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 ebby82
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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 ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Burnt orange color...some auburn notes...light tan head on top

S-Not immense but nice...mashed bananas with a light dusting of milk chocolate flakes...

T-The taste is muted...a little bit of the mashed banana's but not nearly enough malt richness...a little bit of bubble gum enters as well but not what I was hoping for.

M-Carbonation seems right does the complaints here.

D-I love a good dunkelweizen but this falls short in my book. I'd like a bit more malt richness...a good bit more actually....also the banana esters could be stronger on the taste too. Also missing a spicy element I also expect. This could be improved a lot.

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

Dark amber-orange in color topped with white bubbly head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, slight spiced fruit, and cloves. Malt in the taste, cloves, spices, carrots, bananas ride out the finish. Light in body and carbonation. A strange sweet drink that is rather annoying to finish.

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

Amber-brownish color, hazy. Lots of carbonation. Foamy head, lacing looks fairly decent on the glass.

Sweet bready wheat, banana, a little spice, dash of dry hay.

Bready wheat up front, banana, pitch of clove, along with dry mild yeast. Slight toasty in the middle, a little hint of nut. Smooth finish with semi sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied, carbonation is light.

It's pretty good.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a deep orange color with a touch of maroon in there. Surprisingly light for a dunkel. Head is solid with a touch of lacing. Nose is tasty, strong somewhat spicy wheat dominates, with a touch of general fruity malt sweetness. Flavor is likewise - more of a straight-up wheat beer than anything unique, this again has a lightly biting wheat sweetness, a touch of fruitiness, and maybe a bit of hops on the back end. Nice, quite drinkable brew. Overall, another solid entry by Sam Adams, although this one is maybe a little off in terms of the true "Dunkel" style.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two bottles are available in the Harvest Sampler 2010.

A- The color is muddy and dirty. The same color as the brown on the label. Its not super hazed, only slightly. The head is not as big and billowy as I want from this style.

S- Banana is there, which is nice. Its like over-ripe, bruised banana. Clove is minimal but its there. Im getting a hint of root beer. Its strange but not appalling.

T- More banana and light noble hops. Over all a bit weak.

Im not a fan of this one. Weinhenstephaner has a much, much better example.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before January 2011.

It pours a hazy amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Sam Adams beers seem to all look great in the glass.

It has a nice spicy nose of clove and a good bit of banana and some other light spices.

The taste is definitely a mild example of the style. Cloves and bananas dominate but both could have been amped up some to get a more vigorous overall taste. Still, a decent Dunkelweizen.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with fairly active carbonation.

Good drinkability but could be better with a tad more flavour.

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Photo of Brad007
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good color. I'm not sure what else I could say about it.

Aroma is full of banana and clove, albeit slightly muted. Pretty much what you would expect from the style, right?

Taste is full of wheat malt and sweet clove upfront. Not much else. Satisfactory for the style. Slightly chewy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove and wheat. A bit thin but no surprises otherwise.

A tasty example of the style that would be a good way to introduce someone to it. I wouldn't recommend it if there were other examples available. Still, it's tasty and it's worth a try. I recommend it on these merits alone.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New York New York wheat glass a hazey brown with a thick froathy head. The scent coming off of it is banana, cloves, and belgian yeast. Strong on the belgian yeast and spices. The taste isn't a strong as what the nose would lead you to expect. Everything that the nose found can be found on the tongue, banana, cloves, and belgian yeast. Add in some carmel and you've got a nice little dunkel here. But the flavors just don't have any pop to them. I would like to have some more sugary flavors in this. The mouthfeel is a little high in the carbonation.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by 12/2010

A - Pours a hazy light copper with about an inch and a half of off-white head. Good retention and somewhat sticky lacing

S - Nose is predominantly banana for me with a good dose of clove; Belgian yeast

T&M - Lighter bodied with typical Belgian yeast produced flavors; clove, banana and a bit of bread with a light hop bitterness. Clean, crisp finish. I think all around the flavors are pretty good but nothing is really jumping out at me.

D - Easy drinking, sessionable with clean flavors. I'll happily drink the second one that came in my mix pack, but I think there are better Dunkelweizens worth picking up on a regular basis.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored brew, pretty hazy, medium sized cream colored head. The main scent is wheat grains and darker malts. Same for the taste, a predominantly wheat grain taste, with a darker malt infusion. Unfortunately the taste doesnt really evolve much beyond that. Not that its bad per se, its just fairly one-dimensional. Thinner bodied. Overall its certainly not bad, its just alright.

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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 Augustiner719
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer #2 of my Sam Adams mix pack.

Pours a dark, semi cloudy brownish red color with a very faint head that dissipates quickly. Obviously not bottle conditioned nor was there any yeast sediment in the bottle. Disappointing appearance. Aroma is true to German dunkleweizens with rich toffee, banana, and a touch of croissant breadyness. Really typical but nothing jumping out. The taste however is right on par with what I am looking for. Big bold lemony banana and toffee flavors with a bright acidity that wakes up the palate. Fresh flavors of banana peel, orange zest and maybe some milk chocolate. Mouthfeel works for me. It's carbonated well just not like traditional dunkleweizens. Has a solid level of dryness on the finish but that typical touch of sweetness to balance it out. Drinkability once again is high on this with the nice low abv and delicious factor. Worth trying for sure.

