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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,047
Hads: 2,719
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 281
Gots: 282 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 Reanimator
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an awesome introduction to German wheat beer!

The other reviewers certainly aren't exaggerating the absolutely unstoppable head that develops on this almost opaque, deep copper colored brew. The aroma is slightly that of berries or (as my friend commented) cheese and bread, and is a good indicator of the beers taste.

Hops are almost nonexistent as far as I can tell, but there is a little bite near the end of each drink. The taste of this beer really escaped me and in my notes I simply wrote "not malty, but wheaty". The description of taste might just come with more experience with this style.

Overall it was very smooth and drinkable, and I can definitely see myself downing too many of these in a single sitting.

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Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is really excellent, especially for a dunkelweizen, many examples of which I find underwhelming and boring.

Hazy dark amber, somewhat brownish with reddish hints, it has a huge, lasting, off-white head thaty slowly shrinks and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is a darker, heavier version of their own hefeweissbier, with fruit, banana, grass, yeasty dough, and a little caramel.

The taste is again a more darkly toasted version of their hefeweissebier, more darkly toasted grain, hint of toffee, some bubblegum and banana, but less than the hefeweissbier. It's light and smooth, yet has nice complexity and balance of flavours, making it unusually interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An impressively foamy, bilious head tops a beer with a dark brown, almost pruney, or figgy hue. Aroma is lively and satisfying: citrus, notes of vanilla, banana, cloves, rich, deep, dark. Reminds me of Belgian abbey dubbels, a favorite. Taste is sharp, dry, with a hasty finish, that leaves you yearning for more. A very sociable beer: not too difficult to drink, and not in the least forgettable. Slight bitterness, medium body, and as for flavor, I feel like it's close to a lighter version of a barleywine, crazy as that sounds.

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Photo of nomad
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a furious action on the pour, amazing to watch, it poured a light chestnut color with impossible amounts of carbonation flying up inside. Created a pocky and cavernous, cream/khaki-colored head, huge and swiss cheese-like. Quite a beer to behold, as all Weihenstephan's are.

Smelled of bananas foster, as big banana scents mix with alcohol and roasty sugar/syrup notes. Also had a strange cleaning fluid smell that many dunkels have. Taste was sweet, of bananas and yogurt (in that both are sweet and slightly lactic sour), a spot roasty in the middle, and creamy at the end. The sour flavor cleared my palette, keeping my tongue fresh, which was nice. Tasted very fresh, active, and complex. Highly drinkable, a perfect mouthfeel, outstanding given it’s a style that I don’t care for.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into my .5L Weihenstephaner weizen glass. In case you're new to the style (and to beer in general), it is CRITICAL that hefe weizen be served quite cold and in a glass, for a number of reasons.

Appearance: This beer pours from a brown bottle with a complementary label, which touts Weihenstephaner as the "oldest brewery in the world." Once it's in the glass, a good "weizen pour" reveals a tan-to-brown beer with a frothy head. It's been my experience that the head and lacing on this one are somewhat less sturdy than those of the standard Weihenstephaner hefe weizen, but they're still quite striking compared to most beers. A little beer was left in the bottle for "swishing" in order to unleash that delicious, yeasty sediment into the glass (in my opinion, this is essential with traditional hefe weizens).

Smell: As with Weihenstephaner's standard hefe weizen, the prevailing scent is a uniquely yeasty breadiness. This one, however, offers a faintly toasted, malty note. I also a detect a mild chocolatey-ness, but it's faint.

Taste: A little weaker than the scent would lead you to believe, but still quite good. Hops are not apparent, which I believe to be a good thing in a hefe weizen. What you get is mainly a toasty breadiness, with discernible malt and a very faint rustiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp-to-moderate carbonation and a low ABV combine with the starchy yeast to produce a cooling, refreshing swallow. This beer is marginally "cozier" than the standard hefe weizen, but both are eminently drinkable in hot weather.

