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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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94
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1,055 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,055
Hads: 2,757
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 293
Gots: 318 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

Our dark wheat beer is impressive with its creamy white foam. A fruity-fresh sweetness and hints of mature bananas harmonise with delicious flavours of roasted malt, sparkling and full-bodied with a light caramel taste on the first sip. An excellent accompaniment from hearty meals and game to chocolate and nut desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky ice tea brown color with a medium size white bubbly head. Average retention. Smell is fairly mild wheat with some hefe like cloves and bananas.

Taste is good, milder than some of my favorite German hefes - more wheat - less spices, bubble gum and cloves.

The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Drinkability is excellent.This is a beer you could drink a lot of on a warm summer day.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Darkish orange-brown/caramel color. Huge head, whitish in color. Large bubbles but not too fizzy. Whispy lacing.
S: Sweet caramel, leafy hops, muted bitterness.
T: Bittersweet, malty sugars and not too nippy hop flavors. Lingering sweetness in the mouth and yeasty in the middle. Good flavors, and strung together nicely.
M: Straddles bitter and malty with some yeasty chewiness.
D: Good, nice flavors and easy to drink.

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Photo of younger35
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So a bit of a side note on this brew. I was purchased in August of 07 so this is sort of a experiment. No idea how a 5% Hefe holds up for a year and a half but we'll see. Drank from my New Glarus Weizen glas.

Appearance- Pours a semi hazed dark murky yellowish orange with a beautifully huge three finger orange pith white. The big head fizzes away fairly quickly leaving a thin cap and collar and not much lacing.
Smell- A light bit of dirty earthy mashed banana with subtle hints of clove and nutmeg. Very bready in a sort of whole wheat way with a light bit of sweetness. Some bubblegum at times and a tinge of wet dog hair.
Taste- Much like the nose it starts with a nice burst of yeasty clove and some lightly sweet banana. A bit wheat and whole grain a nice earthy malt aspect that I don't know I've experienced before. I think the time in the bottle really is what's keeping the beer flavors from 'popping'. I know its better fresh but it's good anywho.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light and sort of creamy with very light carbonation, especially considering how aggressive it was out of the bottle.
Drinkability- Well even after all this time the beer remains pretty darned tasty. Sure it's not as good as it could be but it's still better than a lot of fresh Hefs. Glad I tried this and I'll definitely edit my review upon trying this fresher.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 4035 - January 14, 2015! Hefeweizen glass. Allowed to warm for 20+ minutes from fridge.

Appearance: Pours a murky light brown, like chai tea, with slightly golden edges and 3+ fingers of extremely foamy, sandy head. Streams of carbonation flowing up. Retention is excellent, keeps a 1/2 inch head the whole way down. Lacing is remarkable.

Aroma: Banana, clove, bready citrus. Hard to tell if this is subdued on account of the age; it's my second Dunkelweizen (Schneider Weisse Original was my first, and I liked that better).

Taste: On the arrival, tastes pretty much like a hefeweizen, lightly tart, then across mid palate turns wheaty and dark-malty; not quite roasted or toasted, perhaps like a dark wheat bread. Like a real 100% whole wheat bread, not the fake stuff meant to look like wheat. A little yeasty sourness at the end, with lingering clove on the finish. Overall quite complex; more complex than most hefeweizens I've had, but at the same time more subdued. I plan on buying a newer bottle of this in the spring and re-reviewing.

Mouthfeel: Pretty highly carbonated, slightly slick, but finishes fairly (not totally) clean. It is a wheat beer, after all. Lighter side of medium bodied.

Overall: On paper, I should love dunkelweizens; the mixture of wheaty freshness and malty comfort. However by blending two things I love, this seems to favor neither. It is exceptionally complex, I could pick at this for hours; but I suppose you could say the same for a Hefeweizen. At least it is to style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market Basket
Pours a fairly clear reddish brown with a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of clove with hints of banana and peeper with a solid shot of caramelized brown sugary malt. The flavor is rich dark sugary malt sweetness with some clove and pepper to counter. Little to no hop presence. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable, not horribly complex but definitely a solid quaffer.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another I picked up on a whim..

Poured a nice, clean, nut brown. Looking at the beer in the light, the center is a bit darker than the outside, which is pretty cool. Head is fluffy, and like the beer, the middle of the head is elevated while theres a small moat around the outside. Head lasted the entire life of the beer, and stayed at about a finger. Looks alone on this beer are killer.

Smells like wheat and clove, not much else.

Taste is very smooth, a bit of chewey wheat and bread, some spice.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, refreshing and smooth. Weight is perfect, as is carbonation.

Drinkability here is good. This isn't something I've tried before so I don't know the style too well, but it has amazing character and I'll be getting a few more. I wonder how this is a bit warmer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a roughly-textured one finger heavy cream shade, featuring poor retention and no lacing. Not one of the prettier weizens I've encountered.

