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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,344 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,344
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 174
Gots: 117 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of custardcb
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

custardcb, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of NClifestyle
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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…

NClifestyle, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

nortmand, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Gavage, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

akorsak, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

EvilKeith, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

yelterdow, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Half-litre, Teutonic brown glass bottle. White crown cap with a brown logo seals the contents. Generic Weihenstephaner main and neck labels have a dark brown background as well. Listed at alc. 5,3% vol. Reverse label has the Code ‘7175’ if that means anything.

Appearance: Murky light chestnut brown body with a soft tickling light tan head. Retention of the expanded Kopf is very good, it settles though and does eventually break, but only as I finish the bottle. Finely dissolved carbonation, but it all looks good.

Nose: Has a little more malt than the other Weihenstephaner Hefe’s that I tried again and reviewed this week. Sliced cloves and soft but sweet rotting banana blend nicely. Yeasty with a very feint hint of milk chocolate covered banana sponge cake.

Taste: Spicy malt entrance soon fades to make way for a heavy banana and soft clove middle with a walnut tingle in the middle. Finishes with a dark fruity endearing final third that lingers a little. A soft and very comfortable Hefe with dark fruit highlights. Hints of brown sugar, baked pears and spiced apples add some depth to this wondrous Dunkel Weizen.

Mouthfeel: Scrumptiously soft and gentle on the palate. Finely dissolved carbonation eases the flavors onto the palate and spreads them evenly. Kicks in with a chewy presence that is way above its stated strength. Stands proud.

Drinkability: Quenches the fire-breathing back end of one of my 4 week old Curried Pickled Eggs perfectly. The half-litre was gone in no time.

Overall: Another exceptional offering from Weihenstephaner, I never had a bad one in the bunch that I had over the last two days. Superb.

Sehr Gut!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy but still transparent weak coffe colour and a discoloured tight and retentive head.
It has the familar cloves in the taste and smell and as it should has a distinctive maltiness which is not sweet but balances the normal hefeweizen tartness.
Not my favourite style but would appear to be a good example.

jarmby1711, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of Finite
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great dunkel wezien and I wouldn’t expect less from this great brewery. This is a quite fruity beer. Aromas of cloves and bubblegum with hints of some dark fruits. It’s a nice session beer and a good beer to have with a meal.

A solid but not overpowering taste. A classic dunkel!

Finite, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of tweeder263
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was aggresive with my pour and ended up with about 7 inches of head in a standard pint glass.Surprisingly doesnt look too carbonated. Cloudy amber brew head is slightly off white.Has a wheaty estery smell.Taste ofmalt and wheat not much else,low hopped if at all.Mouthfeel isnt too bad. Drinkability not too bad a lot milder then i thought it would be.Not a bad brew.

tweeder263, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooooh my goodness. Everything this brewery makes is excellent. They could spit in a bottle, cap it, and distribute it, and I would still rate it a 4. They've been at it long enough, sho they should have it down pat. This beer has all of the clove, estery, fruity, bubblegum, creamy, silky characteristic in flavor and aroma that you'd ever want in a wheat beer, but with soft caramel, maltiness, and a light maple syrup character. Bring out some nuttiness and earthiness. The addiditon of ingredients that make this beer a dunkel never dominate the wheat character or the yeast derived flavors. Supurb. Finishes clean, crisp with a mild and lasting sweetness.

BEERchitect, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy brown color with abmer hues. The head is mammoth and white. The aroma screams of cloves. The taste is of cloves and banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is a good dunkelweizen, but I still prefer Franziskaner.

KarlHungus, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a big rocky tan head that is fizzing away with a strong carbonation. The body is a nice warm brown with a slight hazy to it.

S- The smell is soft phenols with a faint clove hint and some very faint banana hints. The smell of bubblegum is faint but a little stronger than the cloves and banana. Some notes of raw grain and bread are in there aswell.

T- A slight tartness in the initial taste. Some bubblegum flavors are not as strong as the raw grain and whole wheat bread flavors. The finish is a little carbonic with a slight sweetness.

M-medium mouthfeel with some fizz from the carbonation

D- It is missing a lot of the depth of fruits and yeast characters that I like in German wheat beers. It would be nice to have a little maltyness and maybe some other characters to tone down or balance the bubblegum notes.

rhoadsrage, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bronze, with a gigantic swiss cheeze head.

Smell: Rich, grainy aroma with plenty of yeasty spices and a bit of booze that mingled together very nicely.

Taste: Easy drinking, the wheaty malt can become a bit cloying. It finished silky smooth with witbier banana ester yeastiness. Mixed along with something salty to kill off the sweetness, this Beer is fantastic.

Goldorak, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a huge, dense, light brown head that left puddles of lace as it slowly faded to a film. Hazy cider looking beer with streams of bubbles rising along the edges. Yeasty aroma mixed with doses of lemon zest and banana. Aromas carry over into the flavor with a dash of that zesty lemony wheat flavor on top. Solid yeasty base mixes with bananas and even a bit of cocoa. Soft, light mouthfeel that's almost crisp. I'm a big fan of the refreshing wheat beers (German and Belgian). The cocoa flavors along with increased yeasty flavors combine with traditional Weizen flavors to make this one of my favorite beers overall. The fact that it's 5% and so tasty just makes it all that more amazing.

