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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,210
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 153
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-01-2013 16:52:21 | More by bigred89
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-01-2013 02:47:00 | More by Tnkemist
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Fig brown with a tan, two finger head that lasts and lasts. Lacing for days. What a beauty.

S: Bananas, dark fruits, cloves.

T: Follows nose with a malty base. Sweet, yeasty, caramel. Yum!

M: Medium to heavy with great, frothy carbonation.

O: A delight in drinking. A marvelous hybrid of light and dark. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 15:21:56 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of lefty


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring from a 16.9 oz bottle into a glass.

I decided to buy this beer based on the ratings from my fellow reviewers and I couldn't be more happy that I did. Right from the initial pour, this beer was absolutely perfect.

The pour was smooth and had a nice three finger head, the color was a nice amber brown/yellow. The aroma was an excellent banana-wheat smell with a perfect balance.

The taste fully lived up to my expectations based on previous reviews. A great wheat taste with a smooth fruit/banana/clove mix. In the mouth it was very smooth. It was so smooth it almost tasted like a "flat" soda on the palate, which shows how smooth it was (and yes, I am 100% confident this was a fresh beer).

Overall, I rate this right up there with the Hofbrau Dunkel Weisse as one of the best beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:55:55 | More by lefty
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-30-2012 03:29:20 | More by mcaulifww
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Two Brothers Brewing Company Weizen

Two finger burnt dark head

Dark amber colored ale, mild carbonation

Smells: banana, cloves, raisins,and herbs

Taste: Banana, cloves, medicinal finish

Mouthfeel: smooth and warming!

Overall, this is an exceptional weissbier!! However, I made a cardinal error of keeping the bottle in the refrigerator too long. This stopped me from experiencing the full flavors of the beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:56:21 | More by BierStein711
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New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner is famous for it's history. Their beers are still highly rated after being invented hundreds of years ago. Their brews are readily available in many locations in the US, but many people pass them over for the rare finds. It is when I review their beers that I am reminded how amazing they are.

This beer smells really good. This beer has a lot of really good esthers and malt. I recommend really pulling in the great balance and clean smell.

The flavor is also excellent. The Hefe-Dark is a very good example of flavor following the smell consistently. What you smell is what you get.

Needless to say, this is an amazing beer. I'm glad I got around to reviewing it.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 20:28:21 | More by ummswimmin
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-27-2012 22:29:07 | More by ssimpson89
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-26-2012 20:12:54 | More by outsider
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-24-2012 06:48:59 | More by NickThePyro
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-22-2012 14:14:06 | More by Lukass
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-22-2012 03:12:37 | More by 2GOOFY
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Ontario (Canada)

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

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before 02/07/2013. I have been seeking this one out for a while - dunkelweizens aren't necessarily my favourite type of wheat beer, but past experience with Weihenstephaner suggests this will be nothing less than a superb example of the style.

Pours an amber-orange colour, clouded up with suspended sediment, and topped with two fingers of fluffy, creamy, sparkling white head. As with most of the beers I've had from this brewery, the head retains itself nicely, lasting well into the glass, smearing the sides with lacing before it dies down into a bumpy cap/collar. The aroma is fresh and yeasty, very reminiscent of their flagship hefe - lots of toasted wheat malt, some banana, bubblegum and clove spice notes, with a few added twinges of dark fruit or brown sugar. Pretty enticing for sure.

Most of the features from the nose follow through into the flavour - lightly toasted wheat malt provides the backbone, with the usual accompanying notes of banana, bubblegum, yeast and cloves. Much like the aroma, the taste certainly reminds me of their regular hefe - though this one comes across with toastier malts, more of a caramel/brown sugar sweetness amongst the banana, and perhaps a bit more spice toward the finish. The aftertaste is of wheaty malt and spice, and doesn't cling to the palate for very long. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, with moderately high carbonation that gives it a prickly feel on the palate. On the light side of medium-bodied - a little watery, but all of the sediment gives it at least some thickness. Very easy to drink, but as with any dunkel I doubt I'd be up for more than one or two glasses per night.

Final Grade: 4.35, a solid A grade. Although I have always been a pretty big hefeweizen fan, dunkelweizen acceptance has eluded me - probably because there have never been any particularly good ones available locally. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel changes all that for me, as it shows the same level of quality and craftsmanship as their flagship hefe. Even though I probably like the hefe a bit more, this stuff is still a strong contender in the wheat beer category, and undoubtedly the best dunkel I've ever had. This is a delicious brew, and no fan of German wheat beer should hesitate to try it. A magnificent selection for my 400th review on BA, one that I will assuredly pick up again soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 17:10:15 | More by thehyperduck
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-19-2012 03:21:58 | More by zachary80
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-18-2012 21:41:58 | More by Polasiuss
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

12-17-2012 13:20:12 | More by sgttibbs
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-16-2012 08:19:30 | More by psykad
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-15-2012 17:49:36 | More by adamcthomp
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fiery dark orange, bordering on amber, with a massive, cream colored, two fingers-width head and medium sized, creamy bubbles. The body of the beer is dark orange and hazy, with a proper Hefe-haze, and a light carbonation moving through the beer. In the glass the beer is really quite lovely, and reminds me of corn syrup. Lacing is thick and fluffy on the sides of the glass, leaving almost-full rings. On the nose the beer smells richly creamy with banana and a good nip of clove spice. The darker wheat malt seems to give the beer some caramelly hints, and the esters suggests plantains as well as bananas fried in brown sugar. There is even a faint citrus note coming from either the light hops or the yeast, and further adding to the complex smell.

The beer tastes of subdued banana, spicy clove, and sweet wheat grain. It begins surprisingly light with hints of plantains, before opening into unripe banana flavors with spicy clove notes, and then folding into a thick wheat grain and spice flavoring that lasts in the mouth. In the middle of the taste there is also an almost-pear flavor alongside the banana esters of the yeast, and there also rich caramel notes alongside the wheat grain in the aftertaste. On the mouth, the beer feels creamy and smooth, with a medium body. Carbonation is velvety, and the tongue is left sticky in the back with malty saliva, while the rest of the mouth feels quite dry. Overall this is a lovely Dunkelweizen. I feel that some of the rich banana esters from Weihenstephan’s Hefeweizen are lost here in the darker malts, which is too bad, but the addition of heavy wheat grain flavors is nice. The smell is definitely more complex than the taste though. This beer is a classic and definitely worthy of a taste, though I hold their Hefeweizen up as a better beer than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 20:21:56 | More by Maxwell
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4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large bottle into a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass.

Gorgeous head, beautiful medium nut brown color with golden edges, huge lacing all down the glass.

Smell of cloves, banana, nutmeg, wheat malt, and sugar.

A taste for the ages, beautiful banana flavors, with dark caramel, nuttiness, sugar, wheat, baked baguettes, absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick, but super sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 17:10:44 | More by acelin
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-13-2012 12:13:10 | More by runlikeakenyan
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-11-2012 02:36:43 | More by ryanpj
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-11-2012 01:51:41 | More by mmilyko
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-09-2012 07:20:57 | More by ZBerkeleyan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-08-2012 03:49:44 | More by philmen
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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