In this next beer blog, we are going to take another look at a beer from the Samuel Adams Fall Sampler Pack. The beer is their Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen. If you read my earlier blog on their beers, you know about this brewery. Samuel Adams is pretty well know so you might already know them before reading this blog. If you do not know this brewery, please, go back and read the first part of that blog. Let us get into the beer.
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen is only available in their Fall Sampler. It has an amber color without a head on the beer. It has a malty and yeast smell. It has malty wheaty taste with a malty aftertaste. This Dunkelweizen is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
This unflitred dark wheat beer is brewed with a traditional Bavarian yeast that createsa wide spectrum of flavors and aromas from clove and nutmeg to tropical fruit and banana. This is complemented by malted wheat for a crisp finish. Cheers! Jim Koch
Here is a description from their website (www.samueladams.com):
Samuel Adams® Dunkelweizen,literally translated as “dark wheat” beer, is a darker version of the traditional Bavarian wheat beers dating back to the 15th century. Dark amber-brown in color, this brew is coarse filtered, leaving a notable haze and offering a dense, white rocky head.
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen is brewed with authentic Bavarian wheat beer yeast, which imparts a wide spectrum of flavors and aromas from spicy clove and nutmeg to tropical fruit and banana. This traditional yeast is rarely used by American brewers so the flavors it creates are often unfamiliar, even to craft beer drinkers. The yeast character is complemented by the taste of the malted wheat that adds a cereal note. The result is a beer that, although quite complex and flavorful, is medium in body, with a crisp finish.
Dunkelweizen is a variation on the “weizen” or wheat style that originated in Bavaria around the 15th century. Both hefeweizens and dunkelweizens are often staples of Southern German breweries’ repertoires. Dunkel simply refers to the darkness of the beer derived from the malt. Often smooth and rich with complex malt flavors, dunkelweizens still carry the distinct flavors imparted from the yeast that are common in traditional southern German wheat beers. This array of flavors ranges from clove and nutmeg to tropical fruit and banana. The crisp cereal note of the wheat remains making it a flavorful and refreshing beer.
In creating Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen, we were inspired by the long history of this classic German style that’s difficult to find in the US today. Our version of the style is authentic to the Bavarian tradition with its combination of slight tartness from the wheat and full flavor from its dark malts as well as the notable yeast character. The traditional Bavarian yeast imparts a wide spectrum of flavors that make the beer unique.
Flavor: Caramel and toasted malt notes integrated with the traditional German weizen beer fermentation aromas of clove and banana.
Color: Dark amber brown, 20 SRM
Original Gravity: 12.6° Plato
Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 5.1%ABV – 4.0%ABW
Calories/12 oz.: 168
Malt Varieties:Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, malted wheat, Carawheat® malt, and Carafa® malt
*Carafa® and Carawheat® are registered trademarks of Weyermann Malt, Bamburg, Germany
Hop Variety: Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops
Yeast Strain: W-68 ale yeast
Availability: Seasonal (Aug. – Oct) in the Harvest Collection Variety Pack
First Brewed: 2009
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In closing, as you know I am not a huge fan of wheat beers but I love the German style. I was looking forward to trying this beer since it was a Dunkelweizen. I have to say I was kind of disappointed. I am learning pretty quickly that American Craft Breweries can not make a good German Style Hefeweizen nor Dunkelweizen. It is not a really bad beer but I just did not enjoy drinking it. I am not going to love everything that Boston Beer Company, Dogfish Brewery or any other brewery. If you love wheat beer, please, go try this beer. I have a feeling if you love this style. I believe you will love it. Please, let me know. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser