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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,245 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,245
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 160
Gots: 89 | FT: 2
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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as part of a special Weihenstephaner commemorative World Cup 2014 glass giveaway. Apparently the "world's oldest brewery" made some unique glasses to commemorate the German national team's appearance (and victory) in the final. Poured into said commemorative glass, tall and flared like a weizen glass, but near the bottom, there is a soccer ball embellishment so that the glass grows directly out of the ball to the top and bottom.

Appearance - Pours a ruddy, cloudy brown that is completely opaque from the unfiltered aspect and has a slightly reddish tint to it. Atop the body sits a two finger head of creamy off white--just the faintest brown twinge to the hue. Retention is moderate, with the head slowly receding to a healthy film across the top of the body, but not much in the way of lacing. Just some faint lines intermittently along the sides of the glass.

Smell - A wonderful concoction of the spiciness you expect from a hefeweizen with lots of clove, and a slightly more subtle complement of banana and even spice cake. The dark malts seem to add mostly color, but also tone down the brightness that explodes out of the glass on their standard hefeweizen. There is a faint malty sweetness underlying the whole thing, which perhaps also contributes to the lack of brightness. But make no mistake, I don't say that as a negative--just different (but typical for the style).

Taste - Picking up right where the aroma left off, with a heavy does of spice led by clove and just a hint of banana, and bringing to mind things like snicker doodle cookies and spice cake, but not as sweet. The grain comes through with a nice bit of toasting that calls to mind toasted whole grain bread, but the yeast is the predominant flavor component here.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a creamy feel on the tongue.

Overall, just a fantastic beer. Weihenstephaner makes the best hefeweizen in the world, and they certainly can throw their hat into the ring on dunkelweizen as well--if you like clove and spice and everything nice. I also must say that the flavor profiles come through a lot more aggressively on tap than when I've had this out of the bottle. Not sure if that's due to a freshness issue and the likelihood that a keg will be fresher than a bottle, but this is by far the most I've ever enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2014 22:17:35 | More by LambicPentameter
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Spider889

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this bottle while at Winking Lizard on 4/08/2011. I really just wanted a plain ol' dunkel, but this was the best i was going to get.

Caramel in color, hazy, very tall whit pillowy head. Excellent lace and retention.

Smells like a hefe alright. I was truly hoping for a larger or bolder malt presence here. Ohh well. Lots of soapy aromas along with sweet and fruity clove and banana.

The flavor is quite clove heavy. not much darker malt here sadly. Honeydew was making an appearance along with very soft wheat notes.

Pillowy carbonation. Smooth and very easy drinking.

Overall: this was a great beer despite my traditional dislike of hefe's.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 05:14:14 | More by Spider889
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ghurux86

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: light brown/dark orange color with a creamy light tan head, very little lacing.
smell: wheat, malt, banana, other fruit, and spices
taste: wheat, spices, it's pretty complex and hard for me to tell exactly what i am tasting, but nonetheless it tastes good.
mouthfeel: pretty good feel, nice and smooth and crisp, kinda bubbly.
drinkability: pretty good beer, definitely drinkable again.

overall pretty good, i've haven't had many dark hefeweizens, but this one's good, although i do like weihenstephaner's regular hefeweiss beer better.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 11:01:44 | More by ghurux86
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Redrover

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Glunz Bavaria Haus on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. .5 Liter correctly marked glass!

The beer is a slightly hazy coco brown with an impressive beige head.

The beer had a fresh aroma of banana, spices and a bit of toasted biscuit.

The taste was great. I found the expected clove/banana and a really nice toasty under pinning. This dunkel is slightly earthy with some dark fruit notes with a bit of a dry finish.

Great smooth mouth; this is an extremely easy drinker. Hats off the brewery & hats off to Glunz for taking such good care of this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2006 19:30:07 | More by Redrover
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a Guinness imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Very hazy amber/orangeish color. Two fingered fluffy white head that left no lacing.

Smell- Absolutely incredible. Lemon, orange, coriander, yeast, malts. Very pronounced aromas.

