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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 166
Gots: 101 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of BassAssassin


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Light brown in color with a thick head. Hazy appearance.

S: Slight hint of black licorice. Mainly a musty, yeast smell with a aromas of green apples. Spot on for the style.

T: Very similar to a standard hefeweizen. Clove and green apple with undertones of banana. The flavor of the yeast seems to hold everything together.

M: Light and refreshing with a perfect amount of carbonation. The malt sweetness makes for a rounded mouthfeel. Airy and fluffy due to the wheat.

D: Highly drinkable and very refreshing. This would make a superb session beer. Also, a perfect brew for hot weather. This is the benchmark for this particular style in my opinion.

01-30-2007 00:06:15 | More by BassAssassin
Photo of Bitterbill


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours from 16.9oz bottle(room temp) a cloudy brown with a large billowy head of foam that shrinks slowly and leaves a fine solid layer, with lots of lacing, right through to the end of the session.

The smell is Wheat dominated but I can also sense clove, banana, and maybe some dark fruit?

The taste on first sip kind of surprised me as I'm getting a lot of roasted malt and grain. After that, the fruitiness moves in with a good plum and banana presence and the clove, that I noted in the nose, finally shows up adding some most welcome complexity. I like this and I could drink more.

Bottom line: Plenty of flavour in this Dunkel Weizen....I can easily recommend it. Thanks go out to Wasatch for this sample!!

01-28-2007 20:46:41 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of mpyle


4.08/5  rDev -4%

Poured a huge creamy off-white head with excellent retention. Pale brown color and fairly good clarity for a hefe.

Aroma was interesting. Dominated by a sweetness that had elements of vanilla, banana, and cola. No hop, and minimal wheat beer phenolic (clove) signature.

Rich dark malt flavor - melanoidans? Toasty maltiness starts a bit sweet, but balanced with some hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry (high carbonation helping here), and shows a hint of a citrus/tart finish. Only in the finish does the wheat character shine, but overall the flavors show the dual nature (dark malt/wheat malt) of the style.

Mouthfeel was exceptional - very creamy, highly carbonated but not harsh. Moderate body.

Overall quite mild and smooth, and a nice melding of a darker beer with a hefe-weizen. Neither component dominates, and the result is a nice, highly drinkable beer.

01-26-2007 01:30:22 | More by mpyle
Photo of dfried


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Kind of a toffee amber color, easy to see through, some yellow at the edges. Giant syrupy beige head that lasts throughout as a nice cap. Rich wheaty aroma, a lot of banana and yeasty bread, a a fair amount of spicy cloves with some underlying lemony zest. Rich wheaty flavor, a lot like banana bread but not dead on comparable. Spicy cloves show up on the itp of the tounge. As in the aroma there is some underlying zest. Some bubble gum flavors as well. A lot like their hefe but with some of the zest exchanged for toastier, breadier, caramel like malt. Fairly light bodied and really easy to drink.

Verdict: one of my favorite dunkels, but not quite the top of the list. It definitely had a ton of esters from the fermentation, but not quite as much as others that I would have to give the cake to, but make no mistake, dunkels don't get much better.

01-12-2007 02:56:36 | More by dfried
Photo of shaggy151


3.53/5  rDev -16.9%

This beers pours a cloudy medium brown color with a very thick creamy head. Has a very fresh slighty sweet malt smell. Tastes like the smell with a hint of banana. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. This was my first dunkel weizen and was very drinkable.

01-01-2007 02:58:10 | More by shaggy151
Photo of Wasatch


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a cloudy light brown color, nice carbonation, nice creamy 2 finger head, tons of lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, yeast, bananna, cloves, slightly grassy, and slight caramel. The taste follows the nose malty/grassy, nice taste of cloves/bananna, nice crisp finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, very freshing brew, highly recommend.

12-31-2006 21:36:11 | More by Wasatch
Photo of billysj


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel appearance is a dark amber with a white large head.

The smell is a hint of banana and roasted malt. The taste has a nice malt flavor with a smooth mouthfeel and little carbination.

I like this beer and will drink this one again.

12-31-2006 01:31:44 | More by billysj
Photo of Frozensoul327


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Cloudy dark apple cider color with a large head of fluffy white foam. No lacing, medium to medium high level of carbonation.

