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Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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BA SCORE
85
very good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-24-2001)
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

2.23/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

1 Pint 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter.

Appearance - Tons of yeast sediment. Small tan lace. Dark brown body. Almost no retention. Great lacing.

Smell - Light banana. Maybe a little sweeter smelling than others in style.

Taste - Musky finish. Not much before that. Maybe some sweet banana. Lifeless. Not bad. Insofar as water isn't bad.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Lifeless.

Overall Drinkability - Worst I've had in style. Flavorless. Bodyless. The high point is the appearance. Not a bad beer, just horrible in style. If BMC made a Hefe-lite, this would be it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 22:23:36 | More by ZenAgnostic
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tjsmith910

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

07-02-2013 18:42:17 | More by tjsmith910
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - A big khaki three finger head rises above a cloudy russet brew with hints of purple. Lots of lace sticks to the glass, and the beautifully creamy head shows amazing retention.

S - Green banana notes hit my nose right off the bat, along with a shit-ton of yeast and some clove. The malts smell a bit more caramelized than a regular hefe, but these are fresh summer hefe aromas for sure. This one could cure those who are "afraid of the dark."

T - Big time green banana....like eating the peel. Also, the yeast plays a major role here. Hops are relegated to simply balancing the flavors, but yeast is center stage. This has some sweet-and-sour soy-sauce and salt flavors that seem out of place, and it doesn't taste anywhere near as good as it smells. This beer is slightly bitter, and very sour when it really shouldn't be.

M - Light bodied with a good deal of carbonation and a yeasty and sour finish. Seems watery for a hefe.

D - Poor. For some reason this stuff is just not sitting right with me. It seems all out of whack. I probably won't buy this again, but I may try to buy another bottle to see if freshness was a negative factor with this sample. There is not freshness date, and I've only had the bottle in the 'frige for maybe two weeks.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 04:40:07 | More by pmcadamis
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meatmallet

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a medium brown/copper color with a thick off white head. Also rather hazy.

Smells more faint than I was expecting. bananas, caramel, yeast, and a little bit of apple.

Taste is not as strong either. Mostly bananas and yeast.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated and a little bitter.

Overall not bad but cant compete with some of the others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 21:54:56 | More by meatmallet
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BeerManDan

California

2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured, the color was a hazy weak looking brown, that just lack depth in color. The smell was of a mild aroma of spice and malts, nothing outstanding, just an average aroma. The taste was disappointing. It had a bitterness that was a little overpowering for a dunkel and there was also a sour feel in the mouth and palate that was a turn off. Also, there was no after taste to speak of and to me just a turn off.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 23:31:32 | More by BeerManDan
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A medium brown slightly cloudy brew with a good head, but didn't last very long or leave much lacing.

You can smell some malt, yeast and perhaps some fruit. Nothing outstanding.

taste isn't bad but doesn't impress all that much either. Some malt and spice and wheat, but nothing too distinctive.

On the pallet "average" was about it. There was enough carbonation, but the aftertaste was so-so, slightly reminiscent of a cardboard box factory.

Drinkability was pretty low as having this brew didn't leave me wanting another at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 20:35:07 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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xav33

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen
Half Liter bottle
Medium pour in a weizen glass
Notched 8, prosit 11/06!

Poured a hazy light brown with a large frothy mostly lasting off white head with good lacing.

Smelt of bubble gum and banana with light caramel and dough.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet banana and cloves followed by a toast, cloves, bananas, raw dough and mineral water on an average length green banana finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, watery, fizzy, light astringency and mineral taste.

Overall, the aromas and flavors are all in check, but it feels like somebody threw Perrier in my beer! Blech!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 04:56:36 | More by xav33
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ThirstyBird

Germany

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy honey brown in color. Tan head falls to blanket. Smells malty, wheaty, some light heft notes. Taste is similar to nose mild flavors. Bready, some bubblegum.
Body is light + and carbonation is active and a tough rough. A bit gassy. Overall the least favorite of the Tucher brews that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:11:21 | More by ThirstyBird
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tigerpaws

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark mahogany color with a nice frothy head. Unfortunatly that is the best thing about this beer IMO. Almost no aroma and very very bland boring taste. I couldn't wait to finsih this brew so that I could order some other type.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2002 14:16:29 | More by tigerpaws
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Luiz0930

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

05-31-2013 07:48:02 | More by Luiz0930
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SFC21

Florida

3/5  rDev -20.8%

10-19-2013 02:08:50 | More by SFC21
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-21-2012 01:40:59 | More by barnzy78
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danielharper

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Great Spritis, Huntsville, AL. Pint-size bottle.

