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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

470 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 60
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Brunite
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of Reaper16
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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

Photo of NA1NSXR
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Riptides
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of BobZ
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of bskrtz
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured cold into tall pilsner stein.

A) Shade lighter than cola. Small lacy head. Hazy but transparent.

S) Malty sweet. Mild alcohol. Fruity undertone.

T) Caramel, cooked malt. Mild, barely detectable hops. Smooth and uncomplicated

M) Carbonation fell quickly until noticably flat.

D) A good example of this category.

Photo of BogleHill
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice hazy brown German beer with a good frothy light tan head. Goes to lacing. Nice even carbonation. The aroma is sweet and nutty. Flavor is very smooth, malty, nutty with a slight buttery finish. Banana too. Medium body and mouthfeel. Flavor is good, but a little "soft" in the finish. Still, a top-notch dunkelweizen.

Photo of DerekP
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of rtepiak
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a subtle dunkelweizen of a lot of flavors but little boldness. come forthright a tad sweet. good look... my pour was like the pictures. nose is of citrus and crisp yeast. palate is mild sweet wheat malt. and apple toasty in there somewhere. some apple pie... but very discrete... coriander finish...

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jjanega08
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= My bottle reads Weisse Dark which I assume is the same beer as the Dunkle. If it's not someone let me know so I can save it before it's deleted. The pour is a nice hazy brown color. A beautiful off white head rises up to three fingers and holds excellent retention and great lacing. One of the best dunkles I've ever seen.

S= Loads of bannana is the first thing I notice. I can smell the bannana from a few feet away from the glass. There is a great wheat smell coming from beneath the bannana. It really reminds me of bannana bread. Awesome smell.

T= The taste is just as amazing as the smell. Less bananna in the taste which is a little refreshing otherwise it may just taste like candy. The bannanas are still there however and share equal value as the strong wheat taste. There is a little caramelly malt to it but not much.

M= Quite creamy in feel. Really quite nice. For sure on the creamy side of a dunkel.

D= This beer is an amazing Dunkel. I'll be buying more of this for sure. It's no Vitus but it's up there just as much. A little less intense than the Vitus but worth every penny and it's a little more avalible to me.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of jizdepski
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into goblet. large, rocky white head, rustic reddish brown with golden edges. nicely retained head. smells like wheat, banana, and a fair dose of clove. fairly caramel-malt sweet on the nose as well. i take a nice quaff and its got good spice zip up front that quickly turns sweeter, with banana and malts coming in nicely. very bready all the way through, has good medicinal clove and banana interplay on the mild finish. excellent mouthfeel; very delicate and balanced well with the carbonation. could drink these all day. an excellent dukelweizen.

Photo of biggmike
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive copper color with a fluffy white head that lasted for quite some time. Aroma is of banana, clove, dark fruit and bread. Flavor is very much the same as the aroma. Very smooth and easy to drink. None of the flavors are overdone. Mouthfeel is very pleasant making the drinkability of this beer quite high. Very thirst quenching.

Photo of pootz
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap:

-- puts a lightly clouded cooper-tea colored ale in the flute, nice puffy off white cap- good retention and glass lacing....lively natural carbonation.

Aroma of dark toffee, roast grains, toasted wheat, big on fruits> banana, exotic fruits, some clove and spice...very pungent aroma.

Flavor profile sees roast malts and dark toffee up front almost instantly balanced with fruity-spicey complexity, some cocoa, some mustiness....long drying finish with some herbal hopping pucker.

This is my favorite H-S Weissbier...just loaded with favor, refreshing and sessionable.

Photo of jovy1097
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Nice cream-colored head that diminishes to a film. Medium brown, opaque liquid.

S: Banana, brown bread, and cloves are noticeable right off.

T: Spicy banana bread with cloves. Not too sweet, which would ruin it. You can really tast the nutty goodness of the roasted wheat. Very nice.

M: Creamy with medium body. Delectable and perfect for the style.

D: One taste and I wanted to guzzle the whole glass down. This is what you want in a brew. Would be good any time of year. Maybe not quite as good as Weihenstephaner's version, but very close. Another wonderful example of my favorite style of beer.

Photo of crossovert
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, produced on 10/09.

Pours a reddish brown with yellow/orange at the thin part of the weizen glass. The head is active, off-white, and large, but it recedes quickly.

There is an abundance of lemon and banana in the scent, with some slight wheat and clove.

The taste is a bit more caramally, but also a bit watery. There is a significant amount of clove in the taste along with a hint of lemon and banana.

Overall it is a pleasant beer, would be a thirst quencher in the summer.

Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
89 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.