Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen
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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 Blitzstyle
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weiss glass, Nice 2 fingers of head, a whip cream type of head. Dark orange in color, head quickly disapates, beer hardly laces the glass. Kind of a bland apperance.

Crisp wheat smell with some fruityness to it. Earthy yeast smells as well. A good smelling brew.

No bitterness or bite what so ever. Smooth yeasty wheat flavor, some fruit notes and earthy undertones. Get some bananna after taste as well.

Really smooth medium in body. No bubbles on the back of the throat if it wasn't for the taste I would think I was drinking water.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weiss glass. Purchase before FEB 2010 notched on the label.

A - The yeast was rolled in the bottle for an even distribution on the calm pour. A four-finger cream-colored dollop of whipped-cream-like head rose up. Fantastic retention! The body is a hazy, muddy brown that, on it's own, doesn't look to appetizing. Half way through the glass the lacing started clinging heavily all over.

S - A lightly toasted malt aroma with the wheat is crisp and up-front. The yeasty character is bold and earthy smelling with a tiny bit of bubble gum esters in the background.

T - The first sip yields a full yeasty mouth with estery hints and a clean wheat and toasted malt flavor on the back end. Not bad but a bit shallow for a dunkel.

M - Medium-bodied, it flows down smooth and clean. Partially refreshing with a lightly dry finish.

D - Not a bad dunkel. It's appearance and nose don't represent the rest of the beer well though. After that it tapers off a bit making it less drinkable but I still wouldn't turn it down. Not bad, just a fair dunkelweizen.

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Photo of Winter
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A creamy light khaki head sits comfortably on a leathery tan colored body. The bready, malty aroma is loaded with cloves and bananas. Medium in body. A sweet malty front leads to an abundance of spicy (yeast) banana fruitiness. Some clove, brown sugar and a hint of molasses are there also in the flavor. The finish sees a return to that dominating banana flavor. Pretty solid for a dunkelweizen. I enjoyed this in the SA Harvest Collection, but I don't know if I'd go out of my way to pick this up if it were available in six packs.

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Photo of illidurit
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium brownish amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma is big on artificial banana with lesser notes of clove and vanilla. Flavor is also overbearing with the pure banana oil and clove, with no room for bready malt to even it out. Finish is a bit weak. Mouthfeel is surprisingly supple, similar to the authentic German versions. Some good qualities, some bad, overall a decent beer at best.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent one finger head with a decent retention. Light brown in color with some cloudiness.

Smell is primarily of clove. Banana is there, but is dominated by clove. Some caramel malt aroma exists as well.

Taste is of a nice caramel maltiness with a dryness on the palate as well. Clove comes through primarily with a nice banana fruitiness.

Dryness on the palate, but with a maltiness. Could be a little less attenuated to bring the beer around, which also effects drinkability.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber-brown color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of banana, toffee, malt, and a hint of chocolate. While there is some banana present in the aroma, it isn't as strong as most German examples. It is almost as though they used a neutral American yeast strain, instead of a German weizen yeast. The taste is like the aroma. Again, I'd like to see more banana bread flavors, and some clove too. The malt flavors that are present are nice though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but lacks the chewy texture that I expect in a weizen. Overall, this is a mediocre beer, and not a dunkelweizen I would pick up again if I had more than one option.

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Photo of mnrider
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, Weizen Glass.

A: Pours a cloudy copper with a large off white head. A lot of carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Little lacing.

S: Sweet banana and yeasty wheat. No malts or hops.

T/M: Tastes of wheat, light banana and citrus. Yeast is strong but no malts or hops to be found. Smooth and a little watery.

D: I'm not really a huge fan of hefeweizens in general but I do like Dunkels and this one is very drinkable. Even though the taste is not the best, its also not bad and has many of the good qualities of Hefeweizens and Dunkels.


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Photo of Kinsman
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with a think off-white head. Hazy body, but not too cloudy.

S: Banana up front with grainy hints from the wheat. Overall a slightly sweet aroma, but not overpowering.

T: Banana bread comes to mind however over flavors quickly make themselves known. Nice well balanced malt character, bready with a slight caramel hint. Yeast character also noticeable.

M: Medium-body with noticeable texture.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice reddish brown, almost a copper color. Head is what you would be familiar with in a dunkel, but the head does not retain as much as I would like. Nice lacing to go along with the beer.

S- Bananas and cloves are by far the most apparent in this beer with a bubble esque smell accompanying.

T- Cloves, banana, and a faint bubble gum taste are once again apparent in the taste. There is a nice spicyness that finishes off the beer, very refreshing.

M- A little thicker than a thin mouthfeel, but with a nice crisp taste. Carbonation works well in the beer and isn't overpowering.

D- I could put down a couple of these easily, especially on a nice fall day.

Notes: A nice beer from Sam Adams. I think they would be smart to sell this in six packs.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a nice reddish brown. It is semi opaque with a decent head.
Smell: Hints of bananas and cloves couple well with a mild aroma from the malt.
Taste: It has a very fruity taste coupled with a light spiciness coming from the yeast. The malt is very subtle but still apparent.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: It is very crisp and clean but the beer retains some good weight which fills you up. It has a very light carbonation and is easy to enjoy.

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Photo of CHL
3.76/5  rDev +8%
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 -5.7%
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 +26.1%
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 -30.5%
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 +5.7%
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 +4%
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 +4%
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 +8.3%
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 -0.3%
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 +11.5%
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 -2.9%
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 -1.7%
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 +10.6%
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 +6.9%
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 +2%
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.


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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 35.5% out of 100 with 856 ratings
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