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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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Reviews: 371 | Ratings: 850
Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a hazy amber with slight golden hues body. Sweet aroma of caramel malts, spices and breads. Flavor is semi sweet with mostly caramel malts, hints of lemon, spices, a little mill chocolate. Light to medium body and high carbonation. The flavor in the end is mostly sweet, not very dynamic or memorable. Still drinkable usually.

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

new to the fall mix this year is this tastz dark wheat brew. appearance is nice, brown and cloudy with a lively head. wafting aroma of wheat malt, clove, home made coffee cake, and banana. very well balanced, and much more happening on the palate than the average dunkel. the yeast is unique and is the star of the flavor experience. its got some vanilla and spice notes to it that really support the dark wheat malt. this is one i could easily drink a bunch of. feel is good, plenty of body but not at all filling, and proper carbonation to let the flavors evolve. overall this is an excellent beer and a nice addition to the fall pack. ill be grabbing these up quick when the box is in the fridge.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a earthy color of brown, with some highlights of yellowish orange around the edges. The aroma has some nice clove in there along with the rational banana smells. The taste is mostly full of grains and wheat, with an aftertaste of driedfruits and clove. The mouthfeel is smooth much like any other weizen. It's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color dunkel with a large foamy had with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of banana cake ester are pretty strong with light sweet notes and some what malt. Taste is a good mix between banana bread ester with light cloves and some light wheat malt notes also discernable. Body is a bit light for the style with good carbonation. Nice work on the yeast strain with huge ester but lacking body and malt profile is a bit weak for the style.

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

Big light brown head quickly dies without leaving much lacing at all above a clear dark reddish honey colored beer.

Banana, light cloves, some wheat grain on a roasted caramel malt aroma.

Light caramel malt and quite a bit of banana with hints of the cloves coming through in the taste of this dunkelweizen.

A light dry aftertaste with a little bit of the banana and caramel hanging around on this medium bodied affair.

This is basically just a plain dunkel that isn't to fancy but doesn't suck at the same time. I guess if you wanna try the harvest variety pack you'll do alright getting two of these but I would suggest if you want to drink more of this style look to the European versions, you'll be more satisfied.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of the new SA mixed 12 pack (good batch of beers I must say!). Pours a cloudy/murky brown color.. nice head to it that stays with the beer the whole time, nice lacing too. Sort of a toffee/nutty aroma to it. Taste is medium bodied, get a hint of the clove/banana hefe taste along with a nice malty taste. Nice smooth finish, pretty drinkable. Not overly tasteful but for the style I guess it fits the description pretty good. Maybe not something I would seek out but a nice change of pace in the mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark copper color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity with sweet apple and tropical fruits. There was also some nice clove aromas, too.

T - It tasted of clove, sweet malt and some fruity flavors. The wheat flavor was very muted.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is pretty nice dunkel weizen. However, I prefer a true German dunkelweizen.

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Photo of jlindros
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light creamy head covering fades semi quickly over hazy molasses maroon brown color.

Nose of some syrupy aromas, lots of extract, some dark malts. A slight musty vomit aroma too, bleh!

Taste has lots more syrupy flavors, some sweet malts darker malts, little of the vomit flavor, some iffy bitterness, weird nifty spices too. Bleh, this is not very good. Finishes a little better not too much of the bad flavors lingering. A little metallic flavor too. Hints of dark wheat. Little sticky.

Mouth is medium bodied little syrupt with decent carbonation.

Drinability is bleh too, some sticky mouth feel and bad lingering tastes.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a quite clouded, dark brown body with a slim, bone white head, though it's actually got good staying power.

Smell: Malty notes of brown sugar and liberally toasted bread crusts, a couple slices of near-ripe banana, a few cloves, and a small, small hint of cocoa.

