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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite my submitting the picture for this beer it has taken me a week or so to drink and review it!

Appearance - Pours an cloudy orange-brown-amber color with over a finger of head that dissipated moderately and left decent lacing.

Smell - Spicy - I can spell bananas, sweetness, a bit of hop, grain, smokiness.

Taste - Can immediately taste the maltiness, banana, caramel, some smoky flavor, and the spices. Pretty dry actually.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, nice carbonation - feels good rolling around my tongue.

Drinkability - Easily drinkable. How sad this only comes in a variety pack - they will do a six pack of Cherry Wheat but God forbid they do a six pack of this. Perhaps they are gauging people's reactions to this since it is newly released? Let's hope so.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 00:39:42 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of edchicma


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow copper with a pillow head. Nice wheat presence on the nose..somewhat understated cloves. Taste mirrors smell with slightly understated qualities. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly creamy..nice on the palate. This lends itself to a very drinkable product.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 23:51:42 | More by edchicma
Photo of vishneda


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Had it alongside Ayinger Ur- Weisse.

Personally, I was not impressed with this offering. The orange-brown hue and almond head were classic for the style, but it was not a stunner. There were a lot of "off" characteristics on the nose. Now, dark wheats do occasionally smell a little funky, but this one was very metallic to me. I also got a cardboard aroma out of it. When mixed with the metallic it was pretty unpleasant to me. There were other "on" notes in there such as the fruity citrus, but they were dominated by the bad smells.

Flavor wise it was ok, a little above average. Classic to the style were the toasted banana and clove notes, along with orange and lemon. It had a sharp and dry finish. However, there was very little sweetness -- most of these have some amount of sweetness to it. I guess that is something that will fit the more American style wheat taste.

The carbonation was nice and spicy and the body was more medium to full with a hearty character. The drinkability was there and was only harmed by my impression of the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 12:48:22 | More by vishneda
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 05:19:49 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown longneck bottle into a Weizen glass. Freshness date of January 2010 is notched into the label.

Pours a slightly hazy, brownish-amber hue, forming a disappointing single finger of beige foam that falls away a little too quickly, leaving some light splotchy lace on the walls of the glass.

Clove and banana in the nose, with a peppery alcoholic note; slight sweet caramel malt underneath.

A sweet base of caramelly, toffeeish malt sits underneath a fairly subdued yet classic Bavarian yeast spiciness, with peppery, clove-like notes and some banana esters. Little-to-no hop character is evident, and the finish is long and sweet, with just a bit of spiciness that helps to dry things out and keep it all in balance.

Body is light-to-medium, and well-carbonated, with a nicely effervescent mouthfeel.

Easily drinkable; a decent interpretation of the style, though a bit lacking in the richer character of traditional examples. Could use a bit more malt character and perhaps a little more fermentation character in the nose. Much better than the Sam Adams "Hefeweizen," as this one can truly be called a Dunkelweizen without hesitation. Definitely one that Boston Beer should put into more regular circulation.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 03:36:21 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of neenerzig


4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass. Is a somewhat hazy, medium copper color. Not as hazy as most beers of this style. Lots of little bubbles rising up to the top of the glass. The head is about an inch thick when poured and settles to a nice 1/4 inch when poured with great staying power. Good lacing. Sweet aromas of banana and clove and some malt. No discernible hop aroma. The flavor is pretty much the the same, sweet clove and banana along with a nice malt backbone. The clove is not super strong here like it is in some weizen beers. The flavor is rounded out with a hint of plum on the back end. This beer has a medium bodied, somewhat crisp, mainly smooth and frothy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A good solid beer here, but not the best I have had from these guys.


Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 03:19:55 | More by neenerzig
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into half-liter Krušovice branded pilsner.

Appearance: Caramel color with a large, long-standing off-white head. The head leaves very slowly, leaving behind thick lacing. There are bubbles stuck to the inside of the glass on the bottom of the beer and around the sides. Has a hint of alcohol as it warms.

Smell: Smells of fruit- apricot, banana, apple, and maybe even grape. Hints of wheat and citrus as well.

Taste: Starts with an apple sweetness, finishing with more sweetness- this time caramel. Has a bit of alcohol sweet/sourness toward the end when it gets warmer.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, and actually a tad heavy on the carbonation. Sticks to the palate.

Drinkability: Another Sam Adams brew, and another job well done. This beer isn't outstanding as many German dunkelweizens may be, but it's still damn good.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 16:24:45 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of animal69


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy med. golden-copper color w/ a thick white head which lasts for a bit before coating my weizen glass with a good amount of lace
S- smell is dominated by clovey spice, some faint cereal and whole grain bread notes, but barely detected
T- taste is exacly like the smell, slightly tart with a more emphasis on the spice and bit more nutty whole grain bread flavors, a little thin as well
M- a dry, light and creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of co2
D- a very drinkable brew, this is a good example of the style, but not a great one

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 00:49:35 | More by animal69
Photo of wahhmaster


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Paulaner branded weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish-tan color with a thick white head.

