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Summit Dunkel Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: bsp77 on 03-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of nsheehan
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dunkel Weizen, Unchained 09
12oz to Adelbert’s snifter

A – Quite opaque, barely translucent, but has some clarity when the light is right. Brown. Head nearly dissipates completely; when I opened it, it seemed the carbonation was a tad low.

S – Cocoa, dark fruit, and medicine. The medicine almost seemed to be alcohol at first. The cocoa smells very much like a dark chocolate bar, not powder. The dark fruit is fig and prune, perhaps a bit of cherry. The medicinal smell has sort of changed into a more plastic smell now. I don’t pick up any wheat.

T – A very cocoa-y dunkelweizen, with dark fruit notes in the middle and a medicinal cocoa taste on the back end. Kind of like putting dark cocoa powder into some fig juice and adding a splash of cough syrup; perhaps this could be a substitute drink for some pro athletes. It’s not bad, but it’s not good. There is also a lightness in the taste, a cold strawberry note that comes out between the middle and end that makes the taste somewhat refreshing. I’d give it a higher taste score for being interesting, but it’s missing the flavors I associate with a dunkelweizen. It’s more like a sessionable chocolate stout (with an off-flavor).

M – Medium bodied, kind of soft except on the tip of the tongue. Low carbonation but does seem like a sipper. The taste keeps the mouthfeel feeling agile.

O – While this is pretty off-style and aged, I think it has changed in an interesting way and remains drinkable enough, unless you’re really into style accuracy. It maintains some refreshingness despite the medicinal off-taste, and the cocoa is very present but not overpowering.
3, 2.5, 2.75, 3, 3.25; 2.85.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer poured very cloudy with two fingers' width of cream colored foam. It was a brown copper-like color. Nice lacing. But I would have expected a dunkel to be darker.

Smell: I could smell some banana, a bit of grass and biscuit, and maybe a little fruit with a hint of bubblegum. I expected a much more potent banana smell.

Taste: The beer had some banana notes but very subdued. A slight amount of bitterness. I expected much more in the way of banana for this style beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, effervescence was light and tingly.

Overall: A nice, refreshing taste but seemed to lack body. It was somewhat disappointing for a dunkel.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: a hazed, but very bright, light brown/almost orange hue. head is brownish and white. retention is terrible as it disappears quickly.

S: a little bit of a vinous, corky aroma. banana. ground ginger. the vinous scent is a little off-putting.

T: pretty classic dunkel flavors to start. caramel, sweet fruits, a little bit of clove. a little cheesy? a lingering caramel flavor lasts long into the finish. along with a mild fruitiness.

M: ample carbonation on a medium body.

D: not bad, just not too impressed either. not sure if this was sitting for too long or just not great. maybe better closer to the source....

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Photo of tewaris
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Very slightly hazy and dark amber with a rich head. Good retention and lacing. Fruity as well as phenolic notes, and plenty of sweetness in the aroma. Bready notes as well. Taste is a little unexpected after the aroma... doesn't really taste as 'German wheat beer' as it smelled. Clean, too clean. Some sweetness as well as some bitterness with only hints of esters. Mouthfeel is smooth, and the beer drinks easy.

4, 3.5, 3, 4, 3

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Photo of sweethome
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour in to Chimay small goblet. Rather dark amber color, minimal head.

Nose of over-ripe banana and bubblegum. A hint of yeast. Smooth entry - slight, citric bite. Yeah,slight. A rather easy drinker. Not much banana/clove here - more dunkel than weizen. Nothing wrong here, just not full or deep, without complexity.

Rather smooth and light for style.

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Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, this is only my second dunkelweizen ever, so I my expectations are stripped down to their g-strings. Excepting, of course, that the Unchained series has been very good for the most part. But enough of that. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour gives vigorous head, so much that I have to pause in the middle to give it a rest. Occluded amber with brown thrown in. Smell is strong cloves, bananas, old Topps bubblegum (before they stopped putting it in baseball card packs because, y'know, it might ruin the value of a card). Wheat is faint. Nice.

