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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,343 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 173
Gots: 116 | 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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Photo of JoeBloe
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

JoeBloe, May 23, 2009
Photo of KingHeroical
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly cloudy - dark copper. Lots of thick rocky head which lasted for quite a while.

Smell: some malt but mostly fruity esters (as it should be with a wheat-beer IMHO). Banana really stands out, without being overpowering.

Taste: really delivers on the smell - nicely malty with lots of fruity presence. Again, banana really makes itself known, but not in an intrusive way - sweet without being cloying, and a hint of hops to keep it all in check. There is also a sour tanginess that is really fantastic.

Excellent beer start to finish.

KingHeroical, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Tonmeister
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured in pint mug

Appearance: Dark, cloudy brownish, mahogany, with a half-finger head off white.

Smell: The aroma is just like a classic heffeweizen. Roasted malts, caramel with a fruity blend of apples.

Taste: It tastes like a toned down heffeweizen. The wheat presence is not as heavy, but to compensate for it there is a nice fruity blend along with this beer. Not bitter at all and can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: moderate body with crisp moderate carbonation. Very refreshing on my palate.

Overall: I could drink this all day, especially on hot summer days. This is a very refreshing beer that is perfect as a session ale.

Tonmeister, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of rjimlad
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

rjimlad, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy medium brown in color with some golden and orange highlights when held up to the light and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of banana and clove along with some lighter notes of wheat, darker malts, yeast, and spices.

T: Tastes very similar to the smell with wheat and darker malts upfront and moderate to strong flavors of banana, clover, yeast, and spices.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Refreshing and smooth.

O: Enjoyable and extremely easy to drink - sessionable and refreshing.

dbrauneis, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Saudereth
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had the pleasure of having the three Weihenstephaner beers in the top 250 in the past week. I'll probably upload my written reviews for the other two along with several other beers soon. For now this is my first review, hopefully it's not done miserably!

A: Darkened gold, almost a bronze. Murky, see through around the edges, but not in the center. Foams up quickly when poured, dissipates quickly.

S: Fruit notes come through, I don't pick up much else. The fruit are the usual citrus notes for this style.

T: Light and fruity. Although this is darker than the not dunkel version of this beer, this is by no means a dark beer. The fruit compared to the lighter version is slightly lighter, but still enjoyable.

M: Light, which is to be expected with the style.

O: This is a great example of this style from a brewery who excels at it. I preferred the lighter version, but this was still enjoyable. If you enjoy the German style I would definitely look this beer up along with the other beers from Weihenstephaner. If you're not, this probably won't be your speed.

Saudereth, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of magnj
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

magnj, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1760th review on BA
Bottle to Speiglau Wheat glass
500 ml

App- Out of the bottle, a mix of browns and a bit of golds.A nice puffy 2-1/2 finger head that was a long time to settle. A bit of whites flecked in the center of the glass. Nice deep cling and lace.

Smell- A very good Dunkelweizen. A good mix of the base hefeweizen with a deeper richer malt nose. A bit of dark fruits like a quad with some rich caramels. A classic aroma to say the least.

Taste- Very similar to the the Hefe from this brewery. They nail the style with a bit of malts, wheat and caramel on the flavors. Well balanced and a bit spicy. The overall flavors and tastes dont overwhelm but compliment eachother.

Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium body with a pretty thick carbonation. A bit more caramel on the residual flavors than i wouldve thought, but very good non the less.

Drink- Its in the top 250 for a reason. I like the hefe better though.

FosterJM, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Frozensoul327, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from arrowine

looks like thin chocolate in a glass with a tall head on top. the clove and banana aromas are slightly muted compared to weihenstephan's hefeweissbier, but the nose is nevertheless very similar

upon tasting it, however, the banana and spice are stripped of their flavor monopoly and forced to share the limelight with a rich nutty flavor (though it does not upstage them)

all the while, this is a very bright beer. despite its dark appearance and nutty character the generous carbonation lends to its overall zestiness

bruachan, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into it's branded glass. cloudy amber/dirty copper color with a thick, persistent head and lacing coating all the way down the glass.
S: banana, clove, toffee, caramel, dark bready fruitcakey malts.
T: light to medium sweetness balanced out by sourish twang of the wheat, carbonation, and hidden smooth hop bitterness. finishes mostly crisp and dry.
M: frothy, medium-bodied, chewy.
D: the glass begs to be picked back up constantly.

