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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,504
Reviews: 1,014
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 210
Gots: 184 | FT: 2
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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 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?

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

Appearance: It's extremely cloudy and red stained brown in color. There's a little yeasting floating about, but not much. It's topped with a tan head that reaches two fingers deep. It was quick to recede and left light lacing behind.

Smell: The nose is very spicy and features a strong clove mixed with cinnamon aroma initially. There's probably some ancillary spices I'm not identifying. Smells a tad sweet and malty. There's definitely some banana here. For some reason, that always works so well with clove. Hard to imagine one without the other, especially in a Weihenstephaner brew. It's not very deep or complex, but very enticing nonetheless.

Taste: The nose provides a very accurate roadmap of what lies ahead. It's kicked off with a nice spicy flavor that consists mostly of cinnamon and clove. There's probably others, but....yeah, I already mentioned that. Banana is definitely noted, but is more of a secondary player. It complements the clove and spicy flavors very well. It's a little sweet and malty. Perhaps a tad yeasty. I'm not convinced that there's any alcohol in it. If so, you can't tell at all. Finishes sweet and a little spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a nice light body that's relatively smooth. Carbonation's just a little buzzy and prevents it from accomplishing more. Drinkability is extremely high. Hefeweissbier Dark goes down way, way too easy. Given its light abv, you could probably drink this all night.

Brauerei Weihenstephan continues to impress. While I don't find this one quite as special as Vitus or Hefeweissbier, it is very tasty. This one just doesn't have quite the depth or breadth to reach that level. Nonetheless, it is easily one of the top Dunkelweizen's out there and should definitely be sought out.

Photo of maddmatt48
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light brown-copper color and hazy, with cream one finger head.

S - Yeast comes through up front, very earthy. A little bit of maltiness smell and hay as well.

T - A little creamy, malt flavors, wheat bread, taste the yeast. Small spice notes, but unable to determine what spices.

M - Minimal carbonation up front, surprising but slightly lighter in body than the hefeweissen. Good mouthfeel.

D - Very good drinkability. Session type beer. First of this style I've had. I prefer the regular hefe, but this is a very good beer and would love to drink again.

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

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A = Milk chocolate color, light evenly hazy translucent liquid, off white head of small bubbles.

S = Bananas and milk chocolate are the predominant themes in this one. Well balanced smells.

T = Good sweet flavors of whole wheat bread, fruity banana, tart citrus. Lot of great flavors and well balanced. Only downfall is that it is a little too watery.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating.

D = This is a very pleasant drinking beer, I could easily see having several of these at the biergarten.

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

She pours a coppery crimson with a huge white head and heavy lacing. Very nice.
The smell is a subdued clove, which goes along well with the style. The bananna is there as well, it just doesn't jump out at you.
The taste is the same, very well rounded, with the clove-like spice coming through. This is certainly the number one example of an excellent estery yeast. This taste leads to a mouthfeel that is extremely crisp and refreshing. I could definitely put back quite a few of these.
I can see why this yeast has become the premier dunkelweizen yeast, excellent flavor profiles.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dunkel Weizen, I love the way it sounds, even more the way it tastes. Poured a murky almost crimsonish brown color that was light at the top just below the head, but darker towards the bottom. Head started off being large, but quickly faded to a perfect lacing. Smell was very powdery and nice, with light fruit and cloves. Taste was breathtaking with loads of complexities. Apples and other fruits, tobacco, sweet meat, pumpkinish almost. There was a really nice nutty character to the beer. It is pure bliss to let this one swish around the palate. It is balanced while at the same time not, with new flavors coming out with each sip. Drinkability was nice as well, not overpowering or underepresented, its just right. I am dumbstruck with this beer, its very very good. I think with all of the tastes going on it would make for a great Thanksgiving beer, or at the very least a good one to pour when the leaves start changing color.

