Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,606 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,606
Reviews: 1,037
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 242
Gots: 242 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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

Poured bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance -- Impressive two finger soft white head. Slick lacing. Dark, cloudy, amber in color. One can see the carbonated bubbles rising to the top of the beer through the cloudy murk of this beer.

Smell -- Let the beer warm a little after it gets out of the fridge before really smelling it. I'm getting warm dark fruit, bananas, and brown sugar. A little raisin flavor.

Taste -- Just a little bit of malty sweetness. Dark fruits. Crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel -- Pleasant effervescence. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.

Drinkability -- A very agreeable beer and a nice introduction to the style. I would recommend this beer to fans of the weizen style. I look forward to trying additional beers of this style.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured from the bottle a nice light brown with quite a bit of thick, frothy head that took a solid 5 min to dissipate to lace around the rim.

Smell is strong on banana bread and yeast, what I've come to expect from a good hefe.

Smell was a little misleading as to what the taste would be. It ended up being somewhat thin, but still very much a bready, yeasty brew. It's not deal-killer by any means, and it's not like water thin either, it's more taste thin.

Mouthfeel is just about right on for a hefe, a nice amount of carbonation to add a nice little burst.

Overall a very drinkable beer, I would drink it again for sure. It may sit at the bottom of my top 5 hefes, but that's still better than the vast majority of the hefes out there

Photo of Generik420
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of this by mistake, thinking I had grabbed two bottles of the regular hefe. I certainly wasn't disappointed in my blunder when I poured this beer into a hefe glass. Nice coloring, a dark khaki almost and of course hazy. Smell is incredibly robust. There is a sweetness in the aroma that is very difficult to describe and something I haven't really found in any other weisse beer before this one. This beer tastes phenomenal, hints of fruit flavors and very smooth. It was a little to easy to put down a 16.9oz bottle in no time. If imports didn't cost as much as they do, this would always be in my refrigerator.

Photo of ghurux86
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: light brown/dark orange color with a creamy light tan head, very little lacing.
smell: wheat, malt, banana, other fruit, and spices
taste: wheat, spices, it's pretty complex and hard for me to tell exactly what i am tasting, but nonetheless it tastes good.
mouthfeel: pretty good feel, nice and smooth and crisp, kinda bubbly.
drinkability: pretty good beer, definitely drinkable again.

overall pretty good, i've haven't had many dark hefeweizens, but this one's good, although i do like weihenstephaner's regular hefeweiss beer better.

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown, cloudy with a nice retentive lacing

S: Smells like beer

T: Sweet...clove, light concord grape, banana, cream, spicy hops, lavender

M: Creamy yet refreshing. Not much in the way of effervesence or carbonation, just a nice spicey tingle left on the tongue after it's effortlessly gone down the hatch.

D: Very, very drinkable. Could drink quite a few of these easily. The price makes this a really good deal...I'll be getting more of this one for sure.

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

A: Light brown in color with a thick head. Hazy appearance.

S: Slight hint of black licorice. Mainly a musty, yeast smell with a aromas of green apples. Spot on for the style.

T: Very similar to a standard hefeweizen. Clove and green apple with undertones of banana. The flavor of the yeast seems to hold everything together.

M: Light and refreshing with a perfect amount of carbonation. The malt sweetness makes for a rounded mouthfeel. Airy and fluffy due to the wheat.

D: Highly drinkable and very refreshing. This would make a superb session beer. Also, a perfect brew for hot weather. This is the benchmark for this particular style in my opinion.

Photo of dbatch
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle poured into my LongTrail Hefeweiss glass. This was reviewed by my in January 2008 and transferred from my notes.

A: Pours cloudy brown, the color remind me of apple cider, with a beautiful thick head, about four fingers worth. The head is more of an ecru color compared to the Hefeweiss.

S: Wheat germ, clove, banana, bubble gum (like bazooka or the rock hard gum out of a pack of Topps from the late 80's. Its not a bad thing, dont lie and say you never ate the gum) are all present and meld well. There is a faint aroma of alcohol behind it as well, but fits well.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells - clove, banana with a nice flavor of roasted malt.

M: Very similar to the Hefeweiss - a bit chewy, carbonated well, but not as thick as a regular Hefe.

D: Great taste, easy drink, definitely a sessionable beer.

Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/brownish hue with a tall 1" off white head. Smells bright of typical banana and clove esters. Taste is spot on dunkelweizen, and the best version I have ever had. Crisp and clean without a strong aftertaste and easy drink ability of this beer makes it an excellent summertime treat.

