Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,610 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,610
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 244
Gots: 243 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,610 | Reviews: 1,038
Photo of Rons35
2/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a big fan of this style of beer, therefore I gave it low ratings

Photo of clvand0
2.38/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

Photo of gracebeliever
2.62/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -35.9%
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-

Photo of TheDM
2.74/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.87/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of Onibubba
3/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of industrialswill
3.11/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.16/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of DackAchan
3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of Pdu8s
3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
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

Photo of KeefD
3.28/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of leaversuch
3.32/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good representation of the style although I've enjoyed others from the style more.

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of papat444
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of jettjon
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle with no freshness date, into a pint glass a red-brown clear with moderate to low carbonation in the pour. Two-finger pale tan head fades slowly to a cap and scattered lacing. Decent looking. Nose is malty and hoppy, and average overall. Tastes crisply malty with subtle coriander spice; light by and large and not bitter at all. Mouth is semi-viscous, middle-bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and nicely pleasing. Drinkability is decent; it’s thirst-quenching, light and refreshing in the way that most macro beers wish they were (and claim to be). Sessionable, sure, though not remarkable.

Overall: A good “dark hefe,” definitely worth a try. This would be a good one to introduce to your friends who “like hefes but not dark beers.” Yet another step on the path to great beer.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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