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Hopf Dunkle Weisse | Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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Hopf Dunkle WeisseHopf Dunkle Weisse

Brewed by:
Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-13-2002

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 87
Photo of WetCoaster
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden brown, clear, with a pillowy off-white head. Balloons up and has decent retention.

Smell:Nice; a tasty combination of malt, yeast spice, banana and clove. Sweet and dense.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Meh. Thin, crisp mouthfeel. The smell really doesn't translate to the flavor; it's pretty thin, a bit bitter, mildly malty, just mild, period. Finishes sugary bitter dry wheaty... yeah.

Drinkability: Dud of a style, by and large and this is no exception.It looks a lot better than it tastes. More than adequate, less than spectacular.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: medium brown hue with plenty of haze and an inconveniently huge four fingers of frothy tan foam atop. Not bad.

Smell: quite wheaty with what I fancy to be a hint of chocolate. There's a good banana character here as well, which I quite like. It works.

Taste: a light wheatiness with a good phenolic character and a generally refreshing flavor. I like it.

Mouthfeel: kind of disappointingly thin, especially for the style. The carbonation is pretty good which helps, but I feel like a wheat beer should have more to offer here.

Overall: not bad, but the lack of a really good texture hurts this beer for me.

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Photo of keilerdunkel
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour, this is exactly what I expect with a dunkel weiss. A large fluffy white head atop a cloudy dark brown beer. Don't forget to swirl the last 1/4 of the beer to get all the good hefe! It has a nice combination of malt and banana/clove esters on the aroma. The taste is somewhat disapointing. Its a little thinner than I would have expected with how it looks and smells, but it does have a malt/clove taste with the hops being very subtle in the the background. It did have a noticible metallic taste for the 1st half, but I do have to say it improved as I drank it.

Overall, very drinkable. Not the best example of the style but above average.

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Photo of danielharper
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown/black appearance, thick brown foamy head that sticks around. Very nice presentation for a dunkel.

Smell: Dark roasty aroma. Malty, slightly nutty. Hints of citrus in the back.

Taste: Strong citrusy yeast up-front, with a dark roast back end and a dry aftertaste. Sweet, refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, low carbonation, low hops. Pretty standard for a dunkelweizen.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable. Not as nice as some other dunkelweizens, but decent.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy, dark copper body; good, long lasting head

Aroma: yeasty, spicy; normal German Wheat aroma profile.

Taste: Spicy; malty; quenching

Remarks: shortened notes due to having it at a party

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of shivtim
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep brown/black, with a 1" off-white foamy head that fades gradually. Looks tasty. Nose is sweet bananas, cloves, and wheat. A bit of spiciness comes through on warming, but mostly it's sweet bananas. Taste is more bananas, some grains, and spicy sweetness. Fits the style, a bit above average but not exceptional. Mouthfeel is good, it's tangy and foamy. Maybe a bit thin. Drinkability is great, this is a good agreeable summer beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a dunkelweiss that doesn't seem to turn over as often as most. Not suprised at the score for the sake of freshness. I sure to not appreciate a tanin funky hef too. Its a real shame.

This was liquid apple pie. Brown pour. Nice head. About 4 finger in hef glass. Nose of apples and hef yeast. Palate and feel is quite nice. Apples and crisp end both dry from hopping and mineral with a toasty malt note. Although once the carbonation goes its a very plain drink. First half was better than the second. And thats saying a long seeing a good hef is for the thirsty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice medium brown pour with a slight reddish touch to the sides yielded a nice head of off white that stuck to the sides of the glass fairly well as it trickled down. aroma is nice and earthy with touches of roasted nuts and caramel coming through as it warms. nice deep flavor, nothing over the top but nice and consistent for the style, about what i would expect from them. deep sweet malts are driven home in the finish with a long taste of caramel that really just drives it home.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 Pint, 0.9 fl.oz [500ml] brown glass bottle. Compared to the two other bottles I picked up (the Helle Weiße and Weißer Bock), the Dunkle Weiße has a generic appearance. The Dunkle Weiße has a cream colored label with a dark brown border with a color coordinated crown cap. The neck label has the words ‘Dunkle Weiße Wheat Beer’. The Main label has the word ‘Hopf’ in large black font with the words ‘Helle Weiße’ underneath in brown text. No strength or freshness listed, but I know this was fresh to the Store.

Appearance: Dark brown, but lucid with a light haze. Massive tan head when first poured into my 0,5l sahm Erdinger Glass, and appropriate vessel I thought. Lots of finely dissolved carbon dioxide in this one, nice supportive levels of conditioning in this one. Some light lacing after each swallow but it slides down back into the liquid mass after a short pause and bolsters the head which has good staying power throughout.

