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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,477
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 205
Gots: 169 | 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 Offa
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is really excellent, especially for a dunkelweizen, many examples of which I find underwhelming and boring.

Hazy dark amber, somewhat brownish with reddish hints, it has a huge, lasting, off-white head thaty slowly shrinks and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is a darker, heavier version of their own hefeweissbier, with fruit, banana, grass, yeasty dough, and a little caramel.

The taste is again a more darkly toasted version of their hefeweissebier, more darkly toasted grain, hint of toffee, some bubblegum and banana, but less than the hefeweissbier. It's light and smooth, yet has nice complexity and balance of flavours, making it unusually interesting and enjoyable.

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

pint bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a caramel brown color with amber highlights and a full head of a light tan color and a dense consistency. mild lacings and good retention.

aroma is of wheat malt and a distinct base of light citrus and a touch of caramel malt. very light notes of toffee round out the profile, making this a nice dunkel in the nose.

taste is of mild wheat malt and a touch of citrus up front, with a smooth and satisfying finish of light caramel malt and wheat malt. a bit thin upon finishing, though nicely composed on the palate.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lightly tart texture and a thin finish of mildly sweet undertones.

drinkability is good. this is a well proportioned dunkel with just enough caramel malts to satisfy the palate, and enough restraint on the citrus and wheat malt to keep it honest. a nice play of subtleties for the palate, with a satisfying finish. cheers!

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

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel pours dark with a large tan fluffy head. It has a wheat and malt aroma. Tastes great with malt, banana, and wheat coming through. It's considered world class by many and I must agree. This beer really hits the spot when I'm looking for something sweet and malty. A must try. Purchased at Chan's Wine World in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

.5L bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem for $3.25, poured into a weizen glass after allowing to warm on my swollen knuckle for a few minutes.

Color is a nice murky brown, looks golden brown around the edges, some sediment at the bottom of the glass. Nice fluffy head fades fairly quickly to a thin covering leaving some scant lacing.

Aroma is toasty, fruity, a bit spicy. Everything seems to be in a nice balance, none of the smells really dominates the others. Really exceptional.

The taste follows the smell pretty well, nice and yeasty. Basically a very well done dunkelweizen. What else would you expect from such a well-respected brewer of german hefes.

Mouthfeel is basically perfect. The yeast makes it feel full without being heavy or sugary. Really nice.

Drinkability is amazing. I could drink these all day every day. At $3.25 a bottle makes it a good deal as well. If you like weihenstephaner or wheat beers in general you should definately try to find this one.

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

500ml bottle

Pours a hazy brown orange color with a small white head. Bananas and floral yeasty esters. Toasty sweet caramel malt, and a spicy hop bitterness. Good medium body gets a bit more chewy as the beer warms and nears the bottom, very drinkable.

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

A- beautiful murky nut brown russet with golden highlights around the edges. the ivory foam is starchy-proteiny with a creamy upper surface that expands and holds together over the lip of the glass. co2 filled pores burst open in the perfect fashion and drippy layers of lace decorate my proper vessel. i can't imagine a better look for this beer aside from some crazy psychedelic shit.

S- toasted wheat, nuts, and seeds, cooked banana, caramelized plantain, clove, bubblegum, and an indistinct tartness. something a little tropical coconut about it too. overall just like its lighter counterparts but slightly toastier.

T- very bready taste up front toasted wheat is initially more pronounced than the yeast flavors and they meet together in the middle flawlessly. again and indirect sweet/tart-ness comes through at the finish. less bubblegum, more fruity more light breakfast toast. some dried trail mix fruit flavors and a tinge of whiskey here and there and a toasty nutty yeast aftertaste that hangs around for a good while.

MF- the richness of this one cannot be overstated. wheat protein is heavy on the tongue like egg white was thrown in the mix (a dunkelweiss flip?) at first the tight medium carbonation is distracting but as it fades the beer takes on a dense, luxurious quality like heavy cream.

D- its light but it feels heavy, full flavored and refreshing. the top d-dub on my list hands down.

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

.5 liter bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- A careful pour left a > 2 finger, pillowy, light tan head that left nice sticky spots on the side of the glass. Tiny bubbles of carbonation struggle through the hazy orange-brown body.

S- A great banana and spice aroma up front accompanied by some slight citrus notes.

T- A nice mix of banana, spice, and citrus expected from a traditional hefe-weizen. The bready, rich flavors expected from a dunkel were a little more reserved than anticipated.

M- A little cleaner than expected. Medium carbonation with a drying effect from the underlying citrus flavors.

D- It's definitely an easy drinker and a nice transition from the warm-weather wheats to the fall seasonals. I drank this on an unexpectedly warm fall evening. I'd look for it again when I'm in the mood for a dunkelweizen.

