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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,505
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 210
Gots: 184 | FT: 2
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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 daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason, I have never tried this one from one of Germany's(and the world's) great breweries.

I poured this into a weisen glass. The head is superlative and does not subside. Beer is fairly clear with medium dark chocolate color. Nose is sweet, caramel and yeasty.

The first sip was a challenge. Getting through that head in the tall weiss glass is a challenge. Let's try again. Tip it a little further. Oh what beautiful carbonated tingling to the taste buds. Behind the tingle was some sweetness and citrus with hints of caramel. This is a fine drinkable beer. I would be hard pressed to find a better example of german wheat beer.

Photo of beeragent
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a deep medium copper, forming a massive tan head. Medium spots of lace slide down the glass.

S - Strong aromas of wheat and bananas, along with a light hint of spices.

T - Taste is a little lighter than the aroma would lead to believe. Nice malty wheat taste, bananas are presence but light, and finishing with a hint of caramel.

M - Lighter than I would like. I usually expect this style to be a little heavier. Smooth finish.

D - Overall, not a bad beer at all. I could easily drink this all night. Good flavor and aroma, and sessionable alcohol content. I dont think this is better than Franziskaner dunkelweiss IMO, but its definitely up there.

Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany color with a silky tan head. Nose has citrus fruits, candy malts and spicy yeasts. Taste was a little dull in relation. Still a nice mixture between sweet wheat malts, tart fruits and peppery yeast strains. Nice clean, crisp body. Another great brew from Weihenstephan.

Photo of froghop
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy dark orange-brown with lots of sediment, very large off-white head, good lacing.

smell of ripe banana, malt, touch of cocoa, and some spice.

taste is creamy and thick, cocoa, malt, touch of spice, some wheat, slight banana, and some yeast.

Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Code of 3018 stamped on back.

A- Pours a murky brown with an off white huge rocky head. I poured a bit too aggressively.

S/T- Unlike the regular Hefe, this dunkel is heavy on the banana flavor, along with wheat. It tastes like caramelized banana. It's fairly sweet overall.

M- A bit too carbonated, which I didn't find with the Hefe. A couple vigorous swirls and it works out enough of the carbonation and then you're fine.

D- Pretty tasty. I had this with smoked pulled pork sandwiches and it complemented the pork and honey bbq sauce I was using nicely.

Photo of dasenebler
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a .5L bottle, poured a dark shade of orange, with a nice fluffy head. I was actually expecting something darker since it's labeled as a Dunkel, but it's' all relative-- Weihenstephaner's standard hefewiezen is much lighter. Aroma was smooth and subtle, some fruit and bananas.

Taste was very nice and smooth. Lots of fruit and bananas, maybe a little orange but not a whole lot of tanginess. Some bready and yeasty flavors towards the finish that are very good. A delicious beer. Fine carbonation. I guess the dunkel is just a tad richer than the standard Hefe by Weihenstephaner. In the end though, the two beers are very similar in profile.

This Dunkel is very similar to the Schneider Weisse Original, which is also dark for a hefe. Very good flavors with this Weihenstephaner and definitely a beer I'd have again.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnished brown color with a huge, tightly-packed head that looks just magnificent in the glass. Some lacing but not a ton.

Pleasing aroma of clove that jumps right out of the glass and permeates the surrounding area. It hardly smells different from the regular hefe, which is a great compliment.

Mostly phenolics in the flavor as well; whereas the regular hefe leads with the banana and backs up with clove and spicing, this one is the opposite. While there is plenty of both, the clove is really huge.

Other than regular hefeweizen flavors, there's a touch of cocoa and baked banana bread. Some more malt flavor; significantly carbonated which is both pleasing to the palate with the scrubbing bubbles but also a little much in that it seems to lighten the body a bit.

Really terrific dunkelweizen, I need to drink some more, but compared with the standard hefeweizen versus an Aventinus I find it somewhat lacking in complexity and heft.

Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass for a thin, tawny brown (think thin syrup) with a soapy, three-finger head that stayed forever because of constant carbonation (left lace patches). A sharper than expected citric hop smell with some pepper clove notes. Also picked up vauge sugary malt smells along with some caramel and chocolate. A great citric bite when it first hit my tongue with banana and orange prominent along with clove and some pepper. Medium-bodied and smooth with some creaminess, also tasted some chocolate and roasted malts with a drying backbite (could've been some coffee malts also). Not an ultra heavy dunkle, this is a great beer to sip on and have a couple at any time.

Photo of Greggy
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a big fluffy 3-4 finger head into my weizen glass over a hazy brown toffee colored body. It's not as dark as I had expected it to be.

S- Classic weihenstephaner yeast note of banana, clove, bubblegum and also some darker spices, slight roastiness, and a deep down dark chocolate note.

T- Starts off with some very dark chocolate, although very small, then leads into some great banana, clove, and silky smooth sweeter chocolate finish with banana. Although the darker malts are not huge in this, it is very subtle and a delight.

