Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,029
Hads: 2,654
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 253
Gots: 250 | 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 rab53
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy semi-transparent brown. Big frothy white head. Sampled directly after the Hefeweissbier. Both have big clove, banana and bubble gum aromas, though this one is a little more subdued. Light on carbonation, making subsequent sips oh so easy. I generally don't care for wheat beers, but I may have to revisit this one. (328 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

A murky brown body with lots of carbonation for classic Hefeweizen look. Head is not as tight kind of small and doesn't stick around much. Color body is dark yellow and moves to brown amber to the top.

A nice hot clove smell on the nose, nutmeg spice as well, toasted brown spiced goodness. That's about it kind of nice.

Taste brings the spice. Nicely clove and nutmeg spiced, kind of spicy hot in a way. A little bit fizzy feeling though for mouthfeel, small banana taste as well with a bit more brown spice, even some brown sugar sweetness. Brown seems to be the theme here and the taste seems to reflect it.

Overall, alright I could have this beer in a pinch. It's probably not a fav style of mine, but if there was nothing else left I'd take it. (806 characters)

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

Here it is, the final stage of the Weihenstephaner Invitational, its dark hefeweizen. Let the pouring begin:

Cinnamon brown in color with hues of red and orange in the body with a nice head. The nose gets notes of yeast and spiced cider. Now for the tasting: starts off with a mild tang, which is then pushed over for a cinnamon cider flavor with apple. The yeast then pulls out its phenolic flavors, and then hints of brown sugar and raisins. A little bolder than the hefeweizen. Drinks well.

And now, the moment of truth, the winner of the Weihstephaner Invitational. And the winning style...

The Original!

Four fantastic beers, but just one winner. What a shame, because all these beers deserved a nomination. The Wei Invite has been wrapped up, so check back to see what you missed. Good night everyone! (820 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a .5L at Abe's. Poured a light, hazy brown with a tall off-white head. I found this to be an aromatic and surprisingly smooth dunkel, but didn't think the flavor lived up to the reviews. I only got simple, dark bread malt and creamy (very slight banana) yeast character. Not exactly as deep as the Hefe, but a fine beer. (330 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with a nice tight white head that fades to a ring. Light aromas of banana and bread. The taste is fuller and richer with lots of banana and more fresh baked bread. A touch of sweetness and possibly a touch of astringent clove in the finish. Really drinkable and a great late spring refresher. It has enough body and complexity to capture your interest before a hefe is required for the dog days of summer. Really pleasant. (457 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark maple brown color with a thick foamy tan head that settles into a lasting lacing. Aroma of chocolate, brown sugar, clove and banana. Very smooth tasting beer with hints of maple, hazelnut, chocolate maltiness, banana and a touch of clove spiciness. (261 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky brown with a huge 3 finger white head with scattered lacing.
Smell is of the trademark Weihenstephaner yeast that makes this an unmistakeable classic. Bananas, fresh bread, caramel, and perhaps a hint of anise.
Taste is of sugary bread, caramel candy, and light bananas. The finest of all dunel weizens. I wish I had this on draft right now...that is the true Capo di tutti capi in the world of Dunkel Weizens.
Mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied, and sugary. Nice.
Drinkability is very nice and enjoyable. One of the nicest German brews available. (566 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market Basket
Pours a fairly clear reddish brown with a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of clove with hints of banana and peeper with a solid shot of caramelized brown sugary malt. The flavor is rich dark sugary malt sweetness with some clove and pepper to counter. Little to no hop presence. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable, not horribly complex but definitely a solid quaffer. (485 characters)

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

Always having been a huge fan of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, it shocked me to realise I'd never reviewed their dunkel. Well, that's something that needs rectifying... Served in my half-litre Franziskaner weizen glass.

Pours a lovely deep and cloudy orange-brown colour, which glistens and shines in the light. A beautiful colour for a dunkelweizen. Head is a thick and boisterous froth of yellow-tinged white, that foams and crackles its way down to half a centimetre of film by the end, and leaves a bit of separated lacing. Carbonation is strong and boisterous, although looks like there's enough body to give it some trouble. It's a truly magnificent looking dunkelweizen.

