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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,047 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,047
Hads: 2,719
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 281
Gots: 284 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

Our dark wheat beer is impressive with its creamy white foam. A fruity-fresh sweetness and hints of mature bananas harmonise with delicious flavours of roasted malt, sparkling and full-bodied with a light caramel taste on the first sip. An excellent accompaniment from hearty meals and game to chocolate and nut desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are mainly of German Hefe yeast; full of banana and apple. Vibrant spicy notes of clove and wheat. A light herbal hop presence stays mostly in the background. A very slight caramel note as well.

Tastes are of mild brown sugar up front, with firmer notes of wheat malt. A strong yeast presence steals the show here, however. Banana, cloves and apples. A faint herbal hop bitterness fits the style well. This beer is a medium-full bodied beer. Excellent, creamy mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation.

Overall I am very pleased with this beer, I was not a big fan of their lighter hefe but I'm very impressed with this beer. A delicious, supremely drinkable dunkelweizen. Highly recommended, especially for the low low price tag.

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Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky mud puddle brown color with an egg shell head that was average but left a nice cap once dissipated. The smell is subdued, but still has distinct clove and banana characteristics. The taste is of light clove and banana, the flavor are a bit subtle but good, a slight touch of metallic malt to offset the sweet banana/clove. The feel is moderately bodied with a nice creamy texture, nice and smooth, very balanced, finishes quite nice. Great dunkel weisse, not as good as their hefe or kristel, but quite superb.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bronze, with a gigantic swiss cheeze head.

Smell: Rich, grainy aroma with plenty of yeasty spices and a bit of booze that mingled together very nicely.

Taste: Easy drinking, the wheaty malt can become a bit cloying. It finished silky smooth with witbier banana ester yeastiness. Mixed along with something salty to kill off the sweetness, this Beer is fantastic.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5L bottle poured into a pint glass

a: medium brown color, hazy, 1/2" off white head woth good retention. light lacing

s: slight toasted malt and banana aroma fill the air, light spice smell

t: nice in your face banana taste followed by toffee and some pleasing light fruitness. Very nice

m&d: light to medoum bodied, smooth and creamy mouth. Extremely drinkable beer.


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Photo of srandycarter
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky dark honey, lots of pillowy head, good amount of cling lace.

S - Mostly clove, followed by banana and other mulling spices.

T - Taste matches smell pretty well. Sharp and herbal, followed by banana. Dry, astrigent finish.

M - Not sweet enough to start with me. Balanced to herbal and sharp.

D - One is enough. After reading reviews, I wonder how fresh my sample is, because it sounds far better by other palates.

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Photo of lpayette
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a murky brownish color with a huge head. Pretty good staying power, and a bit of lacing.

Smell- Mild banana, vague nuttiness and chocolate pudding. Suggestions of honey and a faint burnt character.

Taste- Tastes much like the normal hefeweissbier with the addition of some near chocolatey flavors from the darker malt. The yeast is definitely the same. Overall quite tastey.

Mouthfeel- Very subdued, yet interesting. Medium body. A tad dry from lots of yeast at the finish.

Drinkability- not bad.

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Photo of Smixam
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

A - Nice deep golden-brown with substantial hazing and a light cream colored tight-bubble head that lasts several minutes

S - All cloves and malt with a touch of citrus. Take a basic hefe and darken the whole nose - that's what you've got here. Maybe a bit heavier on the wheat/malt than I expected.

T - Strong malt body with a solid clove spice across the palate. No flavors here are overpowering - the finish is a surprising mix of raisin and banana, a bit of citrus in there as well. No bitterness at all, which speaks to quality of the ingredient pairings when dealing with a darker beer, even a hefe.

M - Fairly dry without any single strong lingering flavor. The muted frutiness lends a refreshing characteristic to an otherwise malty weiss.

D - I can see drinking a few, but these are much better when you take your time and enjoy them with some light food pairings. The fruit/citrus notes would do more to prevent a session with this more so than any 'heaviness.'

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Photo of hansavijaticar
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark tea, hazy brown, less appealing than it smells and tastes.

S: Cloves dominantly, bananas, lemon.

T: Same as smell.

M: Lacks richness of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but still very tasteful.

Bit disappointing, but only in comparison with Hefeweissbier by the same brewery. This is still outstanding beer. Not great fan of dunkelweizen, but this was worth trying.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall Weizen glass, the head reaches nearly two inches in thickness, with amazing retention. The color is a hazy caramel brown and the head is off-white. Aroma of citrus spice, banana, wheat, and yeast. The flavor is lightly sweet and bready, with a lemony spice, and bit of clove. The flavor carries through unchanged into a rather unremarkable finish. Strong on carbonation, the mouthfeel runs slightly thin. Alcohol seems low. I found it a very easy to drink beer, but I would have liked a little more kick from the taste to make it a top notch selection. I'd stick with the original hefeweissbeer...

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Photo of brewQ
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

code 9385 ... ?

Bottle says from the oldest brewery in the world.
I believe it is also a reknowned brewing school.

The color is rusty brown with a light haze.
A substantial chunky cream head.

The aroma is peppery, spiced with a malty background.
Taste for me is a complex mix of fruity (raisin?), and nutty flavors.

