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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,040 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,040
Hads: 2,679
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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Photo of ZachT
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark amber in colour, cloudy, three inches of white, fluffy head when poured into bavarian wheat glass
S: Banana, bread crusts, clove, white flour, subtle citrus notes
T: Banana bread, cloves, toasted bread, molasses, toffee, subtle dark fruit, semi-sweet
F: Medium bodied, well carbonated, rich mouthfeel, touch of bitterness on the finish
O: A world-class dunkelweizen! Embodies everything a dunkelweizen should be, banana, clove, dark wheat malt character, refreshing, easy drinking. Fantastic! (500 characters)

Photo of dd43
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having never tried a dunkelweizen before, I wasn't sure what to expect. Going with Weihenstephaner seemed like a sensible choice to get a reference point on this style, given their world class pedigree with the hefeweizen.

Aromas are the traditional hefe characteristics of clove, banana, and a wheat bready yeast note. I didn't pick up much in the way of a roast quality, neither in aroma nor in flavor. Speaking of which, in addition to the clove/banana thing, there is a sweet wheat bread flavor that brought to mind dark honey drizzled over wheat bread crust. This sweetness improved the flavor of the beer as it warmed up. I drank most of this bottle in the low 40s, I would drink the next one in the upper 40s. It really opens up as the temperature rises.

I don't think I'd choose a dunkel over a standard hefe in most situations, but this was a damn tasty beer regardless. Its a slightly more malty and robust variant of the style, with the requisite sugars to provide a more substantial mouthfeel. This beer is worth seeking out. (1,039 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 4035 - January 14, 2015! Hefeweizen glass. Allowed to warm for 20+ minutes from fridge.

Appearance: Pours a murky light brown, like chai tea, with slightly golden edges and 3+ fingers of extremely foamy, sandy head. Streams of carbonation flowing up. Retention is excellent, keeps a 1/2 inch head the whole way down. Lacing is remarkable.

Aroma: Banana, clove, bready citrus. Hard to tell if this is subdued on account of the age; it's my second Dunkelweizen (Schneider Weisse Original was my first, and I liked that better).

Taste: On the arrival, tastes pretty much like a hefeweizen, lightly tart, then across mid palate turns wheaty and dark-malty; not quite roasted or toasted, perhaps like a dark wheat bread. Like a real 100% whole wheat bread, not the fake stuff meant to look like wheat. A little yeasty sourness at the end, with lingering clove on the finish. Overall quite complex; more complex than most hefeweizens I've had, but at the same time more subdued. I plan on buying a newer bottle of this in the spring and re-reviewing.

Mouthfeel: Pretty highly carbonated, slightly slick, but finishes fairly (not totally) clean. It is a wheat beer, after all. Lighter side of medium bodied.

Overall: On paper, I should love dunkelweizens; the mixture of wheaty freshness and malty comfort. However by blending two things I love, this seems to favor neither. It is exceptionally complex, I could pick at this for hours; but I suppose you could say the same for a Hefeweizen. At least it is to style. (1,547 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy copper pour with big thick white foam; good lace and long lasting cap and excellent carbonation. Clovey banana nose, fruity esters abound; lite caramel malt too. Flavors of cloves and subtle spicy "circus peanuts", with a sugary caramel malt underpinning. Lite, bready mouthfeel with a clean clovey tongue coating. Overall, nicely balanced with a lite malt base and a yeasty coriander linger. (399 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe has a dark copper color with a huge 3 finger head with great lacing. Aromas of banana and yeast as well as the taste. mouthfeel is well balance with great carbonation making you want more (224 characters)

Photo of alexanderplatz
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar to Weihenstephaner Vitus but the malty flavors and banana/fruity esters flavors are more subdued. Maybe that makes it better because it's more balanced or worse because it is maybe a little less exciting that Vitus... don't know. I will have to continue to carry out comparisons. (287 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown color with very strong activity. Thick creamy beige 2 finger sparkly island head, lasting around 20-30 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of bread and fruit esters with a slightly biscuity caramel feel. Flavors of caramel, burnt sugar, lemon, grains, herbal spices. Pleasant thick grainy sourness with a sugary bread feel. Rich and super well balanced.

Smooth and creamy light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Well intensified finish like tasting tender bread, lightly wheaty and lemony, ending with a dash of faint spices.

