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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,040 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,040
Hads: 2,679
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 262
Gots: 262 | 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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Reviews: 1,040 | Hads: 2,679
Photo of papat444
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this to try some of the variety of the other Weihenstephaner brews, seeing as I quite enjoy the Hefeweissen and Original.

A: A deep honey colour, somewhat of a cloudy golden with a fast rising head that presumably came as a result of pouring a little too quickly. Creamy head, quick to dissipate, down to a half finger after only about a minute with a fair bit of lacing.

S: Fresh, crisp, sweet. Sweet clover, just a touch of citrus - while what is there is a clean and pleasant aroma, it is mild enough that I found myself a touch disappointed in it.

T: Not as sweet as I may have expected and I did not notice as much of the banana taste as I was expecting either, until well after a sip. A little nutty that persists all the way down, touches of citrus.

M: Perhaps a little heavy on the carbonation. Makes savouring each taste a little challenging, perhaps a little nicer on a hotter day when a bit of zing on a parched palate could be appreciated more

D: Again, the carbonation was a little strong. A touch of bloat, which I would not expect following only 2 drinks. Goes down seemingly light, but bottoms out a little on the heavy side. (1,162 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of hero27
3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
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). (471 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugly, souvenir Vegas hef glass. Sleet still running down my shoulders. It was either order out & wait an hour in this weather, or week old chicken soup. I decided on a beer & a nap instead.

Slow to settle, the tan head begins congealing. The body is a murky honey brown. Not the most appetizing thing to look at in a 23oz glass. Looks like car wash runoff. Suds & mud.

Scent was sweet like banana bread, but not potent, like one would completely enjoy. Spice cake without the spices. Soil & a tin of assorted nuts. Pleasant bit of peppery yeast on the back.

First gulp was a long one. Starts off sharp, like bitter bruised grapes, but fades quickly into the doughy middle. Mildly sweet toast, no butter. Yeast & dirt throw it around for a bit, letting some light clove in. Finish remains yeasty, but with additional earthy bitterness.

Carbonation remains strong throughout, where as I sometimes notice straight hefs start to get flat half way through. Body feels gelatinous & thick, like cold soup.

Traded some esters for some warmer flavors. (1,047 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Into the Weihenstephan glass it goes. Huge springy khaki head dominates the glass, I'll need to let it fall before I continue the pour. Body is a playful brown sugar colored syrup with a touch of haze to it.

S: Bready yeast, over ripe banana, caramel corn and rubber.

T: Begins lightly malty with mild cinnamon dough. Tingly yeast mixes with banana peels and mineral water. Hints of red apple, ripe kiwi, raisins and molasses add a good backbone. Finishes with brown sugar, lightly fruity...somewhat cloying.

M: Medium body, somewhat hard and fluffy at times.

D: Weihenstephaner continues for me as one of the more over rated breweries out on the market. This beer was good but nothing special by a long shot. (724 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: burnt orange with a nice big heady. Very cloudy.

S: Wheat and clove. Big yeast with freshly baked bread. A touch of banana and the smallest amount of toasted caramel.

T: Huge wheat and bread. yeast. banana ester. its spicy with caramel on the end. big malt characteristic. i almost taste like an applesauce as weird as that sounds.

M: CRISP. Smooth with fantastic carbonation. clean.

O: Its definitely a nice, highly drinkable refreshing beer. But i consider this more of a hefeweissen than a dunkle. I think its good but for me it didnt quite live up to the hype. /85 (575 characters)

Photo of tweeder263
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was aggresive with my pour and ended up with about 7 inches of head in a standard pint glass.Surprisingly doesnt look too carbonated. Cloudy amber brew head is slightly off white.Has a wheaty estery smell.Taste ofmalt and wheat not much else,low hopped if at all.Mouthfeel isnt too bad. Drinkability not too bad a lot milder then i thought it would be.Not a bad brew. (369 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy bownish beer. Has a big foamy off white head and some lace. The aroma had a light sour aspect to it with a hint of clove in the background. The flavor also had bit of a sour character with a pleasant hint clove. Pleasant mouth feel with a resfeshing nice drinkability. (277 characters)

Photo of lancecenter
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at the local Gabriel's liquor store. Poured in to a New Belgium globe. 6203 printed on the bottle.

A - Damn near opaque brown color with a couple fingers of puffy head. Pretty good lacing.

S - Banana nut bread and cloves. I'm comparing this to Schneider-Weiss (which may not be fair), but the smell is just not there.

T/M - Super bready with a chalky finish.

O - I just can't think of a scenario where I'd rather have a dunkel over a weizenbock... (458 characters)

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well it's a rainy day and I'm listening to wolves in the throne room so what better then a nice dark wheat beer to quench my thirst and suit the mood of the day.
Being a fan of their regular wheat beer I was quite looking forward to Weihenstephaner's dunkle offering. The pour was intriguing, the usual large, aerated, slightly off white head floated atop a very murky brown brew reminiscent of swamp water due to the unfiltered particles creating the opaque characteristics of such.

All the usual suspects were there in terms of smell banana, chewing gum, clove, and what always reminds me of fresh spring air nothing out of the ordinary here. Unfortunately no sight (or smell rather) of any malt character in the nose, which came as a bit of a surprise to me.

