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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,503
Reviews: 1,014
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 209
Gots: 183 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 dvar
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An excellent beer; a great bargain for it's price.

Pours with grace; does not form many foam, which dissipates quite quickly.
Deliciously bitter, without being aggressive. So being a very drinkable and enjoyable experience. Good beer to keep at hand.

Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500ml bottle.

A - Amber with good clarity and a huge beige head.

S - Loads of banana, cloves and vanilla.

T - It's got the bananas and cloves you'd expect from a hef along with a malty sweetness that balances it out and tames the normally spicier flavors. I personally prefer a straight hef but the dunkel is a nice twist.

M - Moderate consistency and high in carbonation.

D - A very clean and crisp beer that's a pleasure to drink.

Photo of bfields4
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a perfect tight head that retains itself nicely creating a puffy cloud of goodness. The body is a hazy dark copper hue.

The smell brings me back to Munich with a wiff of peaches roasted malts, and light spices.

Wheaty banana to orangery tastes are accompanied by nice clove and spice seasonings. Malt also complements the rest nicely. IMO the most tasty of Weinhenstephaner's offerings.

The carbonation and light body remind me why the liter beers in Munich went down so quickly. Weinhenstephaner is a perfect example of German breweries. There's a reason why this is the world's oldest brewery. They know how to make a beautiful tasty beer.

Photo of tconboy
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice cloudy dark brown, with a cloudy big white head. Excellent lacing and light carbonation. Smells wheaty, a faint lemon, light spices. Has a nice balance of spice, wheat, and an amazing malt that comes together beautifully. Mouthfeel very light and extremely drinkable. This is a fantastic product - as you would expect from such a distinguished brewery.

Photo of erz316
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the standard size bottle into my Weihenstephan weißbier glass.

A - a great dark brown, though not completley translucent (as it is only a bit hazy, like its brother the regular), it has a great fluffy white head that fills the top of the glass; there is a bunch of lacing that only makes the beer look even more delicious. there are some bubbles, but not as much as the original or hefe; far more like a champagne that has sat out for too long. the head also dissapates quite quickly.

S - I smell almost the same scents from the original, very wheaty, and a slight bit of lemon zest, or some kind of spiciness that I am incapable to define; however, it is most certainly different from the clove spicy scent and taste of the hefe.

T - phenomenal! the spice is a bit like the bite from a good ginger ale/beer. the after taste is primarily wheat, which pinches the cheeks when one first drinks; and a bit of yeast which accounts for the musty/'rusic' taste; this is something hard to describe, and I shall leave it to my elder beer compatriots and people with a better vocabulary for their own palate (I only have the experience in expressing the taste in pipe tobacco, although I am young for such a habit!). This is simply an amazing brew: the yeast/malt combination, as I believe, gives a slight nuttiness that is something like an almond and cashew mix with a few pistachios mixed in (though very few!). there is a definite dryness to the beer in the finish and aftertaste which is most admirable IMO, as the alcohol is most subdued.

MF&F - the carbonation makes a crisp clear drinking beverage, that is more than smooth to drink. though not overwhelming, the carbonation is a prominent effect in the finish and tasting process. I find nothing wrong, whatsoever, with this beer's feel or drinkability. it is wholly amazing an to be awed at, admired, copied, and respected.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangy brown that is cloudy. When held up to the light you can see the bits of yeast floating in the beer.

Smell is a yeasty wheat.

Taste starts off with a slight banana and yeast. There is a subtle chewiness that finishes with an ever so slight carbonation mouthfeel. Smoothness and relatively low ABV make this one very drinkable beer. Due to the color I was expecting this beer to be a little bit thicker and a little more chewy. Very good beer though.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium hazy brown with a thick sticky head and great lacing.

Smells of toasted grain, some sweet wheat, yeast, and some banana notes.

Sweet grain with a touch of toasty caramel, with a bit of yeastiness and sweet wheat. Finishes nice and clean.

Decent carbonation and medium-light body make this delicious and refreshing. An absolutely easy one to knock back all day. Fantastic beer.

Photo of kkipple
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is basically Weihenstephaner Hefe with a little added body and caramel / malt notes. That is to say, amazingly good! Unfiltered cloudy brown-orange, a pleasing, lacy foamy tan head and the last few yeasty centimeters in the bottle are dark dark brown... yum....

Traditional and expected flavor & aroma here... banana, clove, bit of pepper, full bodied and creamy on the palate, a bit of light pumpernickel, mild hop bitterness, masterfully put together beer... you taste everything you smell... I could drink this all day. Finishes dry and bread-sweet with just a little bit of everything else lingering around. Perhaps the best example of the style ever made. I LOVE Weihenstephaner Dunkel !

Superb German beer from brewers who don't miss a beat. Weihenstephan once again proves why they are one of the best breweries going.

Photo of skrib09
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured an amazing dark brown color. love the haze of the beer and the cream colored head.

smells like sweets, bananas... a little sweet-cream.

i really get the banana tones coming through.

i get some of the alcohol towards the back of my palate. good carbination.

very drinkable!

Photo of oomir11
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 17 oz glass bottle poured in a frozen glass beer mug. No freshness date on bottle.

Appearance: Hazy golden brown with nice white lacing that lasts.

Smell: Banana and malts. Smells like banana bread.

Taste: Tastes of sweet roasted wheat and malts with nutty and yeasty undertones. Excellent taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, nicely carbonated, full body beer.

