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

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 25
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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 arturorg
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a Erdinger weizen glass

A: Amber hazy, white frothy head that quickly disipates into a thin lace.

S: Yeasty, sweet burnt caramel, banana, raisins, bready, alcohol.

T: Almost the same as the smell but with a little bit of spiciness thta I suppose comes from the carbonation, medium bodied, not much bitternes.

Overall a delicious summer beer with a hint of fruits and very refreshing

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Paulaner im Tal, on to the beer:

This dunkelweizen is chestnut brown in color, topped with thick, fluffy head which retains well. A good aroma of cinnamon crusted apples with fennel makes the beer even more tempting, which follows through to the taste. The flavors pop out; pleasant phenols at first, then followed by spiced apples. With a dash of clove, the flavor turns to be very appealing. It's light-medium-bodied, with appropriate carbonation.

Like its popular helles sibling, the dunkelweizen is one to respect. One to try.

Photo of Vinnie_DB
4/5  rDev +4.2%

It's ok, taste is not so strong

Photo of dbaker61
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice medium brown color with brownish tinge to the head. Got about a finger of creamy head. Great lacing.

Smell: Ripe sweet fruit and yeasty bread. The smell is powerful and inviting.

Taste: Very sweet, with just a little sour. Typical of weissbiers. Not much hops, also to style.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, wonderful mouthfeel. A slight sweet finish. I'm drinking this in winter, but this would be great after mowing the yard on a warm humid day.

Drinkability: I am savoring all of this bottle, but it feels so filling that I don't think I want more than one in a session. Easy to drink, but 0.5L is plenty for me.

Photo of anders36
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy amber colour into the glass, with alot of foam like all weissbier. It has a mild smell of yeast and malt, maybe some hint of citrus. The taste is the same as the smell. You can also feel a little bitterness in the after taste. A good beer but not as good as the naturtrüb.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours murky light brown with a great large creamy beautiful tan head. Dissipation is slow, oh so slow, and leaves great lacings.

S: Ripe bananas from the wheat and sweet malt in great balance. Citric notes, mainly oranges. Some spices.

T: Ripe bananas and sweet malt, well balanced. Citric notes, oranges and lemon. Some bitter hops.

M: Light in body and medium carbonation. Aftertaste is both sweet and bitter but not that long (just as a Dunkelweizen should be).

D: A very nice Dunkelweizen - a little of everything nice about the style. This is a must-try!

Photo of roddwolff
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Copper color, balanced foam of head; Smell: Fruity with spices, invites you to drink it; Taste: Sweet and sour, something like tamarind; Mouthfeel: Citrus and refreshing, high carbonation and medium body; Drinkability: I really enjoyed with my meal.

Photo of Sigmund
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. Pours cloudy brown with an enormous offwhite head. Intense banana aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and cloves. Refreshing hefe-weissbier flavour, with some extra notes of malts and dark bread, but light-bodied - if blindfolded, I might mistake the flavour for a pale hefe. I wouldn’t mind having this beer as one of my "regulars".

Photo of JOaikido
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

A- Brown. Cloudy with a frothy pale head.

S- Mild. Wheat and bananas.

T- Touch of banana and wheat and a slight flash of bitterness. Good yeast.

MF- Fairly light, but not thin. Quite refreshing.

D- Very nice easy drinker. Could go through quite a few of these on a hot day.

Photo of pinkano
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy orange with gold tones with very good and nice head
S - bananas, yeast, ananas, dark bread
T - nice taste of dark bread, banana (especially banana juice), citruses, earthiness, herbs and nice and light end
M - low to medium carbonation with medium body
D - very very drinkable.. the taste of bread makes it heavy, however the banana and citruses makes it fresh and easy and it has not so high ABV, so very drinkable

Photo of rastaman
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yummy little dark wheat, lots of banana, clove, wheat (of course) and chocolate, very smooth aswell, nice appearance, deepish brown, with a big rocky frothy head.

Photo of Absumaster
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very murky and has lots of carbonation. The head is very thick and stable on top of a brown beer.

Smell of overripe bananas with clove and phenolic from the yeast. The wheat is very noticable and a nice caramellic smell adds to the beers complexity.

Taste has an average dose of banana and clove, layered on the grainy wheat backbone. The dark malts add a caramel and roasty, biscuity touch, even some candisugar, which obviously isn't in there. The yeast is quite fruity and gives a nice extra to the beer. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and somewhat sweet. A nice and decent beer.

Photo of NightINgale
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle that I brought directly from Bavaria about a month ago... Poured it into my Paulaner wheat beer glass.

A - Looks pretty much like a dunkelweizen should: cloudy medium-brown in colour, with a rich, marshmallow-like, fluffy head. Some nice lacing and pretty solid head retention.