Drinkability: Again, the low ABV yields a fantastically drinkable beer. It's about a half-step away from perfection, in my mind, but it's still in the running for the standard of its style.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is an interesting Dunkel Weizen. It reminds me of the Ayinger Ur-Weiss, because the dark munich malts really make their presence known. Their rich, smooth malt character blends with the complex, grainy malt character of the wheat with spicy clove and other yeast notes balance the malts to produce one of the finest beers I've had in a while. Wow.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the self-proclaimed oldest brewery in the world, it's a... dunkelweizen. This beer pours only a medium dark brown, cloudy with yeast, with a suprisingly small head. The nose of this beer is quite attractive, being heavy with pie spices, raisins and just a touch of grain. The taste is at first just slightly snappy with carbonation, then sweet with a raisiny taste... but then it moves to the middle of the palate and the cloves come out. Quite complex and evolving, very nice. Mouthfeel is zesty with carbonation and a bit watery like most wheat beers, but fine for the style.

Overall, a very, very good dark wheat beer, one of the best I've had. Complex and pleasing, deep and easy to drink, Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen pulls off several seeming contradictions to make for an excellent drinking experience.

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Photo of ludachris
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnt caramel with an opaque center and honey amber edges. 2 and a half fingers of creamy off-white head top this beer. Excellent retention and nice lace.

Nose of a fine hefe; sweet banana, clove, wheat, and light bubblegum mixed with a sweet toasted malt presence. This stuff leaves me drooling. I don't think it can get any better than this.

Ripe banana, clove, cotton candy effortlessly melds into a buttery, toasted malt character. The sweetness of the banana and cotton candy carry all the way through 'til the end and are paired with a light biscuity malt presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy, rich, and very smooth. It feels like it expands once it hits your mouth. Goes down without a hitch and very refreshing.

Overall, an excellent beer and one I'm more than glad I picked up while the LCBO had it in supply. This beer marks the first A+ that I've given a beer while on this site (not that it means much), but it says something to me. The addition of toasted malt to the flavours of an excellent hefe really made this beer stand out. This one leaves me looking forward to trying their original hefeweizen. Fingers crossed that it will come around here soon. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint bottle. Poured a hazy, dirty brown witha massive head that really stuck around and lots of nice lacing on the glass. Aroma typical of Weihenstephaner yeast. Cloves, bananas, spice. Taste is more of the same notes, throughly enjoyable. This beer reminds me why Hefe's are my favorite beers. I could drink this and never get tired of it. Smooth and yeasty!

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Photo of JArami
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got it on tap at Mr. Dunderbak's

A: Came to me with minimal head and the color of the head was hard to discern in the dim light. Lacing was evident only toward the bottom, might have been the glass. Not too cloudy, and nicely dark for a weiss as the name promises.

S: Definite banana esters. Mixed with the roasted malts, it comes across almost like banana bread.

T: Where are the hops? The darker malts are delightful and the banana-ness dominates but not in excess. Great tasting wheat beer. Almost no hop in the aftertaste, but a cool fresh palate.

M: Clean and crisp, great for quaffing after a tasty sandwich.

D: Very drinkable.

Wheat beer is glorious, and this one is even better as its a dunkel. Very malty and fruity while not bogging you down with a huge amount of carbonation. If you like munich dunkels, and hefeweizens, you should give this a try. It's not the best of both worlds, but its pretty close.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Let's call it the color of an Arnold Palmer; cloudy brown-yellow sounds quite foul. It has a big white head and lots of spotty lacing.

S – Nutty, wheaty, and banana ester are the mainstay of the olfactory.

T – Very solid. Quite simply, half-way between Hefeweizen and Doppelbock. If Hefeweizen is for summer days, and Doppelbock is for winter days, then this one is for summer nights. Sweet wheat, tempered with the well-roasted treatment; the result is another winner for 'the world's oldest brewery'. Weihenstephaner always blows my mind with their tremendous quality.

M – A tad thin, though it is better than to err on the syrupy side.

D – Anyone who doesn't get their regular fix of Weihenstephaner brews is: A) nuts, B) missing out on great beer, C) getting sheisted (there is no greater value than Weihenstephaner).

