Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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Photo of Gosox8787
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from the Harvest collection that Sam Adams just released. Poured from the bottle into a glass. Appearance was light auburn with very little haze, especially for the style. Two finger light tan head. Aroma is strong notes of bananna and clove. The taste is also highlighted by bananna and clove notes. There is also a slight hop bitterness, barely noticable. Somewhat watery, and finishes clean. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, although it can seem slightly chewy. Drinkability is average for the style. Some booze flavor pops up when this brew is warm.

Overall, a decent offering from Sam Adams, although I was disappointed. The Michelob offering is a better value.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Icemann383
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of samie85
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-The first thing that strikes me is that this is a pretty clear beer for being an unfiltered weizen. Pours a nut brown color with a two finger white head.

S-Smells mostly of banana and a little cloves with some bubblegum and wheat notes.

T-Tastes of dry wheat with bubblegum, a little clove, and some banana.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with light carbonation and a drying mouthfeel.

D-An easy drinker for sure, but weizen yeasts just aren't really my thing. I'm just not a fan of the esters that are characteristic of these beers.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown, with about one finger of an off white head.

Smell: Cloves, banana, and some wheat.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste sweet. I can taste clove, banana, some wheat and malts. After taste is an odd fruity flavor.

Overall: Not sure how I feel about this one, I guess it isn't bad, but not preference at all. I will drink what I have, but will not go out of my way to have this one again.

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Photo of Winter
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A creamy light khaki head sits comfortably on a leathery tan colored body. The bready, malty aroma is loaded with cloves and bananas. Medium in body. A sweet malty front leads to an abundance of spicy (yeast) banana fruitiness. Some clove, brown sugar and a hint of molasses are there also in the flavor. The finish sees a return to that dominating banana flavor. Pretty solid for a dunkelweizen. I enjoyed this in the SA Harvest Collection, but I don't know if I'd go out of my way to pick this up if it were available in six packs.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with classic BBC label and best-by month clearly stamped

Appearance: Hazy burnt sienna beer; a hard pour produces a big dark ivory head which soon fades to a thick film and substantial ring.

Smell: Some mildly tart wheat with huge cinnamon, clove, and yeast notes, with some slightly muted banana aromas as well. Nice aromas, but it's almost closer to a spicy, fruity Belgian Dubbel than what I was expecting from a Dunkelweizen.

Taste: I actually think I'm getting some alcohol here, which is kind of unexpected. Mild banana and spice flavors; honestly, this is pretty light on flavor. A bit dissappointing after the rich aromas.

Mouthfeel: Disappointingly light and thin; a bit flat as well

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Really glad I got to try it, but it's not something I'm broken up about not getting to try regularly.

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Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mitch3114
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of JakeDebus
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Goldfishman
1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

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

Now available in the Harvest Collection 12 pack.

I was really excited for this one and I'm glad to say it was worth the wait.

Pours a lighter color than I expected, pours like a hefeweizen (hazy) with a shades of brown.

Smelled similar to a hefeweizen (probably that classic german yeast and malted wheat)....slight citrus notes. very nice

Tasted excellent. Lots of malt on this one. The malted wheat and german yeast makes this one taste similar to a hefeweizen, but with much more body thanks to the dark wheat. Really tastey. They should replace their Hefeweizen with this guy.

Drinkaility was awesome. I sure wish there were more than 2

Overall, definitely worth picking up a 12 pack for (in my opinion anyway). If you like hefeweizens and dunkels like I do, be sure to grab this

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Photo of jk3
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ssjkyle
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ale207
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of klewis
2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a hazy sierra hue with a good, frothy head. Lighter in color than most in the style. Little lacing.

S: Yeasty aroma with a soft touch of lemon zest and banana.

T: Typical hefe taste with banana and soft spice, but not much of either. A bit too sweet and needs a bit more balance. Very light in flavor with a clean, watery finish.

M: Very light-bodied and missing the creamy density of a good German wheat beer. Moderate-carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and not particularly offensive, but this one falls far short of what I typically expect of a good dunkel in every category.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into the closest thing I have to a true Weizen glass, a tall, curvy, tapered Casco Bay Brewing glass. My bottle is dated best before February (I'm assuming that means Feb. 2011, based upon the best by dates of other bottles in this collection).

This beer has a very good appearance. The head is huge, taking up a third of the glass. It's foamy and the color of egg shells. The liquid is translucent and colored shades of brown (lighter at the bottom, darker at its core). Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass.

It has an appropriate aroma for the style--plenty of banana and clove. This is a good aromatic yeast.

The taste begins with a mouthful of banana, but as I move the beer to the back of my throat and swallow, "brown" flavors come out. I taste a combination of molasses and brown sugar, but neither is too sweet. There is just a kiss of alcohol to the finish. All the above mentioned flavors are present in the aftertaste.

The beer has a medium body and average carbonation. A slight coat persists that feels like a wet film. It isn't very sticky or flavorful. This individual bottle drinks well, but because it is only available in a mixed 12 pack, I have to limit the drinkability. I wouldn't buy the whole thing just to get two bottles of this beer; I'd rather try another brewery's product. If it because available on it's own, I'd be more likely to seek this one out a second time.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep, hazy amber-orange. The fairly tall head has a light burnt orange color and a dense, foamy texture. Retention is sturdy but lacing is only so-so.

S: Spicy notes of tangy wheat, yeast, and clove. Soft banana fruitiness as well. Firm notes of caramel, with a mild underlying breadiness.

T: Some mild caramel sweetness up front. A bit bready. Not nearly as tangy as the nose suggests. Spicy clove and banana offer moderate flavor. A faint herbal hop note.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a tad harsh initially. Quite dry into the finish.

D: This is pretty disappointing flavor-wise. Very little complexity or character, although there's nothing at all wrong with it. Too light and basic to be anything more than decent.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Comes out an amberish type color, small off white head that goes away very quickly, no lacing to it. More clarity than I expected, slight haze, but not much really. Smell is the best part in my opinion. Very herbal with some touches of some yeast in there. Cloves and a slight banana smell to it. Wheats and malted barley give it a slight sweet smell to it. Taste is good to, very bready/wheaty. Yeast also very present. The clove and banana flavors are there again. There are certainly some caramelized malts provide sweetness. There isn't a hop flavor but there is some bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is good, good carbonation level and a good balance of bitterness and sweetness, medium bodied. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
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 Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - pale, yet murky brown color. Good two fingers of head and good carbonation.

Smell - Banana is definitely present, maybe clove. Fairly malty smelling. Shouldn't be there, but I seem to detect something of a pumpkin flavor too.

Taste - Banana and "pumpkin" flavor is in the taste as well. Fairly well-balanced...bitterness is there for just a split second, and then the other malt and clove flavors wash it out.

Mouthfeel - very well-balanced and smooth. If anything, closer to watery in texture.

Drinkability - not a bad brew at all. Seems closer to a fall seasonal due to the "pumpkin" taste, but not bad. Very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of vwbus7
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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