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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

433 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 47
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%

On tap at The Buck Hotel in the Philly area. Served in a tall Hacker-Pschorr Glass.

A- H-P Dunkle Weisse is a dark brown color with some dark red hints when held up to the chandelier. This has a thick look to it from the glass. A nice 1/2 inch white cap stayed throughout the 20 or so ounces. No lacing though, oh well.

S- Not a very complex brew as I mostly if not completely only get caramel from the heaping of malts used in this. This gives off a bready appeal and not much else. Warming did not help things but some cinnamon and slight banana creeped through.

T- This tastes exactly like it smells and I hate to write that in my reviews but it's the truth. This one is malt forward leaving no room for other flavors(if there are any) to come through. With that said this is a decent dunkle. Just a bunch of caramel.

M- Just a bit above medium bodied with an apparent thickness to it. A good amount of carbonation which was not present when I had a bottle. Nothing in terms of bitterness making this one a smooth ride. Very sweet and very one sided.

D- Drinking this I could of swore this was in the 7-8% ABV range with all the malts used but I was surprised when I read 5.3%. Sessionable but my tall hacker glass was enough for me. The taste is just very one-demensional leaving me not wanting to order another. This is pretty drinkable though.

BARFLYB, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of RocketWidget
3.23/5  rDev -19%

This beer is average, not outstanding but no serious flaws. Pours a light brown color. Head is off white, light, and drippy. Smell is mild. Taste is mild as well, slightly hoppy, slightly sweet, and light-bodied. Very drinkable due to its light body. A decent beer, but not spectacular.

RocketWidget, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Poured amber to light copper with a 2" offwhite head with slight effervescence. Good head retention and average lacing for style

Smell: Slight earthy/fruiity notes intertwined with a slight yeast presence

Taste: Some Fruitty notes and slight caramel taste, the yeast adds a little something but not a lot. Finished slighlty sweet and fruity, emphasis on the word slight! Not enough weisse character or clean taste to be memorable (yawn)

MF: Good crisp carbonation but otherwise a little thin

This went down okay, but didn't really do much for me. There certainally better dark wheat beers to be had in germany (Bischoff, Oderdorf & Andech come mind of the top of my head)

russpowell, May 13, 2006
Photo of Jimboe
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Jimboe, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of nicksta
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

A: A nice head dies quickly and leaves only a fair amount of lacing. In the middle the beer is a brown solid, but on the edges it goes from light brown to orange.

S: The smell is slightly clean. I pick up on some big citrus aromas; lemon. There is a little bit of chocolate on the end of a big sniff.

T: The taste really reminds me of a pale wheat. There is a wide array of fruits; citrus mostly, with orange, lemon, and banana. It sets itself apart as a Dunkel Weizen by surpressing the usual spongey sour taste of a Pale Wheat. It does that with a cocoa taste at the beginning and end. The hops could be more defined.

M: This beer is still quite carbonated after letting it sit for a while. I burped a lot.

D: The springy taste of a pale wheats is still there in addition to the carbonation, so the drinkability is lowered.

nicksta, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of HookemHoos
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

HookemHoos, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Ilafan
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Ilafan, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of HardTarget
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%

Bottle Inspection: Brown 500 ml bottle, 5.3% abv. and produced on 11.04 (sampled 04.06).

Aroma: Red grape sweet malts and some mild bubblegum yeast.

Appearance: Clear brown glass with a trace cover and a thin collar

Flavor: Caramel malts, some grain/wheat flavor, all well balanced but hides the hops. Deeper and richer than a Hefe for sure. Hints of peat smoke or just well roasted malt. Some clove flavor noted, but very mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, full carbonation, a bit of a chew and a fading mouth coat.

Overall Impression: A fair beer. Solid taste, no flaws, no signs of age damage in this sample, this would make a good Summer or Fall session with some serious German food, but not really worth it in other situations.
Worth a try.

HardTarget, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was a root-beer-brown color with a finger of khaki head. The retention was poor and the lacing was sparse in scattered, broken bands. The aroma was of caramel malt, chocolate malt, light toasted malt, nuts and (curiously) malt extract. The flavors were of toasted malt, the tang of wheat, caramel malt and hints of crappy coffee. Slightly tart and a bitterness of citrus peel and sharp hops came through on the finish. Didn't exactly land the dismount. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation good.

thekevlarkid, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Beastdog75
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%

The dunkel-weizen seems to be one of the less common styles of German wheat beer available here in America. Hacker-Pschorr is a brewery that sure knows their wheat beers, but I have to say I was a little bit disappointed with their dunkel-weizen offering. After trying their regular weisse and even their kristall-weisse, this one pales in comparison to both.