M- Medium carbonation is great and the finish, although only slightly darker than the original hefe is wonderful.

D- Amazingly drinkable here. Just a touch maltier than the original with a deep down notes of roastiness and chocolate. A definite must have staple in the fridge.

Photo of Chinon01
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Opaque tea-like color with soapy sudzy head.

Smell - Caramelized, roasted notes with standard phenolics consistent with the style.

Taste - Same as smell with spice character along with orange citrus.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Wonderfully spicy and tangy finish.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Light brown with a reddish tint. As expected, a massive, wispy head forms and takes forever to settle, leaving some light lacing patterns on the glass.

S: Bananas, apples, light amounts of clove, sweet brown sugar/caramel aroma, as well. Very pleasant, sweet, and inviting.

T&M: Wonderfully pleasant with a lightly crisp wheat flavor, just enough malty sweetness, and just enough bitterness to balance it all out. Well done, for sure. The mouthfeel is crisp, brisk, and wonderful. A medium bodied beer that drinks easily and is decently refreshing.

D: This beer goes down very easily. Nice, balanced flavor combined with a crisp feel and medium body makes for one hell of a drinkable beer.

Photo of gfreed
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass, showing a pleasant iced-tea color with a huge dirty-white head that very leisurely skated down the sides, riding the beer to the bottom. This had an outstanding and understated aroma of prunes and cherries in addition to muted bananas and nutmeg. Mildly fizzy going in, lots of malt at the back end that lingered a long time. Definitely a bit denser than a plain hefeweizen, but not heavy. An absolute pleasure to drink.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice cloudy brown with some slight yellow tints and a lovely foamy white head (pour these slowly!) Nose is all banana and wheat. Taste follows with super banana and cloviness. bubble gummy flavor and radical wheat and yeast flavor. A very light malty caramel note in here. Mouthfeel is nice with ample carbonation and a great smooth feel. Drinkability is second to none (that I have had) and makes me wish I had a case of these for a hot summer day. A near perfect example of the style, the closest to perfect I have found anyway. A goddamn delicious brew, really no other way to say it.

Photo of maddogruss
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a Hefe glass.

A: Pours a dark amber body with a thick, silky, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing all the way to the finish. A nice looking beer.

S: A nice, sweet malt smell with some banana ester undertones to balance.

T: A slight, banana ester sweetness with some roasted malt aftertaste which did well to balance. A smooth, toffee aftertaste which made itself more evident towards the finish.

M: A slightly watery and overcarbonated mouthfeel that seemed to be the lowest rated characteristic of the beer. It still maintained a Weihenstephaner smoothness that was even slightly refreshing, but still seemed like it was missing a little bit.

D: A pretty drinkable beer due to a nice combination of mouthfeel and taste. A good beer overall that is very drinkable.

Weihenstephaner, to me, still is my benchmark beer for Hefeweizens and other related brews in its family. An excellent brewery.

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

Had this in a bottle in Strasburg, VA

What an excellent beer! This is the first time I've had this particular Dunkel although I've been a fan of this style for a long time via Franziskaner.

A 2.5 finger head developed with a normal pour. The color of the beer is an opaque, light molasses. The smell is of refined bread yeast.

The taste is fantastic featuring medium clove, plantain and a slight bitter hops. The malt sweetness is just right and extremely well-balanced.

The body is light and the carbonation is heavy, which I really enjoy. The mouth feel is lighter than I expected and was just right.

This is a delicious and refreshing beer. Although pricey, I'm definitely going to get some more!

Photo of albern
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer right from the first sip. This is an excellent representation of the style. It pours a tawny, deep copper color with a smallish white head. The beer is fairly hazy and it laces ever so slightly. The aroma is terrific sweet malts, candied sugars, wheaty and apple tinges as well.

This is a medium bodied, very carbonated dunkel. It has a full palate of nice malty flavors, some apple and clove notes, and a big blast of sweetish wheat like flavors. There is a slight green apple tartness to the beer towards the finish, and a bubble gum sweetness in the middle. This is a fairly complex beer with loads of flavors drifting in and out. There is a nice balance of sweet malts, some a little toasted, some very wheaty, but all very enjoyable. The beer finishes a bit tart with a slightly metallic aftertaste, but very slight. This is a beer well worth seeking out. It is refreshing and eminently drinkable. L'Chaim.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured from the bottle a nice light brown with quite a bit of thick, frothy head that took a solid 5 min to dissipate to lace around the rim.

Smell is strong on banana bread and yeast, what I've come to expect from a good hefe.

Smell was a little misleading as to what the taste would be. It ended up being somewhat thin, but still very much a bready, yeasty brew. It's not deal-killer by any means, and it's not like water thin either, it's more taste thin.

Mouthfeel is just about right on for a hefe, a nice amount of carbonation to add a nice little burst.

