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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,336 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,336
Reviews: 993
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 173
Gots: 112 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of loosey
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one pint, .9 oz bottle, poured into pint glass

a beautifully even iced tea tone with a full inch of beige head that dissipates slowly but never actually leaves

smells of baking bananas with some spice, most likely its gonna be clove, i'm eager

tastes like moist malted banana bread with poppy seeds, hops and clove are somewhere hiding, the finish is crisp with some liquorice.. this is good stuff

carbonation is strong but well balanced, the beer looks thick but drinks medium bodied, not necessarily a hot summer day beer but a maybe a warm summer evening after you've had a few hot summer day beers kind of beer

there was this month or two in my life, mid-summer, that i was living in a flop spot and looking for a job and i was eating all these granola bars someone threw out and cans of peaches in the oppressive summer heat, and i blew my grocery budget on a bottle of good single malt scotch that i would make a dinner out of... it was good but a case of this would've been a better way to spend that 50 bucks

loosey, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of meatmallet
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky light brown with a thick white head that lasted for quite a few minutes.
Smells like banana, cinnamon, and yeast, very sweet smelling.
A little carmel and molasses in the beginning turns to banana bread at the end.
Crisply carbonated and a bit spicy.

meatmallet, May 24, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mid sized head with a little lace and a hazy, amber-brown body.

S - Fruity, spicy, wheat with banana esters and a mild cinnamon note.

T - Some fruit and lots of clove. A bit of caramel in the middle precedes the sweet, spicy wheat finish.

M - Slightly thick body and moderately high carbonation with a bit of chalkiness in the finish.

D - Quite spicy, this is a nice example of the style and easily drinkable.

nickfl, May 22, 2008
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Darkish orange-brown/caramel color. Huge head, whitish in color. Large bubbles but not too fizzy. Whispy lacing.
S: Sweet caramel, leafy hops, muted bitterness.
T: Bittersweet, malty sugars and not too nippy hop flavors. Lingering sweetness in the mouth and yeasty in the middle. Good flavors, and strung together nicely.
M: Straddles bitter and malty with some yeasty chewiness.
D: Good, nice flavors and easy to drink.

LeftyBWS, May 21, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bomber takes a few pours to find its way into my 22 ounce weizen glass. A tower of light beige foam retains at nearly three fingers of soft-peak eggwhite atop a deep, cloudy copper amber body.

Smells of toasty wheat bread and lightly fruity malts, cloves, with a sweet character.

Taste is of mild and toasty malts, savory wheat, banana, ripe plum, with a nutty, lightly buttery character that bears a hint of spiciness.

Perfect carbonation with a smooth finish and an intriguing essence of clarified butter. Easily quaffed, and frankly, hard not to.

cvstrickland, May 12, 2008
Photo of stcules
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown color, with a beautiful beige foam, compact and abundant.
Light and delicate smell, malt, caramel, a bit of biscuit.
At the taste is delicate, again, with malt, biscuit, caramel, a hint of light burnt. Not too sweet, pleasant.
Maybe a light fruity note of elder?
Same notes in the aftertaste, with a finish tending to liquorice and roots.
Average body.

stcules, May 12, 2008
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a rich rich cloudy auburn with bubbly white head and lots of haze.

rich aromas of sweet malt, figs, hops, and roasted malt as well.

on the palate the beer is wonderfully refreshing with malt upfront and slight fruitiness very reminiscent of a Belgian Dubbel, but without the weight, intensity, or sweetness that they often come with.

Very light, smooth, and refreshing. Maybe there is a reason they have been brewing for so long. A very elegant beer sure to impress and sure to satisfy.

bitterthebetter, May 12, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a hazy rusty brown colour. Slightly off white head poured as expected for a Weizen - big, thick and foamy. A steady stream of carbonation bubbles maintains a very thick covering throughout... some decent clingy lacing...

Aroma - Good strong spiciness - cloves and allspice, lots of yeasty and wheaty notes, raw palm sugar notes, light toasted bread, some notes of banana and chocolate mixed together, biscuity malts, tart fruits (pears, apples and lemons), sea salt, quite floral and perfumed...

Taste - Good strong wheatiness mixed with toasted bread, yeasty, light brown sugar sweetness, definite clove and banana, light cola notes, some pear and apple, nutmeg and pepper spiciness...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy... medium bodied... exceptionally quaffable - i could happily knock this back all evening...

Overall - An excellent Dunkel... certainly lives up to it's ratings.. recommended...

mdagnew, May 07, 2008
Photo of Moxley
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark hazy butterscotch with a nice thick tan head that stuck around to the end of the tasting.

S - Nice sweet malt aroma with fruity banana and yeast undertones.

T - Significant malt and wheat/yeast up front with a nice fruity, banana finish.

M&D - Excellent balance of malt and yeast. Nice combination of carbonation and creaminess (it's not a creamy beer, but it has a very smooth, almost creamy texture). A nice somewhat dry finish and a lot of that bready/wheat/yeast flavor in the aftertaste.

Overall this is a very good beer. Not too sweet, not too thick - just right for a hefe weizen. Good work Weihenstephan!