Nose is redolent with delicious weizen characters, giving the classic banana and spice aromas. But it's also broadened with sweet caramel, brown sugar and banana bread, that give this wonderfully refined character and deepen the experience. Spice comes through with prickly clove and biting fresh pepper and ozone. Great nose. Just wonderful.

Taste is also good, although it's mellower than it might have been. The spiciness on the nose disappears here, although the languid, sweet toffee characters come through more prominently. Hint of banana through the centre, and there's a long, lingering back palate that gives off an odd freshness like lightly chlorinated water. Feel is light and fluid - whatever body the malty caramel may have suggested is a little absent.

A lovely beer, and an excellent dunkelweizen. As good as it is, I still feel that while the Weihenstephaner Hefe makes me think it's the peerless pinnacle of the art, this dunkel makes me think there may be another better one out there.

But maybe only one. (1,709 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark maple brown color with a thick foamy tan head big and cloudy too. Nose is chocolate, brown sugar, clove, wheat and banana. Taste is smooth tasting beer with hints of maple, chocolate maltiness, banana and a touch of clove spiciness. Really good Dunkel overall. (274 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin pie filling (with a little extra pumpkin flesh orange). It is muddied and, despite its healthy glow, is for all intents and purposes opaque. It is fiery on the bottom like coals under a fire log. Its head, in typical weissbier fashion, was mountainous and, even now despite settling, maintains a surface of snow-capped alpine peaks.

The aroma, also in typical weissbier fashion, is extensively fruity. Foremost are notes of banana but the presence of apples, and even some exotic fruits like pineapple, can be noted too. The clove and bubble-gum are toned down in comparison to their normal wheat beer but they haven't been completely suppressed.

The mouthfeel, typical of Weihenstephaner, is a balance of crisp malt and light citrusy tang. The texture is smooth and the carbonation is high. This beer doesn't have the savory spice that regular weissbiers do nor does it have the caramely graininess typical of most dunkels but, at least, it is equally refreshing as either of the two.

But unfortunately the same cannot be said for its flavour. It is, to be brutally honest, dull. It's boring. It doesn't have the spice-laden, citrus-spritzed, high-flying zest of a weissbier nor does it have the caramel melted over roasted grains, nuts and dried fruits sort of complex that dunkels do. It tastes of... nothing bold enough to easily be described.

Nor anything that makes it a worthwhile pickup when this same brewery offers a world-class weissbier, dopplebock and weizenbock. It's good but warranting a repeat purchase is hard to justify when the mighty Weihenstephaner Vitus, the flavour-packed Korbinian and the endlessly drinkable Weihenstephaner Weissbier are out there. (1,691 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a big rocky tan head that is fizzing away with a strong carbonation. The body is a nice warm brown with a slight hazy to it.

S- The smell is soft phenols with a faint clove hint and some very faint banana hints. The smell of bubblegum is faint but a little stronger than the cloves and banana. Some notes of raw grain and bread are in there aswell.

T- A slight tartness in the initial taste. Some bubblegum flavors are not as strong as the raw grain and whole wheat bread flavors. The finish is a little carbonic with a slight sweetness.

M-medium mouthfeel with some fizz from the carbonation

D- It is missing a lot of the depth of fruits and yeast characters that I like in German wheat beers. It would be nice to have a little maltyness and maybe some other characters to tone down or balance the bubblegum notes. (877 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy light amber color, no yeast settling out. Nose is mostly yeast and some malt. Flavor is dominated by the yeast, some wheat, sweet yeasty finish. Not nearly as good as when I had it 7 years ago. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (363 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a 16.9 oz bottle poured into an oversized Widmer Bros. hefe weizen glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: Hazy, dark amber color. The ale has some sediment (as it is unfiltered). It poured with decent head, but when the head dissapated, all carbonation seemed to go with it.

Smell: A yeasty aroma wafts from the glass, along with banana and clove scents. Very pleasing to smell.

Taste: The esters used provide a great tasting banana flavor (it is there and very minute, so search for it and you'll find it). Again, the carbonation is fairly low (which surprised me), leaving somewhat of a flat taste in the mouth. The taste is very light and refreshing and complimented by some caramelly flavors, as per the dunkel in the name.

