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

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 289
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 5.22%
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 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. (444 characters)

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. (572 characters)

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 (621 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (805 characters)

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. (324 characters)

Photo of NightINgale
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +( (1,111 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It smells like bananas and Cocoa Crispies over a thin layer of peanut butter. The tall, creamy, light-tan head sits above the hazy chestnut colored beer. Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a moderately full body. Yeast and banana flavors up front mix with roasted malt. A hint of lemon merges in at the finish. (306 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 4/11.

Cloudy light brown with orange highlights. Average head for a Weizen; good retention; okay lacing.

Aroma has hints of creamy banana and other fruity, yeasty phenols. Subtle, but nice.

Flavor is solid, with a mellow banana juice character. Crusty breadiness persists throughout. Slightest bit of toasted malt and chocolate on the backend. Nothing wrong here. Creamy and smooth on the palate, if a bit watery in terms of weight. Drinkability is medium, without the seductiveness that would make me want to have another pint.

This is a decent Dunkelweizen, though it lacks a bit of character. I'll reach for the more interesting Paulaner Hefeweizen (Naturtrüb) next time. (701 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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". (379 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden colour and is very murky. The head is limited, but what there is, does sit there for the duration. As for the taste, it leaves no doubt that it is a wheat beer... with after taste.The body is full. Really does nothing for me......but then again is not my style of choice... (293 characters)

Photo of atis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with effervescent white head that soon fades to thin patchy layer, almost no lacing. Aroma is ripe bananas, bread and bits of alcohol.

Taste is similar to aroma, bready malt, bananas and weak citrus. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation, more of it could be desired.

Overall, although it provided some refreshment, this beer seemed a bit boring and disappointing to some extent. (404 characters)

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. (832 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- one of the best pours i have every had. A lovely muddy chocolately copper colour with a toffee fudgy coloured 4 finger head, that poured on like ice cream once the yeast sediment was mixed and poured on top, it couldnt look better to be. Lots of lovely brussel lacing, solid head lasting throughout the beer.

S- Lots of bready malts, slight hints of clove and banana, all very well balanced

T- A bit disappointed here to be honest, all a bit too watery for me, cloves and banana come through but only faintly, tastes a bit diluted. little character and taste doesnt hang about too long after finish,

M- Medium carbonation, a little watery on the finish, maybe slightly thin

D- Drinkability is fine but i would want a dunkel with more character, franziskaner and erdinger beat this one for me. No chocolately notes in taste as i have experienced with other dunkels. An average one! (895 characters)

Photo of confer
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

0,5l bottle, 5,3%abv poured into a paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Large, cream coloured head. Cloudy chestnut brown in colour. Good lacing.

Smell: Typical Banana and cloves, ripe plums and strangely a hint of dried apricot. On the whole a very pleasing aroma.

Taste: Hmmmm, I am a little disappointed. The flavour is not as bold as I was expecting - It tastes a little watered down???-. Banana is again prevalent, with hints of dark fruit. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter hop note (Not something I have tasted in other dunkelweizens).

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Personally I couldn't drink a 12 pack of any dunkelweizen, but then who would want to??? 2 or three would go down very well with a meal. (746 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paulaner dunkel, brought this back from a short trip to Germany recently. I thought I'd try it next to Erdinger dunkel today.
0.5 l bottle.

Looks orange brown, hazy, nice fluffy head, good carbonation, in my Weihenstephaner glass.

Smell is malts, biscuits, some banana and cloves.
Taste is similar, with some fruit notes as well. Not much hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Clean aftertaste of bittersweetness.
Alcohol is hardly noticable, making this an excellent drink.

As far as German breweries are concerned, there are a couple (maybe 5) that make summer enjoyable.
Paulaner is one of them.
Cheers. (621 characters)

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. (526 characters)

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. (476 characters)

Photo of djura
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap here in Belgrade.

A- Caramel,dark brown color with creamy long lasting head.

S-Caramel,wheat.

T- Light, smooth, slightly malty and refreshing.

M-Medium body, low carbonation.

O-Very easy to drink,but must admit,it hit's you in the head very fast. Neverless,you could drink it all day. (304 characters)

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. (419 characters)

Photo of bloberglawp
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is one interesting / weird / different beer.
It pours with a light black or dark(ish) brown color which is quite hazy. The dirty brown head is very generous and lasting. The aroma is sweet, but there's no usual coffee, caramel or chocolate, but rather some fruits, hard to say esactly what.
The tase is also sweet and malty with some fruity taste as well.
Not bad, but I'm not yet sure if I like it. Takes more than one to be sure about it. (447 characters)

Photo of psugrad98
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (288 characters)

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