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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,522
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 215
Gots: 197 | 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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Ratings: 2,522 | Reviews: 1,022
Photo of almychristopher
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice hazy amber color with an amazingly thick creamy off white head... lots of co2. but that might be helping the aroma, the hefe yeast have done their thing, and there still might be a bit of malt in the back. the taste definitely hits the mark, the banana and spice is nicely rounded out by the roasted malts and wheat. the co2 was a bit aggressive, but a nice body none the less, a very drinkable beer.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the breezy point inn at greenwood lake - the waitress taught me the correct pronunciation when i ordered - following a hofbrau maibock - chunky brown with a 1 1/2 finger head - smells sweet and malty - i agree with the heffe/dark malt take on this beer's taste - crisp and malty sweet - goes down easy.

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

A- Pours a nice dark turbid brown. About a half-inch of white head that lingers for a while.

S- Spicy an banana... nothing too complex, but delicious nonetheless. Smells similar to the Vitus and Heffeweis, but richer, maybe.

T- Take the Heffe and ad some darker malt and that's what you have here. Good for what it is, but nothing spectacular. Like a tasty, spicy (clove-y), heffe but malty and biscuity. Slight banana and some spice. Rather like banana bread. Some almond. Not bad, but nothing mind blowing.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. To style.

D- Moving good, nothing special. Good, though.

This brew is good, but I don't think it's anything special. It tastes like a malty Weihenstephaner Heffe... good, but better as the Heffe.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper/brown in colour with an inch-high head that shows reasonably persistence.
Lots of overripe/cooked banana (like in banana fritters) apparent even during pour. Upon further inspection wheat and some spices (coriander and cloves) are detectable, as well as some sweet darker malts with contribute a caramel note.
Flavours are a mix of wheat and caramel malts, as well as banana and cloves. A restrained bitterness sits nicely in the background.
Spritzy carbonation works well to support the traditional watery wheat flavour/texture. Highly drinkable!

Photo of berkey
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Forms a large light tan head when poured into a weizen glass. Body is a cloudy and hazy medium brown. Head dies slowly and retains a about half an inch or so for nearly the entire tasting. Carbonation appears to be very light.

Smells of bananas, unsweetened chocolate, cinnamon and other spices. Actually detected some mild yeast aroma which I wasn't expecting (edit: yeast smell may be because I poured in some of the yeast sediment from the bottle). I'm not very familiar with this style so it's quite a unique aroma for me.

No surprises here. Palate follows though very faithfully on the smell with the same chocolate, bananas, and spice. Mouthfeel is a little watery for my taste, was hoping it would be a little creamier. Drinkability is very high.

I'm kind of embarassed I've not given this style a fair shot before as I'm more into Belgian and English styles. While not exactly up my alley this was very interesting and enjoyable. After this I'm going to take a second look to see which other styles I've been missing out on.

Photo of kaseydad
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pilsner glass with a massive off-white foamy head. Nice murky light brown color.

I smell an aroma of bananas and sweet pineapple. Very appealing.

An amazing taste. So much smoother than I was expecting it to be. It sort of reminds me of a Belgian beer but without the huge fruit splash. Absolutely no harsh aftertaste. Just silky smooth and makes my mouth water for more.

I am really starting to like the German beers and this is an awesome beer to try.

Highly recommended. The Weihenstephan crew definitely know how to do it!

Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Taco Mac Lindbergh.

Pours a hazy brownish amber that looks a bit like tea in the glass underneath a big off-white head that shows good lacing.

The aroma is just flush with bananas and bubblegum sweetness mixed with lots of clove spiciness. It definitely has a bit more malt presence than the hefe and a bit of lemon as well.

The taste ratchets the bananas down a notch and the malts come through a bit more. The finish brings back the spiciness of the cloves and leaves a dry, clean finish.

The mouthfeel is highly (almost too) carbonated and extremely smooth going down.

I was expecting this to be one of the best dunkels I've ever had and it lived up to the expectations. A supremely drinkable beer.

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

Poured chilled into a Weihenstephaner 0.5l glass then left to sit for a little while.

Held to the light this Dunkel comes off only slightly lighter then others in the class and the shade is easily tea in color.

Smell is very much floral with fruit notes coming through.

Taste is very much inline with other hefe weiss' and as always I get a very strong banana type taste.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and infact surprisingly crisp for what the appearance would lead you to believe.

I was a huge hefe lover a few years back and its probably best I didn't review this beer then as it would have no doubt been "brilliant" just like others. Now i'm a little jaded on hefe for reasons unknown, however, I can say that this is a great Dunkel.

Photo of Getinthevan
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a stein full of this brew on a recent trip back to Tallahassee, Florida and needless to say, this stuff was class all the way.

Appearance is a dark brown/creamy black with gobs of head retention and thick as a brick. This stuff doesn't mess around and knows how to make its presence known. Definitely a great looking dunkel.

