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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 168
Gots: 101 | 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 KI9A


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Just a huge, creamy. foamy head on top of a muddy brown body. Head never seems to leave, but, when it does, it leaves a nice heavy lace on the glass. Perfect!

Normal smell, with a nice hit of alcohol.

Taste dominated by cloves, and a hint of bananna/alcohol on the finish.

Just a wonderful all-around dark wheat bier. More will find the way into my fridge! Every beer I have tried from this brewery has been nothing short of wonderful.

09-08-2007 02:40:00 | More by KI9A
Photo of tony223366


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 25, 2011.

A: Very hazy and dark rusty brown. Light at the thin parts of the glass. Gorgeous head. Weihenstephaner always kills it with the head! Another beer another fantastic head.

S: Familiar banana and cloves but with an added fruity and nutty smell as well.

T: Awesome flavor. Not as strong on the cloves and bananas as the regular hefeweizen, which I don't mind. Really nice fruity and nutty backbone. Finishes slightly bitter and very clean. I wish I was drinking one right now.

M: Nice medium body or so with good carbonation.

O: This was a really great beer! Weihenstephaner brews probably my favorite classic German beers. Will probably buy again soon.

10-18-2011 06:51:27 | More by tony223366
Photo of Cs1987


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance - Dark amber, opaque, with a very large head.

Smell - Spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon. Pretty much exactly the same smell as the regular Hefe.

Taste - A great blend of Hefeweissbier spices and a large variety of fruits. Quite complex and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Excellent texture and carbonation, with a fairly good aftertaste.

Drinkability - Not too far behind the regular Hefe.

Overall - I doubted that this would be as good as the regular Hefe, but I was certainly wrong.

01-13-2008 13:05:52 | More by Cs1987
Photo of weazal


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Immediately full of heavy spices - mostly clove and malt (yeast after being jostled). Ripe, pungent fruitiness - banana at the beginning turning into slight effervescent apple at the end.

T: Similar to aroma. Spices and dried banana stand out the most. Some well-done caramel sweetness carries through in the back. The body is wonderfully soft and slowly floats through your mouth leaving a juicy, clean finish.

10-06-2009 07:51:47 | More by weazal
Photo of admiral


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

excellent, World class beer - a pleasure to drink. Luckily, it's also easy to find, being sold in many places around the World

aroma: clove, banana and malt

taste: caramelised and candied banana with malt, clove, spice, raisin and slight lemon/citrus

An enjoyable, easy to drink beer that is full of flavour

08-26-2013 10:22:59 | More by admiral
Photo of bigrzman


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

I picked this up in a 500ml bottle and poured it into a wheat glass. It poured out with a deep woody mahogany color with plenty of excited bubble racing to the top forming a dull brown-white head that lingers throughout. I smell fruity esters that i can't put a finger on and banana. Later in the sniff i pick up bread, yeast, and grain, a fine bouquet. Very bready, banana, apricot, and a hint of cherry. Nice mild hop drying effect that balances off the malts. The mouthfeel is wet up front drying in the back and medium overall. Carbonation is prickly and burpy. This beer goes down like nectar with a wanting for more. I can see myself in a bar in Germany drinking the day away with this beer. Outstanding beer, one of the best in its style hands down.

10-16-2010 06:43:21 | More by bigrzman
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Currently the #1 rated Dunkelweizen on BA. I've had it many times before, but my tastes have changed now and have a renewed love for this style.

A: Looks like a big vat of dark, toasted wheat. Dark brown, with carmel-like translucence. Massive foamy white head. TIP: Don't be a bonehead and pour this one too hard. I forgot the style of the beer I was pouring... doah!

S: Banana upfront, with a strong, wheaty presence. Nothing too strong.... just right down the middle.

T: Despite the formidable dark color, the ultra-soft taste is simple sublime! I mean, really... I couldn't imagine a better balanced brew. The thing I liked about it most is that there was no particular ingredient that stuck out or created a lingering aftertaste to shake off. Crisp, wheaty, malty, and delicious!

