Summit Dunkel Weizen - Summit Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev -9.3%
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-.
06-03-2012 03:24:10 | More by BedetheVenerable
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.45/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
05-15-2012 00:43:21 | More by mothman
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
04-29-2012 16:18:35 | More by barnzy78
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
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
05-14-2012 02:49:46 | More by HopHead84
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-19-2012 01:52:53 | More by herman77
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-22-2012 04:03:16 | More by jimmah120
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-17-2012 03:41:06 | More by jjanega08
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
09-21-2012 03:19:27 | More by 312HopBomb
Summit Dunkel Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.