1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier DunkelPaulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

220 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 220
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 17
Gots: 16 | 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)
View: Beers (23) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Rayek
Rayek

Colorado

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 23:10:12 | More by Rayek
Photo of Absumaster
Absumaster

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 17:08:26 | More by Absumaster
Photo of cfalovo97
cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-15-2012 02:36:23 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of shigg85
shigg85

Japan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-16-2012 07:45:36 | More by shigg85
Photo of BigBry
BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 17:31:58 | More by BigBry
Photo of pootz
pootz

Ontario (Canada)

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

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2007 12:54:50 | More by pootz
Photo of codynevels
codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 21:11:22 | More by codynevels
Photo of falloutsnow
falloutsnow

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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
Photo of Chucker17
Chucker17

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-04-2013 02:04:42 | More by Chucker17
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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
Photo of rtepiak
rtepiak

Poland

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Germany

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Photo of TheSarge
TheSarge

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 21:03:47 | More by TheSarge
Photo of samEBC
samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-11-2012 21:21:55 | More by samEBC
Photo of taez555
taez555

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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
Photo of Mdog
Mdog

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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
Photo of eduardolinhalis
eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 04:32:17 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of flyingpig
flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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.

1001 Beers Blog: http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 09:29:49 | More by flyingpig
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-09-2013 22:04:57 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Photo of CwrwAmByth
CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 21:58:18 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of phishbone23
phishbone23

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-23-2013 18:01:34 | More by phishbone23
Photo of Stoffel
Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-06-2012 03:44:18 | More by Stoffel
Photo of maxpower
maxpower

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 17:23:41 | More by maxpower
Photo of patre_tim
patre_tim

China

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 14:25:58 | More by patre_tim
Photo of irishkyle21
irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-16-2013 17:37:50 | More by irishkyle21
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.