Oberdorfer Hefeweizen Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

Oberdorfer Hefeweizen DunkelOberdorfer Hefeweizen Dunkel
39 Ratings
Oberdorfer Hefeweizen DunkelOberdorfer Hefeweizen Dunkel

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by trancefishy:
Photo of trancefishy
2.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this is a brand new one at my local beer store, and being a big fan of weiss beer, i was really excited to try it out. i flipped open the stopper top bottle to a loud THWAPP. mm
poured out (while it dribbled a bit from the smooth edge of the bottle) a decent reddish brown, clear. tried to get a head, but it was having none of that. so no head, really, except some whitish bubbles near the edge of the brew that do nothing for the appearance.
onwards to the sniffing. yeast. yeasty bread, not much else, unfortunately.
taste goes like: carbonation and yeasty flavours, then a bit of bitterness, or a sour flavour. in fact, i detect a hint of lactic acid in the middle of it.
aftertaste is of malt and perhaps a bit of prunes, very thin feeling. the flavour(s) of this brew don't really do much, very simple and not well balanced as others have said.
mouthfeel, as i mentioned earlier, is lots of carbonation at first, then a thin wateriness as the end. not very good at all.
overall, a poor brew. i never actually felt this way before about a beer, but i don't really feel like finishing it. certainly not a beer i would recommend. it's not terrible or anything, just not very good, there are much cheaper and better brews out there. this was 3.99 for the bottle, i could have bought a really good belgian brew for that.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a dark gold cloudy color with good blooming head,nice malty smell with bubble gum and citrius undertones.Lemony taste along with yeast tones are the prominent flavors I got,nice body and easy to drink.One of many great wheay beers from the country who started it all.

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Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16 oz. flip-top ... sadly no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy dark amber with a spritzy bubbly off white lace.

Smell: Hints of caramel in the sweet aroma, mild touch of alcohol and grain also in the nose.

Taste: Crisp and well carbonated, some grassy grainy flavours from the malt and a veggie like hop flavour are pretty much all the palate has to offer. Lingering grain in an odd finish.

Notes: Did something go astray in the brewing process? Sadly this brew is in comparison to a mediocre homebrew. On the bland side yet still drinkable. Perhaps this brew did not fair to well with the long trip to the US?

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Photo of merlin48
3.72/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, brown, swingtop bottle, opens with a loud "POP". Pours a clear, dark chestnut body that has some orange or garnet hues when held to the light. Offwhite head quickly drops to a collar. The clarity of the body would indicate that this one is filtered. Lace is spotty, at best.

Aroma features an interesting hops/malt balance. Tart lemon, a hint of bananas, and a subtle note of wheat grain and toffee.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, tart on the tongue, and moderately carbonated.

Taste is tart and acidic, with lemony citrus up front. A sweet maltiness emerges as it warms, imparting an unexpected note of toffee that balances the tartness to a small degree. Finish is clean and slightly dry.

A very enjoyable, though unusual, Bavarian wheat ale. I'm not familiar with this style, but it's nicely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Billolick
2.15/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice house-Nobody home. my first impression was that this beer had gone bad, not a good sign. Upon reading a bunch of the other reviews I saw that I was not alone. Not sure if this stuff was intended to taste like this or if it ALL went bad. No head retention, nasty sour taste, not pleasant at all. Try somebody else attempt at a dark wheat beer, its bound to be better then this stuff. Nice bottle and label...

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Photo of Thrasher
3.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Being a weissbier sucker, I snatched this up as soon as I saw it. Alas I should have read the reviews first. There is something peculiar about the beer as others have mentioned: a head formed during the pour but instantly vanished. There are some wheat characteristics but they make the beer closer to soda than weissbier. Yeast was ample, even clumpy, but the mouthfeel is thin and seems overly carbonated. There is a nice caramel roastiness deep down but that's about it. Not at all unpleasant, but not good either. If Anheuser-Busch brewed this, I'd be leapin' about and a-hollerin' for joy. But from an old-world Bavarian wheat brewer? I paid a lot for this bottle, so I was expecting a lot. Rightly, too, I think. Well, I am nothing but disappointed. Even a little pissed.

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Photo of ADR
3.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkish brown and sedimented with a 1/4 inch light head of minimal staying power. Practically no lace. Minimal aromas, a sense of yeast and a bare bit of unripe peach and ester smell. Flavors are somewhat lacking and the beer seems a little fizzy, emphasizing a somewhat "suffocating" impression I often get from Wheat Dunkels. A slighly vinous hop is noticeable at the finish along with too much lemon, but it is pretty lost, and there is a papery impression to the malt aftertaste. Not much distinction in this one, except the nice swing top.

