Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
DATE TASTED: January 11, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen glass...OCCASION: n unseasonably warm January night... APPEARANCE: cloudy brown, iced tea-colored body; thick, blanketing off-white head that settles with strength; lacing is nonexistent?... AROMA: dampened wheat esters; suppressed citrus sits below fragrant bubblegum; an extra malty presence manifests as dough... PALATE: soft, almost fizzy, warming--and highly drinkable; a six-pack of bombers seems possible!...TASTE: doughy, bready flavor balanced by bubblegum and resin; banana, clove and pear as well--not surprisingly, a beer well put together... OVERALL: as Weihenstephaners go, in the same class as its classic; a bit more filling than the hefe, but not as clean or articulated...
01-25-2014 04:57:20 | More by dacrza1
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
1 pt 0.9 oz bottle poured into Weiherstaphan Glass....
A: Foggy muddy looking, brown orange in color. Big foamy white head, that settles to a nice ring, with just a little lacing.
S: Classic Dunkelweizen, only deeper, darker and richer. There is a fruitiness here with good backbone of banana, clove and raisins. Very sweet and delicious smelling
T: All the smells are here.... more of a banana nut bread with some raisins mixed in... There is a slight hops taste in back end of the palette. Very nice.
M: Light to Med bodied.... Very refreshing but a little fuller than some Dunkelweizen I've had. Overall good to the style.
D: Another great Beer from Weihenstephanen.... Low ABV and very drinkable. I could do another one of these with no problem.
06-14-2010 03:29:02 | More by mralphabet
4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
A- Pours a big fluffy 3-4 finger head into my weizen glass over a hazy brown toffee colored body. It's not as dark as I had expected it to be.
S- Classic weihenstephaner yeast note of banana, clove, bubblegum and also some darker spices, slight roastiness, and a deep down dark chocolate note.
T- Starts off with some very dark chocolate, although very small, then leads into some great banana, clove, and silky smooth sweeter chocolate finish with banana. Although the darker malts are not huge in this, it is very subtle and a delight.
M- Medium carbonation is great and the finish, although only slightly darker than the original hefe is wonderful.
D- Amazingly drinkable here. Just a touch maltier than the original with a deep down notes of roastiness and chocolate. A definite must have staple in the fridge.
08-19-2008 03:22:42 | More by Greggy
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
My 200th review. If that means anything.
Pours a turbid, waxy looking dark honey brown with a nice thick, long-lasting head.
The aroma is spicy cloves and subtle banana, some nice plasticy bubblegum in there--very bright and very inviting.
The taste is like banana bread baked with dark fruit, cloves and just the smallest amount of bubblegum and chocolate. A slight pepperiness rounds things out in the finish, as does a hint of lemon.
The mouthfeel is equal parts crisp and creamy, very rich yet not heavy.
Um....I feel like I should have more to say about this beer...but that's all I got. And yeah. It's beyond excellent. What more is there to say?
10-27-2009 01:26:28 | More by MeisterBurger
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
I believe this is my first beer of this style, and little to no experience means I don't have much to go off of. Bought this beer on a whim in Hancock, MI at their CO-OP, the whole oldest brewery thing caught my eye.
A&S: From the Dunkelweizen description this beer pretty much nails the appearance category; murky brown, huge clumps of yeast, great head retention (light brown coloration). The smell isn't very powerful but it does contain pleasant banana yeastiness along with some sweet maltyness.
T&M: Super drinkable for starters. Has the classic hefewisen banana and clove tones. Similar to the nose as far as the malts are concerned. Nothing surprising or nothing standing out. very crisp with little bitterness, medium to light body.
overall: I was happily surprised by this beer. Some of these old European breweries have beer that tastes remarkably similar (mostly due to the purity laws), but this beer and this style incredible delightful. The cost on this beer is extremely low compared to the quality (I believe it was around 3 dollars). Would highly recommend this beer to anyone.
02-21-2013 08:31:59 | More by minterro
5/5 rDev +17.6%
Pours hazy dark reddish-brown with a large, off-white head that dissipates quickly, but about a two finger length of head is retained before consumption. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are strong notes of banana and clove in the nose. There is plenty of wheat malt in the aroma as well. There is mild sweetness and breadiness from the malt and the yeast expression comes through very well with the banana flavor and spiciness. The body is medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is smooth and dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent and refreshing beer.
08-03-2012 18:10:22 | More by acevenom
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
500 ml bottle from LCBO for $3.15 CDN into a pint glass.
Appearance - 3 fingers of creamy, voluminous, mountainous head off-white in color rest atop a chocolaty brown beer in color. Highly effervescent in appearance, and some lacing is retained around the glass. Head dissipates into a small white cap which sticks around for awhile.
Smell - Wheat, some bready, biscuity scents and clove. A few notes that are floral and maybe even a hint of bubblegum. Nose is pleasant but definitely not overwhelming, and is quite light given the appearance of the beer. Slightly underwhelmed, but still excellent.
Taste - Similar to the hefeweizen (not surprising), and refreshingly light, but with substantial wheat flavors. Malt notes are more significant and slightly less floral and fruity tasting as the hefeweizen, but that was too be expected given the nature of the beer. Quite delicious.
Mouthfeel - Rich and full tasting, but retains its light and refreshing character shared with it's lighter brethren. Medium / high carbonation. Makes you want to go back for more.
Overall - Really nice, spectacular really and can almost live up to the comparisons to its lighter brother. Probably something that would be enjoyed most in spring and fall, given the overall crispness of the beer, but retention of its full taste, although could certainly be enjoyed any time.
07-12-2013 20:20:09 | More by DenisKolkin
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.
A - The beer pours a deep medium copper, forming a massive tan head. Medium spots of lace slide down the glass.
S - Strong aromas of wheat and bananas, along with a light hint of spices.
T - Taste is a little lighter than the aroma would lead to believe. Nice malty wheat taste, bananas are presence but light, and finishing with a hint of caramel.
M - Lighter than I would like. I usually expect this style to be a little heavier. Smooth finish.
D - Overall, not a bad beer at all. I could easily drink this all night. Good flavor and aroma, and sessionable alcohol content. I dont think this is better than Franziskaner dunkelweiss IMO, but its definitely up there.
09-11-2008 22:02:09 | More by beeragent
3.45/5 rDev -18.8%
Ugly, souvenir Vegas hef glass. Sleet still running down my shoulders. It was either order out & wait an hour in this weather, or week old chicken soup. I decided on a beer & a nap instead.
Slow to settle, the tan head begins congealing. The body is a murky honey brown. Not the most appetizing thing to look at in a 23oz glass. Looks like car wash runoff. Suds & mud.
Scent was sweet like banana bread, but not potent, like one would completely enjoy. Spice cake without the spices. Soil & a tin of assorted nuts. Pleasant bit of peppery yeast on the back.
First gulp was a long one. Starts off sharp, like bitter bruised grapes, but fades quickly into the doughy middle. Mildly sweet toast, no butter. Yeast & dirt throw it around for a bit, letting some light clove in. Finish remains yeasty, but with additional earthy bitterness.
Carbonation remains strong throughout, where as I sometimes notice straight hefs start to get flat half way through. Body feels gelatinous & thick, like cold soup.
Traded some esters for some warmer flavors.
01-18-2011 23:49:25 | More by PEBKAC
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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