This review comes from 3/16/09, which is close to three years since I last reviewed it. On the other hand, I have had it numberous times since then. Pour went in to a Schneider Edel Weiss glass. Color was a light tan brown, about a finger of head. Smells of powdered brown bread, bananas, cloves. More fruit and bread in the taste...extremely complex. Drinkability is perfect, carbonation in just the right place. The best Dunkelweiss out there. One of the best beers out there.

Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber color with a thick, frothy head into my pint glass.

Aroma is smooth with hints of clove and banana in the nose. Kind of sweet as well.

Taste is smooth with a good amount of clove and banana flavors upfront. Feels clean and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of clove, banana and even a bit of caramel. Very light and goes down well. Mouthfeel contributes to the enjoyment of this beer as it is so easy to drink.

A very nice dunkelweizen. You can't get much more flavorful than this and it's so easy to drink, which adds to its' appeal.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark orange, almost brown with a nice murky haze. Great big foamy had that has great retention and leaves a tower in middle of the glass as the edges dissipate. Beautiful lacing down the entire glass.

S- Very citrusy spicy aroma to this beer. Lemon, oranges, cloves and some other fruity, maybe banana, notes come through. Very fragrant I could smell from across the room when after I poured it.

T- Very smooth and subtle flavors but work wonderfully together. Some citrus bight to start things off. After the initial citrus drys out there are great caramel and chocolate flavors that come through, fallowed by roasted almonds, marshmallows and cloves. This is a very tasty beer.

M- Very smooth and light not much there actually but feels great going down.

Overall I would say this is another success by Weihenstephaner. This is a great Hefe.

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

This beer pours a cloudy caramel brown color with 2cm of creamy tan head that shrinks a little, but never really goes away. It smells of yeast, banana, raisins and some hops I can't identify. Very pleasant. The taste is much like the aroma, yeast, banana, raisins, just enough hoppy bitterness to balance it out. The mouthfeel is very fizzy like a hefe should be, but still somewhat heavy and not watery at all. Overall, it's very drinkable, like every other Weihenstephaner beer I've ever had.

Photo of seaoflament
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle today from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a light copper with a huge amount of off-white colored foam, literally about half of my weizen glass was filled with foam. The creamy foam slowly recedes. The body is a touch hazy but you can still see through it. The yeast pour certainly makes this one a touch darker, more like mahogany wood and cloudier, can't see through it anymore.

Strong phenol aroma with notes of banana and clove, and a hint of citrus. Toasted malts, sweet wheat, bubblegum, a bit of chocolate, and multi-grain bread.

Light toast upfront, wheat, subtle bubblegum flavor, banana, and a touch of spices and clove. More clove on the finish and aftertaste with a little earthy flavor. Good, but rather thin on the finish. A touch of caramel near the end. Getting a little better but I would have liked a touch more sweetness. A bit of cereal and grain flavor. A little nutty flavor as well.

A tad too thin at first but good carbonation level and refreshing.

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

Half-liter bottle with a batch-code on the back label. It pours an opaque mahogany, with lively carbonation that builds up a three-finger head, which reduces to a quarter-inch and leaves little lacing. One the nose it's bananas, spicy yeast, wheat, chocolate?, some grassiness, a touch of cloves and perhaps some nuttiness. Light wheat and chocolate on the palate, yeast, a mild bitterness, and just a kiss of green hops on top of a medium, tingly and dry, yet smooth body. Very drinkable and quite delicious - one of the benchmarks for the style.

Photo of raoulduke37
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a friend who was telling me about dark hefeweizens about a year ago and I thought he was full of shit (This was before I was on BA), and now that I'm drinking my first, I'm damn glad that he wasn't kidding. But let's get down to brass tacks, here:

A - Looks like a dark hefe, murky brownish-yellow, with plenty of yeast and lots of carbonation heading towards the soft, creamy head. Looks fantastic to drink.

S - Some definite yeast, earthy tones, maybe some grass.

T - Amazing! A little chocolaty about halfway through, and finishes up with a creamy flavor, like the foam from a root beer float. Seriously delicious!