Smell was strong in roasted malts and wheat. This stuff does not mess around and is not for the lighthearted. This dunkelweizen carried strong wheat aromas and did not disappoint at all.

Taste was great. This is a bitter beer no doubt, but it's an enjoyable bitterness with a sweet finish. This is also a very thick beer and certainly not one to hand to a friend to chug with. No no, this is a patience beer and drinking this beast with its great taste is something to behold.

Mouthfeel was thick, flavorful and overwhelming in retention. One of the strongest beers I've ever tasted and certainly look to trying again in the future.

Drinkability is killer. I had a stein of this and needless to say this was beyond magnificent. Great flavor, great volume, and overall provides a great buzz. Definitely grab a pint or two of this, as you will thoroughly enjoy it.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark maple brown color with a thick foamy tan head big and cloudy too. Nose is chocolate, brown sugar, clove, wheat and banana. Taste is smooth tasting beer with hints of maple, chocolate maltiness, banana and a touch of clove spiciness. Really good Dunkel overall.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty dark brown, almost like a dark english tea or something. Pours a very tall and robust light tan head. Very nice lacing.

S: I get strong fruity smells, mostly of bananas. Not getting much else, but still smells very refreshing.

T: The first flavor I get a very bready. Quickly followed by the taste of bananas I picked up earlier from the nose. Reminds me a lot of banana bread. Finishes with the slightest flavor of alcohol. It has a nice bready aftertaste to poetically end how it began.

Overall: Really awesome Dunkel. I love banana bread so a banana bread tasting beer is right up my alley. Next time I'm in a dunkel mood it's going to be hard to find a better candidate at the store.

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

had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

After 508 reviews, I probably cannot add much more to the description of this wonderful bier. It is a pure Hefeweizen in terms of crispness, sweetness, appearance, and delight in drinking it. Weihenstephaner biers are some of the best in the world and this dunkel weizen is one of the top 3 out there.

I strongly recommend this bier and everyone should have it at least once in their life. This, along with hacker-pschorr, are the best weizens in the world. Prosit!

Photo of gameface23
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a murky, "unpasteurized apple cider" color with a creamy off-white head that leaves really nice lacing on the glass. Compact carbonation bubbles constantly race up the sides of the glass.

S: Green apples, wheat bread, bananas, spicy clove. Very enticing.

T: Everything that is in the smell is present in the taste. The only negative in the taste is a metallic/tinny aftertaste.

M: Crisp mouthfeel.

D: Exceptional drinkability. This is a prime example of a session beer. Flavorful, refreshing, exciting, and lower in alcohol. I could drink this year round.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a ridonkulously murky oaken brown with a big, tan head. A thick ring sticks around for the entirety and leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is malty, spicy and sweet. Definitely smells a bit like banana bread.

The flavor is fantastic. It's got the big banana and clove action from Weihen's hefeweizen, mixed with a nice rounded maltiness. Really delicious stuff. It has a good sour zing to it as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and lively with good carbonation. Medium-bodied and dry, though not as creamy as the hefe. This is yet another killer summer beer. But shit, I'd drink it year-round.

Drinkability is as good as it gets. You'd be hard pressed to find a brewery that makes weizens as good as Weihenstephaner.

Photo of younger35
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So a bit of a side note on this brew. I was purchased in August of 07 so this is sort of a experiment. No idea how a 5% Hefe holds up for a year and a half but we'll see. Drank from my New Glarus Weizen glas.

Appearance- Pours a semi hazed dark murky yellowish orange with a beautifully huge three finger orange pith white. The big head fizzes away fairly quickly leaving a thin cap and collar and not much lacing.
Smell- A light bit of dirty earthy mashed banana with subtle hints of clove and nutmeg. Very bready in a sort of whole wheat way with a light bit of sweetness. Some bubblegum at times and a tinge of wet dog hair.
Taste- Much like the nose it starts with a nice burst of yeasty clove and some lightly sweet banana. A bit wheat and whole grain a nice earthy malt aspect that I don't know I've experienced before. I think the time in the bottle really is what's keeping the beer flavors from 'popping'. I know its better fresh but it's good anywho.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light and sort of creamy with very light carbonation, especially considering how aggressive it was out of the bottle.
Drinkability- Well even after all this time the beer remains pretty darned tasty. Sure it's not as good as it could be but it's still better than a lot of fresh Hefs. Glad I tried this and I'll definitely edit my review upon trying this fresher.

Photo of natasharai
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with an amazing amount of foamy fizzy off white head, that dissipated to a 1/4 inch creamy layer leaving a chunky lacing. The beer is a beautiful cloudy orange-brown.

Smell: Sweet ripe bananas, spicy nutmeg and clove, fresh cut grass, and sweet caramel.

Taste: Mildly sweet bubble gum, pears, and bananas. Strong tangy wheat, spicy flavors like cloves and nutmeg, sweet caramel, and a roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, nice carbonation, good tangy spicy tingle on the tongue, leaves mouth a bit sweet.

