Andechs Weissbier Dunkel
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Andechs Weissbier DunkelAndechs Weissbier Dunkel
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Style:
German Dunkelweizen
Ranked #5
ABV:
5%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,319
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
334
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Year-round
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Andechs Weissbier DunkelAndechs Weissbier Dunkel
Notes: This dark Weissbier retains its aromatic character thanks to the select choice of Hallertau aroma hops and highest quality Bavarian wheat and dark barley malts.

Its characteristic, distinctive maroon colour is a feast for the eyes. Then there’s the opalescence and fine structure of the yeast turbidity. The perfect complement is provided by the very creamy, fine pored head. This dark Weissbier from the Holy Mountain will delight connoisseurs with a harmonious interplay of fruity odours, above all ripe bananas and pineapple, with undertones of caramel and cocoa.

Andechser Weissbier Dunkel teases the tongue with a delicate tanginess carried by a round, soft body. A light caramel sweetness harmonises well with the fine hoppy bitterness. It concludes on a soft and refreshing note.
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, deep brown coloration with a huge, foamy head. Smells of doughy, toasted malt and an estery spice note of clove, with lighter banana and perhaps just a hint of straw coming through. Taste is a good balance between slightly sweet'ish doughy, toasted malt, with a very light roastiness, estery spice/fruit and light hoppy accents, with the clove and perhaps a hint of white pepper clearly dominating here and lighter banana notes, as well as just a hint of citrus and straw. Finishes slightly tangy with a light bitterness and some clove and banana lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I was quite surprised just how close this is to their regular Weissbier Hell, with the malts feeling a bit more toasted and a rather light roastiness, but apart from that the flavor profile is very much the same. Maybe that's to be expected, but I would have wished for a little more roastiness and generally fuller character, while I also think that that certain tanginess in the finish is even less becoming here than in their Weissbier Hell.

Mar 22, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Notice beforehand, mine was likely past the "best by" date which wasn't printed on the bottle and wasn't kept refrigerated which tends to give beer a slight sour quality. Having said that. It pours with a thick head deep red orange which basically looks black without proper luminescence. Some yeast and wheat floaties. It smells just like bananas, more so than many weissbiers I've had. Still has a very good taste despite the ever slight sourness. I'll have to try this one again if I come across it to reassess my judgement, but not bad!

Jan 09, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is spice, caramel, and ripe banana.

Very tall light tan thick head with an ice cream top from a moderate to gentle pour. Dark brown / cola color, moderately carbed. Head retention is quite long. Keeps the ice cream cone top as it very slowly recedes, leaving some lacing, but not a lot, and most of which slides down back into the head.

Taste is dark malts with the ripe banana and clove-like spice in the foreground. Caramel flavor appears in the middle, mixing well with the banana and spices. Wheat tanginess lingers on the tongue in the finish and aftertaste. No bitterness at all.

Body is moderate to somewhat thick, with only a very slight tingling from the carbonation.

Finish is dry and spicy. Easy drinking, with each swig inviting the next. Excellent, all the right notes, flavorful with a nice balance among the flavors. Highly recommended.

Dec 02, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, undated but stamped L2698 on the reverse label, poured into a 16oz tumbler glass.

The beer pours a dark cola brown color, dark amber hues with an off white, bone colored head that has good retention and yields a few spots of soapy lacing. The aroma is lovely, hearty brown bread, toasted amber and chocolate malts, light cacao plays with some fruity clove and banana. The flavors echo the aromas so well, hearty backbone and chocolate malt with amber and caramel grains as well that are rich, hearty and offer a nice toastiness that brings out the chocolate and almost a bit of tobacco while the beer eases into a fruitier finish laden with ripe banana, clove and stone fruits. The mouthfeel is great, coating and lively with a hearty medium body that doesn't feel too heavy or too light, right in the sweet spot and finishes with such ease.

Verdict: An excellent Dunkelweizen from Andechs. A classic example of a dark lager, robust flavors that aren't getting in each other's way that offers a complex but approachable palate. A particularly delicious beer on a cool fall day.

