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

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier DunkelPaulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

201 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%


Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Andreji on 06-08-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 02:21:42 | More by Sammy
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2013 15:26:18 | More by DoubleJ
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 02:06:43 | More by Viggo
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 00:36:56 | More by Derek
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stcules

Italy

2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 09:58:05 | More by stcules
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bark

Sweden

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 20:10:12 | More by bark
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 12:16:43 | More by CrazyDavros
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 19:38:46 | More by tbeckett
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2002 17:21:34 | More by rastaman
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.05/5  rDev +6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 18:41:48 | More by Sunnanek
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AgentMunky

California

3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 19:18:33 | More by AgentMunky
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thierrynantes

France

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 20:08:07 | More by thierrynantes
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 16:11:45 | More by Jeffo
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 17:08:26 | More by Absumaster
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FLima

Brazil

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:00:21 | More by FLima
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2007 12:54:50 | More by pootz
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Rayek

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 23:10:12 | More by Rayek
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:21:12 | More by falloutsnow
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rtepiak

Poland

3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 02:13:15 | More by rtepiak
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MTNboy

Germany

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 05:24:32 | More by MTNboy
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 11:38:21 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark and platanos banana apppearance. The head wasn't massive, and is a light tan in color

Malty chocolate and smoky aromas.

This has a weird crusty desert flavor. Tastes very much like banana cream pie.

This is a decent dunkel. It is a little smoky on the aroma but well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 21:03:47 | More by TheSarge
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 17:31:58 | More by BigBry
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 18:32:13 | More by taez555
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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!).

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 13:10:36 | More by Mdog
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