M: Bubbly and not in the least bit robust. The malt, wheat, and spices basically cut any potential cloying overly sweet elements down to size.

O: I see this brew sitting in the holster of a pool float, with me on it in my future...

04-08-2011 21:08:31 | More by Chaney
Photo of cswhitehorse


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

The Hefeweissbier Dunkel poured a cloudy light brown shade. It had a ridiculous head with some solid retention. It left some sudsy lacing all over.

The smell brought scents of cloves, bananas, yeast, malt and lemon. It was sweet malts initially finished semi dry. It had the classic Hef taste but also some yeastiness which gave it some excellent complexity. It did taste close to banana bread. Overall a excellent beer to drink anytime. I bet it would be awesome on sunny day.

04-28-2008 04:16:17 | More by cswhitehorse
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South Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Hefeweissbier Dunkel pours a darker cooper color, with a nice frothy large lacing head. There is a sweet grilled charcoal aroma. The taste is complex. Lots of crisp wheat and malt undertones with a sweet, but not too sweet candy like flavor. Flavors come together so well, and nice crisp carbonation, not overpowering. Overall WOW.

10-04-2013 01:18:51 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Pooba001


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Beer was gently swirled in bottle to rouse some yeast, and poured in to a Pilsner glass, I don't have drink many wheat beers, so I don't have a proper Weizen glass. This is close enough. Label says the beer is "Hefeweissbier Dunkel". Very cloudy, as expected with the wheat content and yeast sediment. Its a medium brown color, golden around the edes when held to light, with excellent carbonation and a big fluffy white head that doesn't dissipate. Smell is moderatly phenolic, aromas of clove, wheat, slight tartness (green apple?), and slight banana ester are prevalent.

Taste has more banana that the scent would indicate, and clove is still quite prominent, apple-like tartness is present, but not overwhelming. Dry, toasty malty notes are there too, hop bitterness is almost imperceptable.

Mouthfeel is good, not exceptional, and drinkability is very high for this style. Stylistically, this is an excellent beer, one of the best Germans I've had, and I would consider it for future purchases.

10-17-2006 10:19:52 | More by Pooba001
Photo of RoamingGnome


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

From tasting notes on 8/15/11

Poured out of a 500 ml bottle into a weissbier flute

A) A fairly deep brown with a slight haze. A solid two inches of head with decent retention and patchy lacing.

S) Sweet malt, light fruit, mainly banana, bit of spice.

T) Malt and wheat. There's some spice. It reminds me of my Mom's banana bread with walnuts. This is tasty stuff, really nice finish.

M) Medium body, well balanced with the carbonation. This was tough to judge at first, because I was really enjoying just drinking this brew.

O) This is a fantastic beer. I purchased it thinking it would be a good summertime selection. I could drink this beer anytime. I wish I bought more than just the one bottle. I'll be back for more.

08-22-2011 02:21:57 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of djbreezy


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

served to myself by myself in a snifter

appearance - massive frothy tan head atop a hazy rich burgundy, aggressive lacing

smell - pleasant notes of banana and clove

taste - clove tops out a strong banana bread body, rich malts, rich banana flavor

mouthfeel - high carbonated, smooth, silky

drinkability - very flavorful, palatable, easy drinking

07-14-2010 03:11:35 | More by djbreezy
Photo of allboutbierge


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

best before date of 18th Nov 2009, so assuming a 6 month shelf life, its extremely fresh.

Lively aroma of typical bananas, clove, with an absence of any bubble gum characteristics. Im getting a trace of black pepper too. More potent in scent than many other dunkelweizens.

Taste is stronger as well and it doesn't pair so well with the hot weather outside or with my backhandel salad (no vinegar!) either. Its good and even a bit on the sour side. Pepper aroma doesnt come through in the flavor. Its a stand alone Weizen.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than others...time and place...in the winter this may very well have received, albeit objectively, a 5 if it was cold out.

