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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 161
Gots: 89 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is basically Weihenstephaner Hefe with a little added body and caramel / malt notes. That is to say, amazingly good! Unfiltered cloudy brown-orange, a pleasing, lacy foamy tan head and the last few yeasty centimeters in the bottle are dark dark brown... yum....

Traditional and expected flavor & aroma here... banana, clove, bit of pepper, full bodied and creamy on the palate, a bit of light pumpernickel, mild hop bitterness, masterfully put together beer... you taste everything you smell... I could drink this all day. Finishes dry and bread-sweet with just a little bit of everything else lingering around. Perhaps the best example of the style ever made. I LOVE Weihenstephaner Dunkel !

Superb German beer from brewers who don't miss a beat. Weihenstephan once again proves why they are one of the best breweries going.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 18:50:52 | More by kkipple
Photo of skrib09


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

poured an amazing dark brown color. love the haze of the beer and the cream colored head.

smells like sweets, bananas... a little sweet-cream.

i really get the banana tones coming through.

i get some of the alcohol towards the back of my palate. good carbination.

very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 23:13:14 | More by skrib09
Photo of oomir11


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 17 oz glass bottle poured in a frozen glass beer mug. No freshness date on bottle.

Appearance: Hazy golden brown with nice white lacing that lasts.

Smell: Banana and malts. Smells like banana bread.

Taste: Tastes of sweet roasted wheat and malts with nutty and yeasty undertones. Excellent taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, nicely carbonated, full body beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 02:06:50 | More by oomir11
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel is a cloudy brown beer with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is of banana and clove and possibly nutmeg and vanilla. It is medium bodied, smooth and soft. The flavor is spicy: all of the elements from the aroma plus raisins, prunes and apples. It is bready and semi-dry. All of the flavor seems to be from the yeast. What a unique beer.
(rated Jun 26, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 06:51:21 | More by yesyouam
Photo of stephens101


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge off-white head tops a murky brown, bubble filled brew. Head retention is excellent, leaving thick stripes of lacing around the glass as it falls. Smells fruity and spicy(coriander) with some medicinal notes working there way in and out of the aromatic profile. Tastes buttery and malty at first, with some spice, sweet bread and fruits working there way into the mix quickly. Mouth-feel is extraordinarily creamy, but not to thick, which leads to remarkable drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 23:52:10 | More by stephens101
Photo of BierFan


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy caramel and brown with a nice off-white head. Pretty good head retention. A few clumps of thick lacing.

Smell: Smells alot like really ripe bananas.

Taste: A little bit of bananas and cloves. The taste isn't really wowing me, but it's still a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 06:20:16 | More by BierFan
Photo of tempest


3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a .5L at Abe's. Poured a light, hazy brown with a tall off-white head. I found this to be an aromatic and surprisingly smooth dunkel, but didn't think the flavor lived up to the reviews. I only got simple, dark bread malt and creamy (very slight banana) yeast character. Not exactly as deep as the Hefe, but a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 05:52:03 | More by tempest
Photo of Smixam


3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

A - Nice deep golden-brown with substantial hazing and a light cream colored tight-bubble head that lasts several minutes

S - All cloves and malt with a touch of citrus. Take a basic hefe and darken the whole nose - that's what you've got here. Maybe a bit heavier on the wheat/malt than I expected.

T - Strong malt body with a solid clove spice across the palate. No flavors here are overpowering - the finish is a surprising mix of raisin and banana, a bit of citrus in there as well. No bitterness at all, which speaks to quality of the ingredient pairings when dealing with a darker beer, even a hefe.

M - Fairly dry without any single strong lingering flavor. The muted frutiness lends a refreshing characteristic to an otherwise malty weiss.

D - I can see drinking a few, but these are much better when you take your time and enjoy them with some light food pairings. The fruit/citrus notes would do more to prevent a session with this more so than any 'heaviness.'

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 21:35:03 | More by Smixam
Photo of Macca


3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy burnt orange colour with a generous head.

Phenolics on the nose. Lots of banana.

The palate is very long with the flavours sitting on the back of the tongue for ages. The banana continues.

