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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,212 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,212
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 153
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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fourplayed

California

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
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cudmud

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a nice cloudy (lots of yeast)brown color with a rocky head that doesn't stop. The foam produces sticky lace on the glass. This is one handsome beer.

Smell: Pleasing odors of cloves and banana. The aroma is true to the style.

Taste: This is a very malty and yeasty treat. This beer definitely defines the term liquid bread.

Mouthfeel: This brew is thick and tangy with a wonderful level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful beer that makes you want more.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 02:01:52 | More by cudmud
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dragonWhale

New York

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

Never have had this dunkel so I scooped it up for the pleasure. Pours dark amber/light brown very cloudy with a huge airy white head. Not quite as dark as I was hoping for. Big banana esters, slight clove, a toastiness of malt and some wheat. The taste is very pleasant, a bit much on the banana but the feel is light and fun, with a bunch of stuff going on from the yeast and grains. Tastes like a decoction with either or munich malt in addition to the wheat, I can't point it exactly, finishes easy. An excellent drink, one I will certainly go back to in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 18:04:52 | More by dragonWhale
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rka758

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 03:46:29 | More by rka758
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goalie33

New York

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into 500mL Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.
A: Hazy brown beer, cannot see anything through it, topped with 3 fingers of white head which sticks around. Highly carbonated with lots of fine bubble streaming towards the top.
S: Clove and banana, just like in the original, but with an added strong maltiness.
T: Initial strong flavors of banana clove and malt. Finishes dry with little lingering aftertaste.
M/D: Medium body with a soda-like mouthfeel. Fades to nothing. Very drinkable beer. Goes down effortlessly and quite refreshing.

The only fault I can find with this beer is the dryness that it leaves in the mouth. Otherwise, it is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 04:46:41 | More by goalie33
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Huge 4 finger light tan head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Light brown cloudy body.

Near textbook aroma for a hefeweisen with banana, clove, spices. A hint of fruity esters.

Delicious flavors following the aroma. Sweet flavors abound, but not in an offensive way. High carbonation but it works well. Just the slightest hint of roasted malt/chocolate seems to be the only difference I can note between this beer and their famous hefe.

Another superb offering from the world's oldest brewery. They obviously know what they're doing.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 21:35:29 | More by FanofHefe
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Beejay

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A murky brown-ish color. Tons of head. The head is frothy, bubbly and a light tan color. Lookin' good.

S: Clove and banana aroma with a nice malty bread scent. Smells like a lovely whole grain banana bread.

T: Yeasty with a hint of banana, and some nice clove flavor in there as well. It is still pretty clean tasting. Nice.

M: Light in body. Carbonation is good. Leaves the mouth fairly clean.

D: Very nice. A beer that tastes effortless, but I am sure it is anything but. A great beer to spend a day drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 05:09:05 | More by Beejay
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obrendano

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolute treat. a little Christmas present to myself after my last day of crazy busy season at my job

A - insane head everywhere, thick and creamy straight out of the bottle. gorgeous shade of brownish amber. could stare at this for hours

S - the smell of amazingness. banana bread with even more toasty wheat over top of it

T - among the best I've ever tasted. rich toast flavor, even more cloves than most other hefe-'s I've tried, some vanilla singing backup. absolutely impressive

M - creamy and full, sticks to your mouth from lip to throat

D - when I get the chance I'm buying a month's worth of this stuff. Merry Christmas to me!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 20:20:26 | More by obrendano
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NODAK

Tennessee

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

Aroma has the typical hefeweizen banana and cloves in abundance. However, there's also a bit of a roasted malt presence there as well which differentiates this.

Pours a light brown with a considerable amount of haze to it. Head is pretty dense and good.

Carbonation is quite prickly. Taste is incredibly smooth, really. Loads of fruity esters, banana in particular, abound. Not cloyingly, however. A definite clove spiciness as well, as to be expected. No real hop presence at all. The wheat comes out as well at the finish, with a soft graininess that pleasantly rounds out the beer.

