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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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815 Ratings

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of samie85


3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

A-The first thing that strikes me is that this is a pretty clear beer for being an unfiltered weizen. Pours a nut brown color with a two finger white head.

S-Smells mostly of banana and a little cloves with some bubblegum and wheat notes.

T-Tastes of dry wheat with bubblegum, a little clove, and some banana.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with light carbonation and a drying mouthfeel.

D-An easy drinker for sure, but weizen yeasts just aren't really my thing. I'm just not a fan of the esters that are characteristic of these beers.

08-24-2010 02:10:27 | More by samie85
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

08-24-2010 01:14:47 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of PintOHops


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%

Glass - Official Sam Adams Glass

A - A hazy orange coppery like color with moderate-high visible C02. It produced a 2-finger head that held decently, and it held a nice ring atop the beer but didn't leave any lacing.

S - Musty clove, soft banana, bready with hints of wheat. Quite a musky aroma with the clove notes dominating. More wheat as it warmed.

T - Musky bread flavors with clove upfront, I don't really get much banana that I got in the aroma, muted banana perhaps. As the beer hits the sides of the tongue I get a pretty noticeable sourness, very apparent but not off putting in any way. It finishes with flavors that it began with, along with subtle bitterness and a bit of wheat.

M - Moderate to highly crisp with a soft near medium body.

D - It goes down like most Sam Adams brews, quick & easy. It's very easy to drink more than a few of these in a sitting. A highly drinkable Dunkelweizen here that's worth a try for sure. I'd drink it again but probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again unless I was low on cash.

08-21-2010 22:42:42 | More by PintOHops
Photo of JosiahS


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

08-21-2010 22:37:16 | More by JosiahS
Photo of 828beagle

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours a dark, cloudy amber-orange with a big clumpy, off-white head. Smells of cloves, and other mild spices. Tastes of caramelized plantains and roasted almonds. Good carbonation, a medium-light body, and a dry finish. Quite a complex brew with a lot going on for the palate to enjoy.

08-21-2010 21:25:22 | More by 828beagle
Photo of whiplash3825


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%

From 2010 Sam Adams Harvest Collection 12-pack.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper with decent tan head with good retention. Slight lacing.

A lot of yeasty bananna and cloves in the nose, along with a healthy dose of sweet caramalized malt. Pretty nice!

Nice yeasty wheat flavor, more banannas but darker fruit flavors also, along with a nice malt backbone. Flavors are nore muted than your typical German dunkel, but nicely balanced. I think it's pretty impressive for a mass-produced, highly available beer.

Mouthfeel is the weak link for me... too thin, and that creaminess found in most dunkels is barely evident. Just doesn't do the smell and taste justice.

Still, a great drinking beer overall. I'd have no problem polishing off a sixer of these, and hope SA decides to sell it that way in the future.

08-19-2010 20:34:07 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of bigfnjoe


2.8/5  rDev -19.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a slightly cloudy orangeish with a 2 finger offwhite head. No lacing. Pretty boring.

S- very mild, I'm getting some weak clove with a slight tinge of banana and mainly...blah. Yawn

T- almost tastes like...bitter bananas? Its a really weird taste I've never gotten off a beer before...Not necessarily bad, just...really different

M- nothing special. Just kinda there.

D- whatever. I'm not sure if this is a summer beer, a fall beer, a spring beer...just a mess

08-19-2010 00:20:22 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of BevMoAndrew


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured into a pint glass right out of the fridge.

The Sam Adam's Dunkelweizen pours a light toffee color with a tint of orange in the glass with a thick froth & decent head retention. Attractive aromas of caramel, toffee, ripe bananas, clove, subtle dried orange peel, Honey Nut Cherrios (that's right), & a clear malt sweetness. All of the aromas on the nose find their way onto the palate with a light body, Sweet profile up front/Crisp profile on the mid-palate/Dry profile on the finish, & fantastic balance. Overall, this is a pretty decent beer with the subtle balance that I have come to expect from Sam Adam's beers.
In all honesty, I'm kind of on the fence about recommending this beer to other people. It's definitely worth trying & I wouldn't turn down one of these in the future, but probably won't go buy a sixer of it either.

