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Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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253 Ratings

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-24-2001

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Photo of jettjon
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.

Photo of GPHarris
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a four finger creamy off-white and billowy head into a weizen glass. the body is hazy with copper tones. nice lace and sheeting action leaving a thick ring throughout.
s - orange peel.
t - citrusy and metallic with a fruity finish.
m - smooth and slick.
d - wonderful brew as usual from tucher. i'll be going back to the well for this one this summer.

Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a goldish/burgandy color with a foamy, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and malt.

T - The dominant tastes were wheat, dried fruits and yeast. It had a sweetness about it, too.

M - It was soft and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good dunkel. A nice dried fruit flavor mixed with a sweet taste.

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with some amber hues. Aroma is cloves, overripe bananas and yeast. The smell reminds me of banana nut bread. The taste a nice malty flavor with plenty of yeast and a touch of banana. Overall, this is a good brew that I would not mind having again.

Photo of scottoale
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one comes in a 500ml. brown bottle sporting some nice labels with gold background and some sort of code notched-out on the rear. It pours a murky copper-brown with a good finger plus of off-white foam that sticks around and laces nicely. There is firm layer of sediment stuck to bottom of the bottle and good carbonation that's right for the style.

Sweet malty raw dough in the nose with a faint waft of alcohol and hops as it warms. It tastes as it smells, which starts out on the sweet side with a note of tobacco coming through that turns it to the bitter side. The hops take it away to a bitter, green banana astringent type finish. It's well balanced and finishes clean, but the bitterness lingers on for a bit.

Medium body with a moderately mild ABV, this is a good solid easy drinkin dunkel that's certainly worth a try...it's from Germany, go figure.

Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dunkles has a particularly impressive head upon the pour, with a moist top and compact and bubble laden upon the sides. Nose is reserved but does have the familiar malt base with banana bread odor seeping out. Body is a cloudy brown.

The taste is clean and particularly quenching, even for the style. Firm malt backbone with ample carbonation and tasty, no nonsense finish and aftertaste. This goes down very clean and natural tasting. Very pleasing and drinkable and almost textbook for the style.

Photo of xav33
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
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!

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tucher- Dunkeles HefeWeizen

$2.30 for a 1pint1ounce bottle.

Appearance- Light brownish orange with a huge creamy head. Very hazy and full of floaters.
Smell- Strong banana/ clove with a nice strong malt flavor. bread/ biscuit flavor noted.
Taste- immediate malt with an even balace of malt. Light sugary taste.
Mouthfeel- Big and malty up front, light sugary sweetness. low carbonation and a even flavor throughout.

Overall- A delicious beer!!! Dunkels are so much better than regular Hefe's and this is my new favorite Dunkel!!!

Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen pours a caramel brown with a huge off white head from a brown one pint, one ounce bottle. The aroma has a hint of cloves, but way toned town from what I expect in a normal (non-dunkel) hefe. It has a smooth mouthfeel. There is a good amount of malt and clove in the taste. Pretty good, definitely worth a try.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into pilsner glass. Good appearance, with a light brown body and thick, off-white head. Good wheaty aroma, and a long, smooth finish. Not a bad wheat beer, especially on a hot summer's night. However, I prefer the Helles to the Dunkel in the Tucher Hefe Weizen line.

Photo of ProfessorHops
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- cloudy gold. Very hazy. Thick head and laced well.

Smell- sour and bright. Smell did get my beer buds watering. Very nice smell.

Taste- Most hefe's I've had have a floral quality to them. This beer displays that flavor to it's extreme. A good trademark example. Round and honest to Germany.

Mouthfeel- smooth not thick at all, but not watery. A well balanced beer.

Drinkability- gulps very easy and is a brat in the finish.

Awfully sharp and bighty. But the floral thing is adorable.

Gulp Gulp,

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The magic of dunkelweizens lies in its sheer volume of complexities and its effortless refreshment. The beer delivers wave after wave of flavor without sacrificing drinkability.

A hazy dark drab washes over the weizen glass with a cast of faint light from behind of chestnut and bronze. A sturdy light tan head caps the beer with a part-foam, part-fizz character that dissipates sooner than I would have liked. Light pockets of lace cling to the glass in a semi-confident appearance.

The byproducts of yeast tell the story as fruit, spice, and butterscotch seduces the nose with savory notes and peppery balance. The malts support the esters and phenols well with aromatic complements from malt in the shape of caramel, toast, chocolate, and light coffee.

