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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 161
Gots: 89 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 FreightTrain


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper penny color with a nice even white head. Nose is malt and esters, caramel and tart fruit. Taste is a delightful light maltiness with a healthy serving of hef fruitiness/citrus; a deliciously light malty beer. Mouthfeel is nicely middle of the road, considerably fuller and chewier than a standard hef but light enough to still be an enjoyable warm-weather beer. At 5.30%, it's still very sessionable. A very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 22:35:45 | More by FreightTrain
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on February 2, 2011. I guess that's why I paid the Bierkraft premium ($4.25 for half a liter).

A: Muddy-looking brown with a huge, white head that lasts longer than the rest of the beer. Quite a good looking beer.

S: Lots of spice and banana and some bubble gum.

T: Spiced banana bread (I guess the smells came together and got sweeter and baked?), yet quite crisp. Just a touch of some herbaliness at the end. I'm not getting much to correspond with the color, though. The flavors work together harmoniously--nothing overwhelms or even competes too much with anything else.

M: Medium to thin and quite carbonated. (I remember it being a bit thicker and not so heavily carbonated on tap.)

O: This is an incredibly drinkable beer. It's not particularly complex, but it's still quite satisfying to drink. I want another.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 01:37:37 | More by greybeardloon
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a weizen glass. Body is murky reddish-brown with a big, foamy 3-finger fluffy off-white head. Lots of bubbles in there.

S: Malty and yeasty -- cloves, bananas and spices over something sweet and bready. Think of banana bread or even spiced apples.

T: Real nice balance between the malt and yeast and there's even a tad bit of a lemony finish to it. Banana bread and cinnamon-coated green apples both come to mind. Cloves are very noticeable as well. Reminds me of a mix between an altbier and a hefeweizen. Interesting.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Well-carbonated.

D: Good. No problems drinking this one pretty quickly, though it is nice to slow down a little to enjoy the taste. . . .

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 16:33:55 | More by Kendo
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown, cloudy, pour with a huge 3 finger off-white head. Very nice retention and lacing.

S: Smells very inviting. Clove, bananas and some caramel. Some roasted malts coming through.

T: Taste is earthy up front. Brown-sugar and maltiness starts it off. Banana comes out next, with a nice dry finish. Not 100% what I expected, but very good nonetheless.

MF: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied and full of good carbonation.

D: Very high. Low ABV and wonderful taste make me wish I had more than one.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:09:41 | More by russwbeck
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: A big huge 3+ finger thick white head that piles up like a mountain top out of the glass. Lighter brown in colour, like sienna or russet. Head is very persistent and attractive. More carbonation evident than average. Finally settles into a thick cap that remains the whole time and lots of lacing down the glass. A little darker of a colour would've made this a perfect score here.

SMELL: Nice scent of wheat malt, bananas and lemon. A bit of caramel is there two but the sweet malt and lemon tones are more prevalent. Strong scent that makes a statement.

TASTE: Wheat malt and some sweet citrus lemon tones as well. The end has a slight bit of bread there, which is a nice touch. A mild but long lingering sweet aftertaste of citrus, wheat malt and bread as well. Very nice combo.

PALATE: Medium body and lower end carbonation. Kind of lighter in the mouth than most; could be a little heavier. Goes down very smooth, like nothing, and finishes on the dryer side of the spectrum. Nice, but needs more weight to give it more of a presence.

OVERALL: Fantastic. One of the best looking dunkels I've seen, and the rest of it is a complete enjoyment. The body needs a little more weight, which would probably give the taste a bigger presence as well and made this one a whopper. Other than that this is spot on. Very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable, this is one I'll be grabbing again either at the shop, or at the Belgian bar in the city.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 16:28:27 | More by Jeffo
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 500ml? bottle into a weizen glass. Deep caramel pour, big foamy head, no lacing. Big notes of bubblegum. cloves, and bannana. It taste like it smells, lingering bubble gum finish. The beer is light in body, high carbonation, very easy drinking. This one is a classic, great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 22:41:34 | More by bonkers
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany color with a silky tan head. Nose has citrus fruits, candy malts and spicy yeasts. Taste was a little dull in relation. Still a nice mixture between sweet wheat malts, tart fruits and peppery yeast strains. Nice clean, crisp body. Another great brew from Weihenstephan.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 03:43:41 | More by rye726
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy ice tea sort of color with that monstrous Weihenstephaner head.

