Andechs Weissbier Dunkel
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #5
ABV:
5%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,377
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
350
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Klosterbrauerei Andechs
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  35
Gots
  49
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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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy dark amber with a billowing off-white head that pillows up top and slowly recedes, leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Freshly baked brown bread, molasses, raisins, melanoidin, wheat malt, a little clove, and yeast
Taste: Clove, wheat, and molasses-smothered bread start it off and soon after the initial sip, some dark frit and melanoidin join the fold. Wheat bread, raw dough, and yeast battle in the middle along with molasses and finishes with yeast, clove, and more brown bread notes
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, a little prickly on the tongue that feels related to the carbonation level, and soft on the finish with a little of that prickly feeling
Overall: I dig it. I love a good Dunkelweizen and I hadn’t had this in years so wanted to revisit on this nice, spring-like day. It’s very good and well-made with not only the typical clove/wheat/bread notes a Weissbier has but a nice molasses flavor and aroma that adds a lot and distinguishes it from a hell if tastes blindly. Recommended

Mar 31, 2021
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky, chestnut brown in color with one quarter inch head. Taste is whole wheat bread, clove and banana. Medium body and carbonation, sweet. Solid dunkelweizen. I prefer Weihenstephaner but certainly worth a shot.

Feb 28, 2021
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Man....

Might be the best dunkel I've ever had.

Just incredibly true to the style and delicious...I adore this beer..

Dark...rich...delicious...

The Germans do it better than anyone else when it comes to beers like this..

World class...

Dec 13, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

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

Pours a clear dark brown color. An overly aggressive pour resulted in a ginormous head that spilled over. The head retained well, while the carbonation was visible.

The aromas showcase the malts, as they toasty, biscuity, caramel and wheat like. There are hints of light roasted malts, chocolate, banana and clove.

Sweet notes of smooth and soft dark wheat malts, caramel, toast and biscuit. Flavors of banana, clove, stone fruit and citrus. There is a mild earthy bitterness for balance. The finish is creamy and smooth.

Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate.

Well balanced, easy to drink and tasty. Nice Dunkelweizen.

Nov 21, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the big bottle in a snifter. This solid little dunkel pours a
dark muddled tea brown with a nice head of off white foam that
settles to a thick ring, thick layer, and shows impressive lacing. Nose
of banana, wheat, subtle dark malts, caramel, faint clove, and subtle
herbal hop notes. Flavors surpass the nose with dark malt, caramel,
medium roast verging on a black bier, banana bread, subtle clove, and
rich barley notes. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light
carbonation that is lightly effervescent, and a lightly dry finish.

Overall, a SOLID brew from a solid brewery!

Cheers

Aug 02, 2020
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, caramel-brown coloring, slim cocoa-toned head.

In the nose: Rich, caramel malt tones, clove, banana, spice. Little bit of cocoa and toffee, too. Divine.

In the mouth: Brief splash of bitterness kicks it off, with malt flavors taking over. Bavarian yeast character drives the cloves, cocoa and banana on the palate. Medium-bodied, smooth and deliciously drinkable. Slight cola flavor spikes, to mix with the spice. Sweet and scrumptious. Yum a dum dum.

I love a good dunkel weisse, and this is one.

Jul 29, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

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

L- Very dark brown, held up to a halogen bulb there is some red to the brown and a slight haze is noticable. Pours with a 3mm pale tan fine-bubble head.
S- Good and 'roasty-toasty' with a fleeting hint of smokey timber.
T- The taste follows the smell^, it's a good 'solid' dunkel profile. There seems to be something else subtle going on here too, some cocoa but also a minor facet of aromatic spice that brushes my palate, cloves I believe...
F- It's quite a bright flavour, so chilled (as here for me) it is refreshing, despite it's dunkel style. I could also enjoy this in winter, just I'd chill it less.
O- The above is written without reading the detail on the bottle's lable or other reviews below. I'm rather intrigued if anyone else has described below the facet of clove I outline above - I'll find out after posting this!
Bought from BeersOfEurope UK for home delivery 500ml/£2.08 BB: 19/11/2020

Jul 19, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive five finger head pour takes time to settle Leaves a constant half finger head Body is a rich brown, lots of yeast deposits in my bottle Smell of faint phenols and bananas. Taste is tangy, quite dry and bitter, rich and filling, little bit of dark chocolate, bananas. Easy on the mouthfeel, leaves a slight floury aftertaste. Quite a heavy brew. Great brewery but I prefer others in their range and different Dunkel Weizens.

Jun 14, 2020
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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, including the Weissbier Dunkel (,3L/€2,90), 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
Andechs Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 350 ratings