Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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94
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1,026 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,026
Hads: 2,647
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 252
Gots: 249 | FT: 1
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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 potownbill
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle came out of a Weihenstephaner gift pack, including the 0.5l glass.
Appearance - An amber brown cloudy beer, with a perfect off white 3 finger head that receded to a thin layer after a few minutes.

Smell - Sweet malt with bready "hefeweisen" aroma that was not overpowering, bu in great balance with the malt and subtle hops.

Taste - Slight malt, sweet, hint of clove, with the bready wheat. Not much hops. everything in balance.

Mouthfeel - Smooth as silk

Drinkability - I expected a heavier beer, and I was very suprised and pleased with the "weight" or lack thereof, of this beer. Not too many better than this.

85 degree day, cooling off as dusk approaches, hard day working in the yard. Perfect beer to end the day. (748 characters)

Photo of kosmoraios
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich hazelnut brown with a two finger off-white head. Aroma is of freshly baked dark bread, banana, clove, and a bit of roasted malts.

Taste is rich and complex, with all the hefe flavors enhanced. Fresh, toasted bread from the malts, banana and lemon, clove and white pepper. As another advocate noted, a bubblegum/candy flavor and an herbal/medicinal character emerge as the ale warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and substantial - creamy up front with a peppery finish, drinkable any time. (493 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a one pint, 0.9 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a weizen glass

The initial pour yielded a hazy, copper-mahogany body that was topped by a five-finger, light tan, billowing crop of foam. The head was super dense and creamy and it deposited drippy patches of lacing along the glass. When the sediment was added to the beer it became turbid. A dramatic plume of yeast cascaded down through the liquid, reminding me of when cream is slowly added to iced coffee.

The nose was fantastic. Spice notes dominated. Clove, nutmeg and allspice were quite apparent. Crisp, powdery and yeasty. Bubblegum came through strong. Semi-sweet overall. A hint of smoke was noticeable as well.

The flavor profile was a half step below the aroma but very impressive nonetheless. Like the nose, the it too was very spicy. Clove and nutmeg were the most dominant spice notes. The beer was wheaty and tart in the center. Yeasty and phenolic with strong bubblegum and banana notes. The finish was crisp and dry. Supremely balanced and drinkable. Toward the end of the glass, some earthy hops began to appear.

The mouthfeel was super slick and creamy. Lighter bodied but remarkably smooth.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel is an outstanding offering from an fantastic brewery. I love finding beers this good that are neither expensive nor that difficult to come across. (1,405 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hold Weihenstephan in very high regard. Their beers yield some of the most picturesque pours, especially from the bottle. This dunkel is no exception...

Enormous volume of head with stellar retention and generous drapes of lacing. The foam reminds me of a fresh, new white pillow or a soft, snow-capped peak. Underneath, a pale russet brown (not too dunkel), murky by way of yeast and wheat. Top notch.

The nose is exactly what I've come to expect. Signature Weihenstephan aromas - big malt and yeast - only a kiss of clove and a wink of banana. Dark, uber-bready malt reigns supreme, coming across muffin- or cake-like with a teeny touch of (milk) chocolate making its way out as it warms.

Okay, the banana comes out much bolder in the taste - thin and smooth - as does some faint spice. Compared to their regular hefeweizen, the darker malt flavors obscure that characteristic banana and clove just a bit more. Close your eyes and drink - this isn't much different than their standard hefeweizen. The darker malts could perhaps use a bit more depth- maybe not. Just my taste. The finish leaves that refreshing tart, kind of saline, feeling on my tongue, and wait!... Those dark malts DO come calling late in end. Delicate, subtle, with lightly nutty, cereal grain, chocolate malt flavors. Superb.

Don't know why, but this doesn't feel as creamy as their lighter hw's. The tartness imparts a wee bit drier feeling, no doubt aided by the stealth carbonation lifting and guiding the malt off the tongue. Wish it would linger a little thicker a little longer.

Really just nitpicking here. Bias derived from my taste for fuller-bodied (Amer.) ales? Yeah, take only a small fraction of a volume off the carbonation and I'd dub this perfect. I think I'll achieve nirvana with this from draft, we'll see. (1,805 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Aventinus glass, it is not like Aventinus, not as powerful (and not supposed to be), but nonetheless quite impressive.

