Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,026
Hads: 2,645
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 251
Gots: 249 | FT: 1
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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 objectivemonkey
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Into a weizen glass, pours a foggy, light amber at bottom do deep, dark copper at top, a nice two finger head shrinking to thin layer, with super nice cascading lacing, leaving spots down the glass. Exquisite.

Aroma is darkly wheaty, ripe bananas, yeasty kind of, green apples, and there are clove like spice but subdued. The nose is subdued in general, not strong but definitely full.

Taste is brilliant, with initial carbonation there is a nice spicy clove, very nice a smooth, light malt, and banana and apples, hops bittering in the very least, and a dry finish rounds up this brilliantly balanced beer.

Body is perfect. Perfect weight, perfect carbonation, perfect viscosity. If anything else, should I lose my taste buds, I'd drink this for feel.

All in all, one of my top dunkels, a favorite to drink anytime, anywhere. A more assertive nose and longer finishing taste would earn it perfect scores. (918 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect shade of brown topped with a monstrous head that has amazing staying power. Body is slightly hazey with miniature sized carbonation in massive amounts race to the top.

Malts are the theme here. The question is how well are they implimented into the brew. Short answer: Near Perfection. Longer answer is they are like freshly baked bread with a pinch of cinnamon. Yeast is a factor. Nuts enter the picture if only for a second. Actually finishes up fairly dry and crisp. Bananna bread in the backdrop.

Notes: I've said it before and this beer is exactly what I'm talking about, if your going to be a malt based brew the malts must have depth. This brew has tremendous depth while still being soft. This brewery never ceases to amaze me. Excellent. (760 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Poured a light golden brown color, lots of clarity, tons of streaming carbonation, with a massive fluffy white head that left no lacing.

S- Very big banana, clove, some toffee, big mineral, and light bubblegum notes.

T- Huge banana and clove notes up front. BIg toffee, caramel, nutty, and wheat bread notes. Some sweetness reminiscent of a cream soda and like vanilla. Some light bubblegum notes but not nearly as big as in their hefeweizen.

M- Prickly carbonation, very refreshing, smooth, almost creamy, and quite a bit of body.

O- I love their hefeweizen and I actually like this one more. The dark malt bill adds a ton of complexity to the usual hefeweizen flavor profile. It goes down so smooth too. I can't believe I have not had more dunkelweizens in my life, but this is incredible. (847 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep hazy amber golden color with a big (huge) creamy ivory head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing.

Smells very yeatsy lemon citrus. Has faint alcohol with strong bread dough and lots of wheat. Faint earthy and spicy hops.

Has strong wheat and yeasty sweet lemon citrus. Strong but soft bitterness that lingers forever. As it warms, earthy and spicy hops come through more.

Medium to full bodied and very smooth. Very full flavored for 5.3 abv.

I could session this all night. (499 characters)

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

A - Poured a cloudy, tea color into a weizen glass. There is a significant amount of carbonation bubbles floating up to a fairly dense, caramel head.

S - Very fragrant, which is what you want from a dunkel weizen. Scents of sweet malts, cloves, and banana.

T - This is a fairly complex beer. Malty, slightly fruity, almost smoky flavor with a tangy finish.

M - Fairly light bodied with just the right level of carbonation. Creamy too.

D - I'm a big fan of this style and this is probably my favorite version. Its extremely drinkable during any time of year. I could drink these all day. (590 characters)

Photo of Grohnke
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( BA / BJCP)

Large, moussy, condensed, long-lasting off-white head just lasts and lasts. Light lacing as it falls slowly. Deep copper with some beautiful yellow/gold and dark amber hues on the edges. Slight haze. Really a beautiful beer. ( 5 / 3 )

Strong banana and clove up front, that seem to be in perfect harmony. Medium-low grainy sweet wheat/malt, light crust. Very light noble hop. ( 4.5 / 11)

Bright banana and cove, again in perfect marriage. Grainy sweetness, with some underlying toasty/crusty malt flavor. Low hop bitterness, which carries the malt well to a dry finish. No hop flavor. Balance is yeast/malt heavy. Aftertaste is a light banana with some lingering sweetness. Mild tartness. (5 / 19)

