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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,255
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 162
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

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

This is the darker doppelganger to the hefe-weizen that is the benchmark.

I mean, what do you want to hear? its darker, more rich smelling, a bit more full of floaty particles; but man this one sure does deliver. This is like a more tan version of your significant other. Its just darker, and better. Its no less refreshing, but it would certainly pair a little better with stronger food flavors. It is really malt paradise. I prefer mine chilled up and consumed in the following manner. Since this is not a sipping beer, its best to take a giant swig every minute or so, until the beer is gone; repeat until empty, or until you start to understand German.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 12:36:10 | More by andjusticeforale
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown in color with a rising off-white head. Nice sudsy lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is pretty clean with a wheaty maltiness in combination with bananas and chocolate. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I was expecting. It's soft and airy toward the back. Flavors are rich in banana and chocolate. Pleasant spiciness from the yeast adds that little extra dimension to it. There's a mild bitterness toward the back. Some fruitiness to the dry finish also.
This is very solid dunkel weizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 04:23:13 | More by Winter
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this dunkel into my hefeweiss glass and it foamed right up to the top. It took several pours to empty this hazy copper colored beer into my glass. The off white fizzy head dissolved rather quickly leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. A strong aroma of clove, banana and bready yeast hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a soft fizz on the palate. The flavor is similar to the aroma with notes of clove, banana and yeast. There's some bubblegum and hints of malt mixed in too. Once gone some clove and banana flavors remain behind.

Definitely no lemon needed for this wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 23:24:59 | More by WanderingFool
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cjgator3

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a large fizzy head. The aroma consists of malt and yeast and slight hints of banana. Taste is very clean and crisp and extremely refreshing. There is a nice combination of yeast/banana/cocoa flavors over a nice malt backbone. This is simply another stellar brew from Weihenstephaner!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 04:06:41 | More by cjgator3
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davidchollar

Washington

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

weihenstephaner's hefeweissbier dunkel, dunkel weizen pours out an awesome caramel toffee. what a beautiful color, light at the bottom and progressively darker towards the top of my weizen glass. big thick, impressive and off-white head.

the smell is right on par with the paler version. big wheaty clove and banana scents. i can't tell much of a difference between this and its light brother. perhaps more of a toasted malt smell, but it's really a fruity smell overall.

if i had to choose my favorite style, right now, it would be hefeweizen. and this offering is not so different. a nice, slightly darker version. highly recommended, i will get this again and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 18:48:14 | More by davidchollar
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ommegangpbr

New York

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

A nice lookin beer. Pours with a fluffy white head that settles down into a consistent foam. Has a hazy, sienna honey color.
The odor is striking, as has been my experience with the other beers I've had from this brewery. Pumpkin bread and/or pumpkin pie comes to mind. Cinnamon, allspice or clove, banana bread... autum baking smells.
The taste isn't quite as striking as the smell but it's pretty damned good. Same profile as the smells with a really silky texture to go along with it. The mouthfeel is a pleasurable experience. It almost feels like you're eating a tasty baked good (see above for which baked goods).
Probably my favorite brew from this brewery and that's saying quite a bit.
Hard to go wrong with the world's oldest brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 04:45:01 | More by ommegangpbr
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scooter231

New York

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

Pretty brown/tan color, almost cinnamon, or honey. Thick and hazy, almost opaque. Beautiful head, thick and creamy looking which leaves really lovely lacing. Nose is quite sweet. Alcoholic. Banana bread, definitely, with some cinnamon touches. Allspice hits you quite hard. Pumpkin bread? Lots of spicyness going on. It smells like your grandmother's kitchen in the fall when she starts baking for the winter months. Makes me want to eat delicious things...

Taste is a biiit of a letdown after the smell. Isn't as potent. Still good, though. More of the cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice, banana thing going on, just a bit muted, more subtle. Mouthfeel is absoluvely lovely- thick and creamy, smooth, really good. Quite drinkable- perhaps too sweet, too spiced after a while, but if you're in the mood for this, it really hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 04:31:28 | More by scooter231
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rjlemos

Brazil

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes from the oldest brewery still producing beer, so they might know something about it... they have a really good reputation...
And, to say more, the master brewer of Eisenbahn, the best brazilian brewery (and shall i say, probably one of the best of the entire world), was taught there... so, a lot of things can be concluded from that...
I bought 3 different Weihenstephaner's beers at the same time (and drank all the three one following the other). This one was the second one i drank, and it's very similar to the Hefe Weissbier in taste and smoothness (the first i tasted). The color is unique - it's brown, completely light brown, not black or red. It's very soft, even for the style, specially if you compare with other highlights like Erdinger and so on...
Very easy to drink, refreshing, and excellent taste and malt concentration. Nice option.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 23:00:52 | More by rjlemos
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aquatonex

