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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,336
Reviews: 993
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 174
Gots: 112 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

A murky brown body with lots of carbonation for classic Hefeweizen look. Head is not as tight kind of small and doesn't stick around much. Color body is dark yellow and moves to brown amber to the top.

A nice hot clove smell on the nose, nutmeg spice as well, toasted brown spiced goodness. That's about it kind of nice.

Taste brings the spice. Nicely clove and nutmeg spiced, kind of spicy hot in a way. A little bit fizzy feeling though for mouthfeel, small banana taste as well with a bit more brown spice, even some brown sugar sweetness. Brown seems to be the theme here and the taste seems to reflect it.

Overall, alright I could have this beer in a pinch. It's probably not a fav style of mine, but if there was nothing else left I'd take it.

smakawhat, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Tundruth
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Tundruth, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

A: pours cloudy brown with a lasting frothy tan to light brown head. Head does leave some lacing on the glass.
S: a darker malty banana, yeast, not much clove but a little bubble gum
T: smooth flavors, a very light nuttiness to add along with the yeast is rather nice. Some banana and just a touch of clove. There is just a touch of hop grassiness in the aftertaste
M: very smooth, almost creamy. Carbonation seems light but is enough to maintain the head very well
Overall its a good example of a dunkel weissen. Smooth flavors, nothing too odd.

rootbeerman, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Currently the #1 rated Dunkelweizen on BA. I've had it many times before, but my tastes have changed now and have a renewed love for this style.

A: Looks like a big vat of dark, toasted wheat. Dark brown, with carmel-like translucence. Massive foamy white head. TIP: Don't be a bonehead and pour this one too hard. I forgot the style of the beer I was pouring... doah!

S: Banana upfront, with a strong, wheaty presence. Nothing too strong.... just right down the middle.

T: Despite the formidable dark color, the ultra-soft taste is simple sublime! I mean, really... I couldn't imagine a better balanced brew. The thing I liked about it most is that there was no particular ingredient that stuck out or created a lingering aftertaste to shake off. Crisp, wheaty, malty, and delicious!

M: Bubbly and not in the least bit robust. The malt, wheat, and spices basically cut any potential cloying overly sweet elements down to size.

O: I see this brew sitting in the holster of a pool float, with me on it in my future...

Chaney, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Drank from my Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy brown mahogany colour with a two fingered head that stays around.

S - Classic banana and sweet clove aromas, and a touch of malt.

T - Malty sweet banana's up front and maybe a little roast too.

M - Medium body and carbonation that makes for a smooth drop.

O - Very sessionable beer with heaps on offer

eric5bellies, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Slightly cloudy, golden brown beer with a huge frothy, tan head; lacing is good

S: Typical weiss beer aromas: coriander, banana, grains; also a subtle honey and tea leaf quality; some grainy malty underneath the yeastiness; a bit subdued in all, but at the end there is a touch of sour mash aromas that are interesting

T: Banana, cloves, lemon up front but a pleasant roasted (a tad burnt) malt undertone; this is a grainy and somewhat simple yet delicious beer

F: Seemingly thin and watery but the beer does sit nicely on the tongue long after it is down the throat

D: Such a refreshing beer; I could drink this all day--especially on a hot summer's day; another stellar beer from the world's oldest brewery

dbossman, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Served on-tap in a slender branded weizen glass at Hotel California in Berlin, Germany.

A: Soft leather brown with frothy 1/2-to-1 finger off-white head with good retention and solid lacing mostly at the top of the glass.

S: Banana and bread crust are the most prominent aromas with some herbal hoppiness and caramel notes too.

T: Very bready and slightly yeasty with the classic banana bread flavor with plenty of crusty qualities. Very little other esters aside from banana/

M: Very creamy and smooth with low carbonation.

O: A classic rendition of the style with all of the nutty, banana bread notes and smooth, easy-to-drink feel.

argock, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a shaker: Musty, murky amber body under dense, creamy head that dips & sweeps. Attractive beer. Head drops to a finger & retains well, leaves sheets of lacing within an inch of the head.

Sweet smell of banana bread or pudding, some grapey soda character not too far from Belgian territory. Even some very subtle toasty notes show up.

Sweet, bready malt, banana esters, some more grapey sweetness. Smell translates very well, with some honey, even. Nicely lasting finish. Good good good!

Medium-bodied, creamy & smooth with a mild, flinty crispness at the finish.

Man, Weihenstephaner nails wheats. Flavorful without being too strong, well balanced, very drinkable. I'd go for it again without question.

OneDropSoup, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

A- 4 This dunkelweizen pours a very thick and fluffy off-white head over a hazy caramel colored body. It is bubbly and there is moderately sticky lacing. Not as dark as I envisioned it would be as it has the slightest transparency. The head remains about 1/2 finger throughout.

S- 4 I get a blend of sweet banana and clove. It is reminiscent of banana bread, actually. Very pleasant aroma that isn't all that strong, at least not as strong as I'd expected.

T- 4.5 More banana with just the right level of sweetness followed by a spiciness and then slightly wheaty finish. Very well-balanced taste.

