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 GilGarp
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, part of the "Harvest Pack."

Served cool into a pint glass, SA dunkelweizen is a hazy dirty looking beer with thin short-lived head.

Aroma is full of banana and clove. Tropical fruit and spice in abundance.

Flavor is much the same with banana, bubble gum, and baking spices.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall a nice and easy dark wheat beer. Not exceptional but not bad either.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Served cold.

A-amber body with gold tones and somewhat murky; off white head-thick

S-clove, veggie, floral, cereal

T-strong clove spice, lemon, faint banana

M-crisp, yet has body

D-dark hefeweizen or light dunkelweizen. This beer is nice and drinkable but not as flavorful as it could be.

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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 nicksta
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours with almost no lacing. It starts out as a ruby brown at the top and gets progressively lighter until it ends in a ruby orange bottom. The smell is citrus and spice. Nutmeg, clove, allspice. A hint of yeast. That of what you would use tor rise bread - fruit cake-ish. The flavor has the smooth, creamyness banana flavor and the tart-sweetness of apple. Spiced-bread - pumpkinbread. Clove. Mild hop finish. Mouthfeel is decent. Smooth on the tongue despite some carbonation bite in the back of the mouth. Drinkability is passable. Better of two dunkelwizens I've had.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange brown with a two finger foamy tan head. The head is thick with good retention but the lacing is minimal.

S - Plenty of banana and clove, as well as plenty of wheat. A hint of bubblegum/fruit.

T - Sweet malts, spices, banana, and plenty of wheat. Finishes with a slightly burnt, biscuity taste. I'd say the finish is more pleasant than the initial taste. Way too much alcohol taste in the finish.

M - Light-medium body with too much carbonation. Burp city.

D - It's flavor is a bit off. I couldn't have more than a couple in a sitting and I would need to separate them by another style.

Overall, this one isn't bad. For a lighter beer in the Harest Variety Pack, it tastes way too boozey for me. Still better than Cherry Wheat or the horrid Cranberry Lambic, though.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color with a 1" white head that remained for a while and left a little bit of lacing in the glass. Smells wheatey, with a little bit of banana and clove as expected, I also think I detect a little bit of spice. Taste is good, its an enjoyable beer to drink. Its wheatey with the banana and cloves, with the spice, like the smell, but the wheaty taste is a little... toasty and malty? Mouthfeel is medium light, with average carbonation. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer to drink. I would definitely buy these if you could get them outside of the Sam Adams Harvest seasonal pack. I enjoy wheat beers and this was a nice variation. Its a little darker and denser for the fall or winter months than a Hefeweizen or Wit, but it retains that refreshing feeling.

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Photo of BierFan
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Two fingers of off-white head. Hazy light brown body.

Smell: Traditional German wheat beer aroma of banana and clove.

Taste: Once again, it's very close to it's German counterparts. Doesn't seem to have the same depth of flavor and complexity of the best examples of this style.

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Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a light copper color with about 1-finger of fizzy off-white head. Tiny bit of lacing. Looks crisp.

S - Sweet malts, banana and cloves, and a bit of bubblegum.

T - Pretty close to the nose, with the banana dominating. I personally love a lot of banana in my weizens, so I'm enjoying this quite a bit. Good amount of clove adds a pleasant spiciness, keeping this from being too cloying.

M - Medium-light carbonation with high carbonation.

D - This was a pleasant surprise in the Harvest Mix Pack. Very drinkable, this one really hit the spot!

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint.
A: Pours a dark red/brown color with about a half inch of white head.

S: Smells of sweet malts with hints of clove.

T: More malts with a bit of a biscuity finish. Cloves come out again with some wheat.

M: Light to medium with lots of carbonation.

D: Medium.

This is a good beer for the fall. Probably my vote for the weakest in the Fall Harvest pack for this year. This being the weakest makes it a pretty good 12 pack.

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Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: huge 1 inch plus head, cloudy, tan in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: banana, cloves, and wheat

Taste: banana, cloves, some toasted dark malt, and wheat

Mouthfeel: medium body, semi-sweet, with high carbonation

Drinkability: Another solid specialty offering from Sam Adams. This one is a bit on the sweet side, but is good for the style. If they released this in sixes, I would pick one up.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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 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 chickenflea
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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 perrymarcus
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a ruddy mahogony tone with two fingers of off-white head that has respectable retention and lacing. nice looking beer.

missing the banana/clove that i was expecting in the aroma; instead it's more malts and bready yeast.

more of the same in the taste; it's just missing something. maybe a few things. i mean it's an OK tasting beer, certainly not a drain pour, but IMO it's just devoid of a more evident flavor profile. i get a little banana as it warms - a little - and maybe a touch of spice.

light to medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation. fairly drinkable; the problem is you'd lose interest before sessioning became a possibility.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Caramel color in appearance, opaque with medium carbonation. Thick, fluffy off-white head.

S - Sweet and malty. Caramel flavors come to mind again.

T - A simple flavor - slightly dark, but mostly clean and refreshing. Absolutely evokes the german style. A solid, if not spectacular, offering.

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Photo of rwf08
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stole it from my girlfriends friends harvest sampler. She isn't on BA so this was for the greater good. Right?

