Steingadener Weisse Dunkel
Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #129
ABV:
not listed
Score:
78
Ranked #45,500
Avg:
3.32 | pDev: 15.06%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
36
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Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
 
Germany
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Year-round
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SCORE
78
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color and a bit murky with hues of orange. Poured with an off-white foam that quickly dissipated. Sweet, dark roasted malt aroma with hints of over-ripe, almost sour, dark fruit. Medium bodied with lazy carbonation. Flavors are similar to aromas. Roasted and toasted malt flavors along with over ripe fruit. Finished cleanly. Very east to drink, but very forgettable aromas and flavors.

Jan 28, 2012
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a murky brown color with gold highlights. It was very hazy with a one-finger white head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of banana, clove and malt. Very little wheat aroma.

T - It tasted fairly sweet with some banana, clove and wheat flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was an okay dunkelweizen. Needs some work.

Jan 02, 2012
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

2.05/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy brown color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes very quickly for a weizen. The head retention is very disappointing. This is an extremely weak looking dunkelweizen. The aroma is of cloves, banana bread, and eraser. It has all the classic qualities of a dunkelweizen, but they just don't blend well together. This is a very awkward smelling beer. The good news is the it doesn't taste as awkward as it smells. The bad news is that it doesn't taste of much at all. There is some faint toffee and banana qualities, b have to concentrate hard to find them. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation which isn't desirable in a dunkelweizen. Overall, this is a bad beer. Dunkelweizen is my favorite beer style, and the brewer has to work hard to mess one up enough for me not to like it. This was brewed by a hard working brewer.

Jul 01, 2010
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Parrotbeak from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in color, with a thin, white head that fades a little but remains full. Little bit of lacing.
Smell is light malts with some mild, fruity tones (banana & apple) and a hint of clove.
Taste is bready malts with some slight tartness that sits at the back of the throat. Banana and applesauce notes, with some more hints of cloves. Little bit of hops can be detected in there.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp up front with a smooth, clean finish. Medium level of carbonation, and a light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is good. Nothing too detracting in any of the aspects of this beer. Decent for a cool, spring night.

May 22, 2010
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baos from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:

Bottle into my favorite bicentennial jar.

A: Yellow-orange haziness with nice white head.

S: Bubble gum banana

T: Bubble-gummy and banana wheatiness. With a nice maltiness. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms. Good beer.

M: Not bad.

D: Good session beer.

Dec 28, 2009
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drumrboy22 from Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 500mL bottle into Oberdorfer Weissbier glass. Beer was an iced tea brown color, with a two-finger head that diminished quickly. Moderate carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was caramel, malt, biscuit, some clove and banana.

Taste was cider, some citrus and fruit. Kind of a strange one...

Sep 20, 2009
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Rayek from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy walnut brown. A fizzy cream head starts out strong, but quickly disappears. Leaves no lace.

S: Lots of over ripe banana, plus cloves and a bit of toffee. There's an extra fruit aroma in the back that I couldn't quite pin down. Apple perhaps?

T: Tastes a lot like it smells, which is a good thing. Starts out with a sweet banana bread flavor. A sharp clove spiciness follows. Finishes slightly tart and somewhat dry, with lingering toffee flavors.

M: The grainy body feels under carbonated for this style.

D: I'm torn over this one. The appearance and mouthfeel were way off, but the aroma and flavor were great. Crank up the fizz and get in some head retention and you'd have a nice beer. Unfortunately, this beer is only half right.

Jun 26, 2009
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Zorro from California

3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clouded brown beer with just a ring of head.

Smells sweet and much like tea with a tart berry and banana in it. Bit of buckwheat aroma to this one but isn't all that odoriferous.

Starts out sweet with a mulberry and tea flavor. Clove and banana bread flavor here but seem a bit muted as if it had been cooked. This is OK, but eh, I have had better.

Mouthfeel is OK.

In summary this was a boring beer to me. Seems like the brewer just phoned this one in. Not something I can really recommend.

Jun 13, 2009
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml picked up at Tres Bonne Cuisine.. Poured into my shaped SA glass...

2 finger head dies back slowly with a bunch of lace.. the brew is lighter than I was expecting.. yet still a nice hazy copper.

