Slam Dunkel
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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German Weizenbock
3.9 | pDev: 11.79%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of nukem5
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my GI 312 weizen glass.

A: Poured a hazey iced tea color with some yeast from bottom clouding it. Nice thick tan head of 1 inch resting on top.

S: Aroma is of malts sweet with a hint of banana, breadyslightly spiced.

T: Taste is of sweet malts dark fruit ,bread bananas and clove. Great balance of flavor and the high ABV is not extremely noticable.Brown sugar taste also noticable after glass warms up.

M: Mouthfeel is a on the medium to full bodied with the tiny bubbles just barely hanging in there.

O: Overall a great winter beer for me. I enjoy it as it warms, the flavors start to pop out. Darker fruits that were not in the first sip are starting to crop up after about 10 min. Great beer and will def. drink again.

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Photo of Thads324
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky colored yet clear brown. Thin tan head with quick dissipation. Bubbles flowing up quicker than normal
Aromas of nuetral wood, sweet brown sugar and an alcohol similar to the finish of red wine aroma.
Taste starts very sweet. Brown sugar, Belgian candied sugar. A hint of sweet cherry and bread. There is a mild bitterness to break up the sweetness towards the end, then more syrupy booze and mild bread flavor. Hints of spices at the end
Mouthfeel is medium bodied although the alcohol is present a bit. Low carb and slick and smooth on the tongue.

A bit too sweet on the flavor, but not bad. Light for a dunkel with little wheatiness. Great feel.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – dark caramel amber with a thin, short, soft, off white head

S – caramel, dark bread, faint spices

T – caramel, toffee, alcohol, faint banana, faint spices, heavy alcohol finish

M – medium bodied, warm, smooth

This isn’t a bad beer at all. It’s complex, malty, well balanced, but just a tad boozy. Despite the warm, intense alcohol finish, the flavor is juicy and malty and the beer still has good drinkability. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It is a ruddy brown with amber highlights. An inch of tan head makes a brief appearance.

S - I get a lot of spice with banana and clove being featured.

T - It starts out mild, but the spices overwhelm in the end. I get a little clove and banana, but there are tons of spices.

M - Moderate

O - This beer grew on me the more I drank. I wasn't overly impressed at first, but the spiciness of this beer was impressive.

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Photo of SawDog505
2.71/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a dark brown, with a half inch of off white head, some sediment in the bottom, with some lace. Smell is clove, banana, bread, dark fruits, and burnt brown sugar. Taste is all of that, very sweet and a little stale. Body is medium, enough life, dry, and for me not very drinkable. This is not my favorite style and not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pint glass, pilsner type, color is dense copper to light brown, head is tan and very dense and thick - very nice looking dunkel weizen.

Smell is light banana, clove, hints of yeast, bready and light grain. Slight phenolic notes mixed with very feint toasted or light roasted malt.

Taste is smooth, nice wheat and light roast malt overtaken by the banana, clove, yeast, bread mix. Solid bitterness but no overriding hop flavor. Nice sweetness mixed in to balance the stronger yeast flavors and mild bitterness, clean flavors outside of the weizen as expected from a lagered type brew.

Mouthfeel is very good for many weizens i've tried, not to strong on the tongue, good balance nice lingering sweetness.

Overall, very tasty, great beverage - some weizenbocks in the past I've tried have not hit the right note but this is one I'd get a full case of.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy brown color with a nice thick tan head. The head fades very slowly over time to give a small level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of brown bread. These bready aromas are mixed with some dark fruit aromas of cherry and prune. Mingling with all these aromas is a very light alcohol aroma. Very nice blend overall.

Taste – The flavors start out with a more malty and bready flavor. The flavors quickly change in nature, in which they sweeten at the expense of the malty due to flavors of sweeter fruit of cherry and prune entering the taste. These fruit tastes lose their sweetness however and begin lightly sour at the end the taste. As the fruit flavors begin to lightly sour, there is also the entrance of some spicy and yeasty flavors as well which when arriving with a lightly boozy flavor leave an intriguing warming taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is just above average with the carbonation level just below normal. Overall both suit the beer well with its sweeter then more sour flavors.

Overall – A nice, slightly tart (but not too sour) weizenbock with a nice warming feel the is very pleasant to sit back and sip. I find this one a quite nice brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: very dark brown with a thick haze I can only describe as "murky". Head pours a thick finger of pillowy tan foam. Decent, but really, it looks like a glass of muddy water.

Smell: spicy, phenolic aroma demonstrating a hint of rubber as well as some banana, clove and wheat malt. Not bad but a bit uncontrolled.

Taste: starts off with a nice banana/clove character, which then morphs into an alcoholic bite which seems strong for a beer which is only 7% ABV. At the end is a muddy mixture of wheatiness and graininess along with some vegetal hop aftertaste. I like the beginning, but not so much the end.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this beer just doesn't grab me. It's got its good parts, but overall there are enough negatives that I won't seek out this beer again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large three finger off white head with nice retention and lacing on a murky brown with amber hues body.

