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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2109
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of PorterLambic


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Arrives a cloudy, rust brown with a small, light tan head. Retention is good though only as a film. No lace.
Smell is all malt and spices (cloves, cinnamon & pepper) with some yeast and mustiness.
Taste is malt, spices, yeast and I swear a very faint apple note though maybe it was just a wishful thinking. Good balance.
Slightly warming, very light effervescence. Medium bodied. Slightly watery at the start but filling in nicely midway through the finish. Good stuff, Maynard.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2013 22:22:09 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of NV9

Ontario (Canada)

4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. Veronus in Peterborough.

Cloudy light brown in colour with a big white head that gives way to a fair amount of lacing.

Smell is mostly banana and spice with a bit of breadiness behind it.

Tastes of citrus with a little bit of banana and hops, very, very smooth.

Medium carbonation and body, this is just a great tasting beer. Not long after having it on tap, they had some bottles at the LCBO and I picked up a bunch of them.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 04:53:02 | More by NV9
Photo of kojevergas


2.7/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 500ml hefeweissbier glass at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Reviewed from notes taken June 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice soft cream, good thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark brown.

Sm: Roasted barley (in a dunkel?) Floral hops. Heavy caramelized malt. Some nuts.

T: Caramelized malt dominates the first half, but the second half feels empty. Slight nutty character on the fringe with hints of cream. Quite imbalanced structurally, with radically different halves. Very strange build compared to most dunkels I've had; I have to wonder if the tap is set up correctly. I wish the flavour early on remained for the latter half.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body.

Dr: The caramelized malt is overdone. The balance is off. The price is fair, and she drinks pretty easy. Worth a go, but better out of the bottle.


Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 02:18:23 | More by kojevergas
Photo of kraypd


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Weinhenstephan brewery beer garden.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a fluffy off-white head. Head retention is very good with nice lacing developing.

S: A mix of carmel, banana, clove, and a slight roast note.

T: Nice carmel flavors mixed with wheat, banana and clove notes. A very balanced profile that works well. Hop bittering is mild and balanced with the malt.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation which is representative of this style.

O: This is one of my favorites of this style especially when tasted fresh at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 20:29:36 | More by kraypd
Photo of Jamesthebrit


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dark orange.

Smell: Wheat, orange. Very pleasant with no harsh smells whatsoever.

Taste: Wheat, slightly orange. Very smooth given the hazy appearance. Initially very fruity with a lingering wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light, perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth. Quite wheaty.

Overall: There isn't really anything bad about this beer and most everything is good. Immensely flavorful yet very easy to drink. For sure my favorite beer to date. Brings something to the table that other beers don't.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 19:57:07 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of kylehay2004


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with nice lacing on a murky brown with golden hues body. Rich dark fruit and molasses aroma with honey notes. Flavor is more dark fruit with a caramel malt backbone and nice banana notes. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I really likete banana notes in this one which actually are orecelabt for the degree of dark fruit taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 22:49:19 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Distillery District Winter Festival yestereve, enjoyed while wandering around the area. Into a clear plastic pint glass.

Poured a murky milk chocolate brown (maybe drawn from the bottom of the keg?), with a thick frothy white head, leaving some sticky lace even on the plastic glass with some moderate retention. Nose has banana and light bubble gum as per the regular Weissbier, a bit of cocoa and caramel as well adding a touch of dunkel character. Taste has caramel, banana, bubble gum, light cocoa and some darker malt and bread notes, albeit subtle. Light chalkiness. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy (just as the original Weiss is), with some nice texture on the palate. Moderate to high carbonation. Certainly not my favourite style, but this is certainly a beer I could entertain more often if it was more available.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 19:13:28 | More by liamt07
Photo of Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Braustuberl Weihenstephaner, Freising and poured into the appropriate 0.3l glass with a couple of fingers head

Dark to mid/nutty brown in colour (there wasn't much lighting in the cellar room we were in, so difficult to be precise on this one!)

Full of flavour with banana, cloves other spices and a malty/bready taste, and possibly a small hint of caramel/something sweet?

Malty, slightly spiced and banana were the smells that hit me

The mouthfeel was good, but not up to the same quality of the hefeweiss, still a pleasure to drink none the less

kept a good finger of head throught drinking and lots of lacing present at the finish

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 20:52:07 | More by Ruds
Photo of argock


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a slender branded weizen glass at Hotel California in Berlin, Germany.

A: Soft leather brown with frothy 1/2-to-1 finger off-white head with good retention and solid lacing mostly at the top of the glass.

S: Banana and bread crust are the most prominent aromas with some herbal hoppiness and caramel notes too.

