Beer Camp Across The World: Dunkle Weisse
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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German Dunkelweizen
3.92 | pDev: 8.16%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Beer Camp Across The World: Dunkle WeisseBeer Camp Across The World: Dunkle Weisse
Notes: Bavaria's Ayinger are legends in the brewing industry, known for their love and perfection of classic German beer styles. Playing off their background, we came together to create this dark twist on the Bavarian-style wheat beer. This beer features layers of wheat malt flavor and was handled through traditional open fermenters to highlight Ayinger's famous Hefeweizen yeast character.
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 320
Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/21/18....pours medium dark brown. Still, no foam, no bubbles. Bready banana nose. Smooth chewy syrupy taste. Sweet and wheaty. Vanilla notes too. Classic style though a tad high on the sweets.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy/hazy muddled cafe with an impressive cap of foam that collapses into a creamy crown. This is a malt showcase, with just a wonderful bouquet with lots of banana and bubble gummy esters. Smooth and rich, with some jammy plums lingering behind the luscious malt and estery front. I don't often try this style out because it so rarely is this good.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Clear dark mahogany brown pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Solid rim of lacing.

S: Caramel malts... dark sugars and toffee.

T/F: Toasted sweet malts and caramel. Brown sugar and toffee... mild hopping for bitterness/balance. Bread and mild yeast. A little earthy.. mild spice. Zesty carbonation. Light bodied... the finish is sweet grains.

O: A solid Dunkel. Not a style I'm terribly into but tasty and drinkable. Well represented and a solid collaboration.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was definitely one of the best beers in the Beer Camp Around the World pack. Unlike some of the other beers in the box, they didn't try to reinvent the bottle. Classic German beer style with a classic German brewery. Highly drinkable with great notes of caramel, yeast, and traditional hops. Smelled right, tasted right, and didn't get too sweet. Well done SN.

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Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, this one is a murky brownish color with a fizzy head that falls quickly. The aroma is classic dunkle...banana, yeast, clove, fruity bubble gum, and a hint of wheat grain underneath. The taste is balanced, with a light sweet wheat twang in the back. Yeast and spice are notable as well. Fuller in body than expected. Not bad, but also not great.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess I managed to forget to review this one when I did the other 11 this year. Went into this beer with low expectations, dunkles ain't my jam, man. Nonetheless, this one pours with a brown appearance, and a lighter brown head on the top, in the range of 1/3". The aroma pops some of the hearty wheat style banana and bubblegum kind of yeast smells. Mild clove.

Taste, wow, this is much more suited to my palate than I expected. There is a chewy wheat and dark bread feel to it, mild banana throughout like a bananas foster with some mild chocolate. Keeps the toffee and caramel train running throughout. Well carbonated, keeps this from seeming sticky or heavy. They did a really good job with this one, not bitter, not heavily hopped, not full of a yeast that is mega spice rack. All in all a well made and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of gandres
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured to tulip glass
Sight: brown, medium tan foam that quickly disappears, some lacing
Smell: aroma of yeast
Taste: low bitterness
Mouth feel: lively carbonation, some tartness
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, but not look for

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Photo of dcotom
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a weizen glass. Very pretty in the glass, with the hazy, translucent caramel sauce-colored body contrasting beautifully with the thick off-white foam head. Give this time to warm a little and the aromas and flavors come alive. Caramel malts, apple juice, notes of banana, coriander, and clove, plus a hint of bubblegum. Medium mouthfeel, with a bit of sweetness and tart fruit lingering on the finish. The Beer Camp Across the World collab pack is loaded with great beers, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of Lucular
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really solid beer. Nothing flashy or unexpected, which on the one hand is kind of disappointing but on the other is a nice change from the other two Beer Camp selections I had tonight: the weird but not terrible Thai Iced Tea beer; and the awful, horrible, no good Campout Porter.

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up from TW Arrowhead 7-1-17 for $2.08 average price. Bottled on 4-25-17.

