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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,339
Reviews: 993
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 172
Gots: 115 | 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.

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

A: Pours an opaque, cloudy mahogany with a dense, fluffy white head of typical Weizen magnitude. Good retention, gradually settling to a cap of foam but leaving scant lacing.

S: Typical clove and banana spiciness joined by cinnamon, mingling with brown and wheat malts to produce an enticing banana bread aroma. Hints of clementines, yeast, and caramel round out the nose.

T: Mostly follows the nose: rich dark Munich and wheat malts are more prominent, but combine with banana and faint clove/brown spice flavours to produce an spicy banana bread taste. Yeast and nutty, slightly roasty malt notes come through towards the finish. Hops are undiscernable at any point, and a hint of ethanol develops as one drinks.

M: Medium-bodied with high, crisp carbonation that cleanly 'cuts' and balances the rich and somewhat sweet flavour. The nut and roasted malt notes in the finish also contribute a lot to the overall clean, dry finish. Superb balance.

D: I've had little experience with Dunkelweizen, but would still venture to say this ranks amongst the best examples of the style. I don't find it sessionable, but it's a rich, delicious beer all the same with a spicy, banana bread character. A real stand-out.

Kartoffeln, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central Market is having a 25% off beer sale today... so I had to go buy a few that I haven't reviewed before. Weihenstephaner makes some good beers (and they're freaking old...), so I figured I should give this a try. Served in a Budweiser signature glass.

I try not to cuss too much in these reviews... but fuck yes, this is what a beer should look like. Huge, pillowy head that just doen't go away. Definitely the best I've seen on a beer and my new standard for what a beer's head can be. The body itself is a nice, hazy, orangey brown. It's not nearly as impressive as the head, but I can't get over how good that was.

The smell is classic Weihenstephaner. I've used the Wyeast version of their yeast before and, well, they do it better. It has the distinct banana-type flavor of that yeast, but also a bready, caramelly undertone. I love the mix of those smells in dunkels. This isn't a perfect smell, but it's darned close.

The taste just isn't there relative to what I want it to be. The initial bursts of flavor similar to the nose aren't there and it comes across as watery. The finish has a decent caramelly lingering ring and it's really quaffable, but the taste I wanted just isn't there. Kind of a disappointment.

UTCengOwl, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Justin23060
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown w/ amber highlights. Head stiff but dissipated and laced only slightly.

S - Clove, yeast and slight malt.

T - Clove dominates, some subtle pepper. Banana comes out as it warms.

M - Light carbonation. A little thinner than I imagined it would be, but not watery.

O - Pretty cool that this is the oldest brewery in the world dating back to 1040. The quality is definitely there. Not too heavy. Wouldn't turn it down.

Justin23060, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of ahq514
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weizen glass. Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy amber color with a thick head that dissipates quickly to a good solid head that stays throughout.

Smells like many hefeweizens do, banana, clove, wheat, but this one has a bit more caramel smell to it. Not an overly strong aroma.

Tastes almost exactly like the smell. Wheaty, slight banana, some clove, a little more caramel malty taste than the regular hefeweizen. There are also some real subtle hints of fruit in the background.

Mouthfeel is on par for a hefeweizen, it is slightly more medium bodied than most hefeweizens. A little bit more carbonated as well, which I'm not sure I was a huge fan of.

Overall, it was a tasty beer. Nice and refreshing, but a little too carbonated for me. Would definitely drink again though.

ahq514, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dark amber body with orange tint. Bright head atop, hanging to the glass.

S - Fruit rind, sweet wheat. Faintly acidic and aromas of chewy grains.

T - Huge chewy mouth of wheat, sweet and grainy, slightly bitter. Earthy bread flavor, with a spice of hops. Faint caramel sweetness and hints of banana and fruit rind/skin.

M - Fresh and crisp, refreshing. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Faint dryness at the finish.

O - A superb wheat beer, not terribly dark but a nice bundle of flavor on the palate. Try this if you love wheat beer..

