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Wild Oats Series No. 10 - Dunkel Buck - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

Wild Oats Series No. 10 - Dunkel BuckWild Oats Series No. 10 - Dunkel Buck

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BA SCORE
86
very good

31 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.04%


Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Beau’s “Dunkel Buck” is brewed in the Dunkel Weizenbock style – a strong, dark version of a traditional Bavarian wheat beer. This cloudy, dark and unfiltered wheat beer displays intriguing clove and banana aromas. The flavours follow, while adding in a chocolate and mocha undercurrent. The beer finishes dry with a slightly tart spiciness, and the alcohol is moderately warming.

12 IBU

(Beer added by: bryehn on 08-30-2011)
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This certainly looks the part. A turbid, deep chestnut topped by a 1/4" head of tan foam that retains nicely, but doesn't leave much lacing.

It smells the part too. Lots of banana-y esters and caramel with just a hint of powedery bubblegum with lots of maltiness throughout.

The one is a banana bomb, lots of ripe-black banana backed up against a sweet caramel malt, wheat, dark fruits, the smallest hint of chocolate covered cherries, and also with some pink bubblegum on the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is a tad too low.

Overall a pretty decent stab at the style. Well done Beau's.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 00:39:10 | More by MeisterBurger
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-23-2013 17:25:42 | More by DaPan
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-16-2012 01:15:37 | More by LampertLand
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-11-2012 02:33:16 | More by chickenm
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Appearance: light brown; good, smooth head; slight mist; lace falls away quickly

Aroma: lightly of chocolate; malty, and mildly fruity

Taste & Mouthfeel: clean, almost crisp; bittersweet chocolate; dry finish; some banana of all things; good length but just a little flat; has some of the flavour of a Belgian ale

Overall: pleasant, lasting flavour that is great for Fall, but it is missing a small something (that would partly be the carbonation)

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:06:55 | More by BGDrock
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A marginal beer, a disappointment even when I was not expecting too much. Pours lighter brown body with 3/8" of retained head, after warming up to room temperature. The taste is mildly astringent roast malt, overcarbonated. Some bleach smell (not my Spearhead cup, but the bear) LCBO, but a bomber is way too much so most of it found its way down the drain, and I am shocked they just produced a barrel aged version for their special reserve series, but we are open minded. Constructive criticism: A little banana aftertaste -would have liked this in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 04:47:37 | More by Sammy
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, murky, and turbid with burnt orange highlights around the edges. Head is small for the style, only somewhat retentive, and doesn't lace. Lovely fresh baked banana bread aroma also shows nut and clove notes. Tangy and mildly sweet up front, with banana and sourdough flavours. Light cocoa midpalate. Finishes short with a spicy clove note and mild bitterness. And if you happen to accidentally burp while drinking this, you'll get an even bigger dose of banana flavour than you did on first drinking it. Not something to experiment with amongst polite company. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and creamy. It feels alright enough in the mouth, but a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt it either. A good take on a style of beer not commonly made amongst Ontario brewers.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 18:52:41 | More by mintjellie
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this!

Bottle 1285.

Pours a dark copper color, with a light creamy colored head. Fruity aroma, notable big banana. Malt sweetness with some nuttiness. Taste abandons the banana in favor of caramel and nutty malt sweetness.Slight roast and chocolate, though faint. Feels creamy, and light upper medium body.

Not a bad beer. Not the best Weizendunkel, but good.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 20:58:46 | More by EgadBananas
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rtaps

California

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

caramel in color with a small head medium retention with spotty lacing.
banana nutty nice aroma.

nice flavoring, very similar to the aroma, bananas, nutty, breading, dark malts.

medium bodied good carbonation, very easy to drink and enjoy

overall this had very nice rich flavors, complemented by its aromas. easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 17:12:48 | More by rtaps
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MrVonzipper

California

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Korguy123 for this awesome local bottle. Great name, great bottle design and great beer.

Pours a very hazy/cloudy cola brown with a good 1cm bubbly cream colored head. Pretty good retention and spotty lacing.

Real nice nose. Smells just like banana nut bread.

Nice flavor and balance. Pretty much follows the nose with big browned banana, nuttiness, dark pale malt and maybe a touch of brown sugar and caramel.

Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall it's a great beer. Glad I got the chance to try it. Never would have if I didn't win the LIF I did because it's a local brewery only release which is a little bit of a Trek for me from L.A. to Ontario, Canada. Probably the best dark hef I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 16:23:19 | More by MrVonzipper
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-24-2011 02:09:58 | More by oldp0rt
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beerSexualizer

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the guy at the Rhino Bar. The references to the movie were enough to give this beer a try. The graphic design is true to ol' John Candy's character. So top points for that.

The beer poured a ruby brown with an egg shell sort of head colour. Not a ton of head for a wheat beer but I didn't try too hard to agitate it. Got about 1finger per glass (split 2 ways). Poured clear until the last bits of the bottle were distributed then we had the classic wheat cloudiness.

