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 jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark red color, clear but almost opaque, kinda hard to see through but you can

Smell- malt, dark fruit, interesting aroma

Taste- interesting, malt, spices, dark fruit

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I would drink it again.

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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 imanidiot777
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper color, fairly clear, decent sized head that dissipates a little too quick.

S: Horrible with the smells but fruity smells as well as wheat maybe.

T: Tasted like a little brown sugar and some dark fruits that I could not pick out, maybe a slightly ginger aftertaste as well but not sure.

M & D: Not the smoothest beer in the world but still very drinkable and a pretty good carbonation level that adds a nice kick.

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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 Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the seasonal 12 pack this year. 12oz bottle. I had this years and years ago, probably 15 years ago and remember enjoying it but never being able to find it. The website has all the other "brewmaster collection" brews, but not this one. Hrmmm. Pours out to a cloudy dark amber, forming a tall off-yellow whipped head with excellent retention and awesome lacing. Carbonation is moderate-brisk. The aroma is very nice...lots of old brown bananas, cloves, a nice toasted malt base, phenols, some spicy hops...The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice tang. The taste is as a good dunkel weizen should be...cloves and bananas with dark malts popping through but it doesn't quite get to the "fresh banana bread" this case, there is some burnt rubber in there as well..something that either my taste buds have gotten more sensitive to over the last 3 years or some mutation that has been going on with a prominent manufactured yeast strain. At any rate, it's nice to see it back, but honestly, with Michelob Dunkel Weizen being available for $6.99/6'er (and the fact that it is one of my very favorite dunkel weizens ever), I'll stick with that when I need a DW kick.

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Photo of JMD
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich and cloudy dark copper color with small white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Nice wheat aroma, some clove and banana. Hints of dark fruits and chocolate.

T: Sweet malt, with hints of banana and spices. Some raisins and ripe dark fruit. Yeasty, with some light hops as if finishes.

M: Light bodied and watery. A little too thin for the style.

D: Overall this is a good dunkel. It was actually better than I expected. Flavors and aroma are a little subdued, but still a solid offering.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this Dunkel pours a dark caramel tan, with a light tan creamy had half finger of head, hazy, some carbonation appears rising up the sides of the pint glass

S - dark fruits and malty/wheaty aroma dominate the aroma, like a moist brown bread, some low citric acid citrus fruits, like a mango or papaya, and some deep sweetness, a la brown sugar

T - the deep dark fruit, raisin, dates, and brown sugar sweetnees is big up front, then quickly fades in a malty wheatiness, more like dark rye bread

M&D - easily drinkable, no drawbacks in mouthfeel or drinkability, nothing stands out though

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Photo of ommegoose
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has an okay color, but is not cloudy enough. I was hoping for something close to opaque, but it is just mildly cloudy. Head formation and retention were not strong.

Has a nice blend of banana and cocoa powder over wheat. Really would be nice if it were more potent.

Having heard that the SA hefe was rather poor, I was unsure how this would be, but I'm impressed. Pretty good hefe characteristics, with that extra layer of dark malty flavors, namely cocoa powder. Has that nice chalky chocolate. Some bready flavors, but spiciness is subdued. Just a bit of clove. A twangy wheat note on there that maybe I would have liked smoothed out.

Pretty smooth. Could use more yeast. In fact, it's hard to tell if this was even bottle conditioned. I shook it out and assumed it was. Still, rich and creamy. Carbonation is just right.

Tastes good and feels smooth, and does not seem to be over 5.5% abv or so. Very easy to drink. I'd buy a sixer of this over a lot of SA's beers, and it's easily the best thing in the harvest pack (even if the mediocre appearance is going to knock the score down a bit). It's hard to get a fresh dunkel, often. This isn't the truest one in the world, but it's a good beer.

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Photo of beeragent
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium and slightly hazy brown, forming a thin 1/2 inch head that quickly fades. Very small amounts of lace stick to the glass.

S - Very inviting mix of malted wheat and fruit swirls in the nose.

T - Strong malted wheat flavor up front along with a nice banana/fruit flavor throughout. There's alot going on flavor wise. Very complex.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - I was really suprised by this beer. Alot of Sam Adams are hit or miss, but this one is actually very good. Good flavor and sessionable ABV makes for a beer I wouldnt mind having several of.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=pours a deep dark orange with one finger of off white head

S=yeasty, cakey, with a banana and maybe raisin aroma

T=malts and banana flavors with a yeasty finish

M=nice crisp mouth feel, almost dry, carbonation is rather strong

D=good and enjoyable, nearly sessionable

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Photo of berley31
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, off-white head... it actually stuck around for most of the drinking, at about a 1/2-finger size. Body is dark-orange (burnt orange?) and cloudy. Lighter color than what I would have expected for the style.