BeerForMuscle, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light copper hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is bananna,dark fruits and caramel malts,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and feels velevty smooth and the taste is basically the same as on the nose with hints of bananna,caramel,dark plums,chocolate wheat and the finish is dry and very moreish and overall a very tasty drop and how could you can you complain from the worlds oldest brewery cheers.

ADZA, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light brown, quite hazy, with a very large off-white head with great retention. Left behind some rather thick lacing.

S: A good dose of wheat, bananas and a ton of cloves. There was light bready malt and a little bit of floral hops as well.

T: Very bready with a good bit of both banana and cloves, reminds me of banana bread for sure. There is a little bit of darker fruit mixed in, some raisins and a bit of fig.

M: Medium bodied, but a bit on the heavier side. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish.

O: Pretty tasty, like how the dark malt bill adds some complexity, the combination of banana bread and dark fruit was really good.

mdaschaf, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of rundocrun
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a stein. Code on the back is 8270. After some research I found out that the "8" means it was bottled on the 8th or 18th day of the month. "27" means the 27th week of the year and "0" means 2010. So this was bottled 7/8/2010. Hmmm... not too fresh. Wish I found that out before I bought this bottle.

A - Pours a dark, hazy brown with 3+ fingers of off-white head that lingers forever. Small amounts of lacing.

S - Bready with hints of spicy coriander and mint. Malt and caramel plays around in the background.

T - Sweet and caramely up front. Gives way to a crisp tanginess from the wheat and spices. Esters are prevalent too with mild hints of ripe banana and pear. Dry finish with only small hints of hop bitterness.

M - Thin body with good carbonation. Crisp, light and refreshing.

Despite the age of this beer, I can't help but be amazed that it's still so good! I can't wait to see how a fresher bottle tastes!

rundocrun, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Lldeegan
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny copper color in the glass with a fluffy capping of foam.

Gives off aromas of bread, chocolate, toffee, orange zest, spices like cardamom, perhaps saffron. Also some sweet molasses, clove and banana, the latter two a result of the yeast no doubt. This beer has a very enticing and rich nose.

On the tongue it is sweet, and rich, with bready malts upfront. The high carbonation carries lemon citrus notes mid-palate followed by a clove, banana and spiced finish with some esters and hints of bubblegum.

This is a really nice beer good farm both warm and cold weather and large glasses to be quaffed heavily. Some smoked salmon on rye would be a pretty tasty lunch with this one. Pumpkin pie oddly enough comes to mind. I think it is the spices and other fall flavors that will harmonize well. Of course, this is a German beer so don’t forget the sausages!

Lldeegan, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Dunkel. 500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Fluffy one & a half finger, slightly off white head. Lacing isn't great. Deep amber color. Fairly hazy. Big chunks of yeast (or maybe cloves?) at the bottom of the pour.

S: Sweet caramel first. Light cloves behind that. Just a little banana and lemon coming through.

T: Just like the aroma. Sweet caramel malts on the tip of the tongue. Light cloves swirling around the rest of the mouth. Faint banana and lemon finishing it off.

M: Light to medium bodied. Little bit creamy. Not as refreshing or as crisp as the regular Hefe.

O: Being my first Dunkel, I don't have a base to go on except that Weihenstephaner's Hefe is exceptional. This is a very good beer. The caramel malts are a nice deviation from a typical Hefe.

doughanson78, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As the name states, it's basically a dark hefeweizen. Brown sugar or maple syrup brown murkiness. Great tan foam and good lacing.

Smell: Michael Jackson, the late great beer critic, noted that Weihenstephaner Dunkel has a maple syrup aroma. I definitely agree. Hints of banana in the background. Mineral notes as well. Good, but would have liked more.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically a hefeweizen with malty caramel, brown sugar, and maple notes in place of banana, lemon, or orange. A nice crisp hop note in the back, specifically more floral ones. Great creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Michael Jackson was right. This would go well with breakfast.

Overall: The best of the 3 Weihenstephaners I've had.

tjsdomer2, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in its own weizen glass.

