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Oberdorfer Hefeweizen Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

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Oberdorfer Hefeweizen DunkelOberdorfer Hefeweizen Dunkel

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39 Ratings

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2001)
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Reviews by Sipchue:
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-31-2012 00:20:24 | More by Sipchue
More User Reviews:
Photo of Chugmonkey


3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this mostly so I could re-use the nice swing top bottle for homebrew. But I do like dunkelweizen.

Light amber color, nice white head & lacing. Slightly fruity aroma with some clove. Taste is slightly bready, fruity, wheaty.

Carbonation is right on, nice head, a touch watery. Little stale tasting, probably not very fresh. Fresh on tap would prolly be a whole different animal.

Overall not bad, but nothing to brag about.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 22:06:25 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of animal69


3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well, i'm not really a fan of any kind of wheat beer, but i really like this one; pours a murky light brown color /w almost no head or lacing; smells like a bakery on hops, lot of yeast aroma; when i tasted it, i was surprised that there was a good malt-wheat balance, very slight hop flavor; very light body, almost too thin, but was balanced; overall i find this a quite drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 20:43:24 | More by animal69
Photo of Zorro


2.2/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy light brown beer minimal head formation, particularly for a German wheat beer.

Smell is malty with a whiff of flowery hop scent and toasted malt. Faint raisins and figs aromas.

Taste is faint figs and medium dark malt with a faint sourness in the taste. And that is about it, under flavored.

Mouthfeel is thin.

A disappointing beer here, proof that there are bad wheat beers in Germany too!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 02:22:29 | More by Zorro
Photo of garymuchow


3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly dull flat aroma. Eventually malt presents with a slightly nutty quality. Hints of phenols.
Amber of browns and deep reds. Head starts medium height and slowly settles.
Flavor starts with a spicy accent and finishes with a lemony taste. Wheat in the middle. Tangy, yeasty and somewhat tart (like Berliner).
Tartness gives a nice quenching and puckering quality that has a refreshing quality. Softness with carbonation. Medium to thin.
Stylistically this is a tough call. Further,it wasn't really what I had expected. The aroma doesn't match the flavors and there is a dominace of yeast charactistic. Yet, I can see it as a different summer ale that would be worth a sampling now and then.
The flip-top bottle gives me another reason to purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 16:23:31 | More by garymuchow
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3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine is definately not a dark wheat. The bottle says oberdorfer weiss, premium bavarian wheat malt liquor light in color.

Very hazy light yellow/straw color, lots of little bubbles jumping around. Small all white head on the top. Light wheat notes on nose, hints of lemon. Light sweet malts in front, wheat/grain characteristics. Some banana, lemony notes. Light bodied, quite refreshing, another proverbial summer brew to quench your thirst.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 17:17:30 | More by Tballz420
Photo of Pegasus


3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy medium brown color with a small tan head, which fades fairly quickly. The lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Caramel and honey notes, with little else, no hop presence that I could detect.

Taste: Opens with a crisp, lightly sweet note of caramel. Midway through the taste, there are quite subdued bitter coffee notes and roasted malt flavors. Finishes with a very mild roasted malt note that lingers on pleasantly. The finish is quite dry. None of the clove and banana flavors mentioned by other reviewers were present.

Mouth feel: Fairly sharp stinging carboation, the body is thin and watery.

Drinkability/notes: A bit underwhelming; there is nothing that is bad about this beer, just that it seems less than it could be. Quite drinkable, but it seems like this was an attempt at a light beer, overall very insubstantial.

Presentation: Packaged in a pint brown glass bottle with a stopper and rubber gasket held in place by a hinged wire mechanism, similar to Grolsch. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 19:25:12 | More by Pegasus
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3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark amber color with a tall head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a certain banana and clove smell, most likely from the yeast, as well as wheat and lemon.

The flavor was tart, as a lemon flavor is the first to hit you. The malts follow up with a sweetness that is just a bit too sweet for me, but still nice.

