Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,455
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 195
Gots: 155 | FT: 2
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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 soupyman10
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Squirrel/$8/500ml

This one looked incredible; a deep orangey-brown color with a huge frothy head that sat up there for forever. Nose was a ton of yeast, wheat, sweet but roasted caramel malt. Taste was likewise, really delicious, although not quite as overwhelmingly flavorful as their standard hefeweizen. Feel was nice and thick, good for the style. Overall, a very tasty beer that I would get again.

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

This 500mL brown bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. The code on the label indicates that this was bottled on September 1, 2010. I'm hoping this has held up well in the seven months since bottling. I popped the cap and poured into a weizen glass.

A careful pour still manages to produce four glorious fingers of foamy head. Retention is fantastic, and there is still a half finger of head by time I get down to the bottom of the glass. Patches of lace stick to the glass for a nice aesthetic. The beer itself is a dark amber, closing in on brown, with ample haze to give this a nice soft look. A lot of carbonation can be seen rising behind the glass. This is a beauty of a beer.

As expected, the aroma reeks of weizen esters. Clove is strong. There is a hefty (or should I say hefe) amount of bubble gum. Wheat smells nice. Despite the age it still smells crisp.

The taste is really nice. Caramel maltiness is huge and takes on a bit of toffee note as it rolls across the palate. It has a whole-grain wheat bread kind of thing going on in taste as well as body. Banana esters come on strong on the back end. Hints of bubble gum emerge. The finish is sweet, and per style, there is very little hop bitterness to be detected. You don't see the dunkelweiss in the states nearly as much as the standard hefeweizen, but dunkels are a great variation on the same basic style. I'm loving the bready backbone of this particular beer.

In the mouth this is a wholly inoffensive brew. The beer is medium bodied but the high amount of tingly carbonation makes it feel a little lighter. The malt is grainy and a little chewy and leaves a sharp sugary feeling in the mouth.

All in all you can't really go wrong with this dunkel. It scores highly in all of the sensory tests. It rests at a reasonable 5.3% ABV. It's sensibly priced for an import of its caliber; and comes in the perfect serving size. Weihenstephaner has been brewing great beers for a long long time and one can only hope that they never stop. Every beer in their lineup is a winner. You don't stay the world's longest continually running brewery by accident.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel/Dark. Prosit!

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

Poured chilled into a Weihenstephaner 0.5l glass then left to sit for a little while.

Held to the light this Dunkel comes off only slightly lighter then others in the class and the shade is easily tea in color.

Smell is very much floral with fruit notes coming through.

Taste is very much inline with other hefe weiss' and as always I get a very strong banana type taste.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and infact surprisingly crisp for what the appearance would lead you to believe.

I was a huge hefe lover a few years back and its probably best I didn't review this beer then as it would have no doubt been "brilliant" just like others. Now i'm a little jaded on hefe for reasons unknown, however, I can say that this is a great Dunkel.

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

The beer pours a fiery dark orange, bordering on amber, with a massive, cream colored, two fingers-width head and medium sized, creamy bubbles. The body of the beer is dark orange and hazy, with a proper Hefe-haze, and a light carbonation moving through the beer. In the glass the beer is really quite lovely, and reminds me of corn syrup. Lacing is thick and fluffy on the sides of the glass, leaving almost-full rings. On the nose the beer smells richly creamy with banana and a good nip of clove spice. The darker wheat malt seems to give the beer some caramelly hints, and the esters suggests plantains as well as bananas fried in brown sugar. There is even a faint citrus note coming from either the light hops or the yeast, and further adding to the complex smell.

The beer tastes of subdued banana, spicy clove, and sweet wheat grain. It begins surprisingly light with hints of plantains, before opening into unripe banana flavors with spicy clove notes, and then folding into a thick wheat grain and spice flavoring that lasts in the mouth. In the middle of the taste there is also an almost-pear flavor alongside the banana esters of the yeast, and there also rich caramel notes alongside the wheat grain in the aftertaste. On the mouth, the beer feels creamy and smooth, with a medium body. Carbonation is velvety, and the tongue is left sticky in the back with malty saliva, while the rest of the mouth feels quite dry. Overall this is a lovely Dunkelweizen. I feel that some of the rich banana esters from Weihenstephan’s Hefeweizen are lost here in the darker malts, which is too bad, but the addition of heavy wheat grain flavors is nice. The smell is definitely more complex than the taste though. This beer is a classic and definitely worthy of a taste, though I hold their Hefeweizen up as a better beer than this.

