Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,610 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,610
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 245
Gots: 245 | 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 bceaglejoe
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured an amber-brown color into a weizen glass. Upon hitting the surface, the beer created a massive foam head that billowed up like a puffy cloud and had excellent retention. Looking closely, I saw a nice cascading bubble effect. It actually took several pours to get this beer out of the bottle without causing it to foam over and spill. This probably was the neatest-looking beer I've ever seen. A strong banana scent came through on the nose, creating lots of anticipation.

Tasting: This is an exceptionally sweet beer. Banana flavors are most prevalent, along with malts up front to provide a nice, flavorful experience. I also noticed some citric flavor. Hop bitterness was minimal to nonexistent. This was medium-bodied, leaving a slightly fruity aftertaste. It went down exceptionally smoothly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I will drink it again. At $5 for two 16oz bottles, this is a great deal. I highly recommend it and would suggest it to people who are looking for better beer. It's approachable, yet full of character. I think I actually prefer this to the hefe, but I like them both very much.

Photo of RobH
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.09oz brown bottle.

Yum. I really like this beer! What a really nice malty, bready-sweet flavor without being a cloying mess.

This is a very drinkable dark wheat beer that won't scare away the pale beer drinkers. It's not too dark in color nor is it thick and heavy.

I will buy this one again.

Photo of Vec2267
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - brown with an orange twinge, big head, nice lacing

S - vibrant mix of spice (clove), sweet (banana), and sour (yeast)

T - incredibly rich, very malty, banana, clove, raisin, carob

M - medium body, good carbonation

O - an outstanding beer, best of the style I've had

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 4 This dunkelweizen pours a very thick and fluffy off-white head over a hazy caramel colored body. It is bubbly and there is moderately sticky lacing. Not as dark as I envisioned it would be as it has the slightest transparency. The head remains about 1/2 finger throughout.

S- 4 I get a blend of sweet banana and clove. It is reminiscent of banana bread, actually. Very pleasant aroma that isn't all that strong, at least not as strong as I'd expected.

T- 4.5 More banana with just the right level of sweetness followed by a spiciness and then slightly wheaty finish. Very well-balanced taste.

M- 4.5 This is medium in body and it is silky smooth. Active level of carbonation with a clean finish.

D- 4.5 Given the right time and place, I could drink this all night long. It has a great balance of tasty flavors and goes down easily. It really isn't heavy, either. Granted I wasn't as blown away by this as I was by the brewery's regular hefeweizen, but that's probably because the bar had been set so high! I'll definitely buy again and recommend.

Photo of MorgothBauglir
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Apsolute beer perfection!!! As much as I love their Hefe, there Dunkel is even better! My all time favorite beer & probably second to only water for favorite liquid consumable!

Photo of masonacoats
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Nice hazy brown with great head retention. I would like a little darker with the description "dunkel"

S: Nice balance between clove phenols and banana esters with a bit grain, bread, and caramel.

T: As in the nose, perfect balance between clove and banana for my tastes (no citrus). Backed by the noted grain, bread, and caramel notes. A bit yeasty as well. No hop flavor.

M: Sweet with medium-full body and a nice sharp wheat finish.

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

A: Poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass with a 5 finger head. Had to pour very slowly. Very little sediment sits in the bottle, most of the yeast is homogeneous with the rest of the beer. Very dark and opaque, some light shines through. Head dissipates to a foamy cap within a minute or two. Moderate lacing.

S: Yeast, banana, clove, and malt dominate. Very aromatic, smells like some of the best weiss beers I've ever had.

T: Banana, bubblegum, and clove dominate the flavor profile. The wheat malt backbone is crisp and fresh. There is a hint of tartness and dryness on the finish. Not too sweet and not too dry, perfectly balanced for the style. This beer is a bit sweet if you are not used to the style. A moderately pleasant aftertaste that is almost reminiscent of cherry. A bitter bite helps balance out the kick of maltiness.

M: Chewy. Viscous, thick, and full of starch. Carbonation is spot on. Perfect for the style. One of the best of any beer I've ever had.

D: I could drink a few of these. Very refreshing, but definitely a little heavy and flavorful (in a good way). I think the 5.3% alcohol is a lie, feels higher. A little too malty for me.

O: A truly world-class beer. My favorite wheat, favorite of the style, and one of my favorite beers of all time.

Photo of Stavage
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a very full frothy cream head that sits on top of a nice cloudy amber liquid. The head has excellent retention finally reducing to a thick lacing.

Strong phenol smell as expected. Also a pleasant biscuit maltiness there too. Almost reaches a slight toffee scent. Definite fruit mince spiciness in there too.

I got a sour twang and pleasant nuttiness at first with this beer, a rye/sourdough bread kind of sourness. The strong wheat taste came in strong with the aftertaste and on subsequent sips a toasty sweet maltiness was evident. There was a dry spiciness there as well. Hops flavours took a definite backseat which I think is fine for the style and the malts were very pleasant but I found the flavours thinning out a bit after sitting in my mouth for a while.

