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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,386 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 181
Gots: 126 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of Naerhu
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Light brown body, pure white head
S - fresh rich cloves yeasty spicyness and malty aroma
T - malty, cloves, dough, fresh, crisp, well integrated. Yeasty. Banana is present, but far in the background. Bready.
MF - fine carbonation, smooth, no bitterness.
D - amazing and delicious, clearly an amazing beer.

Naerhu, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of jokelahoma
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle obtained from Gomer's, our own little oasis in the beer desert that is Kansas City.

Poured with a very, very large, tight, dense cream-colored head, that slowly -- and I do mean s l o w l y -- receded back into the beer. The color is difficult to describe. Not really an amber or copper, as there's no discernable "red" to it at all. It's a brownish-yellow, yellowish brown, clear muddy water.. no, that doesn't do it. Gab your box of 64 crayons. Burnt Sienna? That's about as close as any. Very appetizing, no matter how you describe it.

The aroma is of banana, first and foremost, with a bit of medicinal clove, and some earthiness that must come from a combination of the darker malts and yeast esters. A smell I'd only associate with wheat beers. It seems to get more and more "dirt-like" (and I mean that in a good way) as you continue drinking. Again, extremely appetizing and inviting.

In something of a rarity, it manages to smell *exactly* like it tastes. An overall slightly overripe banana flavor hits me first, followed by a slight earthy, dusty sweetness, which grows as the swallow progresses. The clove comes after the beers is down your throat, more on the air you inhale afterward. An ever-so-well-hidden trace of bittersweet chocolate seems to tease before disappearing behind that return of the banana. The first drink or two can leave you thinking "whoa... it's sweet", as there are no hops to speak of -- as it should be with a weizen. Just barely enough bitterness to keep the banana-ness from taking on a "breakfast muffin" flavor. That, coupled with the bite from the high carbonation, makes this beer finish a lot more dry than you'd believe possible based on the up-front taste. Absolutely exquisite.

Mouthfeel is much, much heavier than one would anticipate. Almost oily in its silky smoothness. It would be over the top were it not for the carbonation, which again pops up to rescue the beer from taking a good thing just a tad too far. The prickliness is just enough to break up the oily sensation. It's still a bit more than I'd want, yet perversely, it makes me continue drinking, in a "can it really be that creamy?" kind of way.

Overall, with the exception of the mouthfeel, this brew matches what you'd expect it to be all the way across the board. The look, the smell, the taste all come together to emphatically say "this is a dunkelweizen", and that's a good thing. Oddly, I'm not a huge weizen fan. Maybe I just caught this one at the right moment. Whatever the case may be, I found this to be a superb beer, and one I'd highly recommend.

jokelahoma, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent dark hefe, very refreshing and quintessential for the style.

Pours a light amber brown in color with a huge slightly off-white head. Lots of carbonation immediatly apparent. Nose is of overripe banana and wheat, very fresh smelling, it begs me to drink it. Taste does not disappoint, lots of crisp banana flavors and clove, very wheaty, quite complex with all the flavors harmonizing just about perfectly. Not an over the top huge beer, but easily accesible and absolutely delicious and that combination is it's strongest point I think.

A superior dunkel, all others bow your heads.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle producing a HUGE off white head, which falls pretty slowly, with a half inch remaining throughout the experience. Bubbles rise from the bottom through the dark amber colord liquid.

Smell: Overripe bananas, toasted banana bread, peppery spiciness, some nuttiness, caramelized sugars, hops slight

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, not watery at all

Taste: Sweet with dark fruits, slight spiciness, and some herbs. Hops slight. Finishes with a lingering sweet and spicy bitterness.

blackie, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dunkely brown with orange on the edges. one-finger head packed tight with steadily rising carbonation through the body. thin lacing wastes no time returning to the body of beer. summery and light.

aroma is wheaty and leaves not much to say. smells good. smells like wheat, i like wheat, i want to drink it.

taste? smooth and wheaty, mostly bitter though with some sweet caramel notes also weighing heavy. fresh tartness of lemon and sweet clove back it all up. doesnt measure up to the regular hefe. flavors cancel each other our here moreso than complementing each other. banana is still here but forced into the background by a dark burnt breadiness. ok, good german session.

goodbyeohio, May 30, 2005
Photo of AltBock
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

AltBock, May 06, 2005
Photo of bceaglejoe
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bceaglejoe, May 03, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

silver0rlead, May 03, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerNutta, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerFink, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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).

Weizenmensch, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of medic25
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

medic25, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Quaffer, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of mobyfann
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

mobyfann, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GClarkage, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of ghurux86
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ghurux86, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

bigbeerdrinka, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ybnorml, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of hero27
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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).

hero27, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of Higravity
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Higravity, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mntlover, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Nice beer.

mynie, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of jvajda
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

jvajda, Oct 13, 2004
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,386 ratings.