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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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world-class

2,474 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,474
Reviews: 1,007
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 203
Gots: 167 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 bluemoonswoon
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

This beer looks like cider, like bubbly apple cider, the difference here being the enormous rootbeer float-like head that tops this baby off but doesn't cling too well. Oh yeah, it smells a whole hell of a lot different than a cider as well. Banana bread, but that is a bit of an overstatement to be honest. We've got slight bits of cinnamon-apple and/or cloves, but more of an apply kind of aroma rather than just plain cloves. Yeast is a beast on this, does some wonderful things to this beer, first sips reveals decent amounts of everything, sort of like picking and choosing different spices from your spice rack, sounds lame but it's true. Slight, standard banana, but with an added, creamier, depth to everything. I've never had a pumpkin beer but I feel like I get the idea of one as I drink this beer. The creamy and spicy characteristics of this beer lead me to believe this. Yet for all this beer has to offer, and it's a lot, something about this beer leaves me wanting more, the mouthfeel is just a bit lagging and taste is a bit one sided, a good, but not great, beer. This is a beer that I imagine would taste quite a bit better fresh, but then again, what beer wouldn't.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ncvbc
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper, amber, brownish color. Somewhat murky with a big, frothy head that lasts for days. Smell is subtle but nice and clean. Spices, mainly clove. Banana, light doughy scent. Some caramel and hints of brown sugar. Yeast. Taste is great. Nice and well-rounded. Basically same as the nose. A sweetness but a nice spice and light bitterness to counter it. Again, very balanced and tasty. Apples are also present here. Mouthfeel is perfection. Crisp but creamy if that's possible. So soft and delicate on the tongue. This makes it go down all too soon. Quite the drinkable brew and a classic example of this style. One of my favorite breweries...I think I need to revisit the regular Hefe...

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

The color is a lighter brown what I would almost called amber with hints of gold and a bit of a mellow oragne coming of it as well. A cream colored head sits atop and is rather bubbly and it leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.

Smell is a cacophony of fruit. Smell a bit of citrus coming of it, mostly orange more than lemon; also a bit of softer fruit smells, a mixture of banana and clover.

Taste is a mixture of apple and bananas to me; also the aftertaste is a bit tart, but more citurs tart that lingers on the tongue.

Rather carbonated on the mouth and then fades away into nothing left on the tongue. Almost becomes a bit watery after the inital burst of intense carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer that I could see myself possibly buying again but not one that I would actively look for or really try to buy frequently.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mwilbur
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.
A: Pours a wonderful hazy brownish yellow-orange with moderate to high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch thick tight bubbly white head. Good retention.
S: Wonderful banana, yeast, clove, and malt. Simply perfection.
T: Follows aroma well...banana, clove, yeast, and malt notes. Hint of cinnamon. Very nice.
M: Medium body. Taste lingers a bit on the palate which is nice.
D: Highly, highly drinkable. A great session beer. Would love to have this fresh from the brewery. Excellent example of style.

Photo of seaoflament
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle today from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a light copper with a huge amount of off-white colored foam, literally about half of my weizen glass was filled with foam. The creamy foam slowly recedes. The body is a touch hazy but you can still see through it. The yeast pour certainly makes this one a touch darker, more like mahogany wood and cloudier, can't see through it anymore.

Strong phenol aroma with notes of banana and clove, and a hint of citrus. Toasted malts, sweet wheat, bubblegum, a bit of chocolate, and multi-grain bread.

Light toast upfront, wheat, subtle bubblegum flavor, banana, and a touch of spices and clove. More clove on the finish and aftertaste with a little earthy flavor. Good, but rather thin on the finish. A touch of caramel near the end. Getting a little better but I would have liked a touch more sweetness. A bit of cereal and grain flavor. A little nutty flavor as well.

A tad too thin at first but good carbonation level and refreshing.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

A - Unfiltered muddy brown with a huge 2-finger slight off-white head.

S - Bananas, cloves, light roasted malt, and plenty 'o sweetness.

T - Lights of yeast esters (banana, plum, brown sugar) with a great malt backbone. This is a solid dunkel and I would use it as a baseline to compare all other great beers in this category.

M/D - Thinner body than I was expecting but great carbonation for the style. Nice flavor profile and yeast flavors makes it real easy to drink, and searching for other flavors. Finishes with a nice malty sugar sweetness.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to my girlfriend’s parents for bringing me back a Weihenstephaner gift pack straight from Bavaria. They’ll never see this, but I just wanted to mention them!

500 mL bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass at fridge temperature.

L – Hazy deep amber color with a big 5-finger cream-colored frothy, billowing head. Excellent retention but not much lacing unfortunately.

S – All the usual Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier players are here with bready and grainy malted wheat, banana, and cloves. The new addition is the toasty, caramel aroma from the Vienna/Munich malts. Really nice.

T – Follows the nose nicely. It is sweet all the way through with bready and grainy wheat coming in first, then bubblegum and banana, and then the toasted and caramel malt flavors. There’s a nice spicy yeast finish with peppery and clove notes.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a crisp but creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy and dry finish. Spicy yeast lingers for a great amount of time.

O – This beer is no different than the rest of their offerings – Weihenstephan is the king of German wheat beers. The beers from this brewery define their respective styles. Not much more needs to be said.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of karst
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a turbid dark bronze with dense double fist sized pillowy head nearly topping over the Erdinger Weisbier glass (half liter SOHM) leaving 3-D lace. Bottle number 6046 from the shelves of Lucas Liquors - Ellisville, MO.

Enticing aromas of light toasted malt, chocolate and banana contrast wheat.
A medium body and perfect mouthfeel that results from wheat and expert brewing. Like the Weihenstephanner Hefeweissbier the phenol-bananna-clove spices are phenominal! The additional caramel from darker roasts provide more complexity without overdoing the caramel. Hops (IBUs = 14) dry any lingering sweetness keeping the drinkability high.

Masterfully made by "the world's oldest brewery"

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan glass. pours a hazy brownish color, with a nice three finger head that slowly settles. a tad darker than expected, but it still looks outstanding.

s: great weizen aroma. cloves, banana-- all are there. slight undertones of...bubblegum? a bit more of a malty body to it, compared to their normal hefeweizen. really good.

t: cloves and banana are at the forefront. not much citrus, but some is definitely there. i can also still pickup that bubblegum flavor. really delicious.

m&d: great mouthfeel and drinkability. a great session beer, especially on a nice fall day.

great stuff. definitely worth trying.

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

2nd of the five bottles of the gift pack. Poured the 500ml into traditional hefeweizen glass that came with the pack. Excellent, though not as inviting as Hefeweissbier.

Pours with a huge three-four finger thick off white head. Has good retention. Decent lacing. Color is copper-brown. Against the light, the top is darker compared to the bottom. A lot of cloudiness as is typical of wheat beers. Not very dark. Slightly less number of bubbles.

Smell is more banana and cloves, with the former dominating. Slight hints of dark malt and some sweetness. This one is more banana than hefeweissbier.

Taste is very much similar to the nose, with dominant wheat beer taste. Slight hop presence. Bready taste. Not a lot of sweetness. Overall taste is well balanced. No hints of roasted malts.

Mouth feel: Light to medium bodied feel. Moderate on carbonation makes it much more drinkable. Refreshing but not as much as its hefeweissbier brother.

Overall style wise it scores 4.25-4.5 Personally It is a good beer but nothing that i am a fan of. I did not like it much. 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,474 ratings.