Michelob Dunkel Weisse | Anheuser-Busch

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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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Photo of kbnooshay
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a hazy amber brown color with a centimeter tall foamy tan head. Aroma is of a ton of bananas and clove. Flavor is similar but has an added musty flavor. Dark fruit, spice, and lots of yeast flavor dominate this brew. Super sweet and musty. There is a light hop bitterness that barely makes a showing. This is a fairly drying beer. Feel is moderate and slightly fizzy from the carbonation.

The weird metallic must twang bothers me only a little bit. Its not quite right but for AB this beer has a lot of flavor. Not a bad stab at the style.

I wouldn't want more than one of these in a night and there is no reason to buy this over the real thing (Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, or Ayinger Dunkels.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had heard this was the best of Michelob's craft series, and it was not a disappointment in that regard. Pours dark almond with a fizzy white head that is not quite as big as most weizens I have had in the past. Aroma, though, is spot on -- clove, lemon zest, earthy spices, some cooked plantain and even a bit of brown sugar as it warms. Taste is above average for the style, a mild sweetness and toasted wheat dominate, some bitterness in the aftertaste, but still a refreshing brew.

This Michelob is better than the porter in my estimation, a good brew to try if you are into the weizens; if all of AB's craft brews could hit this var, they might have something.

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Photo of DRjester
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been needing to cut back on my beer budget as of late (economic downturn and all that...), and I saw this in the store for 5.99, as opposed to other beers I'd go for for 8.99 or 9.99, so I decided to give it a shot. Clearly the macros are trying to get into the Craft Brew market, but so far their results have been so-so at best. I haven't had a lot of experience with Dunkels so far, but this one impressed me for the price, and especially as a Michelob brew.

Appearance: cloudy medium brown, with a large head, but poor retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: All the right notes for a Dunkel, with the banana being predominant, followed by a bready and toffee malt notes. Cloves and a subtle spiciness were subdued but present.

Taste: Very solid, hits all the right notes, but just a little too one-dimensional. The Banana flavor predominates, and overshadows the bready, nutty malt notes. I found myself liking it, but wishing that it would be just a bit deeper, less sweet, and linger a bit longer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a little play on the tongue, and a lingering spiciness.

Drinkability: Overall very drinkable, but I don't think this is a beer I would buy much of under normal circumstances - if money were no object, there are other things I would go to first, no question. However, for the price it is a good buy. If the Michelob line continues to move in this direction, I can see myself going to them as a good fallback set of beers for when my wallet needs a break.

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Photo of bboven
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown, very cloudy. Initial two fingers of head fades to nothing with no lacing, though.

Sweet, green grape, candylike aroma, some yeast action.

All the right flavors are here, but it's very sweet, like it was underattenuated.

Very thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation, fairly drying.

Not bad as far as what I expected, but it's like a watered-down, sweetened up version of a dunkle.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque tea color with a half inch head that dissipates quickly.

N - Banana, clove, and a little caramel.

T - Same as nose with very little if any mid-palate. The taste never unfolds but just falls off the cliff. Also the banana flavor is like Now & Later candy (of which I have plenty of experience). Good spice in the finish.

MF&D - Both are good but nothing spectacular.

Overall - eh

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Photo of hwwty4
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a murky brown with a decent 2 inch head that leaves no lacing and just a little rim of head around the outskirts of the glass. The aroma is dead on dunkelweisse. Everything that I thought should be there was. Banana, toasted bread, clove, and a bit of nuttiness to boot. Basically banana nut bread. The flavor is much the same but unfortunately the banana comes off more as a Laffy Taffy banana then a fresh banana. It makes it just a tad to sweet. If they could control that this could really be a top notch Dunkelweisse. The mouthfeel is full and tasty, leaving a lingering flavor on the palate. I really enjoy the way the Michelob line is coming around and I think this is the best beer they do.

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Photo of Bedlamist
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is certainly not the best dunkelweizen I've ever had but it is the best Michelob I've tasted. This sixpack was on sale at the supermarket (Kroger) for $5.99; it's certainly worth that much.

