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Andechser Weissbier Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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89
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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

This dark Weissbier retains its aromatic character thanks to the select choice of Hallertau aroma hops and highest quality Bavarian wheat and dark barley malts.

Its characteristic, distinctive maroon colour is a feast for the eyes. Then there’s the opalescence and fine structure of the yeast turbidity. The perfect complement is provided by the very creamy, fine pored head. This dark Weissbier from the Holy Mountain will delight connoisseurs with a harmonious interplay of fruity odours, above all ripe bananas and pineapple, with undertones of caramel and cocoa.

Andechser Weissbier Dunkel teases the tongue with a delicate tanginess carried by a round, soft body. A light caramel sweetness harmonises well with the fine hoppy bitterness. It concludes on a soft and refreshing note.
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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 72
Reviews by czfreeman:
Photo of czfreeman
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Brewery to try at home,as they don't serve this brew on tap at the Kloster for some odd reason.
Pours out a deep mahagony deep tan brown color. The head is really a beauty to behold, thick, lightly tan, creamy, slowly thinning into a foamy cap leaving nice amounts of lacing.
A spiced red-wine poached fig comes to mind, pepper, dark bread, gluhwine, suprisingly spicy given the relativley low ABV. Sweet dark fruits, raisins, molasses, and a mustiness akin to oak adds a light hint of vanilla. The ever-present banana aroma in a Dunkle-Weisse is there, but subdued, allowing a spiced fruit/bread/spiced wine aromatic profile to come through. This already is begging to be served with game.
Flavor is not nearly as sweet as expected. The mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, and finishes spicy. Spiced plums, dark bread, vanilla, gluhwine, vollkornroggenbrot(dark rye sourdough), dry merlot like character. The finish is spicy, lingering on the palate with pepper, fig, hint of vanilla, smoky molasses, and tobacco.
Dunkle Weizens sometime become too sweet over the course of time for my taste, although I love the style. Sometimes too dominated by a sweet bread/banana flavor that really hides the complexity of the spiced profile of these beers. I find this one to be a stellar example of a more rustic, spicy, warming version of the Stellar Weizen. I have to admit, after reading the previous reviews, I was a bit worried about this beer falling flat.
It doesn't approach the practically-perfect Weihenstephan Dunkleweizen, but a clean, well balanced brew.
Once again, Venison with a port wine sauce, or Duck, as the spiciness of this brew would clean the palate nicely with a rich meat. Well done

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

My first Andechs beer.Pours into a weizen glass a chestnut brown with a large blooming tan head atop.Roasted bananas in the nose along with clove and chocolate.Bananas are big on the palate with a bit of nuttiness and chocolate,the phenols are not in your face.Wow a great dunkel weiss here flavor packed but subtle.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

1pt 0.9 fl oz amber bottle

A: Dark coffee like color with a creamy light brown foamy head.

S: Sweet Caramel and high alcohol

T: "Root beer" mildly spicy

M: A bit carbonated, nice after taste

O: Nice beer, i enjoyed the taste, will definitely recommend.

Notes : First Dunkelweizen I ever try.

Photo of Mora2000
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is dark fruit, yeast and caramel. The flavor is similar with dark fruit, caramel, toffee, yeast, bananas and cloves. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good dunkelweizen from a very good brewery.

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +25.9%

We need to import more of these Bavarian banana bombs over here. This one has aroma of fresh baked banana bread and a rich ripe fruit and caramel taste to match. Unfiltered and dark with more ester flavor than most of the other German imports typically available. Exceptionally smooth with a slight tart finish.

Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours a hazy light brown color with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of caramel malts overloaded with bruised banana and various spices. As the beer warms the sweetness in the aroma subsides just a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors kick things off and are almost immediately overtaken by strong spices - clove mostly with hints of nutmeg and brown sugar. Midway through the sip hints of banana flavors work their way into things before they fade out into mildly earthy hops. The hop, malt, and spices carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall neither the aroma nor the flavors blew me away with this beer although both were very solid. Everything else was solidly above average making this beer well worth a shot.

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

An excellent little wheat dunkle, very smooth, nice chocolatey banana flavour, and even though its dark i thought it was even refreshing, excellent stuff.

Photo of JohnW
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powerful aroma of mixed spices fruit, yeast and sweetness...deep rich colour, all matched to the taste...deep, rich, fruity, real depth of character, though the powerful tastes do not encourage it as a session beer, maybe a bit too sweet for that in my opinion, but - as always with Andechs - a wonderful beer not to be missed.


John W
Bham UK

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in improper glassware, a snifter, but that's all I've got available.

