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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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jvajda

Ohio

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
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

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
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

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
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Denali

Florida

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
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skybluewater

Minnesota

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
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours the color of milk caramel, topped with a huge four finger off-white head. Well carbonated with dozens of tiny streams of bubbles. Leaves large botches of lacing behind.
Caramel, banana that has been coated in sugar and then roasted with a cooking torch.
Fruity, wheatfield taste, caramel, banana, a bit spicy and zesty. Cinammon and brown sugar. Great roasted malt taste to provide the backdrop to the other flavors.
A bit powdery, medium bodied, goes good with grilled meat.

08-12-2004 03:15:08 | More by mschofield
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours to a murky brown color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is yeasty, malty, bready and fruity. The flavor is malty and yeasty with aslight fruity esters. It has a slight peppery spiciness as well. It is light-medium bodied and easy drinking. A very nice brew.

Sampled 5/17/04

08-06-2004 16:58:57 | More by BeerBuilder
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finepaws

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

This is one of my favorite beers right now. I can't get enough of them. It pours a cloudy copper color with a thick head that lasts about half way through. Smells of malts, banana, and fruit spices. Tastes incredible. Very flavorful. All smells jump around in your mouth to create a unique flavor, and end with a slight hop bite. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick. I could drink this everyday!!!

07-13-2004 00:32:46 | More by finepaws
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

I've been quite busy lately and haven't had much time to do reviews. My busy schedule has even cut into the amount of beer I drink (I know, for shame!). But I was glad I could make some time to try this Dunkelweizen that has been sitting in my fridge for a little while. Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier Dunkel is a perfect beer to help wind you down and savor the rest of the night.

This brew pours a light brown/copper color with an orange hue. An absolutely huge foamy head forms and lasts for a few minutes before thinning out. The aroma is very nice, with the dark malts immediately noticable. There was some caramel present along with fruitiness, spices (clove, cinnamon), bananas, and later on chocolate made its way through. The mouthfeel is smooth and what is expected of a wheat beer (nice and lightly carbonated too). This beer is on the sweet side. Light molasses flavor at first, mixed in with caramel. Good banana like presence, and spicy presence is nice and not overwhelming. Some light dryness in finish. Some of the fruitiness and spiciness makes its way into the aftertaste, and the brew finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

This is a top notch beer, no doubt about it. It is quite sweet, but it isn't cloying in any way and remains very easy to drink. This beer has also reminded me that no matter how busy you are, there is always time for beer.

07-07-2004 17:22:23 | More by Beastdog75
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

appearance: was cloudy amber, slight head, didn't retain well
smell:Malts, cloves, spice
taste: A-a-h! delicious!, complex spices and fruit overwhelm, but pleasantly so! also chocolate notes!
mouthfeel: presents as creamy and well carbonated! very pleasant!better mouthfeel than many other's I've tried, in this vain.
drinkability: fantastic! I only wish I had a few more of these in the fridge!!! recommended! Cheers!!!

06-19-2004 17:12:02 | More by steinlifter
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%

This beer poured a dark crimson color with a moderate tan head. The smell seems rather weak to me and all that I could get is some sweet malts. The flavors in this beer also seemed slightly on the weak side but they worked together very well. There's a toasted caramel taste upfront which turns to chocolate the further I go. Some fruity aspects lie underneath along with a hazelnut taste. The wheat is there but not too prevalent. Slight hop bite in the end. The flavors linger. This beer goes down easy and is enjoyable but nowhere as good as their original hefe.

06-18-2004 12:21:04 | More by granger10
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Top notch German import here from a brewery that makes it easy to understand their longevity.

Pours with a big and frothy head that threates to leave the glass and envelope the room...beautiful mocha color. Less than average lacing, but the head stays around to the end in a diminished form. The goodies beneath are a unique and cloudy reddish-brown hue that is murky and inviting. Moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is hugely grainy with big notes of yeast and cider spices and fresh pumpernickel that blend flawlessly with a green hoppy finish.

The taste is initially wholesome and bready before developing some definite frutiness along with very strong notes of clove and cardamom. This herbal attitude eventually gives way to sharp but gentle hop bite and ever-so-slight tart cider notes linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is intriguing if a little thin...perhaps the color was misleading as I am a newcomer to the Dunkels. Low carbonation allows for the full appreciation of the subtle nuances in the flavor.

Drinkability is fantastic, but this beer goes down like a rare treat not meant to be guzzled en masse.

06-01-2004 06:59:20 | More by MobBarley
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TripelJ

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%

Now Quaffing: Weihenstephaner Dunkel (draught)

When I first saw the tap handle, I thought it must be a dream. Poured a deep, tawny brown with a nice familiar opaqueness. There was a nice, dense off-white head, which receded leaving minimal traces of lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweetness and accompanied by a pleasant yeast smell. Taste is also sweet, with the malts being the dominant one in this complex relationship. There is a light citrus in the flavor and a perfectly placed crispness from the carbonation. The mouthfeel is medium and incredibly smooth. I don't usually drink wheat beers in session, but this one would be the one I would choose. One of the strongest features is that this beer is very smooth and easy to drink which makes it perfect for people testing the waters of better beer. It also has enough character to please the veteran beer advocates.

05-30-2004 15:27:15 | More by TripelJ
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

This brew is a dark brown, cloudy brew, with a off-white head comprised of tiny bubbles. Good hefe scent, cloves, bananas, wheat, but not as intense as i was expecting. The tastes starts off with a hint of caramel malts, and has some excellent hefe characteristics. Wheat, naners, cloves, all that good stuff. A little spritzy on the tounge. Very refreshing after 8 hours of mowing lawns.

