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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 167
Gots: 101 | FT: 2
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of mzwolinski


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Cloudy and amber in appearance. This beer has a sour, somewhat nutty aroma. Very spicy in the mouth -- cloves and a subtle hint of cinnamon seem present. Smooth, with a full-seeming body. Quite tasty.

10-27-2002 16:15:51 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of animal69


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

#3 on my list was this one ; pours a hazy med-brown w/ a huge fluffy off-white head which lasted, good lacing as well, another dunkel-weizen that turns tri-color in my weizen glass, this one went from straw to a reddish-gold to light brown in front of my blu-spectrum flourescent desk lamp, the bubbles, only visible in the light part of the beer, start to rise slowly at first, then after where the glass narrows, they scream skyward & out, sorry it's just kinda trippy ; a fruity bread-like aroma w/ a slight citrusy, bananna-ish undertone ; a tart fruity taste, crisp and malty w/ hints of caramel, lemon and coriander ; a light body w/ plenty of bubbles, sticks on the tounge just long enough to let the flavors come through, and dry enough to make you want more ; a very drinkable beer i consider this the best dunkel-weizen i've tried..

11-11-2007 03:51:44 | More by animal69
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Had this beer at a German restaurant, served in a Weizen glass.

Medium dark colored brew with several inches of creamy head.

Aromas typical of a weissbier, with some cloves, bananas, and yeast prevailing, but also some light chocolate notes.

Flavor was very interesting. This was my first Dunkel Weizen, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What I got was a hefe-weizen flavor, augmented by some caramel and chocolate flavors. It was very good.

I really liked the mouthfeel. It was much lighter than expected, yet had a full bodiedness about it as well.

All this made for an extremely drinkable brew. Recommended.

11-21-2006 18:06:33 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of foogerd

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

A- deep dark brown with light hints of murky orange tan head with plenty of lacing
S- cloves some orange peel bready malts
T-an avalanche of all sorts of flavors let me try to break this down to the best of my abilities , youve got plenty of clove and banana character here baked dark bready malts some other spice notes i cant detect what exactly , absolutely no alcohol detection.
M- fabulous mouthfeel thick even a bit chewy
D- u can session plenty of this

09-12-2010 02:32:46 | More by foogerd
Photo of flagmantho


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly opaque tawny color with a very large pillowy head which dissipated over a couple of minutes.

Smell: a little fruitiness on top of a nice wheaty aroma. Tiny citrus notes; overall quite pleasing.

Taste: deep wheat flavor with citrus and caramel. Slight citrusy bitterness but otherwise not a lot of hop character. Still, mighty tasty.

Mouthfeel: creamy and highly appealing.

Drinkability: this would make a great session beer. It's got a great flavor and texture that make this eminently quaffable.

09-16-2009 03:51:05 | More by flagmantho
Photo of ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Glad to find this rare treasure. Pours just like the original except with a dark murky chestnut colour that looks delicious. Great head and retention. Just not enough lacing but maybe I should have rinsed my weizen glass first.

Malty aroma with tonnes of banana, bread, clove and bubblegum. These all transition well into the complex flavour.

I love the the mouthfeel which has great body and smooth creaminess with no bitterness in the finish.

Extremely drinkable for a meal of a beer.

12-04-2009 02:11:49 | More by ecoastman
Photo of infi

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured into a weizen glass.

Inverted pour reveals a murky and hazy brown color with not much light being to be passed through it. An off-white loose and frothy head is formed at forms at about the 0.5L marking line and towards the brim of the glass. Lingers for a few minutes then settles back down to a cap. Not much lacing on glass after a couple swirls. Impressive nonetheless. The smell is of a typical hefeweizen - full of banana ester, yeast and bready characteristics and peppery hints of clove. Not much of a toasted malt aroma than I thought there would be.

"Wow" was my first initial reaction to the taste. I'm actually considering this dunkelweizen to match up or even one-up the Hefeweissbier. I think it has to be the roasted and toasted flavor component of the malts, which is adding towards the typical hefe flavor of banana and yeast. There is a real substantial breadiness to the brew, which makes it that more appealing to me. There's a great balance of the malty sweetness and subtle tartness of fruit. The brew has a light to medium-bodied mouthfeel with great amount of carbonation to entice the tongue. Goes down easy and smooth. The drinkability is deservingly high. No deterring aftertaste - just all delicious.

I would pair this with its brother, Hefeweissbier, only if it was more readily available to me at my local. Definitely deserves high honors as a top sessionable beer.

09-18-2009 05:50:07 | More by infi
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

04-25-2008 20:22:22 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of 0beerguy0


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: Dark golden brown, slight reddish hues, cloudy as all good wheat beer are. Good head about three fingers worth when first poured. A small head stays throughout drinking.

Aroma: Beautiful malty smell, a sweet apple/bread aroma that finishes off with a spicy-ness.

Taste: Medium body, very flavorful. You first pick up a clove and nice twang taste from this beer. There is a bit of bitterness to it but it is balanced out with the flavor of banana and caramel.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and creamy, perfect amount of carbonation. Very crisp and clean tasting.

