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Andechser Weissbier Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Andechser Weissbier DunkelAndechser Weissbier Dunkel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%


Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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bark

Sweden

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is black-brown; the liquid is hazy. The finger thick head is pale brown.

The smell is sour (almost tart) with lightly roasted creamy notes. Fresh flavours of green apples, coffee, yeast and cocoa.

The taste is very fresh with notes of matured apples, plums, wheat dough, and coffee with cream. The aftertaste got notes of bitter hops/herbs, sour yeast, cocoa and a hint of red grapes.

The carbonation is fresh and quite strong, but at the same time quite short. Small bubbles. The liquid is medium smooth and a bit dry.

A nice example of a rather unusual style; a good wheat beer for the winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 18:49:20 | More by bark
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kjc51478

Germany

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a opaque dark brown color with medium, off-white head. Aroma is wheat, cereals, spice and yeast. Taste is banana, wheat, some slight clove and spice with a roast grains balancing it out. Doughy yeast is also evident. Medium body with a good mouthfeel. Aftertaste is sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 21:48:23 | More by kjc51478
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czfreeman

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 19:10:24 | More by czfreeman
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friends Jack and Kristin for bringing this back from Germany.

Very small fizzy head fades quickly, super murky brownish nutty molasses colored beer

Nose true German weiss wheat beer, with wheat, hints of darker malt like with touch of caramel, and some toasty nutty malts, light caramel toasted popcorn, lots of darkish wheat, hint if spices, caramelized banana.

Taste starts lighter, fluffy malts, lots of wheat again with some light bananas foster, hint of weiss like spices, even touch of citrus. Then darker malts, light caramel and toffee, nutty, and again that light toasted fresh unseasoned popcorn. Hint of yeast fruit, etc. however slightly lighter overall character. finish is light and dry, long lingering wheat flavor with hint of bitterness, caramel bananas, and toffee.

Mouth is lighter bodied, a bit too light, decent carb though.

Overall nice but a bit thin, nice malts, interesting almost steinbier flavors, fairly tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 12:32:29 | More by jlindros
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown color under a massive compact pale brown head. Really slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: A mild metallic smell hits the nose at first, then the ripe bananas and the roasted malt appears. Citric notes along sides with cloves. Some yeast. But a bit milder smell than I was hoping for.

T: Ripe bananas, sweet. Malt is roasted, but balanced. Lots of cloves. Some bitterness. Creamy. Faint strong black coffee.

M: Quite long bitter aftertaste. Body is smooth and a bit thicker than most in this style. Lots of small bubbles.

O: A bit uneven, nice though. The best part is the mix between barley and wheat - very smooth and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 19:36:52 | More by Sunnanek
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Domingo

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the bottles I brought back from my last trip. I've seen this beer available on tap at the Am Dom restaurant, but not at the monastery.
Pours a very deep brown color. Where most dunkel weisses are lighter brown, this one is dark like a dunkel or doppelbock. Not much light makes it through because it's unfiltered, and dark. Head's pretty rocky, too.
The overwhelming flavor notes are of banana bread, hints of cocoa, and a little nutmeg spice. Much of the fruity notes in the normal Andechser weissbier are muted, but the bready flavor is still good.
Goes down really easily on a summer evening. Drinking several would be no problem at all.
Overall, it's good, but compared to what other beers Andechs has, it's only the middle of the pack.
For the style, it's a little above average, but somewhat mild. It's insanely drinkable...but if you're at Andechs, so is everything. As a trade or bottle, it's nothing special.
I think for a DW to truly be great, it should stand out like the Wiehenstephan example.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 01:43:55 | More by Domingo
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Mora2000

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:52:44 | More by Mora2000
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 21:08:46 | More by metter98
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky medium brown with a rocky tan foam head. I wish this one would grow a bigger thicker head. I slight disappointment, but a minor one.

Yeast, banana, some clove, a little bubblegum and some toasted aromas.

Tasty and refreshing, big fruit up front, with some sweet wheat and grain. As the palate clears you get some of that dark wheat toast and some bitterness to set the balance right. A little banana/fruit and yeasty wheat in the end too.

Lighter bodied, well carbonated.

Very nice. An under-appreciated style and one that is very well done here. Nice complexity and balance here, with an underlying richness that you appreciate as you drink. Bought one bottle, could easily drink another right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:14:51 | More by OtherShoe2
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 12:54:47 | More by JohnW
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An even mahogany, translucently opaque with a solid ivory head. Huge molasses aroma dominates the smell, with pumpernickel bread on the side and heaping helpings of licorice, raisins, and rum without the burn. Sweetish taste, like a dry, drinkable cinnamon roll, sublimated with nuances of basil, anise, clove, root beer, and some faint banana bread. The carbonation is slightly too sharp, and the body slightly too thin, to carry all these wonderful flavors, but nonetheless this is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:58:05 | More by soulgrowl
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eric5bellies

Australia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 06:54:52 | More by eric5bellies
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thierrynantes

France

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), purchased in Bières & Chopes and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : brown color, with huge tan foamy head (w lacing).
Smell : wheaty and yeasty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel :wheaty flavours, with notes of caramel and dark fruits.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Dunkel weizen.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 16:58:50 | More by thierrynantes
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:55:11 | More by fourstringer
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scottfrie

California

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Franziskaner Weissbier glass. Thanks a ton Ayn!