The college boy I saw buying this wasn't an idiot after all.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a deep red with a foamy white head.

The smell is a bit like hefeweissen, malty with a hint of hops.

The taste is a bit spicy. Has hints of wheat, malt, and some tangy fruit flavors.

I was happy to find a nice dunkelweisse that was not too expensive. It was a bit of a surprise that a beer from Michelob was as good as it was but I was quite impressed.

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Photo of BigJim5021
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Curiosity and the low price finally got the best of me. I had to find out if Michelob's dunkel weisse was worth a damn. The answer: not particularly.

Pours a very murky diarrhea brown with a quick vanishing head. Decent lacing, though.

It smells like a pissier, more metallic version of the Fransikaner dunkelweizen that I had the other day. They get points for trying, as you get hints of the cloves and banana associated with the style, but the metallic twang brings it down a notch.

The same can be said for the flavor. It's an entry level attempt at the style in question, but you can tell that they're skimping on the ingredients.

Mouthfeel is the biggest downfall of the beer. It's far too thin and a bit overcarbonated. It doesn't finish nearly as dry as it should, either.

At less than $7 for a six-pack, you could certainly do a lot worse (given that Bud is creeping close to that price nowadays), but I'd just as soon spend a little extra to get a genuine Bavarian dunkelweizen. Try a little harder next time, Michelob.

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Photo of babaracas
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange-brown with fast fading head. Smell: faint, a bit of yeast and overripe banana, a touch of caramel and chocolate cake. Taste: caramel, toasted, cloves, tangy wheat. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, active carbonation but not particularly creamy or soft. This isn't the best example of the style, but it is tasty and gets bonus points for the price.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky reddish brown with nice fluffy head and some lacing. Malty aroma with wheat, molasses and a clove notes present. Taste is a nice blend of malt with a slight hint of cloves. Not a bad stab at the style. Certainly one of the better AB offerings.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/1/08. Bottle. Pours a dirty murky brown with a ring of off-white head. Aroma of banana, roasted malt, coffee, yeasty spices, and roasted nuts. Flavor of banana, clove, yeast, light spices, roasted nuts, wheat, and a hint of roasted malt. A nice blend of fruitiness and roasted nuts/malt. Wow, this beer is quite complex! I am impressed by this one! I haven't had any of the other Michelob lineup, but this is a solid dunkelweizen.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 2 finger head with good retention and a brown color.

Smell is of dark wheat and banana phenols and cloves. It is not overpowering as in other brews, but is kept in check to provide complexity to the beer instead of dominating it.

There are phenols and cloveyness to balance this one out. However, there isn't much to it. There is some dark wheat and some caramel sweetness, but there isn't much flavor from these ingredients.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery as well. I don't get any crisp carbonation or much clinging to the palate.

This is a decent dunkel, I would have it again. It's not overly clovey and is well brewed, but I want more body and flavor.

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Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy honey brown color with a big puffy white head that settles into a light cap with some lacing left on the side of the glass. The aroma is of banana and clove, brown sugar, a touch of grain and rusty metal. The taste is watery and grainy, light clove and banana. The feel light to moderate with semi soft carbonation resulting in a smooth texture, finishes dry and astringent. The dunkelweisse looks the part and smells the part but falls a little short in taste. Could use some bigger clove and banana flavor. Still not bad for one of the big boys.