Nose is unexpectedly balanced toward the grains as opposed to the clove or banana.. toasty bready notes pretty much dominate.. there are still plenty of phenols and esters.. but they are lite given the style..

Flavor mirrors the nose with a nice smack of pink bubblegum.. the maltiness helps me think of some lite vanilla.. bready malts are more punctuated as the glass hits room temperature.. clove and banana are both restrained.. caramel too shows.. wow.. this is alot better than I was expecting.. alot better as it hits room temperature..

The body is light/medium and the carbonation is a smooth medium.. I am amazed how fresh this one tastes...

Again.. I am astounded how fresh most of the German brews that I get at TBC actually taste.... I doubt it is legal.. but you would have to be a real A-Hole to complain.

4/4/4/4/4

Mar 30, 2009
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pmcadamis from Illinois

3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - An initially massive four finger khaki head looks beautiful for 30 seconds, but wastes no time dropping down to nothing at all. No lace, no foam, not even swirling makes any difference. After about a minute I'm left with a bourbon-brown brew with absolutely no toppings.

S - Chocolate cake batter, banana baby food, banana yogurt (the kind that you have to mix up the bottom dwelling fruit yourself), vanilla wafer cookies, ans graham crackers. This is a blast from the past! I lived on banana pudding and vanilla wafers when I was a kid, and graham crackers never lasted long around my house when I had a gallon of milk to soak them in. Good stuff, and a little trip down memory lane is always nice. But, this is a bit weak and under assertive, and would have garnered a much higher score if it had more oomph.

T - The banana and vanilla wafers start things off, but are soon replaced by a twangy wheat acidity that clears up the relatively sweet initial sip. Some hints of lemon drop candy make this almost puckery in the mid palate, before finishing up salty and extremely dry. Good progression of flavors, but none of them are stunners.

M - Light, crisp, tangy, sour, and extremely carbonated. The finish is really dry and leaves yeasty flavors behind. Nice.

D - Pretty good. There are much better dark wheat beers out there though. I've never really been impressed with Aktienbraurei...the Oktoberfest sucks, and that's a hard one to screw up. This is just mediocre. I like the vanilla wafer and banana pudding notes, so I'm having a hard time hating this beer.

Nov 20, 2008
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nick76 from Florida

2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is heavy with brown sugar and caramel. There is also some dark fruit, raisins, yeast, and bread. The appearance is amber brown with yeast chunks and a small head. The flavor is like the aroma and somewhat bitter and acidic. The palate is thin and poorly carbonated. I like the beer but it just seems sub-par in to many areas to be a great beer.

Nov 13, 2008
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy,murky brown beer, with a lovelly large creamy white head. Very fresh, aromas, spicy, medicinal partially,,red berries, some clove. Flavor much the same as the aroma, but with a touch of wheatyness. I liked the palate on this bottle conditioned lager..bubbly,yet still smooth and easily passes over the tongue. Unlike others ..i liked this beer..very subtle but tasty if you give it a chance.

Sep 13, 2008
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Haybeerman from Colorado

2.92/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale brown and quite cloudy. Very carbonated at first, but the slightly off-white head dissipates quickly; not persisting long enough to say how much there actually was. No lacing.

S: Malty with slightly fruity aroma. Some clove/spice.

T: Very malty and astringently citrussy - not what I was looking for in a Dunkel Weizen. Quick CO2 rush made it flat-tasting. The fruity notes hit at the end making for a different-tasting finish. It is an interesting beer.

M: High carbonation made it thin and bit mediciny to me. Light body for a Dunkel.

D: Fairly good, likely to due the carbonation. Its different.

Aug 03, 2008
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mpyle from Maryland

3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Amber color with a bit of cloudiness. Poured a coarse bubbled head which dispersed incredibly quickly. Lacks the thick, creamy head of a weizen.

Smell - a bit of cider, a bit of sour. Soft malty character. Sour aroma definitely seems a bit off for the style.

Taste - A bit bready and malty early, transitions to a gentle fruitiness in the finish. Taste less offputting than the aroma, but the cider element to the fruitiness is a bit unusual.

MF - medium body and fairly high carbonation. A bit of carbonic bite, but no major astringency or warming. Feels like a dunkelweizen, at least.