I'm springing for the flagship Hefe, though this one is a great beer...it's not quite as good.

05-26-2009 16:53:18 | More by allboutbierge
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New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

500 mL bottle into tulip glass

A - Massive head, with an only slightly aggressive pour. Pour gently! The head is gorgeous and is retained for an eternity. The color is an unfiltered medium nutty brown. Average lacing.

S - Spicy yeast aromas including cloves, but backed by a nutty breadiness, rather than a banana/lemon sweetness like in its lighter brother. A bit of banana does seem to present itself though.

T - Wonderful! Refreshingly light, crisp as fresh lettuce and unyielding in flavor. A bit less spicy and a bit more mellow than its brother, it also brings a nutty bread flavor to it, almost like a bit of banana-walnut bread, but with complexity of clove and yeast spiciness.

M - Light and refreshing. Sharp at first, then it rounds out. Feels nice, but there is a strangeness about the dry finish.

O - Overall this can't be missed. I like it just as much as it's brother, which is one of my favorites. This beer is essential. A great beer for a hot OR cold day, as the robustness it brings makes it a nice winter beer, while the refreshing crispness invites summer connections. A perfect year-round beer, and ideal for any occasion.

07-19-2011 21:40:46 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of JohnnyP3


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

500ml bottle from "The World's Oldest Brewery." Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a voluminous white head of about 3 fingers that clings to the sides of the glass. Some sediment from the bottle emptied into the glass.

Smell is classic for the style--bananas, clove, roasted nuts, some toasted malt.

Taste really mirrors the nose. Again, bananas, clove, roasted chestnuts, and a strong malt backbone producing a nice toasted malt backdrop. Also hints of apple, spice, and black pepper. Pumpernickel bread and caramel flavors fade in and out.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, substantial, and lively--well carbonated.

Overall, a true classic.

12-19-2011 02:20:18 | More by JohnnyP3
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Light brown with a reddish tint. As expected, a massive, wispy head forms and takes forever to settle, leaving some light lacing patterns on the glass.

S: Bananas, apples, light amounts of clove, sweet brown sugar/caramel aroma, as well. Very pleasant, sweet, and inviting.

T&M: Wonderfully pleasant with a lightly crisp wheat flavor, just enough malty sweetness, and just enough bitterness to balance it all out. Well done, for sure. The mouthfeel is crisp, brisk, and wonderful. A medium bodied beer that drinks easily and is decently refreshing.

D: This beer goes down very easily. Nice, balanced flavor combined with a crisp feel and medium body makes for one hell of a drinkable beer.

08-16-2008 23:49:16 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: huge head, cloudy, brownish-orange in color, high carbonation

Smell: banana, cloves, and yeast

Taste: banana, cloves, and some caramel malt

Mouthfeel: clean, medium body, semi-sweet, with high carbonation

Drinkability: Very good for the style. Love the mix of caramel and wheat. Not the most complex beer I have had, but a really good one. I could have several of these.

02-02-2010 16:24:03 | More by tigg924
Photo of cjgator3


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a deep copper color with a large fizzy head. The aroma consists of malt and yeast and slight hints of banana. Taste is very clean and crisp and extremely refreshing. There is a nice combination of yeast/banana/cocoa flavors over a nice malt backbone. This is simply another stellar brew from Weihenstephaner!

06-16-2006 04:06:41 | More by cjgator3
Photo of MiScusi


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Code of 3018 stamped on back.

A- Pours a murky brown with an off white huge rocky head. I poured a bit too aggressively.

S/T- Unlike the regular Hefe, this dunkel is heavy on the banana flavor, along with wheat. It tastes like caramelized banana. It's fairly sweet overall.

M- A bit too carbonated, which I didn't find with the Hefe. A couple vigorous swirls and it works out enough of the carbonation and then you're fine.

