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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,215
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 153
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hefeweissbier Dunkel pours a darker cooper color, with a nice frothy large lacing head. There is a sweet grilled charcoal aroma. The taste is complex. Lots of crisp wheat and malt undertones with a sweet, but not too sweet candy like flavor. Flavors come together so well, and nice crisp carbonation, not overpowering. Overall WOW.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 01:18:51 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Pooba001


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

Beer was gently swirled in bottle to rouse some yeast, and poured in to a Pilsner glass, I don't have drink many wheat beers, so I don't have a proper Weizen glass. This is close enough. Label says the beer is "Hefeweissbier Dunkel". Very cloudy, as expected with the wheat content and yeast sediment. Its a medium brown color, golden around the edes when held to light, with excellent carbonation and a big fluffy white head that doesn't dissipate. Smell is moderatly phenolic, aromas of clove, wheat, slight tartness (green apple?), and slight banana ester are prevalent.

Taste has more banana that the scent would indicate, and clove is still quite prominent, apple-like tartness is present, but not overwhelming. Dry, toasty malty notes are there too, hop bitterness is almost imperceptable.

Mouthfeel is good, not exceptional, and drinkability is very high for this style. Stylistically, this is an excellent beer, one of the best Germans I've had, and I would consider it for future purchases.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 10:19:52 | More by Pooba001
Photo of RoamingGnome


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

From tasting notes on 8/15/11

Poured out of a 500 ml bottle into a weissbier flute

A) A fairly deep brown with a slight haze. A solid two inches of head with decent retention and patchy lacing.

S) Sweet malt, light fruit, mainly banana, bit of spice.

T) Malt and wheat. There's some spice. It reminds me of my Mom's banana bread with walnuts. This is tasty stuff, really nice finish.

M) Medium body, well balanced with the carbonation. This was tough to judge at first, because I was really enjoying just drinking this brew.

O) This is a fantastic beer. I purchased it thinking it would be a good summertime selection. I could drink this beer anytime. I wish I bought more than just the one bottle. I'll be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:21:57 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of djbreezy


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

served to myself by myself in a snifter

appearance - massive frothy tan head atop a hazy rich burgundy, aggressive lacing

smell - pleasant notes of banana and clove

taste - clove tops out a strong banana bread body, rich malts, rich banana flavor

mouthfeel - high carbonated, smooth, silky

drinkability - very flavorful, palatable, easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 03:11:35 | More by djbreezy
Photo of allboutbierge


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

best before date of 18th Nov 2009, so assuming a 6 month shelf life, its extremely fresh.

Lively aroma of typical bananas, clove, with an absence of any bubble gum characteristics. Im getting a trace of black pepper too. More potent in scent than many other dunkelweizens.

Taste is stronger as well and it doesn't pair so well with the hot weather outside or with my backhandel salad (no vinegar!) either. Its good and even a bit on the sour side. Pepper aroma doesnt come through in the flavor. Its a stand alone Weizen.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than others...time and place...in the winter this may very well have received, albeit objectively, a 5 if it was cold out.

I'm springing for the flagship Hefe, though this one is a great beer...it's not quite as good.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 16:53:18 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

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

500 mL bottle into tulip glass

A - Massive head, with an only slightly aggressive pour. Pour gently! The head is gorgeous and is retained for an eternity. The color is an unfiltered medium nutty brown. Average lacing.

S - Spicy yeast aromas including cloves, but backed by a nutty breadiness, rather than a banana/lemon sweetness like in its lighter brother. A bit of banana does seem to present itself though.

T - Wonderful! Refreshingly light, crisp as fresh lettuce and unyielding in flavor. A bit less spicy and a bit more mellow than its brother, it also brings a nutty bread flavor to it, almost like a bit of banana-walnut bread, but with complexity of clove and yeast spiciness.

M - Light and refreshing. Sharp at first, then it rounds out. Feels nice, but there is a strangeness about the dry finish.

O - Overall this can't be missed. I like it just as much as it's brother, which is one of my favorites. This beer is essential. A great beer for a hot OR cold day, as the robustness it brings makes it a nice winter beer, while the refreshing crispness invites summer connections. A perfect year-round beer, and ideal for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 21:40:46 | More by greenmonstah
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from "The World's Oldest Brewery." Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a voluminous white head of about 3 fingers that clings to the sides of the glass. Some sediment from the bottle emptied into the glass.

Smell is classic for the style--bananas, clove, roasted nuts, some toasted malt.

Taste really mirrors the nose. Again, bananas, clove, roasted chestnuts, and a strong malt backbone producing a nice toasted malt backdrop. Also hints of apple, spice, and black pepper. Pumpernickel bread and caramel flavors fade in and out.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, substantial, and lively--well carbonated.

