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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,047 Reviews

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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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Reviews: 1,047 | Hads: 2,719
Photo of reebtaerG
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe has a dark copper color with a huge 3 finger head with great lacing. Aromas of banana and yeast as well as the taste. mouthfeel is well balance with great carbonation making you want more

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Photo of alexanderplatz
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar to Weihenstephaner Vitus but the malty flavors and banana/fruity esters flavors are more subdued. Maybe that makes it better because it's more balanced or worse because it is maybe a little less exciting that Vitus... don't know. I will have to continue to carry out comparisons.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown color with very strong activity. Thick creamy beige 2 finger sparkly island head, lasting around 20-30 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of bread and fruit esters with a slightly biscuity caramel feel. Flavors of caramel, burnt sugar, lemon, grains, herbal spices. Pleasant thick grainy sourness with a sugary bread feel. Rich and super well balanced.

Smooth and creamy light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Well intensified finish like tasting tender bread, lightly wheaty and lemony, ending with a dash of faint spices.

Overall, as always, an excellent craft from Weihenstephaner. Complex, rich, balanced, and delicious flavors. Super fresh, sexy, and a nice well rounded body. Would drink this all day long, and forever.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle, I've had this a few times but never reviewed it until now
A - hazed brown colored body with a tall ivory head that holds good retention
S - banana, clove, caramel, bread, yeast
T - different than a traditional hefeweizen with more of a caramel flavor mixed in with the clove, banana, bubblegum, yeast and wheat flavors; kind of a light weizenbock of sorts
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation
O - I think I prefer their regular Hefeweizen a bit more than this one, but this is great too!

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

excellent copper coloring and a nice thick head that quickly dissipates, smells of wheat and has a perfect flavor balance and finishes quickly for a darker beer, remarkably light on the feel nothing like its appearance. a great beer when you will limit your intake for the evening, one of these satisfies greatly. will definitely put this into the rotation!

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely fantastic version of the style. Perfect tast- cloves, banana, with a slight caramel taste. The smell is perfect- mirroring the taste. If you're going to drink the style, I'm not sure you can do any better. It's very easy drinking.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy dark amber beer with a thick creamy head with stating power. The bottle yielded a few gelatinous blobs of yeast that settled to the bottom. Smells like bread, malts and sweet pears. Very light balanced taste that is malty and bready with a pleasant sweetness. There is the taste of caramel, pears and bananas with a slight chocolaty aftertaste. The ending is a bit like a slightly tart apple cider.

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Photo of gautch726
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of kitch
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 16th September 2015 and poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy copper colour with a nice three finger cream head that stuck around for a long time leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Mainly caramelised banana with hints of bready malts, caramel and a tinge of pear.

Taste: Bready malt base followed by ripe banana, bubblegum and caramel. Hints of grape and raisin in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium crisp carbonation.

Overall: A very nice dunkelweizen that is very easy to drink. I would buy this again if it was available in Hong Kong, but for now, I will just have to keep bringing it back from Thailand and South Korea.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Don't know what to say about this beer other than that I really liked it. Will absolutely be drinking this again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

cloudy chestnut brown beer with a light tan head. Nose of caramel, banana, and heady spice. Flavor follows with some rich roasted grain, banana, clove. Caramel and light chocolate come through at the end. Light bodied.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

a: light brown color. a bit murky due to the yeast. some lighter notes coming through the bottom of the glass where the light hits it

s: wheat, sweet berries, clove, coriander, sticky caramel, a faint sweet pear note. really excellent smelling

t: taste follows the nose. wheaty, grainy, fresh dough, sweet berries, caramel, nut bread, a mild dark fruit flavor

m: lighter mouthfeel. medium carbonation - less than the regular hefe

o: excellent beer. fantastic representation of the style. perfect flavor harmony in here

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Photo of Zet
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice light brown colour, but the layer of foam is not that impressive. A nose with banana and cloves which continues in the taste, although the clove prevails here. Very balanced and superbly smooth. Well done.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy copper with a big foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving a trail of thin lacing that sticks around
smell; roasted caramel, banana,
taste; toasted banana bread with whipped cream, roasty malt, sourdough aftertaste
feels medium light body, lightly carbonated
overall a nicely balanced dunkel

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Photo of J-Rye
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Wheaty cloudiness with caramel tones
Smell: carmelized banana, earthy spices, a little sharpness, maybe grassy
Taste: bubblegum, great wheat base, well developed malt
Feel: light to medium bodied, but the carbonation adds a deep chewiness.

Overall: One of the first beers to make me obsess over beer. Still doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Light Brown/Copper pour topped by a thick white head with excellent retention.

S- Sweet Caramel, chocolate, cloves, and Banana. Classic Hefe taste with a bit of a darker chocolate taste that gives an interesting twist.

