Michelob Dunkel Weisse - Anheuser-Busch
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3.48/5 rDev 0%
Cherry caramel with a generous infusion of orange. The beer develops a light gauziness once the bottom-of-the-bottle yeast are added. Although the ecru colored cap is on the small side, it's creamy, it lasts and it does a pretty good job of lace deposition. Love the color; especially when backlit.
The nose features the usual dunkelweizen scents of well-toasted bread, bananas and cloves. The positives aren't tremendously high, but the fact that there are no negatives (off-aromas) is something to celebrate. No, wait, that's a different A-B beer.
There's no doubt about it, DunkelWeisse is a better than average dunkelweizen. As the nose, the flavor profile contains all of the correct elements in all the correct proportions. A disturbing metallic character during the first few mouthfuls has now faded. Another minor problem is that the flavors don't blend as well as they could... although warming seems to be helping there as well. On the other hand, warming brings too much bitterness for the style.
Let's go with a nicely balanced melange of toasted wheat bread, a sprinkling of cocoa powder, bruised banana and ground clove. As noted above, the highs aren't high, the lows aren't low, and the highs win out in the end. The brewers must have chosen a quality Bavarian yeast strain to have achieved a (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score of 2.5/4.0.
The mouthfeel (and the bitterness) is the reason why the scores on either side of it aren't higher. It's a bit thin and is too harsh. Fewer and softer bubbles would have resulted in the caressing creaminess that good beer of this style is known for.
I like what Anheuser-Busch is doing with the Michelob line. Michelob Porter, Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat, and now Michelob DunkelWeisse are beers that I wouldn't mind drinking again. I've given up hope that they'll ever release anything outstanding, but credit must be given where credit is due.
12-06-2008 14:22:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.98/5 rDev -14.4%
I'll have to give the Michelob brand their props. The new line of beers that try to acheive craft-like status actually turn out quite well. This one has some nice dark malt taste, similar to standard German Dunkels or Brown Ales. The wheat character lacks somewhat and doesn't give the beer the richness or firmness that I expect in the style. Aromas are faint and may have a touch of graininess, but fares similarly to most other craft beer attempts of the sytle. The beer has a pronounced clove character throughout and I'm not entirely convinced it is derived completely from the yeast- maybe something was added to intensify this flavor, yet give little else in terms of yeastiness or breadiness. But the body is where the beer shows a mass-produces emptiness. Still, the beer is quite ok.
10-27-2008 13:40:28 | More by BEERchitect
3.88/5 rDev +11.5%
from notes, this one was brought up to the cabin by my father in law in a mixed 12 pack of michelob brews. served cold and me and my brother in law kicked these back on the deck on night.
pours out a nice ruddy brown color with an off white head that seemed to really come through quite nicely before backing off and leaving the top bare a bit too soon. aroma is largely dominated by caramel with light hints hops, touches of dark chocolate and some odd spice that thankfully was not in the taste. dominant caramel and roasted malts really hit the spot and the overall profile seemed to be quite well rounded with a creamy smooth finish that was lightly dried out by lingering and tight hop notes.
overall a very decent offering and probably the best of the night. i really liked what they did with this one.
01-11-2011 01:00:15 | More by mikesgroove
3/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
10-19-2008 18:21:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.3/5 rDev -5.2%
This was a little bit surprising to me. I liked the fact the Michelob tried appealing to the craft beer nuts out there with their attempts of putting these types of beers out. The Dunkelweizen is probably the best of the series. Its got a muddy brown color with a pretty nice size head in it. The aromas of wheat and clove billow from the foam. The taste is a little light but it still has enough to stand out. It's also got some earth and dark fruity flavors in there too.
04-01-2011 23:54:03 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
12-05-2008 18:53:08 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev +17.2%
I must say that I am very impressed with this beer. Very good representation of the style.
A - Poured out a cloudy, dark amber/burgandy color wit a tan, long-lasting, foamy head that lef some sticky, patches of lace.
S - It smelled of wheat, clove, dark roasted malt and some yeast.
T - It tasted of roasted malt, a very toasty flavor. Nice smooth wheat flavors with hints of clove.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a very good Dunkel. I am very impressed with the quality of this brew.
10-24-2008 02:37:29 | More by zeff80
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is bready and a little sweet up front with flavors of wheat, caramel and bananas. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, while this beer doesn't rank up there with the best in the style, it's not too bad overall.
10-22-2009 03:00:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
12-14-2008 22:02:11 | More by WVbeergeek
3.78/5 rDev +8.6%
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
07-27-2009 04:23:14 | More by russpowell
4.05/5 rDev +16.4%
No "born-on" date, but a code - 08265.
Poured into weizen glass:
Pours caramel brown with a thick off-white/light tan head that leaves some sticky lacing.
The smell is of caramel/toffee, banana, wheat tang and some clove.
The taste is not quite up to the nose, but pretty close. Clove spicing comes out more, with banana, toffee (a touch of metallic-ish/sharp hops?) and just a hint of balancing sourness. Very crisp finish.
A bit thin with a bit of a residual dusty/chalky feel. Still, it's one of those cases in which I were not concentrating so much on the beer, it could probably be overlooked. It is crisp and has a certain smoothness.
