Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark)Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark)
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Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 02-17-2001

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280
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492
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
15.74%
 
 
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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper/maize color. 5/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pear, coriander, yeast, sweet malt, and tart malt. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and acidic with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pear, and tart malt. Overall, a good aroma, good appearance, lacking in complexity, and weak in body.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, poured into my Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass, on to the beer:

The beer makes a fizzing noise in my glass, the head has average retention, the body being a murky orange with a mix of brown. Lovely aroma, phenolic for sure, bits of plastic, apples...juicy golden colored apples, faint banana, Sweet, juicy apples is the first thing to come to mid when in taste this beer. Chalky yeast is the second thing. Some cinnamon makes a presence. Graham crackers? Has a good sturdy mouthfeel with a pretty strong carbonation.

I wonder how this would pair with an apple pie, or if you could cook an apple pie with this beer? I think this beer knocks off one of the "servings" of fruit I should eat every day.

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Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark and nutty in color, with silky head, lazy carbonation keeps the head alive during the course of the drink. Flavors of toffee and butterscotch, and a little coffee bitterness make this an easy drinker. Lovely!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Buck Hotel in the Philly area. Served in a tall Hacker-Pschorr Glass.

A- H-P Dunkle Weisse is a dark brown color with some dark red hints when held up to the chandelier. This has a thick look to it from the glass. A nice 1/2 inch white cap stayed throughout the 20 or so ounces. No lacing though, oh well.

S- Not a very complex brew as I mostly if not completely only get caramel from the heaping of malts used in this. This gives off a bready appeal and not much else. Warming did not help things but some cinnamon and slight banana creeped through.

T- This tastes exactly like it smells and I hate to write that in my reviews but it's the truth. This one is malt forward leaving no room for other flavors(if there are any) to come through. With that said this is a decent dunkle. Just a bunch of caramel.

M- Just a bit above medium bodied with an apparent thickness to it. A good amount of carbonation which was not present when I had a bottle. Nothing in terms of bitterness making this one a smooth ride. Very sweet and very one sided.

D- Drinking this I could of swore this was in the 7-8% ABV range with all the malts used but I was surprised when I read 5.3%. Sessionable but my tall hacker glass was enough for me. The taste is just very one-demensional leaving me not wanting to order another. This is pretty drinkable though.

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Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is mild, a hint of cloves. taste is of malt and wheat with some fruitiness, very flavorfull. Medium bodied in the mouth and highly drinkable. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 17 oz bottle into a beer mug. Appears light brown with a chunky head and some nice lacing.

S. Wheat is in the forefront with some herbal hops in the background.

T. Pretty well balanced here, some wheat is there, not so much banana tasting as some others have reported. Instead the hop bitterness shines through with an almost lemony twang.

M. Pretty smooth and good going down.

D. Fairly drinkable and made for sessions.

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Photo of biegaman
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Bistro, in Toronto.

Maybe it's the shape of the glass, who knows, but I don't think any style runs the colour gradient better than Dunkelweizens. At its top, the beer is a somber, sandy brown colour but by its bottom it's a glowing, brightly kindled orange. The head, although sticky and relatively large, is just a tad undersized for a German wheat beer.

When you're talking German Weisse beers - and this is true whether it's Hefeweizen, Weizenbock or Dunkelweizen - that beer's not worth the bottle it's been poured from unless it has at least three things: a thick, mousy, long-lasting head; a good dose of yeasty phenols and esters; and a refreshing and smooth creamy effervescence.

I've already spoken to the first point (the head is acceptable) and the aroma is just that too. The phenols and esters are moderate but backed by complimenting notes of spicy grainy malts, pumpernickel loaf, a mineral-y character and hints of milk chocolate. I'm reminded that sometimes language is of no use to describe the smellable world.

The flavours are a little easier to capture in words, in part because they are so easily discerned. Along with the substantial graininess, which with its light spiciness bares a striking resemblance to rye malt, there is also very perceivable notes of bubblegum and banana as well as lucid hints of granola, toffee and dark fruits.

