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: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a cloudy, hazy dark orange color with a 1 1/2 inch soapy, bright white head that leaves some lacing.

S: Smell is very strong of tropical fruit, banana, clove and nutmeg. I also get a faint wheat aroma as well.

T: Taste is a lot like the smell consisting of a very potent tropical fruit/banana flavor that is balanced out by the clove and nutmeg. This beer finishes with a wheat character and a bready dry finish.

M: Very fruity and sweet, has some slight carbonation and is well balanced. Very drinkable if you like the style.

O: This is my first time having this beer that I can remember anyways. I enjoyed it a lot and is a good summer time beer, not sure about releasing it for your fall collection, but not complaining. This is something I will be drinking often this fall, cheers!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Shaw's as part of the new Samuel Adams Harvest mix-pack. Pours a hazy to murky copper brown body with over an inch of khaki-colored head. Smells nutty and banana notes and hints of spice and lemon-zest and pith. Toasty nuttiness hits first in the flavor, with hints of caramel and toffee, and suggestions of banana and spice. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty darn drinkable. Not at all a bad example of the style - a welcome addition to the Samuel Adams fall line-up!

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Photo of RichieS2
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a a Czech pilesner glass.

A - Poured a dark amber, copper-like color that made me think of an IPA, was cloudy with a creamy head.

S - Both wheat and malt were there to greet my nose at the first whiff.

T - Some excellent malt sweetness as to be expected from a dunkel, which then gave way to the trademark characteristics of wheat which were highlighted at the end by subtle use of hops.

M - Epitomy of Weiss beer, nice and light swashing around in the mouth easily and going down just as easy.

D - Very high

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Photo of tone77
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, cloves, and spices. Taste is good, banana, cloves, fruits, lots of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a very good beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white creamy head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, malty, and fairly spicy aroma. Wheat and Bavarian yeast with hints of bananas, clove, bubblegum, apple, pear, citrus orange, and a little nutmeg. Bready toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, dark bread, and biscuit. Some earthy and spicy noble hops in the background. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma gives off, a nice sweet and complex flavor of wheat, malts, and spices. Wheat grains and yeast upfront with a taste of bananas, clove, apple, pear, bubblegum, nutmeg, and some orange. A nicely sweet taste of toasted malts with notes of dark bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a subtle kick of roast chocolate. Some spicy noble hops help balance things out in the back end. After a few sips a light aftertaste of smoke lingers. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good version of the Dunkelweizen style. Nice fruity esters and spicing. The smoke adds a interesting kick.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.2/5  rDev +18%

Poured into an Irish Tulip glass

A - Pours a four finger creamy/marshmallowy light tan head, that leaves some nice lacing. This beer is a copper color, slightly effervescent, and very hazy (unfiltered it seems)

S - Delicious!!! Lots of clove, bananas, and dark wheats. One of the best smelling 'weizens' i've ever smelled.

T - Very spicy clove flavor, with a bannana bubblegum finish. Cloves are tingly and right up front, and on the back end of the toungue you get this almost sugar free bubble gum sensation on the finish. Alcohol is pretty much non-existent. Very refreshing!!!

M - Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but not watery. Very soft creamy mouthfeel from the nice head this beer generates.

D - Drinkability of this beer is super high!!! Very sessionable too. Slight effervescence and light body makes this an easy beer to slug down. But very refreshing and flavorful!!

Final Thoughts: Two Thumbs UP!!!! Would reccomend and would by a 6 pack if i can find one. This beer was a part of the harvest collection mix pack.

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Photo of knightof1kbeers
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer was discovered as a nice surprise in a mix pack. In the glass it presented as a nice milky unfiltered beer. the initial smell gave great citrus and malty notes that complemented each other rather then competed. Over all a nice darkish beer with a great mouth good flavor and decent drinkability. Good unfiltered beer but still no hefey.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I grabbed one of the lingering Harvest Collection 12-packs at the local grocer, this was the one I most looked forward to trying. While I love Sam's Octoberfest, I am usually quickly sold on any Dunkels, so I admit my proclivities ahead of time. Yet this does not disappoint, a fine representative of the style and one I wish Sam Adams would market in sixers.

Solid, durable off-white head rests atop a rich, cloudy caramel brown body. Good duration and lacing, and we're off to a fine start. Sweet nose, rife with banana and toffee, and the malt is amply represented. Good taste, on the sweet end which is fine. Banana carries the day, with toffee and dark chocolate in tow. Well done, but it could be a bit bolder.

