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Michelob Dunkel WeisseMichelob Dunkel Weisse

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Missouri, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by mbrandon2w on 07-24-2008

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Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy reddish/brown color with fluffy beige head that it retained for a while. Aroma was banana, clove, and spice. Flavor is pretty much the same. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Good mouthfeel and the drinkability is quite high. This was a nice effort from A-B.

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Photo of adams82
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I too am taken aback by this beer; a good offering from AB!

Pours a reddish-brown with a big rocky, off white head.

Notes of bananas, spicy cloves, caramel, yeasty bread, and chocolate really come through in the aroma and flavour. Finishes with a nice dose of noble hops. This is certainly a well crafted wheat beer and I'm surprised that who know who bottled something this good... This is really tasty.

Medium to full bodied, silky smooth, well carbonated and overall; easy to drink.

Really, this is a good beer; and while not perfect, a pretty damn good example of the style! Hats off to AB... I never thought I'd say that.

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Photo of Mgrad92
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer scares me - because it was quite good. The fact of the matter is, A-B has the expertise and the resources to brew any style of beer that they want, and do it well. Now that they're branching out into some less traditional styles they could become a serious threat to the small volume craft brewers. I don't like that.
But I do like this beer, on it's own merits. The notes of clove and banana are dominant in both the aroma and taste. It was also a very easily drinkable beer. Plenty of taste without having a thick mouthfeel.
A very nice interpretation of this style. And that's saying a lot from me, because I'm not usually a wheat beer fan.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I knew that Michelob had the resources to make better beer than they were previously turning out and this is a good example of that effort since being unleashed by Bud/Inbev. It pours well into glassware and has the right amount of cloudiness to support the banana/vanilla/clove aromas that the style usually commands.
The first taste told me it was okay, but it didn't quite last the distance in flowing color that the appearance told me it would.
The dry aftertaste explained it needed either a little work or time to be compared to others, but that it was a good step forward.

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Photo of chilidog
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark rusty color. Slightly hazed and clouded. A nice full tan head that laces somewhat well. A good balance of the carbonation keeps the brew smooth to the mouth.

The aroma and taste carry malts at first then notes the yeasty sour dough. The hop aids the tartness while spice of clove add flavor and banana adds a hint of sweetness.

Overall a nice easy Dunkel to drink from a surprise source. Good job A-B. I'll pick this up again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits as a free sample!

Pours a hazy to cloudy rust brown colour with a solid 1 finger head of billowy foam.

The smell is nice with notes of clove, banana, some fruit, and some vanilla.

The taste has the clove & banana up front followed by light vanilla, and a slightly tart fruitiness that cuts through some of the spice nicely. A pretty good drinker that isn't overly complex but there are enough different flavours here to keep me interested.

It has a good medium mouthfeel and the carbonation just crawls into medium territory but not by much. A nice drop here and head retention is very good with some decent lacing.

Bottom line: I think this is a pretty good example of a Dunkelweizen and I could easily drink this again. Well done A-B.

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Photo of Crosling
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy rust colored ale with an initially large foam that slowly fades and leaves a thin layer that lasts well. Telltale Bavarian aromas, with hints of banana, clove, vanilla, and other fruits, maybe even some graham and cookie. Well balanced and well made, it even finishes really well. Authentic german dark wheat and a great effort from AB. It's not a complex ale, nor or the flavors as vibrant as I'd like, but it still a well brewed, high quality ale.

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Photo of drpimento
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the best if not the best of A-B's efforts. Classic weisse aroma with the standard spicy fruitiness found in the Bavarian unfiltered wheat beers. Poured with a good long lasting head and plenty of lace. Nice dark hazy amber color. Flavor is same as aroma but with more malty. Definitely fresh! Very drinkable. One thing is its lack of depth. Very short finish. But pleasant.

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Photo of peabody
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy root beer color with just a tad of white suds that stick to the rim of the glass.
Smell is charred wheat and caramel sugar with a hint of a banana in there.
Taste is pretty nice here for an AB brew. A quaffable mixture of water and dirty yeast with an aftertaste of wheat and clove.

Mouthfeel is clean enough here but the flavor leaves too fast for something good so I have to rate this one low here.
One could drink a bunch of these and not feel all full as with good dark wheats.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy meduim red-brown color with a voluminous pale sand-colored head of foam. Complex patterns of lacing inside the tall weisse glass as the head subsided. The note is full of fruity and spicy esthers - what you'd expect for the style with cloves, banana, and sweet malts dominating the nose. This beer smells ... dare I say ... like a German dark weisse bier, not an A-B clone of one. The palate fails to impress as much, but isn't bad. You get the sweetness from the dark malt right away with some phenolic characteristics coming through subtlely. A good flavor profile, but somehow a little disjointed. I don't get the wheat malt as strongly as I'd like here. The mouth feel is quite thin, save for the presence of quite a bit of residual yeast in the bottle. This helps, of course, but the beer still comes across just a little thinner than I'd like. Good carbonation and the finish is dry with a slight spiciness lingering in the mouth. All in all, a nice attempt at the style, but nothing groundbreaking here except for the fact that this beer is brewed my Anheuser-Busch. Could use a touch more wheat in the grain bill, perhaps, along with a slightly fuller mouth feel. Otherwise, not too shabby at all. The R&D department at A-B is doing some good stuff ... let's see if the die-hard craft beer world can accept these faux-crafts as legit.

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Photo of KI9A
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this bottle froma friend at AB in St. Louis. Not a test bottle, but, a production bottle.

A: Milky brown, tan puffy head. Nice lacing.

S: Banannas! Clove! Malt, and maybe dark fruit, or chocolate. So far, so good.

T: Same as above. WOW! A beer with real flavor from AB. Starts with a mix of sweet banannas and malt, then the cloves hit. Finished with a sweet caramel/chocolate hit. Nice.

M/D: Very drinkable. Clean finish, and not so complex as to blow you away, but enough to keep you interested. Among the best American "Dunkels" that I have had. Not complex like its German bretheren, but thats not a bad thing. I'm kinda glad it's not a clone.

Now that AB has spun "Michelob Brewing Company" off, and they have been making some drinkable, inexpensive, acessable beers, hopefully AB-IB (AnhueserBusch-INBEV) will see this, and not screw with it.

Nice job, guys!!

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Photo of mbrandon2w
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours a muddy brown, very hazy. The bottle actually has instructions how to pour (swirl the last 1/2 inch in the bottle, and pour in the yeast, basically).
First aroma is of bananas, then dominated by the clove and esters. Some sweet malt aroma. Pretty nice.
Taste is lightly sweet, with a mild banana flavor, followed by touches of chocolate, a hint of caramel and then finishes with clove. Sweetness stays light throughout. It's complex enough to be interesting, but not overpowering in any area.
Very smooth and surprisingly creamy mouthfeel.
This is a very drinkable, well done offering. I liked it, and after a positive experience with the Bavarian Style Wheat, I have to say it looks like AB is actually creating some solid beers in their Michelob lineup.

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