Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,456
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 195
Gots: 157 | 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 stcules
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
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
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle, got to love that great looking regal German looking bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light brown, with a full white head, lots of foam.

S: Fragrant yeast character, a lot of banana, sweet malt.

T: Light caramel hits at first and then melds into a lot of banana, with hints of molasses. Long lingering finish of clove.

M: Seems a tad on the thin side for a weizen beer, and it's hard to find the flavour at times, but it does have a rich carbonation appeal.

D: My first dunkelweizen in a while, a tasty beer, though I do prefer their regular hefe beer.

Photo of hyland24
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass I acquired with this great sampler. Poured a hazy iced tea brown with mysterious cloudy movement, very intriguing. I get my balls broken for always picking up banana smells in my weiss beers but this one had banana all over it followed by hints of fresh bread. Awesome smell. Loved the smell but was blown away by the taste. Banana sweetness followed by delicious chewy biscuit breadiness and finishing with a very faint malt flavor. Nice chewy thick mouthfeel. Each swallow left behind a delicious tasty coating. A perfectly balanced beer.

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

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with a nice tight white head that fades to a ring. Light aromas of banana and bread. The taste is fuller and richer with lots of banana and more fresh baked bread. A touch of sweetness and possibly a touch of astringent clove in the finish. Really drinkable and a great late spring refresher. It has enough body and complexity to capture your interest before a hefe is required for the dog days of summer. Really pleasant.

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

Appearance - Like cloudy ice tea. Rocky and pillowy head stuck around for almost the whole glass. Lacing left a great looking pattern. Some chunky yeast sediment was stuck to the bottom of the bottle. A few pieces broke loose during the swirling of the yeast. I didn't notice till I poured the last bit into the glass. But they sank to the bottom.

Smell - Toffee cream, banana nut bread, light clove, sweet yummy malt.

Taste - A quick snap of spice, then mellow banana and smooth malty flavor take over. Note of tartness turns to a minimum bitter finish. Aftertaste is wonderfully neutral and even.
I've found this with the regular Heffeweiss as well.

Mouthfeel - Hearty with good weight. Fills your mouth.

Drinkability - A couple in a row would go down smooth. A warm weather beer with a little more to it. I've yet to try a Weihenstephaner that I didn't like!

Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from pint to huge Red Oak mug from the now-defunct (?) Spring Garden brewery in Greensboro, NC - circa 1996.

Big, frothy rye bread-colored head (no caraway seeds, but I had to check) with cloudy chestnut body. Moderate lacing.

Excellent roasted whole wheat aroma - some rye, ginger with moderate malt sweetness. Slight pine and caramel.

VERY clean - wheat bread backbone is quite mild. Lots of whole grain goodness in here with slight bite of coriander and orange zest. Tastes healthy.

No bitterness at all - slightly sweet and piney - again, very clean from start to finish. Solid grain backbone.

(Respectfully) extremely drinkable and sessionable.

Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy caramel colored beer that is moderately hazed with a 3 or 4 finger head.
the aroma is loaded with bready clove and nutty ripe banana with a ligth caramel/vanilla beneath that. a little cake-y
the flavor has a large nutty clove component in addition to some of the more normal hefe flavors. i find a hints of orange zest here and there mingled with some carefuly placed hop bitterness. a little baking apple in there too perhaps. clove in the aftertaste as well, though fairly dry. a little bit of cocoa comes out with warmth.
the mouthfeel is medium for the most part with a active, but fine carbonation.
drinkability is quite good, it's a tasty, well balanced, easy drinking beer, and spot on for the style.

Photo of scootny
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 500 ml bottle int my Sisson's weiss glass. A dense creamy head from a regular pour yields a four finger head. It stays for what seems like an hour but really only five minutes. It slowly dwindles down to a half inch cap that stays the duration. The glass is a cloudy light chestnut brown and carbonation activity is light. Pretty

The smell is light chocolate, banana,clove and mild fruit like apple or pear. There is a light clove that develops as it warms.

