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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 herman77
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.

herman77, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
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.

jimmah120, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
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.

jjanega08, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of 312HopBomb
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.

312HopBomb, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Cooper
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Cooper, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of MNCruzn
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

MNCruzn, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Bunuelian, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

stortore, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Pegasus, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Mjcanton
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mjcanton, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mealhouse, May 12, 2012
Photo of badelsman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

badelsman, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of budgood1
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.

budgood1, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of stpaulsipper07
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

stpaulsipper07, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

fuzzcherry, Mar 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DaveMiller, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of psychotia
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

psychotia, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev 0%

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.

barczar, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

zeledonia, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

BeardedBoffin, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

msubulldog25, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of yamar68
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours like a glass of freshly brewed sweet tea. Murky, cloudy, with a slight, off-white head. Nice lacing. The nose is full of cereal, bananas, malted wheat, it smells the part. The wheat, on the tongue, is very straight-forward, unadulterated. A few wood notes, and just enough hop presence to support the bigger picture. Overall, this is a nice surprise. Not exactly a breakfast beer, per se, but it does taste like breakfast.

yamar68, Mar 12, 2012
Summit Dunkel Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.