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

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75 Reviews
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 293
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 73 | 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 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 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 basica
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (1,460 characters)

Photo of BeerSingh
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dear Mom, I had a Paulaner Dunkelweizen today. Its the 5th Wheat Beer that I've had in two days. I am OD'ing on the banana clove thing mom - I can't feel it no more. The beer looked like rust coloured gravy with coagulated whipped egg on top. I didn't wanna do it mom but I had no other choice. It smelled totally generic for the style. Also of spoilt dough wafting with spent yeast. Tasted just like the other four I'd had. Sweet - sour, fizzy, caramelite - not bad mom but just that I wanted it no more. I like Paulaner beers mom, but it was the right thing at the wrong time. I'm sorry mom, but I will wean off wheat for a while and come back again. Come back and do justice to Paulaner Hefe Dunkel. (702 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 filabrazilia
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy cola brown with a nice tan head. Good lace.

A nice malt aroma surprises the nose. This doesn't smell like a DW to me, but it still smells pretty good.

The malt flavor is joined by a hint of banana in the mouth. This is a nice refreshing beer to drink.

A definite wheat beer that is smooth and easy to drink. It has a subdued tart finish indicative of the style.

This is not the best DW I have ever had, but it was worth the money and definitely worth another try. (488 characters)

Photo of JanM
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looking at the label of Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel I noticed that it looks like the Bavarian version of the Last Supper (or last jug). It pours in a nice amber color with 1-2 fingers of foam, and smells like dark bread. The first taste is of sweet bread with a bitter aftertaste. But the bottle I had was too carbonated which gave it a bad mouthfeel, blocking the tastes. All and all, I have had many better weissbiers. (423 characters)

Photo of Pepeton
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a plain good dunkel weizen.

Naturally color is dark, more like dark amber than pitch black. Nice tan head and some lacing.

Smell is malty, say bisquity, with citrus and banana with some discrete yeast.

Taste is refreshing, medium bodied, somehow bready, smooth. Very good balance between the fruity flavors, the malts and the hops.

Mouthfeel is round, with a lightly bitter finish. Good indeed.

Drinkability is high, I surely will have another.

¡Salud! (476 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass by freshness date.

A:
Hazy coppery color with an amber hue, the pour creates moderate thick light tan head with average retention. Once settled, there are some clingy lacing patches and spots inside of the glass, high carbonation.

S:
So aromatic, ripe and inviting; the nose senses big banana bread, mellow fruit ester, caramelized malt, hint of cocoa and dark chocolate, dough and some clove spice.

T:
Banana ester, fruitiness and citrus zest ride through the start while malt components reinforce by lending a hint of crackery note. Hop bitterness is mute, just barely discernible. Slight tart at the end is derived from the ester of yeast strain.

M:
The body is light to medium with fine crispness from lively carbonation, dry finish.

O:
Good but not that great however indeed a worthy pick, eminent aroma is the best part of it. (877 characters)

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy brown that is quite beautyful, with a cream head and good retention.

S: Banana and some citric smells with some spices.

T: Follows the smells with banana and citric feels, but with a lot of bread and herbal flavours.

M: Spicy and refreshing with some tropical banana and citric aftertaste.

O: A very balanced beer, not too watery and not too heavy, but exactly in the middle experience. A very good beer with a real soul. (443 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's plenty of clove in the aroma along with some yeasty sourness and an earthy undertone; a touch of banana sweetness is also present. The body is a hazy, dull brown with orange-ish highlights and an off-white head. The flavor is initially characterized by a sour, yeasty bite; there is also a good deal of clove-like spiciness and banana-like sweetness. The sourness persists but softens over time and adds to the kick from the clove and carbonation. Some grainy malt is present but subdued. The body is in the mid-range with lively, creamy carbonation and a good bite; the finish is a bit dry with a slight mineral texture.

I have yet to try a noticeably malty dunkelweizen, and Paulaner does not break that trend. In my experience though, when a brewery offers both a weizen and a dunkelweizen, the latter tends to be smoother and rounder. With that in mind, Paulaner's is quite enjoyable. The yeasty tartness is rather prominent but backed up well enough by the other elements not to ruin the experience. (1,014 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 JCBears
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Nice, but lighter than I thought, not a bad look just a bit different than what I know. More amber than usual

smell: Straight to the nose like banana juice. That is honestly all there seems to be of it

taste: Some nuttiness and spices to the overall sweetness. A nice flavor but all in all I would say almost generic like they weren't trying

mouthfeel: Stays with you a good brew for a cold day. I like the body though its rich and feels like you are drinking something

overall: Not a bad brew this is one I would give a rookie beer drinker who never had grerman brews but I personally have never been a Paulaner Fan (637 characters)

Photo of anders36
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy amber colour into the glass, with alot of foam like all weissbier. It has a mild smell of yeast and malt, maybe some hint of citrus. The taste is the same as the smell. You can also feel a little bitterness in the after taste. A good beer but not as good as the naturtrüb. (293 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 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 jesseejames
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

T^his beer pours a nice medium dark brown with a medium head. It smells of fruit and spice. It tastes of fine malts-fruity and spicy. It is a bit thin in the mouth with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Its color is nice but I expected a yeast haze that I did not get perhaps it was just all stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Definatly on the sweet side for a hefe. (369 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 Joey7F
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I hope this is the right beer. I went to Hogan's in Tampa and Paulner HefeWeizen on tap. It was extremely sweet, which I was warned about by others who had tried it. Unlike them however, I found it to be an enjoyable brew. The taste starts off like bananas and pineapple, it ends like a fruit I can't quite put my finger on. There is only the slightest hop bitterness (perhaps the SNPA just prior is influencing that). A decent beer that I would try again but would not go out of my way to get.

--Joey (504 characters)

Photo of sewald
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (431 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 TOMHONE
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very good tasty creamy-like beer. W/O a doubt one of Germany's finest breweries. Have been to Munich and tasted a Paulaner first-hand and must say the bottles I brought home are even better and tastier than their tap version.

Very smooth and mild tasting which only gets better as one consumes. I believe I paid 1 euro for this 1/2 pint beer. (346 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 GreatEastern
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy brown with a thick foamy white head into a Paulaner Oktoberfest mug.

Smell - Sweet.

Taste - Lemony taste. Sweet at first leading to a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and slightly thick

Drinkability - The sweet taste makes this a very drinkable beer.

Notes - Good. Would have it again. (333 characters)

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