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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,389
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 182
Gots: 129 | 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 PintOHops
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Cloudy orange/brown with a pillow of off white head, about 3-fingers. Retention was decent, lacing was minimal leaving some blotches here & there.

S - Very spicy, I get lots of clove, cinnamon, banana, orange zests. Behind the upfront spices I get wheat & bready aromas, banana bread comes to mind. Very nice aroma.

T - Soft bready/wheat flavors upfront & throughout, following is some hop bitterness, not strong but balancing. Finishes with intense clove & cinnamon spices, some yeast and more bread.

M - Moderately crisp and very very smooth, lite-medium bodied, very nice feel to me.

D - Extremely drinkable, I could down 3 or more pints of this delicious brew. You got to like the clove/spice flavors to enjoy this beer because it has allot of it, but I would definitely buy this one again, and I'm excited to try this breweries other beers. Very refreshing on a warm day. Cheers!

PintOHops, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy chestnut brown and caramel color. Huge, thick, foamy, sticky, creamy off-white head (enough adjectives? the head really is impressive). Really good retention as well.

S - Lots of clove, overly-ripe banana, and caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Reminds me of a french toast made with banana bread.

T - Similar to the smell. A lot like a banana bread french toast (which is delicious by the way) with a touch of maple syrup. Good amount of banana, as well as toffee, caramel, brown sugar/molasses, and a touch of maple syrup. Good amount of clove, also a good amount of other spice (cinnamon and nutmeg mostly). Malted wheat also present along with the sweet malts, and they make up the backbone.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch sticky.

D - Goes down very well, and the favor is great. Just the right strength, not overpowering on the palate. Makes me want to keep coming back for more.

Notes: Really nice beer. Good mix of classical Hefewizen flavors and sweet dark flavors. I'll mention it for one more time, really reminiscent of a banana bread french toast. A touch sweet but a really enjoyable beer. I'm not sure if it is better than the original Hefewizen, rather it is just a different beer that I would crave at a different time for different reasons.

FreshHawk, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/17/2010 (bottle coded 3179):

Pours a very cloudy dark brown color body, big foamy off-white head, somewhat lasting, decent lacing. Very fruity aroma, lots of banana and fruit like strawberries. Dry somewhat spicy too, maybe clove. Not overpowering. Nice thick mouthfeel, almost like drinking thick syrup. Very thick, some flavor, but not very much. Almost a chemical taste to it, plastic or something. Warming up a bit more, more dark fruit like grape, raisin. Not very complex a flavor, light. Better as it warms.

jujubeast6000, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Let's call it the color of an Arnold Palmer; cloudy brown-yellow sounds quite foul. It has a big white head and lots of spotty lacing.

S – Nutty, wheaty, and banana ester are the mainstay of the olfactory.

T – Very solid. Quite simply, half-way between Hefeweizen and Doppelbock. If Hefeweizen is for summer days, and Doppelbock is for winter days, then this one is for summer nights. Sweet wheat, tempered with the well-roasted treatment; the result is another winner for 'the world's oldest brewery'. Weihenstephaner always blows my mind with their tremendous quality.

M – A tad thin, though it is better than to err on the syrupy side.

D – Anyone who doesn't get their regular fix of Weihenstephaner brews is: A) nuts, B) missing out on great beer, C) getting sheisted (there is no greater value than Weihenstephaner).

ktrillionaire, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Widmer hefe glass. Looks a dark brown, cola color with a huge tan head that stick around and millions of bubbles.

Classic aroma of banana and clove, but has an added maltiness that really takes it to the next level.

Slightly sweet, toasty caramel bounces in and out of the flavor into the finish and fade. Soft with subtle spice character to compliment the malt. Fantastic!

brownbeer, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a good size white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of clove, banana, and some brown sugar.

Tastes of a soft fruit flavor followed by clove and spice with a decent amount of sweetness on the end. Some caramel and brown sugar come through. The fruit is characterized by banana and a little apple.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a Schneider Weisse glass...

