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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 367
Hads: 836
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 25
Gots: 31 | 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 IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light chestnut; cloudy with sediment; medium, frothy head, long lasting with good lacing; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; wheat yeast; bready

Taste: Thin and juicy on start; slight wheat beer flavor, but seems artificial; thin throughout, but refreshing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (336 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange/light brown, cloudy beer. Pieces of sediment suspended throughout. Creamy white head. Highly carbonated. Great retention and lacing.

Spices (cloves) and slightly funky yeast in the aroma.

More spice in the flavor, along with some banana and a slight tang. Some bitterness, and a little bit of roasted malt.

Light to medium bodied. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Highly (not overly) carbonated with a lasting dry finish. (429 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"This unfiltered dark wheat beer is brewed with a traditional Bavarian yeast that creates a wide spectrum of flavors and aromas from clove and nutmeg to tropical fruit and bananas. This is complemented by malted wheat for a crisp finish. Cheers!". Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen is appropriately brewed in the Dunkelweizen style. This was available this year in the Harvest Collection variety pack, brewed for the collection for the first time in a couple of years. Best by date on bottle is ticked for Mid-January.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams pint glass. Served at about 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy tan head over a deep golden amber body, very clear with just a touch of mild haziness. head retention is slightly above average and carbonation is plentiful. 3.5

(Smell) Malted wheat and medium roasted caramel with a mild yeasty fruitiness and spice to it. Yeast has really imparted some Hefeweizen character into this beer; bananas are in full-swing, cloves a little less but plentiful enough. A puff of alcohol and a very faint low-bitter earthy hop presence rounds out the flavor. Potency is quite vivid. Not far from a Hefeweizen but also shares some similarities with a bock for deeper malt character and cleanliness despite having some wheat body to it. It's little sweet from the wheat and caramel but this is a pleasant-smelling beer overall. 3.75

(Taste) Bright and toasty banana and caramel wheat cereal up front with a glow of cloves that lasts through the finish. Substantial fruit character beyond the banana is evident in the finish with a semi-tropical blend of mango, peach and apricot. Mild drying finish with a touch of spice and alcohol. It's a rather enjoyable twist to the ordinary wheat-and-clove Dunkelweizen. I really enjoyed the yeast profile which developed a great deal of complexity. 4

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is mild with some fizz on the finish. Body is medium for the style and light-medium overall. Alcohol presence is faint, masked by the wheat body, cloves and spice. Texture does right by the style, accentuating the yeast without scrubbing the palate dry. 4.25

(Overall) This has a fruit-heavy yeast profile with a lesser emphasis on spice and cloves. A suitable substitution for the ever-popular Hefeweizen, this beer brings a great deal of complexity to the table without sacrificing balance. It is certainly one of the more enjoyable beers and seldom-represented styles that Samuel Adams brews. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer and I hope it makes a return next fall season. 3.75

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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen
3.9/5.00 (2,617 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (700 characters)

Photo of Mojo
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Wheat Beer Glass.

This beer pours up a deep fairly clear gold with a big three finger head which stays around for awile and leaves a little bit of lacing behind. The smell is mainly yeast and banana. The taste is mainly yeast as well. There is also a metallic taste. Not much bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is nothing special. Just average. I'd say this beer is very average. Just not a treat to drink at all. I'll pass on more. (469 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 2 fingers of khaki head over a cloudy body of orange-ish brown; medium carbonation visible; head goes fast leaving no lace

S - clove dominates, banana, wheat, almost a bubblegum quality

T - clove, banana, tropical fruits/bubblegum, toffee sweetness; lots of yeast and spice in the finish

M - medium body, medium/high carbonation, smooth and somewhat creamy

O - It's not bad if you enjoy the clove and banana character of the Bavarian yeast. Not really my thing, but it is what it is. (523 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 2-finger bubbly head. Really nice retention and some good lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. Looks good but where’s the haze?

S – Wheat and caramel malt with lots of banana esters and a good amount of clove phenols.

T – Starts sweet with caramel and wheat malts before spicy yeast comes in with lots of banana and clove notes and a little bit of bubblegum. Really tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a creamy and mouth-coating feel, and a sweet and spicy finish. Yeast peppery and clove spice lingers nicely.

