Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen
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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 indiapaleale
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - beautiful reddish brown in color with almost an inch of thick vanilla icing colored foam on top. Seems so innocent in the glass, like it could be a very "sessionable" brown ale.

Aroma - big aroma of baked apples and Bartlett pears along with cinnamon, clove, pipe tobacco and caramel.

Taste - it truly is amazing that the estery/fruit flavors that come out in this beer are produced by wheat and yeast. The fruit flavors are that of juicy pears, bananas and cooked apples with a touch of spice (although there is no spice added) and some nice warmth. It reminds me a bit of the liquid that holds the inside of an apple pie together. Nice dry, crisp finish.

Overall - it lacks some body and complexity. It is however a decent, quite drinkable unfiltered dark wheat beer that just may push some Sam Adams drinkers to try some more unique beer styles.

Would I buy more of it? - hmm, tough call as I'd have to buy the entire 12-pack. I'm leaning towards no.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Molasses body, slightly hazy with low carbonation. Little to no head, just a white ring with some blotchy retention. Little to no lacing. The color is the only thing it's got going for it.

S- Sharp unripe fruit, banana

T- Follows the nose, slightly more complex though. Wheaty upfront, finishes with notes of banana and citrus. Rich

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium body. Crisp

Overall a unique, refreshing brew. Worth a try

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Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace is left behind.
S: Big bubble gum and banana aromas up front. Plenty of sweetness. Some husky wheat aromas along with some dry wood. I like it so far.
T: The sweetness is toned down a lot. Light banana esters, husky yeast and some wood flavors. Enjoyable, but a bit of a let down from the nose.
M/D: A lighter to medium body. A bit thin and watery though. Not hard to drink at all. I can quaff several without a problem.

For the most part this is enjoyable. Something I would not hesitate to drink again. Though there are better examples of the style and better SA beers. Again, enjoyable and very much worth a try though.

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Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a tall Weizen glass

A - pours with about a third of an inch of loose yet creamy, very light tan colored foam. the beer is mostly clear until the last few ounces of the bottle pour out, adding some yeast haze. dark brown in color.

S - yeasty esters with some bready malt, lightly spiced (hints of cinnamon), cloves, and some ripened banana.

T - bready malts kick in right away before more of the classic yeasty flavors can take hold, leaning a bit towards the clove end than banana though decently balanced. has an almost artificial sweetener type sweetness to it alongside a bit of pink bubblegum.

M - thin body with moderate punchy carbonation. missing that bit of creaminess in the higher-end weizens. lingering yeasty sweetness.

D - refreshing, and a bit enjoyable but missing some key qualities that makes the good ones great. a nice (and different) addition to the SA samplers which i will look forward to again.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by December 2012:

This is my first dunkelweizen for review:

Into a weizen:

A: deep dark brown colored body with some amber notes along the edges of the glass. A large one finger foamy white head appears and lasts for a good two minutes. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. No lacing is around the sides of the glass.

S: some wheat and banana up front with a bit of honey in the background.

T: basically the same with some added spice.

M: medium with a slight harshness of carbonation, sessionable.

O: an interesting style that I do not know much about just yet other than homebrews and failures to write down notes on other commercial brews, I`ll come to this personally to note changes

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Photo of taez555
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes, sampled 11/11/09

This beer poured an opaque brown body with a white head.

Nose is a mixture of yeast, chocolate, mild fruits and wheat.

Taste is medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel. Yeast, banana, bubblegum, tropical fruits, some ovaltine like chocolate flavors. That's about it. Very simple, but it's all there.

A solid Dunkelweis from Sam Adams. Not a German version at all, but pretty damn good, and very drinkable. Just a solid American Dunkelweizen session beer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of thepenguin
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light brown pour with an active white foam. Little to no lacing.

S - Fresh scent of banana and clove. Some bready yeast smells is there as well. Light malty aroma.

T - Spicy bite gives to a sweet malt flavor. Fresh banana flavor similar to a good hefeweisen. There is a light sourdough flavor from the yeast.

