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

12 oz.

Pours a deep slightly hazy amber orangish color with an off-white film of a head.

Smells of wheat malt, slightly tart banana esters and clover honey.

Tastes of banana esters, light spice, honey and wheaty malt.

Medium body with a soft tickle of carbonation.

Easy drinking wheaty brew, smooth mouth feel and interesting flavor characteristics. It's pretty good, not fantastic, but I will enjoy it and I would have it again.

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Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a rich amber, chestnut color with an off-white head. The aroma has a moderate wheat twang, with a mild undertone of malt. It's not a usually strong smelling could have more fruit and esters. The taste is clean, however, and the beer is semi-sweet. It's smooth and yeasty. Some bread and doughy grain. It's not as intense a sensation as I expected. Medium-full in mouthfeel. I've come to expect more from Sam Adams beers...this was average.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a deep amber pour with a slight amount of off-white head and nice retention. smells of dates, grapes, nuts. a tart fruit/wheat flavor... not really my thing, has a bologna-like aftertaste. coriander, orange peel, all spice. light body nice carbonation is making this easier to gulp down and get over with. i'm sure for the style it's not bad.. but to me most dunkelweizens are very heavy on the weird bologna like aftertaste... not sure what it is in there that makes it this way, but i don't like it.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light caramel brown that is nearly translucent. Had a large marshmallowy off-white head that subtly disappeared over the course of a few minutes. Pretty clear for the style.

Aroma: Upon opening the bottle I immediately smelled fresh banana bread but now that it's in the glass it's more of a spicy nose of clove and banana.

Taste: Has that banana bread taste up front and through the middle and then the cloves slowly take over until you are left with them in the aftertaste. The spices don't attack your tongue here which works in its favor. It has a quiet complexity that would make it sessionable for those who like Dunkelweizens. Not crazy about the clove taste it leaves on my tongue but that's more personal preference.

Mouthfeel: A pillowy medium bodied beer. Average drinkability. The aftertaste can get a little cloying about halfway through.

Final Thoughts: I like what Samuel Adams is going for here. I've had other beers of this style that are just over-the-top spicy but this one seemed to dial in that flavor a bit for optimum drinkability and enjoyment. It's also one of the more full bodied beers I've had from them. I wouldn't seek this out again but if it happened to be part of a mix pack or shared among friends I would enjoy it all the same.

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

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 3$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brownish copper colour with an huge size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, cloves, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of banana/bubblegum and some light clove. There is also a bit of caramel/brown sugar and malts. It ends with a slightly spicy banana sweet aftertaste.

Overall - If banana flavour in beer is your thing, this beer is for you. Unfortunately the banana tastes a little too artificial, bit it's still an above average brew. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jslice99
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance is a hazy dark brown/orange with a two finger white head.

Smell is of banana, nutmeg, and clove. Just like it should.

Smells more like banana than it tastes but its still there. I get more of the nutmeg and clove in the taste and maybe some caramel.

It has a decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall, Its great on a hot day. Doesen't seem like a fall beer to me but no complaints. Would definately have again.

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

new to the fall mix this year is this tastz dark wheat brew. appearance is nice, brown and cloudy with a lively head. wafting aroma of wheat malt, clove, home made coffee cake, and banana. very well balanced, and much more happening on the palate than the average dunkel. the yeast is unique and is the star of the flavor experience. its got some vanilla and spice notes to it that really support the dark wheat malt. this is one i could easily drink a bunch of. feel is good, plenty of body but not at all filling, and proper carbonation to let the flavors evolve. overall this is an excellent beer and a nice addition to the fall pack. ill be grabbing these up quick when the box is in the fridge.

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

Appearance - Pours a dark amber, like the color of nice finished medium dark wood. Maybe a walnut or other similar wood. A nice one and a half finger head sits on top of the brew and leaves decent lacing. Not a bad appearance.

Smell - Smells like a weak version of a big dunkel like Ayinger. Bananas, spices, some cloves, etc. They have the smell down, but I like my Dunkels from the Deutschland.

Taste - Again, much like the nose, in my opinion. While they do their best to produce a near mass-market version of the dunkel, it falls a little short. There is the banana esters, some spices, and a wheat backing, but it just doesn't do it for me. Nothing attention grabbing about the taste.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall - Worth trying one time. I won't buy it again, but it was a decent brew. I just think it has the deck stacked against it with the quality of German dunkels that are on the market. Good effort though. Not a bad beer, just not really worth seeking out.