Oct 14, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt and caramel hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a malt and caramel flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good German Dunkelweizen

Oct 06, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served in a lager glass.
I've had this beer at least a couple of times at the brewery, where all the beers are very good or excellent. I was prepared for this to be disdainful in comparison and was pleasantly surprised to find it close to what I remember from trips to Andechs. Relatively pungent and hoppy in the nose but more mellow in tasting. The brew provides a exceptional dynamic flavor profile, with good balance and harmony throughout.
Overall: world's class version of the style.

Jul 18, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Code stamped on label is 'L2698'.
Deep amber colored body, which went extremely cloudy when the bottom yeast poured into the glass. Very fine and creamy two finger beige colored head, which sticks around. Leaves behind interrupted sheets of lacing.
Aroma is big with toasted malts and spicy cloves. The ripe banana mixes with toffee and a hint of cocoa.
Taste is heavy with the banana and cloves, with the support of roasted malts, which express some toffee and chocolate. No bitterness.
Impressively easy to quaff, with a medium mouth feel. Slight spice note on the tongue. Very good carbonation.
Very tasty darker wheat beer. Has the wheat tang that combines well with the spice and fruit. The malt backs up all with its bread character, and the toffee/chocolate.

Jul 13, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark reddish brown with a fine, two finger light brown head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, light caramel and molasses, fresh and dried plums, raisins and a touch of banana. Flavor is dark biscuit malt with a touch of wheat, light molasses, figs, raisins, dark caramel, clove and a little banana. Light grassy hops in the finish. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A fine dunkelweizen with great dark fruit aroma and flavor as well as the expected dark wheat malt and banana notes. The taste is a little plainer than the aroma, but interesting and moderately complex. Nicely made.

Feb 19, 2019
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sokol_1993 from California

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle in Boston.
Super fruity, from the smell to the taste, which is a delightful discovery! Faint roasted smell as well. Little hoppiness. An excellent beer.

Jan 10, 2019
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WoodButcher from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a thick dense head with long retention.

Notes of raisins, biscuit, malt.

Taste is of dark fruits, breadiness, a hint of tobacco. Finish is subtle, a little yeast. A little less complex than anticipated.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp with fine carbonation; a bit more than expected.

Dec 25, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Klosterbrauerei Andechs "Weissbier Dunkel"
500 ml brown glass bottle, coded "L1987"
$3.99 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: The Klosterbrauerei Andechs is one of my favorite breweries in Germany and although I've never been able to make it to the brewery itself I have dined at the Andechser am Dom in Munich many times. There I've had many of their beers, and always a doppelbock to finish off the meal before heading out into the night, but the dunkel weissbier was always a favorite as well. Here I have a bottle before me that seems a little long in the tooth, I'm guessing it's a year old, so let me see how it's held up, and how it compares to what I remember having 'vom fass' in Munchen. It's poured with the typical appearance of a brown-black body capped by a massive head of khaki colored foam. I'll have to let it settle a bit to get it all to fit in the glass. The aroma at first gives me a note of milk chocolate, and then I find some light banana and apple. It's gently sweetish with wheat, almost bready or cake-like, and subtly nutty. I don't always get the yeasty esters out of dark weizens and that's one of the reasons I enjoy this so much. On to the flavor, it's more complex than the aroma lets on with additional notes of clove, dark fruits (fig, raisin), and caramel. It's richer than many which often lack yeast character and almost seem just like standard dunkels. It's not that bitter, and it's very nicely balanced, just as a good standard hefeweizen is. There's a touch of acidity that helps to balance it, and it finishes dry. With each sip it seems that something different lingers on the palate: banana, wheat, caramel, dark fruit, nuts, apples, etc. In the mouth it's medium bodied and effervescently crisp. It's not nearly as carbonated as a standard weizen though. So, overall, it's one of the best dunkel weissbiers in my opinion because of its complete character. It's definitely worth trying.
Review# 6,349

