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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

434 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 48
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 FishGetter
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Iced tea apperance, cloudy. Minimal head from easy pour.
Wheat grains fill the nose. Slight sweetness to it. Some earthy tones with clove and maybe lemon grass.
Grain flavors mix with hints of sweet malt. Some grainy astringant flavors mid to finish. A little bannana too. Clove finishes strong and stay on palid.
Hardy mouthfeel, grains seem to beef up drink.
Noticed production date of 11/07. Neverless enjoyable brew and look forward to sampling other offerings from brewer.

FishGetter, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of danielharper
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Pours a dark orange, almost brown color with a very thick tan head. Some brown chunks of yeast fell from the bottom of the bottle into the glass -- I'm not knocking the presentation, but it deserves note.

S: Malty, slightly sweet. Almost like... chocolate? Nah, gotta be imagining things.

T: Citrusy, slightly orangey. Like a good hefeweizen, but with a very slight maltiness that helps to even out the beer. I'm liking it quite a bit.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, to-style for a hefe of dunkel.

D: I'm not always a big fan of dunkels, but I like this one. Good marks.

danielharper, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wheat hazy, golden-brown body with a big, off-white head.
Smells of tangy grapes and wheat malt (sour Grapenuts), with rich, fresh, toffeeish banana bread and yeast.
Taste is similar to the smell, but not as strong/assertive. There’s more banana, and less banana bread/toffee. Medium-bodied feel. Finish is wheat bitter.

alexgash, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely appetizing in appearance. There's a tremendous, thick, creamy and persistent head that sits atop of a hazy brownish - orange brew. The carbonation is high and serves to maintain the ample head and add to the effervesence as well. The classic German weizen yeast aroma dominates, and includes lots of banana, bubblegum, and just a touch of clove. A slight hint of smooth, perhaps dehusked chocolate malt adds to the complexity. The body is quite full, due to the high protein content from the wheat (I do feel that residual protein is more important than dextrins in body) Hop bitterness and flavor is nearly nonexistant, but obviously must be there or this beer would be too sweet. The brew finishes w/ Munich malt flavors and just a touch of sweetness. This is a clean, flavorful and drinkable Dunkel Weisse. Tasty stuff.

marc77, Apr 05, 2002
Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the pour to the bottom of the glass, a truely exceptional beer. It has the smell and taste of unpastuerized apple cider and chocolate. This was the thrid brew by Hacker-Pschorr I have sampled, and I have to say it is the best. Average ABV, but a pint of this got me nice and warm.

TastyTaste, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this served in a Paulaner glass at the Dutchman's Brauhaus on Long Beach Island. Nice German food with a good hefe to celebrate the new spring.

A: Hazy brownish. A soft and creamy white head that rolls a little as it goes down, leaving some stings of lace behind.

S: Some nice, rich notes of clove and even a hint of nutmeg. Banana is there, but not with as big a 'creamy dessert' like presence.

T: More banana sweetness on the flavour. A nice spot of malt and a little spiciness towards the finish.

M + D: A moderate, yet assertive carbonation over a body that holds its own with a little weightiness. An easy going drink, and a good pairing with a sauerbrauten sandwich!

Proteus93, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Domingo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since this is one of my favorite beers (and has been), I figure it's time I review it.
Pours a very cloudy brown color. Think of a really heart hefe-weiss, but with some doppelbock mixed in for good measure. When I think of the term "unfiltered," this brew immediately comes to mind. Head is this and reminds me of merengue
Smell is banana, caramel, cinnamon, and a mild clove.
Flavor is wonderful and fluctuates on the temperature. When fairly cool the maltier flavor comes out. As it warms a bit, then the more traditional hefe flavors of banana and clove appear. There's definitely a little spice and honey thrown in the mix.
Mouthfeel is just right for drinking year round.
Drinkability is only limited by the style. Personally I like to alternate weiss with a lager or even a dark ale, so I don't think I would drink more than 2 of this beer by itself. However when alternating it's wonderful and perfect.

One of the best Dunkel Weiss' around. Easily as good as any from the other "Munich six" It's also easy to find, too!

Domingo, May 24, 2006
Photo of Sixpack595
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet wheat aroma with lemon and clove with a touch of chocolate. Hazy brown with a voluminus tan head. Taste is very well done with a typical array of wheat flavors as well as a cocoa note thrown in. Medium-thin, creamy mouthfeel. Tasty and very drinkable.

Sixpack595, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The color of this beer was very hard for me to describe. I think that caramel was the best descriptor that I could come up with, though sometimes amber, bronze, and just plain brown entered my head as well. It was extremely hazy and thick with sediment. A huge head rose up on the pour, but it settled down rather quickly. There wasn't any lacing, but a thick ring of foam remained around the circumference of the glass for the entire drink.

