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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
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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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +16.4%

A-dark transparent amber with decent white head

S-smells almost like burnt wheat, its actually quite pleasant

T-very decent initial taste that matches the smell: burnt wheat. The after taste is exactly the same and is very flavorful. I'm not sure if I was expecting a lot from Sam Adams, but I'm very satisfied.

M-more than a medium amount of carbonation but smooth at the finish

D- over all mouth feel deteriorates, flavor stays though. the whole bottle is enjoyed.

09-07-2010 04:16:32 | More by AdamBear
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chickenflea

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

The aroma is true to the style, fruity, wheat, grainy, and spicy. The appearance is a cloudy amber color, a decent size white head that disappears quickly. The flavor is spicy, grainy, wheat, dark fruit. The mouth feel is a little thin with high carbonation. The finish is clean with lingering cloves and mild hops. My first dunkelweizen, so I don't have anything to compare it too. It was very pleasant though. It is one of the better offerings that I have had from Sam Adams.

09-07-2010 02:01:01 | More by chickenflea
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%

12oz bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a ruddy mahogony tone with two fingers of off-white head that has respectable retention and lacing. nice looking beer.

missing the banana/clove that i was expecting in the aroma; instead it's more malts and bready yeast.

more of the same in the taste; it's just missing something. maybe a few things. i mean it's an OK tasting beer, certainly not a drain pour, but IMO it's just devoid of a more evident flavor profile. i get a little banana as it warms - a little - and maybe a touch of spice.

light to medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation. fairly drinkable; the problem is you'd lose interest before sessioning became a possibility.

09-07-2010 00:56:06 | More by perrymarcus
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FuzzyGuy84

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

A - Caramel color in appearance, opaque with medium carbonation. Thick, fluffy off-white head.

S - Sweet and malty. Caramel flavors come to mind again.

T - A simple flavor - slightly dark, but mostly clean and refreshing. Absolutely evokes the german style. A solid, if not spectacular, offering.

09-06-2010 20:13:21 | More by FuzzyGuy84
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rwf08

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -8%

Stole it from my girlfriends friends harvest sampler. She isn't on BA so this was for the greater good. Right?

A: Hazy medium caramel color. White ring of head with no lacing. I'd think this would be darker and fuller on the head. I have seen better examples as far as appearance goes but this isn't a make or break point for me.

S: Banana, clove, yeasty bread, and some bubble gum. There is a hint of vanilla in there too. I would want some kind of dark fruit of something dark will the style to come through.

T: A good amount of banana with some yeast. Fairly one dimensional. There is a savory character about this that I cannot place. I want to say it is almost meaty but that seems ridiculous.

M: Fairly thin and highly carbonated. I know this style is to have high carbonation levels but I think the mouthfeel should be thicker to counter act that.

D: Not impressed. Better German beers out there for this style.

09-06-2010 05:44:49 | More by rwf08
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body with a big head. It quickly fades and leaves no lacing.

S: Banana and cloves.

T: Pretty bland. Just the barest hints of banana and cloves. Earthy on the back end.

M: Disasppointingly thin and flat.

D: Not one of BBC's better efforts. I won't be seeking it out again.

09-06-2010 03:44:37 | More by BarrelO
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claspada

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours beautiful reddish brown in color with a farily thick off-white head and adequate lacing to complement.

Aroma is typical of the style, banana, cloves, mild fruitiness and some clove. Mild caramels as well. Seems dialed down a notch though from others in this style, typical of Sam Adams beers in my opinion, always leave you wanting more.

The taste is average for the style but I actually like that. I do no prefer the typical weizen yeast which usually dominates the entire flavor profile of any weizen whether dunkel or hefe or bock. It is actually quite enjoyable but I believe those who truly enjoy the traditional style will be let down because the flavor profile is muted slightly.

Overall it lacks some body and complexity as I mentioned earlier but that helped this beer for me.

09-05-2010 20:55:32 | More by claspada
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HockeytownBrew

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

09-05-2010 01:01:42 | More by daliandragon
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jazer

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

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

California

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
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

09-03-2010 02:36:18 | More by brewmudgeon
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geryeb624

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

09-01-2010 03:09:32 | More by geryeb624
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r0nyn

New York

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

09-01-2010 03:02:14 | More by r0nyn
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ebby82

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

08-28-2010 23:57:50 | More by ebby82
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

08-28-2010 22:02:40 | More by JRed
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mjurney

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

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

Taste/Mouthfeel:
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.

Drinkability:
It's pretty good.

08-28-2010 19:39:19 | More by mjurney
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-28-2010 18:24:23 | More by soupyman10
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -24.4%

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.

08-27-2010 22:18:11 | More by MbpBugeye
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

08-26-2010 23:11:10 | More by Bitterbill
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Brad007

Vermont

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
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

08-25-2010 00:30:25 | More by whoneeds8
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +2%

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.

08-25-2010 00:16:23 | More by ZeroSignal
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

08-24-2010 06:49:03 | More by Tballz420
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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