Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured a cloudy amber with a huge head of foam that had a hint smell of banana to it. The smell had a fruity yet malty smell to it. The taste to me was a wheaty citrus that was actually very good. The mouthfeel had a citrus banana feel that lasted a little bit in your mouth. Due to the low alcohol content you might be able to drink 2 of these in a sitting. For $2.39 in a 16.9 oz bottle this is an excellent dunkel weizen that I sure to buy again. Keep up the good work Weihenstephaner.
05-06-2005 18:37:06 | More by AltBock
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
Presentation: Poured an amber-brown color into a weizen glass. Upon hitting the surface, the beer created a massive foam head that billowed up like a puffy cloud and had excellent retention. Looking closely, I saw a nice cascading bubble effect. It actually took several pours to get this beer out of the bottle without causing it to foam over and spill. This probably was the neatest-looking beer I've ever seen. A strong banana scent came through on the nose, creating lots of anticipation.
Tasting: This is an exceptionally sweet beer. Banana flavors are most prevalent, along with malts up front to provide a nice, flavorful experience. I also noticed some citric flavor. Hop bitterness was minimal to nonexistent. This was medium-bodied, leaving a slightly fruity aftertaste. It went down exceptionally smoothly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I will drink it again. At $5 for two 16oz bottles, this is a great deal. I highly recommend it and would suggest it to people who are looking for better beer. It's approachable, yet full of character. I think I actually prefer this to the hefe, but I like them both very much.
05-03-2005 20:03:13 | More by bceaglejoe
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a cloudy, dull brown color with a huge, whipped cream thick white head. The aroma is spicy and fruity, dominated by malt, you can smell banana, corriander, lemon peel, and a biscuity maltiness. The taste, too complex to go throuh all of it, but this is a whopper of a Dunkel Weizen. Begins with a subtle banana taste that segues into a clove and corriander spicyness and then a bready malt flavor with hints of nutmeg and perhaps almonds. The benchmark for a dunkel, complex, easy to drink and very sessionable especially in the warmer months. Easily the finest dunkel out there
05-03-2005 03:13:43 | More by silver0rlead
4/5 rDev -5.9%
hmm.. Drank the Dunkel expecting much more.
Poured a dark brown, with a massive head. (Tried pouring it, slower, faster, tilted glass)
The beer gave a faint fruitty aroma. Nothing noteworthy though.
The taste was pleasant, fruitty, with a bitter follow through rounded off with a toasted malt finish.
Not overly carbonated so you could appreciate the beer much better.
Overall a good beer, but the hefe is better.
04-26-2005 07:43:47 | More by BeerNutta
4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
From this 16.9oz bottle pours a very beautiful deep copper brew with healthy looking white frothy head. Very delicious aroma of bananas, apples, along with sweet citrous and some toasted malt. Taste is a creamy blend of fruits, along with some good clean bittering hops that prickle the tongue. Full taste leaves me wanting nothing. A good blend of toasted pale malt with some darkness provides a hell of a backbone for the subdued sweetness. Some yeasty notes are there as well. Crisp carbonation moves the taste along, and compliments the beer well. This brew is hella good, and wickedly drinkable.
04-25-2005 03:20:20 | More by BeerFink
3.88/5 rDev -8.7%
There is something about die Dunkelheit that I really like. This beer draws parallels to Kozel Dark, although naturally this one is a Weizen, although the only real effect of that is more pronounced carbonation and a slightly more acidic taste. This beer looks nicely nut-brown and cloudy in the glass (important for a Weißbier), but has inadequate head retention for the style. Despite this, smell is pleasing, and body is happily nutty, chocolatey and slightly sour on the palate. Mouthfeel is upset by the rabid effervescence as the beer enters the mouth, but is still good. I would drink this all night in Bavaria if there weren't other magnificent beers on offer. But in Australia, I'd buy the cheaper, similar but superior Kozel Dark (different style but close enough for the comparison).
04-08-2005 10:29:20 | More by Weizenmensch
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
16.9oz bottle served in a Hennepin glass.
Pours a deep chestnut color, with a fairly small head. Fairly subtle aroma; wheat, banana, but not as obvious as a standard hefeweizen. Taste is also like an understated hefe. Still the wheat flavor, but with a little more of a burnt malt characteristic. A little hint of banana. Very clean aftertaste; smooth drinking with little of the flavor lingering once it's gone. My first venture into this style of beer. I still prefer a hefeweizen, but all in all a very drinkable beer.
01-24-2005 23:07:38 | More by medic25
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
16.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.
Appearance: This beer was a light golden brown at first. After the addition of the good stuff from the bottom of the bottle, it became a very murky, dark brown. The light beige head exploded and filled up more than half the glass. The rest of the pouring was slow going as I could only put a little beer in the glass at a time due to the production of foam. As the head settled it was fluffy, creamy, and dense, leaving a moderate amount of lace on the side of the glass.
Smell: Raw grains and citrus dominated the aroma. Compared to the straight Weihenstephan hefe, this one had quite a bit more lemon on the nose. There was less grain and the banana and clove were more in the background, though they were apparent. Very slight hints of cocoa.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, but there was a nice chewiness along the sides of the tongue. Light and refreshing, with lively carbonation but no roughness.
