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

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 25
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, smooth, not very complex, just roast and chocolate malt aroma and chocolate malttaste. Medium satisfying mouthfeel, great after Sushi with wasabi and ginger. Pure brown, lace. Dry aftertaste. Some malt, banana and citrus, bit of yeast. Well carbonated. Thanks Mark for bringing back from germany.

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 Derek
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle best before 09/06.

A: Hazy, copper-brown; fizzy white-head, quickly dissipates.

S: Bready with hints of pineapple and banana.

T: Bready, banana, hint of pineapple, slight spice.

M: Moderate body with a fairly high carbonation. It'd probably feel creamier if it wasn't so carbonated.

D: Not very stimulating, but fairly drinkable.

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 Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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 tbeckett
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a grocery store in Warsaw. From notes.

A - Poured a brown colour. Kinda like lake water? Cloudy with good head retention and ok lacing. One finger khaki head to start.

S - kinda weak to be honest. Yeasty and some sweet malt.

T - Sweet dark malt finish prefaced by a wheat, lemon, and yeast combo. Nice with the darker, slightly richer malt profile.

M - Medium carbonation and a light to medium body with a sweetish finish.

O/D - I could have a few but it was nothing overly special. Interesting dunkelweisse.

Photo of stcules
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brown, chestnut-coloured. Abundant foam, with some big bubble and holes that make it not too beautiful to see. Good hat, anyway.
In the bottom of the bottle, some block of yeast.
Smell of malt, caramel, light hop, pineapple.
Tatste of malt , caramel sugar, honey, and a light point of hop.
Medium body, aftertaste with caramel again, sweet and a slight note of bitter.
Unbalanced toward sweet.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy brown with a large, lasting head. Nose shows lots of doughy wheat, caramelised bananas and spicy phenols. Similar flavours, mainly doughy wheat with soft toasty malt also joining in. Quite light, very easy to drink. Carbonation is moderately high, which suits the flavours well.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Blackthorn pint glass.

A: An overflowing cream-coloured head quickly fills half the glass and sticks around for ages. A hazy, opaque medium-brown colour with visible carbonation.

S: Light citrus, flat malts. Dark bread, pineapple.

T: Good, but not great. Milk chocolate maltiness accompanied by a tropical fruitiness provides most of the character to this pleasantly wheaty beer. Clean, smoothly drinkable, and roundly bready. The aftertaste is sweet with almost no bitterness, though it is at times dryish. Wheat flavours linger on.

M: Carbonated just enough, smooth and watery with the aforementioned wheat edges.

D: Wonderfully consumable. I could down glass after glass, but I'm not particularly sure why I'd want to. A very well-made beer, but kind of boring and nothing special. Still, a recommended dunkel if you're in the Bavarian neighbourhood.

Photo of FLima
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It made lots of head, thick and persistent. And it has a brown hazy color, and floating yeast residuals.
Yeast is predominant in its aroma, also some hints of cloves and wood. It has a medium carbonation with tiny bubbles and a medium body.
Tastes reminded me of ciders with some caramel and hints of plums, though not overly sweet. Here the yeast is also a key player. Citric taste, more lime than orange. Slightly bitter and a bit toasted. Interesting beer.

Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of BigBry
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tara for bringing back this 500 ml brown bottle from Germany. Best before date 09-05 on front label.
Pours dark brown, cloudiness you expect from a weizen. Large off-white head when poured. Aroma of caramel, and fruit, and strong yeast. Strong yeasty flavor with similar malty, caramel. Wheat flavor I was expecting was less noticeable, overpowered by yeast and heavy sweetness.
Will be interested to try other examples of this style

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 thierrynantes
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottl (50cl.), tasted in 2005.

Appearence : Dark color, with huge tan foamy head.
Smell : caramel, ginger and clove aromas.
Taste : sweetish taste with clove, good spicy (due to Bavarian yeast).
Mouthfeel : bitterish finish with ginger
Drinkability : a good hefe weiss dunkel beer brewered by Paulaner

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 Rayek
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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 pootz
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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 spoony
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a weizen glass.

A-The beer was mostly murky and the color of overripe bananas. There was about one finger of dirty-white head that faded to a ring pretty quickly. Some lacing on the glass.

S-Pleasant aromas of banana, wheat, and a touch of clove spice. A little musty smelling.

T-Mild flavors here: wheaty, light malts with a touch of spice from the yeast, and some banana fruit. In other words, the taste followed the smell.

M-Easy drinking with a light to medium body and (for the style) very little carbonation. A touch watery.

O-This was a fairly simple beer. The flavors were not unpleasant, but were just middle of the road in both character and complexity. I would have preferred a little more carbonation and a touch of citrus flavor or something else to liven things up.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Deep amber color, foggy appearance. Off-white foam lasts as a thin layer on top. Toasted, banana & spiced aromas, phenolic hues & subtle chocolate on the backside. Toasted malty & bready upfront. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Low bitterness in the middle lingers into a bitter/sweet finish, Toasted bread notes on the aftertaste. refreshing & flavorful.

Photo of Mdog
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown-orange, huge head.

Smell: Clove, sweetness.

Taste: Very wheaty, a little spice and yeast/clove flavors come through on later tastes.

Drinkability: OK, kind of generic tasting. Not a lot of interesting flavors going on.

After many lagers here in China, a grocery store had some more interesting beers. Paulaner Dunkel Weiss was kind of a disappointment though. I like their Hefe and was hoping for a yeasty flavored treat, but the yeast flavors took a back seat to the wheat in this beer. Still pretty decent but I probably won't have in a bottle again (maybe on tap!).

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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.

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