Slam Dunkel | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
266 Reviews
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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Reviews: 266 | Ratings: 387
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 Fish113d
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of caramel with some yeast floating around at the bottom. Fairly thick in appearance with a fizzy cream-colored head that quickly fizzles out to a bubbly appearance on top.

I first get a bit of sour fruits (plums maybe) along with a bit of caramel & bananas. Alcohol quickly hits my nose and a bit of oak barrel. Interesting.

Sipping reveals a fairly yeasty flavor along with some slight banana flavors backed up on the swallow by a dose of alcohol. A little "funky" to me. It could be perfectly normal but this is a very different brew that I can't "read". Some caramel also there, but the yeast gives way to the banana flavors and then some booziness. A bit disappointing really. Not much on the back end.

Medium bodied, but it gets a bit watery on the back end of the swallow while the booze seems to come through AS you swallow.

Overall, I picked this up in a beer store in Mass, and I had to have it being from PA. One of the more disappointing brews that I've had from Weyerbacher, whom I've come to expect much more from over the years. However, not a BAD brew, just not as wonderful as I hoped for.

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Photo of claspada
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of dark fruit, yeast and sweet caramel malts. A dose of baked bread and a slight nuttines. Slight typical German yeast aromas as well.

The taste starts with a slight hit of cocoa but then goes the direction of the yeast with some banana and clove. I get some wheat malt and dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is the only problem I have with this beer. It's really too light tasting to be a Weizenbock or any stronger German style for than matter. It makes it more drinkable but it was just not what I was hoping for/expecting.

This was a good beer, but I have come to expect much more from Weyerbacher so this was kind of a letdown for me overall.

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Photo of theBubba
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 3 Philosophers stem glass, this baby was a sparkling burnt umber color with a good head that didn't last too long, but kept a nice lace to the end.

Aroma of brown bread, toasted malt, and some faint clove.

Taste was smooth and round... in other words full bodied for a weizen and without any over hop bitterness. In a word, delicious. And in spite of it's ABV, it's a very pleasant session beer for those of you who don't mind the extra bit of alcohol, which to my taste isn't apparent in the drinking experience.

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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 dirtylou
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single from somewhere or another - been in the fridge for a couple months

appearance: served in my delirium chalice - dark ruby-mahogany body, light beige ring with minimal lacing

smell: banana bread, clove, artificial banana, dates and dark fruit

taste: Banana flavor comes through ala banana laffy taffy (easily the worst flavor) - clove and peppery spice, dark fruits, raisins and dates. This is a fine beer, but not something i need to really have again, which is the case for just about everything from weyerbacher

mouthfeel: medium, moderate alcohol, a touch spicy

drinkability: ok

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

We love the twist on the style "Double Dunkelweizen Ale," not to be confused with a Dunkel Weizenbock. You say, "What's the difference?" Time to find out.

Hazed leather-brown color, fine-bubbled pillowy head wraps a few rings of lace on the glass after each gulp. Thick aroma of brown bread, toasted bread crust, faint clove and some very ripe bananas. So incredibly smooth and crisp within the lush full body. Heavy handful of malt with each taste, big toasted bread flavors up front with a little bit of creamy sweetness. Spicy clove and a warming alcohol hit middle to end and balance the malt out a touch. Semi-dry spicy and toasted biscuit finish.

While we really like Dunkelweizens, we now know for sure that we love Double Dunkelweizens. The beer gods have blessed us with this beer; to hell with it only being available once a year--it needs to be year-round!

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Photo of bfree
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love dunkelweizen style but was very underwhelmed with this

A: brown, like coca cola, and syrupy with no head at all

S: bananas, a little smoky, with a strong scent of alcohol, very nice

T: coffee and smoky, no banana taste which I was looking forward to from the scent...also getting a faint soy sauce aftertaste

M: no carbonation, feels like cough syrup

D: I thought this could be an interesting twist on dunkelweizen style as I have never tried a weizenbock but was not impressed

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light brown, almost ruby red with a quick-fading head, unfiltered and not much visible carbonation.

S - A little mild for my liking but it has aromas of dark fruits, some weird salty soy sauce like smell, and faint toasted malt.

T - I tried this one because I was told it was a great example of a beer that had a lot of banana flavors. I can definitely agree. It's not your typical, from the grocery store flavor, but in a liquid way..haha. There are also cloves, holiday spices, and faint earth hops at the end.

M/D - Medium body that is low on carbonation and a nice syrup-like texture. No alcohol flavor and it finishes semi-dry.

