Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
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1,027 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,027
Hads: 2,650
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 253
Gots: 250 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 archyquaffer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 17 ounce Euro-brown bottle into a shaker. A moderate pour produces about an inch of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a pretty stick 1/8 inch residuum coating the top. The beer is a hazy yellow-amber color with moderate carbonation.

Very enticing, fruity aroma- yeasty, tart, spicy, tang, apple pie, banana, raspberry, cherry and a light earthy funk. These aromas/suggestions carry over into the flavor, with the banana accentuated a bit at first, but with the other fruits catching up. I perceive a burpy, frothy, pungent mass coating the back of the mouth and producing monumental burps. A nice rich caramelly malt backs up the yeast, fruit, funk, and tang. A strong hint of dark fruit lurks in the background and lingers in the aftertaste.

This pint-plus bottle was purchased for $3.49 at Hennessey Grocery in Butte, Montana. This strikes me as quite an excellent deal, considering the obvious excellence of this beer (and the distance traveled!). Kudos to the Hennessey for making this exotic foreign beer available in my little corner of the mountains... (1,098 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber with massive (!) head of off-white carbonation. Big, loopy lace.

Nose is nicely banana and clove-spice. Absolutely perfect and in line with a great hefeweizen. Very nice, yes.

Taste is sweet and spicy, with plenty of banana and clove notes. The finish shows a bit of honey and tart citrus, as well. Perfectly balanced and so drinkable, I could have these daily.

Refreshing, complex, and positively an ideal hefeweizen. (443 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : dark amber color with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and chocolate aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel malty and roasted grain flavors.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German style Dunkel Weiss. (289 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single bottle served cold in Hefe style glass beer challis

A) Cloudy & bright, mahogany colored fizzy mixture. Soft white head settles quickly. Looks terrific...

S) Classic hefeweissen - banana, sweet citrus fruit, clove. Slightly musky as the beer opens

T) Delicious. Banana bread, honey, very mild pepper, caramel, tart.

M) Well balanced with adequate fine carbonation, sticky sweet, mild hops and smooth.

O) Not only an excellent example of this classic style, easily found here in Chicago and reasonably priced. (522 characters)

Photo of tmzl
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with large, very thick, billowy, off-white (yellow hue) head. It has a beautiful, slow retention that leaves medium sized, creamy, thick layer on the top. It stays till the end and leaves fair amount of lacing. Colour is cloudy, creamy toffee, caramel, like milk chocolate sundae shake - delicious. Also lots of active carbonation, lots of bubbly chains.

Smell: Clove and banana classic. Bit peppery, fresh sweet peeled apples, red earth. Grain, wheat, hay with light darker malt sweetness, hints of caramel and milk chocolate most obvious.

Taste: Clove and banana with some spice lead the way; also yeasty character gets some ground. Dry apples, light sour. Medium sweet middle, mostly grain/wheat - light caramel sweetness doesn't come out until in the aftertaste. Good balance of clove, banana and pepper play in the after - wouldn't expect anything different from Weinhenstephan. Some light noble hops at the end too.

Mouthfeel: Light crisp start, this lively carbonation suits it well. Smooth and creamy medium light heavy body.

Overall: Not that different from the classical hefeweissbier, superb yet relatively simple play of the classical banana clove formation, that looks and feel good. Expected a bit more contribution from the darker malts tho. (1,276 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle (code says 6353) into a hefe glass.

A-A gentle pour produces a dense, two-finger head of off-white foam. Retention is quite good and the head is supported by active carbonation that is visible through the haze. The beer is brassy copper in color.

S-The aroma is heavy on the banana esters and dough with a light lemon tartness. There is a gentle cocoa aroma and a faint bit of maltiness. It is very hefe like and would have expected more malt aromas, but damn if this isn't an inviting aroma.

T-The taste is not quite as lively and fruity as the aroma. There is still a lot of banana and some lemon, but there are also more subdued, earthy flavors like wet wheat, and a bit of toast. I taste some clove spice on the finish.

M-The feel is medium in heft with good drinkability and carbonation that trends toward soft and creamy.

O-This is yet another good wheat beer from Weihenstephan. I don't know that this brew provides the malt flavors I would expect from the style, which hurts the score, but the wheat beer aspect of this thing is nailed. Good looks, nice feel, inviting aroma, but a bit mild on the palate. (1,140 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: giant, dense, fluffy off-white/cream head; deep, hazy cider-brown; passes light; sudsy but fleeting lacing
S: malt and wheat, earth, clove, banana, apple
T: clove, malt, apple, increasing umami as the beer warms
M: light-medium-bodied, smooth, slightly dry
O: best chilled to mask the umami. Good if drunk quickly.

500mL / Weizen Glass (339 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Cloudy amber-orange pour with a beautiful four finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. The nose is big and earthy with lots of banana and brown bread along with hints of clove, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. The taste mirrors the nose with huge notes of brown bread, banana, and clove along with hints of caramel, nuts, apple skin, pear, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is smooth and subtly creamy with perfect carbonation and a great balanced finish. Overall, I've never been much of a fan of wheat beers, which sucks having lived in Germany so long. But I've recently had some great experiences with them and have decided to re-explore the style. This is an amazingly flavorful beer that's hugely drinkable extremely well balanced. It will definitely be restocked in the beer fridge. (888 characters)

Photo of Rhettbuck
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a bottle in Denver, CO. I've been to Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium and this reminded me of them quite a bit.

