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Summit Dunkel Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

120 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bsp77 on 03-06-2012)
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Photo of THEFRANCH15E
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%

Beer: Summit Dunkel Weizen

Appearance: It has a very attractive dark golden/amber color when held up to the light. The head is thicker towards the sides and thins towards the middle. When it's poured into a pint glass it's a very good looking beer.

Smell: It smells very good with hints of roasted malt.

Taste: The taste is fantastic. It has a nice wheat base with malt flavor body and touch of sweetness that has layers that taste like caramel, chocolate and toffee. Very nice mixture.

Mouthfeel: Incredidibly smooth with a clean finish.

Overall: Originally this wasn't supposed to be released in bottles until the week of the 19th but I stumbled across this early release at The Four Firkins. They told me the Brewmaster said to release early and I couldn't be happier! This is a fantastic and well thought out beer and recommend everyone give it a try. I'm so happy Summit came out with this but I am disappointed that it's part of their Unchained Series and won't be around for long...

THEFRANCH15E, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%

This beer pours a cloudy light brown color. The head is a massive three inches in height that lasts until the beer is gone leaving large chunks of foam sticking to the side of the glass. The aroma is of clove, banana, roasted malt, and hints of cocoa. The taste is of clove and allspice mixed with overripe bananas. There are also some malty cocoa notes in the background that round things out. The taste is less yeasty and more malty than the aroma. There is still quite a bit of yeast character to the taste, but I would prefer if it were a little bit more prevalent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and effervescent carbonation. Overall, I really love this beer. Dunkelweizen is one of my favorite styles, and I really wish more American brewers would make more quality example of it. Cheers to Summit for making this beer. I will be drinking it by the case until it is gone.

KarlHungus, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Pug
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Pug, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of 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.

kwill, May 25, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +19%

CWhite, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of leweascoba
4.5/5  rDev +19%

leweascoba, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of inbierveritas
4.5/5  rDev +19%

inbierveritas, May 10, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
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.

MattyG85, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of momoagogo14
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Serving glass: poured from bottle into weizen glass

Appearance: Medium thick, off-white head, good retention, cloudy burnt orange color, pretty good lacing

Smell: biscuity, some caramel, hints of clove, bubblegum, banana

Taste: fruity up front (the banana comes through more here than in the nose) followed by bready, caramel malt. Slightly hoppier than most dunkelweizens---a little bit of a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel, expected more carbonation. Dry finish is unexpected, but in a good way.

Overall: As a bit of a dunkelweizen snob (my first introduction to one was the world-class Weihenstephaner version) I think I went in with low expectations. And I was so wrong! This is yet another Unchained Series brew done right. Great representation of style. Great transition beer between late winter and early spring, though I’m finding myself enjoying it just as much in May. My only regret is that this is a limited edition beer. I’d much prefer Summit add this to their seasonal rotation for the spring, replacing the Maibock.

momoagogo14, May 06, 2012
Photo of Mdog
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%

Appearance: Brown, good head.

Smell: Wheaty, yeasty, mild banana.

Taste: Nice sweetness, banana, yeasty. Weizenbock-lite.

Overall: I really like this beer! I like weizenbocks, especially the ones that are banana-centric, and this one combines those flavors into a less-alcohol-potent beverage. I'm going to have to pick up more of this one before it disappears, probably my favorite so far of the Summit unchained series.

Mdog, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Sender, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Cramerican, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

ArsenalBB, May 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

millelacsmark, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

A-Hazed burnt orange color

S-Overripe banana drizzled with cocoa and caramel....smells the part...

T-Similar to the aroma but not as strong....tasty but slightly dialed down in flavor compared to the aroma...the banana is still there along with now a hint of vanilla but the cocoa/caramel is more muted on the taste..

M-Easy drinking...carbonation is about perfect....I hate when Weizens get too charged up and this does NOT do that.

O-Very enjoyable. Not quite in NG Black Wheat territory but a fantastic rendition of a not too commonly brewed style. I definitely will be looking to secure another 6er or two of this for the summer.

ZAP, May 23, 2012
Photo of AApparel
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

AApparel, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of SweJon
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

SweJon, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of wrycon
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

wrycon, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of deebo
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.

deebo, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark cloudy/hazy brown color. Pours a nice foamy 3 finger head that is slightly brown. Good lacing retention as well!

Smell - Caramel, toffee, bananas, and cloves. There's also a slight earthy scent to this beer, but it's not terribly noticeable.

Taste - Bubblegum, caramel, banana, cloves and malts. The taste is much sweeter and vibrant that the smell with each flavor rich and sweet!

Mouthfeel - Very light in body with some moderate carbonation. It's got a very crisp and I found myself drinking this quite fast. This is a very refreshing beer to drink!

Overall - I'm not terribly familiar with the Dunkelweizen style of beer, but what I got was a crisp and tasty Hefeweizen with a very sweet doppelbock-like caramel kick to it. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, and I would happily drink this again.

NuclearDolphin, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Strix
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

Cloudy caramel color, decent initial head, doesn't last or lace though.

Malt, clove, and banana present in the nose.

Caramel, clove, banana, wheat, bubblegum, malt. Nice blend of flavors.

Mouthfeel a little thin perhaps.

I think this is my favorite of the unchained I've had so far.

Strix, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours out viscous looking. The color is a hazy orange hued brown and the head is of dense sticky foam. Some nice sticky lacing also.

Lots of overripe banana in the nose to go along with some clove and caramel roll smell.

The taste consists of caramel with banana bread and clove with a lighter smoked malt presence on the back end. Some warm alcohol peeks its head out at the very end with a touch of bitterness. Very pleasant taste with a mild complexity to it.

As it warms a bit, the carbonation becomes quite creamy. Light-medium body here with a lightly sticky finish.

I am really glad Summit did this. It's a different style than what 99.9% of breweries in the U.S. are willing to do and this shows how good this style can be when done correctly. Makes a really nice transitional beer from winter to spring.

jera1350, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Cloudy burnt orange color with a 3 finger off white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has bananas, bread malt, and cloves. Smells like it should be a sweet beer.

The taste is sweet, but not overly sweet, with bananas, bread malt, cloves, yeast, and a small amount of lemon. Taste every bit like a Dunkelweizen should taste.

Light bodied with soft carbonation. Has a lightly sweet aftertaste. Very refreshing, and easy to drink. Nicely made.

hardy008, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

Hazy orange-brown with a half-inch of khaki foam that recedes slowly and leaves fits of lace. Smell is ripe bananas, cloves and biscuits. Taste follows the nose, ripe bananas, cloves, allspice, hit of fruity flavor..yeast. It's got a decent level of carbonation but would have liked to see a more substantial body and a creamier feel. The good flavors yield too quickly, the body falls apart a bit on the tongue leaving a slightly chalky after taste. I enjoy the style and, though there is some room for improvement, I enjoyed this example from Summit. Keep making them and I'll keep drinking them.

JackieTH, Mar 16, 2012
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Summit Dunkel Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.