Sam's Dunkel comes together in the mouthfeel, a typically strong suit for Sam Adams in my humble opinion. This is perhaps the best aspect of the beer, for here is where it nails the style with a nearly ideal blend of the pillowy wheat texture combined with the good malt flavor and tongue coating--terrific balance. Superb.

This is one beer Sam Adams ought to plug in six-packs. One of their best new beers in some time, I gladly boasted about it to a cashier the next time I grabbed a 12 at the store. Very good, and well worth trying.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy redish orange liquid with numerous stream of carbonation making their way to the surface. The white head is thin and splotchy.

S- Apple juice, Bartlet pears, bread, bubble gum, and some brown sugar. Surprisingly complex and appealing.

T- Sweet fruit, bread, bubble gum, and brown sugar. Doesn't have a strong Sam Adamsy quality to it.

M- A nice smooth body with a creamy carbonated aspect. The flavors do have a lasting effect, but it is rather nice.

D- Drinks very nicely. Complex without being too rich. A very nice take on the style from the Boston Beer Co. I am pleasantly surprised to say the least.

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Photo of tvljr
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No longer retired as it can be found in the Sam Adams Harvest Collection 12 Pack.

Poured into pint glass it has many of the characteristics of a German Hefe with a little less cloud. Pour resulted in a two finger head that settled to about a quarter inch and stayed throughout the drinking time.

Great roasted fragrance that really makes you look forward to that first sip.

Taste is smoky and excellent. Better than most American Hefeweizens and well worth the effort. Stands on its own and will hopefully move out of the mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of jslice99
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance is a hazy dark brown/orange with a two finger white head.

Smell is of banana, nutmeg, and clove. Just like it should.

Smells more like banana than it tastes but its still there. I get more of the nutmeg and clove in the taste and maybe some caramel.

It has a decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall, Its great on a hot day. Doesen't seem like a fall beer to me but no complaints. Would definately have again.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to February 2013.

Pours a nice coppery brown with thick long lasting beige head. Spotty lacing of the glass.
Taste is eclectic hints of honey,clove, fruit cake perhaps. Not overbearing though. Not at all bitter, very crisp. I'll have another!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazy brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Strong banana aromas as well as toasted malts and bread. A nice bit of toffee as well as some subtle clove aromas. There is a bit of wheat character to it as well as some yeast.

T: Less banana than on the nose, but still enough to taste it. Quite a bit more reliant on the toasted malt and bread flavors. A nice bit of toffee and caramel with only a mild clove flavor. Maybe even a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A lot of the seasonal Sam Adams beers aren't very good, but this was quite the opposite.

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Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Mildly cloudy, deep copper-orange body. Solid finger of tight-laced, khaki-cream head. Decent lacing. Familiar weizen aromas of banana, banana bread, clove, and a little bubblegum. Faint note of vegetal hops too.

Smooth, bready wheat malt up front. Toasted edges around banana, tropical fruit, and clove mid-palate. Banana bread richness (and some sweetness) near the finish. Very light noble hop notes with lingering clove, sweetbread, and yeast. Pretty taste all around. Medium to full body with nice, even carbonation to give it a creamy feel. Better than I expected.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with some amber highlights and has a thick creamy off white head that slowly dissapates to a thin colar on the beer and leaves very good lacing

S-The aroma is doughy, with some mild bannana and clove esthers. They are mild, which is why I like it, and they are balanced. I don't nessesary like a very clovy beer. But if the bannana and clove esthers are balanced, that is a very goog thing. As it warms, the bannana comes through more too, which is nice. But very bready yeasty. Mmmmm, also some faint notes of green apple too. Very nice

T-The flavor is just like the aroma, but with an added soft hop bitterness. Very yeasty and complex. Oh and the wheat in there is nice too.

M-At first it feels a little thin, but when my palate adjusted, I realized it was good and creamy. With a medium body and a full carbonation. It also has the slightest dryness in the finish.

D-IMO, it is very drinkable. I think one could session this beer preety easy. I highly recommend this dark wheat beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Situation: Recovering from a three-hour family photoshoot at the mall...Glassware: Celebrator Doppelbock... Appearance: soft brown body that holds a healthy, thin, off-white head; little observable effervescence... Aroma: fresh malt softened by wheat; pleasantly subtle... Palate: soft, smooth, almost to the point of an oily consistency (in a good way); extremely drinkable... Taste: an almost bubble gum (!) like quality to the clove sensation that dominates; malts provide a pleasant underpinning... Overall: In a merging of styles, this is more weizen than dunkel--still, its finish, is sweet enoughto encourage a second bottle; within the fall sampler, this may be my selection to sixpack and savor...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up the SA Autumn 12 oz' mixer Friday night at the COOP .... Sam and I and then Steven and I blew through all the bottles except for the lone dunkelweizen that I stashed away in the back of the fridge..

