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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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371
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850
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
22.19%
 
 
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Photo of CHL
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks hazy brown--a darker hefeweizen color, certainly. Not much head; just a thin ring persists.

The smell is great; wheat, banana, lemon, and granny smith apples. Not much in either the malt or hop department. In fact, I was a little disappointed because the malts were not more prominent. The clove and banana tastes are well-balanced and enjoyable, but I was looking forward to a darker and thicker beer. Additional carbonation might also bring out the flavors a bit more. It was fine going down, but seemed a bit flat.

For me, hefeweizens are not a very drinkable style, but this dunkelweizen is perfectly fine in the relative drinkability department; I finished mine quite quickly and would have another.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of this year's harvest mixed 12-pack. Pours a hazy light brown color with a small (for a weizen) light tan foam. Retention is average and not much lacing sticks to the glass.

Chocolate covered bananas with a bit of clove, somewhat light aroma with a typical SA yeasty/malt smell that I seem to get from almost every offering from BBC. Pretty good smelling D-weizen though and has all the requisite notes. Leans more towards bananas than cloves.

The taste is a bit watery, was expecting more flavorful malts. Very little sweetness. The yeast does its thing, but the overall impression is that of a dunkelweizen light. It's not a bad beer, and in fact is one of the better SA beers, but it does not come close to the likes of Julius Echter or Weihenstephaner. I would like to see this in 6-packs by itself and would be worth a purchase every now and then in the usual SA price range for Bavarian wheat beer fans such as myself.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pilsner glass (didn't have a Hef glass handy ...)

Pours a nice cloudy brown with minimal head and lacing. Excellent color, but remarkably clear for a weizen.

Smell is light and wheaty, with banana and apple scents up front and clove and nutmeg behind. Hint of lemon.

Rich and malty, with clove and banana complimenting. Finish lingers a bit more on the banana. Little change as the beer warms, but some of the aforementioned apple and clove in the nose become more pronounced, and help along the experience.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. Velvety and effervescent, with a richness to the weight and excellent balance of smoothness and bite. The beer glides onto the tongue and sits firmly, with just enough carbonation to bring fizziness to both the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Easy to swallow.

The malt and fruitiness of this beer are superbly balanced, and the sensation of drinking it is a real treat. Simultaneously, it glides down and settles gently in the gut, making it easy to declare this an extremely drinkable brew. Both flavorful and easy to drink? Get me another!

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Photo of emsroth
2.42/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: A cloudy brown, akin to apple cider. A frothy white head that quickly dies

Smell: Similar scents to weizens, but the dark malt lends itself to an apple scent. A hint of flowery hops underneath. A nice blend of roasted malt and wheaty sourness.

Taste: Greeted by a slight sweetness that quickly fades. The main body of flavor is a very dry malt. Ends with a strong biting hop flavor. An almost watery aftertaste. An overall lacking flavor that is dominated by the bitterness of the hops.

The body is exceptionally crisp; not smooth enough for a weizen.

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Photo of longdivision
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, as part of the Harvest 12 pack.

A - Poured a nice rich, copper with a moderate hazeyness. Light lacing throughout. Subtle cascading carbonation.

S - Banana. A mild, roasted sweetness. A whiff of bubblegum (very faint).

T - Malt, wheat, banana. Slightly nutty (hazelnut?) with a great, subdued smokiness in the finish.

M - Surprisingly easy to drink. nice carbonation.

O - Reminds me a lot of german represenatations of the style in a good way. This is definitely not a weak representation and is pretty true to the style. Would have this again. I hope they put this out in its own six pack eventually.

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Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy brown-orange with a thin off-white head, and some lacing.

smell of ripe banana, malt, yeast, and spice.

taste is smooth, a little sweet, spice, malt, banana, and a touch of caramel, ends a little creamy.

overall a nice dunkelweizen.

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Photo of Macdoyal
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alrighty here we go.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold color with a creamy looking head. Most of the head goes away except for the typical thin layer that most beers of this kind keep. Good looking.

Smell: This beer smells great. I smell sweetness, yeast like a biscuit, a slight tangy banana like smell. Very good aroma.

Taste: You can taste the dunkel and the tangy the most. The taste is not nearly as good as the smell lead my to think. It's kind of a let down.