And its those flavors of chocolate, toast, coffee, and caramel that provides the foundation from which the spices and fruit springs. Estery flavors of banana, apple, and lemon-like acidity plays mildly on the palate while the balancing phenols of white pepper and clove do the job in the lowly hopped beer. Additional butter notes provide an impression of butterscotch and provides a round taste, but mutes some flavors as well.

Creamy early, but the beer takes a quick turn toward lightness, grain, and eventually minty dryness. Carbonation recedes and leaves the textures of semi-sweet malts and a buttery coat to gloss the palate for a slightly off-dry finish and unsettled refreshment.

The buttery (diacetyl) compound is unusual in the style, but I link it up to the slight vanilla-like or almond-like taste that can add beneficial complexities. But the diacetyl here interferes with the mouthfeel and brings rise to the light taste of paper and stale breads. This is likely not the most fresh version of the beer. Not knowing the stability of the bottles, I'm not sure about how much of the taste is brewhouse or old product.

Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

That is one pretty dunkel weiss pour. Chocolate brown with a giant white soap head and little bits of pretty wheat floating all around and about.

Nicely balanced and complex weizen smell. Nice sweet yeast, slightly fruity, backed against a nutty wheatmalt soaked in baking spices.

The yeast is surprisingly present. The nutty and spicy malt that was hinted at in the nose is nowhere to be found. Yeast is slightly alcoholic, a little zingy, with nodes of solid fruit, moving then into a blandish, semi-sweet middle, and finishing on a little zip of yeast. Good, but there's little yeast to be had.

A solid beer. I'm a bigger fan of the style than most, though.

Photo of styrene
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an elegant Tucher weizen glass.

Appearance: Medium-brown body and a thick, creamy head that's nearly stout-like. Perfect dunkel weizen appearance.

Smell: yeast and plantains

Taste: Very mild, but nevertheless present, hop bitterness on top of good carbonation. There's nothing out of the ordinary here, just a solid, tasty dunkel weizen. Finish is clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin for a weizen..I would have appreciated something a bit heavier and assertive.

Drinkability: While this beer is quite good, I think I would prefer it paired with some bold german food: of course, in such a situation, the flavors of the food would dominate and the beer would serve as a tasty means to wash it down.

Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating, but I did notice some notching on the label. Perhaps this is some code?

The beer pours a hazy bronze with a dense and massive tan head. Decent lacing.

The beer smells of banana. Clove and caramel.

The tast is refreshing. Lots of the expected banana & spice taste, but this hefe added a nice caramel accent. The malts seem slightly toasted and it adds a bit of extra complexity. Beer remains remarkably consistent as it warmed and as I worked my way through the glass.

The mouth is inviting and brisk. Extremely easy drinker. Well worth searching out!!

Photo of EvilKeith
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful deep, dark amber with the murky clouds of yeast that I've come to love. Nice fluffy tan head that eventually fades to fine lacing.

The smell is that of a traditional hefeweizen. Banana, clove, the yeasty smell of fresh breads and, for the first time, I noted the "bubblegum". What sets this one apart is the depth added by the dark roasted malts.

I am fortunate enough to have stopped putting pieces of lemon or orange in hefeweizens. This allows me to more fully appreciate the brewmaster's work.

Clean, refreshing and very drinkable. Well done!

Photo of Troyone
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.

Photo of oracle
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a clear medium to dark copper for the first half of the bottle (since I couldn't get the whole bottle in the glass).

Smell was pleasently yeasty, reminiscent of freshly baked bread.

Taste was smooth and delicious with notes of banana and bread. Warm and inviting, with a bit of a bite in the finsh.

When I poured the second half of the bottle is when the beer really started to shine. As is my custom with wheat beers, I swirled that last half ounce slightly to pick up some of the sediment.
That's when this beer really started to shine. The bite faded out and the flavors seemed to intensify.

Just excellent.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last time I had this I wrote at the end, "Good but not great. I kept thinking "there should be more to this" but there wasn't." I was correct, there should be more and there is. I can only assume the previous bottle was old or otherwise compromised. Herein is a new review.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a tight, off-white head three fingers deep. Excellent retention with no lace left behind.
Smell is malt, hops, grass,spice (nutmeg & cloves) & a light citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit).
Taste is similar as far as malt, hops, and spice are concerned but without the grassy and citrus notes and a light alcohol presence added.
A smooth, lightly carbonated brew, medium bodied with a touch of tangy hops on the tip of the tongue at first sip then it just folds into all the other flavors in the aftertaste. Vey nice, pour me another, please.

