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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 23
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2010 Harvest Collection. Bottle into pint glass. First Dunkelweizen review so take this for what it's worth.

Pours a hazy copper with a small off white head. There's some lacing but not very much. The smell is malt and some breadiness with a little banana and cloves. The taste is sweet up front and then some wheat and lemon flavor along with some spices. There's a little banana in the taste but its fairly faint. Medium bodied and smooth in terms of carbonation. Very drinkable to where it could be a session beer if Dunkelweizens are your thing.

Photo of skrib09
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark copper, pretty hazed, with a nice tan head up top. spot on appearance compared to other dunkels.

smells of banana and spices with a hint of must.

taste is malty, bready, with plenty of banana and fruit notes. hints of spice as well.

good mouthfeel, a touch grainy maybe, but good drinkability.

Photo of Kinsman
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with a think off-white head. Hazy body, but not too cloudy.

S: Banana up front with grainy hints from the wheat. Overall a slightly sweet aroma, but not overpowering.

T: Banana bread comes to mind however over flavors quickly make themselves known. Nice well balanced malt character, bready with a slight caramel hint. Yeast character also noticeable.

M: Medium-body with noticeable texture.

Photo of tviz33
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a pint glass

A- Pours a dingy orange color with a quarter inch, off-white head that vanishes almost immediately. No carbonation bubbles to speak of

S- I've never had a Dunkelweizen, but I can compare the smell to a very average Hefeweizen: soft fruit notes on the nose, mostly banana and raisin.

T- A pleasant surprise.. Darker fruits cover the palette to start, with a slight nip from carbonation/alcohol/sour fruits towards the end.

M- I like the feel on this one. Thicker than the previous two Sam Adams brews I just reviewed, starting creamy and smooth, and finishing with more bite.

O- This beer is up my alley, and I'd be happy to have another. It's my first of the style, and I don't assume it's a perfect representation. I plan on having more similar brews.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with label notched enjoyed before January

Sam Adams Dunkelweizen poured a slightly hazy dark copper color with a 1-finger khaki colored head of foam that left thin rings of lacing on my mug. The aroma is of caramel, light banana and very light clove. The flavor follows the nose with caramel, mild banana and a little bready. Mouth feel is light-medium, crisp with a dry clean finish.

Sam Adams Dunkelweizen is easy drinking and a good entry level Dunkelweizen - falls short of the German examples.

Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a deep orange color with a touch of maroon in there. Surprisingly light for a dunkel. Head is solid with a touch of lacing. Nose is tasty, strong somewhat spicy wheat dominates, with a touch of general fruity malt sweetness. Flavor is likewise - more of a straight-up wheat beer than anything unique, this again has a lightly biting wheat sweetness, a touch of fruitiness, and maybe a bit of hops on the back end. Nice, quite drinkable brew. Overall, another solid entry by Sam Adams, although this one is maybe a little off in terms of the true "Dunkel" style.

Photo of Vixie
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking copper color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smells, nice, I can detect caramel, toffee, fruit, and clove.

Starts out sweet, maybe with a hint of caramel. There are fruit notes in there, and banana and clove.

Maybe a touch thin for the style.

Not a bad beer, but not a real outstanding one either. I wish the flavors were just a bit more up front, but they are nice, and come forward a bit more when warmer. A nice beer for late summer.

Photo of mxchap
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep amber with some transparency thanks to the light filtering. Pours an inch of dense foam that settled with minimal lacing

Aroma: Strong cloves up front. Gives way to some banana esters (but not too much). Caramel malt also noticeable.

Flavor: banana esters and wheat dominate initially. subtle bitterness from hops. the caramel malts come through towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Little bit on the light side for the style, but quite drinkable because of this. The carbonation is pretty good. Somewhat creamy texture develops, but still has a dry finish.

Overall: An enjoyable beer that is one of the best American representations of the style I have tried (only 2 or 3 to be fair). Not quite as full-bodied or carbonated as some I've had in Munich though.

Photo of JosiahS
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Samuel Adams Signature Glass

a: 2 finger soapy head, off-white. Dark caramel color on the body, cloudy but less so then most wheats. Small scattered bubbles line the glass, almost no retention.

s: Bubblegum, banana, leather, clove.There is a light caramel and toast bread scent to suggest a dunkelweizen.

t: Bubblegum, banana, clove throughout. A little toasted caramel malt round things out. Finishes clean.

m: light body, high carbonation

d: Refreshing, solid beer. Moderately drinkable.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy brown color with a small tan head on top with decent retention and sporadic lacing.

S: Lots of banana and some caramel and toffee. There was a little bit of yeasty spice, mostly cloves as well.