Taste: A solid base of raw grain and wheat was present. A light lemon flavor floated over the top of this, and banana and clove provided some background depth. Well into the finish is where some dry cocoa kicked in and reminded me that I was drinking a dunkel.
Not quite as lively and complex as the straight hefe, in my opinion. A damn fine beer nonetheless.
01-17-2005 23:35:46 | More by Quaffer
4.08/5 rDev -4%
Paid $1.99 for a 500mL bottle...
The beer pours a hazy chocolate colored base with a large white head, exceptional retention and nice lacing effects halfway through the beer. The aroma hits you with strong malts and wheat.
The taste is not heavy, but heavier than typical Hefe's. Nice wheat taste then a nice kick of malts with a little hint of spice. The mouthfeel is where it's at, always nice on the palette and a smooth delivery. The drinkability is good for 5.3% and Hefe, but it's not one that I would drink all not, I'll drink a Warsteiner Dunkel longer than this one.
Final Thought: Almost as good as it's non-Dunkel form, a very nice brew from Germany.
01-10-2005 01:36:15 | More by mobyfann
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
01/04/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA
Presentation- Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass. 16.9 oz bottle with a code of "8383" on the back label.
Appearance- Rust colored pour with an inch thick creamy head and adequate lacing.
Smell- Light scents of banana, clove, cinnimon and other spices.
Taste- Pretty much like a weisbeir with a roasted kick to it. The flavors come out as it warms slightly. Muted banana taste, with a heavier aspect to the roasted and nutty flavor.
Mouthfeel- Starts out ultra carbonated but calms as it settles in. A meidum bodied beer.
Drinkability- Not my favorite style, but I have to say it was quite tasty. These guys make awesome beers for very reasonable prices.
01-04-2005 20:20:51 | More by GClarkage
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
appearance: light brown/dark orange color with a creamy light tan head, very little lacing.
smell: wheat, malt, banana, other fruit, and spices
taste: wheat, spices, it's pretty complex and hard for me to tell exactly what i am tasting, but nonetheless it tastes good.
mouthfeel: pretty good feel, nice and smooth and crisp, kinda bubbly.
drinkability: pretty good beer, definitely drinkable again.
overall pretty good, i've haven't had many dark hefeweizens, but this one's good, although i do like weihenstephaner's regular hefeweiss beer better.
12-19-2004 11:01:44 | More by ghurux86
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a light brown color almost like a deep amber with ruby hues and a billowing head that leaves no lace. Aromas consist of sweet wheat and huge yeasty esters that give off plummy and grape tones, along with hints of bubblegum and clove. Initial flavors consist of sweet fruits, and an intense wheaty body. There are hints of caramel and almost cocoa like flavors in the mix but these are soon overwhelmed by the strong fruity flavors of plum and fig. There is also just some slight hints of clove and a bit of molasses. The finish has a spritzy carbonation and a sweet wheat tone with hints of bubblegum and more sweet molasses. Overall this beer had a decent body to it to match up with all the great flavors. Another excellent offering from this classic brewery...
12-17-2004 04:08:22 | More by bigbeerdrinka
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
A smoothy banana weizen. Brown-amber, fruit highlights with sourish and malt finish. Some nutmeg, cloves, cinammon, roasting. Medium-light mouthfeel with high carbonation. Easy draught like drink. Reasonable malts and hops, not overdone. Good with spicy pizza.
12-14-2004 00:38:02 | More by Sammy
3.48/5 rDev -18.1%
A cloudy bownish beer. Has a big foamy off white head and some lace. The aroma had a light sour aspect to it with a hint of clove in the background. The flavor also had bit of a sour character with a pleasant hint clove. Pleasant mouth feel with a resfeshing nice drinkability.
12-05-2004 01:54:43 | More by ybnorml
3.4/5 rDev -20%
I've gotta say, it looked sharp in the glass. Dark, amber color. Lacing is gorgeous and the head retention is relatively low but very thick and creamy.
Slight smell of banana & hefty aroma of cloves & spice..some orange peel as a kicker..
Flavor is caramel toffee malt, vanilla, roasted nuts, and a great spicy yeast aspect.
Medium-bodied with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.
A good Dunkel from Weihenstephaner (but I gotta be honest, I still can't pronounce their name).
10-22-2004 20:55:05 | More by hero27
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
Dark tawny with a hint of red. The beer is clear at the moment, but I have no doubt that subsequent pours will bring a great deal of yeast to the party. The ecru head is Rubenesque in size and was initially higher in fingers than I have on one hand. It's also impressively creamydense and is just sticky enough to deposit small dollops of lace, very little of which hangs around.
Wow, clove spice is really jumping out of the glass! This is one distinctive yeast strain. There's a certain maltiness to the aroma, but I anticipated something along the lines of malted milk balls. It doesn't smell very 'dark' at all; there's no hint of roastedness or even of toastedness. Still, it's a classy, appetizing nose that makes me want to begin drinking.
