Slam Dunkel | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Slam DunkelSlam Dunkel
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Risser09 on 07-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 387 |  Reviews: 266
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Initially got some sourness, an then straight out sweetness and chocolate malt, brown sugar, cloves, mollasses. Above average mouthfeel,with lots of malt and some yeast, and good satisfying drinkability.Not complex like a weizen bock.Malty aroma.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this more the first time I had it, however it still wasn't bad the second time around. This beer pours out as a a murky brown color with some head to start that fades quickly. The lacing isn't really there either afterwards. The smell of the beer smells like a dunkelweizen, its a little bit roasted with some clove and banana in there. The malts are there too to back this one up as well. The flavor of the beer reminded me the first time as a rich doppelbock, the second time it seemed more like a weizen. Not really sure if something changed or not but it was much nicer the first time around. It had way more of a malt backbone. Eitherway it's not too bad and worth trying.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured cloudy dark brown in color with a nice size beige head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible and there is good head retention.
S: The beer smells very much like a hefeweizen--with aromas of bananas and cloves--although it also has notes of grapes and alcohol.
T: The initial taste has lots of flavors of bready malts; there are notes of grapes and alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth.
D: This is an interesting interpretation of the style, but I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky ice tea color with a rocky head; the retention and lacing could be better, particularly for the style

Smell: Clove-laden banana bread, with a subtle hint of smoke

Taste: Opens with a toasted bread flavor that quickly adds raisin and clove; banana esters enter the fray by mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeasty phenols jump the spice profile up a notch, but the finish is banana bread

Mouthfeel: Meidum body with moderate carbonation; slight warmth

Drinkability: Having not considered the fine print on the label, I was expecting a dunkel; to my surprise and delight, this beer is ever so much more enticing

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color dunkel with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of banana bread and caramel is very enticing and more enjoyable then I had expected. Taste is a nice mix between some banana ester with lightly sweet caramel and that distinctive German yeast. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done with loads of character and some very good balance.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Weyerbacher's knocked me out with this one! It's a beautiful, rich and malty dunkel weizenbock that hits all of the right notes and shows no flaws whatsoever. It's clovey with a bit of banana and some dark fruit amidst a gently caramelish and even subtly chocolatey malt body. There's a bit of spiciness to it that helps balance it, probably coming from a combination of the yeast, the hops, and the 7.4% abv. as well. Really well done. Perfectly balanced for such a big beer. Well worth trying.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Schneider-Brooklyn Hopfen weisse glass a medium to dark chocolate brown with a large blooming beige head that settled into a creamy-like mass.Heavy clove in the nose with some lighter smokiness and banana esters as well.Again the clove hits big on the palate along with some banana and a hint of lemon,a lingering chocolaty flavor comes in the end as I drank more.Its a big dunkleweizen no doubt,its no holds barred.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice garnet-brown with a good, off white head and pretty decent lacing. Nose brings forward a large amount of banana and clove as well as some darker fruits along with caramel and toffee. The taste confirms the strong German yeast characteristics and brings some bubblegum and dark fruits. A bit of raisin and dates. Good, creamy mouthfeel with a bit of alcohol warmth. Drinks really nicely overall.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light malts, caramel, a little chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of wheat, chocolate, caramel and spices up front. There's a mild hops bitterness that comes in and provides a little balance. The malt character is hearty and there's a slight alcohol sting. However, the various flavors don't seem to complement each other very well. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, I like regular Hefeweizens, but I'm usually not too crazy about Dunkelweizens, that being said, this beer certainly wasn't one of my favorites, but even in within the style I've had better beers.

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Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A winey, dry, and spicy dark wheat beer.

Quite a load of malt but offset by a big tart flavor. Reminds me of sweet vermouth with lemon topped off with seltzer. But better. Big carbonation and spritzy in the mouth. Nice lacing down the tulip glass. Attractive amber color.

