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Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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BA SCORE
89
very good

417 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 45
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-17-2001)
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daledeee

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being the wheat beer fan that I am....

Pours a heavy duty head. Almost uncontrollable. Not all that dark. More of a cloudy rust. Not that much nose. Little citrus.

Taste is what counts. Caramel or malt mostly; some citrus, not much spice. Fairly sweet. Good carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Malt hangs around awhile afterwards.

I would like to try this made into a Doppelbock. As this is pretty good beer. Note: Updating this review. This is one of the most drinkable beers available. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 17:32:22 | More by daledeee
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've never liked the dunkel weizens as much as a good ole hefe, but this is pretty good. Heck, I like it better than Hacker-Pschorr's normal hefe. It tastes of dark bread and light toffee without any edge. Very very smooth with a touch of banana and clove. A heck of a drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 02:11:24 | More by tempest
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PhilfromPA

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Opaque medium brown with good amount of head. Head diminishes to leave a fair bit of oily lacing.

S-Cloves, Banana, Wheat, Sweet/Gum

T-Wheat, bready, some banana, slight spice, well balanced

M-Great body with only a slight bit of carbonation, remains quite smooth

D-Good, great body, with pleasant smooth taste

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 21:42:11 | More by PhilfromPA
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natasharai

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a small tan bubbly fizzy head that dissipated leaving very little lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is an orangish brown and is slightly hazy.

Smell: Sweet ripe banana and orange, caramelized sugar, tangy yeast, sweet and tangy wheat, and some roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet fruity banana, roasted malt, tangy wheat, sweet caramel, small metallic flavor, ending with a sweet ripe fruit sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat syrupy, a lot of carbonation, leaves mouth with a sticky coating.

Overall: Really good drinkability, a little high on the carbonation which takes away from the taste. Pretty sweet, but has a nice roasted character and tang from the yeast and wheat to help even things out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 04:12:52 | More by natasharai
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a .5 liter bottle into a traditional Bavarian wheat beer glass.

A: Nice pour, with a dark mahogany color, and a decent amount of head.

S: Nose is full of caramel with some wheat notes and a touch of alcohol. About what one would expect for the style.

T&M: Starts off with a wheat like caramel sweetness and I also picked up on some chocolate and a faint hint of vanilla in there as well. Throughout the sip, the traditional flavors of a weizen beer are also present, with a nice touch of banana and ester like flavors from the yeast well. Finishes up with a nice ample hop bitterness that goes an excellent job of cleaning the palate and leaving you wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, with a medium level of carbonation, and pretty much spot on for the viscosity for the style of the beer; not thin, but not too heavy to prevent it from being a drinkable brew.

D & Notes: I have had this beer before, and I remember it being even better that the one I am drinking right now. The bottle says "produced on 03/07", which, if this is true, obviously means I don't have a fresh beer in front of me. I can taste the fact that the freshness isn't there any longer, but this is still a very good brew that is complex, and would be a great cold weather beer for somebody who is a hefeweizen fan, but doesn't necessarily want a winter brew that will weigh them down.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 00:19:56 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It boasts of wheat and caramel malts. It has a average wheat scent with an intense caramel odor. The taste is good. It has a strong dark wheat flavor with a honey type finish. It has a light caramel taste that mixes well and finishes smooth and sweet. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation; just right. This dunkel drinks great. It has a smooth taste that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 03:18:01 | More by WesWes
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droomyster

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, kinda muddy looking brown with a small tan head. Smells of sweet, toasted wheat, fresh tobacco, and lots of yeast. Tastes like liquified Wheaties (in a good way). This bottle isn't as cold as it should be and so I'll have to update this review later on this week, but it's obvious that this beer is a solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 08:51:41 | More by droomyster
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aerozeppl

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloud deep orange copper color with a finger of white head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet malt. Dates and raisins. Heavy wheat smell in the back.

T: Sweet wheat up front. The malt balances the wheat nicely and the added dark fruits really give this beer a nice complex taste. Almost like Aventinus light.

M: Med to heavy bod with a nice syrupy feel.

D: Love my wheat beers this time of year and this is no exception. Really nice example of an unappreciated style.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 22:15:05 | More by aerozeppl
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Bistro, in Toronto.

Maybe it's the shape of the glass, who knows, but I don't think any style runs the colour gradient better than Dunkelweizens. At its top, the beer is a somber, sandy brown colour but by its bottom it's a glowing, brightly kindled orange. The head, although sticky and relatively large, is just a tad undersized for a German wheat beer.

