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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: 185 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 Frozensoul327
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy dark apple cider color with a large head of fluffy white foam. No lacing, medium to medium high level of carbonation.

S: Buttery dark caramel malts, sweet husk, some minor notes of spices and herbs. Very fresh aroma.

T: Light buttery malts marked with roasted earth and grain. A slight yeasty note toward the finish. A hint of natural sugar sweetness blends well. Solid wheaty backbone. Nice.

M: Medium/light bodied and quite bubbly. Goes down well. Smoothness from the wheat element is present.

D: Pretty good. Right on the money. Perhaps one of the better Dunkel Weizen's i've had this year.

Notes: Would be an excellent change up beer for summer months. Recommended drinking.

Photo of tcfishler
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, toffee-ish brown. Huge offwhite head with fabulous lacing. Aromas of sweet fruit (not just banana) and clove. Soft mouthfeel. Flavors are not too sweet. Yeastiness that appears on the back end is interesting and not unpleasant. Fine example of the genre.

Photo of sleazo
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured lighter than i expeced for a dunkel. There was a nice head which it retained as i drank it down. The smell was excellent, banana, cloves with a bready yeast smell. this is how you want a hefe to smell. The taste was musty and delicious. A nice fine example of the style, the yeast really shone through, with some nice malt undertones. A very nice beer, perhaps not suited to the winter.

Photo of stoutman
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has the classic, zesty, citrusy, gingery, hefeweizen aroma. The color is a hazy gold-tinged light-to-medium brown. The color is lighter than the "dark" designation might suggest. The beer pours with a large amount of head, as is typical to the style. It tastes just as it smells, which is a good thing, but whereas the aroma is powerful, the flavor is mellow. Has a steady stream of carbonation when poured right to the finish.

Photo of Onibubba
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did a little Dunkel side by side last night with this, Erdinger,Julius Echter, and Franziskaner. All four were nearly identical in pour and appearance. All got a full aggressive pour with the yeast, cause that's how I like em. This gave the beers a somewhat (but not too) cloudy nut brown color. Head on all was present, but short lasting.

Smell was similar in all four beers, with a yeasty banana bread and almost medicinal clove aroma.

Taste was more of the same - Big yeasty banana bread. Nothing really remarkable here. It is good, but not as nice as the JE nor as unique as the Franz. A damn sight better than the Erdinger though.

Mouthfeel is where this really runs short. Thinner than the frontliners with a higher carbonation that really adversely affects the drinkability of this beer. An average Dunkel compared to the others. nothing wrong with that. Just that there are better and worse choices to be had.

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

Pours with a hazy medium brown color and a decent head that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation races up the sides.

Great malty smell with faint banana.

Taste is of sweet malt and the aforementioned banana. Just a great tasting brew.

Feels great in the mouth, even smoother than their Hefe Weizen.

Very drinkable, I still have some Hefe and Korbinian left; gotta consider getting some more of this too.

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

Had this beer at a German restaurant, served in a Weizen glass.

Medium dark colored brew with several inches of creamy head.

Aromas typical of a weissbier, with some cloves, bananas, and yeast prevailing, but also some light chocolate notes.

Flavor was very interesting. This was my first Dunkel Weizen, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What I got was a hefe-weizen flavor, augmented by some caramel and chocolate flavors. It was very good.

I really liked the mouthfeel. It was much lighter than expected, yet had a full bodiedness about it as well.

All this made for an extremely drinkable brew. Recommended.

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

I've loved traditional Weiss beer for years but am slowly finding myself more attracted to the dark side for reasons unknown, but I am highly anticipating this example from highly respected Weihenstephaner..

An extremely attractive pour, featuring a compact, almost solidified head, nearly three inches high and very slow to recede atop a caramel body. Nose is a complex mix of malts featuring hints of banana bread, citrus, wheat, and yeast. Sweet but not overly so.

