Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,458
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 195
Gots: 157 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of Patrick999
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The family cat died today, 16 years, basically half my life. He was my companion and great friend through many a day. In his honor, I raise this glass of fine ale.

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Massive head, cloudy brown. Head settled, but that cap stuck around all glass long. Excellent looking beer.

S - Now that is impressive aroma. Toasted wheat and the expected clove/banana hits.

T - Big wheat backbone, along with plenty of soft ground pepper and just a hint of sweet banana.

F - Yeast addition makes this feel divine. Spot on, nice and chewy but still refreshing and mouth-coating.

D - I wish I had another. And another. This is my new Dunkelweizen standard.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours murky tan/brown with rich, luscious white head.

Nose reminds me of candy apples at the state fair. Also very bready/yeasty. It screams "Fresh!".

Palate starts out with toasty caramel malt sweetness, with some typical hefe-weizen flavors mixed in (banana, slight clove).

Medium to light bodied and highly carbonated, for very quenching gulps of this fine ale.

One of the best dunkelweizens I've ever had.

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

A- Nice dark cloudy color, looks as if it is the color of sun tea. Thick foamy two finger head sat atop the tea colored brew.

S- Fruity smells, that of a tropical flair. There is a great malty smell here too that isn't found with a regular hefe.

T- There is a definite banana taste, especially in the after taste. There is a great fruit taste that is what you would expect from a German Hefe.

M- Feels good in the mouth, a nice fizz that isn't too overpowering.

D- Easy to drink. A definite must if you want to live on the darker side of summer.

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

A-beautiful orange amber with a gigantic frothy head of the off-white variety. Quite a bit of sediment sinking to the bottom.

S-Lightly scented with hops and malt, cloves and banana littered throughout.

T-Nice and smooth banana and light cloves. Mild Malts. Delicious flavor.

M-Very smooth and succulent. Light carbonation.

D-Excellent brew, head if its class. Could be my everyday session beer.

Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't found a Weihenstephaner beer yet that I haven't loved: until now. Pours a murky orange amber with a big white foam head that took a long time to setle down.

Smells of plums, raisins, maybe a bit of sweet citrus. Tastes of the same dark fruit background, some malt in there, some yeastiness ... I don't know, it just doesn't come together for me. It feels almost too fruity, but without having a true explosive fruit aroma/flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is effervescent and lively, but the entire package is just a bit wanting.

Photo of roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appears a lovely dark orange copper color with a nice three finger off-white head that turns into a big foam mountain in the center. A nice head sticks around and leaves big sheets of lace down the side of the glass.

Aroma is clovey, with a good amount of banana, some plums, and caramel.

Flavor is first somewhat fruity, kind of like apples and plums with a spiciness mixed in from the cloves. In the middle there is banana and for the finish the clove character leaves a nice spicy note on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is typical for a weizen. Light bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

This Dunkelweizen is truly one of the best as far as presentation goes. Be that as it may, I still think I prefer Franziskaner in the flavor department.

Photo of burnstar
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice murky brown with a huge rocky head. Nice lacing on the surface the whole way down the glass. Aroma has cloves, bananas, a hint of smoke with some underlying sweetness. Taste has great wheat spicy complexity. Cloves, cinnamon, bananas and pears. A bit of roasted malt flavor. Some yeasty earthiness. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable and and an excellent dunkel

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

Poured a bright, cloudy sienna with a beige head atop it. Aroma was of banana and coriander, with hints of sweet brown sugar.

Slightly toasted banana flavor, along with clove and coriander spiciness create a pleasant dark beer summery flavor. Marshmallow sweetness followed, along with a very subtle bitterness. Overall this is a nice dunkel that is worth a try.

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

Pours a murky light brown with a large off-white head that had great retention. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

I smell bananas and cloves. Touches of cinammon and grass linger in the background.

Tastes of banana bread and cloves. Just a little sweet. Has a clean maltiness that makes it a pleasant drinker. The roasted character is a bit lacking compared to other Dunkels.

A nice creamy texture to this beer. Carbonation keeps the beer lively in the mouth.

An enjoyable Dunkel. Refreshing and easy drinking. Could be an all year beer instead of just a summer beer.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an off-mahogany clody ice-tea color with a nice, mocha cap and decent retention and carbonation stream throughout.

S - Soft yeast, banana, caramel, dark bread.

T - Spicy with cinnamon, leather and a touch of caramel, banana and herb tinge. The sour touch is pleasant and refreshing.

