A traditional German-style dark wheat beer. We use an authentic Bavarian wheat yeast, which adds the unique clove and banana aromas to the beer. This style also uses an assortment of dark malts, which results in a deep amber-brown color and chocolate and roasted flavors.

This is the first of our Venture Series- A series of one-time release, seasonally brewed beers that will allow craft beer enthusiasts to explore the diverse flavors and styles of their favorite beverage.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
megawill (16) - Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2012
22 oz bottle. 5.8% ABV. Aroma - Baking spices, clove, nutmeg; Appearance - very dark brown, generous head on pour quickly dissipates to a soapy film, minimal carbonation, minimal lacing; Taste - sweetness of the malt dominates, very little hop, very little character or complexity; Palate - fairly thin, borders on flat; Overall - meh

Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
22oz bottle from Johncy’s Liquor Store in North Liberty, IA. Pours a deep brown colored body with a thin, frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is wheat, phenols, cola, a light tartness, touches of chocolate, and light roast. Flavor is similar. Cola and a light tartness up front before some chocolate, a light bready caramel, wheat, and some clove and banana phenols come in. Finishes with a light roast, chocolate malt sweetness, and sourness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is clearly a bad bottle with some sour elements showing up, but I can tell the base is probably pretty decent. Despite that, this isn’t really drinkable as is.

CanIHave4Beers (4227) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2012
The beer pours a dark brown with a big off white fluffy head that shrinks, stays tight, and leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is chocolate, spice, banana, mildly roasty & fairly sweet. It’s a nice smelling beer indeed.

The flavor is a little tart at first & the beer has a roasty flavor that just doesn’t seem particularly finessed as it comes across a tad on the brash side. The beer is fruity, mildly sweet, a bit spicy. The banana flavor is there and it’s nice, the chocolate character is subdued and the beer has a mild nuttiness.


dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2012
(22oz bomber). Pours like cola with a tan head. I would prefer this to be unfiltered. Aroma has caramel, banana, clove and a little smoke. Taste is sweet with more of the smokiness. Thinner bodied with a slick texture. Fizzy mouthfeel. Not bad, but I’d just as soon pick up an actual German Dunkel.

DrnkMcDermott (3137) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
22 oz. bomber, $4.49 at HyVee in Newton. Deep amber to brown pour, a huge head like a porter kicks up when I poured it in my smaller 312 glass. Nice malt smell with a side order of clove spiciness, nothing over the top. I like the taste. Malty, subdued clove and wheat spice, and an almost sessionable level of alcohol. No, strike that last bit; I’m starting to build a bit of buzz. In fact, after sitting in my glass to warm up, I get a bit of banana esters. Light stickiness around my lips. A lot of Dunkels I get are in the "extreme" category, but this is more restrained.

theisti (4206) - Kansas, USA - APR 3, 2012
22 oz bomber purchased at Beertopia in Omaha, Nebraska. The pour is a darker brown, with copper highlights and a one inch light khaki head. The head falls quickly. The aroma is banana and bubble gum, clove and malt wheat grain. Mostly strong banana and bubblegum. As it warms and opens up, a soft roast char comes out in the nose. The taste is sweet bubblegum, clove, a soft faint roast char malt character and nice mineral in the finish. The big yeast of the nose is folded into the wheat and malt in the taste nicely. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel, and dry finish with the roast and mineral. Tasty beer, easy drinking.

cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of pepsiedcan. Thanks peps! Pours a dark brown, fairly clear appearance with a tan head. The nose is a little more roasty than other dunkelweizens but does have the trademark, some banana, spicy clove, quite sweet aroma. Pretty spicy, again quite roasty malty, chocolate, some banana, spicy clove flavor. A little thin and quite spicy.

wlajwl (7069) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Aroma is wheat grain, bananas and tart fruit. The flavor is malts, bananas and sweet/tart raspberry. Pretty good dunkelweizen.

jadenmiller (2) - Ankeny, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2012 does not count
Dark, bold, yet wheaty, very smooth, with banana aftertaste, it’s only a seasonal, I will be sad when it’s gone.

heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2012
A deep brown brew with a light brown head. The nose has some rich toffee and molasses. There is also some dough. the taste is toffee on top of a light coffee character. There is also some bread crust and a spicy black pepper finish. I got some hints of cinnamon. A decent brew, but finishes dusty.

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