Medium-light body with high carbonation. Very creamy in character. The tartness (if i am correct) can be perceived as astringency, but I do not believe that is the case. However, there is this "pulling" sensation. (4 / 4)

Wow! How has it taken me this long to drink the many wonderful beers of Weihenstephaner? This beer is complex, flavorful, and refreshing. Weigenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel defines balance and the style. ( 4.5 / 9)

(4.7 / 46) (1,166 characters)

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

Appearance: Dark brown, earthy color. Substantial head. Very appeallling to the eye.
Smell: Big malt sweetness like a Belgian to some degree. Enticing.
Taste: Full bodied, hearty wheat blast. Excellent creamy flavor and superb malt character. Very sweet as well. This is the most perfectly balanced hefe I can recall trying.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and velvety due to low carbonation.
Drinkability: Man this is good. No reason to stop. Excellent all around. (455 characters)

Photo of joemacpherson
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Caramelized brown color, thick creamy sea-foam head.

S- Sweet fruits up front, malty caramel undertones and, of course, light banana cloves.

T- Sweet wheaty flavor with roasted and toffee essences, sour barely at the end. I can hardly believe how well balanced and tasty this is!

M. good mouth feel, a little dry, but all around full body.

D- Pretty filling, but i still prefer it over a regular hefeweisser.

This is one of my new all-time favorites. Drink up! (468 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 15 oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

Dark caramel was the first thing to come to mind as I poured the beer into the glass. A cloudy brown color that light has trouble shining through, with a good inch-high initial head that recedes into a quarter-inch coating. Not a lot of lacing. The smell has the typical banana scent that I've become accustomed too from weizens, along with some definite malt characteristics as well. Nuances of wheat and citrus also waft through.

As with the Vitus, the first sip of the Dunkel made me think I was drinking the Hefeweissbier all over again. Unlike the Dunkel, the taste stays very similar to the Hefe, and that is a very, very good thing. The only thing separating this from the Hefe is the introduction of a roasted quality to the malts, making them just a little bit more pronounced. They give the brew a lovely subdued sweetness which is balanced by the yeasty qualities. Cloves are present, coupling with the signature hefe banana to provide an excellent flavoring. The back end is chewy and bready, which I absolutely loved. Finish is easy and light, with a nice bready aftertaste. Mouthfeel is near-perfect, not too heavy, not too light, with the light carbonation working its subtle, yet important role of spreading the flavor around.

I could definitely have another one of these. In fact, the next time I have one of these, I think I'll pair it with a Hefeweissbier because I think they would complement each other very well. Another simply amazing brew from Weihenstephaner. (1,540 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 500 ml bottle int my Sisson's weiss glass. A dense creamy head from a regular pour yields a four finger head. It stays for what seems like an hour but really only five minutes. It slowly dwindles down to a half inch cap that stays the duration. The glass is a cloudy light chestnut brown and carbonation activity is light. Pretty

The smell is light chocolate, banana,clove and mild fruit like apple or pear. There is a light clove that develops as it warms.

Broad malt palate. Light roasted malt in the back and chocolate and banana. Mild tartness of green apple and more wheat malt. Finish is dry, slightly roasty with more yeasty banana. Superb.

Medium mouthfeel and excellent carbonation to tingle the tounge.

Supremely drinkable. A standard for Dunkleweiss, nothing better for cooler days and night. Delicious and easy to knock back as many as you want. It is a bit more filling than a hefe due to the more substantial body but who cares! (948 characters)

Photo of kbanks13
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a deep brown/copper hazy body with a huge, dense, tan head. Good head retention and a minimal lacing.

S: Sweet pears, bananas, apricots, and some prune. Clove and cinnamon, a little nutmeg. Bread and grains.

T: Savory and sweet together. Spice characteristics and fruits remain as a major flavor. Meaty breads, yeasts and other grains in the aftertaste.

M: Satin-smooth and coating texture with moderate carbonation.