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

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

This beer looks like cider, like bubbly apple cider, the difference here being the enormous rootbeer float-like head that tops this baby off but doesn't cling too well. Oh yeah, it smells a whole hell of a lot different than a cider as well. Banana bread, but that is a bit of an overstatement to be honest. We've got slight bits of cinnamon-apple and/or cloves, but more of an apply kind of aroma rather than just plain cloves. Yeast is a beast on this, does some wonderful things to this beer, first sips reveals decent amounts of everything, sort of like picking and choosing different spices from your spice rack, sounds lame but it's true. Slight, standard banana, but with an added, creamier, depth to everything. I've never had a pumpkin beer but I feel like I get the idea of one as I drink this beer. The creamy and spicy characteristics of this beer lead me to believe this. Yet for all this beer has to offer, and it's a lot, something about this beer leaves me wanting more, the mouthfeel is just a bit lagging and taste is a bit one sided, a good, but not great, beer. This is a beer that I imagine would taste quite a bit better fresh, but then again, what beer wouldn't.

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

L: Pours an orangey brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, banana, and clove.
T: Very sweet malt base with a very nice banana and clove taste at the end of it. The flavors mesh very nicely.
M: Very smooth, kind of heavier than it looks, but with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable and the flavors mesh really really well. Definately worth a try.

Photo of Ig0r
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour gives a solid tan head of small bubbles that last a long time thanks to a lot of carbonation replenishing. The color is a cloudy dark-straw almost-amber. A little lacing is left after the head dies down.

The smell is a caramel sweetness with some spice and roasted hints; overall fairly subdued. The feel is light, very smooth, and well carbonated. The flavor is quite faint weizen with some spice, but goes well with the highly carbonated feel. There isn't any sourness until a slight jolt at the finish, which clears away quickly.

Overall this is a solid drink with a bit more character than the standard hefeweizen of the same brewery.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque, golden brown with a thick, foamy, pale tan head. Nice, fairly strong aroma is wheaty, malty and "rubbery" with hints of orange and spice. Flavor is rich, wheaty and malty, and has a spicy and orangy undertone. Texture is very smooth, and finish is pleasing and satisfying.

Photo of daythree16
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Amber color with a huge, almost four-finger head that fades to a one finger ring of foam that stays for the duration. Only moderately hazy.

Smell is a little spicy and phenolic, with just a hint of clove and some banana esters coming through. Taste is very similar with banana, clove, and some bready wheat malt taking center stage. There is also a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. One of my new favorites.

Photo of WHROO
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 1 Finger off white tiny tight beaded head. Cloudy, with some attractive blotchy fluffy lacing. Great carbonation...looked very inviting.
S: Not too strong, little sweet maltiness...maybe some banana & european spices (cloves)
T: This I loved. I have only really tasted mainly Aussie Hefe's & they all had a sour characterisitc to them...I loved that this one stayed away from any sourness. Tasted some cloves, citrus (no sour citruses though ;-).
M: Gr8 palate freshener, loved the balance...felt light, alive & effervescent...without feeling like a softdrink.
D: Overall the appearance, gentle aroma, summery flavours, & light easy mouthfeel definately left me wanting more. This is one beautiful drop, with flavours leaving me pining for more. Go an easy 6 pack of this.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich hazelnut brown with a two finger off-white head. Aroma is of freshly baked dark bread, banana, clove, and a bit of roasted malts.

Taste is rich and complex, with all the hefe flavors enhanced. Fresh, toasted bread from the malts, banana and lemon, clove and white pepper. As another advocate noted, a bubblegum/candy flavor and an herbal/medicinal character emerge as the ale warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and substantial - creamy up front with a peppery finish, drinkable any time.

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

16.9 ounce bottle poured into my LongTrail Hefeweiss glass. This was reviewed by my in January 2008 and transferred from my notes.

A: Pours cloudy brown, the color remind me of apple cider, with a beautiful thick head, about four fingers worth. The head is more of an ecru color compared to the Hefeweiss.

S: Wheat germ, clove, banana, bubble gum (like bazooka or the rock hard gum out of a pack of Topps from the late 80's. Its not a bad thing, dont lie and say you never ate the gum) are all present and meld well. There is a faint aroma of alcohol behind it as well, but fits well.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells - clove, banana with a nice flavor of roasted malt.

M: Very similar to the Hefeweiss - a bit chewy, carbonated well, but not as thick as a regular Hefe.

D: Great taste, easy drink, definitely a sessionable beer.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Dark brown/yellow, appropriately murky with yeast. Three fingers of creamy, off white head rise well above the top of the glass. Great retention before settling to a thick cap, some lacing.

S - Amazing. Expected dessert-like banana smell is the most obvious, with a touch of roasted character hiding out. Phenolic aroma is low, with a hint of iodine and clove.

T - Though I expected a little more, this stuff is still very good. There's very little emphasis on esters or phenols in this brew. Things start off with a semi-sweet caramel and lightly roasted malt taste which slowly dries out to express the signature wheat sourness. A percieved spiciness (clove or nutmeg) accentuates the wheat malt slightly. Slightly sour finish with a touch of burnt sugar bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Perfect in all aspects. Solid medium body that doesn't thin out, and a moderate to light carbonation that allows the subtlety of the malt to pull through.

