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Samuel Adams DunkelweizenSamuel Adams Dunkelweizen

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of kneeland
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great weizen from Sam Adams. I didn't expect much, but I was pleasantly surprised.

It was pretty stouty, almost milky, and a great dark flavor. It was crisp though, as if there's natural spring water in Boston.

Color was nice, almost an amber brown color. A perfect size of head, it worked great with the taste.

I would love to find this in a 6 pack, but unfortunately it came in one of those sampler packs. So go pick one of those up. Sam Adams, northern for beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass from a fresh fall variety pack. Pours hazy orange amber with a dense off white cap. Bit too clear for the style with no notable suspended yeast. Moderate retention and lacing.

Nose is good with some caramel malts commingling with yeast notes. Wheat notes are present but subtle and banana is more evident as the foam settles initially, with all aromas diminishing steadily with exposure.

Flavor is rather abrupt as the beer is rather dry for the style and the caramel on the nose doesn't come into play much, leaving a short finish. This dryness and a steady carbonation do yield a somewhat full feel at first yet this becomes a bit light and watery as the CO2 escapes by mid glass. Fairly drinkable overall yet the brew is a bit ho hum given its unobtrusiveness and lack of defining character.

Edit early November 2012, best by Jan. 2013. Bit murky with some yeast chunks on the pour. Aroma is subtle with very limited caramel and yeast influence. A few months on the bottle but still within range and a bit of a let down. No modification on scores..

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what I wish SA would do more of. Try some more unique styles. A nice clovey malty aroma. The taste is cloves but also hops that ends drier then I expected. Which makes this a very easy to drink brew. Its not a classic example of the style, buts thats ok. We need more out of the box attempts from SA. This one has a nice malty sweetness that would do well if they put then out in 6-packs.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Comes out an amberish type color, small off white head that goes away very quickly, no lacing to it. More clarity than I expected, slight haze, but not much really. Smell is the best part in my opinion. Very herbal with some touches of some yeast in there. Cloves and a slight banana smell to it. Wheats and malted barley give it a slight sweet smell to it. Taste is good to, very bready/wheaty. Yeast also very present. The clove and banana flavors are there again. There are certainly some caramelized malts provide sweetness. There isn't a hop flavor but there is some bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is good, good carbonation level and a good balance of bitterness and sweetness, medium bodied. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper toned, little carbonation, quite cloudy

S: Sweet and yeasty.

T: Sweet like banana bread, some floral bite, and hints of brown sugar.

M: Creamy and low carbonation.

D: Refreshing but sweet and tasty. A real treat, and among the better SA choices.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a darker cloudy amber color with very little head. The beer has a good banna smell to it. The flavor is rather complex. A smooth wheat flavor with hints of banna and clove. Nice flavors easy to drink. Overall a good beer with nice flavors would get again.

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Photo of alkemy
2.69/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour is darkish amber/copper with about an inch of cream colored head. Yes, there's banana and clove, but I got an overwhelming musty grass aroma. Some breadiness in the taste as well as the requisite banana and clove, but the musty funk carried over from the scent and incorporated itself into the flavor. It almost presents as a sour note. There's just something about the smell and taste that really rubs me the wrong way. Quite a bit of carbonation, but it had the feeling of some thickness after it went down, which was a plus. I won't go looking for this again.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured into an Irish Tulip glass

A - Pours a four finger creamy/marshmallowy light tan head, that leaves some nice lacing. This beer is a copper color, slightly effervescent, and very hazy (unfiltered it seems)

S - Delicious!!! Lots of clove, bananas, and dark wheats. One of the best smelling 'weizens' i've ever smelled.

T - Very spicy clove flavor, with a bannana bubblegum finish. Cloves are tingly and right up front, and on the back end of the toungue you get this almost sugar free bubble gum sensation on the finish. Alcohol is pretty much non-existent. Very refreshing!!!

M - Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but not watery. Very soft creamy mouthfeel from the nice head this beer generates.

D - Drinkability of this beer is super high!!! Very sessionable too. Slight effervescence and light body makes this an easy beer to slug down. But very refreshing and flavorful!!