A sweet blast of fruit and crystal malts with clove to help balance the banana on steroids flavors. Texture is delicate and dances easily on the tongue without interference from carbonation or other inhibiitors.

This is high quality as anticipated and worth searching out for any afficianado of German brew. Tough to beat among dunkels.

Photo of Jaynuze
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice pillowy head that follows the beer down the glace with a nice lace. Its color is a rusty gold with touches of amber and is quite hazy like a good hefe should be!

S: Its nose is malty sweet with hints of fruits (bannana?), toasted grains, and light alcohol.

T: Soft, malty, and fruity with a nice snappy finish. As with the nose, there are notes of fruit, corriander, and apple. For a darker beer, this style finishes quite smoothly ... an enjoyable beer for sipping or dinner.

Overall: I have to agree with pretty much everyone here ... this is one of the best Dunkel Weizens out there. Just like their Hefeweissen this hits the spot. The oldest brewery in the world ... and almost undoubtably one of the best!

Photo of thefenst
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsener glass.
Nice white head, great carbonation, with a fair amount of sediment.
Very nice amber brown color, very cloudy.
Tastes of clove and banana, with a slightly tart aftertaste.
Very little hop bitterness, with malty notes throughout.
Decent mouthfeel, I like this one as much as their hefe.
Very drinkable for the 16.9 oz. I had, but this would only be sessionable if you can eat a loaf of bread in one sitting.
This is one heavy, chewy, but extremely delicious beer.
A great example of the style, highly recommended.

Photo of 3frog
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served at the Weihenstephan biergarten (I was hoping for draft instead of bottle)

Appearance: medium brown; 3 finger head that settled to a small crema-like layer; little lace

Smell: not too strong, some clove, and for some reason I was getting hints of a wort boiling aroma; nice.

Taste: more subdued clove than the hell but there at a balanced level; some banana but fruit seemed a bit more pronounced; somewhat tart; a little cereal in the aftertaste; subdued hops.

Mouthfeel: almost chewy, balanced by a moderately high level of carbonation.


Drinkability: certainly one of the nicer examples of the style and my favorite.

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

This was a last minute purchase at the Munich airport. Poured into a weizen glass from a .5l bottle.

A: Thick, frothy, foamy head. Brown in color and barely translucent.
S: Bananas right away. Subtle fruit smells.
T: Fruity, bananas, just like the smell. No bitterness. Yummy.
MF: Super smooth and lush.
D: Very drinkable.

Photo of Pooba001
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer was gently swirled in bottle to rouse some yeast, and poured in to a Pilsner glass, I don't have drink many wheat beers, so I don't have a proper Weizen glass. This is close enough. Label says the beer is "Hefeweissbier Dunkel". Very cloudy, as expected with the wheat content and yeast sediment. Its a medium brown color, golden around the edes when held to light, with excellent carbonation and a big fluffy white head that doesn't dissipate. Smell is moderatly phenolic, aromas of clove, wheat, slight tartness (green apple?), and slight banana ester are prevalent.

Taste has more banana that the scent would indicate, and clove is still quite prominent, apple-like tartness is present, but not overwhelming. Dry, toasty malty notes are there too, hop bitterness is almost imperceptable.

Mouthfeel is good, not exceptional, and drinkability is very high for this style. Stylistically, this is an excellent beer, one of the best Germans I've had, and I would consider it for future purchases.

Photo of DogFood11
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect shade of brown topped with a monstrous head that has amazing staying power. Body is slightly hazey with miniature sized carbonation in massive amounts race to the top.

Malts are the theme here. The question is how well are they implimented into the brew. Short answer: Near Perfection. Longer answer is they are like freshly baked bread with a pinch of cinnamon. Yeast is a factor. Nuts enter the picture if only for a second. Actually finishes up fairly dry and crisp. Bananna bread in the backdrop.

Notes: I've said it before and this beer is exactly what I'm talking about, if your going to be a malt based brew the malts must have depth. This brew has tremendous depth while still being soft. This brewery never ceases to amaze me. Excellent.