Broad malt palate. Light roasted malt in the back and chocolate and banana. Mild tartness of green apple and more wheat malt. Finish is dry, slightly roasty with more yeasty banana. Superb.

Medium mouthfeel and excellent carbonation to tingle the tounge.

Supremely drinkable. A standard for Dunkleweiss, nothing better for cooler days and night. Delicious and easy to knock back as many as you want. It is a bit more filling than a hefe due to the more substantial body but who cares!

Photo of bort11
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle poured into a Sweetwater 420 hefe glass. Very nice looking head that stands a good two fingers width. Tight bubble formation and leaves a good amount of lacing. Color is a dark caramel brown, with quite a bit of carbonation activity.

Smell is quite light for being as dark as it is in color. A sweet graininess, with some lemon grass and a hint hops. Taste if very clean and crisp. Slightly lemony wheat malt, hops just barely making itself know.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean. Very session-able. I'm going to have to revisit this one in the summer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The normal brown 500ml bottle, best before 16th jan 2009, reviewed on a wet and windy English Sunday afternoon in March 2008.

Poued into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

Muddy, dirty mid-brown colour and cloudy of course. Light, grubby biege foaming head, which is huge by the way.

The aroma is of toasted bread and burnt vanilla smells in a heady mix which also has hops and yeast esters trying to vie for attention.

The taste is all vanilla and baked bananas. Not as sweet as my discription may imply. This has hidden flavours too, you have to search for them.
Apples and Pears, non-sour citrus fruits as well.

Not as thick as I anticipated, but not watery either. The flavours stay in the mouth and don't fade to anything nasty, like some beers can.

All in all a fine beer, not the best Dunkell Hefeweissbier I've ever had, but well up there with the better ones.

Photo of czfreeman
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why not review the classic? I will be attending TU Munchen and studying for my Braumeister's degree at Brauerei-Weihenstephan,so heres to school!

This Dunkleweizen pours out a dark-amber hued tan, absolutley gorgeous,billowy head blooms from the top of the weiss glass. Notes of colves, some banana, citrus, yeasts,hallertau hops. Flavor is absolutley refreshingly delicious-cloves,citrus,banana on the finish some bready yeasts in there as well. Crisp mouthfeel makes for crazy good drinkablity. Having this beer oder Radler(with a splash of lemonade) is how it was presented to me in Germany, where they drink this at 10 Am. read on the health benefits of these brews, and these people are really on to something!

Photo of shroompod
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark honey hazy brown. Large head good lacing.

Smell is very light , some slight grassy yeastiness.

Kind of a tart tasting beer that melds nicely with the slight caramel sweetness. Slight yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is light , somewhat dry.

I can see me drinking a lot of this in the summer months.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malts, bananas and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with just a little sweetness and simple flavors of wheat and caramelized malts. There's a decent and complimentary hop presence that provides a good balance.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this brewery just continues to impress me with their knack for keeping beers simple and making them very, very well.

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

A careful pour produces a voluminous, four-finger thick, lightly cocoa tinged, tan colored head that only laves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a earthy, dark plum color, but shows a lightly hazed, lightish cranberry hue when held up to the light. When held up to the light you also get a good sight of the seething mass of bubbles that are packed into this brew. Quite an appetizing aroma, it is a melange of banana, caramelized bread crust, a touch of sweet plum, crushed grain, some smooth phenolic clove notes and a light peppery spice character that is just barely noticeable underneath the surface. The Dunkel part of the malt bill adds a bit more, slightly rich, fruitiness to the aroma than one would find in a pale version. It also accentuates aromas of toasty grain and fresh baked, whole-grain bread crust.