Taste- Yeasty/breadyness up front, some light citrus, not much roasted malt character. No hop profile either.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall- This is a good beer, but not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 18:46:36 | More by Seanniek91
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Aenema

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Murky brown the color of syrup mixed with melted butter. Topped with light tan foam. Leaves splotchy lacing along the glass.
Smell - Banana, clove.
Taste - Lots of banana, a bit of clove. Some sweet caramel malt with a wheat note.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Well-balanced.
Drinkability - A very easy-drinking beer with a nice balance of flavor, body, and carbonation. I could easily drink this for a long, long time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 02:07:29 | More by Aenema
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goalie33

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into 500mL Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.
A: Hazy brown beer, cannot see anything through it, topped with 3 fingers of white head which sticks around. Highly carbonated with lots of fine bubble streaming towards the top.
S: Clove and banana, just like in the original, but with an added strong maltiness.
T: Initial strong flavors of banana clove and malt. Finishes dry with little lingering aftertaste.
M/D: Medium body with a soda-like mouthfeel. Fades to nothing. Very drinkable beer. Goes down effortlessly and quite refreshing.

The only fault I can find with this beer is the dryness that it leaves in the mouth. Otherwise, it is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 04:46:41 | More by goalie33
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SwillBilly

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel poured from a 16.9 oz bottle in a Paulaner weissbier glass.

Appearance: Pours deep amber to medium brown with a huge, off white, pillowing head. The creamy, fluffy head dissipates slowly to an off-white blanket of tightly bubbled foam on top of the beer. Lacing is minimal on my weissbier glass.

Smell: Fresh banana bread jumps out of the glass along with the sweet smell of caramel malt. Really fruity along with fresh baked bread makes this a very aromatic weissbier.

Taste: Plenty of fruity sweet malt ply the beginning with hints of banana and clove. The middle is full of fresh baked bread that transitions to a finish that has hints of sweet caramel, more fruit and a subtle wheat flavor and bubblegum. Just the slightest bit of hops peak through at the end with a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Ultra creamy and smooth, feels great in the mouth. Carbonation is right where it needs to be. Very nice texture.

Drinkability/Notes: A highly drinkable Hefe Dunkel. Rich and creamy in the mouth with flavors of fresh banana bread, cloves, and bubblegum. Fruity and caramel sweet. Extremely easy to drink at 5.3 % abv and very refreshing. My first hefe dunkel and it’s a nice contrast to a hefeweissbier, doesn’t have that lemony thing going on that most hefes seem to have. Definitely a beer and style that I will have again. Another quality beer from the folks at Weihenstephaner. Seek and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 00:18:19 | More by SwillBilly
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pojo41

Mississippi

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel brown color with a fluffy white head that left a nice lacing all the way down the glass.
Typical Weihenstephaner aroma of of banana with clove undertones with a touch of vanilla.
Flavor of banana and clove with a caramel malt underneath it all.
Good feel on the palate without being too thin. Easy to drink. Another excellent weissbier from Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:16:36 | More by pojo41
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cbl2

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8/9/2005 $2.69 500 mL 5.30% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with approximately an inch of tan foarm that has good retention due to an abundance of carbonation.

Aroma:

Very rich ripe banana aroma with a heady dose of yeast and a touch of clove.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth and creamy with a burst of banana split and yeasty bread-like flavors. Transitions to a slightly bitter finish with a hint of clove. Extremely complex for a weiss, this is both an excellent value and an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2006 17:12:01 | More by cbl2
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philberinghele

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Kaiser's Army
Fun, Fun on the Autobahn
Rolf and Florian

So the winner in my dunkle weizen taste off is definitely Ayinger Ur Weisse. This one just doesn't have much character. While Ayinger has a banana bread quality, this is just a slight variation on the hefe weizen = boring. I want something that I have to chew, not a thin, meek beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 03:56:10 | More by philberinghele
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure on the date of this. Poured into an Erdinger Weissbier glass.

A - Pours a deep hazy golden brown with a great big lively head and bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Beautiful beer in this glass.

