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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,432
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 187
Gots: 138 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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.

allengarvin, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly exceptional beer, and one I could drink all night.

I first read the label several times, in my best uncultured American accent. "Wee hens steffan err Hef uh wise beer dunk ull." It poured a rich copper color with a huge light tan head that stayed for the party. A+ for presentation.

Smell was sweet, with non-citrus fruits like apples and bananas, and a bit of brown sugar. Not at all what I was expecting, but very nice.

Taste lives up to the hype of the aromas. More banana, a bit of bread, and hints of caramel, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Leaves a splash of citrus on the back of your tongue for good measure. Leaves no taste buds untouched.

Mouthfeel? Holy smooth beer! Minimal bitterness, smooth texture, and perfect carbonation... you'll never get tired of having this in your glass. I wish I had a second bottle. Off Veetersayin.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into my Weihenstephan weissbier glass.

A- murkey chocolately orangey body, with a 4 finger dense creamy head. Retention is fantastic as expected for a weissbier, lacing is very good. Beading is lively.

S- Lots of vanilla, cloves, bubblegum, bananas, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T- Cloves, chocolatey creamy notes, bubblegum, finishes well, a bit watery, but the bubblegum and a nutty note linger on.

M- High carbonation, spritzy, light mouthfeel

D- Fantastic drinkability, classic weizen flavours, with the nice chocolateyness of the dunkel, sprizty and refreshing, a classic from a world class brewery!only gave a 4 for appearance as i like dunkels to be darker, but thats just me!

seanyfo, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pours a cloudy, light brown, under a large white head. Good retention and some decent lace.

S: Smells of banana bread, yeast, some lemon zest and other citrus character.

T: Nice sweet breadiness up front, with some good yeast character, some banana mixed it, very clean finish, slight splash of citrus, slightest bit of bitter.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, very low carbonation on the tongue, excellent drinkability, really smooth and refreshing.

NCSUdo, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Cs1987
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark amber, opaque, with a very large head.

Smell - Spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon. Pretty much exactly the same smell as the regular Hefe.

Taste - A great blend of Hefeweissbier spices and a large variety of fruits. Quite complex and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Excellent texture and carbonation, with a fairly good aftertaste.

Drinkability - Not too far behind the regular Hefe.

Overall - I doubted that this would be as good as the regular Hefe, but I was certainly wrong.

Cs1987, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of ttu94
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well what can one say about this beer?? Yes it is a dunkelweizen or dark wheat beer. but really it is an absolute fantastic beer. I have read so much latley about how German beers are one dimensional and boring but after drinking a beer like this how can anyone belive that stupid argument. This beer is great looking. Smells better and tastes better than that. Try one you will see.

ttu94, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of tapman
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a amber honey color, unfiltered and dense, large and creamy off-white head that pours two fingers too quickly if you are not careful. Looks like an evil hefeweizen.

Pretty interesting. Heavy and sweet malt sugars mixed with sweet wheat and and apple-lemon fruit/ester aroma. Smells really sweet, like a dark hefe...go figure.

S-s-s-weet! Very sweet! Holy-moley, too sweet for me. Sweet wheat with a lot of malt sugar and not any hop presence outside of what is usually in a hefeweizen. The problem is that I feel the balance is off. Although I know my review goes against the average review grade, but I believe in a little more hop character in a dunkelweizen, to balance out the sweet.

Mouthfeel is really light for something so sweet. Hard to sip this one since its thinner than the regular Weihenstephaner hefeweizen, and much sweeter.

Throughout this review, you might have noticed that I found this brew really sweet. Wait until I brew my own hefewiezen and I bet I'll appreciate this one more, but for now, meh.

tapman, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this to try some of the variety of the other Weihenstephaner brews, seeing as I quite enjoy the Hefeweissen and Original.

A: A deep honey colour, somewhat of a cloudy golden with a fast rising head that presumably came as a result of pouring a little too quickly. Creamy head, quick to dissipate, down to a half finger after only about a minute with a fair bit of lacing.

S: Fresh, crisp, sweet. Sweet clover, just a touch of citrus - while what is there is a clean and pleasant aroma, it is mild enough that I found myself a touch disappointed in it.

T: Not as sweet as I may have expected and I did not notice as much of the banana taste as I was expecting either, until well after a sip. A little nutty that persists all the way down, touches of citrus.

