Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen | Brauerei Tucher Brau

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Tucher Dunkles Hefe WeizenTucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen

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Brauerei Tucher Brau

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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 stan66
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer with great appearence, pours a nice brown dark honey color. head is big creamy beige in color with low retention. lacing is medium. carbonation high. It has some sediment at the bottom og the glass. It is a nice thirst quencher with dry taste.

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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 ouser31
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer the other night at home while watching movie and enjoying dinner... it poured really nice and formed a great head... glass apperance was good and smell was decent as well..

for a dark hefe it is pretty good... ive had better of course but id definately drink this again... looing forward to try another one os Tucher Brews!!

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

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
No bottled-on date visible.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner hefeweizen glass.

Pours tall, thick head, off-white in color. Gradually recedes to a 1cm cap atop body. Little lacing. Body is dark amber brown out of light, dark orange-brown when held to light, with orange highlights. Opaque, no carbonation visible.

Aroma is bread-like, with some lemon and clove. Missing the banana-like esters.

Taste has mild malt sweetness, some caramel or brown malt aspects. Spicy clove very abundant in mid-taste, dominates here. Soma bananas, but fairly weak. Overall, a pleasant, bready taste, the bread-like component being particularly noticeable in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation gives this a fairly smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Generally slightly above average. Very bready with less emphasis on the esters and phenols. A little plain. Not really what I'm looking for in a dunkelweiss, but I could see how some prefer this.

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

Nice presentation in my stemmed pint tulip. Bold hazy brown with lots of stuff floating around. Rocky head with nice lacing. Like a meal in a beer. Smell is good and fruity and a bit malty. Tastes great but not less filling. Wheaty sweet and a little fruity like a peach marmalade on wheat toast. Mouthfeel is great a medium bodied jefe. Overall an excellent beer and well worth looking for again, also, sessionable if you don'tind the caloric value. Cheers. Btw I poured most of it in the glass and then rolled the last ounce or two around the bottom to loosen up the yeast for the final pour. Didn't want to waste the bonus on the bottom. Another great Tucher.

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Photo of karait95
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: well build body with a brown color, it is not clear but not cloudy so it feets perfectly the style, carbonation is constant and rich keeping a permanent layer on top of the beer, the head is prominent and dissipates slowly the color is light brown.

S: could be more intense it is a little faint it has the basic components for the style, there is wheat, citrus and little hops but malt is not clearly perceived as toasted.

T: good flavor as this one is filtered it is decreased in intensity, still can be sensed the general characters of the style such as the wheat the citrus and little hops again the toasted character is not very present as should be.

M: nice mouthfeel, it is simple but nice not to bitter nor too sweet.

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

A: good deep copper colour, the body is hazy, cloudy and shows some reddish tints, the head is a slightly off-white with a nice retention and moussy, lace left on the glass

S: there are phenols and esters, a little hop notes, wheat aroma and some munich malt

T: the same way as the smell, very refreshing, medium body, chewy and long lasting end

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9oz. bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a substantial creamy one-finger head. Nice retention and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Banana, orange peel and a hint of vanilla with a base of wheat. Smells tasty.

T: Citrusy orange notes up front followed by banana and a bit of molasses on the finish. As it warms up, the faintest hint of alcohol comes through. Tastes a bit more subdued than I expected from a dunkles; definitely as light as a lot of the hefeweizens I've had before in terms of flavor.

M: Medium-bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish. Very nice.

D: This one is a little bit on the heavy side for the summer, but I think this might be preferable during the colder months of the year.

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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 JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown with huge creamy white head that fades slowly and leaves ample walls of creamy lace.

The aroma is of banana bread with a touch of cocoa.

The flavor follows the nose, but lacks on banana. Clove comes out with a touch of cinnamon and cocoa.

The feel is creamy and smooth.

Delicious and enjoyable. Easy drinking.

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Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.

It pours a murky brown with amber highlights with a fluffy off-white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

The smell is very wheaty and citrusy with some caramel, not so much banana-y, perhaps a hint if you really take a good whiff.

The flavor is more wheat and caramel with some lemon.

It is a decent Franconian Dunkelweizen, but not amazing.

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Photo of jgurley
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown with a tan, creamy head that leaves spotty lace and some sediment. Smell is yeasty banana bread and a little dark fruit. Taste is sweet up front with a touch of banana, drying in the middle with a small hop bite on the end. Overall the taste leans toward dry. Mouthfeel is light and drinkable, yet not watery. Finishes clean with little aftertaste.

EDIT: Had to go back and rethink my scores after this beer warmed SO nicely. I thought it was good to begin with, but after it's finished, I think it's excellent

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

500 mL bottle into a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: It pours reddish-brown with two fingers of off-white head with good retention and lace.

S: Light chocolate, caramel, some darker fruits, and some yeastiness.

T: Strong maltiness and dark fruits, yet it stays light and refreshing.

M: The body is medium-light with average carbonation.

O: This is a solid brew but it shows more characteristics with a Begian Dubbel than a Dunkel because the yeast is a bit under-played.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazed orange-brown sort of color. The light orange-tan head doesn't seem to be particularly dense but has great staying power regardless. It deposits good lacing steadily down the glass.
It smells like a hefeweizen, banana and clove notes with an evident yeastiness and a light touch of spiciness, but there's an additional doughy sweetness to it as well as a light fruitiness.
I'd say this one is spot on for style, and really can't be faulted in terms of the flavor; it follows the nose exactly. It does, interestingly, fade out quickly and is a little lighter taste. I believe it's the kind of beer that shouldn't be heavy but, despite having a good flavor, could be more flavorful.
The body is on the light side of medium, which seems proper. It's not quite as crisp as a great hefe but enough, with enough of a smoothness to the body to make for pleasant drinking. It gets pretty filling without quite going too far.

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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 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 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 beerprovedwright
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head city, frothy, light brown, lasts for days. Even lace, but little cling. Color is a 31 on the SRM chart. Very fragrant, smells of banana, cloves, wheat, citrus, lots of malt, and vanilla. Tastes that I recognize are banana, wheat, clove, rye, chocolate, malt, and a little pepper. Plenty of body here for my mouth, good carbonation and creaminess. Great flavor and body, a good beer to drink again.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer out into my wheat glass out of a 500ml bottle. Poured out with a silky creamy white head. The body of the beer is a deep mahogany with less carbonation then the other Tucher wheats. Smells like bananas and grain. Tastes like bana bread with a more hoppy feel. Very bready and grassy as well. There is more barley in this. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry hop kick back and and tingly carbonation feel. This is drinkable and I can sit down in a pub and slow drink a few.

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Photo of cetherid
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass


A nice dark amber color. like the color of your standard beer bottle. a huge amount of head. definitely needed the proper glass for this.


Your typical hefeweizen. a nice wheat smell. I get a dark bread smell. not much banana/cloves as I wouldve thought.


dark malts with a bit of a fruity taste to it. more of a darker malt taste than wheat. the fruity esters are surprising but very good. a nice balanced taste.


medium bodied. large amount of carbonation.


pretty decent for being a dark wheat beer. the carbonation might drop it down a little, but perhaps its because I didn't use a weizen glass.

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

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Got a brown color like you would find from a Newcastle. There was a head that dissapated very quickly to a thin white lace at the top. The smell was a bit fruity with the usual scents from a hefe. The taste had a bit of a bite and a little bit too much carbonation for me. All in all a good brew that should be enjoyed on a hot day. Enjoy!

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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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Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
3.77 out of 5 based on 280 ratings.
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