Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.98/5 rDev +14.4%
The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really nice wheat malt scent along with a delicate hefe yeast aroma and a touch of caramel sweetness. It has excellent yeast character with only a minimal crystal malt contribution. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale, wheat, and caramel malt flavor. It's dry with a moderate caramel sweetness and plenty of yeast esters. The banana/clove character is ever present with a pretty slick malt profile. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking dunkel. It's not as sweet as some, but the caramel malt taste is there.
09-19-2010 20:29:29 | More by WesWes
3.25/5 rDev -6.6%
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is basic dunkelweizen with some caramel, toffee, banana and clove notes. The flavor is more of the same with bananas and cloves, as well as some caramel malt, vanilla and brown sugar. Thin to medium mouthfeel, slightly water. Medium carbonation.
10-31-2010 04:06:10 | More by Mora2000
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours clouded orangish dark amber - towards brown with a rich off-white head that leaves lacing.
The smell is of clove, some banana, some caramel.
The taste is of clove, toffee, mild banana with green apple tartness. There is a wheat tang with sweet and sourish, slightly bitterish finish.
It is light-bodied with medium carbonation.
Not too crazy about green apple touch, though it is slight. Quite wheaty... Drinks well enough, though don't know that I would want to keep drinking it...Solid, though would take a some classic German examples of style over this one.
09-22-2009 17:01:44 | More by jwc215
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a fairly clear for the style, light mahogany, with a mild white head, decent head retention.
S: Nice clove and banana bread note, really didn't come out until it warmed a bit, serve at 50F.
T: Really clove and dark bread heavy. The weizen yeast is there, but doesn't give a huge complexity. Nevertheless, this a traditional dunkelweisse, the requisite flavours are recognizable and tasty.
M: Light-bodied, a tad thin. Light carbonation, fairly smooth.
D: A slightly above average version. At least they used the traditional yeast which was not apparent in their Hefeweizen. A nice brew, but not a reason to buy the Harvest Collection.
09-04-2010 03:39:15 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev +14.9%
Bought as part of the new SA mixed 12 pack (good batch of beers I must say!). Pours a cloudy/murky brown color.. nice head to it that stays with the beer the whole time, nice lacing too. Sort of a toffee/nutty aroma to it. Taste is medium bodied, get a hint of the clove/banana hefe taste along with a nice malty taste. Nice smooth finish, pretty drinkable. Not overly tasteful but for the style I guess it fits the description pretty good. Maybe not something I would seek out but a nice change of pace in the mixed 12 pack.
08-29-2009 03:55:42 | More by oriolesfan4
3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
Pours very hazy, almost muddy looking, amber like a good quality unfiltered apple juice. Little head, and what there is fades to a thin swirl. Smells bread-like with some hints of banana and clove. The taste is a trifle sweeter, with a good deal more banana, a bit more clove, and a touch of lemon in addition to the lighter breadiness. A little on the lighter side, but quite tasty. Clean and smooth in the mouth, this is a fairly light Dunkleweiss, but really quite nice.
09-26-2009 04:12:17 | More by Georgiabeer
3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
First off this isn't retired anymore it is in the 2009 Samuel Adams Harvest Collection 12 pack.
Chill hazed orange brown colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.
Smell is malt and bananas with caramel syrup scent. Little bit of apple and chocolate but this is very much a banana scented beer.
Starts out dry banana flavor with a strong wheat bread malt flavor. This gets a bit sweeter as you drink it and some spice emerges to mix with the banana, mostly allspice. Amazingly dry for the beer style.
Mouthfeel is good.
High drinkability though a bit more malt would be nice. Tasty Dunkelweizen though it is decidedly dry for the style.
08-19-2009 00:45:46 | More by Zorro
3.03/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
09-14-2010 00:07:40 | More by DoubleJ
3.65/5 rDev +4.9%
12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.
A- SADW pours out a dark golden copper with some faint browns. A nice inch or so of loosely coiled foam thats dark tan in color but does not stick to the glass.
S- Smells the part with slight wheat but not bold enough to hang with the big dogs. I get a caramel scent along with some grain and earthy hops. Smell is quite muted and hard to muster up.
