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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen

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Ratings: 808
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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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

A:Pours a bit of a darker, cloudy brown. Not too much lacing left behind.

S: Delightful scent of fruit (mostly banana) along with cloves. I like it so far.

T: Very nice taste. Hints of banana and cloves are present, with a bit more towards the cloves as the coolness wares off. Very malty.

M: Excellent smoothness to this brew. Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is a great beer to enjoy. You'll for sure want another after enjoying your first. Two would be ideal, although more can't be hard to have.

Another fantastic beer from Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:56:10 | More by HockeytownBrew
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up with the autumn sampler twelve for this first weekend of college football. This dunkel pours a very light brown with a cloudy body and just a thin film of head. Nose is all malt with notes of chocolate, molasses, and toffee.

Once this warms the flavors really come out. The first and strongest is roasted chocolate malt but afterwards there is a touch of cherry to the finish that gives this beer some real complexity. The mouthfeel fits the style well, withouttoo many troublesome bubbles.

Overall, a solid effort fo the style, although not something I'll necessarily be looking for in its own sixers.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 01:01:42 | More by daliandragon
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3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark beer about the same color as the bottle. Not much of an aroma to speak of. A good taste that would lead me to drink some more. Reminds me of bananas a little. Feelssmooth on the pallet without an overpowering aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Could definately polish off a six-banger of these.

Recommended, of sorts.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 16:17:58 | More by jazer
Photo of Halcyondays


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:39:15 | More by Halcyondays
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3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sa dunkelwiesen

a 4 two finger head atop an only slightly cloudy honey brown body, persistent ring but the lace doesn't last.

s 4-4.5 big overripe banana, sweet malts, no clove but some bubblegum. after a few minutes, the aroma thins out and lets some alcohol come through.

t 3.5-4 no surprises here, flavor follows the smells but is somewhat reserved and by the end of the glass a mild wheaty twang is the primary component.

m 3.5 could stand to be lusher. the carbonation adds a little creaminess.

d 3.5-4 started off much more promisingly than it ended, yet still competent.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 02:36:18 | More by brewmudgeon
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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint. Review #2 from the SA Harvest Collection Sampler. Bottle marked best by Jan. 2011.

A- Pours a cloudy, hazy copper-amber color with a little over a finger of head. A swirl of the glass shows a film of lacing on the glass.

S- An interesting blend of some roasty malt aromas with the traditional spicy clove and coriander hefeweizen scents and some some bananas and yeast.

T- Tastes like it smells. The spice and fruit of a hefeweizen with some roasty characteristics from the malt. Fairly sweet and spicy, with little hop character or bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, but a little heavy on the banana flavor.

M- A little watery, but decently carbonated.

D- Not bad, but I could get bored with the flavors after a few. Fairly well balanced though, and not bad at all.

A pretty good brew, but I would've liked them to amp up the roasty bitterness a bit. This tastes practically like a regular hefeweizen. That being said, a fine brew for the fall, and a worthy addition to the sampler.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 03:09:32 | More by geryeb624
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New York

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my newly acquired Weihenstephan curvy weizen glass.

An inverted pour gives rise to a huge, fluffy head that lingers for a long time. Lacing is very slight, with the clinging bubbles sliding back down quickly. The brew itself is a reddish amber color that slightly reminds me of a marzen. There are a few lines of bubbles making their way easily up towards the head. For a dunkelweizen, it's remarkably clear. Smell is full of malts and fruitiness, along with nuances of cloves and spice and that banana that is so characteristic of weizen beers.

Malty to start off, along with the cloves and spice that are found in the nose. Banana is a bit more subdued, but is still present, as is the breadyness. Bit of a bubblegum snap as well that lingers into the aftertaste. Much like the way it looks, it's "cleaner" than your typical dunkelweizen in terms of flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and nice, but not as chewy as I thought it should have been. Fair bit of carbonation too.

A very easy beer to drink thanks to the pleasing taste. Sam Adams did a great job on the Kellerweis hefeweizen, but I feel that they went a little too "safe" on this one. It's too clean in terms of looks and taste to stack up to its German counterparts, but is by no means a terrible dunkelweizen. A good, solid beer that's still head and shoulders above 90% of the crap sold out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 03:02:14 | More by r0nyn
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown into a pint glass with a nice head. Smells of cloves, and wheat yeast, which smell I love. The taste is light, refreshing, and wheaty. I don't know what else to say about this basic wheat beer, other than that it's delicious and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 23:57:50 | More by ebby82
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3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Burnt orange color...some auburn notes...light tan head on top

S-Not immense but nice...mashed bananas with a light dusting of milk chocolate flakes...