D'ability - Not an unpleasant drinking beer, but I could probably name a dozen german wheat beers that are better without much effort.

Jul 16, 2008
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle, this beer was lighter in color than expected. This was too light to be considered a dunkelweizen, and in fact resembled its brother St Blasius (weizenbock, apparently Helles version). The aroma is a little buttery, maybe a hint of lactose sourness, not too much of the clove/banana I expected and wanted. Same with the taste, this leaves an impression of slightly sour milk. Maybe the bottle is aged improperly, in which case this review is unfair. But really it shouldn't be sold to the public (me) if this is not the intended outcome. I drank it not long after purchase after all. Bottom line: worst dunkelweizen in this reviewer's experience.

Mar 11, 2008
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t0rin0 from California

3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I almost think I should try another of these before I review this but it'll be a while before I can do that. To start, I really think this beer is infected. The sour apple is way too powerful for a weizen beer.

It poured a dark yellow, more like brownish color that was hazy. The head built up quickly and then dissipated just as quickly. No lacing.

The smell was of green apple. But not in a bad way. It was more sweet than sour smelling. The best I can come up with is the same smell that you get from a bottle of Floris Apple from Huyge (the guys that make Delerium Tremens). So more like a green jolly rancher. Underneath all that there is some wheat and some malt. But its hard to tell as the bacteria commands the smell.

The taste was a bit more balanced. There was the nice dark wheat flavor and some banana hefe yeast. Then there was the sour apple. Here, in the flavor, it was sour but nice. What I got from it was a nice german hefe mixed with a lambic. Overall pretty enjoyable. Again, I am pretty sure that it shouldnt be like this but hey, I enjoyed it.

Light/medium bodied and smooth. Definitely drinkable but you have to like sour bacteria flavored beers.

Feb 19, 2008
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Gehrig from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ABV for this is 5.1%.

I had been on a good streak of beer I had chosen from the magnificent Sun Singer, selecting some very good and diverse beer. This one fits into the diverse category, but unfortunately not into very good. Not all bad, just not very good. The appearance precipitated The Case of the Dissipating Head. Initially, I was ready to give this a 4.5 Appearance score, wowed at first by the two lush tan fingers resting atop a cloudy nut brown body. Yet I had to change my mind after letting the beer sit a minute or so, and practically watching the head disappear before my eyes. Nary a trace of it through lacing, either. Pity. The nose leaves me equally wanting, with brown sugar and fruit mixing with some malt and hops--all of which are alluded to without stepping forward with confidence.

The taste leaves me bewildered that this is actually a dunkelweizen. I'm waiting for the weizen to knock on the door. The dearth of hops, the light feel, all are mysteriously absent. What is here is fairly tasty--sweet and sour fruit, pleasant yeast, but nothing to indicate that this is a familiar dunkelweizen. It is unique in my brief tasting experience, I'll admit.

In sum, this is a fairly good beer, but one I'm hard pressed to characterize as a dunkelweizen, and one that would seem to be terrific had it more hops and more prominent taste. For future samplers, don't expect a familiar weizen. This one is on the whole decent, but strange.

Feb 18, 2008
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RiekerStarBrew from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the beer was poured from the pint bottle to my pint glass, it had a dark gold/amber color with a small head. The aroma was very complex. I picked up an apple aroma with a spicy undertone. There was a sweet malt presence as well and an alcohol lace. The flavor was a tad sour, probably a product of the yeast. The beer finished well. It initially is dry, but the hops peek through and the darker gains linger for a toffee flavor to boot. The mouthfeel was a medium body, well-carbonated effect. All together, the beer was a good experience.

Nov 18, 2007
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Jredner from Florida

3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer World of Largo, FL.

Aroma is fruity sweet with lots of malt and some mild bannna and nut notes. Copper orange in color with an amazingly fast receding head. Starts with two fingers of tan head and goes to none in seconds. Nutty roasted notes in the fore with a bit of sweet fruitcake and smooth sweet malt. Low carbonation levels and virtually no hop bitterness.

Apr 10, 2006
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ColoradoBobs from Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml (16.9 ounce) bottle purchased for $2.99 at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO.