S: Much like the original (although a bit subdued), with big banana and clove aromas, but with a bit of malt and grain thrown in as well.

T: Flavors of licorice, clove and other spices, and finishes a bit with flavors of wheat and nuts.

M: Medium to full bodied (definitely heavier than the original) and very chewy. The carbonation is a bit much for my taste, but acceptable for the style.

D: I think that I prefer the original Weihenstephaner Hefe, but this is definitely a good beer. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 02:46:31 | More by klewis
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a creamy off white head on top of a cloudy brown body with hints of orange flashing around; it almost looks like a solid not a liquid. The nose has many components: spicy clove, nutmeg, banana, bubble gum sweetness and a hint of toasted malt. The taste reminds me of banana bread. There is spiciness from the cloves and I am getting a citrus flavor in there too. It has a light mouthfeel making it very refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 16:00:33 | More by orsulacp
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared side by side with Great Divide's Dunkel Weiss. This beer is epic and a true classic. Going up against the Great Divide's take makes this beer shine even brighter.

Not really a very pretty beer. Its very muddy looking. Deep muddy brown. Big pillowy white head stuck around for the entire glass. Decent lacing was the result.

Smell is classic weissbier only deeper, darker and richer. Its like banana nut bread. Delicious. Bananas, nuts, moist cake, raisin. I love a good german wheat.

Taste is also a lot like banana nut bread. Nutty, earthy, banana, estery with a slight grassy hop finish that helps balance.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and only slightly fuller than the normal Hefeweissbeir. Quite dry finish.

A really good classic beer from Germany. A really drinkable beer but it doesnt make me crave it as much as the normal Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 21:53:06 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a .5L bottle, poured a dark shade of orange, with a nice fluffy head. I was actually expecting something darker since it's labeled as a Dunkel, but it's' all relative-- Weihenstephaner's standard hefewiezen is much lighter. Aroma was smooth and subtle, some fruit and bananas.

Taste was very nice and smooth. Lots of fruit and bananas, maybe a little orange but not a whole lot of tanginess. Some bready and yeasty flavors towards the finish that are very good. A delicious beer. Fine carbonation. I guess the dunkel is just a tad richer than the standard Hefe by Weihenstephaner. In the end though, the two beers are very similar in profile.

This Dunkel is very similar to the Schneider Weisse Original, which is also dark for a hefe. Very good flavors with this Weihenstephaner and definitely a beer I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 21:34:48 | More by dasenebler
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great, malty wheat beer with a flavor that is clean, spicy and full. The beer is a light brown with a frothy head. The nose has a ton of wonderfully-spiced banana. There are wonderful caramel malt flavors lurking in the aroma, as well. The malt is sweet and doughy. There is some light bitterness. Bananas and cloves come in from the wheat. It's a maltier version of the Hefeweizen. Great beer

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 07:12:19 | More by popery
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Weihenstephaner Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: Dark amber/orange, head builds initially then recedes to about a ¼", excellent lacing

Smell: Malty dunkle aroma, and as expected some clove and banana.

Taste: Follows the nose with malt flavor, subtle hefeweizen flavors (clove & banana). Solid example of the style.

Mouth feel: Smooth, well carbonated.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, nice depth of flavor helps make this a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 00:05:50 | More by BobZ
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in West Omaha, NE
No obvious bottled on date, just a "0291" code.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a huge head that requires multiple small pours to fit the entire beer into the glass. Head composed of small bubbles, very dense foam, almost meringue-like when it dries out upon hitting air. Maintains a 1cm head throughout, but as it descends initially, there's some nice lacing that's left. Leaves lacing with each swirl and sip, too. Body is a hazy, brown color, but when held up to a light source, it's dark copper with yellow highlights. Carbonation is steady and substantial, supporting the consistent layer of foam.

