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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,255 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,255
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 162
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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Thrasher

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt caramel apple color with enormous head. Nice yeasties dumped into the glass making it hazy and tempting. This is a luscious brew, creamy and refreshing in the tradition of the best Bavarian wheats, and roasty and nutty like a good dunkel. Hints of banana, apples, slight medicinal quality in aroma. Quite tangy and sharp on the tongue. I love dunkelweisses but I'd say Weihenstephaner's best brew is the hefe, which is a notch above this, and in the dunkel category overall my nod goes to Ayinger's superior Ur-Weisse. It's good to have choices though. This beer seems a little subdued so I wonder if my palate is off today. Regardless, it's excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2002 14:37:18 | More by Thrasher
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa-colored deep brown appearance, hazy, and a puffy tan head of good lasting power. Nice and simple, but complete, lace. Malty aroma, slight chocolate and an attractive ester balance. Very nice mouthfeel, creamy and pudding-like with a sweet chocolate malt impression with just a hinty of fleshy fruit. The aroma that "damps" some Dunkelweiss brews is more complimentary here. Yeast appears slose to the finish, giving added texture and more fruit. Not a favorite style, but among the best in style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 18:42:30 | More by ADR
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glid02

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brown color with a two-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of brown bananas and cloves with a bit of toasted malt lingering in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Soft banana flavors and clove up front are backed by solid amounts of robust toasted malt. The ending is sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a creamy thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have a few of these on a warm day.

Overall this is a tasty dunkel and once again Weihenstephaner does their job well. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 03:06:41 | More by glid02
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks amazing. Awessome floaty, substantial cream colored head, and a great almond, wood brown color, + hazy. I'd like the lacing to be a little stickier though. Smells of well blended wheaty malts complimented with spicey green apples and earthy floral hops. You taste smooth malty base with a good deal of spicey toasted wheat. There's a bit of nuttiness too. The spiced apple wheatiness makes its impact and then falls nicely onto the malty base. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant and carbonation is crisp. No signs of alcohol. Very drinkable and very good overall.

Definitely worth getting again, and one of the better dark wheat beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 03:03:32 | More by tastybeer
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddied amber-brown with an ample beige top.
Apple pie, clove, and pepper on the nose.
Taste begins with the chalky yeast joining with the husky wheat flavors. Turns into the apple pie essence as promised by the nose. Loads of pepper, and quantatively smaller hues of clove. Touches of chocolate-coated banana follow to round things out. Lingering impressions of lemon.
Firm, yet soft medium body. And a dunkel drinkability that has not been surpassed in my experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 13:56:13 | More by cokes
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, dull brown color with a huge, whipped cream thick white head. The aroma is spicy and fruity, dominated by malt, you can smell banana, corriander, lemon peel, and a biscuity maltiness. The taste, too complex to go throuh all of it, but this is a whopper of a Dunkel Weizen. Begins with a subtle banana taste that segues into a clove and corriander spicyness and then a bready malt flavor with hints of nutmeg and perhaps almonds. The benchmark for a dunkel, complex, easy to drink and very sessionable especially in the warmer months. Easily the finest dunkel out there

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 03:13:43 | More by silver0rlead
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky, multi-shaded brown/dark amber with a massive, three finger’s worth of off-white head. Excellent retention. Minimal lace. Almost perfect Hefeweizen nose (spicy, yeasty, clove) then sprinkle in hints of caramel malt… what an invitation! The potency is a touch light, oh well. Very tasty palate, well balanced with pepper, clove, and spice upfront… yeastiness and apples (briefly) in the middle… the end is softly caramel, distant maltiness… the aftertaste is softly peppery and provoking carbonation that tickles your tongue… loiters on the dry side, rather clean. Medium body. Exceedingly drinkable! This is a great dark wheat ale, my high expectations were easily met… if you see the name Weihenstephaner on the label, buy it! As for this one, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 18:44:11 | More by bditty187
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle

A: Poured a murky brownish with what I would call a cream color thick head that dissipated at a very slow rate. A little carbonation visible streaming to the top of the beer.

S: Very good bready/wheat aroma with maybe a hint of some citrus that provided that slight touch of sweetness.

T: Very good taste, really follows the aroma well, all wheat with a slight touch of citrus. I think that I was expecting a little more malt flavor, but still very good.

M/D: Carbonation not really that noticeable as in most beer of the style. The beer was smooth and creamy, but as noted above, slightly watered down. Overall, still highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 18:12:36 | More by PhillyStyle
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carp420

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle -> A Weihenstephaner weizen glass

nice dirty brownish hazy hue, two finger creamy vanilla head that didn't last but laces well.

lots of banana, more cloves and peppery spices, def. some yeast with more of a malty smell than its cousin.

taste really hits you strong, more maltyness with clove and pepper spices that really blend well with the citrus and floral notes, alcohol comes through esp. with warmth.

a little carbonated at first, but really settles in and blends well as it sits.

just really getting into the dunkel's and this is by far the best i've had, to me lots of drinkability but more of a night capper than anything, can't wait to get my hands on more

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 01:45:56 | More by carp420
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johnrobe