08-17-2010 21:34:42 | More by BevMoAndrew
Photo of klewis


2.35/5  rDev -32.5%

A: Pours a hazy sierra hue with a good, frothy head. Lighter in color than most in the style. Little lacing.

S: Yeasty aroma with a soft touch of lemon zest and banana.

T: Typical hefe taste with banana and soft spice, but not much of either. A bit too sweet and needs a bit more balance. Very light in flavor with a clean, watery finish.

M: Very light-bodied and missing the creamy density of a good German wheat beer. Moderate-carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and not particularly offensive, but this one falls far short of what I typically expect of a good dunkel in every category.

08-14-2010 23:32:33 | More by klewis
Photo of therica


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

A= slightly cloudy amber, modest head but with nice rimming and some lacing.

S= very bold and typical of a good weisse-beer of any quality, some banana.

T= again the good strong weisse-beer flavor but with the added caramelized darker malts to give it some extra interest.

M= lightly sweet, nice caramelized malts, slightly watery finish.

D= very drinkable if you're in the weisse mood and especially if you want something darker and more creative.

08-06-2010 04:31:38 | More by therica
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

One of two beers vying for year-round status within the Samuel Adams portfolio in their "Beer Lover's Choice" tasting competition. Out of four possible beers, this one made the cut. Consumer voting starts in August.

The head retention is decent. Good lace but not a whole lot of sticking, with a deep-hazed dark mahogany color from the dark malts and yeast. Mild estery aroma, with suggestions of brown bread; faint vanilla and white chocolate in the nose. Crispness is not shy, with a snap up front and a solid medium body. Spicy bite of wheat and a well-rounded toasted malt flavor from middle to end. Clean palate, with a mild fruitiness and neutral yeast character. Hops are very mild as well. Finishes a tad dry.

Not your typical Dunkelweizen, with generous banana and clove; oddly, we did not pick up on either of those traits, as it was a bit mellower or restrained, though still flavorful. That said, it's hard to pit this against the bells and whistles of your typical Dunkelweizen.

07-06-2010 14:05:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.55/5  rDev +2%

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.

04-08-2010 15:19:15 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of dananabanana


4/5  rDev +14.9%

A: Big, creamy, off-white head. The beer itself is copper and opaque.

S: Sweet and malty. Dark malts with some fruityness.

T: Sweet and wheaty. Dark malts again, maybe a hint of caramel, maple, or molasses.

M: Sweet dry aftertaste, almost like ginger ale without the kick.

D: Flavorful enough to not be boring, but good with food because the taste isn't overpowering.

02-17-2010 04:12:43 | More by dananabanana
Photo of BedetheVenerable


2.95/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

02-03-2010 04:18:34 | More by BedetheVenerable
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours an aged copper penny color with thin off white head, but decent lacing. Smell and taste is of freshly roasted grains with a touch of yeast, bread, dark fruit and spice. Medium body, fully carbonated. Nothing complex, but just a pretty good beer from Sam Adams.

02-01-2010 17:25:20 | More by rfgetz
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of Fall Harvest collection twelve pack. Poured into a pint glass. Best by date of January 2010. Pours a hazy reddish brown topped with about two fingers of cream colored head. It recedes rather quickly to leave a small cap. There's a little activity in the glass, but not much.

Plenty of clove in the aroma, as well a good amount of malted wheat. Smells of fruit are there too, including a slight bit of banana.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Predominately malted wheat. Spicy cloves come next. Sweet fruits are there, but indistinguishable. Finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Pretty creamy. Carbonation is a little low for the style. I would expect it to be a little more crisp and effervescent. Slightly dry on the finish.

Pretty good overall. It goes down easy, but it's not really something I would want to drink all night. I would like to see a little more sweetness in the way of fruity flavors and a little more carbonation. A solid addition to the Samuel Adams line.

01-29-2010 01:20:24 | More by jimj21
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3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

i poured it into a glass it was a nice medium brown color with a nice head then floats to a nice thin lace. Have a nice smell of malts and a hint of fruit. Has a nice crisp malty, fruity flavor. Has a little of a heavy mouth feel on the back of the tongue. I think it is very drinkable. I really enjoy this beer, another good one from SA.

