Slam Dunkel | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
387 Ratings
Slam DunkelSlam Dunkel

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Risser09 on 07-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 387 |  Reviews: 266
Photo of beernut
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a bit of orange mixed in. Tan head that didn't last too long. Carbonation was present after the pour. Has a banana aroma, which is appealing. Also maybe some clove and caramel. Nine creamy taste, with a banana aftertaste (banana bread) followed by a slightly burnt taste. Would buy again, but probably not stock up on it.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into 23 oz wine glass.

Care was taken to make sure I got all 22oz into the glass so I could get the sediment in there. The head is about a finger high, but if I poured it faster I'm sure it would be at the standard two to three finger height.

Deep, opaque, cloudy, brown hue with orange highlights at the thinner part of the glass. The tan is dense and smooth, with a light tan color.

The standard clove and banana is in there along with a little bit of burnt grain. Smells a lot like banana bread.

The creamy banana is in the taste as well, along with a little bit of spicy clove. A touch of choclate is in there. Full bodied with a lot of carbonation. The clove lingers for a while.

This is a pretty good dunkelweizen, possibly even a weizenbock. Smooth, creamy, slightly complex. Recommended.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No wonder I couldn't find this in my fridge when looking-I was looking for a Victory bottle-DUH!
Muddy brown and red in color. Not much carbonation here. Very pleasant banana and clovey aroma. Heavy banana flavor-fairly malty with a slight bitterness. The sweetness and heavy banana might be overdone but I like it. Very smooth body-fuller then expected. Not as "quenching" as a regular weizen. Very good and enjoyable beer. I'd sail again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a creamy head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a good wheat base and banana and clove. The taste is very nice as well with the banana and clove along with a bit of a spiciness and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy, one of the highlights of the beer no question. Overall, Slam Dunkel is another solid brew from Weyerbacher. It is a really good Dunkelweizen that is recommended.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clouded murky amber brown with a large billowing well carbonated beige head that dwindles slowly. Yeast chunks seem to fall into my glass as specks of suspension remain floating in the head. Big sporadic bands of lace stick the edges of my Marzoni's imperial pint glass. Aromatics star off with white grape or tart raisins, into a fruity pebbles slash pink bubblegum explosion. Even some brown sugar like moments with the darker roasted malt and wheat additions. Flavor takes on an almost creamy yet cider like approach in it's nature. Those creamy bubblegum notes are big but tart fruit character with apple and raisin are definitely kicking in, I really dig the combo on par with some recent bottles of Aventinus. Some what banan bread with darker roasts giving some character. A creamy lactic note with powdered yeast cakes bringing dough and bread flavors around as well, complex and quaffable can't beat that. By the way carbonation is definitely not effervescent in this brew but it's tame moderate carbon dioxide level works well here adding to the smoothness of the overall texture. Drinkability wise I could definitely partake in a few glasses of this brew, I couldn't detect the 7% abv and the flavor is really inviting and refreshing.

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Photo of edmedina
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a muddy brown. I swear this is the same thing that I saw at the beach this week. Nothing clear in here. It gives about 1 or 2 fingers worth of head showing off some carbonation here. The aroma is a banana creamy malty smell. It's hard to really pinpoint one particular item. On first sip I can definitely taste the wheat in there. It's like a really good wheat bread in beer form. Some caramel is present. I also detect other spice in there but I honestly can't say what I am tasting. It reminds me of a "smaller" Belgian. It is definitely a great beer to try. As it gets warmer the beer's characteristics really shine through.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice murky brown colour with a creamy head that has decent retention time and leaves spotty amounts of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a very nice blend of a healthy dose of banana, a hint of clove, some creamsicle and perhaps a bit of caramel here and there. Well done.

Flavour is quite similar to the aroma. Banana leads the way and there's a sweet creaminess here that's reminiscent of both the aforementioned creamsicle and a bit of the old Orange Julius drinks I would get at the mall when I was a kid. There's a malty, even slightly, slightly burnt flavour at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of hearty creaminess to it.