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better dark Hefe's I've tried. It pours a cloudy orange-brown with a wispy white head. The aroma is very pleasant with some estery, yeasty twang, some bubblegum and a lot of cloves. The banana smell is very light and typically light banana / heavy cloves means a wheat brew was fermented on the cooler end of the yeast's range. The taste is a nice blend of light bubblegum and clove with a bit of caramel and bready malt. The malt is fuller and more pronounced in this hefe than in a lot of others I've tried putting this on the heavier end of the spectrum for hefe's, even dunkel hefe's. Not malty by O-fest or Bock standards, just malty for a hefe. Crisp, bubbly mouthfeel...prototypical for a hefe.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 07:49:30 | More by johnrobe
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bushbeer75

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Hefe glass

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel poured a brown color that was murky and produced a generous fluffy, firm and cream off-white head. The aroma was dominated by malty caramel and yeast. The flavor was heavier malted caramel, yeast; light clove spice and very soft bananas in the background. Mouth feel is medium dominated by effervescent carbonation. The mouth feel of the Dunkel is not as smooth as the Hefe.

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel is a delicious Dunkel Weizen. This Dunkel is another stellar brew from the world's oldest brewer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 23:32:36 | More by bushbeer75
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fropones

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark nut brown with large beige head with good retention. Smells of banana and clove, typical hefeweizen smells with some malt as well. When I took a sip, my first thoughts were banana bread. Tastes of malt, banana, some mild cloves. Very delicious. Mouth feel was medium with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy. High drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 03:30:14 | More by fropones
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before 02/07/2013. I have been seeking this one out for a while - dunkelweizens aren't necessarily my favourite type of wheat beer, but past experience with Weihenstephaner suggests this will be nothing less than a superb example of the style.

Pours an amber-orange colour, clouded up with suspended sediment, and topped with two fingers of fluffy, creamy, sparkling white head. As with most of the beers I've had from this brewery, the head retains itself nicely, lasting well into the glass, smearing the sides with lacing before it dies down into a bumpy cap/collar. The aroma is fresh and yeasty, very reminiscent of their flagship hefe - lots of toasted wheat malt, some banana, bubblegum and clove spice notes, with a few added twinges of dark fruit or brown sugar. Pretty enticing for sure.

Most of the features from the nose follow through into the flavour - lightly toasted wheat malt provides the backbone, with the usual accompanying notes of banana, bubblegum, yeast and cloves. Much like the aroma, the taste certainly reminds me of their regular hefe - though this one comes across with toastier malts, more of a caramel/brown sugar sweetness amongst the banana, and perhaps a bit more spice toward the finish. The aftertaste is of wheaty malt and spice, and doesn't cling to the palate for very long. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, with moderately high carbonation that gives it a prickly feel on the palate. On the light side of medium-bodied - a little watery, but all of the sediment gives it at least some thickness. Very easy to drink, but as with any dunkel I doubt I'd be up for more than one or two glasses per night.

Final Grade: 4.35, a solid A grade. Although I have always been a pretty big hefeweizen fan, dunkelweizen acceptance has eluded me - probably because there have never been any particularly good ones available locally. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel changes all that for me, as it shows the same level of quality and craftsmanship as their flagship hefe. Even though I probably like the hefe a bit more, this stuff is still a strong contender in the wheat beer category, and undoubtedly the best dunkel I've ever had. This is a delicious brew, and no fan of German wheat beer should hesitate to try it. A magnificent selection for my 400th review on BA, one that I will assuredly pick up again soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 17:10:15 | More by thehyperduck
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker: Musty, murky amber body under dense, creamy head that dips & sweeps. Attractive beer. Head drops to a finger & retains well, leaves sheets of lacing within an inch of the head.

Sweet smell of banana bread or pudding, some grapey soda character not too far from Belgian territory. Even some very subtle toasty notes show up.

Sweet, bready malt, banana esters, some more grapey sweetness. Smell translates very well, with some honey, even. Nicely lasting finish. Good good good!

Medium-bodied, creamy & smooth with a mild, flinty crispness at the finish.

Man, Weihenstephaner nails wheats. Flavorful without being too strong, well balanced, very drinkable. I'd go for it again without question.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 09:47:30 | More by OneDropSoup
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, light brown appearance with finger-thick head that slowly settles down, leaving good retention. Smell consists of brown sugar, citrus, bananas, bread and a hint of spices. So far so good.

Taste consists of bananas, bread, apples, wheat and some brown sugar, berries and spices. Kind of light tasting; but creamy with a good combination of tastes. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering dry, apple and berry taste.

Overall, this is a great Dunkelweizen. Very tasty with lots of good features, can't say anything bad about it. Definitely worth a try, should be a staple of its style.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:30:43 | More by CrazyMike
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karst

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a turbid dark bronze with dense double fist sized pillowy head nearly topping over the Erdinger Weisbier glass (half liter SOHM) leaving 3-D lace. Bottle number 6046 from the shelves of Lucas Liquors - Ellisville, MO.

