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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,391
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 182
Gots: 130 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark tawny with a hint of red. The beer is clear at the moment, but I have no doubt that subsequent pours will bring a great deal of yeast to the party. The ecru head is Rubenesque in size and was initially higher in fingers than I have on one hand. It's also impressively creamydense and is just sticky enough to deposit small dollops of lace, very little of which hangs around.

Wow, clove spice is really jumping out of the glass! This is one distinctive yeast strain. There's a certain maltiness to the aroma, but I anticipated something along the lines of malted milk balls. It doesn't smell very 'dark' at all; there's no hint of roastedness or even of toastedness. Still, it's a classy, appetizing nose that makes me want to begin drinking.

Hefeweissbier Dunkel is yummy stuff. I like the cloviness, but would prefer it to be scaled back a bit so that some of the other flavors can get some palate time. In other words, this yeast is a beast in terms of flavor contribution. There's a fair amount of lightly toasted malt with added elements of weak cocoa powder and bruised banana.

If the malty flavors and the banana were favored a bit more, the beer would come together more impressively. That said, this is undoubtedly the best dunkel weizen that I've ever had (not that I've had that many). The body is light-medium and somewhat enthusiastically carbonated; all to style and, therefore, all right with me.

I can't say that I prefer Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel over this brewery's standard hefe weizen, but it is exceptional beer all the same. It may be a while before I have another version that's this good.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of Higravity
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a beautiful dark cascade and with a little lite-dark head that doesn't stay around for long, there is some lace as well.

I probably spent five minutes smelling this wonderful beer with all it malty notes and yeast contributing phenolic and fruity smells it was great. I would love woman who smell this good.

Terricfic taste very smooth and well balanced. The malt was present but not overpowering and the hops and yeast played well with each other. It was perfectly carbonated too, with an after taste that seemed to last quite a while and as I finished this beer I was determined to have more.

Higravity, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with huge offwhite head that leaves light coating of lace. Aomas of grainy wheat malts, cloves, bananas with a roasted nutty presence eminate from my glass smells good. Taste of grainy earthy malt sweetis that light toffee flavor coming threw with bananas some spices from yeast. Light hops spice in finish along with nutty flavors that linger. Mouthfeel is good medium light smooth good winter brew nice to sip and enjoy the flavors. Drinkability is good this is my first dunkel little strange wheat beer with darker nutty malt added will try again I am sure but not something I would drink often, not yet anyway.

mntlover, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks beautiful. Tarnished and cloudy, bubbles cascading upward, great head, great retention.

Smells is kind of light, toasted malts with hints of lime and melon. Tastes like a very sweet wheat malt, burt sweetness up front with hints of clove, lime and lemon in the back, a wheaty aftertaste with hints of light fruit, melons and bananas. Complex and very, very tasty.

Good mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Not too heavy. Goes down smooth as silk.

Nice beer.

mynie, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of jvajda
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark brown, earthy color. Substantial head. Very appeallling to the eye.
Smell: Big malt sweetness like a Belgian to some degree. Enticing.
Taste: Full bodied, hearty wheat blast. Excellent creamy flavor and superb malt character. Very sweet as well. This is the most perfectly balanced hefe I can recall trying.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and velvety due to low carbonation.
Drinkability: Man this is good. No reason to stop. Excellent all around.

jvajda, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque brown ale with a fairly thick white head that subsides fairly quickly leavingt a little lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is more on the malt side of things with a dark malt scent to be detected but not much else except wheat. The taste is very different from both Erdinger and Franziskaner as the esters are very subdued and i can only pick up the barest clove esters. Beginning with a rush of carbonation the toungue experiences a slight noble hop bitterness quickly overtaken by the dry wheat flavor which is blended with a delicate chocolatey malt flavor which segues into a clean finish. An excellent session beer it presents clean flavors with complexity as well as being different from the other Dunkelweizens out there so as to keep beer drinkers in a heaven of diverse beer choices.

RenoZymurgist, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An incredibly good dunkel weiss. Pours with a big head which goes down into a nice, thick lace. The smell is very good, yeasty and malty. The taste has a lot of yeast ester notes, which remind me of Chimay but is typical of other dunkels. A lot of other breweries use this yeast strain (so I remember), so this should be expected. Very drinkable.

GeoffFromSJ, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of Denali
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN.

Brown opaque sort of like Mott's apple juice with small tan head that dissipated. Bready and malty aroma. Sweet burnt malt flavor dominates. Fruit flavors also come through (plums?). Very lightly carbonated. I did not detect any banana nor cloves flavors, which I would have also liked, but was good tasting nevertheless.

