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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,236
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 158
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of generallee

New York

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a Weizen Glass. The abv is listed on the label at 5.3% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has a deep hazy orange amber body with visible carbonation. A quick pour fills the glass with foam. After a minute to settle I very slowly finished pouring and ended up with a nice three finger head. The light beige head hangs on well and makes lots of cool lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: Big German yeast notes rush up to fill my nose. The aroma is all about the classic banana notes with some mild clove and bready sweet malt.

Taste: The best way to describe this beer is that is like banana bread with nuts and chocolate chips. The palate is a firm medium body with nice active carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!! This beer is a work of wheat beer art.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 11:17:28 | More by generallee
Photo of ZenAgnostic


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
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very cloudy light brown, pours with a good head that settles at a moderate pace, leaves good lacing

Smell: Toasted malts, wheat, yeast, hints of spice

Taste: Toasted malts, wheat, cloves, nuts, with hints of raisins. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, good level of smooth carbonation

Drinkability: Great session beer

Overall, it is clear why this is a top German beer. Good contrast to the hefeweizen. I'm going to be looking for more dunkelweizens, as I find the style very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:55:17 | More by MadCat
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a murky brown-red body with over an inch of khaki-colored head. Smells fruity, with ripe banana, date and nut. Tastes like banana, nut, spice, caramel, toffee, with chocolate and coffee notes in the background. Ample carbonation compliments a medium to full body to make this a super-drinkable super-complex beer. I'm beyond impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:50:17 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour into a glass mug produced a four finger bubbly tan head on a hazy brown. Good lacing.

Malty nose. Some subdued fruit notes. Soft malts followed by clove and cinnamon. Some fruity notes. Dry finish.

Very smooth and balanced. Very drinkable. Top quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 08:26:46 | More by scott451
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review transcribed from March 2009 notes.

500ml bottle from BevMo.

Murky orangish-brown color with an off-white head.

Aroma is yeasty with wheat and sweet malt.

Flavor is sweet dark malt, caramel, wheat, yeast, and banana.

Medium body, smooth palate, good level of carbonation.

Refreshing. Very enjoyable beer all-around.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 22:54:28 | More by nickd717
Photo of cbutova


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had many Dunkels but I love the original Hefeweiss, worth a shot in my book.

A- Pours into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass with a deep amber, murky body. Massive and uber foamy head forms and takes up half to three fourths of the glass. I patiently wait for it to fall. A few thick webs of lace.

S- Right off the bat I get that signature Weihenstephaner yeast profile. A nice balance of banana, esters, cloves/spice and straw. A nice amount of wheat bread is present as well as dark fruit and malts. A bit of citrus peel. Overall I think it is just a tiny bit darker and a bit more heavy on clove/esters than the Original.

T- Follows the nose, pretty much like I expected. A nice balance of yeast esters, banana, spice, straw, wheat, bread, dark fruit, citrus peel, brown sugar and some dark toasty malt. If this is supposed to be a darker version of the Original Hefeweiss, it pretty much hits it on the head but a bit sweet.

MF- Light end body with silky smooth carbonation. Not much in the way of bitterness. Fairly sweet.

DB- Certainly a version of their classic beer with just a bit of darkness, in the way of malt and fruit. I just love the Weihenstephaner yeast profile. This beer could use a bit more body and maybe a bit less sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 02:48:14 | More by cbutova
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with a three-finger off white head. Great lacing and retention throughout. Aroma of Belgian yeast, bread and sweet malt. Big yeasty and bready flavor up front. Nice Belgian yeast flavor, a bit of banana, clove and spice before a bready sweet malt. Some dark fruits as well. Nice sweetness throughout.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 23:49:47 | More by uustal
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4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Drank same day.

Brew date on bottle: 2010.08.19

Enjoyed at Monnemer Eck, a German style restaurant in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. The bartender poured the 500mL beer into a weizen glass, making sure to add the yeasty bottoms.

Appearance: Coppery medium brown color, with a full three fingers of towering, creamy foam. The head lasted the entire glass, but left surprisingly little lacing.

Smell: Stellar, sublime. A full snoutfull of yeast, banana and clove. The new archetype of the style, at least for me.

Taste: Continues on from the smell. Here the maltiness dominates the banana and cloves, but they are still there. Yeasty and wheaty, but very little hops, as per style. This beer should be the standard to which others should be compared.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with enough carbonation. The finish is complex, ending sweet.

Drinkability: It was hard to say no to a second one. Definitely will have the scond one next time. Superb glass of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 15:25:59 | More by dbaker61
Photo of Brunite


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky, leathery brown with a massive foamy head.