The drinkability was good with this one, but the mouthfeel was a little too thin. Could use a little more thickness and a little more wheat character.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 17:58:14 | More by clvand0
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Rhode Island

2.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A dark amber/brownish colored ale with a bubbly off white head that dissapears quickly. A nice yeasty clove aroma with a hint of sourness. The mouthfeel is very watery and so is the flavor. You have to strain your tongue to get to the traditional flavors of this style. I could only get hints of a malty sweetness and some clove. Maybe it didn't travel well to the US.
( for the record this was the third bottle from a case, I gave the rest away to friends and Half to a pretty girl who asked me to get this for her based on a memory of trying it 5 years ago while in germany. I tried it three times same result each time.)

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 22:02:03 | More by ybnorml
Photo of inebrius


3.9/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm besides myself watching me drink a beer and I see puzzled expressions and a left eyebrow uplifted. I'm trying to figure out whether I should celebrate this beer or spit it out. Chocolate coated adhesive bandages and crab apples, it's sour, yet drinkably sour. The fundamental problem with this brew is that it tastes nothing like the other dunkelweissbiers readily available in our market. It's yeast profile seems better suited to a more boozy beverage. In fact it reminds me of the lime vibe I got from the Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. line that seems to get better as the ABV rises. Trippy.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 02:09:53 | More by inebrius
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3.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One pint swing cap bottle. From the label reads “Premium Bavarian Wheat. Malt Liquor Dark in Color”. This premium beer poured a deep and highly carbonated amber brown. There’s a bit of brown muck on the cap and seal. Looks like yeasty gunk. It did not transfer to the glass. The head was nice and creamy, but quickly fizzled into a film. The aroma has a slightly sweet, slightly tannic nut-like quality to it. I guess you could call it “chewy”. The taste reminds me of some brown ales that I’ve had in the past, more so than any wheat beers I’ve had. This has a normal body of malt and a very light hop flavor. Nice balance. Overall, this is quite drinkable. Although missing is the sour and esters that I associate with other wheat beers, nevertheless this is a very pleasant beer that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 22:35:09 | More by pezoids
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2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this is a brand new one at my local beer store, and being a big fan of weiss beer, i was really excited to try it out. i flipped open the stopper top bottle to a loud THWAPP. mm
poured out (while it dribbled a bit from the smooth edge of the bottle) a decent reddish brown, clear. tried to get a head, but it was having none of that. so no head, really, except some whitish bubbles near the edge of the brew that do nothing for the appearance.
onwards to the sniffing. yeast. yeasty bread, not much else, unfortunately.
taste goes like: carbonation and yeasty flavours, then a bit of bitterness, or a sour flavour. in fact, i detect a hint of lactic acid in the middle of it.
aftertaste is of malt and perhaps a bit of prunes, very thin feeling. the flavour(s) of this brew don't really do much, very simple and not well balanced as others have said.
mouthfeel, as i mentioned earlier, is lots of carbonation at first, then a thin wateriness as the end. not very good at all.
overall, a poor brew. i never actually felt this way before about a beer, but i don't really feel like finishing it. certainly not a beer i would recommend. it's not terrible or anything, just not very good, there are much cheaper and better brews out there. this was 3.99 for the bottle, i could have bought a really good belgian brew for that.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 22:01:42 | More by trancefishy
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North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was a dark copper bordering on a mahogany with a good two finger head that quickly dissapated and left only a trace of lace on top of the beer.

The was very heavy in wheat sourness with a hint of fruit.

The drink started with a sour wheat blast followed by a sweet kick of malt in the middle. The finish was very clean and watery.

This was not a very balanced beer. The flavors didn't seem to mesh smoothly in my mind. It's not a terrible beer, but not a beer I'll seek again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 22:49:23 | More by coasterfreak75
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2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the swingtop bottle a hazy brown with a big light tan head that dissipates very quickly. No lace. Smells of rich clove and light banana. Sweet dark wheat malt.