Smelled like bananas, brown sugar, and a bit of tart berry. The beer arrived right out of the fridge and did well to warm a touch and bring out more aromas.

The taste mirrored the smell with banana, molasses, and a tart fruit or cherry or something pleasing yet subtle.

Not a huge amount of carbonation but no complaints. Could feel a touch of alcohol which I wasn't expecting from 6.8%abv but was happy to find.

Over all I would say if Paulaner Hefeweizen and Aventinus had a baby it would be this guy. Pretty good compliment I would say but it truly took notes from each.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 17:05:23 | More by beerSexualizer
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Creemore pint glass. Good malt and yeast aroma with a hint of banana. Amazingly creamy mouth feel, very silky. A very good dunkel, nice fruity malty taste with a hint of chocolate. Not overly carbonated for a dunkel but a very good tasting representation.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 21:40:30 | More by Molson2000
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks tbeckett! Bottle poured into a Perfect Pint at ~4C and let warm

A: Thick and hazy, but with not much head at all. Both mine & my friend's glass had no lacing and virtually no head. Disappointing for a wheat beer.
S: Bananas, light clove, molasses, caramel & alcohol.
T: A nice level of banana, right around where I like it. Unfortunately I found this dunked leaned too far into molasses territory, which conflicts massively with the bananas. Instead of a beer that was at one with my palate, the flavours were battling it out for tastebud supremacy. Alcohol is notable though not strong in the background and lingers a bit. As the beer warms the banana gets better and the molasses drops off.
M: Not enough carbonation, didn't pop off the tongue.
O: A flawed beer that I enjoyed as it warmed. Worth having, but certainly no where near my favourite dunked I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 03:19:26 | More by kjyost
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle poured into Weisse glass 13/10/11

A murky pale brown with enough clarity to see lots of bubbles floating up the side, a hard pour only gives up a fast falling light tan head that leaves no lace

S spiced bruised banana, faint chocolate and some bread

T a little molasses and raisins to go with what I smell, there's a little booze but not so bad, has a banana bread flavor going for it with a fruity aspect I can't place

M a little heat to it but it feels light and leaves some flavors behind to taste

O decent stuff but its not going to blow your mind, not bad for this chilly fall evening

I'd drink this again but I can't buy it in Alberta thanks liamt07 for sending this one my way

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:09:15 | More by wordemupg
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bananas, butterscotch, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lower than average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, butterscotch and a fair amount of banana. There is also a bit of a dark fruit (raisins?) taste and I can pick up on the alcohol. It finishes with a dark fruit and banana aftertaste.

Overall – One of the first beers I've had from Beau's that didn't have that straw/hay/farm taste to it. It was pretty tasty and I made it through the bottle with no issues. I do think it was a little high priced for what you get however.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 17:14:13 | More by spinrsx
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown colour with thick slightly off-white head. Nice head retention down the glass. Smells of banana and cloves of a hefe, with some mild chocolate aroma. A really nice sweetness comes through in the flavour. Slight bit of alcohol noticeable, but not too much. Smooth mouthfeel. I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 21:39:42 | More by kwjd
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle, #1485 from Sept 06/2011 bottling, picked up at the LCBO. Number 10 in the Wild Oats Series.

Pours a muddy chestnut brown, finger of head which maintains a nice sweater on top. Nose is loaded up with ripe banana, cocoa, toffee, spices. Flavor follows suit, lots of overripe banana, cloves, cocoa, earth, toffee, lots of raisin. Round middle with pleasant dry finish which perhaps ends up on the higher end of the spectrum for this style. Some booze in the finish, lush mouthfeel, a pretty tasty offering from a style I wouldn't choose first. Great work!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:30:47 | More by ritzkiss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In typical dunkelweizen fashion, the beer is somehow murky yet bright, ugly but pretty. Its body is actually a blend of colours as if they'd been smeared all together into one more or less chestnut tone. Usually beers of this style have a head that's measured with a meter stick, but to find any foam overtop this one requires a magnifying glass.

The aroma packs everything but the kitchen sink: bruised banana, stone fruits, dried fruits, chocolate panache, multigrain bread, Vegemite, brown sugar, and a whole pantry that includes clove, nutmeg, mace and dried chillies. There's a loose similarity to Mexican mole as well as one to mulled wine, but principally this smells like brewer's yeast.

Dunkel Buck has a flavour profile that should appeal to fans of both Belgian and pumpkin ales. It has both a rich, sweet, dark fruity maltiness as well as a savory, spicy seasoning that smacks heavily of clove and lightly of allspice and mace. Molasses and bruised banana also make appearances but are more abstractions whereas the others are quite vivid.

The beer's finish is cut a little short. But the first and the middle part are pretty good. Tempered bubbles allow the beer's creamy consistency (courtesy of wheat malt) to be fully appreciated and all the clove-like spiciness of the yeast to set-in on the palate. While some of the fruity esters could be courtesy of the extra alcohol, no actual booze itself is noted.

