Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
82
good

367 Reviews
THE BROS
77
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Reviews: 367
Hads: 831
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 25
Gots: 30 | 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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Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My head went blank for the intro idea, so on to the beer:

We're looking brown with spotty lacing and solid as a rock head rentention. The nose knows...that something is missing from the aroma. Some phenolic activity is present, weak clove, a little cinnamon apple....something's being held back.

Shallow flavors don't help a whole lot for this beer. It's drinkable at least because it doesn't have off-flavors. Basic dark malted wheat sits around providing a spiced apple flavor. The yeast isn't doing much work for this weizen, and that usually spells blandness. Phenols are weak, that's for sure. Also, the mouthfeel isn't as lush or full as others of the style, though still decent. Oh well.

I was excited to try this, but ultimately was dissapointed. I think SA borrowed too much from its now deceased "hefeweizen" to create this dunkelweiss. (851 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy, almost muddy looking, amber like a good quality unfiltered apple juice. Little head, and what there is fades to a thin swirl. Smells bread-like with some hints of banana and clove. The taste is a trifle sweeter, with a good deal more banana, a bit more clove, and a touch of lemon in addition to the lighter breadiness. A little on the lighter side, but quite tasty. Clean and smooth in the mouth, this is a fairly light Dunkleweiss, but really quite nice. (473 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, hazelnut coloring with no lick of head whatsoever. Aromas of clove spicing, malty sweetness of caramel and toffee, and an overall roasting. Flavors are sweet, with a toffee and caramel backbone that is kept in check by the light, carbonated body. Roasty, warmly spiced characteristics. The aftertaste is sugary sweet, with some balance from spicing, but the sweetness wins out. Sharp, effervescent in mouth at the end, with a slight sweet linger. (507 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dunkel time!!!! The Sammy A Dunkel pours a semi-cloudy golden/red color with a thick, foamy vanilla colored head. Lots of carbonation is apparent, as befits the style. Retention is good, and lots of sticky lacing is left behind. The aroma includes lots of spicy wheat, some breadiness, slight clove, hints of banana bread. Very faint grassy and citric Noble hop character.
The taste starts with cloves then transitions to banana bread and brown sugar, and some darker brown bread flavors. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied with active carbonation. Creamy, but not as full in the mouthfeel as most dunkelweizens. Overall not too bad. (631 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ice tea color. Soft head with moderate retention.

S - Aroma is mild and short-lived but complex. Apple, citrus, wheat, mild clove, honey.

T - Light bitters and an edge of alcohol open up the profile. Toasty malt takes the lead with note of rose water, ripe bananas, and sweet orange. The aftertaste lingers with bready malt in the back of your palate and orange zest in the corners of your mouth.

M - Generally smooth, but with a boozyness that pokes at you. Light to medium/light body.

D - Plenty drinkable if you're a fan of the style. (545 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight hop, sweet malt, yeast, wheat, slight alcohol, hint of citrus, hint of clove, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, clove, slight hop, hint of alcohol, and wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. (451 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light tawny brown with a little haziness; attractive one-finger ivory head.

Smell: nice wheaty aroma with a little graininess; there's also a nice hint of something roasty/chocolatey, but it is very subtle.

Taste: somewhat sweet; the malt has a distinct and complex fruitiness right off the bat (berries, apples, citrus) which quickly fades into just a nice citrusy wheat. Hops are very subtle but are there to give just a little kick. There is even a tiny bit of chocolate in the mix, though there is also a hint of sourness which is not attributable to the citrus flavors. Other than that, this is a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. The bubbles are a little "big" to be really creamy, but it is still quite nice.

Drinkability: this dunkel is quite drinkable in my book. I got it in a harvest beers multipack but haven't seen it around here in sixers. I think I would buy it every so often if it were so available. (1,018 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, cloves, and spices. Taste is good, banana, cloves, fruits, lots of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a very good beer worth seeking out. (278 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruddy brown color. Poured a 2 finger tan creamy head with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Wheat malt, clove and faint banana. Hints of dark-colored fruits and chocolate.

T: Sweet wheat malt, banana and spices. Faint dark-colored fruits, raisins. Enough bitter hops in the finish to balance.

M: Light body; a little light for the style. Medium carbonation. Dry and clean in the balancing finish.

D: Pleasantly subdued aroma and taste. Very refreshing. (473 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (796 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy amber with an inch if head.