I poured this one very slowly from the bottle into a weizen glass, which formed a nice head that persisted so long as the beer did. Dark, almost brown color with amber around the edges, very cloudy and let very little light through.

The scent and taste are intertwined for me, as they can be described very similarly -- the citrusy aroma and taste of a good Weiss combined with the fruity esters of an Amber. Fruitiness was very prominent here, at least at first taste (I even think I detected a bit of an apple flavor) that gave way to a bitter finish. A bit too bitter, for my taste -- I like my beers to be a bit smoother, particularly ones that are as sweet as this one to begin with.

Pretty decent mouthfeel, sort of light-bodied with a foamy undercurrent that keeps things interesting. I thought the carbonation was a bit high, but that's probably to-style. Nothing much positive or negative to say here.

For me the main negative is a cloying aftertaste that doesn't really make me want to continue having them. As the wheat finish gives way to the bitter aftertaste, I find myself wishing for something else to drink with which to wash the beer down -- definitely not something that I consider a positive trait in a beer.

If I found this one on-tap, or found a good price on a six-pack, I might buy it again. I'm not sorry I bought this one as a sampler. But the overall quality of this beer leads me to the opinion that it's probably not as good as I'd like it to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 22:14:46 | More by danielharper
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marc77

California

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Murky light brown in hue, topped by a stiff and sticky light tan head. Wheat tartness and banana esters are most prominent in aroma, with hints of chocolate and toasty Munich adding depth. Caramel sweetness is perceptible upfront, yielding to mild roasted grain and light chocolate. Understated banana ester profile. Lightly bodied for style, perhaps even a touch thin in mouthfeel. Finishes w/ lingering wheat tartness and hints of toasted grain. A clean, but unimpressive Dunkelweizen that could use more malt and yeast character. It's not unlike many prosaic US microbrewed versions.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2002 17:22:04 | More by marc77
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:This beer had a small sized white head that contained fine sized bubbles that was fully diminished.The body was clear with no carbonation.The hue of this beer was brown and the nose was fruity (banana) and sweet.The flavor was somewhat acidic from start to finish.The mouthfeel was tingly and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 16:09:14 | More by hotstuff
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Murchmac

California

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping for a little more, but for 1.99 at bevmo, I get what I get and don't get upset.

Pours with a big thick melted marshmellow head. Fluffhead.

I smell nothing, like marshmellow peeps floating on the wind.

Tastes, some hefe weizen tastes, not much, but at least not macro tasting. This is like the inside of a sawdust marshmellow. Fluff.

Whatever, cheap beer and better than the 9 dollar pabst at the new yankee stadium. Fluffernutter.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 04:09:54 | More by Murchmac
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jettjon

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml bottle with no apparent date markings into a pint glass. Clear ruby pour with a few bubbles beneath a 1-finger whitish head. Moderate rate of fade yields a cap and heavy, clingy lacing. Nose is pretty middle-of-the-road with sweet malt and hops bouquet. Taste is initially malty, but this fades quickly to a kind of a watery nothingness. Not much flavor complexity here, which is a shame; this isn’t a bad tasting beer but it’s nothing special, either. Mouth is middle-viscous with moderate carbonation, wet and smooth; fairly average. Drinkability is good overall, agreeable but not stellar.

Overall: My sample was a solid dark wheat brew but a bit underwhelming in the taste department. This one’s worth revisiting at a future date to see if I got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 00:54:52 | More by jettjon
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle served into a weizen glass

Pours a very brown ale-like color. It's a moderately dark brown closer to the top of the glass, and more of a honey'd shade towards the bottom. A nice, frothy head of 2 fingers forms.

The aroma is pretty light, all things considered. There's plenty of hefeweizen character here: clove, banana. Some breadcrusts character (not toasted) bolsters things. There's also some stewed apple here...not dissimilar from an English ale.

The taste is a weaker version of the nose. Flavors of apple and breadcrust meld with the traditional hefeweizen flavors, but nothing stands out. It's not so much balanced as it is unassertive.

The mouthfeel is pretty light, almost watery. The carbonation level is fairly sharp, but a touch more body would help the dark wheat flavors shine.