Denali, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish color, looks like apple cider. Fluffy head, no lacing (what am I doing wrong?). Cloves, banana dominate in the smell. NIce wheat beer flavor, again with a bananas and a medicinal cloviness (is that a word) dominating. Mouthfeel is smooth, but seems a bit thin. This is a pretty good brew, I could drink a couple pints of this no prob.

skybluewater, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a nice cloudy brown color, a little darker than others I have had. The head is about 3 fingers, falling to to a quarter of an inch. The nose is nice and malty. What a blast of flavor. There is creamy banana with nice malty tones. I want to let this one warm up a bit and see where the flavors go. There is a nice thick creamy character to the mouthfeel. Very nice. Drinkability is outstanding. I would love to have a few more of these waiting for me.

kmpitz2, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of milk caramel, topped with a huge four finger off-white head. Well carbonated with dozens of tiny streams of bubbles. Leaves large botches of lacing behind.
Caramel, banana that has been coated in sugar and then roasted with a cooking torch.
Fruity, wheatfield taste, caramel, banana, a bit spicy and zesty. Cinammon and brown sugar. Great roasted malt taste to provide the backdrop to the other flavors.
A bit powdery, medium bodied, goes good with grilled meat.

mschofield, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a murky brown color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is yeasty, malty, bready and fruity. The flavor is malty and yeasty with aslight fruity esters. It has a slight peppery spiciness as well. It is light-medium bodied and easy drinking. A very nice brew.

Sampled 5/17/04

BeerBuilder, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of finepaws
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers right now. I can't get enough of them. It pours a cloudy copper color with a thick head that lasts about half way through. Smells of malts, banana, and fruit spices. Tastes incredible. Very flavorful. All smells jump around in your mouth to create a unique flavor, and end with a slight hop bite. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick. I could drink this everyday!!!

finepaws, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been quite busy lately and haven't had much time to do reviews. My busy schedule has even cut into the amount of beer I drink (I know, for shame!). But I was glad I could make some time to try this Dunkelweizen that has been sitting in my fridge for a little while. Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier Dunkel is a perfect beer to help wind you down and savor the rest of the night.

This brew pours a light brown/copper color with an orange hue. An absolutely huge foamy head forms and lasts for a few minutes before thinning out. The aroma is very nice, with the dark malts immediately noticable. There was some caramel present along with fruitiness, spices (clove, cinnamon), bananas, and later on chocolate made its way through. The mouthfeel is smooth and what is expected of a wheat beer (nice and lightly carbonated too). This beer is on the sweet side. Light molasses flavor at first, mixed in with caramel. Good banana like presence, and spicy presence is nice and not overwhelming. Some light dryness in finish. Some of the fruitiness and spiciness makes its way into the aftertaste, and the brew finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

This is a top notch beer, no doubt about it. It is quite sweet, but it isn't cloying in any way and remains very easy to drink. This beer has also reminded me that no matter how busy you are, there is always time for beer.

Beastdog75, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: was cloudy amber, slight head, didn't retain well
smell:Malts, cloves, spice
taste: A-a-h! delicious!, complex spices and fruit overwhelm, but pleasantly so! also chocolate notes!
mouthfeel: presents as creamy and well carbonated! very pleasant!better mouthfeel than many other's I've tried, in this vain.
drinkability: fantastic! I only wish I had a few more of these in the fridge!!! recommended! Cheers!!!

steinlifter, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark crimson color with a moderate tan head. The smell seems rather weak to me and all that I could get is some sweet malts. The flavors in this beer also seemed slightly on the weak side but they worked together very well. There's a toasted caramel taste upfront which turns to chocolate the further I go. Some fruity aspects lie underneath along with a hazelnut taste. The wheat is there but not too prevalent. Slight hop bite in the end. The flavors linger. This beer goes down easy and is enjoyable but nowhere as good as their original hefe.

granger10, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Top notch German import here from a brewery that makes it easy to understand their longevity.

Pours with a big and frothy head that threates to leave the glass and envelope the room...beautiful mocha color. Less than average lacing, but the head stays around to the end in a diminished form. The goodies beneath are a unique and cloudy reddish-brown hue that is murky and inviting. Moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is hugely grainy with big notes of yeast and cider spices and fresh pumpernickel that blend flawlessly with a green hoppy finish.