After a few tastes this gets mellower with a watery flavor and the long dry, faintly bitter aftertaste. Very smooth, a flavor that goes the distance without being too sweet. I''m liking this beer more as I go through the 12 oz bottle. Great example of a malty beer that is also drinkable.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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 billab914
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams glass. It poured a murky, caramel brown color with a thick, frothy, khaki colored head filling the top two inches of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice malty, fruity, spicy flavor going on. I get some sweeter, malty, wheat notes to it along with some tart, apple and pear like flavors. It's got a bit of spice coming through as well.

The taste starts off with some of the Sweeter, malty, wheaty, bready flavors to it. Midway the tart, fruity flavors kick in with the apple and pear like flavor I got in the aroma. The finish shows a good dose of a yeasty spice to it along with some of the sweeter notes coming back into play.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. I liked the wheat flavors a lot and the tart, spicy flavors gave it some nice balance. Very flavorful and easy drinking beer overall.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the from melbatoast93, cheers Hart!

Pours semi-hazed caramel with 3 fingers of tan head. Good lacing & no head retention

S: Pepper notes, cloves & bananas

T: Banana peels, green bananas& some peppery notes up front. More of the same as this warms along with dryness, cloves & brown bread. Finishes clovey with, more green bananas, & grainyness

MF: Spritzy, creamy, with medium body & some grainyness

Drinks alright, doesn't quite pull together

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy hot chocolate brown. Large, thick head that recedes slowly and leaves a great deal of spot lace.

Perhaps the strongest wheat smelling dark beer I've ever had. If I were blindfolded, I doubt I'd know it had dark malts in it. Crisp and fresh aroma.

Strong wheat flavor with a dry/sour finish in the swallow. Here, I can detect some crystal and chocolate malts. Still, this is a seriously wheaty beer. Rather thin body with lots of carbonation. I can also detect a warm alcohol feel to the liquid (without it becoming oily).

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, chestnut brown body with an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Strong dark wheat nose with huge notes of bananas, spice, grape-flavored bubblegum, and booze.

Taste: Blast of grape-flavored bubblegum right at the beginning and while you're reeling from it, you may miss flavors of dark, bready wheat malt, bananas, spice, and bittersweet chocolate. Bready, tangy-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Creamy, chewy and packed with flavor. A somewhat acceptable dunkelweizen from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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 mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large three finger deep head of white foamy lace. Some of the most visible carbonation I have ever seen streaming up off of this one.

Aroma was light, there was lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure. full of life and grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. Blended very well with no trace at all of the alcohol inside.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to warriorhbt for this bottle. Poured chilled in a wheat glass

A - A medium brown shade with translucent clarity and thick cream cap. Lace clings moderately well to the glass

S - The smell is wheat toast, mild vanilla and slight pepper with a hint of caramel

M - The mouthfeel is relatively full with moderate carbonation and semi sweet finish with a mild alcohol presence and slight spiciness from the yeast

T - The flavor starts creamy like a dunkel and slowly elements of spice and subtle biscuit-like wheat notes come forward. The taste has subtle fruit like raisin and mild caramel in the finish with a moderate amount of alcohol in the flavor but the pepper and vanilla also help with smoothing things out

D - I was surprised to know it was 7% after having one - tasty example for sure - Thanks Mike. I would certainly not be against trying this again, but take it easy as this is a smooth 7% beer. It drinks like a wheat, but shares more with a dopplebock in intensity

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Schneider Aventinus glass.

VDubb is now a full-fledged BA. This brew is raised to him. It pours a mostly clear deep russet topped by a finger or so of ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises toasted marshmallow, bubblegum, banana, caramel corn, wheat, and some miscellaneous florals. The bubblegum seems a bit too present for my tastes, bordering on a medicinal situation. The taste rids itself of this, going forth with dark wheat, toasted marshmallow, a few slices o' banana, flowers, and buttery biscuits. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a decently solid brew, but, honestly, not one I would seek out again.

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Slam Dunkel from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 68.2% out of 100 with 387 ratings
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