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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,431 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,431
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 185
Gots: 137 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of QuestionableScum
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into Weizen glass. The colour is a fairly deep murky brown with some hints of orange and red, with a thick creamy beige two finger head.

The beer smells heavily of bready malts, yeasty notes and clove with some apple/banana notes as well. Smells very enticing.

The beer is dominated by bready malts, clove spiciness and some sweeter caramel malts. As the beer warms some strong banana/apple notes make their appearance. I also get some brown sugar notes, some cinnamon and a little bit of slight roasted malt. Pretty delicious.

This beer is well-carbonated, fairly creamy with a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel is excellent. It just leaves you with a slight spice aftertaste.

Very drinkable. Recommended.

QuestionableScum, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of stephens101
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge off-white head tops a murky brown, bubble filled brew. Head retention is excellent, leaving thick stripes of lacing around the glass as it falls. Smells fruity and spicy(coriander) with some medicinal notes working there way in and out of the aromatic profile. Tastes buttery and malty at first, with some spice, sweet bread and fruits working there way into the mix quickly. Mouth-feel is extraordinarily creamy, but not to thick, which leads to remarkable drinkability.

stephens101, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy brown with orange edges. The head is frothy and huge, leaving scads of lace patches on the glass. Cloves, banana, chocolate and apple make up the ample nose. The taste full of tangy wheat malt mixed with the aforementioned characteristics. A bit of roastyness is detectable in the back. Berries and lemon show with warmth. The mouthfeel is super thick and full bodied, loaded with creamy carbonation.

A stellar Dunkelweizen. I will be seeking this out in the future, its tremendously drinkable with enough layers of complexity to be a truly contemplative brew.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of baos
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Looks like tobacco juice with soapsuds for a head. Big bubbly white head that sticks on the sides of my jar pretty good.

S: Lemon zest-banana-clove-pink bubble gum stickiness.

T: Banana bread with a lemon grass tanginess. Little bit of clove and candy gum ball: The pink one.

M: One of the best I've tasted.

D: I have one of these in front of me the whole night through.

baos, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of dfried
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a toffee amber color, easy to see through, some yellow at the edges. Giant syrupy beige head that lasts throughout as a nice cap. Rich wheaty aroma, a lot of banana and yeasty bread, a a fair amount of spicy cloves with some underlying lemony zest. Rich wheaty flavor, a lot like banana bread but not dead on comparable. Spicy cloves show up on the itp of the tounge. As in the aroma there is some underlying zest. Some bubble gum flavors as well. A lot like their hefe but with some of the zest exchanged for toastier, breadier, caramel like malt. Fairly light bodied and really easy to drink.

Verdict: one of my favorite dunkels, but not quite the top of the list. It definitely had a ton of esters from the fermentation, but not quite as much as others that I would have to give the cake to, but make no mistake, dunkels don't get much better.

dfried, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of gford217
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Taco Mac Lindbergh.

Pours a hazy brownish amber that looks a bit like tea in the glass underneath a big off-white head that shows good lacing.

The aroma is just flush with bananas and bubblegum sweetness mixed with lots of clove spiciness. It definitely has a bit more malt presence than the hefe and a bit of lemon as well.

The taste ratchets the bananas down a notch and the malts come through a bit more. The finish brings back the spiciness of the cloves and leaves a dry, clean finish.

The mouthfeel is highly (almost too) carbonated and extremely smooth going down.

I was expecting this to be one of the best dunkels I've ever had and it lived up to the expectations. A supremely drinkable beer.

gford217, May 13, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 new Weihenstephaner beers in Texas calls for bringing out the official brewery weizen glass. This beer pours an orange-tinted brown, hazy, with a collosal head about an inch and half tall, despite a gentle pour. Good head retention. The nose isn't quite as prominent as the hefe, though it does have a good mix of peppery phenols and a light fruitiness, as well as a subtle touch of malt. The flavor is excellent, well-balanced with a banana-ish fruitiness and lightly medicinal yeastiness. Good malt character, bready with a faint touch of caramel. No bitterness to speak of, though it's not overly sweet.

A beautiful beer.

allengarvin, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A nice lookin beer. Pours with a fluffy white head that settles down into a consistent foam. Has a hazy, sienna honey color.
The odor is striking, as has been my experience with the other beers I've had from this brewery. Pumpkin bread and/or pumpkin pie comes to mind. Cinnamon, allspice or clove, banana bread... autum baking smells.
The taste isn't quite as striking as the smell but it's pretty damned good. Same profile as the smells with a really silky texture to go along with it. The mouthfeel is a pleasurable experience. It almost feels like you're eating a tasty baked good (see above for which baked goods).
Probably my favorite brew from this brewery and that's saying quite a bit.
Hard to go wrong with the world's oldest brewery.

ommegangpbr, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/08/10 notes. Had on tap at The Saloon in Washington, DC. Served into a 0.5L Georgetown Saloon weizen glass.

a - Pours a darkish brown color with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.
Looks great.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, and toasted malts. Bananas jump right out at you.

t - Tastes of bananas, toasted malts, wheat, bready malts, very light spices, and sweet caramel malts. Tastes amazing, pretty perfect for the style.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue. A little less carbonated and the mouthfeel would be great.

d - A very good beer hurt by it's high carbonation. This was probably the best tasting dunkelweizen I've had and it looked great as well. Would certainly have again but I think if it was less carbonated it could be even better.

mdfb79, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of dnichols
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a bomber sized bottle with my youngest son. I poured it into a Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse glass.