D - Personally, I could do with a little more fruitiness and nuttiness in my dunkels, but this is obviously a top notch example. While there are others that are more suited to my palate, this is a highly balanced example and as with most dunkels I appreciate the relative lack of phenols.

Photo of dfitch81
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is exceptional, as is the case with nearly all things Weihenstephaner. It pours a beautiful cider brown, with a massive, puffy white head that can pile high over the rim of the glass without spilling. Carbonation is visible in the glass, and it is as intense as it looks. Smell? Cloves, apples, bananas, flowers, spices - it is not possible to smell without being to compelled to drink immediately. Taste is like the smell but more intense, and the strong carbonation dances on your tongue and adds even more fun. Tartness from the wheat is present but not at all overpowering. I could go on and on about this beer, but I won't because I'd rather run out the market and buy more.

If I had to pick a "favorite" beer, this could easily be the one.

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

16.09oz brown bottle.

Yum. I really like this beer! What a really nice malty, bready-sweet flavor without being a cloying mess.

This is a very drinkable dark wheat beer that won't scare away the pale beer drinkers. It's not too dark in color nor is it thick and heavy.

I will buy this one again.

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

Cloudy dark amber/ brown color with a pillowed cream-colored head. Aromas of yeast, dough, bananas and bubblegum. Bubblegum/ banana flavor mixed with caramel and slight clove notes on a medium body. The fruity chewing gum follows through to the finish on a slightly tart wheat flavor.

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

I split a bomber sized bottle with my youngest son. I poured it into a Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse glass.

A: It poured a cloudy amber tainted blond body with mountains of sediment and a large two finger head that was sickly and lingered for a long time.

S: It had a big white bread yeast aroma, lots of white fruit (bananas and pears) and white spices.

T: The lightly toasted malts and fruity esters jumped to the front. They coated the tongue and provided a foundation for the slight citrus undercurrents and white spices (clove, all spice and white pepper). There was a very faint caramel flavor and the alcohol was recessive.

M: It was a medium to heavy bodied brew with a lot of carbonation early. It finished sweet and spicy with a lingering yeasty aftertaste.

D: It was refreshing complex with great balance and wonderful taste. A bit heavy for a long session but great for a session beer if you are a fan of heffwieissbier.

Photo of kshankar
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good foam, pretty rocky. Pours brown.

Smell: Bananas and wheat, predominantly. The banana scent is riper in this one than it would be in a regular hefe. Closer to the smell of banana bread than anything. Good so far

Taste: Pretty good. Banana, wheat...kind of like banana bread really. The taste follows the smell. Compliments it well, it was what I would expect.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and goes down smooth. Typical for a wheat beer, the finish seems a bit sweeter than a regular hefe though. Still good.

Drinkability: Refreshing enough, not as drinkable as the regular but still a good score in this department.

Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, one pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle purchased for $2.49 from Super Saver Liquors in Somerville...
Known world-'round as a superb German brewery, I was curious to see what their darker version of their amazing Hefe had to offer...
Appearance: Top-notch, near-perfect appearance... Pours a hazy, light-purple, deep, dark-brown hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that slowly dissipated and deposited a thick film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Thick, robust, strong aroma replete with hints of figs, prunes, and dehydrated fruits...
Taste: The flavor strongly complemented the aroma... Thick, creamy, robust, flavorful, with hints of malts, dark wheat, light chocolate, prunes, figs, bananas, and cloves...
Good, creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability...
One of the best depicitons of the style...
Highly recommended...

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

For some reason, I have never tried this one from one of Germany's(and the world's) great breweries.

I poured this into a weisen glass. The head is superlative and does not subside. Beer is fairly clear with medium dark chocolate color. Nose is sweet, caramel and yeasty.

The first sip was a challenge. Getting through that head in the tall weiss glass is a challenge. Let's try again. Tip it a little further. Oh what beautiful carbonated tingling to the taste buds. Behind the tingle was some sweetness and citrus with hints of caramel. This is a fine drinkable beer. I would be hard pressed to find a better example of german wheat beer.

Photo of beeragent
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a deep medium copper, forming a massive tan head. Medium spots of lace slide down the glass.

S - Strong aromas of wheat and bananas, along with a light hint of spices.

T - Taste is a little lighter than the aroma would lead to believe. Nice malty wheat taste, bananas are presence but light, and finishing with a hint of caramel.

M - Lighter than I would like. I usually expect this style to be a little heavier. Smooth finish.

D - Overall, not a bad beer at all. I could easily drink this all night. Good flavor and aroma, and sessionable alcohol content. I dont think this is better than Franziskaner dunkelweiss IMO, but its definitely up there.

Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany color with a silky tan head. Nose has citrus fruits, candy malts and spicy yeasts. Taste was a little dull in relation. Still a nice mixture between sweet wheat malts, tart fruits and peppery yeast strains. Nice clean, crisp body. Another great brew from Weihenstephan.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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