Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,455
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 196
Gots: 155 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of beerdrifter
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Cloudy amber-orange pour with a beautiful four finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. The nose is big and earthy with lots of banana and brown bread along with hints of clove, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. The taste mirrors the nose with huge notes of brown bread, banana, and clove along with hints of caramel, nuts, apple skin, pear, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is smooth and subtly creamy with perfect carbonation and a great balanced finish. Overall, I've never been much of a fan of wheat beers, which sucks having lived in Germany so long. But I've recently had some great experiences with them and have decided to re-explore the style. This is an amazingly flavorful beer that's hugely drinkable extremely well balanced. It will definitely be restocked in the beer fridge.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a hefeweizen glass. Brown, hazy body with a big and fluffy white head on top. The head stays nice and pillowy for a few minutes then leaves a nice 1/4-inch cap on tap that leaves great lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Lots of cloves and dark malts. Wheat bread and yeast in the background with just a hint of sweetness.

T&M - Great dose of cloves and a balancing maltiness. The cloves are nice and sharp but do not overpower the malts or the yeast. Nice and yeasty with the wheat bread tasting more like powdered cocoa as it warms. Medium carbonation makes this nice and smooth. I love the dark malts in here. Adds just a little bit of sweetness on the back of the tongue but are forward enough not to be cloying.

D - I was so sad when this beer was gone. Here's one I could drink all night and everyday.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into an Ayinger-branded hefeweizen glass. A perfect pour leads to a three-finger ivory-colored foam head sitting atop a cloudy amber brew that is the color of caramel. This beer is just a thing of beauty.

Mild banana, toffee malt, hazelnut, and grassy straw combine for a sweet, lightly fruity aroma.

Mmmmm, toffee malt, banana, nuts and nutmeg are all present. While it has a drier finish, there is simply no bitterness in this brew. The banana taste opens up as it warms; it is simply key not to serve this beer too cold.

Medium-bodied, with soft, almost soapy feel and a dry finish.

Soft and sweet, it is a very easy drinking beer. Not quite as good as their standard hefeweizen, this dunkel is still an outstanding beer. It would be phenomenal to be in Munich having a glass or two of this beer. If you see this brewery in your store, grab it!

Photo of ghostwalker
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel colored body. Huge mounds of thick white head. I tried for a good head with an aggressive pour, may have tried too hard.

Smell is sweet and spicy. Banana and clove all over the place. This is a prototypical Hefe-Weizen nose.

Flavor is initially sweet, rapidly followed by a massive clove and spice presence. The clove and cinnamon spice blend is really interesting, coupled with the banana and brown sugar sweetness. A thing of beauty.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Drinkability is great. On a hot day, there is nothing like a world-class Weizen.

Photo of adam42381
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a murky dark caramel color with golden highlights and a huge 4 finger off-white fluffy head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Clove, banana, yeast, light malt and spices. Smells delicious.

Taste: Banana up front followed by clove in the middle and a nice mix of spices at the finish. Typical wheat flavor in the background throughout. Aftertaste is light and somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back several of these without any issues.

Overall: Excellent beer overall and a near-perfect example of a dunkelweizen. I would highly recommend this beer.

Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up a light banana and clove aroma with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: tha banana tones are strong but pleasant, while a soft yeasty breadiness is the backbone of this beer. Some clove, brown sugar, and general nuttiness round it out.

Mouthfeel: perfectly crisp start and finish. The banana, cloves, and light nuttiness lingers briefly on the tastebuds after swallowing.

Drinkabilty: simply put - fantastic. Go out and grab one of these to bring home.

Photo of jrenihan
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 22/12/2011 on the bottle.

Pours an interesting dark toffee colour, with two finger-widths of thick looking off-white head, which begins to dissipate at a decent pace. Not as dark as I had expected the beer to be, though clearly not a standard hefeweizen.

Smell is not noticeably different than a regular hefeweizen. Wheat, banana, peach, clove and general spiciness. It would be interesting to do a side-by-side on the scent, as I wonder if I would notice a significant difference between them by doing so. As it stands, I don't notice any real difference. Still a very nice smell!

The taste, however, is quite noticeably different. The banana and clove and the like is present, but the taste is dominated by a sweet, honey-like caramel flavour. The rest of the flavours hang underneath somewhat, though are still present. Dunkelweizens are not a style I have much familiarity with, but this seems to be a pretty unique beer, to me. I expected something maltier in the beer, or somewhat roasted, considering the darker hue, but that is not what I got at all. Very nice. Not sure if I prefer it to the regular Weihenstephaner Hefe, but I like it a lot. Nice to have both on hand, depending on the mood. I do think that, given the striking sweetness of this beer, I would not be able to drink as much of it as of the regular hefe.

Mouthfeel is quite good but, just like the hefeweizen, the carbonation is a bit too much for me. I sometimes find these beers to be a little irritating as a result. The body is otherwise great, nicely medium bodied and chewy.

Overall, really nice and quite a surprise. A nice switch-up from the hefeweizen, which I find makes a great beer for the summer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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