Smell: Smells citrusy with banana notes. Cloves and roasted malt hints in the background.

Taste: Banana notes with a citrusy taste. Roasted flavors common with dark beers are also present.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with almost no noticable carbonation. Goes down great.

Drinkability: A solid dunkelweizen. Not great, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 23:58:54 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of ruckus232


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

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a Weizen glass

Appearance: Darker brown and cloudy with a slightly off white head

Smell: Nice spiciness in the smell with a slight banana in the background

Taste: It has a strong spiciness with a hint of the banana bread flavor that only stays for a little bit. There is very little taste after the initial taste which is disappointing but overall this is good.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 01:12:02 | More by ruckus232
Photo of bum732


3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with some orange tints. Creamy ring of foam leaving not much lacing. Smells of banana bread, some cinnamon, clove spiciness, . Tastes of banana bread with some chocolate touches. A nice pronounced clove spiciness comes through along with the bitterness. Finishes fairly clean with just a touch of spiciness and earthiness. Pretty thin mouthfeel for the style, decent carbonation.

Not a bad effort, the banana is fairly muted with the clove spiciness taking the foreground. Pretty spicy, maybe from the hops? I didn't like how thin the mouthfeel was or the finish. If i didn't know any better, i would believe there was no yeast in suspension. Pretty good effort, very sessionable, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:57:52 | More by bum732
Photo of bsp77


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint/pilsner/weizen glass thing. I really don't know what their new glass is, but it is definitely multi-purpose.

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange without much head retention. Slight lacing.

Smell: Banana, pineapple, mango, clove and peppery hops. Some wheatiness underneath but the yeast really shines through.

Taste: Slightly sour wheat with strong cloves and light banana and other tropical fruits. Somewhat peppery finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry (borderline sour) finish.

Drinkability: I have only had a couple Dunkelweizens but this seems quite good and true to style. Plus this is probably the best of Sam Adams' many (too many) wheat beers, just a notch above the Summer Ale and Winter Lager.

Since Sam Adams obviously knows how to make an authentic German Weizen, what the f*** is wrong with their Hefeweizen?

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 02:06:56 | More by bsp77
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4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with some amber highlights and has a thick creamy off white head that slowly dissapates to a thin colar on the beer and leaves very good lacing

S-The aroma is doughy, with some mild bannana and clove esthers. They are mild, which is why I like it, and they are balanced. I don't nessesary like a very clovy beer. But if the bannana and clove esthers are balanced, that is a very goog thing. As it warms, the bannana comes through more too, which is nice. But very bready yeasty. Mmmmm, also some faint notes of green apple too. Very nice

T-The flavor is just like the aroma, but with an added soft hop bitterness. Very yeasty and complex. Oh and the wheat in there is nice too.

M-At first it feels a little thin, but when my palate adjusted, I realized it was good and creamy. With a medium body and a full carbonation. It also has the slightest dryness in the finish.

D-IMO, it is very drinkable. I think one could session this beer preety easy. I highly recommend this dark wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 05:06:13 | More by hoplover82
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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber-brown with a huge head starting off that dies down to a cap of foam in my weizen glass.

Aroma is typical weizen. It smells very similar to banana bread. Some dark spice aromas are also present. Nothing extraordinary about it compared to other weizens, but this is nice enough.

I've never reviewed a dunkelweizen, or even tried many, but this didn't jump out at me as much different from a decent hefeweizen. It has a very nice, authentic yeast character, much better than any other sam adams wheats. The wheat malt character is there, and the flavor reminds me of dark bread. Some fruity character is there, kind of like a banana and brown sugar. It's good, but not full of character.

The palate feels a bit flat for the style, and other than that there really isn't much else that jumps out as special, which I've come to expect from this style.

This beer is very easy drinking, low abv, and straightforward. To be honest, I remember the sample of this beer at acbf before it came out to be much better, with a lot more character and better mouthfeel. Maybe my palate wasn't in the best shape then, but I was a bit underwhelmed. But its worth having in the mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 23:49:20 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of Slynger


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed orange brown with a nice creamy cap of dirty tan coloring.

Smells of banana's and caramel with apples.

Flavors of sweet caramel and toasted bready malts go along with a nice fruity balance of banana's and apples with a bit of nuttiness.

Medium bodied with a near perfect amount of refreshing and fuzzy-creamy carbonation.

