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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,383 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,383
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 180
Gots: 125 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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

A – Bottle, 500 milliliter or the American version as 16.9 ounces. Bottle was clean tight cap and beer was that dark brown; roasty looking but clear in the glass.

S – Wheat, grain but toasted or baked. Fresh bread? Beer? Toast? Whatever the combination it was a first whiff that required a second and even a third.

T – Toasted malt with some roasted nut flavors and that hint of yeast in the background. Not overlay "wheaty" or raw grain taste. Nice tingle from the carbonation and the alcohol but not too strong or too bubbly.

M – Bubbles, but not overkill; not the American mainstream of carbonation to death. Seemed balanced for the roast level of the malts.

D – A drinkable, not overly dark, roasted beer with subtle nuances in the flavor, aromas, and finish. Not the best but a a definite improvement over mass market commercial grocery store. I've a preference for Stouts but this is a nice change and would go well with a beef or BBQ dish and still hold it's own. Not my first, second or third choice as an everyday brew, but one I'd grab given a limited restaurant beer-list. Buy again? Yeah, probably as a change of pace or definitely Yes if on sale.

plexiprs, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a deep dark hazelnut brown color. Very cloudy with a lot of sedimentation towards the bottom of the glass. An enormous tan colored head formed on the top of this one. I could not even finish the pour into a 24oz glass without stopping to let it settle. Very impressive looking to say the least. Now as soon as this finally relented it was replaced by copious amount of side glass lace which really helped to thicken up the overall appearance. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout. Overall this was a monster looking Hefe and was really excited to get to try it.



S – Aroma was full of wheat as one would imagine it would be. Lots of fresh wheat and grain smells came flying off of it. Also inside was a good solid amount of yeast. This did a very fine job of lightening up the overall aroma and really giving it some solid depth and a good amount of character. I could also pick up some decent amounts of fresh grass like smells in there as well. A very nice overall aroma, and a bit fuller then the typical.



T – Now here is where it gets good. Very nice blend of roasted malts going into this as well as the huge wheat and yeast profile. There was actually a decent amount of kick to it in the flavor. The first sips were pretty intense with a bit of a caramel or bitterness to the finish. Lots of yeast presence again and this served up some nice fruity flavors. A good mix of peach and maybe some apples were present way in the back and the major bread like backing just served to push forward the more subtle flavors that were present in the back. Overall here this was really a very full bodied flavor. E even noticed a bit of a roasted nuttiness to it. This was very nice is about it.



M – Very nice and very typical of what I would expect here. It had a great overall feel, lots of carbonation rippling through and really giving it a very nice feel and a great overall profile again. Somewhat thin but that is a bit to be expected here, but other then that it really was pretty darn good as far as the way it should feel. Naturally going to be a lighter type of brew, this did have a nice full body to it.



D – Excellent here. I could have had this all night long and really could not find a downside to it at all. It really felt as though I could have never stopped with this one. There was really nothing in the way of this going all night and it really was a fantastically crafted brew. So light and refreshing but yet at the same time, complex in flavor and body. Nothing at all bad can be said here, just a wonderful session type ale.



Overall I do not know what else I can say. I love all things German and this was no exception. One of the finest quality brews I have had in a very long while. I would be happy to try this one again any day and in fact will be looking forward to having some again very soon. Great choice here and another very solid offering.

mikesgroove, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was also shared with biegaman on the patio, it was a great day for beer drinking.

Pours a cloudy brown with orange edges, thick off white head forms, eggshell colour, leaves a few lace spots, settles to a thin ring. Smell is sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate, light vanilla and banana, touch of yeast and spice. Taste is similar, nice caramel and bready malts, banana, touch of citrus, spices, chocolate, yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Another solid beer from Weihenstephaner, a nice dunkelweiss! Thanks Jan.

Viggo, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Terp96
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. I love how it combines the attributes of the underated dunkel with the ever popular hefeweizen.

This beer is a cloudy brown color in the glass. This particular bottle must have been disturbed as it took a couple of small pours to get it in my glass. Huge, thick off-white head.

Like a typical hefeweizen, you can smell the banana clove flavors but this one also has a dark malt, almost smokey aroma as well.

Like the smell, the taste says hefeweizen but the strong malt character is definitely present. Roasted malt dominates the front with a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Not thin but not cloying. Just right.

I could drink this all night. It is a shame it is so warm in October. This is a perfect fall/winter beer.