Poured into my small weizen glass.. Big 2" head.. the brew is lightly cloudy orange.. verging on red.

Nose is definitely leaning toward the estery bananas... some minor clove come in and some caramel is way on the back side as it warms..

Nose is much more phenolic.. bubblegum and defined cloves.. lesser caramel than I was expecting with a nice toasty malt element that I was not really expecting.. Very nice body and carbonation lends toward a fairly creamy mouthfeel...

I would buy this often if it was in 6'er's.. It really is the only reason I bought the Autumn pack... that said... I'll probably buy another or two while they're available... this a pretty damn good example on the style.. very drinkable.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark transparent amber with decent white head

S-smells almost like burnt wheat, its actually quite pleasant

T-very decent initial taste that matches the smell: burnt wheat. The after taste is exactly the same and is very flavorful. I'm not sure if I was expecting a lot from Sam Adams, but I'm very satisfied.

M-more than a medium amount of carbonation but smooth at the finish

D- over all mouth feel deteriorates, flavor stays though. the whole bottle is enjoyed.

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Photo of dananabanana
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Big, creamy, off-white head. The beer itself is copper and opaque.

S: Sweet and malty. Dark malts with some fruityness.

T: Sweet and wheaty. Dark malts again, maybe a hint of caramel, maple, or molasses.

M: Sweet dry aftertaste, almost like ginger ale without the kick.

D: Flavorful enough to not be boring, but good with food because the taste isn't overpowering.

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Photo of beeragent
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium and slightly hazy brown, forming a thin 1/2 inch head that quickly fades. Very small amounts of lace stick to the glass.

S - Very inviting mix of malted wheat and fruit swirls in the nose.

T - Strong malted wheat flavor up front along with a nice banana/fruit flavor throughout. There's alot going on flavor wise. Very complex.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - I was really suprised by this beer. Alot of Sam Adams are hit or miss, but this one is actually very good. Good flavor and sessionable ABV makes for a beer I wouldnt mind having several of.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass. Is a somewhat hazy, medium copper color. Not as hazy as most beers of this style. Lots of little bubbles rising up to the top of the glass. The head is about an inch thick when poured and settles to a nice 1/4 inch when poured with great staying power. Good lacing. Sweet aromas of banana and clove and some malt. No discernible hop aroma. The flavor is pretty much the the same, sweet clove and banana along with a nice malt backbone. The clove is not super strong here like it is in some weizen beers. The flavor is rounded out with a hint of plum on the back end. This beer has a medium bodied, somewhat crisp, mainly smooth and frothy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A good solid beer here, but not the best I have had from these guys.


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Photo of Slynger
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed orange brown with a nice creamy cap of dirty tan coloring.

Smells of banana's and caramel with apples.

Flavors of sweet caramel and toasted bready malts go along with a nice fruity balance of banana's and apples with a bit of nuttiness.

Medium bodied with a near perfect amount of refreshing and fuzzy-creamy carbonation.

Very good overall. I would make it a year round offering were I BBC, I liked it much better than their hefeweizen.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown body that's got a nice haze to it. The head is frothy and very light tan with its one inch stature. This is a good looking brew.

S - Molasses, syrup, malt, hops, and a background of alcohol.

T - Smooth wheat flavor accented by a slightly brown sugar sweetness. There's a maltiness to this beer that really makes it appealing.

M - Smooth as it goes down real easy.

~ This is a good brew. It has a certain sessionability to it. I recommend you try this one.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the seasonal 12 pack this year. 12oz bottle. I had this years and years ago, probably 15 years ago and remember enjoying it but never being able to find it. The website has all the other "brewmaster collection" brews, but not this one. Hrmmm. Pours out to a cloudy dark amber, forming a tall off-yellow whipped head with excellent retention and awesome lacing. Carbonation is moderate-brisk. The aroma is very nice...lots of old brown bananas, cloves, a nice toasted malt base, phenols, some spicy hops...The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice tang. The taste is as a good dunkel weizen should be...cloves and bananas with dark malts popping through but it doesn't quite get to the "fresh banana bread" this case, there is some burnt rubber in there as well..something that either my taste buds have gotten more sensitive to over the last 3 years or some mutation that has been going on with a prominent manufactured yeast strain. At any rate, it's nice to see it back, but honestly, with Michelob Dunkel Weizen being available for $6.99/6'er (and the fact that it is one of my very favorite dunkel weizens ever), I'll stick with that when I need a DW kick.

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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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