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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,344 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,344
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 174
Gots: 117 | 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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Photo of AChamberlain
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a last minute purchase at the Munich airport. Poured into a weizen glass from a .5l bottle.

A: Thick, frothy, foamy head. Brown in color and barely translucent.
S: Bananas right away. Subtle fruit smells.
T: Fruity, bananas, just like the smell. No bitterness. Yummy.
MF: Super smooth and lush.
D: Very drinkable.

AChamberlain, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Pooba001
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer was gently swirled in bottle to rouse some yeast, and poured in to a Pilsner glass, I don't have drink many wheat beers, so I don't have a proper Weizen glass. This is close enough. Label says the beer is "Hefeweissbier Dunkel". Very cloudy, as expected with the wheat content and yeast sediment. Its a medium brown color, golden around the edes when held to light, with excellent carbonation and a big fluffy white head that doesn't dissipate. Smell is moderatly phenolic, aromas of clove, wheat, slight tartness (green apple?), and slight banana ester are prevalent.

Taste has more banana that the scent would indicate, and clove is still quite prominent, apple-like tartness is present, but not overwhelming. Dry, toasty malty notes are there too, hop bitterness is almost imperceptable.

Mouthfeel is good, not exceptional, and drinkability is very high for this style. Stylistically, this is an excellent beer, one of the best Germans I've had, and I would consider it for future purchases.

Pooba001, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect shade of brown topped with a monstrous head that has amazing staying power. Body is slightly hazey with miniature sized carbonation in massive amounts race to the top.

Malts are the theme here. The question is how well are they implimented into the brew. Short answer: Near Perfection. Longer answer is they are like freshly baked bread with a pinch of cinnamon. Yeast is a factor. Nuts enter the picture if only for a second. Actually finishes up fairly dry and crisp. Bananna bread in the backdrop.

Notes: I've said it before and this beer is exactly what I'm talking about, if your going to be a malt based brew the malts must have depth. This brew has tremendous depth while still being soft. This brewery never ceases to amaze me. Excellent.

DogFood11, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured thick and frothy (like rootbeer) into a weizen glass. The head is vanilla, and the body is brown with an orange/red tint, yet also murky from the yeast. There is no lacing, but the head retention is fantastic.

Smell: I've picked out bananas, raspberries, strawberries and morning dew in this brew, but I'm sure there are other fruits present too. It's an airy aroma and not intense, but quite pleasant.

Taste: I like the slightly bready taste with the malt backbone. I think this is quite well balanced, and again, fresh dew/fresh meadows comes to mind. It's not very sweet, and not very bitter, but the aftertaste accentuates both of these qualities.

Mouthfeel: This is smooth with almost no bitterness. As I said above, it's airy, but not really smokey, and quite light bodied.

Drinkability: It's definitely worth a try once, but I think there's better in the style and I probably won't try this again.

dbalsock, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a creamy off white head on top of a cloudy brown body with hints of orange flashing around; it almost looks like a solid not a liquid. The nose has many components: spicy clove, nutmeg, banana, bubble gum sweetness and a hint of toasted malt. The taste reminds me of banana bread. There is spiciness from the cloves and I am getting a citrus flavor in there too. It has a light mouthfeel making it very refreshing and drinkable.

orsulacp, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours with a super-creamy light tan head that is about three fingers in height. It eventually dissipates to a slightly rocky thin cap of creamy head. Leaves excellent rocky lacing that sticks to the glass as it goes down. The brew itself is a murky dark-brownish honey.

Smell - Clove spice and sweet over-ripe bananas up front, as to be expected from this style. Fresh scent of wheat balanced with a rich and very bready malt aroma. A slight sourness/bitterness can be traced at the end. Practically no alcohol aroma.