Drinkability: Great beer, I defiantly find myself drinking this again.

If you like Dark hefeweissbeirs this is an excellent choice. I will never turn one of these down

05-29-2010 03:37:07 | More by 0beerguy0
Photo of Foxtrot


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Finally get to use some of my weizen glasses.

Pours a nice murky hazy brown with a incredible head with ample lacing and retention.

Loved the aroma. Intense scents of banana, clove and some sweet malts.

Taste is reminiscent of its hefe brother, but with a more pronounced malt backbone. Flavors of banana and clove are ever present with a nice sweet malt body and a clean crisp finish. This would be a great beer on a summer day.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but still a good tasting and good feeling beer.

Despite the light mouthfeel, I still feel that this beer has alot to offer with its crisp taste and refreshing finish.

04-09-2009 05:04:11 | More by Foxtrot
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

No one makes a better hefe than Weihenstephaner (those crazy Germans), but this is my first dunkel. Pours a light milk chocolate with the typical overflowing yeasty head of a wheat beer; the thick head will stay for the duration. Aroma has hints of banana and pie crust. Taste has a peppery spice with a gum like aftertaste, but the lemony hints the regular hefe has are not here. A refreshing beer that goes down smooth.

05-11-2007 05:40:28 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of woemad


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

16.9oz bottle with code on the back that states "0128." Perhaps this beer was born on the same date I was. Purchased at J.B.'s in Spokane for $3.59.

Poured a hazy russet color that took on a slightly rubyish tint when held up to light. Big, creamy off-white head. Spotty lace.

Grainy in the nose, with a nutty,toasty aspect and a caramel sweetness.

Starts out spicy, with clove-like flavors to the fore. This is matched by toasty, nutty notes. There's a toffee-like sweetness that is mostly content to sit in the background. Very slight dry note at the swallow.

Mdeium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A very tasty beer, One that I could drink all night. This is a style that is underrepresented at my local beer buying venues, so I think I'll be buying this again.

08-15-2010 23:06:04 | More by woemad
Photo of Tucquan


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Had this in a bottle in Strasburg, VA

What an excellent beer! This is the first time I've had this particular Dunkel although I've been a fan of this style for a long time via Franziskaner.

A 2.5 finger head developed with a normal pour. The color of the beer is an opaque, light molasses. The smell is of refined bread yeast.

The taste is fantastic featuring medium clove, plantain and a slight bitter hops. The malt sweetness is just right and extremely well-balanced.

The body is light and the carbonation is heavy, which I really enjoy. The mouth feel is lighter than I expected and was just right.

This is a delicious and refreshing beer. Although pricey, I'm definitely going to get some more!

08-10-2008 16:14:06 | More by Tucquan
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

A vigorous pour into a glass mug produced a four finger bubbly tan head on a hazy brown. Good lacing.

Malty nose. Some subdued fruit notes. Soft malts followed by clove and cinnamon. Some fruity notes. Dry finish.

Very smooth and balanced. Very drinkable. Top quality.

02-28-2011 08:26:46 | More by scott451
Photo of davidchollar


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

weihenstephaner's hefeweissbier dunkel, dunkel weizen pours out an awesome caramel toffee. what a beautiful color, light at the bottom and progressively darker towards the top of my weizen glass. big thick, impressive and off-white head.

the smell is right on par with the paler version. big wheaty clove and banana scents. i can't tell much of a difference between this and its light brother. perhaps more of a toasted malt smell, but it's really a fruity smell overall.

if i had to choose my favorite style, right now, it would be hefeweizen. and this offering is not so different. a nice, slightly darker version. highly recommended, i will get this again and again.

06-13-2006 18:48:14 | More by davidchollar
Photo of woosterbill


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy mahogany body topped with a tall, dense, slightly off-white head that ever-so-slowly recedes into a solid cap. Some solid lacing. Only complaint is that a swirl of the last few ounces yields not an extra burst of yeasty cloudiness but a handful of dark dregs that sink to the bottom of the glass.

S: Spices are dominant, with clove outweighing all others. A little malty sweetness backs up the clove. Overall, a pleasant aroma but not a strong or striking one.

T: Starts out with the spiciness of the yeast and wheat, only to transition into a solid finish of roasted maltiness. Complex and delicious.

M: A little overly prickly with the carbonation for my taste, but not unpleasant for a wheat beer at all.

D: I could drink this all day. One of the tastiest and complex beers that I know of at this ABV.

Notes: Awesome Dunkelweiss. If you like the style at all, you will love this beer.


08-22-2009 18:07:49 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

500ml bottle poured into a 22.3 weizen glass.

A - As expected, pours with a monster head of light tan foam, above a murky body of dark honey brown brew. Nice head retention but no real lacing, just some spotty suds sliding down the glass after each sip.

S - Smells delicious! Big bready malt, hefe yeast, banana, coriander, clove, brown sugar, wheat and rich caramel malt. Fits the style to perfection and is extremely inviting. Mild floral esters, light spice, and green apple appear as it sits.