Moxley, May 03, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Hefeweissbier Dunkel poured a cloudy light brown shade. It had a ridiculous head with some solid retention. It left some sudsy lacing all over.

The smell brought scents of cloves, bananas, yeast, malt and lemon. It was sweet malts initially finished semi dry. It had the classic Hef taste but also some yeastiness which gave it some excellent complexity. It did taste close to banana bread. Overall a excellent beer to drink anytime. I bet it would be awesome on sunny day.

cswhitehorse, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle, got to love that great looking regal German looking bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light brown, with a full white head, lots of foam.

S: Fragrant yeast character, a lot of banana, sweet malt.

T: Light caramel hits at first and then melds into a lot of banana, with hints of molasses. Long lingering finish of clove.

M: Seems a tad on the thin side for a weizen beer, and it's hard to find the flavour at times, but it does have a rich carbonation appeal.

D: My first dunkelweizen in a while, a tasty beer, though I do prefer their regular hefe beer.

Halcyondays, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass I acquired with this great sampler. Poured a hazy iced tea brown with mysterious cloudy movement, very intriguing. I get my balls broken for always picking up banana smells in my weiss beers but this one had banana all over it followed by hints of fresh bread. Awesome smell. Loved the smell but was blown away by the taste. Banana sweetness followed by delicious chewy biscuit breadiness and finishing with a very faint malt flavor. Nice chewy thick mouthfeel. Each swallow left behind a delicious tasty coating. A perfectly balanced beer.

hyland24, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with a nice tight white head that fades to a ring. Light aromas of banana and bread. The taste is fuller and richer with lots of banana and more fresh baked bread. A touch of sweetness and possibly a touch of astringent clove in the finish. Really drinkable and a great late spring refresher. It has enough body and complexity to capture your interest before a hefe is required for the dog days of summer. Really pleasant.

Georgiabeer, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of rkinsella
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Like cloudy ice tea. Rocky and pillowy head stuck around for almost the whole glass. Lacing left a great looking pattern. Some chunky yeast sediment was stuck to the bottom of the bottle. A few pieces broke loose during the swirling of the yeast. I didn't notice till I poured the last bit into the glass. But they sank to the bottom.

Smell - Toffee cream, banana nut bread, light clove, sweet yummy malt.

Taste - A quick snap of spice, then mellow banana and smooth malty flavor take over. Note of tartness turns to a minimum bitter finish. Aftertaste is wonderfully neutral and even.
I've found this with the regular Heffeweiss as well.

Mouthfeel - Hearty with good weight. Fills your mouth.

Drinkability - A couple in a row would go down smooth. A warm weather beer with a little more to it. I've yet to try a Weihenstephaner that I didn't like!

rkinsella, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from pint to huge Red Oak mug from the now-defunct (?) Spring Garden brewery in Greensboro, NC - circa 1996.

Big, frothy rye bread-colored head (no caraway seeds, but I had to check) with cloudy chestnut body. Moderate lacing.

Excellent roasted whole wheat aroma - some rye, ginger with moderate malt sweetness. Slight pine and caramel.

VERY clean - wheat bread backbone is quite mild. Lots of whole grain goodness in here with slight bite of coriander and orange zest. Tastes healthy.

No bitterness at all - slightly sweet and piney - again, very clean from start to finish. Solid grain backbone.

(Respectfully) extremely drinkable and sessionable.

IBUnit63, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy caramel colored beer that is moderately hazed with a 3 or 4 finger head.
the aroma is loaded with bready clove and nutty ripe banana with a ligth caramel/vanilla beneath that. a little cake-y
the flavor has a large nutty clove component in addition to some of the more normal hefe flavors. i find a hints of orange zest here and there mingled with some carefuly placed hop bitterness. a little baking apple in there too perhaps. clove in the aftertaste as well, though fairly dry. a little bit of cocoa comes out with warmth.
the mouthfeel is medium for the most part with a active, but fine carbonation.
drinkability is quite good, it's a tasty, well balanced, easy drinking beer, and spot on for the style.

kmo1030, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of scootny
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 500 ml bottle int my Sisson's weiss glass. A dense creamy head from a regular pour yields a four finger head. It stays for what seems like an hour but really only five minutes. It slowly dwindles down to a half inch cap that stays the duration. The glass is a cloudy light chestnut brown and carbonation activity is light. Pretty

The smell is light chocolate, banana,clove and mild fruit like apple or pear. There is a light clove that develops as it warms.

Broad malt palate. Light roasted malt in the back and chocolate and banana. Mild tartness of green apple and more wheat malt. Finish is dry, slightly roasty with more yeasty banana. Superb.

Medium mouthfeel and excellent carbonation to tingle the tounge.

Supremely drinkable. A standard for Dunkleweiss, nothing better for cooler days and night. Delicious and easy to knock back as many as you want. It is a bit more filling than a hefe due to the more substantial body but who cares!

scootny, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of bort11
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle poured into a Sweetwater 420 hefe glass. Very nice looking head that stands a good two fingers width. Tight bubble formation and leaves a good amount of lacing. Color is a dark caramel brown, with quite a bit of carbonation activity.

