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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,110 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2110
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%


Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.33/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a brown color with a nice, thick head and it leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is that of malts, with some fruit and caramel as well. The flavor wasn't very enjoyable, in my opinion. There was something slightly skunky about it - which I've found rare in darker beers. The flavor was a mixture of the malts and the caramel, but I didn't find much of the fruit that was in the aroma. Again, not a terrible beer, but I didn't care much for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 19:17:31 | More by clvand0
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gracebeliever

Florida

2.6/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Still Drinking though as I write.

Appearance: Tea. Thick foamy head after a moderate pour into a glass mug. It quickly reduced to a thin head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Not much.. maybe that's due to the mug. I don't know.

Taste: To me it was lacking flavor and body. Not what I expected.

Mouthfeel: Again, to me, nothing much here.

Drinkability: Certainly it is easy to drink but the lack of taste is off-setting for me.

I am open to suggestions on this.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 17:49:38 | More by gracebeliever
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Brent

Kentucky

2.68/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I can't believe I'm giving this beer relatively low marks, since the other beers I've had from the brewery have been very good. Perhaps I expected too much. Poured a hazy ice tea brown. Not a lot of aroma. Mild banana yeast esthers jumped up at the front, but then surrendered to nondescript sweet yeast flavors. Did not detect a lot of wheat malt, which was surprising for a dark wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 14:31:05 | More by Brent
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kojevergas

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 500ml hefeweissbier glass at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Reviewed from notes taken June 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice soft cream, good thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark brown.

Sm: Roasted barley (in a dunkel?) Floral hops. Heavy caramelized malt. Some nuts.

T: Caramelized malt dominates the first half, but the second half feels empty. Slight nutty character on the fringe with hints of cream. Quite imbalanced structurally, with radically different halves. Very strange build compared to most dunkels I've had; I have to wonder if the tap is set up correctly. I wish the flavour early on remained for the latter half.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body.

Dr: The caramelized malt is overdone. The balance is off. The price is fair, and she drinks pretty easy. Worth a go, but better out of the bottle.

C-

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 02:18:23 | More by kojevergas
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TheDM

Indiana

2.73/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An initially large off-white head that almost overflowed the glass with moslty fine bubbles. This wheat beer was not one of my favorite, but more or less middle of the road for me. There was no strong after taste, but the taste did linger for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 17:11:12 | More by TheDM
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MisterClean

California

2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at bottle barn. Couldn't wait to try as I used the same yeast strain in a homebrewed dunkel as well.

A - Poured a dark copper, with a 3 fingered off-white head. Dissipated moderately slow and left a little lacing.

S - Honey, burnt toffee, peanuts, and a little bit of wheat.

T - Wow, you can really taste the roasted malts. Honestly, it's a bit overwhelming. Burnt toffee, a little honey, and some wheat in the background.

M - Full-bodied, malt dominated, very viscousy.

D - A bit disappointed. I could not detect bittering hops and the roasted, almost burnt malts made this a tough one to drink. I really enjoyed Franziskaner's Dunkel and expected similar features to style.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 05:58:33 | More by MisterClean
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque caramel color with a pillowy white head. Coninous bubbles streaming from the glass bottom. Retention on par for a wheat.

Smells like mold, yeast, and sweaty tropical fruit...not unlike sweaty runner butt. I'm not getting any of the banana phenols everyone else seems to have. My bottle date seems to indicate a relatively fresh bottle. What's up?

First and foremost a crisp clove snap followed by a toasty malt. Nutty finish.

Subpar for Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 23:50:27 | More by donkeyrunner
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Draft, at the Maple Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Not quite up to what I hoped to find. Still pretty nice, though. Color is beer-bottle brown under a fizzy head. Taste is sugary and kind of light. Banana flavor builds up with not much else to balance it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2006 16:22:09 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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Onibubba

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did a little Dunkel side by side last night with this, Erdinger,Julius Echter, and Franziskaner. All four were nearly identical in pour and appearance. All got a full aggressive pour with the yeast, cause that's how I like em. This gave the beers a somewhat (but not too) cloudy nut brown color. Head on all was present, but short lasting.

