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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,040 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,040
Hads: 2,678
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 262
Gots: 261 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,040 | Hads: 2,678
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 SFNC
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOOK; Cloudy copper in a weizen glass with a rich cream colored head.
Smell; Banana, clove, dark bread. Not strong but enticing.
Taste; Banana, bread, caramel, subtle clove and hop flavors. Heaven!
Feel; Thick, moist, tingly.
Overall; I can't say that I've ever had a Weihenstephan that is less than great and this is a stellar addition. I had this years ago and proclaimed it the best beer I had ever had. Lots of competition, but it's still near the top. (460 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)

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)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.