T: Mostly banana on the flavor profile, but not as strong as the nose indicated. There is some more spice, again predominantly clove. There is a little caramel and a hint of vanilla as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty easy drinking for a dunkelweizen.

O: A pretty nice surprise. Thought this was a pretty good beer and actually worked well on the hot day I consumed it on.

Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark murky brown color with a medium light-tan head that reduces to a long lasting thin layer. A bit of lace sticking.

S- Ripe banana and powdery clove, nutmeg, tropical fruit. It's got a piña colada vibe to it.

T- sweet banana and tropical fruit, slight clove, medicinal notes, malty wheat finish. Finishes slightly dry.

M- crisp carbonation, medium body, super creamy, very nice. Only downside is that it finishes a bit watery.

O- pretty good, was looking for a little more complexity in the malts, but has a great creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of aepb1
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice amber color turning to a light brown at the edges of the perfect pour glass with a white head

S- Not much outside the style really other than maybe some clove. There's a bit of vanilla in there too

T- A bite up front moving into a nice roasty flavor, smooth after the crisp begining

M- Medium bodied, smooth and the bite up front seems to be from the carbonation though that's the only real instance where the carbonation pokes through

D- An average dunkelweixen, certainly not the best but I would never turn this down if offered

Photo of JamesMN
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light caramel brown that is nearly translucent. Had a large marshmallowy off-white head that subtly disappeared over the course of a few minutes. Pretty clear for the style.

Aroma: Upon opening the bottle I immediately smelled fresh banana bread but now that it's in the glass it's more of a spicy nose of clove and banana.

Taste: Has that banana bread taste up front and through the middle and then the cloves slowly take over until you are left with them in the aftertaste. The spices don't attack your tongue here which works in its favor. It has a quiet complexity that would make it sessionable for those who like Dunkelweizens. Not crazy about the clove taste it leaves on my tongue but that's more personal preference.

Mouthfeel: A pillowy medium bodied beer. Average drinkability. The aftertaste can get a little cloying about halfway through.

Final Thoughts: I like what Samuel Adams is going for here. I've had other beers of this style that are just over-the-top spicy but this one seemed to dial in that flavor a bit for optimum drinkability and enjoyment. It's also one of the more full bodied beers I've had from them. I wouldn't seek this out again but if it happened to be part of a mix pack or shared among friends I would enjoy it all the same.

Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with pretty good clarity. The head stood about an inch tall following a fairly aggressive pour, but has settled to a thin layer after about 4 or 5 minutes or so. There is some lacing on the sides of the glass after each sip.

Smell is very typical of the style with the banana coming through the most followed by the clove like aroma.

The taste is more of the same. You get a sharp bite from the carbonation up front and then the typical flavors of a weizen start to take over your palate.

Medium slightly creamy mouthfeel with just a bit too much carbonation for me.

A drinkable beer, but it's not my favorite style. So for me, I'd say one or two and I'd be moving on.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've only had a handful of beers in this style, but this is a pretty good one. The only one that I like better is Great Lakes Glockenspiel. It's obvious that this beer is well crafted.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - pale, yet murky brown color. Good two fingers of head and good carbonation.

Smell - Banana is definitely present, maybe clove. Fairly malty smelling. Shouldn't be there, but I seem to detect something of a pumpkin flavor too.

Taste - Banana and "pumpkin" flavor is in the taste as well. Fairly well-balanced...bitterness is there for just a split second, and then the other malt and clove flavors wash it out.

Mouthfeel - very well-balanced and smooth. If anything, closer to watery in texture.

Drinkability - not a bad brew at all. Seems closer to a fall seasonal due to the "pumpkin" taste, but not bad. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of dbossman
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper hue with a large, foamy cream-colored head; lacing is okay

S: Typical cloves and banana for a hefeweizen but even more spice characteristics on top of a bready, toffee, toasted malt finish; this smells pretty sweet and malt forward and a bit spicy

T: The typical weiss flavors are there but the cloves and spice dominate the fruity banana qualities and they don't balance quite right with the sweet bready malt undertones

F: This is pretty thin even considering the style

O: I'm a big fan of dunkelweiss and I like Sam Adams but this one doesn't quite come together like I had hope it would; not a bad beer, just not one of SA's best or one of the better options out there for the style

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a mahogany hue and is capped by a soapy tan head. The nose immediately offers an unexpected roast and smoke note; it is not overdone, but is unexpected, as I said. The mainstay of the brew's flavor and aroma is a strong and sweet banana-bubblegum flavor. The bubblegum note intensifies upon the finish. The feel is a tad lighter than medium and suits the brew well enough. I give it points for being complex, and for being a banana-bubblegum bomb, but it is not something I would drink much of.

