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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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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

arturorg, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of WildMaverick1200
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

WildMaverick1200, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Evil_Pidde, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

rtepiak, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of treque
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

treque, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

RuudJH, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Thehuntmaster, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of roddwolff
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

roddwolff, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of confer
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

confer, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of lstokes
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

lstokes, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of jayjay1976
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eyes:
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.

Nose:
sweet, malty, slight tang. Invites the tastebuds.

Tongue:
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.

Belch:
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.

jayjay1976, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Viggo, Oct 11, 2009
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.

Rayek, Sep 25, 2009
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.

Jeffo, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of TommyW
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

TommyW, Feb 05, 2009
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.

bloberglawp, May 13, 2008
Photo of Rsobotka
3.9/5  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

Rsobotka, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

HappyHourHero, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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

thierrynantes, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.48/5  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.

TheSarge, Sep 28, 2007
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

pootz, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of basica
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

basica, Jul 01, 2007
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.

Absumaster, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of sewald
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

sewald, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

RedHaze, Dec 19, 2006
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.