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

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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before January 2011.

It pours a hazy amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Sam Adams beers seem to all look great in the glass.

It has a nice spicy nose of clove and a good bit of banana and some other light spices.

The taste is definitely a mild example of the style. Cloves and bananas dominate but both could have been amped up some to get a more vigorous overall taste. Still, a decent Dunkelweizen.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with fairly active carbonation.

Good drinkability but could be better with a tad more flavour.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 3$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brownish copper colour with an huge size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, cloves, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of banana/bubblegum and some light clove. There is also a bit of caramel/brown sugar and malts. It ends with a slightly spicy banana sweet aftertaste.

Overall - If banana flavour in beer is your thing, this beer is for you. Unfortunately the banana tastes a little too artificial, bit it's still an above average brew. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruddy brown color. Poured a 2 finger tan creamy head with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Wheat malt, clove and faint banana. Hints of dark-colored fruits and chocolate.

T: Sweet wheat malt, banana and spices. Faint dark-colored fruits, raisins. Enough bitter hops in the finish to balance.

M: Light body; a little light for the style. Medium carbonation. Dry and clean in the balancing finish.

D: Pleasantly subdued aroma and taste. Very refreshing.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Looks like a Dunkelweizen. Very murky brown. Tan head is consistent. Nice lacing sheets too. Sam makes good lookers.

S-Banana bread, banana yogurt, banana Laffy Taffy…You get the idea. Yeasty and very light on spice. Toasted wheat bread.

T-Banana bread, banana yogurt, banana Laffy Taffy (sounds familiar). Slightly burnt wheat bread and yeast are hidden under the banana parade. Not too much spice, and I enjoy that. Flavors are layered in a semi-awkward manner. But I like what they're doing here.

M-Very creamy with carbonation that makes your teeth feel like they are wearing socks. Fuzzy. Would love this next to some banana bread.

O/D-This Sam Adams variety is pretty solid. Another tasty keeper. Need to go out and try a few more Dunkels now.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy amber with an inch if head.

S - Well I can smell orange peel and clove with a mild sense of wheat.

T - Interesting. The term seems to mean dark orange or fruit but you don't get any raisin or figs. Like a poster said you get over ripened fruit by my taste its more like a pear mixed with old orange without the mold. Really sweet but not cloying. Not off putting but an interesting brew.

M - Medium to light at best.

D - Man I don't know what they created but it seems to be a great brew filled with fruit, clove, and wheat flavorings. It is complex and original as mass produced. A very good brew!

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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 rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an aged copper penny color with thin off white head, but decent lacing. Smell and taste is of freshly roasted grains with a touch of yeast, bread, dark fruit and spice. Medium body, fully carbonated. Nothing complex, but just a pretty good beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by Feb. 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a murky brown color that produced no head, barely even some gray bubbles.

(S)- Rather bland. Some caramelized lemon & banana.

(T)- Plenty of banana bread with a twist of lemon.

(M)- Crisp carbonation level that almost fizzes on the tongue. A decent balance; just not much going on.

(D)- Would not be my first choice for a Dunkelweisse, but decent enough to have a few of.

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Photo of Brad007
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good color. I'm not sure what else I could say about it.

Aroma is full of banana and clove, albeit slightly muted. Pretty much what you would expect from the style, right?

Taste is full of wheat malt and sweet clove upfront. Not much else. Satisfactory for the style. Slightly chewy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove and wheat. A bit thin but no surprises otherwise.

A tasty example of the style that would be a good way to introduce someone to it. I wouldn't recommend it if there were other examples available. Still, it's tasty and it's worth a try. I recommend it on these merits alone.

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