Slam Dunkel | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Slam DunkelSlam Dunkel

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Risser09 on 07-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Chestnut brown...some chill haze..little head..

S-Ripe banana...cloves...then some cocoa

T-Wow....this knocks your socks off with a big cocoa flavor at first...mashed banana's and cloves are also there...I know this is cliched but kind of a chocolate covered banana flavor but not nearly as cloying as that description would lead you to think....the cloves add just enough spiciness.

M-Rich and luxurious....big bodied but at the same time easy drinking....this beer is going down fast but it feels substantial at the same booziness at all...none...for that reason I'd call it a big dunkel weizen rather than a weizen bock...but whatever

D-What a masterpiece. I am following this up with a New Glarus Black Wheat which is also a classic to see how they compare. Black Wheat is a notch down in body and sweetness..maybe the Slam Dunkel would fit better as a Weizenbock...I thought Black Wheat was kind of a double dunkel too but it tastes more like a fantastic regular dunkel weizen when following Slam Dunkel. The Black Wheat is darker in color...Both are great...Slam Dunkel is the bigger of the two however...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.89/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed bronze body. Thin dirty white head. Lace is minimal. Aroma is great. Got all the weizen goodness of phenols and clove and pepper and banana with some chocolate accents and yeasty doughiness. The flavor is huge. Big base of bread pudding maltiness with fudge accents and layers of spice, banana and yellow cakiness on top of it. This is one of the best dunkelweizens I've had. Outstanding. Really like the phenolic and estery presence in this beer without becoming solventy at all. That's a fine line and it is kept in check in this beer.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was shocked by how much I liked this beer. Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into my half-liter weizen glass.

A: The color of this beer is unique, in my experience -- at least for a wheat beer. It looks dense; I'd liken the color and "thickness" to coffee with a lot of cream. A vigorous pour produces a three-finger, khaki-colored head, with less retention than I expected. As the glass is emptied, persistent lacing marks each sip.

S: I get a toasted, malty, caramel scent from this one, but it's a bit repressed, especially as compared to the flavor and mouthfeel. At the end of a hefty sniff, I pick up a certain metallic note. On the whole, the nose is a little underwhelming, by comparison to other aspects of the beer.

F: Folks, this is a truly unique wheat beer. Upon my first taste, it immediately skyrocketed up my list of favorite American wheat beers (it's currently perched right behind Live Oak hefeweizen on that list). Very complex, but without the alcoholic heat usually associated with beers this big. The immediate flavor is of milk chocolate, followed by malted milk, toasted grains, and yeasty bread. With the bread, I detect some caramelized banana, just before the finish. As the beer slides down the throat, I feel a bit of warmth, which pulls in some dark-roasted coffee notes. I love it.

M: By far the heaviest, thickest wheat beer I've experienced. It's more syrupy and viscous than even vintage Aventinus, which is in many ways the closest thing I've had to this. As noted above, I get a bit of warming due to the ABV (which is relatively high for a weizen), but that's fine with me. As hefty as this stuff is, I can feel it travel all the way to my stomach. Truly extraordinary for the style. Even good dunkelweizens (like the dark offerings from Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner) don't come close to this level of density and heft -- it's almost like another style entirely.

D: I'd love to drink a bottle of this every night, and I think it'd be drinkable any time of year, but there's kind of a catch: more than one bottle would be a tall order for one session. And that's unusual for a hefeweizen. This is a delicious, utterly unique, hefty wheat beer.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of jss79
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The head on this beer was laced with small bubbles, a remnant of which remained after the 1st tasting. The cloudy light brown hue distinguishes it as a Dunkel/Weiss beer. The smell of bread gives way to strong banana flavoring with only a hint of clove on the nose. The taste is smoothly sweet and the subtle taste of malts settles nicely for a pleasant after taste. It goes down very smooth and cries out for another tasting. One of the best double Dunkelweizens I have ever had!

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Photo of blakesell
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bomber bottle into the finest Belgian goblet in my collection.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy reddish brown with a half finger of creamy clinging head that lingers long after the pour is over. Beer appears to be very thick from the haze, very inviting for my Belgian loving cloudy beer attracted taste buds.

Smell- Lots of wheat content on the nose with slight banana and much clove. This may be a double dunkelweizen, but it smells like one of the finest dunkelweizens I've stuck my nose in going by the style guidelines. Yeast is ample on the nose giving a little pink trident gum, but it is much bigger on the clove scent and low hops.

Taste- Sweet with some light fruits, great lightly smoky, chocolate wheat malts, just enough hop bitterness to give a great mouthfeel, clove and banana, wonderful yeast. Weyerbacher is doing an awesome job with this beer so far.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium high in carbonation, medium bodied, light on the finish, very effervescent.

Drinkability- This may come in a bomber on this side of the border, but I would be happy to have a six pack of this for the swilling needs, works great here in the summer, and I'm betting it would work well in the winter as well. An absolute pleasure to drink and I will be sure to hunt out more.