Smell was similar in all four beers, with a yeasty banana bread and almost medicinal clove aroma.

Taste was more of the same - Big yeasty banana bread. Nothing really remarkable here. It is good, but not as nice as the JE nor as unique as the Franz. A damn sight better than the Erdinger though.

Mouthfeel is where this really runs short. Thinner than the frontliners with a higher carbonation that really adversely affects the drinkability of this beer. An average Dunkel compared to the others. nothing wrong with that. Just that there are better and worse choices to be had.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 14:07:16 | More by Onibubba
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dead brown color with a sparkling off white head. Lots of fresh cut apple on the nose with clove and raw dough. Moderate body with good crispness. Not explosive flavor wise in the least. Some roasted malt with clove and banana bread. Slightly stringy mouthfeel. Holds together really well but is a tad watery up front. Good and drinkable but nothing really wows me.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 03:31:17 | More by jtierney89
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industrialswill

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy walnut stain color with a vigorous head.
Smell is of mildewy spice.
The flavor is dominated with banana and spice
Mouthfeel is a bit sour and medicinal.
It's fairly light bodied and would be drinkable if you enjoy it's other aspects.
I tried this out of curiosity, but would never buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 22:51:48 | More by industrialswill
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oline73

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a ton of off white head. As the head fades, it leaves a nice layer on top of the pour. Good retention.

Smell: A mild sweetness, some caramel and molasses. Hints of banana and spices. There is an odd smell that reminds me of tomatoes.

Taste: Just okay for me. Definitely picking up some malt along with some clove and mild banana. Perhaps some molasses as well. The finish seems a bit watery to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I expected to enjoy this one more than I did. I'm going to have another to make sure I got an alright bottle. Not bad, just not amazing either.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 00:33:32 | More by oline73
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DrunkenMonk

California

3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This poured a murky yellow brown, cloudy from the yeast, creating a frothy head.

The scent is malty but not aggressive.

The taste is malty and bready with a light mouthfeel, verging on watery.

This would be enjoyable on a bright day at a beer garden.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 06:52:50 | More by DrunkenMonk
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head retention is good, lacing isn't very strong, and the brown color is cloudy and a little golden. The smell is os deep clove, with a little banana and a slight lemon backround. The taste is a little sweet, metallic, very clovey, and a slight banana backround. The mouthfeel is fine like a hefeweizen should be, crisp and foamy. Overall I thought this beer was a little metallic, but I might try it again later.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 06:20:10 | More by Erdinger2003
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dunkely brown with orange on the edges. one-finger head packed tight with steadily rising carbonation through the body. thin lacing wastes no time returning to the body of beer. summery and light.

aroma is wheaty and leaves not much to say. smells good. smells like wheat, i like wheat, i want to drink it.

taste? smooth and wheaty, mostly bitter though with some sweet caramel notes also weighing heavy. fresh tartness of lemon and sweet clove back it all up. doesnt measure up to the regular hefe. flavors cancel each other our here moreso than complementing each other. banana is still here but forced into the background by a dark burnt breadiness. ok, good german session.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 21:51:11 | More by goodbyeohio
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Pdu8s

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- looks like a beer should. Has a thick, white foamy head with a good body. Dark golden color to the beer itself

S- Smell is top-notch, very refreshing. Smells almost like a "spring-rain"

T- Malty, although dissaointing. Has the banana taste, but not as strong as in, say, the Schneider Aventinus. Alcohol taste definitely there. Not as smooth as the Schneider either

M- as stated above, not as smooth. Although, it does swirl well in the mouth

O- for some reason, I just feel like this is a lesser version of the Schneider Aventinus. Although it has great qualities, the taste is lacking. It is however, a good beer

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 06:37:01 | More by Pdu8s
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is probably my least favorite style of beers, which is why it's the 90th style I've reviewed so far. I don't buy these often because I just don't like them, but I do like Weihenstephaner and hope they don't let me down with my least favorite style. Pours a hazy russet brown color with a large white head and decent lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma of wheat, light banana, and slightly flowery. Taste is wheaty, a strange minty flavor at first, gives way to some sugary sweetness, and another odd anise flavor on the finish. Yeasty. Medium body, carbonation is good and tingly. I still don't get this style. I think this would be a top notch brew if this your thing, but it's certainly not mine.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 02:18:44 | More by KeefD
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DackAchan

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Best thing about this beer is appearance. An opaque dark golden brown with a two finger head.