D: Filling, tasty and easy to drink. I would easily be able to sit down with some friends in a Gasthaus and order a few with some good sausages or schnitzel. (615 characters)

Photo of Jerone
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy nut brown color with a cream colored head that sticks around for a long time and leaves great lacing.

S - Yeast, wheat, toasted malt, bread and banana and bubble gum yum!

T - Great taste of predominately banana and bubble gum which is balanced out by bready yeast, toasted malt and some wheat. A great example of the style with tons of flavor.

M - Medium bodied, with medium carbonation, you can almost feel a bit of texture to this beer, definitely not watery.

O - Just a very solid beer that should please all beer lovers and even none beer lovers. Great beer for any time of year and any occasion. (616 characters)

Photo of acelin
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large bottle into a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass.

Gorgeous head, beautiful medium nut brown color with golden edges, huge lacing all down the glass.

Smell of cloves, banana, nutmeg, wheat malt, and sugar.

A taste for the ages, beautiful banana flavors, with dark caramel, nuttiness, sugar, wheat, baked baguettes, absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick, but super sessionable. (404 characters)

Photo of ticklechicken
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - cloudy medium brown with yellow edges, creamy thick head
S - sweet fruity cherry scent
T - light malt and fruit taste, with a sweet aftertaste
M - a little thick with low carbonation
D - This is a very enjoyable beer with well-balanced flavours with a well-measured mildness that gives you no choice but to drink more. Is there nothing that Weihenstephaner can do wrong? (377 characters)

Photo of gfreed
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass, showing a pleasant iced-tea color with a huge dirty-white head that very leisurely skated down the sides, riding the beer to the bottom. This had an outstanding and understated aroma of prunes and cherries in addition to muted bananas and nutmeg. Mildly fizzy going in, lots of malt at the back end that lingered a long time. Definitely a bit denser than a plain hefeweizen, but not heavy. An absolute pleasure to drink. (452 characters)

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After some work to get the yeast in solution and properly poured, I'm rewarded with a primo looking dunkel weizen. I love these beers because they have all the flavor character, plus some, of a hefeweizen, and have far more visual impact. A little lighter than some I've seen, with a bit more of an oak glow to it, with an out of control but quick-dissipating head that's usual for a weizen.

Lots of banana phenols in the nose - you can really smell the yeast, and it's damn near Belgian in fluffy, bouncy banana-peach fruitiness.

Yup, lots more near-Belgian yeasty banana-bread fluff and bite - I can't honestly say that I taste marshmallow, but I get distinct swirls of buttery caramel. This is a hefeweizen times two. It's got all the delicious flavors, but they're more distinct, more impactful - just better all around.

The mouthfeel on this one is awesome, it isn't very carbonated at all - the mouthfeel is slightly swishy, mostly buttery, and finishes with a sticky, tasty caramel-banana-hops that lingers on and on.

I've always had a hard time getting hold of Weihenstephaner for whatever reason, and thought that what I had been drinking was as good as it can get, but I was wrong - this brewery really does make the best hefeweissbiers in the world. (1,272 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Murky amber color with a fluffy beige head that hung around for the entire glass. Effervescent bubbles continuously rose from the bottom of the glass.
The smell is mainly malt with some bready yeast aroma and spices.
The taste is full of malt with some bread(yeast), spiced flavors and a gentle bit of hop bitterness. The malt wins out here and it is quite delicious.
Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.
Very drinkable. (467 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why not review the classic? I will be attending TU Munchen and studying for my Braumeister's degree at Brauerei-Weihenstephan,so heres to school!

This Dunkleweizen pours out a dark-amber hued tan, absolutley gorgeous,billowy head blooms from the top of the weiss glass. Notes of colves, some banana, citrus, yeasts,hallertau hops. Flavor is absolutley refreshingly delicious-cloves,citrus,banana on the finish some bready yeasts in there as well. Crisp mouthfeel makes for crazy good drinkablity. Having this beer oder Radler(with a splash of lemonade) is how it was presented to me in Germany, where they drink this at 10 Am. read on the health benefits of these brews, and these people are really on to something! (716 characters)

Photo of jovy1097
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16 oz bottle into nonic pint.