Enticing aromas of light toasted malt, chocolate and banana contrast wheat.
A medium body and perfect mouthfeel that results from wheat and expert brewing. Like the Weihenstephanner Hefeweissbier the phenol-bananna-clove spices are phenominal! The additional caramel from darker roasts provide more complexity without overdoing the caramel. Hops (IBUs = 14) dry any lingering sweetness keeping the drinkability high.

Masterfully made by "the world's oldest brewery"

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 01:04:45 | More by karst
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Dark brown on top, fades down to a hazy golden color near the bottom. Very murky. Massive head of froth, beautiful lacing, and retention was solid.

S - Yeasty, bready, sweet, and even something improbable, like pumpkin.

T - Yeah, I'm probably wrong here but I get a good taste of pumpkin bread, banana, clove, yeast, and despite all of that, it isn't too sweet. Very balanced and delicious.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, clean feel, goes down smooth.

D - Outstanding, this brewery is awesome, I can't wait to pop the hefeweizen. An excellent brew, very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 17:32:55 | More by PhageLab
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured this from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had the typically huge long-lasting head and lots of lacing. Sported a light brown color and a very cloudy consistency.

S: This had a very aromatic blend of bananas, malt and some mild spices. Very subtle.

T: Nicely complex blend of bananas, malt, a little hops and cloves. Very tasty.

M: A decently high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer.

D: This is a drinkable beer, for sure. It's very well-constructed and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 12:46:06 | More by avalon07
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO, for $2.99.

All the cloudy opaqueness of a Hefe-weizen, darkened nicely, with a nice off-white head from a vigorous pour into my 23 ounce H-W glass. Pretty.

Nice banana-bread malt smell. Same flavor, with lots of spiceyness of clove and pepper, with an added bitter note from the darker roast of the malted wheat and barley. Mmmm.

Great mouthfeel -- really round and full. Exceptional.

Very quaffable at 5.3%: this would be an excellent session beer.

Weihenstephaner has made a class beer here. There's a reason this is the top rated Dunkel Weizen in the world -- because it is!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 05:29:16 | More by ColoradoBobs
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PolarBear3

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy brown colour with an impressive off white creamy two+ finger head.

S - Banana and some caramel aromas with the sweet malts and a hint of vanilla

T - Wheaty flavour with banana and sweet malts shining through along with caramel and dark fruits.

M - Very smooth and creamy with right amount of carbonation

O - A very enjoyable drinking beer that can be consumed at any time of the day. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 12:32:08 | More by PolarBear3
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Moxley

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark hazy butterscotch with a nice thick tan head that stuck around to the end of the tasting.

S - Nice sweet malt aroma with fruity banana and yeast undertones.

T - Significant malt and wheat/yeast up front with a nice fruity, banana finish.

M&D - Excellent balance of malt and yeast. Nice combination of carbonation and creaminess (it's not a creamy beer, but it has a very smooth, almost creamy texture). A nice somewhat dry finish and a lot of that bready/wheat/yeast flavor in the aftertaste.

Overall this is a very good beer. Not too sweet, not too thick - just right for a hefe weizen. Good work Weihenstephan!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 01:22:38 | More by Moxley
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KI9A

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Just a huge, creamy. foamy head on top of a muddy brown body. Head never seems to leave, but, when it does, it leaves a nice heavy lace on the glass. Perfect!

Normal smell, with a nice hit of alcohol.

Taste dominated by cloves, and a hint of bananna/alcohol on the finish.

Just a wonderful all-around dark wheat bier. More will find the way into my fridge! Every beer I have tried from this brewery has been nothing short of wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 02:40:00 | More by KI9A
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tony223366

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 25, 2011.

A: Very hazy and dark rusty brown. Light at the thin parts of the glass. Gorgeous head. Weihenstephaner always kills it with the head! Another beer another fantastic head.

S: Familiar banana and cloves but with an added fruity and nutty smell as well.

T: Awesome flavor. Not as strong on the cloves and bananas as the regular hefeweizen, which I don't mind. Really nice fruity and nutty backbone. Finishes slightly bitter and very clean. I wish I was drinking one right now.

M: Nice medium body or so with good carbonation.

O: This was a really great beer! Weihenstephaner brews probably my favorite classic German beers. Will probably buy again soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 06:51:27 | More by tony223366
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Cs1987

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark amber, opaque, with a very large head.

Smell - Spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon. Pretty much exactly the same smell as the regular Hefe.

Taste - A great blend of Hefeweissbier spices and a large variety of fruits. Quite complex and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Excellent texture and carbonation, with a fairly good aftertaste.

Drinkability - Not too far behind the regular Hefe.

Overall - I doubted that this would be as good as the regular Hefe, but I was certainly wrong.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 13:05:52 | More by Cs1987
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weazal

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Immediately full of heavy spices - mostly clove and malt (yeast after being jostled). Ripe, pungent fruitiness - banana at the beginning turning into slight effervescent apple at the end.

T: Similar to aroma. Spices and dried banana stand out the most. Some well-done caramel sweetness carries through in the back. The body is wonderfully soft and slowly floats through your mouth leaving a juicy, clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 07:51:47 | More by weazal
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,255 ratings.