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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,300 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,300
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 168
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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woemad

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

16.9oz bottle with code on the back that states "0128." Perhaps this beer was born on the same date I was. Purchased at J.B.'s in Spokane for $3.59.

Poured a hazy russet color that took on a slightly rubyish tint when held up to light. Big, creamy off-white head. Spotty lace.

Grainy in the nose, with a nutty,toasty aspect and a caramel sweetness.

Starts out spicy, with clove-like flavors to the fore. This is matched by toasty, nutty notes. There's a toffee-like sweetness that is mostly content to sit in the background. Very slight dry note at the swallow.

Mdeium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A very tasty beer, One that I could drink all night. This is a style that is underrepresented at my local beer buying venues, so I think I'll be buying this again.

08-15-2010 23:06:04 | More by woemad
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Had this in a bottle in Strasburg, VA

What an excellent beer! This is the first time I've had this particular Dunkel although I've been a fan of this style for a long time via Franziskaner.

A 2.5 finger head developed with a normal pour. The color of the beer is an opaque, light molasses. The smell is of refined bread yeast.

The taste is fantastic featuring medium clove, plantain and a slight bitter hops. The malt sweetness is just right and extremely well-balanced.

The body is light and the carbonation is heavy, which I really enjoy. The mouth feel is lighter than I expected and was just right.

This is a delicious and refreshing beer. Although pricey, I'm definitely going to get some more!

08-10-2008 16:14:06 | More by Tucquan
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

A vigorous pour into a glass mug produced a four finger bubbly tan head on a hazy brown. Good lacing.

Malty nose. Some subdued fruit notes. Soft malts followed by clove and cinnamon. Some fruity notes. Dry finish.

Very smooth and balanced. Very drinkable. Top quality.

02-28-2011 08:26:46 | More by scott451
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davidchollar

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

weihenstephaner's hefeweissbier dunkel, dunkel weizen pours out an awesome caramel toffee. what a beautiful color, light at the bottom and progressively darker towards the top of my weizen glass. big thick, impressive and off-white head.

the smell is right on par with the paler version. big wheaty clove and banana scents. i can't tell much of a difference between this and its light brother. perhaps more of a toasted malt smell, but it's really a fruity smell overall.

if i had to choose my favorite style, right now, it would be hefeweizen. and this offering is not so different. a nice, slightly darker version. highly recommended, i will get this again and again.

06-13-2006 18:48:14 | More by davidchollar
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy mahogany body topped with a tall, dense, slightly off-white head that ever-so-slowly recedes into a solid cap. Some solid lacing. Only complaint is that a swirl of the last few ounces yields not an extra burst of yeasty cloudiness but a handful of dark dregs that sink to the bottom of the glass.

S: Spices are dominant, with clove outweighing all others. A little malty sweetness backs up the clove. Overall, a pleasant aroma but not a strong or striking one.

T: Starts out with the spiciness of the yeast and wheat, only to transition into a solid finish of roasted maltiness. Complex and delicious.

M: A little overly prickly with the carbonation for my taste, but not unpleasant for a wheat beer at all.

D: I could drink this all day. One of the tastiest and complex beers that I know of at this ABV.

Notes: Awesome Dunkelweiss. If you like the style at all, you will love this beer.

Cheers!

08-22-2009 18:07:49 | More by woosterbill
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

500ml bottle poured into a 22.3 weizen glass.

A - As expected, pours with a monster head of light tan foam, above a murky body of dark honey brown brew. Nice head retention but no real lacing, just some spotty suds sliding down the glass after each sip.

S - Smells delicious! Big bready malt, hefe yeast, banana, coriander, clove, brown sugar, wheat and rich caramel malt. Fits the style to perfection and is extremely inviting. Mild floral esters, light spice, and green apple appear as it sits.

T - Follows the nose beautifully. Lots of rich, bready malt, yeast, and wheat, making for an excellent base for the sweet brown sugar and fruits to show. Finishes yeasty with a bit of spice. A fantastic mixture of fruits from start to finish, with banana, green apple, peaches, apricots, and a touch of plum. So drinkable and crafted perfectly.

M - Big, smooth, and bubbly carbonation with a medium body, just adding to the delicious flavors. This stuff just floats through your mouth. Almost foamy even, but in a good way. The spice and yeast give the finish a pleasant dryness.

D - A true benchmark for the style, much like Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is to the traditional Hefeweizen. A damn tasty beer that goes down so smooth; every beer in the style should be compared to this.

06-11-2012 01:35:21 | More by Converge
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Traditional hefe smell, with lots of banana and cloves. Definitely a sibling to the regular Weihenstephaner hefeweissbeir aroma, but has a little more funk on it. Iced tea color, and very hazy.

Nice rich flavor profile. Tart throughout, with a good bit of yeast at mid-palate. Feels like there's more malt character in this one (as compared to the straight hefe), and more fruit in the flavors overall. Lots of prickly carbonation. Finishes dry on the toungue but sweet in the back of the mouth.

Overall: A! I'm going to have to taste this side-by-side with the regular hefe.

