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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,043
Hads: 2,703
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 272
Gots: 271 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

Our dark wheat beer is impressive with its creamy white foam. A fruity-fresh sweetness and hints of mature bananas harmonise with delicious flavours of roasted malt, sparkling and full-bodied with a light caramel taste on the first sip. An excellent accompaniment from hearty meals and game to chocolate and nut desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a large fizzy head. The aroma consists of malt and yeast and slight hints of banana. Taste is very clean and crisp and extremely refreshing. There is a nice combination of yeast/banana/cocoa flavors over a nice malt backbone. This is simply another stellar brew from Weihenstephaner!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 16.9oz bottle(room temp) a cloudy brown with a large billowy head of foam that shrinks slowly and leaves a fine solid layer, with lots of lacing, right through to the end of the session.

The smell is Wheat dominated but I can also sense clove, banana, and maybe some dark fruit?

The taste on first sip kind of surprised me as I'm getting a lot of roasted malt and grain. After that, the fruitiness moves in with a good plum and banana presence and the clove, that I noted in the nose, finally shows up adding some most welcome complexity. I like this and I could drink more.

Bottom line: Plenty of flavour in this Dunkel Weizen....I can easily recommend it. Thanks go out to Wasatch for this sample!!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into Aventinus glass jan7 2010

A very cloudy brownish orange with lots of bubbles popping up from everywhere floating up to a two finger tan head that falls fairly quickly and leaves no lace

S lots of banana with some yeast, clove, a little earth and faint milk chocolate very nice

T it's a great thing the taste mimics the smell only it's a little better. for the style this is dead on with the banana bread flavor you can't miss

M light and very refreshing with lots bubbles very well put together

D I could drink many of these beers any time of the year enough said?

this is one of the better beers I've had in recent memory with little doubt. a big thank you adil for this gem, I only wish this was available where I live it would be in my regular rotation all year round. this is a must try for any beer lover and for the style it's awesome, you could spend a lot of time and money searching for a better one and may not find it

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. bottle numbered 5099. Sampled on November 10, 2009.
The pour is a darker amber but also rather cloudy with about an inch of puffy beige head that settles down after a few moments. My first sensation on the nose is of cloves, coriander, and malts with fresher Euro-hops pulling up the rear. The mouthfeel is bold and creamy. Cloves, wheat and something akin to Allspice mingle together in the taste. This is not bitter at all. It is very mild and mellow. I found this to be an enjoyable, likeable, generally easy to handle dark beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was also shared with biegaman on the patio, it was a great day for beer drinking.

Pours a cloudy brown with orange edges, thick off white head forms, eggshell colour, leaves a few lace spots, settles to a thin ring. Smell is sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate, light vanilla and banana, touch of yeast and spice. Taste is similar, nice caramel and bready malts, banana, touch of citrus, spices, chocolate, yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Another solid beer from Weihenstephaner, a nice dunkelweiss! Thanks Jan.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a nice blend of scarlet red, amber and orange. A little murky. Nice creamy two finger off-white head tops it off. Aroma seems to indicate a fairly high phenolic content. There are also some spicy, peppery tones present on the nose. The mouthfeel is on the high end of the spectrum in regards to carbonation. Body is medium to full. I get some banana esters on the tongue as well as mild (to my surprise) phenolic content and peppery spice accents. Some slight roasted overatures are noted also. Not bad. Pretty decent dunkel weizen here.

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Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange with a billowing, meringue like pale tan head. Great head retention. On the whole, it isn't bad but is a bit pale for a dunkel.

Clove and banana are here in droves as they should in a classic hefeweizen. Plenty of sweetness with a touch of toast, this comes across like a tasty banana bread.

Sweet, spiced banana is the simplest description of the flavour. Some interesting, subtle complexity in the malt profile with slight hints of chocolate and toast.

Great mouthfeel with a medium body being cut by high carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and yet substantial.

This is another great Weihenstephaner beer. Probably not as good as the standard Hefeweissebier but a tasty, refreshing beer that fills hits all the marks of a solid wheat beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber color with a thick, frothy head into my pint glass.

Aroma is smooth with hints of clove and banana in the nose. Kind of sweet as well.

Taste is smooth with a good amount of clove and banana flavors upfront. Feels clean and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of clove, banana and even a bit of caramel. Very light and goes down well. Mouthfeel contributes to the enjoyment of this beer as it is so easy to drink.

A very nice dunkelweizen. You can't get much more flavorful than this and it's so easy to drink, which adds to its' appeal.

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

Picked up at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours like a muddy wheat copper with a very nice, super fizzy almost three finger head that quickly slumps to a thick creamy white blanket.