Unchained #9 Dunkelweizen isn't quite what I saw advertised on the board. Wheat is much more prominent in the mouth, & interacts oddly with the sugar-drenched bananas. Lots of clove-spice in the middle, devolving into yeasty esters on the finish. Snapping bubblegum permeates the entire org structure of the brew.

Very strange beer; given my youthful inexperience with the style, not sure if this is indicative or an outlier, but the tastes & whatnot just don't meld all that well for me. Still a pretty good beer, but leaves me puzzled.

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Photo of morimech
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date, but "1353 73W042" stamped on bottom
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Summit's unchained dunkelweiss is a version of the style that plays up the roasted characters of the style a bit, bringing out some char and chocolate in the normal dunkelweiss mix. Unfortunately, the beer is a bit weak in its olfactory and gustatory presentation, hinting at flavors more than asserting with them. The one flavor that is overly expressed, I felt, was the roasted malt, which ventured into slightly burnt malt territory (and believe me, I've burnt malt before), and comes across as less than desirable. Overall, a fairly average to slightly above average version of the style.

Pours a very tall, tan head, as expected, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles. Retention is only about average, this declines fairly quickly and only leaves minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Head eventually settles to a thin (0.2cm) cap atop the body. Body of beer is a deep, fairly dark, orange-brown color, with light bringing out the orange around the edges of a brown center. Beer is opaque from swirled-in sediment, but I can see some carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is fairly faint overall, yielding a bit of old banana, yeast, and a bit of toasted malt; you really have to dig to find some of these, though. Not as bold or bountiful as its German counterparts, pretty average.

Tasting opens with some mild roasted flavors and mild sweetness a bit like apple cider. Mid-palate brings in more roasted malt, overripe bananas, some bread dough, and a bit of light apple juice sweetness. The roasted malt sticks out a bit more than expected, more than usual in a dunkelweizen, actually coming across as slightly burnt. This is just at the border of unacceptable, but as it does not cross that line, I actually find it somewhat different and enjoyable. Back of palate picks up continued cider-like sweetness, bread-like flavors, and a hint of chocolate. Lingering aftertaste of slightly burnt malt, ripe banana, and some yeast. Generally good, but the burnt flavors aren't particularly to my liking and become off-putting after a while. Also, feel that the flavors could be bolder, like the scent.

Beer's body is medium-light in weight, with carbonation that's a bit below medium for this beer. The result is a fairly light beer that sits around a bit too long on the palate. Finish is dry with a slight residual stickiness on the lips.

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Photo of plfahey
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unchained #9

Pours a layer of beige tan head. Sticks around for a while. Color is a hazed dark golden bronze. Rustic looking.

Aroma: Bananas, chocolate, cloves, and other spices. A touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste: More sweetness to start things out. Caramel and bananas. Cloves, chocolate, and just a hint of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, this was a decent beer. Not my favorite rendition of they style, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with cool minimalist 'Unchained' label; best-by 8-16-12. Picked this up in KC...was looking all around mid-Mo for a dunkelweizen other than the 500 ml bottles of Weihenstephaner which are often out of code, and love Summit. KC gets Summit even though the rest of the state doesn't. Booyah!

Appearance: Murky sienna beer, capped with a dark eggshell colored crown with decent retention.

Smell: Mostly estery banana, with some doughy notes in the background, a ghostly whisper of alchol, and a hint of sweet graininess. As this warms, hints of clove and sweet toffee emerge, so I'm bumping this up from what I gave it originally. Pleasant overall, if not tons of depth.

Taste: Banana jumps out front from the get-go, which I don't really mind for the style. The only problem is (and it pains me to say this, as I was really wanting to love this beer) that there's not much behind it. There's very minimal bready malts, and a sort of odd light astringency here as well. Perhaps some dark fruit flavors as well, but they're mild (although nice). Overall, not a ton going on.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light, esp. for teh 6%, but it has that nice hefeweizen drinkability.

