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Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen | Brauerei Tucher Brau

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85
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161 Reviews
Tucher Dunkles Hefe WeizenTucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau
Germany | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-24-2001

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161
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276
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 276
Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

1 Pint 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter.

Appearance - Tons of yeast sediment. Small tan lace. Dark brown body. Almost no retention. Great lacing.

Smell - Light banana. Maybe a little sweeter smelling than others in style.

Taste - Musky finish. Not much before that. Maybe some sweet banana. Lifeless. Not bad. Insofar as water isn't bad.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Lifeless.

Overall Drinkability - Worst I've had in style. Flavorless. Bodyless. The high point is the appearance. Not a bad beer, just horrible in style. If BMC made a Hefe-lite, this would be it.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - A big khaki three finger head rises above a cloudy russet brew with hints of purple. Lots of lace sticks to the glass, and the beautifully creamy head shows amazing retention.

S - Green banana notes hit my nose right off the bat, along with a shit-ton of yeast and some clove. The malts smell a bit more caramelized than a regular hefe, but these are fresh summer hefe aromas for sure. This one could cure those who are "afraid of the dark."

T - Big time green banana....like eating the peel. Also, the yeast plays a major role here. Hops are relegated to simply balancing the flavors, but yeast is center stage. This has some sweet-and-sour soy-sauce and salt flavors that seem out of place, and it doesn't taste anywhere near as good as it smells. This beer is slightly bitter, and very sour when it really shouldn't be.

M - Light bodied with a good deal of carbonation and a yeasty and sour finish. Seems watery for a hefe.

D - Poor. For some reason this stuff is just not sitting right with me. It seems all out of whack. I probably won't buy this again, but I may try to buy another bottle to see if freshness was a negative factor with this sample. There is not freshness date, and I've only had the bottle in the 'frige for maybe two weeks.

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Photo of meatmallet
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a medium brown/copper color with a thick off white head. Also rather hazy.

Smells more faint than I was expecting. bananas, caramel, yeast, and a little bit of apple.

Taste is not as strong either. Mostly bananas and yeast.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated and a little bitter.

Overall not bad but cant compete with some of the others of the style.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A medium brown slightly cloudy brew with a good head, but didn't last very long or leave much lacing.

You can smell some malt, yeast and perhaps some fruit. Nothing outstanding.

taste isn't bad but doesn't impress all that much either. Some malt and spice and wheat, but nothing too distinctive.

On the pallet "average" was about it. There was enough carbonation, but the aftertaste was so-so, slightly reminiscent of a cardboard box factory.

Drinkability was pretty low as having this brew didn't leave me wanting another at all.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured, the color was a hazy weak looking brown, that just lack depth in color. The smell was of a mild aroma of spice and malts, nothing outstanding, just an average aroma. The taste was disappointing. It had a bitterness that was a little overpowering for a dunkel and there was also a sour feel in the mouth and palate that was a turn off. Also, there was no after taste to speak of and to me just a turn off.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy honey brown in color. Tan head falls to blanket. Smells malty, wheaty, some light heft notes. Taste is similar to nose mild flavors. Bready, some bubblegum.
Body is light + and carbonation is active and a tough rough. A bit gassy. Overall the least favorite of the Tucher brews that I've tried.

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Photo of tigerpaws
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark mahogany color with a nice frothy head. Unfortunatly that is the best thing about this beer IMO. Almost no aroma and very very bland boring taste. I couldn't wait to finsih this brew so that I could order some other type.

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Photo of xav33
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen
Half Liter bottle
Medium pour in a weizen glass
Notched 8, prosit 11/06!

Poured a hazy light brown with a large frothy mostly lasting off white head with good lacing.

Smelt of bubble gum and banana with light caramel and dough.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet banana and cloves followed by a toast, cloves, bananas, raw dough and mineral water on an average length green banana finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, watery, fizzy, light astringency and mineral taste.

Overall, the aromas and flavors are all in check, but it feels like somebody threw Perrier in my beer! Blech!

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Photo of hotstuff
3.07/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:This beer had a small sized white head that contained fine sized bubbles that was fully diminished.The body was clear with no carbonation.The hue of this beer was brown and the nose was fruity (banana) and sweet.The flavor was somewhat acidic from start to finish.The mouthfeel was tingly and medium bodied.

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Photo of danielharper
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Great Spritis, Huntsville, AL. Pint-size bottle.

I poured this one very slowly from the bottle into a weizen glass, which formed a nice head that persisted so long as the beer did. Dark, almost brown color with amber around the edges, very cloudy and let very little light through.