M - Good drinking beer that is light boded and very enjoyable. I'd prefer a more traditional version of the style. This one seems to be a bit off balance. The spicy notes seem too prominant.

O - I found this a fun beer that made the fall sampler pack even better. While not the best in the pack (Hazel Brown is nice!), I'd be happy to try this again.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint. Review #2 from the SA Harvest Collection Sampler. Bottle marked best by Jan. 2011.

A- Pours a cloudy, hazy copper-amber color with a little over a finger of head. A swirl of the glass shows a film of lacing on the glass.

S- An interesting blend of some roasty malt aromas with the traditional spicy clove and coriander hefeweizen scents and some some bananas and yeast.

T- Tastes like it smells. The spice and fruit of a hefeweizen with some roasty characteristics from the malt. Fairly sweet and spicy, with little hop character or bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, but a little heavy on the banana flavor.

M- A little watery, but decently carbonated.

D- Not bad, but I could get bored with the flavors after a few. Fairly well balanced though, and not bad at all.

A pretty good brew, but I would've liked them to amp up the roasty bitterness a bit. This tastes practically like a regular hefeweizen. That being said, a fine brew for the fall, and a worthy addition to the sampler.

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Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy brown-orange with a thin off-white head, and some lacing.

smell of ripe banana, malt, yeast, and spice.

taste is smooth, a little sweet, spice, malt, banana, and a touch of caramel, ends a little creamy.

overall a nice dunkelweizen.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is true to the style, fruity, wheat, grainy, and spicy. The appearance is a cloudy amber color, a decent size white head that disappears quickly. The flavor is spicy, grainy, wheat, dark fruit. The mouth feel is a little thin with high carbonation. The finish is clean with lingering cloves and mild hops. My first dunkelweizen, so I don't have anything to compare it too. It was very pleasant though. It is one of the better offerings that I have had from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Macdoyal
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alrighty here we go.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold color with a creamy looking head. Most of the head goes away except for the typical thin layer that most beers of this kind keep. Good looking.

Smell: This beer smells great. I smell sweetness, yeast like a biscuit, a slight tangy banana like smell. Very good aroma.

Taste: You can taste the dunkel and the tangy the most. The taste is not nearly as good as the smell lead my to think. It's kind of a let down.

Mouthfeel: It's a smoothly carbonated beverage which again matches the style as it should. Kind of creamy.

Drinkability: I think it would be better if it were sweeter and had to dunkel. I will save my other bottle for another time.

I bought the harvest collection cause this beer was in it and i'm thinking it wasn't worth it but it's the only way i've seen it.

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Photo of Kallessin
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown color with a very full foamy cream colored head that settles to a thin coating over the beer. It's mostly clear throughout with only a little cloudiness.

It's smells a little of bananas with some cloves and yeasty spiciness. Loads of wheat malt with some caramel aromas mixed in. The aroma is one of the best qualities of this beer.

The taste is very sweet with no bitterness to be found. It has a light malty flavor with some citrus, wheat bread, clove a little banana and some yeasty flavors. The flavors definitely improve as the beer warms up. The spiciness comes through a lot more and becomes a little more complex. Overall it's not as full flavored as I would like.

It's very smooth and light bodied. It has very light carbonation with a nice finish that leaves a little lingering dryness.

This is a very drinkable beer, but is somewhat lacking in flavor. It's pretty good, but not as rich and complex as I would like. Like I said before, let it warm up a bit.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug. Part of a sampler pack.

Appearance: Pours a golden-brown color with mild carbonation and a two-finger head. Recedes to near-nothingness leaving behind an ivory ring around the mug. Looks a little clear for a Dunkel.

Smell: Clove, green apple, cinnamon. A touch of bitterness in the nose, nice malt characteristics.

Taste: Piney, with some rounded out apple flavor. Toasty malt flavor, perhaps a touch of toffee or even coffee in here. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel: Pokes the tongue at first. A little too foamy for my taste. Goes down a little less than smooth, but not too harshly.