HappyHourHero, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It’s almost October, so I figured I might as well prime myself for Oktoberfest with a bottle of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel. Poured into a Weihenstephaner glass (that claims they’re the oldest brewery in the world), this beer pours with a massive almost white, but slightly tan head that takes forever to settle down, leaving behind nice lacing stuck to the side of your glass. The color is a cloudy light brown common with unfiltered wheats. The smell is a bit sharp and acidic smelling, maybe a little lemony, with sweet dark malt to smooth out the sharpness. The taste is light and fruity, with hints of orange or lemon, backed up by the subtle sweetness of the malt. If you see anyone squeeze a lemon into this beer, slap them. It’s got enough citrus taste already. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamier than what you would expect, and carbonation levels are fantastic in this beer. Drinkability is helped by this, but may be affected by the back-of-your-mouth bitterness that is different from the normal hoppy bitterness I’m used to. It’s almost like an acidic bitterness. All in all, a really nice beer. Good looking, good smelling, good tasting, and great mouthfeel.
Appearance: 4.5
Smell: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4.0
Drinkability: 3.5

DaveFL1976, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of Domingo
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A excellent dunkel-weizen!
Not quite as good as it's Hefe sibling, but still world class in every way.
Pours a cloudy brown, but unlike a few others it's got just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being too foamy.
Taste is a little muddled at first but as it warms, lots of flavor comes through. It the overpowering chocolate flavor others have but I do taste fruit (banana, pear) and just the right amount of dark bready sweetness with a hint of cocoa.
A solid brew all the way around and likely the best Dunkel-Weisen you'll run into just because it seems like a style the US hasn't really welcomed yet.

Domingo, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's nothing like a good dunkel weizen, or a dunky beer, as it is usually known. This beer pours out a dull brown color with a big head. The aroma is a delicious blend of banana bread and chocolate. Nutty malt flavor with a wheat tang and plenty of spice. Huge flavors of banana and chocolate too. This is an incredibly complex beer. Thick mouthfeel. Great drinkability. I highly recommend this beer.

beveragecaptain, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper with a large off-white head on top. Aroma is of malts, clove, and spiced apple. Taste is sweetly malty, a bit peppery with hints of fruit (banana?). Mouthfeel is excellent - full carbonation compliments the style perfectly, goes down without any effort.

Not my favorite style (I prefer the Heffeweissbier), but a genuinelly solid choice if you're in the mood for a dark German ale.

wedge, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of antzman
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a real frothy head, with a good dark color. Not much of an aroma, but nothing displeasing either. This had a smooth flavor with medium body on the wheat, with a hint of malt to round out the taste. Overall this is a really good beer. A dark hefe, at least in the case of this beer seems to suit me more than a traditional hefe

antzman, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks amazing. Awessome floaty, substantial cream colored head, and a great almond, wood brown color, + hazy. I'd like the lacing to be a little stickier though. Smells of well blended wheaty malts complimented with spicey green apples and earthy floral hops. You taste smooth malty base with a good deal of spicey toasted wheat. There's a bit of nuttiness too. The spiced apple wheatiness makes its impact and then falls nicely onto the malty base. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant and carbonation is crisp. No signs of alcohol. Very drinkable and very good overall.

Definitely worth getting again, and one of the better dark wheat beers I've had.

tastybeer, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep cloudy amber brown pours up a medium head. Dangerously close to overflowing! I need larger glassware. Leaves a nice ring of lace.

S - I can tell this is a little colder right now than it should be. A faint caramel malt and a wheaty malt are detectable. Very slight banana esters can be detected. After it warms a bit, banana esters are more prominent and a little cloves and anise are decernable. The odor is still dissappointingly faint.

T - Slightly sweet caramel malt, wheat and banana. This tastes like banana bread beer. High carbonation really dilutes some of the character. More like watery banana bread beer. I like it a lot, but it is just too mild. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste present. Sadly, no banana bread lingers, I love banana bread too. After it warms a bit, the banana bread flavor does linger for a bit, but the entirety of the flavor is still weak.

M - A slightly frothy watery brew, it is refreshing, but not to the extent I hoped. The carbonation is a bit high. It doesn't leave your mouth feeling too much better than it did before the beer came.

D - It is good, but it could be better. I will have it some other time, but with the elements presented for this style, I can dream of a truly awesome dunkelweizen, and Weinstephaner simply isn't it.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky brown with a huge 3 finger white head with scattered lacing.
Smell is of the trademark Weihenstephaner yeast that makes this an unmistakeable classic. Bananas, fresh bread, caramel, and perhaps a hint of anise.
Taste is of sugary bread, caramel candy, and light bananas. The finest of all dunel weizens. I wish I had this on draft right now...that is the true Capo di tutti capi in the world of Dunkel Weizens.
Mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied, and sugary. Nice.
Drinkability is very nice and enjoyable. One of the nicest German brews available.

weeare138, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured beautifully into my newest piece of glassware, the Weihenstephan weizen glass. Looks to be a dark and hazy amber/golden, almost brown color with a thick fluffy head that starts perfectly at the .5L line and rises up to the rim of the glass with a mountainous surface tension. The head recedes to a cm thick bit of froth with great staying power, but leaving only a thin and spotty lacing. This beer isn't as well carbonated as it's lighter brethren (ie: didn't turn half of the bottle to a foam projectile upon opening), but there is a medium carbonation that can be seen through the darkness.

The smell very banana and clove with a bit of a soapy backing. For some reason whenever I drink Weihenstephan I can smell and taste the "oldness," though the beer itself isn't necessarily old.

The taste is sweet and malty, packing a bit of a wheat bite. In the finish, the banana/clove flavor sticks around along with a mild spicy herbal hop. Dryness is light to moderate, as is the body. Feels very soft and smooth in the mouth, though it still seems to pack a bit of the crispness of most German beer.

I would not rate this as one of my favorite dunkels, but it was worth a drink. I prefer the Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier; or Ayinger Ur-Weiss and Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss Dunkel for other examples of dunkel. This was not a bad brew, but it just wasn't on par with any other dunkel I've had the pleasure of drinking.

neonbrown82, Aug 13, 2005
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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