Decent weizenbock and a must try to anyone who doesn't know what a yeast-induced banana flavor tastes like.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of farrago
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crests at about a finger's worth of brown foam, mostly larger bubbles which causes some dimpling before pooling off into islands, unremarkable lacing but there for a bit. Dense, murky liquid with a brown base and both red and orange tints, like potting soil and clay clumped together, the fact that you can even see the active bubbles inside is impressive on their behalf. Caramel, toffee and dark chocolate arrive first in the nose, banana split with vanilla and butterscotch on top, fruitcake, ginger and clove, concentrated apricot, peach fruit, for all of this has tact and restraint and doesn't just dump it all in your nostrils at once. Full-bodied, kind of heavy and leaden, the carbonation has too much fineness to gets those legs pumping and things moving forward. Here there's a slight metallic, mineral water touch which, along with peat and forest floor scrub, able to match up better against the sweetness. The orange citrus as sour as sweet, nod towards white grapefruit too. The banana, chocolate, caramel, ginger all there, but more compact. Could use more florality to buttress the apricot, pear, peach fruit. Satisfying in its own way but the sheer palate heaviness wears on you after awhile.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle in a pint glass left the yeast in the bottle.

A: swampy brown, tan head

S: spice, smells sweet, rich, inviting

T: lots of spicy malts, and alcohol

M: carbonated, full body for the style,

D: I have had a four pack for about a week and can only drink 1of theses in a sitting, this one is rich in spicy malts

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Dodo2step
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a plum purple/brown type color. huge 3 finger fluffy head. Leaves a decent lacing on the pint.

S- banana, clove and bubblegum. Nice aroma and complemented nicely.

T- A strong banana taste right up front. Then you get some dark candied fruit, molasses and hints of clove.

M- Creamy and smooth. Its like a fruit juice.

D- For being 7 % this went down quick and easy. It was nice after mowing the grass. Overall, great beer from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Double Dunkelweizen Ale"

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Lena's Beverage in Painesville, Ohio yesterday for $5.99 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" or similar date.

A 4 inch creamy white head that I underestimated every so slightly as a bit of it spilled over the top of the glass over a medium to dark caramel, but translucent body. Lacing is significant. Revision....significant sediment floating about is appreciated by me. 4.5

S Sweet, spicy (clove?) banana and, I know this is strange, but bubblegum aromas in a nice, strong smelling Weizenbock, a style that is very strongly vying for my "favorite" status which has been long held by the sublime Tripel. Anyway, this is a nice, robust scent for the style and I really like it. 4.5

T Oh yes, the strength of the smell carries over into the taste in a robust Weizenbock surpassed only, in my mind, by Aventinus in terms of robust, strong tastes. The spicy (cloves?) banana but also that bubblegum sense returns in the taste in a very interesting, challenging strength of taste. Really, there is only one Weizenbock that tastes better to me, the sublime Aventinus. 4.5

M Strong, syrupy sweet but the feel ends with a softness too. Interesting feel and appropriately "bready" with its wheat origins intact. 4.0

D Despite the manageable ABV of 7.7%, this is a huge beer that I would only be able to drink the one of. All of that being said, I enjoyed every drop and would certainly buy this to enjoy it again! 4.0

Notes: Probably my favorite American craft Weizenbock which, again, is a style that I increasingly enjoy. Additionally, hats off to Weyerbacher for making this and my favorite American craft Tripel, Merry Monks. Cheers!

A brief review of my scores reveals that, in fact, Great Lakes Glockenspiel (a Weizenbock) is rated higher by myself but I stand by my statement above that this is my "favorite" American craft Weizenbock as it is brewed and results in something closer to what I believe the style should be. Glockenspiel is a great beer and it close to the classic Weizenbock style (and I rated it very highly indeed) but this one remains my favorite American craft Weizenbock. Thank you.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Seanibus
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite a delicious and refreshing beer.

Pours hazy opaque with a slight head. Aroma is phenolic. With dark fruit and an edge of sesame oil. Flavor is malty and fruity, with a strong phenolic edge. Flowery, lilac and rose. Mouthfeel is creamy and delicious, making this beer fun to put in your mouth.

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

A-a dark brown with just a ring of head around the edge

S-banana sweetness is the major player, some pepper spiciness and a bit of malt to round it out

T-major banana sweetness taste with some spiciness to give it some kick. Also present are some yeast, malts, and wheat to give it a bread-like flavor

M-medium carbonation, medium body, no alcohol warming

D-pretty drinkable even with the higher alcohol content, very heavy on the banana flavors though. I have had this one before and I will say that it tastes better than I remember, but is not the best I have had from Weyerbacher

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

appearance: murky brown with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: some fruity aroma, is banana and tropical fruits

taste: huge banana flavor and some good earthy tones. A good drinking wheat ale.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I had this at a weyerbacher tasting in charlotte with chris wilson. I was very impressed with this beer and most of all the weyerbacher products.

