Unertl Weissbier | Unertl Weissbier GmbH

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Unertl Weissbier GmbH

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2003

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Photo of rings
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although some may consider this a dunkleweiss, Unertl is actually an original style weissbier, which is a little darker than a hellesweizen and not as chocolatey as a dunkel. Natural, local spring water forms the base for a 70 percent malted wheat grist bill, well above a typical weiss concentration. A warmer temperature, top fermentation takes place in traditional, open containers using a special flocculent yeast strain developed by the family, and a small percentage of chocolate malt gives this original its deep amber color. Natural yeast sediment forms in the container due to bottle or cask conditioning, which can sometimes be a little chunky.

Full, yet soft, with a rounded body, you'll find notes of almond, soft banana, and clove. The head is creamy and generous with substantial mouth-feel. The richness of the yeast is evidenced by a silky glass cling and the finish is sweet and clean. In fact, the glass is absolutely filthy with yeast by the time you're done--very rich in vitamin B12 and protein. Complex and subtle, it's not only refreshing but has body enough that it never becomes too sweet.

This beer is quite simply one of the finest in the world of any variety.

While I first sampled this beer in Germany nearly 15 years ago, I'm thrilled that it's recently become available in the U.S. I've also noted that several reviewers have this beer confused with Unertl Muhldorf, which is a completely separate brewery and product.

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Photo of XeroD
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Toddv29424
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly recommended from a German who called weissbiers her "milk." Pours much darker then other weissbiers, and very hazy as well. Smell is like a traditional mixed with caramel. This caramel takes precedent over most of the other flavors in the taste too... only a little of the citrus and wheat. This makes it very sweet and all-mouth encompassing. Really pleasant to drink.

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Photo of edgarius7777
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jedcooper
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As soon as the bottle is opened, a rush of fresh carbonation comes spilling out of the top. Good until 19/06/10. fresh indeed
Pour immediately recalls Schneider Weisse. Darker than your typical Hefe, a light murky cherry-brown tone. The color nearly borders a DunkleWeizen. Head is quite nice to behold. Poured a bit aggressively, but a large,foamy cap rising out of my glass is produced. The head slowly sinks into the beer, leaving nice amounts of lacing. I like the color, something different, unexpected.
Smells musty/sweet,hint of clove like spininess,oak plum, cherry, caramelized oranges, cellar-like notes of mustiness of the yeast, alomsot like a lighter example of a Saision, or a Kellerbier. The signature Hefeweizen creamy banana-oat aroma comes into play as well, but the round creaminess is accented by dark fruits, oaky dry mustiness, and spicy pepper/clove/muskat. I must say I really like the nose on this brew. It is at once creamy and sweet, yet tart, rustic, and intriguing.
Judging from the previous review, I was expecting an overly-sweet Hefe. Here is a sweet/sour balance of banana, under ripe plums, oak, pepper, notes of tobacco, clove, and a light tongue tingling light spiciness from the creamy yeast character.Subsequent sips expand and develop the fine balance of these flavors.
Mouth feel is first creamy, then becomes light and spritzy, ending with a light spicy sharpness I find very pleasant.
I hate to be the oddball in the review list, but this for me is a brew very reminescent of one of my favorites..Schneider Weiss, and I really dig it. I like the method employed(seldomly) by the German Brewers when the kiln the Hefe malt a bit longer, evoking a whole new spectrum of flavors. A lot like in the kitchen, caramelizing a piece of meat or fish a bit longer really brings out the maximum flavor potential.
Is this the best Hefe I've had..Nope, but its a damn fine brew.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of atis
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours unusually dark for Hefeweizen, almost copper with rather thin tan head and patchy lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, some fruity esters, mostly of dark fruit.

Taste is wheat malt, caramel, vanilla, banana with medium-dry and slightly sourish finish, bits of yeast can be felt in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is ligh-medium with prickly carbonation.

Overall, the beer did not seem to be very typical Hefe. The more I drank it, the more I enjoyed it; it is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into shaker
$ 3.49/500 mL bottle at Opperman’s
Aroma of roasted malt
Head large (six cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to three mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium reddish-brown, clear, effervescent
Flavor moderately sweet, very malty, ends slightly sour; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of paterlodie
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 30-03-06. Nice ans lasting head and a great brown beercollor and brown yeast soon after adding it gets even darker remembering more of a dark weizen. Nose shows lots of bannana esters, good chocolate and carramellic sweatnes. Only litle off is the yeasty smell that's also over it but not disturbing that much. Taste is lots of wheatmalts, darkmalt mostly in form of carramalts. Full taste and hardly any sourness and a light bitter aftertaste that again also shows litle yeast. Greatly carbonated and fresh and tasty overall impression. Easy but very enjoyable when drinkable and IMO well worth a try.

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Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5l bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Iain for the hook up!

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper-caramel color. Seems dark for a Hefe Weizen. Smooth, creamy, one-finger head that lasts forever. Active carbonation.

S: Mild banana and clove, spicy wheat, and a fruity tang that resembles lemon.

T: See above. Plus a nice toasted malt flavor.

M: Quite spicy on the tongue. Due to both the spicy wheat and the carbonation. Citrus quality through the finish.

