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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,523
Reviews: 1,023
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 217
Gots: 198 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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Photo of Janderson91
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Hop City in Atlanta, GA.

A - Poured into a DFH signature glass. A dark amber color with a huge creme colored head. Leaves great lacing.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, nice malt, some peppery spice and some floral hops.

T - Taste starts nice and sweet with some spice. Finishes very dry with some good hop bitterness.

M - Light with a lot of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Could drink a couple bottles.

Photo of micmillon18
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen.

A - Pours a deep coppery color with some red-orange hues throughout. The head is a thing of sheer beauty, thick and fluffy with long lasting retention. The bubbles slowly rise showing solid carbonation. The weizen glass truly showcases this beer perfectly. Lots of lacing.

S - Banana, bubble gum, yeasty, green apple. Incredibly clean and refreshing scents, especially as you imbibe in the first sip, intaking a strong whiff as the beer hits your lips.

T - Bubble gum, banana, cloves; yeasty with darker malts showing up at the end similar to toffee or some kind of caramel maybe. Hops are barely present. I should add that there is some kind of citrusy taste present which adds a nice touch. Absolutely delicious.

M - Incredible smooth and soft with a light to medium body. Carbonation is in complete check. Finishes very dry.

D - I could have this anytime of year, though I prefer it during the colder months. Easily my favorite dunkel, which should be no surprise considering its ranks among the style.

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light Brown with a few floaties in it....not much of a head on it and just a tad bit of lacing around the rim.

Smell: Buttery, toffee like malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Slight malt flavor, with a dark fruit flavor. Slightly sweet. Doughy flavor with a roasted chestnut flavor and clove thrown in, as well.

Drinkability: Very good...really can't go wrong with this company.

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

A: brown, hazy, active body with plenty of thick white head. Strong, sticky white lace; excellent retention all around.

S: wheat, bananas, clove, malt. Quite pleasant to smell, but def an easy 5 if it were even more forward.

T: malty -- slightly roasted -- with wheaty banana right behind. Yeast and cloves at the end. Typical wit sweetness from the middle to the end, but nicely balanced. Might be the best dunkelweiss I've ever had.

M: creamier than expected,. Body is very active with carbonation, would prefer a bit less but still works pretty well. Med- to full-bodied.

D: easier to down than your normal dunkelweiss, quite refreshing, wish I had another. A profoundly enjoyable brew.

Photo of btorsdog
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked one up when the local store was out of Hopslam,very glad I revisited this one after a long time not having!
Very lovely when poured properly into a 'hefe' glass,semi murky burnt brown with thick dirty tan head,Sweet!
smelled like a hefe with all the typical bannana/clove stuff happening,vey nice.
Taste is pure joy! Nothing overpowering and extremely well balanced,Beautiful!
Suprisingly medium mouthfeel with a nice creaminess to it,semi-sweet and med. carbonation.
Very Good drink for a 'hefe',wish she came in 6ers!

Photo of veinless
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber, reddish brown, with a decent amount of offwhite, coarse looking head that didn't retain too much. Minimal lacing.

Smell was not too strong, but very nice, with banana, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, and wheat.

Taste was even better; banana bread is a great way to describe this guy, as the banana and wheat are melded together exceptionally by the creamy texture of the beer. A bit of sweetness is present, either brown sugar or raisin, but not too much.

Carbonation is intense at first but softens quickly. Creaminess again is awesome, reminds me of a milkshake somehow. Fantastic beer, arguably better than the regular hefeweissbier they make.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugly, souvenir Vegas hef glass. Sleet still running down my shoulders. It was either order out & wait an hour in this weather, or week old chicken soup. I decided on a beer & a nap instead.

Slow to settle, the tan head begins congealing. The body is a murky honey brown. Not the most appetizing thing to look at in a 23oz glass. Looks like car wash runoff. Suds & mud.

Scent was sweet like banana bread, but not potent, like one would completely enjoy. Spice cake without the spices. Soil & a tin of assorted nuts. Pleasant bit of peppery yeast on the back.

First gulp was a long one. Starts off sharp, like bitter bruised grapes, but fades quickly into the doughy middle. Mildly sweet toast, no butter. Yeast & dirt throw it around for a bit, letting some light clove in. Finish remains yeasty, but with additional earthy bitterness.

Carbonation remains strong throughout, where as I sometimes notice straight hefs start to get flat half way through. Body feels gelatinous & thick, like cold soup.

Traded some esters for some warmer flavors.

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

Bought a bottle at Total Wine

A) Beer pours a cloudy darkish orange brown. The head on the beer is mildly thick, but pours real nice.

S) Smells extremely nice, you can smell the banana and spice/clove in this beer outright.

