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Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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242 Ratings

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-24-2001)
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Photo of Portertime
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have come to the conclusion that I just like dunkels better. Here is a good example. Had it in a pilsner glass chilled. Poured the usual pleasent light brown, hazy color with a decent off white head. Smelled of chocolate, yeast, and hint of banana. Taste was clean and smooth with some yeast in the finish and chocolate, banana, cherries, and a little spiceyness in the front. It's TOO-ker!

Portertime, May 17, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical euro pint bottle poured into a mug.

A clear lighter brown body with a huge pillowy off white head. It looks like someone put a marshmallow in the microwave. Constant carbonation throughout. Some lacing down the glass. The head never gave way holding strong till the last sip.

Smells are yeast, wheat, and some spice.

Taste is subdued with some light nuttiness. Not too much there. Some fruitiness, tinged by just enough hops that don't add any flavor. Maybe some apple like flavors pulling through. Clove-like presence shows up as it warms.

Body is light and overly carbonated for my liking. Easy to drink and nothing offensive. I actually like the US microbrewed versions of this style I've tried more than this one. The flavors seem to pop a bit more.

rtratzlaff, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I just finished the Schneider Weiss and cracked open one of these Tucher Dunkel Hefe Weizens and am having a hard time telling the difference between the two in color and pour. The head was a little better with the Tucher.
Smell: When smelling it, I get a sense of chocolate, a little coffee, caramel, with a hint of fruit. Interesting smell, inviting.
Taste: As with all good biers, the smell gives you a good indication of the taste and this is a good bier. Crisp taste, not bitter at all, no smokiness, a good hefe taste.
Mouthfeel: Robust feel, easy to drink and very enjoyable.
Drinkability: The dunkel hefe weizens are a more robust, full version of the helles hefe weizens and very enjoyable. This bier is best in the fall and winter months where the heaviness and more full taste works vs the helles. Any considering it is 27 degrees here in Chicago, I think I will have another. I haven't had this bier much, but will more often now, a well rounded bier that is very enjoyable to drink.

nocheinsbitte, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of monkeybeer
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.

monkeybeer, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pour a hazy cola brown under a big white head. A little lace, good retention.

S: Smells of banana, some clove, a little bit of bread and hint of caramel, pleasant but could be a little more potent.

T: Subtle, sweet fruitiness up front, banana and slight apple, a hint of earth yeast, slight spicy character.

M/D: Medium to light bodied, perhaps a little watery, low carbonation and easy drinking. Can't really go wrong with a dunkelweizen.

NCSUdo, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Walnut brown body capped by a finger of off-white head of modest duration. Nicely malted, with yeasty overtures and caramel. The taste follows suit, impressing with the caramel and malt, but lacking some complexity. Rather than fruited hints, I'd prefer they were more directly involved in the taste. The modest hop flavor could also use an upgrade. Still, it's good and smooth. I'd like a little more carbonation on this, but the texture atones. It's not hard to knock down a couple of these by any means. Though I certainly prefer the Helles Hefe Weizen, this is a solid, smooth, nice-tasting beer, worth trying and returning to in the future.

Gehrig, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dirty brown color with a below average head for a hefe, though it left a nice cap. The smell is quite nice, clove and banana, with a light wheat malt aroma. The taste is quite neutral. It starts off with some light clove and banana flavors which are quickly offset with the malt presence, leaving quite a neutral brew. There is a slightly tart apple skin presence as well. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes neutral. A very easy drinking brew. Could use some more hefe phenol flavor but a nice enjoyable brew.

Gmann, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy light brown color with a tan head

S - Smell was of malt spice and some banana

T - Was very similar to the smell malt spice and fruit

M - Carbonation is pretty light and its pretty smooth overall

D - I think I would get this again good taste and pretty smooth I could drink this all night

armock, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of chilidog
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up one of these on close-out. And off I go to find somemore. Pretty good stuff.

It pours a nice dark ruby. A good tan head indeed.

The aroma was well malted, biscuit and toast

The taste was good. Toasted bread, biscuit-like.
Some roasted, carmelized fruit.

The mouth was alittle thin, Not so much watery, but a medium body.

Drinkability, oh ya, Very easy to drink. Not strong or overpowering, just pretty good for the money.

chilidog, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of brantadid
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a dark mahogony with medium head that diminished very quickly.

Smelled of malty yeasty goodness. Balanced in that respect.

Fruity in taste. Dark, rich, dried fruits come to mind.

Rich but not overpowering. Light cabonation.

An average dunkel. I would definately drink it again. I don't think I could drink many in a sitting because of the fruitiness.

brantadid, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- The caramel-brown densely hazy body has a sea of tiny bubbles and a thick creamy light tan head that last and last. The head sticks to glass in sheets after each sip.

S-This beer has a light smell of wheat and toasted malt with a big yeasty aroma. Very faint banana note only after it is warm.

T- The taste of dry club soda is followed by toasted malt notes and a light tartness. There is a faint note of banana and apple cider, of the non-fermented variety. There is a nice spicy note in the finish perhaps of cloves.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- The flavor is a bit light but there are nice toasted notes. The mouthfeel is full but the overall impression was that it is a bit dull.

rhoadsrage, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
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.

pmcadamis, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated, as it produces a three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a lightly hazy, dark, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has some pronounced banana aromatics, which couple with some clove phenolics that are in the background. Some aromas of biscuit-like malt and perhaps a hint of spicy hop character is noticeable if you dig around for it.

This has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel to it up front, but it does pick up some prickly carbonation towards the middle of a sip. It finishes with a tinny bitterness and a touch of acidity. Flavors of plums and perhaps a touch of apple seem to be part of the Dunkles contribution. The traditional flavors of banana and clove are here, but have strangely swapped places from the aroma; here the clove is a touch more noticeable than the banana, but both are muted overall from the aroma. A touch of caramelized malt sugars and some lightly toasted malt character is noticeable towards the end. I find that at times the banana flavors are much more noticeable in the finish where they couple with the caramel notes to remind me of lightly caramelized bananas.

Not the most complex or tasty Dunkles hefe Weizen, but it certainly gets the job done and is quite tasty.

Gueuzedude, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of Byeast
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep auburn/ reddish brown , a bit hazed at first then cleared somewhat, creamy and tight offwhite head of an inch.

Smell: banana and sweet dark wheat/malt, faint green apple, touch of yeast.

Taste: Very smooth and flavorsome , rich wheaty malt that starts of with dark bread, toffee, and caramel notes, then moves towards a traditional wheat tangy feel, some yeast throughout adds to the nice complexity, greenish banana, very light green apple and clove in the finish.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, slightly creamy.

Drinkability: A really great Dunkles Hefe Weizen. Very pleasant complexity and tasty flavors , refreshing and delicious.

Byeast, May 08, 2007
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.

jettjon, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

GPHarris, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

zeff80, Mar 09, 2007
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.

cjgator3, Jan 25, 2007
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.

scottoale, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

daliandragon, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of xav33
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!

xav33, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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!!!

NJpadreFan, Aug 16, 2006
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.

Drew966, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

kimcgolf, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of ProfessorHops
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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,

ProfessorHops, Jun 07, 2006
Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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