It is cloudy, orange-brown with a magnificent foamy head that shows great retention but no lacing.
Aroma and taste are reminiscent of a caramelized banana, although delicate.
The first whiff brings the caramelized bananas with cloves, something I make and tastes great, I should have paired this!
Light bodied, but perhaps it is just my impression because it is too cold this time of the year; taste brings again the caramelized bananas, cloves, sugar, some nutty notes.
Very impressive. (625 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very large tan colored head. The bear itself shows ample carbonation rising through a dark amber colored beer.

Sugary cloves and banana in the nose, but very balanced with no scent overpowering and taking over. After taking a sip the first thing I notice is the mouthfeel of the beer is extremely smooth and moderately bodied. Carbonation serves up a sweet spicy taste that develops and finishes into a dry malt aftertaste. Almost no biterness as the hops serve only to balance out the malts without adding much flavor.

Extremely enjoyable and drinkable Dunkel. I could drink this all day and at 5.3% I could attempt to. All around great beer that will turn me on to try out more of this style.. (709 characters)

Photo of blakesell
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At first glance I didn't think this beer would taste anything remotely like a dark beer. The appearance was brown at best, but after smelling it I knew it was going to fit to the weinstephaner reputation of quality. The slightly smokey smell that the hefeweisen has was present and the dark wheaty smells come in right after it. Great spicey mouthfeel that I look forward to trying again. (388 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice murky brown with a huge rocky head. Nice lacing on the surface the whole way down the glass. Aroma has cloves, bananas, a hint of smoke with some underlying sweetness. Taste has great wheat spicy complexity. Cloves, cinnamon, bananas and pears. A bit of roasted malt flavor. Some yeasty earthiness. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable and and an excellent dunkel (399 characters)

Photo of xvertirx
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- beautifull brownish color with a thick creamy head

S- Malty smell but nothing really stands out.

T- wow tastes great. It is a balanced malty flavor. Nothing stands out but it just tastes great. no overpowering alcohol. delicious.

M- good smooth carbonation. creamy texture. I like it!

O- Great beer. Bravo! very enjoyable. (329 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Light brown in color and very hazy. Pours a thick, foamy, three finger tall head.

Aroma- Caramel, chocolate, banana, spice (almost cinnamon like), and a bready wheat malt.

Taste- Sweet at first with caramel and banana flavors followed by a bready malt in the middle. Towards the finish the sweetness is balanced out by spice and chocolate flavors.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, and mostly clean in the finish but a little residual sweetness in here too.

Overall- Great balance, great flavor, and a great beer overall. Sometimes dunkelweizens can be too sweet, but this really blends the best parts of the caramel/chocolate off a dunkel and the banana/spice hefeweizen flavors. Neither part of the beer over powers the other. At 5.3% abv this packed with flavor and makes for a great session beer. A must try beer for the style. (865 characters)

Photo of J-Rye
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Wheaty cloudiness with caramel tones
Smell: carmelized banana, earthy spices, a little sharpness, maybe grassy
Taste: bubblegum, great wheat base, well developed malt
Feel: light to medium bodied, but the carbonation adds a deep chewiness.

Overall: One of the first beers to make me obsess over beer. Still doesn't disappoint. (335 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, deep amber, copper, reddish hue? A bit cloudy, some yeasty sediments present towards the bottom of the glass. Slightly toasty nose, yeast, some apple pie and malts as well. Up front, a mild based malt body is clearly evident, some cloves and lemon notes. Evenly balanced and a bit dry, some cloves and vanilla beans noticed on the tongue. Tarty, twangy, yet very crisp and clean, ever so refreshing, some fruitiness towards the finish, perhaps grapes, plums, apples noted in the body as the glass is drained. Full flavored, rich, creamy, are you kidding me? Absolutely world class, one of the best dark wheats you can get your hands on. (644 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.
A: Pours a wonderful hazy brownish yellow-orange with moderate to high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch thick tight bubbly white head. Good retention.
S: Wonderful banana, yeast, clove, and malt. Simply perfection.
T: Follows aroma well...banana, clove, yeast, and malt notes. Hint of cinnamon. Very nice.
M: Medium body. Taste lingers a bit on the palate which is nice.
D: Highly, highly drinkable. A great session beer. Would love to have this fresh from the brewery. Excellent example of style. (543 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. No date, just a code or lot number, '5099'

A: Cloudy dark amber/copper color. Off-white thick head that leaves heavy lacing.