It has a good balanced carbonation and a subtle bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 09:53:59 | More by Macca
Photo of magictrokini


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber with a fluffy white head. Nose of bananas and clove, but with more malt and wheat. Bubbly mouthfeel. Sweet flavors of banana are blended nicely with the wheat, bread, and yeast tastes. Good malt profile that gives it a filling feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 16:56:24 | More by magictrokini
Photo of cindiwindi1025


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown, cloudy with a nice retentive lacing

S: Smells like beer

T: Sweet...clove, light concord grape, banana, cream, spicy hops, lavender

M: Creamy yet refreshing. Not much in the way of effervesence or carbonation, just a nice spicey tingle left on the tongue after it's effortlessly gone down the hatch.

D: Very, very drinkable. Could drink quite a few of these easily. The price makes this a really good deal...I'll be getting more of this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 02:50:41 | More by cindiwindi1025
Photo of Guzzler78


3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered dark copper. Nice head retention.
Smells of roasted malts, a bit herbal and floral.
Tastes of sweet roasted malts ans wheat. Some good lemon zest. Good balance. Slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with some typical wheat beer feel.
Could only drink one or two of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 05:12:43 | More by Guzzler78
Photo of corby112


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark maple brown color with a thick foamy tan head that settles into a lasting lacing. Aroma of chocolate, brown sugar, clove and banana. Very smooth tasting beer with hints of maple, hazelnut, chocolate maltiness, banana and a touch of clove spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 06:01:03 | More by corby112
Photo of TommyW


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy, brown with tinges of redish-orange. Fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Leaves a beautiful lacing.

S- Smell of apple, toasted malt, and raisins. Also a slighty nutty aroma.

T- Very nice balance of toasted malt and sweetness coming from apple and raisin. There is a very nice toasted bread and nutty flavor coming in laster. No noticable bitterness from hops. Pretty clean finish.

M- Carbonation is perfect. Very nice balance of not too heavy or too light.

D- The mouthfeel and taste make this beer very drinkable. Very easy to have a few.

Overall, I'm usually not a big fan of dark weissbiers, but this one is just exceptional. A must try!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 17:16:23 | More by TommyW
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a light brown-orange with good foam head. Smelled of cloves. Taste was sweet and malty with banana cloves and other spices with a reasonable amount of carbonation. A very drinkable session beer. One of those beers that show why Weihenstephaner is very popular and highly regarded.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 04:22:18 | More by Cruzin023
Photo of BeerSox


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into 23oz weizen glass.

Deep cloudy (opaque) burnt orange hue with a three finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick even cap.

The standard banana and clove is in there, along with a little bit of caramel.

The malts are tart, also lending some brown sugar on top of the biscuity malts. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is clean, with a little bit of lingering, slightly burnt malts.

A pretty good example of a Dunkelweizen. Not sure why I haven't had this before. Great flavors with juat a hint of tartness. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 01:25:05 | More by BeerSox
Photo of babaracas


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

From notes. Poured from 500ml bottle, very cloudy brown with amber/yellow around the edges. Dense foamy head settles to a half inch or so, nice lacing. Smell: sweet malts, cloves, yeasty, pumpkin pie spice, ultra ripe bananas. Taste: first thing to hit is bananas (hey what do you know...), then a crispness with the cloves, followed by caramel/roasted/wheat malt flavors, raisin. Mouthfeel: awesome. medium carbonation, creamy, perfectly in-between crisp and sticky, smooth. World's best dunkelweizen in my opinion. Unfortunately I see this less and less around here.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 04:24:22 | More by babaracas
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel brown color with a fluffy white head that left a nice lacing all the way down the glass.
Typical Weihenstephaner aroma of of banana with clove undertones with a touch of vanilla.
Flavor of banana and clove with a caramel malt underneath it all.
Good feel on the palate without being too thin. Easy to drink. Another excellent weissbier from Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:16:36 | More by pojo41
Photo of philbe311


3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy light toffee caramel color... Fluffy slight off-white head... Still and little murky... Respectable head retention and an appealing lacing...

S - Apple... Pear... Malt... Clove... Banana... Nuttiness... Toffee... Caramel... Seltzer... Good balance... Excellent complexity... Quite enjoyable and intoxicating...

T - Malt... Apple... Clove... These are the most dominant tastes... They are followed by hints of toffee and crust...

M - Light to medium bodied... Thin and smooth... Spiceness resonates and clings to mouth... Slight carbonation and fizziness on the initial sip... Good mouthfeel, but I wish it had a slightly greater bite to it...