Taste - Dark cooked bananas, clove, and some nutmeg and/or cinnamon is also present right away. A mellow dark wheat and pudding-like malt character. The finish is a nice medley of all of the aforementioned flavors. Clove/peppery spiciness and a lingering malt presence make up the aftertaste. Again, very little acohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Much better and refreshing carbonation than in Weihenstephaner's regular hefe weizen. Very little bite to the carbonation, but it adds a lot of refreshing character. The body is medium and very, very smooth (although the carbonation does hide this a bit). It also has a very slick and wet mouthfeel especially in the finish.

Drinkability - Very good. The flavors are well-balanced and fairly light, as with this style. Has a very refreshing carbonation. Practically no alcohol can be detected (at least by me, of couse I admittedly have a low sensitivity to its taste and smell).

An excellent dunkel. Very smooth and flavorful with great carbonation. Also a beautiful beer, it's a pleasure just looking at your 1/3 drank glass with all that huge rocky lace sticking to the glass. Highly recommended.

dblinkhorn, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Injemanze
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer at an International Beer festival in Hangzhou, China. This the most expensive bottle of beer I have ever purchased in China but as Weissbier Dunkels are one of my favorite styles I thought I would give it a shot, plus I though that with a brewing history of over 1000 years it should be something special. I must admit I was not convinced but I am willing to give it another shot if I find it somewhere else.

Appearance – Pours copper with significant head.

Smell – Barley and honey perhaps with hints of orange

Taste – Sweetness with possible light hints of banana, orange, brandy, and honey. Nothing in the flavor was truly memorable however. Mouthfeel was a lot lighter than I had expected

Drinkability – Average, the low ABV means you could imbibe quite a lot of these though nothing in the beer itself would have me coming back for more.

In my opinion, Erdinger is a superior Dunkel Weizen

Injemanze, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel poured from a 16.9 oz bottle in a Paulaner weissbier glass.

Appearance: Pours deep amber to medium brown with a huge, off white, pillowing head. The creamy, fluffy head dissipates slowly to an off-white blanket of tightly bubbled foam on top of the beer. Lacing is minimal on my weissbier glass.

Smell: Fresh banana bread jumps out of the glass along with the sweet smell of caramel malt. Really fruity along with fresh baked bread makes this a very aromatic weissbier.

Taste: Plenty of fruity sweet malt ply the beginning with hints of banana and clove. The middle is full of fresh baked bread that transitions to a finish that has hints of sweet caramel, more fruit and a subtle wheat flavor and bubblegum. Just the slightest bit of hops peak through at the end with a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Ultra creamy and smooth, feels great in the mouth. Carbonation is right where it needs to be. Very nice texture.

Drinkability/Notes: A highly drinkable Hefe Dunkel. Rich and creamy in the mouth with flavors of fresh banana bread, cloves, and bubblegum. Fruity and caramel sweet. Extremely easy to drink at 5.3 % abv and very refreshing. My first hefe dunkel and it’s a nice contrast to a hefeweissbier, doesn’t have that lemony thing going on that most hefes seem to have. Definitely a beer and style that I will have again. Another quality beer from the folks at Weihenstephaner. Seek and enjoy.

SwillBilly, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Into a weizen glass, pours a foggy, light amber at bottom do deep, dark copper at top, a nice two finger head shrinking to thin layer, with super nice cascading lacing, leaving spots down the glass. Exquisite.

Aroma is darkly wheaty, ripe bananas, yeasty kind of, green apples, and there are clove like spice but subdued. The nose is subdued in general, not strong but definitely full.

Taste is brilliant, with initial carbonation there is a nice spicy clove, very nice a smooth, light malt, and banana and apples, hops bittering in the very least, and a dry finish rounds up this brilliantly balanced beer.

Body is perfect. Perfect weight, perfect carbonation, perfect viscosity. If anything else, should I lose my taste buds, I'd drink this for feel.

All in all, one of my top dunkels, a favorite to drink anytime, anywhere. A more assertive nose and longer finishing taste would earn it perfect scores.

objectivemonkey, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of SudNut
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice foamy head mmm just the right carbonation with a fruity nose. Good foamy mouth feel with a hint of cloves and a fruity flavor mixed in. It tastes so good; I think I'll have another one. All I need to go with it is some BB-Q. Where is the charcoal lighter fluid? Enjoy!!!

