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

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Reviews: 276
Hads: 476
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 65
Gots: 20 | 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 Halcyondays
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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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 Beastdog75
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The dunkel-weizen seems to be one of the less common styles of German wheat beer available here in America. Hacker-Pschorr is a brewery that sure knows their wheat beers, but I have to say I was a little bit disappointed with their dunkel-weizen offering. After trying their regular weisse and even their kristall-weisse, this one pales in comparison to both.

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse Dark (as the American labelled version reads) pours a light hazy brown color with a decent off-white head that lasts for about 3 minutes. A very nice smell eminates from the brew, with the classic hefe scents immediately noticable (yeasty spices and banana) along with some roasted malt notes, chocolate and caramel. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. The first few sips are just about right, with the aforementioned "classic" hefe flavors present (banana and spices) along with the roasted malt notes. A generic fruitiness is also present. A low-moderate dryness pops up in the finish. After the first few sips, this beer started seeming watery to me, and ended up tasting like a normal, watered down hefeweizen to me. I don't know if this brew wears out the tastebuds quickly or what. (BTW, this was my first brew of the night and was served at cellar temperature). The finish is quite clean with just some wheat-cracker notes and very light spices lingering, and it finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

If a normal hefe, this would have been average, but I expected more out of this dunkel-weisse. Not a bad beer, but just a bit disappointing.

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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 rockdick
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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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 IceAce
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Explosive carbonation when transferred from the 12 Oz. bottle to a 0.5l beer-clean Weizen glass. The ruddy-orange body begins life with a four-finger rocky cap of foam of egg white consistency

Aroma: Smell is dominated by weizen yeast. Subsequent probing of the nose reveals, well, more yeast. Can't seem to find the banana or clove esters for which these beers are famous

Taste: Earthy malt greets the tongue with the finish a slowly fading mix of roasted malt and yeast. The finish is backed up with just enough hop to lend some semblance of balance

Mouthfeel: Nice full-bodied mouthfeel which leaves with a slick coating on the tongue and cheeks

Drinkability: Above average representation of the style which I'd never turn down...or seek out.

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Photo of putnam
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This sample came from a tragic moving-out-of-business sale. Cryptic dating reads just "06.04." This is meant to mean "expires on:", I assume. It is now 09.04. I smell and taste it from a large bowl and conclude that it is just a little tired. Aromas of artisan bakehouse permeate a thinnish, scraped-metal exterior. Remnants of over-ripe banana and cinnamon rolls lurk within. Pillowy globs of rising brown dough confront austere tannins and simple, light sugar flavors.

Consider this review temporary.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of DerekP
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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...

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Approximately $1.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange Ca for a 12 oz. bottle. Purchased in October, drunk in November 2006.

Pours a pretty amber-brown with a nice off-white ehad that sticks around through the whole glass. Aroma is kind of weak, but it's caramel malts and maybe a hint of sweet chocolate.

Flavor is nice. Malty goodness with a slight astringency at the end that announces the hops are here. Warm and bready and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it's OK. Overall I like this and could drink it anytime. Not a favorite, but I think that has to do more with my feelings about the style than this particular offering. Pretty good!

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After tasting Samual Adams' attempt at a dark wheat, which I enjoyed more than anticipate...I had to snag this one to more familiarize myself with the style.
Cloudy, worn-copper in color with two full fingers of light tan head...half of which remains. Thick lacing forms, but eventually slides down into the brew.
Quite pleasant in the nose...sweet malt, sugarcane, and come mild spiced quality.
The taste is less thrilling...was expecting a bit more from the inticing aroma. Fairly bland flavors, but balanced well...even a touch tart (no bottling date).
Mouthfeel is average...carbonation typical for a wheat beer.
Pretty easy drinking here...just not sure I'd go with this one over the hefe.

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Photo of HeroJH
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty good. I think I had my hopes up a bit because it was a dark wheat and I thought I'd get more complexity and body out of it. It seemed a bit thin, but that's just based on my expectations... still a good beer and worth trying.

A - Amber

S - wheat, sweet, yeast, and the usual bananna clove smell of this style.

T - light, clean. A real nice wheat, but I was hoping to get more body and complexity considering it was dark. Still, it's full bodied.

