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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,333 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,333
Reviews: 992
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 172
Gots: 111 | 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 rfbenavi80
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of ThomasMetal75
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!

ThomasMetal75, Feb 18, 2012
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.

tzieser, Jan 27, 2010
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.

weeare138, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of THEMGG
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.

THEMGG, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of DrDemento456
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.

DrDemento456, May 01, 2013
Photo of cbutova
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.

cbutova, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of LambicPentameter
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.

LambicPentameter, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Spider889
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.

Spider889, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of ghurux86
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.

ghurux86, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of Redrover
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!

Redrover, May 01, 2006
Photo of Seanniek91
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.

Seanniek91, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Aenema
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.

Aenema, Dec 03, 2009
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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