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse Dark (as the American labelled version reads) pours a light hazy brown color with a decent off-white head that lasts for about 3 minutes. A very nice smell eminates from the brew, with the classic hefe scents immediately noticable (yeasty spices and banana) along with some roasted malt notes, chocolate and caramel. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. The first few sips are just about right, with the aforementioned "classic" hefe flavors present (banana and spices) along with the roasted malt notes. A generic fruitiness is also present. A low-moderate dryness pops up in the finish. After the first few sips, this beer started seeming watery to me, and ended up tasting like a normal, watered down hefeweizen to me. I don't know if this brew wears out the tastebuds quickly or what. (BTW, this was my first brew of the night and was served at cellar temperature). The finish is quite clean with just some wheat-cracker notes and very light spices lingering, and it finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

If a normal hefe, this would have been average, but I expected more out of this dunkel-weisse. Not a bad beer, but just a bit disappointing.

Beastdog75, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of witster18
3.35/5  rDev -16%

another solid offering from hacker. I do prefer the weiss but the dunkel weiss is still good. Pours an amber/orange hue with a huge head with below average retention for its size.... Lots of banana ... lemon ....and is that....it is ... a little caramel hint....unusual for the style... some other florals( a lil clove). PROMINENT wheat...the hops come late....mouthfeel is excellent...grassier than the reg weiss...and not as high on the drinkability...but this still knocks the socks off of most of our domestic imitations...recommended. While some prefer the reg weiss...stating that this has more taste...I disagree...because this is far less consistant for the style...I expected a little more flavor from a dark wheat.

witster18, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.35/5  rDev -16%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium brown with a firm off-white head, average retention for the style, limited lacing.

S: Banana and other dark bread, molasses, cloves.

T: Taste is surprsingly light, just of caramel malt until the beer has been in the mouth for a couple of seconds. The ending has a real nice clove and cinnamon flavour to it.

M: A tad overcarbonated making it difficult to drink at times, overall, smooth, spicy, light/medium body.

D: A solid dunkelweizen, though I've had many better. No problems finishing the bottle, but for this style I'll go elsewhere next time methinks.

Halcyondays, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%

Good frothy cola brown pour. Weird something like this gives off a banana aroma. I guess the other smell is wheat, although its a little stronger than usual.

Taste was more yeast and clove than I was hoping for. Dark caramel, tea leaves and bready. A good deal of complexities, but not really up my alley. Drank it first from Koppa's in Milwaukee, gave it another try, just can't get into what it brings to the table. Doesn't falter because of lack of taste, I just can't get too much into dunkels still.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%

From my notes 6/7/07 - Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Yeasty/raisin nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is yeasty and bready, clean finish. €2.90 ($3.97) for a 0.5L glass on-tap from Cafe 7 Numero Heidelberg, Germany.

jdhilt, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of teg8612
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured into a Weisse Glass

A- An un-filtered weiss beer, it appears cloudy. A dark brown not a deep black like most other dunkle's. A lemon with my Dunkle? No spank you.

S- A light, sweet aroma from the wheat malt. Faint.

T&M- Grainy wheat texture, sweet and smooth with no bitterness. Al little fruitiness but wheat malt dominates. Light mouthfeel and slcik with light carbonation. Solid.

D- Not as deep and brooding as other dunkle's but still very good. I like a little roastier malt but this is okay. Could be spicier and more citrus notes. Very sessionable and great on a hot day when the thirst seems unquenchable.

teg8612, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Simply clouded, dark amber body with a medium-small, ivory hued head fed by sporadic bubble streams.

Smell: Malty notes of caramel and toast with a vibrant banana scent (the latter coming through more so here than in the flavor), malted wheat, and a low, low spice hint.

Taste: Sweetish taste of caramel glazed toasted, thick-cut wheat bread topped with a bit of banana. Slight tanginess from the wheat malt. Modest clove-like spice accent. Very lightly bitter with no more than a gentle touch of hops. Drying, neutral finish as the flavors just drop off, scrubbed away by the active suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fluffy mouthfeel.

Overall: As with the other Hacker-Pschorr beers I've had over the years, it's firmly just OK.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 12, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured a decent head, but didn't last. Color is a cloudy, light copper color. Smells of sweat maltiness. Taste was slightly sweet with a bit of fruitiness. Fairly easy to drink. I probably won't buy it again though. Average at best.

rockdick, Nov 22, 2002
Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a weizen glass.

Pour brings a somewhat-muddy light caramel brew that isn't terribly hazy. Off-white head with a bit of lacing and not too much retention. The nose brings some light dark malts and even a hint of chocolate along with clove and a bit of banana. The taste doesn't offer too much more and is a bit plain--it's almost as if the malt was to be the focus in this beer rather than the yeast. Mouthfeel is fairly light with a touch of carbonation. Drinks decently enough, but there was nothing really getting me to finish the bottle.

