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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
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world-class

2,110 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2110
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%


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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WMBierguy

Maryland

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite style beer from my favorite brewery. Great flavor, great color.A slightly stronger taste than an average Weiss beer, and the typically rich Wiehenstephaner quality.Anyone who likes Weiss beers would love this beer, and I suggest that they try it as soon as they can get their hands on this semi hard to find beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 22:10:20 | More by WMBierguy
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BeerManDan

California

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, blew my socks off from first sip to last glup! This fantastic hefeWeissbier was a dark, thick and creamy with loads of spices and wheat. Spices like, cloves, nutmeg and list goes on. The finish had a pleasant after taste that was absolutly outstanding in my mind. This Dark Hefeweissbier I would rate on the same scale as my favorite doppelbock, "Adventinus".

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 07:11:04 | More by BeerManDan
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TheSarge

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss Dunkel pours perfectly as to be expected. Plenty of carbonation to produce ample amounts of khaki colored head, with great retention. The body is a murky chocolate brown, and is nearly opaque.

The weizen glass supplied with this taster pack is key to providing a picturesque pour, for any weizen.

Aromas are of fresh banana nut bread, with cloves. There is a light peppery fragrance, which is shared with its lighter version.

The taste is an envelope of flavor. Sweet banana flavor dominates, with slight breadiness.

Mouth feel wise, there is plenty of bite from the carbonation, but a slick oiliness follows through.

This is the most refreshing dunkel weizen I've ever had. Too bad this isn't readily available in my neck of the Odenwald.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 13:49:26 | More by TheSarge
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into glass mug and served at approximately 50 degrees.

A: poured a beautiful brownish copper color with half inch head that lasted and left good lacing through the finish

S: a very dynamic aroma from opening the bottle to the last drop consisting of biscuits, bready and hop notes, and a touch of wood

T: fantastic, flavors that came through matched and were brought out more intensely by covering the entire palate, bready, some hops, and a smooth finish

M: medium/full mouthfeel coating the palate just enhanced the flavors even more

D: filling, could only drink one or two but what an experience those two would be

If there is a perfect beer, this is it! From first opening the bottle through the pour and right to the finish this beer is superb!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 04:38:51 | More by B967ierhunter177
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SacredBeverage

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not going to go super in depth on this one, but just to say wow, it is just as good if not better than the original Hefeweiss
bier. This is my favorite so far from Weihenstephaner and in my top 3 Beers overall. I have only tried 3 of they're beers so far, [Hefe-Weizen, Hefe-Weizen Dunkel, and they're Original Premium.] This Beer is simply amazing, it renders me speechless. If you are a true Hefe-Weizen fan, you CANNOT go through life without trying this. Awesome Beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 15:04:29 | More by SacredBeverage
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acevenom

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy dark reddish-brown with a large, off-white head that dissipates quickly, but about a two finger length of head is retained before consumption. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are strong notes of banana and clove in the nose. There is plenty of wheat malt in the aroma as well. There is mild sweetness and breadiness from the malt and the yeast expression comes through very well with the banana flavor and spiciness. The body is medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is smooth and dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 18:10:22 | More by acevenom
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lefty

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring from a 16.9 oz bottle into a glass.

I decided to buy this beer based on the ratings from my fellow reviewers and I couldn't be more happy that I did. Right from the initial pour, this beer was absolutely perfect.

The pour was smooth and had a nice three finger head, the color was a nice amber brown/yellow. The aroma was an excellent banana-wheat smell with a perfect balance.

The taste fully lived up to my expectations based on previous reviews. A great wheat taste with a smooth fruit/banana/clove mix. In the mouth it was very smooth. It was so smooth it almost tasted like a "flat" soda on the palate, which shows how smooth it was (and yes, I am 100% confident this was a fresh beer).

Overall, I rate this right up there with the Hofbrau Dunkel Weisse as one of the best beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:55:55 | More by lefty
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky light brown with a nice tan head and decent lace but not really active carbonation until swirled. Spicy banana-clove aroma and flavor from the yeast. Restrained caramel flavors in the finish. Light bodied and airy.

A true dark hefeweizen and exactly what you would expect !

