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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen

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371 Reviews

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 846
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 25
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet. Dirty copper color with a thin head.
It smells like it wants to be a dunkel but it just needs some more practice. Wet hay and cherry smell.
Watery taste, an attempt at the malty sweetness and a short finish.
Descent texture. Smooth and fluffy with moderate carbonation.
An okay beer, not a good dunkel.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
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

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Photo of buschbeer
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of off white head. It is a hazy dark amber, bordering on copper, color. The aroma is bananas and clove. The taste is bananas and cloves at first. Then I get a real carbonation bite. I get some caramel malt in there, too. This beer seems overcarbonated to me. This is only my second dunkelweizen, but I prefer my previous selection.

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Photo of Mojo
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour is a healthy light tan head, caramel in color body

Aroma of banana, light belgian yeast, spices, clove. The aroma of most of these is pretty faint but detectable.

Taste is a light clove followed closely by belgian yeast and banana. This is a tasty Dunkelweizen, light in body and unimpressive comparatively to other dunkelweizens that I have had. It is a nice add in a 12 pack, but not something I would ever seek out over a Schneider Aventinus or Sierra Nevada's new Weissbock in the mix 12 pack.

Medium carbonation and overall ok.

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Photo of trbergman
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, light amber brown with just a trace of head.

S - Banana, clove, raisin, and fig.

T - Banana flavor leaves a lot to be desired, even given the nose. Phenolics are there, but on the low side, with some dark fruit emerging in the mid-palate. Lightly bready and sweet, with too much hop bitterness.

M - Watery, bland, and lifeless.

D - Out of all the beers in the Harvest Collection 12-pack, I was probably looking forward to this one the most, so that may account for much of my disappointment. Unfortunately, this is basically an American pale wheat ale with dark malt. I'm not sure who Boston Beer is trying to impress with this one, because it's "too dark" for the masses and too bland for craft drinkers. That being said, it's an easygoing beer for mindless drinking, which I suppose bumps up the drinkability score by a half point.

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Photo of skenyon1811
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is compliments of BeerPhan86. A 12oz bottle in a pint.

A: Pours with about a quarter inch head. Falls quickly and has little lacing. Cloudy orangish brown color.

S: A punch of sweet malt and wheat, with a slight boozy smell to it. A hint of banana. Average aroma for a wheat beer.

T: Stronger with the spice flavor than expect, the clove sticks out to me. It is kind of distracting, I keep focusing on it with every sip. A bitter alcohol bite at the end. Strange after taste.

M: This is heavier than I expect and over carbonated. Leaves a strange coating in my mouth.

D: I would only have one or two of these, which is probably why it is only in mix packs.

Overall this is a plain beer that presents its style but doesn't do anything great.

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Photo of jlindros
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light creamy head covering fades semi quickly over hazy molasses maroon brown color.

Nose of some syrupy aromas, lots of extract, some dark malts. A slight musty vomit aroma too, bleh!

Taste has lots more syrupy flavors, some sweet malts darker malts, little of the vomit flavor, some iffy bitterness, weird nifty spices too. Bleh, this is not very good. Finishes a little better not too much of the bad flavors lingering. A little metallic flavor too. Hints of dark wheat. Little sticky.

Mouth is medium bodied little syrupt with decent carbonation.

Drinability is bleh too, some sticky mouth feel and bad lingering tastes.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a deep amber pour with a slight amount of off-white head and nice retention. smells of dates, grapes, nuts. a tart fruit/wheat flavor... not really my thing, has a bologna-like aftertaste. coriander, orange peel, all spice. light body nice carbonation is making this easier to gulp down and get over with. i'm sure for the style it's not bad.. but to me most dunkelweizens are very heavy on the weird bologna like aftertaste... not sure what it is in there that makes it this way, but i don't like it.

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Photo of AwYeh
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, best by Jan 2013, poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, dark, reddish-brown color, with half a finger of fine white head and light lacing left behind.

S: Crackers, sweet biscuity malts, a light yeastiness, and cake compose the smell.

T: Some surprisingly danky pine hops start things off, but as the beer goes on I mostly taste big yeast flavors and sweet caky malts which really seem to dominate the taste by the end of my glass. A strange, light medicinal taste seems to show up near the end too.

M: Thick and creamy, very smooth.

O: This is a decent beer, although the sweetness and medicinal flavor combined to reduce my enjoyment of it as I neared the end of the glass. Still, nothing to hold up a purchase of the Harvest 12-pack.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A= pours a hazy brown color sort of a light brown though. The color is pretty but the head is low not even making it to a finger. The bubbles are tiny though which leads me to think its gonna have good retention.... it doesn't. A very very thin layer sits on top of the beer but no lacing is evident. Not a let down but nothing near great or amazing.
S= smells very similar to the sam adams hefe. I suppose there are small undertones of darker malt and caramelno real hefe smells coming from it. Really just sort of plain. It also has the very distinct sam adams smell to it.
T= a little better than the smell. Decently fruity and hefe flavored. A nice crisp wheat taste to it with a pretty decent caramel backbone. Some clove definitally comes through as well as some yeasty spice. Fruity almost in some of the yeastyness. The malty backbone is a little weak. A little soapyness comes through as well
M= over carbonated I think. The bubbles made it hard for me to pick up many flavors so I had to swirl it with a drink mixing rod.
D= pretty decent. Not bad but not great. Exactly what you would expect from sam adams. A very middle of the road for any style. Ill drink it again if offered in a heartbeat but I dunno if I would buy it again myself. Rthe reason I would buy it is to introduce to someone else.