Aroma of ripe bananas, banana bread, bosc pears, yeast, clove, and allspice. Dominance of malt, phenols, and esters in this beer, slightly heavier and "darker" than the hefeweizen. Trace flavors could be a bit more pronounced, but otherwise, really solid.

Opens with mild malt sweetness on tip of tongue. Mid-tongue reveals the depth of flavor, including banana bread dough, toasted malt, allspice, and yeast. Making way to the back of the tongue reveals a bit of tartness beginning on the transition to finish, fading to brown malt sweetness meets clove/allspice. Lingering aftertaste of semi-sweetness, clove/banana/yeast mashup. Good, could be slightly more expressive in the front.

Medium-bodied throughout, with a modest amount of carbonation that feels as if from "small" bubbles. That is, not an explosion of easily felt, painful carbonation in the mouth. This generally gives the feel of "softness" and "smoothness" on the palate. Finish is dry.

Overall, one of the better dunkelweizens I've had. May prefer the hefeweizen over this, but still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 03:52:33 | More by falloutsnow
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it in Romania.

A - Huge foam,darker,lots of bubbles,full body,ruby color.
S - Cereals,light smell of dark fruits,very familiar hefe weiss smell.
T/M - Drinkable,crispy,smooth to drink. Full taste. Doesn't feel like dark beer,but have more complex and stronger taste then light hefe beers. No carbonation.

O - Honestly, so good beer,i could drink it instead of breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 21:21:20 | More by djura
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a bottle in Denver, CO. I've been to Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium and this reminded me of them quite a bit.

Appearance: A slight foam when poured, that quickly dissipates. Lacing is almost nonexistent, but really who cares about that. The beer's actual color is a rich brown that resembles oak.

Smell: This was my favorite part of the whole beer. I buy candles that smelled like this. Sweet and a bit earthy .

Taste: Light, and clean. Had a bit of an aftertaste, but in a bad way. Reminds me of rye beers that I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, I don't know if that was the elevation or the beer. Clean finish and minimal aftertaste. Great for a starter at a beer tasting party.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:48:20 | More by Rhettbuck
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with large, very thick, billowy, off-white (yellow hue) head. It has a beautiful, slow retention that leaves medium sized, creamy, thick layer on the top. It stays till the end and leaves fair amount of lacing. Colour is cloudy, creamy toffee, caramel, like milk chocolate sundae shake - delicious. Also lots of active carbonation, lots of bubbly chains.

Smell: Clove and banana classic. Bit peppery, fresh sweet peeled apples, red earth. Grain, wheat, hay with light darker malt sweetness, hints of caramel and milk chocolate most obvious.

Taste: Clove and banana with some spice lead the way; also yeasty character gets some ground. Dry apples, light sour. Medium sweet middle, mostly grain/wheat - light caramel sweetness doesn't come out until in the aftertaste. Good balance of clove, banana and pepper play in the after - wouldn't expect anything different from Weinhenstephan. Some light noble hops at the end too.

Mouthfeel: Light crisp start, this lively carbonation suits it well. Smooth and creamy medium light heavy body.

Overall: Not that different from the classical hefeweissbier, superb yet relatively simple play of the classical banana clove formation, that looks and feel good. Expected a bit more contribution from the darker malts tho.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 22:12:18 | More by tmzl
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured an attractive dark tea color with a 4 finger head in a Weizen glass.

The head resolved itself within minutes.

The aroma is intense clove, some chocolate, and spice.

The mouth feel was quite tart and carbonated.

The taste was intense with clove, spice, some chocolate , and lemon.

The finish is tart. I could taste clove on the back of my tongue.

Serve at 45F+ to bring out the taste/aroma profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:06:49 | More by brureview
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Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Attractive caramel tinged amber colour with a very tall creamy and dense foam head. Very good retention with decent lacing as it recedes.

(4.0) S: Dark fruits (plums, cherries), banana, fresh grains, subdued caramel, tart apricot, clove, yeast, and honey. Picking up a honey graham cracker aroma (like Golden Grahams cereal) and it smells good! Well rounded and definitely inviting.