Smell is quite light for being as dark as it is in color. A sweet graininess, with some lemon grass and a hint hops. Taste if very clean and crisp. Slightly lemony wheat malt, hops just barely making itself know.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean. Very session-able. I'm going to have to revisit this one in the summer.

bort11, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The normal brown 500ml bottle, best before 16th jan 2009, reviewed on a wet and windy English Sunday afternoon in March 2008.

Poued into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

Muddy, dirty mid-brown colour and cloudy of course. Light, grubby biege foaming head, which is huge by the way.

The aroma is of toasted bread and burnt vanilla smells in a heady mix which also has hops and yeast esters trying to vie for attention.

The taste is all vanilla and baked bananas. Not as sweet as my discription may imply. This has hidden flavours too, you have to search for them.
Apples and Pears, non-sour citrus fruits as well.

Not as thick as I anticipated, but not watery either. The flavours stay in the mouth and don't fade to anything nasty, like some beers can.

All in all a fine beer, not the best Dunkell Hefeweissbier I've ever had, but well up there with the better ones.

BlackHaddock, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why not review the classic? I will be attending TU Munchen and studying for my Braumeister's degree at Brauerei-Weihenstephan,so heres to school!

This Dunkleweizen pours out a dark-amber hued tan, absolutley gorgeous,billowy head blooms from the top of the weiss glass. Notes of colves, some banana, citrus, yeasts,hallertau hops. Flavor is absolutley refreshingly delicious-cloves,citrus,banana on the finish some bready yeasts in there as well. Crisp mouthfeel makes for crazy good drinkablity. Having this beer oder Radler(with a splash of lemonade) is how it was presented to me in Germany, where they drink this at 10 Am. read on the health benefits of these brews, and these people are really on to something!

czfreeman, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of shroompod
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark honey hazy brown. Large head good lacing.

Smell is very light , some slight grassy yeastiness.

Kind of a tart tasting beer that melds nicely with the slight caramel sweetness. Slight yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is light , somewhat dry.

I can see me drinking a lot of this in the summer months.

shroompod, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malts, bananas and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with just a little sweetness and simple flavors of wheat and caramelized malts. There's a decent and complimentary hop presence that provides a good balance.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this brewery just continues to impress me with their knack for keeping beers simple and making them very, very well.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour produces a voluminous, four-finger thick, lightly cocoa tinged, tan colored head that only laves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a earthy, dark plum color, but shows a lightly hazed, lightish cranberry hue when held up to the light. When held up to the light you also get a good sight of the seething mass of bubbles that are packed into this brew. Quite an appetizing aroma, it is a melange of banana, caramelized bread crust, a touch of sweet plum, crushed grain, some smooth phenolic clove notes and a light peppery spice character that is just barely noticeable underneath the surface. The Dunkel part of the malt bill adds a bit more, slightly rich, fruitiness to the aroma than one would find in a pale version. It also accentuates aromas of toasty grain and fresh baked, whole-grain bread crust.

The carbonation keeps this fairly light and definitely adds a light frothy texture to this brew. Very lightly sweet, but it does have a richness of malt character to it that pale Hefeweizens do not have. Soft fruit flavors of ripe plums seem to be a bit more noticeable up front than either of the signature banana or clove notes. Both are here though with the banana playing a subtle flavor role up front and in the middle, while the clove flavors add a spicy finish to this brew where it plays a pretty significant role. Coupled with the clove in the finish is a nice, wheat-beer tartness. As the beer warms up a bit, the clove flavors begin to stretch into the front parts of each sip. The texture of this beer really has a nice, soft, velvety character to it; it coats the mouth, but softly as this is a very quaffable brew. Melanoids and caramelized notes characterize the malt / grain character up front, while a bit of dusty grain character with just a kiss of toast graces the palate in the middle. At times a spicy, pepper-like character inserts itself onto the palate, it is quite nice and provides a sort of palate cleansing.

This is just a very nice example of a Dunkel Weizen. The caramelized, slightly toastier malt adds an interesting dimension to the traditional Hefeweizen character. This is a beer I would be quite happy to drink a few liters of.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Dark brown on top, fades down to a hazy golden color near the bottom. Very murky. Massive head of froth, beautiful lacing, and retention was solid.

S - Yeasty, bready, sweet, and even something improbable, like pumpkin.

T - Yeah, I'm probably wrong here but I get a good taste of pumpkin bread, banana, clove, yeast, and despite all of that, it isn't too sweet. Very balanced and delicious.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, clean feel, goes down smooth.

D - Outstanding, this brewery is awesome, I can't wait to pop the hefeweizen. An excellent brew, very highly recommended.

PhageLab, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of baos
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Looks like tobacco juice with soapsuds for a head. Big bubbly white head that sticks on the sides of my jar pretty good.

S: Lemon zest-banana-clove-pink bubble gum stickiness.

T: Banana bread with a lemon grass tanginess. Little bit of clove and candy gum ball: The pink one.

M: One of the best I've tasted.

D: I have one of these in front of me the whole night through.

baos, Feb 25, 2008
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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