Overall: Like I said, I wanted to love this beer, but I just can't. It'd be great for gulping down with German food outside at a hot July picnic, but I probably wouldn't buy it again to drink on its own. Summit makes some really tasty beers, and their Unchained series has produced some awesome stuff, but this one's fairly average.

At around $8-9 a sixer, I'd have to give this a B-.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a cloudy light brownish-orange. Huge frothy tan head leaves good lacing on the glass and fades to a thin layer of foam atop the ale. Aromas are of wheat, clove, maybe some orange, but seem muted. Tastes are wheat, caramel, clove, banana, faint orange. Mouth-feel is full-bodied, creamy, and smooth. Finishes with a tingle on the tongue. Overall, good take on a dunkelweizen, but I think I got my hopes up too high for this one - nobody does a Weisse bier like Germany.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 09... No other freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice hazy brownish dunkel like color the head is a bit small for a dunkel rising only a half finger and falling to a thin skin on top of the glass with some spotty lacing.

S= The smell is a lot of sweet bready malt. The bananas I usually associate with the dunkel is missing but there is a definite yeastyness to it that covers all of the sweet grainy buiscuity malt.

T= The taste is much more of what I think of when I think dunkel. A nice sweet bready malt character is prevelent in it but the yeast is able to take the main role. There is a great wheat character to the beer and the yeast brings together a bit of that banana character I am familiar with. A nice spicy yeast character maybe cloves or some other spice comes through that is unique to a dunkel.

M= Nicely carbonated and a great body to it.

O= At first I was skeptical but the flavor is there with this one. A solid offer that I hope to be able to enjoy for a while. They did the style justice on this one. While not the most outlandish dunkel it is a good one that is worth trying again and again.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Murky orange tinged brown with half an inch of jaundice cream that bubbles into nothing after minute.

S: Baked bread melds with clove and banana esters. Lesser notes of bubblegum accompany wheat and touch of citrus. There's just a hint of vanilla.

T: Rich bready malt notes with strong clove and an even blend of banana and bubblegum. I get a little pear and a dash of orange.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty nice Dunkelweizen, though a little heavy on the clove for me.

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Photo of herman77
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark and hazy amber/ice tea-brown with a small off white head. Okay lacing.

S: Slight clove and yeast, with bananas, bready malt and a bit of toffee. A lot like a yeasty banana bread.

T: More spice in the taste then the nose. Slight clove spiciness that lasts all the way through. A little banana, wheat and malt. A bit chalky, but in a good way.

M: Medium body, slightly below average carbonation. Soft and pretty smooth feeling

O: Pretty solid. Not my favorite of the unchained, but interesting and glad they made it. Pretty good drinkability too.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best by date of 07/28/12

Look is a dark brown/amber with a small sticky head. Smell is very hefe-like at first with clove, banana, and yeast. As you dig, there's grain and malt manifesting as cinnamon rolls and freshly baked bread. Taste starts out crisp, grainy, and woody. Clove and banana notes fade into deep roasted flavors: light cocoa, toasted grain, cinnamon rolls again, and toasted bread. Very pleasant, but ultimately too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear Reddish brown in color . Not much visible carbonation and no lacing.

S: Fruity dark malt and slightly sour.

T: Dark roasted wheat and full dark fruit. Slightly sweet with a tart finish.

M: Tingly bite and full for a weiss beer.

O: An interesting take on the dunkel weizen style.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, dark amber body with a small off-white head, which slowly fades. The lacing is thick and glass-coating. The carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

Aroma: Outstanding maltiness, with dark bread, toasted malt, and caramel.