A - Big fluffy bubbled aired tan head. Good retention and many lacings formed and left in the glass. Cloudy chestnut color

S - Smells pretty much like a hefeweizen: The combination of banana and cloves and also very bready to the nose. The difference is the sweet caramel and honey in the end. Delicious

T - The taste is much more toffee caramel, caramel malts and roasted malts. Some banana esters and brown bread. Very light bitterness

M - Medium and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Dry taste and light bitterness. Very pleasant and drinkable

O - Delicious as expected from a Weihenstephaner. Refreshing and delicious

eduardolinhalis, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 22/12/2011 on the bottle.

Pours an interesting dark toffee colour, with two finger-widths of thick looking off-white head, which begins to dissipate at a decent pace. Not as dark as I had expected the beer to be, though clearly not a standard hefeweizen.

Smell is not noticeably different than a regular hefeweizen. Wheat, banana, peach, clove and general spiciness. It would be interesting to do a side-by-side on the scent, as I wonder if I would notice a significant difference between them by doing so. As it stands, I don't notice any real difference. Still a very nice smell!

The taste, however, is quite noticeably different. The banana and clove and the like is present, but the taste is dominated by a sweet, honey-like caramel flavour. The rest of the flavours hang underneath somewhat, though are still present. Dunkelweizens are not a style I have much familiarity with, but this seems to be a pretty unique beer, to me. I expected something maltier in the beer, or somewhat roasted, considering the darker hue, but that is not what I got at all. Very nice. Not sure if I prefer it to the regular Weihenstephaner Hefe, but I like it a lot. Nice to have both on hand, depending on the mood. I do think that, given the striking sweetness of this beer, I would not be able to drink as much of it as of the regular hefe.

Mouthfeel is quite good but, just like the hefeweizen, the carbonation is a bit too much for me. I sometimes find these beers to be a little irritating as a result. The body is otherwise great, nicely medium bodied and chewy.

Overall, really nice and quite a surprise. A nice switch-up from the hefeweizen, which I find makes a great beer for the summer.

jrenihan, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle consumed whilst throwing some beanbags.

The beer is chestnut brown and very hazy. The head is off white to light tan colored, standing in at two inches thick, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

The aroma is the same banana, clove, ester, wheat smell you get from the Hefeweizen, but with additional notes, of sweet breads (banana nut bread?)

Slightly sweeter than the hefeweizen. This is a delicious beer, and deserving of its #1 spot on the Top Beers - Dunkelweizen list. Full of flavor, well balanced and easy to drink. Banana, malt, yeast, bread flavors mingle beautifully.

The feel is creamy and smooth, with appropriate carbonation.

Overall, a shining example of the style. Well worth trying.

Huhzubendah, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel is a delicious dunkel with lots of subtle flavour characteristics.

A: Cloudy light brown colour and a big 4 cm head that fades to excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Wheaty tang with hints of lemon surprisingly unroasty. 4.5

T: Wheatiness with some banana esters and lemon notes. There are also with some roasted flavours, especially in the aftertaste. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: Super nice Dunkel. 4.5

vandemonian, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this bottle while at Winking Lizard on 4/08/2011. I really just wanted a plain ol' dunkel, but this was the best i was going to get.

Caramel in color, hazy, very tall whit pillowy head. Excellent lace and retention.

Smells like a hefe alright. I was truly hoping for a larger or bolder malt presence here. Ohh well. Lots of soapy aromas along with sweet and fruity clove and banana.

The flavor is quite clove heavy. not much darker malt here sadly. Honeydew was making an appearance along with very soft wheat notes.

Pillowy carbonation. Smooth and very easy drinking.

Overall: this was a great beer despite my traditional dislike of hefe's.

Spider889, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of xvertirx
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- beautifull brownish color with a thick creamy head

S- Malty smell but nothing really stands out.

T- wow tastes great. It is a balanced malty flavor. Nothing stands out but it just tastes great. no overpowering alcohol. delicious.

M- good smooth carbonation. creamy texture. I like it!

O- Great beer. Bravo! very enjoyable.

xvertirx, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Eigenslam
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Misty brown body with a significant white cream head that retains quite well.

S - Prominent malty smell, a hint of what seems to be apples and bananas.

T - A nice smooth blend of malty flavors when it first hits your tongue, with a nice light hoppy finish. Nothing too significant, but just enough to remind you that its there.

