Dovetail Brewery

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Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
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3.92 | pDev: 4.08%
Dovetail Brewery
Illinois, United States
Notes: A smoked version of Hefeweizen. This is a smooth, dark beer tasting of clove and fruit, yet complexly layered with a hint of bacon from its oak-smoked malt. Not bitter, but a roasted sweetness with chocolate tones. Perfect for the autumn chill--get cozy and enjoy around an open fire.
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you FBarber for this
16 oz can poured into a weizen glass

A- A hazy/marky dark copper/orangish color with a two finger white head.

S- Smoky/campfire smoke, wheat, cloves, some bananas, touch of earthy spice.

T- Wheat, cloves, touch of citrus, smoke, a little earthy.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A tasty and easy to drink smoked Hefeweizen, smoke is more subtle in the taste.

Jul 08, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can
date stamped 1/22/21
L: hazy brown body; thin beige head
S: smoke, banana, clove, yeast
T: grainy smoked malt, wheat, clove, banana, yeast, spicy & earthy hops
F: medium body, lower carbonation, good balance between smoke and Hefe
O: I love that a local brewery is tackling difficult to brew classic German beers and doing a good job with them!

Jul 04, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark burnished orange color. Cloudy, partially opaque with a thick frothy tan head on the beer. The head dissipates pretty steadily leaving a thin film of foam on top of the beer. The aroma on this is really unique because its got the smoked malts, campfire smoke, a bit of wood, but it also has the wheat and clove coming through even a bit of banana. I will say the smoke really dominates the aroma though so that is what you are going to get unless you really try to dig through it a bit.

Taste follows the nose with the smokiness on the nose dominating the flavor profile as I expected. Lots of smoke, campfire, and wood come through initially, but then as your palate adjusts to it, the wheat and clove come through on the back end. There is a slight earthy bitterness on the back end, but its mild. Feel is smooth and creamy, bright carbonation, with a somewhat drier finish.

Overall, there is a lot going on with this one and its pretty unique, but I am digging it. For whatever reason it just works for me.

Jun 20, 2021
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So this is what you get when you combine Dovetail Hefe & the Rauchbier...

Flavors are unique & intriguing; I haven’t tasted anything like this before. Toasty & sweet grains with a hint of earthy peat smoke as well. Light tartness in the middle; Lemons & dill pickles as a matter of fact. Lightly hoppy bitterness, light spice, & clean herbal finish. Also getting a hot dog aftertaste as this beer warms.

Texture of this beer drives the drinkable nature of this beer, it has the perfect level of dryness to help off set the wide array of complex flavors.

I like Dovetail Hefe very much & the Rauchbier is really solid. When you throw them together you get a whole different animal. It reminds me of what an earthy & slightly tart saison with smoked malts might taste like. It doesn’t fit as a smoked beer, but you have light smoked malt flavors. It’s not a Hefe either. It’s a nice change up. I usually enjoy a beer that challenges beer style guidelines, especially when it doesn’t really fit into one style yet overlaps into multiple beer styles.

Jun 05, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown pour with a huge tan head. Meaty smoke, earth, dark grains, toast and german yeast make up the nose. Taste is overly harsh about halfway through the sip. Start with pleasant burnt caramel, earth and grains, but then the smoke is jerky level meaty, grains interaction comes across like burnt botanicals, campfire with an emphasis on char too, but again the issue is the lack of elevation brought on by the smoke, instead it is harshly acerbic. Feel is medium bodied, smoky, sharp with grains, and earthy with decent malt backbone. Just can't get past the uninspiring taste

May 13, 2021
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the brewery, served in a small weizen glass.
Brownish black with a thin layer of tan foam, speckled lacing around the edges, lasting surface coverage.

Aroma is toasty, grain husks, light yeast, not much smoke.
Taste is similarly toasty with a mild level of smoked malt, but with a lingering toasted grain husk taste.
Reminds me of puffed wheat cereal. Somewhat light bodied, clean with a dry aftertaste.
Could use more body and smoke.

Overall it's interesting and worth a try, but could stand to have more character.
Not quite in the same league as their Rauchbier.

Oct 03, 2016
Rauchweizen from Dovetail Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 9 ratings