S: The typical weizen melange is here - banana, cloves, wheat, and noble hops, with the cloves being the most dominant note by a hair. Once it warms up a hair, caramel and brown sugar notes appear. Certainly a very good aroma, just not quite as inviting as their standard weizen.

T: It starts with pleasant notes of caramel and wheat, before its ester character (cloves, mostly) and ever-so-slight hoppiness finishes it off. While it's pretty damn simple, everything is in near-perfect balance, creating a fairly effortless brew.

M: While it's a bit sweeter than their standard weizen, it's still fizzy, light, and easy to drink. The body here seems to be fuller in texture, as well. As such, this is slightly more decadent-feeling.

O: Make no mistake, this really hits the spot in all the right ways. This is yet another solid offering from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Duster72
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with a massive head that takes several minutes to subside. Very sticky lacing down the glass. Aroma is sweet bready yeast and some fruits. Taste follows the aroma with a certain brown sugar taste to it. Nice interplay of the sweets with the fruit. Mouthfeel is very good and beer is very drinkable. You could session this beer very easily.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours into the glass a murky strong tea color. Thick, velvety, creamy tan head. Impressive lacing.
I am detecting a faint smoky undertone and lemons. The carbonation excites the tongue.

I am a fan of HEFEs. This dunkel was much more subdued or subtle than I was expecting.

Overall, a good HEFE and damned impressive to see. I will drink this beer again.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown, almost like dark apple cider, with a very thick white head, lots of lacing.

Smells like a classic weiss, bananas, cloves, green jolly rancher, apples, and some yeast.

Tastes much like it smells, pretty yeasty, fresh fruit, cloves and spices, somewhat sour with a slight bitter finish, decent, but I was expecting a bit more.

Nice smooth, not too carbonated mouthfeel and pretty drinkable. This is more of a summer beer to me, not as good as their regular weiss, but still exceptional.

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Photo of custardcb
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed wheat beers and once I learned about the Dunkel style I immeadiately gravitated towards it. The richer and full mouth fell from the style is more to my likely. It is still as refreshing as normal hefeweissbier but often has more depth and character.

If poured properly into the correct glass it generates a nice foamy head that lasts for sometime.

The flavor has nutty and banana flavors to it with a nice finish.

With an alcohol content in the mid 5s this can be a nice session beer on warm nights will relaxing on the patio.

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice pillowy head that follows the beer down the glace with a nice lace. Its color is a rusty gold with touches of amber and is quite hazy like a good hefe should be!

S: Its nose is malty sweet with hints of fruits (bannana?), toasted grains, and light alcohol.

T: Soft, malty, and fruity with a nice snappy finish. As with the nose, there are notes of fruit, corriander, and apple. For a darker beer, this style finishes quite smoothly ... an enjoyable beer for sipping or dinner.

Overall: I have to agree with pretty much everyone here ... this is one of the best Dunkel Weizens out there. Just like their Hefeweissen this hits the spot. The oldest brewery in the world ... and almost undoubtably one of the best!

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Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and light brown with a huge frothy head. Patchy lacing left all over.
S - Spicey and fruity. Funnily enough bananna dominates.
T - Pretty much along the same lines as the smell with a bit of malt sweetness and a slight hop bite.
M - Crisp and dry. A little bit on the watery side. Quite refreshing though.
D - A Nice beer but not all that different from their hefeweizen. A bit more malt to show a difference would have been good. Still tasty and highly drinkable though.

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Photo of granger10
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark crimson color with a moderate tan head. The smell seems rather weak to me and all that I could get is some sweet malts. The flavors in this beer also seemed slightly on the weak side but they worked together very well. There's a toasted caramel taste upfront which turns to chocolate the further I go. Some fruity aspects lie underneath along with a hazelnut taste. The wheat is there but not too prevalent. Slight hop bite in the end. The flavors linger. This beer goes down easy and is enjoyable but nowhere as good as their original hefe.

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Photo of eat
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle pours cloudy orange-brown. Nice, thick off-white head. Retention not so good, no lacing.

Smells like wheat, orange and a musty scotch-like astringency.

Nutty tasting! Wheat, yeast, cinnamon, coriander and a hint of clove. No alcohol presence and a fairly short, neutral finish. Very smooth. Tastes like a classic, which it is.

Decent feel, nice medium body and carbonation.

It's very drinkable but not all that interesting. I could drink a couple of these but won't be actively seeking it out in the future. I expected a bit more of a complex taste.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was also shared with biegaman on the patio, it was a great day for beer drinking.

Pours a cloudy brown with orange edges, thick off white head forms, eggshell colour, leaves a few lace spots, settles to a thin ring. Smell is sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate, light vanilla and banana, touch of yeast and spice. Taste is similar, nice caramel and bready malts, banana, touch of citrus, spices, chocolate, yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Another solid beer from Weihenstephaner, a nice dunkelweiss! Thanks Jan.