[16 oz for $2.59]

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2002 13:13:20 | More by RBorsato
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goochpunch

Texas

4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a cloudy, nutty brown with a creamy tanned head. Smells like banana nut bread with cloves. Little toastiness too. Tastes like banana nut bread too. Little bit of sweetness in the finish. Creamy, fluffy mouthfeel. As always, Weihenstephaner puts out another stellar beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:37:30 | More by goochpunch
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours murky tan/brown with rich, luscious white head.

Nose reminds me of candy apples at the state fair. Also very bready/yeasty. It screams "Fresh!".

Palate starts out with toasty caramel malt sweetness, with some typical hefe-weizen flavors mixed in (banana, slight clove).

Medium to light bodied and highly carbonated, for very quenching gulps of this fine ale.

One of the best dunkelweizens I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 02:54:06 | More by yemenmocha
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HeadFullaHops

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I most recently had this brew at a biergarden while out on the town but, I can (and do) get the same bottle every day at the party store at the entrance to my neighborhood.

A - Poured a hazy medium brown with a 1 1/4" head that dissipated pretty quick to light sticky lacing that marked each drink I took down the side of the big weizen glass it was served in. Beautiful!

S - Banana bread. Plain and simple. No hop or malt aromas. Typical of the style. Makes you want to tip the glass RIGHT NOW!!!

T - The banana bread smell is manifest in full on the palette with no noticeable hop flavors and has a clean finish. Dangerous!

M - The mouthfeel on this one is medium for an unfiltered wheat beer.

D - WOW! This one could be dangerous on a summer day, make that any day, when you've got a good thirst built up! If you like weizen beers, this is a MUST TRY!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 04:13:05 | More by HeadFullaHops
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a murky brown-red body with over an inch of khaki-colored head. Smells fruity, with ripe banana, date and nut. Tastes like banana, nut, spice, caramel, toffee, with chocolate and coffee notes in the background. Ample carbonation compliments a medium to full body to make this a super-drinkable super-complex beer. I'm beyond impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:50:17 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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generallee

New York

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a Weizen Glass. The abv is listed on the label at 5.3% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has a deep hazy orange amber body with visible carbonation. A quick pour fills the glass with foam. After a minute to settle I very slowly finished pouring and ended up with a nice three finger head. The light beige head hangs on well and makes lots of cool lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: Big German yeast notes rush up to fill my nose. The aroma is all about the classic banana notes with some mild clove and bready sweet malt.

Taste: The best way to describe this beer is that is like banana bread with nuts and chocolate chips. The palate is a firm medium body with nice active carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!! This beer is a work of wheat beer art.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 11:17:28 | More by generallee
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mikes2923

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew (along with everything from this brewery) is just another example of what excellent beer is all about. Nice chocolatey-looking color as you would expect from a dark weiss beer and the taste is nothing short of outstanding. Very smooth, not at all harsh or "too strong" even for those not accustomed to this type of beer. Generally, I prefer Hefe-weizens to their darker cousins but this is an outstanding exception as this ranks as one of my all time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 11:01:49 | More by mikes2923
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MJR

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful medium chocolate color with edges that are a shade lighter. Cloudy as all hell, with lots of bubbles racing to the top of my glass. It's head starts out massive and shrinks down to a steady 1-inch cap.

Smell: Fairly spicy with suggestions of apple, banana, clove, tart wheat, lemon, and bubblegum.

Taste: Dark wheat beer perfection with a glorious balance of the fruitiness from the banana and apple flavors, the soft spiciness, and the tart freshness from the wheat. All of the flavors intermingle well with each other, without overpowering and taking over control of the palate. This is the blueprint for what a Dunkel Hefeweissbier should taste like. Unmatched...

Mouthfeel: At first, the yeast in the body fools you into thinking it's thicker than it really is. But as it warms in your mouth, it shows it's true colors: a thin-to-medium body with a crisp and tart, yet soft and round mouthfeel that just begs for another sip. Then another...

Drinkability: As high as they come. I could easily drain glass after glass of this nectar in the summer...oh, who am I kidding?! This beer is amazing in any season.

