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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,380
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 180
Gots: 125 | 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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Photo of StaveHooks
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy honey brown. A mounded 2 finger off-white head that sinks very slow creating a thick ceiling and impressive lacing.

S - Yeasty banana bread, very doughy. Lots of wheat with notes of clove and bubblegum.

T - Follows the nose with moist banana bread, sweet with clove and a thick wheat backbone. Hints of caramel, berries, and slight nuttiness in the middle. Finishes with a bit more grain in the malt

M - Silky smooth and creamy. Tight but low carbonation with a light to medium body.

The mouthfeel is perfect! Very elegant flavors and seems to have great balance with the flavors. The wheat still shines and the esters seem perfectly placed. This beer will leave you wanting more.

StaveHooks, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Andrew041180
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - A deeply hazy golden brown with an immensely thick head that retained well and left nice lacing on the glass. Personal preference is for the golden hues of the standard hefeweizen, but this is quite nice.

S - Nice yeasty weizen scents, although toned down from the beer that I had on tap. Subtle and quite nice.

T - The bananas and spice are toned down a bit, and the sweetness has been turned up by about the same amount.

M - Pillowy goodness. I love the feel on these Weihenstephaners. They have all been absolute stand-outs among all the beers that I've had recently.

O - Still prefer the standard hefeweizen, but this is certainly up there among the best beers that I've had recently. The mouthfeel in particular makes it a joy to swish around and explore the different flavors that permeate that beautiful beer.

Andrew041180, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of HuskerTornado
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a rich brown with ruby undertones with a tall cream colored head that has good retention and some lacing.

Smell is of sweet roasted malt, picking up some fruit like banana from the yeast, as well as clove and faint hops.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet malt up front, with banana and clove in the finish with slight spiciness present throughout. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and soft, some creaminess as well.

Overall, one of the best Dunkels out there and is always good to have some on hand.

HuskerTornado, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a turbid mahogany color with a soft glow where the light strikes through. Lots of bubbles making their way to the top. Gold and orange hues. Fat scrumptious head of beige foam that fell slowly and leisurely to a ring and cap and then to a light layer on top. Handsome and stately in the glass.

Nose is fantastic. Wheat, deep ripe banana, soft malt with a light caramel. Bread, nutty and some apple to give it a crisp tartness with the crisp and dry smelling wheat. Spices are clove and nutmeg, cinnamon and light allspice. There's a tart aspect to the nose and it's complex but not enormously complex.

Taste is smooth, silky, soft malt. The fruits follow the nose all the way and the spices enhance your every taste of this well rounded body. Carbonation is ample but soft. The apple and the dry wheat give it a crisp flavor, the banana and the nutty malt accentuate the grain. It finishes dry and lightly sweet. Refreshing and well turned out. Silky deep and vibrant in character.

Vibrant is my favorite word to describe the malt character of a good hefe. It's a beer that lets it's malt shine. This one flowed like silk and had plenty of bread to offer but nothing heavy. Sweet, round and creamy. The mouthfeel is supple and sensational. The sweetness lies delicately and just underneath every flavor quality giving it it's dark character with the nuts and grain. Spirited, civilized, sensational. There's a good reason that this is one of the oldest brewers in the world and that they do hefewiezens so well.

utopiajane, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Swedes21
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a nice dark amber colour, somewhat cloudy with a very good volume of carbonation present. the head is white, fluffy and about 3 fingers. some good retention, very nice lacing.

Smell - spices come fwd right away along with an apple present. I can pick up faint smells of banana as well. very well balanced and deep smelling beer.

Taste - very refreshing beer with a lot of taste. the apple comes fwd along with a hint of banana. there isn't as much spice to this beer as in the smell, but the smoothness is mind blowing.

Mouthfeel - some great levels of carbonation added to the mouthfeel, real good volume in the mouth. tends to be more bitterness to this beer and a longer aftertaste.

Overall - dominant! this is a classic beer that has so much to offer, one i will stock forever!

Swedes21, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- dark copper brown with a huge off white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- some malt with some banana clove a good nose to this beer

T-the clove and banana taste were tempered with the darker malts making this my favorite wheat beirt

M- balanced not to thick or thin

D- ultimatly refeshing a very very drinkable beir especially on a hot day

mcarroll10177, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Ayinger weissbier glass.

Cloudy chocolate body glows with fulvouls and earth yellow highlights. A massive lasting fist of buff/beige foam threatens to climb out of the glass before finally receding to two creamy hilly fingers. Dark brown specks of yeast crown the head. Thick chunky lacing and superior retention.

Deep bready aromatics with light esters and gentle clove notes fill the nose. Subtle.

Crisp wheat-filled palate entry with a pleasing lactic tartness offsetting the darker barley notes and the phenols from the yeast. Chocolate, white pepper, cherry pits, and rye are suggested. Hops contribute a mild but lasting bitterness which cuts through the esters and dries out the finish. Very nuanced and well balanced.