Appearance: A slight foam when poured, that quickly dissipates. Lacing is almost nonexistent, but really who cares about that. The beer's actual color is a rich brown that resembles oak.

Smell: This was my favorite part of the whole beer. I buy candles that smelled like this. Sweet and a bit earthy .

Taste: Light, and clean. Had a bit of an aftertaste, but in a bad way. Reminds me of rye beers that I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, I don't know if that was the elevation or the beer. Clean finish and minimal aftertaste. Great for a starter at a beer tasting party. (717 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a dunkel fan...but this is pretty good. The beer poured a hazy brown with 1/2 finger thick head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent and taste carries hints of banana and clove along with a touch of roast and earth. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and worth a try. (328 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark copper color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bananas cloves, spicy yeast, bready malts, and a little chocolate.

Taste: Liquid bread baby. You can't go wrong.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, delicious, medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the best beers you could ever have. Not much difference from the regular hefe. (570 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - 4.5 - The beer itself is a nice medium brown hazy color that has a nice thick white head on top that leaves great lacing.
S - 4.75 - A lot of banana, spice, cinnamon, bread, wheat, some belgian yeast characteristics.
T - 4.75 - Again, banana, spice, cinnamon, bread, with some belgian yeast characteristics. Very smooth.
M - 4.75 - A nice medium smooth mouthfeel with alcohol completely covered. Aftertaste is spice and belgian-y yeast flavors.
O - 4.75 - Very smooth, another great one by Weihenstephaner. (514 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 16.9 bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A murky, rust colored beer. A big head that dissipates quickly, leaving a small amount of tan foam. No stickage what-so-ever. An interesting looking brew.

Smell - Sweet and sour in equal amounts.

Taste - Sweet. Dried apples/raisins . That sour German Weissbier flavor is present but not overwhelming. The hops are are barly noticeable.

Mouth - Fine yet active carbonation. Oily. Very nice.

Overall - A pleasant, sophisticated lager. Many interesting flavors come together to produce this eminently drinkable beer. This beer would go well with a nice steak dinner. Weihenstephaner is one of those rare breweries that can do no wrong. (702 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy dark brown color with a large white head that lingers and leaves a nice lace
S-spice, banana, wheat and noble hops
T-the start was caramel malt with a slight roasted taste then it goes to a banana aftertaste that still has a roasted taste
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-the malt flavor with a good banana fruit taste that has a great balance (356 characters)

Photo of Subliminal64
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this beer. First of all I highly enjoy Wheat Beers. Second I love German beers and third because of the great reviews I found on this website.

Poured from bottle into a standard glass. VERY cloudy. The most opaque wheat beer I have tried. Wasn't quite as "dunkel" as say Erdinger Dukel

Smell was a little on the sweet side. Not offensive at all.

Taste was a little stronger the the Weissen. Well balanced with little to no aftertaste. Tasted very close to Erdinger Weissbier

Mouthfeel was for a better lack of a word perfect. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. Although I still do prefer Erdinger Weissbier/Dunkel. Erdinger is has more of a full flavour. A little stronger then the one reviewed.

If your looking for an amazing Wheat Beer, you won't be disappointed with this one.

Erdinger Weissbier or Dunkel is still a better beer IMO

MB (903 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: January 11, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen glass...OCCASION: n unseasonably warm January night... APPEARANCE: cloudy brown, iced tea-colored body; thick, blanketing off-white head that settles with strength; lacing is nonexistent?... AROMA: dampened wheat esters; suppressed citrus sits below fragrant bubblegum; an extra malty presence manifests as dough... PALATE: soft, almost fizzy, warming--and highly drinkable; a six-pack of bombers seems possible!...TASTE: doughy, bready flavor balanced by bubblegum and resin; banana, clove and pear as well--not surprisingly, a beer well put together... OVERALL: as Weihenstephaners go, in the same class as its classic; a bit more filling than the hefe, but not as clean or articulated... (757 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a roughly-textured one finger heavy cream shade, featuring poor retention and no lacing. Not one of the prettier weizens I've encountered.

S: The typical weizen melange is here - banana, cloves, wheat, and noble hops, with the cloves being the most dominant note by a hair. Once it warms up a hair, caramel and brown sugar notes appear. Certainly a very good aroma, just not quite as inviting as their standard weizen.

T: It starts with pleasant notes of caramel and wheat, before its ester character (cloves, mostly) and ever-so-slight hoppiness finishes it off. While it's pretty damn simple, everything is in near-perfect balance, creating a fairly effortless brew.

M: While it's a bit sweeter than their standard weizen, it's still fizzy, light, and easy to drink. The body here seems to be fuller in texture, as well. As such, this is slightly more decadent-feeling.

