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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,110 Ratings
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Ratings: 2110
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%


Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A smoothy banana weizen. Brown-amber, fruit highlights with sourish and malt finish. Some nutmeg, cloves, cinammon, roasting. Medium-light mouthfeel with high carbonation. Easy draught like drink. Reasonable malts and hops, not overdone. Good with spicy pizza.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 00:38:02 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

A - Pours an almost opaque old copper penny color with a 1 inch tan head that lasts. Lacing is great on this brew.

S - Smells like spiced cake malts and some tangy banana essence.

T - Biscuit with brown sugar, sour apple, yeast.

M - Good carbonation with a very smooth creamy aspect.

D - Great drinkability. I think I like the regular Hefeweissbier better, but this is still a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 04:58:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Dark tawny with a hint of red. The beer is clear at the moment, but I have no doubt that subsequent pours will bring a great deal of yeast to the party. The ecru head is Rubenesque in size and was initially higher in fingers than I have on one hand. It's also impressively creamydense and is just sticky enough to deposit small dollops of lace, very little of which hangs around.

Wow, clove spice is really jumping out of the glass! This is one distinctive yeast strain. There's a certain maltiness to the aroma, but I anticipated something along the lines of malted milk balls. It doesn't smell very 'dark' at all; there's no hint of roastedness or even of toastedness. Still, it's a classy, appetizing nose that makes me want to begin drinking.

Hefeweissbier Dunkel is yummy stuff. I like the cloviness, but would prefer it to be scaled back a bit so that some of the other flavors can get some palate time. In other words, this yeast is a beast in terms of flavor contribution. There's a fair amount of lightly toasted malt with added elements of weak cocoa powder and bruised banana.

If the malty flavors and the banana were favored a bit more, the beer would come together more impressively. That said, this is undoubtedly the best dunkel weizen that I've ever had (not that I've had that many). The body is light-medium and somewhat enthusiastically carbonated; all to style and, therefore, all right with me.

I can't say that I prefer Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel over this brewery's standard hefe weizen, but it is exceptional beer all the same. It may be a while before I have another version that's this good.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 15:23:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

A – Poured a deep dark hazelnut brown color. Very cloudy with a lot of sedimentation towards the bottom of the glass. An enormous tan colored head formed on the top of this one. I could not even finish the pour into a 24oz glass without stopping to let it settle. Very impressive looking to say the least. Now as soon as this finally relented it was replaced by copious amount of side glass lace which really helped to thicken up the overall appearance. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout. Overall this was a monster looking Hefe and was really excited to get to try it.



S – Aroma was full of wheat as one would imagine it would be. Lots of fresh wheat and grain smells came flying off of it. Also inside was a good solid amount of yeast. This did a very fine job of lightening up the overall aroma and really giving it some solid depth and a good amount of character. I could also pick up some decent amounts of fresh grass like smells in there as well. A very nice overall aroma, and a bit fuller then the typical.



T – Now here is where it gets good. Very nice blend of roasted malts going into this as well as the huge wheat and yeast profile. There was actually a decent amount of kick to it in the flavor. The first sips were pretty intense with a bit of a caramel or bitterness to the finish. Lots of yeast presence again and this served up some nice fruity flavors. A good mix of peach and maybe some apples were present way in the back and the major bread like backing just served to push forward the more subtle flavors that were present in the back. Overall here this was really a very full bodied flavor. E even noticed a bit of a roasted nuttiness to it. This was very nice is about it.



M – Very nice and very typical of what I would expect here. It had a great overall feel, lots of carbonation rippling through and really giving it a very nice feel and a great overall profile again. Somewhat thin but that is a bit to be expected here, but other then that it really was pretty darn good as far as the way it should feel. Naturally going to be a lighter type of brew, this did have a nice full body to it.



D – Excellent here. I could have had this all night long and really could not find a downside to it at all. It really felt as though I could have never stopped with this one. There was really nothing in the way of this going all night and it really was a fantastically crafted brew. So light and refreshing but yet at the same time, complex in flavor and body. Nothing at all bad can be said here, just a wonderful session type ale.



Overall I do not know what else I can say. I love all things German and this was no exception. One of the finest quality brews I have had in a very long while. I would be happy to try this one again any day and in fact will be looking forward to having some again very soon. Great choice here and another very solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 00:25:35 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a light brown color, sort of like a glass of iced tea with a bit khaki colored head that sticks around forever.

S: The nose is distinctly German with some notes of clove, yeast, caramel, and light hints of bananas. A nice bready note to it as well.

T: There is some nice sweetness to the flavor, with banana bread leading the way, followed by some raisins and plums. A good caramel and toffee flavor along with a hint of yeast and cloves on the finish.

M: The body is medium with plentiful and smooth, rolling carbonation on the tongue.

