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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,047
Hads: 2,719
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 281
Gots: 282 | 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 magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.


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Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of medic25
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of billysj
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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! :)

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Photo of evanackerman
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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!!

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
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).

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Photo of t0rin0
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Guzzler78
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.86/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.86/5  rDev -9%
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

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Photo of haddon
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into weissbier glass.

A: Deep brown color with fluffy off white head. Very hazy and decently carbonated.

S: Very malty in the nose, get the cloves and some light toffee notes. Also get caramel and the clean weissbier smell.

T/M: Cloves right up front, some fruit notes, heavy malt backbone, very clean feel.

D: Easy drinking, very clean, good beer and well put together.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Murky toffee brown. Foamy cream colored head with good retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Malts, toffee, chocolate malts.

Taste: Malty, grainy, toffee notes, chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A delicious dunkel.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky ice tea brown color with a medium size white bubbly head. Average retention. Smell is fairly mild wheat with some hefe like cloves and bananas.

Taste is good, milder than some of my favorite German hefes - more wheat - less spices, bubble gum and cloves.

The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Drinkability is excellent.This is a beer you could drink a lot of on a warm summer day.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Darkish orange-brown/caramel color. Huge head, whitish in color. Large bubbles but not too fizzy. Whispy lacing.
S: Sweet caramel, leafy hops, muted bitterness.
T: Bittersweet, malty sugars and not too nippy hop flavors. Lingering sweetness in the mouth and yeasty in the middle. Good flavors, and strung together nicely.
M: Straddles bitter and malty with some yeasty chewiness.
D: Good, nice flavors and easy to drink.

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Photo of younger35
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So a bit of a side note on this brew. I was purchased in August of 07 so this is sort of a experiment. No idea how a 5% Hefe holds up for a year and a half but we'll see. Drank from my New Glarus Weizen glas.

Appearance- Pours a semi hazed dark murky yellowish orange with a beautifully huge three finger orange pith white. The big head fizzes away fairly quickly leaving a thin cap and collar and not much lacing.
Smell- A light bit of dirty earthy mashed banana with subtle hints of clove and nutmeg. Very bready in a sort of whole wheat way with a light bit of sweetness. Some bubblegum at times and a tinge of wet dog hair.
Taste- Much like the nose it starts with a nice burst of yeasty clove and some lightly sweet banana. A bit wheat and whole grain a nice earthy malt aspect that I don't know I've experienced before. I think the time in the bottle really is what's keeping the beer flavors from 'popping'. I know its better fresh but it's good anywho.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light and sort of creamy with very light carbonation, especially considering how aggressive it was out of the bottle.
Drinkability- Well even after all this time the beer remains pretty darned tasty. Sure it's not as good as it could be but it's still better than a lot of fresh Hefs. Glad I tried this and I'll definitely edit my review upon trying this fresher.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 4035 - January 14, 2015! Hefeweizen glass. Allowed to warm for 20+ minutes from fridge.

Appearance: Pours a murky light brown, like chai tea, with slightly golden edges and 3+ fingers of extremely foamy, sandy head. Streams of carbonation flowing up. Retention is excellent, keeps a 1/2 inch head the whole way down. Lacing is remarkable.

Aroma: Banana, clove, bready citrus. Hard to tell if this is subdued on account of the age; it's my second Dunkelweizen (Schneider Weisse Original was my first, and I liked that better).

Taste: On the arrival, tastes pretty much like a hefeweizen, lightly tart, then across mid palate turns wheaty and dark-malty; not quite roasted or toasted, perhaps like a dark wheat bread. Like a real 100% whole wheat bread, not the fake stuff meant to look like wheat. A little yeasty sourness at the end, with lingering clove on the finish. Overall quite complex; more complex than most hefeweizens I've had, but at the same time more subdued. I plan on buying a newer bottle of this in the spring and re-reviewing.

Mouthfeel: Pretty highly carbonated, slightly slick, but finishes fairly (not totally) clean. It is a wheat beer, after all. Lighter side of medium bodied.

Overall: On paper, I should love dunkelweizens; the mixture of wheaty freshness and malty comfort. However by blending two things I love, this seems to favor neither. It is exceptionally complex, I could pick at this for hours; but I suppose you could say the same for a Hefeweizen. At least it is to style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market Basket
Pours a fairly clear reddish brown with a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of clove with hints of banana and peeper with a solid shot of caramelized brown sugary malt. The flavor is rich dark sugary malt sweetness with some clove and pepper to counter. Little to no hop presence. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable, not horribly complex but definitely a solid quaffer.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another I picked up on a whim..

Poured a nice, clean, nut brown. Looking at the beer in the light, the center is a bit darker than the outside, which is pretty cool. Head is fluffy, and like the beer, the middle of the head is elevated while theres a small moat around the outside. Head lasted the entire life of the beer, and stayed at about a finger. Looks alone on this beer are killer.

Smells like wheat and clove, not much else.

Taste is very smooth, a bit of chewey wheat and bread, some spice.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, refreshing and smooth. Weight is perfect, as is carbonation.

Drinkability here is good. This isn't something I've tried before so I don't know the style too well, but it has amazing character and I'll be getting a few more. I wonder how this is a bit warmer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a roughly-textured one finger heavy cream shade, featuring poor retention and no lacing. Not one of the prettier weizens I've encountered.

S: The typical weizen melange is here - banana, cloves, wheat, and noble hops, with the cloves being the most dominant note by a hair. Once it warms up a hair, caramel and brown sugar notes appear. Certainly a very good aroma, just not quite as inviting as their standard weizen.

T: It starts with pleasant notes of caramel and wheat, before its ester character (cloves, mostly) and ever-so-slight hoppiness finishes it off. While it's pretty damn simple, everything is in near-perfect balance, creating a fairly effortless brew.

M: While it's a bit sweeter than their standard weizen, it's still fizzy, light, and easy to drink. The body here seems to be fuller in texture, as well. As such, this is slightly more decadent-feeling.

O: Make no mistake, this really hits the spot in all the right ways. This is yet another solid offering from Weihenstephaner.

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