Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
12-14-2004 00:38:02 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev -9.4%
This was an old bottle, and I mean old. It had the old label. According the person who sold it to us its 8 years old. Pretty damn good for a light german beer that old.
It poured murky and brown. Not overly inspiring but nice. Not a lot of head left but it was white and fluffy while it lasted.
The beer was getting stale but it had an intersting aroma. It had a bit of chocolate going on in the nose. It also had some of the over aged malt/cardboard and it was starting to sour.
The flavor was nice along the same lines. Was stronger of the sour bacteria and the aged malt. No hops anywhere in this beer at this point. Very smooth and enjoyable. I was told that last year this same batch was at its peak, too bad.
02-22-2008 05:52:46 | More by t0rin0
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
04-12-2010 04:58:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
05-15-2010 11:39:40 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
04-24-2010 16:56:14 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
10-19-2004 15:23:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.19/5 rDev -1.4%
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
06-01-2013 15:30:33 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev -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.
11-07-2005 22:31:05 | More by BEERchitect
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
10-10-2007 00:25:35 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
03-31-2009 02:46:50 | More by Phyl21ca
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
07-27-2010 01:31:03 | More by womencantsail
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-22-2012 22:49:19 | More by kylehay2004
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
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!
03-29-2009 22:32:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
05-08-2003 09:43:33 | More by oberon
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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