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$4.50 for a bottle at Michael's Deli in King of Prussia...
Murky caramel colored brown with a small off white head that settles slowly. A little bit of lacing is left.
Smell is of bready yeast, caramel, bananas, clove, chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of bazooka joe.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin but acceptable for the style. Not too sweet and balanced for the most part.
Drinkability is good. Not the best German version I've had but not a dud either.

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured to a rootbeer looking dark with a large dense billowy head that is off-wight. The smell is like banana oil. When I drink it it's like nothing i've ever tasted before. It's delicious, but it's hard to qualify. Very very slight roasted malt flavor on the back of the tongue. The hops is in perfect balance. The initial taste is, ready for this....rootbeer candy. The wheat yeast starts to become aparent on the front of your tongue as the brew gets warmer; it's funky but not at all unpleasant. Unique, delicious, and so refreshing that in your bones it feels like drinking a lager. If I were to drink this in a cozy bar with good friends, this beer would quickly become galvanized in my memory as associated with happiness. Recommended

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first dunkel weizen. I was shocked when i realized recently that there was a an entire style of beer available in Alabama that i had never tried. So, i set out to remedy that oversight and i bought this example from Tucher yesterday at Bruno's and enjoyed it last night.

500ml brown bottle. I can't discern any date anywhere. I suspect this one may be a little on the old side because craft beer doesn't move very fast through most grocery stores around here. And it was the last one on the shelf.

I was surprised that it wasn't darker. I expected something akin to a porter, but it was more of an English brown ale color. With plenty of yeast. I made sure to stir up the yeast in the bottle and pour it into the glass for a nice cloudiness.

Flavor was good and pretty much what i had expected: typical German hefeweizen flavors with added maltiness from the darker grains. A little biscuityness in there. Clove. Spices. Everything kind of mellowed and became less pronounced as i made my way through the glass.

Very pleasant, but i could tell it wasn't uber fresh. Would love to be able to make it to Germany someday and try one of these on tap close to the brewery.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange with smoky amber trim; a lovely hue. The massive cap of sandstone colored foam is a looker as well. It's creamy and thick with a cobbled surface of variously sized pits created by lazily popping bubbles. A fair amount of Swiss cheese-like lace decorates the glass. What's not to like?

The nose is wonderful and smells like autumn to me. I can appreciate cinnamon-spiced overripe apples, as well as clove-spiced mushy bananas. There's also an earthiness that brings to mind falling leaves, although not their actual aroma. I hope the nose translates well to the palate.

Dunkels Hefe Weizen tastes like autumn too. The combination of spiced fruit (fresh apple cider), caramel and earthy hops takes me instantly to late October. That classic wheaty tang says 'weizen', and beautifully caramelized malt adds 'dunkel'. Banana and clove are subtle early in each mouthful and increase in intensity as the finish approaches. Clove is especially prominent on the finish.

Sweet, sour and bitter are all present, although the beer can't be said to be any of the three. It's a system of checks and balances that works very well. The mouthfeel approaches lush without quite getting there. The carbonation is only noticed if I make an effort to notice it; a worthy attribute that I wish more beers shared.

Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen is a damn good dunkel weizen. It's more than solid across the board and is at least as drinkable as its better known competitors. As late summer gives way to crisp autumn, I'll be sure to purchase a few bottles of this beer along with my favorite Oktoberfests.

Photo of steinlifter
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy caramel, tan rich head, that left broken lace all the way down.
smell: fruity esters,sweet malt.
crisp clean taste, nice balance, fruits, cherry, not the typical cloviness of many weizens, a bit tangy as well.
mouthfeel is light tangy, slight creamy coating on the tongue.
drinkability is very good, a bit different from other dunkel weizens I've tried, definitely worth a try.

Photo of AlexJ
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out the color of cloudy iced tea, unleashing a mighty head of light beige that retains well, laces adequately and has a dense, rocky top.

Aromas are mild, consisting of very wheaty notes, light yeasty spice, and a slight minerality. Nothing too special here.

Flavor is similar, very wheaty, tasting almost like a big bowl of soggy cooked cereal flakes. There's a slight notion of clove and ther subtlest hint of banana. It really has very little of the flavors that make a great dunkel weizen. There's a distinct nip of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and juicey, with a medium body accented by big bubbles of carbonation.

Overall, a bland and disappointing entry, even Franzy Dunkel is better. And that's not saying too much.

Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
85 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.