MrMcGibblets, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generous foamy beige head poured carefully into its own glass. This dunkel is medium brown, transluscent with lots of miniscule bubble streams drifting upwards. Very good retention, creamy sheets of lace and lots of staying power carbonation-wise. The aroma of a wheat beer upfront, lightly spiced, banana and vanilla- fudge nose. Taste has a mild hop presence, a touch fruity but with nice balance. There are hints of allspice, clove, molasses. Smooth and creamy texture in the mouth, nice and even. The aftertaste is a bit earthy and detracts marginally from an otherwise exemplary beer experience.

ThatWineGuy, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of rfbenavi80
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Date coded 1911 on back of bottle. An aggressive pour.

A- Pours a nice medium amber color, with tons of thick and creamy looking light tan head. Slightly cloudy. Looks very refreshing.

S- Nice ripe bananas, some bready yeast, and plenty of malt.

T- Very complex taste, an array of rich spices mixed with a nice, not overwhelming banana taste. Plenty of malt flavor coming through. The wheat tatse makes it very drinkable.

M- Feels light bodied. Not overly carbonated.

O- Another easy drinker from Weihenstephaner, the more I try from this brewery the more I appreciate German Beer.

rfbenavi80, May 18, 2012
Photo of grayburn
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She pours a coppery crimson with a huge white head and heavy lacing. Very nice.
The smell is a subdued clove, which goes along well with the style. The bananna is there as well, it just doesn't jump out at you.
The taste is the same, very well rounded, with the clove-like spice coming through. This is certainly the number one example of an excellent estery yeast. This taste leads to a mouthfeel that is extremely crisp and refreshing. I could definitely put back quite a few of these.
I can see why this yeast has become the premier dunkelweizen yeast, excellent flavor profiles.

grayburn, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of botham
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

botham, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of fastsrt
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

fastsrt, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours with a super-creamy light tan head that is about three fingers in height. It eventually dissipates to a slightly rocky thin cap of creamy head. Leaves excellent rocky lacing that sticks to the glass as it goes down. The brew itself is a murky dark-brownish honey.

Smell - Clove spice and sweet over-ripe bananas up front, as to be expected from this style. Fresh scent of wheat balanced with a rich and very bready malt aroma. A slight sourness/bitterness can be traced at the end. Practically no alcohol aroma.

Taste - Dark cooked bananas, clove, and some nutmeg and/or cinnamon is also present right away. A mellow dark wheat and pudding-like malt character. The finish is a nice medley of all of the aforementioned flavors. Clove/peppery spiciness and a lingering malt presence make up the aftertaste. Again, very little acohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Much better and refreshing carbonation than in Weihenstephaner's regular hefe weizen. Very little bite to the carbonation, but it adds a lot of refreshing character. The body is medium and very, very smooth (although the carbonation does hide this a bit). It also has a very slick and wet mouthfeel especially in the finish.

Drinkability - Very good. The flavors are well-balanced and fairly light, as with this style. Has a very refreshing carbonation. Practically no alcohol can be detected (at least by me, of couse I admittedly have a low sensitivity to its taste and smell).

An excellent dunkel. Very smooth and flavorful with great carbonation. Also a beautiful beer, it's a pleasure just looking at your 1/3 drank glass with all that huge rocky lace sticking to the glass. Highly recommended.

dblinkhorn, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color almost like a deep amber with ruby hues and a billowing head that leaves no lace. Aromas consist of sweet wheat and huge yeasty esters that give off plummy and grape tones, along with hints of bubblegum and clove. Initial flavors consist of sweet fruits, and an intense wheaty body. There are hints of caramel and almost cocoa like flavors in the mix but these are soon overwhelmed by the strong fruity flavors of plum and fig. There is also just some slight hints of clove and a bit of molasses. The finish has a spritzy carbonation and a sweet wheat tone with hints of bubblegum and more sweet molasses. Overall this beer had a decent body to it to match up with all the great flavors. Another excellent offering from this classic brewery...

bigbeerdrinka, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of spoony
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

spoony, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Daniellobo
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Daniellobo, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

brentk56, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

merlin48, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RickS95, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of berkey
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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.

berkey, May 14, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Traquairlover, Mar 17, 2009
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,343 ratings.