Andechser Weissbier Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Jeffo
2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Relatively small two finger medium-thin off white head. Head dissipates into a thin film, which disappears itself rather quickly. Minimal carbonation evident. A nice deep dark red colour, perhaps rust or burnt umber. Minimal to no lacing. The nice colour saved this one.

SMELL: Scent of wheat malt, bananas and lemons. Some sweet caramel malt in the back as well, but unfortunately the scent is not strong enough to make a statement. Nice, but not powerful enough to make it really stand out like it wants to.

TASTE: A bit of wheat malt but that's it. Nothing much else to talk about. The only thing that comes up is an odd strong sweet malt tinge at the very end, long after the beer has gone down. This is a bit too strong and is slightly unpleasant. Could definitely be better.

PALATE: Thinner body and medium carbonation. A bit more carbonation on the palate than the look would suggest. Goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry. A tiny little bite at the very back of the throat after it's gone down, which was a unique and welcome touch to what was otherwise a pretty average experience.

OVERALL: Definitely a disappointment. There was just nothing much to this, and what was there wasn't all that great. The scent, beautiful colour, and the little bite at the end were nice, but this one just didn't have the complete package. Won't be looking for it again. (1,467 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of JCBears
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: was quit dark with a rich bubbly head

Aroma: chocolaty and and sweet with a slight hint of smoke

Taste: A chocolaty hit at first with a nice light hit of hops at the end, runs through a small gambet of flavor yet you can not call this beer dynamic

Mouthfeel: Slight to weak yet still has a little body so not a total loss

Overall: A good beer but not a great beer worth the drink but nothing to write home about (436 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown, with reddish edges. High carbonation.
Light brown colored foam, quite creamy. Some bubbles on the sides.
Classic weizen smell, with a full banana, mostly in the beginning. Then light burnt notes, and cloves.
All that on a good malty base. All resolute and intense.
Malt at the taste, some biscuit, then the same notes of the smell. The smell is maybe a bit better.
Average body. Notes of malt and toffee. Round.
Quite short aftertaste. (442 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Andechser Weissbier Dunkel has a very thick, foamy, beige head, an initially mostly clear, reddish-brown appearance, which clouds up with tan yeast chunks and billowing yeast, once the bottom contents are swished and poured in, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, spicy, brown bread, and the flavor is of the same thing, with an overriding tap water aspect. Mouthfeel is medium, and Andechser Weissbier Dunkel finishes wet and rather dull. RJT (460 characters)

Photo of Daredevil
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

smell is quite rich, with a malty dominance (roasted notes) ...
taste however is not very rich, rather watery, with hints of smoked sausage and caramel, a tip bitterness in the aftertaste ...

this is not a typical Weissbier, in a blind tasting I perhaps would rather have thought of a Rauchbier (although not as rich as Schlenkerla) ... interesting, but not necessarily something I would buy regularly (402 characters)

Photo of tjd25
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't really know what I think about this beer. I guess I just expected more from Andechs on this one. A very dark opaque body, almost black, with a lasting thick bubbly head on top (not exuberantly foamy though). The smell was kinda weak, showing some light bready notes and hints of the traditional weizen styles, with a lot more emphasis on caramel. The taste too, was very caramely for a dunkel weizen, toasted and lamost burnt. The classic bready weizen thing was almost hidden. Mouthfeel was round, but the brew overall lacked of balanced, not fitting right into its style. Not bad, but just nothing in comparison with their doppelbock. (644 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB15-11-06.Cola to coffeeblack beer and a beige head above. Nose is bananas floating around in a sweet wet grass field. Quiet some maltyness but no roast detectable and bit of butter there. Not a bad beer but the whole beer is comming as a mess to me, quiet unbalanced as is taste. Dry and caramellic dont fit together and missing a burnt feeling in a dark beer as this is, though having quiet some bitterness for a wheatbeer as this is. Litle more wheat detectable in taste as in nose but wouldn't give this a weizenbeer when tasted blindly except maybe for the mega bananatree that's right there. Still well drinkable and certainly something else as the regular. (664 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful pure white head, completely opaque brown body.
S - Light pastry and brown sugar aromas
T - Very light malt, tired bitterness
MF - Mild carbonation, silky yet slightly acidic(?)
D - A beer this plain from Andechs? A big surprise for me. I had a bottle fo this and was underwhelmed, so I kept my notes, waited a couple days and rereviewed with consistent notes. (377 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The code L 1054 is printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark hazy brown body with a huge creamy light tan head.

Aroma: I get a slightly spicy aroma with a bit of what smells like toast and burnt caramel.

Taste: It has a rich caramel presence with a bit of a plum note (not strong) and a papery taste.

Mouthfeel: It feels rather watery and thin.

