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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:
#5,233
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
286
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
40
Trade:
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 99
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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.97/5  rDev 0%
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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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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 XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Andechs Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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