M - Sits well, no taste is too overpowering. Feels creamy, medium weight, carbonation is very light.

O - A very good beer, especially given the price-to-quality ratio. Definitely something I'd like to have in reserve to share with friends.

Eigenslam, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appears a very appealing darker colour of the normal Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, with good head retention.

Fairly malty smell and a balanced malty taste, along with the same fizziness I have come to associate with the Hefeweizen. Very well balanced between the spicy/herbal nature of the Hefeweizen and the malts added, reducing the overall power of the spices, and balancing out the beer overall.

A very good brew overall, one which I would definitely buy again. My favourite Weihenstephaner.

CwrwAmByth, May 27, 2011
Photo of jgagne
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Murky brown with a prominent white creamy head. Retention of the head is perfect. Interesting color but still very attractive

S-A burst of banana. with a hint of citrus

T-a very smooth almost fruity taste. Suprinsgly light and refreshing. Also has a great malty taste. What a wonderful tasting beer.

M-medium body with light to medium carbonation

O- A great beer. I love the amount you receive for the price. This is really how beer should be made.

jgagne, May 22, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a bottle into a large wine glass - nice frothy well retained head of two fingers - after a couple of minutes settled to a 1/4 inch film - nice sticky lacing - cloudy as expected - colour of light coffee or caramel
- got lighter after 10 minutes as it settled

S - orange, banana, spicy - cloves?

T - nice rich wheat flavour up front - a mild orange banana flavour cloves - nearly finished and a hint of unexpected chocolate like dessert at the end of a good meal - little bitterness and well balanced

M - really enjoyed this aspect - good carbonation and consistency - pleasurable to swish in your mouth - substantial but not quite full bodied - quite refreshing as well

O - this is my second german dark wheat in a week and neither has disappointed - this beer is very sessionable and I will be going back for more when I pass by the Preston LCBO again - i could enjoy a few on a hot afternoon at the trailer this summer

Stocean1, May 07, 2011
Photo of budgood1
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the half litre brown bottel a turbid and muddy light brown colour with a huge frothy head that retains itself well leaving plentiful lace. hefty aroma of spicy clove and a combo of banana/lemony goodness. malted wheat combines with touch of dark malts to start out the flavour profile, then plenty of spice comes through reminiscent of cloves, allspice and coriander. bananas and lemon grass...hints of vanilla and cocoa, and a herbal hop kick make this a delicious treat. crisp and clean mouthfeel. medium body. about perfect for this style of beer. damn drinkable for all the right reasons and overall another gem of a hefe from a brewery who has this style down.

now that i have access to these beers, i'm going to have strike a deal to stock up for summer. fantastic stuff!

budgood1, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, murky mud water brown with an off white thick fluffy head that leaves beautiful lace. The smell is wonderful but subdued. Bananas, faint clove, sweet caramel. The front of the taste is caramel and toffee with banana following. The banana and clove are subtle. Its nice and easy to drink. Crisp, and refreshing with a sweet edge.

JayS2629, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very hazy light brown color. See-thru and slightly murky (to style though) with a thick foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of banana and clove with some slight caramel scents and sweetness.

T- The flavor is quite possibly the best part of this beer, as it should be. Strong caramel flavors integrate well with ripe banana, pear, brown sugar, and clove. A tiny presence of alcohol in the finish.

M- Light/medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- A very solid brew that I can see myself purchasing regularly.

projectflam86, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure on the date of this. Poured into an Erdinger Weissbier glass.

A - Pours a deep hazy golden brown with a great big lively head and bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Beautiful beer in this glass.

S - Crisp citrus, roasted malts, spicy yeastyness. Smells great.

T - A bit bland, not quite what I would have expected from the nose. It's all there, just quite subdued. Tastes pretty good, dark roasted malts, a citrusy bite, some yeast. Just not as lively as the nose.

M - Medium body, very smooth and crisp. Pretty nice mouthfeel.

O (D) - I don't particularly like or know this style, but it's a pretty good beer. I would seek it out in Germany, but not in the States.

ColdPoncho, Apr 25, 2011
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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