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Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen | Brauerei Tucher Brau

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Tucher Dunkles Hefe WeizenTucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen

Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of xxHelderxx
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a earthy carmel color with a cloudy/hazy touch. Good head that went away slowly. No lacing strangely enough, I could've sworn I would have gotten some. Bananas jump right out of the nose of this beer. Also noteable are some other spices, clove in particular, but a very sweet scent. Almost a champagne-y kind of smell- very agreeable. The taste is more bready, banana spice giving way to some nut flavor as the beer got a little warmer. Mouthfeel was light and easy to drink, not much carbonation here. Very drinkable and refreshing, give this one a shot. Its an affordable dunkleweizen. cheers.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle, label rounds up to 17oz for us non-metric people.

Anyway, pours a very hazy brown with yellow-brown edges. Two finger fluffy head, one finger worth sticks around, nice lacing.

Smells like banana bread, spice, and a bit of grassy hops.

Taste: dark malts, banana, a bit wheaty at the end. Medium-to-thick, bready, creamy and smooth. Very nice.

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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 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 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 cvstrickland
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy chestnut body capped with two fingers of light tan foam. The head retains at a fat ring and leaves scraps of lacing scattered about the glass.

The smell of the drink is sweet and fruity with a hint of banana and a wicked-good zing of clove.

The taste is toasty, wheaty, and lush with plenty of ripe banana sweetness with spice and a husky, powdery, green-banana dryness in the finish. A swirl of tart apple juice emerges as the drink warms.

Fullish in body with great carbonation, Tucher's Dunkle is a fun and fruity take on the style. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy caramel brown in color with a slight beige head.

Aroma is bready and spicy, Banana nut and light fruit.

Taste is bready malt with a pleasant musty quality. Earthy and nutty, a touch of banana and light fruit. Finish has light spice.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

A pleasant traditional beer. Certainly worth a try. Flavor is balanced and mild.

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

Poured a dark copper color that seems to get darker toward the top as the thick creamy head seems to create a heavy shadow.

Smell is light with some mango and pineapple, with a touch of yeast.

Flavor is mild with a light bit of toffee malt and a touch of sweet tropical fruit mixing in the base wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy.

A very mild and easy to drink brew, not quite as full flavored or as complex as I would have hoped, but not bad either.

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

Had this @ Peqyod's pizza in Chicago. I was suprised to see this brand/style, plus a dunkel-weiss sounds like a good pairing for a pizza.
Pours a pretty standard khaki color with a lot of cloudiness that seems to form waves of yeast floating.
Smells husky and grainy along with the trademark banana/clove/bubblegum flavors you expect from a Bavarian yeast strain.
The taste falls in the right area that has a little cocoa and dark bready flavors, but still maintains the trademark yeasty weissbier flavors. Some seem like hefe-weiss with food coloring, while others are a little too husky and cocoa infused.
Goes down easy enough and there's no chalkiness that can sometimes occur if a weissbier is sitting around too long.
A good example of the style that make a great sausage pizza pairing.

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Photo of Mryup
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orange/honey brown with plenty of lightly toasted foamy head (inch and 1/3) that fades down to a thick sheet. Bottle fermented CO2 fireworks but not as many as I would expect.

S: Mmmm...unexpected. Very bold sweet malt with hops and grassy notes (huh?!) to balance it out. Some mellow whispers of dark fruit, cloves, and maybe pear.

T: God in heaven! A well melded blend of sweet tasting malt with mellow, but ever present hops balancing on a wheat/yeast foundation. In there for the ride, and quite necessary, are dark cherry and pear with bits of plum. Clove is not there in force but there to add another level of balance and complexity. Other spices are there but unidentifiable. Very smooth and creamy. A tip of the cap to the brewer (and to Ms. Corningstone).

M: A medium/thick body with plenty of CO2 looking for adventure.

D: Considering its ABV and weight, its very drinkable but overall just above average.

A very well done beer by a respectable brewer.

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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 MTNboy
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- A dark carbonated tea looking color brass almost bronze color. Very cloudy with an off white head. Both the lace and the head have great staying power.

Smell- A perfect wheat beer smell. Sweet and a fruity smell that only a German wheat can make.

Taste- You can taste everything in this beer, the mildly roasted malt and the wheat. As with all weizen beers in this area it has that banana taste to it.

Mouthfeel - Full with tons of carbonation.

Drinkability- I love it. I used to drink tons of this back in the day.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass:

A: The beer poured a great murky reddish brown color with a nice cascade effect and a slightly-off white, maybe light tan, fairy thick head that lasted for a long while.

S: The beer had a strong wheat/yeast aroma to it, but it was also a little sweet smelling with a hint of banana.

T: Excellent flavor like a good weizen should, but mainly some fruit flavors, a hint of nut and some spices. Excellent combination. Really well done.

M/D: High carbonation, as expected, the beer was very smooth and very easy to drink. I could have had another. Overall, an excellent beer and I find it in a beer store I will definately be picking one or more up.

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Photo of mpyle
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - Deep ambert color, somewhat cloudy. Significant sized creamy white head with good retention.

Aroma - Dark malt, almost plum-like. Hefe yeast aromas subdued. Chocolate. No hop. Smells more like a bock than a dunkle.

Taste - Dark malt and a bit of smoke. Hefe character non-existent. Finishes quite clean. Overall flavor is pretty bland (old sample?)

