The German Dunkelweizen style can be considered a cross between the German-style Dunkel and a Hefeweizen. Distinguished by its sweet maltiness and chocolate-like character, it can also have banana and clove (and occasionally vanilla or bubblegum) esters from weizen ale yeast.
The Dunkelweizen appears somewhat cloudy to hazy with a color that ranges from a deep copper to a dark brown. Slow rising bubbles are visible in the glass.
The Dunkelweizen usually contain hints of vanilla, banana, apple, clove, and nutmeg. Hops are not perceived in the aroma.
Bready or grainy, with a distinct sweet maltiness and a chocolate-like character from roasted malt. Esters and phenols should be present but mild. Hop bitterness is low.
The Dunkelweizen has a body that ranges from moderate to full and its feel can be mouth-coating. Its carbonation is light to moderate.