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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: 173
Gots: 112 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of farrago
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy creamy off-white head of thick foam, bubbles just large enough to dissolve quickly down from two fingers, any lacing slides down the glass sides. Murky light brown to orange in color, fairly muted, actually looks like rusty pipe water. The amount of banana in the nose is shocking, outpaces the mineral water as well as the cinnamon bun, caramel, clove, can't shake this metallic edge, gentle apricot to pear scents slip in unobtrusively. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has a strong lifting effect, to the point where it combats the flavors as they try to soak the palate. This keeps things waxing and waning, from the chocolate, caramel, clove spice to the fig, date, peach, apricot fruit. Nothing can rise above the rest and enunciate clearly. More dough than cooked bread, retains some minerally freshness. Creates a perfumed moistness in the mouth. You just wish there was more depth and length in the primary flavors.

farrago, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy amber brown wiith a big foamy offwhite head with nice thick curtains of lacing which do not cling to the glass.

The nose has a nice toasted chocolate caramel note with some yeasty clove and some mellow fruit.

The flavor has cloves stronger than banana, though the clove is not overstrong. Taste is mellow, with some fruit tatness with a bit of sour on the finish as well. The toasted malt is also mellow with a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated, creamy and finishes smooth.

A very good beer and it's this good even being a bit out of date. I really want to try this one fresher (as with many German beers locally fresh just doesn't seem possible, but I was counting on quality keeping it great tasting for a longer period and I was not dissapointed).

BlackBearForge, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy mahogany body topped with a tall, dense, slightly off-white head that ever-so-slowly recedes into a solid cap. Some solid lacing. Only complaint is that a swirl of the last few ounces yields not an extra burst of yeasty cloudiness but a handful of dark dregs that sink to the bottom of the glass.

S: Spices are dominant, with clove outweighing all others. A little malty sweetness backs up the clove. Overall, a pleasant aroma but not a strong or striking one.

T: Starts out with the spiciness of the yeast and wheat, only to transition into a solid finish of roasted maltiness. Complex and delicious.

M: A little overly prickly with the carbonation for my taste, but not unpleasant for a wheat beer at all.

D: I could drink this all day. One of the tastiest and complex beers that I know of at this ABV.

Notes: Awesome Dunkelweiss. If you like the style at all, you will love this beer.


woosterbill, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A murky Iced Tea looking beer with a thick rich head sitting on top.
Banana and clove dominate this beers smell, with some other spices such as cinnamon.
Excellent malt presence with some cinnamon and clove. Banana is more subtle but still present.
Great body, well carbonated with a good consistency.
I wish I could by this beer by the gallon, I would have no trouble finishing any amount of this beer. An absolutely fantastic beer.

alovesupreme, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml. bottle into a weizen glass and face to face with a Franziskaner. Pours a murky and muddled brown with a robust off white head. Retention and lacing are quite strong.

Offers a fruity and zesty nose, reminiscent briefly of a Tripel through the long lasting foam. More yeast comes to bear after some settling, along with light malts. Bready and wheaty on the tongue with just a hint of chewiness. Dry and full on the finish. High marks for drinkability given the lack of richness on the finish and full bodied yet light feel. A nice carbonation lasts through the glass. A slight sweetness becomes evident as the beer outgasses and settles down but never overwhelms and in fact allows the aroma to be more easily evident, trending from apple and pear earlier to dried fig and raisin later.

Interestingly complex for a wheat beer. One you can savor given its complexities, or quaff down some food with given it's moderate ABV. Preferred slightly over Franziskaner's offering given the lighter malt body and more evident subtleties.

HalfFull, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.9/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque caramel color with a pillowy white head. Coninous bubbles streaming from the glass bottom. Retention on par for a wheat.

Smells like mold, yeast, and sweaty tropical fruit...not unlike sweaty runner butt. I'm not getting any of the banana phenols everyone else seems to have. My bottle date seems to indicate a relatively fresh bottle. What's up?

First and foremost a crisp clove snap followed by a toasty malt. Nutty finish.