Overall, as always, an excellent craft from Weihenstephaner. Complex, rich, balanced, and delicious flavors. Super fresh, sexy, and a nice well rounded body. Would drink this all day long, and forever. (757 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle, I've had this a few times but never reviewed it until now
A - hazed brown colored body with a tall ivory head that holds good retention
S - banana, clove, caramel, bread, yeast
T - different than a traditional hefeweizen with more of a caramel flavor mixed in with the clove, banana, bubblegum, yeast and wheat flavors; kind of a light weizenbock of sorts
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation
O - I think I prefer their regular Hefeweizen a bit more than this one, but this is great too! (503 characters)

Photo of dgmirelli
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

excellent copper coloring and a nice thick head that quickly dissipates, smells of wheat and has a perfect flavor balance and finishes quickly for a darker beer, remarkably light on the feel nothing like its appearance. a great beer when you will limit your intake for the evening, one of these satisfies greatly. will definitely put this into the rotation! (357 characters)

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely fantastic version of the style. Perfect tast- cloves, banana, with a slight caramel taste. The smell is perfect- mirroring the taste. If you're going to drink the style, I'm not sure you can do any better. It's very easy drinking. (245 characters)

Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy dark amber beer with a thick creamy head with stating power. The bottle yielded a few gelatinous blobs of yeast that settled to the bottom. Smells like bread, malts and sweet pears. Very light balanced taste that is malty and bready with a pleasant sweetness. There is the taste of caramel, pears and bananas with a slight chocolaty aftertaste. The ending is a bit like a slightly tart apple cider. (407 characters)

Photo of gautch726
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a very easy beer to drink Pours a medium copper color. Malty with banana. Mild flavoring and moderate carbonation with a weaker aftertaste that was heavily accented by the carbonation. I'm not a true fan of Dunkels, so my rating is affected by this. But overall, not bad. (285 characters)

Photo of kitch
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 16th September 2015 and poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy copper colour with a nice three finger cream head that stuck around for a long time leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Mainly caramelised banana with hints of bready malts, caramel and a tinge of pear.

Taste: Bready malt base followed by ripe banana, bubblegum and caramel. Hints of grape and raisin in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium crisp carbonation.

Overall: A very nice dunkelweizen that is very easy to drink. I would buy this again if it was available in Hong Kong, but for now, I will just have to keep bringing it back from Thailand and South Korea. (709 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Don't know what to say about this beer other than that I really liked it. Will absolutely be drinking this again. (207 characters)

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

cloudy chestnut brown beer with a light tan head. Nose of caramel, banana, and heady spice. Flavor follows with some rich roasted grain, banana, clove. Caramel and light chocolate come through at the end. Light bodied. (218 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

a: light brown color. a bit murky due to the yeast. some lighter notes coming through the bottom of the glass where the light hits it

s: wheat, sweet berries, clove, coriander, sticky caramel, a faint sweet pear note. really excellent smelling

t: taste follows the nose. wheaty, grainy, fresh dough, sweet berries, caramel, nut bread, a mild dark fruit flavor

m: lighter mouthfeel. medium carbonation - less than the regular hefe

o: excellent beer. fantastic representation of the style. perfect flavor harmony in here (528 characters)

Photo of Zet
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice light brown colour, but the layer of foam is not that impressive. A nose with banana and cloves which continues in the taste, although the clove prevails here. Very balanced and superbly smooth. Well done. (210 characters)

Photo of irrevjim
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy copper with a big foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving a trail of thin lacing that sticks around
smell; roasted caramel, banana,
taste; toasted banana bread with whipped cream, roasty malt, sourdough aftertaste
feels medium light body, lightly carbonated
overall a nicely balanced dunkel (305 characters)

Photo of J-Rye
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Wheaty cloudiness with caramel tones
Smell: carmelized banana, earthy spices, a little sharpness, maybe grassy
Taste: bubblegum, great wheat base, well developed malt
Feel: light to medium bodied, but the carbonation adds a deep chewiness.

Overall: One of the first beers to make me obsess over beer. Still doesn't disappoint. (335 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Light Brown/Copper pour topped by a thick white head with excellent retention.

S- Sweet Caramel, chocolate, cloves, and Banana. Classic Hefe taste with a bit of a darker chocolate taste that gives an interesting twist.

T- Sweet Caramel along with the classic Hefe Banana that is backed by a bready malt backbone. Sweetness is balanced out by clove spice.

M- Nice substantial body with fairly low carbonation. Fairly standard for a German Hefe.

O- Great German Dunkel that drinks like a dream (532 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Light brown in color and very hazy. Pours a thick, foamy, three finger tall head.

Aroma- Caramel, chocolate, banana, spice (almost cinnamon like), and a bready wheat malt.

Taste- Sweet at first with caramel and banana flavors followed by a bready malt in the middle. Towards the finish the sweetness is balanced out by spice and chocolate flavors.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, and mostly clean in the finish but a little residual sweetness in here too.

Overall- Great balance, great flavor, and a great beer overall. Sometimes dunkelweizens can be too sweet, but this really blends the best parts of the caramel/chocolate off a dunkel and the banana/spice hefeweizen flavors. Neither part of the beer over powers the other. At 5.3% abv this packed with flavor and makes for a great session beer. A must try beer for the style. (865 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 3.39/500 mL bottle at Consumer Beverages, Lancaster, NY
500 mL bottle marked 1344 at 50 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of malt and fruit (light)
Head large, stabilizes at eight cm (aggressive pour) before slooowly diminishing to an eight mm creamy layer. Very light tan, creamy.
Lacing poor – few small islands and dragging arcs of tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium brown, hazy but almost clear
Flavor of malt, slightly sweet and fruity with yeast esters, ends with a hint of bitterness
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25 (596 characters)

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)

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