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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,508
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 213
Gots: 187 | 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 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.

Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy light toffee caramel color... Fluffy slight off-white head... Still and little murky... Respectable head retention and an appealing lacing...

S - Apple... Pear... Malt... Clove... Banana... Nuttiness... Toffee... Caramel... Seltzer... Good balance... Excellent complexity... Quite enjoyable and intoxicating...

T - Malt... Apple... Clove... These are the most dominant tastes... They are followed by hints of toffee and crust...

M - Light to medium bodied... Thin and smooth... Spiceness resonates and clings to mouth... Slight carbonation and fizziness on the initial sip... Good mouthfeel, but I wish it had a slightly greater bite to it...

D - Excellent wheat beer... Well balanced with hints of complexity throughout... Would drink again, but I'm not sure it lived up to my expectations based on the stellar reviews of other BAs...

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.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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