Taste: Notions of brown sugar and caramel overlaying sliced, toasted whole-wheat loaf bread. Modestly tangy. Flavors of banana, clove, and raisin, all well-integrated. Lightly herbal hops with a very low bitterness. Small pinch of cocoa powder hits about mid-palate. Fruity, tangy, sweetish finish with a little tickle of carbonation at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A pleasant dunkelweizen and a good example of a style you don't really see everyday.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, bananas and a little bit of citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good poundable beer with flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, this was one of the few sam adams i had yet to try and i managed to knock them out over the course of a weekend. poured into a pint glass.

nice medium brown pour with a slight reddish touch to the sides yielded a nice head of off white that stuck to the sides of the glass fairly well as it trickled down. aroma is nice and earthy with touches of roasted nuts and caramel coming through as it warms. nice deep flavor, nothing over the top but nice and consistent for the style, about what i would expect from them. deep sweet malts are driven home in the finish with a long taste of caramel that really just drives it home.

overall a really solid beer and a good example of the style. nicely done.

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

I picked this bottle up at Wegman's in the singles cooler in Mechanicsburg. Poured chilled into a Weizen glass.

The color is deep caramel color/medium amber at the base w/ thick white head that collapses to a 1/4 inch of fluffy white foam which holds. The bead is tiny and lace clings moderately well.
The smell is of ripe banana and slight spice w/ a lot of sweet malt presence. The dark sugar component adds to a supplementary aroma of toasted grain w/ slight clove odor. The malt gives a mild bran flake note. The feel is good w/ lots of carbonation and yeast tanginess w/ a mild toastiness of malt. The subtle fruity sweetness adds to the feel only slightly.

The flavors of the malt have a pleasant toasted quality and mild earthy element w/ subtle weizen spice tinge and light tang of tropical fruit.The flavors are married well with thte slight caramel in the malt w/ wheat especially notable in the taste and mild dark brown sugar in the finish which is semi-dry. A good Dunkelweizen, I was not expecting as much flavor since Samuel Adams other wheats have not impressed me, but I liked the flavor and found it enjoyable throughout the bottle. I would probably order it again since I liked it better than the hefe.

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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 russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Green bananas & cloves in spades, some phenols as well

T: Follows the nose, some caramel & breadyness too up front. Bready notes & green banana in copious amounts once warm. Finishes with juicy fruit flavor, & slight green banana twang, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, slight grainy feel, fairly smooth carbonation & some juicyness/wetness in the finish

Drinks easy, delivers a lot of flavor for the ABV. Not the best dunkelweizen out there but respectable enough

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Photo of Jason
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Tawny and hazed, short yet thick looking head with a decent retention. Over-ripened bananas, powdered clove and toasted crackers in the nose. Big on smoothness with a slick crispness. Toasty maltiness is little sweet, some buttery diacetyl and ripe fruity banana hit harder in the middle. Quick bite of spicy clove. Some esters with a quick tartness middle to end with some more of the toasted maltiness in the semi-dry finish.

Not half bad, the buttery tone does take away from the other yeast characteristics my taste buds were waiting for.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy brown color with a small tan head on top with decent retention and sporadic lacing.

S: Lots of banana and some caramel and toffee. There was a little bit of yeasty spice, mostly cloves as well.

T: Mostly banana on the flavor profile, but not as strong as the nose indicated. There is some more spice, again predominantly clove. There is a little caramel and a hint of vanilla as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty easy drinking for a dunkelweizen.

O: A pretty nice surprise. Thought this was a pretty good beer and actually worked well on the hot day I consumed it on.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The most exciting new release from Sam Adams in at least a few years. Compared to their hefeweizen this is a benchmark accomplishment. I squeezed the two bottles from the fall Harvest sampler pack to find one of the most inviting looking dunkelweizens I've seen in awhile. Big amber brown clouded body with a billowing cream tarnished head that rises above the rim of my 1/2 liter Ayinger weissbier glass. Lacing is even and fine with intricate detail, beautiful looking brew. Aromatics come with a touch of raisin and tart sliced green apples, a bit of clove, banana, and bubblegum as well. Even some mango juicy characteristics arise with further sniffs. A touch of herbal hops in the nose with a nice roasted malt edge on the biscuit and wheat malt profile. Flavor is perfect none of that traditional Sam Adams house yeast this one is authentic German weissbier yeast, brings out all of those great phenols. Juicy sweetness with roasted malt edge brings to mind brown sugar sprinkled banana bread with sliced green apple tartness, and mango fructose complexity. Herbal hops for balance with big yeast characteristics finishing sharply wheaty with drying yeast components. Mouthfeel is perfect with effervescence in the carbonation and medium to lighter bodied. Nothing cloying or heavy on the palate, perfect version of the style. Drinkability is crazy, a beer they will be successful with if released in six packs on it's own. Every once and in awhile the Samuel Adams Brewmaster's Collection hits a homerun, I'm glad I was here to experience it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dirty, hazy brown color and teeming with effervescence. The beer has nearly an inch of off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malt, bananas, fruity yeast, faint chocolate. I find the chocolate-like aroma rather out of place in a dunkelweizen.

