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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 299
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 25.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Andreji on 06-08-2002

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Photo of maxpower
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light amber color, huge frothy off white head that lasts, fruity spicy aromas of apple, caremel and bananas. Sweet fruity wheat and caremel flavors, very spicy and yeasty. Medium body and has a soft and creamy and somewhat watery mouthfeel, very light and drinkable, I will have to try another bottle of this.

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Photo of Zet
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber brown colour with a thick steady head of foam. Typical smell of cloves, caramel and yeast with some citric and overripe banana. These flavours continue in the taste. Very rich, but the citric (lemon zest) tends to dominate a bit too much, which also makes the finish a bit stingy. Good Dunkelweizen, but could have used a bit more balance.

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Photo of GreatEastern
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy brown with a thick foamy white head into a Paulaner Oktoberfest mug.

Smell - Sweet.

Taste - Lemony taste. Sweet at first leading to a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and slightly thick

Drinkability - The sweet taste makes this a very drinkable beer.

Notes - Good. Would have it again.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Biermarkt.

Pours a cloudy dark orange, lots of brown highlights in the corners, very thick slightly off white head forms, very tall and creamy, slowly settles down to a thick ring and layer, good lacing everywhere. Smell is nice, but similar to their hefe, decent banana and a touch of clove, caramel, biscuit, yeast and wheat, a touch of chocolate, pretty solid aroma. Taste is similar, nice banana/caramel character, clove is light, biscuity malt middle, some light chocolate/roast character, quite yeasty, some wheat and very fruity in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, pretty drinkable stuff.

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Photo of JCBears
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Nice, but lighter than I thought, not a bad look just a bit different than what I know. More amber than usual

smell: Straight to the nose like banana juice. That is honestly all there seems to be of it

taste: Some nuttiness and spices to the overall sweetness. A nice flavor but all in all I would say almost generic like they weren't trying

mouthfeel: Stays with you a good brew for a cold day. I like the body though its rich and feels like you are drinking something

overall: Not a bad brew this is one I would give a rookie beer drinker who never had grerman brews but I personally have never been a Paulaner Fan

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Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great example of a the style but on the sweeter end that mutes a lot of the other possible flavors. nose of banana, apple, lemon and yeast and sweetness of wheat malt. palate is wheat malt first then a tad citrus cleaning followed by other fruit and zest of pine to clear the palate. for those that don't like sweet things you may really be disappointed. this is not a savory dunkel hef. and tastes a lot brighter and less syrup sweet on tap.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark hazy brown colour with a decent white head.

Smells quite malty, yeasty, and fruity - surprisingly strong bananas.

Tastes very malty with quite a sharp yeast tang.

Overall a pretty nice beer but not the best of the style.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy cola brown with a nice tan head. Good lace.

A nice malt aroma surprises the nose. This doesn't smell like a DW to me, but it still smells pretty good.

The malt flavor is joined by a hint of banana in the mouth. This is a nice refreshing beer to drink.

A definite wheat beer that is smooth and easy to drink. It has a subdued tart finish indicative of the style.

This is not the best DW I have ever had, but it was worth the money and definitely worth another try.

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Photo of lstokes
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy chestnut beer, some carbonation at the botton, an off-white head with staying power. It smells like plums and caramel and dark fruits all with a smokey roasted edge and tastes the same, very much like a dark banana bread. You don't forget it's a wheat beer, and the mouthfeel is light, maybe even a bit too light--I found myself wanting more carbonation--but overall a highly drinkable beer, would love to try again, and could imagine some excellent food pairings.

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Photo of treque
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish-brownish hue, abundant creamy head, with high retention and residual

S: With a light sweet and sour aroma, including candy and a little orange

T: Very faint flavor with sweetness at the start, passing through an acidity that becomes slight bitterness. The ending is slightly extended but not very strong in their presence.

Medium bodied and very easy to drink.

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Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Castle very fresh sample;

Taps a clouded amber ( much like Schneider original) with a decent 2 finger sticky meringue cap that laces the glass as it drains.

Aromas are well defined big banana, peach and clove with some malty sweetness..very pungent.

Great wheat malt spine, fruity-spicey character medioum body with more substantial mouth feel than their pale hefeweizen.

