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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,287 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 166
Gots: 101 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%

Draft, at the Maple Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Not quite up to what I hoped to find. Still pretty nice, though. Color is beer-bottle brown under a fizzy head. Taste is sugary and kind of light. Banana flavor builds up with not much else to balance it.

03-30-2006 16:22:09 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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klewis

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Pours a slightly hazy ice tea sort of color with that monstrous Weihenstephaner head.

S: Much like the original (although a bit subdued), with big banana and clove aromas, but with a bit of malt and grain thrown in as well.

T: Flavors of licorice, clove and other spices, and finishes a bit with flavors of wheat and nuts.

M: Medium to full bodied (definitely heavier than the original) and very chewy. The carbonation is a bit much for my taste, but acceptable for the style.

D: I think that I prefer the original Weihenstephaner Hefe, but this is definitely a good beer. Get some.

03-29-2006 02:46:31 | More by klewis
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%

16.9 oz bottle poured in weizen glass

Appearance- Pours a cloudy brown with thin off white head.

Smell- Familiar clove/banana aroma characteristic of German hefes,.

Taste- Same banana and clove along with pepper notes. Tastes of bready yeast present as well.

Mouthfeel- Light/medium body, lightly carbonated.

A classic offering from "the oldest brewery in the world"

03-18-2006 01:13:26 | More by Riggsy
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Hazy amber...very active head..foamy..drops to 1/8 in....good looking.
Smells of sweet bread dough..banana and clove.
Tastes light and sweet...doughy malt. banana again...some clove..malt kicks in..then,very nice clove finish and aftertaste.
Pretty light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.
Fairly drinkable...it's a half liter...that will be good.
A nice hefe.

03-18-2006 01:04:59 | More by Hautacam
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Quite possibly the best sandwitch beer ever concocted. I'm having an early lunch soon on this lazy day, and I am aching for sommadis already! Light hazy amber with a nice thic head of pure white foam that stays around. Aromas of clove, spice, banana, and some nice malt complexity come through hardcore and make this one smell like wonderful fresh German bread. Taste is awesome as well, very 'bready' with spice and fruit notes as well. Not much hops, but the style calls for almost none anyways. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very, very, very good! Bring on the ham on rye!

03-16-2006 15:42:46 | More by francisweizen
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Byeast

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured a dark very hazy brownish dark red with a big foamy head of about 2 and a half inches. Smell is dark fruity , malty, slight green apple aroma, faint banana, and spicy yeast. Taste is a light bodied and refreshing blend of wheaty-tart malt , some fruit like green apple sweetness, subtle hops, phantom clove and banana, and a slighty spicy yeast profile. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A very renewing , flavorful , and thirst quenching Hefeweissbier.

03-11-2006 08:47:22 | More by Byeast
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours caramel, clear & bubbly with a a 4 fingers off white head that drops off gradually. Good head retention and some lacing

Smell: Slight mustiness & some yeast notes

Taste: Toasty with a slight bitterness & some chocolate notes. Not a ton of hefe taste at first, but as it warms the bandaid, bubble gum & yeasty tastes come through. Also aslight nutty taste. dry & estery on the finish

MF: More than slight undercarbonation, but otherwise balanced

Pretty drinakble, but I expected more from this. This didn't quite hit al the notes (more fruitiness) I expect from this style. Will try again this summer

03-09-2006 04:06:40 | More by russpowell
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

Wow. This is an interesting Dunkel Weizen. It reminds me of the Ayinger Ur-Weiss, because the dark munich malts really make their presence known. Their rich, smooth malt character blends with the complex, grainy malt character of the wheat with spicy clove and other yeast notes balance the malts to produce one of the finest beers I've had in a while. Wow.

