Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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German Dunkelweizen
Ranked #13
Ranked #18,559
3.86 | pDev: 12.69%
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a big draft of this beer at the German Cricket Club in London just prior to an academic conference in June 2019. It was true to the style and I'm partly giving it a solid ranking because of the food and atmosphere in the establishment. Banana, of course.

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Photo of jazzandrea
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Si presenta naturalmente torbida, di colore ambrato scuro, con un bel cappello di schiuma, molto persistente.
Aroma di banana, lievito, con lievi sentori di frutti tropicali (forse mango).
Gusto di malto tostato (con leggeri tracce di caramello), note di cioccolato, con un retrogusto ben equilibrato tra amarognolo e dolce. Le note di banana sono lievi rispetto all'olfatto.
Si tratta di una birra molto cremosa, ma allo stesso tempo frizzante e beverina.

It is naturally cloudy, with a dark amber colour and a strong head of very persistent foam.
Aroma of banana, yeast, with a light scent of tropical fruits (maybe mango).
Taste of roasted malt (with light traces of caramel), a little bit of chocolate, with a well-balanced aftertaste between slightly bitter and sweet. Banana traces are soft compared to the aroma.
It is a very creamy beer, but at the same time sparkling and drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

surprised it has taken me so long to review this one, its a very solid beer, an old world classic really, but somewhat less pronounced on the banana and clove hefeweizen yeast complexion than a lot of these dunkel types are, for better or worse. the malt really leads the charge on this, trumping the yeast by a considerable margin, nutty and baked and the right amount of sweet, some brown sugar present, along with a light anise note, campfire warmth, and the kind of classic and almost fancy german character that makes this sort of thing fun, especially when its served in the proper paulaner glassware, so legit! for a darker beer that has this much sweetness, its inanely drinkable. notes of raisin, cane sugar, and german slow cooked malt. baked and bready and warming, dried red apple, plantain, and even cola. a really flavorful brew, nice with a heavy sandwich or a greasy plate of food, and something thats timeless as far as i am concerned. a little less yeast driven than its peers, but a really classic example of the style nevertheless...

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Photo of jdurey
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml can into a Weihenstephan Weizen glass. Don’t pour this one aggressively or you’ll have beer on your counter! Head retention is very good for this style. Pours a dark brown but not almost black. Smell has coriander, raisin, and possibly toffee. Very smooth taste, with hints of fruit (grapes?) and minimal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, not full bodied like I expected. My, this goes down easy! I prefer Weihenstephaner’s dunkel but this is a nice change of pace and one I will return to again.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a golden brown with off-white head. Head retention is significant, and the beer is very active with bubbles. Nose is toffee, caramel, dark malts, raisin, red grapes, rye bread, spice. Taste follows the nose - nice spice, toffee, roasted malts, and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Overall, I am very impressed with this one, and will definitely get more.

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Photo of tigg924
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle bought in Germany. Pours hazy, leather brown in color with one inch head. Taste is banana, clove, and pumpernickel bread. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, and sweet. Makes for an amazing dunkelweizen. Could sip this all day.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coming out of the bottle, a hazy nut brown color that looks opaque in the glass. A brilliant two thumbnail length white head rises to the top. It retains well and leaves a velvety film and lacing that smoothly drips down the glass. Nice looking brew.
The aroma opens up with moderate banana and bubblegum with a hint of citrus. There is also the aroma of toasted brown bread spiced with light clove. Later on I will describe how other aromas become unlocked and how the initial aromas become accentuated.
First impressions in the mouth are that it is smooth and medium bodied with a rich malt backbone. It is easy to drink yet hearty. It paired nicely with my dessert (baklava) yet I can see its versatility working with BBQ. As I drink further, flavors of brown bread with spicy noble hops develop. There is also a refreshing citrus finish.
As I put the glass up to my nose, aromas of banana coated with zesty citrus become more intense. Ditto the brown bread aroma. Furthermore, call me crazy but I think I detect lemon merengue pie. As I take more sips, the malt flavors continue to open up, including caramel sweetness and wheat smoothness.reveals hints of sweetness. The yeast flavors bring forth banana, light bubblegum and clove.
I was impressed by this brew as it makes me want to know more about the style. Indeed Dunkelweizen is becoming a favorite.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber, five finger tall, creamy off white foam persisting. Very good lacing.
High ester aroma of banana and high malty, bready aroma. Moderate cloves.
Medium malty sweet. Moderate strong spiciness of phenols.
Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy. Long dry finish. Some rusty notes.