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Photo of pbnagel
2.94/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a better than average dark wheat beer. It was smoother than most other dark wheat beers I've tried. There was little or no head once the beer was poured, which is very odd for a wheat beer.

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Photo of Murph
2.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with a bubbly white head that does not last. I was only able to get some yeast into the beer after some serious agitation. I don't know if I can rate the smell since there really wasn't one. Same deal with the taste. Very bland, some slight fruity flavors and a somewhat decent mouthfeel once I got down to the bottom and it was all yeast left. I guess it was still pretty drinkable but just very bland. I really think these brews are meant to stay in Germany.

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Photo of Brent
3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not at all a stellar example of dark German wheat, but I sort of feel like Linus in the Peanuts Christmas special, wrapping my security blanket around this beer and saying "its not such a bad brew, Charlie Brown." Chunky traditional swing-top ceramic corked bottle. Poured a chestnut brown. Mildly yeast aroma. Bright and tingly on the tongue, tartly acidic and astringent with lemon and Granny Smith apple notes. Quite clean and palate cleansing. Not much depth or complexity going on here, and really not all that well within the style. Didn't love it, but I liked it anyway.

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Photo of byrd
2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oberdorfer is packaged in a great bottle with swing-top ceramic stopper. Unfortunately, this beer seemed to strike me the wrong way as soon as I popped the top. I had barely begun to pull the wire holding the cork in place when the cork blew off the top of the bottle with a very loud pop. This might have been a little impressive if it wasn’t immediately followed by a bad musty, sour odor emanating from the bottle.

The beer poured with a large foamy head that died down so quickly that, had I turned away for a moment, I might have missed it. Once the head had dissipated, there was absolutely no lace at all on top, only a few stray bubbles around the edges of the glass. At first the beer poured crystal clear, dark reddish brown, and I was a bit confused until I noticed that the yeast was all lodged quite firmly on the bottom of the bottle. Pretending I was a chemist, I poured some of the beer back into the bottle, swirled it around rather well, and was then able to pour out a good bit of the yeast. The aroma was primarily of malt and citrus notes with a little wheat and yeast. The taste starts with some subtle malt and wheat that is fairly smooth. The yeast was pretty undetectable. Shortly thereafter a lemony tartness takes over that completely dominates this beer through the finish. At times the taste even becomes sour. The aftertaste is tart as well, but is fairly short lived. Overall the mouthfeel clean and crisp, but was on the thin side with light to moderate carbonation. Although the bottle is nice, this certainly isn’t a beer that I’ll go out seeking again. While I was able to finish this bottle, I was glad when it was finished... maybe it was a bad bottle?

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Photo of StevieW
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz. flip top bottle. Bottle looked cool with a picture of the little Bavarian village. Then I opened it.... Carmel brown color, with a super charged bubbly head, that left immediatly. Not much on the ol smellometer either. Taste was dominated by bubbles. Once the beer settled, you had to really concentrate to notice some traditional wheat beer flavors. Some faint bananas, toffee, candied apple flavors. Crisp finish, all the malty sweetness is knocked out by the heavy carbonation. Not a good example of the style...I think they overly carbonate it to import it over here..pass on this one if you see it at your store.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.12/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately cloudy brown color. The head was boisterous and full but settle a bit quickly to leave about 1/4 inch of steady foam on top. The nose is hops and more specialty malts than plain malt with fruit undertones. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated and settles to smooth. The flavor is bitter citrus that has strong wheat body and hops that are well balanced. That settles to a lemony flavor.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy medium brown color with a small tan head, which fades fairly quickly. The lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Caramel and honey notes, with little else, no hop presence that I could detect.

Taste: Opens with a crisp, lightly sweet note of caramel. Midway through the taste, there are quite subdued bitter coffee notes and roasted malt flavors. Finishes with a very mild roasted malt note that lingers on pleasantly. The finish is quite dry. None of the clove and banana flavors mentioned by other reviewers were present.

Mouth feel: Fairly sharp stinging carboation, the body is thin and watery.

Drinkability/notes: A bit underwhelming; there is nothing that is bad about this beer, just that it seems less than it could be. Quite drinkable, but it seems like this was an attempt at a light beer, overall very insubstantial.

Presentation: Packaged in a pint brown glass bottle with a stopper and rubber gasket held in place by a hinged wire mechanism, similar to Grolsch. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Zorro
2.24/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy light brown beer minimal head formation, particularly for a German wheat beer.

Smell is malty with a whiff of flowery hop scent and toasted malt. Faint raisins and figs aromas.

Taste is faint figs and medium dark malt with a faint sourness in the taste. And that is about it, under flavored.

Mouthfeel is thin.

A disappointing beer here, proof that there are bad wheat beers in Germany too!