Photo of yesyouam
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel is a cloudy brown beer with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is of banana and clove and possibly nutmeg and vanilla. It is medium bodied, smooth and soft. The flavor is spicy: all of the elements from the aroma plus raisins, prunes and apples. It is bready and semi-dry. All of the flavor seems to be from the yeast. What a unique beer.
(rated Jun 26, 2008)

Photo of stephens101
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge off-white head tops a murky brown, bubble filled brew. Head retention is excellent, leaving thick stripes of lacing around the glass as it falls. Smells fruity and spicy(coriander) with some medicinal notes working there way in and out of the aromatic profile. Tastes buttery and malty at first, with some spice, sweet bread and fruits working there way into the mix quickly. Mouth-feel is extraordinarily creamy, but not to thick, which leads to remarkable drinkability.

Photo of BierFan
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy caramel and brown with a nice off-white head. Pretty good head retention. A few clumps of thick lacing.

Smell: Smells alot like really ripe bananas.

Taste: A little bit of bananas and cloves. The taste isn't really wowing me, but it's still a quality beer.

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a .5L at Abe's. Poured a light, hazy brown with a tall off-white head. I found this to be an aromatic and surprisingly smooth dunkel, but didn't think the flavor lived up to the reviews. I only got simple, dark bread malt and creamy (very slight banana) yeast character. Not exactly as deep as the Hefe, but a fine beer.

Photo of Smixam
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

A - Nice deep golden-brown with substantial hazing and a light cream colored tight-bubble head that lasts several minutes

S - All cloves and malt with a touch of citrus. Take a basic hefe and darken the whole nose - that's what you've got here. Maybe a bit heavier on the wheat/malt than I expected.

T - Strong malt body with a solid clove spice across the palate. No flavors here are overpowering - the finish is a surprising mix of raisin and banana, a bit of citrus in there as well. No bitterness at all, which speaks to quality of the ingredient pairings when dealing with a darker beer, even a hefe.

M - Fairly dry without any single strong lingering flavor. The muted frutiness lends a refreshing characteristic to an otherwise malty weiss.

D - I can see drinking a few, but these are much better when you take your time and enjoy them with some light food pairings. The fruit/citrus notes would do more to prevent a session with this more so than any 'heaviness.'

Photo of Macca
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy burnt orange colour with a generous head.

Phenolics on the nose. Lots of banana.

The palate is very long with the flavours sitting on the back of the tongue for ages. The banana continues.

It has a good balanced carbonation and a subtle bitterness.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber with a fluffy white head. Nose of bananas and clove, but with more malt and wheat. Bubbly mouthfeel. Sweet flavors of banana are blended nicely with the wheat, bread, and yeast tastes. Good malt profile that gives it a filling feel.

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown, cloudy with a nice retentive lacing

S: Smells like beer

T: Sweet...clove, light concord grape, banana, cream, spicy hops, lavender

M: Creamy yet refreshing. Not much in the way of effervesence or carbonation, just a nice spicey tingle left on the tongue after it's effortlessly gone down the hatch.

D: Very, very drinkable. Could drink quite a few of these easily. The price makes this a really good deal...I'll be getting more of this one for sure.

Photo of Guzzler78
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered dark copper. Nice head retention.
Smells of roasted malts, a bit herbal and floral.
Tastes of sweet roasted malts ans wheat. Some good lemon zest. Good balance. Slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with some typical wheat beer feel.
Could only drink one or two of these at a time.

Photo of corby112
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark maple brown color with a thick foamy tan head that settles into a lasting lacing. Aroma of chocolate, brown sugar, clove and banana. Very smooth tasting beer with hints of maple, hazelnut, chocolate maltiness, banana and a touch of clove spiciness.

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

A- Pours a cloudy, brown with tinges of redish-orange. Fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Leaves a beautiful lacing.

S- Smell of apple, toasted malt, and raisins. Also a slighty nutty aroma.

T- Very nice balance of toasted malt and sweetness coming from apple and raisin. There is a very nice toasted bread and nutty flavor coming in laster. No noticable bitterness from hops. Pretty clean finish.

M- Carbonation is perfect. Very nice balance of not too heavy or too light.

D- The mouthfeel and taste make this beer very drinkable. Very easy to have a few.

Overall, I'm usually not a big fan of dark weissbiers, but this one is just exceptional. A must try!

Photo of Cruzin023
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a light brown-orange with good foam head. Smelled of cloves. Taste was sweet and malty with banana cloves and other spices with a reasonable amount of carbonation. A very drinkable session beer. One of those beers that show why Weihenstephaner is very popular and highly regarded.

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

500ml bottle into 23oz weizen glass.

Deep cloudy (opaque) burnt orange hue with a three finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick even cap.

The standard banana and clove is in there, along with a little bit of caramel.

The malts are tart, also lending some brown sugar on top of the biscuity malts. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is clean, with a little bit of lingering, slightly burnt malts.

A pretty good example of a Dunkelweizen. Not sure why I haven't had this before. Great flavors with juat a hint of tartness. Recommended.

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

From notes. Poured from 500ml bottle, very cloudy brown with amber/yellow around the edges. Dense foamy head settles to a half inch or so, nice lacing. Smell: sweet malts, cloves, yeasty, pumpkin pie spice, ultra ripe bananas. Taste: first thing to hit is bananas (hey what do you know...), then a crispness with the cloves, followed by caramel/roasted/wheat malt flavors, raisin. Mouthfeel: awesome. medium carbonation, creamy, perfectly in-between crisp and sticky, smooth. World's best dunkelweizen in my opinion. Unfortunately I see this less and less around here.

Photo of pojo41
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel brown color with a fluffy white head that left a nice lacing all the way down the glass.
Typical Weihenstephaner aroma of of banana with clove undertones with a touch of vanilla.
Flavor of banana and clove with a caramel malt underneath it all.
Good feel on the palate without being too thin. Easy to drink. Another excellent weissbier from Weihenstephaner.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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