Subpar for Weihenstephaner.

donkeyrunner, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Murky amber color with a fluffy beige head that hung around for the entire glass. Effervescent bubbles continuously rose from the bottom of the glass.
The smell is mainly malt with some bready yeast aroma and spices.
The taste is full of malt with some bread(yeast), spiced flavors and a gentle bit of hop bitterness. The malt wins out here and it is quite delicious.
Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.
Very drinkable.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of hossua34
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An intriguing, muddy light brown color. Unfiltered and cloudy. Some carbonation bubbles surfacing constantly. Average head with average retention, but there is lots of lacing.

S - Banana, bubble gum and pumpkin pie. This is really a FANTASTIC description of the smell. Very full and strong. Pretty sweet smelling.

T - Big yeasty, wheaty banana bread taste. A good spice to it. I prefer the flavor of the regular Hefe, however. Also has an intriguing aftertaste - like butterscotch and rice in my opinion.

M - A little coarse and bubbly on the throat. Not lacking in thickness, however.

D - Straight 4's all around! First time I've ever rated a beer this way. On the whole, this is a pretty good dunkelweizen. Like the regular Hefe, but darker and bolder. Goes down easy, tastes great and is very refreshing. I still prefer the original Hefe.

hossua34, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. No date, just a code or lot number, '5099'

A: Cloudy dark amber/copper color. Off-white thick head that leaves heavy lacing.

S: Malty, slightly spicy aroma. Very nice complex scent.

T&M: Medium bodied with primarily malty palate and crisp, fine carbonation that is at a perfect level. As soon as the carbonation hits there is a spicy snap of clove and a twang from the fermented wheat. Nice complex flavors and minimal bitterness from the hops. Clean finish that fades slowly.

I have been typically steering away from dark beers and wheat beers lately, but this is the best wheat beer I have probably ever had AND it's dark! Go figure.

cdizinno, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 oz. bottle poured into a small snifter.

Pours a cloudy, copper-colored light brown. Very good head, about one finger to start, but slowly lowers to about a half.

Smells of banana, clove, burnt brown sugar. Smells very sweet, nutty, malty. I am smelling some ginger, and some slight citrus here, as well.

Taste is traditional...banana, clove, caramel. Heavy malts. There is a slight metallic tinge to the beer, but it finishes strong. Light carbonation over the tongue, and a good balance of flavors.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Sweet, malty, and smooth.

movingtrain, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of redmagik99
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date reads 7129 which fyi means the 7th or 17th day of the 12th week of 2009. This beer looks awesome: huge, fluffy head with an effortless pour that never quite disappears, tons of lacing, unfiltered hazy goodness with a copper hue that gets a bit lighter towards the bottom of the glass. Smells wheaty, prominent banana and clove, spicy. Tons of banana and cloves in the flavor as well, peppery, some lemony zest. Excellent bitterness/sweetness balance. This is a lot more similar to the regular hefe than I anticipated, which is not a bad thing. The malt is just slightly toastier. The high carbonation lowers drinkability, but it tastes so good that my glass is emptying pretty quickly. Great beer.

redmagik99, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice bronze/cinnamon color with a finger width head that left decent lacing. The head dissipated down to a light film on the surface of the beer.

The smell is of wheat and yeast with compliments of banana. The sweetness of the malt is present in the smell, along with a slight hint of spice. I can definitely smell the similarity to banana bread, although that might not be the 1st thing that comes to mind.

The taste is wheaty and yeasty with little, if any, hop presence. The wheat flavor comes in up front followed by the fruity banana and rich malt. The hint of spice in the smell comes through a bit stronger in the aftertaste.

A very pleasant mouth feel, too. The rich malts and fruit overtones really compliment the wheat well, making for a richer hefeweizen. This is a really pleasant and satisfying beer - especially for the price!

ClevoPiwo, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of TLove
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

Bottle from Rodman's in D.C.

Toasty brown, hazy color with soft, creamy head. Smell is spicy, with amber, wheaty malts with light blackberry flavor. Taste is quite good. I expected this to be a little on the lighter side, but this was really full-bodied and engrossing. Particularly full of nutmeg, brown sugar, and banana flavors. A little toasted caramel in there as well. Right there with Schneiderweisse, which I judge to be one of the best Dunkelweizens I've ever had.