S: Malty, slightly spicy aroma. Very nice complex scent.

T&M: Medium bodied with primarily malty palate and crisp, fine carbonation that is at a perfect level. As soon as the carbonation hits there is a spicy snap of clove and a twang from the fermented wheat. Nice complex flavors and minimal bitterness from the hops. Clean finish that fades slowly.

I have been typically steering away from dark beers and wheat beers lately, but this is the best wheat beer I have probably ever had AND it's dark! Go figure. (720 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have decided to embrace my inner hippie and as such, I will try anything once bottle still go back to CANs eventually.

This was one of my first overpours in a long time, just broaching the lip of the glass. Once it finished playing around, it settled into a finger of light-tan head with mild retention. Color was a very cloudy orangish-brown (or was it a brownish-orange?). Nose was very clove/spice-forward, underlain by banana esters. I am finding that the bubble gum scent fades when overpowered by clove. Yay! Mouthfeel was full, approaching creamy, with lots of spicy clove flavors up front with the banana taking a backseat. Now, here is another beer that I can solidly endorse! Finish continued to be extremely spicy and I could hardly get enough. I must mark this one down for future reference. (806 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Carmel brown body. Slighty offwhite one finger head with medium-low retention.

Smell - Banana, chocolate, candy, caramel. Absolutely wonderful. Vague Chinese five spice scent, brought to my attention by a friend. Now I can't unsmell it.

Taste - Sort of like a watered down version of the Hefeweissbier. Doesn't have as much complexity, the spice is milder, and the beer is not as balanced. Has more bitterness than the regular hefe. Very smooth for the style though. In the style it's in, it's one of the best.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy, not much aftertaste.

Drinkability - Would rather have the regular Hefeweissbier, as it doesn't offer as much complexity. (673 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet, huge dense head with a color that is light tan, liquid is brown, and dense.

Smell is hefe yeast notes, banana, spice, clove followed by some light wheat notes and hints of toast and chocolate.

Taste is great, wonderful balance of yeast spices with banana, clove in the highlights, malt flavors from the wheat and hints of chocolate or toast.

MOuthfeel is great for a hefe, wheat leaves lingering flavors from the yeast spices and enough carbonation to pop the flavors.

Overall - style defining beer, love duknelweizens. (543 characters)

Photo of RobH
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.09oz brown bottle.

Yum. I really like this beer! What a really nice malty, bready-sweet flavor without being a cloying mess.

This is a very drinkable dark wheat beer that won't scare away the pale beer drinkers. It's not too dark in color nor is it thick and heavy.

I will buy this one again. (298 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's nothing like a good dunkel weizen, or a dunky beer, as it is usually known. This beer pours out a dull brown color with a big head. The aroma is a delicious blend of banana bread and chocolate. Nutty malt flavor with a wheat tang and plenty of spice. Huge flavors of banana and chocolate too. This is an incredibly complex beer. Thick mouthfeel. Great drinkability. I highly recommend this beer. (403 characters)

Photo of serspecv
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my 2nd offering from Weihenstephaner. Poured from bottle into an oversized pilsner glass. You can see the yeast as you pour it, which isn't always the case with inferior hefeweizen beers. Color is a cloudy amber while being poured then settles into a tobacco brown with plenty of visible yeast, and a two-finger white head that slowly dissipates with almost no lacing. Smells like wheat bread, I am not kidding. Reminded me of Sara Lee. The taste is very bready, with rich wheat flavors and little hop presence and a sweet finish. Definitely the best wheat beer I've ever had. Carbonation is lively, and doesn't feel very heavy at all. However, it is very filling, a true meal in a bottle. This brewery definitely flexes it's muscles when iThis is my 2nd offering from Weihenstephaner. Poured from bottle into an oversized pilsner glass. You can see the yeast as you pour it, which isn't always the case with inferior hefeweizen beers. Color is a cloudy amber, with a two-finger white head that slowly dissipates with almost no lacing. Smells like wheat bread, I am not kidding. Reminded me of Sara Lee. The taste is very bready, with rich wheat flavors, giving way to cloves, little earthy hop presence and a sweet finish. Definitely the best wheat beer I've ever had. Carbonation is lively, and doesn't feel very heavy at all. However, it is very filling, a true meal in a bottle. This brewery definitely flexes it's muscles when it comes to having the most experience in brewing good beer, it's no wonder they've been in business for almost 1000 years. (1,565 characters)

