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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,521
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 214
Gots: 195 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 2,521 | Reviews: 1,022
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.

Photo of HeadFullaHops
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I most recently had this brew at a biergarden while out on the town but, I can (and do) get the same bottle every day at the party store at the entrance to my neighborhood.

A - Poured a hazy medium brown with a 1 1/4" head that dissipated pretty quick to light sticky lacing that marked each drink I took down the side of the big weizen glass it was served in. Beautiful!

S - Banana bread. Plain and simple. No hop or malt aromas. Typical of the style. Makes you want to tip the glass RIGHT NOW!!!

T - The banana bread smell is manifest in full on the palette with no noticeable hop flavors and has a clean finish. Dangerous!

M - The mouthfeel on this one is medium for an unfiltered wheat beer.

D - WOW! This one could be dangerous on a summer day, make that any day, when you've got a good thirst built up! If you like weizen beers, this is a MUST TRY!

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.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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