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Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) AleBuckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale

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39 Reviews

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 67
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 02-27-2009

This Dunkelweizen is overlaid with chocolaty flavors and fruity aromas, a beer that's so good it redefines the word bad. That's right...BAD is good!
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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 67
Photo of zaphodchak
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thinnish offwhite head, translucent dark brown body.

Nose has heavy chocolatey malt. Really the sort of malt that just makes you think of malt. Like malt balls.

Body is malty, not overly rich, dryish and really, really nice. Kinda of a German dunkel. None of the heaviness or sweetness I associate with wheat, but this is really well balanced and incredibly drinkable.

Smooth, kinda coarse and airy. Lightish, I guess.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Thin head with little lacing, color is a murky, mysterious, opalescent tudor brown. Aroma consists of notes of dark fruits, banana and brown sugar (and maybe a touch of coffee) Taste has some malty sweetness with some hints of alcohol. Some of the aromas are echoed in the taste. Not a delicious beer, but quite solid. Very drinkable.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on-tap at Rooster's Beak.

A: This pours a sinister dark brown with ruby-red hues and a frothy, 1 finger head.

S: It features aromas of banana, bread malts, hazelnut, and some chocolate.

T: This is darker and more chocolately than any dunkelweizen I've ever had. It also has banana, dark fruits, bread malts (but not the typical wet bread taste), and a roasted nutty flavor.

M: This is creamy and smooth throughout. Nice.

D: It is a damn fine brew and I hope to see it in bottles soon.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as usual, big thanks to marvin213 for the hookup on this one!

Pours a rich dark burnt caramel hue with a pleasantly foamy buff-colored head of a solid finger. impressive retention with solid lacing. Aroma is subtle and earthy with hints of cocoa, cinnamon, dirt and burnt sugar. hints of cherries and rum. Taste is mild wheat with some bright sour cherry and caramel highlights. cocoa and toffee through the middle with a light molasses and caramel finish. Not bad... with there was a bit more flavor - it seems a touch muted and muddled. but certainly ain't bad. Mouth is bright with ample carbonation. good medium body for the style and it works nicely with the hint of tartness in the barely slick finish. All in all, not a bad dark wheat. I'd drink one again any day.

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Photo of lstokes
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured very dark with a minimal head and smelled almost like apple taffy--I couldn't really keep my nose away, but not because I liked it. Taste is also very sweet--brown sugar, raisin, a little bit of citrus, wheat and a little bit of cocoa. It doesn't seem very deep--I was struck by the absence of an aftertaste.

The body is also on the light side, with high carbonation--this isn't a style I'm very fond of to start with, but I didn't love this beer and don't think I'll be drinking it again.

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Photo of devilben02
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a muddy, near-opaque dark cola brown, with almost no head at all. The aroma is dark and fruity, with a light cherry-like sweetness and a little brown sugar overlaid on a bed of cereal grains. The flavor is likewise fruity and sweet against a nutty, dry graininess. There is also a bit of astringency and some mild but noticeable alcohol burn that distract from the initial flavor profile. It has a nice light/medium body, but the texture is a bit too drying. In the end, this beer has an interesting flavor profile, but a few negative characteristics drag down the overall impression.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a growler into an irish pint glass, murky dank looking concoction. very medium brown of the opaque variety. must be unfiltered.grains seem to dominate the nose with some hints of sourness and dark fruit.nice grainey flavors dominate here with enough hop to pick out but that is all. with all of that said this beer seems to really come through on the mouthfeel & drinkability for me. nice fresh even medium mouthfeel and carbonation make for a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- this beer had a huge head to it. Kind of like when you get a bad beer. Thick foam set on top of a dark brown beer with rusty orange highlights.

S- Wheat and dark fruit. Yeasty and malty. there's some faint smells of vanilla licorice as well.

T- I get some toasted barley and wheat. Some hints of dark fruits and vanilla.

M- Very chalky and dries out the mouth.

O- Not to overly impressed with this one. Didn't seem to have alot that just jumped out at me. So So.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle says the ABV is 6% but the website says it is 5.6%.

Appearance: Pours into glass a very hazy/cloudy brownish color, doesn't let any light through the glass at all, small head that quickly vanishes leaving a blanket over the surface of the beer. Some patchy lacing remains on the glass with every sip.

Smell: I don't get a very potent smell off of this brew, there is some darker grains detectable, but not much of an aroma.

Taste: there is a good grain-y taste initially, I mean the buckwheat really has some serious flavor, and then *poof* by some form of beer magic it vanishes, leaving this taste vacuum without much else. The finish is surprisingly clean without any aftertaste what-so-ever. It left me startlingly bewildered.

Mouthfeel: very creamy texture in this beer.

Drinkability: its drinkable. I just wish that the taste remained longer or that something else was going on with this brew.

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Photo of n00tz
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep woody color, slight haze, mild carbonation. Nil head, but a consistent ring of carb rimming the glass.

S - Heavy malts and some creaminess, sweet-woody and dark-fruity.

T - Dark malts, heavy sweet cream, wood and spice. semi tart

M - medium-heavy body. sweet creamy burp.

D - quite satisfying.

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Photo of ChristianBlack
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color. Not much in terms of lacing.

Aroma of wheat, malt and spices.

This brew is actually difficult to classify. It's a dark wheat brew. I get that. But, I think I was really expecting something else. Something more complex. Instead it was pretty average and not all that interesting.

An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

It's drinkable. But, I probably won't go back to it.

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Photo of southernbelle09
4.37/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one on draft at Terry's Tap Room in Spartanburg. I haven't had much experience with the dunkelweizens (especially living here in SC), so I was anxious to give this offering by Rockers a try. This one pours a hazy deep brown with ½ inch creamy, off-white head that slowly fades thin at the end. Unlike a traditional dunkel, the esters really seem to be prevalent in the aroma. Taste reminds me of RJR's hefe, Buckwheat, but has more of a chocolatey profile (I guess that's why they call it Buckwheat After Dark or simply "BAD Ale" as the bartender called it). Mouthfeel is definitely heavier than the average wheat, and carbonation levels are about what you would expect. I found myself reordering this one throughout the evening! Overall this one is another awesome beer from RJR. I can't believe I'm the first to review it...its been out for months!

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Photo of Ralelen
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this in a snifter at my local here in CT. Color was a dark creamy brown, not as dark as I was expecting, almost like chocolate milk. I was disappointed at the last of a head, but oh well.
The body was medium+, smooth, and to the point. Nice body from the wheat with a hint of chocolate. Very very drinkable.

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Photo of upstatewoodie
4.73/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is the Best dunkelweizen i have had! i like to call it the nectar because it is that good, nice fruity flavoring like the buckwheat but with the chocolate hoppy flavoring to it.
it has and creates this amazingly smooth drinkablitlity with a great mouthfeel. It leaves a nice light chocolate taste in your mouth as the nice frothy head stays with it till the end. It is by far the best beer on tap at the new Tap Room in Downtown Spartanburg. the only complaint i have about(buckwheat after dark) is that it is not bottled. I have found myself though getting growlers of it in the meantime.

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Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.