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3.97/5
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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:
#5,294
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
286
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
40
Trade:
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Photo of smcolw
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

Photo of mendvicdog
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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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BEER88
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
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 JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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 aasher
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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 tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Derek
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
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 dar482
3.97/5  rDev 0%

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 Mora2000
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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 epyon396
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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