S - Yeah, definately german. Really nice wheat aromas here followed by some light sweet malts. There is an amazing banana aroma with light clove. Mostly a sweet banana, definately like banana bread.

T - The more I drink this the more I enjoy the flavor. Theres that slightly murky what and sweet malts. Nice yeasts too. The star though is the bananas.

M - Smooth, nice carbonation. Keeps things good and refreshing. Better on the cooler side though.

O - Rather surprised by this beer and the lovely qualities. As it warms it becomes a bit too cloy though; the banana and clove becoming too much. Cooler though, closer to 40-45 its incredibly enjoyable. Definately would buy again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why haven't I tried this before, I've liked all the dark wheats I've seen... This was so good, maybe a little light in color (or maybe Aventinus and the like are too dark).

Poured into a tumbler, and it looked pretty good. The main visual cue is the massive head (and you can see the vigorous carbonation feeding the head from below).

The smell and taste are nearly perfect, bananas and cloves and cocoa and generally good hefe-weizen smells.

I completely recommend this, it's on par with Aventinus.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a light brown colour with a massive fizzy/foamy off white head. There is a lot of carbonation showing. There is a fair amount of web like lacing on the glass, and the head sticks around for a long time.

Smell - The beer slight medicine type scent and some wheat and coriander. Also some caramel and some citrus peel zest.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has the perfect amount of carbonation. It starts off slightly sweet then the wheat taste comes in. I can also taste the caramel flavour and the malts. The beer has a nice finish with a perfect balance of sweet and sour

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this is the best one that I have had so far.

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brown color with a two-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of brown bananas and cloves with a bit of toasted malt lingering in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Soft banana flavors and clove up front are backed by solid amounts of robust toasted malt. The ending is sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a creamy thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have a few of these on a warm day.

Overall this is a tasty dunkel and once again Weihenstephaner does their job well. Worth a shot.

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Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are mainly of German Hefe yeast; full of banana and apple. Vibrant spicy notes of clove and wheat. A light herbal hop presence stays mostly in the background. A very slight caramel note as well.

Tastes are of mild brown sugar up front, with firmer notes of wheat malt. A strong yeast presence steals the show here, however. Banana, cloves and apples. A faint herbal hop bitterness fits the style well. This beer is a medium-full bodied beer. Excellent, creamy mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation.

Overall I am very pleased with this beer, I was not a big fan of their lighter hefe but I'm very impressed with this beer. A delicious, supremely drinkable dunkelweizen. Highly recommended, especially for the low low price tag.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This may be the lightest Dunkel I have ever had. A shade darker than the Hefeweizen, hazy with a solid inch of sticky white head.
S - Like the Hefe its filled with banana like yeasts, coriander, and a touch of plums/dark fruit.
T - Taste is a bit sweeter than the Hefeweizen and the yeast is not as cloying which is nice. The fruity aspect blends well with the bready flavors of the malt perfectly. Wheat and orange peel is balanced.
M - Light to medium in body, very refreshing stuff.

Overall this is a great Dunkel my only gripe is not much dark fruit or dark color but I can let that slide since this beer is pure delicious.

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Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, a clear deep amber color, impressive head, creamy in consistency, lace in fine sheets to coat the glass. Malt nose, clean, fresh, crisp, the front semi-sweet, top skimpy, the finish has a pleasing carbonation, daintily hopped, droughty aftertaste. The whole Weihenstephaner line of beers are quite quaffable, and well worth the time and effort to sample.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured this from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had the typically huge long-lasting head and lots of lacing. Sported a light brown color and a very cloudy consistency.

S: This had a very aromatic blend of bananas, malt and some mild spices. Very subtle.

T: Nicely complex blend of bananas, malt, a little hops and cloves. Very tasty.

M: A decently high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer.

D: This is a drinkable beer, for sure. It's very well-constructed and goes down easy.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass for a thin, tawny brown (think thin syrup) with a soapy, three-finger head that stayed forever because of constant carbonation (left lace patches). A sharper than expected citric hop smell with some pepper clove notes. Also picked up vauge sugary malt smells along with some caramel and chocolate. A great citric bite when it first hit my tongue with banana and orange prominent along with clove and some pepper. Medium-bodied and smooth with some creaminess, also tasted some chocolate and roasted malts with a drying backbite (could've been some coffee malts also). Not an ultra heavy dunkle, this is a great beer to sip on and have a couple at any time.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at Norm's the other day. Bottled the 49th week of 2009, which makes this about 5 months old.

A hazy, glowing amber with a huge off-white head, this beer is very highly carbonated. Retention is exceptional. The nose is pure magic. An absolutely delightful combination of bananas, cloves, caramel and wheat, this really is like liquid banana bread with chocolate and caramel drizzled on top.