03-04-2006 19:01:36 | More by shbobdb
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss Dark

Appearance- hazy bloody brown with a huge whipped cream head. Laced the entire way down.
Smell- the usual clove, pepper, and banana but with a slight roasted caramel aroma.
Taste- banana and clove with a light grain bread taste.Mild caramel malt, very mild. but well balanced.
Mouthfeel- smooth and tingley. Strong clove aftertaste.

Overall- this is a good Hefe. I think I like the Dunkel Hefe more than a plain Hefe. This adds another dimension!

03-03-2006 01:25:14 | More by NJpadreFan
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev -4%

Pours a very hazy bronze/brown with a thick two finger head that slowly fades to a thick cap and leaves behind a substantial amount of lacing.

Smell; full of bananas and cloves. There's also a bit of a grassy smell, along with a nice caramel sweetness.

Taste; the cloves and bananas have a strong presence, but not to powerful. It has a yeasty bread dough flavor, as well as a bit of earthiness, and finishes with a good malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, and goes down really nicely.

I'm happy that I can get some of these Weihenstephaner beers in my area now.

03-02-2006 00:38:10 | More by RedHaze
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Not sure why it took so long to get to this one... a preferred style from a storied brewery.

Nice clove and banana beginnings, with a bit of spice (that grows over time) and a bit of fruity sweetness. Subtlier presence than regular hefe.
Big full tannish head. Amber of golden brown. Somewhat cloudy. Just as it should be.
Flavor has considerably heavier malt character than some of the others. Further it's a darker malt quality, pushing a roast (much past my preferred caramel). Yeasty spiciness increases with time. Wheat provides a solid background, but is always that. Dryness and astringency towards the finish.
Not particularly soft, especially for a wheat beer. Fullness from a somewhat soft carbonation.
I was hoping to be blown away. I wasn't. But having said that, this is still good and towards to top of the class for style.

02-26-2006 02:53:51 | More by garymuchow
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

500ml bottle purchased at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO, for $2.99.

All the cloudy opaqueness of a Hefe-weizen, darkened nicely, with a nice off-white head from a vigorous pour into my 23 ounce H-W glass. Pretty.

Nice banana-bread malt smell. Same flavor, with lots of spiceyness of clove and pepper, with an added bitter note from the darker roast of the malted wheat and barley. Mmmm.

Great mouthfeel -- really round and full. Exceptional.

Very quaffable at 5.3%: this would be an excellent session beer.

Weihenstephaner has made a class beer here. There's a reason this is the top rated Dunkel Weizen in the world -- because it is!

02-20-2006 05:29:16 | More by ColoradoBobs
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goatherder

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

a: small coarse head, dissipates quickly. I think my glass is dirty. Cloudy bronze in colour
Serving - 500ml bottle, use by 17 May 2006

s: nice weizen aroma. Sweet banana is dominant

t: sharp up front, helped along by the vigorous carbonation. very smooth flavour, subtle hops. Longish finish with a touch of roasted malt towards the end. Alcohol is discernable

m: carbonation is small sharp bubbles. I would describe the mouthfeel as medium - not too heavy, not too thin.

d: great brew for a hot summers day!

02-12-2006 09:17:30 | More by goatherder
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drewmprs

California

4.08/5  rDev -4%

A very smooth, drinkable dunkel weizen. Some malty undertones, with a pumpkin spice flavor. Billowing head that lasted like some chunky clouds giving way on a bight summer morning. I would buy this again, i'm very happy with weihenstephaner's beers. This brauerei is fantastic.

02-12-2006 07:35:53 | More by drewmprs
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%

After some work to get the yeast in solution and properly poured, I'm rewarded with a primo looking dunkel weizen. I love these beers because they have all the flavor character, plus some, of a hefeweizen, and have far more visual impact. A little lighter than some I've seen, with a bit more of an oak glow to it, with an out of control but quick-dissipating head that's usual for a weizen.

Lots of banana phenols in the nose - you can really smell the yeast, and it's damn near Belgian in fluffy, bouncy banana-peach fruitiness.

