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Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

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3.56
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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 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 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 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 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 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 WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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 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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Photo of Mora2000
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is basic dunkelweizen with some caramel, toffee, banana and clove notes. The flavor is more of the same with bananas and cloves, as well as some caramel malt, vanilla and brown sugar. Thin to medium mouthfeel, slightly water. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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 +2.5%
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 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 JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up the SA Autumn 12 oz' mixer Friday night at the COOP .... Sam and I and then Steven and I blew through all the bottles except for the lone dunkelweizen that I stashed away in the back of the fridge..

Poured into my small weizen glass.. Big 2" head.. the brew is lightly cloudy orange.. verging on red.

Nose is definitely leaning toward the estery bananas... some minor clove come in and some caramel is way on the back side as it warms..

Nose is much more phenolic.. bubblegum and defined cloves.. lesser caramel than I was expecting with a nice toasty malt element that I was not really expecting.. Very nice body and carbonation lends toward a fairly creamy mouthfeel...

I would buy this often if it was in 6'er's.. It really is the only reason I bought the Autumn pack... that said... I'll probably buy another or two while they're available... this a pretty damn good example on the style.. very drinkable.

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

First off this isn't retired anymore it is in the 2009 Samuel Adams Harvest Collection 12 pack.

Chill hazed orange brown colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smell is malt and bananas with caramel syrup scent. Little bit of apple and chocolate but this is very much a banana scented beer.

Starts out dry banana flavor with a strong wheat bread malt flavor. This gets a bit sweeter as you drink it and some spice emerges to mix with the banana, mostly allspice. Amazingly dry for the beer style.

Mouthfeel is good.

High drinkability though a bit more malt would be nice. Tasty Dunkelweizen though it is decidedly dry for the style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy, almost muddy looking, amber like a good quality unfiltered apple juice. Little head, and what there is fades to a thin swirl. Smells bread-like with some hints of banana and clove. The taste is a trifle sweeter, with a good deal more banana, a bit more clove, and a touch of lemon in addition to the lighter breadiness. A little on the lighter side, but quite tasty. Clean and smooth in the mouth, this is a fairly light Dunkleweiss, but really quite nice.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light tawny brown with a little haziness; attractive one-finger ivory head.

Smell: nice wheaty aroma with a little graininess; there's also a nice hint of something roasty/chocolatey, but it is very subtle.

Taste: somewhat sweet; the malt has a distinct and complex fruitiness right off the bat (berries, apples, citrus) which quickly fades into just a nice citrusy wheat. Hops are very subtle but are there to give just a little kick. There is even a tiny bit of chocolate in the mix, though there is also a hint of sourness which is not attributable to the citrus flavors. Other than that, this is a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. The bubbles are a little "big" to be really creamy, but it is still quite nice.

Drinkability: this dunkel is quite drinkable in my book. I got it in a harvest beers multipack but haven't seen it around here in sixers. I think I would buy it every so often if it were so available.

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