T: Very bready and slightly yeasty with the classic banana bread flavor with plenty of crusty qualities. Very little other esters aside from banana/

M: Very creamy and smooth with low carbonation.

O: A classic rendition of the style with all of the nutty, banana bread notes and smooth, easy-to-drink feel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 05:08:44 | More by argock
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/08/10 notes. Had on tap at The Saloon in Washington, DC. Served into a 0.5L Georgetown Saloon weizen glass.

a - Pours a darkish brown color with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.
Looks great.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, and toasted malts. Bananas jump right out at you.

t - Tastes of bananas, toasted malts, wheat, bready malts, very light spices, and sweet caramel malts. Tastes amazing, pretty perfect for the style.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue. A little less carbonated and the mouthfeel would be great.

d - A very good beer hurt by it's high carbonation. This was probably the best tasting dunkelweizen I've had and it looked great as well. Would certainly have again but I think if it was less carbonated it could be even better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 19:11:09 | More by mdfb79
Photo of MrMcGibblets


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into it's branded glass. cloudy amber/dirty copper color with a thick, persistent head and lacing coating all the way down the glass.
S: banana, clove, toffee, caramel, dark bready fruitcakey malts.
T: light to medium sweetness balanced out by sourish twang of the wheat, carbonation, and hidden smooth hop bitterness. finishes mostly crisp and dry.
M: frothy, medium-bodied, chewy.
D: the glass begs to be picked back up constantly.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 15:44:07 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of Welsman


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh sweet Jebus, this beer is fabulous.
Exceptional in every way.
Pours a medium brown, the head is obscene,
so thick and creamy.
Tastes of bananas and cloves,
(blah blah blah), SO good on tap in the proper hefe glass,
(Brauhaus Schmitz, philly), lets all give in
to Delish-isness.
This brewery has to be the finest in the world, i know its the oldest, since 1050.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 20:08:10 | More by Welsman
Photo of Vdubb86


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a .5L Weihenstephan Weiss Glass
On-tap at Schnitzel Platz in Glendale Heights, IL for Oktoberfest

I've had this beer in the past and remember liking it, now I finally got a chance to review it. The appearance is of a cloudy dirty brown color that is to be associated with the dunkelweizen. This was also given to me with two fingers of very pillowy head. The smell is of the traditional belgian yeasts which include the heavy smells of banana and clove. In addition there were aromas of orange zest and the overall bready malt aroma. The taste was strongly of the banana, clove and citrus most closely associated with orange. There were also hints of rock candy and brown sugar. The mouthfeel was creamy and delicious as only a good weiss bier should be. This was quite drinkable and very pleasant. I recommend having this if given the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 04:08:14 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of EddieTheTrooper


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me of that movie beerfest when the guys brew the secret recipe and take one sip and start crying. The discussion of wanting to put one's dick in it and vice versa is fully realized after the first sip. Clean, flavorful, malty with traces of banana and vanilla, this beer has it all. The first time I tried this was at Schnitzleplatz in Addison, il. I drank a 2 litre "das boot" of it and every drop went down smooth. Those bavarians know their beer, but what else can be expected from the worlds oldest brewery?

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 07:32:42 | More by EddieTheTrooper
Photo of largadeer


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Turbid brownish-amber with a huge frothy cap. Cocoa, caramelized banana and clove aroma, a bit like fried and spiced bananas. Light on the tongue but very flavorful, reminiscent of chocolate covered bananas and Grandma's spice rack. This is on the dry side, though the flavors suggest dessert; ultimately this is to the beer's benefit, it never becomes cloying. Spicy, peppery finish with lingering clove. A stellar example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 21:16:32 | More by largadeer
Photo of ToasterChef


3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. The beer is a muddy brown liquid. It has a thin, off-white foam head. The beer is opaque, but I can still see some carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass and rising within. There are a number of aromas coming from this beer; I can smell clove, banana, and a slight sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar. It tastes of musty yeast, like a weissebier should. There is lots of banana and some clove in the flavor. The finish has a bit of peppery spice to it. The beer has a medium body and high carbonation. The coating is very good and it contains some sweetness. The pepper in the finish provides a bit of a bite, but otherwise it finishes cleanly. It is a very drinkable beer. I could easily have a few of these. It is a perfect beverage for the outdoor deck here at my favorite bier garden.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2010 11:58:37 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of Thorpe429


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico.

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange with an incredibly-huge of-white head and loads of lacing.

S: Loads of sweet malt alongside the typical clove, banana, and bubblegum notes. Just what I expect from a good dunkelweizen.

T: The sweetness of the malt comes through more with some caramel and a few darker fruits. The yeast flavor then really takes over.