Taste: Opens with caramel and toasted malt, as the taste progresses, there is a distinct note of dark bread. Late in the taste, there is a bit of restrained fruitiness. Finishes with a lingering, sturdy toasted malt note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Fine example of the style, pairs well with bratwurst and potato salad.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of budgood1
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a turbid burnt sienna colour with a large frothy light tan head. ample lacing as per the style. looks great! banana esters upon first whif followed by a healthy dose of clove, caramel and cocoa. not overly spicy, but about just right. the taste provides more fruitiness than i was expecting...bananas and a lemon twist upon first impression. a slight alcohol spice intertwines with some clove and wheat notes. a nice hop layer also contibutes to the fun and contributes a slight bitterness. the addition of the healthy amount of dregs adds a definite yeasty aspect that seems to smooth out the overall profile quite a bit. unchained #9 has a relatively sturdy body with a creamy, smoothed out mouthfeel. pretty nice. drinkability is very good.

overall a winner IMHO. it sort of blurs the line between dunkel and weizenbock, but clearly lies in the former category. this offering is a respectable and unique rendition of a lesser known style. definitely recommended for consumption as a change up in the weizen drinking season.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a solid inch and a half light khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Orange, wheat, coriander, caramelly sweet, bready, toasted malt and banana esters form the aroma.

There's a toasted barley character throughout the flavor profile, with notes of chocolate and nuttiness. Tangy orange, wheat, banana, and coriander lurk beneath. The finish it's slightly dry and fairly toasty.

Body is creamy and on the full side, with carbonation lightening things up a bit.

Overall, a great example of the style. Malt and hefe yeast esters blend well. Not enough toasted and roasted flavors to dominate, but they add complexity to the banana, wheat, and orange flavors.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes; picked up a 12 oz bottle on a late August visit to Iowa (bought at John's in IC), consumed mid-October. Dated 08/16/12. Poured to a pint glass back home in Oregon.

"Unchained Series - Batch 09"

A: Deep copper-orange coloring, moderate carbonation. Loud, fizzing head, (almond colored and soda-like), building to about a finger, dissipating rather quickly. Slim lace bands linger before fading. A little hazy, as it should be.

S: I originally gave a 3.5 (before the new .25 point grading), but adjusted today; it was a category I recall wavering on... Good bready/fruity aroma - apple, raisin clove and roasted nuttiness.

T: Mild 'banana' flavor, MUCH stronger 'clove' spicing. Not to say it's over-bearing or imbalanced - it is neither - but earthy/dry clove plays a part in initial tastes and beyond (see Mouthfeel).

M: VERY fizzy carbonation in the mouth, bordering on too much. Light-medium body, but a trailing clove/spice zing adds a nice finish.

O: Pretty likeable dunkel, at the end of the day. Have only had one other chance to try ANYthing from Summit (that on a layover at MSP several years ago), so it was nice to get a seasonal/limited sipper like this. Authentic to the Germanic standards, solid all-around. Would I have this again? Absolutely.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best by 08/16/12 - no problem there. I've been enjoying Summit's one-off series, looking forward to trying this latest one. Poured into my new curvy Surly pint glass (I'm short on weizen glasses).

Pours a hazy medium amber brown. One finger of cream-colored head, decent retention. Slippery lacing needs suspenders.

Smells like a malty hefeweizen. Loads of banana yeast, some rich sweet malts. Spice is there but light, at least in the nose. A bit of chewy bread. I like it, but I want more complexity.

Taste has less banana and more other stuff. More spice (hello, cloves), and more hops than I'd expected, bringing a medium bitterness. Once again, I like it, but I want more depth. And for this style, I want it to be a little less persistently bitter.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium-bodied, tingly, and moderately dry. Most of it dries off the tongue, but a bit of the flavor lingers on.

A tasty beer. Nothing about it bowled me over, but I could drink a whole lot of these. And it's a perfect Minnesota spring beer, with those hefeweizen characteristics teasing me about summer, but the darkness and malts I want from my winter brews.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of bananas, some roasted malt, bit of toffee sweetness and just a bit of spice.

T: Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, some toffee with a mild sweetness. There is an easy bitterness in the background with a clean finish.

F: Medium body, quite smooth and well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable drinker. Nice take on the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The latest in Summit's Unchained Series is a Dunkel Weizen. It pours a cloudy copper-amber color with a cap of really thick sticky foam. Banana and pear mix with in the aroma with a dash of spice. The wheat adds character and texture to the body. The flavors are a bit sweet with some hints of caramel. This is solid drinkable brew.

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Summit Dunkel Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.