03-30-2012 01:05:13 | More by grannaniwa
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KYBrewgrass

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

A- 4 This dunkelweizen pours a very thick and fluffy off-white head over a hazy caramel colored body. It is bubbly and there is moderately sticky lacing. Not as dark as I envisioned it would be as it has the slightest transparency. The head remains about 1/2 finger throughout.

S- 4 I get a blend of sweet banana and clove. It is reminiscent of banana bread, actually. Very pleasant aroma that isn't all that strong, at least not as strong as I'd expected.

T- 4.5 More banana with just the right level of sweetness followed by a spiciness and then slightly wheaty finish. Very well-balanced taste.

M- 4.5 This is medium in body and it is silky smooth. Active level of carbonation with a clean finish.

D- 4.5 Given the right time and place, I could drink this all night long. It has a great balance of tasty flavors and goes down easily. It really isn't heavy, either. Granted I wasn't as blown away by this as I was by the brewery's regular hefeweizen, but that's probably because the bar had been set so high! I'll definitely buy again and recommend.

03-31-2011 14:42:02 | More by KYBrewgrass
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madvermin

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured an amber, reddish brown, with a decent amount of offwhite, coarse looking head that didn't retain too much. Minimal lacing.

Smell was not too strong, but very nice, with banana, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, and wheat.

Taste was even better; banana bread is a great way to describe this guy, as the banana and wheat are melded together exceptionally by the creamy texture of the beer. A bit of sweetness is present, either brown sugar or raisin, but not too much.

Carbonation is intense at first but softens quickly. Creaminess again is awesome, reminds me of a milkshake somehow. Fantastic beer, arguably better than the regular hefeweissbier they make.

01-23-2011 04:04:18 | More by madvermin
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cambabeer

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

It's been too long since I've had wheat beer. I've gone like 6 months without one after a long phase of faithful wheat beer drinking. This stuff is delicious.

Perfectly white head sitting on just slightly cloudy, deep mahogany brown body. Smells very malty and sweet, yet somehow crisp as well. Floral and buttery. A little pear like.

Taste is super malty. The wheat is everywhere, buttery and slightly sweet, but not overly so. Crisp and zesty almost blueberry flavor. Malt all the way through to the end. Nothing harsh, very mild in all respects. Very smooth feel, nice carbonation. Goes down easy, very drinkable.

07-04-2014 02:39:31 | More by cambabeer
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Nordura

Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

No question this is a fine, fine beer. Nice and toasty, with some apple and banana, but more apple. Some nice spice accents.

Really exceptional mouthfeel, nice carbonation, so drinkable.

If you love malty beers, you'll love this. In my top 5 for the style.

03-30-2013 22:30:57 | More by Nordura
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours dark brown with a 2 finger dark tan head. Big walls and leopard spotting of lacing cover the glass.

S- sweet maple, toast, toffee, caramel

T- huge sweet malts, toast, caramel, toffee, light roast, and slight bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Thick, syrupy and creamy feel.

O- very good dunkel. Huge sweet malts with some light toast notes.

02-21-2013 03:24:43 | More by kawilliams81
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Beric

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

Serving: Bottle into pint (unfortunately I don't have a weizen glass yet)
Served: 18 Jan 2014

Appearance: Opaque deep tan color. Cloudy from the suspended yeast. Marvelous head and great retention, as you would expect from a weissbier. Massive carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass keeps this one lively.

Smell: Banana, some caramelly sweetness.

Taste: Sweet caramelly banana, some spice on the edge. Very well rounded, elegant taste. Tastes more or less like a standard hefeweizen, but the darker malts do add a subtle Oktoberfest/Vienna Lager type character to it, but the banana-like hefeweizen notes dominate the palate.

Mouthfeel: Sublime. Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: Another incredible beer form Weihenstephaner. These guys can't be beat. Highly recommend.

01-18-2014 23:10:35 | More by Beric
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

A- Not really sure how to define the color of this one. Almost ranges from a watered down cola color, to a pale brown. Body is cloudy, but light makes it's way through. Big frothy tan head on top that hangs around for a while.

S- Lots of banana, wheat, grainy bread, hint of zesty citrus.

T- Great flavors of wheat, banana, caramel, grains, even some tobacco flavors sneak in towards the end. The aroma seemed similar to the traditional hefe, but the darker flavors come through in a big way in the taste.

M- Medium bodied, somewhat creamy while maintaining nice carbonation. Very pleasant.

O- Really a solid beer. Great flavors, complex, enjoyable.

03-21-2013 00:16:32 | More by stephenjmoore
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Byeast

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured a dark very hazy brownish dark red with a big foamy head of about 2 and a half inches. Smell is dark fruity , malty, slight green apple aroma, faint banana, and spicy yeast. Taste is a light bodied and refreshing blend of wheaty-tart malt , some fruit like green apple sweetness, subtle hops, phantom clove and banana, and a slighty spicy yeast profile. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A very renewing , flavorful , and thirst quenching Hefeweissbier.

03-11-2006 08:47:22 | More by Byeast
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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

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

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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

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

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

02-12-2004 07:49:30 | More by johnrobe
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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