When you're talking German Weisse beers - and this is true whether it's Hefeweizen, Weizenbock or Dunkelweizen - that beer's not worth the bottle it's been poured from unless it has at least three things: a thick, mousy, long-lasting head; a good dose of yeasty phenols and esters; and a refreshing and smooth creamy effervescence.

I've already spoken to the first point (the head is acceptable) and the aroma is just that too. The phenols and esters are moderate but backed by complimenting notes of spicy grainy malts, pumpernickel loaf, a mineral-y character and hints of milk chocolate. I'm reminded that sometimes language is of no use to describe the smellable world.

The flavours are a little easier to capture in words, in part because they are so easily discerned. Along with the substantial graininess, which with its light spiciness bares a striking resemblance to rye malt, there is also very perceivable notes of bubblegum and banana as well as lucid hints of granola, toffee and dark fruits.

As for the last item on our checklist, yes, this has that characteristically creamy, full mouthfeel and buzzing, go-getter carbonation. As with all wheat beers, this kind of carbonation can be a godsend with greasy food. The texture is chewy but is well equipped with a savory, well tempered (no fiery, peppery sensation) clove-like piquancy.

Hefeweizens are fantastically suited to hot and sunny days because they are such easy going, refreshing beers; Dunkelweizens sort of carry that same affability over into the cooler, darker evening setting of those same kind of days by adding that extra bit of colour and malty richness. Of course, they're also good at every other time of day, too!

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 14:00:54 | More by biegaman
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark orange to light brown colour. Nice sized brownish white head that stays pretty well and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Banana, clove & various spices although none of which are particularly strong on the nose.

An excellent taste of banana and clove upfront with a nice spiciness blended through it. The drink goes down well and has a good lightness to it with a pleasant fruitiness and almost no bitterness in the finish.

Smooth and refreshing feel to it. The drink is incredibly easy to drink with only the faintest fizz on the tongue from the beers carbonation.

A very drinkable dunkelweizen that is smooth and goes down well. Nothing spectacular in any catergory but a good representation of the style.

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Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 00:13:36 | More by flyingpig
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark-amber with orange highlights, slightly hazy, forming a perfect whipped beige head, peaking spontaneously out of the glass. Retention is exceptional with good lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong. Aroma is filled to the rim with spicy phenols..the typical bavarian banana/clove thing, but with toast, and subtle sulfur and hot asphalt notes added. Served mit heife adds a bready note and smooths out the finish. Mouthfeel is smoother than anticipated and not as spritzy as I was expecting. Body is medium. Taste begins with lots of phenols, then gives way to a delicate malt body which looks darker than it tastes...the feel and taste here is pale malt, and not amber. The mild hop finish is fuzzy on the back of the tongue. Damp morning earth is hidden in the delicate malts with some toastiness smoothing out the somewhat dry finish. There is some wheat huskiness towards the end. A good example of the style, but I have to be in that rare certain mood to drink more than one of these. Maybe it's cause I just ate a whole box of Pizza Hamburger Helper and am about ready to explode.
"Oh shit, it's Mister Cleraseaux!"

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 18:46:54 | More by Mitchster
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beerbistro.

A truly beautiful looking beer, which sits picture perfect in its glass. Oak coloured body with ruby highlights, and a huge foaming white head that exhibits excellent retention. The aroma is full of banana, wheat and cloves, demonstrating an intensity missing from the regular hefe. The flavour is somewhat similar, but with pronounced fruity and caramel flavours. The banana is brings a sweetness that's nicely countered by a slight wheat tanginess. Excellent balance. Medium body and carbonation gently tickle the flavours onto the palate. Excellent sessionability.

I'm not a huge fan of the Hacker-Pschorr Hefe, but I've found that with weizens freshness is key, and bottles sitting on unrefrigerated shelves don't cut it. My feeling is that for an kegged import this is still in relatively good shape, and has benefited substantially.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 23:07:26 | More by bobsy
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized dark malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste has sweet flavors of caramel and bananas up front with a touch of spice in the background. Then a bready wheat flavor and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild as it should be in this type of beer and is strong enough to bring some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer with flavor and substance that is worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 04:23:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
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kosmoraios

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown into my weisse glass, with quite a large head once the yeast has been swirled and poured. The head sticks around for quite some time, never quite going away through the whole experience. The aroma is defininately of wheat and of baking bread. Taste contains hints of bananna, bread, raisins, and overripe apples. Very pleasant. Mouthfeel is very smooth and well carbonated, with just the right amount of oilyness. A very drinkable, very enjoyable ale. The best I've had from Hacker-Pschorr so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2005 03:42:56 | More by kosmoraios
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Stimack

