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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 166
Gots: 101 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of spoony


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

From a 500 ml bottle (code says 6353) into a hefe glass.

A-A gentle pour produces a dense, two-finger head of off-white foam. Retention is quite good and the head is supported by active carbonation that is visible through the haze. The beer is brassy copper in color.

S-The aroma is heavy on the banana esters and dough with a light lemon tartness. There is a gentle cocoa aroma and a faint bit of maltiness. It is very hefe like and would have expected more malt aromas, but damn if this isn't an inviting aroma.

T-The taste is not quite as lively and fruity as the aroma. There is still a lot of banana and some lemon, but there are also more subdued, earthy flavors like wet wheat, and a bit of toast. I taste some clove spice on the finish.

M-The feel is medium in heft with good drinkability and carbonation that trends toward soft and creamy.

O-This is yet another good wheat beer from Weihenstephan. I don't know that this brew provides the malt flavors I would expect from the style, which hurts the score, but the wheat beer aspect of this thing is nailed. Good looks, nice feel, inviting aroma, but a bit mild on the palate.

03-27-2014 00:47:07 | More by spoony
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Iconic, reliable, and very pleasing dark wheat brew.

Presentation: 500 ml. bottle. Old fashion label design around the brand text and seal. Front label notes general style and originality, and brags about being the oldest brewery in the world. Lacks freshness or bottling dates. Notes brewing according to the reinheistgebot, and Alc. by Vol. (5.3%) Poured into a tall weisse glass.

A - Brown hazy pour with a tremendous foamy head that climbs above the rim, with great retention and fine lacing throughout the duration.

S - Wheat and yeasty smell, with a soft caramel note over the clove and spices.

T - Spicy wheat taste with a soft range of spices and a caramel hint.

M - Medium-light body with similar carbonation and a thickness.

D - Very high drinkability. Inviting dark complexities with a moderate alcohol and easy body.

Notes: A very nice dark wheat brew, that is one of the best from the typical German offerings for this style.

02-04-2010 01:53:37 | More by Daniellobo
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North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color and the cap leaves some streaky lace behind

Smell: Banana and clove with undertones of caramel

Taste: Caramel and clove, up front, with banana flavor building; after the swallow, vanilla, nuts and tart apple elements arrive though the sweeter flavors on the front end return to drive the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy and spritzy

Overall: While I prefer Weihenstephaner's regular hefe better, this is a great example of the dunkle version

06-01-2013 15:30:33 | More by brentk56
Photo of merlin48


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle served in a Kapuziner weissbier glass produces a hazy chestnut body with an immense tan head. Good retention and lots of clingy and splotchy lacing left behind.

Wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread and tangy wheat accented by spicy hops, ripe banana, and faint clove.

Very creamy mouthfeel with low medium carbonation and a medium body.

Taste is topnotch for style. Spicy hops play off the bready maltiness all the way through to create an ideal balance. Bubble gum, banana, clove, and wheat notes add a lot of depth.

Very drinkable, and at 5.3% abv, quite sessionable.

07-13-2008 14:12:42 | More by merlin48
Photo of RickS95


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours an attractive medium brown. The sharp contrast between the brown beer and the bright white head is impressive. Said head is relatively thick with good retention.

Smells fabulous with all the spices. Serious malt character, loads of cloves and ripe banana make this a must have. Truly the epitome of the style.

Again, serious malt in this thing. The cloves are ever present and the banana greets you in the swallow.

It's mostly sweet with lots of spicy undertones until the finish, where a slight sourness creeps in. It's very easy to drink.

There's a lot going on with this beer so it may not appeal to everyone. But it's a good representation of the type. They've been making beer for a billion years, so it's not surprising it's good.

09-12-2011 01:50:02 | More by RickS95
Photo of berkey


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Forms a large light tan head when poured into a weizen glass. Body is a cloudy and hazy medium brown. Head dies slowly and retains a about half an inch or so for nearly the entire tasting. Carbonation appears to be very light.

Smells of bananas, unsweetened chocolate, cinnamon and other spices. Actually detected some mild yeast aroma which I wasn't expecting (edit: yeast smell may be because I poured in some of the yeast sediment from the bottle). I'm not very familiar with this style so it's quite a unique aroma for me.

No surprises here. Palate follows though very faithfully on the smell with the same chocolate, bananas, and spice. Mouthfeel is a little watery for my taste, was hoping it would be a little creamier. Drinkability is very high.

I'm kind of embarassed I've not given this style a fair shot before as I'm more into Belgian and English styles. While not exactly up my alley this was very interesting and enjoyable. After this I'm going to take a second look to see which other styles I've been missing out on.

05-14-2009 04:54:37 | More by berkey
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A = Milk chocolate color, light evenly hazy translucent liquid, off white head of small bubbles.

S = Bananas and milk chocolate are the predominant themes in this one. Well balanced smells.

T = Good sweet flavors of whole wheat bread, fruity banana, tart citrus. Lot of great flavors and well balanced. Only downfall is that it is a little too watery.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating.

D = This is a very pleasant drinking beer, I could easily see having several of these at the biergarten.

