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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,055
Hads: 2,756
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 293
Gots: 318 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

Our dark wheat beer is impressive with its creamy white foam. A fruity-fresh sweetness and hints of mature bananas harmonise with delicious flavours of roasted malt, sparkling and full-bodied with a light caramel taste on the first sip. An excellent accompaniment from hearty meals and game to chocolate and nut desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of Tom_Banjo
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Don't know what to say about this beer other than that I really liked it. Will absolutely be drinking this again.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of SteveS1
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of tconboy
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of redmagik99
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of Tundruth
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my local supermarket in a 500ml bottle because $2.99 for a large bottle of quality German beer was too hard to pass up.

Poured half the bottle out into a Miller Lite "flavor activator" pils glass. The beer appears thick and foggy and is copper/amber colored with a light, fluffy off-white head that rises up rapidly and lingered on top for quite some time.

The nose is comprised of sweet and toasty malts, some yeasty scents linger as well, also I can pick up on the added spices in the smell.

Good body, perfect amount of carbonation, complex flavor profile with an array of characteristics. The taste of this beer is clean and refreshing, the added spices complement the flavor and do nothing but enhance the flavor profile. A wheat-beer smooth, banana like flavor similar to the taste of Hoegaarden is present throughout.

Smooth and easily drinkable, in part due to a delectable flavor and just right carbonation.

Overall this is an outstanding beer, I would consider a as great example of its style.

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Photo of dfclav
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of hossua34
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of andrewmartin
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of n0315
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of micmillon18
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen.

A - Pours a deep coppery color with some red-orange hues throughout. The head is a thing of sheer beauty, thick and fluffy with long lasting retention. The bubbles slowly rise showing solid carbonation. The weizen glass truly showcases this beer perfectly. Lots of lacing.

S - Banana, bubble gum, yeasty, green apple. Incredibly clean and refreshing scents, especially as you imbibe in the first sip, intaking a strong whiff as the beer hits your lips.

T - Bubble gum, banana, cloves; yeasty with darker malts showing up at the end similar to toffee or some kind of caramel maybe. Hops are barely present. I should add that there is some kind of citrusy taste present which adds a nice touch. Absolutely delicious.

M - Incredible smooth and soft with a light to medium body. Carbonation is in complete check. Finishes very dry.

D - I could have this anytime of year, though I prefer it during the colder months. Easily my favorite dunkel, which should be no surprise considering its ranks among the style.

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Photo of Reanimator
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an awesome introduction to German wheat beer!

The other reviewers certainly aren't exaggerating the absolutely unstoppable head that develops on this almost opaque, deep copper colored brew. The aroma is slightly that of berries or (as my friend commented) cheese and bread, and is a good indicator of the beers taste.

Hops are almost nonexistent as far as I can tell, but there is a little bite near the end of each drink. The taste of this beer really escaped me and in my notes I simply wrote "not malty, but wheaty". The description of taste might just come with more experience with this style.

Overall it was very smooth and drinkable, and I can definitely see myself downing too many of these in a single sitting.

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Photo of Jinholic
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this today after having their hefeweizen last week.

Appearance - Dark amber, very cloudy 3 finger cream colored head thin lacing, can still see the carbonation throughout the glass.

Smell - Dark fruit, banana, spice and yeast, very strong scent.

Taste - Dark fruits and the ever nice banana bread notes with a slight spice at the finish, not as powerful as the smell and I feel that maybe the only down side here.

Mouthfeel - Medium body clean finish thats not rough that all even with the carbonation no real bitterness here, a little dry but I could still drink this all day.

Overall - First dunkelweizen I've had and I must say I like it, go find it if you can and give it a go with the hot weather coming.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark amber color. Exceptionally bubbly. It poured with a thick white creamy head. Mostly opaque, but some light comes through. Somewhat murky.

S - A sour citrusy smell and lots of wheat.

T - Front is a citrus orange taste. Middle is wheaty. Finish is malty. Not a very strong alcohol taste and not bitter at all.

M - Medium thickness. Lots of carbonation that you feel as it first hits your tongue.

O - This is a mellow beer with a nice malty, wheat taste. Almost no bitterness and very enjoyable.

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Photo of FreightTrain
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper penny color with a nice even white head. Nose is malt and esters, caramel and tart fruit. Taste is a delightful light maltiness with a healthy serving of hef fruitiness/citrus; a deliciously light malty beer. Mouthfeel is nicely middle of the road, considerably fuller and chewier than a standard hef but light enough to still be an enjoyable warm-weather beer. At 5.30%, it's still very sessionable. A very good beer!

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into my .5L Weihenstephaner weizen glass. In case you're new to the style (and to beer in general), it is CRITICAL that hefe weizen be served quite cold and in a glass, for a number of reasons.

Appearance: This beer pours from a brown bottle with a complementary label, which touts Weihenstephaner as the "oldest brewery in the world." Once it's in the glass, a good "weizen pour" reveals a tan-to-brown beer with a frothy head. It's been my experience that the head and lacing on this one are somewhat less sturdy than those of the standard Weihenstephaner hefe weizen, but they're still quite striking compared to most beers. A little beer was left in the bottle for "swishing" in order to unleash that delicious, yeasty sediment into the glass (in my opinion, this is essential with traditional hefe weizens).

