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Andechs Weissbier Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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3.97/5
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286 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany
andechs.de

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,300
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
286
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
40
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Slight fruity aroma. Super smooth body coupled with a well controlled flavor with hardly any banana-clove flavor.

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Photo of schiltron
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stlfatguy
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of shelby415
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anthony-s
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose sweet malts, bananas, caramel, biscuit, faint chocolate & clove, yeast. Taste bready malt, banana, light caramel, hint of molasses, cocoa, & clove. Medium body, hearty German brew.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Azpittil57
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wontonst
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MooseBoose
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a frothy, near two-finger width off-white head. Good retention, resulting in a solid film of suds stretching across the surface. Decent lacing, with broken lines and spotting making up the bulk of it.

Smell - The nose is greeted with toffee/caramel, banana, clove and slight tartness.

Taste - A little darker than the nose would indicate. Caramel and slight toffee that is met with a faint, roasty malt flavor. Fair touch of banana and clove, but lacks ideal strength. Light tartness creeps into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with low carbonation. Slightly fluffy texture, going down incredibly easy, but leaving a bit to be desired. Lightly dry finish.

Overall - Not an especially impressive example of the style. A bit weak in flavor and body. Drinkable, but quickly forgettable.

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Photo of bluehende
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/brown color with about an inch and a half creamy tan head. The head stuck around for a while, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel, clove, bananas, and some chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's caramel malt, clove, banana, bready/grainy malt, toffee and dark fruitiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and easy enough to drink. There's also a good amount of carbonation. I thought it was an enjoyable enough brew, glad I tried this one!

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Photo of jw4free
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Andechs Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 286 ratings
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