The carbonation keeps this fairly light and definitely adds a light frothy texture to this brew. Very lightly sweet, but it does have a richness of malt character to it that pale Hefeweizens do not have. Soft fruit flavors of ripe plums seem to be a bit more noticeable up front than either of the signature banana or clove notes. Both are here though with the banana playing a subtle flavor role up front and in the middle, while the clove flavors add a spicy finish to this brew where it plays a pretty significant role. Coupled with the clove in the finish is a nice, wheat-beer tartness. As the beer warms up a bit, the clove flavors begin to stretch into the front parts of each sip. The texture of this beer really has a nice, soft, velvety character to it; it coats the mouth, but softly as this is a very quaffable brew. Melanoids and caramelized notes characterize the malt / grain character up front, while a bit of dusty grain character with just a kiss of toast graces the palate in the middle. At times a spicy, pepper-like character inserts itself onto the palate, it is quite nice and provides a sort of palate cleansing.

This is just a very nice example of a Dunkel Weizen. The caramelized, slightly toastier malt adds an interesting dimension to the traditional Hefeweizen character. This is a beer I would be quite happy to drink a few liters of.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Dark brown on top, fades down to a hazy golden color near the bottom. Very murky. Massive head of froth, beautiful lacing, and retention was solid.

S - Yeasty, bready, sweet, and even something improbable, like pumpkin.

T - Yeah, I'm probably wrong here but I get a good taste of pumpkin bread, banana, clove, yeast, and despite all of that, it isn't too sweet. Very balanced and delicious.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, clean feel, goes down smooth.

D - Outstanding, this brewery is awesome, I can't wait to pop the hefeweizen. An excellent brew, very highly recommended.

Photo of baos
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Looks like tobacco juice with soapsuds for a head. Big bubbly white head that sticks on the sides of my jar pretty good.

S: Lemon zest-banana-clove-pink bubble gum stickiness.

T: Banana bread with a lemon grass tanginess. Little bit of clove and candy gum ball: The pink one.

M: One of the best I've tasted.

D: I have one of these in front of me the whole night through.

Photo of t0rin0
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an old bottle, and I mean old. It had the old label. According the person who sold it to us its 8 years old. Pretty damn good for a light german beer that old.

It poured murky and brown. Not overly inspiring but nice. Not a lot of head left but it was white and fluffy while it lasted.

The beer was getting stale but it had an intersting aroma. It had a bit of chocolate going on in the nose. It also had some of the over aged malt/cardboard and it was starting to sour.

The flavor was nice along the same lines. Was stronger of the sour bacteria and the aged malt. No hops anywhere in this beer at this point. Very smooth and enjoyable. I was told that last year this same batch was at its peak, too bad.

Photo of BeerTaster
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance cloudy brown white head that left to quickly but had decent lacing on the edge. Smell tosted grains and hints of apple. Taste tosted grain caramel and again apple. Mouthfeel mediam body and high carbonation. Drinkability not bad if its late spring or early fall I will buy this one again.

Photo of plaid75
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky soft brown hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retentionan and lacing.

The smell featured a toasted grain, sweet caramel and a wheat spice, with some banana yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a sweet caramel, toasted graininess, and an estery yeast.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a superior dunkel.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

murky brownish, orangey copper, with a few chunks of yeast too (didn't swirl the bottle slowly enough?) lots of head, though it retains a little less than the regular weiss. decent lacing.

more of a toasted banana bread aroma, some nuttiness. mild cinnamon and brown sugar. yeast. not as aromatic as the regular.

taste is a little less fruity and more subdued as well, and also a tad more bitter. phenolic notes near the end, finish is semi dry.

a bit too fizzy

still a decent beer

Photo of allengarvin
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 new Weihenstephaner beers in Texas calls for bringing out the official brewery weizen glass. This beer pours an orange-tinted brown, hazy, with a collosal head about an inch and half tall, despite a gentle pour. Good head retention. The nose isn't quite as prominent as the hefe, though it does have a good mix of peppery phenols and a light fruitiness, as well as a subtle touch of malt. The flavor is excellent, well-balanced with a banana-ish fruitiness and lightly medicinal yeastiness. Good malt character, bready with a faint touch of caramel. No bitterness to speak of, though it's not overly sweet.

A beautiful beer.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,456 ratings.