Finishes soft and smooth. Refreshing, yet a real drinking experience.

TLove, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5L bottle poured into a pint glass

a: medium brown color, hazy, 1/2" off white head woth good retention. light lacing

s: slight toasted malt and banana aroma fill the air, light spice smell

t: nice in your face banana taste followed by toffee and some pleasing light fruitness. Very nice

m&d: light to medoum bodied, smooth and creamy mouth. Extremely drinkable beer.


UDbeernut, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle, unfortunately into a pint glass because the hefe glass was no where to be found for some reason...have to get out the detective's hat...

Appearance-Pours a beautiful medium brown with a big off white head that leaves some nice foam throughout the drinking experience. The burnished bronze brown is slightly cloudy from the yeast, which I rolled and poured in as well. Some carbonation sticks to the side of the glass as the beer settles down. Some sticky lacing on the side of the glass as well as I drink. Very pretty looking dark wheat beer.

Smell-Mmm, lots of nice spices and sweets in the nose here. Bananas and toffee really come through for me in the smell here, with some complementary cloves and cinnamon. Very sweet and pleasant, containing everything I would expect from the style.

Taste-Lots of big banana up front with sweet toffee and big malt backbone following immediately behind. Spices are a bit more subdued than I was expecting from nose, but the cloves carry through and lend a little extra complexity to the overall taste. Very nice flavor and one of the most well balanced dunkels I've encountered.

Mouthfee/Drinkability-Perfect amount of carbonation and flavor for me. The beer is a bit on the sweet side, but not overly so for a dunkel, and not too heavy or sticky. For me, this beer has excellent drinkability and I could easily put away a couple of these in an evening.

Overall, it may not rub right with others on here, but I think I like this even better than the regular Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. Perfect amount of flavor and just the right amount of chewiness. Would have again without a doubt.

boatshoes, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into the appropriate Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

A: Deep brown color with a huge pillowy white head.

S: Malty nose with some light fruits as well.

T: Light toasty malt with some light fruits; raisins, bananas, and prunes. Yeasty as well.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: This is a very tasty dark wheat beer. It's very flavorful yet light and refreshing.

willjschmidt, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as good as the dunkel or the hefeweissbeer, this is nonetheless another great beer from weihenstephaner. Shared this one after the dunkel, had a good combination of both beers with a refreshing quality that will knock you out as much a the stonger dunkel. Would recommend this if you can find it in the states. And, once again, if in berlin, you should find this restaurant.

david18, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of THEMGG
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured up a three finger head in my tulip glass, massive head, tight small bubbles leaving a huge lace on the glass. Colours of copper and orange shining through.

S - Bready, yeasty, sweetbread all come through, subtle herby, clove like smell in the backround. Definitely malt driven with hops barely noticable.

T - Intial taste of fresh bread, followed by a yeasty, earthy, malt flavour that reminds me of chewing on some freshly cracked pale malt and wheat malt. Like the smell, the hops are all backround, balancing out the sweetness of the malt perfectly. Classic clove, banana, candi flavours of wheat beers are all there, but all very subtle. An impressive taste that lingers on.

M - A thick, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, that seems to stick to the roof of mouth forever.

D - Personally, I can't session wheat beer's like this. The bread flavours seem to fill me up too much and won't leave room for any other booze. But still an awesome beer that I will endeavour to drink more of.

THEMGG, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of patmcd
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SYF in New Brunswick.

Ahh Wheat Beers...my personal favorite.

The original Hefeweissbier may be my #1 all time favorite brew, so this had a lot to live up to. I saw it at my favorite watering hole and it was even on tap...I instantly ordered a liter.

Pours a turbulent leather brown that his a bit of a river clay color to it with a cloudy, ever slightly off-white head.

On the nose I sense glimpses of predominately barley with hints of clove and citrus.

Tastes consist with the usual Hefe tastes of banana, clove, citrus accompanied by some darker, candied malts and more roasted barley.

Is extremely, extremely smooth and drinkable. One of my favorite Dunkels, and only second to Schneider Aventinus.

patmcd, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass.