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

12 oz poured into a pint glass

Pours hazy dark brown red with a one finger white head. This beer has a lot of wheat in the nose and a slight fuityness. The taste is pretty tart and wheaty. There is a also a lot of berry flavors and some dark fruits. There is also some banana and clove. This beer has a somewhat of a bread flavor. Finish is tart, dry and kind of funky. A solid beer, not my favorite style but a decent wack at it.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a cloudy, hazy dark orange color with a 1 1/2 inch soapy, bright white head that leaves some lacing.

S: Smell is very strong of tropical fruit, banana, clove and nutmeg. I also get a faint wheat aroma as well.

T: Taste is a lot like the smell consisting of a very potent tropical fruit/banana flavor that is balanced out by the clove and nutmeg. This beer finishes with a wheat character and a bready dry finish.

M: Very fruity and sweet, has some slight carbonation and is well balanced. Very drinkable if you like the style.

O: This is my first time having this beer that I can remember anyways. I enjoyed it a lot and is a good summer time beer, not sure about releasing it for your fall collection, but not complaining. This is something I will be drinking often this fall, cheers!

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with an orangish hue; soft, white, cap of dense head that has good retention

S - banana, spice, caramel

T - banana, spice, pepper, caramel, wheat

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer that has a good flavor. The yeast adds a nice banana, peppery aroma and flavor. There is also a nice, balanced caramel sweetness throughout. Not bad.

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Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally, something from Sam Adams that isn't clear. Pours a rich, dark chestnut brown color. Hazy liquid with some orange hues. The head is a slightly offwhite, a couple fingers thick.

Has the classic scent down pat...bubble gum, cloves and banana. Slight fruity smell.

There's something wrong about the taste that I can't put my finger on. It's sort of got the clove taste, but aside from that, it's like a watered down, not so ripe banana the banana was still green.

It tries to be smooth, but it's really not, though I give it some credit for the effort. Slight sweetness, but then it's just bitter and sour-ish.

I should have stopped after the smell, and I had such high hopes for this. Instead of making a thousand average beers, I wish Sam Adams would focus on ten really exceptional beers. This is just above average and that's only because I liked the look and smell. It's not the easiest thing in the world to drink, and please, up the ABV.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark murky brown color with a medium light-tan head that reduces to a long lasting thin layer. A bit of lace sticking.

S- Ripe banana and powdery clove, nutmeg, tropical fruit. It's got a piña colada vibe to it.

T- sweet banana and tropical fruit, slight clove, medicinal notes, malty wheat finish. Finishes slightly dry.

M- crisp carbonation, medium body, super creamy, very nice. Only downside is that it finishes a bit watery.

O- pretty good, was looking for a little more complexity in the malts, but has a great creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep copper orange color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles away to almost nothing

S: Right out of the gate you get the banana and clove notes, along with some malted wheat and other fruits

T: Again starts with the standard banana and clove, along with some light spiciness and other fruits. This is then overcome by the wheat and other malts, which levels this out quite a bit and leaves an odd aftertaste for a dunkel

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Slightly smooth and creamy

O: An average American take on a standard Bavarian classic. It's good out of the gate, but eventually falls slightly short of the mark. Certainly a good effort, though, and worth a shot

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

"This don't taste like no Dunkelweisen. But it sure is tasty!"

Okay, if you're looking for an Adventinus beater--this aint it! Talk about great unexpected expectations! Pours like every other Sammy. Nose is promising, but then--Rauchbier???!!!

Okay, Rauchbier it is then! And a good smoky rauch it is. [Reminds me of the smoked mozzarella brother and I made for the family deli back in the day.]

Peers out to the side looking like it wants some credit for style but it aint there. But...YUM!

If all beer is food, then this is a rib-eye steak.


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Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy amber with creamy, white, long lasting head and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of cloves, banana, wheat malt and yeast. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is sour first, followed by banana, spices and wheat malt. Finish is long, tart and refreshing. Not bad.

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

Cloudy deep chestnut color with a small, but thick frothy head. Spicy banana and moderate clove-like phenols over some toffee, raisins, and light bread crust. More clove in the flavor...banana sweetness and a touch of brown sugar and wheaty tartness. On the lighter side of medium-bodied and a bit creamy, finishing quick and dry. Nothing thrilling or complex, but not terrible.

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

A- Slightly hazy, reddish brown, with small cream head replenished by consistent carbonation leaving slight foam atop brew.

S- Banana, spicy clove, a little vinous and alcohol-y.