O – This is actually a really terrific beer and a great example of the style. If it had a little more haze and a little more body, this would be at least a 4.5 all around. I am very impressed by Sam Adams on this one. (861 characters)

Photo of RWLawman
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper in color with a thick head that dissipates to less than an in inch quickly. Very little lacing.

S - Smells of bubblegum, fruits, and malts.

T - Same as the smell for the most part. A lot of bubblegum and banana, along with malts and a hint of brown sugar.

M - Average mouthfeel. Not sticky, not watery.

O - I enjoyed this beer, but it wasn't memorable. (368 characters)

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Clear amber body (too light for a style with the word "dark" in it), 3/4" off white head

S- Bubblegum, metal, spice, artificial banana, sharpy marker?

T- Bubblegum, artificial banana, citrus, metal twang, kind of watered down

M- Medium bodied, crisp carbonation

O- The yeast is front and center, dominating everything, after that the beer turns to water, most likely from the wheat dulling any malts or hops. Meh... (471 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. BB FEB 2013.

pours a hazy/ cloudy copper, orange/ brown color with about one fingers worth of off white head that fades to pretty much nothing within a minute, maybe leaving a ring for a bit.

the weizen yeast is at the forefront. banana like fruits, a bit of spicey clove. not much else, maybe a hint of dark breads and brown sugar.

tangy wheat, a bit of spice, clove, and banana from the yeast, slightly tart pear. slight hint of a dark bready flavor.

light and easy drinking.

not too bad of a dunkel, however this is definatly not one of my favorite styles. but they seemed to have nailed all the basics. (664 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

Brownish amber with a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly. Just a tad hazy. low-moderate carbonation.

Tangy wheat, caramel, bread and clove.

Tangy wheat and banana peal. Lighter notes of banana bread and plantains. Very light essence of clove.

Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

The wheat really outshines all the other elements in this beer. Very mellow and easy drinking, however it is lacking flavor. Average at best. (539 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint because proper glass ware floats my boat. Caramel to amber color depending on where it sits in my glass. Silky blanket of retention left from a snow white tufted head.

Smells like cloves and apricot and a couple days until ripe banana. Tastes like cloves with a sour wheat tang in back. Mildly sweet and nutty. Bottle claims tropical fruit but that's a bit of a reach. Mouthfeel is fair but lacks any standout wheat beer creamy, smooth wheat beeryness. (490 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to February 2013.

Pours a nice coppery brown with thick long lasting beige head. Spotty lacing of the glass.
Taste is eclectic hints of honey,clove, fruit cake perhaps. Not overbearing though. Not at all bitter, very crisp. I'll have another! (284 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown, with about one finger of an off white head.

Smell: Cloves, banana, and some wheat.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste sweet. I can taste clove, banana, some wheat and malts. After taste is an odd fruity flavor.

Overall: Not sure how I feel about this one, I guess it isn't bad, but not preference at all. I will drink what I have, but will not go out of my way to have this one again. (477 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- light to medium brown/amber with a thin off white head, little lacing.

S- Big banana, bubble gum, and clove. A little over the top on those smells. Some slight hints of brown sugar and wheat malt.

T- The same smells that were over the top are completely over the top in the taste as well. Banana and bubble gum linger long after the sip. Some light brown sugar and wheat malt, but the taste is anything but balanced.

M - medium to pretty high carbonation, ends kind of dry. Light to medium bodied.

O- Disappointed. I like dunkelweizen's, but this one is just totally off kilter on the taste. Not horrible, but misses the mark a bit. (679 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: poured from 12 oz bottle (bbd Mar 13) into pint glass, poured golden brown with 1/2" off white head that fades leaving some lacing, hazy
S: wheat beer esters and complex alcohols, banana, brown sugar
T: this beer has a slightly unpleasant taste, notes of banana bread up front that quickly swaps to a sour skunky taste, finish is dry with a lingering odd aftertaste of bitter cloves
M: carbonation is correct for the style, light and refreshing
O: it would have been OK if BBC hadn't completely missed the boat on taste, maybe I got a bad bottle but this is approaching drain pour territory based solely on taste, the other good qualities cannot make up for that (665 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light brown pour with an active white foam. Little to no lacing.