A - Beautiful cloudy brown body with a creamy, marshmallow-like beige head. I was able to see the bubbles rising rapidly to the top of the glass. The head retention was okay.

S - Banana, spices (cinnamon and clove), some caramel and/or toffee, a touch of chocolate, and yeast. Smells like a perfect dark wheat beer. You might also be able to pick up some dark fruit notes.

T - The taste is quite complex for a relatively light-bodied beer. Starts out with a sweet bready taste, with a strong banana suggestion, a fair amount of spices, and a touch of dark fruit (prunes and dates). Then comes the yeastiness, with a slight tartness to it. The finish is a little dry and bready, with some lingering banana notes. Everything you'd expect in a dunkel weizen is there.

M - Extremely pleasant! Light-to-medium body. Velvety smooth, with a bready sweetness, and a touch of tartness.

D - Excellent. This beer goes down so smoothly, that you might happen to lose count of how many you have!

This might be the best Dunkelweizen I've tried to date!

NightINgale, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of kenito799
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500cc bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass.

Yellow-brown with a creamy, foamy head that recedes to 1cm. Aroma powerful cloves and a hint of banana. Lovely wheat sharpness carries throughtout, clove-heavy spiciness, and a touch more maltiness than the regular Hefeweizen. Fantastic classic dunkelweizen.

kenito799, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Hefe glass

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel poured a brown color that was murky and produced a generous fluffy, firm and cream off-white head. The aroma was dominated by malty caramel and yeast. The flavor was heavier malted caramel, yeast; light clove spice and very soft bananas in the background. Mouth feel is medium dominated by effervescent carbonation. The mouth feel of the Dunkel is not as smooth as the Hefe.

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel is a delicious Dunkel Weizen. This Dunkel is another stellar brew from the world's oldest brewer.

bushbeer75, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Iconic, reliable, and very pleasing dark wheat brew.

Presentation: 500 ml. bottle. Old fashion label design around the brand text and seal. Front label notes general style and originality, and brags about being the oldest brewery in the world. Lacks freshness or bottling dates. Notes brewing according to the reinheistgebot, and Alc. by Vol. (5.3%) Poured into a tall weisse glass.

A - Brown hazy pour with a tremendous foamy head that climbs above the rim, with great retention and fine lacing throughout the duration.

S - Wheat and yeasty smell, with a soft caramel note over the clove and spices.

T - Spicy wheat taste with a soft range of spices and a caramel hint.

M - Medium-light body with similar carbonation and a thickness.

D - Very high drinkability. Inviting dark complexities with a moderate alcohol and easy body.

Notes: A very nice dark wheat brew, that is one of the best from the typical German offerings for this style.

Daniellobo, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: huge head, cloudy, brownish-orange in color, high carbonation

Smell: banana, cloves, and yeast

Taste: banana, cloves, and some caramel malt

Mouthfeel: clean, medium body, semi-sweet, with high carbonation

Drinkability: Very good for the style. Love the mix of caramel and wheat. Not the most complex beer I have had, but a really good one. I could have several of these.

tigg924, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dated: Best before 27/07/2010
From LCBO, 500ml

G: Chalice

A: Hazy brown body, thick three fingers of froathy white head. Decent retention, and leaves great lacing.

S: Banana, figs, yeast, some caramel. Smells good and funky for a dunkel.

T: Funky yeast, cloves with a mix of banana and figs. Tastes pretty good. Nothing negative here

M: Medium-light bodied and medium-low carbonation. The mixture creates for something froathy and smooth. Feels great and leaves a banana/fig after taste.

D: Easy to drink, but I'm not a fan of the style. None the less, it's a good price for what it delivers. One to try out for sure.