T: Sweet bananas, with an odd vanilla sweetness about it. The beer does have some nice flavor, but becomes a bit overbearing and cloying as I progress through the glass.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with a solid carbonation level.

D: Just too sweet to enjoy more than one. Not up to par with the great German representations of the style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded orangish dark amber - towards brown with a rich off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of clove, some banana, some caramel.

The taste is of clove, toffee, mild banana with green apple tartness. There is a wheat tang with sweet and sourish, slightly bitterish finish.

It is light-bodied with medium carbonation.

Not too crazy about green apple touch, though it is slight. Quite wheaty... Drinks well enough, though don't know that I would want to keep drinking it...Solid, though would take a some classic German examples of style over this one.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with an orangish hue; soft, white, cap of dense head that has good retention

S - banana, spice, caramel

T - banana, spice, pepper, caramel, wheat

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer that has a good flavor. The yeast adds a nice banana, peppery aroma and flavor. There is also a nice, balanced caramel sweetness throughout. Not bad.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dunkel time!!!! The Sammy A Dunkel pours a semi-cloudy golden/red color with a thick, foamy vanilla colored head. Lots of carbonation is apparent, as befits the style. Retention is good, and lots of sticky lacing is left behind. The aroma includes lots of spicy wheat, some breadiness, slight clove, hints of banana bread. Very faint grassy and citric Noble hop character.
The taste starts with cloves then transitions to banana bread and brown sugar, and some darker brown bread flavors. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied with active carbonation. Creamy, but not as full in the mouthfeel as most dunkelweizens. Overall not too bad.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, hazelnut coloring with no lick of head whatsoever. Aromas of clove spicing, malty sweetness of caramel and toffee, and an overall roasting. Flavors are sweet, with a toffee and caramel backbone that is kept in check by the light, carbonated body. Roasty, warmly spiced characteristics. The aftertaste is sugary sweet, with some balance from spicing, but the sweetness wins out. Sharp, effervescent in mouth at the end, with a slight sweet linger.

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

A - Ice tea color. Soft head with moderate retention.

S - Aroma is mild and short-lived but complex. Apple, citrus, wheat, mild clove, honey.

T - Light bitters and an edge of alcohol open up the profile. Toasty malt takes the lead with note of rose water, ripe bananas, and sweet orange. The aftertaste lingers with bready malt in the back of your palate and orange zest in the corners of your mouth.

M - Generally smooth, but with a boozyness that pokes at you. Light to medium/light body.

D - Plenty drinkable if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gift from the other Matt, thanks. Poured into a Bruery tulip just because I don't have a Sam Adams glass. I'll look for one on the way home tonight for the rest of my Sam Adams exploration. Beer is brown and mildly hazy with a thin broken head of small bubbles and no lacing, carbonation low. So first off, its not hazy enough, not carbonated enough and has a lazy head. DUNKELWEISS!

Beer has a weak aroma but kind of has some fruits, some yeast, some wheat. Smells fine.

Beer is thin and has a pretty dominant aftertaste of wheat and wet grains. The midpalate is mildly sweet and fruity, it got better the more I drank and the further my standards for the beer I had in hand and I easily finished it but it was my only beer last night and I was left pretty disappointed. I won't bother again. There are literally dozens of better dunkelweisses out there.

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

Pours a clear, brown color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight hop, sweet malt, yeast, wheat, slight alcohol, hint of citrus, hint of clove, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, clove, slight hop, hint of alcohol, and wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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