Terp96, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of bonbright7
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In comparison to my previous great experience with the bottles of this, I thought the tap version was a half step down from what I experienced with bottled version.
I was having a big Southern style party with a blues band and we served this and the Brooklyn Pils. The chocolate and banana nuances that came through so valiantly before were toned down in the taste, but you could smell them like flowers. That was odd. I would like to try this again on tap to see if it was just me.

bonbright7, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a murky, muddy brown with good head. The head does fade and there is little lacing. The aroma isn't overly strong, but then again I don't seem to be smelling all that much these days. The flavour is sadly weak. There's some OK wheatiness, but it fades quicker than I would like, and there isn't much in the way of the banana flavours that I like in a good weizen. That being said, this may be one of my first dunkelweizens, so perhaps those are different.

sstackho, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of cracgor
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark amber to brown hazy beer with a foamy, pillowy head. A flavorful banana with a light hop smell. Refreshing, light mouthfeel. Has a similar taste to the smell up front with a bit more of a caramelized aftertaste. An excellent beer. My second favorite of the brewery's offerings.

cracgor, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of willjansen
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before February 2008, served in weizen glass.

Appearance - Cloudy, hazelnut color with copious head on a light pour. Many bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Always a substantial covering of head from beginning to end.

Smell - Spices hit the nose first - cloves. Light toffee and caramel mixed with sweet, cinnamon banana. Sweet maltiness and clove-like yeast phenols mixed in a complimentary manner.

Taste - Burnt-sugar maltiness mixed with a very light balancing hop presence. Touch of sweet molasses and dark fruit, racing with spices throughout. Banana comes out towards the end with pleasant blend of cloves and a slight nuttiness thanks to the Bavarian yeast used.

Mouthfeel - Silky, delicate medium-body supported by a pleasant level of carbonation which spreads across the tongue delivering the flavor efficiently and with great timing.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable dark wheat... one of the best examples of the style, and one of the best wheat beers available. My personal standard for a dark hefeweissbier. Just a great beer!

willjansen, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of KI9A
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Just a huge, creamy. foamy head on top of a muddy brown body. Head never seems to leave, but, when it does, it leaves a nice heavy lace on the glass. Perfect!

Normal smell, with a nice hit of alcohol.

Taste dominated by cloves, and a hint of bananna/alcohol on the finish.

Just a wonderful all-around dark wheat bier. More will find the way into my fridge! Every beer I have tried from this brewery has been nothing short of wonderful.

KI9A, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Reanimator
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an awesome introduction to German wheat beer!

The other reviewers certainly aren't exaggerating the absolutely unstoppable head that develops on this almost opaque, deep copper colored brew. The aroma is slightly that of berries or (as my friend commented) cheese and bread, and is a good indicator of the beers taste.

Hops are almost nonexistent as far as I can tell, but there is a little bite near the end of each drink. The taste of this beer really escaped me and in my notes I simply wrote "not malty, but wheaty". The description of taste might just come with more experience with this style.

Overall it was very smooth and drinkable, and I can definitely see myself downing too many of these in a single sitting.

Reanimator, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Poured a just about uncontrollable 4 fingers of pale beige head, which looks bubbly on the sides, and creamy on top. Had good retention. Colour is a slightly hazy orange-brown with a few tiny bubbles rising.

Smell - 4.0
There was a definite banana smell upon opening, but all-but disappeared. Sweet smells of roasted malt, spices and a little grassy hops. Vague fruitiness upon warming.

Taste - 4.5
A very rich and flavoursome beer this one. There is the classic wheat beer clove taste but that plays second fiddle to a strong flavour of roasted malt and grains, some malty sweetness, and a slightly bitter and rather dry finish. The aftertaste is particularly nice, toast-like. Not as sweet as the regular hefe, and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
As with all the Weihenstephaner beers I have tried, it is lightly carbonated, which is nice. Moderate to heavy weight in the mouth, almost creamy.

Drinkability - 4.5
Goes down very easily, especially for a darkish beer with a 5.3% ABV. Not sure I could see myself using this as a session beer, though, but I'm sure others would.

OVERALL - 4.4
This is not my favourite style of beer (I much prefer the regular hefe), but objectively, it is clearly excellent. While not as ridiculously drinkable as the regular hefe, this is just as tasty in its own way. I am as-ever, jealous of people who live in Germany, who pay less for excellent beer like this, that we Australians have to pay for most macro lagers.

Re-review:
This beer started off at 4.25 for me, but now rates 4.4 (you will see that some of the comments don't quite match up to the score). Very malty, moderately spicy and fruity, completely delicious. The second best wheat beer in the world after the regular hefe.

