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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,508
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 212
Gots: 187 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of tykees88
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark overripened banana brown. Great rocky frothy head. Fantastic lacing.

S- Smells a little like banana bread, clove and hops.

T- Little bit of a letdown. Not much of a malty backbone. It's just a big wheat beer flavor, followed by a bready banana. I just don't think it goes well with this beer. The flavors are a little off putting.

M- It's a little lighter bodied than one would think. Not so chewy. I like that, gimme the flavor of franziskaner and the body of this and lookout.

O-It's just good. I think I am underwhelmed slightly just because I expect alot better from them.

Photo of rab53
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy semi-transparent brown. Big frothy white head. Sampled directly after the Hefeweissbier. Both have big clove, banana and bubble gum aromas, though this one is a little more subdued. Light on carbonation, making subsequent sips oh so easy. I generally don't care for wheat beers, but I may have to revisit this one.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy honey brown. A mounded 2 finger off-white head that sinks very slow creating a thick ceiling and impressive lacing.

S - Yeasty banana bread, very doughy. Lots of wheat with notes of clove and bubblegum.

T - Follows the nose with moist banana bread, sweet with clove and a thick wheat backbone. Hints of caramel, berries, and slight nuttiness in the middle. Finishes with a bit more grain in the malt

M - Silky smooth and creamy. Tight but low carbonation with a light to medium body.

The mouthfeel is perfect! Very elegant flavors and seems to have great balance with the flavors. The wheat still shines and the esters seem perfectly placed. This beer will leave you wanting more.

Photo of tony223366
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 25, 2011.

A: Very hazy and dark rusty brown. Light at the thin parts of the glass. Gorgeous head. Weihenstephaner always kills it with the head! Another beer another fantastic head.

S: Familiar banana and cloves but with an added fruity and nutty smell as well.

T: Awesome flavor. Not as strong on the cloves and bananas as the regular hefeweizen, which I don't mind. Really nice fruity and nutty backbone. Finishes slightly bitter and very clean. I wish I was drinking one right now.

M: Nice medium body or so with good carbonation.

O: This was a really great beer! Weihenstephaner brews probably my favorite classic German beers. Will probably buy again soon.

Photo of PolarBear3
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy brown colour with an impressive off white creamy two+ finger head.

S - Banana and some caramel aromas with the sweet malts and a hint of vanilla

T - Wheaty flavour with banana and sweet malts shining through along with caramel and dark fruits.

M - Very smooth and creamy with right amount of carbonation

O - A very enjoyable drinking beer that can be consumed at any time of the day. Highly recommended.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is full of wheat, toffee and cloves with quite a bit of banana mixed in. A very nice aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and brown sugar notes, as well as some wheat and banana. All of the notes meld together perfectly as I have come to expect from Weihenstephaner wheat beers.

Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

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

Picked up at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours like a muddy wheat copper with a very nice, super fizzy almost three finger head that quickly slumps to a thick creamy white blanket.

S - Yeah, definately german. Really nice wheat aromas here followed by some light sweet malts. There is an amazing banana aroma with light clove. Mostly a sweet banana, definately like banana bread.

T - The more I drink this the more I enjoy the flavor. Theres that slightly murky what and sweet malts. Nice yeasts too. The star though is the bananas.

M - Smooth, nice carbonation. Keeps things good and refreshing. Better on the cooler side though.

O - Rather surprised by this beer and the lovely qualities. As it warms it becomes a bit too cloy though; the banana and clove becoming too much. Cooler though, closer to 40-45 its incredibly enjoyable. Definately would buy again.

Photo of jjanega08
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating but there is a 0450 on the bottom of the back label.

A= The pour is a hazy brown color with a nice thick off white head on it that holds nice lacing and good sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks like one sexy dunkel.

S= The smell isn't quite what I was hoping from it. It's a little muted. There's a little bannana to it but not much and there is a little caramel to it as well but not much.

T= The taste is much more what I expected. Smooth bananas in it as well as some nice wheat flavor. Just all around delicious. I don't even feel like searching out every little element of this it is so good.

M= Smooth and creamy. Perfection.

O= One tasty treat. Weihenstepan makes world class beers and this is no exception. Worth drinking all the time if you can find it. I wish these guys would make sixers or even twelve packs for me to always have on hand.

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

The appearance of the beer is very nice. It has a dark golden color that is very cloudy. The head pours extremely huge and then fades to a nice half inch and stays.

The smell is has a lot of sweetness and a lot of fruitiness.

The taste is amazing. It has some bubble gum flavors, some malt and a little bit of caramel.

The beer is very smooth has a small amount of crispness.

Overall this is delicious. One of the best German beers I have ever had.

Photo of dansmcd
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddy caramel like colour, blanketed by a huge layer of thick soapy eggshell head. Sticky webs of lace coat the glass. Beautiful.