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was a dark copper bordering on a mahogany with a good two finger head that quickly dissapated and left only a trace of lace on top of the beer.

The was very heavy in wheat sourness with a hint of fruit.

The drink started with a sour wheat blast followed by a sweet kick of malt in the middle. The finish was very clean and watery.

This was not a very balanced beer. The flavors didn't seem to mesh smoothly in my mind. It's not a terrible beer, but not a beer I'll seek again.

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Photo of animal69
3.92/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well, i'm not really a fan of any kind of wheat beer, but i really like this one; pours a murky light brown color /w almost no head or lacing; smells like a bakery on hops, lot of yeast aroma; when i tasted it, i was surprised that there was a good malt-wheat balance, very slight hop flavor; very light body, almost too thin, but was balanced; overall i find this a quite drinkable brew.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly dull flat aroma. Eventually malt presents with a slightly nutty quality. Hints of phenols.
Amber of browns and deep reds. Head starts medium height and slowly settles.
Flavor starts with a spicy accent and finishes with a lemony taste. Wheat in the middle. Tangy, yeasty and somewhat tart (like Berliner).
Tartness gives a nice quenching and puckering quality that has a refreshing quality. Softness with carbonation. Medium to thin.
Stylistically this is a tough call. Further,it wasn't really what I had expected. The aroma doesn't match the flavors and there is a dominace of yeast charactistic. Yet, I can see it as a different summer ale that would be worth a sampling now and then.
The flip-top bottle gives me another reason to purchase.

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Photo of stirgy
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One pint swing cap bottle. From the label reads “Premium Bavarian Wheat. Malt Liquor Dark in Color”. This premium beer poured a deep and highly carbonated amber brown. There’s a bit of brown muck on the cap and seal. Looks like yeasty gunk. It did not transfer to the glass. The head was nice and creamy, but quickly fizzled into a film. The aroma has a slightly sweet, slightly tannic nut-like quality to it. I guess you could call it “chewy”. The taste reminds me of some brown ales that I’ve had in the past, more so than any wheat beers I’ve had. This has a normal body of malt and a very light hop flavor. Nice balance. Overall, this is quite drinkable. Although missing is the sour and esters that I associate with other wheat beers, nevertheless this is a very pleasant beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of taez555
2.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

half litter swing top bottle.

Poured a very clear light brown body with chunks floating around in it. The fine head died down almost immediatly and was almost non existant after a few minutes. I had to check the bottle a couple of times to make sure this was a dunkelweisen

The nose had a sweet, fruity, yeasty smell. Not quite your average weis.

The taste was very light. Chocolate, fudge, very very faint wheat taste. Sugary sweet. A mellow hop bitterness. Nothing to over the top. It finished very light and quickly.

When I was in Germany all I drank were dunkelweisens, and this is not a good dunkelweis at all. Maybe a poor german dunkel with a slight wheat flavor. More than likely the poorness of this beer is do to a combination of importing it to the US and the swingtop, but... not a beer I'll be trying on this side of the atlantic anytime soon.

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Photo of John
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz. flip top bottle. Dark brown cloudy appearance, good pillowy tan head. Roasted malt, burnt caramel, dark bread aroma. Clove essence, more caramel and roasted malt flavor. slight sour/tart lemon aftertaste. Not bad, but not a favorite in this style.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine is definately not a dark wheat. The bottle says oberdorfer weiss, premium bavarian wheat malt liquor light in color.

Very hazy light yellow/straw color, lots of little bubbles jumping around. Small all white head on the top. Light wheat notes on nose, hints of lemon. Light sweet malts in front, wheat/grain characteristics. Some banana, lemony notes. Light bodied, quite refreshing, another proverbial summer brew to quench your thirst.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured like birch beer, except their was no head. The smell was weak and slightly rank of oily malts and water.

Lemon, vitamin C tablets--with notes of orange--dominate the palate, sour enough to make your mouth move. Light aftertaste of alcohol. Medium, oily, crushed tablet powder mouthfeel. In other beers I've had, a lemon/citrus taste has been refreshing, but in this one it wasn't so.

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Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark amber color with a tall head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a certain banana and clove smell, most likely from the yeast, as well as wheat and lemon.

The flavor was tart, as a lemon flavor is the first to hit you. The malts follow up with a sweetness that is just a bit too sweet for me, but still nice.

The drinkability was good with this one, but the mouthfeel was a little too thin. Could use a little more thickness and a little more wheat character.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a bronze/brown color with a tan head. The aroma is of sweet malts, wheat, sour apples, and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is sweet and a bit tart with the sour apple flavors. It has a malty, wheat backbone. It is light-bodied and easy drinking. I wasn't expecting the sour apples in this one. I won't chase this one down again.

Sampled 11/18/03

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