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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,452 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,452
Reviews: 1,002
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 196
Gots: 149 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of StevieDB
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Poured a just about uncontrollable 4 fingers of pale beige head, which looks bubbly on the sides, and creamy on top. Had good retention. Colour is a slightly hazy orange-brown with a few tiny bubbles rising.

Smell - 4.0
There was a definite banana smell upon opening, but all-but disappeared. Sweet smells of roasted malt, spices and a little grassy hops. Vague fruitiness upon warming.

Taste - 4.5
A very rich and flavoursome beer this one. There is the classic wheat beer clove taste but that plays second fiddle to a strong flavour of roasted malt and grains, some malty sweetness, and a slightly bitter and rather dry finish. The aftertaste is particularly nice, toast-like. Not as sweet as the regular hefe, and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
As with all the Weihenstephaner beers I have tried, it is lightly carbonated, which is nice. Moderate to heavy weight in the mouth, almost creamy.

Drinkability - 4.5
Goes down very easily, especially for a darkish beer with a 5.3% ABV. Not sure I could see myself using this as a session beer, though, but I'm sure others would.

This is not my favourite style of beer (I much prefer the regular hefe), but objectively, it is clearly excellent. While not as ridiculously drinkable as the regular hefe, this is just as tasty in its own way. I am as-ever, jealous of people who live in Germany, who pay less for excellent beer like this, that we Australians have to pay for most macro lagers.

This beer started off at 4.25 for me, but now rates 4.4 (you will see that some of the comments don't quite match up to the score). Very malty, moderately spicy and fruity, completely delicious. The second best wheat beer in the world after the regular hefe.

Photo of secondtooth
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber with massive (!) head of off-white carbonation. Big, loopy lace.

Nose is nicely banana and clove-spice. Absolutely perfect and in line with a great hefeweizen. Very nice, yes.

Taste is sweet and spicy, with plenty of banana and clove notes. The finish shows a bit of honey and tart citrus, as well. Perfectly balanced and so drinkable, I could have these daily.

Refreshing, complex, and positively an ideal hefeweizen.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy dark, golden amber with a thick 3 finger head. Good retention. Gives way to an ever present, sticky lace.

Smell - Getting mostly yeast and banana, accompanied by some faint caramel notes.

Taste - Beautiful combination of banana and clove yeast flavor, backed by wheat and some lightly roasted malts, hitting on some healthy caramel and toffee undertones.

Mouthfeel - Light. Silky smooth. Nice bite with the carbonation. Goes down nice and easy.

Overall - Nearly as impressive as their Hefe, if not it's equal. One I'll definitely buy over and over again. Best dunkelweizen in the world? It's debatable.

Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle poured into a globe glass.

The color is a slightly hazy redish brown. Great head last forever and gets all rocky like a Belgian towards the end.

Aroma is familiar if you've had Weihenstephan beers before. Much like their hefeweizen, it has lots of great fruity character with banana and green apple. There's also a good deal of spice and yeast on the nose.

Flavor is pretty sweet and fruity. It has a nice mild banana clove flavor that is balanced out by darker malts and some gentle spice notes. A little bit of bread and nut flavor from the wheat.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a proper amount of carbonation. It's very light on the tongue. Very drinkable - a darker beer that most people would enjoy.

This brewery has a nack for making perfectly balanced, supremely enjoyable, well-rounded beers. I've never had one that wasn't great and this is no exception.

Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review transcribed from March 2009 notes.

500ml bottle from BevMo.

Murky orangish-brown color with an off-white head.

Aroma is yeasty with wheat and sweet malt.

Flavor is sweet dark malt, caramel, wheat, yeast, and banana.

Medium body, smooth palate, good level of carbonation.

Refreshing. Very enjoyable beer all-around.

Photo of morimech
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light brown with a large off-white head that had great retention. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

I smell bananas and cloves. Touches of cinammon and grass linger in the background.

Tastes of banana bread and cloves. Just a little sweet. Has a clean maltiness that makes it a pleasant drinker. The roasted character is a bit lacking compared to other Dunkels.

A nice creamy texture to this beer. Carbonation keeps the beer lively in the mouth.

An enjoyable Dunkel. Refreshing and easy drinking. Could be an all year beer instead of just a summer beer.

Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-gold with 1.5 fingers of frothy white head.

Smell Caramel and banana, spicy belgian yeast and some bubblegum and cloves.

Taste. Caramel, banana, belgian yeast and cloves, and a little bit of light malt. Pretty light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-strong but soft and smooth carbonation.

Overall. I was surprised by how much I like this one.

Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, one pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle purchased for $2.49 from Super Saver Liquors in Somerville...
Known world-'round as a superb German brewery, I was curious to see what their darker version of their amazing Hefe had to offer...
Appearance: Top-notch, near-perfect appearance... Pours a hazy, light-purple, deep, dark-brown hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that slowly dissipated and deposited a thick film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Thick, robust, strong aroma replete with hints of figs, prunes, and dehydrated fruits...
Taste: The flavor strongly complemented the aroma... Thick, creamy, robust, flavorful, with hints of malts, dark wheat, light chocolate, prunes, figs, bananas, and cloves...
Good, creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability...
One of the best depicitons of the style...
Highly recommended...

Photo of mzwolinski
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of animal69
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#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..

Photo of doppelmeup
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of foogerd
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of flagmantho
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ecoastman
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of infi
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,452 ratings.