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 woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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 rockclimberscott1
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
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!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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Photo of UnderPressure
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen

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Photo of dbossman
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of Mojo
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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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 RWLawman
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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...

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. BB FEB 2013.

pours a hazy/ cloudy copper, orange/ brown color with about one fingers worth of off white head that fades to pretty much nothing within a minute, maybe leaving a ring for a bit.

the weizen yeast is at the forefront. banana like fruits, a bit of spicey clove. not much else, maybe a hint of dark breads and brown sugar.

tangy wheat, a bit of spice, clove, and banana from the yeast, slightly tart pear. slight hint of a dark bready flavor.

light and easy drinking.

not too bad of a dunkel, however this is definatly not one of my favorite styles. but they seemed to have nailed all the basics.

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

Poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

Brownish amber with a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly. Just a tad hazy. low-moderate carbonation.

Tangy wheat, caramel, bread and clove.

Tangy wheat and banana peal. Lighter notes of banana bread and plantains. Very light essence of clove.

Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

The wheat really outshines all the other elements in this beer. Very mellow and easy drinking, however it is lacking flavor. Average at best.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint because proper glass ware floats my boat. Caramel to amber color depending on where it sits in my glass. Silky blanket of retention left from a snow white tufted head.

Smells like cloves and apricot and a couple days until ripe banana. Tastes like cloves with a sour wheat tang in back. Mildly sweet and nutty. Bottle claims tropical fruit but that's a bit of a reach. Mouthfeel is fair but lacks any standout wheat beer creamy, smooth wheat beeryness.

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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 Cavanaghty
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown, with about one finger of an off white head.

Smell: Cloves, banana, and some wheat.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste sweet. I can taste clove, banana, some wheat and malts. After taste is an odd fruity flavor.

Overall: Not sure how I feel about this one, I guess it isn't bad, but not preference at all. I will drink what I have, but will not go out of my way to have this one again.

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Photo of JWU
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- light to medium brown/amber with a thin off white head, little lacing.

S- Big banana, bubble gum, and clove. A little over the top on those smells. Some slight hints of brown sugar and wheat malt.

T- The same smells that were over the top are completely over the top in the taste as well. Banana and bubble gum linger long after the sip. Some light brown sugar and wheat malt, but the taste is anything but balanced.

M - medium to pretty high carbonation, ends kind of dry. Light to medium bodied.

O- Disappointed. I like dunkelweizen's, but this one is just totally off kilter on the taste. Not horrible, but misses the mark a bit.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: poured from 12 oz bottle (bbd Mar 13) into pint glass, poured golden brown with 1/2" off white head that fades leaving some lacing, hazy
S: wheat beer esters and complex alcohols, banana, brown sugar
T: this beer has a slightly unpleasant taste, notes of banana bread up front that quickly swaps to a sour skunky taste, finish is dry with a lingering odd aftertaste of bitter cloves
M: carbonation is correct for the style, light and refreshing
O: it would have been OK if BBC hadn't completely missed the boat on taste, maybe I got a bad bottle but this is approaching drain pour territory based solely on taste, the other good qualities cannot make up for that

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Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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 NHGrafx
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown hazy color with a big head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. There is a small amount of sediment in the bottle too.

Smells of wheat, malt, cloves, banana. The aroma is very reminiscent of Bavarian imports and is very pleasant.

Taste is of wheat, a slight sweetness with nice spiciness, roasted malt, cherry, banana with other fruits which I cannot identify. It seems pretty similar to the imported varieties to me . Drinkability is very good too. Overall this one is pretty good, and it is much better than I expected.

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Photo of u2carew
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing. Hazy bronze body.
S) Roasted malts. Hints of cherry. Caramel. Earthy.
T) Robust maltiness. Caramel. Apple. Cherry. Subtle yeasty tones. Pleasant spiciness in the finish.
M) Crisp. Medium light body. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A decent brew overall. I'd drink another one.

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