S - Well I can smell orange peel and clove with a mild sense of wheat.

T - Interesting. The term seems to mean dark orange or fruit but you don't get any raisin or figs. Like a poster said you get over ripened fruit by my taste its more like a pear mixed with old orange without the mold. Really sweet but not cloying. Not off putting but an interesting brew.

M - Medium to light at best.

D - Man I don't know what they created but it seems to be a great brew filled with fruit, clove, and wheat flavorings. It is complex and original as mass produced. A very good brew! (624 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with orangish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: wheat,

taste: wheat, caramel, no lingering aftertaste

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: a nice dark wheat ale, easy to drink.

Cheers,

The CPj (259 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with some golden hues. A thicker off white head retains well with some rings of lacing on the glass.

Some dark fruit sweetness with dates in the nose alongside roasted malt. However, there's also an unpleasant smack of metallic zing.

Slightly sweet in the beginning with fruit and slight juiciness. Lighter tones of licorice and molasses. Decent malt backbone driven by more raisin and date sweetness. Slightly dry and fruity in the finish.

Somewhat thinner medium body, decent carbonation and fair feel on the palate. Okay drinking, but a little too sweet, especially since nothing in particular stands out in a positive manner. (707 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weiss glass. Purchase before FEB 2010 notched on the label.

A - The yeast was rolled in the bottle for an even distribution on the calm pour. A four-finger cream-colored dollop of whipped-cream-like head rose up. Fantastic retention! The body is a hazy, muddy brown that, on it's own, doesn't look to appetizing. Half way through the glass the lacing started clinging heavily all over.

S - A lightly toasted malt aroma with the wheat is crisp and up-front. The yeasty character is bold and earthy smelling with a tiny bit of bubble gum esters in the background.

T - The first sip yields a full yeasty mouth with estery hints and a clean wheat and toasted malt flavor on the back end. Not bad but a bit shallow for a dunkel.

M - Medium-bodied, it flows down smooth and clean. Partially refreshing with a lightly dry finish.

D - Not a bad dunkel. It's appearance and nose don't represent the rest of the beer well though. After that it tapers off a bit making it less drinkable but I still wouldn't turn it down. Not bad, just a fair dunkelweizen. (1,077 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasty beer comes out of the tap a nearly opaque dark honey brown. Malty aroma has firm wheaty and yeasty tones and a chocolaty hint. Rich, wheaty, malty flavor has yeasty, nutty and caramel notes to round it out. Full-bodied texture is lively and fizzy. (258 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of this year's harvest mixed 12-pack. Pours a hazy light brown color with a small (for a weizen) light tan foam. Retention is average and not much lacing sticks to the glass.

Chocolate covered bananas with a bit of clove, somewhat light aroma with a typical SA yeasty/malt smell that I seem to get from almost every offering from BBC. Pretty good smelling D-weizen though and has all the requisite notes. Leans more towards bananas than cloves.

The taste is a bit watery, was expecting more flavorful malts. Very little sweetness. The yeast does its thing, but the overall impression is that of a dunkelweizen light. It's not a bad beer, and in fact is one of the better SA beers, but it does not come close to the likes of Julius Echter or Weihenstephaner. I would like to see this in 6-packs by itself and would be worth a purchase every now and then in the usual SA price range for Bavarian wheat beer fans such as myself. (948 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a weizen glass. Pours the color and clarity of unpasteurized apple cider with a dense, one inch, creamy, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with thick swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses dark fruit and yeast. Taste follows nose; however, flavors are a bit more muted and there is a suggestion of bubblegum, as well as a slightly bready quality that presents towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a pleasant, even background carbonation. A solid and easy drinking dunkel. Would love to see this one added into the regular rotation as a seasonal. (640 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace is left behind.
S: Big bubble gum and banana aromas up front. Plenty of sweetness. Some husky wheat aromas along with some dry wood. I like it so far.
T: The sweetness is toned down a lot. Light banana esters, husky yeast and some wood flavors. Enjoyable, but a bit of a let down from the nose.
M/D: A lighter to medium body. A bit thin and watery though. Not hard to drink at all. I can quaff several without a problem.

For the most part this is enjoyable. Something I would not hesitate to drink again. Though there are better examples of the style and better SA beers. Again, enjoyable and very much worth a try though. (782 characters)

Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.