Weihenstephaner Tradition - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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85
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 31
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-04-2003)
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4.12/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark amber/copper; medium, beige head

Aroma: Sweet malt; molasses-like smell; sweet, dark fruit

Taste: Juicy, creamy start with slight bitter notes; semi-sweet mid and finish, with slightly bitter, nutty aftertaste

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Weihenstephan's biergarten and served in a half-liter mug. On to the beer:

Here's a dunkel which is ruby red cololred with orange hues. That head on top retains very well. The aroma of toasted malts set the table for dabs of caramel and a surprise of fudge. Even greater things are set to taste, which is not only complex, but tasty and very balanced between the notes. More toasty with some raisin and chocolate at first, but more sips bring the beer to be a little bit sweeter. Caramel comes into the picture, yet it doesn't disrupt the whole picture. Medium bodied and very smooth.

Weihenstephaner can only do good, and this is a very good dunkel. An absolute must try for dunkel lovers.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown..thick off white head

Smells of nutty malts, and something else...not sure what though...very intriguing smell

Tastes very nutty, nuts all around!!

A bit weak on the mouthfeel but a very delicious and well rounded beer, still doesnt beat their heffe however..

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Parrotshake
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent brown with red bits and a big pillowy head. Malted milk and toffee all over the nose, slight lagery/German yeasty note. Not sweet, but smells like it would make a nice dessert.

All malty and delicious. Some brown bread and nuts in addition to the characteristics mentioned in the nose, and enough bitterness to counter all that malt without contributing any specific hop flavors. Clean, no rough edges. Slightly creamy feel, low to medium carbonation. Probably great with porky German fare or a roast, that sort of thing. Certainly fine by itself as well. If you can appreciate subtler old-timey beers like this, you'll probably love it as much as I do.

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of Everydayoff
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

A:
Clear brown color with slight orange tinge, very thick off-white creamy head with very good retention, it leaves plenty of elegant lacing clusters all around.

S:
The smell is dark/caramelized malt, lightly toasted, coffee, creamy note, yeast and fruitiness from dark fruits. All blend well together but fruitiness seems to roam overtly on front row. By the way, malt finally reclaims its place.

T:
Well balance between caramelized malt sweetness and dark fruitiness component. Dark fruits portion also yield slight sourish note through the palate. Malt is creamy that lick in the finish along with subtle yeasty sourish note, bitterness is subtle from hop and likely roasted trait.

M:
Moderate body with rather light carbonation but proper and yields smooth as silk mouthfeel, dry finish.

O:
A fan of dark German lager should never miss this. There is a big malt and fruit trait along with all round balance character that bring this beer into high pleasurable drink and well sipping.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dansmcd
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark red-amber, 2 fingers of soapy head, rings of lace.

S - Sweet roasted barley, caramel, banana, grass.

T - Roasted barley, dried apricot, lemon, fresh bread. Smooth and clean with a mild hop finish. Subtle yet very tasty.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation. About right for the style.

O - This wont blow you away but is an easy drinker that most will enjoy. Highly sessionable. Very happy to drink these in any situation.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

A - Pours a dark deep Ruby / Mahogany colour with an Ivory coloured head that retains OK.

S - Nice roasted caramelised aromas. Malt dominates but I detect a little hop.

T - Plenty of roasted malt up front. Mid palate there is plenty of grains before a slightly sweet finish that is bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A very solid brew that is made for trying with a hunk of meat of some description, Some Kaiser chops perhaps.

Photo of doktorhops
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

German bier?! Again?! Yeah well lets just say that beer is one thing I can agree on with the German people (their terrible "pun" driven sense of humor, no thanks!).

And with that thought I open a 500ml bottle of "tradition", yes it does come in a bottle, and poured this fine brew into a 500ml Stein.

A: Deep mahogany. Yeah that's right - I compared the appearance of this beer with wood. The 1cm slightly tanned head dissipated quickly enough that I turned my head and found a light lacing left... how very un-German this beer.

S: Toffee, toasted biscuits, very inviting indeed. Did I also detect a hint of gingerbread or am I going crazy... that was a rhetorical question by the way. The grain is the forefront of this ale-like brew, I suspect it will be a fairly malt driven affair.

T: Sourdough flavours crop up to the front palate, followed by a toffee note and ending with a fat malty finish (with a slight bitter aftertaste reminding you that there were indeed hops invited to the Dunkel party). It's full flavoured without being some obnoxiously expensive Belgian brew (don't get me wrong - I love Belgian beers), yet it's also no competition for it's Hefeweizen cousin... sorry Herr Bayerische Dunkel.

M: Smooth and creamy, an excellent combination! The carbonation is a little light but no complaints here.

D: This beer is a likable chap, though less likely to excite than it's Hefeweizen cousin it's still a bit more social than it's Hefeweissbier Dunkel brother, in other words if you had to pick between the three my recommendation would be: 1. Hefeweissbier, 2. Bayerische "Tradition" Dunkel, and 3. Hefeweissbier Dunkel... it's still very likable though.

Food Match: Baked potatoes with whatever slab of meat you get your hands on, or large flat fried mushrooms for us vegetarians.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant deep reddish brown with a full and frothy boisterous German head of off-white foam. Lacing is pock-marked and speckled down the inside of the glass. Pretty still in the glass, however, leaving it flat and heavy. Looks good though.

Nose is full of German yeast character with a slight whiff of roasted cereal. Quite bright and roasty, dark but leavened, and with a refreshing twinge of noble hop coming through giving a slight greenness. Nice.

Taste is similar. That very constructed and clear German palate. Nice malt on the front, with a good grain mesh behind it holding it up. Dry finish, with a surprisingly lingering back of light roasted goodness. Feel is clear and crisp.

Nice brew. Very clear and clean and very classically German. It must be, I've mentioned "German" in every paragraph of this review. A good exemplar of the style. Light and subtle in places, but with loads of character in others.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep copper amber color with an average to slightly below average sized head that is off-white, foamy, and a bit creamy. Decent retention with a nice lace left over.

S - A good amount of toasted grainy malts and some caramel and toffee.

T - A lot like the smell. A lot of toasted, grainy malt taste upfront make up the base. Also a good amount of caramel and toffee. Hints of some fruit, a bit of apple and some raisin. On the finish is just the slightest taste of some grassy and earthy hops along with some bread taste.

M - Somewhere between light and medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp taste and somewhat smooth.

D - Easy to drink beer that is well balanced and has a good amount of malt flavors.

Notes: Nice easy to drink beer that is a touch light on flavor and mouthfeel. Good session type of beer, and a solid beer from a very solid brewery.

Photo of Stavage
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass, got a nice frothy head on top of a dark browny red body. The head retention was good for a lager and left a decent lacing.

Dark malt smells, with a mild caramel scent, perhaps more honey like than anything. A biscuit body, and there are some light hops notes too.

Smooth biscuit malt body with a honey like aftertaste. Hops is noticeable but very minimal. Theres a pleasant roasted nuttiness and a slight bitterness. The taste is watered down a little by the end of the mouthfull but overall enjoyable enough.

Medium bodied, carbonation was good, though I did get the impression this beer didn't know whether it was supposed to be crisp or chewy and achieved neither.

I quite enjoyed this. Easy enough to drink, enough complexity to enjoy

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Weihenstephaner Tradition from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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