(4.5) T: Grains, banana, cloves, and herbal elements of a hefeweissbier joined with honey, graham cracker, caramel, and some dark fruits (mainly plum). This still keeps a relatively lighter taste profile even with the darker characteristics making this very drinkable. A wide range of varying tastes that compliment each other very well. Outstanding.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate fizzy carbonation. Slightly chewy with a certain dryness and a faint bitterness.

(4.0) D: A solid Weihenstephaner option and a nice style to enjoy this time of year, while mother nature transitions from summer to fall. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 22:12:03 | More by Digimaika2
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz brown German Style bottle with excellent, traditional Weihenstephan label. This is the same as the Hefeweissbier label but with brown used with gold on a white field. Poured into a Weihenstephan Weissbier glass.

A - pour is dark and muddy water looking. Dark burgundy to the muddiest of coppers with burnt orange touching the bottom edges of my glass. Hazy body. Shade of white head pours Massive, creamy with loads of pillowy fluff. and leaves very nice lacing throughout.

S - ripe banana, juicy pear, and the slightest hint of apple. and dark wheat up front. Toasty character with some nuttiness. Weihenstephaner style yeast whiffs with some spice.

T - nuts and dark wheat. More of that overly ripe banana brilliance with lovely ripe juicy pear. Clove stands out more in the spice department of the flavor. Yeast is spot on and adds to the overall quality. Just a delicious dunkel.

M - medium bodied and dang smooth. Excellent texture as always from Weihenstephan. I mean this thing is so smooth its almost unbelievable. Easy going and highly drinkable. Feel is excellent overall.

O - its been so long since I've had this gem. Too long... This is on equal terms with all the other favorites from Weihenstephan. The stick to traditional German styles and rightfully so, its delicious and they do it as good as anyone. Ill buy this again and again. It's just another solid and truly great wheat beer from this German Genius of a brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 00:35:41 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Fig brown with a tan, two finger head that lasts and lasts. Lacing for days. What a beauty.

S: Bananas, dark fruits, cloves.

T: Follows nose with a malty base. Sweet, yeasty, caramel. Yum!

M: Medium to heavy with great, frothy carbonation.

O: A delight in drinking. A marvelous hybrid of light and dark. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 15:21:56 | More by brewskifan55
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy brown amber color with a generous off-white head a decent lacing

S-malt, bananas, caramel, raisins

T-wheat malt, dark fruit, bananas,caramel, nice crisp bitter finish

F-medium body with nice fine carbonation, crisp

O-a delicious hefe, more caramel flavor in the dark

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 22:02:07 | More by MDDMD
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New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner is famous for it's history. Their beers are still highly rated after being invented hundreds of years ago. Their brews are readily available in many locations in the US, but many people pass them over for the rare finds. It is when I review their beers that I am reminded how amazing they are.

This beer smells really good. This beer has a lot of really good esthers and malt. I recommend really pulling in the great balance and clean smell.

The flavor is also excellent. The Hefe-Dark is a very good example of flavor following the smell consistently. What you smell is what you get.

Needless to say, this is an amazing beer. I'm glad I got around to reviewing it.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 20:28:21 | More by ummswimmin
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16.9 ounce bottle to tulip

Pours a murky brown with a big tan head that is slow to fade away. Smell is banana, clove and spices. Banana flavor stands out the most with some of the spice and malt flavor in there as well. Medium body with lower amount of carbonation. Overall a great beer nice and smooth without the weird aftertaste you get with a beer this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 22:35:39 | More by Jas45678
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 16.9 bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A murky, rust colored beer. A big head that dissipates quickly, leaving a small amount of tan foam. No stickage what-so-ever. An interesting looking brew.

Smell - Sweet and sour in equal amounts.

Taste - Sweet. Dried apples/raisins . That sour German Weissbier flavor is present but not overwhelming. The hops are are barly noticeable.

Mouth - Fine yet active carbonation. Oily. Very nice.

Overall - A pleasant, sophisticated lager. Many interesting flavors come together to produce this eminently drinkable beer. This beer would go well with a nice steak dinner. Weihenstephaner is one of those rare breweries that can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:33:17 | More by T100Mark
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