This brew had a good solid medium body with fairly lively carbonation. Perhaps a little too lively for my tastes. But along with the dryness it did make this a very crisp drink.

This really is a year round all purpose beer. Refreshing and light enough to enjoy on a hot summers with a barbecue or salad or even sushi but with enough backbone to enjoy in winter with a stew or a more complex meal. It's always nice to have a beer in your fridge that will go down the gullet with ease without being boring and this is such a beer.

It must be noted I was given this as a gift. The best before date was approximately 6 months away but my experience with the style is freshest is best and seeing as it was part of a gift pack I wonder if I would enjoy this more if I drank one closer to bottling.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangy brown that is cloudy. When held up to the light you can see the bits of yeast floating in the beer.

Smell is a yeasty wheat.

Taste starts off with a slight banana and yeast. There is a subtle chewiness that finishes with an ever so slight carbonation mouthfeel. Smoothness and relatively low ABV make this one very drinkable beer. Due to the color I was expecting this beer to be a little bit thicker and a little more chewy. Very good beer though.

Photo of strangemusic
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what to expect going into this one, but was surprised!

It poured caramel-coloured hazy brown (kind of weird actually, almost rootbeer-like...), the head was nicely bubbly, not too dense, and stayed up well.

There was less of the typical orange and clove thing that one might expect from a regular wheat beer... instead, you get red apple, spice, vanilla, malt (none bursting out, but muted and subtle)... then sweet caramelized sugar.

The taste had lots of that spiced character contrasted with crisp red apple, biscuity flavours, earthiness, a hint of cherry and bitterness as well as that late caramelized sweetness. Really nice and lots of different layers.

Mouthfeel was delicately balanced: just enough body weight and fullness, but still very crisp and clean. There's a lingering dryness from the wheat at the end of the sip.

It's not as delightfully quaffable as its traditional wheat siblings, but makes up for it with loads more complexity!

Photo of niknar
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep, dark, burgundy-orangish with an almost chocolate tone to the color. Excellent head (slightly off-white) with much better than average retention and nice lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, and typical citrus notes. Very good flavor with very understated hop bitterness and aggressive sour wheat hitting the tongue first. Notable carbonation, but balanced well. Finishes strong with the sour flavor contributing to the dry ending. Mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from the style - light and refreshing with good carbonation. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. My only regret is that I only have this one bottle!

Photo of NV9
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. Veronus in Peterborough.

Cloudy light brown in colour with a big white head that gives way to a fair amount of lacing.

Smell is mostly banana and spice with a bit of breadiness behind it.

Tastes of citrus with a little bit of banana and hops, very, very smooth.

Medium carbonation and body, this is just a great tasting beer. Not long after having it on tap, they had some bottles at the LCBO and I picked up a bunch of them.

Photo of Zet
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice light brown colour, but the layer of foam is not that impressive. A nose with banana and cloves which continues in the taste, although the clove prevails here. Very balanced and superbly smooth. Well done.

Photo of tcfishler
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, toffee-ish brown. Huge offwhite head with fabulous lacing. Aromas of sweet fruit (not just banana) and clove. Soft mouthfeel. Flavors are not too sweet. Yeastiness that appears on the back end is interesting and not unpleasant. Fine example of the genre.

Photo of SteveS1
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: Pours cloudy amber with a large foamy head, slightly tan.

Smell: Strong spicy scent, overwhelming clove, sweet malts, and a musty woodiness (likely yeast)

Taste: Sweet malts on the tongue melds into dry spicy clove on the palate. Spices and musty yeast dominate the back end, and it finishes with a bit of malty sweetness.

Feel: Light body and well carbonated.

Drink: Outstanding and session-worthy. The lightness of the body makes this an easy drinker, while the different spices invite you to take sip after sip.

Photo of kbanks13
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a deep brown/copper hazy body with a huge, dense, tan head. Good head retention and a minimal lacing.

S: Sweet pears, bananas, apricots, and some prune. Clove and cinnamon, a little nutmeg. Bread and grains.

T: Savory and sweet together. Spice characteristics and fruits remain as a major flavor. Meaty breads, yeasts and other grains in the aftertaste.

M: Satin-smooth and coating texture with moderate carbonation.

D: Filling, tasty and easy to drink. I would easily be able to sit down with some friends in a Gasthaus and order a few with some good sausages or schnitzel.

Photo of Tonmeister
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured in pint mug

Appearance: Dark, cloudy brownish, mahogany, with a half-finger head off white.

Smell: The aroma is just like a classic heffeweizen. Roasted malts, caramel with a fruity blend of apples.

Taste: It tastes like a toned down heffeweizen. The wheat presence is not as heavy, but to compensate for it there is a nice fruity blend along with this beer. Not bitter at all and can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: moderate body with crisp moderate carbonation. Very refreshing on my palate.

