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Michelob Dunkel Weisse - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: mbrandon2w on 07-24-2008

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Ratings: 320 | Reviews: 237
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, dark mahogany-hued brown body with a thin, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted bananas and dark wheat malt with a zing of clove-scented spice.

Taste: Toasty, tangy dark wheat with a mild, unassuming sweetness. Kick of banana and clove on each and every sip. Hints of caramel come and go. Very light spicy hops and bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high, tingy carbonation.

Drinkability: Would I have another? I highly doubt it. But it's still a commendable try for A-B.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Michelob Dunkel Weisse has a medium, creamy, beige head and a clear, copper color with lots of bubbles streaming up and nice lacing. The swirl & pour did not cloud it up, surprisingly. The aroma is strong on banana and light on wheat and clove. Taste is banana, some wheat, and a wonderful hop spice. Hops show up as well, and this really gives it a tasty balance. Lots of ticklish carbonation with this, and there’s also a smokey aspect. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Michelob Dunkel Weiss finishes clean, refreshing, and super-drinkable. Too bad it’s gone, because it’s really outstanding.

RJT

Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a little over six bucks I took a flyer on this beer and I'll tell ya what I really liked it.Poured into my Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen glass a clear light to medium brown, with just a hint of burnt orange,a clingy,fluffy slight off white two finger head atop.Aromas are a little phenolic with notes of vanilla and toast as well,a lighter mouthfeel but its not watery by any means.Pleasant on the palate,lighter flavors but well rounded,some vanilla and clove along with banana and some light toasted wheat malt.AB did a great job here I'll be the first to admit it,more solid offerings like this to me will only help their cause in the craft beer market,well done.

Photo of RoyalT
2.32/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a nice, dingy brown in color just like it should be but the head is non-existent.

Smell - There's actually some pretty good yeast and toast in this nose. It's smooth, well-balanced, and very much in line with the style.

Taste - The yeast and toast from the nose fail to show up from the taste as they are trounced by the strangest flavor I have ever encountered in a DW. It's a putrid sweetness like maybe a rotten lemon.

Mouthfeel - This was an epic failure. The carbs are like a cheap lager instead of that full and fluffy character you expect from the style.

Sinkability - This didn't taste anything at all like a DW.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe damning it with faint praise, but this wasn't a bad beer. Certainly the best of the wheat sampler I purchased. Red/brown color with a small white head. It had a banana and sweet malt aroma. Malt, banana, and a little caramel in the taste. Medium bodied and easily drinkable.

Photo of mbrandon2w
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours a muddy brown, very hazy. The bottle actually has instructions how to pour (swirl the last 1/2 inch in the bottle, and pour in the yeast, basically).
First aroma is of bananas, then dominated by the clove and esters. Some sweet malt aroma. Pretty nice.
Taste is lightly sweet, with a mild banana flavor, followed by touches of chocolate, a hint of caramel and then finishes with clove. Sweetness stays light throughout. It's complex enough to be interesting, but not overpowering in any area.
Very smooth and surprisingly creamy mouthfeel.
This is a very drinkable, well done offering. I liked it, and after a positive experience with the Bavarian Style Wheat, I have to say it looks like AB is actually creating some solid beers in their Michelob lineup.

Photo of generallee
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: The body has a very dark and hazy appearance with a brownish iced tea like color. Along the sides of the glass there are streams of tiny bubbles that race up to the head. The head is light tan in color and little small for the style but it hangs on to the last sip. It makes some slice lace that slides down the glass.

Smell: It has a big fruity nose with notes of banana, clove, light wheat and candy.

Taste/Mouth feel: The base has a nice lightly roasted wheat malt flavor that gives way to big fruity yeast full of rip banana with a touch of clove. Hops are very mild and subdued. It finishes with a dryer wheat twang and more yeast. It has a nice wet refreshing texture with soft yet somewhat fizzy carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: This is defiantly one of the best AB products.

Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle... pours dark amber, with a quickly departing light tan head. No lace left on the glass. The nose I pick up is some light cola. Malt infused with some yeasty notes. I'm not picking up much of a wheat character. Some more cola and malt and thats about it. Nothing too special going on here

Photo of boatshoes
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker (didn't have my hefe glass handy). Bottle left over from a recent family party and I thought I'd give this one a try and see how it stacked up given the surprisingly decent reviews.

