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Weihenstephaner Tradition - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 70
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 36
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-04-2003

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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 70
Photo of Andrewharemza
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear brown colour, 1.5 inches of beige-ish head; aroma of toast, some ash, herbal and dark fruity notes; taste of malty sweetness with slight roasted bitterness, hints of spicy and fruity notes; really good dunkel (214 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 2nd July 2015 bought in Bangkok, Thailand, carried back to Hong Kong and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a deep dark copper/amber brown with a slightly off white two finger head that dissipates over about a minute leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Light aromas of sweet and roasted malts, brown sugar and overripe plums.

Taste: Some bready roasted malts, dark fruits especially plum and also a hint of chocolate and caramel. As it warms, more grape and bubblegum appears in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, light carbonation and smooth but seems a bit thin (watery).

Overall: This went down easy but perhaps a tad bit ‘watery’. I prefer their Hefeweissbier Dunkel more. (753 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Weihenstephaner restaurant in Berlin, Germany. Served in 0.5l Rastel stein mug.

Appearance: Clear bright dark amber with some ruby red highlights. 1/16" persistent light tan head. Plenty of persistent lacing including sheets and strands.

Smell: A bit herbal and floral, otherwise very little aroma. Some occasional smells of toasted malt and burnt sugars, but not with every sip. A bit more noticeable as the beer was fully warmed up.

Taste: Malty, metallic, noble hop bite/bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but not fizzy. A bit dry and mildly astringent. The description for the beer at the restaurant was "having a notable bitterness" and indeed this has a notable bitterness when combined with the mouthfeel.

Overall / Drinkability: This beer definitely fit the outside cafe with a German meal experience, but I think I would have problems finishing a whole liter of this stuff. The bitterness is not massively hoppy, but the initial sips are "huh?" and then it settles down a bit, but is still not always a good bitter finish. Still, the beer overall went well with food and I polished off the half liter slowly over an hour and enjoyed it. Definitely a good looking beer, but I can see how this beer may not be to everyone's liking. (1,304 characters)

Photo of Decko
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep copper in the glass with decent off white head which left some lacing. S - heaps of sweet coffee maltiness on the nose which brings up lovely roasted images. T - follows the nose in that the coffee malt comes through although I found the sweetness balanced out with a little dryness pretty well. Made it much more drinkable than some sweet dark ales. M - reasonably light body for the flavour and good carbonation. O - really enjoyed this dunkel and would have it again. May not be a classic going by other comments but very drinkable session like beer but when you want more rich flavours than a pale ale might give. (629 characters)

Photo of magpieken
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. 26.08.15. Pours a bright, deep amber colour with a creamy, frothy beige head which lasted well and left some nice lacing. Gentle aroma of brown sugar, nuts and roasted malt. Comes across as quite nutty on tasting, medium sweetness. Bitterness develops in the dry finish. Light bodied; thin, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Went down very easily but didn't grab my attention. 7. (396 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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 (302 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.. (290 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,803 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of Stavage
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (772 characters)

Photo of juju7
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper/amber, a good two finger head, laced well. A fruity, malty, slightly syrupy nose with some floral hop action. Low carbonation, alittle creamy on the palate with mild bitterness. A kind of sticky malt aftertase which I don't really dig much. It's a good, well made beer and I recommend it but it's not really my thing. (329 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber colour with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head with average lacing,the aromas are toasted caramel infused banannas and the taste is very sweet almost like caramel malty syrup straight away followed by some nice hoppy notes to balance out its taste to make it neither sweet nor bitter and very drinkable as a session beer could drink alot of these. (391 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper/ruby pour with a lovely, albeit rapidly diminishing, head.
Grainy and toasted nutty malts present in the aroma as well as some euro hops. Amazingly similar to the pilsner (apart from the darker malts).
Same thing with the flavours - it has the same grainy malt and cardboard notes, but whereas these are quite dominant in the pilsner, they are hidden is this beer by the darker malts.
Only complaint I have with the mouthfeel is that it's on the watery side. (465 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mahogany colour with a thin light tan head. Poor head retention with not even a thin film present after about a minute.

Sweet malts with hints of roast are the main notes here. Light noble hop notes come through as well.