T - Follows the nose beautifully. Lots of rich, bready malt, yeast, and wheat, making for an excellent base for the sweet brown sugar and fruits to show. Finishes yeasty with a bit of spice. A fantastic mixture of fruits from start to finish, with banana, green apple, peaches, apricots, and a touch of plum. So drinkable and crafted perfectly.

M - Big, smooth, and bubbly carbonation with a medium body, just adding to the delicious flavors. This stuff just floats through your mouth. Almost foamy even, but in a good way. The spice and yeast give the finish a pleasant dryness.

D - A true benchmark for the style, much like Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is to the traditional Hefeweizen. A damn tasty beer that goes down so smooth; every beer in the style should be compared to this.

06-11-2012 01:35:21 | More by Converge
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Traditional hefe smell, with lots of banana and cloves. Definitely a sibling to the regular Weihenstephaner hefeweissbeir aroma, but has a little more funk on it. Iced tea color, and very hazy.

Nice rich flavor profile. Tart throughout, with a good bit of yeast at mid-palate. Feels like there's more malt character in this one (as compared to the straight hefe), and more fruit in the flavors overall. Lots of prickly carbonation. Finishes dry on the toungue but sweet in the back of the mouth.

Overall: A! I'm going to have to taste this side-by-side with the regular hefe.

03-30-2012 01:05:13 | More by grannaniwa
Photo of KYBrewgrass


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

A- 4 This dunkelweizen pours a very thick and fluffy off-white head over a hazy caramel colored body. It is bubbly and there is moderately sticky lacing. Not as dark as I envisioned it would be as it has the slightest transparency. The head remains about 1/2 finger throughout.

S- 4 I get a blend of sweet banana and clove. It is reminiscent of banana bread, actually. Very pleasant aroma that isn't all that strong, at least not as strong as I'd expected.

T- 4.5 More banana with just the right level of sweetness followed by a spiciness and then slightly wheaty finish. Very well-balanced taste.

M- 4.5 This is medium in body and it is silky smooth. Active level of carbonation with a clean finish.

D- 4.5 Given the right time and place, I could drink this all night long. It has a great balance of tasty flavors and goes down easily. It really isn't heavy, either. Granted I wasn't as blown away by this as I was by the brewery's regular hefeweizen, but that's probably because the bar had been set so high! I'll definitely buy again and recommend.

03-31-2011 14:42:02 | More by KYBrewgrass
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured an amber, reddish brown, with a decent amount of offwhite, coarse looking head that didn't retain too much. Minimal lacing.

Smell was not too strong, but very nice, with banana, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, and wheat.

Taste was even better; banana bread is a great way to describe this guy, as the banana and wheat are melded together exceptionally by the creamy texture of the beer. A bit of sweetness is present, either brown sugar or raisin, but not too much.

Carbonation is intense at first but softens quickly. Creaminess again is awesome, reminds me of a milkshake somehow. Fantastic beer, arguably better than the regular hefeweissbier they make.

01-23-2011 04:04:18 | More by madvermin
Photo of cambabeer


4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

It's been too long since I've had wheat beer. I've gone like 6 months without one after a long phase of faithful wheat beer drinking. This stuff is delicious.

Perfectly white head sitting on just slightly cloudy, deep mahogany brown body. Smells very malty and sweet, yet somehow crisp as well. Floral and buttery. A little pear like.

Taste is super malty. The wheat is everywhere, buttery and slightly sweet, but not overly so. Crisp and zesty almost blueberry flavor. Malt all the way through to the end. Nothing harsh, very mild in all respects. Very smooth feel, nice carbonation. Goes down easy, very drinkable.

07-04-2014 02:39:31 | More by cambabeer
Photo of Nordura


4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

No question this is a fine, fine beer. Nice and toasty, with some apple and banana, but more apple. Some nice spice accents.

Really exceptional mouthfeel, nice carbonation, so drinkable.

If you love malty beers, you'll love this. In my top 5 for the style.

03-30-2013 22:30:57 | More by Nordura
Photo of kawilliams81


4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours dark brown with a 2 finger dark tan head. Big walls and leopard spotting of lacing cover the glass.

S- sweet maple, toast, toffee, caramel

T- huge sweet malts, toast, caramel, toffee, light roast, and slight bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Thick, syrupy and creamy feel.

O- very good dunkel. Huge sweet malts with some light toast notes.

02-21-2013 03:24:43 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Beric


4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

01-18-2014 23:10:35 | More by Beric
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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

A- Not really sure how to define the color of this one. Almost ranges from a watered down cola color, to a pale brown. Body is cloudy, but light makes it's way through. Big frothy tan head on top that hangs around for a while.

S- Lots of banana, wheat, grainy bread, hint of zesty citrus.

T- Great flavors of wheat, banana, caramel, grains, even some tobacco flavors sneak in towards the end. The aroma seemed similar to the traditional hefe, but the darker flavors come through in a big way in the taste.

M- Medium bodied, somewhat creamy while maintaining nice carbonation. Very pleasant.

O- Really a solid beer. Great flavors, complex, enjoyable.

03-21-2013 00:16:32 | More by stephenjmoore
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