DrnkMcDermott (2972) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bomber, $4.49 at HyVee in Newton. Deep amber to brown pour, a huge head like a porter kicks up when I poured it in my smaller 312 glass. Nice malt smell with a side order of clove spiciness, nothing over the top. I like the taste. Malty, subdued clove and wheat spice, and an almost sessionable level of alcohol. No, strike that last bit; I’m starting to build a bit of buzz. In fact, after sitting in my glass to warm up, I get a bit of banana esters. Light stickiness around my lips. A lot of Dunkels I get are in the "extreme" category, but this is more restrained.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle from Johncy’s Liquor Store in North Liberty, IA. Pours a deep brown colored body with a thin, frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is wheat, phenols, cola, a light tartness, touches of chocolate, and light roast. Flavor is similar. Cola and a light tartness up front before some chocolate, a light bready caramel, wheat, and some clove and banana phenols come in. Finishes with a light roast, chocolate malt sweetness, and sourness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is clearly a bad bottle with some sour elements showing up, but I can tell the base is probably pretty decent. Despite that, this isn’t really drinkable as is.
megawill (14) - Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle. 5.8% ABV. Aroma - Baking spices, clove, nutmeg;
Appearance - very dark brown, generous head on pour quickly dissipates to a soapy film, minimal carbonation, minimal lacing;
Taste - sweetness of the malt dominates, very little hop, very little character or complexity;
Palate - fairly thin, borders on flat;
Overall - meh
CanIHave4Beers (3876) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours a dark brown with a big off white fluffy head that shrinks, stays tight, and leaves some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is chocolate, spice, banana, mildly roasty & fairly sweet. It’s a nice smelling beer indeed.
The flavor is a little tart at first & the beer has a roasty flavor that just doesn’t seem particularly finessed as it comes across a tad on the brash side. The beer is fruity, mildly sweet, a bit spicy. The banana flavor is there and it’s nice, the chocolate character is subdued and the beer has a mild nuttiness.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bomber). Pours like cola with a tan head. I would prefer this to be unfiltered. Aroma has caramel, banana, clove and a little smoke. Taste is sweet with more of the smokiness. Thinner bodied with a slick texture. Fizzy mouthfeel. Not bad, but I’d just as soon pick up an actual German Dunkel.
theisti (3705) - Kansas, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber purchased at Beertopia in Omaha, Nebraska. The pour is a darker brown, with copper highlights and a one inch light khaki head. The head falls quickly. The aroma is banana and bubble gum, clove and malt wheat grain. Mostly strong banana and bubblegum. As it warms and opens up, a soft roast char comes out in the nose. The taste is sweet bubblegum, clove, a soft faint roast char malt character and nice mineral in the finish. The big yeast of the nose is folded into the wheat and malt in the taste nicely. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel, and dry finish with the roast and mineral. Tasty beer, easy drinking.
adnielsen (10367) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of pepsiedcan. Thanks peps! Pours a dark brown, fairly clear appearance with a tan head. The nose is a little more roasty than other dunkelweizens but does have the trademark, some banana, spicy clove, quite sweet aroma. Pretty spicy, again quite roasty malty, chocolate, some banana, spicy clove flavor. A little thin and quite spicy.
wlajwl (5376) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is wheat grain, bananas and tart fruit. The flavor is malts, bananas and sweet/tart raspberry. Pretty good dunkelweizen.
jadenmiller (2) - Ankeny, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, bold, yet wheaty, very smooth, with banana aftertaste, it’s only a seasonal, I will be sad when it’s gone.
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Pours cola-brown with a small beige head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is pretty nice, with a good dose of banana and bubblegum. The taste is not quite as good, but it grew on me. A little too minerally, but banana again, and my girlfriend got chocolate, but I didn’t detect any. Medium mouthfeel, finish length is a little below average. Enjoyable, but not overly impressive.