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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen

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


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 03:20:08 | More by barnzy78
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 02:36:12 | More by VelvetExtract
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mckenziac


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 23:49:55 | More by mckenziac
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 00:10:17 | More by JEdmund
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aubuc1

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 17:46:20 | More by aubuc1
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Apellonious

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 01:50:00 | More by Apellonious
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BucannonXC5

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:26:01 | More by BucannonXC5
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 22:53:35 | More by LXIXME
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Vixie

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:13:35 | More by Vixie
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14%
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.

OK, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 16:31:25 | More by BeerLover99
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 20:01:47 | More by frankiepop
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acevenom

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 18:29:38 | More by acevenom
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 17:53:25 | More by schoolboy
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 00:23:01 | More by Hibernator
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Lordquackingstic

New York

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 21:45:51 | More by Lordquackingstic
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pschul4

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:23:23 | More by pschul4
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mxchap

California

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 05:03:58 | More by mxchap
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scvance

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 20:37:58 | More by scvance
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 17:03:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 19:32:43 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 18:49:20 | More by Cylinsier
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 03:08:52 | More by Suds
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 22:47:36 | More by facundoCNB
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light caramel brown that is nearly translucent. Had a large marshmallowy off-white head that subtly disappeared over the course of a few minutes. Pretty clear for the style.

Aroma: Upon opening the bottle I immediately smelled fresh banana bread but now that it's in the glass it's more of a spicy nose of clove and banana.

Taste: Has that banana bread taste up front and through the middle and then the cloves slowly take over until you are left with them in the aftertaste. The spices don't attack your tongue here which works in its favor. It has a quiet complexity that would make it sessionable for those who like Dunkelweizens. Not crazy about the clove taste it leaves on my tongue but that's more personal preference.

Mouthfeel: A pillowy medium bodied beer. Average drinkability. The aftertaste can get a little cloying about halfway through.

Final Thoughts: I like what Samuel Adams is going for here. I've had other beers of this style that are just over-the-top spicy but this one seemed to dial in that flavor a bit for optimum drinkability and enjoyment. It's also one of the more full bodied beers I've had from them. I wouldn't seek this out again but if it happened to be part of a mix pack or shared among friends I would enjoy it all the same.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:50:23 | More by JamesMN
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 3$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brownish copper colour with an huge size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, cloves, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of banana/bubblegum and some light clove. There is also a bit of caramel/brown sugar and malts. It ends with a slightly spicy banana sweet aftertaste.

Overall - If banana flavour in beer is your thing, this beer is for you. Unfortunately the banana tastes a little too artificial, bit it's still an above average brew. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 23:44:17 | More by spinrsx
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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