I know it is a dunkelweizen, but I really struggle to separate the flavor profile of this from the regular version. Maybe it's just me. However, it is one dang tasty beer. There are few beers that are going to go down easier than this. It's great just holding it in the mouth and savoring it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:49:23 | More by NODAK
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industrialswill

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy walnut stain color with a vigorous head.
Smell is of mildewy spice.
The flavor is dominated with banana and spice
Mouthfeel is a bit sour and medicinal.
It's fairly light bodied and would be drinkable if you enjoy it's other aspects.
I tried this out of curiosity, but would never buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 22:51:48 | More by industrialswill
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mdfb79

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/08/10 notes. Had on tap at The Saloon in Washington, DC. Served into a 0.5L Georgetown Saloon weizen glass.

a - Pours a darkish brown color with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.
Looks great.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, and toasted malts. Bananas jump right out at you.

t - Tastes of bananas, toasted malts, wheat, bready malts, very light spices, and sweet caramel malts. Tastes amazing, pretty perfect for the style.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue. A little less carbonated and the mouthfeel would be great.

d - A very good beer hurt by it's high carbonation. This was probably the best tasting dunkelweizen I've had and it looked great as well. Would certainly have again but I think if it was less carbonated it could be even better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 19:11:09 | More by mdfb79
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a Stella challis.

A - Huge, pillowy eggcream white 4-finger head that falls slowly, leaving rings around the glass. Cloudy and dark dried apricot orange.

S - Ripe bananas on the pour. Banana custard in the glass. Bazooka bubblegum. Hints of clove, dense and moist fresh bread, and lightly toasted malt.

T - Whole grain banana bread with a good touch of clove along the sides of the tongue, providing a great balance between sweet and spice. Sweetness of a thick banana and caramel cream with wafers dessert lingers on the finish, but it's not cloying. Spend some time between sips and tastes like peaches and nutmeg appear.

M - Somewhat fizzy, with a smoothness that follows. Good carbonation. Excellent body for the style. Refreshingly snaps off at the swallow. Finish is longer than expected, and a tad dryer than the sweetness of the taste suggests it would be.

D - This is one very delicious dunkel. I'd love to find this on tap someday, or pair it with some grilled brats and sauerkraut. Has all the exceptional quality of its regular brother with a bit more character. I could easily drink several of these and still wish for just one more. Simply outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 05:26:43 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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JLeege

Illinois

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

Appearance- poured into a weizen glass, pours a cloudy copper color with a moderate head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell- Banana, clove, some bubble gum, smells like a hefe- looks darker.

Taste- Pretty much follows the aroma exactly, a bit more bready, and a touch of caramel malt in this one. Sweet overall, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel- medium body, low carbonation for the style.

Overall- Solid beer, but had this back to back with Ayinger's Dunkeweizen and I thought that one was slightly better.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 04:20:02 | More by JLeege
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into it's branded glass. cloudy amber/dirty copper color with a thick, persistent head and lacing coating all the way down the glass.
S: banana, clove, toffee, caramel, dark bready fruitcakey malts.
T: light to medium sweetness balanced out by sourish twang of the wheat, carbonation, and hidden smooth hop bitterness. finishes mostly crisp and dry.
M: frothy, medium-bodied, chewy.
D: the glass begs to be picked back up constantly.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 15:44:07 | More by MrMcGibblets
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dfclav

New Jersey

4.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 10:26:01 | More by dfclav
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tburus

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 18:38:03 | More by tburus
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

An impressive billowy two fingers of creamy looking head crowns the murky light brown-orange body. The head is comprised of larger bubbles underneath and very small ones on top. I don't know if I have seen such clear stratification in a head before.

The nose is comprised of sweet and sticky yeasty clove and banana notes, nearly perfect for the style. Think of sour dough whole wheat bread with sticky-bun style sugar glaze on the outside. The smell just begs the palate to take a sip.

Lively colorful flavors cascade through the mouth in the first sip. Spicy clove is much more prominent in the flavor than in the nose. The yeast bites with a wonderful spicy snap and the malty wheat goodness balances. Nutmeg and mace make a showing as well. This is like holiday bread in a bottle, but it would taste good any day of the year.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with abundant carbonation. A little swirling lowers the bubbly a bit, and as I always prefer lower carbonation it becomes sublime. The original carbonation is spot on for the style however.

Drinkability is about as good as it can get. Wonderful from the time you crack the cap on the bottle to after the last swallow.

Conclusion: A triumph. There is little doubt that Weihenstephaner has mastered the art of the classic styles of German wheat beers. I love this style of beer and I can find no major faults with this example of the style. Drink it.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 17:44:15 | More by allforbetterbeer
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mbusster88

New York

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into weissbier glass.

A: Deep brown color with fluffy off white head. Very hazy and decently carbonated.

S: Very malty in the nose, get the cloves and some light toffee notes. Also get caramel and the clean weissbier smell.

T/M: Cloves right up front, some fruit notes, heavy malt backbone, very clean feel.