Time to taste and unfortunately the first sip did not produce much. It may have been my fault for having it a bit too cold but the initial taste was very subdued, no maltiness or spiciness really. Further on I perceived hints of the spices and malt I expected, whole wheat toast, raisins, black pepper, nutmeg and lemon zest. All of these were very subdued and sadly not as robust as I would have liked. The only other flavour I picked up was that of alcohol, which became more apparent towards the latter half said imbibed drink. Our dear friends hops made a almost nonexistent appearance as would be expected of the style, only hiding in the dark shadows for support.

Inside the oral cavity a things were very light bodied and smooth with the liquid becoming extremely foamy upon ingestion, nothing different or unusual here just the status quo.

Overall I'm a little let down, while it is a very refreshing wheat beer I didn't really get the hit of toasty darker malts I was looking for. Maybe I'll give it another shot but right now this dark Deutschlander will be on the backburner as far as wheat beers go. (1,879 characters)

Photo of sstackho
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a murky, muddy brown with good head. The head does fade and there is little lacing. The aroma isn't overly strong, but then again I don't seem to be smelling all that much these days. The flavour is sadly weak. There's some OK wheatiness, but it fades quicker than I would like, and there isn't much in the way of the banana flavours that I like in a good weizen. That being said, this may be one of my first dunkelweizens, so perhaps those are different. (512 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an unfiltered dark caramel color with a massive, creamy head. The head retains for quite a while and leaves lacing as it falls.

S- Smell is a very sweet, strong banana scent with hints of wheat and darker fruits.

T- Taste seems a bit anticlimatic in that it isn't nearly as flavorful as the nose lets on. Slight banana sweetness.

M- Something about the mouthfeel on this brew really rubs me the wrong way. A bit undercarbonated and leaves a sticky sweet coating on the inside of my mouth.

D- This beer seems like it would be pretty drinkable in that it is not too offensive but its not nearly as flavorful as I was expecting. None the less it seems to be a good thirst quencher (698 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured thick and frothy (like rootbeer) into a weizen glass. The head is vanilla, and the body is brown with an orange/red tint, yet also murky from the yeast. There is no lacing, but the head retention is fantastic.

Smell: I've picked out bananas, raspberries, strawberries and morning dew in this brew, but I'm sure there are other fruits present too. It's an airy aroma and not intense, but quite pleasant.

Taste: I like the slightly bready taste with the malt backbone. I think this is quite well balanced, and again, fresh dew/fresh meadows comes to mind. It's not very sweet, and not very bitter, but the aftertaste accentuates both of these qualities.

Mouthfeel: This is smooth with almost no bitterness. As I said above, it's airy, but not really smokey, and quite light bodied.

Drinkability: It's definitely worth a try once, but I think there's better in the style and I probably won't try this again. (935 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown/copper color with a huge rocky head. Head retention is great, it lasts until the last drop. The aroma is full of malted goodness mixed with a hint of cocoa and toffee. The taste is an exceptional medley of malt, hops, vanilla, and bananas. This is a great medium bodied beer from the folks at Weihenstephaner. (328 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
5.3% ABV
I tried this beer on November 5, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a dark brown colour with golden highlights and 1" head that lasted. The aroma was wheat malt, cloves, and some yeast. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and medium carbonation. The flavour was wheat malt, cloves, some ginger-like flavours and a bitter finish. (382 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown color, with a beautiful beige foam, compact and abundant.
Light and delicate smell, malt, caramel, a bit of biscuit.
At the taste is delicate, again, with malt, biscuit, caramel, a hint of light burnt. Not too sweet, pleasant.
Maybe a light fruity note of elder?
Same notes in the aftertaste, with a finish tending to liquorice and roots.
Average body. (364 characters)

Photo of jackndan
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hefie dark: Not really one of my favorite styles, but this remains a very fine beer. It pours a cloudy brown, with a huge head that is as tall as it is smooth. This beer has sort of a lemony aroma. The taste is very nice, a very malty hefe style, with the traditional yeast flavors being muted and very much in the background. A good version of the style. (355 characters)

Photo of shaggy151
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beers pours a cloudy medium brown color with a very thick creamy head. Has a very fresh slighty sweet malt smell. Tastes like the smell with a hint of banana. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. This was my first dunkel weizen and was very drinkable. (250 characters)

Photo of ahq514
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weizen glass. Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy amber color with a thick head that dissipates quickly to a good solid head that stays throughout.

Smells like many hefeweizens do, banana, clove, wheat, but this one has a bit more caramel smell to it. Not an overly strong aroma.

Tastes almost exactly like the smell. Wheaty, slight banana, some clove, a little more caramel malty taste than the regular hefeweizen. There are also some real subtle hints of fruit in the background.

Mouthfeel is on par for a hefeweizen, it is slightly more medium bodied than most hefeweizens. A little bit more carbonated as well, which I'm not sure I was a huge fan of.

Overall, it was a tasty beer. Nice and refreshing, but a little too carbonated for me. Would definitely drink again though. (809 characters)

Photo of Luk13
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from LCBO. Brown pour with generous white head. Roasted wheat and clove aroma, bananas. Wheaty flavor, quite acetic with some cloves. Good palate, I had low expectations for this beer but it's on equilibrium and quite enjoyable. Highly drinkable. (253 characters)

Photo of david18
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as good as the dunkel or the hefeweissbeer, this is nonetheless another great beer from weihenstephaner. Shared this one after the dunkel, had a good combination of both beers with a refreshing quality that will knock you out as much a the stonger dunkel. Would recommend this if you can find it in the states. And, once again, if in berlin, you should find this restaurant. (378 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.