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Slam Dunkel - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

387 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Risser09 on 07-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 387 | Reviews: 269
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Photo of B33R501
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

weyerbacher knocking it out of the park again, this is the third year ive enjoyed my favorite spring seasonal. ive had aventinus, i prefer this.

beautiful color and appearance in my tulip, creamy tan head that complements perfectly. hard to describe this color, but its gorgeous.

aroma opens with big blast of fruity esters, some alcohol phenols, lots of sour grape wine like character, super fresh, grabbed my 4 pak the day it hit the stores in allentown pa, right down route 22 from the brewery. hints of banana.

huge malty, fruity taste, nicely sour with very complex grape and white wine notes. hints of banana follow, even some tea like flavor that i enjoy. you can taste the freshness, and it finishes sweet, sour and very dry.

this is fantastic right now, but i think will get even better by this summer if i remember correctly from last year. the sourness should fade somewhat, and the banana will come out more. the perfect spring - summer seasonal. grand slam.

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Schneider-Brooklyn Hopfen weisse glass a medium to dark chocolate brown with a large blooming beige head that settled into a creamy-like mass.Heavy clove in the nose with some lighter smokiness and banana esters as well.Again the clove hits big on the palate along with some banana and a hint of lemon,a lingering chocolaty flavor comes in the end as I drank more.Its a big dunkleweizen no doubt,its no holds barred.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep purple with no head

S: Rosey plum aromas, smelling a little of malt
and candy.

T: Plum, bubble gum, grapes, with a little bit
of syrup. Nice hop finish.

M/D: Smooth & crisp as a Hefe with a little a
heartier body. Very drinkable brew of
eclectic characteristics.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

We love the twist on the style "Double Dunkelweizen Ale," not to be confused with a Dunkel Weizenbock. You say, "What's the difference?" Time to find out.

Hazed leather-brown color, fine-bubbled pillowy head wraps a few rings of lace on the glass after each gulp. Thick aroma of brown bread, toasted bread crust, faint clove and some very ripe bananas. So incredibly smooth and crisp within the lush full body. Heavy handful of malt with each taste, big toasted bread flavors up front with a little bit of creamy sweetness. Spicy clove and a warming alcohol hit middle to end and balance the malt out a touch. Semi-dry spicy and toasted biscuit finish.

While we really like Dunkelweizens, we now know for sure that we love Double Dunkelweizens. The beer gods have blessed us with this beer; to hell with it only being available once a year--it needs to be year-round!

Photo of JasonA
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, solid 2 fingers of lace against a thick head. Looks tasty.

Something sweet, medium malt, and is that ester? Not sure what ester truly smells like, but it would make sense. Some sort of fruit, not sure, maybe citrus.

Deep malt character. Not dark mark, but deep medium malt. Boy does an ABV hit with this all through. Good hit, makes for an extremely robust taste, especially for a bock.

Sits well, somewhat yeasty in the end, though not in a bad way. Finishing bitterness is also nice. Might be off balanced with flavors, but tough to say with style.

Definately a nice cold weather beer. Makes me feel warm inside. Would love to have another, and would buy again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a pretty darn good beer. It was a hazy red/brown color with a medium-sized tan head that left a little lacing. It had a fruity aroma, with some other sweetness that smelled like caramel. The taste was more on the fruit side, mostly banana, and also a little bit of piney hops. This was a smooth, balanced beer.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Stella challis.

A - Eggnog beige 3-finger foamy head that lasts forever. After five minutes, there's still a large island of foam with rings of lace around the sides of the glass. Dark orange and opaque.

S - Over-ripe bananas explode from the bottle on the pour. Malt, biscuit, banana bread, apricots, with a touch of milk chocolate and bubblegum. Hint of alcohol pushes through the middle of it all.

T - Ripe bananas, caramel, and malt without being sugary. Touch of clove and other spices show up in the middle. Clean finish.

M - Creamy with decent carbonation gives way to a surprising clean palate. Solid structure and body.