Photo of dbalsock
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured thick and frothy (like rootbeer) into a weizen glass. The head is vanilla, and the body is brown with an orange/red tint, yet also murky from the yeast. There is no lacing, but the head retention is fantastic.

Smell: I've picked out bananas, raspberries, strawberries and morning dew in this brew, but I'm sure there are other fruits present too. It's an airy aroma and not intense, but quite pleasant.

Taste: I like the slightly bready taste with the malt backbone. I think this is quite well balanced, and again, fresh dew/fresh meadows comes to mind. It's not very sweet, and not very bitter, but the aftertaste accentuates both of these qualities.

Mouthfeel: This is smooth with almost no bitterness. As I said above, it's airy, but not really smokey, and quite light bodied.

Drinkability: It's definitely worth a try once, but I think there's better in the style and I probably won't try this again.

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

This beer had a creamy off white head on top of a cloudy brown body with hints of orange flashing around; it almost looks like a solid not a liquid. The nose has many components: spicy clove, nutmeg, banana, bubble gum sweetness and a hint of toasted malt. The taste reminds me of banana bread. There is spiciness from the cloves and I am getting a citrus flavor in there too. It has a light mouthfeel making it very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours with a super-creamy light tan head that is about three fingers in height. It eventually dissipates to a slightly rocky thin cap of creamy head. Leaves excellent rocky lacing that sticks to the glass as it goes down. The brew itself is a murky dark-brownish honey.

Smell - Clove spice and sweet over-ripe bananas up front, as to be expected from this style. Fresh scent of wheat balanced with a rich and very bready malt aroma. A slight sourness/bitterness can be traced at the end. Practically no alcohol aroma.

Taste - Dark cooked bananas, clove, and some nutmeg and/or cinnamon is also present right away. A mellow dark wheat and pudding-like malt character. The finish is a nice medley of all of the aforementioned flavors. Clove/peppery spiciness and a lingering malt presence make up the aftertaste. Again, very little acohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Much better and refreshing carbonation than in Weihenstephaner's regular hefe weizen. Very little bite to the carbonation, but it adds a lot of refreshing character. The body is medium and very, very smooth (although the carbonation does hide this a bit). It also has a very slick and wet mouthfeel especially in the finish.

Drinkability - Very good. The flavors are well-balanced and fairly light, as with this style. Has a very refreshing carbonation. Practically no alcohol can be detected (at least by me, of couse I admittedly have a low sensitivity to its taste and smell).

An excellent dunkel. Very smooth and flavorful with great carbonation. Also a beautiful beer, it's a pleasure just looking at your 1/3 drank glass with all that huge rocky lace sticking to the glass. Highly recommended.

Photo of Injemanze
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer at an International Beer festival in Hangzhou, China. This the most expensive bottle of beer I have ever purchased in China but as Weissbier Dunkels are one of my favorite styles I thought I would give it a shot, plus I though that with a brewing history of over 1000 years it should be something special. I must admit I was not convinced but I am willing to give it another shot if I find it somewhere else.

Appearance – Pours copper with significant head.

Smell – Barley and honey perhaps with hints of orange

Taste – Sweetness with possible light hints of banana, orange, brandy, and honey. Nothing in the flavor was truly memorable however. Mouthfeel was a lot lighter than I had expected

Drinkability – Average, the low ABV means you could imbibe quite a lot of these though nothing in the beer itself would have me coming back for more.

In my opinion, Erdinger is a superior Dunkel Weizen

Photo of SwillBilly
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel poured from a 16.9 oz bottle in a Paulaner weissbier glass.

Appearance: Pours deep amber to medium brown with a huge, off white, pillowing head. The creamy, fluffy head dissipates slowly to an off-white blanket of tightly bubbled foam on top of the beer. Lacing is minimal on my weissbier glass.

Smell: Fresh banana bread jumps out of the glass along with the sweet smell of caramel malt. Really fruity along with fresh baked bread makes this a very aromatic weissbier.