Mouthfeel: It's a smoothly carbonated beverage which again matches the style as it should. Kind of creamy.

Drinkability: I think it would be better if it were sweeter and had to dunkel. I will save my other bottle for another time.

I bought the harvest collection cause this beer was in it and i'm thinking it wasn't worth it but it's the only way i've seen it.

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Photo of argock
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. Freshness date notched on front label. Purchased as part of Harvest SA 12-pack.

A: Hazy amber with short 1-finger off-white head with a few strands of lace. Kind of light in color for the style.

S: Clove, banana, and wheaty tanginess are all present. Nothing too surpriseing but solid.

T: More sour than expected with good wheaty twang coupled with banana and clove and a pretty nice biscuity malty backing.

M: Slightly drying with light-to-medium body and soft fruity ester aftertaste.

D: Better than the sum of its parts, it's an enjoyable although low-impact brew. Nice if you like a more sour wheat bite to your dunkel.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown, with a small and short-lived tan head. Lacing is non-existent.

A tangy wheat aroma, some citrus, banana, and hint of clove. Roasted malt also evident. Taste has some banana and citrus, like those last pieces of banana sitting in the bottom of the bowl of fruit salad, floating in the juices of oranges and other fruit. Same wheat and roasted malt notes and nothing noticeable from the hops.

Medium bodied, with a bit of a syrupy feel. Not filling at all though. Nothing stellar here, but a good drinker.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking unfiltered light brown color. There is a fine amount of carbonation that creates a thick white head that has very nice retention.
Smell is very fruity for a dunkelweizen. The fruit smell is highlighted by a good tropical fruit smell, however there is some nice malt smells as well to take it down.
Taste is much more undertoned than the smell. The tropical fruit goes away, but a real strong malted wheat taste comes out. There is also a tinge of smokiness to it as well.
Mouthfeel is very nice. There is a medium thickness and a great smoothness on the tongue.
Drinkability is good. This beer has some very good tastes and goes down very smooth. Dunkelweizens are a tough beer to make great, but Sam Adams does a very good job with their offering.

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Photo of burnstar
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a medium sized head. Smell is spicy wheat with a bit of caramel also a white wine note. Taste has a very mild sweetness. A roasted grainy flavor. A bit of spicy wheat. Herbal flavor in the finish. Maybe a touch watery. Overall a decent dunkel for an American version.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice foggy brown appearance w/ slight amber hues. Burnt toast , biscuits and nutmeg on the nose. The taste is complex and you taste the dark malts up front; caramel, and malted wheat adds a nice cereal note. Some hints of fruits and banana shows up in the middle ; crisp finish ; medium bodied ; well done,

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Photo of JamesS
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice copper-mud color, unfiltered, with a tiny bit of head, but no lacing. Nice scent, some nice dark grains with a nice sweet wheat malt aroma and a hint of pepper/spice. Good taste, deep and rich, a nice dark wheat with a strong pepper aftertaste from the noble hops. Goes down fine, if a little too thick.

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Photo of vacax
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light caramel brown beer with only mild cloudiness for the style. Tan head is about two fingers, fair retention and mild lacing. Nose of burnt sugar, banana, lavender, and apples. Looks and smells nice, maybe a bit tame though. Nice malt sweetness with bananas foster and some floral touches. Lacking on wheat flavor, but has a crisp finish. Tasty, but pretty conservative on the malt complexity.

Medium bodied, with medium-full carbonation. A bit prickly, nice and crisp in flavor, which seems to be an American touch, but I think this style should comes across as creamier on the palate. Overall I do like this beer, and it is real easy to drink this one down. Maybe too easy.

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Photo of maleman
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date evident.

A - poured an opaque dark amber. one finger head that quickly receded into nothing. thin lacing.

S - a really good smelling beer! malty biscuits! a hint of orange.

T - clove is the first thing that hits me, and its pretty potent...maybe too potent. some phenols, some resin, not much else stands out.

M - light to medium bodied. tastes in the top center of the mouth. not much carbonation. finish is clean.

D - had waited til the Fall Collection just to try this offering. After opening it, pouring it, smelling it, I was SO excited. Then I took my first sip and my spirits fell. The cloves were just too overbearing for me. It didn't taste near as good as it smells...and hey, for me, it really all comes down to taste.