D - Delicious banana beer treat, almost like something for desert, especially when there's seconds and thirds. Definitely gets better as it gets warmer, with subtle variations on the flavors showing up.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 pack of bottles, not bad @$5.99 @ DeCiccos in ardsley, NY. Pours medium brown, murky and dense looking. Darker khaki creamy,head, that leaves respectable lace on the glass. Powdered sugar in the nose along with light raisin and rum. Dark bread notes, along with molasas, raisins and sweet malts. Definatly on the sweet side, but not abusingly so. Tasty and bold, tastes pretty close to being a Belgian dark ale, just with a wheaty underbelly, not a bad formula.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass. Bottled on March 10, 2011.

Appearance: Cloudy orange-brown with billowing creamy head.

Smell: Banana, caramel and somewhat spicy with an odd cast (might be clove but just a little off).

Taste: Oodles of banana and clove. Malty backbone of caramel and sweet bread. Slightly spicy finish from the noble hops and more clove. Quite yeasty.

Feel: Somewhat spritzy body from the carbonation. Slightly creamy with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: One of the more approachable Weizenbocks I have had, and I love the spicy, drier finish. Seems more like a bigger Dunkelweizen than a Weizenbock, which seems like the same thing but it is a little different. Of course, Weyerbacher does call it a Double Dunkelweizen.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed, orangey chestnut. A thin but foamy biege head sits atop, receding quickly.

Aroma of banana and yeast, a little bready.

Flavor of yeasty funkiness upfront, morphing to banana phenols and lemon, some cinnamon, and finishing spicy. Banana bread and black pepper linger, just a hint of the ABV comes through.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery upfront, but finishes fuller. Pretty drinkable, tasty overall.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clouded murky amber brown with a large billowing well carbonated beige head that dwindles slowly. Yeast chunks seem to fall into my glass as specks of suspension remain floating in the head. Big sporadic bands of lace stick the edges of my Marzoni's imperial pint glass. Aromatics star off with white grape or tart raisins, into a fruity pebbles slash pink bubblegum explosion. Even some brown sugar like moments with the darker roasted malt and wheat additions. Flavor takes on an almost creamy yet cider like approach in it's nature. Those creamy bubblegum notes are big but tart fruit character with apple and raisin are definitely kicking in, I really dig the combo on par with some recent bottles of Aventinus. Some what banan bread with darker roasts giving some character. A creamy lactic note with powdered yeast cakes bringing dough and bread flavors around as well, complex and quaffable can't beat that. By the way carbonation is definitely not effervescent in this brew but it's tame moderate carbon dioxide level works well here adding to the smoothness of the overall texture. Drinkability wise I could definitely partake in a few glasses of this brew, I couldn't detect the 7% abv and the flavor is really inviting and refreshing.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of brown bananas and lightly smoked malt, with the banana aromas holding a slight edge. As it warms mild spices begin wafting out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but the malt's a bit stronger in the flavor profile. Bananas still start things off, then giving way to toasted and lightly smoked malt flavors. The spices seem to come out more in the aftertaste than in the sip. Everything is balanced very nicely.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished this beer quickly and could drink a few of these with no problem.

Overall this was a very tasty beer and one that I'd recommend.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher- Slam Dunkel

A- Cloudy reddish brown with a thick foamy head. Good lacing down the glass.
S- Spicy apple cinnamon cider, clove, wheat, & raisins.
T- Immediate spices hit you; clove, pepper, and a touch of cinnamon are present. Thick caramel malt with yeasty hay/ straw flavors come through. Finishes with dried fruits; fig, raisin, prune.
M- Sweet up front with thick sweet fruity body. Finishes off with a touch of alc. Warm on the throat. This could be cloying after a few.

Overall- A good Dunkel, that could spell trouble with the 7% abv.

Photo of jmz62565
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark mahogony with a very large tan foamy head. I did pour this vigorously,but still, it did leave very good lacing. The smell has banana,clove,wheat,and roasted malt,but it's not that strong. The taste is like the smell with banana,clove,roasted malt,some alcohol,and dark fruit. Not a bad taste,but alittle thin. The m/f is light and somewhat watery. I really like this brewery,this sure doesn't taste like a 7% beer,but this isn't there best beer. Not bad,but you can find better.

