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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%

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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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4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazy brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Strong banana aromas as well as toasted malts and bread. A nice bit of toffee as well as some subtle clove aromas. There is a bit of wheat character to it as well as some yeast.

T: Less banana than on the nose, but still enough to taste it. Quite a bit more reliant on the toasted malt and bread flavors. A nice bit of toffee and caramel with only a mild clove flavor. Maybe even a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A lot of the seasonal Sam Adams beers aren't very good, but this was quite the opposite.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 19:31:25 | More by womencantsail
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a quite clouded, dark brown body with a slim, bone white head, though it's actually got good staying power.

Smell: Malty notes of brown sugar and liberally toasted bread crusts, a couple slices of near-ripe banana, a few cloves, and a small, small hint of cocoa.

Taste: Notions of brown sugar and caramel overlaying sliced, toasted whole-wheat loaf bread. Modestly tangy. Flavors of banana, clove, and raisin, all well-integrated. Lightly herbal hops with a very low bitterness. Small pinch of cocoa powder hits about mid-palate. Fruity, tangy, sweetish finish with a little tickle of carbonation at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A pleasant dunkelweizen and a good example of a style you don't really see everyday.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 21:12:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on draft in a pint glass with my dinner at Holy Grail in Epping NH.

aroma: wheat tones with some hops. slight sour tang

appearance: amber, no head by the time it arrived, good lacing that does not stick.

flavor: some wheat and malt, fruit tones, cinnamon at the end

mouthfeel: carbonation, not acidic, ok body

overall impression: not my normal style that I drink. fine taste and feel but nothing that leaves a lasting impression.

would not go out of my way for another.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 23:06:27 | More by BierBliss
Photo of Claudius424


3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark brown with a white frothy head. Smells like your typical wheat beers with a subtle hint of hops. Taste is the most surprising part, not super bready but a healthy balance of bread, roasty qualities with a refreshing finish. Overall a good addition to the Sam Adams seasonal line.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 17:53:24 | More by Claudius424
Photo of Cyberkedi


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasty beer comes out of the tap a nearly opaque dark honey brown. Malty aroma has firm wheaty and yeasty tones and a chocolaty hint. Rich, wheaty, malty flavor has yeasty, nutty and caramel notes to round it out. Full-bodied texture is lively and fizzy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 15:24:36 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2011 03:39:33 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of champ103


3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace is left behind.
S: Big bubble gum and banana aromas up front. Plenty of sweetness. Some husky wheat aromas along with some dry wood. I like it so far.
T: The sweetness is toned down a lot. Light banana esters, husky yeast and some wood flavors. Enjoyable, but a bit of a let down from the nose.
M/D: A lighter to medium body. A bit thin and watery though. Not hard to drink at all. I can quaff several without a problem.

For the most part this is enjoyable. Something I would not hesitate to drink again. Though there are better examples of the style and better SA beers. Again, enjoyable and very much worth a try though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 02:21:31 | More by champ103
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3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 15:44:54 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local pub, poured into a cheater pint

A: murky tan, 1/2" silky off white head, reduces to a cap

S: bready sweetness and banana

T: banana and malt sweetness combine to make a extremely tasty and drinkable beer. Good example of the style

M: medium bodied, slightly chewy

O: a solid and drinkable beer from sam.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 20:44:08 | More by UDbeernut
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass from the tap.

This was the first Dunkelweizen that I have ever had and now I am a huge fan.

I had this at the Sam Adams brewery open house.

I liked the smokieness to it but needed a bit more of it to really describe this brew. This needs to be added to the Brewmaster collection

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 16:43:15 | More by Duhast500
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3/5  rDev -14%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 12:38:28 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of UnderPressure

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 13:54:20 | More by UnderPressure
Photo of tronester


3.54/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 03:11:00 | More by tronester
Photo of Jadjunk


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 20:18:19 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of dbossman


3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 04:10:25 | More by dbossman
Photo of Mojo


2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 06:02:28 | More by Mojo
Photo of lwillitz


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 23:36:53 | More by lwillitz
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South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:57:16 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 00:58:52 | More by RWLawman
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 20:58:17 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 18:59:10 | More by dogfishandi
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3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 18:11:36 | More by justintcoons
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 16:39:22 | More by donkeyrunner
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 23:01:23 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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3.98/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 21:13:07 | More by Cavanaghty
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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.