D: One of the more subdued Hefe's I've had. Despite that, this is a very refreshing beer that keeps tingling the tongue long after the mouthfull has been swallowed.

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Photo of Supergenious
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rredshift
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance, you would think that this was a dunkel (dark) beer, but the brewer plainly labels it “Weissbier.” Its slight caramel color is appealing as is its head that seems to last for days. The initial taste is of banana and clove as expected from a German wheat beer. The beer leaves a lasting impression of juicy apple with a touch of toffee. Overall, this is a fine example of a German Hefe-Weiss and a great thirst quencher.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sfprint
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly dark. I don't know why this isn't called a dunkelweiss. Hazel wood brown. Very carbonated, huge head. Some sediment sitting on the head like chocolate powder.

Yeasty but also heavy smell. Sweet like a dunkel hefe weiss.

Very very smooth, not a heavy flavor. Full bodied. Barely sour, but in a lemony sort of way, not bad. Barely tastes like a hefeweisen. But it's very nice.

I love how smooth this beer is. Very easy to drink. And surprisingly not too much of a carbonation sting.

Quite a nice beer, although very different from most hefeweisens. It must be a dunkelweiss.

Review #2 Bottle

A: Root beer candy brown with a interesting contoured head composed of small bubbles. Small jets of rising carbonation. 4

S: Vanilla ice cream, banana, yeast, glass cleaner, toasty cream. Even chicken. 4.5

T: Nutty, no heavier than "light" hefeweizens. Very slight tartness in the end. Lemon, toasted malt. 4.5

M: Smooth, the motion of the carbonation creates a sort of thickness to it, but i would consider it more of a medium than a heavy body. Barely astringent. 4

O: Very good beer. particularly good fresh. 4.5

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Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark orange, almost brown beer with a hige head that stays on the entire beer.

Smell is amazing, there is a smokiness in there which I never smelled in a Weizen. Other than that there are the usual yeasty phenolic notes with ripe bananas and strong clove.

Taste is smoky, reminds me of some sausages and has a nice husky malt taste. The wheat give the beer a nice grainy taste. The obvious ripe banana and clove are also present, with the clove being quite strong. The body is thin and make my mouth dry, it feels adstringent on the tongue.

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Photo of BeerShirts
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light brown, almost looks like that of the root beer gummy candies, white head raises fast on the poor then dies down to a thin layer that stay through the drink

S- earthy roots and spice, floral, vanilla,banana, caramel. sweet hops

T- very sweet and light, there is banana and caramel like the smell

M- VERY smooth and light body with pretty much no carbonation feel

D- This is a great easy to drink beer for any time of the year or day. Would be a great way to introduce new drinkers to a variety

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

November 2009 best by date; Sampled August 2009
This has a aggressive carbonation (quite within style guidelines) as a soft pour still provides me with four-fingers of head in my 25cl tulip glass. The head is a bit darker than one would expect from a typical Hefewiezen as there is a bit of amber to it, and it is a full tan color. The beer too is quite a bit darker than one would expect, in fact it is well within the Dunkelweizen color band; the beer is a dark plum color that shows a nicely hazed, cranberry / gold color when held up to the light. Ah, the aroma is pure Hefeweizen; aromas of rich clove, a touch of tart wheat character, caramelized banana, some sweet malt & grain notes towards the finish and maybe a hint of grassy and toasty grain in the finish if you really dig for it. Ah, this has quite the aroma, especially if you dig a proper Hefewiezen.

Fizzy carbonation competes with a light, but textured viscous malt body; overall this beer is light feeling though and easily quaffable. The clove aromatics in the nose suggest a sweetness that is not found in the beer, at least there is only a light malt sweetness here. The beer finishes dry with a touch of hop bitterness and a spicy phenolic note from the clove. The clove flavor also adds a touch of perceived sweetness to the flavor of this beer. A touch of banana mixes with a touch of caramelized grain and the sweet clove. Even a touch of bubblegum character comes out towards the finish. The finish has a light tartness to it that I like to find in my Weissbiers and there is also a nice spiciness to the finish that is light but noticeable in its hoppiness.

With its dark color (surely they do a decoction mash, if not even direct fire there kettles) I was expecting a touch more heft to this beer; a bit more body would not have kept this from being quaffable and would have boosted the malt (both wheat and barley) presence a bit. Having said that, this beer, despite its dark color, is clearly a Hefewiezen and not a Dunkelweizen; it really doesn't have much in the way of toasted or overly caramelized notes. This is darker than the Schneider Weiss Original though. This is nice and definitely enjoyable if you like Hefeweizen, but I wouldn't say that it was a stand out example of the style.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Sigmund
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. ABV is 4.9%. Not to be confused with Unertl Mühldorfer Weissbier (different brewery, different town). Hazy orange-brownish colour, huge off-white head. Lovely aroma of ripe fruits with vinous notes, oak, bananas and cloves. Flavour is moderately acidic and lemony, with faint notes of wood, sour dough bread and cloves. Light bodied. Like most weissbiers a relatively short aftertaste. I drank it slightly too warm, must be very refreshing when colder, esp. on a fine summer’s day.

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