05-20-2004 20:47:47 | More by Tballz420
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%

Murky reddish golden appearance is only slightly darker than the regular Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. The head is appropriately tall and foamy, and carbonation level is high as is should be. This beer is much less aromatic than its paler brother, with a lot more wheat bread on the nose than cloves or bananas. The taste is also quite malty, with only a mild level of sweet fruitiness, but a bit of a spicy bite and lemony tanginess. The mouthfeel is light and feels a bit watered down. A good Hefeweizen for the people who prefer their iced tea unsweet rather than sweet.

05-11-2004 03:42:44 | More by rajendra82
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -16.5%

There’s something about this brew that speaks well of its character despite a modest play on the palate. It has a crisp, bright, citrus-infused aroma and pours to a lightly clouded oaken color with a tall ivory head. The body is a bit thin, but with a pleasantly spicy flavor that I’m sure would compliment – and not compete with – any good meal. I suspect a small wedge of lemon might provide some appropriate enhancement.

This is not a premium brew, but it is very easy to drink. I would call it likeable but not profound. The aroma exceeds the taste as the brewery’s lengthy and exalted history exceeds its modern product line.

I chose to rate this beer using the customary senses. Still, if I could employ a six sense, I might grant this one a higher score. It drinks like a refreshing tonic and may have appeal to some who are well content with modest tastes in a German beer.

05-09-2004 20:35:55 | More by RedDiamond
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filabrazilia

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -4%

Pours a hazy milk chocolate brown with an impressive tan head. Great lace drapes the glass.

Banana and cloves dominate the nose but are greeted by a nice malt presence.

The taste is fruity, spicy and delicious with a strong wheat character. There is a subtle chocolate essence as well.

This beer is smooth in the mouth with enough complexity to savor yet enough smoothness to make it an easy drinking beer.

This is a beer that can be sipped or gulped--I prefer somewhere in between. This can be a great after dinner beer or a great summer beer.

05-03-2004 15:25:36 | More by filabrazilia
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Shaw

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

I haven't had a dark German wheat beer in several years. I remember loving them. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel backs up my fond memories.

The bottle I bought must have been sitting around for a while. It poured very clear. Only after swirling the last of the beer in the bottle did this beer become cloudy. Now it looks great. It has the typical foamy head. The smell is nice and estery. Banana, clove, everything I'd expect in a wheat beer. Good stuff. The taste is very good. I taste spices and yeast in this brew, along with a note of toasted malt.

The body is very good. It glides in my mouth but isn't too light.

This is an excellent dark wheat beer. It is one of the best around.

04-19-2004 04:24:17 | More by Shaw
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Sixpack595

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

One of the most drinkable beers I've had in a while. The same spicy, fruity notes as their Hefe, but with a nice round malt base. A nice cocoa taste complimenting the lemon and clove. Mouthfeel is perfect with a prickly carbonation and peppery flavor. No matter how many Dark Hefes I try I can never get over the contrast of the murky look and crisp flavor.

04-13-2004 00:10:22 | More by Sixpack595
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WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick off-white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has the nice fruity banana smell of a regular hefe, but with a little more of a malty scent. The taste is good. It is a malty hefe with excellent wheat/yeast flavor. It is sweet and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good dunkel, but I've had better; mouthfeel was lacking.

03-26-2004 02:31:23 | More by WesWes
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel was served from a half liter bottle. In a hefe glass, the beer was a murky fresh cider-like orange brown, and was topped by a collosal and rocky off white head that wouldn't quit. The nose was quite nice and well-developed, consisting of a banana spice bread maltiness accented with clove and estery notes of dried apple and pear. The flavors resembled the nose closely, with a pear tinged doughy clove maltiness that builds in intesity and tartness towards the nicely bittered and powerful estery finish. The body seemed just a tad watery, but in other respects was appropriate. I found this beer to be quite drinkable, due to its deliciousness and lighter body feel. A very enjoyable, ester-laden dunkelweizen that satisfies.

03-19-2004 06:29:38 | More by HiroProtagonist
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pheurton

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

murky brown with a huge slightly off white head that has some consistency. the foam stays around and sticks to the glass. subtle aroma of malted wheat, banana, clove, and spicy alcohol. lively carbonation...refreshing well constructed body. tasted is evenly sweet carmel and brown sugar, with a solid backbone of malted wheat and subtle banana. spicy clove and delicate hop finish.

man what a beer! a dark wheat at it's best, i really enjoyed this one. completely unique flavor done extremely well. kudos.

02-27-2004 23:08:26 | More by pheurton
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%

Cloudy, deep amber, copper, reddish hue? A bit cloudy, some yeasty sediments present towards the bottom of the glass. Slightly toasty nose, yeast, some apple pie and malts as well. Up front, a mild based malt body is clearly evident, some cloves and lemon notes. Evenly balanced and a bit dry, some cloves and vanilla beans noticed on the tongue. Tarty, twangy, yet very crisp and clean, ever so refreshing, some fruitiness towards the finish, perhaps grapes, plums, apples noted in the body as the glass is drained. Full flavored, rich, creamy, are you kidding me? Absolutely world class, one of the best dark wheats you can get your hands on.

02-22-2004 02:56:55 | More by GeoffRizzo
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color was amber, with a great white head. The smell was a nice caramel malt, with a slight wheat smell. The taste was caramel sweetness mixed with the tanginess and banana/clove taste of the wheat. Mouthfeel was well-carbed. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

A fantastic wheat beer from Weihenstephan. The mix of the malt and wheat makes for a simply fantastic experience, and this is a beer I'll certainly have again.

02-15-2004 18:05:02 | More by beergeek279
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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