Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,030
Hads: 2,657
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 255
Gots: 251 | FT: 1
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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 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 RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Deep tarnish copper with a red hue, some haze from the addition of the yeast into the glass. After a proper pouring a thick meringue like head forms and stay for the duration.

Smell: Malty nose, light brown malt or toasted. Suggestions of green apple, yeast and pie spice also in the aroma.

Taste: Moderate body that is well structured and able to hold the soft malty palate, very crisp carbonation that is at a perfect level. As soon as the carbonation hits there is a spicy snap of clove and a twang from the fermented wheat. Nice even malt flavour with a bit of toasted and dry malt character. Neutral though a bit nutty yeast on the tongue. Minimal bitterness from the hops, barely noticeable. Vague fruitiness of over dried raisins and plantains though esters are controlled. All in all the finish is quite clean and is comparatively a dry beer.

Notes: By far one of the greatest dark wheat beers available in the US market to date, very soft on the palate … no harshness at all. Malt flavour is near perfection with all the other flavours kept as a backdrop to let the malt be dominant. (1,283 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
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 (617 characters)

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

First had: 750ml bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured a murky brownish-amber with a fluffy eggshell head that receded quite a bit but rejuvenated every time I poured more from the bottle. Aroma of sweet malts, banana esters, clove, and yeast. Taste of caramel, toasted pumpernickel, banana and cloves, spicy yeast, and a hint of honeydew. Medium-bodied, generously carbonated, and quite drinkable. (397 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

C- (917 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chestnut brown ruby effervescent offwhite chunky head leaves huge collar of lacing nice appearance big yeasty dregs pour out of my bottle it's nice. Aroma: I'm getting an array of fruit tones, green apples, raisins, and soft banana tones with a slight citrus hint to it all leaves me with spices and clove with some Hallertau in the finish giving it an herbal quality. Taste: Soft chocolate hints blended with banana clove yeast notes and other spices once again the plethora of fruit shines light upon my palate nice. Mouthfeel: Spritzy and bubbly but not overcarbonated medium to light in body this is a magnificant dunkel hefe. Drinkability: Unparalled for the style simply put just enjoy it's worth it. (718 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.26/5  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. (755 characters)

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

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, bottled 2/2/2011. Pours super hazy red orange color with a beautiful 3 finger fairly dense off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice thick lacing clings to the glass; with a ton of carbonation streaming up as expected. Took me a while to pour this as I anticipated. Aromas of huge banana, clove, bubblegum, orange, wheat, bread, and yeast spices. Huge on the bubblegum here, amazing. Taste of orange, clove, bubblegum, bread, caramel, light banana, pepper, and yeast spices. Fairly dry on the finish; with some light lingering notes of citrus, clove, caramel, and biscuit on the finish for a short bit. Great overall balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty much invisible, and this drinks incredible smoothly. Overall this is a fantastic dunkelweizen, and my first one in the style. Nice amount of complexity; with very smooth drinking and a great mouthfeel. I will definitely have it again. (1,073 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
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! (916 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy medium brown in color with some golden and orange highlights when held up to the light and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of banana and clove along with some lighter notes of wheat, darker malts, yeast, and spices.

T: Tastes very similar to the smell with wheat and darker malts upfront and moderate to strong flavors of banana, clover, yeast, and spices.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Refreshing and smooth.

O: Enjoyable and extremely easy to drink - sessionable and refreshing. (808 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light brown, quite hazy, with a very large off-white head with great retention. Left behind some rather thick lacing.

S: A good dose of wheat, bananas and a ton of cloves. There was light bready malt and a little bit of floral hops as well.

T: Very bready with a good bit of both banana and cloves, reminds me of banana bread for sure. There is a little bit of darker fruit mixed in, some raisins and a bit of fig.

M: Medium bodied, but a bit on the heavier side. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish.

O: Pretty tasty, like how the dark malt bill adds some complexity, the combination of banana bread and dark fruit was really good. (655 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Color is a hazed caramel brown. Pours 2 and 1/2 fingers of slight an head. Very good retention but not a lot of lace sticking to the glass.

Aroma: Wow, this is a nice smelling dunkel. Big notes of chocolate, clove, and bananas. Very nice.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the aroma, but with some added nut flavors to it. Very typical taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a fairly clean roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, a good representation of the style. My bottle is going somewhat slow, but I will be able to finish it without a problem. (640 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  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. (407 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle consumed whilst throwing some beanbags.

The beer is chestnut brown and very hazy. The head is off white to light tan colored, standing in at two inches thick, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

The aroma is the same banana, clove, ester, wheat smell you get from the Hefeweizen, but with additional notes, of sweet breads (banana nut bread?)

Slightly sweeter than the hefeweizen. This is a delicious beer, and deserving of its #1 spot on the Top Beers - Dunkelweizen list. Full of flavor, well balanced and easy to drink. Banana, malt, yeast, bread flavors mingle beautifully.

The feel is creamy and smooth, with appropriate carbonation.

Overall, a shining example of the style. Well worth trying. (715 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/04/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass. 16.9 oz bottle with a code of "8383" on the back label.

Appearance- Rust colored pour with an inch thick creamy head and adequate lacing.

Smell- Light scents of banana, clove, cinnimon and other spices.

Taste- Pretty much like a weisbeir with a roasted kick to it. The flavors come out as it warms slightly. Muted banana taste, with a heavier aspect to the roasted and nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel- Starts out ultra carbonated but calms as it settles in. A meidum bodied beer.

Drinkability- Not my favorite style, but I have to say it was quite tasty. These guys make awesome beers for very reasonable prices. (732 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have decided to embrace my inner hippie and as such, I will try anything once bottle still go back to CANs eventually.

This was one of my first overpours in a long time, just broaching the lip of the glass. Once it finished playing around, it settled into a finger of light-tan head with mild retention. Color was a very cloudy orangish-brown (or was it a brownish-orange?). Nose was very clove/spice-forward, underlain by banana esters. I am finding that the bubble gum scent fades when overpowered by clove. Yay! Mouthfeel was full, approaching creamy, with lots of spicy clove flavors up front with the banana taking a backseat. Now, here is another beer that I can solidly endorse! Finish continued to be extremely spicy and I could hardly get enough. I must mark this one down for future reference. (806 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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 (2,245 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up a light banana and clove aroma with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: tha banana tones are strong but pleasant, while a soft yeasty breadiness is the backbone of this beer. Some clove, brown sugar, and general nuttiness round it out.

Mouthfeel: perfectly crisp start and finish. The banana, cloves, and light nuttiness lingers briefly on the tastebuds after swallowing.

Drinkabilty: simply put - fantastic. Go out and grab one of these to bring home. (569 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle, got to love that great looking regal German looking bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light brown, with a full white head, lots of foam.

S: Fragrant yeast character, a lot of banana, sweet malt.

T: Light caramel hits at first and then melds into a lot of banana, with hints of molasses. Long lingering finish of clove.

M: Seems a tad on the thin side for a weizen beer, and it's hard to find the flavour at times, but it does have a rich carbonation appeal.

D: My first dunkelweizen in a while, a tasty beer, though I do prefer their regular hefe beer. (566 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah baby, this is one of my all time favorite styles and Weihenstephaner, turns out a very fine version! Plummy brown with a long lasting light tan head, the lacing is slippery and doesnt last long. The nose here is softly spicy and I also get some ripe fruit notes. this stuff is velvet on the tongue and bursting with fruity, yeasty, clove and banana goodness. Finishes with a drying winey, slight sourness. elegent, complex and all around fine stuff. (454 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (872 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.