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Photo of cokes
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Silty dark walnut brown with a tight bleached beige crown.
Explosive aroma of banana nut muffins, caramel, plum, pepper, and clove.
Rolls into the mouth sweet, with caramel, brown sugar, and traces of vanilla nougat. A fine dust of bitter cocoa settles in. Jammy fruits arrive via plum and blackberry. It takes a doughy turn about midway, as the wheat grabs the reins, and mixes with a bit of apple-cinnamon crustiness. Bruised bananas come in spades shortly thereafter, then the yeast kicks in clove, black pepper, and a minor, minerally astringency (that evaporates as it warms, fully securing top marks, taste-wise). The finish brings a snort of sherry, and a lingering grapey sweetness, but alcohol is largely unnoticed.
Velveteen medium-full body, a tiny buzz of carbonation gives life and lift and prevents any sticky or overwrought moments.
This is fantastic stuff.

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Photo of nordecke
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything Weyerbacher touches turns to gold. This is a delightful beer to drink. Now, im not up on all the fancy 'beer vocabulary,' but I know this is a beer I would return to and drink on a nightly basis. Great flavor for a dunkel; better than alot of other dunkels I have drank.

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Photo of NJBeerguy
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, The guys at Weyerbacher have got it right again with this right on style example of a dunkleweizen. This beer starts with a pour that is nothing short of picture perfect. The cloudy burnt rust colored beer is topped by a beautiful thick cream colored head. My only regret is that the head fades quickly. The nose is a great combination of banana and clove with a distinctive sweetness. The flavors play havoc with the middle, to back of your tongue, very much a clove flavor that gives way to a definite
dryness inparted by hops that do not linger too long. This is a beer that warrants going back for more.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Stella challis.

A - Eggnog beige 3-finger foamy head that lasts forever. After five minutes, there's still a large island of foam with rings of lace around the sides of the glass. Dark orange and opaque.

S - Over-ripe bananas explode from the bottle on the pour. Malt, biscuit, banana bread, apricots, with a touch of milk chocolate and bubblegum. Hint of alcohol pushes through the middle of it all.

T - Ripe bananas, caramel, and malt without being sugary. Touch of clove and other spices show up in the middle. Clean finish.

M - Creamy with decent carbonation gives way to a surprising clean palate. Solid structure and body.

D - Delicious banana beer treat, almost like something for desert, especially when there's seconds and thirds. Definitely gets better as it gets warmer, with subtle variations on the flavors showing up.

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Photo of maximum12
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to moose3285 for sending me yet another winner. That's some real good beers you sent up to the frozen northern wastelands.

Maybe I'll make this Weyerbacher week, I have a few in the fridge that I still haven't tried. Up first, Slam Dunkel. Smell is very nice, lots of bananas. Taste is even better. The bananas are joined by an almost Belgian quality, making it very pleasantly sweet, & I'm a sucker for sweet.

I'm also a sucker for great breweries, & this is one of them. Why is everything Weyerbacher makes so damn good?
I could drink this all night. The 7% is deceiving as it slips easily down my gullet. I've had half a glass in the 155 seconds it took me to type this. If I ever slipped into a bar serving the Slammster, I'd sit on a stool sipping it until I fell off. I would scatter some cushions on the floor beforehand, though. I'm not stupid.

My first Weizenbock, & based on this glass, I'll happily try another.

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Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 chemmie
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who doesn't love a good dunkel?

It pours a cloudy brown. Real cloudy with a nice thick white head.

Smell is of wheat and bananas. The banana smell is real strong in this one.

The bananas continue into the taste. There's a little kick from the alcohol in the back, but mostly you get the sweetness from the banana. This is a tasty brew, and possibly one of the best dunkels I've ever had.

There's a little sour taste in your mouth afterwards, but another sip of the sweetness can cure that. I'm really enjoying this.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a rich, opaque, cloudy wood-brown with a fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma is rich and wheaty, with a strong hint of lemon even without the obligatory lemon wedge. Flavor is rich, wheaty and yeasty, with a little malt and a "rubbery" undertone. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. This is unlike any beer I have ever had before.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a murky opaque brown body with a good inch of light tan head. Smells like cloves, banana, nuts, smoke, hints of lemon grass... Tastes like nut, banana, cloves with some hints of caramel and chocolate malts and smoke. Rich full body with ample carbonation. In a word, phenomenal. Damn tasty, one sip invites another... I'm very impressed with this one, one if Weyerbacher's finest offerings and for sure one of the best beers around for the price.

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Photo of natasharai
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with some foamy fizzy tan head that dissipated leaving no lacing, but is easily aroused when the glass is swirled. The beer is a cloudy deep reddish-orange brown.

Smell: Caramelized bananas, sweet ripe pears, spicy cloves, sweet roasted nuts, caramel, and a bit of a roasted chocolate. Small amount of alcohol is detected as it warms up.