MF - medium body, med-high carbonation.

D'ability - A very easy drinking beer, just not a great dunkel. May simply not be at the peak of freshness, but definitely down the list in my personal Dunkelweizen pecking order.

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

This big bottle pours a murky,muddy brown with a tall kakhi head that leaves behind some big lace.The smell is sweet like almond whiped cream if there is such a wonderful thing,some faint spice is also notable.Lightly roasted malts followed by spicy pepper and clove are first to greet the tounge.Nutty flavors emerge mid way,followed by some sweet fruits and a underlying skunk that is almost undetectable.The body is medium to light,with a tangy bite.Nice solid body and still refreshing,a nice rainy day summer brew.

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

A different Dunkelweizen than I'm used to. Both aroma and taste feature Belgian yeast. I was half expecting a high abv Belgian after taking a sniff.

There is an element of rich Belgian in the taste, but the more familiar wheat is there also with a bit of bitter hoppiness in the finish. This is not a beer for the banana/clove/bubble gum loving hefe fan. However it is light and crisp and goes down easier than a Belgian.

Very drinkable and tasty beer for all seasons.

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Photo of everetends
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a glass stein.

A: If you are expecting a Hefe, this one is a bit darker. A nice golden brown with a huge white head that doesn't quit on you. Very hazy and cloudy. Good looking beer.

S: Bananas, caramel, big time yeast, wheat, and a little bit of apple.

T: Bananas and yeast really come across in this beer. Has a great earthiness to it. A little bitter on the finish. You can still find some lightly toasted malt and some hops if you are looking.

M: Heavy carbonation, a very active beer. Still clean and crisp, leaves a little bit of bitterness on your tongue in the after taste.

D: Not a bad brew. Being German, I have a special place in my heart for Tucher. This beer is good but I often don't go past one 500ml in a sitting. Enjoy this beer.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy brownish coloration, massive cloud-like head that refused to dissipate. Excellent lacing as well, to put it bluntly, this is a gorgeous brew.

S - Caramel candy aroma with a spicy tone and hints of banana, cinnamon, and clove. Take a few moments to really enjoy this one.

T - Mildly spicy body and not too sweet, which really suits this beer well. Some muted fruit notes shine through, mainly banana and apple. Nice flavor profile, but something seems to be lacking slightly here.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation level, dry finish.

D - Outstanding, well balanced decently sessionable brew. It's lack of sweetness could make this a very accessible weizen. Definite reco here.

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Photo of Portertime
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have come to the conclusion that I just like dunkels better. Here is a good example. Had it in a pilsner glass chilled. Poured the usual pleasent light brown, hazy color with a decent off white head. Smelled of chocolate, yeast, and hint of banana. Taste was clean and smooth with some yeast in the finish and chocolate, banana, cherries, and a little spiceyness in the front. It's TOO-ker!

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical euro pint bottle poured into a mug.

A clear lighter brown body with a huge pillowy off white head. It looks like someone put a marshmallow in the microwave. Constant carbonation throughout. Some lacing down the glass. The head never gave way holding strong till the last sip.

Smells are yeast, wheat, and some spice.

Taste is subdued with some light nuttiness. Not too much there. Some fruitiness, tinged by just enough hops that don't add any flavor. Maybe some apple like flavors pulling through. Clove-like presence shows up as it warms.

Body is light and overly carbonated for my liking. Easy to drink and nothing offensive. I actually like the US microbrewed versions of this style I've tried more than this one. The flavors seem to pop a bit more.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I just finished the Schneider Weiss and cracked open one of these Tucher Dunkel Hefe Weizens and am having a hard time telling the difference between the two in color and pour. The head was a little better with the Tucher.
Smell: When smelling it, I get a sense of chocolate, a little coffee, caramel, with a hint of fruit. Interesting smell, inviting.
Taste: As with all good biers, the smell gives you a good indication of the taste and this is a good bier. Crisp taste, not bitter at all, no smokiness, a good hefe taste.
Mouthfeel: Robust feel, easy to drink and very enjoyable.
Drinkability: The dunkel hefe weizens are a more robust, full version of the helles hefe weizens and very enjoyable. This bier is best in the fall and winter months where the heaviness and more full taste works vs the helles. Any considering it is 27 degrees here in Chicago, I think I will have another. I haven't had this bier much, but will more often now, a well rounded bier that is very enjoyable to drink.

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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 NCSUdo
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pour a hazy cola brown under a big white head. A little lace, good retention.

S: Smells of banana, some clove, a little bit of bread and hint of caramel, pleasant but could be a little more potent.

T: Subtle, sweet fruitiness up front, banana and slight apple, a hint of earth yeast, slight spicy character.

M/D: Medium to light bodied, perhaps a little watery, low carbonation and easy drinking. Can't really go wrong with a dunkelweizen.

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

Walnut brown body capped by a finger of off-white head of modest duration. Nicely malted, with yeasty overtures and caramel. The taste follows suit, impressing with the caramel and malt, but lacking some complexity. Rather than fruited hints, I'd prefer they were more directly involved in the taste. The modest hop flavor could also use an upgrade. Still, it's good and smooth. I'd like a little more carbonation on this, but the texture atones. It's not hard to knock down a couple of these by any means. Though I certainly prefer the Helles Hefe Weizen, this is a solid, smooth, nice-tasting beer, worth trying and returning to in the future.

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Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
3.77 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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