Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen | Brauerei Tucher Brau

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau
Germany
tucher.de

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-24-2001

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3.77
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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 metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy brown in color into a weizen glass with a two finger high head. A high amount of carbonation is visible and there is good head retention.
S: The smell is slightly sweet and is rather fruity - aromas of apples stand out in particular. There are also some hints of clove and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has an interesting mix of flavors including apples, caramel, toffee and wheat. The finish mainly consists of apple flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and perhaps a bit thin. Lots of effervescence is present.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down quickly. I could easily have several of these in one sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The magic of dunkelweizens lies in its sheer volume of complexities and its effortless refreshment. The beer delivers wave after wave of flavor without sacrificing drinkability.

A hazy dark drab washes over the weizen glass with a cast of faint light from behind of chestnut and bronze. A sturdy light tan head caps the beer with a part-foam, part-fizz character that dissipates sooner than I would have liked. Light pockets of lace cling to the glass in a semi-confident appearance.

The byproducts of yeast tell the story as fruit, spice, and butterscotch seduces the nose with savory notes and peppery balance. The malts support the esters and phenols well with aromatic complements from malt in the shape of caramel, toast, chocolate, and light coffee.

And its those flavors of chocolate, toast, coffee, and caramel that provides the foundation from which the spices and fruit springs. Estery flavors of banana, apple, and lemon-like acidity plays mildly on the palate while the balancing phenols of white pepper and clove do the job in the lowly hopped beer. Additional butter notes provide an impression of butterscotch and provides a round taste, but mutes some flavors as well.

Creamy early, but the beer takes a quick turn toward lightness, grain, and eventually minty dryness. Carbonation recedes and leaves the textures of semi-sweet malts and a buttery coat to gloss the palate for a slightly off-dry finish and unsettled refreshment.

The buttery (diacetyl) compound is unusual in the style, but I link it up to the slight vanilla-like or almond-like taste that can add beneficial complexities. But the diacetyl here interferes with the mouthfeel and brings rise to the light taste of paper and stale breads. This is likely not the most fresh version of the beer. Not knowing the stability of the bottles, I'm not sure about how much of the taste is brewhouse or old product.

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Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a goldish/burgandy color with a foamy, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and malt.

T - The dominant tastes were wheat, dried fruits and yeast. It had a sweetness about it, too.

M - It was soft and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good dunkel. A nice dried fruit flavor mixed with a sweet taste.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown color with a great pillowey,sticky head,the aroma is sweet and clovey.The taste is real clovey with some banana undertones.I like the light fruity finish,this a real nice beer,Iam not a huge fan of the style because it seems a little heavy to drink very many.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange with smoky amber trim; a lovely hue. The massive cap of sandstone colored foam is a looker as well. It's creamy and thick with a cobbled surface of variously sized pits created by lazily popping bubbles. A fair amount of Swiss cheese-like lace decorates the glass. What's not to like?

The nose is wonderful and smells like autumn to me. I can appreciate cinnamon-spiced overripe apples, as well as clove-spiced mushy bananas. There's also an earthiness that brings to mind falling leaves, although not their actual aroma. I hope the nose translates well to the palate.

Dunkels Hefe Weizen tastes like autumn too. The combination of spiced fruit (fresh apple cider), caramel and earthy hops takes me instantly to late October. That classic wheaty tang says 'weizen', and beautifully caramelized malt adds 'dunkel'. Banana and clove are subtle early in each mouthful and increase in intensity as the finish approaches. Clove is especially prominent on the finish.

Sweet, sour and bitter are all present, although the beer can't be said to be any of the three. It's a system of checks and balances that works very well. The mouthfeel approaches lush without quite getting there. The carbonation is only noticed if I make an effort to notice it; a worthy attribute that I wish more beers shared.

Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen is a damn good dunkel weizen. It's more than solid across the board and is at least as drinkable as its better known competitors. As late summer gives way to crisp autumn, I'll be sure to purchase a few bottles of this beer along with my favorite Oktoberfests.

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange-brown with a thick, off-white head.

Aroma: typical yeasty banana and clove.

Taste: like the aroma but mellower and more refined. [3.75]

M: near medium body; good medium+ carbonation level.

O: very drinkable; not too much clove or banana.

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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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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16oz brown sleek euro style bottle with a drink before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Tawny amber with a thick haze, powdery and pillowy head sticks all over the glass.

