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Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States
gordonbiersch.com

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dunkelweizen translates from German to mean dark wheat. Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen highlights the undertones of dark-roasted malted wheat and the unique flavors produced by our special Hefeweizen yeast strain. Our Dunkelweizen adheres to all of the traditions of the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law of 1516) and is naturally carbonated.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,615
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
77
pDev:
13.11%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Miami brewpub. A hefeweizen with lots more chocolate malt, nothing wrong with that. An above average mouthfeel with bananna consistency and taste. A good dunkel, good looking with lots of lace. Milkshake, though taste is on the sweet side and no complexity.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust color with a magnificent creamy head; great retention and strands of lace

Smell: Green bananas, unsweetened apple sauce and cloves

Taste: Green bananas and cloves up front, with bubblegum and unsweetened apple sauce arriving to add complexity and balance; by mid-palate, a lemony tartness notches up the flavor profile and after, the swallow, all of the flavors come together in a well-balanced fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: I have had mixed experiences with Gordon Biersch beers, but this one is a top notch example of the style

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have read the reviews on this beer and when in Harris Teeter today I grabbed it.Poured into my Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse glass a deeper russet color with a great blooming off white head that stuck like glue to the glass.Milder aromas,a mix of green apple,banana,and clove mainly,a bit of iron as well.Light but flavorful wich really is true to the style,lemony with light phenolic spice.a trace brown sugar and chocolate to compliment the fruity and spiced components.This pretty delicate compared to many American versions of the style wich is a good thing,very well done.

Oh and lets go Red Wings!

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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in DC on 09.14.2009. Poured a slightly hazy auburn brown with a good deal of off-white head. The smell was characteristic of the style with some dark malts and fruits being slightly overcome by the yeastiness of the style. The taste was much the same, and the brew itself was crisp with a nice hint of carbonation and not much alcohol presence. Definite drinkability as well.

Moved from a separate listing (formerly the DC location) that has been flagged as a duplicate on 11.16.2010.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Dunkelweizen at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a nice deep amber perhaps brown with off-white head that laced slightly. The aroma was sweet with hints of malt. The taste was a very good balance of grain, hops and malt. The was a slight sweetness that made the beer smooth to drink and the beer came off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad...the mouthfeel was smooth and easy. good session beer.

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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. I wasn't blown away by the other GB beers I tried, but this was a pretty solid option. It seemed to take inspiration from weizenbocks, with occasional dark fruit notes. Otherwise there a big sweet banana (like when a banana has black spots) taste along with a bit of cocoa, rum, and raisins. I'd order this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass wasn't cleaned properly, so I will use my Widmer Hefeweizen glass to hold this beer. On to the beer:

Brown with hues of orange, a mysterious cloudy haze that's candy to my eyes, and a creamy white head on top. The aroma tries to match the beauty of the appearance with cloves, cinnamon apples, and a touch of banana with good intensity. I predict good things up ahead.

I don't know what it is, but this dunkelweiss is a winner! Sweet, juicy apples quickly jump to my mind. Apple strudel comes next, and I think I can taste the flakiness of that bakery pastry. A little spicy with some mixed fruits notes as each sip nears completion. Phenolic overall. Medium carbonation, but with a gentle feel.

Gordon Biersch knows how to make those German wheat ales. Their Hefeweizen is damn good, and their Dunkelweizen might even be better. A hell of a good beer....did someone say breakfast in a bottle?

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Bottle poured into a weizen glass. Pours a hazed dark brownish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fantastic. There is a lot of wheat malt with banana and cloves and some yeast.

T- The taste follows the aroma with some sweet bready malt with the banana and clove flavors and yeast.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty solid Dunkelweizen that is definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mr.Dunderbak's in Tampa. In a weizen glass the beer was a hazy brown color with a thin white head that still left a little bit of lacing. The beer had a sweet malt aroma, with a little spice. Nice sweet malt taste, some citrus, and a little clove. Comfortable, easy drinking. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since the location where I had this is not listed yet but it has to be brewed at one of the brewing locations so I'll go with this one. It's a pretty thick tan amber with a modest white head and similar lacing. The aroma is clove and light banana and some sweet malt. The flavor is firm clove wheat, bread and subtle citrus. It's a well carbonated brew with a good feel that goes down easy. A very solid, refreshing brew.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the San Francisco airport on 2009-04-30

A - Pecan brown with a 1-finger, tan head

S - Bread, clove, citrus and a little bubblegum

T - Remarkable. Smells are mirroed in the taste with the classic banana, clove, and sourdough bread. Just a wisp of hops. Compares very favorably with a Franziskaner Dunkelweizen although it is a short step below a Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - This one surprised me. I didn't expect to get an American Dunkelweizen in an airport that compared so favorably to the brews from Munich.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

When most brewers are popping out light and fluffy spring seasonals Gordon Biersch jukes toward the dark side. An unfiltered dark wheat beer to be exact. Poured in traditional Weizen glasses to help swirl the carbonation around, which not only helps create a massive crowning head, but pushes some of the aromatics out. Head retention is quite stellar and the color lands dark brown and very cloudy. Bready wheat malt, dusty clove and slightly green banana in the nose. Incredible smoothness has a lot of depth in the medium body. Layered maltiness shows some breadiness, caramel and a quick twang from the wheat. A little lemony with some herbal phenolics from the yeast. Hints of green banana, apple skin and mango hit around the center. Malty, but on the dry side, with some chalky yeast in the finish.

Overall, this is a great brew. The biggest reason is that it doesn't lean toward clove and banana too much and there are no harsh phenols, which some brewers seem to not be able to tame. Kudos to Gordon Biersch, we dig this beer a lot.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: Draft
Glass: .5L+ glass (really like 21.5 oz.)
From: Gordon Biersch in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.50
Purchased: March 1, 2015
Consumed: March 1, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, auburn, murky color with four fingers of rocky, khaki cream head. Logs of good-looking bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good foamy lacing. Great retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled cloves, banana, Circus Peanuts, caramel, apple, green grape, light booziness and honey. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted cloves, caramel, unknown German spices, banana, sour green apple, somewhat saisonish, green grape and honey. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, fruity finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This may be my top Gordon Biersch beer I’ve tried, even though I think I overrated this one a tad. (Overall - 3.75)

3.84 | 86 | B+

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite of the Gordon Biersch beers. It pours kind of an ugly muddy brown color with a big off white head. The aroma is a little bready and herbal, with spices and berries. The flavor is strong with banana, clove, spice, herbal tea, and berries. A bit clunky, like most of GB beers, but tasty and not bad.

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Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 77 ratings
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