Nov 15, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color almost close to black towards the center. A two finger white foamy head delicately dissipates into spider webs appropriately.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet dark and milk chocolate rolling over the appropriate sweet notes of banana then a German popping earthy spice. Sly sweet wheat.
The flavor initially leans into the sweetness making it taste like a chocolate covered banana. Clove-like spices pop the wheat very nicely. Delicate blend of banana, milk chocolate, and clove.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Sly stickiness - not cloying. Carbonation felt fine. Sly wheaty kick beats at some of spicy harshness. Ends up being fairly smooth on the finish.
Overall, a very nice dunkelweizen well worthy of coming back to.

Aug 24, 2018
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thirstykrout from Delaware

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love this bier maybe you don't but, in the states where trendy beer take up half the store if i see this i buy it!! Ever hear someone ask the bartender what's the highest alcohol content I.P.A you have? that's the U.S now trendy no taste having kids with no taste !

May 29, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: caramel semi sweet toasted malt, wheat, bread brown sugar spice smooth finish. Same with the nose. Brown cola hue, mostly clear, with tall tan carbonated head and ring of lattice. Medium body. Again would pair well with many dishes.

Apr 29, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Relative to its style which has few good-lookers, Andechs has produced one only slightly above average.
I expect Smells like their helles weiss, but I figure that dark bananas means spoiled. So they handled aroma correctly, also.
Initial Tastes are slightly better, mostly for the balance and refreshment; but still part of an integrated beer.
While I am not a fan of this much carbonation in dark beers, Andechs handles this well too. (I suppose not much can be done about the clubs of yeast... it does with the style.
Overall: a nice dark wheat beer, modest in its approach and balanced throughout. A great value.

Apr 24, 2018
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obywan59 from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to orange/ruby in the neck with a 2 1/2 finger chunky, dark tan head that leaves attractive lacing.

The aroma is of banana bread and raisins with sweet/sour doughy malt.

The taste is more raisin, and lighter banana bread, especially as the beer warms. Cloves rise in the middle with tart wheat

Light to moderate in body with light syrup and light carbonation., becoming drying in the end.

Tasty, smooth, and well rounded. A really good beer.

Mar 26, 2018
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 500ml into Weiss glass. A light mahogany brown with a 2.5 finger creamy tan foam head that fades into a thick cap. It has a light banana and plum aroma, with some caramel and roasted malt. Flavor is bready malts, wheat and barley with some fruity banana notes, light caramel in the middle, and finishes with some clove. Feel is full-bodied with a creamy feel and excellent carbonation, but has some grit. Enjoyed this one.

Mar 03, 2018
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joe1510 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
$2.49
Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

Andechs' Weissbier Dunkel glugs into the mug a muddy, ruddy, ruby hued garnet. The ruby hues glow along the sides of the glass when backlit. The muddiness of the body make the beer nearly opaque. An off white, khaki crown of foam forms easily on the pour and is continually bolstered by the aggressive streams of carbonation running up the glass until the last drop. This is a fine looking bier.

The nose is richly wheaty and complexly estery & phenolic driven. Warm banana bread kicks things of and is as enticing as it gets. Fresh cracked wheat abounds with a little doughy character. Soft clove and brown sugar pop up here and there with the clove in just the right amounts, very little. Mild baking spices hug the periphery. A drizzle of caramel and a mild herbal quality round it all out.

The flavor profile picks up where the nose left off and may be even more well rounded. Soft clove starts it out before the banana bread joins the fun. Cracked wheat pops up in the middle along with a drizzle of caramel and that brown sugar note. It finishes with the banana fading, the clove stepping back up and being met with the soft baking spices, and an herbal hoppiness. An excellent beer with no edges.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with an ample carbonation that makes it feel lighter yet. You can tell there is some plush weight but it's also sped up with the bubbles. These attributes keep this beer an easy drinker. It dries out over a few seconds and leaves a little spiciness on the tongue. I could slam this stuff.

