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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,503
Reviews: 1,014
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 209
Gots: 183 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Quaffer
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer was a light golden brown at first. After the addition of the good stuff from the bottom of the bottle, it became a very murky, dark brown. The light beige head exploded and filled up more than half the glass. The rest of the pouring was slow going as I could only put a little beer in the glass at a time due to the production of foam. As the head settled it was fluffy, creamy, and dense, leaving a moderate amount of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Raw grains and citrus dominated the aroma. Compared to the straight Weihenstephan hefe, this one had quite a bit more lemon on the nose. There was less grain and the banana and clove were more in the background, though they were apparent. Very slight hints of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, but there was a nice chewiness along the sides of the tongue. Light and refreshing, with lively carbonation but no roughness.

Taste: A solid base of raw grain and wheat was present. A light lemon flavor floated over the top of this, and banana and clove provided some background depth. Well into the finish is where some dry cocoa kicked in and reminded me that I was drinking a dunkel.

Not quite as lively and complex as the straight hefe, in my opinion. A damn fine beer nonetheless.

Photo of botham
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pint bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a caramel brown color with amber highlights and a full head of a light tan color and a dense consistency. mild lacings and good retention.

aroma is of wheat malt and a distinct base of light citrus and a touch of caramel malt. very light notes of toffee round out the profile, making this a nice dunkel in the nose.

taste is of mild wheat malt and a touch of citrus up front, with a smooth and satisfying finish of light caramel malt and wheat malt. a bit thin upon finishing, though nicely composed on the palate.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lightly tart texture and a thin finish of mildly sweet undertones.

drinkability is good. this is a well proportioned dunkel with just enough caramel malts to satisfy the palate, and enough restraint on the citrus and wheat malt to keep it honest. a nice play of subtleties for the palate, with a satisfying finish. cheers!

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton not long ago, along with a few other Weihenstephan offerings. I like my Dark Hefe's and this was about as good as it got. Although it was a bit more watery and less full than I envisioned, this was an amazingly smooth and easygoing beer, that should be pleasing to all!

This may have been the only beer I've ever had that overflowed as soon as I opened it. The head was quite voluminous and even when I poured it out, I had to let it settle for quite a while before I head a decent amount of liquid in my glass. The nose was that of wheat and banana and it was only when I tasted it that a slight sugar and caramel undertone could be felt. This reminded me of a Weizenbock because of the dark hue and mouthfeel, but there weren't any fruit flavors here. Just a bit of sourness in the back and a bit too much of a watery taste. Surprisingly, there was not a lot of lacing to be seen as I worked my way through my session.

I bought the big bottle of this and could have easily had another, since the alcohol was nearly undetectable. This was nicely balanced because of the dark malt and readily enjoyable. Anyone looking for a textbook example of this style need not look any further. This is about as good as it gets!

Photo of rangerred
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with tons of carbonation. Had to wait awhile for the head to settle before I could pour the rest into the glass.

Smells quite yeasty along with banana and bubblegum. A slight bit of earthy caramel is detectable as well.

The banana/bubblegum yeastyness is quite prevalent on the taste but is quickly followed by a very light caramel malt. Quite a bit of sweetness is present as well as tons of carbonation. Just a very slight bitterness on the finish.

Overall this is a very refreshing and flavorful beer. My one complaint would be that it is a tad bit sweet but it is just a minor issue. A top notch beer in the end.

Photo of Hibernator
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dark
16.9 oz brown bottle
Jet ink 8105 on the back label
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a cloudy light copper brown color with a massive, fluffy and puffy head on top. Awesome sticky lace patterns cling to the glassware.

Pleasant aroma with whiffs of banana, German Hefeweizen yeast bombs and fruity esters.

Fruit apples dipped in juicy caramel with strong banana flavors in the background. Hints of brown sugar, nutmeg spice and vanilla.

A very solid German Dunkel Weizen and quite enjoyable.

Photo of fastsrt
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1-5-2009
bottle to flute glass
appearance: opaque, Golden brown, big pillowy head
aromatics: herbal qualities malt the nose was not what i expected
flavor: cloves, toasted malt and wheat, lots of banana
finish: balanced with lingering herbal qualities.
nicely balanced beer that is drinkable, with a head that lasted till the last sip, it went well with pan seared yellowfin tuna.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a weizen glass from the 500mL.

This beer pours a hazy brown with a frothy white head that holds and laces well. The smell is very strong with the wheat. The taste mimicks the smell. I expected more of a roasted flavor but didnt get one. The mouthfeel is nice and overall highly drinkable, a great beer.

Photo of TLove
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

Bottle from Rodman's in D.C.