Absolutely world-class. If you're curious what wheat beers are 'really' supposed to taste like, this and it's lighter brother are German Wheat Bier 101. Take a seat, 'cause class is in session!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 20:08:23 | More by MJR
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Generik420

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of this by mistake, thinking I had grabbed two bottles of the regular hefe. I certainly wasn't disappointed in my blunder when I poured this beer into a hefe glass. Nice coloring, a dark khaki almost and of course hazy. Smell is incredibly robust. There is a sweetness in the aroma that is very difficult to describe and something I haven't really found in any other weisse beer before this one. This beer tastes phenomenal, hints of fruit flavors and very smooth. It was a little to easy to put down a 16.9oz bottle in no time. If imports didn't cost as much as they do, this would always be in my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 12:36:34 | More by Generik420
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous color and a whipped cream cap. Really pleasing aroma, low on banana and high on a sharp sour fruit flavor. Flavor is awesome! This is my kind of dunkel. Good soft wheat and a sharp cut of sour fruit. High level of carbonation feels nice and the body feels light and airy. This is really good beer! Hint of berry and slight mineral. Love it!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 20:21:06 | More by JEdmund
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kevinjosephlee

Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A hazy orange-brown with a white, half-centimeter head. Good retention of the moderately thick and moussy head and beautiful lacing signature.

S: Banana, pineapple and clove in the nose. Good balance and presence of phenols and fruity esters. Perhaps some bubblegum tones. As the beer warmed, banana bread was noted

T: Banana and clove very prominent in this one, with low malty notes. Roasted malt character comes through as the beer warms but maintains it supporting role in deference to the yeast's symphony. A nice tart and dry finish.

M: A fluffy fullness (not big or full-bodied nor with overpowering flavors) that finishes relatively lighter. Good and rich carbonation.

Notes: I am on a dunkelweizen push right now. Aventinus on tap was probably my favorite because of its darker fruit tones. The Moosbacker was also a favorite because it shared the dark fruit character. As far as hitting the mark for a catagory, this beer (and brewery) does it very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:05:29 | More by kevinjosephlee
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micmillon18

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen.

A - Pours a deep coppery color with some red-orange hues throughout. The head is a thing of sheer beauty, thick and fluffy with long lasting retention. The bubbles slowly rise showing solid carbonation. The weizen glass truly showcases this beer perfectly. Lots of lacing.

S - Banana, bubble gum, yeasty, green apple. Incredibly clean and refreshing scents, especially as you imbibe in the first sip, intaking a strong whiff as the beer hits your lips.

T - Bubble gum, banana, cloves; yeasty with darker malts showing up at the end similar to toffee or some kind of caramel maybe. Hops are barely present. I should add that there is some kind of citrusy taste present which adds a nice touch. Absolutely delicious.

M - Incredible smooth and soft with a light to medium body. Carbonation is in complete check. Finishes very dry.

D - I could have this anytime of year, though I prefer it during the colder months. Easily my favorite dunkel, which should be no surprise considering its ranks among the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 21:45:32 | More by micmillon18
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased the 16.9 fl. oz. bottle, which gave me nearly two pints of this outstanding beer. Once in the glass, the hefe-dunkel showed a dark orange/red color, quite nice, with a huge top of creamy, off-white foam. The beer leaves virtually no lace on the glass, and once the head finally dissipates, a thin layer never leaves the liquid. Aromas of sweet wheat, clove, honey and a touch of pepper cross the nose.
The taste of this beer is all malt, creamy and slightly sweet, with a hint of smoke and pepper in the aftertaste. Just the slightest tight hop essence can be discerned on the inner cheeks, but it’s not nearly as fruity as normal hefeweiss beers, with minimal tastes of apricot or grape, although these tastes are slightly more prominent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is near perfect, a slight fizz on the tongue but almost not carbonation in the back of the mouth, perfect for the creamy texture of the brew. This beer succeeds at staying somewhat easy drinking, almost light, and can be enjoyed in summer, but has more taste and body. This is a perfect choice beer-wise toward the cooler weather and the wonderful fall and Oktober selections to come.
This beer might possibly be the best dark wheat beer I have come across. It only gets a drop in drinkability because I'm not a huge hefe fan.

cheers…

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 06:33:37 | More by NClifestyle
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dfitch81

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is exceptional, as is the case with nearly all things Weihenstephaner. It pours a beautiful cider brown, with a massive, puffy white head that can pile high over the rim of the glass without spilling. Carbonation is visible in the glass, and it is as intense as it looks. Smell? Cloves, apples, bananas, flowers, spices - it is not possible to smell without being to compelled to drink immediately. Taste is like the smell but more intense, and the strong carbonation dances on your tongue and adds even more fun. Tartness from the wheat is present but not at all overpowering. I could go on and on about this beer, but I won't because I'd rather run out the market and buy more.

