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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

275 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 275
Hads: 472
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 60
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
Germany

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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Reviews: 275 | Hads: 472
Photo of shirfan
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely the ugliest beer I have ever poured, but I mean that as a compliment. A murky translucent brown, tannin-laden-runoff looking brew, with a large persistent head.

Smell is mild, but dominated by cloves, wheat, and yeast.

Taste follows suit; light in body, but a nice wheat zing. Hints of roasted grain, cloves, and a typical squeaky-clean wheat beer finish. Slightly sweet.

This would be great filling an oversized stein... but for pure shock value, a clear glass in a room full of swill-lager drinkers would be classic. (539 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber tea color with a ‘massive’ cream colored head. As hard as I tried, I could not keep the head controlled. But that’s okay too ;-) It has a very nice wheat aroma with cloves being the next in line to dominate the smell. Very nice! I’ve waited some time now, and the head is still 3 fingers and holding. I guess I’m going to have a cream colored mustache. The taste is a nice tart wheat flavor with mild but well-balanced hops and tapers into cloves, wheat, and light yeast to finish each swallow. Very nicely done! This complex brew is light to medium bodied and finishes with a light dry clove flavor left on the tongue. I will have this brew again! Prosit! (691 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy amber brown with a nice white head. The bottle must have layed on its side before I bought it because there was sediment on the cap and on the neck of the bottle. The clove aroma and taste dominates but is not so strong as to overpower. There was a lingering tartness in the finish. The mouthfeel was a little creamy and light. It was a good beer which I have enjoyed but would probably not buy this beer again. The tartness spoils the overall beer for me but I know that it is within style. (514 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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!" (1,135 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very cloudy burnt orange with an off-white fluffy head that is large and laces well. The aroma is sweet, grainy, yeasty, and some banana as well. It's a very smooth beer, medium bodied, zingy carbonation, malty sweetness, a little bit of hops in the finish. I really enjoy this style. I love hefe-weizens and this style is even more interesting to me. This beer is worth a try for sure. (392 characters)

Photo of goz
2.54/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured hazy brown, nice thick white head, slowly diminishing to a strong lace. Aroma seemed a little off, some sour smell, and something else that just smelled bad. Flavor was of strong banana, and then some strong sourness in the end, which stuck around on the palate for for too long. I wasn't impressed with this one. (320 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (551 characters)

Photo of rockdick
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (232 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel in color with a light brown foam that cling's to the glass. Taste is a hint of banana with little wheat flavor. Not what I expected in a dark weisse. It is just an average dark weisse beer. I've tasted better and worse. It is smooth and flavorful, but, still lacking for a wheat beer! (297 characters)

Photo of yen157
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored and slightly cloudy from yeast, this beer smelled a lot like banana-nut bread, full of banana esters, a bit nutty, and a little toasted bread. Also, there was a hops aroma coming from the big fluffy head that floated before me.

This is such an incredibly smooth beer to drink. Malt and banana were tasted, as well as toasted grains, maybe a little cocoa, and a slight, perfect amount of bitterness. The yeast in this was perfect! Great brew! (459 characters)

Photo of zerk
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown with a thick foamy head. The head eventually settles to about 1/4 inch, and leaves a trail down the glass. Full of banana and spice esters in both aroma and flavor, with a toasted bread malt. A touch of nut in the flavor as well. Slightly thin bodied, with medium carbonation. This is a very good dunkel weiss, something I like to come back to often. (367 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hacker Pschorr: Big wheat beers are getting to be my favorites, and this is as good as it gets. Wonderful, refreshing summer beer. Huge thick head, with a cascade of beer toward the bottom. Nice hint of banana in the aroma, a little more malt flavor in the taste, but that makes worth the extra buck. Very nice, very refreshing, and the yeast at the end is healthy as well. Buy it now. (390 characters)

Photo of brakspear
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light brown body with effervescent and impressive head that lasts. Smells of clove, banana esters with slight wheat sourness. Taste similar to aroma, but followed by malty chocolate undertones. Well balanced dunkel weisse that I would come back to again and again (272 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat malt and nut nose with hints of yeast. Light brown color and cloudy. White head which was very thick on initial pour (11/2 inches).

