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

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 479
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 68
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-17-2001

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Photo of budgood1
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clouded bronzish-brown colour with a thick, creamy dirty white head. pillowy head has some staying power, leaving some thin wisps of lace. cocoa aroma, with some wheat and clove notes. taste profile is typical of the style, lightly scented clove and some background banana punctuated by a cola and cocoa dark maltiness. yeast and floral hop spice adds just enough to be noticed. fairly balanced and easy going. medium bodied with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. nice drinkability, and would be even greater in a warmer season.

overall a definite winner and excellent for the style. yummy stuff!

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy auburn color topped by a marshmallow head; great retention and lacing

Smell: Wheat bread and bananas, with hints of clove

Taste: Like the aroma, the flavor profile is dominated by the wheat bread and banana flavors; by mid-palate, the tangy yeast adds an interesting dimension and the finish adds a bit of clove; nice tartness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; rather creamy; with a slightly prickly carbonation

Overall: A great example of a style that I really enjoy

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Next time:
From: BInny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-03-01 (drank 2014-02-12)
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Hacker Pschorr's dunkelweizen is not one of their stronger beers, being a bit thin in aroma and feel, but with an above-average, though still not top-tier, flavor.

Head of 2cm in height, good retention of several minutes, lingering cap atop body of beer. Lacing is good, not excellent, a few big patterns and some smaller dots cling to side of glass. Body is dark brown in color, light brings out golden orange and brown hues, with a bit of yellow around the edges. Carbonation visible through nearly opaque body (90% opacity), high in number and activity.

Aroma of very light caramel-like sweetness, some light bread, yeast, and vanilla. Pleasant enough, but not particularly expressive or deep. Above average, but just barely so.

Flavor is of mild toasted bread and nuts, light caramel-like sweetness, banana ester, and yeast. Flavors are moderately upfront and robust, but nothing stands out particularly strongly. Good, but not excellent; also, a bit watery in flavor around the edges.

Beer is medium-light in body, with medium-low carbonation, creating a lightly foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/2) mouthfeel. A bit too thin and undercarbonated for the style, this feels a bit watery around the edges of each sip. Closes dry, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Bottle purchased at Beertopia, in Omaha, NE.
Best by 6/2011 on bottle (why did I buy this?)
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a fairly large, thick head composed of small bubbles. Peering at the body, I notice aggressive streams of carbonation and the opaque character; obviously unfiltered. Very dark copper brown in color away from light, when held up to a source, the body is a caramel brown color with orange highlights. Head descends in a few minutes, eventually becoming a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Some lacing, mostly dots and streaks, are left along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of malt sweetness, some vanilla, bananas, not much clove.

Taste is largely of dark barley and wheat malt, with mildly expressive banana esters and some residual spicy clove phenols. I imagine this was much stronger and enjoyable fresh.

Beer is medium-bodied, with bit of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation level is high enough that this moves pleasantly along on the palate while sampling. Finish is pleasantly dry, inviting the next sip.

I know this was an old beer and I'm somewhat disappointed that I bought it, but did so because it's rarely seen in these parts. Will revisit again when I can find a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-11-27 in Columbia, PA

A - Very hazy , leather-brown with a 2-finger light tan head that fades to 1/2 finger quickly.

S - Lots of clove, some banana, touch of apple cider sweetness.

T - Delicious. The roasted, sweet malt mixes with the banana and clove, conjuring again the illusion of fresh-pressed apple cider. Of course, unlike cider, this dries nicely and pretty clean.

M - Medium body and high carbonation give a cleansing and thirst quenching feel.

O - I just finished a vigorous 15-mile hike and sat down to enjoy this beer. It tasted great and sure is a nice start to replacing the electrolytes I crave (see the movie Idiocracy if you don't get this joke).

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

App- It has a honey brown body and a half finger of soapy head. There is a good amount of lacing. This is an attractive beer.

Smell- This one has a leathery, roasted malt scent. There are also earthy herbal notes in it, makes for an interesting nose!

Taste- Wow, I was not expecting such a citrus taste. Is this really lemon and orange in here? It mixes with that same earthy herbal hop noted in the nose. The finish brings out a floral taste too. For such a dark beer, there is little malt character involved.

Mouth feel- This is between a medium and light body. It is just a little bit fizzy. This is about perfect for the flavor profiles.

Overall- An interesting beer for sure, but really, it is 98% hefe and 2% dunkle. Find yourself a good hefe and go with that.

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Photo of JMD
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant orange/amber color, with a smallish beige colored head. A little spicy on the nose, with a bit of caramel, some cereal and rye bread. On the palate, this one is sweet, crisp, gingerbread, mint and medium bodied, with some caramel, toasted malt and cereal.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a 300 ml weizen glass. The color is a cloudy, deep caramel. Two fingers of eggshell/slightly tanned head dissipated slowly to leave a thick ring around the edge and a thin lacing.