This is a nice brew from Weyerbacher. While I don't know that I could drink it often/consistently, I could and will certainly pick some up again. A nice example of the style for sure.

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Photo of jmalex
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was surprised to see this in bottles. I had the chance to try in on tap last summer.

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy, almost reddish amber into a weizen glass. The head starts at about 2 fingers and shrinks down slowly to a full cap covering the entire beer. Spots of lace cascade down the glass as one drinks.

SMELL: The aroma seems surprisingly true to its authentic German roots. Banana and clove are both there in full force. Slightly grainy, but not much of alcohol smell despite the 7.4%. Some dark caramel smells are there in the background rounding the beer out nicely.

TASTE: Not quite as estery as the aroma would indicate but the traditional German flavors are still there. Definitely chocolaty and caramelly, perhaps a bit too much. Overall, it's a very sweet beer bordering on cloying. Such are the dangers of creating an imperial version of the style though. Some balancing hops are evident towards the finish but not quite enough to balance the beer out.

MOUTHFEEL: It has a fuller body but seems to dry out a bit toward the end. Carbonation is medium plus and exactly what I'd expect.

DRINKABILITY: Suffers from the thick sweetness, but I'm sure that for what they were going for, this shows some achievement. One thing that doesn't hold it back is alcohol.

Not too bad. Definitely more "imperial" than I remember it. I'm just not sure there's much call for a style like this. Worth seeking out once though.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this one.

Pours a nice hazy brownish color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white creamy head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, very nice touch of yeast, some bannana, corinader, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice notes of yeast, corinader/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew from Weyerbacher, to me they never disappoint, recommende.

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Photo of srobertson59
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a large Weizen glass - initially served at 54 degrees

A - Pours a milky dark orange/brown...when held up to light looks like a dark caramel in color. Little head on a medium aggressive pour with no sign of lacing on the glass.

S - Yeasty banana overtones with a strong bready malt backbone.

T - Banana is way out front with some clove-like spicing. The bready malt kicks in as it warms leaving the sensation of liquid banana bread around the 60 degree mark.

M - Smooth and clean, not too sweet with light carbonation once it hits the tongue. Surprisingly dry considering the sweetness of the banana flavors. Alcohol is barely present throughout the temperature changes.

D - A pleasant offering; perhaps a bit overboard on the banana, though.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours with a dark, thick brown-amber color with some creamy lacing and a thin head. Aromas were rich in bready aspects. Very malty in general and strong, spiced fruit. Taste was a little overpowering in its biscuit-ness, but the slightly smoked malts are pretty appetizing. Decent mouthfeel makes it somewhat crisp but a generally dry beverage. Overall, pretty darn good.

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Photo of meatyard
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, very hazy brown with a tan head that falls to a thin cover.
Smells of clove, banana and a bit of bread.
Tastes very similar to the smell without so much clove.
Mouthfeel is medium thick with consistent, mild carbonation.
Drinkability is nice.

This beer fits the style very well. It's a good beer deserving of a try, especially those favoring this style.

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Photo of DIM
2.74/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a cloudy, murky, dark brown. It poured with a medium sized light tan head.

s: Huge, sweet banana nose on this one, too much so. There is a floral aroma here that blends with some solventy alcohol. This is a bit messy overall.

t: This is too hot and too sweet. Obnoxiously potent banana flavors absolutely dominate. The finish is dry, but floral rather than spicy. I also didn't expect to find this much heat in. Overall, this lacks subtlety and restraint.

m: The body and carbonation are spot-on.

d: Weyerbacher is one of my favorite breweries, but this is the worst I've tried from them.

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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 akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber purchased at State Line.

A: The 'double' dunkelweizen is a hazy, muddy red-brown color. Muted orange-red colors shine through at the narrow base of my glass. The first pour gave off a 2 finger head, subsequent pours barely mustered a quarter of that.