Andechs yet again hit the nail on the head. A beautifully rounded, even handed beverage. Every aspect is done well from the depth to the drinkability. I might have to keep a few of these handy from now on.

Nov 18, 2017
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anon from California

3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown, nearly opaque, billowing head with a tan hue with excellent retention. Beautiful looking beer.

Really not much aroma to this one, very light roasted malts and caramel, only a slight amount of banana and straw. Taste expands and gives off big banana, malt and caramel flavours. Notes of straw, raisin, light cacao, clove and toasted bread. Well balanced and tasty.

Finishes light-medium, smooth and clean. All the flavours rounding out well, delivering an easy drinking brew. Really close to being something great.

Aug 28, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dunkelweizen, a real classic example of the style even if it's not the best one. Nutty and estery, it's more similar in taste to a hefeweizen than some

Aug 01, 2017
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: It pours cloudy brown with a light brown head that has excellent head retention.

Smell: Aromas of banana and pear are the strongest. There are also notes of wheat, light chocolate, and a bit of caramel.

Taste: The flavors are strong with banana, pear, and wheat. There are supporting notes of chocolate and caramel.

Feel: It has a moderate body. The taste starts off sweet and is bitter in the finish.

Overall, this is a fruity dunkelweizen that has excellent balance and taste.

Jul 29, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one took a while to pour- but it was worth it. It looks very pretty. There's a large fluffy white head, sitting on top of a golden brown body. As the beer is drunk, huge swaths of lacing are left down the glass.

There's slight roast on the nose, a hint of chocolate-covered caramel, some clove and wheat, etc.

This is extremely well-crafted. It's got a wonderful malty creaminess to it, with caramel/clove/wheat/roast all in perfect harmony. One thing doesn't dominate the other- it's just well made all around.

This has a nice thick creaminess to it, with a good level of carbonation.

This is definitely one of the best German breweries we can get in America.

Jul 07, 2017
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stlfatguy from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown body, translucent. Huge light brown foam head. Raisin bread taste. Same smell. It's ok. Not my favorite, but not bad. Affordable for a Nice, fresh, historIcal German brew.

Apr 30, 2017
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't have that banana fruitniess that I know and love in dunkelweizens. Looks nice and drinks like a nice dunkel ale but doesn't hold a candle to Weihenstephaner's version.

Apr 09, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As far as inexpensive European import beers are concerned, Hunger-n-Thirst gastropub here in Lancaster, PA is becoming my go-to for such products. I have recently run through England's Hobsons as well as Germany's Mahr's & Ettaler with this one as my next to review. I may attempt a snowy foray over there this afternoon just to see what else might be available.

From the bottle: (translated from the German) - "Enjoyment for body and soul"; "Since 1455". In English, on the back body label: "Located just outside of Munich, Bavaria, this famous brewery, part of equally famous Benedictine Monastery is located right at the feet of the Holy Mountain of Andechs. A destination for Pilgrims since the 15th century, it is known for its spectacular beers and hospitality."

I was initially uncertain about how to pour this one, but since the Style guide mentions "murky", I decided to first agitate the beer inside the bottle before Pop!ping the cap. Granted, this caused me a little bit of consternation when I got foaming coming up in the neck of the bottle, but my quick action saved the day. A likewise quick pour saw foam begin to rise in the glass to the point that I was forced to back off & allow it to settle. It did just that, becoming a finger of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was a cloudy, but not murky, Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with cola highlights. Nose smelled like one of those chocolate-covered bananas that they sell at fairs & the like during the summer! I have to admit that I prefer clove esters to banana esters in Weizens, but this was kind of amusing. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was mainly chocolate & banana with undertones of caramel and bready malt. It was a bit sweet for my hophead taste, but well within spec for the style, which is the important thing. I was most impressed by its dry finish. It was clear that some bottle conditioning had taken place since I first purchased it, rendering it much less sweet than it probably started out. It still was not really my bag, but it was a nice change of pace.

Mar 14, 2017
Andechs Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 334 ratings