Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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4/5 rDev +0.3%
First had: bottle from [some random liquor store]
"Tastes like cake," a friend once told me. I don't know about that. Well, maybe a little. But I do know this was my favorite beer for about a year back in the day.
Pours hazy brown with a nice off-white head that recedes fairly quickly. Caramel and bread in the aroma (cake?). Similar taste with caramel maltiness up front, some breadiness and earth, some light spice, and an acidic wheat-beer bite. Overall rather smooth, with a medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
05-09-2011 17:37:21 | More by Rifugium
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
Bottled on 08.06 -- Poured into HP Weizen glass.
I have to say that usually a beer is better on-tap. But, in this case, the beer is just as good, if not better in the bottle. Nice mix of banana-clove and caramel with other candyish malts. Nice malt/yeast balance. Delicious and easily drinkable. See my review of it on-tap (two reviews down).
02-01-2007 23:10:44 | More by jwc215
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.
08-25-2008 04:57:35 | More by Halcyondays
3.95/5 rDev -1%
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.
06-15-2007 02:11:24 | More by tempest
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.
06-27-2007 01:01:58 | More by jdhilt
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
02-18-2009 04:52:56 | More by DoubleJ
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.
03-30-2009 01:37:05 | More by BARFLYB
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
A. Poured from a 17 oz bottle into a beer mug. Appears light brown with a chunky head and some nice lacing.
S. Wheat is in the forefront with some herbal hops in the background.
T. Pretty well balanced here, some wheat is there, not so much banana tasting as some others have reported. Instead the hop bitterness shines through with an almost lemony twang.
M. Pretty smooth and good going down.
D. Fairly drinkable and made for sessions.
06-21-2008 14:13:14 | More by Stinkypuss
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
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!
06-11-2010 14:00:54 | More by biegaman
4.03/5 rDev +1%
A: Pours a really dark and cloudy ruby red with a 2+ finger light beige head.
S: a good yeasty presence of bananas, cloves, and baked bread with underlying notes of dried fruit.
T: a nice roastedness to it, with dark fruit and yeasty bananas, and clove hints. The palate is bready with a touch of dry chocolate malt. There was a nice spiciness as well dried caramel on the finish.
M: light and creamy with some fizziness from the active carbonation.
D: Oveall a well rounded dark wheat that was balanced quite nicely and drank clean. Really nice experience.
09-07-2008 13:32:29 | More by beerthulhu
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-23-2006 00:58:36 | More by Viggo
4.35/5 rDev +9%
Had this on tap. Beautiful color. Murky and muddy. Copper/bronze tones. Aroma consist of vanilla bean and banana. Taste is very nice. The predominant taste that I pick up is vanilla. There's a nice malt presence too. Hop notes are absent. And some of the other typical weizen characteristics that are present include cloves, tartness and phenolic character. Very nicely done.
05-19-2002 20:27:47 | More by Bighuge
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.
04-16-2011 02:13:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Muddy light brown colour topped by a creamy tan head. Served in a weiss glass, it left plenty of lacing and maintained its head through to the end. Banana and cloves are prominent in the aroma, and there's a rich chocolate maltiness here as well. Light fruity banana sweetness and a little bit of a doughy flavour. Some dark grain chocolate character and finishes with a round spiciness. Creamy, slick texture and just off-dry at the end. Slight grain astringency. Very enjoyable and not a style that shows up around here very often.
09-02-2005 13:08:41 | More by DrJay
3.75/5 rDev -6%
Pours a cloudy, copper/maize color. 5/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pear, coriander, yeast, sweet malt, and tart malt. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and acidic with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pear, and tart malt. Overall, a good aroma, good appearance, lacking in complexity, and weak in body.
06-23-2009 05:43:25 | More by Tone
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev +4%
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.
04-05-2006 00:54:44 | More by Derek
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
The beer pours out a healthy deep amber color with a monstrous head, consistency is frothy, the lace voluminous sheets that cling very tightly to the glass both pleasant beige color. The malted grain and wheat tones show through and give the nose a fresh bread aroma, caramel, also somewhat sweet to the senses.
Begins malt sweet, the top middling in mouth feel, the finish tart, somewhat astringent, the hops powerful they strike your Taste Buds, dry lingering aftertaste. Quite a quaffable beer that is well worth the effort to find and sample.
12-04-2002 14:51:57 | More by Gusler
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a slightly hazed dark amber color with a two finger yellowed white head that clings to everything. Popping the cap sends sweet wheat malts aromas wafting towards my being. Hints of various fruits, lots of clove and some banana round out the nose quite well. The taste of this pulls me in a couple of directions. I'm first hit with some caramel, burnt sugar, and plums. That is followed up by and hint of lemon, clove and banana. First I think bock then its clear the hefe is in the house. Leaves a lingering spicy wheat taste on the tongue. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Not usually something I would pick up, but I rather enjoyed this one. I could see a few of these on a warm day in my future.
06-22-2010 22:27:11 | More by johnnnniee
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-16-2006 01:06:53 | More by TurdFurgison
Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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