M: Light-bodied; nice and creamy with good carbonation.

D: Just a great beer. I believe I like this quite a bit more then the Hefe, actually.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 11:39:40 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Weihenstephaner weiss glass at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, NJ. First I loved the glass and need to track one down. Very cloudy malt brown color with a decent head and nice lacing. Great wheat/bready aroma. I love this taste. Malty and wheat. Sweet but not overly so. Very refreshing but filling too. This is what all other dunkles should be judged by.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2010 00:15:47 | More by bob3701
Photo of jbertsch


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wheat beers are not my favorite. I don't dislike them, they're just not one of my favorite styles. Because of that, this beer had a strike against it before I tasted it. BUT, the fact that it won me over so well speaks volumes.

Had this on top at Jacob Wirth's in Boston - served in a nice, large weizen glass.

The color is a murky dark brown with some haze. I wish the head was larger (could have been the bartender's poor pour), but what head was there retained well as I drank it.

I love to smell a serious malt in a weizen style. What a great juxtaposition compared to the heffe's we all know too well in America. Behind the malt there were notes of banana, and a hint of clove.

The taste mirrors the smell, but there are llayers upon layers of flavor - it's one combined flavor balanced very well. Some nuttiness comes through at the end, as well as some fig/rasin. The hops are very far in the back.... Not absent, but agreeably not a big factor.

The Mouthfeel is easy, smooth, and on the thinner side while still feeling creamy. There is a dry finish without a bitter aftertaste.

I don't know if it was the mood I was in, or the day, or the gorgeous sauerbraten I had with it, but this beer hit the spot and just seemed so perfectly balanced and restrained in the right areas.

Can't wait to have another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2009 23:16:34 | More by jbertsch
Photo of Aenema


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Murky brown the color of syrup mixed with melted butter. Topped with light tan foam. Leaves splotchy lacing along the glass.
Smell - Banana, clove.
Taste - Lots of banana, a bit of clove. Some sweet caramel malt with a wheat note.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Well-balanced.
Drinkability - A very easy-drinking beer with a nice balance of flavor, body, and carbonation. I could easily drink this for a long, long time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 02:07:29 | More by Aenema
Photo of drabmuh


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at a local beer bar, served as a 0.5 L in a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass. Beer is brown and has high haze, cannot see through the beer. Whitish / brownish head of tight bubbles is present and completely covers the beer (two fingers thick). Head falls away as you drink and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty similar to the hefe, but there is more sweetness and some hints of nuts to it. Same esters and fruity aromas, smells good.

This beer is slightly heavier in my opinion than the hefeweizen. Still a stand up beer. More sweetness, beer is still wet and not dry at all. Finishes nicely, not as high drinkability as the hefe but still a stand up beer. Mouthfeel is heavier than I would like but that's why its a dunkel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2009 20:46:50 | More by drabmuh
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as good as the dunkel or the hefeweissbeer, this is nonetheless another great beer from weihenstephaner. Shared this one after the dunkel, had a good combination of both beers with a refreshing quality that will knock you out as much a the stonger dunkel. Would recommend this if you can find it in the states. And, once again, if in berlin, you should find this restaurant.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 20:09:49 | More by david18
Photo of patmcd

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SYF in New Brunswick.

Ahh Wheat Beers...my personal favorite.

The original Hefeweissbier may be my #1 all time favorite brew, so this had a lot to live up to. I saw it at my favorite watering hole and it was even on tap...I instantly ordered a liter.

Pours a turbulent leather brown that his a bit of a river clay color to it with a cloudy, ever slightly off-white head.

On the nose I sense glimpses of predominately barley with hints of clove and citrus.

Tastes consist with the usual Hefe tastes of banana, clove, citrus accompanied by some darker, candied malts and more roasted barley.

Is extremely, extremely smooth and drinkable. One of my favorite Dunkels, and only second to Schneider Aventinus.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 20:28:53 | More by patmcd
Photo of mhatters


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a standard pint glass at TDR Exton

Pours a dark hazy amber-to-light-brown color with a small dense white head.

Lots of fruit in the nose - banana, green apple, passion fruit. Also the wheat and spice make this a great smelling beer.

The taste follows the nose - the wheat and fruit play off one another. There is a clovepepperiness as well

Crisp, sessionable beer, very refreshing, easy to drink, a very good beer that leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 21:32:32 | More by mhatters
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the breezy point inn at greenwood lake - the waitress taught me the correct pronunciation when i ordered - following a hofbrau maibock - chunky brown with a 1 1/2 finger head - smells sweet and malty - i agree with the heffe/dark malt take on this beer's taste - crisp and malty sweet - goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 01:43:36 | More by JoeBloe
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