Overall: Very drinkable, Delicious flavors but not overpowering. The subtleties are wonderful and make this beer very interesting. I could drink three of these and still want more! Nice roasted flavor I didn't expect. Very refreshing for how complex this is.

Photo of Nick3
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer poured into my Paulaner Weisbier glass. Brew is cloudy and brownish-orange in color. Beautiful pillowy 3 finger head is formed easily, even with a gentle pour. Rings of lacing cling to the glass and the head rescinds a bit initially but then holds 2 cm or so for most of the beer. Nose is malty with lemony notes as well as what I can best describe as jalapeno. Taste is sublime; beer is amazingly well balanced. Caramel is present and some malty sweetness. Beer is smooth and crisp and the finish leaves a light lingering caramel taste. You just want to keep drinking this and quickly and I polished this one off quickly. This and Gordon Biersch DW are the best I've had.

Photo of carp420
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle -> A Weihenstephaner weizen glass

nice dirty brownish hazy hue, two finger creamy vanilla head that didn't last but laces well.

lots of banana, more cloves and peppery spices, def. some yeast with more of a malty smell than its cousin.

taste really hits you strong, more maltyness with clove and pepper spices that really blend well with the citrus and floral notes, alcohol comes through esp. with warmth.

a little carbonated at first, but really settles in and blends well as it sits.

just really getting into the dunkel's and this is by far the best i've had, to me lots of drinkability but more of a night capper than anything, can't wait to get my hands on more

Photo of Foxtrot
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to use some of my weizen glasses.

Pours a nice murky hazy brown with a incredible head with ample lacing and retention.

Loved the aroma. Intense scents of banana, clove and some sweet malts.

Taste is reminiscent of its hefe brother, but with a more pronounced malt backbone. Flavors of banana and clove are ever present with a nice sweet malt body and a clean crisp finish. This would be a great beer on a summer day.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but still a good tasting and good feeling beer.

Despite the light mouthfeel, I still feel that this beer has alot to offer with its crisp taste and refreshing finish.

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

poured a HAZY BROWN color with a huge off white/tan head that lasted forever and left nice lacing
smell is lots of banana and a hint of clove
taste is huge banana
mouthfeel was medium to light, you could see carbonation but not feel it on the tongue
drinkability is perfect and most likely the fresher the better

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

Hefty white pillowy head with plenty of stick atop a murky dark amber body with plenty of brown hue to it. Reeks of delicious ripe banana with subtle malt sweetness. Complexity of the taste is standout. A subtle peppery and very faint clove spiciness owes it to the yeast's work on the wheat. Bready malt sweetness covers the tongue. Banana settles down considerably after its work in the aroma, but still plays a solid part in the taste. Slightly drying finish. Man, words just don't really do it justice. Chewy mouthfeel with a great level of carbonation - not exactly viscous but it just coats your mouth in a similar way. A truly great beer from "the world's oldest brewery."

Photo of TheSarge
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss Dunkel pours perfectly as to be expected. Plenty of carbonation to produce ample amounts of khaki colored head, with great retention. The body is a murky chocolate brown, and is nearly opaque.

The weizen glass supplied with this taster pack is key to providing a picturesque pour, for any weizen.

Aromas are of fresh banana nut bread, with cloves. There is a light peppery fragrance, which is shared with its lighter version.

The taste is an envelope of flavor. Sweet banana flavor dominates, with slight breadiness.

Mouth feel wise, there is plenty of bite from the carbonation, but a slick oiliness follows through.

This is the most refreshing dunkel weizen I've ever had. Too bad this isn't readily available in my neck of the Odenwald.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy and hazy medium amber color ale with a supper huge off-white foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of banana ester with some great wheat malt is quite excellent. Taste is very smooth with great notes of banana ester with some lightly sweet wheat malty which provide a great refreshing factor. Full creamy body with great carbonation. One of the best example of the style.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, muddled brown body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Dull, earthy spices over malty scents of caramel covered wheat and cocoa with notes of fresh bananas.

Taste: Light, dry caramel mixed with a bit of cocoa and a taste of wheat grain. Rich blend of spice flavors: clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Banana esters perk up shortly. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Final hints of malt and spice on the soft, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A delightful dunkelweizen and a fine example of the style. Go out and get some!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown color with a fine-bubbled light beige head. Retention is a bit sub-par for a wheat beer and lacing is nothing special either.

Smells like a hefe with some melted chocolate poured in. Perhaps a bananas foster? Fairly light nose and I dont seem to get as much punch as their regular hefeweissbier. Still a nice smelling beer though.

Taste is much more muted than I expected. This is very much a thirst quencher for a hot day. Clove flavor is the most prevalent yeasty ester, but there is some banana and bubblegum in there too. Zippy wheat tang finishes crisp and smooth. Can I have another please?

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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