Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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2.68/5 rDev -36.9%
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.
07-25-2003 14:31:05 | More by Brent
2.7/5 rDev -36.5%
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.
11-08-2012 02:18:23 | More by kojevergas
2.73/5 rDev -35.8%
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.
06-26-2003 17:11:12 | More by TheDM
2.88/5 rDev -32.2%
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.
05-28-2009 05:58:33 | More by MisterClean
2.9/5 rDev -31.8%
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.
08-17-2009 23:50:27 | More by donkeyrunner
3/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
03-30-2006 16:22:09 | More by DrunkMcDermott
3/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
02-20-2012 03:31:17 | More by jtierney89
3/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
12-05-2006 14:07:16 | More by Onibubba
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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