A: Hazy medium caramel color. White ring of head with no lacing. I'd think this would be darker and fuller on the head. I have seen better examples as far as appearance goes but this isn't a make or break point for me.

S: Banana, clove, yeasty bread, and some bubble gum. There is a hint of vanilla in there too. I would want some kind of dark fruit of something dark will the style to come through.

T: A good amount of banana with some yeast. Fairly one dimensional. There is a savory character about this that I cannot place. I want to say it is almost meaty but that seems ridiculous.

M: Fairly thin and highly carbonated. I know this style is to have high carbonation levels but I think the mouthfeel should be thicker to counter act that.

D: Not impressed. Better German beers out there for this style.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body with a big head. It quickly fades and leaves no lacing.

S: Banana and cloves.

T: Pretty bland. Just the barest hints of banana and cloves. Earthy on the back end.

M: Disasppointingly thin and flat.

D: Not one of BBC's better efforts. I won't be seeking it out again.

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Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours beautiful reddish brown in color with a farily thick off-white head and adequate lacing to complement.

Aroma is typical of the style, banana, cloves, mild fruitiness and some clove. Mild caramels as well. Seems dialed down a notch though from others in this style, typical of Sam Adams beers in my opinion, always leave you wanting more.

The taste is average for the style but I actually like that. I do no prefer the typical weizen yeast which usually dominates the entire flavor profile of any weizen whether dunkel or hefe or bock. It is actually quite enjoyable but I believe those who truly enjoy the traditional style will be let down because the flavor profile is muted slightly.

Overall it lacks some body and complexity as I mentioned earlier but that helped this beer for me.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

A:Pours a bit of a darker, cloudy brown. Not too much lacing left behind.

S: Delightful scent of fruit (mostly banana) along with cloves. I like it so far.

T: Very nice taste. Hints of banana and cloves are present, with a bit more towards the cloves as the coolness wares off. Very malty.

M: Excellent smoothness to this brew. Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is a great beer to enjoy. You'll for sure want another after enjoying your first. Two would be ideal, although more can't be hard to have.

Another fantastic beer from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up with the autumn sampler twelve for this first weekend of college football. This dunkel pours a very light brown with a cloudy body and just a thin film of head. Nose is all malt with notes of chocolate, molasses, and toffee.

Once this warms the flavors really come out. The first and strongest is roasted chocolate malt but afterwards there is a touch of cherry to the finish that gives this beer some real complexity. The mouthfeel fits the style well, withouttoo many troublesome bubbles.

Overall, a solid effort fo
the style, although not something I'll necessarily be looking for in its own sixers.

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Photo of jazer
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark beer about the same color as the bottle. Not much of an aroma to speak of. A good taste that would lead me to drink some more. Reminds me of bananas a little. Feelssmooth on the pallet without an overpowering aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Could definately polish off a six-banger of these.

Recommended, of sorts.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a fairly clear for the style, light mahogany, with a mild white head, decent head retention.

S: Nice clove and banana bread note, really didn't come out until it warmed a bit, serve at 50F.

T: Really clove and dark bread heavy. The weizen yeast is there, but doesn't give a huge complexity. Nevertheless, this a traditional dunkelweisse, the requisite flavours are recognizable and tasty.

M: Light-bodied, a tad thin. Light carbonation, fairly smooth.

D: A slightly above average version. At least they used the traditional yeast which was not apparent in their Hefeweizen. A nice brew, but not a reason to buy the Harvest Collection.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sa dunkelwiesen

a 4 two finger head atop an only slightly cloudy honey brown body, persistent ring but the lace doesn't last.

s 4-4.5 big overripe banana, sweet malts, no clove but some bubblegum. after a few minutes, the aroma thins out and lets some alcohol come through.

t 3.5-4 no surprises here, flavor follows the smells but is somewhat reserved and by the end of the glass a mild wheaty twang is the primary component.

m 3.5 could stand to be lusher. the carbonation adds a little creaminess.

d 3.5-4 started off much more promisingly than it ended, yet still competent.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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 r0nyn
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my newly acquired Weihenstephan curvy weizen glass.

An inverted pour gives rise to a huge, fluffy head that lingers for a long time. Lacing is very slight, with the clinging bubbles sliding back down quickly. The brew itself is a reddish amber color that slightly reminds me of a marzen. There are a few lines of bubbles making their way easily up towards the head. For a dunkelweizen, it's remarkably clear. Smell is full of malts and fruitiness, along with nuances of cloves and spice and that banana that is so characteristic of weizen beers.

Malty to start off, along with the cloves and spice that are found in the nose. Banana is a bit more subdued, but is still present, as is the breadyness. Bit of a bubblegum snap as well that lingers into the aftertaste. Much like the way it looks, it's "cleaner" than your typical dunkelweizen in terms of flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and nice, but not as chewy as I thought it should have been. Fair bit of carbonation too.

A very easy beer to drink thanks to the pleasing taste. Sam Adams did a great job on the Kellerweis hefeweizen, but I feel that they went a little too "safe" on this one. It's too clean in terms of looks and taste to stack up to its German counterparts, but is by no means a terrible dunkelweizen. A good, solid beer that's still head and shoulders above 90% of the crap sold out there.

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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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