Mouthfeel: The darker malts create a nice feeling on the palate, allowing some chocolate/caramel hints to interact with the banana undertones. It is a little undercarbonated, and that is the only thing preventing a 5.0.

Drinkability: I have not had a good weizen in ages. Having this reminded me of why they are fantastic. Light, refreshing and airy and relatively low in alcohol, this is one good beer (and style, too). I highly recommend this one. (1,215 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky soft brown hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retentionan and lacing.

The smell featured a toasted grain, sweet caramel and a wheat spice, with some banana yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a sweet caramel, toasted graininess, and an estery yeast.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a superior dunkel. (350 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy light brown color, nice carbonation, nice creamy 2 finger head, tons of lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, yeast, bananna, cloves, slightly grassy, and slight caramel. The taste follows the nose malty/grassy, nice taste of cloves/bananna, nice crisp finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, very freshing brew, highly recommend. (345 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a dunkel fan...but this is pretty good. The beer poured a hazy brown with 1/2 finger thick head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent and taste carries hints of banana and clove along with a touch of roast and earth. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and worth a try. (328 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a murky medium copper color, thick off white head with great retention and lacing. Pleasant banana, clove, caramel and wheat aroma. What a pleasant beer! Nice floral, almost Belgian spicy taste with a dry, slightly hopped and floral aftertaste. A medium pleasant malt in the middle. Refreshing and clean. A delightful beer. This is one of the worlds greatest breweries. (433 characters)

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

A: Poured a beautiful, hazy ice-tea color with a huge 3 finger pillowy light beige head that had very good retention. Visible carbonation was light-medium.

S: a soft yeastiness of bananas, and sweet caramel bread. There was also slight hints of cinnamon.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and spicy with cinnamon and brown sugar with rich creamy caramel. There was a nice breadiness to the palate along with some fresh bananas, and very faint cloves. The overall flavor was sweet, bready and very clean with some light chocolate hints in the finish as well a slight carbonation bite.

M: medium body, creamy and smooth leaving a light caramel-banana film lacing behind on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was incredibly, rich, creamy, sweet and very smooth going down. (768 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the brewery restaurant on March 20, 2006.

A: Murky chestnut, fluffy white head, great retention and lace.

S: Bready malt, a little banana.

T: Bready malt, a little banana. Slight sweetness, but very nicely balanced.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

D: Exceptional (So much flavour, yet they go down so easy!) (364 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly opaque tawny color with a very large pillowy head which dissipated over a couple of minutes.

Smell: a little fruitiness on top of a nice wheaty aroma. Tiny citrus notes; overall quite pleasing.

Taste: deep wheat flavor with citrus and caramel. Slight citrusy bitterness but otherwise not a lot of hop character. Still, mighty tasty.

Mouthfeel: creamy and highly appealing.

Drinkability: this would make a great session beer. It's got a great flavor and texture that make this eminently quaffable. (569 characters)

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

Hazy deep caramel colour with a big, fluffy, beige head. As the foam subsided, fine bubbles clung to the glass in clumps. Head retention was supported by ample carbonation. All the aroma notes from a hefe were there (bready yeast, cloves, vanilla with citrusy undertones) along with mild caramel and a hint of cocoa. The same could be said about the flavour. There's a pleasing caramel backbone that played very well with the hefe character. And there's a bit of dry cocoa that came out in the finish. Very nice indeed! The body was on the light side, carbonation fairly high. Crisp and lightly dry on the palate. I was a fantastic beer that I really enjoyed a lot. I'll be picking more of these up at some point. (713 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of banana bread with some spices. Taste is also of banana bread with some cloves and spices, quite tasty. Feels creamy in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine brew. (280 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dark amber body with orange tint. Bright head atop, hanging to the glass.

S - Fruit rind, sweet wheat. Faintly acidic and aromas of chewy grains.

T - Huge chewy mouth of wheat, sweet and grainy, slightly bitter. Earthy bread flavor, with a spice of hops. Faint caramel sweetness and hints of banana and fruit rind/skin.

M - Fresh and crisp, refreshing. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Faint dryness at the finish.

O - A superb wheat beer, not terribly dark but a nice bundle of flavor on the palate. Try this if you love wheat beer.. (552 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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