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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,344 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,344
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 174
Gots: 117 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Sspeer1, Oct 19, 2013
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

AmitC, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of BigJim5021
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a ridonkulously murky oaken brown with a big, tan head. A thick ring sticks around for the entirety and leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is malty, spicy and sweet. Definitely smells a bit like banana bread.

The flavor is fantastic. It's got the big banana and clove action from Weihen's hefeweizen, mixed with a nice rounded maltiness. Really delicious stuff. It has a good sour zing to it as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and lively with good carbonation. Medium-bodied and dry, though not as creamy as the hefe. This is yet another killer summer beer. But shit, I'd drink it year-round.

Drinkability is as good as it gets. You'd be hard pressed to find a brewery that makes weizens as good as Weihenstephaner.

BigJim5021, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of ale207
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ale207, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of webmanspidey
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%

webmanspidey, Thursday at 12:26 AM
Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev -5.9%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of zenithberwyn
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

zenithberwyn, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Benesi88
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Benesi88, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

dacrza1, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

unclekeith, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of atigerlife
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cider brown opaque with an off-white big fluffy head that has very good lasting power. Very good lacing.

Aroma is mostly malts and wheat with some light banana. Not much else.

Taste is wheat and malty but has more complexity than the smell. theres some clove and banana in the background. Also some citrus and spicy notes. At the end, there is some bitterness and nice dry feel.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and decent cleansing.

Overall, a very solid beer for summer drinking. Very drinkable.

atigerlife, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of zhanson88
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark caramel color with a fair amount of off white head. It reduces down to nice lacing that sticks nicely to my glass.

Smell: Definite caramel maltiness, with clove and some fruity esters.

Taste: Smooth and creamy caramel malt is very prevalent. I also get clove, and a bit of a twang, probably from a combination of the wheat malt along with slight hops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer has an awesome soft mouthfeel. The carbonation is very fine and makes the beer refreshing. It's an incredibly drinkable beer that I am very impressed with.

zhanson88, Sep 20, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

DenisKolkin, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why not review the classic? I will be attending TU Munchen and studying for my Braumeister's degree at Brauerei-Weihenstephan,so heres to school!

This Dunkleweizen pours out a dark-amber hued tan, absolutley gorgeous,billowy head blooms from the top of the weiss glass. Notes of colves, some banana, citrus, yeasts,hallertau hops. Flavor is absolutley refreshingly delicious-cloves,citrus,banana on the finish some bready yeasts in there as well. Crisp mouthfeel makes for crazy good drinkablity. Having this beer oder Radler(with a splash of lemonade) is how it was presented to me in Germany, where they drink this at 10 Am. read on the health benefits of these brews, and these people are really on to something!

czfreeman, Mar 10, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

mmilyko, Dec 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

dpgoblejr, Mar 22, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pours a cloudy, light brown, under a large white head. Good retention and some decent lace.

S: Smells of banana bread, yeast, some lemon zest and other citrus character.

T: Nice sweet breadiness up front, with some good yeast character, some banana mixed it, very clean finish, slight splash of citrus, slightest bit of bitter.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, very low carbonation on the tongue, excellent drinkability, really smooth and refreshing.

NCSUdo, Jan 18, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a ruddy brown with a dense and rocky two finger off white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of bananas and cloves
T: taste is bananas and cloves with a nice amount of malt sweetness and creamy wheat and some nice breadyness. swallow is more banana and clove with some honey sweetness and more breadyness.
M: this beer is fairly light with a creamy mouthfeel from the wheat. carbonation is slightly prickly and the finish on the beer is ever so slightly drying
O: A fantastic example of the style from a world class brewery. Definitely hits all the right notes with no apparent faults

SHODriver, Aug 25, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zeno’s in State College. A- Dark, murky brown with a small, foamy, off-white, quickly-diminishing head. Light lacing. S- Mild. Fruit, whole-wheat bread and berry. T- More pronounced than nose for sure. Clove, berry, honey, citrus, bread and straw. M- medium body, slightly oily texture and moderate carbonation. D- Oh I like this one. Meaty with a very nice light fruity character. Worth a try for sure.

ski271, May 20, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mralphabet, Jun 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

DrinkingDrake, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

tripledbrew, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

meanmutt, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

BeerMeBrah, Jan 19, 2013
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,344 ratings.