T- Banana, some raisin, slight clove- just not as complex as nose made me think/hope it would be.

M- High carb. feel, even champagne-like, light body, smooth with slight dryness to finish.

O- Flavor left me slightly disappointed and the beer is too small in body.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper with bronze edges, and a one-finger head with decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S - Some pleasant yeast odors of banana, clove, and some spicy hops. Smells nice.

T - Follows the nose with a definite banana/clove element; also some dark grainyness but in more of a pumpelnickel flavor than "roasted".

Hop character present in finish is spicy to the point of reminding me of white pepper. Slight twang of citrus rind and butter in the finish that is a little distracting, but overall everything comes together pretty well.

M - Light bodied, with the standard prickly Sam Adams carbonation. Seems slightly off base for the flavor elements.

O - A solid take on a German standard, but with a few less-than-stellar notes that keep it from being great. That said, I did enjoy it and will gladly drink it again every fall when the craft pack comes out.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dark amber with slight reddish hue. Head is off-white, one finger thick and with poor retention. Resulting lace is spotty, with most clinging for life on the edges.

Smell - Really nice aroma! Sweet caramel notes complimented by a healthy amount of banana and a faint touch of clove.

Taste - Doesn't quite hit on the promise of yeasty character that's presented to the nose, but it's still decent. Sweet and sugary, with brown sugar being most noticeable. Notes of caramel and banana hit, but not nearly where they should. Clove snaps in around midtaste and fades quickly before clinging faintly into the aftertaste. Finishes with nice balance, and a subtle wheat undertone.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a decent amount of carbonation giving it a fuller body than it probably has. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Not a bad effort from Sammy Adams here. It's no world beater, but it's certainly drinkable and somewhat enjoyable. A little more depth and complexity from the yeast would be nice, but I'm not complaining too much. It's the first dunkel I've had from an American brewery and so, by default, the best I've had this side of the Atlantic.

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

Brownish amber in the glass with a small head that fizzles out quickly with a bit of slippery lacing.

Aromas has a spicy yeastiness with hints of clove and banana.

Flavor comes back to the spicy yeastiness hinted at in the aroma with full flavors banana and clove with a bit of dark caramel and a bit of a tart twang on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and silky smooth, carbonation is on the light side.

Overall a decent drinking been. perhaps I need more exposure to Dunkelweizens in order to develop a better critique of the style.

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Photo of Danno48
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Last year I had this beer when I was first started drinking craft brews and hated it... Now that I am more refined I will have at it again.
A- I loved the darkness, Crazy dark for a weizen. The head was very shallow though.

S- I thought it would smell like your classic cloves and banana but it was kinda plain.

T- Very flavorful for a weizen. Lots of banana and clove with extra maltiness.

M- Smooth enough, yet I did get a certain cotton mouthiness from it.

Overall it was very nice but just ok... to be honest this isn't my favorite style of beer but for this style very flavorful.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy brown color with a small tan head on top with decent retention and sporadic lacing.

S: Lots of banana and some caramel and toffee. There was a little bit of yeasty spice, mostly cloves as well.

T: Mostly banana on the flavor profile, but not as strong as the nose indicated. There is some more spice, again predominantly clove. There is a little caramel and a hint of vanilla as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty easy drinking for a dunkelweizen.

O: A pretty nice surprise. Thought this was a pretty good beer and actually worked well on the hot day I consumed it on.

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

12oz bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a ruddy mahogony tone with two fingers of off-white head that has respectable retention and lacing. not a bad looking beer.

missing the banana/clove that i was expecting in the aroma; instead it's more bready malt, wheat, and yeast. more of the same in the taste; it's just missing something. maybe a few things. it's an OK tasting beer, certainly not a drain pour, but it's just devoid of a more evident flavor profile... i get a little banana as it warms - a little - and maybe a touch of spice.

light to medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation. fairly drinkable; the problem is you'd lose interest before sessioning became a possibility.

originally reviewed: 09-07-2010

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

Dunkel time!!!! The Sammy A Dunkel pours a semi-cloudy golden/red color with a thick, foamy vanilla colored head. Lots of carbonation is apparent, as befits the style. Retention is good, and lots of sticky lacing is left behind. The aroma includes lots of spicy wheat, some breadiness, slight clove, hints of banana bread. Very faint grassy and citric Noble hop character.
The taste starts with cloves then transitions to banana bread and brown sugar, and some darker brown bread flavors. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied with active carbonation. Creamy, but not as full in the mouthfeel as most dunkelweizens. Overall not too bad.

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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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