Smell: Ripe banana with a cake like sweetness ... mild spicy note in the nose also.

Taste: Creamy, smooth and crisp with a medium bodied that leans towards a chewy malt mouth feel. Bready malt sweetness from the wheat malt with a touch of caramel and ripe fruit (mostly banana). Subtle spicy flavours mingle with a light hop bitterness which merely tames the malt. Mild clove spiciness, good dose of fruity esters and a ghost like buttery diacetyl just add to the complexities. Some nutty yeast and a faint light chocolate flavour are also present. Clean palate with a even cleaner finish.

Notes: A very tasty Dunkelweizen ... on par for style and a sure thing for any traditional wheat beer lover. Lots of flavours going around to satisfy all of your taste buds. 5.35% abv.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mid sized bottle, pours plummy brown under a huge frothy khaki head, that stays and stays. Light chocolate and fruit in the nose. I get some more chocolate, bananas, light powdered sugar, light toast and some maple. The problem I have here is that this one is on the watery side, compared to the all stars of the style. Decent enough take on a tasty style, just thin body and flavor wise

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light wheat scent with the addition of some crystal malts for a dark malt aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, yet mildly malty flavor with a wheaty finish and a fruity taste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This a good dunkel, but I've had better. It has adequate malty flavor and a nice wheat taste; a fine sessions brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally, on to the dunkel:

Amber brown colored with orange and yellw hues, visible carbonation running through the body, and a creamy beige head on top that is thick and holding on top well. There's a good aroma, reasonable cinnamon apple, nuttiness (walnuts), and some phenolic action as well.

The flavor of smashed apples is dominant all the way around. Well, the first sip is a mix of cider and nuts, then the apple note starts to take the stage. Not quite as delicious as its kristal or helles sibling. A slap of alchol makes appearances from timr to time. Mouthfeel....that's the best part. It's rather smooth and creamy, with a medium body that picks itself up quickly.

Solid dunkleweizen, and another warm day refresher.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated, as it produces a three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a lightly hazy, dark, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has some pronounced banana aromatics, which couple with some clove phenolics that are in the background. Some aromas of biscuit-like malt and perhaps a hint of spicy hop character is noticeable if you dig around for it.

This has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel to it up front, but it does pick up some prickly carbonation towards the middle of a sip. It finishes with a tinny bitterness and a touch of acidity. Flavors of plums and perhaps a touch of apple seem to be part of the Dunkles contribution. The traditional flavors of banana and clove are here, but have strangely swapped places from the aroma; here the clove is a touch more noticeable than the banana, but both are muted overall from the aroma. A touch of caramelized malt sugars and some lightly toasted malt character is noticeable towards the end. I find that at times the banana flavors are much more noticeable in the finish where they couple with the caramel notes to remind me of lightly caramelized bananas.

Not the most complex or tasty Dunkles hefe Weizen, but it certainly gets the job done and is quite tasty.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a good head, average retention for the style, like the colour.

S: Baked goods, molasses, some chocolate, clove.

T: Good deal of dark bread, mixed with a hint of cocoa. Bite of clove flower at the end adds a nice spice element, gingerbread flavours as well. Flavour is on the light side, but tasty.

M: Mouthfeel is light and chalky with a lot of yeast character evident. Carbonation can be too much at points.

D: A good dark weizen, not as good as Franzikaner, but a solid beer I could have again, one of the least expensive dunkleweisse beers around.

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Photo of Zorro
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dirty brown color, but that is what Dunkel Weiss looks like.

Smell is sweet and clean with a strong banana scent and some mellow clove scents. Smells like a good German wheat beer.

Taste is mildly sweet and a bit tart. Strongest flavors are cloves and wheat with a bit of metallic tang. Some how the Banana flavor is missing entirely.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK drinkable brew. I expected more maltiness from this. It is OK but I would pick a stronger flavored beer if I had the choice.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$4.50 for a bottle at Michael's Deli in King of Prussia...
Murky caramel colored brown with a small off white head that settles slowly. A little bit of lacing is left.
Smell is of bready yeast, caramel, bananas, clove, chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of bazooka joe.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin but acceptable for the style. Not too sweet and balanced for the most part.
Drinkability is good. Not the best German version I've had but not a dud either.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First is the very foamy head, but it quickly goes and this dunkle is very drinkable. ABV is 5.3% but pound down a few of these - 1 pint - and you will notice.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- The caramel-brown densely hazy body has a sea of tiny bubbles and a thick creamy light tan head that last and last. The head sticks to glass in sheets after each sip.

