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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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95
world-class

2,256 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,256
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 163
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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UGADawgGuy

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into my .5L Weihenstephaner weizen glass. In case you're new to the style (and to beer in general), it is CRITICAL that hefe weizen be served quite cold and in a glass, for a number of reasons.

Appearance: This beer pours from a brown bottle with a complementary label, which touts Weihenstephaner as the "oldest brewery in the world." Once it's in the glass, a good "weizen pour" reveals a tan-to-brown beer with a frothy head. It's been my experience that the head and lacing on this one are somewhat less sturdy than those of the standard Weihenstephaner hefe weizen, but they're still quite striking compared to most beers. A little beer was left in the bottle for "swishing" in order to unleash that delicious, yeasty sediment into the glass (in my opinion, this is essential with traditional hefe weizens).

Smell: As with Weihenstephaner's standard hefe weizen, the prevailing scent is a uniquely yeasty breadiness. This one, however, offers a faintly toasted, malty note. I also a detect a mild chocolatey-ness, but it's faint.

Taste: A little weaker than the scent would lead you to believe, but still quite good. Hops are not apparent, which I believe to be a good thing in a hefe weizen. What you get is mainly a toasty breadiness, with discernible malt and a very faint rustiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp-to-moderate carbonation and a low ABV combine with the starchy yeast to produce a cooling, refreshing swallow. This beer is marginally "cozier" than the standard hefe weizen, but both are eminently drinkable in hot weather.

Drinkability: Again, the low ABV yields a fantastically drinkable beer. It's about a half-step away from perfection, in my mind, but it's still in the running for the standard of its style.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:01:42 | More by UGADawgGuy
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bottle poured into wheat beer glass

A - pours up a dark amber maybe the same color as an apricot, slightly cloudy at first, eventually clearing, with excellent lacing at good lacing.

S - spicy sweet nose with a definite banana aroma.

T - very crisp tasting with the usual banana and clove notes. However, where some beers are a bit too much in your face with the banana stuff this beer has subdued them somehow or another. The finish is satisfyingly sweet, never becoming cloying.

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S - Medium strength aroma of banana, pear, clove, and fresh baked wheat bread. Smells inviting.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,256 ratings.