A: It poured a cloudy amber tainted blond body with mountains of sediment and a large two finger head that was sickly and lingered for a long time.

S: It had a big white bread yeast aroma, lots of white fruit (bananas and pears) and white spices.

T: The lightly toasted malts and fruity esters jumped to the front. They coated the tongue and provided a foundation for the slight citrus undercurrents and white spices (clove, all spice and white pepper). There was a very faint caramel flavor and the alcohol was recessive.

M: It was a medium to heavy bodied brew with a lot of carbonation early. It finished sweet and spicy with a lingering yeasty aftertaste.

D: It was refreshing complex with great balance and wonderful taste. A bit heavy for a long session but great for a session beer if you are a fan of heffwieissbier.

dnichols, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of slitherySOB
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber brown colour with a big, billowy white head with plenty of retention. Lace sticks to the glass. A little bit of yeast floats in the glass. Aroma of cloves, bananas, sweet bready malts. Tastes just like it smells. Reminds me of spiced banana bread. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and creamy. An excellent beer.

slitherySOB, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Daktyls
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Like a few other recent reviewers, I purchased the Weihenstephaner gift pack, and got the nice glass to go with the tasty libations.

A: Dark orange-brown, murky, had two-three finger head from my pour

S: Banana and clove were most distinct, light wheat/bread were also apparent.

T: Tasted slightly like banana bread to me, but very also wheaty and yeasty.

M: Very crisp, slight carbonation and a little tingly after it hits the tip of the tongue.

D: As before, very crisp, would definitely have another. Perhaps two or three.

Daktyls, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with nice lacing on a murky brown with golden hues body. Rich dark fruit and molasses aroma with honey notes. Flavor is more dark fruit with a caramel malt backbone and nice banana notes. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I really likete banana notes in this one which actually are orecelabt for the degree of dark fruit taste.

kylehay2004, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy honey brown. A mounded 2 finger off-white head that sinks very slow creating a thick ceiling and impressive lacing.

S - Yeasty banana bread, very doughy. Lots of wheat with notes of clove and bubblegum.

T - Follows the nose with moist banana bread, sweet with clove and a thick wheat backbone. Hints of caramel, berries, and slight nuttiness in the middle. Finishes with a bit more grain in the malt

M - Silky smooth and creamy. Tight but low carbonation with a light to medium body.

The mouthfeel is perfect! Very elegant flavors and seems to have great balance with the flavors. The wheat still shines and the esters seem perfectly placed. This beer will leave you wanting more.

StaveHooks, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Andrew041180
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - A deeply hazy golden brown with an immensely thick head that retained well and left nice lacing on the glass. Personal preference is for the golden hues of the standard hefeweizen, but this is quite nice.

S - Nice yeasty weizen scents, although toned down from the beer that I had on tap. Subtle and quite nice.

T - The bananas and spice are toned down a bit, and the sweetness has been turned up by about the same amount.

M - Pillowy goodness. I love the feel on these Weihenstephaners. They have all been absolute stand-outs among all the beers that I've had recently.

O - Still prefer the standard hefeweizen, but this is certainly up there among the best beers that I've had recently. The mouthfeel in particular makes it a joy to swish around and explore the different flavors that permeate that beautiful beer.

Andrew041180, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of HuskerTornado
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a rich brown with ruby undertones with a tall cream colored head that has good retention and some lacing.

Smell is of sweet roasted malt, picking up some fruit like banana from the yeast, as well as clove and faint hops.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet malt up front, with banana and clove in the finish with slight spiciness present throughout. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and soft, some creaminess as well.

Overall, one of the best Dunkels out there and is always good to have some on hand.

HuskerTornado, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a turbid mahogany color with a soft glow where the light strikes through. Lots of bubbles making their way to the top. Gold and orange hues. Fat scrumptious head of beige foam that fell slowly and leisurely to a ring and cap and then to a light layer on top. Handsome and stately in the glass.

Nose is fantastic. Wheat, deep ripe banana, soft malt with a light caramel. Bread, nutty and some apple to give it a crisp tartness with the crisp and dry smelling wheat. Spices are clove and nutmeg, cinnamon and light allspice. There's a tart aspect to the nose and it's complex but not enormously complex.

Taste is smooth, silky, soft malt. The fruits follow the nose all the way and the spices enhance your every taste of this well rounded body. Carbonation is ample but soft. The apple and the dry wheat give it a crisp flavor, the banana and the nutty malt accentuate the grain. It finishes dry and lightly sweet. Refreshing and well turned out. Silky deep and vibrant in character.