Overall, a true classic.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:20:18 | More by JohnnyP3
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North Carolina

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

A: Light brown with a reddish tint. As expected, a massive, wispy head forms and takes forever to settle, leaving some light lacing patterns on the glass.

S: Bananas, apples, light amounts of clove, sweet brown sugar/caramel aroma, as well. Very pleasant, sweet, and inviting.

T&M: Wonderfully pleasant with a lightly crisp wheat flavor, just enough malty sweetness, and just enough bitterness to balance it all out. Well done, for sure. The mouthfeel is crisp, brisk, and wonderful. A medium bodied beer that drinks easily and is decently refreshing.

D: This beer goes down very easily. Nice, balanced flavor combined with a crisp feel and medium body makes for one hell of a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 23:49:16 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: huge head, cloudy, brownish-orange in color, high carbonation

Smell: banana, cloves, and yeast

Taste: banana, cloves, and some caramel malt

Mouthfeel: clean, medium body, semi-sweet, with high carbonation

Drinkability: Very good for the style. Love the mix of caramel and wheat. Not the most complex beer I have had, but a really good one. I could have several of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 16:24:03 | More by tigg924
Photo of cjgator3


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a large fizzy head. The aroma consists of malt and yeast and slight hints of banana. Taste is very clean and crisp and extremely refreshing. There is a nice combination of yeast/banana/cocoa flavors over a nice malt backbone. This is simply another stellar brew from Weihenstephaner!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 04:06:41 | More by cjgator3
Photo of MiScusi


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Code of 3018 stamped on back.

A- Pours a murky brown with an off white huge rocky head. I poured a bit too aggressively.

S/T- Unlike the regular Hefe, this dunkel is heavy on the banana flavor, along with wheat. It tastes like caramelized banana. It's fairly sweet overall.

M- A bit too carbonated, which I didn't find with the Hefe. A couple vigorous swirls and it works out enough of the carbonation and then you're fine.

D- Pretty tasty. I had this with smoked pulled pork sandwiches and it complemented the pork and honey bbq sauce I was using nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 01:25:28 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Janderson91


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Hop City in Atlanta, GA.

A - Poured into a DFH signature glass. A dark amber color with a huge creme colored head. Leaves great lacing.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, nice malt, some peppery spice and some floral hops.

T - Taste starts nice and sweet with some spice. Finishes very dry with some good hop bitterness.

M - Light with a lot of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Could drink a couple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 23:40:56 | More by Janderson91
Photo of OldIronLungs


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oldest brewery in the world - I'll trust that they know what they're doing.

A - Darker amber poured into tall Aventinus glass (couldn't find my hefe) with a vigorous head and thick yeast at the bottom.

S - Yeast, banana, and some cloves, very pleasant.

T - Nice medium body, smooth with slight carbonation tingle, cloves in there. Just tasty malt and wheat.

D - Yes, more.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 23:25:17 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of Beejay


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A murky brown-ish color. Tons of head. The head is frothy, bubbly and a light tan color. Lookin' good.

S: Clove and banana aroma with a nice malty bread scent. Smells like a lovely whole grain banana bread.

T: Yeasty with a hint of banana, and some nice clove flavor in there as well. It is still pretty clean tasting. Nice.

M: Light in body. Carbonation is good. Leaves the mouth fairly clean.

D: Very nice. A beer that tastes effortless, but I am sure it is anything but. A great beer to spend a day drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 05:09:05 | More by Beejay
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear light brown, the color of toasted (slightly burnt) rice, with a foamy white head.

S: Gorgeous yeast aroma, with some spices and banana bread.

T: Wholesome grains, overflowing yeast richness; a thick, biscuity, banana and wheat malt taste.

M: Smooth; not too much carbonation.

D: A wonderful brew, and definitely something I'll pick up more often if I see it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 06:39:13 | More by thekanna
Photo of Pegasus


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy toned copper color, with a moderate amount of suspended particulates, a small, but quite dense off-white head, and thick broken lace. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Caramel, apple peel, bananas, cloves, and earth combine in a remarkably complex fusion.

Taste: Opens with burnt caramel, and cloves, soon followed by ripe bananas, bitter apple, and a mild earth note. Finishes with a very mild herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with a mildly dry finish, with little carbonation felt.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful example of the style, exudes quality and brewing craftsmanship.

Presentation: Packaged in a pint brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. In order to conform to Texas alcoholic beverage laws, the label reads "malt liquor".

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 01:32:33 | More by Pegasus
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Dark brown/yellow, appropriately murky with yeast. Three fingers of creamy, off white head rise well above the top of the glass. Great retention before settling to a thick cap, some lacing.

S - Amazing. Expected dessert-like banana smell is the most obvious, with a touch of roasted character hiding out. Phenolic aroma is low, with a hint of iodine and clove.