Photo of Grohnke
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( BA / BJCP)

Large, moussy, condensed, long-lasting off-white head just lasts and lasts. Light lacing as it falls slowly. Deep copper with some beautiful yellow/gold and dark amber hues on the edges. Slight haze. Really a beautiful beer. ( 5 / 3 )

Strong banana and clove up front, that seem to be in perfect harmony. Medium-low grainy sweet wheat/malt, light crust. Very light noble hop. ( 4.5 / 11)

Bright banana and cove, again in perfect marriage. Grainy sweetness, with some underlying toasty/crusty malt flavor. Low hop bitterness, which carries the malt well to a dry finish. No hop flavor. Balance is yeast/malt heavy. Aftertaste is a light banana with some lingering sweetness. Mild tartness. (5 / 19)

Medium-light body with high carbonation. Very creamy in character. The tartness (if i am correct) can be perceived as astringency, but I do not believe that is the case. However, there is this "pulling" sensation. (4 / 4)

Wow! How has it taken me this long to drink the many wonderful beers of Weihenstephaner? This beer is complex, flavorful, and refreshing. Weigenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel defines balance and the style. ( 4.5 / 9)

(4.7 / 46)

Photo of Daniell
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Prune juice colour. Nice head. 4

S: cloves, herbs like in a Belgian (Duvel maybe), sourness (yeast?), apricots. 3.5

T: malty, apricot, bit of chocolate. Very drinkable. 3.5

M: Good. Nicely carbonated. 4

D: 4.

Nice beer, and I'm not normally a big fan of wheats at all (will need to revisit this one).

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

Best before February 2008, served in weizen glass.

Appearance - Cloudy, hazelnut color with copious head on a light pour. Many bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Always a substantial covering of head from beginning to end.

Smell - Spices hit the nose first - cloves. Light toffee and caramel mixed with sweet, cinnamon banana. Sweet maltiness and clove-like yeast phenols mixed in a complimentary manner.

Taste - Burnt-sugar maltiness mixed with a very light balancing hop presence. Touch of sweet molasses and dark fruit, racing with spices throughout. Banana comes out towards the end with pleasant blend of cloves and a slight nuttiness thanks to the Bavarian yeast used.

Mouthfeel - Silky, delicate medium-body supported by a pleasant level of carbonation which spreads across the tongue delivering the flavor efficiently and with great timing.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable dark wheat... one of the best examples of the style, and one of the best wheat beers available. My personal standard for a dark hefeweissbier. Just a great beer!

Photo of rka758
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tasting tulip.
Received for birthday.

A: Pours a murky brown with a thick quickly dissipating head.
S: Smells of banana and bread.
T: While I'm missing the clove I do get the banana taste. Also a bit of sourness.
M: Clean and crisp.
D: This beer is highly drinkable. A nice flavor.

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

A light brown colored brew with a good frothy head and nice carbonation. Mild aroma. Flavor and mouthfeel is light to medium with sweet roasty malts. Not as spiced or banana as other German Dunkelweizens. A good drinking brew, but perhaps a bit over-rated in my opinion.

Photo of silverblaze540
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of jkaufman
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Saturday, March 31 session notes:

Poured a 16oz. bottle into a tankard.

A: Pours cloudy dark orange/brown with a HUGE white head that slowly thins out to a finger-thick. Looks tasty.

S: Caramel sweetness and slight hop aroma.

T and M: This well-balanced lager goes down creamy-smooth with moderate carbonation. Fairly sweet character and medium-thin body. Finishes warm and a bit syrupy.

D: Very drinkable and sessionable.

Recommended.

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

This is a quintessential Bavarian weissbier from Weihenstephaner. And as such, it is superb in every respect.

The beer is a dusky brown with a thick, creamy head. The proper clove and phenolic banana smells and flavors are well represented throughout. These are balanced nicely with roasted notes and a crisp carbonation level, which helps dry out the finish.

This is truly a wonderful example of this style and but one of a number of great products from this brewery outside of Freising.

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

Poured into a beautiful 0.5L Weihenstephaner logo weizen glass!

Appearance: Cloudy, dark brown-- somewhat the color of a dark brewed tea. Thick, frothy, magnificent, 3-finger head.

Smell: Very similar to the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but darker and more subdued, with noticeable roasted notes to it.

