Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #117
Ranked #47,645
3.52 | pDev: 14.77%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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Profundobaso from New York

3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - poured from a 12 oz can. A light caramel color. Clear, a lot of carbonation, and little to no head. If someone told me this was a soda, I'd believe them. Not the most enticing of looks. This doesn't quite agree with some of the other reviews I've read, so I wonder whether this one is just a bad egg.
Smell - a lot of flavors picked up in the nose, including bananas, cloves, and nutmeg. all of this, however, is masked by a strong scent of sweetness, which almost smells artificial. So far, I'm still not in on this one.
Taste - thankfully, the taste makes up for a bit. solid wheat backbone, with the flavors lingering from start to finish. not as sweet as the smell, but still a tad bit too much for me.
Feel - light bodied, high carbonation, and right around the standard ABV for the style at 5.1%.
Overall - this one was a bit of a miss for me. I wouldn't say that it was awful, but most certainly nothing to write home about. below average relative to beers of the same style.

Nov 18, 2018
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BeerNinja007 from New Hampshire

1.93/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I got this in a Sam mix pack. I like Dunkelweizens. Unfortunately this is NOT one. Nothing on the can or packaging suggests that it's a spiced beer. (Note that "spicy" and "spices added" are not the same thing.) Code "2088 P 0852 Jan 2019 51" on the can bottom.

The can has a picture of a pretzel and some wheat berries on the front, which makes one think of wheaty, bready beer. However this crap tastes like nothing but gingerbread. Imagine eating a Yankee Candle named "gingerbread". Spices are way, way overpowering, WAAAAAY over the top. Ginger-clove bomb. It tastes nothing like a traditional dunkel. It doesn't even taste like beer. An accurate description would be "Gingerbread-spiced malt beverage" or something similar. No way is this brew produced without an overload of spices added. A complete bastardization of the style. AWFUL!

Oct 28, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz. can with a best by date of Jan 2019. Sampled on October 26, 2018.

It has an attractive appearance of golden amber with a humongous, lingering white foamy head and a lot of lacing.

Lots of character in the aroma including a toasted wheat, sweet toffee malts, banana, coriander, and Allspice.

Medium to full body and also very smooth

It begins sweet and malt but the spicy characters roar in in short order to balance it out and bring this to a subtle, warming finale.

Oct 26, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good dunkel lager.
L: Looks nice, massive frothy head with excellent retention, soapy lace, slightly hazy
S: Dark bread, spice, caramel, dark sugar
T: Slightly dry, has touches of nice christmas-like spice. Dark sugar sweetness, some light hop bitterness on the finish
F: Really smooth. High carbonation. Pretty substantial body but not too heavy
O: Good lager beer, certainly enjoyable will revisit.

Oct 19, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The clear brownish amber beer colored beer pours out into a nonic Imperial Pint glass with a 2” foamy white head that recedes slowly leaving some right and patches lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some new patches of lacing, most of which slides back down to the surface of the glass.

The aromas include some clove and a bit of banana backed up by some wheat.

As expected from the nose there’s a mix of clove and light banana with some wheat and some sweetness from the malt. The malt sweetness has a caramel-lik3 character is a bit of earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly prickly with some on going moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness, banana and clove begin to fade towards a semi-dry ending with some very light earthy bitterness.

Overall this is a good solid workmanlike Dunkelweizen that is worth investigating. It won’t unseat any of the highly rated Dunkelweizens but it is enjoyable, drinkable and affordable. I’d be happy to have this one again if offered but probably won’t seek it out in the future.

Sep 14, 2018
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feuematt from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown colored beer that tastes like spicy banana bread, Taste and body of the beer is rather light. I liked it and would recommend to try at least once.

Oct 10, 2017
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber brown with beautiful frothy head. Light aroma of banana and clove. It tastes like unsweetened banana bread with a touch of spice. It's on the dry side, which hurts the mouthfeel of it for me. The banana bread would be more prominent with more residual sugar. It's a nice drinker though.

Oct 01, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste: crisp, spiced malt, dark bread, wheat, hint of sweet. Same with the nose. Copper hue, slight haze, big foamy head some lace. Full body. Would pair excellent with brats. 13 IBUs

Sep 25, 2017
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utopiajane from New York

3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours turbid and caramel color orange withe a creamy beige head. Lots of banana and a touch of clove at first. Some deep breadiness and caramel. Flavor is good. lots of peppery phenols nad a light touch from hops surprise to show you smooth but firm banana. Enough bread to satisfy me and not so much caramel that i would say it's too much or too sweet. In fact this beer is delightfully dry. I think the yeast they used can produce a grapey ester like grape jelly. ( I don't smell any really and nothing is out of order here) Crisp with a softer bubble and not too much bite. low hop bitterness perfectly balanced. This is my favorite beer from the case. Dry finish and you do observe a tart citrusy character present int he mouthfeel , but not heavily. Finishes so much better than the other two beers int he case. The proprietary blend of malts they use works well in this beer . dehusked carafa is for color and body without the astringency of roasted malt because ti's dehusked. Chinook are clean without much herbal and leave a good crisp bitterness that lingers gently.