Toasty brown, hazy color with soft, creamy head. Smell is spicy, with amber, wheaty malts with light blackberry flavor. Taste is quite good. I expected this to be a little on the lighter side, but this was really full-bodied and engrossing. Particularly full of nutmeg, brown sugar, and banana flavors. A little toasted caramel in there as well. Right there with Schneiderweisse, which I judge to be one of the best Dunkelweizens I've ever had.

Finishes soft and smooth. Refreshing, yet a real drinking experience.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel of toffe color, enormous head develops that dies quietly leaving gobs of terrific white lace on the glass.
Aromas of dark malt, banana bread, cloves, yeast and hint of green apple are present.
Tastes of sweet caramle, light raisins, bread/yeast and hint of hop bitterness prevail.
Mouthfeel is very good, dry yet refreshing on the palate, sweet yet spciy and balanced.

Beer is not quite as good as the normal Hefe but excellent nonetheless

Photo of Kulrak
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy caramel brown color with 2cm of creamy tan head that shrinks a little, but never really goes away. It smells of yeast, banana, raisins and some hops I can't identify. Very pleasant. The taste is much like the aroma, yeast, banana, raisins, just enough hoppy bitterness to balance it out. The mouthfeel is very fizzy like a hefe should be, but still somewhat heavy and not watery at all. Overall, it's very drinkable, like every other Weihenstephaner beer I've ever had.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the breezy point inn at greenwood lake - the waitress taught me the correct pronunciation when i ordered - following a hofbrau maibock - chunky brown with a 1 1/2 finger head - smells sweet and malty - i agree with the heffe/dark malt take on this beer's taste - crisp and malty sweet - goes down easy.

Photo of guitarmage
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish brown, like a dark iced tea, yellow light passes through the bottom of the glass, head is ample and rocky and white.

Smell: Lots of sweetness, brown sugar, cloves, yeast, banana breadiness is less noticeable.

Taste: Big malty flavor like a tame tripel, less spicy than the hefeweissbier, brown sugar and a little maple, very dry in the finish, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Quality, smooth and fizzy carbonation that tickles your mouth and slips down your throat.

Drinkability: I prefer their light hefeweizen in flavor, but this is very delicious and went well with a reuben sandwich.

Photo of rjimlad
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love helles hefes so I was keen to hace a crack at this. Poured into Oz schooner glass and there was a good rich head which I made overflow. Bugger. Anyhow, there was a lovely caramel, wheaty aroma which was even more present in the taste. This flavour was cut by a nice clovey, stewed apple note which balanced off the sweeter taste. Not much hops and the more I drank the more interesting things I tasted. Roast beef? Dark chocolate? Its all there but the banana I like in the hefes. The mouthfeel was nice and rich with a full body but rather sticky like a dessert. The carbonation is perfect with continuous moderate bead. I love this and now have a need for it. Now!

Photo of magnj
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - First glass was a nice clear brown, second was hazy from yeast. Big fluffy head in my snifter.

S - Typical clean hefe yeast you expect from them, with a little dark fruit in the mix. Deeper malt aromas than in the normal hefe version.

T - Again pretty similar to their regular hefe but a bit of a bigger body, maybe a little less sweet. Major yeast contribution, this time with a deeper malt taste. Vaguely chocolate at the end. I like it very much.

M/D - Average body, great drinkability. I could easily drink a couple of these on a cool summer evening and it wouldn't kill the wallet, decent price near me for the quality.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy dark apple cider color with a large head of fluffy white foam. No lacing, medium to medium high level of carbonation.

S: Buttery dark caramel malts, sweet husk, some minor notes of spices and herbs. Very fresh aroma.

T: Light buttery malts marked with roasted earth and grain. A slight yeasty note toward the finish. A hint of natural sugar sweetness blends well. Solid wheaty backbone. Nice.

M: Medium/light bodied and quite bubbly. Goes down well. Smoothness from the wheat element is present.

D: Pretty good. Right on the money. Perhaps one of the better Dunkel Weizen's i've had this year.

Notes: Would be an excellent change up beer for summer months. Recommended drinking.

Photo of Terp96
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. I love how it combines the attributes of the underated dunkel with the ever popular hefeweizen.

This beer is a cloudy brown color in the glass. This particular bottle must have been disturbed as it took a couple of small pours to get it in my glass. Huge, thick off-white head.

Like a typical hefeweizen, you can smell the banana clove flavors but this one also has a dark malt, almost smokey aroma as well.

Like the smell, the taste says hefeweizen but the strong malt character is definitely present. Roasted malt dominates the front with a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Not thin but not cloying. Just right.