T-The taste is muted...a little bit of the mashed banana's but not nearly enough malt richness...a little bit of bubble gum enters as well but not what I was hoping for.

M-Carbonation seems right on...as does the body...no complaints here.

D-I love a good dunkelweizen but this falls short in my book. I'd like a bit more malt richness...a good bit more actually....also the banana esters could be stronger on the taste too. Also missing a spicy element I also expect. This could be improved a lot.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 23:42:19 | More by ZAP
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New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber-orange in color topped with white bubbly head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, slight spiced fruit, and cloves. Malt in the taste, cloves, spices, carrots, bananas ride out the finish. Light in body and carbonation. A strange sweet drink that is rather annoying to finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 22:02:40 | More by JRed
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-brownish color, hazy. Lots of carbonation. Foamy head, lacing looks fairly decent on the glass.

Sweet bready wheat, banana, a little spice, dash of dry hay.

Bready wheat up front, banana, pitch of clove, along with dry mild yeast. Slight toasty in the middle, a little hint of nut. Smooth finish with semi sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied, carbonation is light.

It's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 19:39:19 | More by mjurney
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District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a deep orange color with a touch of maroon in there. Surprisingly light for a dunkel. Head is solid with a touch of lacing. Nose is tasty, strong somewhat spicy wheat dominates, with a touch of general fruity malt sweetness. Flavor is likewise - more of a straight-up wheat beer than anything unique, this again has a lightly biting wheat sweetness, a touch of fruitiness, and maybe a bit of hops on the back end. Nice, quite drinkable brew. Overall, another solid entry by Sam Adams, although this one is maybe a little off in terms of the true "Dunkel" style.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 18:24:23 | More by soupyman10
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2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two bottles are available in the Harvest Sampler 2010.

A- The color is muddy and dirty. The same color as the brown on the label. Its not super hazed, only slightly. The head is not as big and billowy as I want from this style.

S- Banana is there, which is nice. Its like over-ripe, bruised banana. Clove is minimal but its there. Im getting a hint of root beer. Its strange but not appalling.

T- More banana and light noble hops. Over all a bit weak.

Im not a fan of this one. Weinhenstephaner has a much, much better example.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 22:18:11 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before January 2011.

It pours a hazy amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Sam Adams beers seem to all look great in the glass.

It has a nice spicy nose of clove and a good bit of banana and some other light spices.

The taste is definitely a mild example of the style. Cloves and bananas dominate but both could have been amped up some to get a more vigorous overall taste. Still, a decent Dunkelweizen.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with fairly active carbonation.

Good drinkability but could be better with a tad more flavour.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 23:11:10 | More by Bitterbill
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3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 23:06:17 | More by Brad007
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3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New York New York wheat glass a hazey brown with a thick froathy head. The scent coming off of it is banana, cloves, and belgian yeast. Strong on the belgian yeast and spices. The taste isn't a strong as what the nose would lead you to expect. Everything that the nose found can be found on the tongue, banana, cloves, and belgian yeast. Add in some carmel and you've got a nice little dunkel here. But the flavors just don't have any pop to them. I would like to have some more sugary flavors in this. The mouthfeel is a little high in the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 00:30:25 | More by whoneeds8
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3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by 12/2010

A - Pours a hazy light copper with about an inch and a half of off-white head. Good retention and somewhat sticky lacing

S - Nose is predominantly banana for me with a good dose of clove; Belgian yeast

T&M - Lighter bodied with typical Belgian yeast produced flavors; clove, banana and a bit of bread with a light hop bitterness. Clean, crisp finish. I think all around the flavors are pretty good but nothing is really jumping out at me.

D - Easy drinking, sessionable with clean flavors. I'll happily drink the second one that came in my mix pack, but I think there are better Dunkelweizens worth picking up on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 00:16:23 | More by ZeroSignal
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3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored brew, pretty hazy, medium sized cream colored head. The main scent is wheat grains and darker malts. Same for the taste, a predominantly wheat grain taste, with a darker malt infusion. Unfortunately the taste doesnt really evolve much beyond that. Not that its bad per se, its just fairly one-dimensional. Thinner bodied. Overall its certainly not bad, its just alright.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 06:49:03 | More by Tballz420
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3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:10:27 | More by samie85
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 01:14:47 | More by Augustiner719
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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:42:42 | More by PintOHops
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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:37:16 | More by JosiahS
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 21:25:22 | More by 828beagle
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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 20:34:07 | More by whiplash3825
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2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 00:20:22 | More by bigfnjoe
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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