S: The heavy aroma of phenolic cloves is noticeable even when the ale is over an arm's length away. Up close, the clove and banana is much stronger with a more noticeable wheat and grain base.

T: Very interesting. The ale has the bite and strength of a weizenbock. The robust flavors grab the tastebuds with some tart wheat and lots of clove. Banana and bubblegum augment the clove, creating a strong spice profile that exists as a result of the yeast only. German wheat beers are awesome like that. The bubblegum doesn't want to leave the tastebuds alone.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, very yeasty in its intensity. Save for the alcohol, the term double could be a misnomer, it sits on the upper fringe of a dunkelweizen.

D: The bomber is enough for one night. This one could use a touch more subtlety.

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Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fishingnet for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy brown hue with a big fluffy head. Great retention and spotty lace.

S: Sweet malt dominates but there is a ton of spice as well. Clove and pepper mostly but some nutmeg peeks thru as well.

T: Nice spice! The spice plays great against the german malt. It is a real nice balance of malt and spice that makes this one a winner. It's one of the better Weyerbacher beers I have had.

M: Medium in body, nice and smooth.

D: Good I enjoyed it. I tend to shy away from the malty beers but this is one I could enjoy time and time again.

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Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Judge's Bench, Ellicott City, MD.

A- Pours a nice dark brown, with a decent brown head which dissipated quite quickly.

S- A little clove and sweet malt, but not very powerful.

T- Nice malty taste, hints of clove and spice.

M- Relatively low carbonation for a wheat beer, medium body, nice mouthfeel.

D- Pretty typical of the style, perhaps a tad maltier.

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Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with a huge dense tan head that left some real nice lacing as it dissipated. The aroma is quite nice, plenty of clove and banana phenols, brown sugar and some alcohol. The taste is of wheat malt, caramelized bananas, cloves, brown sugar, and alcohol. The feel is well bodied, with soft carbonation giving the brew a nice silky feel. Has a nice malty sweet finish. A very flavorful dunkelweizen. The flavors were spot on, good feel and aroma, the only negative was the booziness. The 7.4% ABV stood out a bit too much. Very good brew, well recommended.

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Photo of mpyle
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App - Fairly deep brown color for a dunkel, Moderate sized white head, creamy and with good retention. Believe cloudy, but not completely sure.

Smell - classic Hefe clove aroma, with some bonus alcohol. Minimal malt aroma, no hop.

Taste - Initial malt sweetness transitions to a very tangy, citrusy/clove flavor, followed by a slightly bitter (alcohol?) finish. Not particularly malty for a dunkel - it seems like the higher gravity simply created a fairly strong and inappropriate alcohol character.

Med body, and med high carbonation. A bit of alcohol warming.

D'ability - lacks the drinkability of the typical 5 to 5.5% ABV dunkel. Extra alcohol really washes out the nice characteristics of this style, and this beer.

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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 IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bomb into the BMS mug during a poker game - a fitting brew for our gracious host who is still celebrating Banner 17...

Pours with a nice, copious, yeasty head typical of style with a woody stained mahogany body. Nice.

Good esters on this one - a little ginger with more hearty spices (maybe a smidge of clove and cinnamon). Alcohol doesn't hinder the yeast and/or wheat presence. Very full nose.

Just what I'm looking for - grainy wheat backbone with a deep dark flavor profile. Spice and some sweetness from the alcohol do wonders for this concoction.

I'm beginning to appreciate the fuller wheat styles even more in the summertime. This combines the cleanliness of a Hefe with the bountiful malt of a darker effort, adding in spice and residual sugar to take it straight to the hole. Fair and balanced from start to finish.

This rolls wicked easy. Wayyy too drinkable for something with this much kick - it's a pleasure to enjoy.

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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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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 oberon
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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 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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Slam Dunkel from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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