Smell: Lightly toasted malts, clove, banana.

Taste: Light malty flavors with the usual banana & clove along with wheat graininess.

Mouthfeel: Nice crisp carbonation. The beer is medium bodied and chewy.

Drinkability: Not as nice as the Hefeweizen by this brewer but a great beer nonetheless. A great style representative. I guess I just prefer the Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 07:22:17 | More by Brunite
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:36:15 | More by JohnnyS17
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hold Weihenstephan in very high regard. Their beers yield some of the most picturesque pours, especially from the bottle. This dunkel is no exception...

Enormous volume of head with stellar retention and generous drapes of lacing. The foam reminds me of a fresh, new white pillow or a soft, snow-capped peak. Underneath, a pale russet brown (not too dunkel), murky by way of yeast and wheat. Top notch.

The nose is exactly what I've come to expect. Signature Weihenstephan aromas - big malt and yeast - only a kiss of clove and a wink of banana. Dark, uber-bready malt reigns supreme, coming across muffin- or cake-like with a teeny touch of (milk) chocolate making its way out as it warms.

Okay, the banana comes out much bolder in the taste - thin and smooth - as does some faint spice. Compared to their regular hefeweizen, the darker malt flavors obscure that characteristic banana and clove just a bit more. Close your eyes and drink - this isn't much different than their standard hefeweizen. The darker malts could perhaps use a bit more depth- maybe not. Just my taste. The finish leaves that refreshing tart, kind of saline, feeling on my tongue, and wait!... Those dark malts DO come calling late in end. Delicate, subtle, with lightly nutty, cereal grain, chocolate malt flavors. Superb.

Don't know why, but this doesn't feel as creamy as their lighter hw's. The tartness imparts a wee bit drier feeling, no doubt aided by the stealth carbonation lifting and guiding the malt off the tongue. Wish it would linger a little thicker a little longer.

Really just nitpicking here. Bias derived from my taste for fuller-bodied (Amer.) ales? Yeah, take only a small fraction of a volume off the carbonation and I'd dub this perfect. I think I'll achieve nirvana with this from draft, we'll see.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 16:17:26 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oldest brewery in the world - I'll trust that they know what they're doing.

A - Darker amber poured into tall Aventinus glass (couldn't find my hefe) with a vigorous head and thick yeast at the bottom.

S - Yeast, banana, and some cloves, very pleasant.

T - Nice medium body, smooth with slight carbonation tingle, cloves in there. Just tasty malt and wheat.

D - Yes, more.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 23:25:17 | More by OldIronLungs
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Hop City in Atlanta, GA.

A - Poured into a DFH signature glass. A dark amber color with a huge creme colored head. Leaves great lacing.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, nice malt, some peppery spice and some floral hops.

T - Taste starts nice and sweet with some spice. Finishes very dry with some good hop bitterness.

M - Light with a lot of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Could drink a couple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 23:40:56 | More by Janderson91
Photo of micmillon18


4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 21:45:32 | More by micmillon18
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light Brown with a few floaties in it....not much of a head on it and just a tad bit of lacing around the rim.

Smell: Buttery, toffee like malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Slight malt flavor, with a dark fruit flavor. Slightly sweet. Doughy flavor with a roasted chestnut flavor and clove thrown in, as well.

Drinkability: Very good...really can't go wrong with this company.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 04:25:18 | More by July2Nov
Photo of brystmar


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: brown, hazy, active body with plenty of thick white head. Strong, sticky white lace; excellent retention all around.

S: wheat, bananas, clove, malt. Quite pleasant to smell, but def an easy 5 if it were even more forward.

T: malty -- slightly roasted -- with wheaty banana right behind. Yeast and cloves at the end. Typical wit sweetness from the middle to the end, but nicely balanced. Might be the best dunkelweiss I've ever had.

M: creamier than expected,. Body is very active with carbonation, would prefer a bit less but still works pretty well. Med- to full-bodied.

D: easier to down than your normal dunkelweiss, quite refreshing, wish I had another. A profoundly enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 00:40:19 | More by brystmar
Photo of btorsdog


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked one up when the local store was out of Hopslam,very glad I revisited this one after a long time not having!
Very lovely when poured properly into a 'hefe' glass,semi murky burnt brown with thick dirty tan head,Sweet!
smelled like a hefe with all the typical bannana/clove stuff happening,vey nice.
Taste is pure joy! Nothing overpowering and extremely well balanced,Beautiful!
Suprisingly medium mouthfeel with a nice creaminess to it,semi-sweet and med. carbonation.
Very Good drink for a 'hefe',wish she came in 6ers!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:21:13 | More by btorsdog
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber, reddish brown, with a decent amount of offwhite, coarse looking head that didn't retain too much. Minimal lacing.

