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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 843
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 25
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 punky796
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Boston Lager tulip glass.

A - Like the dark wheat beer that it is. Kinda muddy brown, not a ton of carbonation, but an almost three-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Clove is the first thing sensed, followed by yeasty wheat. When you focus on it a bit more, you'll notice the banana that the label says is in it, and that mixes well with the bread-y flavors.

T - Again, I noticed the clove first and foremost, but the banana/bread taste is noticeable more quickly than it was via smell. You wouldn't think so, but it works decently well with this kind of beer, imo.

M - Despite the probably too-cold bottle I drank, it has a pleasantly warm quality.

O - I'm a sucker for both good dunkels and wheat beer, and this one is alright. Will drink again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a nice looking creamy-ish head. The beer is a hazy, dark amber color with particles floating around. The head goes away pretty quickly, and there isn't much -- if any -- lacing to speak of.

Smell: Yeast and pineapple, but primarily? Banana. That's what I get primarily. I don't mind that at all though. What a nice smelling beer.

Taste/feel: I really only get banana with traces of malt and bubblegum at the end. I don't mind that at all though, I actually really enjoy it. The feel is seemingly about the same as any other Sam Adams... that relatively thin, watery, and moderately carbonated one. It suits this beer well.

This is my first ever dunkelweizen, and I have to say, it tastes super fruity with all the banana -- maybe that's not what this style's supposed to be about, but I really do enjoy it. This is the kind of beer your girlfriend or wife would enjoy... it really is that fruity tasting to me. While it is a lot of banana, it's not overpowering, and that's why I like it as much as I do. As usual, another solid beer made by Sam Adams. Actually, one of my favorites from them.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pilsner glass, color is amber with great translucent tones at the edges, head presents thick but is pretty thin in density for a wheat brew, it dissipate to a thin top

Smell is some light, thin banana and clove from the yeast, some light toasted notes and hints of chocolate with wheat/biscuity flavors rounding it out. It seems a touch thin

Taste is more malty sweet than anything, some banana, clove and light phenolics come through in bits and pieces; wheat presence is there but i get more malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is more sweet in presence than thick from the wheat or strong flavors from the yeast, and finishes thin.

Overall, a thin interpretation of the style to me, to sweet in flavor and scent - would like to see more yeast flavor presence and wheat notes.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a cloudy amber color with a foamy, cream colored head that holds good retention but doesn't leave much for lacing. Aromas are yeasty, caramely, banana, spice, clove, with a somewhat odd woody smell. Tastes are better however, with banana, yeast, clove, caramel, and a nice spiciness reminiscent of an Oktoberfest style beer. Mouth-feel is the star here - creamy and smooth, full bodied. Overall, this was better than I remember, and better than expected, but still falls short in comparison to others of this style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Looks like a Dunkelweizen. Very murky brown. Tan head is consistent. Nice lacing sheets too. Sam makes good lookers.

S-Banana bread, banana yogurt, banana Laffy Taffy…You get the idea. Yeasty and very light on spice. Toasted wheat bread.

T-Banana bread, banana yogurt, banana Laffy Taffy (sounds familiar). Slightly burnt wheat bread and yeast are hidden under the banana parade. Not too much spice, and I enjoy that. Flavors are layered in a semi-awkward manner. But I like what they're doing here.

M-Very creamy with carbonation that makes your teeth feel like they are wearing socks. Fuzzy. Would love this next to some banana bread.

O/D-This Sam Adams variety is pretty solid. Another tasty keeper. Need to go out and try a few more Dunkels now.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass. Taken from Sam Adams's "Harvest Collection" seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light brown color with some golden-yellow hues. Has a small, frothy head that fizzes down to a one-finger cap.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, with some of those good, German yeast aromas. Hints of banana, cloves, and other spices.

Taste: Starts roasty and sweet. Finishes sweet and yeasty with spicy and banana-y subtleties.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated with a medium, slightly chewy body. Pretty much what I would expect from the style.