T - Though I expected a little more, this stuff is still very good. There's very little emphasis on esters or phenols in this brew. Things start off with a semi-sweet caramel and lightly roasted malt taste which slowly dries out to express the signature wheat sourness. A percieved spiciness (clove or nutmeg) accentuates the wheat malt slightly. Slightly sour finish with a touch of burnt sugar bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Perfect in all aspects. Solid medium body that doesn't thin out, and a moderate to light carbonation that allows the subtlety of the malt to pull through.

D - Personally, I could do with a little more fruitiness and nuttiness in my dunkels, but this is obviously a top notch example. While there are others that are more suited to my palate, this is a highly balanced example and as with most dunkels I appreciate the relative lack of phenols.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 21:04:54 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into hefe glass

Pours murky yellow/brown, not an entirely pleasant look especially for those unused to the style. Big fluffy off-white head but smaller than the normal hefe. Smell is spicy bananas. Taste is dry and spicy and yeasty, very dry finish and a bit of boozines (strange for the lowish abv). Malt is a bit more prominent than in the regular hefe and adds some sweetness. Mouthfeel is dry, spicy, and highly carbed. A smidgeon heavier in weight than the standard hefe.

Not as good as the classic Weihen hefe but still a very good beer, more yeast and malt flavor but doesn't seem to pull together as well as the classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 22:31:18 | More by VaterRoss
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 0.9 oz bottle poured into Weiherstaphan Glass....

A: Foggy muddy looking, brown orange in color. Big foamy white head, that settles to a nice ring, with just a little lacing.

S: Classic Dunkelweizen, only deeper, darker and richer. There is a fruitiness here with good backbone of banana, clove and raisins. Very sweet and delicious smelling

T: All the smells are here.... more of a banana nut bread with some raisins mixed in... There is a slight hops taste in back end of the palette. Very nice.

M: Light to Med bodied.... Very refreshing but a little fuller than some Dunkelweizen I've had. Overall good to the style.

D: Another great Beer from Weihenstephanen.... Low ABV and very drinkable. I could do another one of these with no problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 03:29:02 | More by mralphabet
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Purchased at nikkis liquors in north providence ri:

A- dark brown clear body with a huge white head that leaves little lacing. Chunky settling.

S - unripe bananas; yeast, cloves, malt.

T- big wheat, caramel, clove, belgian spices. Delicious and fresh and drinkable. Demands many sips and gulps.

M- low carbonation; medium high mouthfeel

Overall a delicious, fulfilling brew. Like their hereweissbeir but more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 03:56:14 | More by gcamparone
Photo of projectflam86


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very hazy light brown color. See-thru and slightly murky (to style though) with a thick foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of banana and clove with some slight caramel scents and sweetness.

T- The flavor is quite possibly the best part of this beer, as it should be. Strong caramel flavors integrate well with ripe banana, pear, brown sugar, and clove. A tiny presence of alcohol in the finish.

M- Light/medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- A very solid brew that I can see myself purchasing regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 21:45:42 | More by projectflam86
Photo of patmcd

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SYF in New Brunswick.

Ahh Wheat Beers...my personal favorite.

The original Hefeweissbier may be my #1 all time favorite brew, so this had a lot to live up to. I saw it at my favorite watering hole and it was even on tap...I instantly ordered a liter.

Pours a turbulent leather brown that his a bit of a river clay color to it with a cloudy, ever slightly off-white head.

On the nose I sense glimpses of predominately barley with hints of clove and citrus.

Tastes consist with the usual Hefe tastes of banana, clove, citrus accompanied by some darker, candied malts and more roasted barley.

Is extremely, extremely smooth and drinkable. One of my favorite Dunkels, and only second to Schneider Aventinus.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 20:28:53 | More by patmcd
Photo of Sixpack595


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most drinkable beers I've had in a while. The same spicy, fruity notes as their Hefe, but with a nice round malt base. A nice cocoa taste complimenting the lemon and clove. Mouthfeel is perfect with a prickly carbonation and peppery flavor. No matter how many Dark Hefes I try I can never get over the contrast of the murky look and crisp flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 00:10:22 | More by Sixpack595
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a dark brown, cloudy brew, with a off-white head comprised of tiny bubbles. Good hefe scent, cloves, bananas, wheat, but not as intense as i was expecting. The tastes starts off with a hint of caramel malts, and has some excellent hefe characteristics. Wheat, naners, cloves, all that good stuff. A little spritzy on the tounge. Very refreshing after 8 hours of mowing lawns.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2004 20:47:47 | More by Tballz420
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into the appropriate Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

A: Deep brown color with a huge pillowy white head.

S: Malty nose with some light fruits as well.

T: Light toasty malt with some light fruits; raisins, bananas, and prunes. Yeasty as well.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: This is a very tasty dark wheat beer. It's very flavorful yet light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 02:42:46 | More by willjschmidt
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