S: sweet caramel, molasses, brown sugar and some dark fruits.

T: caramel malts with cola, cherry, some spices notes. mild on the toffee and brown sugar but flavor follows the nose well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice beer. Flavorful with good amount of body. One of the better of the style.

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Dark and wheaty in appearance, with a swamp-like consistency and massive, 4-5 finger head that stayed foamy on top of the reddish-brown concoction for a good bit.

S: Sort of like sour dough bread with infused brown sugar. Seriously, this almost smelled like a dubbel.

T: The dark fruit finish gave it that special edge the I find sorely lacking in most dunkels. Sure, there was a tinge of bitterness in there, but overall, this was fruity, wheaty goodness.

M: This was creamy as hell, and with a sweetness that was not unlike a lot of gourmet candies that I've tried. The lacing was substantial and the drinkability was off the charts.

O: I totally wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was and I'd definitely ranked it up there with the big dogs in term of style. Weyerbacher is kinda hit or miss with me overall, but this was a definite hit!

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Photo of Immortale25
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a solid brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains slightly before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of light surface foam. Above-average lacing.

S- Sweet, dark fruit and candy sugar. Wheaty and somewhat floral.

T- Pervasive Belgian yeast and a toasty malt base with notes of plum, raisin and banana. Alcohol makes its presence known but isn't dissatisfying.

M- Full-ish body, medium-low carbonation and decidedly brisk.

O- I'm becoming a bigger fan of this style the more I try it. You can usually count on Weyerbacher to make whatever type of beer they're working with quite good.

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Photo of Samp01
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish amber with medium off white head. Aroma and Taste is very fruity, sweet malt, sime banana notes, yeast with some hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with a slightly thick and sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation. Finish is sweet malt, yeast, fruity with some banana notes and some bitterness on the end for balance. There are some notes of dark fruit, dates, raisins ans some light toasted malt as it warms up at the end. Overall a very good, tasty and enjoyable brew, very nice indeed.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 031512
Best By 091512

A: Pours a very hazy mahogany/brown color due to all the sediment. About a fingers worth of head fizzles out within seconds

S: A strong wheat presence, along with banana, clove, brown bread, and caramel

T: Follows the nose with big notes of banana, clove, brown bread, and even some other light fruit. Wheat malts also provide a strong malt presence. Alcohol goes unnoticed

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly thick and chewy

O: A more-than-solid dunkel that has no trouble showing what it is. Great transition beer for spring to summer, also. Even though it's a double, it still isn't too much. Very nicely done

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Photo of jtmartino
2.31/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bruery snifter.

Color is a muddled brown that's more transparent than I expected. Thin, off-white head with minimal lacing.

Smell is interesting - banana, some clove, sweetness, and a metallic, almost coppery odor.

Taste starts sweet, then moves into some light banana flavors and some mild spice. A bit of bitterness from the hops, but an unpleasant metallic flavor dominates the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is decent - creamy, but undercarbonated.

Overall this is a pretty mediocre beer. I'm comparing it to the delicious weizenbocks I had on my recent trip to Germany, and this beer is substantially lacking. I'm not sure where the metallic flavor comes from, but it totally kills this beer for me.

I love Weyerbacher, but I won't go out of my way to get this beer again in the future.


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Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with Weihenstephaner Vitus and Schneider Weisse Aventinus.

Muddy, red-brown pour with hardly any light getting through. Not much head when it was poured into my Moosehead Lager glass. Some straggling lace.

Slightly tart, slightly sweet ripe banana and clove aroma with smoky notes. Some faint grassy hops and an earthy grain nose that reveals some kick of booze.

Big ripe banana, spicy bite (like coriander), and bubble gum notes. Heat in the finish warms upon the swallow. Really lively flavor without being too sweet. More at one with the alcohol as it warms up. Even juicier, too. Great combo with the yeast esters and the meaty wheat tang.

Light on the carbonation, thicker on the body (for a weizenbock). Still have to mention that wily boozy strength. Easier to drink warm.

I'm looking forward to grabbing more of these Slam Dunkels. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed light brown with big froth of light khaki head. Scent brings solid qualities of the style like tangy wheat, banana and bready yeast and moderate spice. Taste begins with a lighty tart and sour note, a noticeable presence of alcohol and settles into the style with some good yeast and bread notes, moderate spicing. Medium bodied, good carbonation, somewhat dry. Not my favorite beer in the style, but a decent drinker.

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Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this fresh from the brewery. I had i years ago and don't remember it being this good.
It pours caramel brown and very cloudy, tan head and lots of lacing.
Heavy weizen-banana smell. Like banana bread.
The banana is not as heavy in the taste, but is there at just the right amount. A sweet maibock taste is the also there.
Creamy feel makes this stuff so easy drinking. Definitely a keeper.