New York

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tan-brown, looks like A&W cream soda. Very carbonated, lots of lush head. As a hefe should be, nose is very yeasty with some nice malts and citrus. Taste follows as well, yeast is a bit overpowering, was expecting a bit of balance from a dunkel, this one is very hefe and not much else. The malts aren't expressed as much as I would like, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 04:13:23 | More by aquatonex
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akahn

Massachusetts

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

Pours a translucent brown honey color, hazy, with streaming carbonation and a fizzy but lasting head. Surprisingly, no lace. Faint wheaty aroma, with a hint of honey sweetness. Taste is quite mild. Wheaty, with the same hint at honey as in the aroma. A metallic edge, and a late spiciness. Quite smooth, with mild, small bubbled carbonation. Light to medium body. All in all a small, tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 17:33:37 | More by akahn
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jaluria

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky, yellow-brown color with a frothy, thick head that was colored white. Huge bubbles seemed trapped in the head. Rings of lacing were left behind in my weizen glass. Aromas of wheat, fresh bread, grains, bananas, and cloves. The taste was very much like that of a hefe with the addition of caramel and bread/grain flavors. The fruit flavors were present throughout the session and added depth, in my opinion. Not nearly as sweet as other beers I've had within this style, but still sweeter than bitter. Chewy texture with nice carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 15:11:15 | More by jaluria
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

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

Das ist gut, ya! After so often sampling their superb hefe, I thought, what the hell am I doing not drinking everything else this brewery creates? Plus I've been in the mood for weeks for dark wheat beers (hello Ludwig's), so this is money drinking. Pours a deep copper color, a very burnished and burnt gold, not nearly as dark as I had thought, but looks beautiful in a weizen glass, with a thick frothy head atop. Aroma: kickass. Yeast, cocoa beans, wheat and bubblegum. Damn that's appealing.

Malt flavor is prevalent, with the slight bitterness of the hops just kissing the palate in the finish. In between there's a flavor of doughy biscuits, slightly salty yet sweet; the bubblegum and lemon citrus flavors floating on top of the wheat malt. Mouthfeel is undeniably perfect. Smooth, not cloying in the least and the carbonation is spot on - not overdone or bubbly like many wheat beers can be. I could drink this all day and night. An exceptional brew, and I've noticed this is becoming one of my all-time favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 02:32:48 | More by IrishRedRock
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1/2L bottle to a 1/2l tall swirl Weissen glass. Excellent murky reddish brown color. Huge light tan head towers over the nicely carbonated liquid. Why don't the all watering holes in this land carry this stuff, It's a sin.

Smell is of wonderfully fruity yeast with caramelized malt and just the right amount of hopy goodness. And to think I waisted 5 long years, 5 of the best beer getrinke years at college in macro swill hell. O' well I can afford to make up for it now and I wasn't sober enough to remember anything way, never mind. back to my Koenig brau.

Taste is superb. One of the best of this style. Tangy yeast, roasted malt, light fruits, bananas, & spice. This is a must try.

Mouthfeel is warm thick and pleasing. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is high. I got 1/2 a case left and it is all I can do to make it last through the week. MK

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 03:56:37 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Redrover

Illinois

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

Served on tap at Glunz Bavaria Haus on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. .5 Liter correctly marked glass!

The beer is a slightly hazy coco brown with an impressive beige head.

The beer had a fresh aroma of banana, spices and a bit of toasted biscuit.

The taste was great. I found the expected clove/banana and a really nice toasty under pinning. This dunkel is slightly earthy with some dark fruit notes with a bit of a dry finish.

Great smooth mouth; this is an extremely easy drinker. Hats off the brewery & hats off to Glunz for taking such good care of this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2006 19:30:07 | More by Redrover
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evanackerman

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a light brown orangey color with yeast haze and a nice head.

smell is faint toasty grain.

taste is toasty grain and a bit of spice character followed by a hint of bitter hops.