Smell: As with Weihenstephaner's standard hefe weizen, the prevailing scent is a uniquely yeasty breadiness. This one, however, offers a faintly toasted, malty note. I also a detect a mild chocolatey-ness, but it's faint.

Taste: A little weaker than the scent would lead you to believe, but still quite good. Hops are not apparent, which I believe to be a good thing in a hefe weizen. What you get is mainly a toasty breadiness, with discernible malt and a very faint rustiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp-to-moderate carbonation and a low ABV combine with the starchy yeast to produce a cooling, refreshing swallow. This beer is marginally "cozier" than the standard hefe weizen, but both are eminently drinkable in hot weather.

Drinkability: Again, the low ABV yields a fantastically drinkable beer. It's about a half-step away from perfection, in my mind, but it's still in the running for the standard of its style.

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Photo of Arno
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bit of a Weisenstephaner session, with the Vitus as the clear winner. This one confused me a bit though. Never had a "Dunkel" (dark) white bear before, so can't compare it to others.

Update: Don't drink this one after a regular (Wiehenstephaner) white bear, because then it really tastes odd.

appearance: Bit of a cloudy dirty brown/copper/amber looking color with a big and full creamy looking foam head. Looks a bit weird.

smell: Banana bread, yeast, wheat and malts. Bit of a brown sugar / caramel malt scent. And some spices i can't really define.

taste: There's the expected banana bread, wheat, yeast flavor of a Hefeweiss, but combined with clove, caramel, brown sugar and some spiced malts. It makes it a little odd flavor combo but surprisingly works really well. It's all very light in flavor, making this very easy and refreshing to drink. And a nice variation to a regular Hefeweizen.

mouthfeel: Quite light and thin feel for a weiss beer. Medium carbonation. Quite refreshing.

overall: I didn't really like it at first. But i drank a regular Hefeweis, followed by this one. And then it really is kind of weird. Later i tried it just as a starter, and the more i drink it, the better it seems to get. It's got more depth to it than i thought at the beginning. Very nice refreshing beer with different flavors each time you drink it.

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Photo of rkinsella
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Like cloudy ice tea. Rocky and pillowy head stuck around for almost the whole glass. Lacing left a great looking pattern. Some chunky yeast sediment was stuck to the bottom of the bottle. A few pieces broke loose during the swirling of the yeast. I didn't notice till I poured the last bit into the glass. But they sank to the bottom.

Smell - Toffee cream, banana nut bread, light clove, sweet yummy malt.

Taste - A quick snap of spice, then mellow banana and smooth malty flavor take over. Note of tartness turns to a minimum bitter finish. Aftertaste is wonderfully neutral and even.
I've found this with the regular Heffeweiss as well.

Mouthfeel - Hearty with good weight. Fills your mouth.

Drinkability - A couple in a row would go down smooth. A warm weather beer with a little more to it. I've yet to try a Weihenstephaner that I didn't like!

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark orange, peachy body. Two fingerlength head, disappeared quickly.

Smell: Banana, clove, notes of caramel and dark fruit.

Taste: Banana, clove, dark chocolate, and notes of nuttiness.

Feel: Very low carbonation, light body, creamy, a bit dry.

Overall: Pretty good, but lighter than what I was expecting.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted from a Hefeweizen glass.

A - Murky brown with a towering foamy head.

S - Light banana smell, relative to other weizen beers. Sweet and roasty. The aroma begs you to taste the beer.

T - Medium carbonation and very smooth. This is my first Dunkelweizen and I was expecting it to be a bit more like a Hefeweizen. Relatively sweet.

M - Carbonation is not over powering. Light to medium body. Smooth.

D - I picked the right Dunkelweizen for my first. This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Sleestak
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a burnt orange with a head that looks like a dollup of vanilla ice cream. Just looks fantastic. Zesty banana bread on the smell. Citrus, spices, banana, yeast and wheat bread with a hint of roastiness towards the end. Creamy mouthfeel mmm this is a good beer. A great dunkelweizen from an exceptional German brewery, one of the best.

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Photo of ditch
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"The World's Oldest Brewery!" With a slogan like that, you would expect to be getting the most evolved and damn near perfect beer on the planet! and guess what? It is! I was in the mood for something light, something quenching when i picked this up. I did not expect to be blown away with both refreshment and deliciousness.

Poured a dark copper with a lot of yeasty haze. The head was big and is still hanging around. I doubt it's going anywhere either!

Smells of baked goods!! there's yeast and spices, and almost a dried fruitiness to it. Not a strong bouquet, but e very deep one.

The taste is near perfection. It's a heffeweisen so it does have that yeastiness to it. But it is well balanced with the malts and spices. Not much to speak of in the hops other than the fack they were perfectly balanced to keep this beer from being too sweet. Uhh.. I don't know what else to say other than, near perfection!

Glad I picked this one up. This is my second beer from this brewery and it's got me wanting to try more German beers!

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.