Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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94
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1,029 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,029
Hads: 2,654
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 253
Gots: 250 | FT: 1
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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 mntlover
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of BBM
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of maddmatt48
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (366 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)

Photo of gautch726
3.89/5  rDev -8%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.89/5  rDev -8%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of yourunclewalt
3.89/5  rDev -8%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber with a fluffy white head. Nose of bananas and clove, but with more malt and wheat. Bubbly mouthfeel. Sweet flavors of banana are blended nicely with the wheat, bread, and yeast tastes. Good malt profile that gives it a filling feel. (251 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstaphaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel has a super-thick, fluffy beige head and a cloudy, orange-amber appearance, with some lacing left behind, but not a lot. The aroma is mostly of sweet brown bread and water. Taste is likewise of sweetness, brown bread, and water. Both aroma and flavor have subtle spice aspects, but these are very subdued. There is an overriding watery aspect to this beer. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy (like liquid brown bread), and the finish is easy drinking and somewhat dry. Overall, this is very good, and I think one should try it at least once.

RJT (575 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a hazy russet brown that thins out towards the edges, a good two fingers of whipped foam on top, maintains itself spectacularly.

Nose is banana and pear, hints of bubblegum, fair bit of cloves coming out.

Not as malty as some dunkels, lots of cloves and spice, light banana, strong bubblegum, esters, light "wheatiness", just a hint of bready dubbel style malts. Light to medium body, plenty of carb without overdoing it.

Not as tasty or put together as some other dunkels I've had, more weiss as well. Light and drinkable though despite it. (578 characters)

Photo of medic25
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of billysj
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel appearance is a dark amber with a white large head.

The smell is a hint of banana and roasted malt. The taste has a nice malt flavor with a smooth mouthfeel and little carbination.

I like this beer and will drink this one again. (271 characters)

Photo of pinotboy007
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an off-mahogany clody ice-tea color with a nice, mocha cap and decent retention and carbonation stream throughout.

S - Soft yeast, banana, caramel, dark bread.

T - Spicy with cinnamon, leather and a touch of caramel, banana and herb tinge. The sour touch is pleasant and refreshing.

M - Creamy without being heavy and the carbonation is splendid. Very smooth.

D - Drinkable in spades! Outstanding for the style and even better for summer consumption when one tends to veer for lighter brews. Yum! :) (517 characters)

Photo of evanackerman
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a light brown orangey color with yeast haze and a nice head.

smell is faint toasty grain.

taste is toasty grain and a bit of spice character followed by a hint of bitter hops.

overall, not as robust in flavor as i expected for a dunkle, tasted more like a regular hefe-weizen, still a tasty beer though, very refreshing, not much to complain about. (374 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 16.9oz bottle(room temp) a cloudy brown with a large billowy head of foam that shrinks slowly and leaves a fine solid layer, with lots of lacing, right through to the end of the session.

The smell is Wheat dominated but I can also sense clove, banana, and maybe some dark fruit?

The taste on first sip kind of surprised me as I'm getting a lot of roasted malt and grain. After that, the fruitiness moves in with a good plum and banana presence and the clove, that I noted in the nose, finally shows up adding some most welcome complexity. I like this and I could drink more.

Bottom line: Plenty of flavour in this Dunkel Weizen....I can easily recommend it. Thanks go out to Wasatch for this sample!! (720 characters)

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
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). (795 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an old bottle, and I mean old. It had the old label. According the person who sold it to us its 8 years old. Pretty damn good for a light german beer that old.

It poured murky and brown. Not overly inspiring but nice. Not a lot of head left but it was white and fluffy while it lasted.

The beer was getting stale but it had an intersting aroma. It had a bit of chocolate going on in the nose. It also had some of the over aged malt/cardboard and it was starting to sour.

The flavor was nice along the same lines. Was stronger of the sour bacteria and the aged malt. No hops anywhere in this beer at this point. Very smooth and enjoyable. I was told that last year this same batch was at its peak, too bad. (718 characters)

Photo of Guzzler78
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered dark copper. Nice head retention.
Smells of roasted malts, a bit herbal and floral.
Tastes of sweet roasted malts ans wheat. Some good lemon zest. Good balance. Slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with some typical wheat beer feel.
Could only drink one or two of these at a time. (316 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

December 14, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Beer ranges from dark copper to deep amber, depending on where you look in the glass (density and ability for light to pass through.) Generally on the darker end. Moderate yeasty haze. The head is slightly off- to tan-white, very moussy with high, high retention.

S – I get bubble gum and plantains or dark bananas, with spicy notes in the background. Some other fruitiness, perhaps pears. Slightly undercooked white bread in the malt character. No discernible hops. Some slight caramel.

T – Like bananas cooked in brown sugar, with a slightly orange-ish note. A bit of caramel. A very small amount of hop character, maybe grassy or herbal.

M – No real bitterness to speak of, mostly sweet with sudsy carbonation. Medium body made heavier by the yeast sediment. Remains juicy throughout, not dry at all.

O – Very similar to the base hefeweissbier with a bit of caramel and more emphasis on the banana. (977 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle.

Light brown in color big slightly off-white head.  Something was off with the aroma.  Minimal lacing on the glass.  The usual hefe traits of banana and cloves were there, but it had a faint soapy smell to it.  Luckily, it was not picked up in the flavor and did not take away from what was an enjoyable mix of fruit and spice.  Light to medium bodied and plenty of carbonation. 

I had this side by side with Ayinger Ur-Weiss and preferred the Ayinger.  Comparably, they were very similar in flavor but the Ayinger had it beat in aroma and had a little more body to it.  I will come back to this beer again as I am a huge fan of Weihenstephaner's original Hefeweissbier and they are great values at < $3/bottle. (751 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

murky brownish, orangey copper, with a few chunks of yeast too (didn't swirl the bottle slowly enough?) lots of head, though it retains a little less than the regular weiss. decent lacing.

more of a toasted banana bread aroma, some nuttiness. mild cinnamon and brown sugar. yeast. not as aromatic as the regular.

taste is a little less fruity and more subdued as well, and also a tad more bitter. phenolic notes near the end, finish is semi dry.

a bit too fizzy

still a decent beer (485 characters)

Photo of haddon
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a light brown color with a massive khaki colored head that sticks around forever. I've poured two of these into a tulip and the head is almost foamy to a fault.

The nose is distinctly German but IMO, much better than a lighter hefe... notes of clove, yeast, caramel, bananas & bread.

sweet from the beginning: banana bread, raisins and plums. On the finish is caramel and toffee with a hint of yeast.

The body is medium which is pretty thick for a hefe. plenty of carbonation on the tongue.

Hefeweissbier is hardly my favorite style but I do enjoy a good dunkel and this is a solid standard if you want to try a good German dunkel. (647 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a .5L at Abe's. Poured a light, hazy brown with a tall off-white head. I found this to be an aromatic and surprisingly smooth dunkel, but didn't think the flavor lived up to the reviews. I only got simple, dark bread malt and creamy (very slight banana) yeast character. Not exactly as deep as the Hefe, but a fine beer. (330 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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