Andechs Weissbier Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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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

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Reviews:
93
Ratings:
269
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 269
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had i not just had the regular hefe they make, this would have stood as an amazing dunkel. but compared to its lighter brother, this just isnt as remarkable. that said, its an awesome example of the style and is one of the better versions i have had in awhile. these guys are awesome, i am yet to have a beer from them that was anything but extremely impressive. deep mahogany in color, with what appears to be a ton of carbonation and a tall off white head in my weissbier glass. rich caramelized aroma, quite sweet, but there are darker notes of roasted barley coming though as well. less of the banana yeast than the hell version, but its still there, just balanced out a bit more by the grain. the flavor is the same as the nose, with a pretty high degree of residual sugar, which i think hurts the overall experience. i would like this to be drier, its filling a little and distraction to the yeast, which is still the focal point, just not as expressive as the hefe they do. dark dried fruits and brown sugar notes in the middle, with the german malt character and the yeast coming on later. long long finish on this one, and a little less than ideal carbonation, but it warms up well and is a heck of a value for how good it is.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy very dark brownish red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a thicker collar around the edge of the glass. When I was rinsing out the bottle, lots of large clumps of yeast came out so leave some beer in the bottle and give it some swirls if you want to get all of the yeast.
S: Moderate aromas of bananas are present in the notes along with strong notes of dark fruits.
T: The taste has flavors of bananas and dark fruits along with notes of clove and hints of caramel malts and wheat. Bits of sweetness are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an excellent representation of the style as the taste has lots of complex flavors, even without getting all of the yeast out of the bottle.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

My first Andechs beer.Pours into a weizen glass a chestnut brown with a large blooming tan head atop.Roasted bananas in the nose along with clove and chocolate.Bananas are big on the palate with a bit of nuttiness and chocolate,the phenols are not in your face.Wow a great dunkel weiss here flavor packed but subtle.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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 jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friends Jack and Kristin for bringing this back from Germany.

Very small fizzy head fades quickly, super murky brownish nutty molasses colored beer

Nose true German weiss wheat beer, with wheat, hints of darker malt like with touch of caramel, and some toasty nutty malts, light caramel toasted popcorn, lots of darkish wheat, hint if spices, caramelized banana.

Taste starts lighter, fluffy malts, lots of wheat again with some light bananas foster, hint of weiss like spices, even touch of citrus. Then darker malts, light caramel and toffee, nutty, and again that light toasted fresh unseasoned popcorn. Hint of yeast fruit, etc. however slightly lighter overall character. finish is light and dry, long lingering wheat flavor with hint of bitterness, caramel bananas, and toffee.

Mouth is lighter bodied, a bit too light, decent carb though.

Overall nice but a bit thin, nice malts, interesting almost steinbier flavors, fairly tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, bananas and chocolate come in. The hops presence is mild but very complementary creating a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big fine-grained foam in the Affligem chalice. Dark brown in color. Poured from the 500 ml bottle. Sudsy mouthfeel is nice.

A touch of caramel and a little sweetness continues into the aftertaste. This has a bitterish taste and the touch of clove tastes like very old spices from the back of the cabinet. Slightly buttery with the roasted grain taste.

This would probably taste fabulous in a big glass among the vines somewhere along the Rhine. It goes down easy but I'm not wanting to try any more of these Andescher beers after the four I purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tight, beige head that starts more than four fingers thick. Recedes very slowly leaving a foam dome and plenty of stringy lace on the glass. Deep brown liquid. Appears to be quite clear in front of a bright light.

Smells like chalky chocolate milk. Light alcohol in the background. I get notes of black cherry, raw bread dough and raisin.

Mild, darker malt taste of toast and raw grains. The swallow has a hop presence, but the stronger flavor is of the wheat. Brief sour aftertaste. Thin bodied with a sizable carbonation level.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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 smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a tall wheat ale glass at Churchkey DC.

What an amazing looking beer. I felt like I just got served a candy bar. The perfect milk chocolate brown body, with a super creamy light cocoa tan whipped up one finger top presented. Lots of staying power and retention. Fantastic looking.

Bouquet is classic magic and powerful. The beer rips like a banana split. Milky chocolate and banana, with a nice syrup like sensing smell. Warming clove and brown spices with a hint of toasty qualities. It smells amazing.

Palate just explodes on first sip. Sticky toffee, with a crisp light feel. Popping carbonation and milk chocolate almost like penny candy and pop rocks. Fruity banana esters and a quality hop and clove like sensing finish on the swallow. Very light palate but more than enough flavor and makes for easy drinking.

I finished this beer in no time flat. This is not by any stretch one of my favorite styles, but this beer is probably my benchmark now for the style. It is flat out incredible.

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Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dunkelweizen, as expected from Andechs. Smoky, chocolate aroma, velvety beige head, and crisp espresso bitterness. Doesn’t get much better than this.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of some bananas, light wheat. Taste is mild, banana, a bit of wheat, good but kind of mild, not much spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Andechs appearently has a dark side with its wiezen and lager, and it's time to check out both. This dunkelweizen was served on-tap at Andechser am Dom in Munich. On to the beer:

This is brown with an orange hues and cloudiness. The head on top is solid as a rock, in terms of size and retention. The aroma is modest in intensity, but the notes of cinnamon and cider are to be expected per style. Taste....get some toasted grain, then apples, then comes a touch of cinnamon and brown sugar. Its carbonation is low to go with the medium body.