Overall: A better-than-average mass market wheat beer. I'm always impressed that Sam Adams makes such a wide variety of styles that are more or less faithful interpretations of the style. This one falls squarely in that category and is definitely something I'll be having again.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel brown with an underlying orange glow; hazy but clearer than I would have expected; smallish head that settles out fast.

Smells pretty nice though not as assertive as some true German dunkels. Appropriate notes of banana, clove, and sweet caramel malt.

Good mouthfeel—full without being filling. Could use just a tough more carbonation.

Solid flavor with a really great crisp and tart finish. Slightly sweet malts, light chocolate, banana, spices, and dough comprise the flavors here. There’s even a bit of a lemon-like flavor in the finish.

Complex, delicious, and very drinkable—everything a good dunkel should be! Sam Adams did a nice job with this.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy mellow brown with a nice thick light tan head. Looks good.

Smell is wheat bread, sweet, ripe banana, and some esthery yeast.

Taste is pretty sweet. Much like smell, but not as balanced by bread.

Mouthfeel is very thin.

Overall it is a decent beer- not bad for a mixed pack, but certainly not one to seek out. Was better looking and smelling than tasting.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the fall mix pack 12- 12 oz

A - A dark, cloudy brownish orange with amber highlights. Pours to a thin half finger head that dissipates to a thin lace quickly.

S - Spices (coriander, nutmeg?), dough, cloves and banana.

T- More of the same, with the clove/banana action taking center stage. Banana action. A term that could be misinterpreted. There is a sweetness, like apple cider like, that becomes more apparent as the beer gets warmer.

M - A touch thin, a bit on the watery side. The carbonation is mild up front, prickly on the finish.

O - Solid beer, could use some more heft, but the wateriness could be by design. This style has always been one I am interested in picking up, albeit occasionally when I am looking for something different, not as a fridge foundation piece.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 2, 2012 (purchased at Mission Valley (San Diego, Calif.) Vons on Sept. 2, 2012 as part of a Harvest 12-pack for $12.98).
About 2-3 fingers of head. Poured a hazy amber, mahogany with khaki, tan lacing. Average retention on the top, below average on the sides.

Smelled a variety of flavors, but they worked nicely. Got cinnamon, nutmeg, banana, cloves, tropical fruit and caramel. Later read the bottle and most of the above flavors were mentioned.

Taste wasn’t as good as the nose, but similar. Banana, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon.

Medium body. Slick texture. Above average carbonation. Felt like a winter warmer. Longer finish.

Liked this beer, but couldn’t pull the trigger on higher ratings. I’d probably try it again though.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking copper color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smells, nice, I can detect caramel, toffee, fruit, and clove.

Starts out sweet, maybe with a hint of caramel. There are fruit notes in there, and banana and clove.

Maybe a touch thin for the style.

Not a bad beer, but not a real outstanding one either. I wish the flavors were just a bit more up front, but they are nice, and come forward a bit more when warmer. A nice beer for late summer.

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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 frankiepop
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been slammin' Sam all week since I purchased his season sampler. I see a few others are on the same trail in reviewing brewskies.

This is a nice beer that is more like a german lager or a wheat bear. There is a nice hint of vanilla or banana sweetness that is offset by a nice citrusy lemon peel or grass that allows a nice refreshing and dry finish. Excellent balance. Good taste. Easy and refreshing to drink. Thumbs up.

Goes well with Pauline Oliveros electronic drone music.

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Photo of acevenom
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy light brown with a large eggshell colored head. There aren't many visible tiny bubbles in the beer. The head retreats slowly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The aroma is prominently of banana with some clove. I can detect some of the malt. I can't detect the nutmeg that is mentioned on the bottle. The flavors are what you'd expect in the classic dunkelweizen. There is banana and clove from the yeast and the wheat and barley malts provide a nice bready backbone to this beer. The body is light to medium with low carbonation. The finish is crisp. The drinkabilty is high. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes a beer from this style really reaches out and grabs me, but this isn't one of those times. SA's take on this style is impressive, with a full, authentic taste, but it lacks that special thing that the best of these have.