Appearance-Poured a decently pillowy head from the bottle that gradually faded. A little hard for me to judge because I had to control the pour more than usual for a hefe given my choice of glassware. Beer itself a medium/darkness red color. Certainly not the most impressive hefe that I've ever seen poured out of a bottle in either color or head, but certainly very decent for a BMC offering and very full bodied looking as well.

Smell-Actually much of what I'd expect in a dunkelweiss. Lots of big notes of banana bread and malt that comes across with something akin to a cinnamon sweetness. Some faint spiciness mixed in there with the sweetness though, perhaps notes of clove. Not as subtle as some dunkelweiss that I've smelled, perhaps relying too heavily on the banana bread over some of the spices usually more detectable in the style. All in all though, certainly very decent.

Taste-Lots of banana bread in this one. The taste is a bit more focused towards the banana bread and cinnamon sweetness without much of any other spice flavors coming through. Very commendable however and certainly a pleasant, banana heavy dunkel. Makes me consider trying some of the other premium Michelob offerings.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability-I found the mouthfeel/drinkability to be the worst aspect of this beer, though still average. The sweetness of the beer wouldn't really make me want to put back more than one or two of these but nevertheless I'd still go for this one over many other BMC choices. I also found the mouthfeel to be rather thin for a dunkel as well, though the carbonation was not overly prominent and seemed in tune with the style.

Overall, I'll take this over many other BMC offerings but I'm certainly not in love. Kudos Anheuser-Busch for making a decent dunkelweiss.

Photo of t00sl0w
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- light brown/gold with a 2 finger head. little lacing, and the head died down somewhat, and just a little sat on top towards the end.

s- wheaty, sweet, and some kind of metallic smell.

t-wheat, kinda malty sweetness, tangy

m/d- very smooth, not much carbonation, which was surprising because of this being a macro-beer. very drinkable, and something i would enjoy again if found.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded mahogany reddish brown body with a nice thicket of khaki beige head and the neck label instructs you how to decant the yeast sediment to get more banana and clove esters. Very nice collar of lace clings to the edges of my impy pint. Aromatics offer somewhat chalky with vanilla, banana, and clove characteristics also some apple notes with mild raisin spiced bread. Flavor is pretty mellow but done well at the same time, no off flavors here. This is a good drinking dunkel weisse, I was able to find it in PA no local grocers were carrying it in Ohio or WV. Mouthfeel is soft with spritzy carbonation, sweet and dry mixes well while the body is medium. Overall finishes clean on the palate doesn't linger in anyway. Drinkability is excellent really a nice showing of AB's talent at tackling traditional styles and pulling it off quite well.

Photo of GilGarp
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass, as per directions, pour, swirrl, and pour the rest.

The beer is a hazy murky brown. The head is very short lived and leaves nothing behind on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramely with a touch of spice.

Flavor is good for the style but lacking in comparison to the originals. Mild fruit, spice, and malt sweetness. Some good earthy bitterness and nice balance overall.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and a little high in carbonation for my liking.

It's not a bad beer overall, probably one of AB's better offerings, but still lacking behind what is available these days.

Photo of king75
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark amber brown, very little head retention

S-bananas, chocolate, and wheat

T- can definitely taste the banana cloves, can pick up a trace of chocolate. Kind of has an alcohol taste to it, could be better balanced.

Could easily throw a few of these back, if it weren't for the fact that something just seems off about this beer. Overall, its not bad, its just not well balanced.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - One finger of dense khaki foam sits solidly atop a dirty brown cloudy brew that has russet tints. Some foamy lace is smattered around the glass, and head retention is really nice. Hey, were of to a good start!

S - Deep yeasty banana bread notes inter mingle with big juicy orange aromas from the wheat content. Some sweet bubblegum notes are there, along with notes of my mom's zucchini bread. Doughy, yeasty, and twangy on the nose. This smells fresh, juicy, and bakery-made.

T - The flavor follows the nose here. Big time yeast freshness with banana and zucchini bread, banana meringue pie, and some light caramel and chocolate-chip flavors in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a nice foamy carbonation that adds body. This is fresh and thirst quenching as all get out. The finish is clean and slightly tangy, and a light dusty feel grows after the swallow.

D - This is the best beer made by a giant macro brewery that I've ever had. I wonder if this is the final product of the Ascent 54 that I had at the Fort Collins A-B brewery last fall? It sure tastes like it, and I remember that dunkleweissen standing out as an amazing beer for a macro brewer when I had it.

