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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,521
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 215
Gots: 195 | FT: 1
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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 GRPunk
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 liter bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- A careful pour left a > 2 finger, pillowy, light tan head that left nice sticky spots on the side of the glass. Tiny bubbles of carbonation struggle through the hazy orange-brown body.

S- A great banana and spice aroma up front accompanied by some slight citrus notes.

T- A nice mix of banana, spice, and citrus expected from a traditional hefe-weizen. The bready, rich flavors expected from a dunkel were a little more reserved than anticipated.

M- A little cleaner than expected. Medium carbonation with a drying effect from the underlying citrus flavors.

D- It's definitely an easy drinker and a nice transition from the warm-weather wheats to the fall seasonals. I drank this on an unexpectedly warm fall evening. I'd look for it again when I'm in the mood for a dunkelweizen.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

This beer looks like cider, like bubbly apple cider, the difference here being the enormous rootbeer float-like head that tops this baby off but doesn't cling too well. Oh yeah, it smells a whole hell of a lot different than a cider as well. Banana bread, but that is a bit of an overstatement to be honest. We've got slight bits of cinnamon-apple and/or cloves, but more of an apply kind of aroma rather than just plain cloves. Yeast is a beast on this, does some wonderful things to this beer, first sips reveals decent amounts of everything, sort of like picking and choosing different spices from your spice rack, sounds lame but it's true. Slight, standard banana, but with an added, creamier, depth to everything. I've never had a pumpkin beer but I feel like I get the idea of one as I drink this beer. The creamy and spicy characteristics of this beer lead me to believe this. Yet for all this beer has to offer, and it's a lot, something about this beer leaves me wanting more, the mouthfeel is just a bit lagging and taste is a bit one sided, a good, but not great, beer. This is a beer that I imagine would taste quite a bit better fresh, but then again, what beer wouldn't.

Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours an orangey brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, banana, and clove.
T: Very sweet malt base with a very nice banana and clove taste at the end of it. The flavors mesh very nicely.
M: Very smooth, kind of heavier than it looks, but with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable and the flavors mesh really really well. Definately worth a try.

Photo of Ig0r
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour gives a solid tan head of small bubbles that last a long time thanks to a lot of carbonation replenishing. The color is a cloudy dark-straw almost-amber. A little lacing is left after the head dies down.

The smell is a caramel sweetness with some spice and roasted hints; overall fairly subdued. The feel is light, very smooth, and well carbonated. The flavor is quite faint weizen with some spice, but goes well with the highly carbonated feel. There isn't any sourness until a slight jolt at the finish, which clears away quickly.

Overall this is a solid drink with a bit more character than the standard hefeweizen of the same brewery.

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

Pours a dark, opaque, golden brown with a thick, foamy, pale tan head. Nice, fairly strong aroma is wheaty, malty and "rubbery" with hints of orange and spice. Flavor is rich, wheaty and malty, and has a spicy and orangy undertone. Texture is very smooth, and finish is pleasing and satisfying.

Photo of daythree16
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Amber color with a huge, almost four-finger head that fades to a one finger ring of foam that stays for the duration. Only moderately hazy.

Smell is a little spicy and phenolic, with just a hint of clove and some banana esters coming through. Taste is very similar with banana, clove, and some bready wheat malt taking center stage. There is also a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. One of my new favorites.

Photo of WHROO
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 1 Finger off white tiny tight beaded head. Cloudy, with some attractive blotchy fluffy lacing. Great carbonation...looked very inviting.
S: Not too strong, little sweet maltiness...maybe some banana & european spices (cloves)
T: This I loved. I have only really tasted mainly Aussie Hefe's & they all had a sour characterisitc to them...I loved that this one stayed away from any sourness. Tasted some cloves, citrus (no sour citruses though ;-).
M: Gr8 palate freshener, loved the balance...felt light, alive & effervescent...without feeling like a softdrink.
D: Overall the appearance, gentle aroma, summery flavours, & light easy mouthfeel definately left me wanting more. This is one beautiful drop, with flavours leaving me pining for more. Go an easy 6 pack of this.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich hazelnut brown with a two finger off-white head. Aroma is of freshly baked dark bread, banana, clove, and a bit of roasted malts.

Taste is rich and complex, with all the hefe flavors enhanced. Fresh, toasted bread from the malts, banana and lemon, clove and white pepper. As another advocate noted, a bubblegum/candy flavor and an herbal/medicinal character emerge as the ale warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and substantial - creamy up front with a peppery finish, drinkable any time.

Photo of dbatch
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle poured into my LongTrail Hefeweiss glass. This was reviewed by my in January 2008 and transferred from my notes.

A: Pours cloudy brown, the color remind me of apple cider, with a beautiful thick head, about four fingers worth. The head is more of an ecru color compared to the Hefeweiss.