As for the last item on our checklist, yes, this has that characteristically creamy, full mouthfeel and buzzing, go-getter carbonation. As with all wheat beers, this kind of carbonation can be a godsend with greasy food. The texture is chewy but is well equipped with a savory, well tempered (no fiery, peppery sensation) clove-like piquancy.

Hefeweizens are fantastically suited to hot and sunny days because they are such easy going, refreshing beers; Dunkelweizens sort of carry that same affability over into the cooler, darker evening setting of those same kind of days by adding that extra bit of colour and malty richness. Of course, they're also good at every other time of day, too!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium brown with a firm off-white head, average retention for the style, limited lacing.

S: Banana and other dark bread, molasses, cloves.

T: Taste is surprsingly light, just of caramel malt until the beer has been in the mouth for a couple of seconds. The ending has a real nice clove and cinnamon flavour to it.

M: A tad overcarbonated making it difficult to drink at times, overall, smooth, spicy, light/medium body.

D: A solid dunkelweizen, though I've had many better. No problems finishing the bottle, but for this style I'll go elsewhere next time methinks.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Growler here in Eugene.

It's hard to imagine a better dunkel weissen, frankly. The nose offers up considerable spice and dark fruits, which is replicated very nicely on the palate. Add to that a completely reasonable abv., and it's hard for me to pass this by, whenever I see it on the tap list. Just an excellent, well crafted dunkel from this always reliable German brewery.

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Photo of Derek
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Hackerhaus in Munich.

A: Murky, brownish-orange, off-white head, excellent retention and lace. Couldn't be better.

S: Banana bread.

T: Bready malt, banana, sweet caramel. Well-rounded and smooth, but not exceptional.

M: Moderate body is slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 6/7/07 - Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Yeasty/raisin nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is yeasty and bready, clean finish. €2.90 ($3.97) for a 0.5L glass on-tap from Cafe 7 Numero Heidelberg, Germany.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really dark and cloudy ruby red with a 2+ finger light beige head.

S: a good yeasty presence of bananas, cloves, and baked bread with underlying notes of dried fruit.

T: a nice roastedness to it, with dark fruit and yeasty bananas, and clove hints. The palate is bready with a touch of dry chocolate malt. There was a nice spiciness as well dried caramel on the finish.

M: light and creamy with some fizziness from the active carbonation.

D: Oveall a well rounded dark wheat that was balanced quite nicely and drank clean. Really nice experience.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured whole bottle into my hefe glass and received a one-finger head that really receeded slowly. A nice smell combining citric notes such as lemon, orange and banana with some spices like clove and pepper. A quality lemon-zest taste with a smooth mouthfeel as the spices are balanced in this beer, so there is some crispness hidden in there with the hops. Also a good malt taste is tucked in there, something like cocoa or toffee, and there might be some caramel in there too for that hint of sweetness.
Semi-dry backbite seals the deal, as this is a great dark hefe and I would recommed this beer to anyone to try, not just dunkel fans.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy brown color like dark caramels. Poured a 3 finger bubbly light tan head withi good retention to a half inch cap. Decanted lightly throughout. Lace in rings that fell in thin sheets.

S: Cararmel, chocolate and roasted Nuts blended with banana a clove. Light floral hops came through as the beer warmed.

T: Big toasted malts really came through; chocolate, caramel and roasted nuts. The classic banana and clove came through in the middle. Sharp bitter in the end for a crsip, dry balance.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Silky, warm and smooth. Sharp bitter finish leaves the mouth clean and dry.

D: Very flavorful, smooth and balanced. Interesting drink that easy to drink.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow mine does not look like the picture. Not very clear at all but head is a full inch and pillow like. Color is a deep brown almost brown ale looking beer.

S - Well I am glad that the second and third sniff's reviled less of a lager skunk but it does have a sort of metallic or "hard water" smell to it.

T - Thankfully the hard water taste is not existent, maybe a touch in the finish but it has a good body and mild lager yeasts clashing with dark fruit flavors.

M - Spot on for a dunkel it's medium but smooth.

Overall for a mass produced German beer this one is pretty close to style. Prost!

