A German Dunkelweizen in a Weizen Glass


Similar to a Hefeweizen, these southern German wheat beers are brewed as darker versions (Dunkel means “dark”) with deliciously complex malts and a low balancing bitterness. Creamy and full-bodied, most Dunkelweizen are medium amber to amber-brown and appear slightly murky from the weizen yeast. Phenolic (clove) and fruity (banana, bubble gum) character will usually be present in the nose, and some examples may even taste like banana bread.

Style Expectations

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.


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