Smell was not too strong, but very nice, with banana, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, and wheat.

Taste was even better; banana bread is a great way to describe this guy, as the banana and wheat are melded together exceptionally by the creamy texture of the beer. A bit of sweetness is present, either brown sugar or raisin, but not too much.

Carbonation is intense at first but softens quickly. Creaminess again is awesome, reminds me of a milkshake somehow. Fantastic beer, arguably better than the regular hefeweissbier they make.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 04:04:18 | More by madvermin
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugly, souvenir Vegas hef glass. Sleet still running down my shoulders. It was either order out & wait an hour in this weather, or week old chicken soup. I decided on a beer & a nap instead.

Slow to settle, the tan head begins congealing. The body is a murky honey brown. Not the most appetizing thing to look at in a 23oz glass. Looks like car wash runoff. Suds & mud.

Scent was sweet like banana bread, but not potent, like one would completely enjoy. Spice cake without the spices. Soil & a tin of assorted nuts. Pleasant bit of peppery yeast on the back.

First gulp was a long one. Starts off sharp, like bitter bruised grapes, but fades quickly into the doughy middle. Mildly sweet toast, no butter. Yeast & dirt throw it around for a bit, letting some light clove in. Finish remains yeasty, but with additional earthy bitterness.

Carbonation remains strong throughout, where as I sometimes notice straight hefs start to get flat half way through. Body feels gelatinous & thick, like cold soup.

Traded some esters for some warmer flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 23:49:25 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of mikeaji


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at Total Wine

A) Beer pours a cloudy darkish orange brown. The head on the beer is mildly thick, but pours real nice.

S) Smells extremely nice, you can smell the banana and spice/clove in this beer outright.

T) Another grand slam from the boys at Bayerische Staatsbrauerie. The beer is incredibly smooth and enjoyable. The beer is highly carbonated, but it does not take away from the taste. The lingering taste is one of a sweetness and fruit. A+.

M) Decent carbonation, smooth taste, you can taste the alcohol, but its nothing overwhelming.

D)Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is one of my favorite beers and the dunkel is expceptional. Everytime I make a trip to the distributor, I always pick up atleast 4-5 bottles of the Dunkel and Korbinian.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 21:59:06 | More by mikeaji
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Korea (South)

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - cloudy medium brown with yellow edges, creamy thick head
S - sweet fruity cherry scent
T - light malt and fruit taste, with a sweet aftertaste
M - a little thick with low carbonation
D - This is a very enjoyable beer with well-balanced flavours with a well-measured mildness that gives you no choice but to drink more. Is there nothing that Weihenstephaner can do wrong?

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 15:11:47 | More by ticklechicken
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is an off-white color, with good lacing and retention. The brew is a darker version of their standard hefeweissbier, and curiously, this bottle has the same batch number (3310) as the bottle of standard issue hefeweissbier consumed a few days ago. A muddy, orange-amber color, it is dense with yeast -- especially after swirling around the last of the bottle before pouring.

A flower-scented yeasty aroma is apparent with just a hint of banana.

The darker roast gives some depth to the flavor, which is well balanced with a solid malt presence and complimentary hops. Well carbonated, it flows smoothly over the tongue as soft caramel notes and burnt orange accents emerge, finishing with a peppery tang.

Well constructed and a reasonable gravity to accompany a rich, meat and potatoes dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:21:19 | More by tubacharlie
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A cloudy amber/dark orange. Creamy, off white 2 finger head, that leaves a thin layer on surface.

Smell-Strong banana with hints of apple. Can't pick out the other fruit smell in it though, maybe a raisin.

Taste- Banana and apple flavor with a smooth caramel malt flavor too. Just the slightest hint of hops after the finish. Just a really great experience from start to finish.

Mouthfeel-Smooth medium bodied, medium carbonation. So Good

Drinkability-WOW! Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:27:17 | More by dutchlq7
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium dark brown and cloudy with 2 finger off white head.

Smells of Wheat, yeasts, mild caramels.

Tastes are mild, sweet toffee, caramel, grains, yeasts, bread in the finish.

Medium body with zesty carbonation that dances on the tongue. Mild alcohol warmth in the throat and a medium dry finish.

A good dark Hefe. Nicely flavored, nothing overdone. Generous carbonation and flavors make this a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 18:50:21 | More by fourplayed
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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