Photo of ttu94
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well what can one say about this beer?? Yes it is a dunkelweizen or dark wheat beer. but really it is an absolute fantastic beer. I have read so much latley about how German beers are one dimensional and boring but after drinking a beer like this how can anyone belive that stupid argument. This beer is great looking. Smells better and tastes better than that. Try one you will see. (383 characters)

Photo of willjansen
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before February 2008, served in weizen glass.

Appearance - Cloudy, hazelnut color with copious head on a light pour. Many bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Always a substantial covering of head from beginning to end.

Smell - Spices hit the nose first - cloves. Light toffee and caramel mixed with sweet, cinnamon banana. Sweet maltiness and clove-like yeast phenols mixed in a complimentary manner.

Taste - Burnt-sugar maltiness mixed with a very light balancing hop presence. Touch of sweet molasses and dark fruit, racing with spices throughout. Banana comes out towards the end with pleasant blend of cloves and a slight nuttiness thanks to the Bavarian yeast used.

Mouthfeel - Silky, delicate medium-body supported by a pleasant level of carbonation which spreads across the tongue delivering the flavor efficiently and with great timing.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable dark wheat... one of the best examples of the style, and one of the best wheat beers available. My personal standard for a dark hefeweissbier. Just a great beer! (1,063 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Weizen glass.

Pours very hazy light milk chocolate brown, with a healthy fluffy off-white head on top.

Nose is sweet, heavy on bananas, a bit of vanilla pudding. Spiciness in there, and a breadiness that hints at banana bread.

Flavor is very smooth - you get the tangy wheat in there, alongside bananas, clove, a bit of sweet malt comes through in the form of a super light bready cocoa note, as well as the mellow, smooth quality.

Soft carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability is utterly fantastic.

Yum. (525 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review # 250, whoo-hoo!

Hazy chestnut brown body with a puffed up beige pillow on top, leaving spiderwebs all over my glass.

Banana bread, spices, yeast, grainy and roasty wheat, molasses, floral hops on the nose.

Taste is juicey ripe banana and pumpkin pie spice, hefty wheat flavors, brown sugar, spiced cider and has a dry floral hop finish that sweetens up as it warms. So delicious!

Body is medium with a very slick and juicey mouthfeel that is quite creamy and soft. One of the best I've had. (510 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- beautiful murky nut brown russet with golden highlights around the edges. the ivory foam is starchy-proteiny with a creamy upper surface that expands and holds together over the lip of the glass. co2 filled pores burst open in the perfect fashion and drippy layers of lace decorate my proper vessel. i can't imagine a better look for this beer aside from some crazy psychedelic shit.

S- toasted wheat, nuts, and seeds, cooked banana, caramelized plantain, clove, bubblegum, and an indistinct tartness. something a little tropical coconut about it too. overall just like its lighter counterparts but slightly toastier.

T- very bready taste up front toasted wheat is initially more pronounced than the yeast flavors and they meet together in the middle flawlessly. again and indirect sweet/tart-ness comes through at the finish. less bubblegum, more fruity more light breakfast toast. some dried trail mix fruit flavors and a tinge of whiskey here and there and a toasty nutty yeast aftertaste that hangs around for a good while.

MF- the richness of this one cannot be overstated. wheat protein is heavy on the tongue like egg white was thrown in the mix (a dunkelweiss flip?) at first the tight medium carbonation is distracting but as it fades the beer takes on a dense, luxurious quality like heavy cream.

D- its light but it feels heavy, full flavored and refreshing. the top d-dub on my list hands down. (1,415 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,026 ratings.