Flavor is more towards cloves than bananas in a few words.

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Photo of OlaB
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in restaurant Münchner Stub

L: comes with a murky brown color with a nice big top of creamy head that disolves slowly. Thick lacings on the glass.

S: banana,cloves,peppercorn,toasted malts,toffee.

T&F: sweet yeast up front with toasted malts in the background. Get more sense of the spices like cloves and peppercorn in the middle and gives a bittersweet finish in the flavour.I think the flavours are not so strong in this example of the style and I don't get a really lasting aftertaste. Could have more flavours. Mouthfeel is kind of creamy with medium carbonation.

O: a decent and fair enough dunkel , lacks a little flavour to be topshelf beer, but easy drinking

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Photo of aleigator
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky, dark brown color with a fluffy, egg shell colored head.

Smells of peppery spices and a fair amount of toffee malts, together with glazed caramel.

Has a very soft, light mouthfeel with a vivid carbonation, soothed by the soft, spicy yeast. Very well balanced beer, easy to drink in big gulps, while providing an effervescent, smooth refreshment.

Tastes of black pepper driven spices, with get an immediate sweet flavor coming from toffee malts, which get balanced by dried earth, rich wheat and the effervescent carbonation. Finishes a little thin and uneventful with just a note of prevailing spices maintaining on the palate.

Very light for the style with a nice spice profile to it, which receeds a little to early, opening up the palate to a boring finish.

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Photo of davidperez
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Paulaner hefeweizen glass, it pours a murky brown with slight orange tones. It forms a three-finger head, ecru, sudsy and creamy with excellent retention.

Assertive and alluring bouquet.
Its malty character is so straightforward that it's like if you were enjoying the aroma of a banana bread fresh from the oven.
Toasted malts, biscuit, huge banana esters, caramel, a hint of molasses, cinnamon, clove, and just a faint tad of milk chocolate.

Upfront, huge and pleasant carbonation and strong banana, bubblegum esters.
Some slight citric tone as in lemon cuts through the banana quite interestingly, and the spices as in clove and cinnamon follow right after. The malty sweetness, along with its toastiness, is then strongly felt, and it quickly dissipates into the mild yet obvious bitterness that finishes this beer.
The aftertaste is a balanced flavor of banana, subtle toasted malts and dark fruits as in prunes, figs and dates.
Medium to full body, high carbonation, slightly velvety mouthfeel.

Very nice and easy-to-find beer.

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Photo of Skaterdude97
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look - 4 | cloudy dark brown, big cream coloured head doesn't last long leaves good amount of lacing

Smell - 3.5 | banana, cherries, clove, bread, roasted malts

Taste - 3 | banana, bread, clove, citrus pith, toffee, bread dominating the finnish

Feel - 3 | low carbonation, medium-low body

Overall - 3.25

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark brown, amber hints, nice fluffy head, slight lacing
S: Banana, toasted malts, cloves, fresh bread
T: Starts off sweet with banana typical hefe-weizen notes and then a dark toasted malt flavor over takes it. The change is for the worse in my opinion and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, a metallicy taste
F: Smooth, but not as full bodied as other Dunkeweizens.
O: A fine Dunkelweizen but would prefer others, its an average beer

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle

Pours as magnificent as any German weissbier with a warm, cloudy caramel color and an immense, active beige head. Near perfect retention and sheets of concentric dripping candle wax lacing. The aroma is rich toasty bananas with a backbone of melanoidins. Flavor follows suit with lots of sweet yeast flavors and rich malt support. Filling, liquid bread feel and very drinkable. Inoffensive and carefully put together. Although this is not my favorite paulaner iteration and not my favorite dunkel, it is very good and I would drink it again.

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Photo of _drummer_
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can get this beer at a lot of places in China. For an import beer, it sells at a reasonable price a lot of times, too. On top of that, this is truly a fantastic beer. It's rich, full-bodied, and smooth. It pours nicely into a glass but also comes great out of a bottle. The aftertaste isn't too overpowering when coupling this with a meal, so I like that also. Give this one a try if you haven't!