Long813, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of tzieser
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan glass. pours a hazy brownish color, with a nice three finger head that slowly settles. a tad darker than expected, but it still looks outstanding.

s: great weizen aroma. cloves, banana-- all are there. slight undertones of...bubblegum? a bit more of a malty body to it, compared to their normal hefeweizen. really good.

t: cloves and banana are at the forefront. not much citrus, but some is definitely there. i can also still pickup that bubblegum flavor. really delicious.

m&d: great mouthfeel and drinkability. a great session beer, especially on a nice fall day.

great stuff. definitely worth trying.

tzieser, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of jovy1097
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16 oz bottle into nonic pint.

Appearance: Cloudy, brown, apple cider color. Three finger head that quickly settled down to a filmy finish.

Smell: The fruity, yeasty smell of weissbier comes through. The spice presence is very prominent. You can smell something like apple butter here.

Taste: Banana! I can really taste the banana in this one. Got a small bit of vanilla and a wonderful cloves presence. The malt really comes through in the middle of the quaff. Leaves a lingering clove presence on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Quite foamy at first, then followed by a good medium body. Tons of carbonation.

Drinkability: Being a dunkelweissen, this one has a little more substance than hefeweissens. I like it better for cold weather than the hefes. As tasty a beer as I have ever quaffed.

jovy1097, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of thekanna
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear light brown, the color of toasted (slightly burnt) rice, with a foamy white head.

S: Gorgeous yeast aroma, with some spices and banana bread.

T: Wholesome grains, overflowing yeast richness; a thick, biscuity, banana and wheat malt taste.

M: Smooth; not too much carbonation.

D: A wonderful brew, and definitely something I'll pick up more often if I see it.

thekanna, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Luk13
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from LCBO. Brown pour with generous white head. Roasted wheat and clove aroma, bananas. Wheaty flavor, quite acetic with some cloves. Good palate, I had low expectations for this beer but it's on equilibrium and quite enjoyable. Highly drinkable.

Luk13, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pt. 0.9 oz. bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

A: Poured a cloudy brownish-gold, forming a foamy, two-inch head.

S: Tons of bananas, with strong notes of lemon peels and some yeast and cloves.

T: Like biting into a slice of citrus-y banana bread! Almost no bitterness at all.

M: Very crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation.

D: It's crazy that a beer this good is also such an incredibly cheap buy. If you only have a $10 bill in your wallet, pick up three of these and call it a night.

DoppleJock, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of qazelisc
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fluffy beige head that doesn't hang around too long Light brown color, cloudy yeast, and not much lacing.

Amazing aroma of banana, clove, bread/yeast and caramel dominates. Also some nutmeg/allspice, apple and lemon zest. Would love to keep smelling but can't resist the urge to sip.

Taste follows the nose. This stuff is delicious. There's a slight musty, woody yeast aftertaste that adds dimension to the awesome flavor upfront.

Medium bodied and smooth with nice amount of carbonation and spice that tingles and excites the tongue.

Yup, another incredible beer from Weihenstephan, who make many of my favorite beers. Goes down easy and is so well balanced. Just about flawless.

qazelisc, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Stavage
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a very full frothy cream head that sits on top of a nice cloudy amber liquid. The head has excellent retention finally reducing to a thick lacing.

Strong phenol smell as expected. Also a pleasant biscuit maltiness there too. Almost reaches a slight toffee scent. Definite fruit mince spiciness in there too.

I got a sour twang and pleasant nuttiness at first with this beer, a rye/sourdough bread kind of sourness. The strong wheat taste came in strong with the aftertaste and on subsequent sips a toasty sweet maltiness was evident. There was a dry spiciness there as well. Hops flavours took a definite backseat which I think is fine for the style and the malts were very pleasant but I found the flavours thinning out a bit after sitting in my mouth for a while.

This brew had a good solid medium body with fairly lively carbonation. Perhaps a little too lively for my tastes. But along with the dryness it did make this a very crisp drink.