D - Excellent wheat beer... Well balanced with hints of complexity throughout... Would drink again, but I'm not sure it lived up to my expectations based on the stellar reviews of other BAs...

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:34:27 | More by philbe311
Photo of Offa


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is really excellent, especially for a dunkelweizen, many examples of which I find underwhelming and boring.

Hazy dark amber, somewhat brownish with reddish hints, it has a huge, lasting, off-white head thaty slowly shrinks and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is a darker, heavier version of their own hefeweissbier, with fruit, banana, grass, yeasty dough, and a little caramel.

The taste is again a more darkly toasted version of their hefeweissebier, more darkly toasted grain, hint of toffee, some bubblegum and banana, but less than the hefeweissbier. It's light and smooth, yet has nice complexity and balance of flavours, making it unusually interesting and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 06:40:50 | More by Offa
Photo of botham

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pint bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a caramel brown color with amber highlights and a full head of a light tan color and a dense consistency. mild lacings and good retention.

aroma is of wheat malt and a distinct base of light citrus and a touch of caramel malt. very light notes of toffee round out the profile, making this a nice dunkel in the nose.

taste is of mild wheat malt and a touch of citrus up front, with a smooth and satisfying finish of light caramel malt and wheat malt. a bit thin upon finishing, though nicely composed on the palate.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lightly tart texture and a thin finish of mildly sweet undertones.

drinkability is good. this is a well proportioned dunkel with just enough caramel malts to satisfy the palate, and enough restraint on the citrus and wheat malt to keep it honest. a nice play of subtleties for the palate, with a satisfying finish. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 04:06:31 | More by botham
Photo of BeerMark


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel pours dark with a large tan fluffy head. It has a wheat and malt aroma. Tastes great with malt, banana, and wheat coming through. It's considered world class by many and I must agree. This beer really hits the spot when I'm looking for something sweet and malty. A must try. Purchased at Chan's Wine World in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 20:37:50 | More by BeerMark
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

.5L bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem for $3.25, poured into a weizen glass after allowing to warm on my swollen knuckle for a few minutes.

Color is a nice murky brown, looks golden brown around the edges, some sediment at the bottom of the glass. Nice fluffy head fades fairly quickly to a thin covering leaving some scant lacing.

Aroma is toasty, fruity, a bit spicy. Everything seems to be in a nice balance, none of the smells really dominates the others. Really exceptional.

The taste follows the smell pretty well, nice and yeasty. Basically a very well done dunkelweizen. What else would you expect from such a well-respected brewer of german hefes.

Mouthfeel is basically perfect. The yeast makes it feel full without being heavy or sugary. Really nice.

Drinkability is amazing. I could drink these all day every day. At $3.25 a bottle makes it a good deal as well. If you like weihenstephaner or wheat beers in general you should definately try to find this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 01:39:02 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Pours a hazy brown orange color with a small white head. Bananas and floral yeasty esters. Toasty sweet caramel malt, and a spicy hop bitterness. Good medium body gets a bit more chewy as the beer warms and nears the bottom, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 20:27:38 | More by ATPete
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4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- beautiful murky nut brown russet with golden highlights around the edges. the ivory foam is starchy-proteiny with a creamy upper surface that expands and holds together over the lip of the glass. co2 filled pores burst open in the perfect fashion and drippy layers of lace decorate my proper vessel. i can't imagine a better look for this beer aside from some crazy psychedelic shit.

S- toasted wheat, nuts, and seeds, cooked banana, caramelized plantain, clove, bubblegum, and an indistinct tartness. something a little tropical coconut about it too. overall just like its lighter counterparts but slightly toastier.

T- very bready taste up front toasted wheat is initially more pronounced than the yeast flavors and they meet together in the middle flawlessly. again and indirect sweet/tart-ness comes through at the finish. less bubblegum, more fruity more light breakfast toast. some dried trail mix fruit flavors and a tinge of whiskey here and there and a toasty nutty yeast aftertaste that hangs around for a good while.

MF- the richness of this one cannot be overstated. wheat protein is heavy on the tongue like egg white was thrown in the mix (a dunkelweiss flip?) at first the tight medium carbonation is distracting but as it fades the beer takes on a dense, luxurious quality like heavy cream.

D- its light but it feels heavy, full flavored and refreshing. the top d-dub on my list hands down.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 06:24:29 | More by hustlesworth
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,246 ratings.