Taste: Sweet roasted nuts, ripe bananas pears and apples, spicy nutmeg and clove, bit of a smokey flavor as well, ending with a sweet caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, slightly syrupy, nice small carbonation.

Overall: Very delicious and easy to drink. Tons of flavors and smells going on in here! A lot of sweet fruit flavors with a nice balance of roasted smokey flavors. Overall this may be my favorite weizenbock... hard to say.

NOTE: This beer is delicious with all of the yeast in your glass.

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Photo of Mdog
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown, ok head.

Smell: Big banana aroma, quite sweet.

Taste: Exactly how I like weizenbocks, a nicely sweet banana bread flavor. Not too sweet but lots of banana.

Drinkability: Tasty stuff, not sure what a 6er runs for price, but Weyerbacher is usually reasonable.

Picked up a single as I like weizenbocks and dunkel weizens. I didn't see this anywhere in 6 packs this year. The beer is excellent, I haven't had a weizenbock with this much banana flavor since Avery 13th Anniversary. Really good stuff, I hope I can find some 6ers next spring.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a hefe glass the liquid is dark brown with goo carbonation. The head is tall tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is quite good, complex and interesting. Pungent dark fruit, bold but not over ripe with a generous amount of spice that is mild yet very aparent not like a pumpkin or winter spiced brew, just a huge weizen.

The taste follows then adds more, toasted bananas and cloves are quite clear as are others fruits and spices such as pears and plums with cinnamon and pepper.

The mouthfeel might be thicker for a brew that is advertised as a double but it is really good just the way it is, better then medium body and great carbonation.

This brew is delicious and really need to be tried, it drinks better warmer but not room temp.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marvelously murky caramel with fuzzy tangerine trim. Unfiltered beer looks much better than filtered beer... in most cases. The pillowy crown of cork colored foam doesn't have outstanding texture, but it gets the job done well enough. Thick streamers of soapy lace help the cause.

The nose is wonderfully weizenbock-like. Each inhale delivers a pleasing toasted nuttiness that is beautifully complemented by a huge amount of clove and only slightly less banana. Using a Weihenstephan yeast strain is most likely the key, although the WBC brewers still had to construct a good beer around it.

Weyerbacher produces some outstanding ales, so I'm not sure why I'm so surprised that Slam Dunkel is a gobsmacker of a weizenbock. In fact, it ranks among the best domestic versions (what the hell, German ones too) in terms of deliciousness and drinkability.

Flavors include toasted brown bread covered with fruit jam and fat slices of ripe banana, then sprinkled with cocoa powder and a generous amount of ground clove. Man oh man, that yeast strain must be a humdinger. The banan-o-meter needle hits 3.5/5.0 and the clove adds a warm spiciness that keeps the taste buds rockin' and rollin'. Liquid caramel apple wouldn't be an inappropriate comparison either. This stuff is a steal at $4.50 per bomber.

The mouthfeel is right where it needs to be. It seemed a fraction light initially, then snuck up to medium and gained a significant amount of creaminess with warming. Gentle bubbles are infinitely preferable to boisterous ones.

Slam Dunkel is a rim-rattling, backboard-threatening slam dunk of a weizenbock that should be sought out by anyone with even a remote interest in the style. Weyerbacher has done themselves proud yet again.

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Photo of dciBA
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy brown into my 23oz Redhook glass. Tons of bubbles rising up to a solid 2 inches of head. Smells of banana, clove and spice. Not sure which ones, so we'll just say spicy banana. Taste is very similar to the smell, lots of banana. Mouthfeel is wonderful. Creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. This is the Dunkel I've been looking for. Honestly, can't recommend this enough for someone looking for a very tasty, very drinkable dark wheat.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Shaw
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely cloudy dark brown with a large off-white head.

It smells strongly of bananas with a hint of clove.

The taste is very good. All the great flavors of a dunkelweizen, just amped up a little. Spicy notes combine with the wheat flavors.

The body is very creamy and thick. It's great.

Overall this is a great beer. If you like wheat beers, you have to try this one.

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Photo of bonkers
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a turbide, opaque brown with a big sticky white head. A great smelling beer, gbig notes of alcohol, cloves, bubblegum, and banana. The flavor is heavy with cloves, banana, alcohol and even some dark fruit. It has a creamy full bodied feel to it. This one was way better than I expected, best weizenbock I have had so far.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy brown color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of banana bread, alcohol, and a hint of clove. The taste has more clove than the aroma, some light chocolaty malt flavors, banana bread, and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice weizenbock that I would love to have readily available.

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Photo of B33R501
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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 lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a pretty darn good beer. It was a hazy red/brown color with a medium-sized tan head that left a little lacing. It had a fruity aroma, with some other sweetness that smelled like caramel. The taste was more on the fruit side, mostly banana, and also a little bit of piney hops. This was a smooth, balanced beer.

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