M - Creamy without being heavy and the carbonation is splendid. Very smooth.

D - Drinkable in spades! Outstanding for the style and even better for summer consumption when one tends to veer for lighter brews. Yum! :)

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a Kapuziner weissbier glass produces a hazy chestnut body with an immense tan head. Good retention and lots of clingy and splotchy lacing left behind.

Wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread and tangy wheat accented by spicy hops, ripe banana, and faint clove.

Very creamy mouthfeel with low medium carbonation and a medium body.

Taste is topnotch for style. Spicy hops play off the bready maltiness all the way through to create an ideal balance. Bubble gum, banana, clove, and wheat notes add a lot of depth.

Very drinkable, and at 5.3% abv, quite sessionable.

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

Poured from a .5L bottle

A: Poured a murky brownish with what I would call a cream color thick head that dissipated at a very slow rate. A little carbonation visible streaming to the top of the beer.

S: Very good bready/wheat aroma with maybe a hint of some citrus that provided that slight touch of sweetness.

T: Very good taste, really follows the aroma well, all wheat with a slight touch of citrus. I think that I was expecting a little more malt flavor, but still very good.

M/D: Carbonation not really that noticeable as in most beer of the style. The beer was smooth and creamy, but as noted above, slightly watered down. Overall, still highly drinkable.

Photo of champ103
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color. A two finger head forms and recedes to a small cap. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Malty with some toasty and husky hay character. Not much else. Some fruit banana and clove of course.
T: Very enjoyable. Malty and fruity. What bugs me the most though, is there is not much of a roasted and toasted character that I love in Dunkles. Not that it is bad at all, if it was a hefe this would be spot on.
M/D: Very creamy with a medium body. Velvety smooth on the tongue. So easy to drink and very sessionable.

A good Dunkle, but not my favorite of the style. This needs a more bold roasted flavor in my opinion. Still, very enjoyable and one I will not pass up very much when I see it.

Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Track 84 on draft a couple weeks ago and thought it was excellent, but wasn't really able to take notes, so here goes. Served in my Oberon weizen. Poured a translucent brownish-amber with gold highlights. Tight, dense four inch off-white head with lots of sticky lacing present throughout the tasting. Scent of spices hits you immediately out of the bottle (corriander and clove), followed by bubblegum and a light banana essence. Wheat flavor dominates up front in the mouth; flavors identified in the nose are present, but very much watered down and somewhat muted and bland. Also detected a light yeastiness towards the finish. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery and light without very much effervescence; surprising considering the density of the head. Very good drinkability. Went down easy, but the experience was very different than when I sampled it on draft.

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

A: Poured a beautiful, hazy ice-tea color with a huge 3 finger pillowy light beige head that had very good retention. Visible carbonation was light-medium.

S: a soft yeastiness of bananas, and sweet caramel bread. There was also slight hints of cinnamon.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and spicy with cinnamon and brown sugar with rich creamy caramel. There was a nice breadiness to the palate along with some fresh bananas, and very faint cloves. The overall flavor was sweet, bready and very clean with some light chocolate hints in the finish as well a slight carbonation bite.

M: medium body, creamy and smooth leaving a light caramel-banana film lacing behind on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was incredibly, rich, creamy, sweet and very smooth going down.

Photo of everetends
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 liter bottle I got in the brewery mixed 5 pack. Poured into a weizen glass bearing the name of the brewery. As you can see, I am intimidated by the name.

A: Poured a hazy medium to dark brown, when held to light has the appearance of a good clove honey. Really active in there with carbonation bubbles. The head was off white and beautiful, leaves som decent lacing and has decent retention.

S: This is where this beer shines. Has a great smell of fresh out of the fridge banana pudding. You can really smell some sweet bread, reminicent of Nila wafers, banana is big here and sweet. The malt and yeast comes together beautifully with sweet bread, I am repeating myself. There is a nuttiness to it. Just beautiful.

T: Taste is really big with the banana flavor, sweet cold bananas. The bread taste does not translate as sweet as it does in the nose, but is still great. Herbs and nuttiness is there. Very nice.

M: Very creamy. Goes down really easy, and has some nice active carbonation to it. After taste of sweet bread.

D: This is a very nice beer and although it comes across dark, it is still a very drinkable brew. It is not intimidating in flavor and very well rounded. Great beer.

