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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
THE BROS
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002)
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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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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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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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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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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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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 17:18:53 | More by Jeffo
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 (?)

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 19:52:29 | More by Absumaster
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2005 02:47:07 | More by Globetrotter
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paterlodie

Belgium

3.35/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 16:56:14 | More by paterlodie
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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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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-10-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark caramel with a 2-finger dark tan, pillowy head that fades quickly to 1/2-finger and leaves mild lacing.

S - Banana, sharp clove, yeasty bread.

T - Toasted dark bread, mild banana, clove, cocoa, subdued hops that provide a touch of spice and moderating bitterness. Dries pretty quickly with a bit of lingering malt sweetness and clove.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. A little creamy at first but the carbonation scrubs that away quickly making this an easy to drink, refreshing beer.

O - A very fine dunkel. Right up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 21:34:53 | More by Tucquan
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Naerhu

Japan

3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 14:24:12 | More by Naerhu
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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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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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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 03:34:19 | More by jmdrpi
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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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dasenebler

Maine

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

Poured chestnut brown with ruby edges. Very nice head, fluffy and independent. A thin head stuck around the whole time. Aroma is like a hefeweizen, but more malt and less fruitiness.

Flavor was pretty damn good, solid all around. Maybe a little too much carbonation, but that just may be me. Definitely similar to the hefeweizen flavor profile, save the intense banana thing. This dunkelweizen has a little more spice and malts. More bread as well. Tasty overall.

Definitely not Andechs' most impressive offering, but it confuses me to see average ratings for this brewery's beer. As far as I can tell (and after having drunk most of the Andechs' line) most of their brews are clearly above average.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 19:56:51 | More by dasenebler
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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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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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beerdrifter

Germany

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 18:09:44 | More by beerdrifter
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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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tjd25

France

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 23:07:23 | More by tjd25
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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
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 03:02:30 | More by PSUDREW
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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
Andechser Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.