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

Glass - Official Sam Adams Glass

A - A hazy orange coppery like color with moderate-high visible C02. It produced a 2-finger head that held decently, and it held a nice ring atop the beer but didn't leave any lacing.

S - Musty clove, soft banana, bready with hints of wheat. Quite a musky aroma with the clove notes dominating. More wheat as it warmed.

T - Musky bread flavors with clove upfront, I don't really get much banana that I got in the aroma, muted banana perhaps. As the beer hits the sides of the tongue I get a pretty noticeable sourness, very apparent but not off putting in any way. It finishes with flavors that it began with, along with subtle bitterness and a bit of wheat.

M - Moderate to highly crisp with a soft near medium body.

D - It goes down like most Sam Adams brews, quick & easy. It's very easy to drink more than a few of these in a sitting. A highly drinkable Dunkelweizen here that's worth a try for sure. I'd drink it again but probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again unless I was low on cash.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Samuel Adams Signature Glass

a: 2 finger soapy head, off-white. Dark caramel color on the body, cloudy but less so then most wheats. Small scattered bubbles line the glass, almost no retention.

s: Bubblegum, banana, leather, clove.There is a light caramel and toast bread scent to suggest a dunkelweizen.

t: Bubblegum, banana, clove throughout. A little toasted caramel malt round things out. Finishes clean.

m: light body, high carbonation

d: Refreshing, solid beer. Moderately drinkable.

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Photo of 828beagle
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy amber-orange with a big clumpy, off-white head. Smells of cloves, and other mild spices. Tastes of caramelized plantains and roasted almonds. Good carbonation, a medium-light body, and a dry finish. Quite a complex brew with a lot going on for the palate to enjoy.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From 2010 Sam Adams Harvest Collection 12-pack.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper with decent tan head with good retention. Slight lacing.

A lot of yeasty bananna and cloves in the nose, along with a healthy dose of sweet caramalized malt. Pretty nice!

Nice yeasty wheat flavor, more banannas but darker fruit flavors also, along with a nice malt backbone. Flavors are nore muted than your typical German dunkel, but nicely balanced. I think it's pretty impressive for a mass-produced, highly available beer.

Mouthfeel is the weak link for me... too thin, and that creaminess found in most dunkels is barely evident. Just doesn't do the smell and taste justice.

Still, a great drinking beer overall. I'd have no problem polishing off a sixer of these, and hope SA decides to sell it that way in the future.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a slightly cloudy orangeish with a 2 finger offwhite head. No lacing. Pretty boring.

S- very mild, I'm getting some weak clove with a slight tinge of banana and mainly...blah. Yawn

T- almost tastes like...bitter bananas? Its a really weird taste I've never gotten off a beer before...Not necessarily bad, just...really different

M- nothing special. Just kinda there.

D- whatever. I'm not sure if this is a summer beer, a fall beer, a spring beer...just a mess

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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 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 therica
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= slightly cloudy amber, modest head but with nice rimming and some lacing.

S= very bold and typical of a good weisse-beer of any quality, some banana.

T= again the good strong weisse-beer flavor but with the added caramelized darker malts to give it some extra interest.

M= lightly sweet, nice caramelized malts, slightly watery finish.

D= very drinkable if you're in the weisse mood and especially if you want something darker and more creative.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

One of two beers vying for year-round status within the Samuel Adams portfolio in their "Beer Lover's Choice" tasting competition. Out of four possible beers, this one made the cut. Consumer voting starts in August.

The head retention is decent. Good lace but not a whole lot of sticking, with a deep-hazed dark mahogany color from the dark malts and yeast. Mild estery aroma, with suggestions of brown bread; faint vanilla and white chocolate in the nose. Crispness is not shy, with a snap up front and a solid medium body. Spicy bite of wheat and a well-rounded toasted malt flavor from middle to end. Clean palate, with a mild fruitiness and neutral yeast character. Hops are very mild as well. Finishes a tad dry.

Not your typical Dunkelweizen, with generous banana and clove; oddly, we did not pick up on either of those traits, as it was a bit mellower or restrained, though still flavorful. That said, it's hard to pit this against the bells and whistles of your typical Dunkelweizen.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark copper body with brown hues with little sign of carbonation. Fizzy off-white head billows up easily but fizzles down to nothing incredibly quickly. Reminded me of pouring a Coke.

S - Sweet malt with that nice yeasty smell. Perhaps just a touch of raisiny aroma with banana overtones.

T&M - A bit thin and watery in the mouthfeel and taste with lower than average carbonation. I would have like just a bit more carbonation. Nice yeasty bite a first sip accompanied by the sweet malt which is just a bit cloying IMO in the sweetness department. Biscuity and bread-crusty. Pretty wet for a dunkelweizen for my taste - I like a bit more dryness.

D - A good example of the style but not stellar. Easily quaffable and goes down smooth and easy. Could drink a few in a sitting.

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Photo of dananabanana
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Big, creamy, off-white head. The beer itself is copper and opaque.

S: Sweet and malty. Dark malts with some fruityness.

T: Sweet and wheaty. Dark malts again, maybe a hint of caramel, maple, or molasses.

M: Sweet dry aftertaste, almost like ginger ale without the kick.

D: Flavorful enough to not be boring, but good with food because the taste isn't overpowering.

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