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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,256 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,256
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 163
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Hazy deep caramel colour with a big, fluffy, beige head. As the foam subsided, fine bubbles clung to the glass in clumps. Head retention was supported by ample carbonation. All the aroma notes from a hefe were there (bready yeast, cloves, vanilla with citrusy undertones) along with mild caramel and a hint of cocoa. The same could be said about the flavour. There's a pleasing caramel backbone that played very well with the hefe character. And there's a bit of dry cocoa that came out in the finish. Very nice indeed! The body was on the light side, carbonation fairly high. Crisp and lightly dry on the palate. I was a fantastic beer that I really enjoyed a lot. I'll be picking more of these up at some point.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 18:30:18 | More by DrJay
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IntriqKen

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

As all of the beers tried from this brewer, pours a beautiful glass of beer. Dark amber with a 3 finger tan head that slowly melts to a very, very thick lacing. So thick there is a mound of head in the middle of the glass...lacing is very sticky. Everytime I take a sip or gulp of this beer it powers carbonation back up to the top replenishing the head. It's amazing.

Aroma is bubblegum, toasted malt, and dry biscuit yeast.

Taste...hmmm....banana, clove...lots of clove...light citrus...bubblegum again.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly non-cloying and carbonation makes for a full and satisfying mouthfeel.

Aftertaste is biscuit and bubblegum

I think great...actually fantastic for style. I don't like what I perceive as bubblegum so much but I think for the style they are...how you say...'spot on'.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 22:19:16 | More by IntriqKen
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MSchae1017

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a weizen glass from the 500mL.

This beer pours a hazy brown with a frothy white head that holds and laces well. The smell is very strong with the wheat. The taste mimicks the smell. I expected more of a roasted flavor but didnt get one. The mouthfeel is nice and overall highly drinkable, a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 02:46:17 | More by MSchae1017
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olacub

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper hue, with a gigantic (and noisy) head.

S: Green banana and some vanilla.

T: A little sweet and bready up front, with alot of unripe banana poking through, providing a slightly sour finish.

M: A tad thinner than I had expected.

D: This would still make a very good session beer, especially during a weekend marathon of football games with friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 02:59:59 | More by olacub
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JustinOSU99

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich dark amber with a very large head. Very inviting, and I'm excited to take my first sip.
S: Awesome smell. Couldn't keep my nose out of it! Immediate sense of orange rind and hints of barley. Very sweet smell reminiscent of flowers and honey.
T: Absolutely wonderful. Large robust orange flavor with traces of honey and just the perfect amount of booze. Finishes quickly leaving a pleasant aged taste on the palate. Very complicated.
M: Very lacy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Definitely an excellent beer. A little heavy for drinking more than one, but for a single drink it's definitely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 01:26:18 | More by JustinOSU99
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vancurly

Australia

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange amber, slight haze. Paler than I expected. Note I am parallel tasting with Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, and the colour difference is significant.
Offwhite head...that fades a bit... doesn't linger as long as I expected for wheat beer.
Interesting nose, of berries, amber malts, esters. Touch of toffee, particularly as it warms up.
Flavour of estery fruit, touch of clove/banana. Grainy wheat, specialty malts. Touch of citrus at the end, fairly dry finish, with not much length.
Light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 05:11:56 | More by vancurly
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dark
16.9 oz brown bottle
Jet ink 8105 on the back label
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a cloudy light copper brown color with a massive, fluffy and puffy head on top. Awesome sticky lace patterns cling to the glassware.

Pleasant aroma with whiffs of banana, German Hefeweizen yeast bombs and fruity esters.

Fruit apples dipped in juicy caramel with strong banana flavors in the background. Hints of brown sugar, nutmeg spice and vanilla.

A very solid German Dunkel Weizen and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 21:18:13 | More by Hibernator
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

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

A: Thick off white head that won't die - it’s beautiful. Opaque brown body: it looks like iced tea. Lacing is also excellent.

S: Smells like a hefe. Wheat and spice.

T: Yeast spice and sweetness up front, followed by complex wheat flavors. The sweetness joins the wheat in the aftertaste, but is soon overtaken by yeast and slight bitterness. This yeast flavor lingers.

M: Fills the mouth with good carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, but the lingering yeastyness isn't always pleasant. Still, I would have another one.

This beer has well balanced flavors. I couldn't detect the roasty malts in here as much as I would have liked. I'll have to revisit this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 05:05:54 | More by 51mmz0rz
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a big h-w head, eventually settling to surface skim, not much lacing. Body was a cloudy apple cider brown.