S - Crisp citrus, roasted malts, spicy yeastyness. Smells great.

T - A bit bland, not quite what I would have expected from the nose. It's all there, just quite subdued. Tastes pretty good, dark roasted malts, a citrusy bite, some yeast. Just not as lively as the nose.

M - Medium body, very smooth and crisp. Pretty nice mouthfeel.

O (D) - I don't particularly like or know this style, but it's a pretty good beer. I would seek it out in Germany, but not in the States.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 23:41:24 | More by ColdPoncho
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky rust-orange color with a glistening off-white, bubbly head. The smell is like a typical hefe - cloves, yeast, slightly sweet and this one is a bit bready. Taste is similar to the nose, very clovey and spicy... very similar to Weihenstephaner's traditional Hefe. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a frothy, creamy carbonation and incredibly smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, another testament to the quality of beer from "the world's oldest brewery".

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 02:21:16 | More by gmfessen
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bigalk

Australia

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle at our Octoberfest, hadn't had one since same time last year. Obvious phenolics in the aroma with that hint of caramel and chocolate. Slight wheat tartness and then rounded off with the coloure malt flavours. A bloody nice change from the lighter weizenbier

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 10:49:16 | More by bigalk
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strangemusic

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what to expect going into this one, but was surprised!

It poured caramel-coloured hazy brown (kind of weird actually, almost rootbeer-like...), the head was nicely bubbly, not too dense, and stayed up well.

There was less of the typical orange and clove thing that one might expect from a regular wheat beer... instead, you get red apple, spice, vanilla, malt (none bursting out, but muted and subtle)... then sweet caramelized sugar.

The taste had lots of that spiced character contrasted with crisp red apple, biscuity flavours, earthiness, a hint of cherry and bitterness as well as that late caramelized sweetness. Really nice and lots of different layers.

Mouthfeel was delicately balanced: just enough body weight and fullness, but still very crisp and clean. There's a lingering dryness from the wheat at the end of the sip.

It's not as delightfully quaffable as its traditional wheat siblings, but makes up for it with loads more complexity!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 14:53:52 | More by strangemusic
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Litterbean

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just a good, all-round dunkel.

Brownish mahogany color, nice head, fluffy, if you will.

Smells of yeast, grapes, lemon, and bananas.

Sweet, fruity, juicy taste. Sugary sweetness with a blend of grape jelly, bananas, and citrus. Refreshing on the palate. Yeast notes permeate throughout. Easy to put down, that's for damn sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 08:44:54 | More by Litterbean
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle with a batch-code on the back label. It pours an opaque mahogany, with lively carbonation that builds up a three-finger head, which reduces to a quarter-inch and leaves little lacing. One the nose it's bananas, spicy yeast, wheat, chocolate?, some grassiness, a touch of cloves and perhaps some nuttiness. Light wheat and chocolate on the palate, yeast, a mild bitterness, and just a kiss of green hops on top of a medium, tingly and dry, yet smooth body. Very drinkable and quite delicious - one of the benchmarks for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 18:33:44 | More by mmmbeer
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BassAssassin

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown in color with a thick head. Hazy appearance.

S: Slight hint of black licorice. Mainly a musty, yeast smell with a aromas of green apples. Spot on for the style.

T: Very similar to a standard hefeweizen. Clove and green apple with undertones of banana. The flavor of the yeast seems to hold everything together.

M: Light and refreshing with a perfect amount of carbonation. The malt sweetness makes for a rounded mouthfeel. Airy and fluffy due to the wheat.