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Photo of kagent777
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into my perfect pint. Batch 7102 is printed on the back of the label.

Appearance: A slightly hazy light brown beer. The beer itself does not look too nice but the head is glorious at a foamy three finger size that leaves splotchy lacing.

Smell: Wheat, bananas, and some cloves and general spiciness.

Taste: Similar to their regular hefe, except slightly more toasted. Toasted grains with wheat leading the way, a slight fruity note and nice spiciness backing it all up.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little piquant, while the body is thin to middling but really smooth. The flavors do coat the mouth all around nicely.

Overall: I do like this dunkel, but was not wowed by it. Maybe my palette is off tonight. I ought to give it another go.

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Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky caramel color with a voluminous fluffy off-white head. Aroma is bread crusts, bananas, vanilla, and clove. Flavor is similar, bready with a strong banana note and just enough clove. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Another well-crafted Weihenstephaner beer.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into weizen glass. Appearance is cloudy brown that goes from diluted iced tea at the bottom to caramel at the top. A billowing tan head settles to a cap of tiny bubbles. Aroma is clove and other mulling spices, yeast, tart apple, green banana, and some sweet malt and earthy bitterness on the finish. Taste is medium banana bread sweetness initially, assertive clove spice, and light caramel on the swallow. Light-medium body, super full,creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a long mouth-coating malt and clove finish.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mid sized head with a little lace and a hazy, amber-brown body.

S - Fruity, spicy, wheat with banana esters and a mild cinnamon note.

T - Some fruit and lots of clove. A bit of caramel in the middle precedes the sweet, spicy wheat finish.

M - Slightly thick body and moderately high carbonation with a bit of chalkiness in the finish.

D - Quite spicy, this is a nice example of the style and easily drinkable.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Poured a 5 finger head creamy white head that dissipates quickly to a point, and then slows and becomes porous. Brew itself is a relatively cloudy light orange-brown. Lacing is stringy but ample. Cascade effect of the head is impressive.

S: Nose is wheat and Belgian yeast with a hint of citrus.

T: Start is earthy and subdued and creamy. Brew starts to sweeten towards the end and becomes the slightest bit tart with a hint of citrus. Finishes light and quick with almost no aftertaste but a little flowery.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation that finishes easy and crisp. Finish begs you to drink more.

D: Highly drinkable and an impressive session beer. Full flavored but a little watery at the end.

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Photo of Shadman
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again near picture perfect looking DunkelWeisse. Brown. murky as all hell, great off white head and tons O' lacing.

I've had this before, so I'm wondering if this is from a so-so batch. Very slight banana aroma, more of a roast malt with an annoying sourness.

Tastes like a good hefeweiss. but with that slight malt roast flavour. Some banana, clove spiciness. Finishes quite dry and slightly chalky. Still a hint of that annoying sourness.

Classic Weihenstep mouthfeel.

Certainly a winner. Might have to try one from a different store to compare batches.

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Photo of beveritt
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a large weizen glass. Bottle code is 2086, not sure how to read that.

Appearance: Pours with the typical huge, weizen head. Several inches at first, requiring a pause before pouring the rest of the beer. The head settles out about 1 inch, and stays there, a light tan. The beer itself starts out clear, but with a little swirling to get the compacted yeast, it takes on a nice cloudiness. The beer is medium brown with hints of an almost red/orange.

Smell: Sweet malt upfront, with the expected twang from the wheat. Very fruity, with strong notes of bananas and bubblegum.

Taste: Very fruit forward, with a lot of berry and banana flavors. Finishes with a lingering twang from the wheat. A little bit of clove spiciness, but not much, in the end.

Moutfheel: Average carbonation level. Great body.

Drinkability: I have a soft spot for wheats, especially during the summer months. This one is nice, a little fuller than a regualr wheat.

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Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of banana bread with some spices. Taste is also of banana bread with some cloves and spices, quite tasty. Feels creamy in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine brew.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central Market is having a 25% off beer sale today... so I had to go buy a few that I haven't reviewed before. Weihenstephaner makes some good beers (and they're freaking old...), so I figured I should give this a try. Served in a Budweiser signature glass.

I try not to cuss too much in these reviews... but fuck yes, this is what a beer should look like. Huge, pillowy head that just doen't go away. Definitely the best I've seen on a beer and my new standard for what a beer's head can be. The body itself is a nice, hazy, orangey brown. It's not nearly as impressive as the head, but I can't get over how good that was.

The smell is classic Weihenstephaner. I've used the Wyeast version of their yeast before and, well, they do it better. It has the distinct banana-type flavor of that yeast, but also a bready, caramelly undertone. I love the mix of those smells in dunkels. This isn't a perfect smell, but it's darned close.

The taste just isn't there relative to what I want it to be. The initial bursts of flavor similar to the nose aren't there and it comes across as watery. The finish has a decent caramelly lingering ring and it's really quaffable, but the taste I wanted just isn't there. Kind of a disappointment.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.