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

An excellent beer; a great bargain for it's price.

Pours with grace; does not form many foam, which dissipates quite quickly.
Deliciously bitter, without being aggressive. So being a very drinkable and enjoyable experience. Good beer to keep at hand.

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

Appearance: Not many bubbles. Massive oyster white head with transulcent golden/brown body.

SMELL: Getting banana, vinegar and bubblegum - nice.

TASTE: Effervescent. Lovely banana and bubblegum. Alcohol to flavour balance is perfect. As odd as it sounds, there's an aftertaste of toffee apples. Really nice beer.

Overall: This is my second re-review. I didn't get it the first time, not sure why, but now I prefer this to the original Hefeweissbier.

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

This beer pours a rich, creamy, bronze color with a rather large white head. During the pour, yeast is seen diving from the bottle and splashing gleefully into the glass, which makes me pause and reminisce about my last batch of homebrew which unfortunately is no longer with us. The aroma is a fruity caramel scent which is quite pleasing to the nasal passages. The taste is pretty sweet with almost a caramel taste to it. While it wasn't exactly love at first taste with this beer, by the time the bottle was finished, we had warmed to each other quite nicely. Now I'm looking forward to seeing her again.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm partial to any Bavarian brew, because that is essentially what turned me into the beer geek/snob that I am. List of which is this exceptional offering from Weihenstephaner. Their Hefe is world class, I LOVE the Korbinian too. The Dunkel is another clear winner, let's take this for a test drive.

Big two finger head from the gentlest of pours. Nice cloudly brown. Foamy till the last drop, with a respectable amount of lacing.

Terrific Dunkel smell. Very sweet. Hint of bananas.

It tastes like liquid candy. Slightly sweet, but not over poweringly so. it's a Dunkel that also knows it's a hefe. Absolutely terrific to the last drop. Hints of chocolate, some banana, a little clove action. Tang of sourness from the wheat malt also detected.

Mouthfeel is nice. Creamy and well carbonated, true to style.

Fabulously drinkable. I'm ashamed that I only picked up one, as I forgot how good these are.

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

Always having been a huge fan of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, it shocked me to realise I'd never reviewed their dunkel. Well, that's something that needs rectifying... Served in my half-litre Franziskaner weizen glass.

Pours a lovely deep and cloudy orange-brown colour, which glistens and shines in the light. A beautiful colour for a dunkelweizen. Head is a thick and boisterous froth of yellow-tinged white, that foams and crackles its way down to half a centimetre of film by the end, and leaves a bit of separated lacing. Carbonation is strong and boisterous, although looks like there's enough body to give it some trouble. It's a truly magnificent looking dunkelweizen.

Nose is redolent with delicious weizen characters, giving the classic banana and spice aromas. But it's also broadened with sweet caramel, brown sugar and banana bread, that give this wonderfully refined character and deepen the experience. Spice comes through with prickly clove and biting fresh pepper and ozone. Great nose. Just wonderful.

Taste is also good, although it's mellower than it might have been. The spiciness on the nose disappears here, although the languid, sweet toffee characters come through more prominently. Hint of banana through the centre, and there's a long, lingering back palate that gives off an odd freshness like lightly chlorinated water. Feel is light and fluid - whatever body the malty caramel may have suggested is a little absent.

A lovely beer, and an excellent dunkelweizen. As good as it is, I still feel that while the Weihenstephaner Hefe makes me think it's the peerless pinnacle of the art, this dunkel makes me think there may be another better one out there.

But maybe only one.

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

Served on-tap in a slender branded weizen glass at Hotel California in Berlin, Germany.

A: Soft leather brown with frothy 1/2-to-1 finger off-white head with good retention and solid lacing mostly at the top of the glass.

S: Banana and bread crust are the most prominent aromas with some herbal hoppiness and caramel notes too.

T: Very bready and slightly yeasty with the classic banana bread flavor with plenty of crusty qualities. Very little other esters aside from banana/

M: Very creamy and smooth with low carbonation.

O: A classic rendition of the style with all of the nutty, banana bread notes and smooth, easy-to-drink feel.

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 MaximalC
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, burnt honey color with a cap of thick, craggy, beige foam. Aroma is fairly mild, smelling of caramel, banana, cloves, and yeast. The flavor perfectly matches the aroma, so I won't reiterate it here. I will say that the mouthfeel is divine, as the effervescent carbonation complements the flavor and body perfectly. This is very similar to their hefeweizen, just with more of a caramel flavor, which I actually find to be a little too sweet for my tastes. With that said, it's right for the style, and there's no denying the execution. This is one flavorful and refreshing beer.

