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Dunkle Weizen - Sprecher Brewing Company

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  4.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear brown, amber with a thin tan head that retreats immediately.

S - Smells like a mix of hefeweizen and brown ale. Wheat, bready malts, earthy with the lightest banana and clove yeasty notes.

T - Toasty, bready malts similar to fresh baked bread followed by caramel sweetness. Light touch of smoke that increases as it warms along with faint clove and banana.

M - On the light side of medium and smooth with lower carbonation.

D - Reminds me of a blend of brown ale and hefe. A little bit of a watery entry level beer but I don't like a lot of clove and banana so I am fine with that.

brewcrew76, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Durge
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark iced tea brown color with a thin fizzy cream-white head and minor traces of lacing. The aroma gives off sour apple/lime malt with an almost chocolaty hint. The flavor is also tart sour-mash with malt sweetness and a touch of herbal hop bitterness. It's pretty thin with a tingly near refreshing feel but a little limp for the style. I'm not sure this was entire on point even though it was supposedly a fresh bottle. Seemed more tart than normal. Nothing I would seek out but it was okay and i could drink a couple if that was the choice.

Durge, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of errantnight
2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my Spiegelau tulip. Thanks Beer of the Month Club.

This is a beer that seems in hailing distance of being very good, but comes up a bit short of even being good.

It pours a somewhat unpleasant, hazy off brown (although, in fairness, it is a dunkelweizen). Head is minimal and retention is moderate but there's little to no lacing.

Aroma has some brilliant notes of spicy clove riding... not on a wave of banana and bubblegum but a roiling butteryness. Around the edges there's some hints of caramel and dark fruit, but it's pushed to the fringe by the huge butter flavor.

On the palate the diacetyl retreats to the back half of the palate and some of the malty goodness is able to spring free, and the clove is more subdued behind a banana bread flavor. The beer is prickly and spritzy, lacking of the smooth lusciousness I'd hope for/expect.

On the one hand if you pull out the diacetyl I feel like this is pretty decent. Some nicer carbonation probably softens things up a bit allowing the malt character (easily the best part of the beer) to shine and all of this would probably let the esters (there, but obscured) shine.

As it is, I didn't finish my first bottle and I'm struggling through the second and the third... the third is being passed off on an unsuspecting soul or poured out without being drank. Shame.

errantnight, Apr 30, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottle from a friend. Off-white head, about an inch with fair lacing.

Aroma is bready and malty, hint of caramel and toffee. The last dunkel I had at a bar had an orange slice floating on top, so thankfully this home pour did not. Good yeast as well.

Taste is pretty well balanced, a bit of hop, a bit of malt and yeast. This is a very drinkable beer.

DAllspaw, Apr 23, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12-oz bottle to a weizen glass. Purchased this from the brewery and was told this is in 12-oz bottle instead of the normal 16-oz so it could be used in the BOTM club. Apparently, Sprecher used to brew this back in the 90's.
Appearance: Pours a dark orange/brown color with a fluffy off-white head that faded quickly but the lacing stuck around.

Smell: Sweet, bread-like malt, caramel and a hint of wheat.

Taste: The bread-like malt dominates. That starts the flavors, followed by the wheat sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice and drinkable. I have already recommended this to a few weiss-drinkers and would purchase again if and when the mood strikes. Another solid effort by Sprecher.

nsmartell, Mar 21, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized dark malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong bready wheat flavor that is quickly followed by some caramel sweetness and a hearty malt character. There are faint touches of spice and smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid to drink if you're in the mood for the style but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, brown color with ruby highlights. It had a small, tan head of foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, wheat and mild notes of clove.

T - Pretty nice flavor - wheat, clove, some yeast and plenty of roasted malt taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good dunkel weizen from Sprecher. It was quite tasty and fit the style nicely.

zeff80, Jan 30, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from BOMC and poured into a pint glass. Never had anything from Sprecher before, but I've heard good things.

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany color, with an agressive pour it gets a good two finger fluffy head.