I could drink this all night. It is a shame it is so warm in October. This is a perfect fall/winter beer.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours cloudy brown with a lasting frothy tan to light brown head. Head does leave some lacing on the glass.
S: a darker malty banana, yeast, not much clove but a little bubble gum
T: smooth flavors, a very light nuttiness to add along with the yeast is rather nice. Some banana and just a touch of clove. There is just a touch of hop grassiness in the aftertaste
M: very smooth, almost creamy. Carbonation seems light but is enough to maintain the head very well
Overall its a good example of a dunkel weissen. Smooth flavors, nothing too odd.

Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly cloudy amber pour with an enormous slightly off-white head atop it. Excellent retention and just a hint of lacing on the glass.

S: Banana, pear, cloves and wheat.

T: More banana and cloves, with some pear. Wheaty bread with caramel.

M: Pretty thin but not overly so. Super smooth and crisp.

O: Super simple but tasty and drinkability is off the scale.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnished brown color with a huge, tightly-packed head that looks just magnificent in the glass. Some lacing but not a ton.

Pleasing aroma of clove that jumps right out of the glass and permeates the surrounding area. It hardly smells different from the regular hefe, which is a great compliment.

Mostly phenolics in the flavor as well; whereas the regular hefe leads with the banana and backs up with clove and spicing, this one is the opposite. While there is plenty of both, the clove is really huge.

Other than regular hefeweizen flavors, there's a touch of cocoa and baked banana bread. Some more malt flavor; significantly carbonated which is both pleasing to the palate with the scrubbing bubbles but also a little much in that it seems to lighten the body a bit.

Really terrific dunkelweizen, I need to drink some more, but compared with the standard hefeweizen versus an Aventinus I find it somewhat lacking in complexity and heft.

Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500ml bottle.

A - Amber with good clarity and a huge beige head.

S - Loads of banana, cloves and vanilla.

T - It's got the bananas and cloves you'd expect from a hef along with a malty sweetness that balances it out and tames the normally spicier flavors. I personally prefer a straight hef but the dunkel is a nice twist.

M - Moderate consistency and high in carbonation.

D - A very clean and crisp beer that's a pleasure to drink.

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Tasty looking brew. Pours a very cloudy, copper-brown color. Very much looks like iced-tea. A huge three inch thick off white head forms, with excellent retention. Lots of malt of yeast smells, with hints of spices,cloves and bananas. Very nice combination of wheat and malt flavors. A little sweetness in there, like sweet apple cider. Excellent mouthfeel very light and refreshing. Way too easy to drink. A great beer to enjoy, on a hot summer's day. a must try!!

Photo of Toddv29424
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of brown with a bit of redness to it. Very large head, especially if poured with any slashing. Had to wait some time before I was able to pour the whole thing in. Definitely a matly nose, most likely of the toasted variety, and also a hint of brown sugar or something equally sweet. Taste is great. Perfect level of carbonation, noticeable but not overpowering. Again the sweet brown sugar taste is back in the middle of the tongue, this time with nut added. Finishes pleasantly with candied fruits and more clove-like spices. This beer goes down very easy as well, if this were more readily available I would drink it all the time!

Photo of alexolit
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this beer at Number One Liquor in Redondo Beach, CA.

The beer poured with a two-finger head and a cloudy, honey-brown complexion. The head retention was good seeing as the head lasted throughout. The aroma was pleasing, presenting with a light spiciness, fruity esters, a bread-like heartiness, and no noticeable hop presence. The taste bore a strong malt sweetness, light spiciness on the tongue, and cloves. The mouthfeel is pleasing with a light coating left on the tongue. Overall, this is a good beer, hearty and satisfying.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a .5L Weihenstephan Weiss Glass
On-tap at Schnitzel Platz in Glendale Heights, IL for Oktoberfest

I've had this beer in the past and remember liking it, now I finally got a chance to review it. The appearance is of a cloudy dirty brown color that is to be associated with the dunkelweizen. This was also given to me with two fingers of very pillowy head. The smell is of the traditional belgian yeasts which include the heavy smells of banana and clove. In addition there were aromas of orange zest and the overall bready malt aroma. The taste was strongly of the banana, clove and citrus most closely associated with orange. There were also hints of rock candy and brown sugar. The mouthfeel was creamy and delicious as only a good weiss bier should be. This was quite drinkable and very pleasant. I recommend having this if given the opportunity.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was a cloudy copper color with lots of rising carbonation. The one finger of light khaki colored head displayed very good retention and left lacing in bands. The aroma was of caramel malt, butterscotch, candi sugar and some hints of dark fruits. The flavors were just like the aroma with a pleasant sweetness from the malts balanced by a good note of spicy, hoppy bitterness that seemed to blossom as the beer warmed up. I also tasted cloves, lots of wheat and some banana notes from the yeast. Complex and enjoyable. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium but the carbonation just a touch too high for my liking.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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