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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of aleigator
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
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 +4.7%
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 -15.4%
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 -8.1%
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 +6.5%
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 Kevin_Langford
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +4.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +2.4%
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 +12%
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 -7.3%
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 -29.3%
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 -0.5%
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 +25.1%
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 +9.2%
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 +18.6%
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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Photo of jesseejames
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

T^his beer pours a nice medium dark brown with a medium head. It smells of fruit and spice. It tastes of fine malts-fruity and spicy. It is a bit thin in the mouth with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Its color is nice but I expected a yeast haze that I did not get perhaps it was just all stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Definatly on the sweet side for a hefe.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Paulaner im Tal, on to the beer:

This dunkelweizen is chestnut brown in color, topped with thick, fluffy head which retains well. A good aroma of cinnamon crusted apples with fennel makes the beer even more tempting, which follows through to the taste. The flavors pop out; pleasant phenols at first, then followed by spiced apples. With a dash of clove, the flavor turns to be very appealing. It's light-medium-bodied, with appropriate carbonation.

Like its popular helles sibling, the dunkelweizen is one to respect. One to try.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark hazy brown colour with a decent white head.

Smells quite malty, yeasty, and fruity - surprisingly strong bananas.

Tastes very malty with quite a sharp yeast tang.

Overall a pretty nice beer but not the best of the style.

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Photo of spoony
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a weizen glass.

A-The beer was mostly murky and the color of overripe bananas. There was about one finger of dirty-white head that faded to a ring pretty quickly. Some lacing on the glass.

S-Pleasant aromas of banana, wheat, and a touch of clove spice. A little musty smelling.

T-Mild flavors here: wheaty, light malts with a touch of spice from the yeast, and some banana fruit. In other words, the taste followed the smell.

M-Easy drinking with a light to medium body and (for the style) very little carbonation. A touch watery.

O-This was a fairly simple beer. The flavors were not unpleasant, but were just middle of the road in both character and complexity. I would have preferred a little more carbonation and a touch of citrus flavor or something else to liven things up.

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Photo of FLima
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It made lots of head, thick and persistent. And it has a brown hazy color, and floating yeast residuals.
Yeast is predominant in its aroma, also some hints of cloves and wood. It has a medium carbonation with tiny bubbles and a medium body.
Tastes reminded me of ciders with some caramel and hints of plums, though not overly sweet. Here the yeast is also a key player. Citric taste, more lime than orange. Slightly bitter and a bit toasted. Interesting beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Worldwide Liquors, Germany
Date: Best by 11/2012
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Paulaner's dunkelweizen is, to me, one of the standard-bearers for the style. The aroma is pleasant and complex, as is the taste, both featuring prominent bread-like, yeast, spice, and fruit flavors. Wish this was readily available in the US, as it is easily on par, though different enough from, Weihenstephan and Ayinger's offerings.

Pours a towering head of small, off-white to light tan bubbles, that yield a fairly frothy appearance as a whole. The head is omnipresent throughout the entire glass, with significant washes of lacing that are renewed with each sip. The body is an opaque brown color with hints of orange in it; light brings out lighter orange and singed brown hues from the body. Carbonation is easily visible along the sides of the glass, and quite active.

Aroma is heavily yeasty, with similarly deep-seated whole wheat bread and spicy, nutmeg-like phenols. Banana-like esters and some apple cider are present in the shadows of the major scents. In general, quite nice, could be a bit more complex and expressive, but not by very much.

Overall flavors are whole wheat bread with heavy yeast; some tangy, spicy, nutmeg-like phenols; mild, but noticeable banana-like esters; slight apple cider. Front of the palate detects bread, some yeast, mild banana-like esters, and tangy apple cider. The whole wheat bread-like flavors are surprisingly present in mid-palate: I was expecting stronger nutmeg-spice and fruity esters. Those flavors are there, quite detectable, just balanced by more bread-like flavor than I would have thought by smell alone. The mid-palate is actually quite good, the wheat bread mixing with the spices and banana esters, each seeming more present than the other with each passing moment. Back of palate has a significant blend of banana esters, nutmeg-like phenols, and apple cider qualities: the resulting mix is quite delicious. Aftertaste is sweet with hints of apple cider and bananas, balanced by a slight bitterness, tart, perhaps from hops, wheat, or esters: perhaps some combination of the three.

Beer is medium-bodied with high to medium-high levels of carbonation. The result is a beer that is slightly fizzy, but quickly calms to a foamy, creamy, generally smooth mouthfeel. Modest wheat twang/tartness from mid-palate onwards. Finish is dry, with some residual stickiness across the palate. Quite up to style, and rather satisfying.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a mug glass.

A: Pours a amber to brown color. Cloudy. Forms a big aired beige head. Low retention but a thin layer remains forever and some lacings are formed and left in the glass

S: Slightly sweet. Spicy. Banana and cloves. Caramel, wheat, fruits, yeasts and earthy hops. Biscuity

T: As the nose. Sweet upfront. Candy sugar, banana bread. Notes of cloves. Heavy wheat. A little bit metallic. Slightly bitter end

M: Watery. Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and bready in the mouth. Malty aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Smooth and pleasant beer. Paulaner quality. Recommended

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Photo of flyingpig
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudly, quite hazy brown colour that has tinges of copper and is topped with a large, tan coloured, foamy white head that stays rather well.

Banana and clove along with some mild bubblegum and touches of citrus. There is some wheat and a fair amount of caramel in the mix as well and overall all it is a good smelling beer.

Wheat, clove and banana to kick things off, quickly followed by some moderate caramel notes and a tiny bit of spice. I could also sense some yeast and tiny amounts of citrus.

Creamy with a medium body and good, strong carbonation and a lingering banana and sugar aftertaste and mild spice.

Very nice and qwuite lively beer with a lot of character and a nice, well-balanced taste. Very easy to drink and one that goes down very well.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass by freshness date.

Hazy coppery color with an amber hue, the pour creates moderate thick light tan head with average retention. Once settled, there are some clingy lacing patches and spots inside of the glass, high carbonation.

So aromatic, ripe and inviting; the nose senses big banana bread, mellow fruit ester, caramelized malt, hint of cocoa and dark chocolate, dough and some clove spice.

Banana ester, fruitiness and citrus zest ride through the start while malt components reinforce by lending a hint of crackery note. Hop bitterness is mute, just barely discernible. Slight tart at the end is derived from the ester of yeast strain.

The body is light to medium with fine crispness from lively carbonation, dry finish.

Good but not that great however indeed a worthy pick, eminent aroma is the best part of it.

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