If I had to pick a "favorite" beer, this could easily be the one.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 22:57:49 | More by dfitch81
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erz316

Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the standard size bottle into my Weihenstephan weißbier glass.

A - a great dark brown, though not completley translucent (as it is only a bit hazy, like its brother the regular), it has a great fluffy white head that fills the top of the glass; there is a bunch of lacing that only makes the beer look even more delicious. there are some bubbles, but not as much as the original or hefe; far more like a champagne that has sat out for too long. the head also dissapates quite quickly.

S - I smell almost the same scents from the original, very wheaty, and a slight bit of lemon zest, or some kind of spiciness that I am incapable to define; however, it is most certainly different from the clove spicy scent and taste of the hefe.

T - phenomenal! the spice is a bit like the bite from a good ginger ale/beer. the after taste is primarily wheat, which pinches the cheeks when one first drinks; and a bit of yeast which accounts for the musty/'rusic' taste; this is something hard to describe, and I shall leave it to my elder beer compatriots and people with a better vocabulary for their own palate (I only have the experience in expressing the taste in pipe tobacco, although I am young for such a habit!). This is simply an amazing brew: the yeast/malt combination, as I believe, gives a slight nuttiness that is something like an almond and cashew mix with a few pistachios mixed in (though very few!). there is a definite dryness to the beer in the finish and aftertaste which is most admirable IMO, as the alcohol is most subdued.

MF&F - the carbonation makes a crisp clear drinking beverage, that is more than smooth to drink. though not overwhelming, the carbonation is a prominent effect in the finish and tasting process. I find nothing wrong, whatsoever, with this beer's feel or drinkability. it is wholly amazing an to be awed at, admired, copied, and respected.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 04:17:04 | More by erz316
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arnoldbrew

Iowa

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Cloudy, light brown with a thick head that fades but never dissapears.
Smell-Very pleasant with wheat, dark fruits, banana, and some spices.
Taste- The wheat is the first tast that hits you. Esters from the yeast are also very prevalent with banana, dark fruits, caramel/toffee, and a yeasty characteristic.
Mouthfeel- Moderate mouthfeel, very smooth and pleasant. Medium carbonation but it is not overpowering the rest of the experience.
Overall Impression- A very good beer. Good body, not too light but not too heavy. Wonderful flavor profile that makes this a great pairing with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 01:17:24 | More by arnoldbrew
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Insomnicat

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours cloudy brown with boatloads of cream head

s - bananas take up the background behind malt

t - malt with some roasted malt and a background/aftertaste of banana

m - very light and crisp. This beer would be incredible after a hard day's manual labor

d - very drinkable. very very drinkable. I'd buy a 6 pack in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 00:51:13 | More by Insomnicat
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a Stella challis.

A - Huge, pillowy eggcream white 4-finger head that falls slowly, leaving rings around the glass. Cloudy and dark dried apricot orange.

S - Ripe bananas on the pour. Banana custard in the glass. Bazooka bubblegum. Hints of clove, dense and moist fresh bread, and lightly toasted malt.

T - Whole grain banana bread with a good touch of clove along the sides of the tongue, providing a great balance between sweet and spice. Sweetness of a thick banana and caramel cream with wafers dessert lingers on the finish, but it's not cloying. Spend some time between sips and tastes like peaches and nutmeg appear.

M - Somewhat fizzy, with a smoothness that follows. Good carbonation. Excellent body for the style. Refreshingly snaps off at the swallow. Finish is longer than expected, and a tad dryer than the sweetness of the taste suggests it would be.

D - This is one very delicious dunkel. I'd love to find this on tap someday, or pair it with some grilled brats and sauerkraut. Has all the exceptional quality of its regular brother with a bit more character. I could easily drink several of these and still wish for just one more. Simply outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 05:26:43 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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