The scent and taste are intertwined for me, as they can be described very similarly -- the citrusy aroma and taste of a good Weiss combined with the fruity esters of an Amber. Fruitiness was very prominent here, at least at first taste (I even think I detected a bit of an apple flavor) that gave way to a bitter finish. A bit too bitter, for my taste -- I like my beers to be a bit smoother, particularly ones that are as sweet as this one to begin with.

Pretty decent mouthfeel, sort of light-bodied with a foamy undercurrent that keeps things interesting. I thought the carbonation was a bit high, but that's probably to-style. Nothing much positive or negative to say here.

For me the main negative is a cloying aftertaste that doesn't really make me want to continue having them. As the wheat finish gives way to the bitter aftertaste, I find myself wishing for something else to drink with which to wash the beer down -- definitely not something that I consider a positive trait in a beer.

If I found this one on-tap, or found a good price on a six-pack, I might buy it again. I'm not sorry I bought this one as a sampler. But the overall quality of this beer leads me to the opinion that it's probably not as good as I'd like it to be.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping for a little more, but for 1.99 at bevmo, I get what I get and don't get upset.

Pours with a big thick melted marshmellow head. Fluffhead.

I smell nothing, like marshmellow peeps floating on the wind.

Tastes, some hefe weizen tastes, not much, but at least not macro tasting. This is like the inside of a sawdust marshmellow. Fluff.

Whatever, cheap beer and better than the 9 dollar pabst at the new yankee stadium. Fluffernutter.

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Photo of marc77
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Murky light brown in hue, topped by a stiff and sticky light tan head. Wheat tartness and banana esters are most prominent in aroma, with hints of chocolate and toasty Munich adding depth. Caramel sweetness is perceptible upfront, yielding to mild roasted grain and light chocolate. Understated banana ester profile. Lightly bodied for style, perhaps even a touch thin in mouthfeel. Finishes w/ lingering wheat tartness and hints of toasted grain. A clean, but unimpressive Dunkelweizen that could use more malt and yeast character. It's not unlike many prosaic US microbrewed versions.

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Photo of jettjon
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml bottle with no apparent date markings into a pint glass. Clear ruby pour with a few bubbles beneath a 1-finger whitish head. Moderate rate of fade yields a cap and heavy, clingy lacing. Nose is pretty middle-of-the-road with sweet malt and hops bouquet. Taste is initially malty, but this fades quickly to a kind of a watery nothingness. Not much flavor complexity here, which is a shame; this isn’t a bad tasting beer but it’s nothing special, either. Mouth is middle-viscous with moderate carbonation, wet and smooth; fairly average. Drinkability is good overall, agreeable but not stellar.

Overall: My sample was a solid dark wheat brew but a bit underwhelming in the taste department. This one’s worth revisiting at a future date to see if I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice Dunkel, however I think mine may be a little old. It pours a nice dark brown color, but not as much cloudiness as I expected. I did swirl the bottom to get some, but it didn't come up easily, so it has settled a long time. It smells a little of banana, but not enough for the style, and no clove was detected at all. It tasted a bit oxidized, but had some nice wheat and yeast flavor at the end. The aftertaste was dry and slightly acrid. I think the bottle I had was an injustice to the Tucher brand, since I've been to Germany, and I know this would be far better on tap and fresh there. If you can find this fresh, buy it, otherwise don't waste your money--brew your own!

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Photo of Troyone
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown color with a brown hue and a white foamy head that sticks around.

Has an insignificant grainy malt smell.

Light/mod sweet/acidic, lightly bitter, and a grainy malt taste with some citrus hops.

Medium bodied, slightly syrupy texture, soft almost flat carb, and a bland finish.

Easy to drink however some what of a bland beer, I should try to find a dunkles hef on tap somewhere.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle served into a weizen glass

Pours a very brown ale-like color. It's a moderately dark brown closer to the top of the glass, and more of a honey'd shade towards the bottom. A nice, frothy head of 2 fingers forms.

The aroma is pretty light, all things considered. There's plenty of hefeweizen character here: clove, banana. Some breadcrusts character (not toasted) bolsters things. There's also some stewed apple here...not dissimilar from an English ale.

The taste is a weaker version of the nose. Flavors of apple and breadcrust meld with the traditional hefeweizen flavors, but nothing stands out. It's not so much balanced as it is unassertive.

The mouthfeel is pretty light, almost watery. The carbonation level is fairly sharp, but a touch more body would help the dark wheat flavors shine.

Overall, this is pretty average for the style. It's a nice, affordable quaff for sure, though.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy golden brown with almost no head and very little lacing

S- Smell is of spice and banana with a hint of wheat

T/M- Taste is a bit bitter at the end, it is moderately carbonated with a slight banana and clove flavor.