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Photo of albern
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer right from the first sip. This is an excellent representation of the style. It pours a tawny, deep copper color with a smallish white head. The beer is fairly hazy and it laces ever so slightly. The aroma is terrific sweet malts, candied sugars, wheaty and apple tinges as well.

This is a medium bodied, very carbonated dunkel. It has a full palate of nice malty flavors, some apple and clove notes, and a big blast of sweetish wheat like flavors. There is a slight green apple tartness to the beer towards the finish, and a bubble gum sweetness in the middle. This is a fairly complex beer with loads of flavors drifting in and out. There is a nice balance of sweet malts, some a little toasted, some very wheaty, but all very enjoyable. The beer finishes a bit tart with a slightly metallic aftertaste, but very slight. This is a beer well worth seeking out. It is refreshing and eminently drinkable. L'Chaim.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After I had tried Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier figured I had to try this. I was in Germany a few years ago and it was then that I decided this was one of my favorite styles. This beer pours a little lighter than I expected it was a cloudy auburn color with a wonderfully tall off-white head. The smell was of clove and wheat. When I went for my first taste I initially got a little bit of foam on my nose (definitely a good sign, great head retention) the taste was similar to the smell but also brought out a nuttiness or a dark fruitiness of some sort, there is also just a slight bit of a roasted flavor to this. The beer is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, the perfect embodiment of the style.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly exceptional beer, and one I could drink all night.

I first read the label several times, in my best uncultured American accent. "Wee hens steffan err Hef uh wise beer dunk ull." It poured a rich copper color with a huge light tan head that stayed for the party. A+ for presentation.

Smell was sweet, with non-citrus fruits like apples and bananas, and a bit of brown sugar. Not at all what I was expecting, but very nice.

Taste lives up to the hype of the aromas. More banana, a bit of bread, and hints of caramel, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Leaves a splash of citrus on the back of your tongue for good measure. Leaves no taste buds untouched.

Mouthfeel? Holy smooth beer! Minimal bitterness, smooth texture, and perfect carbonation... you'll never get tired of having this in your glass. I wish I had a second bottle. Off Veetersayin.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, outstanding price of $3 for a 500ml bottle of a this beer. Local breweries can't touch that price, even without the commute over the pond (Germany to South Carolina to Massachusetts.)

Cloudy brown under a massive ivory head. Makes sense to be cloudy with the wheat content. Head retention is exceptional. Rings lacing my glass.

Smells awesome. sooo good. I don't know what to compare it to even. But highly appealing aroma.

Taste unique, very contrary to the smell I would say. Mouthfeel if superb. It does taste much better as I drink on, as well. Leaves a wonderful caramel-sweet-malty taste in your mouth.

I overlooked this beer for my whole drinking career, and by doing so have neglected a truly exceptional beer.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From this 16.9oz bottle pours a very beautiful deep copper brew with healthy looking white frothy head. Very delicious aroma of bananas, apples, along with sweet citrous and some toasted malt. Taste is a creamy blend of fruits, along with some good clean bittering hops that prickle the tongue. Full taste leaves me wanting nothing. A good blend of toasted pale malt with some darkness provides a hell of a backbone for the subdued sweetness. Some yeasty notes are there as well. Crisp carbonation moves the taste along, and compliments the beer well. This brew is hella good, and wickedly drinkable.

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Photo of hardy008
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light brown color with a 4 finger off white head which leaves a nice sticky lace. Has banana, lemon, and cloves in the aroma and taste. The taste is mildly sweet and malty. Light bodied, perfect carbonation, and very refreshing. Outstanding drinkability.

Weihenstephaner is an outstanding brewery. Try as many of their beers as you can find. All of the ones I have had so far have been great.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Widmer hefe glass. Looks a dark brown, cola color with a huge tan head that stick around and millions of bubbles.

Classic aroma of banana and clove, but has an added maltiness that really takes it to the next level.