M: Perhaps a little heavy on the carbonation. Makes savouring each taste a little challenging, perhaps a little nicer on a hotter day when a bit of zing on a parched palate could be appreciated more

D: Again, the carbonation was a little strong. A touch of bloat, which I would not expect following only 2 drinks. Goes down seemingly light, but bottoms out a little on the heavy side.

Proteus93, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of n0315
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the pour the beer looks just like fresh apple cider with a smell of mault and a touch of bitterness. Nice fluffy head that stays for a bit with a touch of stickeyness. Good taste of mault and maybe butterscotch that balances out well, almost perfectly. Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little fuzzy but good none the less. A very drinkable brew with a nice taste. Another high score for Weihenstephaner.

n0315, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light brown color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of fruit mostly banana with clove spice

T - The banana and clove flavors really stand out

M - Theres a lot of carbonation in this brew

D - This is a very easy to drink beer it could easily be a session beer

armock, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded gold brown with no head. Nose is slightly sweet in a banana kind of way. That is basically the prevalent fragrance that hits you the whole time. Bananas. Big fields of them. Flavor is smooth and a bit mild, but even. There is that hefe typical character there with a strong banana skin profile to it, just like the nose. Feel is smooth on the mouth. Definitely drinkable. A really good brew that is worth trying.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of jeonseh
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a lighter brown what I would almost called amber with hints of gold and a bit of a mellow oragne coming of it as well. A cream colored head sits atop and is rather bubbly and it leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.

Smell is a cacophony of fruit. Smell a bit of citrus coming of it, mostly orange more than lemon; also a bit of softer fruit smells, a mixture of banana and clover.

Taste is a mixture of apple and bananas to me; also the aftertaste is a bit tart, but more citurs tart that lingers on the tongue.

Rather carbonated on the mouth and then fades away into nothing left on the tongue. Almost becomes a bit watery after the inital burst of intense carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer that I could see myself possibly buying again but not one that I would actively look for or really try to buy frequently.

jeonseh, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in the pint size bottle at Dara's in Boston.

Poured into a hefe glass. Mit hefe. Great dunkel color. Copper, horizon like color and thick mocha head. This head is not going anywhere.

Smell is definately not heavy on the esters as one might expect. Very chocolate like. Some smoke and clove.

Taste follows the smell. Chocolate, smoky and some clove. Very little fruit and bananna. The malt flavor is really on display with this beer. Nice balance of thick mouthfeel and carbonation. Definately a play on the palate.

This style seems to be all over the place. From lots of ester presence to lots of malt presence and everything in between. If you like the malty emphasis, then you will like this.

jneiswender, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of DackAchan
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Best thing about this beer is appearance. An opaque dark golden brown with a two finger head.

S- Not much too this, kinda weak smell, slight hint of orange.

T- Little bit stronger than the distinct citrus flavor. Little sour note to it. Slight taste of bananas.

M- Not a fan of the mouthfeel. Feels a little too heavy, the carbonation really bites into your tongue.

D- Was okay, the carbonation bite and the weight of the beer makes this a little cumbersome.

DackAchan, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Aventinus glass, it is not like Aventinus, not as powerful (and not supposed to be), but nonetheless quite impressive.

It is cloudy, orange-brown with a magnificent foamy head that shows great retention but no lacing.
Aroma and taste are reminiscent of a caramelized banana, although delicate.
The first whiff brings the caramelized bananas with cloves, something I make and tastes great, I should have paired this!
Light bodied, but perhaps it is just my impression because it is too cold this time of the year; taste brings again the caramelized bananas, cloves, sugar, some nutty notes.
Very impressive.

brdc, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my Weihenstephaner glass. This beer poured a cloudy, murky light tan color and formed a foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of cloves, spice and a hint of malt. A flavor of malt, clove and spices. The body is medium light and slightly sweet finish. Very much like a hefe, but with slightly different charactistics.

Wildman, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of ralree
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich caramel brown, fairly translucent. Has a creamy white head of 2-fingers with great retention.

S: Fruity enough to smell upon pouring, this beer smells pretty good. It may be a little bit cloying due to the fact that it smells like a Trippel. Very banana-flavored. Rich malt smell hides beneath the sugary overtones. Alcohol is also very present.

T: Very good tasting beer. Banana flavor is dominant, followed by a lightly smoky malt. Taste fades wonderfully after swallowing. Very clean and balanced flavor. A little bit sweet as the smell hinted, but it cleans itself up so nicely at the end that it isn't a problem. No detectable alkalinity in this one.