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Photo of patobandito
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark cloudy brown, just like a dark wheat should. It has a light, fluffy head, that leaves a bit of lace as I drink. Smells heavily of malt and banana. Tastes of Banana and clove, very heavy wheat taste on the finish, a little harsh. It may be a bit sweet to be sessionable.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had one of this style on tap in Manchester, NH
last year and liked the taste of this German
ale. Its like a summer taste dressed up in a dark
nutty concoction, creamy, drinkable, pretty good
stuff, not filling, I would love to check this out
on tap. Its good to see such a high profile name
reaching out to give people some change, those
of us that have been loving these styles all these years, its about time people get some
taste in their beers for an option.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark amber colored beer has a good beige head and leaves nice lace. The aroma is a wonderful mix of spicey banana and clove. Taste??? Where'd all that lovely banana and clove character go?
Only hints of banana on the tip of the tongue and a quick brush of clove across the back of the tongue. The Watery mouthfeel washes away any real chance of enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded mahogany reddish brown body with a nice thicket of khaki beige head and the neck label instructs you how to decant the yeast sediment to get more banana and clove esters. Very nice collar of lace clings to the edges of my impy pint. Aromatics offer somewhat chalky with vanilla, banana, and clove characteristics also some apple notes with mild raisin spiced bread. Flavor is pretty mellow but done well at the same time, no off flavors here. This is a good drinking dunkel weisse, I was able to find it in PA no local grocers were carrying it in Ohio or WV. Mouthfeel is soft with spritzy carbonation, sweet and dry mixes well while the body is medium. Overall finishes clean on the palate doesn't linger in anyway. Drinkability is excellent really a nice showing of AB's talent at tackling traditional styles and pulling it off quite well.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A Farewell to A-B, Episode 1: Bloodbath in St. Lou

A bottle of this brew was given to me by my friend and fellow BA Cindirene, so I figured on using it to kick off the last reviews I'll ever do on behalf of the gutted shell of the company that once upon a time gave me the "King of Beers". I cut my drinking teeth on the sparkling suds of Andheuser-Busch, and worked college summers for A-B's spinoff "Eagle Snacks", and no matter how many of the world's finest beers I've enjoyed, I still carry a secret love of the stuff. Call it a guilty pleasure if you will, call it stupid if you must, but even as my love for craft beer grew, I could never stoop to hating on Bud, or even on its bastard progeny. I have the Budweiser creed memorized for God's sake... And I'd certainly never turn down a fresh one on a hot day or at a tailgate... But, no. No more. The King is Dead, and they're burying him astride his Clydesdale mount.

I'll assume the beers in my fridge were subject to "old" A-B standards and QC, and make those the last I'll express any opinion of. InBev, I don't like your style, and besides, with the ongoing St. Louis Massacre (all the jobs and such you've cut), you don't need my money. So, Here's looking at you, A-B. This brew before me is proof that we hardly knew ye. Rest in Peace.

The referred-to 12-ounce bottle of DunkelWeisse has a twist-off top and pours a clear brownish amber with a central glow of hazed ruby in a tall weizen glass, and the brew sports a finger's thickness of grainy ivory foam on top. The bubbles settle at a thick ring that leaves a few chubby scraps of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of the drink is tangy and fruity-sweet with mellow toasted wheat atop the chewy savory maltiness. A sweet ripe banana note with dark raisins and a scratchy sniff of bitter 'nanner peel and spice has me thinking of banana bread, no, fruitcake... no banana bread... banana fruitcake. Whatever. It smells pretty damned good.

Despite the fruity nose the drink is surprisingly dry and refreshing at its core. Nice crispy toasted malts take center stage, relegating the banana sweetness and a dollop of caramel to the periphery of the flavor profile. Mild, earthy hops provide the barest touch of welcome bitterness, and the drink has a bready, oatmeal sweetness with a silky malt-syrup linger.

Medium-light in body with zesty carbonation, this is a delicious and quaffable surprise. Easily the best A-B product I ever remember drinking, and a fitting kickoff to a fond Farewell. Thanks for the bottle Chuck!

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass.

Pours a creamy white head. Very fluffy. Leaves a good layer of lace. Color is a cloudy bronze.

The aroma is similar to a hefeweissen. Lots of banana and clove flavor. Flavor is quite similar, but a little bit nutty this time. The banana taste is stunning.

Mouthfeel is very chilled. Then it gets creamy and ends smooth.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. This was the first Michelob product that I actually planned on buying when I went to the store. It is an excellent beer and I really think it is underrated.