SudNut, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head retention is good, lacing isn't very strong, and the brown color is cloudy and a little golden. The smell is os deep clove, with a little banana and a slight lemon backround. The taste is a little sweet, metallic, very clovey, and a slight banana backround. The mouthfeel is fine like a hefeweizen should be, crisp and foamy. Overall I thought this beer was a little metallic, but I might try it again later.

Erdinger2003, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber and brown colour, with visible yeast and carbonation. Frothy head.

Smells of roasted malt, and yeast. Some fruity esters.

The taste is a nice malt flavour, with rich fruity overtones. There is a bit of bite from the carbonation.

Very drinkable and flavourful.

Freshie, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy toned copper color, with a moderate amount of suspended particulates, a small, but quite dense off-white head, and thick broken lace. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Caramel, apple peel, bananas, cloves, and earth combine in a remarkably complex fusion.

Taste: Opens with burnt caramel, and cloves, soon followed by ripe bananas, bitter apple, and a mild earth note. Finishes with a very mild herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with a mildly dry finish, with little carbonation felt.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful example of the style, exudes quality and brewing craftsmanship.

Presentation: Packaged in a pint brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. In order to conform to Texas alcoholic beverage laws, the label reads "malt liquor".

Pegasus, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep caramel colour with a big, fluffy, beige head. As the foam subsided, fine bubbles clung to the glass in clumps. Head retention was supported by ample carbonation. All the aroma notes from a hefe were there (bready yeast, cloves, vanilla with citrusy undertones) along with mild caramel and a hint of cocoa. The same could be said about the flavour. There's a pleasing caramel backbone that played very well with the hefe character. And there's a bit of dry cocoa that came out in the finish. Very nice indeed! The body was on the light side, carbonation fairly high. Crisp and lightly dry on the palate. I was a fantastic beer that I really enjoyed a lot. I'll be picking more of these up at some point.

DrJay, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

As all of the beers tried from this brewer, pours a beautiful glass of beer. Dark amber with a 3 finger tan head that slowly melts to a very, very thick lacing. So thick there is a mound of head in the middle of the glass...lacing is very sticky. Everytime I take a sip or gulp of this beer it powers carbonation back up to the top replenishing the head. It's amazing.

Aroma is bubblegum, toasted malt, and dry biscuit yeast.

Taste...hmmm....banana, clove...lots of clove...light citrus...bubblegum again.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly non-cloying and carbonation makes for a full and satisfying mouthfeel.

Aftertaste is biscuit and bubblegum

I think great...actually fantastic for style. I don't like what I perceive as bubblegum so much but I think for the style they are...how you say...'spot on'.

IntriqKen, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a weizen glass from the 500mL.

This beer pours a hazy brown with a frothy white head that holds and laces well. The smell is very strong with the wheat. The taste mimicks the smell. I expected more of a roasted flavor but didnt get one. The mouthfeel is nice and overall highly drinkable, a great beer.

MSchae1017, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of olacub
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper hue, with a gigantic (and noisy) head.

S: Green banana and some vanilla.

T: A little sweet and bready up front, with alot of unripe banana poking through, providing a slightly sour finish.

M: A tad thinner than I had expected.

D: This would still make a very good session beer, especially during a weekend marathon of football games with friends.

olacub, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of JustinOSU99
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich dark amber with a very large head. Very inviting, and I'm excited to take my first sip.
S: Awesome smell. Couldn't keep my nose out of it! Immediate sense of orange rind and hints of barley. Very sweet smell reminiscent of flowers and honey.
T: Absolutely wonderful. Large robust orange flavor with traces of honey and just the perfect amount of booze. Finishes quickly leaving a pleasant aged taste on the palate. Very complicated.
M: Very lacy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Definitely an excellent beer. A little heavy for drinking more than one, but for a single drink it's definitely delicious.