S: Buttery dark caramel malts, sweet husk, some minor notes of spices and herbs. Very fresh aroma.

T: Light buttery malts marked with roasted earth and grain. A slight yeasty note toward the finish. A hint of natural sugar sweetness blends well. Solid wheaty backbone. Nice.

M: Medium/light bodied and quite bubbly. Goes down well. Smoothness from the wheat element is present.

D: Pretty good. Right on the money. Perhaps one of the better Dunkel Weizen's i've had this year.

Notes: Would be an excellent change up beer for summer months. Recommended drinking.

12-29-2006 01:50:54 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of tcfishler


3.6/5  rDev -15.3%

Cloudy, toffee-ish brown. Huge offwhite head with fabulous lacing. Aromas of sweet fruit (not just banana) and clove. Soft mouthfeel. Flavors are not too sweet. Yeastiness that appears on the back end is interesting and not unpleasant. Fine example of the genre.

12-28-2006 18:23:04 | More by tcfishler
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

This poured lighter than i expeced for a dunkel. There was a nice head which it retained as i drank it down. The smell was excellent, banana, cloves with a bready yeast smell. this is how you want a hefe to smell. The taste was musty and delicious. A nice fine example of the style, the yeast really shone through, with some nice malt undertones. A very nice beer, perhaps not suited to the winter.

12-22-2006 07:46:51 | More by sleazo
Photo of stoutman


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

The beer has the classic, zesty, citrusy, gingery, hefeweizen aroma. The color is a hazy gold-tinged light-to-medium brown. The color is lighter than the "dark" designation might suggest. The beer pours with a large amount of head, as is typical to the style. It tastes just as it smells, which is a good thing, but whereas the aroma is powerful, the flavor is mellow. Has a steady stream of carbonation when poured right to the finish.

12-09-2006 03:43:24 | More by stoutman
Photo of Onibubba


3/5  rDev -29.4%

Did a little Dunkel side by side last night with this, Erdinger,Julius Echter, and Franziskaner. All four were nearly identical in pour and appearance. All got a full aggressive pour with the yeast, cause that's how I like em. This gave the beers a somewhat (but not too) cloudy nut brown color. Head on all was present, but short lasting.

Smell was similar in all four beers, with a yeasty banana bread and almost medicinal clove aroma.

Taste was more of the same - Big yeasty banana bread. Nothing really remarkable here. It is good, but not as nice as the JE nor as unique as the Franz. A damn sight better than the Erdinger though.

Mouthfeel is where this really runs short. Thinner than the frontliners with a higher carbonation that really adversely affects the drinkability of this beer. An average Dunkel compared to the others. nothing wrong with that. Just that there are better and worse choices to be had.

12-05-2006 14:07:16 | More by Onibubba
Photo of techdiver


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours with a hazy medium brown color and a decent head that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation races up the sides.

Great malty smell with faint banana.

Taste is of sweet malt and the aforementioned banana. Just a great tasting brew.

Feels great in the mouth, even smoother than their Hefe Weizen.

Very drinkable, I still have some Hefe and Korbinian left; gotta consider getting some more of this too.

12-05-2006 01:33:32 | More by techdiver
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Had this beer at a German restaurant, served in a Weizen glass.

Medium dark colored brew with several inches of creamy head.

Aromas typical of a weissbier, with some cloves, bananas, and yeast prevailing, but also some light chocolate notes.

Flavor was very interesting. This was my first Dunkel Weizen, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What I got was a hefe-weizen flavor, augmented by some caramel and chocolate flavors. It was very good.

I really liked the mouthfeel. It was much lighter than expected, yet had a full bodiedness about it as well.

All this made for an extremely drinkable brew. Recommended.

11-21-2006 18:06:33 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4%

I've loved traditional Weiss beer for years but am slowly finding myself more attracted to the dark side for reasons unknown, but I am highly anticipating this example from highly respected Weihenstephaner..

An extremely attractive pour, featuring a compact, almost solidified head, nearly three inches high and very slow to recede atop a caramel body. Nose is a complex mix of malts featuring hints of banana bread, citrus, wheat, and yeast. Sweet but not overly so.