T) Another grand slam from the boys at Bayerische Staatsbrauerie. The beer is incredibly smooth and enjoyable. The beer is highly carbonated, but it does not take away from the taste. The lingering taste is one of a sweetness and fruit. A+.

M) Decent carbonation, smooth taste, you can taste the alcohol, but its nothing overwhelming.

D)Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is one of my favorite beers and the dunkel is expceptional. Everytime I make a trip to the distributor, I always pick up atleast 4-5 bottles of the Dunkel and Korbinian.

Photo of ticklechicken
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - cloudy medium brown with yellow edges, creamy thick head
S - sweet fruity cherry scent
T - light malt and fruit taste, with a sweet aftertaste
M - a little thick with low carbonation
D - This is a very enjoyable beer with well-balanced flavours with a well-measured mildness that gives you no choice but to drink more. Is there nothing that Weihenstephaner can do wrong?

Photo of tubacharlie
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is an off-white color, with good lacing and retention. The brew is a darker version of their standard hefeweissbier, and curiously, this bottle has the same batch number (3310) as the bottle of standard issue hefeweissbier consumed a few days ago. A muddy, orange-amber color, it is dense with yeast -- especially after swirling around the last of the bottle before pouring.

A flower-scented yeasty aroma is apparent with just a hint of banana.

The darker roast gives some depth to the flavor, which is well balanced with a solid malt presence and complimentary hops. Well carbonated, it flows smoothly over the tongue as soft caramel notes and burnt orange accents emerge, finishing with a peppery tang.

Well constructed and a reasonable gravity to accompany a rich, meat and potatoes dinner.

Photo of dutchlq7
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A cloudy amber/dark orange. Creamy, off white 2 finger head, that leaves a thin layer on surface.

Smell-Strong banana with hints of apple. Can't pick out the other fruit smell in it though, maybe a raisin.

Taste- Banana and apple flavor with a smooth caramel malt flavor too. Just the slightest hint of hops after the finish. Just a really great experience from start to finish.

Mouthfeel-Smooth medium bodied, medium carbonation. So Good

Drinkability-WOW! Awesome!

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

Medium dark brown and cloudy with 2 finger off white head.

Smells of Wheat, yeasts, mild caramels.

Tastes are mild, sweet toffee, caramel, grains, yeasts, bread in the finish.

Medium body with zesty carbonation that dances on the tongue. Mild alcohol warmth in the throat and a medium dry finish.

A good dark Hefe. Nicely flavored, nothing overdone. Generous carbonation and flavors make this a solid brew.

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

Appearance: This beer has a nice cloudy (lots of yeast)brown color with a rocky head that doesn't stop. The foam produces sticky lace on the glass. This is one handsome beer.

Smell: Pleasing odors of cloves and banana. The aroma is true to the style.

Taste: This is a very malty and yeasty treat. This beer definitely defines the term liquid bread.

Mouthfeel: This brew is thick and tangy with a wonderful level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful beer that makes you want more.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never have had this dunkel so I scooped it up for the pleasure. Pours dark amber/light brown very cloudy with a huge airy white head. Not quite as dark as I was hoping for. Big banana esters, slight clove, a toastiness of malt and some wheat. The taste is very pleasant, a bit much on the banana but the feel is light and fun, with a bunch of stuff going on from the yeast and grains. Tastes like a decoction with either or munich malt in addition to the wheat, I can't point it exactly, finishes easy. An excellent drink, one I will certainly go back to in the future.

Photo of rka758
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tasting tulip.
Received for birthday.

A: Pours a murky brown with a thick quickly dissipating head.
S: Smells of banana and bread.
T: While I'm missing the clove I do get the banana taste. Also a bit of sourness.
M: Clean and crisp.
D: This beer is highly drinkable. A nice flavor.

Photo of goalie33
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into 500mL Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.
A: Hazy brown beer, cannot see anything through it, topped with 3 fingers of white head which sticks around. Highly carbonated with lots of fine bubble streaming towards the top.
S: Clove and banana, just like in the original, but with an added strong maltiness.
T: Initial strong flavors of banana clove and malt. Finishes dry with little lingering aftertaste.
M/D: Medium body with a soda-like mouthfeel. Fades to nothing. Very drinkable beer. Goes down effortlessly and quite refreshing.

The only fault I can find with this beer is the dryness that it leaves in the mouth. Otherwise, it is an excellent beer.

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

Poured from a pint bottle into a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Huge 4 finger light tan head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Light brown cloudy body.

Near textbook aroma for a hefeweisen with banana, clove, spices. A hint of fruity esters.

Delicious flavors following the aroma. Sweet flavors abound, but not in an offensive way. High carbonation but it works well. Just the slightest hint of roasted malt/chocolate seems to be the only difference I can note between this beer and their famous hefe.

Another superb offering from the world's oldest brewery. They obviously know what they're doing.