Taste: Again, much like the Hefeweissbier, but with tad bit more bitterness and less of a fruity after affect.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy. The roasted-fruity sensation hangs there; not quite as long as the Hefeweissbier, but long enough. Very subtle, not overpowering at all.

Drinkability: This beer was half gone before I even knew it. Goes down so easy and is such a delight to drink. I won't go as far as to say that I like it better than the Hefeweissbier, but I would not be disappointed if this was all I had on me.

Photo of DackAchan
3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Best thing about this beer is appearance. An opaque dark golden brown with a two finger head.

S- Not much too this, kinda weak smell, slight hint of orange.

T- Little bit stronger than the distinct citrus flavor. Little sour note to it. Slight taste of bananas.

M- Not a fan of the mouthfeel. Feels a little too heavy, the carbonation really bites into your tongue.

D- Was okay, the carbonation bite and the weight of the beer makes this a little cumbersome.

Photo of dfitch81
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is exceptional, as is the case with nearly all things Weihenstephaner. It pours a beautiful cider brown, with a massive, puffy white head that can pile high over the rim of the glass without spilling. Carbonation is visible in the glass, and it is as intense as it looks. Smell? Cloves, apples, bananas, flowers, spices - it is not possible to smell without being to compelled to drink immediately. Taste is like the smell but more intense, and the strong carbonation dances on your tongue and adds even more fun. Tartness from the wheat is present but not at all overpowering. I could go on and on about this beer, but I won't because I'd rather run out the market and buy more.

If I had to pick a "favorite" beer, this could easily be the one.

Photo of SudNut
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice foamy head mmm just the right carbonation with a fruity nose. Good foamy mouth feel with a hint of cloves and a fruity flavor mixed in. It tastes so good; I think I'll have another one. All I need to go with it is some BB-Q. Where is the charcoal lighter fluid? Enjoy!!!

Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: this beer is murky with many floaties to be noticed. Light amber color, great retention.
Smell: banana is noticed immediately in all the right proportions. More of a banana perfume. Light spices of clove and elements of sweet fruity malt make this aroma gorgeous.
Taste: More clove on the palate but still remains subtle. Banana bread seems to dominate while bread and grains remain prevalent. Light toasted malt adds a different facet to this german style. Lightly bitter to round out the palate ending in sweet bread. Good beer
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation
Overall: Beautiful beer and should be as well respected as it is. Not my favorite from Weihenstephaner but still remains the best of its style. The more apparent spices and toasted malt set this beer apart from regular weissbiers and for that reason...its good. props to beer love pow

Photo of custardcb
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed wheat beers and once I learned about the Dunkel style I immeadiately gravitated towards it. The richer and full mouth fell from the style is more to my likely. It is still as refreshing as normal hefeweissbier but often has more depth and character.

If poured properly into the correct glass it generates a nice foamy head that lasts for sometime.

The flavor has nutty and banana flavors to it with a nice finish.

With an alcohol content in the mid 5s this can be a nice session beer on warm nights will relaxing on the patio.

Photo of drewmprs
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very smooth, drinkable dunkel weizen. Some malty undertones, with a pumpkin spice flavor. Billowing head that lasted like some chunky clouds giving way on a bight summer morning. I would buy this again, i'm very happy with weihenstephaner's beers. This brauerei is fantastic.

Photo of loosey
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one pint, .9 oz bottle, poured into pint glass

a beautifully even iced tea tone with a full inch of beige head that dissipates slowly but never actually leaves

smells of baking bananas with some spice, most likely its gonna be clove, i'm eager

tastes like moist malted banana bread with poppy seeds, hops and clove are somewhere hiding, the finish is crisp with some liquorice.. this is good stuff

carbonation is strong but well balanced, the beer looks thick but drinks medium bodied, not necessarily a hot summer day beer but a maybe a warm summer evening after you've had a few hot summer day beers kind of beer

there was this month or two in my life, mid-summer, that i was living in a flop spot and looking for a job and i was eating all these granola bars someone threw out and cans of peaches in the oppressive summer heat, and i blew my grocery budget on a bottle of good single malt scotch that i would make a dinner out of... it was good but a case of this would've been a better way to spend that 50 bucks

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

The Kaiser's Army
Fun, Fun on the Autobahn
Rolf and Florian

So the winner in my dunkle weizen taste off is definitely Ayinger Ur Weisse. This one just doesn't have much character. While Ayinger has a banana bread quality, this is just a slight variation on the hefe weizen = boring. I want something that I have to chew, not a thin, meek beer like this.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,606 ratings.