LittleCreature, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A massive four finger creamy beast of a head rises up like a demon from the depths of hell, and gets rocky with popping bubbles as it takes it's sweet time settling to a thick two finger lunar landscape of reddish tan foam. The brew beneath is a hazy and dirty brown hue, and it glows reddish orange when held to the light. A ton of foamy lace is left on the glass after a good swirl.

S - Sweet banana baby food spread out on a big chewy banana-nut bagel. Some tart citrus notes are there too along with a big donut-y yeast aroma. This is amazingly complex. I smell lots of bakery shop yeast notes and some caramel drizzled dark fruits also (raisins in a box, dates, and prunes).

T - Sweet and dark like rum soaked dark fruits. The flavor is more focused on the dates and prunes than the nose is, but all of the yeasty bakery flavors are there too. After swallowing, I'm left with the taste of a big banana-nut bagel washed down with some OJ. Oh, God this is good...breakfast in a bottle.

M - Full bodied with a gloriously fine and tingly carbonation that you barely notice as CO2...it's almost more like a tingling novocaine feeling! Slick, oily, thick, and sugary. But somehow still light on the palate! It's like a puff pastry that you know is loaded with lard and sugar, but somehow feels like its calorie-free. Swishing in my mouth creates a big foamy lush feeling that is really nice. The finish is sweet and wet with a bit of wheaty twang, and the aftertaste is long lasting.

D - This is good stuff! It's refreshing and complex at the same time, and that is the key to drinkability IMO, but the only reason that I didn't give this a five is that it is pretty damn sweet. I think that without big hop flavors, high ABV, or a little bit of roastiness, beer like this can get cloying after maybe two. That said, this is my second Weihenstephaner beer, and my second beer from "the world's oldest brewer" to receive a score of 4.5+! I'm impressed!

pmcadamis, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a weizen glass. Body is murky reddish-brown with a big, foamy 3-finger fluffy off-white head. Lots of bubbles in there.

S: Malty and yeasty -- cloves, bananas and spices over something sweet and bready. Think of banana bread or even spiced apples.

T: Real nice balance between the malt and yeast and there's even a tad bit of a lemony finish to it. Banana bread and cinnamon-coated green apples both come to mind. Cloves are very noticeable as well. Reminds me of a mix between an altbier and a hefeweizen. Interesting.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Well-carbonated.

D: Good. No problems drinking this one pretty quickly, though it is nice to slow down a little to enjoy the taste. . . .

Kendo, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Lothore
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an unfiltered dark caramel color with a massive, creamy head. The head retains for quite a while and leaves lacing as it falls.

S- Smell is a very sweet, strong banana scent with hints of wheat and darker fruits.

T- Taste seems a bit anticlimatic in that it isn't nearly as flavorful as the nose lets on. Slight banana sweetness.

M- Something about the mouthfeel on this brew really rubs me the wrong way. A bit undercarbonated and leaves a sticky sweet coating on the inside of my mouth.

D- This beer seems like it would be pretty drinkable in that it is not too offensive but its not nearly as flavorful as I was expecting. None the less it seems to be a good thirst quencher

Lothore, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a Weihenstephan glass:

Pours a beautiful hazed caramel light brown with a thick head that slowly descends to a thick, foamy, lasting sizable head. Some lacing sticks to glass (a bit more and this would be perfect).

The smell is of banana/clove and sweet toffee. Doughy wheat in the back with a fruity/wheaty tang.

The taste is of banana/clove with sweet toffee. Maple syrup sweetness is balanced by a banana fruitiness with a touch of red apple. Some doughy wheat, but subdued, allowing for full complexities to really shine forth. Well-balanced sweetness throughout. Complex, yet light and smooth. Great carbonation level. Flavor linger.

It is appropriately light to medium bodied. Crisp and smooth.

A classic dunkel weizen that is absolutely delicious. This clearly outshines so many others. Unique, yet well within the style. Another great brew from this awesome brewery!

jwc215, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky mud puddle brown color with an egg shell head that was average but left a nice cap once dissipated. The smell is subdued, but still has distinct clove and banana characteristics. The taste is of light clove and banana, the flavor are a bit subtle but good, a slight touch of metallic malt to offset the sweet banana/clove. The feel is moderately bodied with a nice creamy texture, nice and smooth, very balanced, finishes quite nice. Great dunkel weisse, not as good as their hefe or kristel, but quite superb.

Gmann, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very large tan colored head. The bear itself shows ample carbonation rising through a dark amber colored beer.

Sugary cloves and banana in the nose, but very balanced with no scent overpowering and taking over. After taking a sip the first thing I notice is the mouthfeel of the beer is extremely smooth and moderately bodied. Carbonation serves up a sweet spicy taste that develops and finishes into a dry malt aftertaste. Almost no biterness as the hops serve only to balance out the malts without adding much flavor.