RB!

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Really cloudy nutty looking brown, the cloudiness lends a nice character to the brown hue. A good pour shows a nice head that settles to just under 1 finger.

S: Banana aroma here, also some nice sweet caramel makes it distinctive over a normal hefeweizen.

T: Hits up front with big banana like the aroma, also clove as well. some nice wheaty character makes it through in the finish. Not much in the way of punchy flavors that stand out, but some good sweetness from the malts rounds out a slightly above average flavor profile.

M: About average mouthfeel, pleasant but not spectacular.

D: Again, good, but a little more flavor is needed for me.

Notes: Looks good, smells good, tastes good, but something is kind of missing. It lacks punch or distinction. Fades into mediocrity.

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Photo of BetterDarker
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional weizen glass.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy, amber color, white head, little retention

Smell - cloves, banana, fruity, no hop aroma

Taste - Wheat flavor, light fruit flavor, slight hop flavor

Mouthfeel - Good level of carbonation, medium body

Drinkability - Very drinkable, not a bad beer, appears too clear for an unfiltered weizen, perhaps a draw back from having it from a bottle.

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Photo of greengorilla
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a Weissen glass. It is a cloudy dark caramel color with a nice white head.

The smell is of clove and slightly weak.

The taste is of clove and toffee. It is okay, but not great.

The mouthfeel is quite good.

I drank the one beer, but that would be my limit on this one.

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

Appearance: Hazy amber, ok head.

Smell: Faint banana, spices, clove.

Taste: Nice! Spices, clove, mild sweetness, a little citrus tang in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little heavier than most hefe's.

Drinkability: Very tasty, I might pick up a 6er of this if they ever package it that way.

The clear winner of the beers in the fall sampler, I really enjoyed the dunkelweizen. Tasty blend of flavors, and a little more heft than many hefeweizens. Good stuff.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the Fall Harvest Mix Pack served in a tumbler.

Hazed unfiltered bronze color with a creamy beige head that hung around as a layer and left a good deal of lacing spots.
Smell is earthy wheat and caramel sweetness.
Taste is malty with flavors of wheat, yeast, spices and very low bitterness.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a bit of a thin feel.
A refreshing drink but I'm not a big fan of the style.

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Photo of KenOnBass
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Sort of a reddish but golden amber color. Very interesting color. Very cloudy. Beer is darker on top than on the bottom. The head is nice and foamy and there is good lacing.

S: Wonderful spicy wheat smell. Also a hint of banana.

T: Good sweet wheat taste, like a good hefeweizen. The clove adds a great spicy flavor. The hops are not overwhelming and compliment this amazingly full, balanced beer.

M: Full bodied, fizzy. Definitely gritty.

D: It's a great balanced beer and to be honest I would have no clue it was American in a blind taste test. Standout beer by Samuel Adams.

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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 auxiliary
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy amber brown color? odd color to me. No lace left on the glass, nice head on pour, but it didn't retain it.

smell -Hops, malt, and some banana.

taste - Mix of clove, and banana here. Mild bitterness.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice craft beer from SA. Worth a try, just didn't like the fact I had to buy a case to get to it.

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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 jjanega08
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A= pours a hazy brown color sort of a light brown though. The color is pretty but the head is low not even making it to a finger. The bubbles are tiny though which leads me to think its gonna have good retention.... it doesn't. A very very thin layer sits on top of the beer but no lacing is evident. Not a let down but nothing near great or amazing.
S= smells very similar to the sam adams hefe. I suppose there are small undertones of darker malt and caramelno real hefe smells coming from it. Really just sort of plain. It also has the very distinct sam adams smell to it.
T= a little better than the smell. Decently fruity and hefe flavored. A nice crisp wheat taste to it with a pretty decent caramel backbone. Some clove definitally comes through as well as some yeasty spice. Fruity almost in some of the yeastyness. The malty backbone is a little weak. A little soapyness comes through as well
M= over carbonated I think. The bubbles made it hard for me to pick up many flavors so I had to swirl it with a drink mixing rod.
D= pretty decent. Not bad but not great. Exactly what you would expect from sam adams. A very middle of the road for any style. Ill drink it again if offered in a heartbeat but I dunno if I would buy it again myself. Rthe reason I would buy it is to introduce to someone else.

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