Summit Dunkel Weizen - Summit Brewing Company
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Reviews by kwill:
4.73/5 rDev +25.1%
Appearance: Hazy golden brown, just like you would expect from the style.
Smell/Taste: Excellent. The banana and clove is heavy and adds a great aroma and flavor.
Overall: Excellent dunkelweiss. I am a big fan of this style and Summit's version is among the best I have had.
05-25-2012 01:54:53 | More by kwill
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4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
A cloudy burnt umber. Glows light tan in the edges. Thin, white head that clings to the edges and vacates the middle. Smells quite good. Obvious wheat notes coupled with a lemony undercarriage. Some toasted almond notes, as well. Wow, what a smooth, flavorful brew. A bit of tartness at the outset, buoyant with high carbonation. Seems almost thin until a wave of earthy, bread tones come crashing in. The middle lays a heavy blanket of wheat and malt on the tongue and, just as quickly takes it off, leaving a slightly tart, clean finish. Semi-reminiscent of Stillwater's Existent, which pleases me immensely.
Like it? Correct
03-07-2012 01:31:13 | More by wrycon
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
LOOK: Hazed brownish amber, think three finger of head that does not want to move
SMELL: Powdered clove, chalky yeast, bready, banana skins, faint perry, earthy
TASTE: Big smoothness, banana taffy, kiss of clove, faint broth, yeast, carob, estery, toasted bread, nutty, dry finish
Very well done here, smacks of what a Dunkelweizen should be ... the whole banana / clove thing is there but not too strong. Maltiness is amped up and enough alcohol to keep it balanced.
03-17-2012 02:35:37 | More by Jason
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a brownish orange color with an off-white head. The aroma features a lot of banana and toffee notes, about as I expected. The flavor is a bit more complex. I get some wheat and biscuit malt notes, as well as some banana, toffee and cloves. There is also a hint of yeast in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
08-05-2012 19:13:13 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Unchained #9: With White Wheat, Cara Wheat, Malts (Vienna, Munich, others), Tettnanger Hops, and Bavarian Weizen yeast.
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.
Appearance: Dark, cloudy orange with billowing creamy head and great lacing.
Smell: Sweet banana bread with notes of caramel and chocolate. Very minor touches of clove and Tettnanger hops.
Taste: Very malty and not as sweet as the aroma, with chocolate, caramel and banana. Ends suddenly with light clove and spicy hop notes.
Feel: Creamy (but thin) body with moderate carbonation. The sudden drier finish is slightly odd.
Overall: Very solid example of the style, with nice appearance, aroma and taste. The mouthfeel is the only minor issue I have.
03-06-2012 23:13:19 | More by bsp77
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
A-Ugly murky muddy brown with just a film of white foam, not a beautiful looking beer but I'm more interested in the taste.
S-Sweet malts and yeast dominate.
T-Sweet barley malt, some wheat notes. Perfectly balanced taste.
M-Medium bodied and carbonated. A smooth brew.
D-Really good. This goes down smooth and incredibly tasty. Finishes quick and cleanly.
O-Probably my favorite beer from Summit, I'll be getting more of this one. Keep it around.
03-23-2012 02:34:20 | More by deebo
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark and very hazy brown with a tint of orange and peach. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge five fingers of off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing clinging to the glass.
Smell: Big wheat aroma with some lightly roasted malts. Big smell of banana esters and clove spice. Also lots of yeast and bready biscuit. Light hints of chocolate from the dark malts but the yeast and banana stands out the most. Fruits are very vibrant. A very solid smell.
Taste: Big taste of banana esters throughout with wheat and bready biscuity malts. Good notes of caramel, toffee, and clove spices. Subtle hints of chocolate underneath the fruit. Light hints of earthy hops towards the finish provide a little bitterness. Pretty good taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Somewhat sweet but has a drying finish.
Overall: A very solid take on the style. The Unchained series does it again. Very nice ester and biscuit flavors. A good easy drinking warm weather beer.
04-03-2012 05:08:24 | More by MattyG85
3.4/5 rDev -10.1%
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance-Tawny-amber brown hue with a fair amount of haze. Moderate yellowish head with fair retention.
Aroma-Ripe bananas, clove spice, and toasty/bready melanoidins. Rich banana bread and just a touch of chocolate. Spicy and yummy.