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Photo of 57md
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy light brownish mixed with copper. The half finger of head dissipates quickly, but leaves some sticky lace on the glass. The nose is troublingly reminiscent of burnt hair. The flavor is certainly better than the taste as this offering has three distinct tastes that follow one another. First, there is a dry character present. Second, a touch of sweetness comes on in the middle. Finally, this offering has a tart finish that is not totally pleasing to the palate.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the Fall Harvest Mix Pack served in a tumbler.

Hazed unfiltered bronze color with a creamy beige head that hung around as a layer and left a good deal of lacing spots.
Smell is earthy wheat and caramel sweetness.
Taste is malty with flavors of wheat, yeast, spices and very low bitterness.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a bit of a thin feel.
A refreshing drink but I'm not a big fan of the style.

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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Photo of BeerLover99
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dirty orange/tan body, trace head, no lacing

S: mild banana, yeast, hint of clove, nut

T: hint of ripe fruit, bready/yeast malt, mild roasted/semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, too much carbonation/semi-dry mouth

O: Glad Samuel Adams took this on, but needs more
creamy body and bump up the ABV to 6 would do well.
Nice intro Dunkle for newbie.


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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with orangish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: wheat,

taste: wheat, caramel, no lingering aftertaste

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: a nice dark wheat ale, easy to drink.


The CPj

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Photo of sweemzander
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by Feb. 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a murky brown color that produced no head, barely even some gray bubbles.

(S)- Rather bland. Some caramelized lemon & banana.

(T)- Plenty of banana bread with a twist of lemon.

(M)- Crisp carbonation level that almost fizzes on the tongue. A decent balance; just not much going on.

(D)- Would not be my first choice for a Dunkelweisse, but decent enough to have a few of.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with classic BBC label and best-by month clearly stamped

Appearance: Hazy burnt sienna beer; a hard pour produces a big dark ivory head which soon fades to a thick film and substantial ring.

Smell: Some mildly tart wheat with huge cinnamon, clove, and yeast notes, with some slightly muted banana aromas as well. Nice aromas, but it's almost closer to a spicy, fruity Belgian Dubbel than what I was expecting from a Dunkelweizen.

Taste: I actually think I'm getting some alcohol here, which is kind of unexpected. Mild banana and spice flavors; honestly, this is pretty light on flavor. A bit dissappointing after the rich aromas.

Mouthfeel: Disappointingly light and thin; a bit flat as well

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Really glad I got to try it, but it's not something I'm broken up about not getting to try regularly.

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Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a rich amber, chestnut color with an off-white head. The aroma has a moderate wheat twang, with a mild undertone of malt. It's not a usually strong smelling dunkle...it could have more fruit and esters. The taste is clean, however, and the beer is semi-sweet. It's smooth and yeasty. Some bread and doughy grain. It's not as intense a sensation as I expected. Medium-full in mouthfeel. I've come to expect more from Sam Adams beers...this was average.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My head went blank for the intro idea, so on to the beer:

We're looking brown with spotty lacing and solid as a rock head rentention. The nose knows...that something is missing from the aroma. Some phenolic activity is present, weak clove, a little cinnamon apple....something's being held back.

Shallow flavors don't help a whole lot for this beer. It's drinkable at least because it doesn't have off-flavors. Basic dark malted wheat sits around providing a spiced apple flavor. The yeast isn't doing much work for this weizen, and that usually spells blandness. Phenols are weak, that's for sure. Also, the mouthfeel isn't as lush or full as others of the style, though still decent. Oh well.

I was excited to try this, but ultimately was dissapointed. I think SA borrowed too much from its now deceased "hefeweizen" to create this dunkelweiss.

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Photo of RWLawman
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this beer on tap. Special Draft Release by Samuel Adams. This Dunkelweizen poured a nice light brown color. It produced a very nice thick tan head- excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma smelled of bananas, cloves roasted grain. Taste was Medium in body, full of malt, banana and cloves. Easy to drink beer...excellent session beer. i was glad I ordered it. Samuel Adams never seems to disappoint.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium brownish amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma is big on artificial banana with lesser notes of clove and vanilla. Flavor is also overbearing with the pure banana oil and clove, with no room for bready malt to even it out. Finish is a bit weak. Mouthfeel is surprisingly supple, similar to the authentic German versions. Some good qualities, some bad, overall a decent beer at best.

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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.