Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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

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Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

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851
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371
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.61%
 
 
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Photo of buschbeer
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of off white head. It is a hazy dark amber, bordering on copper, color. The aroma is bananas and clove. The taste is bananas and cloves at first. Then I get a real carbonation bite. I get some caramel malt in there, too. This beer seems overcarbonated to me. This is only my second dunkelweizen, but I prefer my previous selection.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown and hazy look with average carbonation. head is light brown and dissipates quickly. No lacing.
A banana and clove smell with a touch of the malt.
Tastes like it smells-banana and cloves with a bit of malt.
Medium body with a light coating. Nothing special.
A good brew but nothing I would seek out or buy if it were a stand alone beer, not in a variety pack.

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Photo of RichieS2
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a a Czech pilesner glass.

A - Poured a dark amber, copper-like color that made me think of an IPA, was cloudy with a creamy head.

S - Both wheat and malt were there to greet my nose at the first whiff.

T - Some excellent malt sweetness as to be expected from a dunkel, which then gave way to the trademark characteristics of wheat which were highlighted at the end by subtle use of hops.

M - Epitomy of Weiss beer, nice and light swashing around in the mouth easily and going down just as easy.

D - Very high

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Photo of micmillon18
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light amber, with ok head retention. It is a nice looking beer though, in terms of its overall body.

S - The wheat and citrus scents are ever present as they are with most weizens. Banana and cloves are also wafting around iin there.

T - Kind of tastes like banana bread, a characteristic I like alot about some weizens. However, its slightly sour towards the end, leaving a poor after taste. It seems to lack that complexity that most dunkels have. If I didnt know any better, I would think I'm drinking a lesser version of an American hefeweizen. Theres really nothing "dunkel" about it.

M - A little too much carbonation here, almost kind of bites at the tongue as one swallows. Not overly smooth, as it leaves the mouth somewhat fuzzy and unappealing.

D - Overall its not a bad beer. Though I did enjoy it, I don't think I'd have another soon after. In comparison to other dunkels, especially those from Germany, this one doesn't seem to match up. It lacks that balance of crisp wheat deliciousness with the darker notes that most dunkelweizens have.

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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 wheatyweiss
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a light copper deep straw with an unimpressive head that recedes to a cap almost immediately. Cloud is thin and gives the beer a slight depth.

Aroma is wheat and crystal malts with a heavy dose of weiss yeast. Bubblegum and band aid phenolics and slight banana.

Flavor is phenolic yeast to open, middle is crystal malts with a light bready backing. Finishes clean and crisp, the opposite of a good dunkel as for what I've had.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is entirely too crisp. Bubbles are harsh and the body is thin.

Drinkability is average as this is no what I would expect of a dunkelweiss at all, it's slam-able is thats what your into.

Pretty thin and weak for a dunkel, seek others. Disappointing.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in to SA Perfect pint.

A: appears a deep brownish red, translucent, foamy white head with good retention, lots of lacing

S: orange rind, coriander, lemon zest..lots of bubblegum and banana too with a touch of yeast on the end

T: the front is sweet with citrus and banana, some bready notes in the middle paired with a slight sourness. Very flavorful albeit a little on the sweet side.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation, silky texture

D: not a bad dunkelweizen, features all of the flavors I am familiar with in a hefe, maybe a little sweeter than normal

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

Best by 1/2011.

Pours a clear amber color with a decent sized head, fades fast at first but sticks around for a bit at the end, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell has a wonderful aroma of banana, clove, some fruitiness with a decent malt backing, easily the best thing about this beer.

Taste is a bit of a letdown after the aroma, light with bubbly carbonation, the feeling is way too thin for a dunkel though and drags things down, the fruitiness is most prevalent in the taste with hints of banana.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could fit almost two bottles of this in my weizen glass. A hazy rust color with a minimal to absent head.
Caramel malt, fruit, and spice aroma. Pretty good.
Mostly banana taste, some tropical fruit, clove, caramel.
A little bit on the sweet side.
I liked this beer, but I'm not in love with it. Maybe we'll just date occasionally.

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Photo of Franz4
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice burnt siena color, no head to speak of even after an aggressive pour.

S- like toasted wheat & malt, which is appropriate, not very distinctive though, many beers smell like this.

T- taste is mild, toasted notes come through again, a little floral here and there.

M- lightly carbonated, bit of an aftertaste that lingers just a bit to long

D- yes, it's drinkable, and I could have several of these in a sitting if I wanted, but it remains to me just an average beer at best, there's nothing offensive about it at all, but leaves me feeling like I could take it or leave it

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Photo of TommyW
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark gold with a brown/purple tint, thin but bubbly off-white head.

S- Smells of caramel malt, some banana, dark fruits and a little spice.

T- Taste is a little thin up-front, almost watery. Some flavors of spice, dark fruits and a touch of banana come through towards the middle and finish

M- Medium body but the carbonation is a bit weak for me.

D- Not a terrible beer, but the flavors just weren't as vivid as they are in good dunkelweizens.

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

From the 2010 Harvest Collection. Bottle into pint glass. First Dunkelweizen review so take this for what it's worth.

Pours a hazy copper with a small off white head. There's some lacing but not very much. The smell is malt and some breadiness with a little banana and cloves. The taste is sweet up front and then some wheat and lemon flavor along with some spices. There's a little banana in the taste but its fairly faint. Medium bodied and smooth in terms of carbonation. Very drinkable to where it could be a session beer if Dunkelweizens are your thing.

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Photo of Shaw
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a barely-hazy deep amber in color -- even after vigorous swirling of the final ounces in the bottle -- with a head that quickly turns into a thin layer. I really expected this to be hazier.