Soft pillowy mouthfeel but with a certain crispness throughout.

It is a little humbling to critique a beer produced by a brewery that has been around longer than my entire family line. Weihenstephan has once again gone for balance over potency, restraining the banana/bubble-gum/clove notes you might expect to find in abundance; not to say this lacks flavor.

augustgarage, May 24, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As the name states, it's basically a dark hefeweizen. Brown sugar or maple syrup brown murkiness. Great tan foam and good lacing.

Smell: Michael Jackson, the late great beer critic, noted that Weihenstephaner Dunkel has a maple syrup aroma. I definitely agree. Hints of banana in the background. Mineral notes as well. Good, but would have liked more.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically a hefeweizen with malty caramel, brown sugar, and maple notes in place of banana, lemon, or orange. A nice crisp hop note in the back, specifically more floral ones. Great creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Michael Jackson was right. This would go well with breakfast.

Overall: The best of the 3 Weihenstephaners I've had.

tjsdomer2, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel is a delicious dunkel with lots of subtle flavour characteristics.

A: Cloudy light brown colour and a big 4 cm head that fades to excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Wheaty tang with hints of lemon surprisingly unroasty. 4.5

T: Wheatiness with some banana esters and lemon notes. There are also with some roasted flavours, especially in the aftertaste. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: Super nice Dunkel. 4.5

vandemonian, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of supercolter
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When i think German beer, this is a perfect example.

Appearance is good, with a good amount of head that hovers for a bit and some lacing.
Smell is good as well, nice and malty with a touch of hops.
Taste is very similar to the smell.
Mouthfeel is decent in body, I would say medium.
Drinkability is pretty good as well.

supercolter, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of rkinsella
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Like cloudy ice tea. Rocky and pillowy head stuck around for almost the whole glass. Lacing left a great looking pattern. Some chunky yeast sediment was stuck to the bottom of the bottle. A few pieces broke loose during the swirling of the yeast. I didn't notice till I poured the last bit into the glass. But they sank to the bottom.

Smell - Toffee cream, banana nut bread, light clove, sweet yummy malt.

Taste - A quick snap of spice, then mellow banana and smooth malty flavor take over. Note of tartness turns to a minimum bitter finish. Aftertaste is wonderfully neutral and even.
I've found this with the regular Heffeweiss as well.

Mouthfeel - Hearty with good weight. Fills your mouth.

Drinkability - A couple in a row would go down smooth. A warm weather beer with a little more to it. I've yet to try a Weihenstephaner that I didn't like!

rkinsella, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a light brown color, sort of like a glass of iced tea with a bit khaki colored head that sticks around forever.

S: The nose is distinctly German with some notes of clove, yeast, caramel, and light hints of bananas. A nice bready note to it as well.

T: There is some nice sweetness to the flavor, with banana bread leading the way, followed by some raisins and plums. A good caramel and toffee flavor along with a hint of yeast and cloves on the finish.

M: The body is medium with plentiful and smooth, rolling carbonation on the tongue.

D: Weihenstephaner is another brewery that doesn't seem to make a bad beer. A solid dunkel that I would pick up again.

womencantsail, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of karait95
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice brown cloudy color, medium body with permanent carbonation forming a big head of a light brown color that dissipates very slowly leaving a permanent layer on top of the beer.

Also lot of traces on the glass.

S: at first a fruity smell is sensed with a strong back of wheat, toasted.

T: full wheat flavor, some toasted malts can be feel and of course some fruits.

M: excellent balance between bitterness and sweetness starts easy and little sweet turns slowly to little bitter for a long ending full of flavor.

karait95, Sep 25, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

AdamNowek, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of BucBasil
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500mL brown glass bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a murky rusty color with some orange coming through. Brown or else very deep red. Strange and unique coloration, but I'm not sure it's the most appetizing looking beer I've ever seen. Topped with a 3 finger off-white or cream color head with great retention.

S: Interesting combination of light fruits in the nose, followed by berry or something. Malt backbone is mainly dark breads with a hint of brown sugar followed by a nice yeasty touch.

T: Some spiced apple and other fruit first in the taste, then some berry. Light touch of toasted malt in the middle there to balance things out. Finish is fruity with apples and spice and a light drying bitterness quickly covered by a yeasty character that sticks around.

M: Light and crisp, yet smooth. Nice.

D: So good and refreshing. This is light but with a rich taste. I could drink many of these at any time of year. Overall a great beer.

BucBasil, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of kkipple
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is basically Weihenstephaner Hefe with a little added body and caramel / malt notes. That is to say, amazingly good! Unfiltered cloudy brown-orange, a pleasing, lacy foamy tan head and the last few yeasty centimeters in the bottle are dark dark brown... yum....