Nicely balanced beer with enough generic bitterness to counter the malty sweetness. Nice mineral notes more often found in some champagnes work well with the light fruitiness that is present.

A medium body and crisp, vibrant carbonation makes this beer a refreshing quaffer. Very good.

A highly drinkable brew with nice depth of flavour without being an overpowering beer. Tasty, refreshing and well worth drinking. (653 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich red-brown scorched earth colour with a nice beige head, nice and sticky with very pleasant sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation, but slow and migratory. Looks like a star show, and everything else about it is also very nice.

Nose is a sour, unripe fruit affair, although overridden by a malty, caramel sweetness. Has aromas of fig, berry and some compost funk. A light floral character with hints of tree bark, and a bitter chestnut character. Initial impulse is to dislike but overall it's an enticing smell thanks to that overriding sweetness. Interesting, anyway.

Taste is very pleasant, with a caramelised fruit sweetness underlying an earthy, organic bitterness, with a lightly roasted coffee character just hinting itself. An element of vegetable matter in there, with a slight funk, while finish has a slight nutty character to it and leaves the palate with a nice aftertaste, maybe a bit sweet and yet a very light ashiness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but it carries itself well, certainly a lot of lagery tingle in there; the carbonation I saw doesn't disappoint.

This is a very pleasant beer, with nice organic flavours achieving a good balance between the sweet, the sour and the bitter. Not quite quaffing quality, but an extremely pleasant sipping beer, and I'd say a good one to share with mates. (1,325 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Into a beer glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thick creamy looking 2+ finger off-white head with good retention. Color is a russet or mahogany brown with low end carbonation and is pretty clear. Head slowly fades to a thick film cap with some immediate lacing on the top of the glass. A wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing.

SMELL: Caramel and toasted malt along with some nice toffee undertones. A touch of dark rye bread in the background. Decent strength as well.

TASTE: Much like the nose, some caramel and toasted malt up front, then some rye bread through the middle and finishes surprisingly spicy and yeasty. Some clove and tyme show up perhaps, as well as a touch of dark fruit, raisins and dates maybe. Quite a complex dunkel. A mild but longer lasting aftertaste is spicy with bread hints as well, making a pretty nice combo. A touch of bitterness at the very end finishes the job nicely.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. Very nice.

OVERALL: A very complex dunkel; lots of taste surprises in this one. Very drinkable and enjoyable, one I'd certainly pick up again. A benchmark in the style for sure. Really am surprised this one isn't rated higher on this site. Recommended. (1,366 characters)

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A full half liter with lunch. Excellent dunkel, dark lager that went great with german saugage at a traditional luncherie on the square that served only beers from this brewer. As with all their styles, this is at the top of the scale for style. I will definitely look for it when I'm back in the states. (304 characters)

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle chilled just below room temperature into a Weihenstephaner 0.5l glass.

Pours with a think tan head and the body of the beer is a cross between a flat cola or deep red tea.

On the nose I get strong hits of roasted wheat and a good dollop of yeast

The taste is a quick sharp sensation of molasses but this quickly gives way to the yeast promised whilst the nose was in the glass. Malt is in there too but not as strong as you would imagine just prior to drinking.

The mouthfeel is very underwhelming, mild syrup sensation and elements of spice. Once again it fades away too quickly.

A good beer but no where near a great beer. If you where faced with a choice between the this and the standard Weihenstephaner Dunkel, i'd choose the latter. (764 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last brew from the Weihenstephaner Taster Pack. Hopefully this beer keeps up with the rest of the best.

This is a prime example of how a dunkel should look. There is about two fingers thick of light khaki cranium, and sticks well to the glass. The body is cola/black tea in appearance. It easily shows vivid reddish hues when held up to sun light.

Immediately when I cracked the bottle open, there was a rush of bready toasted malts that filled the air. There is an herbal aroma along with a sweet cola and metallic fragrance too.

The taste is sharp and not as sweet as I had supposed. It is actually a little more herbal than anything else, with a slight acidic finish.

This is somewhat light in body and refreshing. There is a mild warming effect towards the end of each sip.

I've got to downgrade the drinkability for the almost too herbal trait to this beer. This is not something I'd go for on a summer Bavarian afternoon. Perhaps an early spring or late fall type of appeal. (988 characters)

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