M- 4.5 This is medium in body and it is silky smooth. Active level of carbonation with a clean finish.

D- 4.5 Given the right time and place, I could drink this all night long. It has a great balance of tasty flavors and goes down easily. It really isn't heavy, either. Granted I wasn't as blown away by this as I was by the brewery's regular hefeweizen, but that's probably because the bar had been set so high! I'll definitely buy again and recommend.

KYBrewgrass, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Jinholic
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Jinholic, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of CanonJohn
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from bottle into flared pilsner.

A: Poured a dark murky amber brown with a huge creamy 3-4 finger head. Good Lacing throughout.

S: Dark fruits and wheat. Some banana and malts.

T: The start is all sugary malts followed by light hoppy bitter and bready yeast. The end is sweet and lingers nicely. There is a nice banana bread throughout.

M: Nice medium/heavy body. Coats the mouth well with an almost syrupy feel. Good carbonation to balance it out.

D: Very drinkable in smaller quantities. I could kill 2 pints, but 3 would be pushing it.

Notes: very good beer. If you can get it then please don't hesitate!

CanonJohn, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Dark hazy copper colored body with thick and froathy looking off-white head.

Clove spice has a strong aroma up front with a bit of the fruity banana like typical of the Weihenstephaner yeast with a bit more of the bready wheat aroma than the hefe.

Taste is not as yeasty upfront. Malty and bready initially mixed in with some sweeter caramel notes. Unlike the aroma, it takes a while for the yeast flavor to show up. Finishes with a nice clove spice flavor but not as fruity as expected.

Crisp and refreshing with a lively carbonation.

Highly drinkable and plenty refreshing. Overall, one of the best dunkleweizens available.

Kinsman, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of boss302
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

A Brown, cloudy, think head, but not as big a head as the regular hefe.

S Smells a little like cola. Estery, yeast aroma, malt, no hops.

T Some roast, but faint. Gone is the banana/clove flavor of the hefe, replaced with a light to faint chocolate.

M Med-high body, carbonation seems high, but the head didn't last.

D Good beer, good dunkel weiss, worthy of another round.

boss302, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of SacredBeverage
5/5  rDev +17.6%

I'm not going to go super in depth on this one, but just to say wow, it is just as good if not better than the original Hefeweiss
bier. This is my favorite so far from Weihenstephaner and in my top 3 Beers overall. I have only tried 3 of they're beers so far, [Hefe-Weizen, Hefe-Weizen Dunkel, and they're Original Premium.] This Beer is simply amazing, it renders me speechless. If you are a true Hefe-Weizen fan, you CANNOT go through life without trying this. Awesome Beer.

SacredBeverage, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of keeper006
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

My favorite dark wheat by a nose over Franziskaner. The finish here is better with none of the characteristic metallic aftertaste of some other smooth dunkels.

As the other Weihenstephaner styles are also exceptionally tasty (kristal and wheat), I recommend having one of each if you're having this for the 1st time. Having more than 3 of the dunkels starts to put you into that morphine-like stupor though, so I would recommend switching to another style at that point as far as drinkability goes.

keeper006, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%

500ml bottle, BBD: 29/11/2011.

This beer pours a dark, murky, over-saturated iced-tea brown colour, with a tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few broad swaths of streaky lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet roasted wheat grain, spice cake, mild banana chips, earthy clove, and perky, almost acrid yeast. The taste is even more sweet, the toasted graininess taking a backseat to the banana bread and mild baba cake spiciness, with the bittering duad of clove and yeast damned near falling off the edge of the earth, or something.

The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zingy in its high-palate frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, perhaps a bit airy, but smooth overall. It finishes clean, drier than heretofore experienced, with some reinvigorated spice and yeast tackling all that lingering fruit and dark malt.

A nicely balanced dark wheat beer, in the end - there's something to be said for Old World subtlety, when it deems to come along. However, that banana/yeast thing does grow a bit stale sooner, rather than later, so I can't really imagine having more than one serving of this at a time.

biboergosum, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Pours a murky brown swamp water with a nice hazy character, two fingers of fine bubbly beige head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - The spices dominate with cloves and nutmeg off the top, sweet fruity bananas and a musty red wine on the finish.

T - Surprisingly light with the spices again dominating followed by the banana flavours. The flavours are a bit more complex on the finish with some darker cocoa malts lingering alongside a bready wheat.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - Overall a very tasty dunkelweizen and a top notch sample of the style. The flavours are complex but not overwhelming, making it easily sessionable. Would be quite refreshing on a hot summer day and I will certainly be picking this one up again!

andrenaline, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

16.9oz bottle poured into weizen/pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber-brown color, with three fingers of mountainous, foamy head. Good retention and lacing- a great looking beer, would expect nothing less from Weihenstephan.

S: Banana, clove, and bubblegum all come through strongly here. Even if I'm not picking much else up, this is a very good aroma.

T: Sweet, with lots of banana coming through once again. Some yeasty flavors add complexity, and a thick wheaty backbone provides balance.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate+ carbonation; not quite as smooth as I remember the original hefe to be, but still moderately so.