Smell: All the hallmarks of a dunkelweizen: the fruits (ripe banana and apple), the yeast, the cloves, the bread, the bubblegum, and a little caramel and cocoa to make it dark.

Taste: Orgasmic, and the definition of the style. It brings the usual hefeweizen qualities from the aroma (banana, apple, bubblegum, yeast, bread, and spice), and also offers toasted malts, which offer caramel, toffee, and cocoa.

Drinkability: Yowza. This is an incredible brew. I think this may be one of the best dunkelweizens I have ever had.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a nice cloudy brown/amber color. Nice khaki head on the top that laces well

S- Roasted malts with a hint of banana

T- You can taste the chocolate malt and roasted malt mixed with a heavy dose of wheat

M- Creamy and silky making it very drinkable

O- Very drinkable without being over-powering on any front. I would definitely recommend this to someone that doesn't normally like "darker beers."

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Photo of xnicknj
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into glass - thanks to lgandrew

Pours a clouded deep, dark orange, almost browned color. A thicker layering of slightly off-white head rests on top, retaining well. Some streaks of lacing on the glass.

Some roasted malts, but dark fruit forward in the nose. Touches of plum, raisin, and date, with an edge of burnt sugar. Notes of wheat as well.

Wheat and toasty malts, swirled with dark fruit sweetness. Hints of caramelized sugar, some candied fruit. Plum, raisin, and date, but not heavy on the tongue. Roasted malt tones with wheat, slight hop touch towards the finish. Clean and crisp on the end, no alcohol.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, fairly smooth and easy on the palate. Drinks nicely, solid classic example of the style.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brunite
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with yeast...of course. Color is a hazy, iced tea, brown. An ecru head that pours huge but settles to a modest cap.

S: Banana, clove & bread notes.

T: Tastes like liquid banana bread. I like this much more than the regular version of this beer. The extra malts or toasting of the grains that go into making this a dark version help amp up the taste. Nutty banana bread. Very nice.

M: Medium thin. A tad thinner than ideal. But a quick swirl regenerates a creaminess with a renewed head. Very peasant.

D: This is an great tasting beer. Not quite as good as Weihenstephaner's version, but very close. A great example of one of my favorite styles of beer. Getting this at 13 bucks a case was the deal of the year for me.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep golden hue, not so much brown, and is capped with a short-lived head, no lace.

S - Honey and barley malt, lightly toasted bread, granola.

T - Crazy banana pudding nuances abound, in addition to some minerality and contintental hop. Tastes fairly delicious.

M - Silky.

O - This is a very nice beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a weissbier glass

Pours a burnt-orange color, bordering on amber. It looks a lot like an IPA in some respects. About a finger's worth of chalk-white head bubbles up, lacing in thin arches.

I remember that Bubbalicious used to have a cola flavored bubblegum when I was a kid. Well, this beer smells just like that gum. Coca-Cola sweetness meets estery bubblegum sugaryness. Much, much less banana aroma than I expected. The cloves instead play off of some honest-to-goodness plum.

The taste follows the nose, for the most part. Heavy clove accents the entire drink. Some cola sweetness, some nutty flavors. Plenty of wheat bread or wheat muffins, especially on the toasty finish.

The mouthfeel is dissappointing, though not bad. It's too thin, nearly watery. And it doesn't have enough carbonation to make up for it. It's certainly below average in terms of mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Dunkelweizen. It's not revelatory by any stretch of the imagination, but it delivers solid flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse Dark

Appearance: light brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: wheat, spices, and banana.

Taste: wheat, cloves, subtle banana, and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This isn't a bad dark wheat beer. The flavors are well balanced and plentiful without being watery.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Riptides
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An Austrian-American neighbor turned me onto this beer over a decade ago back when it was more readily available in bomber size bottles before the Paulaner merger. A most exceptional dunkle-weiss in most respects although I think it has gone down a bit in quality over the years from mass production. I do remember when availability of this beer would be hit or miss back in the day from import shortages here in the States.

Current formulation pours with an extremely thick head into a fluted glass no matter how careful you are. Thick bandy lacing. Mouthfeel is wet and warm. Taste is nice and roasted, thoughts of hot fresh bread with hints of caramel and sweet dried fruits assail me with every sip. A bit of acidicness is prevalent when drinking.

This beer is best experienced when combined with a ligher beer like Hoegaarden White. Enjoy.

Like with current Paulaners a 6 or 12 pack may contain a sour stinker, if you drink this and it's sour or metallic tasting then it's gone over, pour it out and move along to the next.

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Photo of BobZ
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour with a two finger brownish white fluffy head. Little lacing and decent retention.

S: Dark fruits and roasted malts. Some sweetness and spiciness in there as well.

T: Spicy banana and dark fruits. Very similar to the smell. Caramel and a bit more watered down than I expected.

MF: Medium bodied, but still not what I wanted from this one.

D: Very high. For all its flaws this beer was very drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.