Yup, lots more near-Belgian yeasty banana-bread fluff and bite - I can't honestly say that I taste marshmallow, but I get distinct swirls of buttery caramel. This is a hefeweizen times two. It's got all the delicious flavors, but they're more distinct, more impactful - just better all around.

The mouthfeel on this one is awesome, it isn't very carbonated at all - the mouthfeel is slightly swishy, mostly buttery, and finishes with a sticky, tasty caramel-banana-hops that lingers on and on.

I've always had a hard time getting hold of Weihenstephaner for whatever reason, and thought that what I had been drinking was as good as it can get, but I was wrong - this brewery really does make the best hefeweissbiers in the world.

02-10-2006 02:56:54 | More by Tupperwolf
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Ego

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%

music: Moke - Moke

eyes...
rice krispies snap crackle and pop head, that sticks around a bit for fun, hazy amber brown mud, dark red/brown clay, minimal lacing. nice.

nose...
sweet and grassy, some apricot notes, definite sweetness seems to be the fattest sensation, dried honeycomb, a pinch of cinnamon, smells very very good

taste etc...
the carbonation floats this one well, making the body feel medium, filling the mouth well, sligh bitter tastes are left behind inthe corners of your mouth when this one slips away, very easy drinking except maybe slightly over carbonated (burp), has a mild bannan esque flavor, oddly enough it reminds me somehow of Malheur 10... ? ?

verdict?
not totally for me, not bad, a little too fruit (sweet) like for my personal tastes.

01-24-2006 04:07:10 | More by Ego
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ClearDog

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance -- Impressive two finger soft white head. Slick lacing. Dark, cloudy, amber in color. One can see the carbonated bubbles rising to the top of the beer through the cloudy murk of this beer.

Smell -- Let the beer warm a little after it gets out of the fridge before really smelling it. I'm getting warm dark fruit, bananas, and brown sugar. A little raisin flavor.

Taste -- Just a little bit of malty sweetness. Dark fruits. Crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel -- Pleasant effervescence. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.

Drinkability -- A very agreeable beer and a nice introduction to the style. I would recommend this beer to fans of the weizen style. I look forward to trying additional beers of this style.

01-22-2006 21:08:32 | More by ClearDog
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brewQ

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

code 9385 ... ?

Bottle says from the oldest brewery in the world.
I believe it is also a reknowned brewing school.

The color is rusty brown with a light haze.
A substantial chunky cream head.

The aroma is peppery, spiced with a malty background.
Taste for me is a complex mix of fruity (raisin?), and nutty flavors.

Finish begins slightly metallic and leaves a mellow taste on the tongue.

This beer surprised me in a positive way. Lots of potential with food.

01-22-2006 05:21:11 | More by brewQ
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custardcb

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%

I've always enjoyed wheat beers and once I learned about the Dunkel style I immeadiately gravitated towards it. The richer and full mouth fell from the style is more to my likely. It is still as refreshing as normal hefeweissbier but often has more depth and character.

If poured properly into the correct glass it generates a nice foamy head that lasts for sometime.

The flavor has nutty and banana flavors to it with a nice finish.

With an alcohol content in the mid 5s this can be a nice session beer on warm nights will relaxing on the patio.

01-21-2006 02:29:25 | More by custardcb
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%

I purchased the 16.9 fl. oz. bottle, which gave me nearly two pints of this outstanding beer. Once in the glass, the hefe-dunkel showed a dark orange/red color, quite nice, with a huge top of creamy, off-white foam. The beer leaves virtually no lace on the glass, and once the head finally dissipates, a thin layer never leaves the liquid. Aromas of sweet wheat, clove, honey and a touch of pepper cross the nose.
The taste of this beer is all malt, creamy and slightly sweet, with a hint of smoke and pepper in the aftertaste. Just the slightest tight hop essence can be discerned on the inner cheeks, but it’s not nearly as fruity as normal hefeweiss beers, with minimal tastes of apricot or grape, although these tastes are slightly more prominent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is near perfect, a slight fizz on the tongue but almost not carbonation in the back of the mouth, perfect for the creamy texture of the brew. This beer succeeds at staying somewhat easy drinking, almost light, and can be enjoyed in summer, but has more taste and body. This is a perfect choice beer-wise toward the cooler weather and the wonderful fall and Oktober selections to come.
This beer might possibly be the best dark wheat beer I have come across. It only gets a drop in drinkability because I'm not a huge hefe fan.