Photo of JEdmund
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel brown with an underlying orange glow; hazy but clearer than I would have expected; smallish head that settles out fast.

Smells pretty nice though not as assertive as some true German dunkels. Appropriate notes of banana, clove, and sweet caramel malt.

Good mouthfeel—full without being filling. Could use just a tough more carbonation.

Solid flavor with a really great crisp and tart finish. Slightly sweet malts, light chocolate, banana, spices, and dough comprise the flavors here. There’s even a bit of a lemon-like flavor in the finish.

Complex, delicious, and very drinkable—everything a good dunkel should be! Sam Adams did a nice job with this.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper with bronze edges, and a one-finger head with decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S - Some pleasant yeast odors of banana, clove, and some spicy hops. Smells nice.

T - Follows the nose with a definite banana/clove element; also some dark grainyness but in more of a pumpelnickel flavor than "roasted".

Hop character present in finish is spicy to the point of reminding me of white pepper. Slight twang of citrus rind and butter in the finish that is a little distracting, but overall everything comes together pretty well.

M - Light bodied, with the standard prickly Sam Adams carbonation. Seems slightly off base for the flavor elements.

O - A solid take on a German standard, but with a few less-than-stellar notes that keep it from being great. That said, I did enjoy it and will gladly drink it again every fall when the craft pack comes out.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer #2 of my Sam Adams mix pack.

Pours a dark, semi cloudy brownish red color with a very faint head that dissipates quickly. Obviously not bottle conditioned nor was there any yeast sediment in the bottle. Disappointing appearance. Aroma is true to German dunkleweizens with rich toffee, banana, and a touch of croissant breadyness. Really typical but nothing jumping out. The taste however is right on par with what I am looking for. Big bold lemony banana and toffee flavors with a bright acidity that wakes up the palate. Fresh flavors of banana peel, orange zest and maybe some milk chocolate. Mouthfeel works for me. It's carbonated well just not like traditional dunkleweizens. Has a solid level of dryness on the finish but that typical touch of sweetness to balance it out. Drinkability once again is high on this with the nice low abv and delicious factor. Worth trying for sure.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a nice reddish brown. It is semi opaque with a decent head.
Smell: Hints of bananas and cloves couple well with a mild aroma from the malt.
Taste: It has a very fruity taste coupled with a light spiciness coming from the yeast. The malt is very subtle but still apparent.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: It is very crisp and clean but the beer retains some good weight which fills you up. It has a very light carbonation and is easy to enjoy.

Photo of maleman
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date evident.

A - poured an opaque dark amber. one finger head that quickly receded into nothing. thin lacing.

S - a really good smelling beer! malty biscuits! a hint of orange.

T - clove is the first thing that hits me, and its pretty potent...maybe too potent. some phenols, some resin, not much else stands out.

M - light to medium bodied. tastes in the top center of the mouth. not much carbonation. finish is clean.

D - had waited til the Fall Collection just to try this offering. After opening it, pouring it, smelling it, I was SO excited. Then I took my first sip and my spirits fell. The cloves were just too overbearing for me. It didn't taste near as good as it smells...and hey, for me, it really all comes down to taste.


Photo of MrIncognito
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark copper body with brown hues with little sign of carbonation. Fizzy off-white head billows up easily but fizzles down to nothing incredibly quickly. Reminded me of pouring a Coke.

S - Sweet malt with that nice yeasty smell. Perhaps just a touch of raisiny aroma with banana overtones.

T&M - A bit thin and watery in the mouthfeel and taste with lower than average carbonation. I would have like just a bit more carbonation. Nice yeasty bite a first sip accompanied by the sweet malt which is just a bit cloying IMO in the sweetness department. Biscuity and bread-crusty. Pretty wet for a dunkelweizen for my taste - I like a bit more dryness.

D - A good example of the style but not stellar. Easily quaffable and goes down smooth and easy. Could drink a few in a sitting.

Photo of tronester
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of clove and some light grain. Taste is a hint of coffee up front followed by some grain, finishing with a bit of spicyness. Mouthfeel is average. Overall a pretty good beer. Its light and refreshing though I would have preferred more yeast flavor.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color dunkel with a large foamy had with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of banana cake ester are pretty strong with light sweet notes and some what malt. Taste is a good mix between banana bread ester with light cloves and some light wheat malt notes also discernable. Body is a bit light for the style with good carbonation. Nice work on the yeast strain with huge ester but lacking body and malt profile is a bit weak for the style.

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