S - Smells pretty similarly to their original hefeweizen: lots of yeast, caramel; some banana and clove; maybe, a hint of chocolate and raisins.

T - Starts out yeasty and clovey; then comes the ripe banana-like sweetness, with hints of caramel. The after-taste is bready (with plenty of wheat) and has got some nice lingering chocolate notes.

M - Slightly lighter than Medium body, which makes it thicker than the regular hefe-weissbier. The carbonation is quite noticeable at first, but then it diminishes a little and I begin to really enjoy every sip. No hint of alcohol. Crisp on the tongue yet quite smooth on the palate.

O - This might not be the most flavourful weissbier dunkel, but it's probably my favourite. I love its smoothness and its great sessionability. It's a shame I can't get it in my region +(

Photo of flyingpig
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudly, quite hazy brown colour that has tinges of copper and is topped with a large, tan coloured, foamy white head that stays rather well.

Banana and clove along with some mild bubblegum and touches of citrus. There is some wheat and a fair amount of caramel in the mix as well and overall all it is a good smelling beer.

Wheat, clove and banana to kick things off, quickly followed by some moderate caramel notes and a tiny bit of spice. I could also sense some yeast and tiny amounts of citrus.

Creamy with a medium body and good, strong carbonation and a lingering banana and sugar aftertaste and mild spice.

Very nice and qwuite lively beer with a lot of character and a nice, well-balanced taste. Very easy to drink and one that goes down very well.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark wood stain brown, fine beige foam, semi-transparent, lots of carbonation.

S: Molasses, dark brown toffee, slight coffee, slightly like a weizen bock with an almost Belgian like yeastiness.

T: Mild, creamy, weizen bock like taste with lots of creamy foam, brown sugar, toasted malts, little coffee. A little coriander, prunes.

M: Light body with heavy creamy foamy carbonation.

O: Smooth, creamy, light and delicious, mild hefe tastes and somewhat the texture of a cappuccino. Refreshing and beautifully dark. I prefer more flavour, but really like this one for what it is. Would go well with chocolate, as a summer sipper, chocolate based dessert.

Photo of taez555
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz, half liter bottle served in a proper weis beer glass. (what’s up with the picture of the can??)

This beer poured a dark muddy cola colored body with a thick, choppy dark off-white speckled head.

The nose was a mix of mild tropical fruits, yeast, wheat and mild chocolate.

Taste was smooth and light bodied. Wheat, mild chocolate, caramel, banana, mild mild tropical fruit, yeast and faint malt. Very mild bitterness that balances the beer yet never comes forward to overpower.

When I was in Germany this was my go to beer at all the places I went in Bavaria. Simply amazing. I brought a couple bottles back and waited a few months to taste them again and the flavor had definitely mellowed and lost a lot of it’s flavor. Still… an amazing beer that it’s a shame they don’t export.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Worldwide Liquors, Germany
Date: Best by 11/2012
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Paulaner's dunkelweizen is, to me, one of the standard-bearers for the style. The aroma is pleasant and complex, as is the taste, both featuring prominent bread-like, yeast, spice, and fruit flavors. Wish this was readily available in the US, as it is easily on par, though different enough from, Weihenstephan and Ayinger's offerings.

Pours a towering head of small, off-white to light tan bubbles, that yield a fairly frothy appearance as a whole. The head is omnipresent throughout the entire glass, with significant washes of lacing that are renewed with each sip. The body is an opaque brown color with hints of orange in it; light brings out lighter orange and singed brown hues from the body. Carbonation is easily visible along the sides of the glass, and quite active.

Aroma is heavily yeasty, with similarly deep-seated whole wheat bread and spicy, nutmeg-like phenols. Banana-like esters and some apple cider are present in the shadows of the major scents. In general, quite nice, could be a bit more complex and expressive, but not by very much.

Overall flavors are whole wheat bread with heavy yeast; some tangy, spicy, nutmeg-like phenols; mild, but noticeable banana-like esters; slight apple cider. Front of the palate detects bread, some yeast, mild banana-like esters, and tangy apple cider. The whole wheat bread-like flavors are surprisingly present in mid-palate: I was expecting stronger nutmeg-spice and fruity esters. Those flavors are there, quite detectable, just balanced by more bread-like flavor than I would have thought by smell alone. The mid-palate is actually quite good, the wheat bread mixing with the spices and banana esters, each seeming more present than the other with each passing moment. Back of palate has a significant blend of banana esters, nutmeg-like phenols, and apple cider qualities: the resulting mix is quite delicious. Aftertaste is sweet with hints of apple cider and bananas, balanced by a slight bitterness, tart, perhaps from hops, wheat, or esters: perhaps some combination of the three.