A sweet blast of fruit and crystal malts with clove to help balance the banana on steroids flavors. Texture is delicate and dances easily on the tongue without interference from carbonation or other inhibiitors.

This is high quality as anticipated and worth searching out for any afficianado of German brew. Tough to beat among dunkels.

11-14-2006 04:20:29 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Jaynuze

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%

A: Pours a nice pillowy head that follows the beer down the glace with a nice lace. Its color is a rusty gold with touches of amber and is quite hazy like a good hefe should be!

S: Its nose is malty sweet with hints of fruits (bannana?), toasted grains, and light alcohol.

T: Soft, malty, and fruity with a nice snappy finish. As with the nose, there are notes of fruit, corriander, and apple. For a darker beer, this style finishes quite smoothly ... an enjoyable beer for sipping or dinner.

Overall: I have to agree with pretty much everyone here ... this is one of the best Dunkel Weizens out there. Just like their Hefeweissen this hits the spot. The oldest brewery in the world ... and almost undoubtably one of the best!

11-02-2006 23:20:22 | More by Jaynuze
Photo of thefenst


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured into a pilsener glass.
Nice white head, great carbonation, with a fair amount of sediment.
Very nice amber brown color, very cloudy.
Tastes of clove and banana, with a slightly tart aftertaste.
Very little hop bitterness, with malty notes throughout.
Decent mouthfeel, I like this one as much as their hefe.
Very drinkable for the 16.9 oz. I had, but this would only be sessionable if you can eat a loaf of bread in one sitting.
This is one heavy, chewy, but extremely delicious beer.
A great example of the style, highly recommended.

10-29-2006 21:21:39 | More by thefenst
Photo of 3frog


4/5  rDev -5.9%

served at the Weihenstephan biergarten (I was hoping for draft instead of bottle)

Appearance: medium brown; 3 finger head that settled to a small crema-like layer; little lace

Smell: not too strong, some clove, and for some reason I was getting hints of a wort boiling aroma; nice.

Taste: more subdued clove than the hell but there at a balanced level; some banana but fruit seemed a bit more pronounced; somewhat tart; a little cereal in the aftertaste; subdued hops.

Mouthfeel: almost chewy, balanced by a moderately high level of carbonation.

Drinkability: certainly one of the nicer examples of the style and my favorite.

10-21-2006 19:19:44 | More by 3frog
Photo of AChamberlain


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

This was a last minute purchase at the Munich airport. Poured into a weizen glass from a .5l bottle.

A: Thick, frothy, foamy head. Brown in color and barely translucent.
S: Bananas right away. Subtle fruit smells.
T: Fruity, bananas, just like the smell. No bitterness. Yummy.
MF: Super smooth and lush.
D: Very drinkable.

10-17-2006 21:29:01 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of Pooba001


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Beer was gently swirled in bottle to rouse some yeast, and poured in to a Pilsner glass, I don't have drink many wheat beers, so I don't have a proper Weizen glass. This is close enough. Label says the beer is "Hefeweissbier Dunkel". Very cloudy, as expected with the wheat content and yeast sediment. Its a medium brown color, golden around the edes when held to light, with excellent carbonation and a big fluffy white head that doesn't dissipate. Smell is moderatly phenolic, aromas of clove, wheat, slight tartness (green apple?), and slight banana ester are prevalent.

Taste has more banana that the scent would indicate, and clove is still quite prominent, apple-like tartness is present, but not overwhelming. Dry, toasty malty notes are there too, hop bitterness is almost imperceptable.

Mouthfeel is good, not exceptional, and drinkability is very high for this style. Stylistically, this is an excellent beer, one of the best Germans I've had, and I would consider it for future purchases.

10-17-2006 10:19:52 | More by Pooba001
Photo of DogFood11


4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

Perfect shade of brown topped with a monstrous head that has amazing staying power. Body is slightly hazey with miniature sized carbonation in massive amounts race to the top.

Malts are the theme here. The question is how well are they implimented into the brew. Short answer: Near Perfection. Longer answer is they are like freshly baked bread with a pinch of cinnamon. Yeast is a factor. Nuts enter the picture if only for a second. Actually finishes up fairly dry and crisp. Bananna bread in the backdrop.

