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

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Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Andreji on 06-08-2002

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3.83
pDev:
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Photo of JCBears
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +24.8%
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 +8.9%
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 +18.3%
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 +1.8%
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 +4.4%
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 -0.5%
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 -10.7%
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 -9.4%
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 +9.1%
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 +1.3%
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 +8.4%
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 +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A:
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.

S:
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.

T:
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.

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

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

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Photo of NightINgale
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle that I brought directly from Bavaria about a month ago... Poured it into my Paulaner wheat beer glass.

A - Looks pretty much like a dunkelweizen should: cloudy medium-brown in colour, with a rich, marshmallow-like, fluffy head. Some nice lacing and pretty solid head retention.

S - Smells pretty similarly to their original hefeweizen: lots of yeast, caramel; some banana and clove; maybe, a hint of chocolate and raisins.

T - Starts out yeasty and clovey; then comes the ripe banana-like sweetness, with hints of caramel. The after-taste is bready (with plenty of wheat) and has got some nice lingering chocolate notes.

M - Slightly lighter than Medium body, which makes it thicker than the regular hefe-weissbier. The carbonation is quite noticeable at first, but then it diminishes a little and I begin to really enjoy every sip. No hint of alcohol. Crisp on the tongue yet quite smooth on the palate.

O - This might not be the most flavourful weissbier dunkel, but it's probably my favourite. I love its smoothness and its great sessionability. It's a shame I can't get it in my region +(

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Photo of MTNboy
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown body with some off white carbonation bubbles floating towards the top. This beer had excellent head retention so much so it was hard to notice the lace. It looked amazing.

Smell: It did not have much of an aroma at all. Some grain, caramel and maybe a bit of clove but you really had to dig deep to get it.

Taste: Mild at first but then you get some caramel banana flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is an easy to drink beer. The body would be on the lighter side of medium.

Overall: It was great very refreshing and went well with some curry wurst.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dear Mom, I had a Paulaner Dunkelweizen today. Its the 5th Wheat Beer that I've had in two days. I am OD'ing on the banana clove thing mom - I can't feel it no more. The beer looked like rust coloured gravy with coagulated whipped egg on top. I didn't wanna do it mom but I had no other choice. It smelled totally generic for the style. Also of spoilt dough wafting with spent yeast. Tasted just like the other four I'd had. Sweet - sour, fizzy, caramelite - not bad mom but just that I wanted it no more. I like Paulaner beers mom, but it was the right thing at the wrong time. I'm sorry mom, but I will wean off wheat for a while and come back again. Come back and do justice to Paulaner Hefe Dunkel.

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Photo of djura
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap here in Belgrade.

A- Caramel,dark brown color with creamy long lasting head.

S-Caramel,wheat.

T- Light, smooth, slightly malty and refreshing.

M-Medium body, low carbonation.

O-Very easy to drink,but must admit,it hit's you in the head very fast. Neverless,you could drink it all day.

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Photo of Mdog
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown-orange, huge head.

Smell: Clove, sweetness.

Taste: Very wheaty, a little spice and yeast/clove flavors come through on later tastes.

Drinkability: OK, kind of generic tasting. Not a lot of interesting flavors going on.

After many lagers here in China, a grocery store had some more interesting beers. Paulaner Dunkel Weiss was kind of a disappointment though. I like their Hefe and was hoping for a yeasty flavored treat, but the yeast flavors took a back seat to the wheat in this beer. Still pretty decent but I probably won't have in a bottle again (maybe on tap!).

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Photo of tbeckett
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a grocery store in Warsaw. From notes.

A - Poured a brown colour. Kinda like lake water? Cloudy with good head retention and ok lacing. One finger khaki head to start.

S - kinda weak to be honest. Yeasty and some sweet malt.

T - Sweet dark malt finish prefaced by a wheat, lemon, and yeast combo. Nice with the darker, slightly richer malt profile.

M - Medium carbonation and a light to medium body with a sweetish finish.

O/D - I could have a few but it was nothing overly special. Interesting dunkelweisse.

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Photo of atis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with effervescent white head that soon fades to thin patchy layer, almost no lacing. Aroma is ripe bananas, bread and bits of alcohol.

Taste is similar to aroma, bready malt, bananas and weak citrus. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation, more of it could be desired.

Overall, although it provided some refreshment, this beer seemed a bit boring and disappointing to some extent.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy brown with a large, lasting head. Nose shows lots of doughy wheat, caramelised bananas and spicy phenols. Similar flavours, mainly doughy wheat with soft toasty malt also joining in. Quite light, very easy to drink. Carbonation is moderately high, which suits the flavours well.

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Photo of JOaikido
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

A- Brown. Cloudy with a frothy pale head.

S- Mild. Wheat and bananas.

T- Touch of banana and wheat and a slight flash of bitterness. Good yeast.

MF- Fairly light, but not thin. Quite refreshing.

D- Very nice easy drinker. Could go through quite a few of these on a hot day.

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Photo of pinkano
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy orange with gold tones with very good and nice head
S - bananas, yeast, ananas, dark bread
T - nice taste of dark bread, banana (especially banana juice), citruses, earthiness, herbs and nice and light end
M - low to medium carbonation with medium body
D - very very drinkable.. the taste of bread makes it heavy, however the banana and citruses makes it fresh and easy and it has not so high ABV, so very drinkable

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Photo of dbaker61
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice medium brown color with brownish tinge to the head. Got about a finger of creamy head. Great lacing.

Smell: Ripe sweet fruit and yeasty bread. The smell is powerful and inviting.

Taste: Very sweet, with just a little sour. Typical of weissbiers. Not much hops, also to style.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, wonderful mouthfeel. A slight sweet finish. I'm drinking this in winter, but this would be great after mowing the yard on a warm humid day.

Drinkability: I am savoring all of this bottle, but it feels so filling that I don't think I want more than one in a session. Easy to drink, but 0.5L is plenty for me.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Blackthorn pint glass.

A: An overflowing cream-coloured head quickly fills half the glass and sticks around for ages. A hazy, opaque medium-brown colour with visible carbonation.

S: Light citrus, flat malts. Dark bread, pineapple.

T: Good, but not great. Milk chocolate maltiness accompanied by a tropical fruitiness provides most of the character to this pleasantly wheaty beer. Clean, smoothly drinkable, and roundly bready. The aftertaste is sweet with almost no bitterness, though it is at times dryish. Wheat flavours linger on.

M: Carbonated just enough, smooth and watery with the aforementioned wheat edges.

D: Wonderfully consumable. I could down glass after glass, but I'm not particularly sure why I'd want to. A very well-made beer, but kind of boring and nothing special. Still, a recommended dunkel if you're in the Bavarian neighbourhood.

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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.
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