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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,043
Hads: 2,704
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 272
Gots: 273 | FT: 1
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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 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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Photo of wiscokid920
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nose highlights lots of brown malts and fruity esters. Flavors start with a welcoming brown malty sweetness, then a sour apple fruity esters, and ends with clove spice. Minimal hop presence. Perfect level of carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. .Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, this beer has got a cascading four finger thick head, web-like lacing, and a clear mahogany brown body.

Smells like grainier malts, along with a touch of toffee and caramel

I taste toastier malts, a bit of raisin, and a reappearance of the aforementioned caramel.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up with this brew is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan a 4.75. This is a very easy drinking dunkel that has just the right amount of taste.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy; brownish amber - like a watered down Coke; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: equal parts clove, nutmeg, and banana;

T: clove and nutmeg are predominant throughout; banana in the background at the beginning, but it becomes equal to the clove and nutmeg by the end; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; high carbonation - effervescent; dry finish;

O: too much nutmeg character for my taste:

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Photo of Dentist666
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber-brown beer with perfect creamy golden head. Retention lasts and lasts. Smell of wheat, banana, fresh, but not very complex.Taste is heavenly & balanced - spices, wheat, smooth, clove. Full body and medium carbonation, the best dunkelweizen.

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Photo of waterbuffalo
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells beautifully and tastes very smooth with a nice light fruity finish. After trying the Hefeweizen and really enjoying it I went and bought this one. Not sure which one I enjoy more. I will be buying this again soon.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into weizen glass. Appearance is cloudy brown that goes from diluted iced tea at the bottom to caramel at the top. A billowing tan head settles to a cap of tiny bubbles. Aroma is clove and other mulling spices, yeast, tart apple, green banana, and some sweet malt and earthy bitterness on the finish. Taste is medium banana bread sweetness initially, assertive clove spice, and light caramel on the swallow. Light-medium body, super full,creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a long mouth-coating malt and clove finish.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: cloudy amber brown with gigantic head and yeast sediment

Smell: banana, clove

Taste: orange, clove, caramel, spice, not overly sweet, hint of herbal hops toward the finish.

Feel: lots of carbonation, light body

Overall: A delicious and refreshing wheat beer, notable for its subtle balance. Rating it is hard because I don't know a lot of wheat beers and this one seems to check all the right boxes. I definitely like that it's not too sweet. That said, it didn't bowl me over - I guess it could be a matter of the style and personal preference. Also, I guess it would be better on a hot July day versus a freezing cold February night ;-) Anyway, highly recommended as an authentic German wheat beer, despite the price tag.

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Photo of serspecv
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my 2nd offering from Weihenstephaner. Poured from bottle into an oversized pilsner glass. You can see the yeast as you pour it, which isn't always the case with inferior hefeweizen beers. Color is a cloudy amber while being poured then settles into a tobacco brown with plenty of visible yeast, and a two-finger white head that slowly dissipates with almost no lacing. Smells like wheat bread, I am not kidding. Reminded me of Sara Lee. The taste is very bready, with rich wheat flavors and little hop presence and a sweet finish. Definitely the best wheat beer I've ever had. Carbonation is lively, and doesn't feel very heavy at all. However, it is very filling, a true meal in a bottle. This brewery definitely flexes it's muscles when iThis is my 2nd offering from Weihenstephaner. Poured from bottle into an oversized pilsner glass. You can see the yeast as you pour it, which isn't always the case with inferior hefeweizen beers. Color is a cloudy amber, with a two-finger white head that slowly dissipates with almost no lacing. Smells like wheat bread, I am not kidding. Reminded me of Sara Lee. The taste is very bready, with rich wheat flavors, giving way to cloves, little earthy hop presence and a sweet finish. Definitely the best wheat beer I've ever had. Carbonation is lively, and doesn't feel very heavy at all. However, it is very filling, a true meal in a bottle. This brewery definitely flexes it's muscles when it comes to having the most experience in brewing good beer, it's no wonder they've been in business for almost 1000 years.

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Photo of ssmack
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark toffee brown with honey highlights. Three inches of rolling foam head. Tons of streams of carbonation. Bit of lacing but low retention.

Sharp tangy aroma. Strong wheat smell. Steely.

Tastes like bubblegum and sweet ripe peaches. Cloves spiciness. It leaves a slightly herby (coriander) bitter aftetaste. This is the first 5 rating I have ever given.

Full round mouthfeel.

Excellent. First rate. Yummy. Complex and rewarding.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an unpleasant murky dishwater brown, however creamy head that does not dissipate soon. Smell is once again wonderful cloves and some banana. Taste, wow! The banana and yeast jumps out with the great clove finish. Mouthfeel is tough to beat.

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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 DarthVorador
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper orange with a thick off white head. Smells of carmal malt & bananas. Tastes like liquid banana bread! INCREDIBLE!!! Finishes murky but balanced completely concealing any alcohol.
...Beer perfection! As far as weizens go, their is NONE greater!

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Photo of MorgothBauglir
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Apsolute beer perfection!!! As much as I love their Hefe, there Dunkel is even better! My all time favorite beer & probably second to only water for favorite liquid consumable!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

It has taken me far too long to getting to try this stuff. Let's do it. It pours a mostly clear tawny topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose comprises clove, orange zest, and cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with a lot more clove and a hint of chocolate powder. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a damn tasty dunkelweizen, well worthy of its lofty reputation.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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