Overall, this is pretty average for the style. It's a nice, affordable quaff for sure, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 04:25:45 | More by Reaper16
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zymurgy4all

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice Dunkel, however I think mine may be a little old. It pours a nice dark brown color, but not as much cloudiness as I expected. I did swirl the bottom to get some, but it didn't come up easily, so it has settled a long time. It smells a little of banana, but not enough for the style, and no clove was detected at all. It tasted a bit oxidized, but had some nice wheat and yeast flavor at the end. The aftertaste was dry and slightly acrid. I think the bottle I had was an injustice to the Tucher brand, since I've been to Germany, and I know this would be far better on tap and fresh there. If you can find this fresh, buy it, otherwise don't waste your money--brew your own!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 23:28:34 | More by zymurgy4all
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Troyone

California

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown color with a brown hue and a white foamy head that sticks around.

Has an insignificant grainy malt smell.

Light/mod sweet/acidic, lightly bitter, and a grainy malt taste with some citrus hops.

Medium bodied, slightly syrupy texture, soft almost flat carb, and a bland finish.

Easy to drink however some what of a bland beer, I should try to find a dunkles hef on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 04:34:55 | More by Troyone
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gpogo

California

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Reddish-brown mahagony. Slightly cloudy. Large cloudlike off white head. Head dissipates to centimeter sized head.

A- Sweet fruity aroma with banana nut bread smell. Very slight hints of bubblegum and spiciness.

T- Smooth chewy malt. Banana fruit notes and a slight clovey spiciness. Leaves a sweet feeling to my mouth afterwards.

M- Medium body with high carbonation.

D- Decent dunkelweizen.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 20:52:20 | More by gpogo
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monkeybeer

California

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy golden brown with almost no head and very little lacing

S- Smell is of spice and banana with a hint of wheat

T/M- Taste is a bit bitter at the end, it is moderately carbonated with a slight banana and clove flavor.

D- This is an okay Hefe, defiantly not he best in the category but also not the worst. I might get it again, but would not rush out to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 02:32:13 | More by monkeybeer
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, a dunkelweizen can be the best-looking beer sometimes, and this one by Tucher is no exception. The head looks like super-creamy ice cream sitting on top of a deep caramel brown. The entirety is very dessert-y looking. Just the thing for a hot, muggy June evening.

Aroma doesn't quite live up to the promise of the appearance, being rather muted. I did shake up the yeast from the bottom before pouring the last bit, so that's not it. Not much to report actually, except the faintest hint of pumpernickel and banana. But since there's nothing offensive here, it's easy to just move on. I'd rather taste my beer than smell it anyway...

Well, the taste is only a little more remarkable than the nose. Light shades of milk chocolate, banana, dark bread and clove pass over the tongue. That's it. Not much in the finish, except perhaps some of those characteristics in even more faded form, plus a little tart fruit.

Texture is smooth and tingly at the same time, although not quite as round or super-creamy as better versions of the style (I maintain that Franziskaner is still one of the great dunkelweizens).

Disappointing, although not undrinkable. I did all the right things--swirled the yeast at bottom, let it warm up for 20 minutes from the fridge, served in an authentic German hefeweizen glass. Guess this one simply isn't a mindblowing dunkelweizen. It happens.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 22:23:20 | More by Metalmonk
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jackndan

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dunkles Hefe Weizen: (half liter brown bottle) Cloudy reddish beer, with a very pale beige head. Very pleasant odor of bananas and sweet apples. Nice sticky Belgian Lace. Refreshing. The taste is very sweet, but the beer is not very lively, although I see by the side of the bottle that I’ve got an old one. I’ll get a fresher one, as it is worth another look.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2002 19:28:56 | More by jackndan
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dasenebler

Maine

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 7/24/11.

As a wheat beer, this Dunkelweizen should look great in a curvy, half-liter glass, of course only after doing the customary wheat beer swirl in the bottle. Great head, but unfortunately TONS of yeast chunkies: not a candidate for the swirl. I'm okay with some sediment, but wheat beer needs to have fine, cloudy yeast, not leafy swamp-gunk.

Aroma is satisfying, with some nice overripe fruit and bubblegum.

Very bready, moreso than a normal "helles" Hefeweizen. Some dark, spice cake flavors, along with a heap of tanginess. Discrete fruitiness. Overall unoffensive, but lacking a bit of oomph. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with persistent carbonation.

Luckily the amount of sediment and hairy appearance don't affect drinkability or flavor, otherwise this beer would've been a lost cause.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 17:21:48 | More by dasenebler
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Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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