S: Nothing amazing happening here, but you can tell its a weizen. Caramel and some dark spice.

T: Fruits, bread, and a good amount of yeast. Finishes with a bite familiar to anyone who likes wheat beers.

D: A good winter alternative for those who live for wheat beer. Low ABV makes this a session-able beer.

kylejohnson03, Dec 23, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to get a BOTMC brew from Milwaukee where they have never quit making better (or drinking) beer. Here's to Milwaukee, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a Belgian type brew smell with a pungent wheaty aroma. Poured into my trusty Spiegelau Weizbierglas yields a dark brown translucent brew with a creamy micro-bubble three-finger head. Head holds up like a champ. On first taste this brew is very balanced with a nice toasted malt sweetness but a good hoppiness. The wheat gives it incredible body and mouthfeel. The finish of this brew is more bitter, slightly dry with a aftertaste that is actually sweet. A great wheat a great dunkle and a very god brew.

mooseisloose, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in the Fall 2009. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a cloudy brown color that produced a fluffy off-white head that is sticking to the sides of the glass. Decent retention.

(S)- Roasted bread with lemon & light banana.

(T)- Fruity lemon with loads of biscuity wheat. Bits of banana. Crisp & refreshing.

(M)- Good carbonation level and balance. A very crisp and refreshing beer that is rather smooth.

(D)- A good Dunkelweisse that has all the right stuff. Nothing fancy; just a good drinking beer. Solid stuff. Just as a side note: Sprecher normally does 16oz. bottles, why is this in 12oz.?

sweemzander, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for picking this up at the brewery.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is brownish red hue, with amber edges. The tan head rises to a full inch before recededing to leave sticky lace aroung the rim.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt with toasted bread, light cocoa, spearmint and slight metalic odor.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Caramel malt chocolate, fresh cut grass, and a hint of spearmint. Unfortunately the metalic aroma in the nose is present in the taste.

Medium body with loads of carbonation.

Overall a less then stellar beer. Considering it comes from Sprecher I'm not surprised.

beerwolf77, Dec 01, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the BOTM Club.

Appearance - Pours a chocolate brown color with about two fingers of slowly dissipating, white fluffy head. However, leaves lackluster lacing.

Smell - Malty, bready, and honestly an odd earthy twinge to it that I personally do not really enjoy.

Taste - Very malty and smoky? Honestly, the more I drink of this the more smoky taste I am getting out of it. Overall a bit sweet but not overly.

Mouthfeel - Relatively nice; medium bodied with decent carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkabilty - Maybe I just don't prefer this style of beer, but to me this was not that enjoyable. As stated it had a very odd, smoky, funkiness to it that I couldn't get past. I feel like I will be sitting on the other two of these that were sent in the BOTM club. Oh well, you can't like everything!

SpdKilz, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher Weiss glass. 4.65% ABV and a Julian date of 09294. Pretty darn fresh (Oct 20th).

A - Slightly hazy brown amber in color with a bit, foamy, three-finger head that had good retention. It dropped to a thin blanket and left a few bits of lacing but I think it's a bit too clear.

S - It could be my eyes fooling me from the appearance to the smell, but it's almost identical to their Hefeweiss with a bit more malty presence in the aroma. Absolutely fantastic yeasty earthiness with the clay and some spiciness that plays well with the banana nose. The definite wheat background is there but the maltiness is more prominent.

T - Much maltier in the flavor than the nose suggests. A slight touch on toastiness, the malts add a dry dimension to this beer. Secondary to the malt flavor, that has a caramel sweetness hint to it, is the banana and clove esters. A bit of yeast and the earthy clay linger in the background. The wheat is fairly prominent too in the...

M - ...mouthfeel which is soft and smooth with a fair carbonation finish. Medium-bodied and dry to the finish, it's a good feeling dunkel.

D - It's a good fall transition beer. When you can't let go of the summer hefes but want to start welcoming in the darker, more substantial beers, grab one of these dunkels. Definitely worth picking up from their gift store. A nicely done and easily drinkable beer.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 03, 2009
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Dunkle Weizen from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.