Decent enough looking beer upon first pour -- cloudy dark amber, with a nearly white head. But the head goes away quickly, and there's no lacing.

Smell lacks the clove and banana I'm looking for, and there's not much malt presence at all. Mostly sour.

Taste is the pretty much the same -- mostly sour. It's like there's sour apple juice in this. Odd.

Mouthfeel is okay, but still not up to snuff.

Drinkability is decent, but $2.99 is just too much to pay for a beer of this rather modest quality. Certainly doesn't measure up to this brewery's fin Doppelbock.

Feb 22, 2006
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a Hefewizen glass I "won" at Volksmarch in Germany

Poured murky honey to dark brown with bubbly white head. Drops quick/no lacing

Smell: Band-aids and some frutiness

Taste: Spicy (cinamon) and fruity/doughy taste. Slight earthy taste
and some yeastiness. Dryness and some bitterness in finish with apple-like notes

MF: Fairly well balanced, good carbonation, but little more ABV wouldn't hurt

Weizens aren't usually my thing, but I be this pretty good over in Germany, not bad here. Worth a try to weizen buffs

Jan 11, 2006
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drewmprs from California

2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Paid 2.59 at hollingshead. Way too spritzy for a hefe. Head comes up fast and high, then fizzles out quickly. Tasted a bit like a steam lager. Weak for a dunkel weizen. Aktien brauerei is usually far better than this, but i've been dissapointed with their brews lately.

Dec 31, 2005
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Odd. Best before, but no date marked next to it...nor on the back label, where the month strip is labelled. At the bottom of the back label, however, it says 2/04. I wonder if? Wierd! Somebody put Duchesse in this bottle...the acetic acid is nearly that strong. When I first popped it open, I immediately thought sour milk. Cloudy amber with a small, quickly receding head and minimal lacing. On top of that, there is early rotting apples and cherries. No bananas, no cloves. Carbonation is spritzy. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a medium-light body. The taste is sour. Well, I've always wanted to try a Dunkel Lambic Weizen. Here it is! The taste is a recap of the aroma. There is the initial crackery taste of wheat mixed with lacto in the middle, a touch of cereal grain and chewed aluminum foil in the aftertaste. No alcohol is noted. Mildly acidic but not like a typical lambic. Rotting fruits and leather in the finish.

Definitely not what I expected, although (by the label) it's hard to tell if this one is past it's prime or not. I would hazard to guess it's infected if it's indeed supposed to be a dunkel-weizen. Chalk this one up as an interesting experiment. I won't rate this one to style (which gives it much higher marks that it deserves, as it's an absolutely horrible dunkel).

Nov 21, 2005
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JohnnyDuvel from Florida

2.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this today in a local health food store. After beginning my night with a Schneiderweisse, I (unfortnunately) followed with this. Head immediately disappated, not a good sign for a wheat beer. Taste was initially quite thin, as was the mouthfeel. Very carbonated. The taste isn't bad, but is also not good. I agree with another reviewer, who classified this one as a "soda beer". No reason to try it, boys. I'm so glad I have an Aventinus to bring me back to my standards!

Nov 11, 2005
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Boilermaker88 from California

2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle like the one in the picture into my Franziskaner hefeweizen glass. A large, audibly fizzy light beige head briefly formed over a cola-colored brew before collapsing into nothing after a few minutes. Huge amounts of carbonation were noted rushing to the surface. No lace.
The nose had a definite caramel aroma to it; very sweet. Also some modest bready malt and mild fruit juice notes. Missing were the banana and clove aromas my nose was looking (and hoping) for.
Guess what? The banana and cloves were AWOL in the taste. too. Lots (and I mean LOTS) of caramel flavor which gave the beer a mildly cloying feel. Grainy, not bready, malt flavor mid-palate, before a final flat, limpid finish. The feel was light, thin and watery despite all that carbonation.
Man, after admiring this dunkelweizen's appearance I had high hopes for this brew. Alas, like so many things, looks can be deceiving. It had all the characteristics of a flat Coca-Cola on ice. If you want a fairly pretty beer with little else going for it, pick up a Steingadener dunkelweisse. If you're looking for a flavorful dunkelweizen, look past it.

Jun 23, 2004
Steingadener Weisse Dunkel from Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 36 ratings