M - Slight carbonation upon entry, but after that it's smooth sailing.

D - This would be a definite session beer for me - delicious, incredibly affordable, low abv, light, crisp, and sweet. I'll be buying these over and over again.

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

Pours a deep brown amber in colour with a thick frothy head that leaves a lot of lacing.
Smells richly of banana and cloves. Quite spicy on the nose.
Sweet banana and fruity flavours - almost bubblegummy. Has a crisp mouthfeel with light carbonation. Very smooth. Very nice.

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

Hazy beef broth type of color with a tan hue on either side left to right. Minimal off tan head and difficult to see the action.

Caramel and banana smell with some vanilla and bubblegum aromas.

Banana and caramel malt taste with hints of vanilla and bubblegum and an alcohol flavor as well.

Medium to moderate bodied, well balanced resin feel, crisp and soft carbonation with an alcohol finish.

This is probably exceptional on draft I think I might like this better than their bottled Hefe.

Photo of hoplover82
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep hazy amber golden color with a big (huge) creamy ivory head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing.

Smells very yeatsy lemon citrus. Has faint alcohol with strong bread dough and lots of wheat. Faint earthy and spicy hops.

Has strong wheat and yeasty sweet lemon citrus. Strong but soft bitterness that lingers forever. As it warms, earthy and spicy hops come through more.

Medium to full bodied and very smooth. Very full flavored for 5.3 abv.

I could session this all night.

Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great, malty wheat beer with a flavor that is clean, spicy and full. The beer is a light brown with a frothy head. The nose has a ton of wonderfully-spiced banana. There are wonderful caramel malt flavors lurking in the aroma, as well. The malt is sweet and doughy. There is some light bitterness. Bananas and cloves come in from the wheat. It's a maltier version of the Hefeweizen. Great beer

Photo of Jeffo
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: A big huge 3+ finger thick white head that piles up like a mountain top out of the glass. Lighter brown in colour, like sienna or russet. Head is very persistent and attractive. More carbonation evident than average. Finally settles into a thick cap that remains the whole time and lots of lacing down the glass. A little darker of a colour would've made this a perfect score here.

SMELL: Nice scent of wheat malt, bananas and lemon. A bit of caramel is there two but the sweet malt and lemon tones are more prevalent. Strong scent that makes a statement.

TASTE: Wheat malt and some sweet citrus lemon tones as well. The end has a slight bit of bread there, which is a nice touch. A mild but long lingering sweet aftertaste of citrus, wheat malt and bread as well. Very nice combo.

PALATE: Medium body and lower end carbonation. Kind of lighter in the mouth than most; could be a little heavier. Goes down very smooth, like nothing, and finishes on the dryer side of the spectrum. Nice, but needs more weight to give it more of a presence.

OVERALL: Fantastic. One of the best looking dunkels I've seen, and the rest of it is a complete enjoyment. The body needs a little more weight, which would probably give the taste a bigger presence as well and made this one a whopper. Other than that this is spot on. Very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable, this is one I'll be grabbing again either at the shop, or at the Belgian bar in the city.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Weizen glass.

Pours very hazy light milk chocolate brown, with a healthy fluffy off-white head on top.

Nose is sweet, heavy on bananas, a bit of vanilla pudding. Spiciness in there, and a breadiness that hints at banana bread.

Flavor is very smooth - you get the tangy wheat in there, alongside bananas, clove, a bit of sweet malt comes through in the form of a super light bready cocoa note, as well as the mellow, smooth quality.

Soft carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability is utterly fantastic.


Photo of paco1029384756
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber color with two fingers of creamy white head.

Scent of wheat, grain,, earth, banana, and clove. Light and floral, a great simple scent.

Taste of banana and wheat start with some subtle maple flavors coming in. Finish is bready with lingering a banana flavor, excellent.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, a bit too much for my liking.

A refreshing and highly drinkable Dunkelweizen.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,504 ratings.