Starts semi-sweat with a honey and fresh biscuit discernment then the great fruit and spice tastes arrive to make a more complex mixture on the palate. Fishes semi-dry with a spicey biscuit after taste.

A top tier commercial hefeweizen

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Photo of jayjay1976
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I never drink from the bottle, but some foreign impulse said to try it this way, so the only thing I can say is that the labels look pretty on the dark brown glass of my well-worn half liter pfand bottle.

sweet, malty, slight tang. Invites the tastebuds.

sharp carbonation subsides to a foamy froth on the tongue, sweet malt and milky character yield to a slightly astringent yet syrupy tang on the back of the tongue. Exactly what a dunkel weizen should be, lacking a bit of the burnt taste I prefer, but yummy nonetheless.

I had it in the late evening after a bottle of sekt, so my palate wasn't dry or clean, but still this delivers a lot of malty flavor. Would pair nicely with spicy, salty, fried, or otherwise tongue-dominating food.

acid, apple cider and peachy with a copper twang.

Overall, this dunkels is par for the course. Paulaner will never be my favorite brewery, but that doesn't stop be from occasionally indulging in a half-case.

To be honest, half the purchasing decision was down to the fact that paulaner uses the wonderful half-case system that allows splitting a 10 liter crate in half, two smaller interlocking half-crates with handles allowing both a second beer selection (the other half was König Ludwig weissbier-excellent), and easier carrying the 2 blocks or so from the local German beverage distributor to my German door. Did I mention that I love living in Germany? Also, my wife comes along to buy low cal grapefruit soda (they distribute all sorts of beverages) and she doesn't enjoy helping with the beer schleppage.

Serving type: 0,5 liter bottle, €0.55 purchased at the Getränke Bee around the corner from my house.

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Photo of TommyW
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy dark gold/brown with a medium tan head. Fades to a nice lasting film.

S- Banana, clove and some toasted bready malts.

T- Banana and clove over a backbone of wheat bread. These flavors seem to overpower the dark malts for me, so I'm not noticing much difference from Paulaner's regular hefe.

M- A little bit of stick to the tong, medium carbonation.

D- Goes down nice; good representation of dark weisbier.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Germany. 500ml bottle with a 02.07 best by date on it.

Pours a very cloudy dark brown with some hints of amber. The head is two fingers tall, and fades slowly to a to thick cap, leaving behind a solid sheet of foam in the glass.

Smell; this has a solid wheat aroma, with a little clove and bananas. There's a very nice caramel malt presence as well. Pretty much what I would expect in a Dunkel Weizen, but not really outstanding.

Taste; bananas and cloves are present in the flavor along with the wheat and caramel malts. This follows the aroma, but with a hint of bubblegum, and the other flavors are a bit more pronounced than the aroma was.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very smooth carbonation, and the drinkability is really good. I would have no problem enjoying more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a mug glass.

A: Pours a amber to brown color. Cloudy. Forms a big aired beige head. Low retention but a thin layer remains forever and some lacings are formed and left in the glass

S: Slightly sweet. Spicy. Banana and cloves. Caramel, wheat, fruits, yeasts and earthy hops. Biscuity

T: As the nose. Sweet upfront. Candy sugar, banana bread. Notes of cloves. Heavy wheat. A little bit metallic. Slightly bitter end

M: Watery. Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and bready in the mouth. Malty aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Smooth and pleasant beer. Paulaner quality. Recommended

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass by freshness date.

Hazy coppery color with an amber hue, the pour creates moderate thick light tan head with average retention. Once settled, there are some clingy lacing patches and spots inside of the glass, high carbonation.

So aromatic, ripe and inviting; the nose senses big banana bread, mellow fruit ester, caramelized malt, hint of cocoa and dark chocolate, dough and some clove spice.

Banana ester, fruitiness and citrus zest ride through the start while malt components reinforce by lending a hint of crackery note. Hop bitterness is mute, just barely discernible. Slight tart at the end is derived from the ester of yeast strain.

The body is light to medium with fine crispness from lively carbonation, dry finish.

Good but not that great however indeed a worthy pick, eminent aroma is the best part of it.