Still, this has a nice yeasty taste and aftertaste that insure that you know you are drinking a serious beer. The aroma doesn't quite match but there are not flaws here either.

I won't avoid this in the future but I also won't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen
12 oz brown bottle
Enjoy by February notched off on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a light brown with a mini khaki colored head on top. Surprisingly, there are minimal trails of sticky lacings after a few sips.

Funky yeast aroma with obvious whiffs of banana and fruity notes.

A malty backbone with sweet caramel malt flavors and distinct banana & bubble gum on the finish. Other flavors that are often associated with this style of beer such as cloves are detectable as well.

A middle-of-the-road interpretation of the style and a tad watery for what I would like.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Murky pumpkin color with lots of carbonation and a finger of white head. Slightly sticky lacing.

S: Sweet bananas and cloves is all I'm really getting.

T: Regular American hefe flavors but with a bigger malt bill: bananas, cloves, some nutmeg. Sweet, but not cloyingly sweet. Sort of boring.

M: Medium-high carbonation with a spicy finish.

O: Definitely drinkable, but not something I'd ever seek out by SA. Not really sure how this works into the fall seasonal pack, would like to see it removed and replaced with something else.

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Photo of pschul4
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the Fall Sampler Pack

A- Dark brown with a small white head that leaves a small amount of lacing

S- Tons of banana with some caramel notes in the background. Smells awesome

T- Caramel malts take the front with some clove and banana in the background. Really solid almost dessert beer

M- Awkward place between smooth and prickly. Could use some work here

O- I enjoy this beer and would certainly accept some of it. IDK if I'd purchase a 6er of it however

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Photo of mxchap
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep amber with some transparency thanks to the light filtering. Pours an inch of dense foam that settled with minimal lacing

Aroma: Strong cloves up front. Gives way to some banana esters (but not too much). Caramel malt also noticeable.

Flavor: banana esters and wheat dominate initially. subtle bitterness from hops. the caramel malts come through towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Little bit on the light side for the style, but quite drinkable because of this. The carbonation is pretty good. Somewhat creamy texture develops, but still has a dry finish.

Overall: An enjoyable beer that is one of the best American representations of the style I have tried (only 2 or 3 to be fair). Not quite as full-bodied or carbonated as some I've had in Munich though.

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Photo of scvance
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy amber/honey color with a large fluffy white head which disappears quickly. Aroma, right off the bat is the expected banana and clove with mild citrus notes. Taste follows suit, strong banana and citrus flavor, mild clove. Slightly fruity and malty sweet. Has medium carbonation, not enough for a true weizen. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium light in body. This beer I feel is only called a dunkel because it's too dark for a hefe, and there is no amber category. I prefer my dunkels to be more black, and I was surprised when I first poured this beer at it's amber color. It's a good wheat beer, but not a great one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color dunkel with a large foamy had with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of banana cake ester are pretty strong with light sweet notes and some what malt. Taste is a good mix between banana bread ester with light cloves and some light wheat malt notes also discernable. Body is a bit light for the style with good carbonation. Nice work on the yeast strain with huge ester but lacking body and malt profile is a bit weak for the style.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by December 2012:

This is my first dunkelweizen for review:

Into a weizen:

A: deep dark brown colored body with some amber notes along the edges of the glass. A large one finger foamy white head appears and lasts for a good two minutes. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. No lacing is around the sides of the glass.

S: some wheat and banana up front with a bit of honey in the background.

T: basically the same with some added spice.

M: medium with a slight harshness of carbonation, sessionable.

O: an interesting style that I do not know much about just yet other than homebrews and failures to write down notes on other commercial brews, I`ll come to this personally to note changes

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep slightly hazy amber orangish color with an off-white film of a head.

Smells of wheat malt, slightly tart banana esters and clover honey.

Tastes of banana esters, light spice, honey and wheaty malt.

Medium body with a soft tickle of carbonation.

Easy drinking wheaty brew, smooth mouth feel and interesting flavor characteristics. It's pretty good, not fantastic, but I will enjoy it and I would have it again.

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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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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.