D: Weihenstephaner is another brewery that doesn't seem to make a bad beer. A solid dunkel that I would pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:31:03 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color and the cap leaves some streaky lace behind

Smell: Banana and clove with undertones of caramel

Taste: Caramel and clove, up front, with banana flavor building; after the swallow, vanilla, nuts and tart apple elements arrive though the sweeter flavors on the front end return to drive the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy and spritzy

Overall: While I prefer Weihenstephaner's regular hefe better, this is a great example of the dunkle version

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 15:30:33 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a cloudy and hazy medium amber color ale with a supper huge off-white foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of banana ester with some great wheat malt is quite excellent. Taste is very smooth with great notes of banana ester with some lightly sweet wheat malty which provide a great refreshing factor. Full creamy body with great carbonation. One of the best example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:46:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Ooooh my goodness. Everything this brewery makes is excellent. They could spit in a bottle, cap it, and distribute it, and I would still rate it a 4. They've been at it long enough, sho they should have it down pat. This beer has all of the clove, estery, fruity, bubblegum, creamy, silky characteristic in flavor and aroma that you'd ever want in a wheat beer, but with soft caramel, maltiness, and a light maple syrup character. Bring out some nuttiness and earthiness. The addiditon of ingredients that make this beer a dunkel never dominate the wheat character or the yeast derived flavors. Supurb. Finishes clean, crisp with a mild and lasting sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 22:31:05 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured hazy brown with some yellow highlights into a weizen glass with a perfectly sized head. A high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles. The beer has very good head retention.
S: There is a moderate aroma of banana, cloves and malt with hints of yeast and other spices. The aroma strengthens as the beer warms up a bit.
T: The taste is very similar to the nose; it shares many similarities to a hefeweizen but has some added sweetness plus flavors of dark malts and other spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and refreshing on the palate.
D: The beer goes down smooth and is quite thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 16:56:14 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, muddled brown body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Dull, earthy spices over malty scents of caramel covered wheat and cocoa with notes of fresh bananas.

Taste: Light, dry caramel mixed with a bit of cocoa and a taste of wheat grain. Rich blend of spice flavors: clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Banana esters perk up shortly. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Final hints of malt and spice on the soft, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A delightful dunkelweizen and a fine example of the style. Go out and get some!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 22:32:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been looking for a good beer in this style striking out a few times but I hit the jackpot with this one.Poured a rich brown/copper color with big blooming head.Smelled of caramel and toffee with come faint smokiness to it as well.Pretty nutty flavor with some fresh tartness in there,pretty complex and rewarding.Should have known this was the brewer who would get this beer right.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 09:43:33 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Wow! What a beer! It offers all of the flavors and aromas of the standard Weihenstephaner weizen with the addition of a light caramel note. It pours a cloudy, tawny brown body with a full head of creamy off-white foam. Soft banana, light clove-like spice, light brown sugar and apples appear in the nose. The body is medium and it appears initially crisp and then creamy across the palate due to its very fine and effervescent natural carbonation. Gentle spice appears first in the flavor; followed by a soft maltiness that's just slightly tangy and backed by gentle fruitiness (bananas, apples). It's very well-balanced by an underlying bitterness, and it finishes with a lingering note of nutty malt and some drying clove-like yeastiness. Refreshing but full of flavor. Exceptional!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 15:45:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, BBD: 29/11/2011.

This beer pours a dark, murky, over-saturated iced-tea brown, with two fingers of thin foamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few specks of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crisp roasted wheat grain, mild banana, spicy clove, and earthy yeast. The taste is more sweet, the toasted grain taking a backseat to the banana and yeast duad. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zingy, the body medium weight, a bit airy, but smooth overall. It finishes clean, drier than expected, with some lingering fruit and yeast.

A nicely balanced dark wheat beer - there's something to be said for Old World subtlety. However, that banana/yeast thing does grow stale sooner rather than later.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:57:22 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An impressively foamy, bilious head tops a beer with a dark brown, almost pruney, or figgy hue. Aroma is lively and satisfying: citrus, notes of vanilla, banana, cloves, rich, deep, dark. Reminds me of Belgian abbey dubbels, a favorite. Taste is sharp, dry, with a hasty finish, that leaves you yearning for more. A very sociable beer: not too difficult to drink, and not in the least forgettable. Slight bitterness, medium body, and as for flavor, I feel like it's close to a lighter version of a barleywine, crazy as that sounds.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 19:10:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malts, bananas and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with just a little sweetness and simple flavors of wheat and caramelized malts. There's a decent and complimentary hop presence that provides a good balance.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this brewery just continues to impress me with their knack for keeping beers simple and making them very, very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 05:07:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel, clear & bubbly with a a 4 fingers off white head that drops off gradually. Good head retention and some lacing

Smell: Slight mustiness & some yeast notes

Taste: Toasty with a slight bitterness & some chocolate notes. Not a ton of hefe taste at first, but as it warms the bandaid, bubble gum & yeasty tastes come through. Also aslight nutty taste. dry & estery on the finish