Smell: Classic lemon and citrus wheat beer smells rose up out of my glass. These were combined with light notes of yeast and a nice, grainy aroma. Maybe it was just the color of the beer that caused my nose to be prejudiced, but I thought I detected hints of dark malts and even chocolate on the nose as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, but a little heavier that your typical hefe. There was a nice chewiness along the sides of the tongue, combined with a grainy feeling that covered the entire mouth. It was a little rough on the tongue, but that's how I like my wheat beers.

Taste: The main component of the taste was a lemon zest that was combined with chewy wheat and grain flavors. A small amount of chocolate and "darker" flavors came through, especially on the finish and in the aftertaste, but they were fairly light.

This is a great beer that I pick up on a pretty regular basis. It doesn't have as strong of a dark, roasted malt component as some other dark wheat beers, but it is highly-drinkable and very enjoyable.

Quaffer, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A powerful smell. Electric yeast and apricots. A little bit of grain.

Tastes great. Spicy and fruity esters upfront, and explosive zip of wheat malt in the back. A nice, dry and very fruity aftertaste.

This has one of the most crisp bodies of any weizen I've ever tried. It's very refreshing! This would be a great session beer for the times when you and a group of friends have just got done with some hard work. Like, if I had just built a doghouse and wanted to reward myself this is the beer that I would drink a lot of.

mynie, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Pour is that of a typical dunkel: murky light brown, nice thick head. Good lacing and retention.

The smell is certainly that of a weisse. Like a hay field in the summer, but with some coriander and citrus lingering in the back.

Taste is very smooth, like a muted version of its hefe. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is almost too carbonated, but thick enough to be savoured.

I still prefer their hefe, but the Hacker dunkel is certainly a first rate example of the style. Glad I could try it on draught: could drink this all night!

JohnnyBarman, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of ypsifly
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a weizen. No dates on the label.

Light brown with a nice white head of two inches that fall to a cm and never goes away.

Sweet malt with a classic weisse smell. Pouring in the whole bottle gives it that nice yeasty clove/bananna note. Very clean.

The yeast and malt notes make up most of the taste upfront. There's a hoppy, dry finish that pairs well with the carbonation and overall medium mouthfeel.

This could be a great session beer.

ypsifly, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, poured into my Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass, on to the beer:

The beer makes a fizzing noise in my glass, the head has average retention, the body being a murky orange with a mix of brown. Lovely aroma, phenolic for sure, bits of plastic, apples...juicy golden colored apples, faint banana, Sweet, juicy apples is the first thing to come to mid when in taste this beer. Chalky yeast is the second thing. Some cinnamon makes a presence. Graham crackers? Has a good sturdy mouthfeel with a pretty strong carbonation.

I wonder how this would pair with an apple pie, or if you could cook an apple pie with this beer? I think this beer knocks off one of the "servings" of fruit I should eat every day.

DoubleJ, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of NA1NSXR
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice dark and more importantly, cloudy and gushing with carbonation after the pour.

Smell - Fruity as it should be with good constituents, but I'd love if it was stronger.

Taste - Not as fruity as its Franzy counterpart which I have somewhat often and enjoy. Solid on all counts though, nice wheat background but somewhat plain tasting.

Mouthfeel - Its a bit fizzy and carbonated but its spot on for the style.

Drinkability - Oddly, this may be more drinkable overall than even some other dunkelwizens I enjoy more on a per bottle basis.

Overall the appearance and scent over promise on the taste but its not really a grave offense for this style. Personally I prefer weizens overall which have a more pronounced fruity flavor but I think everyone should try this at least once to see if it caters more to their personal preferences. There is nothing bad about it all.

NA1NSXR, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of trancefishy
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a muddy orange-brown, with a tall, dimpled creamy brown head (not white, like the picture).

Aroma smells very simliar to the yeast used in ayinger brau-weisse. a very spicy, estery smell, with hints of bread.

Upfront in the taste, there is that certain weisse taste (always makes me think of fresh bread), followed closely behind by subtle spiciness, and the taste of the yeast so prevalent in the aroma. going down, the taste teeters between a bit of spice and a bit of fruit, almost rocking between the two. aftertaste is mildly sweet with a twinge of alcohol.

Mouthfeel on this is excellent. it has such a flowing, gentle quality. you cannot detect carbonation as bubbles at all, it's just smooth. it is just a tad bit thin feeling on the tip of my tongue after the beer has been swallowed, but, this isn't supposed to be a thick beer.