S: Wheat germ, clove, banana, bubble gum (like bazooka or the rock hard gum out of a pack of Topps from the late 80's. Its not a bad thing, dont lie and say you never ate the gum) are all present and meld well. There is a faint aroma of alcohol behind it as well, but fits well.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells - clove, banana with a nice flavor of roasted malt.

M: Very similar to the Hefeweiss - a bit chewy, carbonated well, but not as thick as a regular Hefe.

D: Great taste, easy drink, definitely a sessionable beer.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Dark brown/yellow, appropriately murky with yeast. Three fingers of creamy, off white head rise well above the top of the glass. Great retention before settling to a thick cap, some lacing.

S - Amazing. Expected dessert-like banana smell is the most obvious, with a touch of roasted character hiding out. Phenolic aroma is low, with a hint of iodine and clove.

T - Though I expected a little more, this stuff is still very good. There's very little emphasis on esters or phenols in this brew. Things start off with a semi-sweet caramel and lightly roasted malt taste which slowly dries out to express the signature wheat sourness. A percieved spiciness (clove or nutmeg) accentuates the wheat malt slightly. Slightly sour finish with a touch of burnt sugar bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Perfect in all aspects. Solid medium body that doesn't thin out, and a moderate to light carbonation that allows the subtlety of the malt to pull through.

D - Personally, I could do with a little more fruitiness and nuttiness in my dunkels, but this is obviously a top notch example. While there are others that are more suited to my palate, this is a highly balanced example and as with most dunkels I appreciate the relative lack of phenols.

Photo of dfitch81
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is exceptional, as is the case with nearly all things Weihenstephaner. It pours a beautiful cider brown, with a massive, puffy white head that can pile high over the rim of the glass without spilling. Carbonation is visible in the glass, and it is as intense as it looks. Smell? Cloves, apples, bananas, flowers, spices - it is not possible to smell without being to compelled to drink immediately. Taste is like the smell but more intense, and the strong carbonation dances on your tongue and adds even more fun. Tartness from the wheat is present but not at all overpowering. I could go on and on about this beer, but I won't because I'd rather run out the market and buy more.

If I had to pick a "favorite" beer, this could easily be the one.

Photo of RobH
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.09oz brown bottle.

Yum. I really like this beer! What a really nice malty, bready-sweet flavor without being a cloying mess.

This is a very drinkable dark wheat beer that won't scare away the pale beer drinkers. It's not too dark in color nor is it thick and heavy.

I will buy this one again.

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

Cloudy dark amber/ brown color with a pillowed cream-colored head. Aromas of yeast, dough, bananas and bubblegum. Bubblegum/ banana flavor mixed with caramel and slight clove notes on a medium body. The fruity chewing gum follows through to the finish on a slightly tart wheat flavor.

Photo of dnichols
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a bomber sized bottle with my youngest son. I poured it into a Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse glass.

A: It poured a cloudy amber tainted blond body with mountains of sediment and a large two finger head that was sickly and lingered for a long time.

S: It had a big white bread yeast aroma, lots of white fruit (bananas and pears) and white spices.

T: The lightly toasted malts and fruity esters jumped to the front. They coated the tongue and provided a foundation for the slight citrus undercurrents and white spices (clove, all spice and white pepper). There was a very faint caramel flavor and the alcohol was recessive.

M: It was a medium to heavy bodied brew with a lot of carbonation early. It finished sweet and spicy with a lingering yeasty aftertaste.

D: It was refreshing complex with great balance and wonderful taste. A bit heavy for a long session but great for a session beer if you are a fan of heffwieissbier.

Photo of kshankar
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good foam, pretty rocky. Pours brown.

Smell: Bananas and wheat, predominantly. The banana scent is riper in this one than it would be in a regular hefe. Closer to the smell of banana bread than anything. Good so far

Taste: Pretty good. Banana, wheat...kind of like banana bread really. The taste follows the smell. Compliments it well, it was what I would expect.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and goes down smooth. Typical for a wheat beer, the finish seems a bit sweeter than a regular hefe though. Still good.

Drinkability: Refreshing enough, not as drinkable as the regular but still a good score in this department.

Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, one pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle purchased for $2.49 from Super Saver Liquors in Somerville...
Known world-'round as a superb German brewery, I was curious to see what their darker version of their amazing Hefe had to offer...
Appearance: Top-notch, near-perfect appearance... Pours a hazy, light-purple, deep, dark-brown hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that slowly dissipated and deposited a thick film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Thick, robust, strong aroma replete with hints of figs, prunes, and dehydrated fruits...
Taste: The flavor strongly complemented the aroma... Thick, creamy, robust, flavorful, with hints of malts, dark wheat, light chocolate, prunes, figs, bananas, and cloves...
Good, creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability...
One of the best depicitons of the style...
Highly recommended...

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.

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