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

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76 Reviews
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Reviews: 76
Hads: 294
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 74 | 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 JOaikido
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of pinkano
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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 (424 characters)

Photo of dbaker61
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of patra7
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Vivid copper color with brown lines of yeast swirling around. Light brown head, about 1 inch thick; quickly got thinner.

S: Yeast and malt with fruity undertones which became more evident as the beer warmed.

T: Yeast is the dominating taste, otherwise balanced. Some fruity and slightly sour notes as it got warmer

M: Medium body, low carbonation

D: Quite drinkable. Not exciting in any way, but certainly pleasing. (425 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 arturorg
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (398 characters)

Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.06/5  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! (566 characters)

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 treque
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (374 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 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 roddwolff
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (255 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 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 jayjay1976
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,692 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,220 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 Rsobotka
3.89/5  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 (269 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 thierrynantes
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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 (307 characters)

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.