All in all, another excellent offering by Hacker-Pschorr. Get some.

trancefishy, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure this came out of a nitro-tap as it looked much like a pub pint of stout with regards to the head and carbonation. The beer was a mirky tea color and nice thick creamy head just barely pushed out of the weisse glass. Nose was hints of clove and slight yeastiness, and faint alcohol.

A smooth creamy taste with lots of clove character and good malty backbone, but still quite light on the palate. No booziness. This really was rather sublime. I'd almost given up on this style after having lots of bad bottles from the grocery store, including this brand, but fresh on tap is a whole other story. Brilliant.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge white head out of the bottle. I can smell the hefe already. Color is a light brown, dark amber; somewhat cloudy. Smells of yeast, overripe banana (alot of it), banana bread, some spice and brown sugars. Highly carbonted, very refreshing and smooth mouthfeel. Taste is of banana, wheat, and some spiciness. Finishes with a lingering fruity, sweet spiciness.

blackie, May 31, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Hackerhaus in Munich.

A: Murky, brownish-orange, off-white head, excellent retention and lace. Couldn't be better.

S: Banana bread.

T: Bready malt, banana, sweet caramel. Well-rounded and smooth, but not exceptional.

M: Moderate body is slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Derek, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of pezoids
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a large 500ml bottle. Brown mahogany in color. The beer was cloudy as some yeast was stirred up while pouring. Large glass, but had to be a double pour because the head on this beer was so massive. The creamy white head on this beer kept bouncing back up after every sip and just wouldn’t recede. Bubble gum and candy like aroma with some fruits and spices. Maybe some unripe bananas there, too. The taste is like a traditional Hefe, with the added caramel and chocolate flavors from the roasted grains. A very nice dunkelweizen and very drinkable.

pezoids, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy apple cider brown with a fluffy eggshell-white head. Good retention, good lacing.

Spicy fruit and clove aromas, yeast and wheat.

Sweet wheat and yeast flavors, with some spicy notes and light bitter grain husk. Long sweet grainy finish. Typical flavors of the style, although these aren't quite as bright as some other producers of this style.

Lighter bodied and fully carbonated. Perfect.

Overall, quenching and delicious, a very very good dunkelweizen. Worth trying if you like the style.

OtherShoe2, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of kbub6f
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge, slightly tan-white, firm head collapses unevenly, leaving lava lamp lacing. The beer is a mostly clear, dark mahogany. Spicy citrus notes in the nose, but not much else. The tangy, citrus front is a little acidic. Middle is milky-malty, with slightly cooked caramel. More tangy fruit in the finish: syrupy, but not sweet. This is very good: quite light and fruity; nicely spicy.

kbub6f, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange glass. Beer is brown and hazy with a thick head that falls away leaving very little lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate. Looks OK.

Aroma is pretty banana-y, I like it.

Beer is medium bodied and really creamy, a very good beer. Finishes nicely, not dry. Good fruit flavors on the midpalate, a really good dunkelweiss, even if its misspelled.

drabmuh, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of JMD
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark carmel color with big frothy head that fades slowly.

S: Great aroma. Bubblegum and ripe bananas. Hints of clove and spice. Very nice.

T: Sweet carmel malt. Yeasty with hints of light spice. Some banana and toasted wheat. Light hops as it finishes.

M: Low carbonation, slightly watery.

D: This is a very good dunkelweizen, and a perfect great example of the style. I could drink these all night.

JMD, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of santoslhalper
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours an almost clear coper with a sizable foamy head. Little lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Smells almost entirely of malts. Chocolate and caramel are the most powerful smells.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor of this beer is extremely unique. It tastes like dark fruits fused with cocoa and toffee. I must say I don't think I've experienced a beer like this one before, and I really enjoyed. The mouthfeel is slick and oily.

Drinkability and Overall: The thing I like so much about this beer is its unique flavor. It's complex and well balanced without being overwhelming on the taste buds. As for drinkability, I could continue enjoying these all night without a problem simply because of the great flavor.

santoslhalper, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised to see this and its lighter sibling at a store in Salem.
Quite a distinguished looking beer, light hazy chesnut brown with a large frothy off white head.
Rather pleasing aroma..the usual germen hefe smells plus a rich maltiness.
Nice taste to this it has the usual esters and spiciness of a regular Hefe and a nice caramel malt sweetness.
Very smooth on the tongue and semi-dry finish.
I found this exceptionally drinkable..I shall be returnin to the store to by a few cases of this stuff.

Reidrover, Oct 22, 2004
Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
89 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.