On initial taste you get a blast of citrus (lemon) and yeast followed by a wheat malt finish. A solid dark wheat beer. Nice smooth mouth. The head is constantly 1/4 inch to the end of the brew. (338 characters)

Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I did not like this beer all that much as the flavor was a little off to me. The appearance was nice with a hazy brown color and a good amount of head. Odors of bananas and grains. Flavor profile had some cloves, bananas and a dominant flavor that I could not identify but was not really keen on. I will probably try another bottle from another store to see if it is better, but overall I was a bit disappointed. (416 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive beer, hazy clove-brown with a good 1 inch head that holds shapes well. Sweet grainy smell, some roasted nuts. Estery but also a little back of the mouth chocolate tone along with a little citrus. Nice light body with full flavors. I noticed that more sips bring out more lemon citrus, not an improvement, to me. But, refreshing and drinkable. (358 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (383 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice, yeasty, fruity aroma. Billowing white head. Brown color. Refreshing, and true to style. An enjoyable, good beer. This is a safe beer (and representative) to introduce friends to new beer styles. Sometimes seems "light" with an unsatisfying finish, but still worthwhile. (281 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appealing golden-brown color, with a creamy, fine head. Decent head and cloudiness imparted somewhat by a bottle-swirl to pour in the yeasties. Pleasing nose, with the typical Bayerisch banana-clove combo, though not overly spicy. Taste yields more of the flavors picked up in the nose...banana-clove, etc. Medium bodied, and well-recieved on the tongue. Well-pleased by this offering. Zum Wohl!

overall: 4.2
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of John
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not quite as dark as some other Dunkel Weizen beers but a pretty sight in the proper glassware none the less. Cloudy brown appearance, maybe a notch or two darker than regular Schneider-Weisse. Definitely swirl the yeast in as part of this beer's experience. Nice pillowy tan head. Aroma is of multi-grain bread. Rich mouthfeel with caramel, clove and banana flavors. (368 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed/cloudy- amber/peach color, generous frothy head, & sheet lace upon the glass. The aroma that I noticed first was that smoke smell, earthy grainy malt, the start is sweet, the middle is medium, as is the carbonation, & the finish is faintly hopped, dry, acidic & overall a pretty decent beer for the the type. I myself can do w/o it, mostly due to the aroma. There are many other Dunkle Weizens I much better perfer then this one. (452 characters)

Photo of BKotch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice effort. A huge head, aided in part by the obligatory swirling of the yeast at the bottom with the last inch of the beer. The typical banana/bubblegum weisse flavors and a slight caramel flavor to tell you it's a dunkel. Is it my imagination or have Hacker-Pschorr beers gotten smoother in recent years? I know their Oktoberfest has . . . (348 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Bread, Clove, Banana, Smooth

The beer oozes greatness, this is an excellent benchmark example of the Dunkelweizen that all non-German brewers should strive to match. Ripe banana and clove are at the perfect levels and the maltiness is like having a loaf of bread in your mouth.

STYLE: Dunkelweizen | ABV: 5.3% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Review from Oct 2001:

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown bottle with a regal label. Freshness date on the label.

Appearance: Cloudy tawny leather brown with a very healthy creamy frothy white crown that comes from a bubbly carbonation.

Smell: Clove and banana obviously, esters and a brown malt aroma / mild carob. Soft malt sweetness and grain aromas.

Taste: Smooth, full mouthfeel within the medium body. Nice even malt sweetness, like fresh banana bread. Mild clove flavours with hints of alcoholic esters. Toasted malt notes pair well with the fruitiness. Hop bitterness is very mild, tea-like, a bit herbal, spicy. Has a nice grain dryness from the wheat. Finishes dry with a faint medicinal after taste.

Notes: A most extraordinary Weisse beer. For beer drinkers not accustomed to bottle conditioned beers such as this one, it is highly recommend pouring the entire bottle in the glass, including the yeast. The yeast is one of the best parts of this beer, as in it contributes most of the flavour to this beer. (1,428 characters)

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