The palate opens light and airy with the clove-like spice quite dominant with some banana too. Not as balanced as the nose, this still tastes excellent. A definite cocoa presence is noted, and there's a touch of caramel, and a moderate toasted whole wheat bread character. Medium in body with high carbonation, this beer dries on the finish, leaving a strong clove character along with some banana. Thoroughly enjoyable, I wouldn't pick this over their regular hefeweissbier, but that's hardly a surprise.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours an unusual yellowy, light amber color. Body is lightly milky. Big, cake batter head. Head never dies away. Keeps its girth but doesn't lace too much; its being quite stingy.

S-Estery and spicy with a hint of mustiness and some clear banana fruitiness. Cloves and light cocoa powder.

T-Banana bread with light chocolate undertones. Maybe chocolate chip banana bread muffins? Cloves and well cooked toast. Slightly tart. Tons of different flavors. There is an earthy, nuttiness to it and also a milk chocolate note (Nutella?).

M-Drinks easy but it has that pillowy mouthfeel that a great Dunkel should possess. Creamy yet light.

O/D-This brought a lot to the table. Its cheap, its complex, its easy drinking and its mysterious. I can see why anything with the Weihenstephaner label is regarded as beer royalty.

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Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky medium brown with yeast sediment floaties and a frothy, puffy 2 inch cream head that won't quit. As it does dissipate, it leaves sticky lacing.

Orange, coriander, and banana accompany yeast in the initial aroma. Notes if clove and lemon complement the wheat character well. Citrus dominates.
There's a slightly bready note and a touch of floral sweetness.

Flavor reveals tart lemon, bubblegum, and banana underlying a wheaty, slightly bready backbone. Clove, orange, and slightly plasticy phenols add complexity. The finish is fairly bready, peppery, and floral.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with fairly high carbonation.

Definitely more malt character than the hefe, which suits my palate well. Excellent yeast esters.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle, I've had this a few times but never reviewed it until now
A - hazed brown colored body with a tall ivory head that holds good retention
S - banana, clove, caramel, bread, yeast
T - different than a traditional hefeweizen with more of a caramel flavor mixed in with the clove, banana, bubblegum, yeast and wheat flavors; kind of a light weizenbock of sorts
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation
O - I think I prefer their regular Hefeweizen a bit more than this one, but this is great too!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque, golden brown with a thick, foamy, pale tan head. Nice, fairly strong aroma is wheaty, malty and "rubbery" with hints of orange and spice. Flavor is rich, wheaty and malty, and has a spicy and orangy undertone. Texture is very smooth, and finish is pleasing and satisfying.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review #100! Pours a swamp-like hybrid color, dark copper and dark tan, opaque and murky with an off-white head that plumps up big time and looks super thick and creamy. The head is long lasting and easy to conjure up from nothing due to the volatile nature of the brew. Nose hits just like you'd expect with an initial bubblegum hint, quickly surrounded by clove and some other kitchen spices, maybe coriander. Both malty and fruity on the tongue - bananas are, of course, the most prevalent, followed by plums and grapes. Yeast sinks into the tastebuds and provides a nice, toasted-bread-like backbone for the sweet fruity malts to stand upon. No real apparent bitterness here, and hops aren't noticeable unless you try extremely hard (and even then, it's probably all in your mind). But this brew was meant for the malt! Thin-medium body with a great deal of carbonation, leaving a nice snap on the tongue up front and through the finish.

Another amazing brew by Weihenstephaner. Hits all the marks and traits you'd expect from a hefeweissbier - bananas, cloves, breads, yeast, toasty malts, etc. Remains simple while exceeding at everything it does. This is a must-try, and the best part is that it's readily available in most places.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Track 84 on draft a couple weeks ago and thought it was excellent, but wasn't really able to take notes, so here goes. Served in my Oberon weizen. Poured a translucent brownish-amber with gold highlights. Tight, dense four inch off-white head with lots of sticky lacing present throughout the tasting. Scent of spices hits you immediately out of the bottle (corriander and clove), followed by bubblegum and a light banana essence. Wheat flavor dominates up front in the mouth; flavors identified in the nose are present, but very much watered down and somewhat muted and bland. Also detected a light yeastiness towards the finish. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery and light without very much effervescence; surprising considering the density of the head. Very good drinkability. Went down easy, but the experience was very different than when I sampled it on draft.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a clear yet darker sienna brown color that produced a mountain of an off-white fluffy head with great retention. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A light roasted-like caramel with clove, banana, and lemon.

(T)- A nice creamy banana, clove, bubblegum combo. Finishes with a very subtle caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Light and creamy with a sweetness to it. A tad thinner than expected.

(D)- A good Dunkel. Not quite up to par with their superb Hefe, but its a good one when looking for something in the style.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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