This really is a year round all purpose beer. Refreshing and light enough to enjoy on a hot summers with a barbecue or salad or even sushi but with enough backbone to enjoy in winter with a stew or a more complex meal. It's always nice to have a beer in your fridge that will go down the gullet with ease without being boring and this is such a beer.

It must be noted I was given this as a gift. The best before date was approximately 6 months away but my experience with the style is freshest is best and seeing as it was part of a gift pack I wonder if I would enjoy this more if I drank one closer to bottling.

Stavage, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy brown with orange edges. The head is frothy and huge, leaving scads of lace patches on the glass. Cloves, banana, chocolate and apple make up the ample nose. The taste full of tangy wheat malt mixed with the aforementioned characteristics. A bit of roastyness is detectable in the back. Berries and lemon show with warmth. The mouthfeel is super thick and full bodied, loaded with creamy carbonation.

A stellar Dunkelweizen. I will be seeking this out in the future, its tremendously drinkable with enough layers of complexity to be a truly contemplative brew.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of david131
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A murky leather brown with a 1 finger thick and creamy off-white head. Beautiful.

S- Bananas, caramel, clove, whole wheat bread. Blended very nicely together.

T- Malted milk, milk chocolate, bananas, clove. Very tasty.

M- Creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D- A very enjoyable, rich beer that is a bit on the heavy side for a beer at this ABV. Still, this is one of the best German beers I have ever had.

david131, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a creamy off-white head, which settles to about a half-centimeter within a couple of minutes.

The banana smell is just wonderful here, fresh baked bread comes to mind as well.

Tastes of bananas along with orange peel and cereal grains. A hint of yeast, as well as the bakery smell comes through in the taste as well.

The mouthfeel is right on the money, as is the effervescence of carbonation. It draws onto the palate as smooth as velvet or silk.

I love many Weizens, and (to me at least) they are almost all superbly drinkable. This Dunkel is such a delicious and light brew, that I could drink them all night, liver willing!

If you have not tried this beer before you really owe it to yourself to relax and enjoy a glass.

MrHassellYaHurd, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into Aventinus glass jan7 2010

A very cloudy brownish orange with lots of bubbles popping up from everywhere floating up to a two finger tan head that falls fairly quickly and leaves no lace

S lots of banana with some yeast, clove, a little earth and faint milk chocolate very nice

T it's a great thing the taste mimics the smell only it's a little better. for the style this is dead on with the banana bread flavor you can't miss

M light and very refreshing with lots bubbles very well put together

D I could drink many of these beers any time of the year enough said?

this is one of the better beers I've had in recent memory with little doubt. a big thank you adil for this gem, I only wish this was available where I live it would be in my regular rotation all year round. this is a must try for any beer lover and for the style it's awesome, you could spend a lot of time and money searching for a better one and may not find it

wordemupg, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Daktyls
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Like a few other recent reviewers, I purchased the Weihenstephaner gift pack, and got the nice glass to go with the tasty libations.

A: Dark orange-brown, murky, had two-three finger head from my pour

S: Banana and clove were most distinct, light wheat/bread were also apparent.

T: Tasted slightly like banana bread to me, but very also wheaty and yeasty.

M: Very crisp, slight carbonation and a little tingly after it hits the tip of the tongue.

D: As before, very crisp, would definitely have another. Perhaps two or three.

Daktyls, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of KeefD
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is probably my least favorite style of beers, which is why it's the 90th style I've reviewed so far. I don't buy these often because I just don't like them, but I do like Weihenstephaner and hope they don't let me down with my least favorite style. Pours a hazy russet brown color with a large white head and decent lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma of wheat, light banana, and slightly flowery. Taste is wheaty, a strange minty flavor at first, gives way to some sugary sweetness, and another odd anise flavor on the finish. Yeasty. Medium body, carbonation is good and tingly. I still don't get this style. I think this would be a top notch brew if this your thing, but it's certainly not mine.

KeefD, Jan 02, 2010
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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