Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen
BEER INFO

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

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
851
Reviews:
371
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.61%
 
 
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27
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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 zestar
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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 atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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 InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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 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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.56 out of 5 based on 851 ratings.
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