overall, not as robust in flavor as i expected for a dunkle, tasted more like a regular hefe-weizen, still a tasty beer though, very refreshing, not much to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 20:12:15 | More by evanackerman
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall Weizen glass, the head reaches nearly two inches in thickness, with amazing retention. The color is a hazy caramel brown and the head is off-white. Aroma of citrus spice, banana, wheat, and yeast. The flavor is lightly sweet and bready, with a lemony spice, and bit of clove. The flavor carries through unchanged into a rather unremarkable finish. Strong on carbonation, the mouthfeel runs slightly thin. Alcohol seems low. I found it a very easy to drink beer, but I would have liked a little more kick from the taste to make it a top notch selection. I'd stick with the original hefeweissbeer...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 07:11:48 | More by bennetj17
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the self-proclaimed oldest brewery in the world, it's a... dunkelweizen. This beer pours only a medium dark brown, cloudy with yeast, with a suprisingly small head. The nose of this beer is quite attractive, being heavy with pie spices, raisins and just a touch of grain. The taste is at first just slightly snappy with carbonation, then sweet with a raisiny taste... but then it moves to the middle of the palate and the cloves come out. Quite complex and evolving, very nice. Mouthfeel is zesty with carbonation and a bit watery like most wheat beers, but fine for the style.

Overall, a very, very good dark wheat beer, one of the best I've had. Complex and pleasing, deep and easy to drink, Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen pulls off several seeming contradictions to make for an excellent drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 03:19:03 | More by geexploitation
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

I had this on tap at the brewery restaurant on March 20, 2006.

A: Murky chestnut, fluffy white head, great retention and lace.

S: Bready malt, a little banana.

T: Bready malt, a little banana. Slight sweetness, but very nicely balanced.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

D: Exceptional (So much flavour, yet they go down so easy!)

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2006 23:43:29 | More by Derek
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Draft, at the Maple Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Not quite up to what I hoped to find. Still pretty nice, though. Color is beer-bottle brown under a fizzy head. Taste is sugary and kind of light. Banana flavor builds up with not much else to balance it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2006 16:22:09 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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klewis

Ohio

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy ice tea sort of color with that monstrous Weihenstephaner head.

S: Much like the original (although a bit subdued), with big banana and clove aromas, but with a bit of malt and grain thrown in as well.

T: Flavors of licorice, clove and other spices, and finishes a bit with flavors of wheat and nuts.

M: Medium to full bodied (definitely heavier than the original) and very chewy. The carbonation is a bit much for my taste, but acceptable for the style.

D: I think that I prefer the original Weihenstephaner Hefe, but this is definitely a good beer. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 02:46:31 | More by klewis
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

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

16.9 oz bottle poured in weizen glass

Appearance- Pours a cloudy brown with thin off white head.

Smell- Familiar clove/banana aroma characteristic of German hefes,.

Taste- Same banana and clove along with pepper notes. Tastes of bready yeast present as well.

Mouthfeel- Light/medium body, lightly carbonated.

A classic offering from "the oldest brewery in the world"

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 01:13:26 | More by Riggsy
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy amber...very active head..foamy..drops to 1/8 in....good looking.
Smells of sweet bread dough..banana and clove.
Tastes light and sweet...doughy malt. banana again...some clove..malt kicks in..then,very nice clove finish and aftertaste.
Pretty light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.
Fairly drinkable...it's a half liter...that will be good.
A nice hefe.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 01:04:59 | More by Hautacam
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francisweizen

Alaska

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

Quite possibly the best sandwitch beer ever concocted. I'm having an early lunch soon on this lazy day, and I am aching for sommadis already! Light hazy amber with a nice thic head of pure white foam that stays around. Aromas of clove, spice, banana, and some nice malt complexity come through hardcore and make this one smell like wonderful fresh German bread. Taste is awesome as well, very 'bready' with spice and fruit notes as well. Not much hops, but the style calls for almost none anyways. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very, very, very good! Bring on the ham on rye!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 15:42:46 | More by francisweizen
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Byeast

Florida

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

Poured a dark very hazy brownish dark red with a big foamy head of about 2 and a half inches. Smell is dark fruity , malty, slight green apple aroma, faint banana, and spicy yeast. Taste is a light bodied and refreshing blend of wheaty-tart malt , some fruit like green apple sweetness, subtle hops, phantom clove and banana, and a slighty spicy yeast profile. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A very renewing , flavorful , and thirst quenching Hefeweissbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 08:47:22 | More by Byeast
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel, clear & bubbly with a a 4 fingers off white head that drops off gradually. Good head retention and some lacing

Smell: Slight mustiness & some yeast notes

Taste: Toasty with a slight bitterness & some chocolate notes. Not a ton of hefe taste at first, but as it warms the bandaid, bubble gum & yeasty tastes come through. Also aslight nutty taste. dry & estery on the finish

MF: More than slight undercarbonation, but otherwise balanced

Pretty drinakble, but I expected more from this. This didn't quite hit al the notes (more fruitiness) I expect from this style. Will try again this summer

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 04:06:40 | More by russpowell
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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