D- This is an okay Hefe, defiantly not he best in the category but also not the worst. I might get it again, but would not rush out to buy it.

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Photo of gpogo
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Reddish-brown mahagony. Slightly cloudy. Large cloudlike off white head. Head dissipates to centimeter sized head.

A- Sweet fruity aroma with banana nut bread smell. Very slight hints of bubblegum and spiciness.

T- Smooth chewy malt. Banana fruit notes and a slight clovey spiciness. Leaves a sweet feeling to my mouth afterwards.

M- Medium body with high carbonation.

D- Decent dunkelweizen.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 7/24/11.

As a wheat beer, this Dunkelweizen should look great in a curvy, half-liter glass, of course only after doing the customary wheat beer swirl in the bottle. Great head, but unfortunately TONS of yeast chunkies: not a candidate for the swirl. I'm okay with some sediment, but wheat beer needs to have fine, cloudy yeast, not leafy swamp-gunk.

Aroma is satisfying, with some nice overripe fruit and bubblegum.

Very bready, moreso than a normal "helles" Hefeweizen. Some dark, spice cake flavors, along with a heap of tanginess. Discrete fruitiness. Overall unoffensive, but lacking a bit of oomph. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with persistent carbonation.

Luckily the amount of sediment and hairy appearance don't affect drinkability or flavor, otherwise this beer would've been a lost cause.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, a dunkelweizen can be the best-looking beer sometimes, and this one by Tucher is no exception. The head looks like super-creamy ice cream sitting on top of a deep caramel brown. The entirety is very dessert-y looking. Just the thing for a hot, muggy June evening.

Aroma doesn't quite live up to the promise of the appearance, being rather muted. I did shake up the yeast from the bottom before pouring the last bit, so that's not it. Not much to report actually, except the faintest hint of pumpernickel and banana. But since there's nothing offensive here, it's easy to just move on. I'd rather taste my beer than smell it anyway...

Well, the taste is only a little more remarkable than the nose. Light shades of milk chocolate, banana, dark bread and clove pass over the tongue. That's it. Not much in the finish, except perhaps some of those characteristics in even more faded form, plus a little tart fruit.

Texture is smooth and tingly at the same time, although not quite as round or super-creamy as better versions of the style (I maintain that Franziskaner is still one of the great dunkelweizens).

Disappointing, although not undrinkable. I did all the right things--swirled the yeast at bottom, let it warm up for 20 minutes from the fridge, served in an authentic German hefeweizen glass. Guess this one simply isn't a mindblowing dunkelweizen. It happens.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out the color of cloudy iced tea, unleashing a mighty head of light beige that retains well, laces adequately and has a dense, rocky top.

Aromas are mild, consisting of very wheaty notes, light yeasty spice, and a slight minerality. Nothing too special here.

Flavor is similar, very wheaty, tasting almost like a big bowl of soggy cooked cereal flakes. There's a slight notion of clove and ther subtlest hint of banana. It really has very little of the flavors that make a great dunkel weizen. There's a distinct nip of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and juicey, with a medium body accented by big bubbles of carbonation.

Overall, a bland and disappointing entry, even Franzy Dunkel is better. And that's not saying too much.

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Photo of jackndan
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dunkles Hefe Weizen: (half liter brown bottle) Cloudy reddish beer, with a very pale beige head. Very pleasant odor of bananas and sweet apples. Nice sticky Belgian Lace. Refreshing. The taste is very sweet, but the beer is not very lively, although I see by the side of the bottle that I’ve got an old one. I’ll get a fresher one, as it is worth another look.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy light beige head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Random chunks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Some sketchy looking chunks of sediment sink to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is of dark wheat, burnt caramel, and some off metallic notes. Taste is the same with some subtle banana flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average dunkelweizen with some weird stuff going on.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22 oz pilsner glass.

Murkey brown with a chill haze. Two inch head breaks down to a wisp of white lace.

Smells of bananna, clove and spice from the yeast strain and a nice bready wheat.

Taste is a mix of sweet malts and fruity esters with a bit of a lemon rind in the finish.

This is a drinkable Dunkel but a bit too much on the light side for the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted into my Schneider Weisse glass, pours an effervescent brown with 3+ fingers of tan head. Some yeast floaties once all the yeast is swirled in. A modicum of lacing & head retention

S: Faint juicy fruit & more prominent banana notes

T: Slight leafy hop notes up front, along with some green banana & some apricot fruittyness. Apricot & metallic hop taste as this warms, not, pulling together as nicely as I hoped it would, some green banana & figgy notes sneaking in as well. Finishes fruitty with metallic hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy. I was expecting more from this one, given how good the Kristall was the other night...

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