M - Clean, nice soft carb

D - easy to drink.

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Photo of kinger
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice blend of mellow wheat and caramel malt with mild banana and spices. Rather good brew. Nice copper/amber pour clouded with the swirled yeast from the bottom of the bottle, big thick head and moderate lacing. Mouthfeel is a touch thin and watery which sure detracts from the nice aroma and very good flavor.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Murky, earthy brown color. Light tan head, with excellent retention. A centimeter's worth of thin, filmy foam lasted throughout the tasting.

Smell- Sweet. Tangy, with dark fruit notes. A little nutty. Slight wheat dryness.

Taste- Mild wheat twang, with a muted dryness. Thin in the middle, with light touches of caramel and vanilla. Clove spice finishes it off. Odd mineral taste in the background; it isn't bad, just a little distracting.

Mouthfeel- Thinly carbonated, with moderate body.

Verdict- Very drinkable and easy on the taste buds, but not quite exceptional.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown, cloudy with a smallish head. Smell is malt, molasses, caramel, hint of fruit, bread and yeast. Taste is the same as the smell with alcohol making an appearance on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, relatively smooth with decent effervescence. Drinkability is good but this not your typical wheat beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hacker- Pschorr- Dunkel Weisse

Appearance- Dark cloudy brown with a thick heavy lacing head.
Smell- Strong malt, clove, and hazelnut.
Taste- Nice smooth, and evenly balanced pepper, clove, and malt. Slight yeasty straw notes thrown in.
Mouthfeel- Light spicy and smooth.

Overall- An excellent beer to drink on the golf course or sitting out on the patio.

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Photo of JArami
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another great dunkel weiss.

A: Nice and dark, murky dark brownish amber and orange light with thick two finger off-white/tan head, no lacing on my wheat glass

S: Fruity, like banana bread, roasted bready malts

T: Strong banana, but not as sweet or full as others in the style. Enjoyable all the same with very nice roasted malt flavors, its almost like fresh fruity bread in a glass.

M: Carbonation is smooth, doesn't get in the way of the taste. Leaves my mouth a little sticky or chalky afterward, and the aftertaste is not as sweet as Weihenstephaners.

D: Very drinkable as an aperitif , but i think I'll need something else to wash down this glass of liquid bread as my mouth is still dry, maybe a sandwich and some Hofbräu.

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Photo of clvand0
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a murky brown color with a moderate head and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very wheaty/yeasty with some citrus - pretty good aroma for a weiss beer. The flavor was a smooth blend of citrus and the wheat. Very enjoyable weiss brew.

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Photo of proc
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out to the most bizarre color of brown in the glass with a very generous, light brown head. The aroma is that of wheat and malt. The taste is good, with a nutty caramel taste mixing in with the typical weiss, clove/banana flavors. Overall, thirst quenching and easy to drink.

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Photo of BierReise
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark and cloudy with mammoth rocky head. Aroma is spicy with clove dominating over wheat malt and yeast. Medium bodied and smooth with no noticable bitterness. Flavor is of roasted wheat malt which is on the sweet side. Overall not a bad Dunkel.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale-gold color with a heaping white head the dissipates rather quickly. Merky look when held into light.

Definitely wheat on the nose along with a sour citrus aroma. Maybe a little clove spice sneaks through a bit. Okay. Expected better.

Sweet up front with cloves and a wheaty, but bitter follow-up. The finish is slightly dry with maybe just a bit of a slightly smoke flavor? I found this to be quite interesting to say the least. maybe a little honey on the sip as well. Decent, but quite sweet.

Tingly carbonation to a smooth, almost creamy body. Finish is slightly dry and the tingle from the carbonation sticks around for a while. Interesting.

Overall, this is quite easy to drink and nice for a summers evening on the porch. This isn't my favorite style, but I think this represents the style quite well. Decent.

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

I'm tasting this tonight as part of a comparison tasting of 3 Dunkel Heffeweisens.

Medium head on a brew that is dark brownish-orange.

On the sweetish side of a dunkel heffeweizen, with a mix of apple and orange, spices and a tiny bit of caramel notes.

I think it would be better with more of a hop bite or maybe a tinge more of tartness.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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