Smell - bananas, plums, apples, and diacetyl.

Taste - same as the smell. Some bananas, mostly plums, and some apples, washed through with subtle creamy wheat. Diacetyl is a major taste also washing throughout, but especially strong on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full, creamy.

Drinkability - this is decent, not great. I'd rather have something different after one of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 20:15:24 | More by ultralarry2006
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

This beer demands patience due to its excitable carbonation...take it slow and easy and you eventually get a beer with a huge soapy head and a gorgeous toasted brown/caramel color with excellent cloudiness thanks to that yeast. Lotsa lace, to boot.

Aroma gives esters of honey, vanilla and banana, along with bready notes from the yeast and a nutty/caramel element.

Flavors are many, all of them delicious. The maltiness imparts flavors of banana, caramel, toasted marshmallow, and honey, while the yeast delivers elements of bread and nuts.

Long-lasting head gives the mouthfeel an extra dimension, you're always drinking through it in some way. Body itself is just a tad thinner than expected, but still creamy and with just enough carbonation to add depth.

A real pleasure, a meal in and of itself. Not because it's so heavy (it's not, it's extremely drinkable), but because it's so satisfying and the flavors are earthy and robust and completely, utterly satisfying. Top-notch.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 22:32:47 | More by Metalmonk
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours light brown/dark copper color with a big beige head that recedes rather quickly, some lacing on the glass, cloudy, yeast floating.

S- sweet malts, and fruit flavors including (obviously) banana.

T- roasted malts with banana sweetness. Cloves as well. Nothing overpowering, mellow.

M- perfect carbonation, smooth, light bodied, dry finish

D- very mellow relaxing beer. So smooth, so tasty, and so freakin easy to drink. I could seriously dream about this beer. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 05:05:14 | More by tonistruth
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of brown with a bit of redness to it. Very large head, especially if poured with any slashing. Had to wait some time before I was able to pour the whole thing in. Definitely a matly nose, most likely of the toasted variety, and also a hint of brown sugar or something equally sweet. Taste is great. Perfect level of carbonation, noticeable but not overpowering. Again the sweet brown sugar taste is back in the middle of the tongue, this time with nut added. Finishes pleasantly with candied fruits and more clove-like spices. This beer goes down very easy as well, if this were more readily available I would drink it all the time!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 15:27:29 | More by Toddv29424
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unklesyd

Oregon

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

Very much more orange hued than expected. Not quite the dunkle that the label colors implied. Attractive color, however, atop a huge head that took several minutes to pour properly.

Nice herbal notes, very slight tartness. Smooth and creamy malt that minimized banana flavors of the typical hefe.

Mouthfeel is fairly still after the pour. For a hot day, this does surprisingly well. No roastiness, very little nuttiness, slightest effervescence prevents this from being cloying AND stops the acidity of an overcarbed hefe.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 20:15:33 | More by unklesyd
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Litterbean

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just a good, all-round dunkel.

Brownish mahogany color, nice head, fluffy, if you will.

Smells of yeast, grapes, lemon, and bananas.

Sweet, fruity, juicy taste. Sugary sweetness with a blend of grape jelly, bananas, and citrus. Refreshing on the palate. Yeast notes permeate throughout. Easy to put down, that's for damn sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 08:44:54 | More by Litterbean
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mcarroll10177

Massachusetts

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

served from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- dark copper brown with a huge off white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- some malt with some banana clove a good nose to this beer

T-the clove and banana taste were tempered with the darker malts making this my favorite wheat beirt

M- balanced not to thick or thin

D- ultimatly refeshing a very very drinkable beir especially on a hot day

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 23:39:03 | More by mcarroll10177
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Generik420

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of this by mistake, thinking I had grabbed two bottles of the regular hefe. I certainly wasn't disappointed in my blunder when I poured this beer into a hefe glass. Nice coloring, a dark khaki almost and of course hazy. Smell is incredibly robust. There is a sweetness in the aroma that is very difficult to describe and something I haven't really found in any other weisse beer before this one. This beer tastes phenomenal, hints of fruit flavors and very smooth. It was a little to easy to put down a 16.9oz bottle in no time. If imports didn't cost as much as they do, this would always be in my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 12:36:34 | More by Generik420
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peabody

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying the regular Weihenstephaner Hefe I was a little let down. I wanted the dark to have a more roasted flavor. The carbonation was not as prevelant and the aroma was not near as pronounced.
The color is amber to orange/brown and the head is thick and white to orangish brown. The bubbles stay with the beer till the end.
This is like a light version of the regular Hefe cause it taste kinda watery. All in all, get the regular Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier cause it is 10 times better.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 02:15:44 | More by peabody
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cbl2

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8/9/2005 $2.69 500 mL 5.30% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with approximately an inch of tan foarm that has good retention due to an abundance of carbonation.