Traditional and expected flavor & aroma here... banana, clove, bit of pepper, full bodied and creamy on the palate, a bit of light pumpernickel, mild hop bitterness, masterfully put together beer... you taste everything you smell... I could drink this all day. Finishes dry and bread-sweet with just a little bit of everything else lingering around. Perhaps the best example of the style ever made. I LOVE Weihenstephaner Dunkel !

Superb German beer from brewers who don't miss a beat. Weihenstephan once again proves why they are one of the best breweries going.

kkipple, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of dsprainman
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So fresh off of a regular Weihenstephaner, this one pours a darker brownish opaque. More lacing on this one. Very clovey and banana bread smells. Taste is good, very fresh, but more toasty than the regular Hefeweisse. Unreal banana bread flavors coming through. Mouthfeel is medium. Great beer. I'd be pushed to say amazing.

dsprainman, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Domingo
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A excellent dunkel-weizen!
Not quite as good as it's Hefe sibling, but still world class in every way.
Pours a cloudy brown, but unlike a few others it's got just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being too foamy.
Taste is a little muddled at first but as it warms, lots of flavor comes through. It the overpowering chocolate flavor others have but I do taste fruit (banana, pear) and just the right amount of dark bready sweetness with a hint of cocoa.
A solid brew all the way around and likely the best Dunkel-Weisen you'll run into just because it seems like a style the US hasn't really welcomed yet.

Domingo, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of nasty15108
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner Weiss glass.

A - The poured a slightly cloudy brownish red color. The pour produced a thick and foamy off-white head.

S - Aroma of dark bread (yeast)and medicinal herbs.

T - Bready and delicious. Fresh baked rye bread and butter. Finishes with a slighly spicey herbal bite.

MF&D - Outstanding. A must try.

nasty15108, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here it is, the final stage of the Weihenstephaner Invitational, its dark hefeweizen. Let the pouring begin:

Cinnamon brown in color with hues of red and orange in the body with a nice head. The nose gets notes of yeast and spiced cider. Now for the tasting: starts off with a mild tang, which is then pushed over for a cinnamon cider flavor with apple. The yeast then pulls out its phenolic flavors, and then hints of brown sugar and raisins. A little bolder than the hefeweizen. Drinks well.

And now, the moment of truth, the winner of the Weihstephaner Invitational. And the winning style...

The Original!

Four fantastic beers, but just one winner. What a shame, because all these beers deserved a nomination. The Wei Invite has been wrapped up, so check back to see what you missed. Good night everyone!

DoubleJ, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of marburg
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the brown color of a deep, brown wood stain with a surprisingly white, rocky head. The taste is a standout on this beer. Reminds me of some sort of citrus-inspired yule log -- that is, lemon and caramel-chocolate intermingle. A perfect play of the wheat with a sweeter, fruity malt flavor. Just a great-tasting brew.

marburg, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. Dunkelweizen is very interesting German style. It has everything people look for in quality hefeweizen with out all the orange and coriander flavors. Instead they taste like applesauce. Tangy acidity, nice color, wonderful flavors, there is nothing not to like about this beer from the oldest still operating brewery in the world.

WhatsNewinBooze, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a proper weizen glass.

A: Approximately three fingers off-white head top a hazed caramel, tan and fig-colored brew. There's a great cap of retention and cascading lace that eventually disappears.
S: Aromas are huge on banana, which is this weizen lover's dream. Really nice clove spice in there, and a bit of alcohol is present in the back. And I can smell the other dark spices that are common in wheats but I never have the names for...
T: A nice fruitiness greets the palate. Raisins and dark fruits revel on my tongue, leaving lots of bittersweet and barely sour residuals behind. The banana is there, but it comes in and out. Throughout this session, I am relying on a toasted malt backbone to hold all of the flavors together, and it does just that.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, though the mouthfeel seems inconsistent. Some sips seem a bit more watery than others. This unfortunately affects the flavor just a bit. The creamy head gives an added layer to the feel of this beer, but it's just not enough to fill in those gaps.
D: Despite the thin moments with the mouthfeel, I really enjoyed this beer and, at the price ($2.99), I would not hesitate to buy another.

washburnkid, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick off white head that won't die - it’s beautiful. Opaque brown body: it looks like iced tea. Lacing is also excellent.

S: Smells like a hefe. Wheat and spice.

T: Yeast spice and sweetness up front, followed by complex wheat flavors. The sweetness joins the wheat in the aftertaste, but is soon overtaken by yeast and slight bitterness. This yeast flavor lingers.

M: Fills the mouth with good carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, but the lingering yeastyness isn't always pleasant. Still, I would have another one.

This beer has well balanced flavors. I couldn't detect the roasty malts in here as much as I would have liked. I'll have to revisit this one for sure.

51mmz0rz, Aug 14, 2006
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

StevieDB, Saturday at 12:17 AM
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,380 ratings.