Vibrant is my favorite word to describe the malt character of a good hefe. It's a beer that lets it's malt shine. This one flowed like silk and had plenty of bread to offer but nothing heavy. Sweet, round and creamy. The mouthfeel is supple and sensational. The sweetness lies delicately and just underneath every flavor quality giving it it's dark character with the nuts and grain. Spirited, civilized, sensational. There's a good reason that this is one of the oldest brewers in the world and that they do hefewiezens so well.

utopiajane, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Swedes21
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a nice dark amber colour, somewhat cloudy with a very good volume of carbonation present. the head is white, fluffy and about 3 fingers. some good retention, very nice lacing.

Smell - spices come fwd right away along with an apple present. I can pick up faint smells of banana as well. very well balanced and deep smelling beer.

Taste - very refreshing beer with a lot of taste. the apple comes fwd along with a hint of banana. there isn't as much spice to this beer as in the smell, but the smoothness is mind blowing.

Mouthfeel - some great levels of carbonation added to the mouthfeel, real good volume in the mouth. tends to be more bitterness to this beer and a longer aftertaste.

Overall - dominant! this is a classic beer that has so much to offer, one i will stock forever!

Swedes21, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- dark copper brown with a huge off white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- some malt with some banana clove a good nose to this beer

T-the clove and banana taste were tempered with the darker malts making this my favorite wheat beirt

M- balanced not to thick or thin

D- ultimatly refeshing a very very drinkable beir especially on a hot day

mcarroll10177, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Ayinger weissbier glass.

Cloudy chocolate body glows with fulvouls and earth yellow highlights. A massive lasting fist of buff/beige foam threatens to climb out of the glass before finally receding to two creamy hilly fingers. Dark brown specks of yeast crown the head. Thick chunky lacing and superior retention.

Deep bready aromatics with light esters and gentle clove notes fill the nose. Subtle.

Crisp wheat-filled palate entry with a pleasing lactic tartness offsetting the darker barley notes and the phenols from the yeast. Chocolate, white pepper, cherry pits, and rye are suggested. Hops contribute a mild but lasting bitterness which cuts through the esters and dries out the finish. Very nuanced and well balanced.

Soft pillowy mouthfeel but with a certain crispness throughout.

It is a little humbling to critique a beer produced by a brewery that has been around longer than my entire family line. Weihenstephan has once again gone for balance over potency, restraining the banana/bubble-gum/clove notes you might expect to find in abundance; not to say this lacks flavor.

augustgarage, May 24, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As the name states, it's basically a dark hefeweizen. Brown sugar or maple syrup brown murkiness. Great tan foam and good lacing.

Smell: Michael Jackson, the late great beer critic, noted that Weihenstephaner Dunkel has a maple syrup aroma. I definitely agree. Hints of banana in the background. Mineral notes as well. Good, but would have liked more.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically a hefeweizen with malty caramel, brown sugar, and maple notes in place of banana, lemon, or orange. A nice crisp hop note in the back, specifically more floral ones. Great creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Michael Jackson was right. This would go well with breakfast.

Overall: The best of the 3 Weihenstephaners I've had.

tjsdomer2, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel is a delicious dunkel with lots of subtle flavour characteristics.

A: Cloudy light brown colour and a big 4 cm head that fades to excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Wheaty tang with hints of lemon surprisingly unroasty. 4.5

T: Wheatiness with some banana esters and lemon notes. There are also with some roasted flavours, especially in the aftertaste. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: Super nice Dunkel. 4.5

vandemonian, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of supercolter
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When i think German beer, this is a perfect example.

Appearance is good, with a good amount of head that hovers for a bit and some lacing.
Smell is good as well, nice and malty with a touch of hops.
Taste is very similar to the smell.
Mouthfeel is decent in body, I would say medium.
Drinkability is pretty good as well.

supercolter, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of rkinsella
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Like cloudy ice tea. Rocky and pillowy head stuck around for almost the whole glass. Lacing left a great looking pattern. Some chunky yeast sediment was stuck to the bottom of the bottle. A few pieces broke loose during the swirling of the yeast. I didn't notice till I poured the last bit into the glass. But they sank to the bottom.

Smell - Toffee cream, banana nut bread, light clove, sweet yummy malt.

Taste - A quick snap of spice, then mellow banana and smooth malty flavor take over. Note of tartness turns to a minimum bitter finish. Aftertaste is wonderfully neutral and even.
I've found this with the regular Heffeweiss as well.

Mouthfeel - Hearty with good weight. Fills your mouth.

Drinkability - A couple in a row would go down smooth. A warm weather beer with a little more to it. I've yet to try a Weihenstephaner that I didn't like!

rkinsella, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a light brown color, sort of like a glass of iced tea with a bit khaki colored head that sticks around forever.

S: The nose is distinctly German with some notes of clove, yeast, caramel, and light hints of bananas. A nice bready note to it as well.

T: There is some nice sweetness to the flavor, with banana bread leading the way, followed by some raisins and plums. A good caramel and toffee flavor along with a hint of yeast and cloves on the finish.

M: The body is medium with plentiful and smooth, rolling carbonation on the tongue.

D: Weihenstephaner is another brewery that doesn't seem to make a bad beer. A solid dunkel that I would pick up again.

womencantsail, Jul 27, 2010
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,431 ratings.