Could be better if it were put up directly with the best of Bavaria, but one of the better American interpretations of the style I have come across. All-in-all, a very satisfying interpretation of the style.
12-10-2008 00:37:31 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev +14.9%
Bottle Code 08331 VA24; Sampled April 2009
This beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a murky, amber-plum color that shows lots of haziness and an opaque, amber color with gold around the edges when held up to the light. The aroma has notes of banana up front and has a backdrop of whole grain bread like notes, some lightly toasty notes and a slight nuttiness even. The nose is on the clean side for a Hefeweizen, but the characteristic components are all here (the clove is here, though a bit subtle), but the chewy malt character is really quite nice.
The beer is lightly sweet tasting with sweet grain notes, it has a tartness to it in the middle and finish and has a lingering, hearty, bread-like maltiness to it. This has a nice body that is not too heavy, but has a certain viscous heft to it that can almost be creamy at times. Fruity esters contribute notes of plum that are accentuated by clove notes that boost the perception of sweetness. This has a light spiciness to it in the finish that is contributed by a mix of phenols, clove notes, a touch of pepper and some higher alcohol notes that also contribute a smidgeon of warming. This has a touch of yeast-like flavors to it that tie in with the nutty malt notes. As the beer warms the clove flavors become a bit more prominent.
This is a very good example of a Dunkel Weizen, it is a touch tame on the fermentation-derived flavors for my particular tastes, but it is well within style and does have all the characteristic notes that are required. I really like the maltiness that is in this brew, it is complex and interesting and I think that this is way under-appreciated by the craft beer world.
05-16-2009 17:27:07 | More by Gueuzedude
3.58/5 rDev +2.9%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a cloudy medium-brown, with a fizzy light tan head.
S: Banana bread, noticable smoky/hickory notes, brown sugar, solid for the style.
T: An interesting roasted component starts out with some mesquite. Brown malt, brown sugar, and banana bread (as I always expect to find in a dunkelweisse) are there as well.
M: A tad overcarbonated, light-bodied, fizzy.
D: Probably the best beer I've ever had from A-B, a solid example of this style, under a buck a bottle is quite a deal.
07-06-2009 20:29:37 | More by Halcyondays
3.88/5 rDev +11.5%
My first stab at this style, with an AB product none the less... didn't think I'd ever say that after reviewing about 450 beers. I gotta say.. its pretty darn good. Nice mahogany color to it with a smallish head, some small lacing can be seen. Nice malty taste to this one, very nutty finish to it and is a nice change of pace to all the hop bombs out there. Yeah it isn't the most exciting beer, but its a rare style and this one is very drinkable and has a nice malty taste to it.. would definitely have it again (a lot of other Michelob stuff ain't half bad either)
07-31-2009 21:06:06 | More by oriolesfan4
3.38/5 rDev -2.9%
Appears a dark, hazy chestnut brown with heavy amounts of CO2 rising to the top of the glass. A two finger, white head of silk slowly fades out.
Smell is of cloves, cocoa, over ripened bananas, and fresh roasted cashews.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some brown sugar and clove coming through as the main flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart from the wheat, with creamy cocoa sticking to the palate on the finish.
11-20-2008 02:50:51 | More by weeare138
3.28/5 rDev -5.7%
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
08-13-2009 01:52:02 | More by Billolick
3.5/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a four-finger very light tan head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Murky amber color, yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Clove nose. Flavor is roasted wheat, some sweetness. A-B can brew a decent beer. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.
11-11-2008 00:07:58 | More by jdhilt
3.1/5 rDev -10.9%
Cloudy brown colored beer with a good tan colored head.
Smell is banana and wheat malt with very faint clove aroma. Fainter fig and raisin scent.
The taste starts out sweet with a mild banana and fig flavor with a cake like malt flavor. Even a fainter clove flavor.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Tastes vaguely like what it is supposed to be only watered down. Think of this beer as the AOL of Dunkelweizen, well it is kind of like the really thing.
11-02-2008 20:34:36 | More by Zorro
3.88/5 rDev +11.5%
Michelob Porter was a success, but the commmunity thinks this beer is better than that. I'll see for myself tonight. On to the beer:
Hazy caramel candy brown. The head has a creamy texture to it and has solid retention. <sniffs beer> Oh yes, I'm getting good clove aroma here. slightly phenolic with bubblegum and spiced apples. Yum! Gotta taste it....just as a dunkelweiss should. The body has a high amount of carbonation, which seems to enhance the spiciness of the flavor. The feel is a little more biting than it needs to be, but that's small potatoes. Slight apple flavor, a dash of ground cloves, lovely phenolic coating on the palate. Clove flavor continues to carry into the finish, where a kick of pepper spices it up.
This would be a good import coming from Germany, but instead comes from an American macro-brewery. And who can dismiss the price? When people are complaining about high beer prices, this is a good tasting beer you can save some dough on. $0.79 for a single 12 ounce bottle at Total Wine (equals a $4.74 six-pack); awesome bang for the buck.
12-06-2008 06:52:41 | More by DoubleJ
Michelob Dunkel Weisse from Anheuser-Busch
79 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.