Photo of mempath
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

what a challenge...to objectively review a corporate beer...and yes, from the 'craft' brew wing of the building...here goes

actually a nice deep reddish amber with a fluffy, sea foam appearance...i poured it quite vigorously into a wheat glass...laces ok, but settles pretty fast even after all that drama. above 'average'

a sour sort of hefe-smell. not unpleasant at all. a bit of decaying orange peel. again, not terrible at all. a bit enticing. a little too yeasty. i really hope this is good. i heard this is about the best A-B has to offer (though i will admit, the Pale Ale is my favorite of the 'craft' line)

interesting, mild taste after all that olfactory fireworks. nothing special. mouthfeel is good enough to allow it to be ALL it can be...which isn't too much. very dry finish that makes you wonder if you sipped anything. while it's in the mouth, for a split second, there is a nice note, something like fresh mandarin oranges but without the overt sweetness. too bad it doesn't last long enough.

quite drinkable. nothing bad at all. i mean this has a real FLAVOR. kudos to a conglomerate that achieves that. but i will stick with the ole Pale as the only A-B brew i'll touch (that is, buy).

Photo of ElGordo
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish tan color with a small, creamy off-white head that quickly recedes to a very thin halo. Aroma of very sweet caramel malt with some light, fruity notes, along with a good bit of clover honey.
Palate is sweet malt up front - some biscuit and caramel, along with some honey and almond paste. A mild herb character emerges on the swallow. Finish is lively and malty.
Body is a little foamy and over-carbonated, but still carries the flavors well. This is hardly an authentic, German-style dunkel, but i'ts nevertheless a passable effort by the American macro giant.

Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard for some time that Michelob bottled a good dunkelweizen, and the first chance I got, I tried it. Tonight, it was pitted against a couple of doppelbocks, and it fared remarkably well.

Appearance: Nice and cloudy, with a mahogany brown hue. A good weizen pour yielded a modest 1.5-finger head with decent retention. A nice little cap remained on my beer throughout drinking. Lacing is nil, but the water here (in New Orleans) may have contributed to that.

Smell: Toasted wheaty malt, with an unfortunate twinge of copper. Mostly, though, I smell hefty toast crust.

Taste: Compared to German dunkelweizens I've had, this one's a little watery and hollow, with minimal banana/clove notes. But compared to everything else I've had from Michelob, it's a revelation. Toasty, malty, wheaty, and...coppery. What is it with American macro-micros and that metallic flavor?

Mouthfeel: See "Taste." Compared to good German dunkelweizens, it's light, watery, and a bit empty. Compared to other American wheat beers, it's nice. The toastiness somehow enhances the feel.

Drinkability: Shockingly, this compares fairly favorably with Weyerbacher's Slam Dunkel (which is, in my opinion, the current torchbearer for American wheat beers). This is discernibly lighter/waterier than Slam Dunkel, but still a very pleasant surprise from Michelob.

Thank you, Michelob, for broadening the horizons of American macrobrewing. You are headed in the right direction with this one.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a cloudy dark brownish amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is wheat and a good amount of clove and banana. I am pretty impressed with the aroma, I was expecting something a lot less enticing.

T- I am also pretty impressed with the taste. It is a lot more flavorful than a lot of the craft beer attempts by A-B.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- A good amount of flavor and easy drinking, what more can you ask for? Not too shabby, kudos to A-B for actually producing a pretty decent brew.

Photo of DraughtInTheNavy
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: as expected for a DW, appealing amber clouded with the suspended yeast. Head was about a half-inch but didn't last more than a few minutes.

Aroma: excellent, reminded me exactly of Franciskaner DW, my ideal beer of this category. It drew me in, very nicely indeed.

Taste: a bit disappointing after that party in my nostrils. It was certainly much better than your average frat beer, but didn't live up to its aroma. I felt it was a bit thin, not particularly malty, and didn't make my mouth yearn for more.

Feel: smooth but its dryness brought down my impression

Overall: solid bargain, paid 6.50/six but could have gotten a case for $11 (after a mail-in rebate). At that price it is basically unbeatable. Michelob did a fine job of making a real beer here, with great presentation... but needs to tweak the formula to bring up that mouth feel and flavor to the kind that makes you want that second glass now!

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the best offering from this mega-brewery and one of the best examples of a dunkelweizen made in the U.S.

L: Amber coloring; nice head; a bit cloudy--though not as cloudy as a DW should be.