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

A: A murky brown-ish color. Tons of head. The head is frothy, bubbly and a light tan color. Lookin' good.

S: Clove and banana aroma with a nice malty bread scent. Smells like a lovely whole grain banana bread.

T: Yeasty with a hint of banana, and some nice clove flavor in there as well. It is still pretty clean tasting. Nice.

M: Light in body. Carbonation is good. Leaves the mouth fairly clean.

D: Very nice. A beer that tastes effortless, but I am sure it is anything but. A great beer to spend a day drinking.

Photo of obrendano
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolute treat. a little Christmas present to myself after my last day of crazy busy season at my job

A - insane head everywhere, thick and creamy straight out of the bottle. gorgeous shade of brownish amber. could stare at this for hours

S - the smell of amazingness. banana bread with even more toasty wheat over top of it

T - among the best I've ever tasted. rich toast flavor, even more cloves than most other hefe-'s I've tried, some vanilla singing backup. absolutely impressive

M - creamy and full, sticks to your mouth from lip to throat

D - when I get the chance I'm buying a month's worth of this stuff. Merry Christmas to me!

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

Aroma has the typical hefeweizen banana and cloves in abundance. However, there's also a bit of a roasted malt presence there as well which differentiates this.

Pours a light brown with a considerable amount of haze to it. Head is pretty dense and good.

Carbonation is quite prickly. Taste is incredibly smooth, really. Loads of fruity esters, banana in particular, abound. Not cloyingly, however. A definite clove spiciness as well, as to be expected. No real hop presence at all. The wheat comes out as well at the finish, with a soft graininess that pleasantly rounds out the beer.

I know it is a dunkelweizen, but I really struggle to separate the flavor profile of this from the regular version. Maybe it's just me. However, it is one dang tasty beer. There are few beers that are going to go down easier than this. It's great just holding it in the mouth and savoring it.

Photo of industrialswill
3.11/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy walnut stain color with a vigorous head.
Smell is of mildewy spice.
The flavor is dominated with banana and spice
Mouthfeel is a bit sour and medicinal.
It's fairly light bodied and would be drinkable if you enjoy it's other aspects.
I tried this out of curiosity, but would never buy it again.

Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/08/10 notes. Had on tap at The Saloon in Washington, DC. Served into a 0.5L Georgetown Saloon weizen glass.

a - Pours a darkish brown color with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.
Looks great.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, and toasted malts. Bananas jump right out at you.

t - Tastes of bananas, toasted malts, wheat, bready malts, very light spices, and sweet caramel malts. Tastes amazing, pretty perfect for the style.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue. A little less carbonated and the mouthfeel would be great.

d - A very good beer hurt by it's high carbonation. This was probably the best tasting dunkelweizen I've had and it looked great as well. Would certainly have again but I think if it was less carbonated it could be even better.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a Stella challis.

A - Huge, pillowy eggcream white 4-finger head that falls slowly, leaving rings around the glass. Cloudy and dark dried apricot orange.

S - Ripe bananas on the pour. Banana custard in the glass. Bazooka bubblegum. Hints of clove, dense and moist fresh bread, and lightly toasted malt.

T - Whole grain banana bread with a good touch of clove along the sides of the tongue, providing a great balance between sweet and spice. Sweetness of a thick banana and caramel cream with wafers dessert lingers on the finish, but it's not cloying. Spend some time between sips and tastes like peaches and nutmeg appear.

M - Somewhat fizzy, with a smoothness that follows. Good carbonation. Excellent body for the style. Refreshingly snaps off at the swallow. Finish is longer than expected, and a tad dryer than the sweetness of the taste suggests it would be.

D - This is one very delicious dunkel. I'd love to find this on tap someday, or pair it with some grilled brats and sauerkraut. Has all the exceptional quality of its regular brother with a bit more character. I could easily drink several of these and still wish for just one more. Simply outstanding.

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

Appearance- poured into a weizen glass, pours a cloudy copper color with a moderate head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell- Banana, clove, some bubble gum, smells like a hefe- looks darker.

Taste- Pretty much follows the aroma exactly, a bit more bready, and a touch of caramel malt in this one. Sweet overall, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel- medium body, low carbonation for the style.

Overall- Solid beer, but had this back to back with Ayinger's Dunkeweizen and I thought that one was slightly better.

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

A: poured into it's branded glass. cloudy amber/dirty copper color with a thick, persistent head and lacing coating all the way down the glass.
S: banana, clove, toffee, caramel, dark bready fruitcakey malts.
T: light to medium sweetness balanced out by sourish twang of the wheat, carbonation, and hidden smooth hop bitterness. finishes mostly crisp and dry.
M: frothy, medium-bodied, chewy.
D: the glass begs to be picked back up constantly.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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