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy light brown colour topped by a creamy tan head. Served in a weiss glass, it left plenty of lacing and maintained its head through to the end. Banana and cloves are prominent in the aroma, and there's a rich chocolate maltiness here as well. Light fruity banana sweetness and a little bit of a doughy flavour. Some dark grain chocolate character and finishes with a round spiciness. Creamy, slick texture and just off-dry at the end. Slight grain astringency. Very enjoyable and not a style that shows up around here very often.

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown, huge off white head forms, great retention, and great lacing, really looks fantastic. Smell is sweet, little bit of roast, caramel, banana/clove, wheat. Taste is sweet and toffeelike, chocolate, banana and clove, some citrus, very nice and chewy. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very refreshing and flavourful.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Beautiful color. Murky and muddy. Copper/bronze tones. Aroma consist of vanilla bean and banana. Taste is very nice. The predominant taste that I pick up is vanilla. There's a nice malt presence too. Hop notes are absent. And some of the other typical weizen characteristics that are present include cloves, tartness and phenolic character. Very nicely done.

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Photo of mltobin
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer purchased at the local package store.

A- A deep amber color with a two finger head.

S - Like raisins and irish soda bread, mmm

T- Rich and full, hints of caramel, yeast and safron.

MF -Very nice, sweet but not too sweet.

D- A little above average, only a few of these in the evening.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good frothy cola brown pour. Weird something like this gives off a banana aroma. I guess the other smell is wheat, although its a little stronger than usual.

Taste was more yeast and clove than I was hoping for. Dark caramel, tea leaves and bready. A good deal of complexities, but not really up my alley. Drank it first from Koppa's in Milwaukee, gave it another try, just can't get into what it brings to the table. Doesn't falter because of lack of taste, I just can't get too much into dunkels still.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a typically big German bottle into a pint glass. Presented a nice foamy head over hazy auburn liquid. The smell was typical weizen, cloves and yeasty aroma.

The taste was a little bitter, a little bit of chocolate, and clove spice.

Pretty good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hits those brown color notes with a cola looking head on the top. The yeast is so seemingly mixed up here, you get lots of banana phenols in a dark beer! Cool I guess. Booze is heavy in the aroma, wheat a backdrop aroma wise.

Taste was so much spice rack. This really had a belgian yeast vibe going heavy for it as the prominent flavor delivery mechanism. Lots of clove, tea, dark wheat bread vibes. Can just hear old school half century guys talking this up. Would recommend only to dunkel fans.

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Photo of Gusler
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a healthy deep amber color with a monstrous head, consistency is frothy, the lace voluminous sheets that cling very tightly to the glass both pleasant beige color. The malted grain and wheat tones show through and give the nose a fresh bread aroma, caramel, also somewhat sweet to the senses.
Begins malt sweet, the top middling in mouth feel, the finish tart, somewhat astringent, the hops powerful they strike your “Taste Buds”, dry lingering aftertaste. Quite a quaffable beer that is well worth the effort to find and sample.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a bubbly tan head...some dark caramel, cloves, and a hint of lemon on the nose...nice sweet banana and a very light caramel flavor on the buds..creamy texture..easy drinking...a nice carbonation level but not overdone...

One of my "old" all-time favorites that I'm realizing is still good, but not as spectacular as I thought a couple of years ago...still an enjoyable beer I would buy again...

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Photo of xnicknj
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into glass - thanks to lgandrew

Pours a clouded deep, dark orange, almost browned color. A thicker layering of slightly off-white head rests on top, retaining well. Some streaks of lacing on the glass.

Some roasted malts, but dark fruit forward in the nose. Touches of plum, raisin, and date, with an edge of burnt sugar. Notes of wheat as well.

Wheat and toasty malts, swirled with dark fruit sweetness. Hints of caramelized sugar, some candied fruit. Plum, raisin, and date, but not heavy on the tongue. Roasted malt tones with wheat, slight hop touch towards the finish. Clean and crisp on the end, no alcohol.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, fairly smooth and easy on the palate. Drinks nicely, solid classic example of the style.

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Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse (Weisse Dark) from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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