A: Pours a clear cola brown with a huge, billowing and frothy dark tan head that took forever to fade into a thick film that left streaky lace down the glass.
S: Rich and lightly sweet notes of whole grain wheat bread, toasted caramel, bananas foster, and brown sugar. Not cloying or synthetic smelling in the slightest.
T: Follows the nose with sweet and ripe banana hitting first followed by caramel, crème brulee, and dark roasted malts. Slight hints of toast, tobacco, leather and dark fruits come through as well. The finish is bready and malt heavy, and the aftertaste is lightly sweet with notes of lingering banana and brown sugar. M: Mouthfeel is slicker and more watery than expected, with a fairly light body, and very low carbonation. Smooth overall, but a bit thin.
O: Like dark bread, banana bread and bananas foster all in one. Very delicious, but a touch thin.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:29:29 | More by scottfrie
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 17:48:20 | More by rastaman
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 00:27:33 | More by FreshHawk
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap while in Germany at the Wiesbaden Rathaus. Based on the low scores from bottle reviews, I'd say you definitely need to try this fresh from the tap - pretty good stuff really.

A nice dark weizen with banana bread and clove aroma with some malty dark fruits.

The taste was much the same and the mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Very drinkable.

I wish I could have tried all the Andechser beers at this place but unfortunately could only get through three. Next time...

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 01:17:13 | More by ecoastman
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StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright chestnut with loose, rocky beige foam.
Banana bread on the nose with more than a bit of phenol bite, plus woody spice underneath.
Cola, nutmeg, brown soda loaf up front, some clove, walnut oil and natural licorice in the middle plus bubblegum yeast, with mild winter spice hops.
Praline finish and creme caramel linger.
Light, fizzy, clean, creamy.

Surprising complexity from the malts - carob in there, too - switching smoothly from sweet to sharply spicy to nutty. Body manages to be both light and lively (high carb) but luscious as well (some residual sugars.) Shows brightness doesn't have to all be about hops.

Top dark wheat and great autumn beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 11:25:22 | More by StJamesGate
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glid02

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 01:12:47 | More by glid02
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from World Wide Spirits
Best by 04.10.12
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Kloster Andechs' dunkelweizen is a solidly constructed beer, built upon noticeable toasted wheat and roasted malt. These ingredients yield a true-to-form dunkelweizen that has a unique, though subtle, nutty and roasted component that other dunkels choose not to feature. A high quality dunkel that should stand alongside Ayinger and Weihenstephaner (just wish it were available in the US).

Pours a huge, tan-brown head of small and medium-sized bubbles, takes ages for this to recede, leaving about a centimeter cap atop the beer and some good lacing. Body is chocolate brown, with lighter brown around the edges; in light, it has a faint orange tint as well. Totally opaque from yeast sediment, as it should be, but carbonation is still readily visible along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of classic weizens: yeast, bananas, sliced apples, wheat bread, a bit of roasted malt character, spicy phenols. All components are fairly well balanced with each other, so this smells good, but I think the aroma could be a bit stronger and still benefit.

The taste opens with modest wheat and barley malt sweetness joined to some soft roasted malt yielding very subdued nut and chocolate flavors. Sliding down to mid-palate, there's a relative explosion of sweet and delicious flavors: tart wheat malt twang, yeast, bananas, sliced apples, and mild phenols. Back of palate continues with the fruity esters from the yeast and wheat malt, adding a bit more tartness. Lingering aftertaste of toasted bread and nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts).

Body is medium to medium-light, with just a bit of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is present, but light and effervescent, allowing the beer to feel fairly crisp, and yet foam up a bit on the palate as it travels along. Finish is dry. Generally very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 16:24:07 | More by falloutsnow
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Sigmund

Norway

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. ABV is 5.0%. Cloudy dark brown colour, enormous thick and creamy light tan head. Lovely aroma of brown bread, yeast, cloves, banana and caramel. Flavour has malts, caramel, chocolate and cloves, some hops in the fairly dry finish. I had it on its own, must be good with food too. A very fine dunkelweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 17:29:00 | More by Sigmund
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deg

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a thick head, almost like Guinness from the tap. The beer is very dark, almost black. I could smell cloves and a hint of malt. The initial taste was that of cloves and banana bread, and the aftertaste had a roasted malt character to it. As I drank more of the beer, I noticed more of a chocolate taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 14:11:13 | More by deg
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a light chocolate brown color with a 4+ f head in a Weizen glass.
Immediate clove and spice aroma wafting from the glass.

The mouth feel is moderately carbonated.

The taste is strong clove with a lemon aftertaste, and perhaps chocolate.
This beer is different than other Dunkeweizens than I have tasted:
The clove is more piquant- but not overwhelming.

The beer is well balanced. Although the body is slightly more watery than other Dunkelweizens.
it is quite enjoyable.

A classic taste from an old brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:59:52 | More by brureview
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chestnut; big cream-colored head

Aroma: Roasted malt; cloves

Taste: Excellent flavor; malty, smooth, and well balanced with roasted malt, spices and bananas; fizzy bite

Remarks: Bought at Kloster Andechs as a mixed 6 pack.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:05:09 | More by IchLiebeBier
Andechser Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.