S: Normal banana and cloves; a nice sweet malt odor as well

T: Tastes like a nice dw but has a bit of a burnt malt taste on way down

F: Balanced and creamy

D: This is a drinkable brew and is a fairly solid example of the style.

Photo of barleypopmaker
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is great. I am surprised. Very nice estery banana aroma. The aroma is reminiscent of banana bread with not much in the way of the clove phenol that I personally don't like about Weisse beers. You can break the banana bread aroma down into some banana, vanilla, and some mostly bready and sweet malt character. Very nice job there for a macro brewed beer. It pours a nice brownish red and had a decent head on it. It is cloudy as a weisse beer should be. This is from the yeast, and there is quite bit of yeast in this bottle yet even though I swirled it up mid pour. In the flavor I do get some clove but it's low, and the banana flavor is also what I think of when I smell an over ripe banana. Sort of what reminds me of what I think the peel would taste like. There is some mild vanilla flavor which just adds to the beers overall appeal. The malty goodness of the dunkel weisse style is not lacking here. There is some crisp chocolate toast and sweet caramel, as well as that typical wheaty grainy flavor. There are some flavors from the yeast that I like as well. Although the flavors are very noticeable, they are not overpowering and the overall balance between the malts, esters, phenols is done very well.The mouthfeel is a bit chewy and quite nice for this style, but maybe just a bit too much. For the Dunkel Weisse style the mouthfeel should be medium-light and I think this one is just a bit over that.Overall, I really like this beer. It showcases the banana esters and even the clove phenols (even though those are on the lower side) real nice as well as play well with the malts used. The mouthfeel is a bit much, but that is minor issue. The fact that there is yeast in the bottle was a big plus that I was not expecting with Michelob. The flavors and aromas were not only true to style but also done fairly well. I may be scoring this a bit high simply because I had much lower expectations that were just shattered.

Photo of nickd717
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, Anheuser-Busch brewed a decent beer! Congrats guys, that is really an accomplishment. I mean I was sort of disappointed to see that the biggest brewery in the US couldn't brew anything better than I did on my first random stab in the dark with a homebrew kit.

A - This beer is reddish-brown in color with a small white head, lots of bubbles, and actually some lacing.

S - Aroma is banana, clove, wheat, and caramel.

T - Caramel malt, banana, clove, wheat, and a little bit of yeast. Not too complex, but good. Really in disbelief that A-B brewed this.

M - Body and carbonation are medium. Palate just a tad bit watery.

D - Drinkability high. Overall this is not bad at all.

Photo of BigJim5021
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Curiosity and the low price finally got the best of me. I had to find out if Michelob's dunkel weisse was worth a damn. The answer: not particularly.

Pours a very murky diarrhea brown with a quick vanishing head. Decent lacing, though.

It smells like a pissier, more metallic version of the Fransikaner dunkelweizen that I had the other day. They get points for trying, as you get hints of the cloves and banana associated with the style, but the metallic twang brings it down a notch.

The same can be said for the flavor. It's an entry level attempt at the style in question, but you can tell that they're skimping on the ingredients.

Mouthfeel is the biggest downfall of the beer. It's far too thin and a bit overcarbonated. It doesn't finish nearly as dry as it should, either.

At less than $7 for a six-pack, you could certainly do a lot worse (given that Bud is creeping close to that price nowadays), but I'd just as soon spend a little extra to get a genuine Bavarian dunkelweizen. Try a little harder next time, Michelob.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes

Pours a chill hazed caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Some lacing & minimal head retention

S: Bubble gum & phenols

T: Bubble gum, pears, & caramel up front. Green apple peel , dryness & bubblegum dominate as this warms. Finishes fruitty, semi-tart with apple peel overwhelming bubblegum

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, one of AB's better offering, a good stab at the style

Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a 12 oz. bottle. The assumed pride of the sampler pack and likely the reason I picked it up after recalling some reviews. Pours a hazy orange amber with an inch or so of off white foam. Offers light to moderate retention and lacing for the style. Not as well carbonated as the Bavarian brews but decent nonetheless.

Nose of sweet banana and wheat. Offers a nice yeast presence when agitated but has a rather short finish. Flavor follows with a somewhat sweet malt flavor and a slightly spicy finish.

Overall a pretty good shot at the style for any American brewer but still not nearly the caliber of the originals. Bit flat overall but worth a shot.

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Michelob Dunkel Weisse from Anheuser-Busch
79 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.