Dunkelweizen | Blue Hills Brewery

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Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first batch was called Dunkelweiss, but subsequent batches are called Dunkelweizen.

Added by morebeergood on 10-23-2010

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Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear copper, decent head

SMELL: Taffy, ripe fruit, caramel, yeast, alcohol, vague spice, fresh bread

TASTE: Creamy, slick, caramel, toasted bread, mild spice, green plantians, melon rind, ripe plums, faint carob, chicory, warming alcohol, semi-dry finish

A pretty big wheat beer and of the dark kind too boot, bordering on a Weizenbock IMO. Well rounded, balanced and pretty drinkable. Worth a go.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Ale House Weymouth

Appearance: cloudy, dark brown in color, small head

Smell: bread, wheat, and cloves

Taste: wheat, dark bread, some rye

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: My new favorite from the brewery. This is a nice bready brew that hides the alcohol well. I could see myself spending a night with a couple of these.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of brother_rebus
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Malty. Brownish red. Full bodied. Still a nice crisp fizz. Finishes very smoothly and has a hint of floral-ish fruit. Maybe almost honeysuckle or watermelon like. Not a "fruit beer" or even "fruity" by any means. Nor artificial tasting. Very natural and subtle.
(like) !

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Photo of Larrydoherty
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of snowmaggedon
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Rappaman
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Sensaray
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy brown red with off white head
Smells like a mix of cloves and dark malts, some coffee, chocolate.
Taste is dark and fruity with muted banana undertones coming through, yeast has a noticeable presence. Nothing too crazy
Mouthfeel is nice, drinkable, good level of spiciness, and solid finish. Brown and maybe slightly too bubbly
Overall solid beer, might have been better a bit earlier

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Photo of kevgod
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of Massbmx
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of codon2004
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy dark, burnt caramel color. Big frothy head leaves a abundant amount of lace.

Smells sweet and dark fruity. Currant/Raisin. Some sugary banana bread. An alcohol burn is present.

A lighter body than what color would lead on but close. Caramel and some banana bread. Some very faint orange rind bitterness for the finish. Very faint however. Sweetness and alcohol flavors are balanced well here.

Light body with an smooth feel from start to finish. Only a minimal amount of lingering bitterness. Very drinkable. A growler went down in a night.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a slightly cloudy, copper/amber tone yielding 1 to 1 and 1/2" light tan head... middling retention as it lapses with some haste into a collar around the glass; patchy lacing. nose is of so-so strength, offering notes of wheat, caramel and roasted malt, and maybe a touch of spice... also has a vague fruity element to it.

taste delivers more caramel maltiness out front, along with a touch of roastiness. that vague, sweet fruit-like character pulls through as a secondary note but i can't quite put my finger on it. finish is dry, with a perceptible presence of hops. reasonably tasty. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall it's a solid beer, tasty and enjoyable. it won't knock your socks off by any means but i'd say it's a keeper.

originally reviewed: 04-08-2011

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Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle in a hefewiezen glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy copper hue with minimal surface and edge layering of offwhite head. Wish there was a little more foam development here.
The aroma is mild, but I get caramel malt and some darker fruit, also a bit of clove. Appealing but mild, was hoping for some robust banana or deeper malt, but the nose is good.
First sip reveals an average to light body with mild carbonation that gently rolls across my palate. Flavor is as the nose advertises, with sweet malt dominating the beer. I get some caramel and then a bit of fruit and some wheat twangyness mixed together. No hops and no booze to be detected. The beer is a nice easy drinker and is pretty sweet. While not the most outstanding dunkel Ive had, it is a solid representative and is worth the $4 I paid for a bomber.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like chocolate milk. Strong starting head, but it settles to rim bubbles. A few spots of lace are left on the glass.

Sour nose with a toasted malt background. Low wheat and a modicum of yeast.

Not so dark nor so wheaty on the tongue, but these tastes are the strongest. Neutral body with an elevated level of carbonation. No real flaws, but not very interesting either.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Hills Dunkelweizen pours a hazy amber with a medium sized, frothy thick head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thin sheet on the surface while leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is spicy with notes of clove and orange peel. A fair amount of bready yeast and hint of bubble gum are also present. It reminds me of a 'mild' hefeweizen.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, moderately carbonated, with a dry finish. The flavor starts with malty caramel sweetness. In the middle spicy notes of clove and rye bread move in. It finishes sweet with hints of bubble gum. Once gone the spicy clove notes linger on the palate.

This is a very drinkable beer that has characteristics of a hefeweizen, but at a more mellow level. It's more bready with a nice balance of spice and sweet malt.

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Photo of Katzj78
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of MNBeerNE
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Duhast500
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Shock Top Weizen glass.

The color is a cloudy burgundy with a finger of foamy off-white head and some slight lacing on the glass.

The smell is a little of circus peanuts candy. There are some dark malt flavor and a little milky flavor.

The taste is sweet with a vanilla fudge flavor. A big of a dark wheat flavor is present and is mixed with a buttery note that seems to coat the tongue a little and hang for a while. A slight maple flavor sits in the background and is almost undetectable as the vanilla fudge flavor returns to block it back in obscurity.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied, there seems to be a big more then there ends up being in the end. This goes down well and leaves that fudge like flavor of an aftertaste that is welcoming.

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Photo of bshaw100
1.25/5  rDev -64.8%

Time to change the yeast out as the lemony bite is too harsh

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Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a respectable Dunkelweizen, not brilliant, but respectable. It pours a slightly bright amber color, which isn't characteristic for the style as this should be a touch more dirty water, cloudy, brown. The beer is plenty carbonated, with not much head or retention, no lace at all. The beer is a bit more full bodied than you typically find in the style, with just enough of a coarse mouthfeel to let you know that this is a wheat beer. There is a bit more caramel in the taste than I expected, more sweet malts too, some cloying malty notes, definitely crystal malts at play here. The is a touch of floral texture to the beer, with a slightly syrupy consistency, a slightly musty finish, but still relatively sweet throughout. This is a decent, not brilliant.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Dunkelweizen from Blue Hills Brewery
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 48 ratings