Overall: While it smells great and tastes pretty good, I would have to say that this is another beer that would probably taste much better if found fresh. I would not hesitate to buy it on tap or even a fresh bottle. From the slight spicy note and papery finish I'm picking up that this beer is fairly aged due to the oxidation. It's not a foreign flavor in imported beers but after having fresh dunkel it leaves much to be desired. (780 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark opaque brown with a large fluffy off white head.

Smell: Banana, oragne peel, and citrus, roasted malt.

Taste/Mouthfell: Mildy sweet with very low bitterness. The banana and citrus from the smell are precent in the taste, but are overpowered by a roasted malt flavor. There is also a faint caramel taste that just doesn't fit the style. The mouthfeel is medium thick and dry.

Drinkabliity: This is a decent beer, but I have had better Dunkel Weizens. I really expected more from Andechs. (512 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark on initial pour. ummm, looks like a darker chocolate milk. same constiency. just much darker. lightly tan head, thich, foamy, and laces all the way down. Smells malty, lightly roasted.

Tastes great. Mixes all sorts of interwieving flavors. Chocolate, the a-typical wheat(dunkle) mix of banna, clove, and vanilla. with all these sweet flavors, this is not an overpowering sweetness. This fact is aided by the nice, lightly hopped finish. Well made brew, nothing overpwoering, nothing disspointed.

Props again to joe Rhodes (538 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and almost opaque. Impressive head with good retention and lace formation. Ripe banana hits first on the nose. More like banana bread actually. Floral hoppiness. Toffee malt profile. Not much depth of aroma but what's there is nice.

Light in flavor profile, malt-forward but well-balanced by bitterness. Banana and clove notes. Nice malty sweetness. Prickly carbonation that takes a while to settle down. Good flavor for only a 5% ABV beer. This is a solid, if unspectacular dark wheat. (498 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
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 (?) (516 characters)

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tight, beige head that starts more than four fingers thick. Recedes very slowly leaving a foam dome and plenty of stringy lace on the glass. Deep brown liquid. Appears to be quite clear in front of a bright light.

Smells like chalky chocolate milk. Light alcohol in the background. I get notes of black cherry, raw bread dough and raisin.

Mild, darker malt taste of toast and raw grains. The swallow has a hop presence, but the stronger flavor is of the wheat. Brief sour aftertaste. Thin bodied with a sizable carbonation level. (531 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Andechs appearently has a dark side with its wiezen and lager, and it's time to check out both. This dunkelweizen was served on-tap at Andechser am Dom in Munich. On to the beer:

This is brown with an orange hues and cloudiness. The head on top is solid as a rock, in terms of size and retention. The aroma is modest in intensity, but the notes of cinnamon and cider are to be expected per style. Taste....get some toasted grain, then apples, then comes a touch of cinnamon and brown sugar. Its carbonation is low to go with the medium body.

Pleasant dunkelweizen, however I lean towards the brighter weizen of this brand. (625 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,585 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep chestnut brown with a reddish hue and a one inch beige/brown cap of fine bubbles. Decent head retention, some lacing. Aromas of malt and bread, banana and caramel, hint of cloves. Low to moderate bitterness with malt and toffee sweetness, light banana and clove character, a bit bready. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit dry on the palate. Pretty good overall. (378 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark chestnut brown color with dark amber edges and a two finger, frothy off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving sporadic streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Inviting aroma with a nice balance of zesty spice, bready yeast, light fruit, citrus and slightly roasted malt. Very peppery with a strong clove presence followed by sourdough bread, banana and bubblegum. There's also a decent amount of citrus peel but it's somewhat overshadowed by the darker malt bill. Subtle roast with sweeter caramel, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit character. Nice complexity in the nose with a decent roasted malt presence that's well integrated into the weisse bier elements.

Medium body with soft carbonation and a strong peppery spice presence up front that lingers over the yeast, citrus and sweeter malt notes into a spritzy, tart finish. Hints of black pepper and clove dominate at first but are soon countered by some sourdough bread and banana before some citric acidity kicks in on the back end. The malt presence isn't as prominent as in the nose but it's still evident with subtle roast and hints of toasted malt, hazelnut, caramel and toffee. Decent amount of sweetness without taking away from the classic wheat beer flavors. Slightly tart lemon juice/pith flavor toward the back of the palate. Crisp and refreshing and while it's heavier than an average weissebier, it's still pretty easy to drink. (1,492 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle, with a code of L1703 stamped on the label. not sure how that translates into a date.

appears a very dark brown, nice thick cream colored head. great head retention and lacing, which lasts to the bottom of the glass. strong aroma of German ale yeast esters. very herbal. taste is slightly sweet. bready malt flavors, wheat. earthy. yeasty aftertaste. medium body, smooth carbonation, easy drinking. (413 characters)

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Andechser Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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