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

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bryehn on 08-30-2011

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
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by Molson2000:
Photo of Molson2000
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

You’d never really think a Dunkelweizen would work with some age in a bourbon barrel, Beau’s has pretty much nailed this one. The original beer is from the limited release Wild Oats Series in which the Greener Futures Project spawned to help Beaus eventually instal solar panels at the brewery. Great beer, great cause … win, win.

STYLE: Dunkel Weizenbock
ABV: 7.8%

LOOK: Dark reddish brown, clear, decent head

SMELL: Raw barrel juice, wood, faint char, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, browned bananas, clove, bubble gum, yeast, boozy alcohol, toasted almonds, maraschino cherries

TASTE: Super creamy, deep smoothness, faint bourbon, barrel char, malty, spicy, vanilla, brown bread, candied fruit, dusty clove, green plantain chips, hazelnuts, barrel tannins, broth, dried grass, drying finish

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of BGDrock
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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)

Photo of mintjellie
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.22/5  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.

Photo of Sammy
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown. Big lively hefe head. Settles a bit quicker than I'd like. Slippery lacings.

Sweet aroma. Banana bread aroma with a big hit of sugary fruit, dates and sultanas.

You've got your standard banana, clove, and bubblegum flavours, but they're quite understated. Characterised by well-rounded malt flavours. Pronounced wheat, but even heavier caramel and dark fruit flavours. Bit of an odd tongue-coating finish, bit spicy.

Mouthfeel lets this down. Carbonation isn't enough to counteract the heavy malt flavours.

Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special release limited brewery one off feature.

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered far brown with a finger of tan foamy head. Faint lacing.
Nose is bananas and cloves, spices, wheat, roasted malt.
Taste follows closely with dark toasted oat, sweet caramel malts, grain, more banana and clove, burnt chocolate and coffee notes round it out.
Mouthfeel is slightly bitter, dry finish, medium bodied with a moderate tingling from over carbonation.
Overall, a decent take on the Bavarian style, beautiful design, style and clevar name from a favourite movie of mine. Well done Beaus.

Photo of paxkey
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; served slightly chilled. The packaging date on this one's back label is illegible, so I'll have to glean that info from one of this bottle's batch-mates next time I'm shopping.

Pours a muddy brownish-amber hue with some rusty red tinges under the light, producing a modest-sized cap consisting of a light, creamy beige-coloured froth. It erodes away quite quickly, leaving behind a wispy film on the surface ringed by a thin, foamy collar. Not the most impressive-looking weizenbock, but the aroma gets things back on track right away with huge notes of overripe banana and bready, toasted wheat malt sweetness overlying some caramelized sugar and yeasty clove spice. A little bit nutty, too, with fruity hints of raisin, fig, and maybe a faint touch of milk chocolate.

Right off the bat, the flavour profile is very 'banana-forward' - specifically the ripe, spotted, getting-a-bit-mushy variety. Meanwhile, the wheaty, bready malts and light caramel notes integrate with the aforementioned flavour quite nicely, giving this brew a very enjoyable banana bread vibe. Some light, vaguely raisiny dark fruit flavours surface by mid-sip, with hints of clove spice, vanilla and toasted nuts rounding out the yeasty finish. Spicy, somewhat peppery aftertaste; the alcohol is detectable, but not a prominent feature. Medium-full in body, with moderate carbonation levels that prickle the palate evenly. This one has the same sort of soft, fulfilling, silky-smooth mouthfeel that all of the best German wheat beers possess, which is something that many North American brewers seem unable to manage consistently.

Final Grade: 4.03, a worthy A-. Dunkel Buck is not only one of Beau's' most highly-rated beers - it was also the first 'Wild Oats Series' beer to get into the LCBO, and I for one am glad to see it back. This is a very well-made wheat beer that is every bit as tasty as its German-made kin - which is an impressive feat, at least to me, because generally speaking I would take an imported German wheat beer over your typical domestic-made one any day of the week. Definitely worth a pick-up, though at its current price point ($8/per) I'll only do so sparingly.

Photo of bryehn
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Described as a "Dunkel Weizenbock" on the included card. Part of the 2011 OCB-LCBO one-off series and number 10 in the brewery's "Wild Oat Series". Bottle #0035 of about 5000, packaged on Aug. 23, 2011.

Pours a hazy nut brown colour with a rusty orange tone around the edges. A very frothy, tan-coloured head takes a while to burn off, leaving minimal lacing behind and a nice, thick collar and film.

Lots of fruit tones found in the smell. Traditional banana and bubblegum notes are joined by a plum or cherry-like smell and a hint of cloves.

The taste follows suit, with a slightly sweet, fatty banana flavour taking the lead. It's backed by a toasted wheat taste and a cocoa or roasted chocolate tone that fills out the body and gives a nice bitterness to the finish.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy thanks to the long-lasting collar and sediment, while managing to not come off as too thick. There is a low carbonation but a mild prickly sensation occurs on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry/tart, with a peppery note and the warming effects of the alcohol come through on the back of the tongue.

The only thing holding this beer back is the price. At almost eight dollars a bottle it'll have to serve as a treat while it's available, rather than a go-to beer like Beau's regularly produced Lug Tread or their seasonal offerings. If you like dunkel weizens or bocks, there's an excellent chance you'll like this; it hits all the right notes.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased for a fairly reasonable $5.25 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - a very nice dark ruby color is poured that is completely transparent and a nice two finger ivory head is poured with great retention. Plenty of lacing left behind from the frothy goodness of the head. Modest carbonation.

Smell - some caramel as well as the usual banana and clove duo, but there's something akin to all spice or a sprinkle of cinnamon in there that gives it additional depth.

Taste - healthy dose of banana with some clove for good measure but then there's some white pepper and that spiciness picked up in the nose makes an second appearance. Leaning towards nutmeg in flavor for what this is.nice combination.

Mouthfeel - similar to a bock, but the wheat makes this creamy as hell and quite decadent, but the lively carbonation and spiciness keep you on the edge of your seat.

Overall - nothing truly outstanding, but really solid and well thought out across the board. If it weren't for the accessibility of some of the other weizenbocks out there, I could see myself returning to this with some consistency. Still quite nice on the lighter and slightly spicier end of weizenbocks. Good to see a nice representation of an uncommon style.

Photo of jrenihan
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a cloudy brown, sort of toffee coloured. The thick looking off-white head is two finger widths or so, and recedes at a moderate pace- pretty good retention.

Banana is very prominent in the nose, along with bready malt scents. Does smell a fair bit like banana bread, actually.

The banana bread scent is all there in the taste, accompanied by chocolate, some bitterness and some clove. Some caramel flavour as well. Nice flavours, but I find it a little thin. Nothing really sticks out as being particularly exciting or impressive.

Body is on the thin side. Moderate carbonation, though perhaps low for the style. A little watery.

Decent beer, but not thrilling. I am a big fan of the name, though!

Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of hopsolutely
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of MattyV
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered, very cloudy brown colour, thin and creamy off-white head. Lots of fruity banana in the nose along with some spice, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Taste follows the nose, but with some more prominent roasted malt/coffee flavours, along with a balancing hop bitterness. Body slightly thin, but with nice moderate yet creamy carbonation. Great effort by Beau's, nice to see some of their more adventurous brews become more widely available.

Photo of kwjd
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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