Pleasant dunkelweizen, however I lean towards the brighter weizen of this brand.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is dark fruit, yeast and caramel. The flavor is similar with dark fruit, caramel, toffee, yeast, bananas and cloves. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good dunkelweizen from a very good brewery.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a foamy head. Aroma of bubblegum and toasted malt. The flavor of bubblegum and banana, roasted malt, caramel and dry grains. Truly a remarkably tasty, authentic dunkel wiessbier from Germany. So good and to drink it in the Teutonia Mannechor, Pittsburgh's German club, was outstanding. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of dar482
3.97/5  rDev +1%

The beer comes in a dark toasty brown.

The beer has a toasted nuttiness towards a brown ale. There's a decent amount of caramel sweetness, light cocoa chocolate, and then onto a big German yeast spiciness of banana and fruit esters.

A good amount of flavor for a dunkel without being too like a hefe simply with toasted qualities.

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Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy brown colored beer with a medium sized dark brown colored head.

Smells strongly of cloves. Reasonable banana scents. Dark dried fruits scents, dates, prunes and figs. Spicy some cinnamon and ginger join the clove aroma.

Starts out semisweet and spicy. Peppery tastes like a Pfeffernüsse cookie. Chocolate and spices but the flavor isn't as intense as the smell.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a tasty Weissbier.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle

Pours a translucent chestnut brown with a frothy light khaki head. Nose is sweet dark fruit and yeast, banana bread and brown sugar with a hint of roast. Smooth flavor with a slightly thinner than expected body. Bulk of flavor is banana and baked goods, dark fruits, cinnamon, wheat. Finish lingers with building roast and light grain. Not bad, but pales compared to the Weiss hell.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 0.5 litre bottle, best before 2nd Jan 2009, drank Sep 2008.

Andechs gets such good press, I am struggling to argee with all the hype surrounding their beers, this is the second I've found wanting (out of three I've reviewed).

This is an average dark wiessbier at best and I thought it almost boring at times.

It is a dark, deep brown colour and a good creamy tan coloured head sat on top, it looked both interesting and inviting.

The aroma was of a weak caramel type smell, with a hint of fruitcake.

The taste was more fizz than flavour, the caramel from the aroma was there, but the fruitcake had gone somewhere and it didn't have a rich, intense feel to it at all.

Not what I was expecting, a big disappointment to be honest.

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Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery restaurant on March 18, 2006.

A: Cloudy chestnut, off-white head, great retention and lace.

S: Christmas cake (fruit bread with a little spice).

T: Bready, nutty and caramel malt, slightly earthy spice, with a little banana.

M: Light to moderate body (a little prickly), moderate carbonation.

D: IST GUT!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown color under a massive compact pale brown head. Really slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: A mild metallic smell hits the nose at first, then the ripe bananas and the roasted malt appears. Citric notes along sides with cloves. Some yeast. But a bit milder smell than I was hoping for.

T: Ripe bananas, sweet. Malt is roasted, but balanced. Lots of cloves. Some bitterness. Creamy. Faint strong black coffee.

M: Quite long bitter aftertaste. Body is smooth and a bit thicker than most in this style. Lots of small bubbles.

O: A bit uneven, nice though. The best part is the mix between barley and wheat - very smooth and well balanced.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a seethru dark brown body with two finger head that quickly died but stuck around with a lace ring. Aroma is mostly barley malt with touches of hops and dark fruits. Smooth, creamy, some yeast/wheat twang with hint of banana sweetness and the malts give off a caramel and dry bread like vibe that has a little sweetness (almost a nutty sweetness at times) and a minor citric hop bite on finish.

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Photo of corby112
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark chestnut brown color with dark amber edges and a two finger, frothy off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving sporadic streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Inviting aroma with a nice balance of zesty spice, bready yeast, light fruit, citrus and slightly roasted malt. Very peppery with a strong clove presence followed by sourdough bread, banana and bubblegum. There's also a decent amount of citrus peel but it's somewhat overshadowed by the darker malt bill. Subtle roast with sweeter caramel, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit character. Nice complexity in the nose with a decent roasted malt presence that's well integrated into the weisse bier elements.

Medium body with soft carbonation and a strong peppery spice presence up front that lingers over the yeast, citrus and sweeter malt notes into a spritzy, tart finish. Hints of black pepper and clove dominate at first but are soon countered by some sourdough bread and banana before some citric acidity kicks in on the back end. The malt presence isn't as prominent as in the nose but it's still evident with subtle roast and hints of toasted malt, hazelnut, caramel and toffee. Decent amount of sweetness without taking away from the classic wheat beer flavors. Slightly tart lemon juice/pith flavor toward the back of the palate. Crisp and refreshing and while it's heavier than an average weissebier, it's still pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 ppoitras
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Frothy head collapses ever-so slowly, with thick coating lace. Aroma is banana and cloves, with a slight burnt character.

Taste is sweet to start, cloves and banana and slight burnt in the middle, with a light acrid character coming on at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great. Another good brew.

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Andechs Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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