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

Poured a dark maple brown color with a thick foamy tan head big and cloudy too. Nose is chocolate, brown sugar, clove, wheat and banana. Taste is smooth tasting beer with hints of maple, chocolate maltiness, banana and a touch of clove spiciness. Really good Dunkel overall.

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

Poured into Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy copper colored brew. A huge, rocky and dense cream head slowly falls to a 1/4 inch pillow. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Lots of clove and coco initially. Toffee, plum and banana aromas added a layer of sweetness.

T: Starts out with a toffee and coco sweetness that's followed by a dry biscuit flavor. Bitterness comes on with a sharp clove and lemon bite. Dark fruits reside in the background. Finishes tart and dry, with lingering coco and clove flavors.

M: The grainy body has a high level of prickly carbonation that feels just right for this style.

D: This is a very nice Dunkel. The complexity of flavor and low ABV make it an easy drinker.

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

pours a massive foamy off white head that recedes at a moderate pace leaving little lacing. The color is a nice even brown, a bit hazy.

a lot of cloves and coriander on the nose, maybe a touch of vanilla. a light toffee or even chocolate malt profile, very masked by the spice.

very light malt flavor, but a definite toffee like taste as well as a banana backbone. still lots of spice though much more muted than the nose would imply. a bit hoppy as well, more bitter than citrussy.

kind of watery but a touch foamy. light bodied. sweet and spicy finish.

very light and refreshing, interesting touch for a dunkelweizen.

this beer is very light and nuanced, different from what I expect from the style. interesting take, not a bad beer at all.

Photo of jjanega08
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating but there is a 0450 on the bottom of the back label.

A= The pour is a hazy brown color with a nice thick off white head on it that holds nice lacing and good sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks like one sexy dunkel.

S= The smell isn't quite what I was hoping from it. It's a little muted. There's a little bannana to it but not much and there is a little caramel to it as well but not much.

T= The taste is much more what I expected. Smooth bananas in it as well as some nice wheat flavor. Just all around delicious. I don't even feel like searching out every little element of this it is so good.

M= Smooth and creamy. Perfection.

O= One tasty treat. Weihenstepan makes world class beers and this is no exception. Worth drinking all the time if you can find it. I wish these guys would make sixers or even twelve packs for me to always have on hand.

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

1 Pint 9 oz. bottle poured into Nonic pint glass. Can't seem to find my weizen glass. 5.3% ABV and date of 1196 on rear label.

Appearance: cloudy, opaque light brown with golden fringes after pouring vigorously. Swirled last few ounces in bottle to produce fluffy off-white head which recedes to a constant layer of nice lacing.

Smell: definite wheat and overripe bananas, sweet molasses and gum. Yeasty bread and slight alcohol.

Taste: wheat,banana and clove followed by a twang of lemony citrus. Slight bitterness to balance out the gentle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: dry on the tongue with just perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: not too sweet makes for easy drinking. Thirst quenching brew. I love burping up that fine banana flavor. Bring on a few more!

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

Never have had this dunkel so I scooped it up for the pleasure. Pours dark amber/light brown very cloudy with a huge airy white head. Not quite as dark as I was hoping for. Big banana esters, slight clove, a toastiness of malt and some wheat. The taste is very pleasant, a bit much on the banana but the feel is light and fun, with a bunch of stuff going on from the yeast and grains. Tastes like a decoction with either or munich malt in addition to the wheat, I can't point it exactly, finishes easy. An excellent drink, one I will certainly go back to in the future.

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

Pours a cloudy brown with a three-finger off white head. Great lacing and retention throughout. Aroma of Belgian yeast, bread and sweet malt. Big yeasty and bready flavor up front. Nice Belgian yeast flavor, a bit of banana, clove and spice before a bready sweet malt. Some dark fruits as well. Nice sweetness throughout.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head on this is like light beige whipped cream. The retention is quite insane. The beer is a dull hazy light brown color. Nice amount of lacing.

Creamy banana, light spice.

Flavor is a bit lighter than I imagined. Very bread like, some banana, cream, a touch of yeast. A sense of vanilla. Light clove and spice as well. I'd like to try this with the standard Hefe using a blind fold. I get a more assertive malt flavor here, but I wonder if that' because I expect it.

Rather smooth and creamy with medium body.

A pleasure to drink.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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