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
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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 russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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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 hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bmike86
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack from Byerly’s in Minnetonka.

Appearance --- a hazy golden-brownish (pretty much honey) in color with about 1 finger worth of a light off-white head with a tint of yellow, with a minimal amount of suds left lacing the glass while drinking.

Smell --- not much with the scent, a bit of banana and wheat

Taste --- banana, bread, malts

Mouth feel --- fairly light, minimal bitterness

Overall --- I am not a big fan of wheat beers, but am a fan of Summit’s take on the dunkel weizen. I think I would be a bit more excited about it, if it did not have as similar characteristics as the hefeweizen they recently axed from their lineup. I would love for this one to become a spring or fall seasonal, especially since I like this one and have little use for their Maibock. But with all of the recent changes to their lineup, I doubt additional change will happen. It is a shame, because I really enjoyed this one. If there are any around, I highly suggest sneaking in a taste of this before the new Unchained comes out and replaces this one.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Red with orange highlights. Head is thin but lasts well. Fairly hazy.
S- The smell is very heavy on the banana. There are some dark malts and a hint of clove, but those are pretty reserved compared to the banana. Still, very good aromas.
T- The taste is more balanced. A fair bit of spice up front. Some fruity, bananaesque sweetness round it out. There is just the slightest hint of smokyness in the finish.
M- Body is about standard for the style. I actually found it a bit overcarbed, a bit abrasive at times.
O- The dunkelweizen is a style that I think is way underrated by American breweries. I enjoy a good dunkel. This is a sound example that has all the requisites that needs just a touch more balancing and bit less aggressive carbonation to being a great example.

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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 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 BeerFMAndy
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 TheQuietMan22
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. It does not look like there is a freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a 300 ml weizen glass. The color is cloudy, dark caramel. Two fingers of light tan head dissipated to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: In a word: classic. Banana (very reminiscent of banana bread), cloves, apple, a little bubblegum, and an undertone of caramel and toffee. As the beer warms, hints of darker fruit emerge — mostly raisin and plum, but I could smell a little strawberry and raspberry, too.

Taste: Much like the smell, but the caramel and toffee are much more pronounced than the fruit. In the background are the usual suspects: banana, cloves, a little pepper, and apple.

Drinkability: All in all, it is pretty standard. However, off the top of my head I do not think I have had a better American dunkelweizen. The brewer mentioned it was inspired by a German version and I think he matched it to a tee.

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Photo of kwill
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love a good Dunkel Weizen. Will I love this one? Good question…

Clouded, burgundy hued, soft purple, I'll call it, under a vast, voluminous head of off-white, pillowy foam. Looks fantastic.

Aroma: clove and banana hit first, followed by some darker fruit, grape, berry, melon. Light spiciness, deep fruitiness, gorgeous wheat character. Ever so ever so.

Taste: Slides into the mouth assuredly, with the full wheat flavor, mixed with the classic Bavarian yeast, the fruit, the spice, the refreshment. So tasty, and so easy to drink, layers of complexity, and a heck of a lot of yum.

It takes a minute or two, but eventually it turns to dry, after a little bit of sweet. You have to get past that for a minute, but not I, I am partial to this flavor, and drink it up with all delight. Great wheat texture, smooth, silky, and, mmm. Mmm, mmm, mmm.

Another good one in the Unchained Series. Haven't had much to complain about, yet. Doing good, Summit.

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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 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 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 momoagogo14
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 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 garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Old Mill.
Lighter in color than many for style - more of a cloudy dark golden than a full on brown. Initial fluffy head that settles out a little quick.
Nice fresh and refreshing aroma - banana, clove and the barley malt hanging around.
Refreshing rather clean taste. Similar to aroma, but also holding a slight tartness. A little soft on the barley grain flavors, but clearly still hitting style.
Soft fullness in carbonation. Clean finish.
Nice beer. Would be good anytime and especially with warm weather coming.

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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 Strix
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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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Summit Dunkel Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
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