Sep 10, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Back to the Bottle Backlog in full force, it seems. No regrets and plenty of Samuel Adams beers to keep me busy for the foreseeable future.

From the bottle: "This unfiltered dark wheat beer is brewed with a traditional Bavarian yeast that creates a wide spectrum of flavors and aromas from clove and nutmeg to tropical fruit and banana. This is complimented by malted wheat for a crisp finish. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

I could not wait to Pop! the cap since it was "unfiltered" and I could be as aggressive with it as I saw fit. My heavy-handed pour still only generated just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, light-tan head with low retention. Color was a lightly hazy Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose gave both clove and banana esters a chance to be noticed, which is better than full-on banana. Speaking of which, I am currently working P/T at Barnes & Noble, unpacking boxes & shelving items with a focus on toys. There is nothing as amusing as opening a boxful of Bananagrams! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big for the style. The taste was actually quite spicy, very much of clove and nutmeg, aligning to my preference in the style. Yes, I was still tasting banana, but it was not a banana bomb. As to the tropical fruit, I suffer from FOMO since I simply was not getting that as a flavor. Sorry. Finish was dry, mostly due to its spiciness. Here is another one of their beers that I would welcome in a CAN.

Nov 26, 2016
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thepenguin from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 8/30/12

L: Incredibly dark for the style; pours a hazy dark reddish-brown with nice head retention. Like many Sam Adams brews, this one is just too dark for the style, suggesting excessive use of specialty malts.

S: A bit spicy, smells of clove with some tannic, almost lactic qualities. Sweet malt wholly dominates and is quite reminiscent of homebrews I’ve made with malt extract, which isn’t quite a good thing. Grew more complex as the beer warmed though.

T: Sweet and bready, with clove, nutmeg, and strong brown sugar hints. Wheat-like flavors with a semi-sweet finish.

F: Medium body with greater than average carbonation. Somewhat slick mouthfeel.

O: Not a bad beer overall. Many Sam Adams seasonals fall pretty short for me, but this was not one of them. A decent US example of the style, though it could have used more banana character. One of the better beers in the SA fall variety pack.

Nov 12, 2015
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rockclimberscott1 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased the fall variety 24 pack. So far so good (very!) as this was last on my list to try of the 6 choices.

A dark amber color, smells slightly like a malty banana spice. Taste is of banana, clove and nutmeg yet tarty. A nice beer to sip. All in all a very good beer and well above average.

Sep 17, 2015
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a medium brown color with a slight head. The aroma is slightly malty. The taste has some sour elements to it mixed with clove, spices, and fruits. The taste is rather interesting from a style you don’t see too many people attempt. A well made dark wheat beer!

Sep 11, 2015
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a lightly hazy, copper brown in color with just a moderate tinge of red. The head is off white, of good size, and very dense and fluffy. Lacing is pretty good.

S- The first impression as the scent of the beer hits the nose is light spices and fruity yeast esters. There is a banana component typical of many weizens that is fairly prominent. Towards the middle to the end of the smell' there is a light, toasty aspect joining the otherwise hefeweizen-like scent.

T- This beer hits the tongue with a biting level of carbonation that leads straight into the banana and bubblegum-like flavors of the yeast and wheat. The spices are a little more prominent here than in the scent, leaving a good dose of clove and coriander on the tongue. The slightly malty, toasted grains kick in again at the end, just like the scent, and balance out a light and fruity flavor with a touch of sweetness.

M- As I mentioned in the taste section, the first and most noticeable part of the feel for this beer is the high level of carbonation. After that, this beer is a touch on the thin and light side, but still fairly smooth.

Overall, this isn't a bad version of this classical German style. This particular dunkel doesn't have the depth of flavor and creamy feel that some of the more recognized German examples have, but is still accurate for the style.

Sep 08, 2015
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light chestnut; cloudy with sediment; medium, frothy head, long lasting with good lacing; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; wheat yeast; bready

Taste: Thin and juicy on start; slight wheat beer flavor, but seems artificial; thin throughout, but refreshing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just boring. No level of complexity usually found in the style. Just banana, clove and mostly maltiness on both smell and taste. Feels a bit watery, and like smell and taste, boring.

May 04, 2013
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UnderPressure from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange/light brown, cloudy beer. Pieces of sediment suspended throughout. Creamy white head. Highly carbonated. Great retention and lacing.

Spices (cloves) and slightly funky yeast in the aroma.

More spice in the flavor, along with some banana and a slight tang. Some bitterness, and a little bit of roasted malt.

Light to medium bodied. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Highly (not overly) carbonated with a lasting dry finish.

Feb 26, 2013
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of clove and some light grain. Taste is a hint of coffee up front followed by some grain, finishing with a bit of spicyness. Mouthfeel is average. Overall a pretty good beer. Its light and refreshing though I would have preferred more yeast flavor.