Notes: I've said it before and this beer is exactly what I'm talking about, if your going to be a malt based brew the malts must have depth. This brew has tremendous depth while still being soft. This brewery never ceases to amaze me. Excellent.

10-08-2006 16:57:57 | More by DogFood11
Photo of dbalsock


3.48/5  rDev -18.1%

Appearance: Poured thick and frothy (like rootbeer) into a weizen glass. The head is vanilla, and the body is brown with an orange/red tint, yet also murky from the yeast. There is no lacing, but the head retention is fantastic.

Smell: I've picked out bananas, raspberries, strawberries and morning dew in this brew, but I'm sure there are other fruits present too. It's an airy aroma and not intense, but quite pleasant.

Taste: I like the slightly bready taste with the malt backbone. I think this is quite well balanced, and again, fresh dew/fresh meadows comes to mind. It's not very sweet, and not very bitter, but the aftertaste accentuates both of these qualities.

Mouthfeel: This is smooth with almost no bitterness. As I said above, it's airy, but not really smokey, and quite light bodied.

Drinkability: It's definitely worth a try once, but I think there's better in the style and I probably won't try this again.

10-08-2006 05:31:09 | More by dbalsock
Photo of orsulacp


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

This beer had a creamy off white head on top of a cloudy brown body with hints of orange flashing around; it almost looks like a solid not a liquid. The nose has many components: spicy clove, nutmeg, banana, bubble gum sweetness and a hint of toasted malt. The taste reminds me of banana bread. There is spiciness from the cloves and I am getting a citrus flavor in there too. It has a light mouthfeel making it very refreshing and drinkable.

10-06-2006 16:00:33 | More by orsulacp
Photo of dblinkhorn


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours with a super-creamy light tan head that is about three fingers in height. It eventually dissipates to a slightly rocky thin cap of creamy head. Leaves excellent rocky lacing that sticks to the glass as it goes down. The brew itself is a murky dark-brownish honey.

Smell - Clove spice and sweet over-ripe bananas up front, as to be expected from this style. Fresh scent of wheat balanced with a rich and very bready malt aroma. A slight sourness/bitterness can be traced at the end. Practically no alcohol aroma.

Taste - Dark cooked bananas, clove, and some nutmeg and/or cinnamon is also present right away. A mellow dark wheat and pudding-like malt character. The finish is a nice medley of all of the aforementioned flavors. Clove/peppery spiciness and a lingering malt presence make up the aftertaste. Again, very little acohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Much better and refreshing carbonation than in Weihenstephaner's regular hefe weizen. Very little bite to the carbonation, but it adds a lot of refreshing character. The body is medium and very, very smooth (although the carbonation does hide this a bit). It also has a very slick and wet mouthfeel especially in the finish.

Drinkability - Very good. The flavors are well-balanced and fairly light, as with this style. Has a very refreshing carbonation. Practically no alcohol can be detected (at least by me, of couse I admittedly have a low sensitivity to its taste and smell).

An excellent dunkel. Very smooth and flavorful with great carbonation. Also a beautiful beer, it's a pleasure just looking at your 1/3 drank glass with all that huge rocky lace sticking to the glass. Highly recommended.

10-06-2006 00:35:00 | More by dblinkhorn
Photo of Injemanze


3.73/5  rDev -12.2%

I found this beer at an International Beer festival in Hangzhou, China. This the most expensive bottle of beer I have ever purchased in China but as Weissbier Dunkels are one of my favorite styles I thought I would give it a shot, plus I though that with a brewing history of over 1000 years it should be something special. I must admit I was not convinced but I am willing to give it another shot if I find it somewhere else.

Appearance – Pours copper with significant head.

Smell – Barley and honey perhaps with hints of orange

Taste – Sweetness with possible light hints of banana, orange, brandy, and honey. Nothing in the flavor was truly memorable however. Mouthfeel was a lot lighter than I had expected

Drinkability – Average, the low ABV means you could imbibe quite a lot of these though nothing in the beer itself would have me coming back for more.

In my opinion, Erdinger is a superior Dunkel Weizen

10-01-2006 05:41:43 | More by Injemanze
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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