M: Medium-light bodied, perfectly carbonated, and pretty dry. There is a slight bit of astringency that fades in about 2 minutes.

D: Very drinkable - the cleanliness at the end keeps the flavors at bay so they don't interfere with a meal. This would be a great dinner beer, but it isn't really my style for casual drinking. I will be buying it again.

ralree, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of animal69
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#3 on my list was this one ; pours a hazy med-brown w/ a huge fluffy off-white head which lasted, good lacing as well, another dunkel-weizen that turns tri-color in my weizen glass, this one went from straw to a reddish-gold to light brown in front of my blu-spectrum flourescent desk lamp, the bubbles, only visible in the light part of the beer, start to rise slowly at first, then after where the glass narrows, they scream skyward & out, sorry it's just kinda trippy ; a fruity bread-like aroma w/ a slight citrusy, bananna-ish undertone ; a tart fruity taste, crisp and malty w/ hints of caramel, lemon and coriander ; a light body w/ plenty of bubbles, sticks on the tounge just long enough to let the flavors come through, and dry enough to make you want more ; a very drinkable beer i consider this the best dunkel-weizen i've tried..

animal69, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of JArami
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got it on tap at Mr. Dunderbak's

A: Came to me with minimal head and the color of the head was hard to discern in the dim light. Lacing was evident only toward the bottom, might have been the glass. Not too cloudy, and nicely dark for a weiss as the name promises.

S: Definite banana esters. Mixed with the roasted malts, it comes across almost like banana bread.

T: Where are the hops? The darker malts are delightful and the banana-ness dominates but not in excess. Great tasting wheat beer. Almost no hop in the aftertaste, but a cool fresh palate.

M: Clean and crisp, great for quaffing after a tasty sandwich.

D: Very drinkable.

Wheat beer is glorious, and this one is even better as its a dunkel. Very malty and fruity while not bogging you down with a huge amount of carbonation. If you like munich dunkels, and hefeweizens, you should give this a try. It's not the best of both worlds, but its pretty close.

JArami, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of bigalk
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle at our Octoberfest, hadn't had one since same time last year. Obvious phenolics in the aroma with that hint of caramel and chocolate. Slight wheat tartness and then rounded off with the coloure malt flavours. A bloody nice change from the lighter weizenbier

bigalk, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of nickynick
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was almost caramel colored, with ok head, and ok lacing. Smell was very fruity, not only bananas, but some citrus too. Taste matched the smell, bread, bananas and a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel was ok, a bit girtty, and there was some sediment in the bottle. Drinkability is above average. Goes down smooth. Overall I enjoyed this beer. This is a nice beer to drink in the autumn. Not to filling. Good with some grilled foods.

nickynick, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of binkman
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A - looks muddy. not much head, I love a big fluffy head so appearance only gets a 3.5

S - banana bread

T - see smell. Banana bread with wheat. Very yummy if not a bit unexpected

M - very clean and crisp taste, like a fresh mountain spring morning. you know, when the snow is still on the ground. its like a ricola commercial

D - pretty drinkable but that banana flavor is a bit of an offput. It slows one down a bit.

Overall - you've probably heard that beer is liquid bread. well, this one is liquid banana bread. its really very good and one of my favorite dunkel hefewieizens, but not one that I would drink all the time, only when I am in the banana mood. It might not be a beer for every occasion but it comes highly recommended from me.

binkman, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Slightly murky,brown beer, with a terrific tan head.( tight and bubbly). Very wheat filled aroma, some toffeeish malts. Nice flavor profile, semi-sweet milky almost maltiness, then a good strong wheat mouthful, can barely detect hops in the finish, overall very nice and well balanced. Very good palate, quite thick for the style and a pleasant after taste. Good drinking beer.

Reidrover, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of bradford
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at BevMo Huntington Beach, CA
Appearance was a bit muddy, cloudy light brown
Smell was very good. Lots of fruity banana in the nose and a strong whiff of wheat
Taste was alright, nothing special. I expected a bit more from the taste after smelling it and tasting the original Weihenstephaner Hefe
Mouthfeel was okay.A bit chunky and not as refreshingly coating as I expect in a wheat beer
Drinkability is very high though because it is refreshing as hell

bradford, Oct 20, 2007
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
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,432 ratings.