Photo of soupyman10
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Squirrel/$8/500ml

This one looked incredible; a deep orangey-brown color with a huge frothy head that sat up there for forever. Nose was a ton of yeast, wheat, sweet but roasted caramel malt. Taste was likewise, really delicious, although not quite as overwhelmingly flavorful as their standard hefeweizen. Feel was nice and thick, good for the style. Overall, a very tasty beer that I would get again.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another I picked up on a whim..

Poured a nice, clean, nut brown. Looking at the beer in the light, the center is a bit darker than the outside, which is pretty cool. Head is fluffy, and like the beer, the middle of the head is elevated while theres a small moat around the outside. Head lasted the entire life of the beer, and stayed at about a finger. Looks alone on this beer are killer.

Smells like wheat and clove, not much else.

Taste is very smooth, a bit of chewey wheat and bread, some spice.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, refreshing and smooth. Weight is perfect, as is carbonation.

Drinkability here is good. This isn't something I've tried before so I don't know the style too well, but it has amazing character and I'll be getting a few more. I wonder how this is a bit warmer.

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

Pours a murky ice tea brown color with a medium size white bubbly head. Average retention. Smell is fairly mild wheat with some hefe like cloves and bananas.

Taste is good, milder than some of my favorite German hefes - more wheat - less spices, bubble gum and cloves.

The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Drinkability is excellent.This is a beer you could drink a lot of on a warm summer day.

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

500 ml bottle.

Beautiful tawny copper pulpy haze. Definitely darker than their normal hefeweizen. Almost looks like a smoothie (minus the chunks). Cumulonimbus size head of rocky, yeast-flecked, beige head. Great lacing and retention.

Freshly baked wheat bread sits beneath a perfect blend of bananas and cloves. More of a ripe banana bread esteryness rather than just straight up bananas. Bubble gum is there as well. Whiffs of caramel. Nice. Taste follows suit, more or less. Wheat bread twang up front. Nice and yeasty. Quick notes of noble hops as well (Tettnang?). Caramel and banana bread flavors take over. Some banana bitterness around the edges (and through the finish). Clove and rye bread spice come in near the finish. Thick, protein-rich feel. A bit drier in the finish. Damn good! Man these guys know wheat beers.

Photo of nasty15108
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner Weiss glass.

A - The poured a slightly cloudy brownish red color. The pour produced a thick and foamy off-white head.

S - Aroma of dark bread (yeast)and medicinal herbs.

T - Bready and delicious. Fresh baked rye bread and butter. Finishes with a slighly spicey herbal bite.

MF&D - Outstanding. A must try.

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

Pours a cloudy copper penny color with a nice even white head. Nose is malt and esters, caramel and tart fruit. Taste is a delightful light maltiness with a healthy serving of hef fruitiness/citrus; a deliciously light malty beer. Mouthfeel is nicely middle of the road, considerably fuller and chewier than a standard hef but light enough to still be an enjoyable warm-weather beer. At 5.30%, it's still very sessionable. A very good beer!

Photo of loosey
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one pint, .9 oz bottle, poured into pint glass

a beautifully even iced tea tone with a full inch of beige head that dissipates slowly but never actually leaves

smells of baking bananas with some spice, most likely its gonna be clove, i'm eager

tastes like moist malted banana bread with poppy seeds, hops and clove are somewhere hiding, the finish is crisp with some liquorice.. this is good stuff

carbonation is strong but well balanced, the beer looks thick but drinks medium bodied, not necessarily a hot summer day beer but a maybe a warm summer evening after you've had a few hot summer day beers kind of beer

there was this month or two in my life, mid-summer, that i was living in a flop spot and looking for a job and i was eating all these granola bars someone threw out and cans of peaches in the oppressive summer heat, and i blew my grocery budget on a bottle of good single malt scotch that i would make a dinner out of... it was good but a case of this would've been a better way to spend that 50 bucks

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

Murky light brown with a thick white head that lasted for quite a few minutes.
Smells like banana, cinnamon, and yeast, very sweet smelling.
A little carmel and molasses in the beginning turns to banana bread at the end.
Crisply carbonated and a bit spicy.

Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mid sized head with a little lace and a hazy, amber-brown body.

S - Fruity, spicy, wheat with banana esters and a mild cinnamon note.

T - Some fruit and lots of clove. A bit of caramel in the middle precedes the sweet, spicy wheat finish.

M - Slightly thick body and moderately high carbonation with a bit of chalkiness in the finish.

D - Quite spicy, this is a nice example of the style and easily drinkable.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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