Hefeweissbier Dunkel is yummy stuff. I like the cloviness, but would prefer it to be scaled back a bit so that some of the other flavors can get some palate time. In other words, this yeast is a beast in terms of flavor contribution. There's a fair amount of lightly toasted malt with added elements of weak cocoa powder and bruised banana.
If the malty flavors and the banana were favored a bit more, the beer would come together more impressively. That said, this is undoubtedly the best dunkel weizen that I've ever had (not that I've had that many). The body is light-medium and somewhat enthusiastically carbonated; all to style and, therefore, all right with me.
I can't say that I prefer Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel over this brewery's standard hefe weizen, but it is exceptional beer all the same. It may be a while before I have another version that's this good.
10-19-2004 15:23:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
Pour a beautiful dark cascade and with a little lite-dark head that doesn't stay around for long, there is some lace as well.
I probably spent five minutes smelling this wonderful beer with all it malty notes and yeast contributing phenolic and fruity smells it was great. I would love woman who smell this good.
Terricfic taste very smooth and well balanced. The malt was present but not overpowering and the hops and yeast played well with each other. It was perfectly carbonated too, with an after taste that seemed to last quite a while and as I finished this beer I was determined to have more.
10-18-2004 15:33:35 | More by Higravity
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
Pours a hazy brown with huge offwhite head that leaves light coating of lace. Aomas of grainy wheat malts, cloves, bananas with a roasted nutty presence eminate from my glass smells good. Taste of grainy earthy malt sweetis that light toffee flavor coming threw with bananas some spices from yeast. Light hops spice in finish along with nutty flavors that linger. Mouthfeel is good medium light smooth good winter brew nice to sip and enjoy the flavors. Drinkability is good this is my first dunkel little strange wheat beer with darker nutty malt added will try again I am sure but not something I would drink often, not yet anyway.
10-15-2004 12:54:03 | More by mntlover
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
Looks beautiful. Tarnished and cloudy, bubbles cascading upward, great head, great retention.
Smells is kind of light, toasted malts with hints of lime and melon. Tastes like a very sweet wheat malt, burt sweetness up front with hints of clove, lime and lemon in the back, a wheaty aftertaste with hints of light fruit, melons and bananas. Complex and very, very tasty.
Good mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Not too heavy. Goes down smooth as silk.
10-15-2004 00:57:51 | More by mynie
4.68/5 rDev +10.1%
Appearance: Dark brown, earthy color. Substantial head. Very appeallling to the eye.
Smell: Big malt sweetness like a Belgian to some degree. Enticing.
Taste: Full bodied, hearty wheat blast. Excellent creamy flavor and superb malt character. Very sweet as well. This is the most perfectly balanced hefe I can recall trying.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and velvety due to low carbonation.
Drinkability: Man this is good. No reason to stop. Excellent all around.
10-13-2004 03:07:06 | More by jvajda
3.38/5 rDev -20.5%
Poured an opaque brown ale with a fairly thick white head that subsides fairly quickly leavingt a little lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is more on the malt side of things with a dark malt scent to be detected but not much else except wheat. The taste is very different from both Erdinger and Franziskaner as the esters are very subdued and i can only pick up the barest clove esters. Beginning with a rush of carbonation the toungue experiences a slight noble hop bitterness quickly overtaken by the dry wheat flavor which is blended with a delicate chocolatey malt flavor which segues into a clean finish. An excellent session beer it presents clean flavors with complexity as well as being different from the other Dunkelweizens out there so as to keep beer drinkers in a heaven of diverse beer choices.
10-03-2004 23:38:23 | More by RenoZymurgist
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
An incredibly good dunkel weiss. Pours with a big head which goes down into a nice, thick lace. The smell is very good, yeasty and malty. The taste has a lot of yeast ester notes, which remind me of Chimay but is typical of other dunkels. A lot of other breweries use this yeast strain (so I remember), so this should be expected. Very drinkable.
09-14-2004 21:36:57 | More by GeoffFromSJ
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN.
Brown opaque sort of like Mott's apple juice with small tan head that dissipated. Bready and malty aroma. Sweet burnt malt flavor dominates. Fruit flavors also come through (plums?). Very lightly carbonated. I did not detect any banana nor cloves flavors, which I would have also liked, but was good tasting nevertheless.
09-13-2004 04:43:09 | More by Denali
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
Pours a murky brownish color, looks like apple cider. Fluffy head, no lacing (what am I doing wrong?). Cloves, banana dominate in the smell. NIce wheat beer flavor, again with a bananas and a medicinal cloviness (is that a word) dominating. Mouthfeel is smooth, but seems a bit thin. This is a pretty good brew, I could drink a couple pints of this no prob.
09-07-2004 03:47:27 | More by skybluewater
4.68/5 rDev +10.1%
The beer pours a nice cloudy brown color, a little darker than others I have had. The head is about 3 fingers, falling to to a quarter of an inch. The nose is nice and malty. What a blast of flavor. There is creamy banana with nice malty tones. I want to let this one warm up a bit and see where the flavors go. There is a nice thick creamy character to the mouthfeel. Very nice. Drinkability is outstanding. I would love to have a few more of these waiting for me.
08-23-2004 00:38:53 | More by kmpitz2
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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