Extremely enjoyable and drinkable Dunkel. I could drink this all day and at 5.3% I could attempt to. All around great beer that will turn me on to try out more of this style..

Jmamay22, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of revolution
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour reveals a rich caramel color with a huge, frothy head. Large bubbles flowing.

Smell the wheat--scent of rising bread dough, also fruit...banana?

Malty, very slight caramel, wheat taste. Also pick up the fruit...banana.

Mouthfull of carbonation. Light feel, goes down pretty smooth.

A very solid wiezen, especially on this hot summer evening.

revolution, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Didn't have a glass on hand. Drank from a pint-sized 16 oz bottle.

S - Bananabread, cloves, caramel malts

T - Bananas, cloves, cola, a hint of chocolate

M - Thin, carbonated / soda feel

D - Overall a very delicious Dunkelweizen, but it doesn't live up to the hype. I honestly think that Franzikaner is superior. Regardless, this is a delicious brew.

yourunclewalt, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky rust-orange color with a glistening off-white, bubbly head. The smell is like a typical hefe - cloves, yeast, slightly sweet and this one is a bit bready. Taste is similar to the nose, very clovey and spicy... very similar to Weihenstephaner's traditional Hefe. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a frothy, creamy carbonation and incredibly smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, another testament to the quality of beer from "the world's oldest brewery".

gmfessen, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Procrastinator
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 9 oz. bottle poured into Nonic pint glass. Can't seem to find my weizen glass. 5.3% ABV and date of 1196 on rear label.

Appearance: cloudy, opaque light brown with golden fringes after pouring vigorously. Swirled last few ounces in bottle to produce fluffy off-white head which recedes to a constant layer of nice lacing.

Smell: definite wheat and overripe bananas, sweet molasses and gum. Yeasty bread and slight alcohol.

Taste: wheat,banana and clove followed by a twang of lemony citrus. Slight bitterness to balance out the gentle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: dry on the tongue with just perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: not too sweet makes for easy drinking. Thirst quenching brew. I love burping up that fine banana flavor. Bring on a few more!

Procrastinator, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a large weizen glass. Bottle code is 2086, not sure how to read that.

Appearance: Pours with the typical huge, weizen head. Several inches at first, requiring a pause before pouring the rest of the beer. The head settles out about 1 inch, and stays there, a light tan. The beer itself starts out clear, but with a little swirling to get the compacted yeast, it takes on a nice cloudiness. The beer is medium brown with hints of an almost red/orange.

Smell: Sweet malt upfront, with the expected twang from the wheat. Very fruity, with strong notes of bananas and bubblegum.

Taste: Very fruit forward, with a lot of berry and banana flavors. Finishes with a lingering twang from the wheat. A little bit of clove spiciness, but not much, in the end.

Moutfheel: Average carbonation level. Great body.

Drinkability: I have a soft spot for wheats, especially during the summer months. This one is nice, a little fuller than a regualr wheat.

beveritt, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here it is, the final stage of the Weihenstephaner Invitational, its dark hefeweizen. Let the pouring begin:

Cinnamon brown in color with hues of red and orange in the body with a nice head. The nose gets notes of yeast and spiced cider. Now for the tasting: starts off with a mild tang, which is then pushed over for a cinnamon cider flavor with apple. The yeast then pulls out its phenolic flavors, and then hints of brown sugar and raisins. A little bolder than the hefeweizen. Drinks well.

And now, the moment of truth, the winner of the Weihstephaner Invitational. And the winning style...

The Original!

Four fantastic beers, but just one winner. What a shame, because all these beers deserved a nomination. The Wei Invite has been wrapped up, so check back to see what you missed. Good night everyone!

DoubleJ, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and light brown with a huge frothy head. Patchy lacing left all over.
S - Spicey and fruity. Funnily enough bananna dominates.
T - Pretty much along the same lines as the smell with a bit of malt sweetness and a slight hop bite.
M - Crisp and dry. A little bit on the watery side. Quite refreshing though.
D - A Nice beer but not all that different from their hefeweizen. A bit more malt to show a difference would have been good. Still tasty and highly drinkable though.

brendan13, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of philberinghele
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Kaiser's Army
Fun, Fun on the Autobahn
Rolf and Florian

So the winner in my dunkle weizen taste off is definitely Ayinger Ur Weisse. This one just doesn't have much character. While Ayinger has a banana bread quality, this is just a slight variation on the hefe weizen = boring. I want something that I have to chew, not a thin, meek beer like this.

philberinghele, Jun 01, 2007
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,383 ratings.