Beer is medium-bodied with high to medium-high levels of carbonation. The result is a beer that is slightly fizzy, but quickly calms to a foamy, creamy, generally smooth mouthfeel. Modest wheat twang/tartness from mid-palate onwards. Finish is dry, with some residual stickiness across the palate. Quite up to style, and rather satisfying.

Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dunkel is pretty similar to the hefe-weissbier naturtrub. it pours a dark honey colour with a thick white foam head. the smell is slightly perceptible but it previews the soft, woody flavour with a very slight bitterness. It has a Full body; another good beer by paulaner, although not top notch.

Photo of confer
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a .5 liter bottle from my Baden-Wuerttemberg Christmas package. Thanks Georg
As expected this beer is a cloudy dull brown. There are lots a chunks of various size. It also came with 2 finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly. The smell is sweet banana bread, it is a very good Hefe smell. The taste is also almost entirely banana no clove at all. This is a very easy drinking and smooth Hefe. I look forward to another one of these.

Photo of Pepeton
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a plain good dunkel weizen.

Naturally color is dark, more like dark amber than pitch black. Nice tan head and some lacing.

Smell is malty, say bisquity, with citrus and banana with some discrete yeast.

Taste is refreshing, medium bodied, somehow bready, smooth. Very good balance between the fruity flavors, the malts and the hops.

Mouthfeel is round, with a lightly bitter finish. Good indeed.

Drinkability is high, I surely will have another.

¡Salud!

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's plenty of clove in the aroma along with some yeasty sourness and an earthy undertone; a touch of banana sweetness is also present. The body is a hazy, dull brown with orange-ish highlights and an off-white head. The flavor is initially characterized by a sour, yeasty bite; there is also a good deal of clove-like spiciness and banana-like sweetness. The sourness persists but softens over time and adds to the kick from the clove and carbonation. Some grainy malt is present but subdued. The body is in the mid-range with lively, creamy carbonation and a good bite; the finish is a bit dry with a slight mineral texture.

I have yet to try a noticeably malty dunkelweizen, and Paulaner does not break that trend. In my experience though, when a brewery offers both a weizen and a dunkelweizen, the latter tends to be smoother and rounder. With that in mind, Paulaner's is quite enjoyable. The yeasty tartness is rather prominent but backed up well enough by the other elements not to ruin the experience.

Photo of basica
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to see this in Carrefour; I was there to look for the Leffe Brune
and ended up purchasing a Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel and KristallKlar weizens beers.
I tried this beer in my 50cl Schneider Weiss weizen glass; the Dunkel Weizen pours out a dark
shade of brown with a typical big white weizen head with average retention. Spices including
cloves and a slight wheat maltiness forms the smell emanating from the opening of the weizen
glass; the spicey smell reminds me very vaguely of the Hoegaarden Witbier smell. The taste
was quite a party for the mouth; for the first time I finally understood the banana taste that
German hefe-weizen drinkers preach of! Perhaps my pellates have matured over time or maybe this
beer is strong on the weizen taste. In addition to the banana taste was the spices and the
wheat malts and very subtle yeastiness; very nice. The body of this beer is slightly off medium
body like any other weizens and there is a light yet apt amount of carbonation giving it a
good mouthfeel; this dunkel weizen is very smooth to drink as well. The after taste was mainly
wheat malts and a slight banana like taste which was again a pleasant experience. All of a
sudden, I am getting curious about the weizenbock style of brewing; I believe an apt mix of the
hefe-weizen and bock brewing style would become my favourite style for German weizens; we'll
see. I am looking forward to try the Aventinus.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark brown, thick haze and huge head. Lacing is breif and slowly sinks back into the glass. Huge aroma of yeast esters and phenols of clove and banana. A rash flavor of charred malt and wheat. A lingering weiss mouthfeel relentlessly calls you back for another gulp.

All I can say is gimme more.

Photo of bark
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is shady medium brown with a tint of orange. The brown three finger thick foam sinks slowly down to a thin lid.

The smell is roasted with notes of black pepper, allspice and other spices, some sour wheat dough.

The taste is sweet and somewhat burned. There are spicy notes of allspice, sour wheat notes and some aroma hops. The medium long aftertaste is creamy with notes of dough and some yeast. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a fresh carbonation; the bubbles are very small.

One of the better weizens that I have come across.

Photo of psugrad98
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich cloudy and chocolatey brown. Creamy tan head is thick and reminiscent of whipped cream. Hints of Banana in the nose.
Smooth and refreshing with a citrus bitterness. Bitterness coaxed out with sliver of lemon. Slightly roasted flavor with hints of clove and vanilla. Very refreshing.

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