O: An easy drinker to be sure, even if I'm not enjoying this one quite as much as I thought I would after the hefeweizen. Still, a good beer and worth a try- maybe it will be even more to your taste than the ordinary one.

AwYeh, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of BDTyre
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Nice dark wheat beer. Cloudy, brown-orange colour with a very thick head. Citrus, cloves and hins of banana and bubble gum in the head. Light hops, cloves and oranges dominate the taste. Rich, caramel malt taste follows. Faint bubblegum and banana.

A slight bit heavy on the carbonation, but a nice wheat beer and drinkable if a bit heavy.

BDTyre, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Dawkfan
4.25/5  rDev 0%

A- Big 3" slight off white head into my weizen glass. Mountainous looking foam as this one descends. Murky apricot brown body, plentitude of visible carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing not so much, but it did improve as I drank.

S- This is very similar to the Hefe in that the clove, yeast and bready malt aromas are abundant in the nose. I'm not getting as much banana in this as I did in the Hefe, it's more of a fruity aroma. I was expecting a darker roastiness to this, but it's not here. Fantastic nontheless.

T- More dunkel characteristics in the taste, roasted malts & cocoa join the party. Really distinctive yeast strain from this brewer. Just a touch of spice and bubblegum in the finish that remains on the palate which I'm enjoying.

M- Everything feels great, creamy & smooth with every chug.

D- I wish I could try everything these guys had to offer, just a fantastic Dunkelweizen.

Dawkfan, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Weihenstephaner again? Yeah there was a deal going at one of my locals, nonetheless I'm looking forward to a good Dunkel, as they say.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: The Dunkel looks Dunkel, cloudy and brown.. it's a Dunkel alright. The head fizzed a little at 2cm before it subsided to a thin lacing.

S: Like the Hefewiessebier (banana, cloves, hint of bubblegum) but with a slight caramel overtone... also delicious but I wouldn't make a cologne out of it (take note Calvin Klein).

T: More of the same; Banana, toasty biscuit malts and a clove spicy back note. The malts are more prominent (and toasty) in this than the straight Hefeweissbier but in a blind taste test this would be most negligible. It's really a case of pick your poison between the two and I've got to say the Hefeweissbier edges it for me... to each their own.

M: Yet again 'creamy' springs to mind quickly. Precision German brewing has created a mouthfeel identical to the Hefeweissbier.

D: Yep - on par with the Hefeweissbier, upon which I heaped much praise. To me it is merely a style choice in which case I prefer the Hefe, it's got the almost the same aroma, flavour and mouthfeel but I think the banana comes through just a little bit more with the Hefe and this to me makes it the winner.

Food match: Same as the Hefeweissbier... nuff said.

doktorhops, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance - Poured a very turbid brown with a huge, thick head that lingers.

Smell - Smells very strongly of banana and clove typical of any decent weissbier. The only difference is the smell is somewhat stronger than its lighter counterpart.

Taste - Decent body somewhere in the middle. The first taste is upfront banana and sweet clove, yet is well balanced by the darker roasted malt. True to style, the taste is very complex. Hints of alcohol mix with the sweeter tones very well. The complexity leads to different flavors with each drink. I taste bread, yeast, banana, and slight clove.

Mouthfeel - The aftertaste is a bit different. The alcohol wisps make the aftertaste a bit more harsh, yet somehow its not a bad thing.

Drinkability - The different aftertaste combined with the complex flavor make this a drinkable beer, yet I would switch to another beer before the night is over.

The complex flavors make this an excellent dinner beer, and paired with the perfect course, I'd say this is a good beer. I wouldn't stick with it all night.

VncentLIFE, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

The head on this is like light beige whipped cream. The retention is quite insane. The beer is a dull hazy light brown color. Nice amount of lacing.

Creamy banana, light spice.

Flavor is a bit lighter than I imagined. Very bread like, some banana, cream, a touch of yeast. A sense of vanilla. Light clove and spice as well. I'd like to try this with the standard Hefe using a blind fold. I get a more assertive malt flavor here, but I wonder if that' because I expect it.

Rather smooth and creamy with medium body.

A pleasure to drink.

Reagan1984, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.08/5  rDev -4%

500 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: It pours a clouded, deep amber color with a foamy and frothy three finger head that, true to the style and drinking vessel, holds and laces very well.

S: Heavy yeasty spice, cloves, caramel, grass, and bubble gum.

T: Caramelized malts, cloves, cinammon, bubble gum, a little cocoa, and a dry bread finish.

M: It has a medium-light body with lots of carbonation and a soft frothiness on the palate.

D: The bready bitterness and clove spice hold this back a little but it is still terrific.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%

From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a light cloudy caramel hue, tall creamy off-white head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Toasty chocolate, a hint of caramel and some banana esters on the nose.

Mild toasty caramel malt, along with some bolder banana esters in the middle, while some spice comes out in the finish. Some nutty characteristics within the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, slippery texture, mild yet brisk carbonation.

Comes across a bit mild and watery to me, perhaps it's bolder on its local turf, but this imported bottle version leaves me wanting.

IronDjinn, Mar 13, 2011
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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