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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,432 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,432
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 185
Gots: 138 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Daredevil
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy light brown with a large head of light tan foam

nose: aromas of banana and spice with a bit of caramel and pineapple

palate: fullbodied, quite austere and dry for a Weissbier, soft, creamy, malty, flavors of banana, with some clove notes and a faint yeastiness in the finish. flavor lingers nicely and builds in spiciness at it warms

pairing: cabbage based hearty meals, cream cheese

Daredevil, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer with a nice brown color. Plenty of big foamy head here too, dense and leaving plenty of lacing.

Aroma is rich and malty with your prototypical banananana and clove esssence. The banana and clove aroma is very light.

Taste is all malt. Some banana and clove come through but not much.
I get more of a candied malt taste.

Mouthfeel feels thinner then one might expect.
Smooth and easy clean no aftertaste.

My overall feeling is that its good but lean and watery, just a tad though. I like the candied malt, it was dandy.

micromaniac129, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Banana bread brown with a soft thick off-white head. Lacing from the very top. Cloudy like it should be.
S- Just a soft hint of banana.
T- It took my third one of these over three night for one to taste like I though it should. I might not have gotten the yeast out enough on the first two, but his one is a wonderful ripe banana taste with just a bit of the clove in the finish.
MO- Smooth and creamy. Every wheat beer from these guys are very good, maybe even standard setting.

confer, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at RFD in DC.

Pours a dark copper to amber with lots of wheat haze and great lacing. Has a small ring of head that sticks around. The smell has a very nice clove and banana like the regular hefe, with other more Belgian spicy malt and yeast notes, bready and darker ripe fruit all of which translates to the taste. The taste has the elements of the smell but it seems muted in a way. It's great banana, ripe dark fruits, clove but it seems more watery to me. Nice carbonation accents the spice. Overall it's quite nice, but the regular hefe is just so divine it might almost be effecting my review. Definitely worth a try.

Dreadnaught33, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of olimpia84
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 16oz bottle into a Weizen glass. As with all the Weihenstephaner products, the bottle has a very nice presentation.

A: dark brown/amber color with a big creamy and foamy coffee colored head. Very good retention.

S: Hints of spices and banana, lots of yeast

T: Bready taste, with hints of banana and dark fruits. It has a somewhat dry finish with some degree of bitterness.

M: medium body with some carbonation

O: a very good beer, very representative of its style. Highly recommended.

olimpia84, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of bierguru
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) hazy brown with at least two inches of head with great retention and patchy lacing.

S) Banana right up front Sweet malt, bit of spice.

T) Malt and wheat. banana and clove you also get some mild hops on the backend and little hints of chocolate here and there very fant

M) Medium body, with a well balanced carbonation.

O) very good beer all the way around n

bierguru, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes on 8/15/11

Poured out of a 500 ml bottle into a weissbier flute

A) A fairly deep brown with a slight haze. A solid two inches of head with decent retention and patchy lacing.

S) Sweet malt, light fruit, mainly banana, bit of spice.

T) Malt and wheat. There's some spice. It reminds me of my Mom's banana bread with walnuts. This is tasty stuff, really nice finish.

M) Medium body, well balanced with the carbonation. This was tough to judge at first, because I was really enjoying just drinking this brew.

O) This is a fantastic beer. I purchased it thinking it would be a good summertime selection. I could drink this beer anytime. I wish I bought more than just the one bottle. I'll be back for more.

RoamingGnome, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

OhYesILoveBeer, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into an Ayinger-branded hefeweizen glass. A perfect pour leads to a three-finger ivory-colored foam head sitting atop a cloudy amber brew that is the color of caramel. This beer is just a thing of beauty.

Mild banana, toffee malt, hazelnut, and grassy straw combine for a sweet, lightly fruity aroma.

Mmmmm, toffee malt, banana, nuts and nutmeg are all present. While it has a drier finish, there is simply no bitterness in this brew. The banana taste opens up as it warms; it is simply key not to serve this beer too cold.

Medium-bodied, with soft, almost soapy feel and a dry finish.

Soft and sweet, it is a very easy drinking beer. Not quite as good as their standard hefeweizen, this dunkel is still an outstanding beer. It would be phenomenal to be in Munich having a glass or two of this beer. If you see this brewery in your store, grab it!

TheHoppiest, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of alexolit
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this beer at Number One Liquor in Redondo Beach, CA.