S-This beer has a light smell of wheat and toasted malt with a big yeasty aroma. Very faint banana note only after it is warm.

T- The taste of dry club soda is followed by toasted malt notes and a light tartness. There is a faint note of banana and apple cider, of the non-fermented variety. There is a nice spicy note in the finish perhaps of cloves.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- The flavor is a bit light but there are nice toasted notes. The mouthfeel is full but the overall impression was that it is a bit dull.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with some amber hues. Aroma is cloves, overripe bananas and yeast. The smell reminds me of banana nut bread. The taste a nice malty flavor with plenty of yeast and a touch of banana. Overall, this is a good brew that I would not mind having again.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a solid one inch cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving no lacing. Could be a used glass issue.

Melanoidin aromas, caramelized sugar, toffee, and classic hefe scents of banana and wheat are present. There's a slight fruity ester quality underlying the profile.

Flavor is predominantly hefeweizen, with wheat, banana, clove, and orange peel comprising the initial sip. There's a bit of toasted malt that forms the backbone of the beer. Hints of nutty caramel add complexity as it warms. Citrus undertones are a little overpowering.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation, and a bit of a bite at the finish.

Overall, a fairly hefe heavy dunkel weizen. The malt character is pretty much overshadowed by the wheat, citrus, and spice characteristics.

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Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brown color and a thick, cloudy texture. Lots of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Nicely underplayed aroma of bananas, wheat and cloves.

T: Sweet taste of bananas, wheat, yeast and cloves. In my opinion, this one was a little on the thin side.

M: A high rate of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a bit of a mixed bag. Some aspects of this beer were good, but when it comes down to the taste, it was a bit uninteresting. Oddly drinkable, though.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky light brown color with a nice big beige head. Nice balanced chocolate malt aroma and banana-clove aroma. Tastes much like it smells with both characteristics blending nicely. Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.

A solid Dunkle Weizen - A definite buy and bargain price compared to Weihenstephen !!

Per label: Since 1672

($1.99 / 16 oz.)

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher Weiss glass. L 1 16 notched on the label.

A - This beer poured with a hazy red copper color and a big and creamy off-white head. Long-lasting retention and thick sticky lacing make this appearance a winner.

S - Great marriage between the amber/Vienna malts and the wheat aromas. A touch of yeast and a hint of bubblegum. No hop aromas to speak of but there were some semi-fruity esters of dark fruits on the finish. Modest though.

T - Fairly well balanced between Vienna malts and wheat in the grist. The flavors are delicate and muted. Slightly dry finish of malts. On second thought, the malts overwhelm the wheat a touch. Some dark fruit esters in the flavor too.

M - Light-medium bodied, effervescent on the tongue with a minimal bite to the finish, and crisp. Maybe a little too light bodied, it could use a little rounding out.

D - This dunkel lends itself well to the drinkability category. A good session dunkel.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Suspiciously clear oxblood with lumpy too-white froth. 3.5
Bubble gum, clove, and fresh soda loaf on the nose. 3.75
Flinty grain, tad of whole wheatiness, slightest toffee apple, no real yeast, grassy end. 3.5
Leafy comeback and tingly linger.
Light, fizzy, dry, slight chew. 3.5


-- Classic aroma, if nothing more. Thin, over-carbed, and I’m missing all those fruity esters. Almost a weizen with food colouring, and even then not a great one. A sub-par example of the style. 3.5

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Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

That is one pretty dunkel weiss pour. Chocolate brown with a giant white soap head and little bits of pretty wheat floating all around and about.

Nicely balanced and complex weizen smell. Nice sweet yeast, slightly fruity, backed against a nutty wheatmalt soaked in baking spices.

The yeast is surprisingly present. The nutty and spicy malt that was hinted at in the nose is nowhere to be found. Yeast is slightly alcoholic, a little zingy, with nodes of solid fruit, moving then into a blandish, semi-sweet middle, and finishing on a little zip of yeast. Good, but there's little yeast to be had.

A solid beer. I'm a bigger fan of the style than most, though.

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