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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of TommyW
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark gold with a brown/purple tint, thin but bubbly off-white head.

S- Smells of caramel malt, some banana, dark fruits and a little spice.

T- Taste is a little thin up-front, almost watery. Some flavors of spice, dark fruits and a touch of banana come through towards the middle and finish

M- Medium body but the carbonation is a bit weak for me.

D- Not a terrible beer, but the flavors just weren't as vivid as they are in good dunkelweizens.

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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 Shaw
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a barely-hazy deep amber in color -- even after vigorous swirling of the final ounces in the bottle -- with a head that quickly turns into a thin layer. I really expected this to be hazier.

It's got the nice dunkelweizen aroma of cloves and other spices.

The flavor is above average: Clove, banana and other fruit notes mix with a hint of astringency.

Fluffy -- even puffy -- body.

Overall this is an OK dunkelweizen, though SA needs to work on the haze.

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

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really nice wheat malt scent along with a delicate hefe yeast aroma and a touch of caramel sweetness. It has excellent yeast character with only a minimal crystal malt contribution. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale, wheat, and caramel malt flavor. It's dry with a moderate caramel sweetness and plenty of yeast esters. The banana/clove character is ever present with a pretty slick malt profile. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking dunkel. It's not as sweet as some, but the caramel malt taste is there.

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

A: A cloudy dark brown, copper color with a finger width off-white head.

S: A strong banana and clove aroma is coming off of the beer. Maybe some roasted malt in the background.

T: The taste is very sweet and banana/clove and bubble gum. The toasted malt flavors really don't come through. It is sweet all the way to the finish where there is a slight bitter twang.

M: The beer is light and refreshing.

D: This is a pretty tasty beer. Not sure I could do more than a couple due to the strong flavors and sweetness.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a tight off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of clove and banana.

Tastes of the banana mostly with background notes. Banana is very present with some other citrus notes behind it. Clove gives a decent spice note. Bread notes come through as well with some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of trbergman
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, light amber brown with just a trace of head.

S - Banana, clove, raisin, and fig.

T - Banana flavor leaves a lot to be desired, even given the nose. Phenolics are there, but on the low side, with some dark fruit emerging in the mid-palate. Lightly bready and sweet, with too much hop bitterness.

M - Watery, bland, and lifeless.

D - Out of all the beers in the Harvest Collection 12-pack, I was probably looking forward to this one the most, so that may account for much of my disappointment. Unfortunately, this is basically an American pale wheat ale with dark malt. I'm not sure who Boston Beer is trying to impress with this one, because it's "too dark" for the masses and too bland for craft drinkers. That being said, it's an easygoing beer for mindless drinking, which I suppose bumps up the drinkability score by a half point.

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Photo of m1ked
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wifey brought one home from work, nice

A- Wow, this looks just like the iced tea my dad used to drink. SLightly hazey rsutey copper color. There is an off white 1/2 inch tight bubbled uniform cap with several streamers that you need to look closely for.. Add a lemon to this thing and I would call it iced tea.

S- Hmmm, I get malty sweetness, as if I was smelling an octoberfest beer, but there is a faint, yet detectable, aroma of clovey banana. Nothing too overpowering overall.

T- I get the clovey and some banana up front on the taste, with the malty sweetness backing up for a long time.

M - Medium-light bodied that lingers a while with sustained tight carbonation that scrubs the tongue clean.

D- This is like fall's version of the hefe, Darker/maltier, but still with that clovey banana notes. Overall I like the idea, but this version is alright.