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Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pseudo (pretty close to, but not really) weizen glass.

A: Dark cloudy amber. Initially pours into a big, light brown, frothy head. Settles fairly quickly, and leaves a light smattering of bubbly carbonation on top. A little lacing (more like a coating on the glass as there is not much of a head to leave the lacing), and a small circle of carbonation remains around the surface as you drink it down.

S: Malt, fruity and citrus hints.

T: Dark roasted malt, yeast, slightly hoppy. A little banana, and a hint of lemon.

M: Sharpness wakes up the tastebuds. Fills the mouth, coats the palette, and leaves a fruity and hoppy aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Really good flavor. Not too heavy, not too light. Does have a strange feel almost like it was made with soda water. . . hard to describe. Distracts from the overall experience a little, but not enough to make it a real negative.

Good flavorful, refreshing dunkelweisse. I was a little surprised with the quality given the brewer. Good quaff, especially if you like this style.

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Photo of drxandy
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a slight reddish orangey amber brown, cream colored head fades - nice haziness

smell is of banana, clove, roasty malts, clean and delicious smelling

taste is of creamy sweet yeastliness, great flavor, carbonation is at a great level to make the yeast pop, malt hides behind yeastliness, roasty dark malt

mouthfeel is creamy and yeasty with a slightly thinner weight than traditional of the style, good carbonation, amazing bang for buck - the price is certainly right for such a tasty brew :D

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No "born-on" date, but a code - 08265.

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours caramel brown with a thick off-white/light tan head that leaves some sticky lacing.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, banana, wheat tang and some clove.

The taste is not quite up to the nose, but pretty close. Clove spicing comes out more, with banana, toffee (a touch of metallic-ish/sharp hops?) and just a hint of balancing sourness. Very crisp finish.

A bit thin with a bit of a residual dusty/chalky feel. Still, it's one of those cases in which I were not concentrating so much on the beer, it could probably be overlooked. It is crisp and has a certain smoothness.

Could be better if it were put up directly with the best of Bavaria, but one of the better American interpretations of the style I have come across. All-in-all, a very satisfying interpretation of the style.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Poured into a traditional American pint glass, 'cause it's Michelob. Yeah.

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish brown - light enough that if it weren't hazy you could see through it, but it is, so you can't - with a fast-fading one-finger slightly off-white bubbly, fizzy head. You can still see fast carbonation, fairly dense, rocketing up to the top. The head leaves a faint, almost nonexistent sheen and a ring of foam.

Aroma: Wow, this smells ... German. I get definite banana and fainter but still oh-so-detectable clove notes, as well as a dark wheat profile. Is it good, or were my expectations surpassed? No clue, but whatever it is, it's worth a 4.0.

Taste: Sightly more muted than the nose, though solid nonetheless. All the right notes, too - yeast esters, a few stray fruity notes, lighter, softer wheat-like malts and a few darker, toasted doughy overtones, as well. There are some toast/coffee-like notes as well, particularly near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Expressively carbonated, probably over so, and with the thin body it becomes a little distracting. Still though, depending on your mood, you might be looking for something this crisp.

Drinkability: Up there with the Michelob Porter as the best of what the brand has to offer, this one's far better than their other stab at a German style (the truly awful Amber Bock), in my opinion. Tone down the carbonation ever so slightly and make the malt profile a little more robust and complex and this would be one heck of a session beer, given its 5.5% abv.

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Photo of JayNH
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy brown with a small head.

S- Sweet and fruity. It smells like banana nut bubble gum. Definate cranberry scent, very candy like. There's a lot going on here.

T- Sweet, slightly spicy, very fruity. A fruity cranberry taste with wheat sort of dancing around in there.

M- Moderate carbonation but overall a little thin. More body would certainly be an improvement.

D- Very drinkable. The more I had, the more I liked it. Definately will try more.

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Michelob Dunkel Weisse from Anheuser-Busch
3.5 out of 5 based on 323 ratings.
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