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Photo of B33R501
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

weyerbacher knocking it out of the park again, this is the third year ive enjoyed my favorite spring seasonal. ive had aventinus, i prefer this.

beautiful color and appearance in my tulip, creamy tan head that complements perfectly. hard to describe this color, but its gorgeous.

aroma opens with big blast of fruity esters, some alcohol phenols, lots of sour grape wine like character, super fresh, grabbed my 4 pak the day it hit the stores in allentown pa, right down route 22 from the brewery. hints of banana.

huge malty, fruity taste, nicely sour with very complex grape and white wine notes. hints of banana follow, even some tea like flavor that i enjoy. you can taste the freshness, and it finishes sweet, sour and very dry.

this is fantastic right now, but i think will get even better by this summer if i remember correctly from last year. the sourness should fade somewhat, and the banana will come out more. the perfect spring - summer seasonal. grand slam.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep and hazy mahagoney colored beer with a two finger ash-white head on top that dissapates at a medium pace, leaving a good amount of lacing. Big notes of sweet caramel malts and dark fruit. Mild hint of alcohol underneath the fruity esters. Also a hint of dark and toasty bread from the malts. Very nice, balanced and clean aroma profile.

Sweet up front with a tad bit more than a hint of booze behind grainy caramel malts and fruity esters. Yeasty notes give it a bit more character, while fruity esters complement the caramel. Bready in the malt bill as well, creating a medium body that is somewhat creamy in feel. Hints of earthy, toned down hops make for a small amount of balance in the back of this sweeter beer. Fortunately not cloying, as the alcohol doesn't do much more than remind you slightly that its there. Good balance of flavors and definitely an interesting styled beer. I would definitely buy this again if seen and I was in the mood for a balanced sweetish beer.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very hazy ruby red pour without head, which really surprised me. I was expecting a pretty big head but literally nothing lasts after only seconds.

S: Very sweet smell, full of candied sugar and Belgian yeasts. Perhaps some bananas and certainly some grapes.

T: The taste is actually way better than I thought it would be. Fruity, musty, malty, and sweet. You get the fruits up front: banana and grapes. Next up is the mustiness, yeasty, spicy, and hints of clove. Finally, caramel malts and molasses.

MF: A bit thin and way under-carbonated. Very dry finish.

O: Not as good as Victory's Moonglow Weizenbock, however. I guess they are technically different styles, though... Something just seemed off here, doubt I'd try it again.

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Photo of J23hc
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into flute, very dark almost opaque brown, about 20% head, solid lacing. Smells sweet, of dark malt, bread & butter, fruit oil and alcohol. Taste is very solid. Alcohol shines through but it's rounded out by burnt yet sweet maltiness and faint hops. A little caramel like sweetness to accent everything. Crisp yet smooth feel. I am pleased.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour this one carefully, it generates a lot of head! The beer itself is a dark mahogany color, and I didn't know it was bottle conditioned, so I got some yeast haze on my pour. The head was a nice mocha tan color, but when it dropped back into the beer it never came back, even with swirling. No lacing to speak of.

S: The weakness in this beer wasn't the lacing, it was the unfortunate lack of aroma. Absolutely nothing when it was cold, and even when it warmed, I could only detect a touch of sweetness like molasses.

T: If the weakness is the aroma, the strong point is it's flavor. Big sweetness all around the palate. Its like drinking a cup of mixed herbs and spices with some tropical fruit.

M: Very smooth and quite robust in body, low carbonation.

D: Quite drinkalbe. The alcohol defiantly is detectable, but leaves no noticeable burn.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ?

So weizenbock = double dunkelweizen. Well you learn something everyday, don't you?

I did have this on tap, I just can't tell where from my notes. The beer poured a cloudy, dark, tea color with a frothy tan head that receded considerably, but still retained a bit and left some decent lacing. Aroma of banana bread and spicy yeast. Taste of toasted bread, wheaty profile, with banana and clove, and more spicy, German yeast as detectable in the nose. Slight cocoa notes, melding with light hops for a bitter quality. Medium body and pretty drinkable overall.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy dark red with a big tan head that fades to a layer and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of banana, grapes, and cloves with caramel and toffee in the background. There is a boozy aroma as well but it is very pleasant.

T: The taste is loaded with flavors of grapes, bananas, and cloves. This is definitely a ramped up Weizenbock and it doesn't disappoint.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: This is very tasty and can hang with some of the better Germans versions of the style. The alcohol in the nose was not apparent in the taste.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled Chimay goblet at Semolina. From notes. Reviewed 7July 2011.

A: Barely a finger of head fades fast. Quite dark. In the light, barely translucent and reddish in the light.

S: Flat, neutral, and nondescript. Some malt and definite wheat. Meh.

T/M: Tasty! Sweet and smooth. Not very carbonated, but a spiciness livens things up. Solid, robust, and very full-bodied. Sorta like a wheat beer, but sweet with a lot of malt (fits the style description). The aftertaste is medicore, but with touches of nice spice (clove, I believe, and something else...). The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer.

O: Goodish beer, nice weizenbock. Very drinkable, especially considering the ABV. I *might* have it again.

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