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking brew, poured to a cloudy brown color, almost a iced-tea color with a huge thick fluffy off white to very light tan head that has good retention. Some nice lacing down the side of the glass though not as much as I had expected based on the size of the head. The aroma has a nice wheat smell, slightly toasted, fruit flavors highlighted by banana. The flavor is good, wheat malt flavors come to mind right away, nice roast like taste. The middle and tail end see the flavors changing as fruit flavors come out more and more. Banana is the major fruit flavor but I feel that I am also picking up some pear? Has a very smooth feel, ind of silky as it goes down. Real nice brew and for the price you can't beat it. This brew drinks very easily as I am pretty much finished with it already, could be a good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 01:20:41 | More by Stimack
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riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber brown, with orange hue. Thin head, with decent retention,and nice lace. Smell is wheat and sweetness. Body is medium, with some carbionation. Taste is sweet from start to finish. Not overpowering ar all. Fruit,and spice in the finish. Very very good!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 23:31:26 | More by riversider76
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer purchased at the local package store.

A- A deep amber color with a two finger head.

S - Like raisins and irish soda bread, mmm

T- Rich and full, hints of caramel, yeast and safron.

MF -Very nice, sweet but not too sweet.

D- A little above average, only a few of these in the evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 04:45:40 | More by mltobin
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

20oz pint at the Underground.

This beer appears a clear, bright bronzed amber hue, with one solid finger of tightly foamy, bordering on creamy beige head, which leaves some dense painted limestone wall lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of bready caramel malt, applesauce, a soft minerality, and understated earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more bready, cake-like roasted caramel malt, a slightly edgy wheaty graininess, a hint of banana chips, apple skins, weak clove/coriander spice, and weedy, earthy noble hops.

The bubbles are quite on the down-low, and nothing more, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, in a soft water sort of manner. It finishes off-dry, the dark caramel malt and attendant semi-sweet breadiness holding sway, as the fruitiness and weak hops falter.

A decent dunkel, the sweetness definitely the star here, as outlined above. Good, overall, but the barest of upticks in ABV surely isn't enough to justify the hit to my tastebuds. Nice, but unfortunately readily forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2013 02:03:01 | More by biboergosum
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tapped into its own custom weizen glassware.

Appearance - Very cloudy brown body. Tan one finger head with decent retention.

Smell - Banana. Mild spice. Sweetish.

Taste - Smooth. Corny. Minimal wheatiness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth body as well. Crisp. Very effervescent carbonation breaks up and compliments the creaminess.

Overall Drinkability - Creamy. Smooth. No off elements. Has interesting point like the effervescent carbonation. I like.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 16:58:52 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown, huge off white head forms, great retention, and great lacing, really looks fantastic. Smell is sweet, little bit of roast, caramel, banana/clove, wheat. Taste is sweet and toffeelike, chocolate, banana and clove, some citrus, very nice and chewy. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very refreshing and flavourful.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2006 00:58:36 | More by Viggo
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allengarvin

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle, in weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany appearance, with nice frothy white head; brew s somewhat clear appearance for the style.

Aroma: Toasty malt aroma, somewhat cracker-like.

Flavor/Body: Good munich malt flavor, with citrus/banana fruit flavor. Phenols a little on the low side. Finishes tart and acidic. Highly carbonated, with full mouthfeel.

Notes: Decent dunkel, with malt a significant part of the profile. Still, I find it a slight bit lacking.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 03:04:43 | More by allengarvin
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a typically big German bottle into a pint glass. Presented a nice foamy head over hazy auburn liquid. The smell was typical weizen, cloves and yeasty aroma.

The taste was a little bitter, a little bit of chocolate, and clove spice.

Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 01:06:53 | More by TurdFurgison
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz draft
5.3% ABV

I tried this beer on November 1, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer was a brownish colour with a thick tan coloured head that lasted throughout the beer. The aroma was malt, caramel, and apple flavours. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was a mixture of malt, and apple.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 05:10:10 | More by cyrenaica
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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Weihenstephaner Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: Dark amber/brown, very little head and little lacing. Darker than any dunkle I've had to date.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, caramel malt dominates, no real scent of banana or clove that you might expect.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt, some spice, delicious and unique and honestly unexpected for a weissebier.

Mouth feel: Smooth, well carbonated.

Drinkability: Drinkable, nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 00:38:38 | More by BobZ
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hiikeeba

Texas

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

A - Pours up amber with red highlights, A thick off white head dissipates slowly.

S - Sweet malts with caramel notes, and raisins in the background.

T - Sweet malt flavors, some caramel in the background. A hint of banana flavor in the finish.

M - Slightly thin, but well carbonated.

D - A very good beer. Two or three would be fairly easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 01:02:55 | More by hiikeeba
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