D: Easy drinking, very clean, good beer and well put together.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 00:44:54 | More by mbusster88
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Welsman

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh sweet Jebus, this beer is fabulous.
Exceptional in every way.
Pours a medium brown, the head is obscene,
so thick and creamy.
Tastes of bananas and cloves,
(blah blah blah), SO good on tap in the proper hefe glass,
(Brauhaus Schmitz, philly), lets all give in
to Delish-isness.
This brewery has to be the finest in the world, i know its the oldest, since 1050.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 20:08:10 | More by Welsman
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Weihenstephaner Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: Dark amber/orange, head builds initially then recedes to about a ¼", excellent lacing

Smell: Malty dunkle aroma, and as expected some clove and banana.

Taste: Follows the nose with malt flavor, subtle hefeweizen flavors (clove & banana). Solid example of the style.

Mouth feel: Smooth, well carbonated.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, nice depth of flavor helps make this a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 00:05:50 | More by BobZ
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After I had tried Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier figured I had to try this. I was in Germany a few years ago and it was then that I decided this was one of my favorite styles. This beer pours a little lighter than I expected it was a cloudy auburn color with a wonderfully tall off-white head. The smell was of clove and wheat. When I went for my first taste I initially got a little bit of foam on my nose (definitely a good sign, great head retention) the taste was similar to the smell but also brought out a nuttiness or a dark fruitiness of some sort, there is also just a slight bit of a roasted flavor to this. The beer is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, the perfect embodiment of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 23:48:24 | More by gkunkle
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, bottled on 3/5/09, poured into a wheat beer glass (reviewed in October).

A: Pour a light brown that I can only think of as an over-ripe brown banana color. Has the same massive 3-finger head as the lighter version with the color being a little off-white. The head last forever as before and gives good lacing.

S: Pretty much exactly the same as the lighter version, albeit a little bit stronger and darker (no kidding!). Lots of nice banana that seems to be a little sweeter, other dark fruits, floral yeast, banana, malty bread, and esters.

T: Just as it smells. Everything is well balanced but definitely a bit more robust than the normal Hefeweissbier. I prefer this.

M: This is just a little bit more full bodied than the normal version, which is kind of hard to believe. However, it's something I don't mind one bit. If you want a thin beer, drink club soda.

D: Again it's a little bit heavier than the normal one so it's a bit harder to drink a lot of, but despite that, this is my favorite wheat beer.

Although this was an old bottle, it really held up great. This is easily my favorite wheat beer. I can't wait to find a fresh bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 21:07:17 | More by Satchboogie
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (Poured into a weizen glass at 48F.) This Dunkelweizen poured a murky amber color which reminded me of the the raw honey I bought at the farmer's market. Light gets through, but not easily. A robust off-white three-finger head is alive while the fairly large bubbles burst with sound like they're calling out for consumption.

Aroma: What can I say? Banana, banana, banana. Oh, and warm spiced apple cider, sweet brown sugary malts, and caramely. Makes my mouth water.

Flavor: Almost as good as it smells. The banana hangs in there for the duration and the spiced apple cider is in there as well. Once I let it breath and warm up a bit, some sour apple makes the show as well. This is much sweeter than I anticipated. Delightful.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a slight fluffiness of sorts. Carbonation is just about perfect. As the beer warms, some prickliness makes an appearance. The finish is a bit dry.

Drinkability: I wish I had another.

The $2.40 I paid for this 1 pt+ bottle is money well spent. Next time, I'm buying all of them from the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 23:41:56 | More by DelMontiac
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown, cloudy, pour with a huge 3 finger off-white head. Very nice retention and lacing.

S: Smells very inviting. Clove, bananas and some caramel. Some roasted malts coming through.

T: Taste is earthy up front. Brown-sugar and maltiness starts it off. Banana comes out next, with a nice dry finish. Not 100% what I expected, but very good nonetheless.

MF: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied and full of good carbonation.

D: Very high. Low ABV and wonderful taste make me wish I had more than one.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:09:41 | More by russwbeck
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VaTechHopHead


4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Unfiltered muddy brown with a huge 2-finger slight off-white head.

S - Bananas, cloves, light roasted malt, and plenty 'o sweetness.

T - Lights of yeast esters (banana, plum, brown sugar) with a great malt backbone. This is a solid dunkel and I would use it as a baseline to compare all other great beers in this category.

M/D - Thinner body than I was expecting but great carbonation for the style. Nice flavor profile and yeast flavors makes it real easy to drink, and searching for other flavors. Finishes with a nice malty sugar sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 04:18:01 | More by VaTechHopHead
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,212 ratings.