The taste is initially wholesome and bready before developing some definite frutiness along with very strong notes of clove and cardamom. This herbal attitude eventually gives way to sharp but gentle hop bite and ever-so-slight tart cider notes linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is intriguing if a little thin...perhaps the color was misleading as I am a newcomer to the Dunkels. Low carbonation allows for the full appreciation of the subtle nuances in the flavor.

Drinkability is fantastic, but this beer goes down like a rare treat not meant to be guzzled en masse.

MobBarley, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of TripelJ
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now Quaffing: Weihenstephaner Dunkel (draught)

When I first saw the tap handle, I thought it must be a dream. Poured a deep, tawny brown with a nice familiar opaqueness. There was a nice, dense off-white head, which receded leaving minimal traces of lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweetness and accompanied by a pleasant yeast smell. Taste is also sweet, with the malts being the dominant one in this complex relationship. There is a light citrus in the flavor and a perfectly placed crispness from the carbonation. The mouthfeel is medium and incredibly smooth. I don't usually drink wheat beers in session, but this one would be the one I would choose. One of the strongest features is that this beer is very smooth and easy to drink which makes it perfect for people testing the waters of better beer. It also has enough character to please the veteran beer advocates.

TripelJ, May 30, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a dark brown, cloudy brew, with a off-white head comprised of tiny bubbles. Good hefe scent, cloves, bananas, wheat, but not as intense as i was expecting. The tastes starts off with a hint of caramel malts, and has some excellent hefe characteristics. Wheat, naners, cloves, all that good stuff. A little spritzy on the tounge. Very refreshing after 8 hours of mowing lawns.

Tballz420, May 20, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky reddish golden appearance is only slightly darker than the regular Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. The head is appropriately tall and foamy, and carbonation level is high as is should be. This beer is much less aromatic than its paler brother, with a lot more wheat bread on the nose than cloves or bananas. The taste is also quite malty, with only a mild level of sweet fruitiness, but a bit of a spicy bite and lemony tanginess. The mouthfeel is light and feels a bit watered down. A good Hefeweizen for the people who prefer their iced tea unsweet rather than sweet.

rajendra82, May 11, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There’s something about this brew that speaks well of its character despite a modest play on the palate. It has a crisp, bright, citrus-infused aroma and pours to a lightly clouded oaken color with a tall ivory head. The body is a bit thin, but with a pleasantly spicy flavor that I’m sure would compliment – and not compete with – any good meal. I suspect a small wedge of lemon might provide some appropriate enhancement.

This is not a premium brew, but it is very easy to drink. I would call it likeable but not profound. The aroma exceeds the taste as the brewery’s lengthy and exalted history exceeds its modern product line.

I chose to rate this beer using the customary senses. Still, if I could employ a six sense, I might grant this one a higher score. It drinks like a refreshing tonic and may have appeal to some who are well content with modest tastes in a German beer.

RedDiamond, May 09, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy milk chocolate brown with an impressive tan head. Great lace drapes the glass.

Banana and cloves dominate the nose but are greeted by a nice malt presence.

The taste is fruity, spicy and delicious with a strong wheat character. There is a subtle chocolate essence as well.

This beer is smooth in the mouth with enough complexity to savor yet enough smoothness to make it an easy drinking beer.

This is a beer that can be sipped or gulped--I prefer somewhere in between. This can be a great after dinner beer or a great summer beer.

filabrazilia, May 03, 2004
Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a dark German wheat beer in several years. I remember loving them. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel backs up my fond memories.

The bottle I bought must have been sitting around for a while. It poured very clear. Only after swirling the last of the beer in the bottle did this beer become cloudy. Now it looks great. It has the typical foamy head. The smell is nice and estery. Banana, clove, everything I'd expect in a wheat beer. Good stuff. The taste is very good. I taste spices and yeast in this brew, along with a note of toasted malt.

The body is very good. It glides in my mouth but isn't too light.

This is an excellent dark wheat beer. It is one of the best around.

Shaw, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most drinkable beers I've had in a while. The same spicy, fruity notes as their Hefe, but with a nice round malt base. A nice cocoa taste complimenting the lemon and clove. Mouthfeel is perfect with a prickly carbonation and peppery flavor. No matter how many Dark Hefes I try I can never get over the contrast of the murky look and crisp flavor.

Sixpack595, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick off-white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has the nice fruity banana smell of a regular hefe, but with a little more of a malty scent. The taste is good. It is a malty hefe with excellent wheat/yeast flavor. It is sweet and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good dunkel, but I've had better; mouthfeel was lacking.

WesWes, Mar 26, 2004
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,391 ratings.