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Andechser Weissbier Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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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Photo of dgilks
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great looking red-brown with a bit of haze. Lots of visible effervescence. Good head which could be bigger but is big enough. Decent retention. Pale tan and quite dense.

Great aroma with strong banana, moderate clove and low vanilla. Good, low levels of wheat. Tasty and well balanced yeast characters.

Strong banana with a dose of clove to balance but it isn't that prominent. Moderate vanilla flavour. Nice caramel. Fairly rich beer but the yeast is always in the forefront. No hop flavour but there is sufficient yet very low bitterness. Dry finish. Well rounded and reasonably complex. This is a great drop.

Medium body aided in terms of mouthfeel by the wheat. High carbonation. Good.

A great combination of yeast esters, wheat and darker malts. This really comes across as a typical example of the style with al the great flavours I want. A great summer quaffer.

dgilks, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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

czfreeman, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Domingo, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of brc
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a slender weissbier glass in Kloster Andechs, Nurnberg.

Dark brown / chestnut color with a frothy tan head. There are lots of rising bubbles, in long streams.

Smells of dried fruits. Really a gloriously rich smell; makes you forget you're in a bar instead of at the brewery with your head stuck in a barrel.

Taste biscuts, roasted malt, brown sugar. Some wheat character, and hints of caramel and cocoa. At first it's generally a light taste for such a dark aromatic beer. As it warms the caramel and cocoa flavors become more present.

A bit light in the mouthfeel, a touch watery.

Tasty brew, quite drinkable.

brc, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
2.83/5  rDev -28%
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.

Jeffo, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of deg
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

deg, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of bark
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

bark, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of dasenebler
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

dasenebler, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

BlackHaddock, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of stcules
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

stcules, May 21, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 (?)

Absumaster, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of paterlodie
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

paterlodie, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery restaurant on March 18, 2006.

A: Cloudy chestnut, off-white head, great retention and lace.

S: Christmas cake (fruit bread with a little spice).

T: Bready, nutty and caramel malt, slightly earthy spice, with a little banana.

M: Light to moderate body (a little prickly), moderate carbonation.

D: IST GUT!

Derek, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of JohnW
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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

JohnW, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Globetrotter, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of tjd25
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

tjd25, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Sigmund, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Naerhu, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  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.

KarlHungus, May 14, 2005
Photo of richdebs
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I must admit to being a fan of Andechs's methodof colour coding their beerlabels. In this instance the black front label looks good and the back label has a photo of the monastery, it's always nice to see a beer's home!. When poured, the beer is a dark brown, burnt caramel colour, the head forms qucly but soon dissipates.

Smell: Very promising, wheaty & stong

Taste: Excellent, this is just what I expected from this type of beer, the flavour really hits the back of your throat on it's way down. I'd love to be able to describe better but sadly I'm a mere amateur at this game!

Mouthfeel: This is a chunky beer with just the right amount of carbonation

Drinkability: More please!!

richdebs, May 04, 2005
Photo of PSUDREW
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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

PSUDREW, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of JCBears
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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

JCBears, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of rastaman
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

rastaman, Jun 03, 2002
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Andechser Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
88 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.