Tastes of light clove but with lots of lemon and other citrus flavors. Some light banana. A bit thin in the mouth, kind of one-dimensional and poorly balanced. Not much flavor overall. It's OK but really not worth the effort to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 00:35:23 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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New York

3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smallish, tan, fizzy head. Dark red-brown clear beer. Hazy on yeast pour. Sweet, caramel nose. Major molasses. Molasses and a little butter in the front. Malty, tangy middle. A little fruit, some cream and a bit of chocolate. More molasses in the finish. A decent, malty beer. Tasty, darkish, but not too deep. More chocolate and grainsiness with the last pour. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 15:45:12 | More by kbub6f
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3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, brown, swingtop bottle, opens with a loud "POP". Pours a clear, dark chestnut body that has some orange or garnet hues when held to the light. Offwhite head quickly drops to a collar. The clarity of the body would indicate that this one is filtered. Lace is spotty, at best.

Aroma features an interesting hops/malt balance. Tart lemon, a hint of bananas, and a subtle note of wheat grain and toffee.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, tart on the tongue, and moderately carbonated.

Taste is tart and acidic, with lemony citrus up front. A sweet maltiness emerges as it warms, imparting an unexpected note of toffee that balances the tartness to a small degree. Finish is clean and slightly dry.

A very enjoyable, though unusual, Bavarian wheat ale. I'm not familiar with this style, but it's nicely drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 23:48:36 | More by merlin48
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North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured like birch beer, except their was no head. The smell was weak and slightly rank of oily malts and water.

Lemon, vitamin C tablets--with notes of orange--dominate the palate, sour enough to make your mouth move. Light aftertaste of alcohol. Medium, oily, crushed tablet powder mouthfeel. In other beers I've had, a lemon/citrus taste has been refreshing, but in this one it wasn't so.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 14:54:27 | More by donnebaby
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New York

2.13/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice house-Nobody home. my first impression was that this beer had gone bad, not a good sign. Upon reading a bunch of the other reviews I saw that I was not alone. Not sure if this stuff was intended to taste like this or if it ALL went bad. No head retention, nasty sour taste, not pleasant at all. Try somebody else attempt at a dark wheat beer, its bound to be better then this stuff. Nice bottle and label...

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 18:53:14 | More by Billolick
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2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pint sized flip top brown bottle (excellent for reuse in home brewing) No date or description
Aroma: A strong grape smell, like artificial grape, but not in a bad way, more like candy. Some roasted malt notes under the grape.
Appearance: Dark brown with amber edges. The off white head died down to a thin film and collar quickly, but is still actively carbonated. Left the slightest tidemarks as lace.
Flavor: The almost lambic sour finish defines the taste. There is also some banana and bubblegum flavors in the background, as well as a touch of the malt, although this is very well balanced to allow the more subtle yeast and a bit of bitter chocolate/coffee tastes to come out, although their appearance is brief.
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy with a bit of chew. The sour encourages a pucker, but doesn’t demand it.
Overall Impression: This is a different kind of beer. The tart finish seems closer to a Berliner Weisse, but the color and alcohol are clearly too strong for that. The “fake” grape smell is a bit distracting, and a touch cloying. This drags down drinkability a bit, but I could see others making a session of this. I would direct you to Weihenstephaner HefeWeiss beer or even Ayinger’s for a better representative of the style, but if you are a fan of those, check this out for comparison purposes.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 04:04:20 | More by HardTarget
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3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a bronze/brown color with a tan head. The aroma is of sweet malts, wheat, sour apples, and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is sweet and a bit tart with the sour apple flavors. It has a malty, wheat backbone. It is light-bodied and easy drinking. I wasn't expecting the sour apples in this one. I won't chase this one down again.

Sampled 11/18/03

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 17:17:00 | More by BeerBuilder
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2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first thing one notices when you pop the ceramic top is a burst of apples aroma. Not far behind is a musty cellar smell. It pours a cola color with very little head and no lace at all. The wheat body appears to be fairly heavy and thick, but there's not much to it. Macintosh apples are the predominant flavor here. A lemony bitterness and clovey spiciness begin to take over the flavor department as the air gets to it. Little bits of yeasty bits are floating about. For some reason I am reminded of one of my few attempts of home brewing, and why I quit trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 02:21:44 | More by BeerResearcher
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2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oberdorfer is packaged in a great bottle with swing-top ceramic stopper. Unfortunately, this beer seemed to strike me the wrong way as soon as I popped the top. I had barely begun to pull the wire holding the cork in place when the cork blew off the top of the bottle with a very loud pop. This might have been a little impressive if it wasn’t immediately followed by a bad musty, sour odor emanating from the bottle.