Wondrous head, chewy and foamy, oatmeal-colored and persistent. Lace is plentiful. The body is surprisingly dark, almost pitch-black. I guess I was expecting something more dark brown. Either way, it's elegant. 5

Aromas of dark bread, rye, toast and caramel all occur to me. Molasses becomes more noticeable with a few more passes of the nose. 4.25

Think raisin bran without the raisins and that's about right for the taste. Very cereal-like with a touch of sweet molasses. Clove and banana become more noticeable as the beer warms and linger on the finish. 3.5

Lighter in the body than I was expecting, but also lighter in carbonation, so the feel here is decent. I'd probably like a bit more body, but you have to appreciate how easily this brew drinks. The finish is grainy and again leaves a feel in the mouth like cereal, which makes it feel quite hearty. 3.75

Not as lovely as their Helles and not at the level of Weihenstephaner, but this brew is plenty enjoyable.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a finger and half of head on a cloudy light brown colored body.
The aroma is wet grain, light caramel and slight chocolate.
The taste is amazing: caramel, toasted malt, plum and a little banana. Excellent balance.
The texture is smooth and soft with a nice fizzy.
The taste and texture are both outstanding.

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of some bananas, light wheat. Taste is mild, banana, a bit of wheat, good but kind of mild, not much spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good, easy drinking beer.

Photo of fourstringer
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a flared pilsner glass. Moderate hand. No clear date identified on the label.

A: Cloudy, toffee-brown with reddish tint. 2 fingers of slightly rocky, off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Banana & darker fruit. Spice, clove. Sweet bread. Chocolate and toffee are revealed as it warms. Pretty nice.

T: Lightly sweet, fruity and spicy up front. Fades into roasted malt notes. A very light touch of hops. Weiss flavors - spice, banana, bubble gum - reappear in the aftertaste. No alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation that is a tad prickly at first, but then slightly creamy. Moderate to light body and somewhat less full than I was expecting.

O: Solid dunkelweizen with a nice blending of wheat flavors and roasted malts. Good quality, but a bit lighter than some others in the style.

Prost!

Photo of smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a tall wheat ale glass at Churchkey DC.

What an amazing looking beer. I felt like I just got served a candy bar. The perfect milk chocolate brown body, with a super creamy light cocoa tan whipped up one finger top presented. Lots of staying power and retention. Fantastic looking.

Bouquet is classic magic and powerful. The beer rips like a banana split. Milky chocolate and banana, with a nice syrup like sensing smell. Warming clove and brown spices with a hint of toasty qualities. It smells amazing.

Palate just explodes on first sip. Sticky toffee, with a crisp light feel. Popping carbonation and milk chocolate almost like penny candy and pop rocks. Fruity banana esters and a quality hop and clove like sensing finish on the swallow. Very light palate but more than enough flavor and makes for easy drinking.

I finished this beer in no time flat. This is not by any stretch one of my favorite styles, but this beer is probably my benchmark now for the style. It is flat out incredible.

Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head is unimpressive. Darker than expected, even for a dunkel weisse. Smells of roast, pencil shavings, and faint notes of fruitiness and cocoa.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy very dark brownish red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a thicker collar around the edge of the glass. When I was rinsing out the bottle, lots of large clumps of yeast came out so leave some beer in the bottle and give it some swirls if you want to get all of the yeast.
S: Moderate aromas of bananas are present in the notes along with strong notes of dark fruits.
T: The taste has flavors of bananas and dark fruits along with notes of clove and hints of caramel malts and wheat. Bits of sweetness are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an excellent representation of the style as the taste has lots of complex flavors, even without getting all of the yeast out of the bottle.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 0.5 litre bottle, best before 2nd Jan 2009, drank Sep 2008.

Andechs gets such good press, I am struggling to argee with all the hype surrounding their beers, this is the second I've found wanting (out of three I've reviewed).

This is an average dark wiessbier at best and I thought it almost boring at times.

It is a dark, deep brown colour and a good creamy tan coloured head sat on top, it looked both interesting and inviting.

The aroma was of a weak caramel type smell, with a hint of fruitcake.

The taste was more fizz than flavour, the caramel from the aroma was there, but the fruitcake had gone somewhere and it didn't have a rich, intense feel to it at all.

Not what I was expecting, a big disappointment to be honest.

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber colour with an off white two fingered head that reduces to a film.

S - Hints of caramel malt and banana and a little sweetness.

T - Nice caramel flavours up front with a srong spiceyness follwing before some clove and banaa kick in. A little hoopy and crisp on the finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

O - Well worth a shot

Photo of FreshHawk
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark chestnut brown with some ruby hues. About average sized rocky, foamy, light beige head. Disappears fairly fast with no lacing left, but a lot of bubbles.