JustinOSU99, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange amber, slight haze. Paler than I expected. Note I am parallel tasting with Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, and the colour difference is significant.
Offwhite head...that fades a bit... doesn't linger as long as I expected for wheat beer.
Interesting nose, of berries, amber malts, esters. Touch of toffee, particularly as it warms up.
Flavour of estery fruit, touch of clove/banana. Grainy wheat, specialty malts. Touch of citrus at the end, fairly dry finish, with not much length.
Light and refreshing.

vancurly, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dark
16.9 oz brown bottle
Jet ink 8105 on the back label
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a cloudy light copper brown color with a massive, fluffy and puffy head on top. Awesome sticky lace patterns cling to the glassware.

Pleasant aroma with whiffs of banana, German Hefeweizen yeast bombs and fruity esters.

Fruit apples dipped in juicy caramel with strong banana flavors in the background. Hints of brown sugar, nutmeg spice and vanilla.

A very solid German Dunkel Weizen and quite enjoyable.

Hibernator, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick off white head that won't die - it’s beautiful. Opaque brown body: it looks like iced tea. Lacing is also excellent.

S: Smells like a hefe. Wheat and spice.

T: Yeast spice and sweetness up front, followed by complex wheat flavors. The sweetness joins the wheat in the aftertaste, but is soon overtaken by yeast and slight bitterness. This yeast flavor lingers.

M: Fills the mouth with good carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, but the lingering yeastyness isn't always pleasant. Still, I would have another one.

This beer has well balanced flavors. I couldn't detect the roasty malts in here as much as I would have liked. I'll have to revisit this one for sure.

51mmz0rz, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a big h-w head, eventually settling to surface skim, not much lacing. Body was a cloudy apple cider brown.

Smell - bananas, plums, apples, and diacetyl.

Taste - same as the smell. Some bananas, mostly plums, and some apples, washed through with subtle creamy wheat. Diacetyl is a major taste also washing throughout, but especially strong on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full, creamy.

Drinkability - this is decent, not great. I'd rather have something different after one of these.

ultralarry2006, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer demands patience due to its excitable carbonation...take it slow and easy and you eventually get a beer with a huge soapy head and a gorgeous toasted brown/caramel color with excellent cloudiness thanks to that yeast. Lotsa lace, to boot.

Aroma gives esters of honey, vanilla and banana, along with bready notes from the yeast and a nutty/caramel element.

Flavors are many, all of them delicious. The maltiness imparts flavors of banana, caramel, toasted marshmallow, and honey, while the yeast delivers elements of bread and nuts.

Long-lasting head gives the mouthfeel an extra dimension, you're always drinking through it in some way. Body itself is just a tad thinner than expected, but still creamy and with just enough carbonation to add depth.

A real pleasure, a meal in and of itself. Not because it's so heavy (it's not, it's extremely drinkable), but because it's so satisfying and the flavors are earthy and robust and completely, utterly satisfying. Top-notch.

Metalmonk, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours light brown/dark copper color with a big beige head that recedes rather quickly, some lacing on the glass, cloudy, yeast floating.

S- sweet malts, and fruit flavors including (obviously) banana.

T- roasted malts with banana sweetness. Cloves as well. Nothing overpowering, mellow.

M- perfect carbonation, smooth, light bodied, dry finish

D- very mellow relaxing beer. So smooth, so tasty, and so freakin easy to drink. I could seriously dream about this beer. Amazing.

tonistruth, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of brown with a bit of redness to it. Very large head, especially if poured with any slashing. Had to wait some time before I was able to pour the whole thing in. Definitely a matly nose, most likely of the toasted variety, and also a hint of brown sugar or something equally sweet. Taste is great. Perfect level of carbonation, noticeable but not overpowering. Again the sweet brown sugar taste is back in the middle of the tongue, this time with nut added. Finishes pleasantly with candied fruits and more clove-like spices. This beer goes down very easy as well, if this were more readily available I would drink it all the time!

Toddv29424, Aug 06, 2006
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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