S- Not much too this, kinda weak smell, slight hint of orange.

T- Little bit stronger than the distinct citrus flavor. Little sour note to it. Slight taste of bananas.

M- Not a fan of the mouthfeel. Feels a little too heavy, the carbonation really bites into your tongue.

D- Was okay, the carbonation bite and the weight of the beer makes this a little cumbersome.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 01:01:42 | More by DackAchan
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/17/2010 (bottle coded 3179):

Pours a very cloudy dark brown color body, big foamy off-white head, somewhat lasting, decent lacing. Very fruity aroma, lots of banana and fruit like strawberries. Dry somewhat spicy too, maybe clove. Not overpowering. Nice thick mouthfeel, almost like drinking thick syrup. Very thick, some flavor, but not very much. Almost a chemical taste to it, plastic or something. Warming up a bit more, more dark fruit like grape, raisin. Not very complex a flavor, light. Better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 04:34:07 | More by jujubeast6000
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque brown ale with a fairly thick white head that subsides fairly quickly leavingt a little lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is more on the malt side of things with a dark malt scent to be detected but not much else except wheat. The taste is very different from both Erdinger and Franziskaner as the esters are very subdued and i can only pick up the barest clove esters. Beginning with a rush of carbonation the toungue experiences a slight noble hop bitterness quickly overtaken by the dry wheat flavor which is blended with a delicate chocolatey malt flavor which segues into a clean finish. An excellent session beer it presents clean flavors with complexity as well as being different from the other Dunkelweizens out there so as to keep beer drinkers in a heaven of diverse beer choices.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 23:38:23 | More by RenoZymurgist
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a hazy, milk chocolate brown, with off-white head that dissipated quickly, and little lacing. Aroma of malt, nuts and chocolate. Taste is malt, chocolate and spice, mostly clove. Could not detect much wheat flavor. Not a bad beer, but have had better Hefe Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 02:50:16 | More by kimcgolf
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy light amber color, no yeast settling out. Nose is mostly yeast and some malt. Flavor is dominated by the yeast, some wheat, sweet yeasty finish. Not nearly as good as when I had it 7 years ago. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 22:17:16 | More by jdhilt
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9oz. bottle (code 5371 which means it was bottled the 37th week of 2011)

Appearance: Looks dark orange when held to the light but is in reality more of a brown tone. Cloudy with a whipped head.

Smell: Banana, cloves, hints of citrus and bread.

Taste: Spices, bit of pepper, citrus. Some bread but doesn't feel full. The malt is nice though giving hints of nuts and dry chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lively with nice carbonation and quite smooth. The only thing is it feels watered down a bit.

Overall: It's alright but i wasn't totally impressed. Too bad because i like the kristalweizen.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 12:22:48 | More by papat444
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hero27

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've gotta say, it looked sharp in the glass. Dark, amber color. Lacing is gorgeous and the head retention is relatively low but very thick and creamy.
Slight smell of banana & hefty aroma of cloves & spice..some orange peel as a kicker..
Flavor is caramel toffee malt, vanilla, roasted nuts, and a great spicy yeast aspect.
Medium-bodied with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.
A good Dunkel from Weihenstephaner (but I gotta be honest, I still can't pronounce their name).

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 20:55:05 | More by hero27
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a big h-w head, eventually settling to surface skim, not much lacing. Body was a cloudy apple cider brown.

Smell - bananas, plums, apples, and diacetyl.

Taste - same as the smell. Some bananas, mostly plums, and some apples, washed through with subtle creamy wheat. Diacetyl is a major taste also washing throughout, but especially strong on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full, creamy.

Drinkability - this is decent, not great. I'd rather have something different after one of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 20:15:24 | More by ultralarry2006
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