Slightly sweet, toasty caramel bounces in and out of the flavor into the finish and fade. Soft with subtle spice character to compliment the malt. Fantastic!

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy chestnut brown and caramel color. Huge, thick, foamy, sticky, creamy off-white head (enough adjectives? the head really is impressive). Really good retention as well.

S - Lots of clove, overly-ripe banana, and caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Reminds me of a french toast made with banana bread.

T - Similar to the smell. A lot like a banana bread french toast (which is delicious by the way) with a touch of maple syrup. Good amount of banana, as well as toffee, caramel, brown sugar/molasses, and a touch of maple syrup. Good amount of clove, also a good amount of other spice (cinnamon and nutmeg mostly). Malted wheat also present along with the sweet malts, and they make up the backbone.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch sticky.

D - Goes down very well, and the favor is great. Just the right strength, not overpowering on the palate. Makes me want to keep coming back for more.

Notes: Really nice beer. Good mix of classical Hefewizen flavors and sweet dark flavors. I'll mention it for one more time, really reminiscent of a banana bread french toast. A touch sweet but a really enjoyable beer. I'm not sure if it is better than the original Hefewizen, rather it is just a different beer that I would crave at a different time for different reasons.

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Photo of Sleestak
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a burnt orange with a head that looks like a dollup of vanilla ice cream. Just looks fantastic. Zesty banana bread on the smell. Citrus, spices, banana, yeast and wheat bread with a hint of roastiness towards the end. Creamy mouthfeel mmm this is a good beer. A great dunkelweizen from an exceptional German brewery, one of the best.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nose highlights lots of brown malts and fruity esters. Flavors start with a welcoming brown malty sweetness, then a sour apple fruity esters, and ends with clove spice. Minimal hop presence. Perfect level of carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

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Photo of budgood1
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the half litre brown bottel a turbid and muddy light brown colour with a huge frothy head that retains itself well leaving plentiful lace. hefty aroma of spicy clove and a combo of banana/lemony goodness. malted wheat combines with touch of dark malts to start out the flavour profile, then plenty of spice comes through reminiscent of cloves, allspice and coriander. bananas and lemon grass...hints of vanilla and cocoa, and a herbal hop kick make this a delicious treat. crisp and clean mouthfeel. medium body. about perfect for this style of beer. damn drinkable for all the right reasons and overall another gem of a hefe from a brewery who has this style down.

now that i have access to these beers, i'm going to have strike a deal to stock up for summer. fantastic stuff!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a nice cloudy brown color, a little darker than others I have had. The head is about 3 fingers, falling to to a quarter of an inch. The nose is nice and malty. What a blast of flavor. There is creamy banana with nice malty tones. I want to let this one warm up a bit and see where the flavors go. There is a nice thick creamy character to the mouthfeel. Very nice. Drinkability is outstanding. I would love to have a few more of these waiting for me.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Light brown body, pure white head
S - fresh rich cloves yeasty spicyness and malty aroma
T - malty, cloves, dough, fresh, crisp, well integrated. Yeasty. Banana is present, but far in the background. Bready.
MF - fine carbonation, smooth, no bitterness.
D - amazing and delicious, clearly an amazing beer.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at just over fridge temperature in the brewery's own hefeweizen glass.

Appearance- Pours the color of liquid caramel... hazy, with amazing structure. The beautiful, merengue-like head adorns the top and is constantly replenished by the neverending bubble ascension from below.

Smell- A deeper, richer cousin of the regular hefeweissbier... same banana, clove, mild ester notes but maltier. A yeasty, bready aroma wafts alongside.

Taste- A nice, mildly sour character braces the sides of the tongue and prepares you for the full, round elements of banana bread, clove, and malts. The faintest hop notes linger at the very end, closing the circle completely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Moderate carbonation that feels exactly right for the beer... the subtle characteristics of bread, malt, and especially the clove/banana notes are enhanced. Totally drinkable and very well done.

Paired with eggs over easy with 9-grain wheat toast, spiced with salt, pepper, and Herbs de Provence for brunch.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.