Beer poured dark brown with a beautiful long lasting off white head.

Nose was bananas, some dark fruit, and dark bread.

Taste was bananas with a hint of clove, light touch of currants, over a pumpernickel and wheat base.

Feel was light to medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this to date is my favorite beer in the pack. This was a liquid banana bread with all of the flavors lightly woven in to compliment and not dominate the essence of the beer. Nice job!

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Photo of Beejay
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: ark brown in color with a massive fluffy tan head.

S: Creamy aroma with dark malt, and a touch of chocolate and a touch of fruitiness.

T: Fruity, with a lot of spice character, as well as some dark malt flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty, although the yeast character seems a little on the spice side for me.


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Photo of SLeffler27
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The shallow off white creamy head is short lived. The beer is clear dark copper with ruby highlights. Fine lacing coats the Browary Lezajsk Weisen glass.

The aroma is filled with caramel, nuts and fruity wheat with hints of banana.

The flavor is sweet with caramel and fresh wheat bread. There is a mild, almost non-existent finish that includes cashews.

The body is creamy and soft with a smooth texture. Fizzy carbonation distracts one from faint alcohol.

This is a nice, approachable beer that will work with casual conversation or while watching a ballgame.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark brown body, lots of visible carbonation, and an off-white head, and definite lacing.

S - Baked bread, caramel, banana and apple flesh, and a bit of tea herbal hop notes.

T - Lovely dark bread notes, molasses and caramel sweetness, a hint of apple cider and strong banana thread, mild tea-like bitterness, with the bread lingering after the close.

M - Brisk carbonation, a bit sticky, but with sufficient dryness in the close.

O - This is a very tasty brew, with lots of nice malts, a bit of fruit from yeast, and clean, brisk bitterness in the close. Very well crafted.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a variety 12-pack $23.99 from Tamuras
Cloudy amber color
High carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Sweet fuity wheat taste like a hefeweizen with malt flavors coming through
Overall a good beer. The dark color makes you think of a dark malt, but then it taste like a hefeweizen. Interesting brew.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy dark reddish brown with a small creamy off white head. Moderate retention, excellent lacing.

S: Ripe banana, banana bread, raisin, fig, black and sweet cherry, cola, clove.

T: Overripe bananas and banana bread upfront; a dark fruits ester-heavy mid-palate with lots of raisin, cherry, prune and fig. A pumpernickel bread malt backbone. A touch of grassy hops near the finish, and then a lightly dry finish of clove and white pepper.

F: Medium-light bodied, medium-carbonation, smooth and lightly dry.

O: A really solid dunkelweizen. A commendable beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown color with a huge 2-3 finger light tan colored head that was packed with bubbles and faded average to just on the fast side, leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of wheat, caramel, roasted grains, toffee, peat moss, dry grass, peppery spices, wheat bread toast, faint clove, twigs or earthy notes and Belgian candied sugar and/or brown sugar. Nice aroma which seems on par for the style.

Tastes sweet and malty with caramel, toffee, roasted grains, brown sugar, nutty accents, biscuit, wheat, yeast that's a tad bit funky, peppery spices, buttered wheat bread toast and light clove. The sweetness almost seems like fruity notes (dark fruit), but that may be the caramel malt dominance which seems just as much like a graham cracker. There is a slight hop bitterness which made it taste good and added some balance. I'm a novice with the Dunkelweizen style, but I found this pretty enjoyable overall.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 4/25/17.

A: Pours a deep raisin brown with a large, dense, and thick light tan head that took forever and a day to slowly collapse into a soft film and lasting collar. Spots of soapy lace.
S: Sweet and malty nose with fragrant notes of fruity yeast. I get notes of bananas foster, toasted grains, burnt caramel, and a hint of vanilla and raisin.
T: Follows the nose with notes of brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits, slight toffee, and tons fruity yeast including banana and candied fruit. Finish has a kiss of vanilla and leather, and the aftertaste is a lighter, less sweet version of bananas foster.
M: Medium-full body, with frothy yet velvety carbonation, and a surprisingly drying finish despite the sweetness. Sweet in flavor but not cloying at all.
O: A great dunkel; I could drink this often. Great malty flavors without being to sweet or cloying.