Drinkability: Just decent. Not a terrible beer, but not very exciting either.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2010 Harvest Collection. Bottle into pint glass. First Dunkelweizen review so take this for what it's worth.

Pours a hazy copper with a small off white head. There's some lacing but not very much. The smell is malt and some breadiness with a little banana and cloves. The taste is sweet up front and then some wheat and lemon flavor along with some spices. There's a little banana in the taste but its fairly faint. Medium bodied and smooth in terms of carbonation. Very drinkable to where it could be a session beer if Dunkelweizens are your thing.

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Photo of Johncnh
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skrib09
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark copper, pretty hazed, with a nice tan head up top. spot on appearance compared to other dunkels.

smells of banana and spices with a hint of must.

taste is malty, bready, with plenty of banana and fruit notes. hints of spice as well.

good mouthfeel, a touch grainy maybe, but good drinkability.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with a think off-white head. Hazy body, but not too cloudy.

S: Banana up front with grainy hints from the wheat. Overall a slightly sweet aroma, but not overpowering.

T: Banana bread comes to mind however over flavors quickly make themselves known. Nice well balanced malt character, bready with a slight caramel hint. Yeast character also noticeable.

M: Medium-body with noticeable texture.

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Photo of tviz33
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a pint glass

A- Pours a dingy orange color with a quarter inch, off-white head that vanishes almost immediately. No carbonation bubbles to speak of

S- I've never had a Dunkelweizen, but I can compare the smell to a very average Hefeweizen: soft fruit notes on the nose, mostly banana and raisin.

T- A pleasant surprise.. Darker fruits cover the palette to start, with a slight nip from carbonation/alcohol/sour fruits towards the end.

M- I like the feel on this one. Thicker than the previous two Sam Adams brews I just reviewed, starting creamy and smooth, and finishing with more bite.

O- This beer is up my alley, and I'd be happy to have another. It's my first of the style, and I don't assume it's a perfect representation. I plan on having more similar brews.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with label notched enjoyed before January

Sam Adams Dunkelweizen poured a slightly hazy dark copper color with a 1-finger khaki colored head of foam that left thin rings of lacing on my mug. The aroma is of caramel, light banana and very light clove. The flavor follows the nose with caramel, mild banana and a little bready. Mouth feel is light-medium, crisp with a dry clean finish.

Sam Adams Dunkelweizen is easy drinking and a good entry level Dunkelweizen - falls short of the German examples.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a deep orange color with a touch of maroon in there. Surprisingly light for a dunkel. Head is solid with a touch of lacing. Nose is tasty, strong somewhat spicy wheat dominates, with a touch of general fruity malt sweetness. Flavor is likewise - more of a straight-up wheat beer than anything unique, this again has a lightly biting wheat sweetness, a touch of fruitiness, and maybe a bit of hops on the back end. Nice, quite drinkable brew. Overall, another solid entry by Sam Adams, although this one is maybe a little off in terms of the true "Dunkel" style.

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Photo of Vixie
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking copper color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smells, nice, I can detect caramel, toffee, fruit, and clove.

Starts out sweet, maybe with a hint of caramel. There are fruit notes in there, and banana and clove.

Maybe a touch thin for the style.

Not a bad beer, but not a real outstanding one either. I wish the flavors were just a bit more up front, but they are nice, and come forward a bit more when warmer. A nice beer for late summer.

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Photo of mxchap
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep amber with some transparency thanks to the light filtering. Pours an inch of dense foam that settled with minimal lacing

Aroma: Strong cloves up front. Gives way to some banana esters (but not too much). Caramel malt also noticeable.

Flavor: banana esters and wheat dominate initially. subtle bitterness from hops. the caramel malts come through towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Little bit on the light side for the style, but quite drinkable because of this. The carbonation is pretty good. Somewhat creamy texture develops, but still has a dry finish.

Overall: An enjoyable beer that is one of the best American representations of the style I have tried (only 2 or 3 to be fair). Not quite as full-bodied or carbonated as some I've had in Munich though.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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