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Photo of Rsobotka
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearence : Dark loudy unfiltered yellow wheat beer
Smell : Spicy with a hint of coriander or clove, maybe some orange
Taste : spicy tangy sweetness
Mouthfeel : spicy again with some hoppy bitter ending
Drinkability : a solid Hefe and prbably the gold standard of hefe

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Photo of jesseejames
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

T^his beer pours a nice medium dark brown with a medium head. It smells of fruit and spice. It tastes of fine malts-fruity and spicy. It is a bit thin in the mouth with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Its color is nice but I expected a yeast haze that I did not get perhaps it was just all stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Definatly on the sweet side for a hefe.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown body with some off white carbonation bubbles floating towards the top. This beer had excellent head retention so much so it was hard to notice the lace. It looked amazing.

Smell: It did not have much of an aroma at all. Some grain, caramel and maybe a bit of clove but you really had to dig deep to get it.

Taste: Mild at first but then you get some caramel banana flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is an easy to drink beer. The body would be on the lighter side of medium.

Overall: It was great very refreshing and went well with some curry wurst.

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Photo of drmeto
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-really spicy clove,pepper flavour upfront
-a zesty citrusy tartness coming through with some dark fruit
-slight buttery banana features
o.k. carbonation
-mild,bready finish

Finally a Dunkelweizen that tastes like it

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Photo of tjd25
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful brown copper color. The dense foamy head quickly fades into a thin collar. Carbonation wasn’t as high as I expected. Very enjoyable smell, sweet wheat and and yeast, some nice roasted aspects too. I enjoy the malts and the way they are balanced; the darker malts take off from the beer’s refreshing aspect but maybe add some complexity to the brew. The wheat is less noticeable than in non dunkel hefe weizen, but some citric aspects still appear. A good beer, but I expected more of my first dunkel hefe-weizen.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into my Paulaner weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big 3+ finger white medium thick head. Medium carbonation evident. Colour is light brown, perhaps sienna or russet. Head slowly fades unevenly,leaving some immediate lacing, into a good film cap. Leaves some lacing down the sides and a small film cap stays until the end. Looks great, but the colour could be a little darker and redder.

SMELL: Good scent of wheat malt, caramel and toffee, as well as some banana, citrus and lemon notes. Scent is medium in strength.

TASTE: Wheat malt and sweet caramel malt dominate the taste. Hints of lemon and other citrus notes are there as well in the back. The long mild lingering sweet malt aftertaste is a nice finish as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Goes down creamy smooth with no bite and finishes rather sticky. It could be a little less sticky for my liking, but certainly not too bad.

OVERALL: This is a great representation of the style. It was very enjoyable and very drinkable, though it was perhaps a bit too sticky at the end and the colour wasn't ideal. Non-the-less, a complete pleasure that I'll be having again sometime soon.

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Photo of sewald
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on its original weizen glass. Nice cloudy dark brown body with a medium-sized creamy head, which leaves a small lace.
The aromas are of bananas, cloves, chocolate, wheat and caramel. Some other fruity aromas and flavors too. On mouth feels pretty much like the paulaner weiss, only a little more bitter: fruity, high carbonation, wheat, and malt tastes. Drinkability is great, pretty much of an easygoing, refreshing beer.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dunkel weizen sports a brownish cloudy color with an off-white head when poured. Nice

Smell is pretty sweet, what you'd expect from the wheat in it.

Sweet taste, there's an acidic touch to it, followed by just the right amount of hops. Wonderful.

Light to medium feel, wonderful for pairing it with heavy foods.

Overall a great, smooth beer, perfectly enjoyable by itself or with a meal. It's popular in Oktoberfest for a reason. Recommended.

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Photo of Rayek
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Paulaner im Tal in Munich. Served in a Paulaner Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy copper colored brew. A rocky and dense cream tinted head has great retention and leaves lots of lace. A very nice look indeed.

S: Lots of ripe banana initially. Toffee and plum aromas added an extra layer of sweetness. A healthy dose of clove kept things in check.

T: Starts out with a toffee sweetness that's followed by a dry biscuit flavor. Bitterness comes on with a sharp clove bite. A plum fruitiness resides in the background. Finishes tart and dry, with lingering toffee and clove flavors.

M: The grainy body has a high level of prickly carbonation. It feels just about right for this style.

D: This is a nice Dunkelweizen. It has nice complexity of flavors and a low ABV that makes it an easy drinker. Overall, a solid discovery.

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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.