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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,476 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,476
Reviews: 1,007
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 203
Gots: 168 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 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
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
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
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
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
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
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
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Darkish orange-brown/caramel color. Huge head, whitish in color. Large bubbles but not too fizzy. Whispy lacing.
S: Sweet caramel, leafy hops, muted bitterness.
T: Bittersweet, malty sugars and not too nippy hop flavors. Lingering sweetness in the mouth and yeasty in the middle. Good flavors, and strung together nicely.
M: Straddles bitter and malty with some yeasty chewiness.
D: Good, nice flavors and easy to drink.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bomber takes a few pours to find its way into my 22 ounce weizen glass. A tower of light beige foam retains at nearly three fingers of soft-peak eggwhite atop a deep, cloudy copper amber body.

Smells of toasty wheat bread and lightly fruity malts, cloves, with a sweet character.

Taste is of mild and toasty malts, savory wheat, banana, ripe plum, with a nutty, lightly buttery character that bears a hint of spiciness.

Perfect carbonation with a smooth finish and an intriguing essence of clarified butter. Easily quaffed, and frankly, hard not to.

Photo of stcules
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown color, with a beautiful beige foam, compact and abundant.
Light and delicate smell, malt, caramel, a bit of biscuit.
At the taste is delicate, again, with malt, biscuit, caramel, a hint of light burnt. Not too sweet, pleasant.
Maybe a light fruity note of elder?
Same notes in the aftertaste, with a finish tending to liquorice and roots.
Average body.

Photo of bitterthebetter
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a rich rich cloudy auburn with bubbly white head and lots of haze.

rich aromas of sweet malt, figs, hops, and roasted malt as well.

on the palate the beer is wonderfully refreshing with malt upfront and slight fruitiness very reminiscent of a Belgian Dubbel, but without the weight, intensity, or sweetness that they often come with.

Very light, smooth, and refreshing. Maybe there is a reason they have been brewing for so long. A very elegant beer sure to impress and sure to satisfy.

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

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a hazy rusty brown colour. Slightly off white head poured as expected for a Weizen - big, thick and foamy. A steady stream of carbonation bubbles maintains a very thick covering throughout... some decent clingy lacing...

Aroma - Good strong spiciness - cloves and allspice, lots of yeasty and wheaty notes, raw palm sugar notes, light toasted bread, some notes of banana and chocolate mixed together, biscuity malts, tart fruits (pears, apples and lemons), sea salt, quite floral and perfumed...

Taste - Good strong wheatiness mixed with toasted bread, yeasty, light brown sugar sweetness, definite clove and banana, light cola notes, some pear and apple, nutmeg and pepper spiciness...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy... medium bodied... exceptionally quaffable - i could happily knock this back all evening...

Overall - An excellent Dunkel... certainly lives up to it's ratings.. recommended...

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

A - Poured a dark hazy butterscotch with a nice thick tan head that stuck around to the end of the tasting.

S - Nice sweet malt aroma with fruity banana and yeast undertones.

T - Significant malt and wheat/yeast up front with a nice fruity, banana finish.

M&D - Excellent balance of malt and yeast. Nice combination of carbonation and creaminess (it's not a creamy beer, but it has a very smooth, almost creamy texture). A nice somewhat dry finish and a lot of that bready/wheat/yeast flavor in the aftertaste.

Overall this is a very good beer. Not too sweet, not too thick - just right for a hefe weizen. Good work Weihenstephan!

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

The Hefeweissbier Dunkel poured a cloudy light brown shade. It had a ridiculous head with some solid retention. It left some sudsy lacing all over.

The smell brought scents of cloves, bananas, yeast, malt and lemon. It was sweet malts initially finished semi dry. It had the classic Hef taste but also some yeastiness which gave it some excellent complexity. It did taste close to banana bread. Overall a excellent beer to drink anytime. I bet it would be awesome on sunny day.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,476 ratings.