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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
82 90 74 4 21 13
Black Wheat by New Glarus Brewing Company
Dunkel Weizen
5.70 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 12/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 2009
12oz Bottle
$7.39 6-Pack
Roy's Supermarket, New Glarus

Black Wheat pours pitch black with a chestnut highlights fighting through the bottom of a weizen glass. The chestnut segues into mahogany when held to the sun and highlights the sides of the glass. A rich beige head rises to two fingers in height atop the body before creeping back to a dense crown with patchy chunk lacing scattered over the glass.

The nose starts off with a bit of clove and banana bread before an out of place metallic twang hits. The metallic isn't strong enough to be bothersome but it just doesn't fit. When this one warms a bit the banana takes on more of a banana pudding over ripeness with a backing of chocolate that combines for an incredibly appetizing nose quaffer. If it wasn't for the metallic's this was throwing off it would be a gem.

Each drink takes on the best characteristics of the nose. Overripe bananas take on the form of banana pudding and show off an enjoyable chocolate base. Clove brings along a nice touch of spiciness that manages to compliment the pudding base. A mild but noticeable wheaty twang brings up the rear. The chocolate grows to decadent proportions in the long lingering aftertaste.

The body has a medium feel to it that glides across the tongue with a velvety smoothness thanks to the moderate but soft carbonation. The chocolaty goodness seems to be a dusting of cocoa on the back of the tongue.

This is another sessionable gem from the little Swiss hamlet of New Glarus. A couple of these in a sitting only make me want a couple more.

Dunelweizens aren't always my favorite style but the combo of chocolate and banana pudding make Black Wheat a gem of a German style. Does New Glarus do any wrong? Not in my book they don't.

Reviewed: 5/30/09

Price: $7.39 Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by decoman on 08/28/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 9 16 3 7 2009
I was looking forward to this as its listed as dunkel weizen and I do like that style. But personally thought that the rye tones were over powering and it lacked the maltier sweetness I guess I am use to. Not a bad beer just not for me. But overall New Glarus does a great job!

Served In: Bottle

Review by James Kitchens on 08/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 16 4 9 2009
Color is, well, black. For lack of a better term. Thick light brown foam settles pretty quickly. Smell is fairly muted, but you get a slight malt sweetness, with a smoky/chocolate hint. Taste is more smoky at first than the smell, with a slight sweetness. Finish is something like a burnt rye. Feel is a slight bit over carbonated.

Overall, this is as solid a dunkelwiesse as I've seen. And this is a particular favorite style of mine. The grain sweetness is a bit under-represented than I would normally think is appropriate for the style. But the smokey, chocolate, burnt rye tones are just about perfect. A real winner for the early Fall season.

Served In: Bottle

Review by tavernjef on 04/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2009
Original review March 2005 - Thick smokey chocolate brown color, soft and silky fluffed cocoa brown head dances quickly to the top of the glass at about a half inch and then back down again. Drippy glaring lace in globs, not much sticking.

Aroma has softly spoken layers of caramel, banana, cocoa, and a touch of dry spice clove and nuts. Wonderfully complex and secretive. Keep sniffing...

Taste is mixed, busy, and full up front but tenders off quickly into a creamy dream of caramel and roasty cocoa. Dark banana slips through in alot of mixed areas with touches of dry fig and sweet chocolate bread cake. Mellowing smooth amounts of creamy cocoa and caramel always remain present as yeasty spices of clove, white pepper, and cola fizz dust the back end while it continues to finish with spectular drippings of lovely little roasty nuttyness and wheat sweetness.

Lots of subtle layering here, you could get lost in trying to pick out every flavor and where it happens and all depending on its temp. It continuely changes its mood as it warms from chocolatey to fruity to spicy to earthy to caramel candy to...on and on we go. Overall I think chocolate banana nut bread with a caramel center, but then those spices, roasted hints, and even some hops make for interesting twists to the overall. Not to mention the continued carbonation thats full but not overly charged and spritey but holds its own on that account and still comes across super smooth and largely creamy. Amazing stuff. It's seemingly simple in some parts then a bunch of stuff starts happening just when you're about to think its boring, and it does this by leaps and bounds. Hello...big finisher!

And oh my this slides down quickly. Gone before ya know it. So creamy, inticingly full, yet not overly rich in any fashion. Now that it has your attention it won't let go and you won't stop with just one. Hell, a sixer might not be enough with the way this stuff drinks down. Wow! An absolute wonderment of a beer. It does conjure up a dunkel weizen quality but I tend to think...Banana porter anyone?

Man do I miss this beer!

Served In: Pint Glass

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