Taste: Plenty of fruity sweet malt ply the beginning with hints of banana and clove. The middle is full of fresh baked bread that transitions to a finish that has hints of sweet caramel, more fruit and a subtle wheat flavor and bubblegum. Just the slightest bit of hops peak through at the end with a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Ultra creamy and smooth, feels great in the mouth. Carbonation is right where it needs to be. Very nice texture.

Drinkability/Notes: A highly drinkable Hefe Dunkel. Rich and creamy in the mouth with flavors of fresh banana bread, cloves, and bubblegum. Fruity and caramel sweet. Extremely easy to drink at 5.3 % abv and very refreshing. My first hefe dunkel and it’s a nice contrast to a hefeweissbier, doesn’t have that lemony thing going on that most hefes seem to have. Definitely a beer and style that I will have again. Another quality beer from the folks at Weihenstephaner. Seek and enjoy.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Into a weizen glass, pours a foggy, light amber at bottom do deep, dark copper at top, a nice two finger head shrinking to thin layer, with super nice cascading lacing, leaving spots down the glass. Exquisite.

Aroma is darkly wheaty, ripe bananas, yeasty kind of, green apples, and there are clove like spice but subdued. The nose is subdued in general, not strong but definitely full.

Taste is brilliant, with initial carbonation there is a nice spicy clove, very nice a smooth, light malt, and banana and apples, hops bittering in the very least, and a dry finish rounds up this brilliantly balanced beer.

Body is perfect. Perfect weight, perfect carbonation, perfect viscosity. If anything else, should I lose my taste buds, I'd drink this for feel.

All in all, one of my top dunkels, a favorite to drink anytime, anywhere. A more assertive nose and longer finishing taste would earn it perfect scores.

Photo of SudNut
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice foamy head mmm just the right carbonation with a fruity nose. Good foamy mouth feel with a hint of cloves and a fruity flavor mixed in. It tastes so good; I think I'll have another one. All I need to go with it is some BB-Q. Where is the charcoal lighter fluid? Enjoy!!!

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head retention is good, lacing isn't very strong, and the brown color is cloudy and a little golden. The smell is os deep clove, with a little banana and a slight lemon backround. The taste is a little sweet, metallic, very clovey, and a slight banana backround. The mouthfeel is fine like a hefeweizen should be, crisp and foamy. Overall I thought this beer was a little metallic, but I might try it again later.

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

Pours a nice dark amber and brown colour, with visible yeast and carbonation. Frothy head.

Smells of roasted malt, and yeast. Some fruity esters.

The taste is a nice malt flavour, with rich fruity overtones. There is a bit of bite from the carbonation.

Very drinkable and flavourful.

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

Appearance: Hazy toned copper color, with a moderate amount of suspended particulates, a small, but quite dense off-white head, and thick broken lace. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Caramel, apple peel, bananas, cloves, and earth combine in a remarkably complex fusion.

Taste: Opens with burnt caramel, and cloves, soon followed by ripe bananas, bitter apple, and a mild earth note. Finishes with a very mild herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with a mildly dry finish, with little carbonation felt.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful example of the style, exudes quality and brewing craftsmanship.

Presentation: Packaged in a pint brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. In order to conform to Texas alcoholic beverage laws, the label reads "malt liquor".

Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep caramel colour with a big, fluffy, beige head. As the foam subsided, fine bubbles clung to the glass in clumps. Head retention was supported by ample carbonation. All the aroma notes from a hefe were there (bready yeast, cloves, vanilla with citrusy undertones) along with mild caramel and a hint of cocoa. The same could be said about the flavour. There's a pleasing caramel backbone that played very well with the hefe character. And there's a bit of dry cocoa that came out in the finish. Very nice indeed! The body was on the light side, carbonation fairly high. Crisp and lightly dry on the palate. I was a fantastic beer that I really enjoyed a lot. I'll be picking more of these up at some point.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,505 ratings.