Very good overall. I would make it a year round offering were I BBC, I liked it much better than their hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 23:40:56 | More by Slynger
Photo of yemenmocha


4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing balance of flavors and drinkability in this dunkelweizen.

Pours medium brown with a reasonably thick and creamy light tan head. Gorgeous beer.

Nose is quite appetizing with a soft banana bread like aroma - banana with brown dessert spices.

On the palate the banana bread comes through again with the malty component making its voice heard, with a medium to light body, and a gentle sweetness towards the finish.

This is both incredibly drinkable and flavorful at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 20:00:36 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Domingo


3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the bottles from the "Harvest Collection."
Pours a hazy amber color with a lot of foam. Yup, that's not a typo. It's more of an amber wheat. It's unfiltered, but there isn't that much yeast floating in it, and the sediment isn't that plentiful either.
Smells about right. Banana bread, more or less.
The taste is a little bit forgettable. It has a lot of the right flavors, but just in low concentration. Hearty dark bread, banana, bubblegum, and maybe a hint of cocoa. On paper it's okay, but it's almost a little watered down.
Mouthfeel is good. No chalkiness...but then again with so little suspended yeast, that's no surprise. Either way, the feel is good.
Drinking a few would be no problem, but there are better DW's I'd drink ahead of this one.

It's okay. There are a ton of better examples. Interesting to see a niche Bavarian beer as a "flavor of the moment" style right now. Lots of DW's are showing up, and this one really doesn't stand out for any other reason than it's amber color. Take it however you want, but the Michelob version is MUCH better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 16:42:23 | More by Domingo
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey brown color with a tight off white head that dissipates into a sparse cap. The aroma is of banana and clove, wheat malt, and a light metallic scent. The taste is of bubble gum and clove, some toasted malt gives a little bitter edge and the flavor is rounded out by a lemon essence. Nice moderate body, dry and astringent, a bit crisp for the style. A nice dunkelweisse. I would like to see some more banana and clove flavor but seems to be on track for the style. Got this out of their harvest 12 pack, can't we replace the cherry wheat with the Black Lager?

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 03:12:58 | More by Gmann
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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 03:55:42 | More by oriolesfan4
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Shaw's as part of the new Samuel Adams Harvest mix-pack. Pours a hazy to murky copper brown body with over an inch of khaki-colored head. Smells nutty and banana notes and hints of spice and lemon-zest and pith. Toasty nuttiness hits first in the flavor, with hints of caramel and toffee, and suggestions of banana and spice. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty darn drinkable. Not at all a bad example of the style - a welcome addition to the Samuel Adams fall line-up!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 01:57:18 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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4.6/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber-brown with a two finger puffy khaki head. Not the cloudy yeasty appearance expected from a weizen but as far as I'm concerned that is a good thing.

This is like liquid banana bread. Banana, caramel, nut, clove in the aroma.

In the taste more of a dry wheat flavor, but all of the elements from the aroma. Nice and crisp.

Light bodied and an easy drinker. Clean, malty/wheaty and crisp. One of the best dunkelweizens I've had. Some may not like it because there isn't a giant slug of yeast in the bottle. But me and my stomach are happy it isn't there.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 23:18:39 | More by mschofield
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New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from the Harvest collection that Sam Adams just released. Poured from the bottle into a glass. Appearance was light auburn with very little haze, especially for the style. Two finger light tan head. Aroma is strong notes of bananna and clove. The taste is also highlighted by bananna and clove notes. There is also a slight hop bitterness, barely noticable. Somewhat watery, and finishes clean. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, although it can seem slightly chewy. Drinkability is average for the style. Some booze flavor pops up when this brew is warm.

Overall, a decent offering from Sam Adams, although I was disappointed. The Michelob offering is a better value.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 04:12:34 | More by Gosox8787
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Fall Harvest Mix Pack served in a weizen glass.

Hazed bronze color with a creamy beige head that hung around as a layer and left a good deal of lacing spots.
Smell is earthy wheat and caramel sweetness.
Taste is malty with flavors of wheat, yeast, spices and low bitterness.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a bit of a thin feel.
A refreshing treat but I'm not a big fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 16:27:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of tvljr


4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No longer retired as it can be found in the Sam Adams Harvest Collection 12 Pack.

Poured into pint glass it has many of the characteristics of a German Hefe with a little less cloud. Pour resulted in a two finger head that settled to about a quarter inch and stayed throughout the drinking time.

Great roasted fragrance that really makes you look forward to that first sip.

Taste is smoky and excellent. Better than most American Hefeweizens and well worth the effort. Stands on its own and will hopefully move out of the mixed 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 22:51:31 | More by tvljr
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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:45:46 | More by Zorro
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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