O: Make no mistake, this really hits the spot in all the right ways. This is yet another solid offering from Weihenstephaner. (1,087 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a genuine weizen glass. Rather lighter than I was expecting color-wise, a light reddish bronze with copious tan foam. Aroma is immediately spicy and semi-sweet, with clove, fresh ripe bananas, toffee, and dark bread crust all vying for attention. I was immediately struck by the sensuous, smooth, creamy mouthfeel ... Great weizen texture, rather chewy but smooth as a cue ball. As is the case for Weihenstephan's lighter-colored weissbier proper, there are a lot of clove phenolics on the palate, clove trumping the sweeter elements, but there is ample banana as well along with what registers as vanilla to my palate. Nice banana bread effect with clove and allspice accents, some sultana raisin, and cooked pears, a tinge of berry. Great stuff. The malt flavors are distinguished and classy, not aggressive, leaving plenty of room for the spice and fruit to shine through. The mouthfeel is amazing. An essential and iconic example of the style. (973 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint (unfortunately I don't have a weizen glass yet)
Served: 18 Jan 2014

Appearance: Opaque deep tan color. Cloudy from the suspended yeast. Marvelous head and great retention, as you would expect from a weissbier. Massive carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass keeps this one lively.

Smell: Banana, some caramelly sweetness.

Taste: Sweet caramelly banana, some spice on the edge. Very well rounded, elegant taste. Tastes more or less like a standard hefeweizen, but the darker malts do add a subtle Oktoberfest/Vienna Lager type character to it, but the banana-like hefeweizen notes dominate the palate.

Mouthfeel: Sublime. Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: Another incredible beer form Weihenstephaner. These guys can't be beat. Highly recommend. (807 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market Basket
Pours a fairly clear reddish brown with a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of clove with hints of banana and peeper with a solid shot of caramelized brown sugary malt. The flavor is rich dark sugary malt sweetness with some clove and pepper to counter. Little to no hop presence. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable, not horribly complex but definitely a solid quaffer. (485 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz brown German Style bottle with excellent, traditional Weihenstephan label. This is the same as the Hefeweissbier label but with brown used with gold on a white field. Poured into a Weihenstephan Weissbier glass.

A - pour is dark and muddy water looking. Dark burgundy to the muddiest of coppers with burnt orange touching the bottom edges of my glass. Hazy body. Shade of white head pours Massive, creamy with loads of pillowy fluff. and leaves very nice lacing throughout.

S - ripe banana, juicy pear, and the slightest hint of apple. and dark wheat up front. Toasty character with some nuttiness. Weihenstephaner style yeast whiffs with some spice.

T - nuts and dark wheat. More of that overly ripe banana brilliance with lovely ripe juicy pear. Clove stands out more in the spice department of the flavor. Yeast is spot on and adds to the overall quality. Just a delicious dunkel.

M - medium bodied and dang smooth. Excellent texture as always from Weihenstephan. I mean this thing is so smooth its almost unbelievable. Easy going and highly drinkable. Feel is excellent overall.

O - its been so long since I've had this gem. Too long... This is on equal terms with all the other favorites from Weihenstephan. The stick to traditional German styles and rightfully so, its delicious and they do it as good as anyone. Ill buy this again and again. It's just another solid and truly great wheat beer from this German Genius of a brewery. (1,453 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky, light brown. Sediment. Excellent head. Left great lace.
Smell: Banana. Wheat. Floral. Fruit.
Taste: Wheat. Banana.

This wins. The look is great. I've never seen another beer look like this, with its murky brown and perfect head. Banana is the main flavor I find in both smell and taste. It really is excellent. All around, this is an outstanding brew. Absolutely, I would get this again. (407 characters)

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle

A: Poured into a standard weisen glass. Nice thick head that grew for after the pour aggressively so be careful. great head retention.

S: good aroma, fresh wheat

T: the most complex wheat beer I have ever had. all the best of a wheat beer not much hop character. pretty damn good

M: highly carbonated soft mouthfeel

O: great beer. I wish i could find it more often. would like to have a few of these on hand at all times (441 characters)

Photo of Petey9790
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got the Weihenstaphan variety pack as an early Christmas present from my mother in law and did not disappoint. I am a huge fan of Dunkels and this may be on the lighter side but still has it's own distinct flavor to it. The German hops take precedent in this beer early and stay through all the way to the last sip. Poured a great dark amber color with a cloudiness to it as well. A small finger width head with an easy not overwhelming aroma. Sweet malty flavor followed by a fruitiness, however not overpowering at all. This is a great beer from a great brewery and I will always hold a spot in my heart for the Weihenstaphan brewery! (636 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a translucent color of sun tea. Pillowy near white head of a couple fingers settles in nicely. Gold accents give it a nice look in the glass.

S- Esters, clove, banana bread, and bright fruits. Straight forward here.

T- A strong malt presence of baked breads come together oh so nicely with the lemon, apple, pear, raisin and clove. Sweet notes counter some of the earthy tones on the back side. Very crisp and clean.

M- Light body with a bit lighter carbonation than I prefer in the style. Sits well on the tongue. Smooth while providing a snappy, refreshing drinkability.

O- A fine example of a dark wheat. Would prefer a bit more depth in the body with some nuttiness or added complexity, but very delicious still. (730 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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