T- There is nothing offensive about the taste, it's clean beer and all but not up to it's German counterparts. The wheat used is there but does not jump out. A big malty backbase caramel and sweets with some grain in the end. I get more earthy hops in taste than wheat, very tame.
M- A crisp beer with a lively mouthfeel. Sam does it right there, a nice effervesent carb that does not sting the tounge. A bit thinner than some dunkles out there, id say below medium, it needs a bigger body.
D- I liked this beer, would go for it at a party or something but would not go apeshit over it. A decent dark dunkle that needs more wheat.
09-13-2010 23:30:41 | More by BARFLYB
District of Columbia
3.1/5 rDev -10.9%
A: Dirty, hazy brown color and teeming with effervescence. The beer has nearly an inch of off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.
S: Sweet malt, bananas, fruity yeast, faint chocolate. I find the chocolate-like aroma rather out of place in a dunkelweizen.
T: Sweet bananas, with an odd vanilla sweetness about it. The beer does have some nice flavor, but becomes a bit overbearing and cloying as I progress through the glass.
M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with a solid carbonation level.
D: Just too sweet to enjoy more than one. Not up to par with the great German representations of the style.
12-27-2010 02:31:44 | More by Huhzubendah
3.23/5 rDev -7.2%
Big light brown head quickly dies without leaving much lacing at all above a clear dark reddish honey colored beer.
Banana, light cloves, some wheat grain on a roasted caramel malt aroma.
Light caramel malt and quite a bit of banana with hints of the cloves coming through in the taste of this dunkelweizen.
A light dry aftertaste with a little bit of the banana and caramel hanging around on this medium bodied affair.
This is basically just a plain dunkel that isn't to fancy but doesn't suck at the same time. I guess if you wanna try the harvest variety pack you'll do alright getting two of these but I would suggest if you want to drink more of this style look to the European versions, you'll be more satisfied.
09-05-2012 22:53:35 | More by LXIXME
4/5 rDev +14.9%
A - dark brownish amber with an orangish hue; soft, white, cap of dense head that has good retention
S - banana, spice, caramel
T - banana, spice, pepper, caramel, wheat
M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated
This is a decent beer that has a good flavor. The yeast adds a nice banana, peppery aroma and flavor. There is also a nice, balanced caramel sweetness throughout. Not bad.
08-16-2012 19:05:05 | More by tdm168
3.58/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
05-29-2012 21:36:36 | More by mdaschaf
4.08/5 rDev +17.2%
I picked up the SA Autumn 12 oz' mixer Friday night at the COOP .... Sam and I and then Steven and I blew through all the bottles except for the lone dunkelweizen that I stashed away in the back of the fridge..
Poured into my small weizen glass.. Big 2" head.. the brew is lightly cloudy orange.. verging on red.
Nose is definitely leaning toward the estery bananas... some minor clove come in and some caramel is way on the back side as it warms..
Nose is much more phenolic.. bubblegum and defined cloves.. lesser caramel than I was expecting with a nice toasty malt element that I was not really expecting.. Very nice body and carbonation lends toward a fairly creamy mouthfeel...
I would buy this often if it was in 6'er's.. It really is the only reason I bought the Autumn pack... that said... I'll probably buy another or two while they're available... this a pretty damn good example on the style.. very drinkable.
09-08-2009 05:19:49 | More by JohnGalt1
3.75/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours a clear, brown color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight hop, sweet malt, yeast, wheat, slight alcohol, hint of citrus, hint of clove, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, clove, slight hop, hint of alcohol, and wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.
10-06-2010 14:00:10 | More by Tone
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
10-19-2012 22:20:37 | More by GarthDanielson
3.83/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours an amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good color. I'm not sure what else I could say about it.
Aroma is full of banana and clove, albeit slightly muted. Pretty much what you would expect from the style, right?
Taste is full of wheat malt and sweet clove upfront. Not much else. Satisfactory for the style. Slightly chewy.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove and wheat. A bit thin but no surprises otherwise.
A tasty example of the style that would be a good way to introduce someone to it. I wouldn't recommend it if there were other examples available. Still, it's tasty and it's worth a try. I recommend it on these merits alone.
08-26-2010 23:06:17 | More by Brad007
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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