Nose: Smells a little like the whiff you get when you open those little packets of brown sugar before you pout the contents into your Coffee. Malty nose with some sweet caramel traits. Some banana-toffee and very light hint of cloves in the back end with a very delicate hint of malty-aniseed.

Taste: Malty start with some light toffee and caramel. Fruity middle with a delicate banana and clove balance. Chewy tastes that are not thick but they are wholesome. Delicate bitterness and a light spice feel in the short yeasty malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Rather average feel, nothing surprising given its Wheat Beer style and 5% alcohol by volume. It starts crisp and clean then builds into a creamy feel as the beer is swirled and swallowed.

Drinkability: Nothing heavy about this one, so it is rather easily drinkable, but even with its average body, the creamy malty feel means that it can also adequately accompany a sharp cheese sandwich late on a night.

Overall: Cost $2.59 for the bottle, as indeed did all three of the Hopfs I picked up recently. A tasty brew, better than most.

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Photo of Zorro
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown brew.

Smell is a big whiff of dunkel bananas and bubble gum. Other smells like spices are present too.

Taste is mostly spice. Not to sweet and the Banana taste practically punches you in the nose.

Mouthfeel is watery.

Very drinkable, just it isn't the top beer of its kind.

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Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours into my Weizen glass an amberish brown with a high slightly tannish off white head that billows above the rim.

It smells darker and fruitier than a normal hefe. But underneath that amped up fruitiness is the classic banana and clove combo.

It tastes lightly nutty and roasty with also the banana and clove and a hint of lemon. Pretty much normal hefe with a dash of dark malt flavors. It is very tasty.

The mouthfeel could be better, it is a bit on the watery side and sould use more of that full creamy weizen bier texture.

Overall this is a solid brew, I don't see it around much but it is pretty good.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark brownish amber in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of banana, clove and wheat in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and also has some associated sweetness and caramel flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly; it is quite sessionable.

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Photo of NoahSYGG
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is average for a wheat beer, golden brown darker than most hefeweizen. Aroma of the beer gives off hints of fresh banana bread and date nut bread. Not overpowering but very pleasant.

Front is very sweet, with a light taste of banana and a very slight taste of alcohol that is surprisingly pleasant and mixes well with the beer. A big banana flavor with a citrus mixed in for the mid palate and a nice yeasty finish.

This beer was recommended to me at Bierkraft in Brooklyn and I must say it does not disappoint. Overall this is an excellent beer and I recommend it to anyone who likes hefeweizens.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours cloudy medium boron with a nice head, and almost no lacing.

S- Smell is a mix of a lot of aromas wheat, banana, dried fruits and also sweet characteristics.

T/M- Very mild with not bitterness definite taste of banana and clove

D- Very drinkable, nice balanced wheat would defiantly buy this one again. There might be some better Dunkles out there but this is one not to pass up.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What to drink on a February day that is a global-warming induced 60 degrees?
Instead of worrying if the climate had gone to hell, I did something I could control: I finished my bike ride on the 606 (along with a good portion of the bemused population) and selected a beer that is dark (since winter lasts two more months) and refreshing (since I had exercised in 60 degree heat.)

What a great combination: a dunkleweiss.
I got even more venturesome and decided to experiment on the pour.
First in weizen glass. The foam behaved, so I stuck my snout in and the fruit smells were there.
For the other half, I thought, why not a stange?
Mistake. Half the glass was head and I got only half a whiff of the fruit.
Learned something.

The rest was a good dunkle, probably interesting... but maybe watery.
I will buy it again... if I ever find it again.
As for the 60 degrees in February on Lake Michigan... that's a little too interesting.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL classic German bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a firm tan head, good retention and lace. A nice looking dunkelweisse.

S: Great bready German malt with bubblegum and clove.

T: Good malt flavour, not as complex as I thought'd be from the nose. Nice clove and herbal play mid-palate, but very much a malt driven beer.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad chalky with a nice little acidity. Easy but firm carbonation.

O: The early promise of the nose was a letdown in the taste, but this is still a solid beer. The price is a problem, it's pretty much the most expensive dunkelweisse on the shelf, and it's not the best so it's hard to make it a repeat buy even though I like the beer.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown aggressive pour from bottle in pint glass. Tan colored two finger head.

A pleasant wheat smell. Smells nutty and sweet.

A nice balance of wheat and hops. It has a roasted nutty taste. Sweet banana and malts add to the fruitiness.

Medium-bodied and kind of creamy. It's a tasty and drinkable dunkel. Came recommended from Tiffany's.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer blillows up with a big, thick, tan head that is slightly creamy and slightly rough at the same time. The head is stiff and long lasting atop the dark brownish-red beer. The beer is darker and cloudier than I would expect from a wheat beer. No light comes through even when backlit. This is a very pretty beer to look at.

Smell: Light banana aroma with a sweetness and spiciness covering over a wheaty malt aroma.