T- Sweet Caramel along with the classic Hefe Banana that is backed by a bready malt backbone. Sweetness is balanced out by clove spice.

M- Nice substantial body with fairly low carbonation. Fairly standard for a German Hefe.

O- Great German Dunkel that drinks like a dream

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Light brown in color and very hazy. Pours a thick, foamy, three finger tall head.

Aroma- Caramel, chocolate, banana, spice (almost cinnamon like), and a bready wheat malt.

Taste- Sweet at first with caramel and banana flavors followed by a bready malt in the middle. Towards the finish the sweetness is balanced out by spice and chocolate flavors.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, and mostly clean in the finish but a little residual sweetness in here too.

Overall- Great balance, great flavor, and a great beer overall. Sometimes dunkelweizens can be too sweet, but this really blends the best parts of the caramel/chocolate off a dunkel and the banana/spice hefeweizen flavors. Neither part of the beer over powers the other. At 5.3% abv this packed with flavor and makes for a great session beer. A must try beer for the style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 3.39/500 mL bottle at Consumer Beverages, Lancaster, NY
500 mL bottle marked 1344 at 50 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of malt and fruit (light)
Head large, stabilizes at eight cm (aggressive pour) before slooowly diminishing to an eight mm creamy layer. Very light tan, creamy.
Lacing poor – few small islands and dragging arcs of tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium brown, hazy but almost clear
Flavor of malt, slightly sweet and fruity with yeast esters, ends with a hint of bitterness
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of mactrail
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful appearance with the amber brew topped with a fine-grained foam and swirling with suds in the Kasteel chalice. Spicy, clove-scented nose. Flavor of slightly sweet malt with the Hefeweizen flavors and a dark roasted tang. Just a slight bitter note at the finish. Delicious and light bodied for a refreshing quaff.

The Germans seem to have this creamy mouthfeel figured out. One of the pleasures of this beer is how lush and mouthfilling is is. This seems like the gold standard for the Dunkelweizen style. From the half-litre bottle purchased at a Fred Meyer supermarket in a town in northern Washington, to give you an idea how world-wide this is.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this along with the Julius Echter of the same style to compare. Enjoyed this one more! Cloudy amber pour with offf-white sticky head - looks yummy! Aroma of ripened fruit, yeast, spices and some wheaty malt. Flavors are mostly the same, with a creamy mouthfeel. Finish is clean, soft, and mildly sweet. Very nice!

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Photo of SFNC
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOOK; Cloudy copper in a weizen glass with a rich cream colored head.
Smell; Banana, clove, dark bread. Not strong but enticing.
Taste; Banana, bread, caramel, subtle clove and hop flavors. Heaven!
Feel; Thick, moist, tingly.
Overall; I can't say that I've ever had a Weihenstephan that is less than great and this is a stellar addition. I had this years ago and proclaimed it the best beer I had ever had. Lots of competition, but it's still near the top.

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Photo of McGooTheWise
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty beer! Scents of fruitiness and hops dominate when the bottle is cracked. I smelled either hickory or some other smokey kind of scent about half way through the bottle. I tasted caramel, cinnamon, and very subtle banana bread. 30 seconds after a sip I can taste some sort of berry flavor which is sweet, like strawberries along side a gentle maltiness. Somewhat complex, and a good beer to share with a close friend at a bbq for those who like to savor a beer. Overall, very pleasant beer. My favorite so far from Weihenstephan.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into recently bought weizen glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color. A big rich off white three finger head rose above the glass and fell at a nice pace leaving some rings in a speckled sort of nice lacing.
The smell had a good amount of banana esters and a rich coffee and chocolate underneath.
The taste was mainly the same and offered a soothingly sweet rich cocoa aftertaste. The finish was semi-wet but thick.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Sweet banana and a light spice rolls over my tongue.
Overall, this was a wonderful offering on a cold SE Alaskan Spring afternoon.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.50 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high 2" white head that lasts for a few minutes. Medium brown color. Unfiltered

S- Pretty good malt.

T- Nice sweet dunkel. Good malt some hops and nice cinnamon. Good body and blend. Complex to say the least. Impressive for mass produced.

M- Creamy good

O- Nice beer. Would score higher if the metallic scent was not there. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This very good beer went well with.... BBQ'd hamburgers! Topped 'em the way you like 'em. This time it was grilled Portobello mushrooms and provolone cheese


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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-nice redish brown color with a large head didnt hold to long but great german look
-hint of banana bread like scents with mellow german yeasts very little hops sent
- great taste smoothness and simple dark wheat taste, like a caramelized full flavor hefen
-a little over carbonated to me but apart from that it is a very smooth balanced beer
- one of my favorite german beers and is a go to for me

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