Flavor-Heavier spice flavor than on the nose, with little to no banana fruitiness here. Still some toasty/bread crust flavors here with thick caramel in the mid palate. Quite spicy clovey in the finish with light hop bitterness. A little bland, but not bad, and no off-flavors.
Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation-almost effervescent.
Smells better than it tastes-quite spicy with little banana on the palate. It's certainly not a bad dunkelweizen, I just prefer mine a little fruitier. A nice attempt at a great style, but it falls a little short in my opinion.
03-10-2012 03:21:08 | More by plfahey
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Cloudy, iced-tea colored beer with an incredibly large, foamy head; lacing is okay
S: Banana and cloves are prominent up front, of course, but so is a heavy bready, biscuity base; this smells like freshly baked, lightly spiced banana bread; mmm
T: Of course the bananas and cloves are at the forefront but so are the biscuity, toasty malts; some other spices--nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper--play off those toasty malts quite well
F: A touch thin and yet creamy but fairly typical for the style--perhaps a touch under-carbonated
O: An easy drinking beer; I love dunkel weizens and this one does the trick
10-12-2012 02:07:12 | More by dbossman
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a semi-hazed & effervescent ice tea color with a finger of khaki colored head. Great head retention & good lacing
S: Green banana & bubble gum
T: Follows the nose, pears, & a little bit of brown bread up front. Green apples, green bananas & herbal/woody bitterness as this warms, some grassy notes, a slight bit of smokeyness as well. Finishes with some bubble gum & green apple skins & woody bitterness/dryness, plus just a bit of boozeyness
MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation
No threat to any of any of Germany's best, but pretty repspectable & drinkable
08-01-2012 00:43:39 | More by russpowell
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours a cloudy, light brown color with a massive four finger head that had excellant retention. Sheats of lacing is left down the glass.
Does not really smell different from Summit's Hefeweizen. Yeast dominating with banana esters. Some wheat malt but missing anything dunkel.
In a blind tasting (literally), I would have a hard time telling this apart from their hefeweizen. So if you are not a fan of that beer, you will not like this beer. They must of used the same yeast as the same flavor dominates. Has some good wheat flavor but cannot really pick out any of the darker qualities.
This seems undercarbonated. For something that was a lively pour, I expected more pop in the palate.
Not the most successful beer of the Unchained Series. Maybe if I had not drunk so much of their hefeweizen over the years, this would of seemed more special.
03-11-2012 19:30:58 | More by morimech
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Enjoy by 08/16/12 printed on the neck.
A - Poured with most of the sediment, this beer is an incredibly cloudy deep caramel cube brown color with a thick, tall latte head. The loose bubbles were poorly retained for a weizenbier though, and left very little lace on the glass.
S - Explosive banana esters die out quickly to a lull, softly engaging the wheat nose and dark, sweet malt. Notes of molasses and brown sugar baked beans (minus the off-bean part) enter with clove and white pepper spiciness. Musty and earthy, this Unchained Dunkel Weizen has a complex aroma with lingering dark fruits and dense wheat bread.
T - Complimenting the typical weizen characteristics well, Unchained Dunkel Weizen offers a blend of caramelized malt sweetness with light nutty notes. The 'typical' aspects consist of a heavy yeast profile; banana and clove esters with some earthy white pepper spice. Mmm.
M - Medium-full bodied, the wheat adds a soft feel to the body that mellows out the spritzier carbonation. Balanced well, the beer is sweet but not cloying.
O - Summit's Unchained Dunkel Weizen doesn't scream excellence to me, but I'll be damned if it isn't a tasty brew. Heavy yeast profile found throughout this beer really shines with plentiful depth while wheat softens and rounds out the full body provided by some more, darker malts. The earthy characteristics push this beer towards something I'd really enjoy in late summer-early fall months.
06-07-2012 02:03:51 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours like a glass of freshly brewed sweet tea. Murky, cloudy, with a slight, off-white head. Nice lacing. The nose is full of cereal, bananas, malted wheat, it smells the part. The wheat, on the tongue, is very straight-forward, unadulterated. A few wood notes, and just enough hop presence to support the bigger picture. Overall, this is a nice surprise. Not exactly a breakfast beer, per se, but it does taste like breakfast.
03-12-2012 03:59:08 | More by yamar68
Summit Dunkel Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.