MF: More than slight undercarbonation, but otherwise balanced

Pretty drinakble, but I expected more from this. This didn't quite hit al the notes (more fruitiness) I expect from this style. Will try again this summer

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 04:06:40 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick off-white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has the nice fruity banana smell of a regular hefe, but with a little more of a malty scent. The taste is good. It is a malty hefe with excellent wheat/yeast flavor. It is sweet and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good dunkel, but I've had better; mouthfeel was lacking.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 02:31:23 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is full of wheat, toffee and cloves with quite a bit of banana mixed in. A very nice aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and brown sugar notes, as well as some wheat and banana. All of the notes meld together perfectly as I have come to expect from Weihenstephaner wheat beers.

Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:35:43 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgandy color with a foamy, off-white, four-finger head. Left lace.

S - It smelled of malt, wheat and clove.

T - Tasted of wheat and malt. There is a light spiciness and a hint of yeast and clove.

M - It is crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good dunkel. Impressive appearance and a very good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 04:25:54 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

A careful pour produces a voluminous, four-finger thick, lightly cocoa tinged, tan colored head that only laves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a earthy, dark plum color, but shows a lightly hazed, lightish cranberry hue when held up to the light. When held up to the light you also get a good sight of the seething mass of bubbles that are packed into this brew. Quite an appetizing aroma, it is a melange of banana, caramelized bread crust, a touch of sweet plum, crushed grain, some smooth phenolic clove notes and a light peppery spice character that is just barely noticeable underneath the surface. The Dunkel part of the malt bill adds a bit more, slightly rich, fruitiness to the aroma than one would find in a pale version. It also accentuates aromas of toasty grain and fresh baked, whole-grain bread crust.

The carbonation keeps this fairly light and definitely adds a light frothy texture to this brew. Very lightly sweet, but it does have a richness of malt character to it that pale Hefeweizens do not have. Soft fruit flavors of ripe plums seem to be a bit more noticeable up front than either of the signature banana or clove notes. Both are here though with the banana playing a subtle flavor role up front and in the middle, while the clove flavors add a spicy finish to this brew where it plays a pretty significant role. Coupled with the clove in the finish is a nice, wheat-beer tartness. As the beer warms up a bit, the clove flavors begin to stretch into the front parts of each sip. The texture of this beer really has a nice, soft, velvety character to it; it coats the mouth, but softly as this is a very quaffable brew. Melanoids and caramelized notes characterize the malt / grain character up front, while a bit of dusty grain character with just a kiss of toast graces the palate in the middle. At times a spicy, pepper-like character inserts itself onto the palate, it is quite nice and provides a sort of palate cleansing.

This is just a very nice example of a Dunkel Weizen. The caramelized, slightly toastier malt adds an interesting dimension to the traditional Hefeweizen character. This is a beer I would be quite happy to drink a few liters of.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 23:13:01 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a Weihenstephan glass:

Pours a beautiful hazed caramel light brown with a thick head that slowly descends to a thick, foamy, lasting sizable head. Some lacing sticks to glass (a bit more and this would be perfect).

The smell is of banana/clove and sweet toffee. Doughy wheat in the back with a fruity/wheaty tang.

The taste is of banana/clove with sweet toffee. Maple syrup sweetness is balanced by a banana fruitiness with a touch of red apple. Some doughy wheat, but subdued, allowing for full complexities to really shine forth. Well-balanced sweetness throughout. Complex, yet light and smooth. Great carbonation level. Flavor linger.

It is appropriately light to medium bodied. Crisp and smooth.

A classic dunkel weizen that is absolutely delicious. This clearly outshines so many others. Unique, yet well within the style. Another great brew from this awesome brewery!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 20:24:10 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The normal brown 500ml bottle, best before 16th jan 2009, reviewed on a wet and windy English Sunday afternoon in March 2008.

Poued into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

Muddy, dirty mid-brown colour and cloudy of course. Light, grubby biege foaming head, which is huge by the way.

The aroma is of toasted bread and burnt vanilla smells in a heady mix which also has hops and yeast esters trying to vie for attention.

The taste is all vanilla and baked bananas. Not as sweet as my discription may imply. This has hidden flavours too, you have to search for them.
Apples and Pears, non-sour citrus fruits as well.

Not as thick as I anticipated, but not watery either. The flavours stay in the mouth and don't fade to anything nasty, like some beers can.

All in all a fine beer, not the best Dunkell Hefeweissbier I've ever had, but well up there with the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 16:41:38 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clouded gold brown with no head. Nose is slightly sweet in a banana kind of way. That is basically the prevalent fragrance that hits you the whole time. Bananas. Big fields of them. Flavor is smooth and a bit mild, but even. There is that hefe typical character there with a strong banana skin profile to it, just like the nose. Feel is smooth on the mouth. Definitely drinkable. A really good brew that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 01:30:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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