It's got the nice dunkelweizen aroma of cloves and other spices.

The flavor is above average: Clove, banana and other fruit notes mix with a hint of astringency.

Fluffy -- even puffy -- body.

Overall this is an OK dunkelweizen, though SA needs to work on the haze.

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

A: A cloudy dark brown, copper color with a finger width off-white head.

S: A strong banana and clove aroma is coming off of the beer. Maybe some roasted malt in the background.

T: The taste is very sweet and banana/clove and bubble gum. The toasted malt flavors really don't come through. It is sweet all the way to the finish where there is a slight bitter twang.

M: The beer is light and refreshing.

D: This is a pretty tasty beer. Not sure I could do more than a couple due to the strong flavors and sweetness.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a tight off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of clove and banana.

Tastes of the banana mostly with background notes. Banana is very present with some other citrus notes behind it. Clove gives a decent spice note. Bread notes come through as well with some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of trbergman
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, light amber brown with just a trace of head.

S - Banana, clove, raisin, and fig.

T - Banana flavor leaves a lot to be desired, even given the nose. Phenolics are there, but on the low side, with some dark fruit emerging in the mid-palate. Lightly bready and sweet, with too much hop bitterness.

M - Watery, bland, and lifeless.

D - Out of all the beers in the Harvest Collection 12-pack, I was probably looking forward to this one the most, so that may account for much of my disappointment. Unfortunately, this is basically an American pale wheat ale with dark malt. I'm not sure who Boston Beer is trying to impress with this one, because it's "too dark" for the masses and too bland for craft drinkers. That being said, it's an easygoing beer for mindless drinking, which I suppose bumps up the drinkability score by a half point.

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Photo of m1ked
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wifey brought one home from work, nice

A- Wow, this looks just like the iced tea my dad used to drink. SLightly hazey rsutey copper color. There is an off white 1/2 inch tight bubbled uniform cap with several streamers that you need to look closely for.. Add a lemon to this thing and I would call it iced tea.

S- Hmmm, I get malty sweetness, as if I was smelling an octoberfest beer, but there is a faint, yet detectable, aroma of clovey banana. Nothing too overpowering overall.

T- I get the clovey and some banana up front on the taste, with the malty sweetness backing up for a long time.

M - Medium-light bodied that lingers a while with sustained tight carbonation that scrubs the tongue clean.

D- This is like fall's version of the hefe, Darker/maltier, but still with that clovey banana notes. Overall I like the idea, but this version is alright.

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Photo of scottyb88
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a semi-clear dark copper-brown color with a decent sized head; some lacing; the color is a bit off and it seems too clear

S- dark bready malt with some banana, but also some lemon; faint spice

T- starts off with a caramel dryness and ends with a nice zing from the wheat and a lemon citrus flavor; the lemon/wheat bite at the end isn't really well balanced, it should be a bit sweeter up front with the citrus bite at the end, but only a slight amount of it; not much banana. not really reminded of banana bread

M- good mouth feel with the right amount of carbonation; aftertaste is fairly typical to the style

D- not really hitting the mark of a true German dunkelweizen, but it's definitely a drinkable beer; like most SA beers it's tame in it's flavor and does an average job at hitting the style, but with it's low alcohol makes it a decent session beer

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

Look is heavy on the dunkel, everything else drives home the weizen. A tight, persistent khaki cap sits on a hazy caramel pour, like an unfiltered Yuengling. The smell screams German hefe yeast, with a decent dose of funk (a word I've never used in relation to a Sam brew) and earth to burn. The first sip feels surprisingly slick, but the sweetish finish hangs on longer as the glass warms. The hops are appropriately restrained to let a decent yeast strain shine, though I wouldn't mind seeing a deeper malt platform. A good, drinkable American effort, though not a contender to the German big boys.

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Photo of droomyster
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with a layer of fine yeast in the bottom pours a hazy brown with one finger of off-white foam that lasts about 30 seconds. Aromas are predominately of toasty wheat and yeast, with a fair amount of cloves. First thing that jumps out to me is not how the beer tastes, but how it feels. Texturally, as with with many Sam Adams, it is nearly perfect: a medium body is carbonated such that it feels electric at first and becomes sumptuously smooth as it washes over the tongue. The flavors are certainly good and consistent with the nose, and is just a tad less complex and interesting than those of my favorite dunkelweizens.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug. Part of a sampler pack.

Appearance: Pours a golden-brown color with mild carbonation and a two-finger head. Recedes to near-nothingness leaving behind an ivory ring around the mug. Looks a little clear for a Dunkel.

Smell: Clove, green apple, cinnamon. A touch of bitterness in the nose, nice malt characteristics.

Taste: Piney, with some rounded out apple flavor. Toasty malt flavor, perhaps a touch of toffee or even coffee in here. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel: Pokes the tongue at first. A little too foamy for my taste. Goes down a little less than smooth, but not too harshly.

Drinkability: Just decent. Not a terrible beer, but not very exciting either.

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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 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 Brideshead
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Over the past year I've become quite a fan of the Dunkelweizen style. Unfortunately, this brew seems like a fairly shallow imitation. Not terrible, but not quite enough for one who enjoys the full range of offerings found in an exceptional Dunkelweizen.

Appearance was average, with a dark brown body, slight head, but pretty fine lacing.

As far as smell goes, the presence of tropical fruit and some clove spice brought to mind apricots covered in clove. Pretty nice. Taste was less satisfying. Not much on the fruit or bready end of things, but rather boldly-crisp and quite spicy. I could have wished for some hints of banana. I would have been pleased with a fuller mouth feel as well.

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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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