D- Pretty tasty. I had this with smoked pulled pork sandwiches and it complemented the pork and honey bbq sauce I was using nicely.

08-25-2008 01:25:28 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Janderson91


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Purchased from Hop City in Atlanta, GA.

A - Poured into a DFH signature glass. A dark amber color with a huge creme colored head. Leaves great lacing.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, nice malt, some peppery spice and some floral hops.

T - Taste starts nice and sweet with some spice. Finishes very dry with some good hop bitterness.

M - Light with a lot of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Could drink a couple bottles.

01-31-2011 23:40:56 | More by Janderson91
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Oldest brewery in the world - I'll trust that they know what they're doing.

A - Darker amber poured into tall Aventinus glass (couldn't find my hefe) with a vigorous head and thick yeast at the bottom.

S - Yeast, banana, and some cloves, very pleasant.

T - Nice medium body, smooth with slight carbonation tingle, cloves in there. Just tasty malt and wheat.

D - Yes, more.

02-03-2011 23:25:17 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of Beejay


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

A: A murky brown-ish color. Tons of head. The head is frothy, bubbly and a light tan color. Lookin' good.

S: Clove and banana aroma with a nice malty bread scent. Smells like a lovely whole grain banana bread.

T: Yeasty with a hint of banana, and some nice clove flavor in there as well. It is still pretty clean tasting. Nice.

M: Light in body. Carbonation is good. Leaves the mouth fairly clean.

D: Very nice. A beer that tastes effortless, but I am sure it is anything but. A great beer to spend a day drinking.

12-23-2010 05:09:05 | More by Beejay
Photo of thekanna


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Pours a clear light brown, the color of toasted (slightly burnt) rice, with a foamy white head.

S: Gorgeous yeast aroma, with some spices and banana bread.

T: Wholesome grains, overflowing yeast richness; a thick, biscuity, banana and wheat malt taste.

M: Smooth; not too much carbonation.

D: A wonderful brew, and definitely something I'll pick up more often if I see it.

01-19-2010 06:39:13 | More by thekanna
Photo of Pegasus


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: Hazy toned copper color, with a moderate amount of suspended particulates, a small, but quite dense off-white head, and thick broken lace. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Caramel, apple peel, bananas, cloves, and earth combine in a remarkably complex fusion.

Taste: Opens with burnt caramel, and cloves, soon followed by ripe bananas, bitter apple, and a mild earth note. Finishes with a very mild herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with a mildly dry finish, with little carbonation felt.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful example of the style, exudes quality and brewing craftsmanship.

Presentation: Packaged in a pint brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. In order to conform to Texas alcoholic beverage laws, the label reads "malt liquor".

09-05-2006 01:32:33 | More by Pegasus
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Dark brown/yellow, appropriately murky with yeast. Three fingers of creamy, off white head rise well above the top of the glass. Great retention before settling to a thick cap, some lacing.

S - Amazing. Expected dessert-like banana smell is the most obvious, with a touch of roasted character hiding out. Phenolic aroma is low, with a hint of iodine and clove.

T - Though I expected a little more, this stuff is still very good. There's very little emphasis on esters or phenols in this brew. Things start off with a semi-sweet caramel and lightly roasted malt taste which slowly dries out to express the signature wheat sourness. A percieved spiciness (clove or nutmeg) accentuates the wheat malt slightly. Slightly sour finish with a touch of burnt sugar bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Perfect in all aspects. Solid medium body that doesn't thin out, and a moderate to light carbonation that allows the subtlety of the malt to pull through.

D - Personally, I could do with a little more fruitiness and nuttiness in my dunkels, but this is obviously a top notch example. While there are others that are more suited to my palate, this is a highly balanced example and as with most dunkels I appreciate the relative lack of phenols.

09-29-2008 21:04:54 | More by PatrickJR
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