S: Aroma is of wheat and average malt... kind of has a "something's baking" smell to it, with some bananas and brown sugar in there.

T: Very nice flavor; although short-lasting, it's quite sweet from the malt addition, with a very nice wheat flavor as well. Quite enjoyable, actually.

M: Nice on the palate as well, it's medium-bodied and has a creamy texture. Average carbonation.

D: I was quite impressed with this dunkel; drinking it made me wish that it was available outside of the Harvest Pack (not that the pack is a bad deal, but it'd be nice to be able to buy this on its own in a sixer). I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of Rayek
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky walnut, with somewhat active carbonation. A fizzy cream cap starts small, even with a vigorous pour. Head retention is poor and no lace is left behind. The weakest part of the beer.

S: Banana and a bit of clove, plus a faint hint of baking chocolate.

T: Banana bread is the theme here, as the wheat and banana aromas meld with the clove and lemon bitterness to create a nice combination of flavors. There's an ever so mild chocolate flavor in the background. Finishes tart and dry, with a touch of acidity.

M: The grainy body has a bit too much carbonation.

D: A nice dunkel overall. A better appearance would be nice, but the aroma and flavor are very nice.

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Photo of babaracas
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish-brown tinged orange with nice two finger white head, settles down to a half inch cap leaving lacing down the glass. Smell: banana nut bread, spice, brown sugar, wheaty. Clove could be more in the foreground, but nice. Taste: more clove here, but missing the banana, toasty, slight caramel sweetness, a little of a spicy grainy hop note, and way too much dry tangy wheat. Carbonation is nice but finishes a bit dry from the loads of wheat. Too wheaty, not enough sweetness, banana could be amped up. Wouldn't be a stretch to call this their best wheat beer, but it's nothing special.

Notched best by Jan 10.

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

Despite my submitting the picture for this beer it has taken me a week or so to drink and review it!

Appearance - Pours an cloudy orange-brown-amber color with over a finger of head that dissipated moderately and left decent lacing.

Smell - Spicy - I can spell bananas, sweetness, a bit of hop, grain, smokiness.

Taste - Can immediately taste the maltiness, banana, caramel, some smoky flavor, and the spices. Pretty dry actually.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, nice carbonation - feels good rolling around my tongue.

Drinkability - Easily drinkable. How sad this only comes in a variety pack - they will do a six pack of Cherry Wheat but God forbid they do a six pack of this. Perhaps they are gauging people's reactions to this since it is newly released? Let's hope so.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow copper with a pillow head. Nice wheat presence on the nose..somewhat understated cloves. Taste mirrors smell with slightly understated qualities. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly creamy..nice on the palate. This lends itself to a very drinkable product.

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Photo of vishneda
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Had it alongside Ayinger Ur- Weisse.

Personally, I was not impressed with this offering. The orange-brown hue and almond head were classic for the style, but it was not a stunner. There were a lot of "off" characteristics on the nose. Now, dark wheats do occasionally smell a little funky, but this one was very metallic to me. I also got a cardboard aroma out of it. When mixed with the metallic it was pretty unpleasant to me. There were other "on" notes in there such as the fruity citrus, but they were dominated by the bad smells.

Flavor wise it was ok, a little above average. Classic to the style were the toasted banana and clove notes, along with orange and lemon. It had a sharp and dry finish. However, there was very little sweetness -- most of these have some amount of sweetness to it. I guess that is something that will fit the more American style wheat taste.

The carbonation was nice and spicy and the body was more medium to full with a hearty character. The drinkability was there and was only harmed by my impression of the aroma and flavor.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown longneck bottle into a Weizen glass. Freshness date of January 2010 is notched into the label.

Pours a slightly hazy, brownish-amber hue, forming a disappointing single finger of beige foam that falls away a little too quickly, leaving some light splotchy lace on the walls of the glass.

Clove and banana in the nose, with a peppery alcoholic note; slight sweet caramel malt underneath.

A sweet base of caramelly, toffeeish malt sits underneath a fairly subdued yet classic Bavarian yeast spiciness, with peppery, clove-like notes and some banana esters. Little-to-no hop character is evident, and the finish is long and sweet, with just a bit of spiciness that helps to dry things out and keep it all in balance.

