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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,038 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,038
Hads: 2,675
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 258
Gots: 260 | 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: 1,038 | Hads: 2,675
Photo of mactrail
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful appearance with the amber brew topped with a fine-grained foam and swirling with suds in the Kasteel chalice. Spicy, clove-scented nose. Flavor of slightly sweet malt with the Hefeweizen flavors and a dark roasted tang. Just a slight bitter note at the finish. Delicious and light bodied for a refreshing quaff.

The Germans seem to have this creamy mouthfeel figured out. One of the pleasures of this beer is how lush and mouthfilling is is. This seems like the gold standard for the Dunkelweizen style. From the half-litre bottle purchased at a Fred Meyer supermarket in a town in northern Washington, to give you an idea how world-wide this is. (657 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this along with the Julius Echter of the same style to compare. Enjoyed this one more! Cloudy amber pour with offf-white sticky head - looks yummy! Aroma of ripened fruit, yeast, spices and some wheaty malt. Flavors are mostly the same, with a creamy mouthfeel. Finish is clean, soft, and mildly sweet. Very nice! (320 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 McGooTheWise
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty beer! Scents of fruitiness and hops dominate when the bottle is cracked. I smelled either hickory or some other smokey kind of scent about half way through the bottle. I tasted caramel, cinnamon, and very subtle banana bread. 30 seconds after a sip I can taste some sort of berry flavor which is sweet, like strawberries along side a gentle maltiness. Somewhat complex, and a good beer to share with a close friend at a bbq for those who like to savor a beer. Overall, very pleasant beer. My favorite so far from Weihenstephan. (538 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into recently bought weizen glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color. A big rich off white three finger head rose above the glass and fell at a nice pace leaving some rings in a speckled sort of nice lacing.
The smell had a good amount of banana esters and a rich coffee and chocolate underneath.
The taste was mainly the same and offered a soothingly sweet rich cocoa aftertaste. The finish was semi-wet but thick.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Sweet banana and a light spice rolls over my tongue.
Overall, this was a wonderful offering on a cold SE Alaskan Spring afternoon. (667 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.50 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high 2" white head that lasts for a few minutes. Medium brown color. Unfiltered

S- Pretty good malt.

T- Nice sweet dunkel. Good malt some hops and nice cinnamon. Good body and blend. Complex to say the least. Impressive for mass produced.

M- Creamy good

O- Nice beer. Would score higher if the metallic scent was not there. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This very good beer went well with.... BBQ'd hamburgers! Topped 'em the way you like 'em. This time it was grilled Portobello mushrooms and provolone cheese

Enjoy (644 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-nice redish brown color with a large head didnt hold to long but great german look
-hint of banana bread like scents with mellow german yeasts very little hops sent
- great taste smoothness and simple dark wheat taste, like a caramelized full flavor hefen
-a little over carbonated to me but apart from that it is a very smooth balanced beer
- one of my favorite german beers and is a go to for me (399 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nose highlights lots of brown malts and fruity esters. Flavors start with a welcoming brown malty sweetness, then a sour apple fruity esters, and ends with clove spice. Minimal hop presence. Perfect level of carbonation. Clean and refreshing. (243 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. .Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, this beer has got a cascading four finger thick head, web-like lacing, and a clear mahogany brown body.

Smells like grainier malts, along with a touch of toffee and caramel

I taste toastier malts, a bit of raisin, and a reappearance of the aforementioned caramel.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up with this brew is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan a 4.75. This is a very easy drinking dunkel that has just the right amount of taste. (677 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy; brownish amber - like a watered down Coke; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: equal parts clove, nutmeg, and banana;

T: clove and nutmeg are predominant throughout; banana in the background at the beginning, but it becomes equal to the clove and nutmeg by the end; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; high carbonation - effervescent; dry finish;

O: too much nutmeg character for my taste: (447 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber-brown beer with perfect creamy golden head. Retention lasts and lasts. Smell of wheat, banana, fresh, but not very complex.Taste is heavenly & balanced - spices, wheat, smooth, clove. Full body and medium carbonation, the best dunkelweizen. (253 characters)

Photo of waterbuffalo
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells beautifully and tastes very smooth with a nice light fruity finish. After trying the Hefeweizen and really enjoying it I went and bought this one. Not sure which one I enjoy more. I will be buying this again soon. (220 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into weizen glass. Appearance is cloudy brown that goes from diluted iced tea at the bottom to caramel at the top. A billowing tan head settles to a cap of tiny bubbles. Aroma is clove and other mulling spices, yeast, tart apple, green banana, and some sweet malt and earthy bitterness on the finish. Taste is medium banana bread sweetness initially, assertive clove spice, and light caramel on the swallow. Light-medium body, super full,creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a long mouth-coating malt and clove finish. (543 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: cloudy amber brown with gigantic head and yeast sediment

Smell: banana, clove

Taste: orange, clove, caramel, spice, not overly sweet, hint of herbal hops toward the finish.

