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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 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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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 irisier
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick, foamy, beige head on a hazy orangey brown body.

Smell: Malty nose with some tart fruit aroma.

Taste: Malty and crisp with some faint fruitiness. Minimal hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an average carbonation, pretty smooth though.

Impressions: Definitely good, although I think some additional hoppiness could have balanced it nicely.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a phenomenal beer, the top of the style.

G - Weizen

A – Cloudy Lipton tea, nice solid foamy head, great retention.

S – Bread, banana, funk, hay, apples.

T – Same as above but way fruity, with a tiny sour tinge and a great delectable finish. The Germans have amazing malt.

M – Smooth, lighter bodied, and semi-low carbonation.

D – Excellent, so enjoyable and richly flavorful. Also very complementary to certain foods

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen
Brauerei Tucher Brau
Style: Dunkelweizen
ABV: 5.35 %, bottle > snifter

Excellent 2 finger head, retention and lace. Dark but clear coffee brown/amber in color. Looks like carbonated coffee when held to the light.
Smells like a "darker version hefeweizen". Imagine that? Aromas of wheat, dark bread, clove/spice, banana aromas...
Tastes as it smells, with a darker malt backbone than a traditional Hefeweizen.
Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation level, but it works well in this context IMHO.
Drinkability is much better than I anticipated, good change of pace for wheat beer lovers, try it in the colder months as a dark beer alternative.

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Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt .9oz bottle into a Weihenstephan wizen glass.

A - Poured a murky brownish red Iced Tea color. The pour produced a pillowy head of slightly off-white foam and lots of thick clingy spots of lacing.

S - Yeasty with a slight mustiness. Slightly herbal and spicy.

T - Dark bread flavor with a slight hint of banana and clove. Slightly bitter herbal finish.

MF&D - A light lighter/watery, but still overall a fine beer. I would buy this again.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Murky brown/amber color with a huge off-white head that stayed as a thick layer and left waves of lacing.
Aroma is sweet and malty with a spiced background.
Taste starts off full of sweet malt and then some spiced flavors chime in before a lemon zest flavor finishes things off nicely.
Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.
Goes down very smooth and very easy.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a Weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big 4 finger medium-thick looking off-white head with great retention. Colour is a chocolate or raw umber brown, opaque, with medium carbonation. Eventually fades to a thick cap. Film remains and leaves some decent lacing. Pretty good looking for sure.

SMELL: Classic wheat malt with some sweet caramel malt as well. A touch of roasted malt with a good dose of clove spices and banana and lemon esters. Medium in strength, but quite nice.

TASTE: Wheat malt and touches of caramel and toffee. Touches of banana and lemon, but clove and other spices are a bit more prevalent. A slight bit of roasted malt in the mild wheat and clove aftertaste.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth on the palate but not quite as creamy as hoped. Goes down smooth and finishes with an appropriate amount of crisp dryness on the palate. Decent here.

OVERALL: Pretty good dunkelweizen. Palate was average at best, but the rest was a good experience. Certainly a more impressive and memorable brew than their helles hefeweizen. Pick this one up if you happen to find it.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle from Cable Beverage in New York. After just reviewing Tucher Helles Hefeweizen moments ago, I'm excited to sample this one. Served in a traditional weissbier glass at just over fridge temperature. The numbers 1 and 16 are notched on the back left hand side of the label.

Appearance- Pours a burnished cognac into the glass, supporting an initial three finger crown that subsides to about a centimeter over a few minutes' time. Great haze, there's obviously a generous amount of yeast incorporated here. Minimal lacing.

Smell- A toasty, almost burnt chocolaty malt character overlaps the classic banana and clove nose featured in beers of this style. There's a lingering tanginess to the aroma that makes me want to dive in.

Taste- Much more complex that I was prepared for... it's phenomenally balanced, yet restrained in its presentation. With so much going on in the way of flavor, I'm amazed at its subtlety. Proportionate doses of banana, clove, wheat malt, and yeast flow over the tongue with just a suggestion of the richer, roastier character of a Dunkel.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Gassy and belly-filling, the texture is this beer's Achilles heel. With just a gentle swish, it becomes overbearing and quickly forces the mouth to contain all that it holds. As this feature alone plays such a key factor in enjoying this beer, it is average at best overall for me.

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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 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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Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
3.77 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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