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Photo of hman43
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours cloudy brown with a tan head. Head retention is moderately low.

Smell: It has a bready aromas for the first impression. There are also moderate aromas of banana and caramel. There is also a clove impression that provides moderate spiciness.

Taste: The flavors are bready with a mixture of banana and clove. There is also a moderately low wheat flavor and low amounts of fruity esters.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it with a low level of bitterness.

Overall, It has a nice balance between the banana, clove, and bready with other flavors and aromas being in nice support.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly vigorous off-tan head that doesn't seem to quite fully; rather it leaves a health amount of foam on the surface. The beer itself is a very nice looking amber brown that is clear.

The smell and taste are good. The smell has strong notes of rbeady yeast and moderate banana notes with a very light caramel. The taste is pretty much the same but with a slight bitterness and a slightly stronger malt to give the beer taste the impression as banana bread.

The feel is a nice, smooth, and light bodied beer with a bit of weight and a very light carbonated tickle.

Overall, this was a good collaboration.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this style of beer and when I saw that it was in this year's Beer Camp Pack, I was quite eager to have it. Packaged on 4/25, it still tasted fresh and went down easily, with tons of wheat body and a nice full flavor. Isn't that what a beer of this type should be like, at the end of the day?

Poured like a typical Dunkel with a nice hue of brown and plum with the lighter, viscous head reflecting those hues in bubbled form. Wheat, dark malt, plum, and yeast filled the nose with all of those being present in the taste as well. Banana came through in the taste as this looked and felt quite Belgian from start to finish. The one exception was the alcohol, as this was quite mild though a warming effect took hold of me as I worked my way through this. Loads of wheat in the aftertaste as this was a bit like a domestic version of Chimay.

Full in body, it would have been easy to have another one of these for "dessert" had there been another bottle in the pack. The taste of bread was addicting and there wasn't a buzz when I finished this off. It's a shame that more domestic brewers don't give Dunkelweizen's a go - they're beautiful when done right, as this beer clearly proved.

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With only 12 Hads in this style, I'm hardly an expert. But for Dunkel Weisse, two rules of thumb apply for me: a fruity, Syrupy Feel beats lots of bubbles; and compared to many other styles, The Smell is often better than the Taste.

Beer Camp's Dunkle does not get lots of points for the first principle (it is too carbonated). But it follows the second "principle" well (its great banana-fruity Smell is yeast imparted, but the Taste is weaker.)

Should Ayinger and SN brew this again? Probably not. More likely, one of the brewers learns from this dunkel and develops another beer. And isn't that the purpose of Beer Camp ?

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This twist on the weisse type of beers was very good...

The beer poured out with a dark caramel color and hints of the same sweetness to the nose. I was mostly impressed with how it blended with malts and hops. The mouthfeel was a bit carbonated, still light on the tongue and with a crisp aftertaste (making it feel sessionable.) The taste was reminiscent to a brown ale but with more flavor. The hop character was light and not overpowering - I found this to be a very drinkable brew.

The offerings out of this year's box has been hit or miss, but this one was a definite hit.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a inch of densely packed, creamy beige on top. The aroma is an enticing blend of banana esters and dark wheat. The taste is as advertised in the nose with perhaps a bit less banana than the aroma would indicate. It seems to be well balanced between the banana and dark wheat. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy and murky amber, with an average head of tan suds. No lace.

Aroma: Lots of wheat malts here, with a definite clove and bubblegum hefeweizen yeastiness. Nice.

Taste: Sweet and malts, with toffee and caramel alongside the wheat grains. The hint of Ayinger’s spicy yeastiness also comes around to play here. A very drinkable weisse brew, and faithful to the German heritage. Prost!

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