A Medium brown translucent body under a massive 5 inch smooth looking head after a vigorous pour intended to maximize the size of the head. Really, be careful with this one since it is likely to spill over the top of a pint glass if care is not taken. No significant lacing. 4.0

S Traditional Heffe smell with a possibly more of a malt barley smell, probably due to the "dark" aspect of this beer vs. the standard Heffeweissbier. It remains a good, inviting and interesting smell, soft or gentle wheat with very little hops and little or no alcohol. 4.0

T Well, I certainly recognize the great Heffeweisbier taste but of course this is the "dark" and in being dark it's barley malt is a bit more roasted. In that way it is just a bit bigger of a beer. I really liked the greatness of the standard Heffeweisbier and so I did not like the taste of this one as well. That being said, this is a good tasting beer. 4.0

M Thin to moderate, beefed up a bit by the "dark" aspect of the beer.

D Really good, as I find all Heffeweisbiers to be really.

Notes: This very good beer is not as good as the standard Heffeweisbier but is a very drinkable and respectable beer.

adamette, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of juju7
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper, with orange tinges. Big fluffy, welcoming head that laced nicely. Typical banana, clove and wheaty notes on the nose. Just a little restrained, would've liked it to jump out of the glass a bit more. Magic in the mouth! Smooth as silk, nice carbonation. Just right for a weiss. Those expected banana and clove notes melt nicely with a bit of malt. Could drink this everyday without getting sick of it. Yum.

juju7, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours coppery brown/darkblood red. Huge biscuity head, just like every other Weihen beer I've tried. Just awesome looking. Smells a lot like a hefe, big citrus, banana, some clove. A bit of cherryness in there also. Tastes a bit lighter than I was expecting, not a very dark or strong dunkel. Like a slightly darker version of a hefe. The banana-ness is tuned down a notch from the nose, and maybe a bit more spicing/clove than in the smell. Overall on the lighter side of medium body, like a slightly heavier hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is awesome, so creamy and easygoing. A smooth, easy drink. Not my favorite Weihen brew, but still quality like all the rest.

damienblack, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light brown color with a 4 finger off white head which leaves a nice sticky lace. Has banana, lemon, and cloves in the aroma and taste. The taste is mildly sweet and malty. Light bodied, perfect carbonation, and very refreshing. Outstanding drinkability.

Weihenstephaner is an outstanding brewery. Try as many of their beers as you can find. All of the ones I have had so far have been great.

hardy008, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass. Appearance is hazy copper with a ridiculous 4-finger, frothy off-white head. So far, so good.

The scent is strong of cloves along with bananas, sweet malts, and yeast. The taste is a great combination of bananas, apples, cloves, caramel malts, and wheat with a hint of bitter herbal flavors. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean.

This is such a drinkable Dunkelweizen. Great on a hot day. It reminds me a lot of the hefeweizen but the scents are more subdued & the maltiness stronger in the taste.

theghost3, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of kflorence
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper brown with some body to it. Looks to be the consistency of a hefeweizen, but obviously darker since it's a dunkel. On the pour, there's a nice half inch thick head atop that fades to nothing. No lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Smells like most wheat beers with a prominent aroma of bananas, wheat, yeast, bread, cloves and some other spices. There is absolutely nothing unpleasant in the smell, but nothing makes it stand out either.

T: Reminds me a lot of good, solid hefeweizens, although perhaps a bit heavier and with faint hints of dark fruits and caramel. That said, the wheat, yeast, banana and cloves are still the most prominent flavors in the brew. I guess I expected something different with the darker color, but it's still quite tasty.

M: I think the mouthfeel of this brew is probably it's strong point. It has an excellent consistency, smooth and creamy due to the yeasty particulates. Moderate body overall since it's pretty light and carbonated, but has some chewy substance to it. Very pleasing on the tongue.

D: Not quite what I expected, honestly, but a very solid beer. A tasty and drinkable wheat beer that will appease any wheat beer fan. Weihenstaphaner continues to impress me and I will definitely search out more of their products. No complaints here.

kflorence, Jun 18, 2009
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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