cheers…

01-13-2006 06:33:37 | More by NClifestyle
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nortmand

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours dark hazy red with a huge sustaining off white head.

Huge banana clove smell. Ripe strawberry smell at the end.

Astringent tartness up front, also ends with some sour notes. Huge, banana nut bread flavors throughout.

Full bodied wheat characters, very refreshing and drinkable.

01-13-2006 00:34:47 | More by nortmand
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up a light banana and clove aroma with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: tha banana tones are strong but pleasant, while a soft yeasty breadiness is the backbone of this beer. Some clove, brown sugar, and general nuttiness round it out.

Mouthfeel: perfectly crisp start and finish. The banana, cloves, and light nuttiness lingers briefly on the tastebuds after swallowing.

Drinkabilty: simply put - fantastic. Go out and grab one of these to bring home.

01-11-2006 12:35:09 | More by Gavage
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

I am drinking a 16.9 oz bottle poured into an oversized Widmer Bros. hefe weizen glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: Hazy, dark amber color. The ale has some sediment (as it is unfiltered). It poured with decent head, but when the head dissapated, all carbonation seemed to go with it.

Smell: A yeasty aroma wafts from the glass, along with banana and clove scents. Very pleasing to smell.

Taste: The esters used provide a great tasting banana flavor (it is there and very minute, so search for it and you'll find it). Again, the carbonation is fairly low (which surprised me), leaving somewhat of a flat taste in the mouth. The taste is very light and refreshing and complimented by some caramelly flavors, as per the dunkel in the name.

Mouthfeel: The darker malts create a nice feeling on the palate, allowing some chocolate/caramel hints to interact with the banana undertones. It is a little undercarbonated, and that is the only thing preventing a 5.0.

Drinkability: I have not had a good weizen in ages. Having this reminded me of why they are fantastic. Light, refreshing and airy and relatively low in alcohol, this is one good beer (and style, too). I highly recommend this one.

01-08-2006 21:57:26 | More by akorsak
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EvilKeith

Alabama

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%

This one pours into the glass a murky strong tea color. Thick, velvety, creamy tan head. Impressive lacing.
I am detecting a faint smoky undertone and lemons. The carbonation excites the tongue.

I am a fan of HEFEs. This dunkel was much more subdued or subtle than I was expecting.

Overall, a good HEFE and damned impressive to see. I will drink this beer again.

01-05-2006 22:59:39 | More by EvilKeith
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

Served at just over fridge temperature in the brewery's own hefeweizen glass.

Appearance- Pours the color of liquid caramel... hazy, with amazing structure. The beautiful, merengue-like head adorns the top and is constantly replenished by the neverending bubble ascension from below.

Smell- A deeper, richer cousin of the regular hefeweissbier... same banana, clove, mild ester notes but maltier. A yeasty, bready aroma wafts alongside.

Taste- A nice, mildly sour character braces the sides of the tongue and prepares you for the full, round elements of banana bread, clove, and malts. The faintest hop notes linger at the very end, closing the circle completely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Moderate carbonation that feels exactly right for the beer... the subtle characteristics of bread, malt, and especially the clove/banana notes are enhanced. Totally drinkable and very well done.

Paired with eggs over easy with 9-grain wheat toast, spiced with salt, pepper, and Herbs de Provence for brunch.

01-01-2006 19:38:38 | More by yelterdow
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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