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Photo of scottyb88
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a semi-clear dark copper-brown color with a decent sized head; some lacing; the color is a bit off and it seems too clear

S- dark bready malt with some banana, but also some lemon; faint spice

T- starts off with a caramel dryness and ends with a nice zing from the wheat and a lemon citrus flavor; the lemon/wheat bite at the end isn't really well balanced, it should be a bit sweeter up front with the citrus bite at the end, but only a slight amount of it; not much banana. not really reminded of banana bread

M- good mouth feel with the right amount of carbonation; aftertaste is fairly typical to the style

D- not really hitting the mark of a true German dunkelweizen, but it's definitely a drinkable beer; like most SA beers it's tame in it's flavor and does an average job at hitting the style, but with it's low alcohol makes it a decent session beer

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

Look is heavy on the dunkel, everything else drives home the weizen. A tight, persistent khaki cap sits on a hazy caramel pour, like an unfiltered Yuengling. The smell screams German hefe yeast, with a decent dose of funk (a word I've never used in relation to a Sam brew) and earth to burn. The first sip feels surprisingly slick, but the sweetish finish hangs on longer as the glass warms. The hops are appropriately restrained to let a decent yeast strain shine, though I wouldn't mind seeing a deeper malt platform. A good, drinkable American effort, though not a contender to the German big boys.

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Photo of droomyster
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with a layer of fine yeast in the bottom pours a hazy brown with one finger of off-white foam that lasts about 30 seconds. Aromas are predominately of toasty wheat and yeast, with a fair amount of cloves. First thing that jumps out to me is not how the beer tastes, but how it feels. Texturally, as with with many Sam Adams, it is nearly perfect: a medium body is carbonated such that it feels electric at first and becomes sumptuously smooth as it washes over the tongue. The flavors are certainly good and consistent with the nose, and is just a tad less complex and interesting than those of my favorite dunkelweizens.

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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 DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My head went blank for the intro idea, so on to the beer:

We're looking brown with spotty lacing and solid as a rock head rentention. The nose knows...that something is missing from the aroma. Some phenolic activity is present, weak clove, a little cinnamon apple....something's being held back.

Shallow flavors don't help a whole lot for this beer. It's drinkable at least because it doesn't have off-flavors. Basic dark malted wheat sits around providing a spiced apple flavor. The yeast isn't doing much work for this weizen, and that usually spells blandness. Phenols are weak, that's for sure. Also, the mouthfeel isn't as lush or full as others of the style, though still decent. Oh well.

I was excited to try this, but ultimately was dissapointed. I think SA borrowed too much from its now deceased "hefeweizen" to create this dunkelweiss.

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

12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A- SADW pours out a dark golden copper with some faint browns. A nice inch or so of loosely coiled foam thats dark tan in color but does not stick to the glass.

S- Smells the part with slight wheat but not bold enough to hang with the big dogs. I get a caramel scent along with some grain and earthy hops. Smell is quite muted and hard to muster up.

T- There is nothing offensive about the taste, it's clean beer and all but not up to it's German counterparts. The wheat used is there but does not jump out. A big malty backbase caramel and sweets with some grain in the end. I get more earthy hops in taste than wheat, very tame.

M- A crisp beer with a lively mouthfeel. Sam does it right there, a nice effervesent carb that does not sting the tounge. A bit thinner than some dunkles out there, id say below medium, it needs a bigger body.

D- I liked this beer, would go for it at a party or something but would not go apeshit over it. A decent dark dunkle that needs more wheat.

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

Over the past year I've become quite a fan of the Dunkelweizen style. Unfortunately, this brew seems like a fairly shallow imitation. Not terrible, but not quite enough for one who enjoys the full range of offerings found in an exceptional Dunkelweizen.

Appearance was average, with a dark brown body, slight head, but pretty fine lacing.

As far as smell goes, the presence of tropical fruit and some clove spice brought to mind apricots covered in clove. Pretty nice. Taste was less satisfying. Not much on the fruit or bready end of things, but rather boldly-crisp and quite spicy. I could have wished for some hints of banana. I would have been pleased with a fuller mouth feel as well.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -27.2%
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 +20.9%
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 +13.8%
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 -7.4%
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 +8.3%
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 +15.2%
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 +10.3%
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 +13.2%
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 +6.9%
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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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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