Overall: I could drink this all day, especially on hot summer days. This is a very refreshing beer that is perfect as a session ale.

Photo of J-Rye
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Wheaty cloudiness with caramel tones
Smell: carmelized banana, earthy spices, a little sharpness, maybe grassy
Taste: bubblegum, great wheat base, well developed malt
Feel: light to medium bodied, but the carbonation adds a deep chewiness.

Overall: One of the first beers to make me obsess over beer. Still doesn't disappoint.

Photo of redmagik99
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date reads 7129 which fyi means the 7th or 17th day of the 12th week of 2009. This beer looks awesome: huge, fluffy head with an effortless pour that never quite disappears, tons of lacing, unfiltered hazy goodness with a copper hue that gets a bit lighter towards the bottom of the glass. Smells wheaty, prominent banana and clove, spicy. Tons of banana and cloves in the flavor as well, peppery, some lemony zest. Excellent bitterness/sweetness balance. This is a lot more similar to the regular hefe than I anticipated, which is not a bad thing. The malt is just slightly toastier. The high carbonation lowers drinkability, but it tastes so good that my glass is emptying pretty quickly. Great beer.

Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A hazy orange-brown with a white, half-centimeter head. Good retention of the moderately thick and moussy head and beautiful lacing signature.

S: Banana, pineapple and clove in the nose. Good balance and presence of phenols and fruity esters. Perhaps some bubblegum tones. As the beer warmed, banana bread was noted

T: Banana and clove very prominent in this one, with low malty notes. Roasted malt character comes through as the beer warms but maintains it supporting role in deference to the yeast's symphony. A nice tart and dry finish.

M: A fluffy fullness (not big or full-bodied nor with overpowering flavors) that finishes relatively lighter. Good and rich carbonation.

Notes: I am on a dunkelweizen push right now. Aventinus on tap was probably my favorite because of its darker fruit tones. The Moosbacker was also a favorite because it shared the dark fruit character. As far as hitting the mark for a catagory, this beer (and brewery) does it very well.

Photo of tconboy
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice cloudy dark brown, with a cloudy big white head. Excellent lacing and light carbonation. Smells wheaty, a faint lemon, light spices. Has a nice balance of spice, wheat, and an amazing malt that comes together beautifully. Mouthfeel very light and extremely drinkable. This is a fantastic product - as you would expect from such a distinguished brewery.

Photo of dfclav
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into hefe-glass after long day at work.

A - nice dark amber color with a big, almost three finger head that stuck around for awhile. The look is by far the lowest quality of this beer.

S - bananas, peaches, cloves, brown sugar, fresh sourdough bread....if they made a candle with this scent i'd buy it...mmmm

T - first sip I am greeted with a nice balance of malt and banana...kind of like an old fashioned milkshake if it wasn't for the carbonation. I'm surprised they can lock this much flavor into a 5.3 abv! The rest of the first glass finishes with fresh bread and bubblegum, apples and caramel... I could drink this all day.

M - It's a great balanced mouthfeel. Almost like Chimay's ales are known for, goes down very smooth.

D - If I had an endless supply of this I wouldn't have a job because I would be too drunk due to constantly drinking this. I don't know if I could drink this on a 100 degree day but any other time I would. Whenever I see this on a shelf at a store, i'll be picking it up and I suggest you do the same. Outstanding, a little over a pint bottle was gone before I even had time to finish all of my notes for this review.

Photo of hossua34
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An intriguing, muddy light brown color. Unfiltered and cloudy. Some carbonation bubbles surfacing constantly. Average head with average retention, but there is lots of lacing.

S - Banana, bubble gum and pumpkin pie. This is really a FANTASTIC description of the smell. Very full and strong. Pretty sweet smelling.

T - Big yeasty, wheaty banana bread taste. A good spice to it. I prefer the flavor of the regular Hefe, however. Also has an intriguing aftertaste - like butterscotch and rice in my opinion.

M - A little coarse and bubbly on the throat. Not lacking in thickness, however.

D - Straight 4's all around! First time I've ever rated a beer this way. On the whole, this is a pretty good dunkelweizen. Like the regular Hefe, but darker and bolder. Goes down easy, tastes great and is very refreshing. I still prefer the original Hefe.

Photo of andrewmartin
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this brew with some homemade sausage and grilled cabbage, but it would pair well with a wide range of foods.

A-Pours carmel, cloudy, with a huge rocky head that dissapates very slowly

S-Yeast mixed notes of apple and bread

T-Malty with wheat notes, apple and yeast

M-Very soft

D-Very drinkable, a beer to be enjoyed year round

Photo of n0315
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the pour the beer looks just like fresh apple cider with a smell of mault and a touch of bitterness. Nice fluffy head that stays for a bit with a touch of stickeyness. Good taste of mault and maybe butterscotch that balances out well, almost perfectly. Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little fuzzy but good none the less. A very drinkable brew with a nice taste. Another high score for Weihenstephaner.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,610 ratings.