StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2005
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:eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 29, 2005
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.
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
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 (2217) - Montana, USA - MAY 29, 2005
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 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2005
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
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
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 (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2005
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
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.