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Photo of cdbooth219
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a murky, deep brown with one finger of tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing

S: Smells of banana, bubblegum, and yeast, with some wheat as well, and some clove.

T: Tastes of banana and bubblegum, with some cherry flavor, followed by yeast and a zesty wheat flavor. Spicy clove notes, and a bit of pepper are in there as well.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but not impressive.

D: The 7% abv is not present. I could drink a few of these definitely

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Not overly strong and fairly drinkable for the abv. I definitely enjoyed this Weyerbacher offering.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a Weyerbacher sampling at the beer distributor piqued my interest, grabbed a variety case that had 8 of these in it for 40 bones. Cracked it open at cellar temp after an hour in the fridge and poured it into my tulip glass.

The pour produces a chestnut brown tinted with lightly burned caramel. More than ample carbonation swirls in the body and cascades upwards to form fluffy marshmallow-textured head that is only a bit darker in color.

I give the murky liquid a swirl and bury my nose in the mouth of the glass. The crystal malts and burned sugars give a distinctive caramelized sugar aroma. Banana, white pepper, and clove provide a strong fruity and spicy backbone on which the caramel sweetness thrives. Perhaps most notable is the clearly authentic German yeast strain, which imparts a classic German spice to this offering from Weyerbacher.

On the palate, the beer strongly resembles what I found in the nose. Banana is a bit stronger here, but so is the pepper and clove spice. A nutty malt character comes through as well. Despite the higher alcohol level, there is only a slight warmth astringency develops on the palate at all. Finish brings on a drying cocoa powder chocolate flavor and it lingers on the palate after the finish.

Feel is lightish to medium, but I would tend towards characterizing it as medium. The carbonation is really well done. Over-the-top, and yet not too much on the palate. It aerates this brew and allows the flavors to really shine through on their own accord. Insanely drinkable, even at 7% ABV, I had two tonight, and I would have gone for another one if not for the bike ride that I am planning for the morning.

This is one great representation of the style. The yeast strain really does wonders and makes this one of the best German styled beers that I have ever tried from an American brewery. It has all of the classic German characteristics without any bastardization by the American "more is better" attitude that seems to be a growing trend. For the price, you certainly can't beat it. I highly recommend.

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Photo of thecarster1
2.18/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a- bottle poured into a flute, murky deep chesnut brown coloring, very thin head dissipates quickly, active bubbling, neat label design.

s- potent, loads of dark fruits, it's almost like a kicked up, alcoholy cider. i'm getting lots of fruit, deep raspberry, brown sugar, fig.

t- whoa, this isn't playing around. this is slamming me alright! i'm getting loads of warming alcohol, intense malts, lots of yeast, and spicyness that finishes dry.

m- medium bodied.

d- i've gotta say that this isn't my thing. i think i need to come to terms that weizenbock just isn't my thing. this was a bit too intense for my palate and i hate to say that i drain poured this bad boy. i consider myself slammed..

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a very thin head. Liking the color.
S: Right off the bat, I'm hit with bananas and cloves. There's a faint alcohol smell along with decent amount of yeast/malts. Seems right for a Hefe, but a little off for a Weizenbock.
T: Much better than the smell. The bananas and cloves are still around, but the do mix nicely with the yeast and malts. The alcohol does peek through, but meshes quite well.
M: It's sticky, moderate to high cabonation and thick. It does have some hang to it, but it's the banana sweetness, so it's pleasant.
D: Very nice change of pace beer. You could stand to have a few at the start of your night. The overwhelming banana/clove flavor might get to you after a while, but a nice effort nonetheless.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown that looks like a cross between river water and some sort of aged cider with a moderate amount of carbonation! Has a thin cream ring around the top.

Smells of spiced cloves, nutty, and yeasty. Has traces of charcoal in the background, and mild dark fruit.

Taste is much better than it smells. Is yeasty like a belgian style ale, has that charcoal taste but buried way in the background. Also has a moderate amount of banana, some green apple tartness. Slam Dunkel leaves a tart fruit aftertaste along with cloves and banana. There's different layers of flavor going also.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, heavy, and I'm not getting the burning alcohol sensation that some of the other reviewers were experiencing.

Drinkability is good. Althoough, this typically isn't the style of beer I would go for but considering it came recommended from a friend, I had to try it. It was a good recommendation but I'm not sure if I could drink more than one.

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Slam Dunkel from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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