03-17-2009 23:26:53 | More by Traquairlover
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A- Murky brown. Very cloudy/unfiltered. Swirling the bottle at about a 1/3 remaining to break up anything lingering in the bottle. Head is nice and creamy, and it remains throughout.

S- Cloves and banana: the classic German wheat beer smell. Also has a small malty scent to it.

T- Banana nut bread with cloves. Has a malty backbone and an overall spiciness. Only the slightest amount of bitterness. The brewer's site says the Bitterness Unit is 14, which seems to be on par with the beer.

M- Medium. Not harsh at all. Very easy on the drinkability. I found it refreshing, but that's just me.

Overall, the beer was just excellent. The flavors are very balanced and seem to complement one each other. If you like wheat beers/hefeweizens, dark beers, or both, this beer IS for you!

02-18-2012 00:15:19 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of tzieser


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

a: poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan glass. pours a hazy brownish color, with a nice three finger head that slowly settles. a tad darker than expected, but it still looks outstanding.

s: great weizen aroma. cloves, banana-- all are there. slight undertones of...bubblegum? a bit more of a malty body to it, compared to their normal hefeweizen. really good.

t: cloves and banana are at the forefront. not much citrus, but some is definitely there. i can also still pickup that bubblegum flavor. really delicious.

m&d: great mouthfeel and drinkability. a great session beer, especially on a nice fall day.

great stuff. definitely worth trying.

01-27-2010 23:35:43 | More by tzieser
Photo of weeare138


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Appears a murky brown with a huge 3 finger white head with scattered lacing.
Smell is of the trademark Weihenstephaner yeast that makes this an unmistakeable classic. Bananas, fresh bread, caramel, and perhaps a hint of anise.
Taste is of sugary bread, caramel candy, and light bananas. The finest of all dunel weizens. I wish I had this on draft right now...that is the true Capo di tutti capi in the world of Dunkel Weizens.
Mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied, and sugary. Nice.
Drinkability is very nice and enjoyable. One of the nicest German brews available.

08-14-2005 16:22:28 | More by weeare138
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A - Poured up a three finger head in my tulip glass, massive head, tight small bubbles leaving a huge lace on the glass. Colours of copper and orange shining through.

S - Bready, yeasty, sweetbread all come through, subtle herby, clove like smell in the backround. Definitely malt driven with hops barely noticable.

T - Intial taste of fresh bread, followed by a yeasty, earthy, malt flavour that reminds me of chewing on some freshly cracked pale malt and wheat malt. Like the smell, the hops are all backround, balancing out the sweetness of the malt perfectly. Classic clove, banana, candi flavours of wheat beers are all there, but all very subtle. An impressive taste that lingers on.

M - A thick, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, that seems to stick to the roof of mouth forever.

D - Personally, I can't session wheat beer's like this. The bread flavours seem to fill me up too much and won't leave room for any other booze. But still an awesome beer that I will endeavour to drink more of.

07-08-2009 09:18:57 | More by THEMGG
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A - This may be the lightest Dunkel I have ever had. A shade darker than the Hefeweizen, hazy with a solid inch of sticky white head.
S - Like the Hefe its filled with banana like yeasts, coriander, and a touch of plums/dark fruit.
T - Taste is a bit sweeter than the Hefeweizen and the yeast is not as cloying which is nice. The fruity aspect blends well with the bready flavors of the malt perfectly. Wheat and orange peel is balanced.
M - Light to medium in body, very refreshing stuff.

Overall this is a great Dunkel my only gripe is not much dark fruit or dark color but I can let that slide since this beer is pure delicious.

05-01-2013 04:16:48 | More by DrDemento456
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Haven't had many Dunkels but I love the original Hefeweiss, worth a shot in my book.

A- Pours into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass with a deep amber, murky body. Massive and uber foamy head forms and takes up half to three fourths of the glass. I patiently wait for it to fall. A few thick webs of lace.

S- Right off the bat I get that signature Weihenstephaner yeast profile. A nice balance of banana, esters, cloves/spice and straw. A nice amount of wheat bread is present as well as dark fruit and malts. A bit of citrus peel. Overall I think it is just a tiny bit darker and a bit more heavy on clove/esters than the Original.

T- Follows the nose, pretty much like I expected. A nice balance of yeast esters, banana, spice, straw, wheat, bread, dark fruit, citrus peel, brown sugar and some dark toasty malt. If this is supposed to be a darker version of the Original Hefeweiss, it pretty much hits it on the head but a bit sweet.

MF- Light end body with silky smooth carbonation. Not much in the way of bitterness. Fairly sweet.

DB- Certainly a version of their classic beer with just a bit of darkness, in the way of malt and fruit. I just love the Weihenstephaner yeast profile. This beer could use a bit more body and maybe a bit less sweetness.

02-25-2011 02:48:14 | More by cbutova
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

07-14-2014 22:17:35 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

06-05-2011 05:14:14 | More by Spider889
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

12-19-2004 11:01:44 | More by ghurux86
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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!

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

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

12-06-2012 18:46:36 | More by Seanniek91
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

12-27-2010 04:46:41 | More by goalie33
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

09-27-2006 00:18:19 | More by SwillBilly
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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


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


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


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.

08-01-2006 17:12:01 | More by cbl2
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

06-01-2007 03:56:10 | More by philberinghele
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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