Feel: lots of carbonation, light body

Overall: A delicious and refreshing wheat beer, notable for its subtle balance. Rating it is hard because I don't know a lot of wheat beers and this one seems to check all the right boxes. I definitely like that it's not too sweet. That said, it didn't bowl me over - I guess it could be a matter of the style and personal preference. Also, I guess it would be better on a hot July day versus a freezing cold February night ;-) Anyway, highly recommended as an authentic German wheat beer, despite the price tag. (738 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 ssmack
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark toffee brown with honey highlights. Three inches of rolling foam head. Tons of streams of carbonation. Bit of lacing but low retention.

Sharp tangy aroma. Strong wheat smell. Steely.

Tastes like bubblegum and sweet ripe peaches. Cloves spiciness. It leaves a slightly herby (coriander) bitter aftetaste. This is the first 5 rating I have ever given.

Full round mouthfeel.

Excellent. First rate. Yummy. Complex and rewarding. (433 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an unpleasant murky dishwater brown, however creamy head that does not dissipate soon. Smell is once again wonderful cloves and some banana. Taste, wow! The banana and yeast jumps out with the great clove finish. Mouthfeel is tough to beat. (250 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

December 14, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Beer ranges from dark copper to deep amber, depending on where you look in the glass (density and ability for light to pass through.) Generally on the darker end. Moderate yeasty haze. The head is slightly off- to tan-white, very moussy with high, high retention.

S – I get bubble gum and plantains or dark bananas, with spicy notes in the background. Some other fruitiness, perhaps pears. Slightly undercooked white bread in the malt character. No discernible hops. Some slight caramel.

T – Like bananas cooked in brown sugar, with a slightly orange-ish note. A bit of caramel. A very small amount of hop character, maybe grassy or herbal.

M – No real bitterness to speak of, mostly sweet with sudsy carbonation. Medium body made heavier by the yeast sediment. Remains juicy throughout, not dry at all.

O – Very similar to the base hefeweissbier with a bit of caramel and more emphasis on the banana. (977 characters)

Photo of DarthVorador
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper orange with a thick off white head. Smells of carmal malt & bananas. Tastes like liquid banana bread! INCREDIBLE!!! Finishes murky but balanced completely concealing any alcohol.
...Beer perfection! As far as weizens go, their is NONE greater! (258 characters)

Photo of MorgothBauglir
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Apsolute beer perfection!!! As much as I love their Hefe, there Dunkel is even better! My all time favorite beer & probably second to only water for favorite liquid consumable! (176 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

It has taken me far too long to getting to try this stuff. Let's do it. It pours a mostly clear tawny topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose comprises clove, orange zest, and cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with a lot more clove and a hint of chocolate powder. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a damn tasty dunkelweizen, well worthy of its lofty reputation. (494 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: standard 500mL brown bottle, traditional German label.

Appearance: poured into a weizen glass. A mid-brown in colour with a light haze and plenty of carbonation. A wonderful inch of off-white head bursts up the glass and settles to a half-inch with fantastic lacing.

Aroma: there are the usual suspects of banana and clove, with caramels and heavy fruits.

Taste: very similar to Weihenstephan's Hefeweizen, but with the addition of the smooth caramel and heavy fruits. Very nice.

Aftertaste: all of the flavours last for a time, with the caramel malts up front. A tiny bit dry on the finish.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with higher carbonation. A nice, smooth feel.

Overall: another great example of the traditional German wheat beer from Weihenstephan - a classic. Good value too for an equivalent of AU$70 a case. One of the best wheat beers I have had - well worth it. (885 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle.

Light brown in color big slightly off-white head.  Something was off with the aroma.  Minimal lacing on the glass.  The usual hefe traits of banana and cloves were there, but it had a faint soapy smell to it.  Luckily, it was not picked up in the flavor and did not take away from what was an enjoyable mix of fruit and spice.  Light to medium bodied and plenty of carbonation. 

I had this side by side with Ayinger Ur-Weiss and preferred the Ayinger.  Comparably, they were very similar in flavor but the Ayinger had it beat in aroma and had a little more body to it.  I will come back to this beer again as I am a huge fan of Weihenstephaner's original Hefeweissbier and they are great values at < $3/bottle. (751 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap at tavern on the square in northborough.

Nice creamy 1/2 finger head, hazy mahogany tan brown color.

Nose semi sweet malts, candy toffee mild caramel, toasty brown malts, toasted wheat, caramelized sugars.

Taste starts with sweet sugars, candy again, caramelized sugars and toffee, caramel, etc, with plenty of toasted wheat and brown candy wheat, mild biscuit, hint of candied raisin like fruit, etc. Finish brings more fruity flavours, caramelized sugars toffee and raisin, little grassy hop too.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, mild creamy, decent carb.

Overall quite nice, again Weihenstephaner delivers the standard for a great German beer. (655 characters)

Photo of MikeKnauf
5/5  rDev +18.2%

This is by far my favorite Dunkelweizen.

I haven't had one in a while so I can't give an accurate description but it's toasted, bready malts all the way.

I like this a bit better than the Hefeweisen from the same brewer - it's more subdued in it's flavoring but not at all boring. Just tasty as heck. (303 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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