The beer poured with a large foamy head that died down so quickly that, had I turned away for a moment, I might have missed it. Once the head had dissipated, there was absolutely no lace at all on top, only a few stray bubbles around the edges of the glass. At first the beer poured crystal clear, dark reddish brown, and I was a bit confused until I noticed that the yeast was all lodged quite firmly on the bottom of the bottle. Pretending I was a chemist, I poured some of the beer back into the bottle, swirled it around rather well, and was then able to pour out a good bit of the yeast. The aroma was primarily of malt and citrus notes with a little wheat and yeast. The taste starts with some subtle malt and wheat that is fairly smooth. The yeast was pretty undetectable. Shortly thereafter a lemony tartness takes over that completely dominates this beer through the finish. At times the taste even becomes sour. The aftertaste is tart as well, but is fairly short lived. Overall the mouthfeel clean and crisp, but was on the thin side with light to moderate carbonation. Although the bottle is nice, this certainly isn’t a beer that I’ll go out seeking again. While I was able to finish this bottle, I was glad when it was finished... maybe it was a bad bottle?

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 14:12:31 | More by byrd
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2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this back to back with Weihenstephaner HefeWeissbier Dark is kind of like opeing up your night with Jennifer Aniston and closing it with Roseanne Barr.....what a huge let down....this bitch looks the part....nice rich cherrywood color with a big white head that melts to nothing rather quickly....from there it is all down hill (and why did I pay 3.99 for this and 1.99 for Weihenstephaner HefeWeissbier Dark ???)

The nose smells like sour milk...it really does....leathery...musty...almost like some Belgian beers....the taste is a little better..there is a touch of malt sweetness and a sour green apple finish....despite the sour nose and taste, the mouthfeel is not real tart(although there is definitely some tartness evident)....it is very charged up and actually feels OK in the mouth....but drinkability rates relatively low because I would pay $10 a bottle for Weihenstephaner HefeWeissbier Dark before I would spend the $4 a bottle I spent on this...nowhere close to being in the same league as Weihenstephaner HefeWeissbier Dark...worth rating but this wil lbe my last of this breweries beers...

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 04:48:41 | More by ZAP
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2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A poor effort for such a great style of beer. At a dark brown woody hue, this brew is far too dark with far too little head. I'd happily overlook it as experimentation if the rest of the brew made up for it, which it doesn't. Aroma is muddled by a malt dominance. Flavor has a very fleeting clove and citrus component that promises a hint of lemon but quickly turns into a tart flavor that almost makes me think this has gone bad. Carbonation is lacking, so what should be a lively and exciting brew just slips around on the tongue. I'd not drink this often if ever again. It's hardly an awful beer, but compared to the seemingly infinite supply of good hefes and dunkel hefes, I can't say that there's any reason to mask any of this beer's inadequecies.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 04:28:15 | More by marburg
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2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

half litter swing top bottle.

Poured a very clear light brown body with chunks floating around in it. The fine head died down almost immediatly and was almost non existant after a few minutes. I had to check the bottle a couple of times to make sure this was a dunkelweisen

The nose had a sweet, fruity, yeasty smell. Not quite your average weis.

The taste was very light. Chocolate, fudge, very very faint wheat taste. Sugary sweet. A mellow hop bitterness. Nothing to over the top. It finished very light and quickly.

When I was in Germany all I drank were dunkelweisens, and this is not a good dunkelweis at all. Maybe a poor german dunkel with a slight wheat flavor. More than likely the poorness of this beer is do to a combination of importing it to the US and the swingtop, but... not a beer I'll be trying on this side of the atlantic anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 09:49:36 | More by taez555
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Oberdorfer Hefeweizen Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer
75 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.