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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 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 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 dunkle...it 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 THECPJ
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with orangish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: wheat,

taste: wheat, caramel, no lingering aftertaste

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: a nice dark wheat ale, easy to drink.


The CPj

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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 on...as does the body...no 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 BeerFMAndy
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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 xnicknj
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with some golden hues. A thicker off white head retains well with some rings of lacing on the glass.

Some dark fruit sweetness with dates in the nose alongside roasted malt. However, there's also an unpleasant smack of metallic zing.

Slightly sweet in the beginning with fruit and slight juiciness. Lighter tones of licorice and molasses. Decent malt backbone driven by more raisin and date sweetness. Slightly dry and fruity in the finish.

Somewhat thinner medium body, decent carbonation and fair feel on the palate. Okay drinking, but a little too sweet, especially since nothing in particular stands out in a positive manner.

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

This tasty beer comes out of the tap a nearly opaque dark honey brown. Malty aroma has firm wheaty and yeasty tones and a chocolaty hint. Rich, wheaty, malty flavor has yeasty, nutty and caramel notes to round it out. Full-bodied texture is lively and fizzy.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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 KarlHungus
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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 StoutHunter
2.24/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one in a mixed 12 pack. This is my first time trying this beer but i love this style so i hope this beer doesn't disappoint. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a lionel train weizen glass.

A- Pours straight copper, with 4 fingers worth of off white head that turned into a thin layer that stayed the whole time. Looks good.

S- Pretty tame, i was excepting more cloves and bananas then i got, a little bit of sweet caramel malts barely show up.

T- Spices and a slight clove taste are the first to show up and a slightly sweet and pretty bitter aftertaste that stays for a while. The flavors aren't close to as bold as i would like and banana really didn't show up.

M- Thicker then it should be and it felt a little over carbonated. The after taste sucked.

D- I wouldn't drink more then one of these due to lack of flavor and bad after taste.

Overall this beer was a let down. I love this style but Sam Adams didn't give it the justice it deserves. Everything about this beer felt held back. Go back to the drawing board and drink some good german examples for inspiration. Wont be getting this again.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, wheat, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, wheat, grain, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this was a decent example of the style, it really didn’t stand out from others I have had. There were some good things going on here with the bread and wheat, but also some things that it could have done without as in the earthiness. While it was nice to have something different going on, it can also hurt a brew unfortunately. Worth trying at least once to judge for yourself, but I doubt I will be having it again if I am completely honest as there are better easy to get ones out there.

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Photo of n2185
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of bubblegum on the nose with notes of bananas, caramel, and hearty bread.

T: Bubblegum and banana here as well, though thankfully not as strong. There are some slight caramel malt flavors with a clean, bready finish.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly light, dry, and clean.

O: A solid beer, overall. Not the greatest or most complex, but tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, small fruitiness, a small roast, and wheat notes. In the taste, roasty wheat like hints and an underlying fruitiness. A smooth a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruity aftertaste. Nice representation of style, but not too overwhelming in impressiveness.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet. Dirty copper color with a thin head.
It smells like it wants to be a dunkel but it just needs some more practice. Wet hay and cherry smell.
Watery taste, an attempt at the malty sweetness and a short finish.
Descent texture. Smooth and fluffy with moderate carbonation.
An okay beer, not a good dunkel.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white creamy head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, malty, and fairly spicy aroma. Wheat and Bavarian yeast with hints of bananas, clove, bubblegum, apple, pear, citrus orange, and a little nutmeg. Bready toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, dark bread, and biscuit. Some earthy and spicy noble hops in the background. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma gives off, a nice sweet and complex flavor of wheat, malts, and spices. Wheat grains and yeast upfront with a taste of bananas, clove, apple, pear, bubblegum, nutmeg, and some orange. A nicely sweet taste of toasted malts with notes of dark bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a subtle kick of roast chocolate. Some spicy noble hops help balance things out in the back end. After a few sips a light aftertaste of smoke lingers. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good version of the Dunkelweizen style. Nice fruity esters and spicing. The smoke adds a interesting kick.

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey brown color with a tight off white head that dissipates into a sparse cap. The aroma is of banana and clove, wheat malt, and a light metallic scent. The taste is of bubble gum and clove, some toasted malt gives a little bitter edge and the flavor is rounded out by a lemon essence. Nice moderate body, dry and astringent, a bit crisp for the style. A nice dunkelweisse. I would like to see some more banana and clove flavor but seems to be on track for the style. Got this out of their harvest 12 pack, can't we replace the cherry wheat with the Black Lager?

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber orangish color, light to dark progression, with a touch of foam that settles virtually out. Mild banana smell, hints of spice, some malt. Taste is like a rich hefe, nicely balanced, with a light sour close. Wheaty mouthfeel, with decent carbonation. Pretty good, quite drinkable, nice beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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 argock
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 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 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 RonaldTheriot
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen has a very thick, roiling, beige head, and a somewhat hazy, brown appearance, with lots of little streaming bubbles and a decent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of a coriander and banana whiff, brown bread, and spice. Taste is of sweet, brown bread, light molasses, coriander, a touch of bitterness, and a water back taste. The mouthfeel is high medium, and Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen finishes clean, semi-dry, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is very good, and I recommend checking it out.


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

Purchased by my dad as part of a mixed Sam Adams 12 pack containing 6 different beers. Pours a cloudy copper-brown colour with fairly thick off-white head. Some lacing on the glass. Smells of banana, clove and toasted caramel malt. Taste is fairly sweet, no real bitterness. This paired quite well with the ribs we were eating.

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

Was in the Harvest Mix pack and it does suit the Fall season with its slightly dark spice nose mixed in with bananas and pumpkins. Add to it the low ABV for the style and you have a great session beer for Autumn evenings. Not too sweet and not overly complex it scores points for being very drinkable .

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