S - Wheat, sweet banana and honey, caramel malt with some spicy clove and cinnamon.

T - Full flavoured wheaty beer. Ripe banana, honey, clove, cinnamon, some mild hoppiness.

M - Great carbonation. Creamy full mouthful.

O - I love this beer, and this brewery. At its freshest, this stuff (along with its incredible hefe brother) is just german beer at its best. Simple, full flavoured, unpretentious, magnificant session beer.

Photo of DKight
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just went out and got this beer, from 21st Amendment on 56 and Illinois, for a late night snack. Poured out of the 500mL bottle this beer has quiet the head on it. A lot lacing follows the slow settling head.

A- Golden/ Bronze coloring, very cloudy

S- Crisp, sweet, slight roasted wheat.

T- Wheaty with a hint of malts. Very smooth, not to heavy, not to light.

MF- very light in the mouth. A very pleasant and drinkable beer.

Photo of karait95
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice brown cloudy color, medium body with permanent carbonation forming a big head of a light brown color that dissipates very slowly leaving a permanent layer on top of the beer.

Also lot of traces on the glass.

S: at first a fruity smell is sensed with a strong back of wheat, toasted.

T: full wheat flavor, some toasted malts can be feel and of course some fruits.

M: excellent balance between bitterness and sweetness starts easy and little sweet turns slowly to little bitter for a long ending full of flavor.

Photo of Yagman3000
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from s bottle into a Duvel goblet.

Pours a hazy orange brown with a generous inch of foam fluffing about.

Smells a bit of cloves and sweet bready malts.

Tastes of cloves but doesn't have the classic banana tones of a typical Hefe.

Mouthfeel is uneventful. There's a little bit of creaminess at the beginning from the head.

A straight 4 if I ever saw one. Nothing too special.

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

Tasted On: 09-18-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Pours with a mammoth head of 5+ fingers in my weizen glass. The color ranges from a light to dark copper in different parts of the glass (different diameters). The first pour is clear and shows quite a bit of bubbles; a later pour is more cloudy but still relatively clear. The tan head is creamy and lends to great lacing and has a good retention.

Aroma is strong and has the characteristic fruity esters (bananas) and phenols (clove), along with bready malts and wheat grain, vanilla, and sweet dark fruits.

Taste is a malty delight - rich, dark breads and caramel sweetness are front and center, with fruity and banana elements, plus spices such as cinnamon and allspice. Bitterness is low.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a high level of carbonation on a medium body. Finish is malty sweet and fruity, but not too sweet - its just right.

Overall a excellent, world class beer and highly recommended!

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

I poured from a 500ml? bottle into a weizen glass. Deep caramel pour, big foamy head, no lacing. Big notes of bubblegum. cloves, and bannana. It taste like it smells, lingering bubble gum finish. The beer is light in body, high carbonation, very easy drinking. This one is a classic, great example of the style.

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

So fresh off of a regular Weihenstephaner, this one pours a darker brownish opaque. More lacing on this one. Very clovey and banana bread smells. Taste is good, very fresh, but more toasty than the regular Hefeweisse. Unreal banana bread flavors coming through. Mouthfeel is medium. Great beer. I'd be pushed to say amazing.

Photo of SteveS1
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: Pours cloudy amber with a large foamy head, slightly tan.

Smell: Strong spicy scent, overwhelming clove, sweet malts, and a musty woodiness (likely yeast)

Taste: Sweet malts on the tongue melds into dry spicy clove on the palate. Spices and musty yeast dominate the back end, and it finishes with a bit of malty sweetness.

Feel: Light body and well carbonated.

Drink: Outstanding and session-worthy. The lightness of the body makes this an easy drinker, while the different spices invite you to take sip after sip.

Photo of RickS95
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive medium brown. The sharp contrast between the brown beer and the bright white head is impressive. Said head is relatively thick with good retention.

Smells fabulous with all the spices. Serious malt character, loads of cloves and ripe banana make this a must have. Truly the epitome of the style.

Again, serious malt in this thing. The cloves are ever present and the banana greets you in the swallow.

It's mostly sweet with lots of spicy undertones until the finish, where a slight sourness creeps in. It's very easy to drink.

There's a lot going on with this beer so it may not appeal to everyone. But it's a good representation of the type. They've been making beer for a billion years, so it's not surprising it's good.

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

First had: 750ml bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured a murky brownish-amber with a fluffy eggshell head that receded quite a bit but rejuvenated every time I poured more from the bottle. Aroma of sweet malts, banana esters, clove, and yeast. Taste of caramel, toasted pumpernickel, banana and cloves, spicy yeast, and a hint of honeydew. Medium-bodied, generously carbonated, and quite drinkable.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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