Photo of asabreed
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an Aventinus weizen glass.

Appearance: Huge billowing off-white head, lighter brown to murky at the base, going nearly-opaque murky brown neae the bulbous top. Lacing light bat wings around the top of the glass, and even with the subsequent pour it takes a long time for the head to fade, leaving almost-mini scoops of ice cream behind.

Smell: Chocolate cream and banana initially, with mild chocolate, among an amalgam of bubblegum and clove, honey, other ripe fruit esters, mostly strawberry and more tropical fruits like mango oddly enough, and some raisins. A lot going on here, nuanced and balanced very nicely.

Taste: Creamy banana and bubblegum, balanced with honey, mild roasted chocolate, yeast, mild citric bitterness, finishing with banana chocolate, and a burst of ripe fruity esters and a twinge of sourness.

Mouthfeel: Oddly more lighter-bodied than most of the others I've tried, while still remaining mildly creamy, making it easy to drink than ideally it maybe should be.

Drinkability: Really liked this brew a lot, and another impressive one from Weyerbacher. Highly drinkable and a bit lighter-bodied, also in flavor, but it still ranks up there with the better ones I've had. There's no problem with feeling like you could drink another one, or two.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a thick, foamy, light tan head and an opaque caramel brown that screams "malt bomb". And that's a good thing.

Aroma sits between banana and darker fruit characteristics and a big toasty, bready element. Like a pumpernickel-banana bread, and if that sounds odd, it is, and it's probably why I'm not "getting" the aroma, although I can appreciate it.

Flavor matters most, and this beer has plenty. Banana, pumpernickel, caramel, toffee, fig...all quite nice, yet there's a surprisingly boozy element to the finish that sets things off kilter in a questionable direction. Some of the dark fruit elements last longest into the finish, especially fig and plum, along with a lingering tartness. I like, but I don't love.

Texture strikes a good point between slick softness and bubbly zing. Most definitely the most pleasing aspect of this beer.

I like Slam Dunkel, but it's not a slam dunk. Seems a little off balance and somewhat wayward. Flavor is good enough to enjoy and ponder, although it still seems a little on the messy side, especially with that weird alcoholic finish. I'm not totally feeling it, but perhaps another day and another bottle would offer a different perspective. It's frustrating, because there's something great just lingering below the surface here.

Photo of emsroth
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. No freshness date.

App: cloudy brown with a small, tan head

Smell: Sweet fruity esters of berries and summer fruit. Hints of alcohol and sweet dunkel malt. Smells thick.

Taste: Greeted by strong bock carbonation. Sweet wheat with a hint of roast. Robust alcohol flavor as per the style. Finishes with a hint of piney hops. A bitterness comes after the swallow and sticks around begging you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with no film or cloying aspects.

Drink: Great. see above.

Not the best beer, but a darn good one.

Photo of cokes
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Silty dark walnut brown with a tight bleached beige crown.
Explosive aroma of banana nut muffins, caramel, plum, pepper, and clove.
Rolls into the mouth sweet, with caramel, brown sugar, and traces of vanilla nougat. A fine dust of bitter cocoa settles in. Jammy fruits arrive via plum and blackberry. It takes a doughy turn about midway, as the wheat grabs the reins, and mixes with a bit of apple-cinnamon crustiness. Bruised bananas come in spades shortly thereafter, then the yeast kicks in clove, black pepper, and a minor, minerally astringency (that evaporates as it warms, fully securing top marks, taste-wise). The finish brings a snort of sherry, and a lingering grapey sweetness, but alcohol is largely unnoticed.
Velveteen medium-full body, a tiny buzz of carbonation gives life and lift and prevents any sticky or overwrought moments.
This is fantastic stuff.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Initially got some sourness, an then straight out sweetness and chocolate malt, brown sugar, cloves, mollasses. Above average mouthfeel,with lots of malt and some yeast, and good satisfying drinkability.Not complex like a weizen bock.Malty aroma.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky brown slightly red hue with a small head that stuck around.
Clove, pepper, a slight medicinal quality. Strong smoked presence makes this beer rather awkward . Funny yeast character not to great smelling.
Sour dough and lots of phenols.
Not as rich as I would have thought for a double dunkelwiezen. Carbonation is slightly biting.
Not a great beer. I will not pursue this in the future.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – dark caramel amber with a thin, short, soft, off white head