D: Highly drinkable and very refreshing. This would make a superb session beer. Also, a perfect brew for hot weather. This is the benchmark for this particular style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 00:06:15 | More by BassAssassin
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brownish orange colour, two fingers of white head, quite a bit of lace. Smell is of sweet malt with some banana and bubblegum, lots of yeasty qualities, clove and other spice there as well, almost a little 'christmas' like at times, also light cocoa/chocolate points. Taste is of darker sweet malts, dark bread like, bits of banana and slightly yeasty, a cocoa like sweetness, quite spicy, clove and pepper as well, the finish had a bit of warm spice thats kind of cinnamon like, spicy aftertaste. Medium and fairly active carbonation, medium body and a touch creamy. Very nice stuff here, very drinkable and something I will pick up as frequent as possible, spectacular on a nice warm day.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 15:11:10 | More by peensteen
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review #100! Pours a swamp-like hybrid color, dark copper and dark tan, opaque and murky with an off-white head that plumps up big time and looks super thick and creamy. The head is long lasting and easy to conjure up from nothing due to the volatile nature of the brew. Nose hits just like you'd expect with an initial bubblegum hint, quickly surrounded by clove and some other kitchen spices, maybe coriander. Both malty and fruity on the tongue - bananas are, of course, the most prevalent, followed by plums and grapes. Yeast sinks into the tastebuds and provides a nice, toasted-bread-like backbone for the sweet fruity malts to stand upon. No real apparent bitterness here, and hops aren't noticeable unless you try extremely hard (and even then, it's probably all in your mind). But this brew was meant for the malt! Thin-medium body with a great deal of carbonation, leaving a nice snap on the tongue up front and through the finish.

Another amazing brew by Weihenstephaner. Hits all the marks and traits you'd expect from a hefeweissbier - bananas, cloves, breads, yeast, toasty malts, etc. Remains simple while exceeding at everything it does. This is a must-try, and the best part is that it's readily available in most places.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 13:20:40 | More by tectactoe
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barczar

Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky medium brown with yeast sediment floaties and a frothy, puffy 2 inch cream head that won't quit. As it does dissipate, it leaves sticky lacing.

Orange, coriander, and banana accompany yeast in the initial aroma. Notes if clove and lemon complement the wheat character well. Citrus dominates.
There's a slightly bready note and a touch of floral sweetness.

Flavor reveals tart lemon, bubblegum, and banana underlying a wheaty, slightly bready backbone. Clove, orange, and slightly plasticy phenols add complexity. The finish is fairly bready, peppery, and floral.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with fairly high carbonation.

Definitely more malt character than the hefe, which suits my palate well. Excellent yeast esters.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 21:58:31 | More by barczar
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is full of wheat, toffee and cloves with quite a bit of banana mixed in. A very nice aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and brown sugar notes, as well as some wheat and banana. All of the notes meld together perfectly as I have come to expect from Weihenstephaner wheat beers.

Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:35:43 | More by Mora2000
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niknar

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep, dark, burgundy-orangish with an almost chocolate tone to the color. Excellent head (slightly off-white) with much better than average retention and nice lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, and typical citrus notes. Very good flavor with very understated hop bitterness and aggressive sour wheat hitting the tongue first. Notable carbonation, but balanced well. Finishes strong with the sour flavor contributing to the dry ending. Mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from the style - light and refreshing with good carbonation. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. My only regret is that I only have this one bottle!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 22:26:30 | More by niknar
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A murky Iced Tea looking beer with a thick rich head sitting on top.
Banana and clove dominate this beers smell, with some other spices such as cinnamon.
Excellent malt presence with some cinnamon and clove. Banana is more subtle but still present.
Great body, well carbonated with a good consistency.
I wish I could by this beer by the gallon, I would have no trouble finishing any amount of this beer. An absolutely fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 02:32:48 | More by alovesupreme
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Slightly cloudy, golden brown beer with a huge frothy, tan head; lacing is good

S: Typical weiss beer aromas: coriander, banana, grains; also a subtle honey and tea leaf quality; some grainy malty underneath the yeastiness; a bit subdued in all, but at the end there is a touch of sour mash aromas that are interesting

T: Banana, cloves, lemon up front but a pleasant roasted (a tad burnt) malt undertone; this is a grainy and somewhat simple yet delicious beer

F: Seemingly thin and watery but the beer does sit nicely on the tongue long after it is down the throat

D: Such a refreshing beer; I could drink this all day--especially on a hot summer's day; another stellar beer from the world's oldest brewery

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:49:56 | More by dbossman
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