S - Fresh scent of banana and clove. Some bready yeast smells is there as well. Light malty aroma.

T - Spicy bite gives to a sweet malt flavor. Fresh banana flavor similar to a good hefeweisen. There is a light sourdough flavor from the yeast.

M - Good drinking beer that is light boded and very enjoyable. I'd prefer a more traditional version of the style. This one seems to be a bit off balance. The spicy notes seem too prominant.

O - I found this a fun beer that made the fall sampler pack even better. While not the best in the pack (Hazel Brown is nice!), I'd be happy to try this again. (667 characters)

Photo of NHGrafx
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown hazy color with a big head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. There is a small amount of sediment in the bottle too.

Smells of wheat, malt, cloves, banana. The aroma is very reminiscent of Bavarian imports and is very pleasant.

Taste is of wheat, a slight sweetness with nice spiciness, roasted malt, cherry, banana with other fruits which I cannot identify. It seems pretty similar to the imported varieties to me . Drinkability is very good too. Overall this one is pretty good, and it is much better than I expected. (543 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing. Hazy bronze body.
S) Roasted malts. Hints of cherry. Caramel. Earthy.
T) Robust maltiness. Caramel. Apple. Cherry. Subtle yeasty tones. Pleasant spiciness in the finish.
M) Crisp. Medium light body. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A decent brew overall. I'd drink another one. (357 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Dark amber with a gentle haze and a bone colored frothy pillow top. Silky lacing that glides around the edges. 

S:  Bavarian yeast displays over ripe bananas, mango, cherry alcohol, clove, nutmeg, plums, papaya, applesauce and roasted wheat.  Nice complex nose the blends well. 

T/M:  Roasted wheat malt, tropicsl fruits, timid banana bread, clove, and nutmeg. Cinnamon applesauce hides in the background. Much more raw and rustic than the sweet nose. Medium-full body with a touch if stickiness and a brilliant prickly carbonation. Finish starts creamy and leaves dry with lingering apple peel and wheat bitterness. 

O:  Complex and well blended. I haven't had too many dunkels but this IMO is pretty tasty. I picked up the harvest seasonal 12 pk and I think this is one of the better ones in the group.  (821 characters)

Photo of mscudder
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a globe.

A - A mahogany brown with a rich ivory head. Poor retention and lacing.

S - Toasted malts and sweet bananas coat my nostrils. A rich juiciness which makes this quite nice.

T - Juicy fruits, lesser banana than I anticipated, alongside caramel malts and a bready melody.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation to set off the flavors.

O - This is a strong beer coming from America's rather poor inventory in this style. The German counterparts are indeed better, but this is not a failure. (507 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, hazelnut coloring with no lick of head whatsoever. Aromas of clove spicing, malty sweetness of caramel and toffee, and an overall roasting. Flavors are sweet, with a toffee and caramel backbone that is kept in check by the light, carbonated body. Roasty, warmly spiced characteristics. The aftertaste is sugary sweet, with some balance from spicing, but the sweetness wins out. Sharp, effervescent in mouth at the end, with a slight sweet linger. (507 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, wheat, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, wheat, grain, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this was a decent example of the style, it really didn’t stand out from others I have had. There were some good things going on here with the bread and wheat, but also some things that it could have done without as in the earthiness. While it was nice to have something different going on, it can also hurt a brew unfortunately. Worth trying at least once to judge for yourself, but I doubt I will be having it again if I am completely honest as there are better easy to get ones out there. (895 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white creamy head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, malty, and fairly spicy aroma. Wheat and Bavarian yeast with hints of bananas, clove, bubblegum, apple, pear, citrus orange, and a little nutmeg. Bready toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, dark bread, and biscuit. Some earthy and spicy noble hops in the background. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma gives off, a nice sweet and complex flavor of wheat, malts, and spices. Wheat grains and yeast upfront with a taste of bananas, clove, apple, pear, bubblegum, nutmeg, and some orange. A nicely sweet taste of toasted malts with notes of dark bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a subtle kick of roast chocolate. Some spicy noble hops help balance things out in the back end. After a few sips a light aftertaste of smoke lingers. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good version of the Dunkelweizen style. Nice fruity esters and spicing. The smoke adds a interesting kick. (1,262 characters)

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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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