01-20-2010 21:44:25 | More by chefhatt
Photo of taez555


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

Reviewed from Notes, sampled 11/11/09

This beer poured an opaque brown body with a white head.

Nose is a mixture of yeast, chocolate, mild fruits and wheat.

Taste is medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel. Yeast, banana, bubblegum, tropical fruits, some ovaltine like chocolate flavors. That's about it. Very simple, but it's all there.

A solid Dunkelweis from Sam Adams. Not a German version at all, but pretty damn good, and very drinkable. Just a solid American Dunkelweizen session beer.

01-11-2010 17:19:46 | More by taez555
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3.2/5  rDev -8%

I was impressed when it was like a German style since I had tried other American Wheat beers. Pours red brown in color with a decent head. Taste is very yeasty with slight fruit notes, maybe dark fruits. It is very drinkable, if it comes in 6-packs I would buy it just for a regular. Impressive wheat from SA

12-25-2009 03:25:28 | More by whtguitarguy
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3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

From the Brewmaster's Fall Collection series, 6 beers, 2 bottles per ½ case. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a nut brown color with orange hues. The beer is slightly hazy, and appears mildly carbonated with a few bubbles rising in the glass. Two-finger frothy beige head is fairly resilient.

The smell is a dairy aroma, like sweet cream, bit f a musty grain scent, with some soft fruit notes.

Taste is a toasted bread wheat flavor up front, with a light roasted nut taste along side and mild bitterness on the fiinish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying.

A very drinkable beer, especially in the autumn season. I don't think I'd make a habit of the style, but it is a nice change of pace.

12-13-2009 23:42:14 | More by RJLarse
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours from the bottle an interesting purple-orange color. About a finger of off-white head results, but dissipates to nothing in a moment. Really a wealth of fruit aromas in the nose, from tart green apples and banana to plum and grapes, all backed by a delicious yeasty smell.

Tastes very good, but not quite as full-flavored as I'd have liked given the promising aromas. Bready flavors all-around with flashes of apple and white grape. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and a little on the light side, which is how I often find SA beers. Just a touch of bitterness to end each sip. Overall, a tasty beer that I'd enjoy drinking again.

12-13-2009 19:53:10 | More by Riccymon
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3.1/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

12-03-2009 00:11:38 | More by sweemzander
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3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

Pour - beautiful reddish brown in color with almost an inch of thick vanilla icing colored foam on top. Seems so innocent in the glass, like it could be a very "sessionable" brown ale.

Aroma - big aroma of baked apples and Bartlett pears along with cinnamon, clove, pipe tobacco and caramel.

Taste - it truly is amazing that the estery/fruit flavors that come out in this beer are produced by wheat and yeast. The fruit flavors are that of juicy pears, bananas and cooked apples with a touch of spice (although there is no spice added) and some nice warmth. It reminds me a bit of the liquid that holds the inside of an apple pie together. Nice dry, crisp finish.

Overall - it lacks some body and complexity. It is however a decent, quite drinkable unfiltered dark wheat beer that just may push some Sam Adams drinkers to try some more unique beer styles.

Would I buy more of it? - hmm, tough call as I'd have to buy the entire 12-pack. I'm leaning towards no.

12-01-2009 02:46:42 | More by indiapaleale
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3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a dark copper body with a rocky white head. Aromas of spicy yeast esters and toasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tingly level of carbonation. Flavors of sweet caramel and dried cherries. There's a very low bitterness in the finish. Pretty good drinkability.

11-29-2009 16:34:03 | More by blackearth
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

A - Dark, cloudy amber color. Off-white fluffy head.

S - Malty and fruity.

T - Very clean taste reminiscent of German beers and their purity laws. Strong maltiness only slightly roasted with hints of dark fruits.

M/D - Clean, smooth, some slight carbonation, great feel and taste throughout the palate. Great beer and very drinkable.

11-27-2009 04:33:51 | More by Gatch
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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