Taste: Wow, so many things to describe in this beer. It's tangy, sweet, and spicy all at the same time. There is a chewy maltiness that blends with a candy sweetness and some citrusy flavors reminiscent of tangerines. Other flavors include a light peppery flavor and some clean apple. This beer is sweet all around with a slightly watery middle that I really feel at the top of my palate. The malt flavor mellows towards the end. There are no truly potent flavors in this beer but they all come together well. There is a very light and barely detectable roasty flavor at the end of the of the beer that makes it finish well.

Mouthfeel: Very lively carbonation with a clean, dry, and sandy feel.

Drinkability: Good but not great. For such a dark colored beer the flavor is very light.

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Photo of Troyone
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a real hazy brown color with a straw hue. Has a biege three inch head with lots of finite carb action.

Has a bready, toasted, nutty, malt smell with banana and bubblegum in the background. With a grassy, resin, and orange hops aroma.

Has a toasted/roasted wheat grain and barley malt taste with caramel and some banana. Lime flavored esters and butter are in the mix.

Medium bodied, buttery and watery/resin feel, fizzy and lively carbonation, with a hint of a chalky finish.

A different taste from a different region in Germany, a good session dunkelwiezen.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bruised dark cherry with bright orange peel edges. Even though I don't see a whole slew of bubbles, the head rushed up to the glass edge quickly and made me moderate my pour. The cap is lightly toasted almond in color and whipped creamy in consistency. A little more lace would be great, but Dunkle Weisse still looks good enough to drink.

The classic nose keeps things on the right track. Moderately dark wheaty with elements of banana and clove, it's all here. I'm amazed that the beer is as aromatic as it is since I'm still separated from it by two fingers of froth after a spirited second pour.

The flavor is more or less reflective of the nose. The beer tastes like lightly toasted barley and tangy wheat flecked with oven-toasted nuts. The mixture of sweet, sour and bitter (in roughly that order) is nice as well, especially since no one of those flavor sensations overpowers the others.

If I'm not mistaken, Hopf Helle Weisse had an especially estery yeast strain. I don't know that I'd go quite that far here, although I'm sure that both beers use the exact same yeast. Maybe it's just that banana isn't quite as prominent given the dunkelness of this beer. In any case, DW earns a respectable (hefe weizen) banan-o-meter score of 3.5/5.0. Just enough clove spice is in evidence to keep all flavor elements in balance.

The thing that keeps this beer from competing with the Weihenstephaners and the Ayingers of the world is its body. That and not quite enough flavor/complexity of flavor, a direct result of the too-light mouthfeel, I believe. While it isn't overly light, it lacks creaminess and the feel that the carbonation imparts is less than inspired.

Hopf Dunkle Weisse is a good effort and is one of the better, more drinkable versions of the style that I've had in quite a while. It's hefe weizen brother is no slouch either. Both are easy recommendations.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown with a chunky thick guinness tan head.
S - chocalate banana, much sweeter than I expected.
T - typical weiss with a malty overtone, a little watery on the M - mouthfeel, but very balanced and a clean finish.
This is a very D - drinkable beer, and a grat option for weiss drinker that want the malt, solid beer.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown color with a thick billowing head. Really good lacing. Aroma is basically predominantly bananna with some roasted malt. The body is medium. Good carbonation. The flavor is a combination of soft chocolate malt with wheat beer fruitiness. It's very well balanced. A good dark wheat beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Weissbrau Hopf Stuberl in Miesbach, Germany, on the first day of my Sep, 2001 trip. Cloudy, dark brown to copper in color, with a large, creamy head. Plenty of pleasant banana and clove aromas. Drawbacks were the body, which was a bit thin; and the bier was somewhat rough on the tongue. Real nice flavor, though, with malty sweetness coupled with more banana/clove. It smooths out as it warms....

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Ungespundet
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery was bought out by Hacher-Pschorr a year or so ago. No worries here though there Biers are still as good as they were before.

Pours up a billowy,creamy fine bubbled head that tops a hazy tea colored bier. Could be a bit darker... The aroma features an upfront fruitiness of bubblegum, bannana, pears and apple. The malt is sweet and toasted. The yeast give the whole thing a nice bready aroma. I like a little more dark malt character. The flavor is sweet up front fades quickly to a mellow bitterness. Fruity yeast by-products greet you upfront and are followed by a slightly toasted caremell flavor. Again for me I prefer a little more roast and robustness from the dark malts. With that said it is a wonderfull dunkles Weissbier!

Zum wohl!!!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather decent Dunkleweisse, but nothing special. pours ark brown with offwhite head. Nose is fairly active with some traditional banana/clove of the regular Hefe, but also some fresh baked brownbread maltiness. Palate is somewhat thin bodied, but the fruity flavors come through as well. Nothing spectacular but not worth passing up either.

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Hopf Dunkle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
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