Appearance: Cloudy, brown, apple cider color. Three finger head that quickly settled down to a filmy finish.

Smell: The fruity, yeasty smell of weissbier comes through. The spice presence is very prominent. You can smell something like apple butter here.

Taste: Banana! I can really taste the banana in this one. Got a small bit of vanilla and a wonderful cloves presence. The malt really comes through in the middle of the quaff. Leaves a lingering clove presence on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Quite foamy at first, then followed by a good medium body. Tons of carbonation.

Drinkability: Being a dunkelweissen, this one has a little more substance than hefeweissens. I like it better for cold weather than the hefes. As tasty a beer as I have ever quaffed. (805 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Deep tarnish copper with a red hue, some haze from the addition of the yeast into the glass. After a proper pouring a thick meringue like head forms and stay for the duration.

Smell: Malty nose, light brown malt or toasted. Suggestions of green apple, yeast and pie spice also in the aroma.

Taste: Moderate body that is well structured and able to hold the soft malty palate, very crisp 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 even malt flavour with a bit of toasted and dry malt character. Neutral though a bit nutty yeast on the tongue. Minimal bitterness from the hops, barely noticeable. Vague fruitiness of over dried raisins and plantains though esters are controlled. All in all the finish is quite clean and is comparatively a dry beer.

Notes: By far one of the greatest dark wheat beers available in the US market to date, very soft on the palate … no harshness at all. Malt flavour is near perfection with all the other flavours kept as a backdrop to let the malt be dominant. (1,283 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice hazy burnt red color with good hints of brown. The beer pours cloudy with a superior creamy head that lasts for a long time. Its almost like a meringue.
Smell: Very nice wheat malt flavor coupled with some aromas of bananas and other fruits.
Taste: First, I get a nice flavor off of the malt complimented by the yeast. The flavor is very complex and fruity with a nice spicy finish.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Nice subtle carbonation. It's a very hearty and refreshing beer. (495 characters)

Photo of obrendano
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolute treat. a little Christmas present to myself after my last day of crazy busy season at my job

A - insane head everywhere, thick and creamy straight out of the bottle. gorgeous shade of brownish amber. could stare at this for hours

S - the smell of amazingness. banana bread with even more toasty wheat over top of it

T - among the best I've ever tasted. rich toast flavor, even more cloves than most other hefe-'s I've tried, some vanilla singing backup. absolutely impressive

M - creamy and full, sticks to your mouth from lip to throat

D - when I get the chance I'm buying a month's worth of this stuff. Merry Christmas to me! (644 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding dunkel...the best I have had thus far......pours a deep orangeish amber....with a nice white head...nose is fresh, sweet apples, banana, and a light caramel note....body is medium...very charged up in the mouth...this is a beer that justs "feels" like a great beer as you drink it....extremely tasty but very, very drinkable.....the taste has a restrained sweetness that is just fantastic....This has to border on Weizen doppelbock land....the taste profile is caramel sweetness...accentuated by soft layered flavors of banana, and cloves.....

This is an awesome beer....maybe the best wheat beer I have ever tried to date..I will seek this out and buy many more... (683 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: A hazy penny copper color on the thin part of the glass melds to dark brown leather on the thick part. Lots of pillowy big bubbles with an aggressive pour.

S: Cloves and bananna esters peek through the wheat bread armoma.

T: Bananna, toast, no hop flavor detected. Slightly sweet, but so sessionable you can't help but take big gulps.

M: moderate carb with a smooth body. nice crisp clean finish. A tingly sensation on the toungue possibly from the residual yeast, nice!

O: This is by FAR my favorite wheat beer... and its the first time I've had it. I'll be seeking out more Dunkelweizen's in the near future! (617 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appears a very appealing darker colour of the normal Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, with good head retention.

Fairly malty smell and a balanced malty taste, along with the same fizziness I have come to associate with the Hefeweizen. Very well balanced between the spicy/herbal nature of the Hefeweizen and the malts added, reducing the overall power of the spices, and balancing out the beer overall.

A very good brew overall, one which I would definitely buy again. My favourite Weihenstephaner. (558 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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