Dunkel Buck makes me think of Beau's as a kind of good cover band. This imitation of a German dunkelweizen is respectable and every bit as enjoyable as the real stuff, but doesn't quite offer the same kind of experience. That said, it's worth experiencing, even a second time, and is wholly consistent with Beau's high level of quality and craftsmanship.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:04:33 | More by biegaman
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1582. Bottled on Sept 5/11.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a medium very slightly translucent brown, cloudy with a small amount of off white head.

S - cloves, banana, bready malts and slightly noticeable alcohol.

T - Follows the nose very well. Cloves, banana bread and a slight sweetness that is evident throughout without ever being overwhelming. The alcohol is slightly warming but not distracting at all.

M - Medium body with a great chew. Smooth. Loght carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 02:14:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only my second brew from Beau's - wish that more of them would come out this side of Ontario.

(The name is certainly getting this brew bonus points - I loved Uncle Buck growing up and I'm digging the fedora and drill on the brew label.)

Poured into a hefeweizen glass. A murky light chocolate brew, with the pour producing about a half inch of sturdy head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Looks like a dunkel, alright.

Nose is quite pleasant: chocolate, caramel coffee, a bit of banana and clove.

A solid dunkel indeed - hearty, with a nice chocolate malty intro, dark bread, and banana, bubblegum and clove finish. Slight booziness as well, but come winter time I'll be demanding that of my brews. A bit thinner in flavor than I would have liked, but still quite nice. Lighter carbonation, medium bodied.

A quality Ontario weizen, with enough character to place this brew among the better German examples of the style. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 18:01:32 | More by JohnnyBarman
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An opaque hazy brown with limited head and carbonation, although still maintains a pleasant mouthfeel.

Aroma is predominantly banana, with some light chocolate and underlying grains. Smells like a dunkelweizen, plus has the aroma that would infer an excellent cake! It is also very banana-forward in taste, with a hint of mocha or cocoa at the back of the finish. The wheat flavours are clear, but not the sweet focal point that they are in many European dunkelweizens.

Very glad to have tried it and admire Beau's for all of their one-off series, but not a style of beer I would probably choose to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:04:30 | More by hopsolutely
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one got delayed in Orleans for a fairly long time. I guess this is the second batch for the release b/c this bottle is really fresh. Bottled September 13. Bottle #2505.

A - Pours a very cloudy amber or light brown/dark red mix. One finger off white head fades to a film quickly. Carbonation streaming up the sides quite nicely. The colour on this is pretty nice with the mysterious dark red/brown colour and the cloudy element. Very little lacing and a film of retention.

S - Big overripe banana and clove mix. A little caramel and bread.

T - Wheaty, dark bread, banana, spice. Dark fruits and alot of that overripe banana. Like banana bread covered in caramel. There's a mix of flavours going on here that works quite well.

M - Good carbonation with a medium body. A sweet sorta finish.

O/D - A well put together dark wheat beer. Beau's hit the mark IMO. The combo of banana and bready malts with a hint of dark fruit makes this very tasty and drinkable. Possibly a tad too sweet but definately not cloying. Worth seeking out for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 23:03:10 | More by tbeckett
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beau's has some very nice packaging. I'm guessing this beer is based on the John Candy film Uncle Buck. The label pictures a hat and power drill. do not remeber the power drill from the movie.

poured straight down a p;int glass. beer is caramelly brown. very hazy can barely see my fingers through the glass. huge cascading head, light tan color, creamy looking head.

lots of aroma on this. a slight citrus zest with lots of malty undertones. a yeast aroma and freshness coming off the nose.

medium body with some bready notes in the middle. finishes with a clean cappucino finish. reminds of the cappucino taste from cappucino yogurt. its quite nice.
a bit of alcohol warming but hardly notice it otherwise. a well balanced beer.

very pleasing tastes to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 22:12:10 | More by paxkey
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 600ml bottle into a weizen glass. Bottle 0208, made with "55% wheat malt."

Poured an opapque chestnut brown, with some darker oranges and mahogany notes around the edges. Creamy tan head, which pours a bit thin (nothing like pouring an Aventinus...) but still somewhat dense. Good retention but no lacing oddly. Nose has some strong ripe banana and spicing, wheat, light caramel-ly notes. Taste has more wheat and chocolate, as well as an abundance of banana and light bubblegum notes. Some cocoa makes its way in there. General sweetness. Some cloves and other spicing surely (nutmeg?) Mouthfeel is soft and pretty creamy; round and fairly full. Some alcohol at the end but it's an afterthought with respect to the flavour. Medium carbonation which helps the drinkability. A solid dunkelweizenbock, and one that I hope stays around as at least a seasonal for Beau's. Pricepoint on this (at almost $8 a bottle) is steep however, and restricts how often I'd look to pick this up.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 19:42:44 | More by liamt07
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Wild Oats Series No. 10 - Dunkel Buck from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.