Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen
BA SCORE
3.49/5
864 Ratings
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:
Read the reviews.

Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,752
Reviews:
375
Ratings:
864
pDev:
14.61%
Bros Score:
3.35
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
43
Trade:
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Ratings: 864 |  Reviews: 375
Photo of Kavelier
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of ebby82
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown into a pint glass with a nice head. Smells of cloves, and wheat yeast, which smell I love. The taste is light, refreshing, and wheaty. I don't know what else to say about this basic wheat beer, other than that it's delicious and very drinkable.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Upon pouring, head formation is extremely quick, but it quickly settles to ~1 finger's worth after about a minute; it's a light tan which contrasts nicely with the moderate reddish-brown color of the beer itself. Carbonation is plentiful, as both the head and beer feature visible bubbling. Retention and lacing aren't great, but they're adequate.

Smell:
A strong aroma of wheat and clove is complimented by notes of pear, banana, and yeast. Upon smelling this brew, I think of a cool, autumn evening.

Taste:
The flavor is definitely on the malty side; clove, wheat, and fruit character imparts a bold body. Mild hop notes become apparent towards the end of a sip, with yeast and subtle spices providing a little bit of bite. The alcohol is well-hidden, too.

Mouthfeel:
I find that this beer tends to dry out my mouth after the bite which is found at the end of the tasting. Though the malt is fairly sweet, the body seems to be a bit on the lighter side. If you don't like clove, then you might not appreciate the sensation which is left behind.

Drinkability:
You'll probably assess drinkability by your tolerance for clove. I personally think that this would make a good session beer for fall, but some might be offended by this note. The drying sensation hurts this aspect of the rating, but not by much.

Summary:
Though a bit mild for an American dunkelweizen, this beer still manages to feature most of the classic characteristics. If you don't like bold, dry beers, then this one probably isn't for you. Though I didn't explicitly dislike this beer, I couldn't find anything about it that I really, really liked. The Boston Beer Company made a good attempt at crafting this style, but I don't think that I will go out of my way to look for this particular beer in the future.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was poured into a pint glass in anticipation of my Oktoberfest celebration. The appearance is beautiful, pours dark; lightens up and has a nice white lace head. The nose is pure cloves, it nice but pure cloves. The taste is sweet and some slight spiciness. Nothing great on the the mouthfeel, and in my opinion the sweetness of the brew takes away from the drinkability.

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Photo of dasunder
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of soupieman
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rwf08
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stole it from my girlfriends friends harvest sampler. She isn't on BA so this was for the greater good. Right?

A: Hazy medium caramel color. White ring of head with no lacing. I'd think this would be darker and fuller on the head. I have seen better examples as far as appearance goes but this isn't a make or break point for me.

S: Banana, clove, yeasty bread, and some bubble gum. There is a hint of vanilla in there too. I would want some kind of dark fruit of something dark will the style to come through.

T: A good amount of banana with some yeast. Fairly one dimensional. There is a savory character about this that I cannot place. I want to say it is almost meaty but that seems ridiculous.

M: Fairly thin and highly carbonated. I know this style is to have high carbonation levels but I think the mouthfeel should be thicker to counter act that.

D: Not impressed. Better German beers out there for this style.

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Photo of agaloco9
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of baxter94
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of KCCO_JSV
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of earthboundagain
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this years SA Harvest Sampler Pack, which has a fine selection of SA brews. You only get two of each beer and in this case it is both a good and bad thing, while the dunkelweizen has all the right tastes and traits they are all muted. The flavors are here they are just light, a good beer to try on noobs to German wheat beers but its no good for a pro.

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Photo of robertaddis
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bobotron
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of cbord459
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of motothrillz
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of EL48823
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of HoppyBeerisHappyBeer
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bourbonbock
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a fresh pint glass.

A. Orange Creamy Brow with a little bit of white head that disappeared almost immediately.

S. Light smells of banana and roasted malts. Not much to the nose on this one.

T. Bananas and some clove with a nice malt body. Aftertaste of a ice cream milk shake. Pretty decent aftertaste.

M. Creamy and slight carbonation with a nice bite.

D. I would definitely pick up a six pack of this stuff. I'm already looking forward to another one.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint.
A: Pours a dark red/brown color with about a half inch of white head.

S: Smells of sweet malts with hints of clove.

T: More malts with a bit of a biscuity finish. Cloves come out again with some wheat.

M: Light to medium with lots of carbonation.

D: Medium.

This is a good beer for the fall. Probably my vote for the weakest in the Fall Harvest pack for this year. This being the weakest makes it a pretty good 12 pack.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass right out of the fridge.

The Sam Adam's Dunkelweizen pours a light toffee color with a tint of orange in the glass with a thick froth & decent head retention. Attractive aromas of caramel, toffee, ripe bananas, clove, subtle dried orange peel, Honey Nut Cherrios (that's right), & a clear malt sweetness. All of the aromas on the nose find their way onto the palate with a light body, Sweet profile up front/Crisp profile on the mid-palate/Dry profile on the finish, & fantastic balance. Overall, this is a pretty decent beer with the subtle balance that I have come to expect from Sam Adam's beers.
In all honesty, I'm kind of on the fence about recommending this beer to other people. It's definitely worth trying & I wouldn't turn down one of these in the future, but probably won't go buy a sixer of it either.

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Photo of Kallessin
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown color with a very full foamy cream colored head that settles to a thin coating over the beer. It's mostly clear throughout with only a little cloudiness.

It's smells a little of bananas with some cloves and yeasty spiciness. Loads of wheat malt with some caramel aromas mixed in. The aroma is one of the best qualities of this beer.

The taste is very sweet with no bitterness to be found. It has a light malty flavor with some citrus, wheat bread, clove a little banana and some yeasty flavors. The flavors definitely improve as the beer warms up. The spiciness comes through a lot more and becomes a little more complex. Overall it's not as full flavored as I would like.

It's very smooth and light bodied. It has very light carbonation with a nice finish that leaves a little lingering dryness.

This is a very drinkable beer, but is somewhat lacking in flavor. It's pretty good, but not as rich and complex as I would like. Like I said before, let it warm up a bit.

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Photo of JLT
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of arboristfish
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy copperish color, with a white frothy head. The aroma I can describe as a german wheat funkiness. The taste is of a sweet, estery beer. Tastes funky, like something foreign. Maybe you could describe it as cloves and bananas. The mouthfeel is light to medium. As for the drinkability, I would have to say im happy with having to have tried this one at least.

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Photo of dmmcgove
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tvljr
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No longer retired as it can be found in the Sam Adams Harvest Collection 12 Pack.

Poured into pint glass it has many of the characteristics of a German Hefe with a little less cloud. Pour resulted in a two finger head that settled to about a quarter inch and stayed throughout the drinking time.

Great roasted fragrance that really makes you look forward to that first sip.

Taste is smoky and excellent. Better than most American Hefeweizens and well worth the effort. Stands on its own and will hopefully move out of the mixed 12 pack.

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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 864 ratings
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