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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,505 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,505
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 210
Gots: 185 | 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 Mojo
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into wheat beer glass

A - pours up a dark amber maybe the same color as an apricot, slightly cloudy at first, eventually clearing, with excellent lacing at good lacing.

S - spicy sweet nose with a definite banana aroma.

T - very crisp tasting with the usual banana and clove notes. However, where some beers are a bit too much in your face with the banana stuff this beer has subdued them somehow or another. The finish is satisfyingly sweet, never becoming cloying.

M - very clean with virtually no aftertaste

O - no ones seems to do weizen styles better than the Germans. While the USAs best offering are often hop forward, Weihenstephaner always seems to brew beer that is complex and interesting without going to extremes. This one is a definite yes as Daniel Bryan would say.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pours a cloudy, light brown, under a large white head. Good retention and some decent lace.

S: Smells of banana bread, yeast, some lemon zest and other citrus character.

T: Nice sweet breadiness up front, with some good yeast character, some banana mixed it, very clean finish, slight splash of citrus, slightest bit of bitter.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, very low carbonation on the tongue, excellent drinkability, really smooth and refreshing.

Photo of JohnnyS17
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted from a Hefeweizen glass.

A - Murky brown with a towering foamy head.

S - Light banana smell, relative to other weizen beers. Sweet and roasty. The aroma begs you to taste the beer.

T - Medium carbonation and very smooth. This is my first Dunkelweizen and I was expecting it to be a bit more like a Hefeweizen. Relatively sweet.

M - Carbonation is not over powering. Light to medium body. Smooth.

D - I picked the right Dunkelweizen for my first. This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again.

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

Poured a cloudy amber with a huge head of foam that had a hint smell of banana to it. The smell had a fruity yet malty smell to it. The taste to me was a wheaty citrus that was actually very good. The mouthfeel had a citrus banana feel that lasted a little bit in your mouth. Due to the low alcohol content you might be able to drink 2 of these in a sitting. For $2.39 in a 16.9 oz bottle this is an excellent dunkel weizen that I sure to buy again. Keep up the good work Weihenstephaner.

Photo of Ig0r
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour gives a solid tan head of small bubbles that last a long time thanks to a lot of carbonation replenishing. The color is a cloudy dark-straw almost-amber. A little lacing is left after the head dies down.

The smell is a caramel sweetness with some spice and roasted hints; overall fairly subdued. The feel is light, very smooth, and well carbonated. The flavor is quite faint weizen with some spice, but goes well with the highly carbonated feel. There isn't any sourness until a slight jolt at the finish, which clears away quickly.

Overall this is a solid drink with a bit more character than the standard hefeweizen of the same brewery.

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

For some reason, I have never tried this one from one of Germany's(and the world's) great breweries.

I poured this into a weisen glass. The head is superlative and does not subside. Beer is fairly clear with medium dark chocolate color. Nose is sweet, caramel and yeasty.

The first sip was a challenge. Getting through that head in the tall weiss glass is a challenge. Let's try again. Tip it a little further. Oh what beautiful carbonated tingling to the taste buds. Behind the tingle was some sweetness and citrus with hints of caramel. This is a fine drinkable beer. I would be hard pressed to find a better example of german wheat beer.

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

Poured into a beautiful 0.5L Weihenstephaner logo weizen glass!

Appearance: Cloudy, dark brown-- somewhat the color of a dark brewed tea. Thick, frothy, magnificent, 3-finger head.

Smell: Very similar to the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but darker and more subdued, with noticeable roasted notes to it.

Taste: Again, much like the Hefeweissbier, but with tad bit more bitterness and less of a fruity after affect.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy. The roasted-fruity sensation hangs there; not quite as long as the Hefeweissbier, but long enough. Very subtle, not overpowering at all.

Drinkability: This beer was half gone before I even knew it. Goes down so easy and is such a delight to drink. I won't go as far as to say that I like it better than the Hefeweissbier, but I would not be disappointed if this was all I had on me.

Photo of mikeaji
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at Total Wine

A) Beer pours a cloudy darkish orange brown. The head on the beer is mildly thick, but pours real nice.

S) Smells extremely nice, you can smell the banana and spice/clove in this beer outright.

T) Another grand slam from the boys at Bayerische Staatsbrauerie. The beer is incredibly smooth and enjoyable. The beer is highly carbonated, but it does not take away from the taste. The lingering taste is one of a sweetness and fruit. A+.

M) Decent carbonation, smooth taste, you can taste the alcohol, but its nothing overwhelming.

D)Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is one of my favorite beers and the dunkel is expceptional. Everytime I make a trip to the distributor, I always pick up atleast 4-5 bottles of the Dunkel and Korbinian.

Photo of oomir11
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 17 oz glass bottle poured in a frozen glass beer mug. No freshness date on bottle.

Appearance: Hazy golden brown with nice white lacing that lasts.

Smell: Banana and malts. Smells like banana bread.

Taste: Tastes of sweet roasted wheat and malts with nutty and yeasty undertones. Excellent taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, nicely carbonated, full body beer.

Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. bottle numbered 5099. Sampled on November 10, 2009.
The pour is a darker amber but also rather cloudy with about an inch of puffy beige head that settles down after a few moments. My first sensation on the nose is of cloves, coriander, and malts with fresher Euro-hops pulling up the rear. The mouthfeel is bold and creamy. Cloves, wheat and something akin to Allspice mingle together in the taste. This is not bitter at all. It is very mild and mellow. I found this to be an enjoyable, likeable, generally easy to handle dark beer.

Photo of CBlack85
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a deep ruby brown color, like that of a strong southern iced tea. A fairly agressive pour produces about 4 fingers worth of rocky, moderately dense white-ish head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing.

The aroma is smooth and light with banana, clove, and bready malt aromas intertwining into a rather appealing nose overall. If I was smelling this with a blind fold on I would not have guessed that it was a dunkel.

Banana and clove flavors jump out at you, but there is also quite a bit of bready and caramel notes mixed in there as well. I also seem to be getting a nutty aftertaste. Medium bodied and quite creamy, the carbonation seems to be perfect for the style.

My overall impression is that this beer is light and refreshing and everything a good dunkelweizen should be. This will definately find its way into my normal rotation.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 ghostwalker
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 jrenihan
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 binkman
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A - looks muddy. not much head, I love a big fluffy head so appearance only gets a 3.5

S - banana bread

T - see smell. Banana bread with wheat. Very yummy if not a bit unexpected

M - very clean and crisp taste, like a fresh mountain spring morning. you know, when the snow is still on the ground. its like a ricola commercial

D - pretty drinkable but that banana flavor is a bit of an offput. It slows one down a bit.

Overall - you've probably heard that beer is liquid bread. well, this one is liquid banana bread. its really very good and one of my favorite dunkel hefewieizens, but not one that I would drink all the time, only when I am in the banana mood. It might not be a beer for every occasion but it comes highly recommended from me.

Photo of 0beerguy0
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden brown, slight reddish hues, cloudy as all good wheat beer are. Good head about three fingers worth when first poured. A small head stays throughout drinking.

Aroma: Beautiful malty smell, a sweet apple/bread aroma that finishes off with a spicy-ness.

Taste: Medium body, very flavorful. You first pick up a clove and nice twang taste from this beer. There is a bit of bitterness to it but it is balanced out with the flavor of banana and caramel.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and creamy, perfect amount of carbonation. Very crisp and clean tasting.

Drinkability: Great beer, I defiantly find myself drinking this again.

If you like Dark hefeweissbeirs this is an excellent choice. I will never turn one of these down

Photo of dfried
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 ommegangpbr
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 dnichols
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,505 ratings.