Finish begins slightly metallic and leaves a mellow taste on the tongue.

This beer surprised me in a positive way. Lots of potential with food.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown color with a fine-bubbled light beige head. Retention is a bit sub-par for a wheat beer and lacing is nothing special either.

Smells like a hefe with some melted chocolate poured in. Perhaps a bananas foster? Fairly light nose and I dont seem to get as much punch as their regular hefeweissbier. Still a nice smelling beer though.

Taste is much more muted than I expected. This is very much a thirst quencher for a hot day. Clove flavor is the most prevalent yeasty ester, but there is some banana and bubblegum in there too. Zippy wheat tang finishes crisp and smooth. Can I have another please?

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Photo of Anthony1
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with a nice tight white head that fades to a ring. Light aromas of banana and bread. The taste is fuller and richer with lots of banana and more fresh baked bread. A touch of sweetness and possibly a touch of astringent clove in the finish. Really drinkable and a great late spring refresher. It has enough body and complexity to capture your interest before a hefe is required for the dog days of summer. Really pleasant.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Dunkel. 500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Fluffy one & a half finger, slightly off white head. Lacing isn't great. Deep amber color. Fairly hazy. Big chunks of yeast (or maybe cloves?) at the bottom of the pour.

S: Sweet caramel first. Light cloves behind that. Just a little banana and lemon coming through.

T: Just like the aroma. Sweet caramel malts on the tip of the tongue. Light cloves swirling around the rest of the mouth. Faint banana and lemon finishing it off.

M: Light to medium bodied. Little bit creamy. Not as refreshing or as crisp as the regular Hefe.

O: Being my first Dunkel, I don't have a base to go on except that Weihenstephaner's Hefe is exceptional. This is a very good beer. The caramel malts are a nice deviation from a typical Hefe.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, a clear deep amber color, impressive head, creamy in consistency, lace in fine sheets to coat the glass. Malt nose, clean, fresh, crisp, the front semi-sweet, top skimpy, the finish has a pleasing carbonation, daintily hopped, droughty aftertaste. The whole Weihenstephaner line of beers are quite quaffable, and well worth the time and effort to sample.

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Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of BBM
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright, cloudy sienna with a beige head atop it. Aroma was of banana and coriander, with hints of sweet brown sugar.

Slightly toasted banana flavor, along with clove and coriander spiciness create a pleasant dark beer summery flavor. Marshmallow sweetness followed, along with a very subtle bitterness. Overall this is a nice dunkel that is worth a try.

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Photo of maddmatt48
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light brown-copper color and hazy, with cream one finger head.

S - Yeast comes through up front, very earthy. A little bit of maltiness smell and hay as well.

T - A little creamy, malt flavors, wheat bread, taste the yeast. Small spice notes, but unable to determine what spices.

M - Minimal carbonation up front, surprising but slightly lighter in body than the hefeweissen. Good mouthfeel.

D - Very good drinkability. Session type beer. First of this style I've had. I prefer the regular hefe, but this is a very good beer and would love to drink again.

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Photo of Winter
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown in color with a rising off-white head. Nice sudsy lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is pretty clean with a wheaty maltiness in combination with bananas and chocolate. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I was expecting. It's soft and airy toward the back. Flavors are rich in banana and chocolate. Pleasant spiciness from the yeast adds that little extra dimension to it. There's a mild bitterness toward the back. Some fruitiness to the dry finish also.
This is very solid dunkel weizen.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy amber...very active head..foamy..drops to 1/8 in....good looking.
Smells of sweet bread dough..banana and clove.
Tastes light and sweet...doughy malt. banana again...some clove..malt kicks in..then,very nice clove finish and aftertaste.
Pretty light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.
Fairly drinkable...it's a half liter...that will be good.
A nice hefe.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of gautch726
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a very easy beer to drink Pours a medium copper color. Malty with banana. Mild flavoring and moderate carbonation with a weaker aftertaste that was heavily accented by the carbonation. I'm not a true fan of Dunkels, so my rating is affected by this. But overall, not bad.

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Photo of farrago
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy creamy off-white head of thick foam, bubbles just large enough to dissolve quickly down from two fingers, any lacing slides down the glass sides. Murky light brown to orange in color, fairly muted, actually looks like rusty pipe water. The amount of banana in the nose is shocking, outpaces the mineral water as well as the cinnamon bun, caramel, clove, can't shake this metallic edge, gentle apricot to pear scents slip in unobtrusively. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has a strong lifting effect, to the point where it combats the flavors as they try to soak the palate. This keeps things waxing and waning, from the chocolate, caramel, clove spice to the fig, date, peach, apricot fruit. Nothing can rise above the rest and enunciate clearly. More dough than cooked bread, retains some minerally freshness. Creates a perfumed moistness in the mouth. You just wish there was more depth and length in the primary flavors.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Didn't have a glass on hand. Drank from a pint-sized 16 oz bottle.

S - Bananabread, cloves, caramel malts

T - Bananas, cloves, cola, a hint of chocolate

M - Thin, carbonated / soda feel

D - Overall a very delicious Dunkelweizen, but it doesn't live up to the hype. I honestly think that Franzikaner is superior. Regardless, this is a delicious brew.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.