Body is light-to-medium, and well-carbonated, with a nicely effervescent mouthfeel.

Easily drinkable; a decent interpretation of the style, though a bit lacking in the richer character of traditional examples. Could use a bit more malt character and perhaps a little more fermentation character in the nose. Much better than the Sam Adams "Hefeweizen," as this one can truly be called a Dunkelweizen without hesitation. Definitely one that Boston Beer should put into more regular circulation.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass. Is a somewhat hazy, medium copper color. Not as hazy as most beers of this style. Lots of little bubbles rising up to the top of the glass. The head is about an inch thick when poured and settles to a nice 1/4 inch when poured with great staying power. Good lacing. Sweet aromas of banana and clove and some malt. No discernible hop aroma. The flavor is pretty much the the same, sweet clove and banana along with a nice malt backbone. The clove is not super strong here like it is in some weizen beers. The flavor is rounded out with a hint of plum on the back end. This beer has a medium bodied, somewhat crisp, mainly smooth and frothy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A good solid beer here, but not the best I have had from these guys.


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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into half-liter Krušovice branded pilsner.

Appearance: Caramel color with a large, long-standing off-white head. The head leaves very slowly, leaving behind thick lacing. There are bubbles stuck to the inside of the glass on the bottom of the beer and around the sides. Has a hint of alcohol as it warms.

Smell: Smells of fruit- apricot, banana, apple, and maybe even grape. Hints of wheat and citrus as well.

Taste: Starts with an apple sweetness, finishing with more sweetness- this time caramel. Has a bit of alcohol sweet/sourness toward the end when it gets warmer.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, and actually a tad heavy on the carbonation. Sticks to the palate.

Drinkability: Another Sam Adams brew, and another job well done. This beer isn't outstanding as many German dunkelweizens may be, but it's still damn good.

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Photo of animal69
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy med. golden-copper color w/ a thick white head which lasts for a bit before coating my weizen glass with a good amount of lace
S- smell is dominated by clovey spice, some faint cereal and whole grain bread notes, but barely detected
T- taste is exacly like the smell, slightly tart with a more emphasis on the spice and bit more nutty whole grain bread flavors, a little thin as well
M- a dry, light and creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of co2
D- a very drinkable brew, this is a good example of the style, but not a great one

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Paulaner branded weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish-tan color with a thick white head.

Smell: Smells citrusy with banana notes. Cloves and roasted malt hints in the background.

Taste: Banana notes with a citrusy taste. Roasted flavors common with dark beers are also present.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with almost no noticable carbonation. Goes down great.

Drinkability: A solid dunkelweizen. Not great, but still pretty good.

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Photo of ruckus232
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a Weizen glass

Appearance: Darker brown and cloudy with a slightly off white head

Smell: Nice spiciness in the smell with a slight banana in the background

Taste: It has a strong spiciness with a hint of the banana bread flavor that only stays for a little bit. There is very little taste after the initial taste which is disappointing but overall this is good.

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Photo of bum732
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with some orange tints. Creamy ring of foam leaving not much lacing. Smells of banana bread, some cinnamon, clove spiciness, . Tastes of banana bread with some chocolate touches. A nice pronounced clove spiciness comes through along with the bitterness. Finishes fairly clean with just a touch of spiciness and earthiness. Pretty thin mouthfeel for the style, decent carbonation.

Not a bad effort, the banana is fairly muted with the clove spiciness taking the foreground. Pretty spicy, maybe from the hops? I didn't like how thin the mouthfeel was or the finish. If i didn't know any better, i would believe there was no yeast in suspension. Pretty good effort, very sessionable, but nothing special.

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Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint/pilsner/weizen glass thing. I really don't know what their new glass is, but it is definitely multi-purpose.

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange without much head retention. Slight lacing.

Smell: Banana, pineapple, mango, clove and peppery hops. Some wheatiness underneath but the yeast really shines through.

Taste: Slightly sour wheat with strong cloves and light banana and other tropical fruits. Somewhat peppery finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry (borderline sour) finish.

Drinkability: I have only had a couple Dunkelweizens but this seems quite good and true to style. Plus this is probably the best of Sam Adams' many (too many) wheat beers, just a notch above the Summer Ale and Winter Lager.

Since Sam Adams obviously knows how to make an authentic German Weizen, what the f*** is wrong with their Hefeweizen?

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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.56 out of 5 based on 851 ratings.
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