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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,241
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 158
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-29-2011 07:20:14 | More by bigox420
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3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A: golden amber, with heavy carbonation and minimal cloudiness, with a very rich head that comes with the style. I would had preferred darker colors on my dark hefe, and a bit more cloudiness, but this is not bad at all

smell: the smell is dominated by cloves and phenol spice, as well as the familiar and rich smell of wheat malt.

taste: a very balanced, but minimilistic taste, that leans heavily on the clove side vs the banana and bubblegum flavors I much prefer. For the color, and the said "dark" hefewisen, their is not hint of darker, roastyer flavors. I jsut tastes like a more middle of the road hefewisen, and I cant say I'm very impressed .

mouthfeel: this is where the beer really shines. rich, creamy mouthfeel that is easy to drink and easy on the mouth, benefiting greatly from its heavy carbonation.

overall: to be honest, I was expecting more from this beer, as the reviews where high, and the brewery's reputation is VERY impressive, but really, it did not come off as the beer I was expecting, which was, a slight above average regular hefewisen with a amber color instead of a straw color.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 07:06:08 | More by jucifer1818
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-19-2013 15:30:30 | More by Sspeer1
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has the classic, zesty, citrusy, gingery, hefeweizen aroma. The color is a hazy gold-tinged light-to-medium brown. The color is lighter than the "dark" designation might suggest. The beer pours with a large amount of head, as is typical to the style. It tastes just as it smells, which is a good thing, but whereas the aroma is powerful, the flavor is mellow. Has a steady stream of carbonation when poured right to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 03:43:24 | More by stoutman
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 22:02:09 | More by beeragent
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-27-2014 21:07:47 | More by Bear1964
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-25-2014 01:29:33 | More by drdiesel9483
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy copper colored body with thick and froathy looking off-white head.

Clove spice has a strong aroma up front with a bit of the fruity banana like typical of the Weihenstephaner yeast with a bit more of the bready wheat aroma than the hefe.

Taste is not as yeasty upfront. Malty and bready initially mixed in with some sweeter caramel notes. Unlike the aroma, it takes a while for the yeast flavor to show up. Finishes with a nice clove spice flavor but not as fruity as expected.

Crisp and refreshing with a lively carbonation.

Highly drinkable and plenty refreshing. Overall, one of the best dunkleweizens available.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:55:10 | More by Kinsman
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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Carmel brown body. Slighty offwhite one finger head with medium-low retention.

Smell - Banana, chocolate, candy, caramel. Absolutely wonderful. Vague Chinese five spice scent, brought to my attention by a friend. Now I can't unsmell it.

Taste - Sort of like a watered down version of the Hefeweissbier. Doesn't have as much complexity, the spice is milder, and the beer is not as balanced. Has more bitterness than the regular hefe. Very smooth for the style though. In the style it's in, it's one of the best.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy, not much aftertaste.

Drinkability - Would rather have the regular Hefeweissbier, as it doesn't offer as much complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 04:45:58 | More by ZenAgnostic
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 1.9 pint bottle and poured into a Hefeweizen glass is a rich and dark hazy copper with some amber hues through out this beer. On top is a very thick rocky head that is about two inches tall. Scattered lacing is left behind that looks very good in the glass.

Aroma: Clove, fruity esters, banana, and brown sugary sweetness. Floral hops mostly with notes of alcohol.

Taste: Quite the malty backbone with a buttery smooth mouthfeel. Banana, cloves, yeasty breadiness with a slight dry finish.

Notes: Such a great beer top to bottom. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:34:32 | More by horshack7
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When i think German beer, this is a perfect example.

Appearance is good, with a good amount of head that hovers for a bit and some lacing.
Smell is good as well, nice and malty with a touch of hops.
Taste is very similar to the smell.
Mouthfeel is decent in body, I would say medium.
Drinkability is pretty good as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 03:46:42 | More by supercolter
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-06-2012 15:39:44 | More by cowboy83
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-22-2013 05:42:34 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-29-2013 20:06:38 | More by spw109
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-05-2013 02:14:16 | More by elec
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-31-2014 23:45:11 | More by benloho
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-09-2014 17:32:00 | More by rjp217
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3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an unfiltered dark caramel color with a massive, creamy head. The head retains for quite a while and leaves lacing as it falls.

S- Smell is a very sweet, strong banana scent with hints of wheat and darker fruits.

T- Taste seems a bit anticlimatic in that it isn't nearly as flavorful as the nose lets on. Slight banana sweetness.

M- Something about the mouthfeel on this brew really rubs me the wrong way. A bit undercarbonated and leaves a sticky sweet coating on the inside of my mouth.

D- This beer seems like it would be pretty drinkable in that it is not too offensive but its not nearly as flavorful as I was expecting. None the less it seems to be a good thirst quencher

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 00:02:30 | More by Lothore
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Banana bread brown with a soft thick off-white head. Lacing from the very top. Cloudy like it should be.
S- Just a soft hint of banana.
T- It took my third one of these over three night for one to taste like I though it should. I might not have gotten the yeast out enough on the first two, but his one is a wonderful ripe banana taste with just a bit of the clove in the finish.
MO- Smooth and creamy. Every wheat beer from these guys are very good, maybe even standard setting.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:31:46 | More by confer
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Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle pours cloudy orange-brown. Nice, thick off-white head. Retention not so good, no lacing.

Smells like wheat, orange and a musty scotch-like astringency.

Nutty tasting! Wheat, yeast, cinnamon, coriander and a hint of clove. No alcohol presence and a fairly short, neutral finish. Very smooth. Tastes like a classic, which it is.

Decent feel, nice medium body and carbonation.

It's very drinkable but not all that interesting. I could drink a couple of these but won't be actively seeking it out in the future. I expected a bit more of a complex taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 07:25:16 | More by eat
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

05-18-2013 08:14:37 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-06-2013 01:01:11 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark tea, hazy brown, less appealing than it smells and tastes.

S: Cloves dominantly, bananas, lemon.

T: Same as smell.

M: Lacks richness of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but still very tasteful.

Bit disappointing, but only in comparison with Hefeweissbier by the same brewery. This is still outstanding beer. Not great fan of dunkelweizen, but this was worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 17:39:54 | More by hansavijaticar
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

10-15-2013 05:36:50 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-29-2013 22:13:55 | More by bmurray10
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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