Summit Dunkel Weizen - Summit Brewing Company
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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
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-05-2012 01:18:40 | More by budgood1
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
3.93/5 rDev +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.
06-02-2012 04:06:52 | More by TheQuietMan22
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
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.
05-23-2012 04:47:45 | More by ZAP
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
05-22-2012 02:53:36 | More by feloniousmonk
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
3.6/5 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
3.28/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
05-12-2012 05:48:30 | More by sweethome
Summit Dunkel Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
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