Feb 25, 2013
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"This unfiltered dark wheat beer is brewed with a traditional Bavarian yeast that creates a wide spectrum of flavors and aromas from clove and nutmeg to tropical fruit and bananas. This is complemented by malted wheat for a crisp finish. Cheers!". Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen is appropriately brewed in the Dunkelweizen style. This was available this year in the Harvest Collection variety pack, brewed for the collection for the first time in a couple of years. Best by date on bottle is ticked for Mid-January.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams pint glass. Served at about 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy tan head over a deep golden amber body, very clear with just a touch of mild haziness. head retention is slightly above average and carbonation is plentiful. 3.5

(Smell) Malted wheat and medium roasted caramel with a mild yeasty fruitiness and spice to it. Yeast has really imparted some Hefeweizen character into this beer; bananas are in full-swing, cloves a little less but plentiful enough. A puff of alcohol and a very faint low-bitter earthy hop presence rounds out the flavor. Potency is quite vivid. Not far from a Hefeweizen but also shares some similarities with a bock for deeper malt character and cleanliness despite having some wheat body to it. It's little sweet from the wheat and caramel but this is a pleasant-smelling beer overall. 3.75

(Taste) Bright and toasty banana and caramel wheat cereal up front with a glow of cloves that lasts through the finish. Substantial fruit character beyond the banana is evident in the finish with a semi-tropical blend of mango, peach and apricot. Mild drying finish with a touch of spice and alcohol. It's a rather enjoyable twist to the ordinary wheat-and-clove Dunkelweizen. I really enjoyed the yeast profile which developed a great deal of complexity. 4

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is mild with some fizz on the finish. Body is medium for the style and light-medium overall. Alcohol presence is faint, masked by the wheat body, cloves and spice. Texture does right by the style, accentuating the yeast without scrubbing the palate dry. 4.25

(Overall) This has a fruit-heavy yeast profile with a lesser emphasis on spice and cloves. A suitable substitution for the ever-popular Hefeweizen, this beer brings a great deal of complexity to the table without sacrificing balance. It is certainly one of the more enjoyable beers and seldom-represented styles that Samuel Adams brews. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer and I hope it makes a return next fall season. 3.75

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Jan 10, 2013
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dbossman from Nebraska

3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper hue with a large, foamy cream-colored head; lacing is okay

S: Typical cloves and banana for a hefeweizen but even more spice characteristics on top of a bready, toffee, toasted malt finish; this smells pretty sweet and malt forward and a bit spicy

T: The typical weiss flavors are there but the cloves and spice dominate the fruity banana qualities and they don't balance quite right with the sweet bready malt undertones

F: This is pretty thin even considering the style

O: I'm a big fan of dunkelweiss and I like Sam Adams but this one doesn't quite come together like I had hope it would; not a bad beer, just not one of SA's best or one of the better options out there for the style

Dec 27, 2012
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Mojo from Alabama

2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle -&gt; World Market Wheat Beer Glass.

This beer pours up a deep fairly clear gold with a big three finger head which stays around for awile and leaves a little bit of lacing behind. The smell is mainly yeast and banana. The taste is mainly yeast as well. There is also a metallic taste. Not much bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is nothing special. Just average. I'd say this beer is very average. Just not a treat to drink at all. I'll pass on more.

Dec 23, 2012
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 2 fingers of khaki head over a cloudy body of orange-ish brown; medium carbonation visible; head goes fast leaving no lace

S - clove dominates, banana, wheat, almost a bubblegum quality

T - clove, banana, tropical fruits/bubblegum, toffee sweetness; lots of yeast and spice in the finish

M - medium body, medium/high carbonation, smooth and somewhat creamy

O - It's not bad if you enjoy the clove and banana character of the Bavarian yeast. Not really my thing, but it is what it is.

Dec 13, 2012
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BlackBelt5112203 from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 2-finger bubbly head. Really nice retention and some good lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. Looks good but where’s the haze?

S – Wheat and caramel malt with lots of banana esters and a good amount of clove phenols.

T – Starts sweet with caramel and wheat malts before spicy yeast comes in with lots of banana and clove notes and a little bit of bubblegum. Really tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a creamy and mouth-coating feel, and a sweet and spicy finish. Yeast peppery and clove spice lingers nicely.

O – This is actually a really terrific beer and a great example of the style. If it had a little more haze and a little more body, this would be at least a 4.5 all around. I am very impressed by Sam Adams on this one.

Dec 03, 2012
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RWLawman from North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper in color with a thick head that dissipates to less than an in inch quickly. Very little lacing.

S - Smells of bubblegum, fruits, and malts.

T - Same as the smell for the most part. A lot of bubblegum and banana, along with malts and a hint of brown sugar.

M - Average mouthfeel. Not sticky, not watery.

O - I enjoyed this beer, but it wasn't memorable.

Nov 28, 2012
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3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Clear amber body (too light for a style with the word "dark" in it), 3/4" off white head

S- Bubblegum, metal, spice, artificial banana, sharpy marker?

T- Bubblegum, artificial banana, citrus, metal twang, kind of watered down

M- Medium bodied, crisp carbonation

O- The yeast is front and center, dominating everything, after that the beer turns to water, most likely from the wheat dulling any malts or hops. Meh...

Nov 22, 2012
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 888 ratings