Andechser Weissbier Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 21 | 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 bark
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. (621 characters)

Photo of glid02
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Belmont Station. Holy fuck.

Pouring a very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is all sorts of dunkelweizen delicious ridiculousness. Caramelized bananas spiced with cloves and dusted with cocoa just jump straight out of the glass, exceptionally flavorful and balanced. Minimal roast with some toffee, honey and toasted wheat bread are present. The palate is like an alcoholic candy bar, and I mean in the most refined and addictive kind of way. Sweet bananas tempered by toasted wheat and a carbonic acidity; a delicate but fresh and clean clove phenolic character balanced by a touch of chocolate; and a mellow hop character with earth pairing beautifully with the spice and sweetness, this beer is outrageously good. Medium light in body, crisp but creamy in carbonation, this beer finishes dry with a blend of banana, clove and cocoa. The wheat huskiness and carbonic acid lend a cleansing bite to the finish, making this downright quaffable if a hair watery. Still, this is outstanding. Very highly recommended. For under $3 a bottle, it doesn't get better than this. (1,196 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a seethru dark brown body with two finger head that quickly died but stuck around with a lace ring. Aroma is mostly barley malt with touches of hops and dark fruits. Smooth, creamy, some yeast/wheat twang with hint of banana sweetness and the malts give off a caramel and dry bread like vibe that has a little sweetness (almost a nutty sweetness at times) and a minor citric hop bite on finish. (401 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 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 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)

Photo of dar482
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%

The beer comes in a dark toasty brown.

The beer has a toasted nuttiness towards a brown ale. There's a decent amount of caramel sweetness, light cocoa chocolate, and then onto a big German yeast spiciness of banana and fruit esters.

A good amount of flavor for a dunkel without being too like a hefe simply with toasted qualities. (332 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a New Glarus Weizen glass.

A: Hazy persimmon body under three fingers of dense, creamy tan head. Great retention but only spotty lace. Very nice.

S: Hugely complex aroma: banana, clove, chocolate, fig, and herbal hops. No one aspect dominates, and all are pleasantly enticing.

T: Delicious, but a little more straightforward than the vibrantly multifaceted nose: rich banana bread up front, mild spiciness midway through, and a cleanly bitter, hoppy finish. The bitterness is surprising, and takes away from the smoothness a bit, but is not entirely unwelcome.

M: Soft, creamy, highly effervescent medium body. Perhaps a little too bubbly, but good for the style.

O: Yet another excellent Andechs brew. The relatively high hoppiness for the style threw me off a bit at first, but in the end I really enjoyed it as a complement to the rich malt and ester sweetness.

Cheers! (897 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 StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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. (313 characters)

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 Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (608 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 rastaman
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. (154 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
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. (301 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: A two finger off white head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a dark brown black color with no vision of anything. That was expected for this style of beer.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, spice, caramel, bready wheat, loaf of bread, and Noble hops.

Taste: Nice Bavarian yeast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, bready wheat, and a loaf of delicious bread.

Mouthfeel: Filling, hearty, chewy, tasty, medium carbonation, and medium to full bodied.

Overall: So much flavor for a 5% beer. This style and doppelbocks are becoming a favorite of mine. This brewery makes both. Both if which are awesome stuff. (671 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
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. (717 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,106 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 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 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 draheim
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL into a weizen glass. Pours a clear cola brown w/ a nice creamy mocha head, good carbonation.

Aroma is mellow banana and clove, some other spices.

Taste is overripe (brown) banana and winter spices. Clean and crisp, just a hint of grain. Good clean water.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, really nicely balanced.

Overall, yes. This is a very nice beer. Simple and elegant. (380 characters)

Andechser Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
88 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.