Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 381 | Ratings: 885
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
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3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy, almost muddy looking, amber like a good quality unfiltered apple juice. Little head, and what there is fades to a thin swirl. Smells bread-like with some hints of banana and clove. The taste is a trifle sweeter, with a good deal more banana, a bit more clove, and a touch of lemon in addition to the lighter breadiness. A little on the lighter side, but quite tasty. Clean and smooth in the mouth, this is a fairly light Dunkleweiss, but really quite nice.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen
12 oz brown bottle
Enjoy by February notched off on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a light brown with a mini khaki colored head on top. Surprisingly, there are minimal trails of sticky lacings after a few sips.

Funky yeast aroma with obvious whiffs of banana and fruity notes.

A malty backbone with sweet caramel malt flavors and distinct banana & bubble gum on the finish. Other flavors that are often associated with this style of beer such as cloves are detectable as well.

A middle-of-the-road interpretation of the style and a tad watery for what I would like.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a brand new one from Sam Adams. I actually found this one in their fall Harvest Collection. It appears that I am the first one actually reviewing this one out of the bottle. Anyways, here is my review:

A: Pours a brownish gold. Some carbonation coming up from the bottom. Head is minimal, which is a little disappointing.

S/T: I get quite a but of banana and spice in the aroma. Maybe even some brown suger in there. Taste is quite spicy with that signature banana flavor. Some bubble gum in there as well. Semi-sweet on the finish. A touch watery tasting. Overall, a decent tasting beer and much better than their Hefeweizen.

M/D: Medium to light bodied with a decent carbonation kick. Beer is pretty refreshing and could easily drink more than one of these.

I will admit that I have not had a lot of Dunkelweizens, so my tasting experience on the style is quite limited. But this is a decent tasting beer. Not going to knock your socks off, but is worth checking out as it is a solid effort from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a SA Harvest twelve pack to try the Dunkel and the Pumpkin. Poured into a stemmed glass. Very light brown color with a moderate sized white head. Smell had a bit of freshly baked bread aroma to it. Taste was good, as I enjoyed the banana and clove flavor, and there was a decent amount of malt. The one flaw I found with this beer was the mouthfeel. It was extremely thin; borderline watery. Not pleasing in the mouth. Drinkability was nice, as I found this beer to be smooth and low in abv. A nice take on the style, but I'd say stick to the Germans if you have a craving for a great dunkel. This one just didn't impress me that much.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this years SA Harvest Sampler Pack, which has a fine selection of SA brews. You only get two of each beer and in this case it is both a good and bad thing, while the dunkelweizen has all the right tastes and traits they are all muted. The flavors are here they are just light, a good beer to try on noobs to German wheat beers but its no good for a pro.

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Photo of acevenom
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy light brown with a large eggshell colored head. There aren't many visible tiny bubbles in the beer. The head retreats slowly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The aroma is prominently of banana with some clove. I can detect some of the malt. I can't detect the nutmeg that is mentioned on the bottle. The flavors are what you'd expect in the classic dunkelweizen. There is banana and clove from the yeast and the wheat and barley malts provide a nice bready backbone to this beer. The body is light to medium with low carbonation. The finish is crisp. The drinkabilty is high. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of Camjmorton
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a quite clouded, dark brown body with a slim, bone white head, though it's actually got good staying power.

Smell: Malty notes of brown sugar and liberally toasted bread crusts, a couple slices of near-ripe banana, a few cloves, and a small, small hint of cocoa.

Taste: Notions of brown sugar and caramel overlaying sliced, toasted whole-wheat loaf bread. Modestly tangy. Flavors of banana, clove, and raisin, all well-integrated. Lightly herbal hops with a very low bitterness. Small pinch of cocoa powder hits about mid-palate. Fruity, tangy, sweetish finish with a little tickle of carbonation at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A pleasant dunkelweizen and a good example of a style you don't really see everyday.

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Photo of atr2605
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark amber with an off white head with good retention that clings slightly to the glass
S-caramel, roasted malt
T-more roasted and caramel flavors, banana and clove are present but pretty subtle
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad beer, there are better examples of the style but I would definitely drink this again

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of SpasticKoala
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The head was okay, with just minimal sticking. The color was a deep mahogany and dark malt.
Smell: Mostly brown bread and malt.
Taste: A little wheat spice and malt. Very clean with mild fruitiness. Fairly neutral in yeast and hops. Not much in banana or cloves, as would be expected with a dunkelweizen.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and slightly dry.

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Photo of harlotry
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of aquaderek
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was poured into a pint glass in anticipation of my Oktoberfest celebration. The appearance is beautiful, pours dark; lightens up and has a nice white lace head. The nose is pure cloves, it nice but pure cloves. The taste is sweet and some slight spiciness. Nothing great on the the mouthfeel, and in my opinion the sweetness of the brew takes away from the drinkability.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weiss glass. Purchase before FEB 2010 notched on the label.

A - The yeast was rolled in the bottle for an even distribution on the calm pour. A four-finger cream-colored dollop of whipped-cream-like head rose up. Fantastic retention! The body is a hazy, muddy brown that, on it's own, doesn't look to appetizing. Half way through the glass the lacing started clinging heavily all over.

S - A lightly toasted malt aroma with the wheat is crisp and up-front. The yeasty character is bold and earthy smelling with a tiny bit of bubble gum esters in the background.

T - The first sip yields a full yeasty mouth with estery hints and a clean wheat and toasted malt flavor on the back end. Not bad but a bit shallow for a dunkel.

M - Medium-bodied, it flows down smooth and clean. Partially refreshing with a lightly dry finish.

D - Not a bad dunkel. It's appearance and nose don't represent the rest of the beer well though. After that it tapers off a bit making it less drinkable but I still wouldn't turn it down. Not bad, just a fair dunkelweizen.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Dark amber with a gentle haze and a bone colored frothy pillow top. Silky lacing that glides around the edges. 

S:  Bavarian yeast displays over ripe bananas, mango, cherry alcohol, clove, nutmeg, plums, papaya, applesauce and roasted wheat.  Nice complex nose the blends well. 

T/M:  Roasted wheat malt, tropicsl fruits, timid banana bread, clove, and nutmeg. Cinnamon applesauce hides in the background. Much more raw and rustic than the sweet nose. Medium-full body with a touch if stickiness and a brilliant prickly carbonation. Finish starts creamy and leaves dry with lingering apple peel and wheat bitterness. 

O:  Complex and well blended. I haven't had too many dunkels but this IMO is pretty tasty. I picked up the harvest seasonal 12 pk and I think this is one of the better ones in the group. 

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BetterDarker
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional weizen glass.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy, amber color, white head, little retention

Smell - cloves, banana, fruity, no hop aroma

Taste - Wheat flavor, light fruit flavor, slight hop flavor

Mouthfeel - Good level of carbonation, medium body

Drinkability - Very drinkable, not a bad beer, appears too clear for an unfiltered weizen, perhaps a draw back from having it from a bottle.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=pours a deep dark orange with one finger of off white head

S=yeasty, cakey, with a banana and maybe raisin aroma

T=malts and banana flavors with a yeasty finish

M=nice crisp mouth feel, almost dry, carbonation is rather strong

D=good and enjoyable, nearly sessionable

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +10%
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.

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