Aroma:

Very rich ripe banana aroma with a heady dose of yeast and a touch of clove.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth and creamy with a burst of banana split and yeasty bread-like flavors. Transitions to a slightly bitter finish with a hint of clove. Extremely complex for a weiss, this is both an excellent value and an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2006 17:12:01 | More by cbl2
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a hazy, milk chocolate brown, with off-white head that dissipated quickly, and little lacing. Aroma of malt, nuts and chocolate. Taste is malt, chocolate and spice, mostly clove. Could not detect much wheat flavor. Not a bad beer, but have had better Hefe Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 02:50:16 | More by kimcgolf
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karst

Missouri

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

Pours a turbid dark bronze with dense double fist sized pillowy head nearly topping over the Erdinger Weisbier glass (half liter SOHM) leaving 3-D lace. Bottle number 6046 from the shelves of Lucas Liquors - Ellisville, MO.

Enticing aromas of light toasted malt, chocolate and banana contrast wheat.
A medium body and perfect mouthfeel that results from wheat and expert brewing. Like the Weihenstephanner Hefeweissbier the phenol-bananna-clove spices are phenominal! The additional caramel from darker roasts provide more complexity without overdoing the caramel. Hops (IBUs = 14) dry any lingering sweetness keeping the drinkability high.

Masterfully made by "the world's oldest brewery"

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 01:04:45 | More by karst
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

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

Dark caramel colored body. Huge mounds of thick white head. I tried for a good head with an aggressive pour, may have tried too hard.

Smell is sweet and spicy. Banana and clove all over the place. This is a prototypical Hefe-Weizen nose.

Flavor is initially sweet, rapidly followed by a massive clove and spice presence. The clove and cinnamon spice blend is really interesting, coupled with the banana and brown sugar sweetness. A thing of beauty.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Drinkability is great. On a hot day, there is nothing like a world-class Weizen.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 22:07:37 | More by ghostwalker
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why haven't I tried this before, I've liked all the dark wheats I've seen... This was so good, maybe a little light in color (or maybe Aventinus and the like are too dark).

Poured into a tumbler, and it looked pretty good. The main visual cue is the massive head (and you can see the vigorous carbonation feeding the head from below).

The smell and taste are nearly perfect, bananas and cloves and cocoa and generally good hefe-weizen smells.

I completely recommend this, it's on par with Aventinus.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 00:35:37 | More by TurdFurgison
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Hagbard

Connecticut

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

Murky brown with a golden hue at the bottom where the light illuminates it. A huge head cascades up to fill the top of the glass with whiteness, which eventually fades to just a thin film. It has a very yeasty aroma. It smells dark and dank, but a bit subdued. The taste is full of yeast, imparting some subtle fruity esters. Banana is in the background. There is also some brown sugar in the background and maybe cinnamon. Throughout, a heavy wheat tang presides. Little to no hop bitterness or flavor, probably just enough to cut the wheat and yeast. It is very soft and easy, not biting in any way. The mouthfeel is full...a true German experience. This is 5.3% and goes down easy....very easy to drink. This beer is very intriguing to me, but I do prefer the straight hefe. I have a feeling this bottle wasn't the freshest specimen around and imagine that hurt it. Unfortunately, no easy to read freshness date was present.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 19:34:01 | More by Hagbard
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atigerlife

Hawaii

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

Pours a cider brown opaque with an off-white big fluffy head that has very good lasting power. Very good lacing.

Aroma is mostly malts and wheat with some light banana. Not much else.

Taste is wheat and malty but has more complexity than the smell. theres some clove and banana in the background. Also some citrus and spicy notes. At the end, there is some bitterness and nice dry feel.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and decent cleansing.

Overall, a very solid beer for summer drinking. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 22:56:48 | More by atigerlife
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

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

Undated bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Tasty looking brew. Pours a very cloudy, copper-brown color. Very much looks like iced-tea. A huge three inch thick off white head forms, with excellent retention. Lots of malt of yeast smells, with hints of spices,cloves and bananas. Very nice combination of wheat and malt flavors. A little sweetness in there, like sweet apple cider. Excellent mouthfeel very light and refreshing. Way too easy to drink. A great beer to enjoy, on a hot summer's day. a must try!!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 20:09:57 | More by BigDaddyWil
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,256 ratings.