Final Thoughts: Two Thumbs UP!!!! Would reccomend and would by a 6 pack if i can find one. This beer was a part of the harvest collection mix pack.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Green bananas & cloves in spades, some phenols as well

T: Follows the nose, some caramel & breadyness too up front. Bready notes & green banana in copious amounts once warm. Finishes with juicy fruit flavor, & slight green banana twang, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, slight grainy feel, fairly smooth carbonation & some juicyness/wetness in the finish

Drinks easy, delivers a lot of flavor for the ABV. Not the best dunkelweizen out there but respectable enough

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Photo of Tilley4
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice hazy light bronze with a thick and creamy head... Very hazy so its definitely unfiltered..

Aromas include the clove and banana and bubblegum often found in dunkelweizens but also an element of citrus as well... Pretty good..

Loads of wheat elements here... The cloves and banana are almost overpowering actually... They dominate here and not in the best of ways... They muddle out everything else really and this one seems a little off...

Hmm.. Not sure where this one went but I wasn't a huge fan.. There was a sour element to this that seemed to throw me off...

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a weizen glass. Pours the color and clarity of unpasteurized apple cider with a dense, one inch, creamy, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with thick swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses dark fruit and yeast. Taste follows nose; however, flavors are a bit more muted and there is a suggestion of bubblegum, as well as a slightly bready quality that presents towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a pleasant, even background carbonation. A solid and easy drinking dunkel. Would love to see this one added into the regular rotation as a seasonal.

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Photo of skenyon1811
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is compliments of BeerPhan86. A 12oz bottle in a pint.

A: Pours with about a quarter inch head. Falls quickly and has little lacing. Cloudy orangish brown color.

S: A punch of sweet malt and wheat, with a slight boozy smell to it. A hint of banana. Average aroma for a wheat beer.

T: Stronger with the spice flavor than expect, the clove sticks out to me. It is kind of distracting, I keep focusing on it with every sip. A bitter alcohol bite at the end. Strange after taste.

M: This is heavier than I expect and over carbonated. Leaves a strange coating in my mouth.

D: I would only have one or two of these, which is probably why it is only in mix packs.

Overall this is a plain beer that presents its style but doesn't do anything great.

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Photo of Star80
4.44/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy light bown color, with no yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The smell of the beer is impressive, smells like a fresh wheat beer, slightly spicey, but more phenolic, with hints of banana and vanilla. Also smells slightly bready, which is spot on for a dunkel. Taste is more clove, banana, and mouthfeel is crisp on the tonque with adequate carbonation. The notes on the bottle say that this is a traditional Bavarian yeast strain, and yet this beer taste mildly familiar. Which makes me wonder, where are you getting the yeast, Jim? Weih...something? ;-)

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Photo of aepb1
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice amber color turning to a light brown at the edges of the perfect pour glass with a white head

S- Not much outside the style really other than maybe some clove. There's a bit of vanilla in there too

T- A bite up front moving into a nice roasty flavor, smooth after the crisp begining

M- Medium bodied, smooth and the bite up front seems to be from the carbonation though that's the only real instance where the carbonation pokes through

D- An average dunkelweixen, certainly not the best but I would never turn this down if offered

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Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with pretty good clarity. The head stood about an inch tall following a fairly aggressive pour, but has settled to a thin layer after about 4 or 5 minutes or so. There is some lacing on the sides of the glass after each sip.

Smell is very typical of the style with the banana coming through the most followed by the clove like aroma.

The taste is more of the same. You get a sharp bite from the carbonation up front and then the typical flavors of a weizen start to take over your palate.

Medium slightly creamy mouthfeel with just a bit too much carbonation for me.

A drinkable beer, but it's not my favorite style. So for me, I'd say one or two and I'd be moving on.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've only had a handful of beers in this style, but this is a pretty good one. The only one that I like better is Great Lakes Glockenspiel. It's obvious that this beer is well crafted.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +21.5%
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 -9.7%
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 +4.6%
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 -10.6%
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 -0.3%
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 +9.2%
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 +8.6%
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 -2%
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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Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 866 ratings
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