The beer poured with a two-finger head and a cloudy, honey-brown complexion. The head retention was good seeing as the head lasted throughout. The aroma was pleasing, presenting with a light spiciness, fruity esters, a bread-like heartiness, and no noticeable hop presence. The taste bore a strong malt sweetness, light spiciness on the tongue, and cloves. The mouthfeel is pleasing with a light coating left on the tongue. Overall, this is a good beer, hearty and satisfying.

alexolit, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes...
A - Swamp water brown, very tall creamy head retained very well
S - Fresh banana,buttery bead, mild spices and yeast
T - Less banana and more wheat and spice than the nose, a mineral note with light blood-like flavour to round out the dunkel side of things
M - Refreshing carbonation, light and mildly spicy finish
O - an interesting meld of two German styles results if a very drinkable tasty brew, I'd like to see this style more often

joemcgrath27, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a ton of off white head. As the head fades, it leaves a nice layer on top of the pour. Good retention.

Smell: A mild sweetness, some caramel and molasses. Hints of banana and spices. There is an odd smell that reminds me of tomatoes.

Taste: Just okay for me. Definitely picking up some malt along with some clove and mild banana. Perhaps some molasses as well. The finish seems a bit watery to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I expected to enjoy this one more than I did. I'm going to have another to make sure I got an alright bottle. Not bad, just not amazing either.

oline73, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into tulip glass

A - Massive head, with an only slightly aggressive pour. Pour gently! The head is gorgeous and is retained for an eternity. The color is an unfiltered medium nutty brown. Average lacing.

S - Spicy yeast aromas including cloves, but backed by a nutty breadiness, rather than a banana/lemon sweetness like in its lighter brother. A bit of banana does seem to present itself though.

T - Wonderful! Refreshingly light, crisp as fresh lettuce and unyielding in flavor. A bit less spicy and a bit more mellow than its brother, it also brings a nutty bread flavor to it, almost like a bit of banana-walnut bread, but with complexity of clove and yeast spiciness.

M - Light and refreshing. Sharp at first, then it rounds out. Feels nice, but there is a strangeness about the dry finish.

O - Overall this can't be missed. I like it just as much as it's brother, which is one of my favorites. This beer is essential. A great beer for a hot OR cold day, as the robustness it brings makes it a nice winter beer, while the refreshing crispness invites summer connections. A perfect year-round beer, and ideal for any occasion.

greenmonstah, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of VtBeerRun
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle

A - Dark Brown with a haze. Has a nice head when poured

S - Nice flower, clover, and cinnamon smell. A very inviting smell.

T - Oustanding taste. Can taste the clove and cinnamon. Very nice and not overwhelming

M - Nce full rounded beer. Leaves a good after taste

O - A perfect representation of this type of beer. I would highly recommend this beer.

VtBeerRun, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of seabass87
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from One Pint, 0.9 FL OZ bottle into glass.

A- Deep, glowing amber. Pour reveals 3 fingers of creamy, delicious looking head that slowly drifts into a thick cap. Leaves brilliant lacing down the sides of the glass. Small amount of carbonation. This is an amazing looking beer.

S- Caramel malts, honey, nuts, molasses, banana bread. Balanced by the hefeweisbier sweetness. A hint of spices.

T- Up front, we have the sweet, malty flavor from the nose combined with light wheat. We are then transitioned to a bit of a lager taste (?) with a slightly bitter bite. The finish is nutty. Although the tastes present aren't terribly complex, this beer has a very unique taste and transition phase.

M- Medium-light bodied, small amount of carbonation, medium dryness. The feel of this beer is unobtrusive, and acts as a simple canvas for the flavors.

O- My first dunkelweizen. I'm a big fan of the popular Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. This variation is quite good, and I would have it again.

seabass87, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark, brown, clouded, has a tan high head leaving good lacing and has some curtains.

Smells of molasses, green boiled peas, nuts and honey.

The beer starts sweet, brown bread, burnt sugar, ripe fruits and hay.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a good body and a nice long dryness.

A nice, complex wheat beer.

rarbring, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of KingHeroical
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly cloudy - dark copper. Lots of thick rocky head which lasted for quite a while.

Smell: some malt but mostly fruity esters (as it should be with a wheat-beer IMHO). Banana really stands out, without being overpowering.

Taste: really delivers on the smell - nicely malty with lots of fruity presence. Again, banana really makes itself known, but not in an intrusive way - sweet without being cloying, and a hint of hops to keep it all in check. There is also a sour tanginess that is really fantastic.

Excellent beer start to finish.

KingHeroical, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have decided to embrace my inner hippie and as such, I will try anything once bottle still go back to CANs eventually.

This was one of my first overpours in a long time, just broaching the lip of the glass. Once it finished playing around, it settled into a finger of light-tan head with mild retention. Color was a very cloudy orangish-brown (or was it a brownish-orange?). Nose was very clove/spice-forward, underlain by banana esters. I am finding that the bubble gum scent fades when overpowered by clove. Yay! Mouthfeel was full, approaching creamy, with lots of spicy clove flavors up front with the banana taking a backseat. Now, here is another beer that I can solidly endorse! Finish continued to be extremely spicy and I could hardly get enough. I must mark this one down for future reference.

woodychandler, Jul 04, 2011
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
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,432 ratings.