S – caramel, dark bread, faint spices

T – caramel, toffee, alcohol, faint banana, faint spices, heavy alcohol finish

M – medium bodied, warm, smooth

This isn’t a bad beer at all. It’s complex, malty, well balanced, but just a tad boozy. Despite the warm, intense alcohol finish, the flavor is juicy and malty and the beer still has good drinkability. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Weyerbacher's knocked me out with this one! It's a beautiful, rich and malty dunkel weizenbock that hits all of the right notes and shows no flaws whatsoever. It's clovey with a bit of banana and some dark fruit amidst a gently caramelish and even subtly chocolatey malt body. There's a bit of spiciness to it that helps balance it, probably coming from a combination of the yeast, the hops, and the 7.4% abv. as well. Really well done. Perfectly balanced for such a big beer. Well worth trying.

Photo of dirtylou
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single from somewhere or another - been in the fridge for a couple months

appearance: served in my delirium chalice - dark ruby-mahogany body, light beige ring with minimal lacing

smell: banana bread, clove, artificial banana, dates and dark fruit

taste: Banana flavor comes through ala banana laffy taffy (easily the worst flavor) - clove and peppery spice, dark fruits, raisins and dates. This is a fine beer, but not something i need to really have again, which is the case for just about everything from weyerbacher

mouthfeel: medium, moderate alcohol, a touch spicy

drinkability: ok

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was shocked by how much I liked this beer. Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into my half-liter weizen glass.

A: The color of this beer is unique, in my experience -- at least for a wheat beer. It looks dense; I'd liken the color and "thickness" to coffee with a lot of cream. A vigorous pour produces a three-finger, khaki-colored head, with less retention than I expected. As the glass is emptied, persistent lacing marks each sip.

S: I get a toasted, malty, caramel scent from this one, but it's a bit repressed, especially as compared to the flavor and mouthfeel. At the end of a hefty sniff, I pick up a certain metallic note. On the whole, the nose is a little underwhelming, by comparison to other aspects of the beer.

F: Folks, this is a truly unique wheat beer. Upon my first taste, it immediately skyrocketed up my list of favorite American wheat beers (it's currently perched right behind Live Oak hefeweizen on that list). Very complex, but without the alcoholic heat usually associated with beers this big. The immediate flavor is of milk chocolate, followed by malted milk, toasted grains, and yeasty bread. With the bread, I detect some caramelized banana, just before the finish. As the beer slides down the throat, I feel a bit of warmth, which pulls in some dark-roasted coffee notes. I love it.

M: By far the heaviest, thickest wheat beer I've experienced. It's more syrupy and viscous than even vintage Aventinus, which is in many ways the closest thing I've had to this. As noted above, I get a bit of warming due to the ABV (which is relatively high for a weizen), but that's fine with me. As hefty as this stuff is, I can feel it travel all the way to my stomach. Truly extraordinary for the style. Even good dunkelweizens (like the dark offerings from Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner) don't come close to this level of density and heft -- it's almost like another style entirely.

D: I'd love to drink a bottle of this every night, and I think it'd be drinkable any time of year, but there's kind of a catch: more than one bottle would be a tall order for one session. And that's unusual for a hefeweizen. This is a delicious, utterly unique, hefty wheat beer.

Highly recommended.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a creamy head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a good wheat base and banana and clove. The taste is very nice as well with the banana and clove along with a bit of a spiciness and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy, one of the highlights of the beer no question. Overall, Slam Dunkel is another solid brew from Weyerbacher. It is a really good Dunkelweizen that is recommended.

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Slam Dunkel from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.