Thorpe429, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of warriorsoul
3.43/5  rDev -14%

After tasting Samual Adams' attempt at a dark wheat, which I enjoyed more than anticipate...I had to snag this one to more familiarize myself with the style.
Cloudy, worn-copper in color with two full fingers of light tan head...half of which remains. Thick lacing forms, but eventually slides down into the brew.
Quite pleasant in the nose...sweet malt, sugarcane, and come mild spiced quality.
The taste is less thrilling...was expecting a bit more from the inticing aroma. Fairly bland flavors, but balanced well...even a touch tart (no bottling date).
Mouthfeel is average...carbonation typical for a wheat beer.
Pretty easy drinking here...just not sure I'd go with this one over the hefe.

warriorsoul, Jun 25, 2006
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3.43/5  rDev -14%

This sample came from a tragic moving-out-of-business sale. Cryptic dating reads just "06.04." This is meant to mean "expires on:", I assume. It is now 09.04. I smell and taste it from a large bowl and conclude that it is just a little tired. Aromas of artisan bakehouse permeate a thinnish, scraped-metal exterior. Remnants of over-ripe banana and cinnamon rolls lurk within. Pillowy globs of rising brown dough confront austere tannins and simple, light sugar flavors.

Consider this review temporary.

putnam, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of IceAce
3.43/5  rDev -14%

Appearance: Explosive carbonation when transferred from the 12 Oz. bottle to a 0.5l beer-clean Weizen glass. The ruddy-orange body begins life with a four-finger rocky cap of foam of egg white consistency

Aroma: Smell is dominated by weizen yeast. Subsequent probing of the nose reveals, well, more yeast. Can't seem to find the banana or clove esters for which these beers are famous

Taste: Earthy malt greets the tongue with the finish a slowly fading mix of roasted malt and yeast. The finish is backed up with just enough hop to lend some semblance of balance

Mouthfeel: Nice full-bodied mouthfeel which leaves with a slick coating on the tongue and cheeks

Drinkability: Above average representation of the style which I'd never turn down...or seek out.

IceAce, Nov 20, 2004
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3.45/5  rDev -13.5%

I picked this bottle up for a very reasonable price, somewhere around $1.75. From looking at the bottom of the bottle (after the pour), the brew appears to have been bottle conditioned. The brew shines a cloudy amber-brown. A pretty white head slims down to a silky rim environment. It smells of yeast, wheat bread, and banana, but the aromas are toasted to a pleasant degree.

A lot of acidity comes out first with the initial sip. Muted fruit, and a buttery finish. Yeasty on the tongue. Thin in the flavor category. Noticeable attenuation. Medium-bodied. Somewhat bland & a little disappointing. I've also discovered a "Produced On" indicator on the bottom-right corner of the label: 10/08. Tell me that's a mistake...

DerekP, Aug 03, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -13.5%

Appearance- Murky, earthy brown color. Light tan head, with excellent retention. A centimeter's worth of thin, filmy foam lasted throughout the tasting.

Smell- Sweet. Tangy, with dark fruit notes. A little nutty. Slight wheat dryness.

Taste- Mild wheat twang, with a muted dryness. Thin in the middle, with light touches of caramel and vanilla. Clove spice finishes it off. Odd mineral taste in the background; it isn't bad, just a little distracting.

Mouthfeel- Thinly carbonated, with moderate body.

Verdict- Very drinkable and easy on the taste buds, but not quite exceptional.

bearrunner44, Mar 19, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

Approximately $1.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange Ca for a 12 oz. bottle. Purchased in October, drunk in November 2006.

Pours a pretty amber-brown with a nice off-white ehad that sticks around through the whole glass. Aroma is kind of weak, but it's caramel malts and maybe a hint of sweet chocolate.

Flavor is nice. Malty goodness with a slight astringency at the end that announces the hops are here. Warm and bready and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it's OK. Overall I like this and could drink it anytime. Not a favorite, but I think that has to do more with my feelings about the style than this particular offering. Pretty good!

Dukeofearl, Nov 08, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

This was pretty good. I think I had my hopes up a bit because it was a dark wheat and I thought I'd get more complexity and body out of it. It seemed a bit thin, but that's just based on my expectations... still a good beer and worth trying.

A - Amber

S - wheat, sweet, yeast, and the usual bananna clove smell of this style.

T - light, clean. A real nice wheat, but I was hoping to get more body and complexity considering it was dark. Still, it's full bodied.

M - Clean, nice soft carb

D - easy to drink.

HeroJH, May 14, 2009
Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
89 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.