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Photo of BrotoriousABV
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a bit on the lighter side, which is in the taste reflected, compared to other Dunkels with which it must consider itself a competitor. But it's nice. It's no Schneider Aventinus but it's better than, for example, Erdinger Dunkel.

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Photo of Zet
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber brown colour with a thick steady head of foam. Typical smell of cloves, caramel and yeast with some citric and overripe banana. These flavours continue in the taste. Very rich, but the citric (lemon zest) tends to dominate a bit too much, which also makes the finish a bit stingy. Good Dunkelweizen, but could have used a bit more balance.

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Photo of drmeto
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-really spicy clove,pepper flavour upfront
-a zesty citrusy tartness coming through with some dark fruit
-slight buttery banana features
o.k. carbonation
-mild,bready finish

Finally a Dunkelweizen that tastes like it

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's plenty of clove in the aroma along with some yeasty sourness and an earthy undertone; a touch of banana sweetness is also present. The body is a hazy, dull brown with orange-ish highlights and an off-white head. The flavor is initially characterized by a sour, yeasty bite; there is also a good deal of clove-like spiciness and banana-like sweetness. The sourness persists but softens over time and adds to the kick from the clove and carbonation. Some grainy malt is present but subdued. The body is in the mid-range with lively, creamy carbonation and a good bite; the finish is a bit dry with a slight mineral texture.

I have yet to try a noticeably malty dunkelweizen, and Paulaner does not break that trend. In my experience though, when a brewery offers both a weizen and a dunkelweizen, the latter tends to be smoother and rounder. With that in mind, Paulaner's is quite enjoyable. The yeasty tartness is rather prominent but backed up well enough by the other elements not to ruin the experience.

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3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Deep amber color, foggy appearance. Off-white foam lasts as a thin layer on top. Toasted, banana & spiced aromas, phenolic hues & subtle chocolate on the backside. Toasted malty & bready upfront. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Low bitterness in the middle lingers into a bitter/sweet finish, Toasted bread notes on the aftertaste. refreshing & flavorful.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is one interesting / weird / different beer.
It pours with a light black or dark(ish) brown color which is quite hazy. The dirty brown head is very generous and lasting. The aroma is sweet, but there's no usual coffee, caramel or chocolate, but rather some fruits, hard to say esactly what.
The tase is also sweet and malty with some fruity taste as well.
Not bad, but I'm not yet sure if I like it. Takes more than one to be sure about it.

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Photo of JCBears
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Nice, but lighter than I thought, not a bad look just a bit different than what I know. More amber than usual

smell: Straight to the nose like banana juice. That is honestly all there seems to be of it

taste: Some nuttiness and spices to the overall sweetness. A nice flavor but all in all I would say almost generic like they weren't trying

mouthfeel: Stays with you a good brew for a cold day. I like the body though its rich and feels like you are drinking something

overall: Not a bad brew this is one I would give a rookie beer drinker who never had grerman brews but I personally have never been a Paulaner Fan

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very good tasty creamy-like beer. W/O a doubt one of Germany's finest breweries. Have been to Munich and tasted a Paulaner first-hand and must say the bottles I brought home are even better and tastier than their tap version.

Very smooth and mild tasting which only gets better as one consumes. I believe I paid 1 euro for this 1/2 pint beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark wood stain brown, fine beige foam, semi-transparent, lots of carbonation.

S: Molasses, dark brown toffee, slight coffee, slightly like a weizen bock with an almost Belgian like yeastiness.

T: Mild, creamy, weizen bock like taste with lots of creamy foam, brown sugar, toasted malts, little coffee. A little coriander, prunes.

M: Light body with heavy creamy foamy carbonation.

O: Smooth, creamy, light and delicious, mild hefe tastes and somewhat the texture of a cappuccino. Refreshing and beautifully dark. I prefer more flavour, but really like this one for what it is. Would go well with chocolate, as a summer sipper, chocolate based dessert.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy brown that is quite beautyful, with a cream head and good retention.

S: Banana and some citric smells with some spices.

T: Follows the smells with banana and citric feels, but with a lot of bread and herbal flavours.

M: Spicy and refreshing with some tropical banana and citric aftertaste.

O: A very balanced beer, not too watery and not too heavy, but exactly in the middle experience. A very good beer with a real soul.

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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 377 ratings