S - A lot of banana and caramel malt. Very much like a banana bread. Fair amount of bubblegum as well. Some clove and citrus along with a touch of other fruitiness. Nice typical dunkelweizen aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. Strong banana and caramel flavor with some nutty flavor. Similar to a banana bread. Some clove taste as well. Some fruit apart from the banana gives it a bit of a fruitcake taste as well. The flavors are a bit on the thin side, but they are enjoyable.

M - Medium to light body, with it being a bit more on the light side, with a bit above average carbonation. Pretty fizzy feel.

D - Really easy to drink beer. With pretty typical dunkelweizen flavors. None of the flavors are too strong or overpower the palate, but it has a good amount of flavor.

Notes: Best before 29/09/10. Overall a nice dunkelweizen. WEll balanced and flavorful, all though it was a bit thin. It didn't blow me away, but was a solid beer.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Cloudy chocolate brown pour with a huge three finger beige head with great retention and nice lacing. Malty, spicy, earthy nose with hints of brown bread, banana, dark fruits, toffee, and subtle cloves. The taste follows suit with big banana bread notes along with hints of toast, cocoa, spicy hops, nutmeg, dark fruits, toffee, nuts, cloves, and just a touch of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied than I had expected, but still substantial and slightly chewy. Subtle fizzy carbonation, great balance, and hugely drinkable. Overall, a great interpretation of the style from one of my favorite German Breweries.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10/10/05 at Probka, the beer came out a cloudy caramel brown under 3.5 fingers of thick beige head that lingered throughout the session and left some very nice lacing. The nose is marked by yeast and lemon, but is fairly mild. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste is mild and characterized by yeast, slightly heavier than a pale, with subtle coriander and fruit. A bit of caramel emerges as it warms, but hops are nowhere to be found. Mild, smooth and nice brew.

Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy brown colored beer with a medium sized dark brown colored head.

Smells strongly of cloves. Reasonable banana scents. Dark dried fruits scents, dates, prunes and figs. Spicy some cinnamon and ginger join the clove aroma.

Starts out semisweet and spicy. Peppery tastes like a Pfeffernüsse cookie. Chocolate and spices but the flavor isn't as intense as the smell.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a tasty Weissbier.

Photo of Absumaster
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is deepbrown with some ruby hints, a big, creamy head with very fine bubbles.

Smell of banana with caramel and chocolate, not the best of combination I think, it was a bit vegetable also.

Taste was great without the vegetables and much better balanced. Ripe bananas with some exotic fruit with caramel and dark chocolate. There is also some powdery cocao in taste and mouthfeel, which is also slightly sweet and sticky. The yeast adds a nice phenolic taste and makes the mouthfeel a little coarse (?)

Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It has been a long time since I have had a Dunkelweizen. I remember the style well and I am happy to see a new example of the style on the shelves of MA by a respected brewery like Andechs.

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle to two pint glasses with a almost crimson dark red body that only allows a small amount of light to pierce the edges. A foamy, white head forms on the beer to about two fingers. The cap lowers to a thick ring and a pillow remains over the whole top. Sticky sheets of lace coat a small portion of the glass.

S- Not the most pungent of aromas but what is there is intriguing and delicately balanced. Yeast produced esters and phenolics bring a nice blend of banana, apple, pear and clove hints. Toasted, caramel and wheat malt aromatics.

T- Malt and yeast influence of the aroma carries over nicely but one big change I notice is the appearance of a Candi-sugar-esque caramelized sugar feel. Fairly sweet overall but nicely done with the malt and fruit flavors present. Base of caramel, wheat crust, banana, pear, clove, general yeast spice and slight toasted grains.

MF- Light-medium bodied thickness with a slightly creamy texture. Carbonation is at a moderately low level but very silky (that wheat fluff) on the palate. Minimal bitterness as that caramelized sugar sweetness lingers.

Spicy, malty, fruity and sweet. The carbonation was just a bit low for my liking but it didn't detract enough from the delicate balance of flavor for me to deduct too much. Between Ayinger, Weihen and now Andechs, it seems like those 500ml German bottles are always a hit.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, bananas and chocolate come in. The hops presence is mild but very complementary creating a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of ppoitras
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Frothy head collapses ever-so slowly, with thick coating lace. Aroma is banana and cloves, with a slight burnt character.

Taste is sweet to start, cloves and banana and slight burnt in the middle, with a light acrid character coming on at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great. Another good brew.

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Andechser Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
89 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.