Overall a very drinkable beer, I would drink it again for sure. It may sit at the bottom of my top 5 hefes, but that's still better than the vast majority of the hefes out there

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured this from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had the typically huge long-lasting head and lots of lacing. Sported a light brown color and a very cloudy consistency.

S: This had a very aromatic blend of bananas, malt and some mild spices. Very subtle.

T: Nicely complex blend of bananas, malt, a little hops and cloves. Very tasty.

M: A decently high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer.

D: This is a drinkable beer, for sure. It's very well-constructed and goes down easy.

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into my .5L Weihenstephaner weizen glass. In case you're new to the style (and to beer in general), it is CRITICAL that hefe weizen be served quite cold and in a glass, for a number of reasons.

Appearance: This beer pours from a brown bottle with a complementary label, which touts Weihenstephaner as the "oldest brewery in the world." Once it's in the glass, a good "weizen pour" reveals a tan-to-brown beer with a frothy head. It's been my experience that the head and lacing on this one are somewhat less sturdy than those of the standard Weihenstephaner hefe weizen, but they're still quite striking compared to most beers. A little beer was left in the bottle for "swishing" in order to unleash that delicious, yeasty sediment into the glass (in my opinion, this is essential with traditional hefe weizens).

Smell: As with Weihenstephaner's standard hefe weizen, the prevailing scent is a uniquely yeasty breadiness. This one, however, offers a faintly toasted, malty note. I also a detect a mild chocolatey-ness, but it's faint.

Taste: A little weaker than the scent would lead you to believe, but still quite good. Hops are not apparent, which I believe to be a good thing in a hefe weizen. What you get is mainly a toasty breadiness, with discernible malt and a very faint rustiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp-to-moderate carbonation and a low ABV combine with the starchy yeast to produce a cooling, refreshing swallow. This beer is marginally "cozier" than the standard hefe weizen, but both are eminently drinkable in hot weather.

Drinkability: Again, the low ABV yields a fantastically drinkable beer. It's about a half-step away from perfection, in my mind, but it's still in the running for the standard of its style.

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

Pours a copper, amber, brownish color. Somewhat murky with a big, frothy head that lasts for days. Smell is subtle but nice and clean. Spices, mainly clove. Banana, light doughy scent. Some caramel and hints of brown sugar. Yeast. Taste is great. Nice and well-rounded. Basically same as the nose. A sweetness but a nice spice and light bitterness to counter it. Again, very balanced and tasty. Apples are also present here. Mouthfeel is perfection. Crisp but creamy if that's possible. So soft and delicate on the tongue. This makes it go down all too soon. Quite the drinkable brew and a classic example of this style. One of my favorite breweries...I think I need to revisit the regular Hefe...

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

Ah, smooth crisp and refreshing what a pleasant surprise. The pour is a murky water brown. An extravagent pillowey head forms and never leaves. The aroma fills my nose with some nice banana and clove scents. The flavor is good there is a nice touch of sweet maltiness that helps tame the yeast & wheat dominance. As stated before this beer is really smooth, and absolutely enjoyable. This Dunkelweiss is much better than their original Hefeweiss.

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

This beer is a nice dark amber color. Pours slightly clear until you add the yeast at the bottom of the bottle with a thick dense white head. The aroma is of a nice banana and clove yeast aroma, some soft sweet breadiness as well. The flavor has a bit of malt sweetness with fruity banna flavor. The body is medium with a robust carbonation. Very good drinkability, especially as a hot summer quencher.

Photo of Patrick999
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The family cat died today, 16 years, basically half my life. He was my companion and great friend through many a day. In his honor, I raise this glass of fine ale.

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Massive head, cloudy brown. Head settled, but that cap stuck around all glass long. Excellent looking beer.

S - Now that is impressive aroma. Toasted wheat and the expected clove/banana hits.

T - Big wheat backbone, along with plenty of soft ground pepper and just a hint of sweet banana.

F - Yeast addition makes this feel divine. Spot on, nice and chewy but still refreshing and mouth-coating.

D - I wish I had another. And another. This is my new Dunkelweizen standard.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours murky tan/brown with rich, luscious white head.

Nose reminds me of candy apples at the state fair. Also very bready/yeasty. It screams "Fresh!".

Palate starts out with toasty caramel malt sweetness, with some typical hefe-weizen flavors mixed in (banana, slight clove).

Medium to light bodied and highly carbonated, for very quenching gulps of this fine ale.

One of the best dunkelweizens I've ever had.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark cloudy color, looks as if it is the color of sun tea. Thick foamy two finger head sat atop the tea colored brew.

S- Fruity smells, that of a tropical flair. There is a great malty smell here too that isn't found with a regular hefe.

T- There is a definite banana taste, especially in the after taste. There is a great fruit taste that is what you would expect from a German Hefe.

M- Feels good in the mouth, a nice fizz that isn't too overpowering.

D- Easy to drink. A definite must if you want to live on the darker side of summer.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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