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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,354 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 174
Gots: 119 | 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 RoyalT
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very cloudy and “dirty brown” in color with a tight foaming head that sprang from the glass in an instant. The head showed good retention and was lightly tanned, making this very nice to look at.

Smell – Oh, Lordy, have I finally found a true imported Dunkel Weissbier? The strong yeast aroma is a long-awaited pleasure to my olfactory bulb. This one takes me back to the Stammtisch at the Goldener Anker.

The yeast aroma is slightly toasted and beautiful. There’s the traditional banana notes along with some spicing (maybe clove or cinnamon?), but all the second-tier players are in the background. The yeast steals the show here, as it should.

Taste – This has an excellent and traditional flavor. The toasted yeast from the nose comes out well at the taste and continues to improve as the bier warms (I should have poured this “warmisch”). The typical banana notes are muted but noticeable along with some light spicing.

Mouthfeel – This is where many miss the mark, but here we have an excellent, authentic example. The carbonation is not light, fizzy, and cheap as it is in a lot of wanna-be pretenders. Here it is soft yet full and completely unobtrusive to the flavor. This bier is medium-bodied and right on target.

Drinkability – I grabbed this big, yeasty bottle as a snack instead of a bag of chips. It is just as filling, much healthier, and tasted a hell of a lot better. I’ll nurse this through the afternoon, letting it warm to room temperature before starting on the New Year’s festivities.

Update – I rated this 2003 vintage on New Year’s Day ’04. I thought, now that a year has passed, I’ll re-review it with an ’04 vintage to see how it has withstood the test of time.

This is just a lovely example of the style by any measure. Brewed in the “oldest brewery in the world” just outside of Munich, this Bavarian import brings all the authentic Dunkel Weizen flavors right to your living room. The aroma is so dead-on for the style that they ought to have a picture of it on the BJCP style guide page. It is easily the most authentic Dunkles that I’ve had here in the US, and rivals most that I enjoyed in Germany.

RoyalT, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chestnut brown ruby effervescent offwhite chunky head leaves huge collar of lacing nice appearance big yeasty dregs pour out of my bottle it's nice. Aroma: I'm getting an array of fruit tones, green apples, raisins, and soft banana tones with a slight citrus hint to it all leaves me with spices and clove with some Hallertau in the finish giving it an herbal quality. Taste: Soft chocolate hints blended with banana clove yeast notes and other spices once again the plethora of fruit shines light upon my palate nice. Mouthfeel: Spritzy and bubbly but not overcarbonated medium to light in body this is a magnificant dunkel hefe. Drinkability: Unparalled for the style simply put just enjoy it's worth it.

WVbeergeek, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of koolk
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky hazy brown going on black going on brown!

Wonderfully complex nose of spice spice and more spice. Heavy clove, cinnamon, anise and friends bombard the senses with some malt, fruit and caramal notes following on through.

Palate is superbly long and full. Creamy texture gives way to spicey notes of malt, cloves, 'nana and othe fruits. So delicious!

The Hefewezien by these guys rules as one of my favorite beers. The dark follows strongly and is highly recommended!

koolk, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, blew my socks off from first sip to last glup! This fantastic hefeWeissbier was a dark, thick and creamy with loads of spices and wheat. Spices like, cloves, nutmeg and list goes on. The finish had a pleasant after taste that was absolutly outstanding in my mind. This Dark Hefeweissbier I would rate on the same scale as my favorite doppelbock, "Adventinus".

BeerManDan, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, orangey bronze color with a nice thicket of beige-colored head in the weizen glass. Aromas of dark malt (especially wheat malt, luscious), some cloviness and yeastiness and throw in a bit of mustiness like a drawer that hasn't been opened in a couple years and is layered with a bit of dust over it's sitting. Very clean smelling. Taste is a little refined, too. A bit malty sweet, yet retaining a classic dunkelweiss style. Smooth and flavorful. Drinkability's good, a 5.3% ABV doesn't hurt that one at all. Effervescent and smooth, perhaps an underappreciated brewery with a rich heritage that brews quality beer.

crookedhalo, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this at a small German-themed restaurant/bar in Glendale, AZ. My brother-in-law and I ducked in there while our wives were doing the post-Thanksgiving shipping ritual. This dark wheat beer was presented in a 23oz Weihenstephaner weissbier glass. The beer was a beauty for the eye: cloudy, almost muddy, brown with a ton of little streams of carbonation rushing to the underside of a massive, pillowy, 2" thick off-white head that left gobs of webby lace down the sides of the glass.
The smell was a rich and inviting blend of bready malt, clove, and banana. I was constantly sticking my nose into the glass to enjoy the aromas. The taste was classic German weissbier: banana and cloves abounding atop a solid yeasty malt backbone. The addition of some mild caramel notes enhanced the flavors. The banana taste was strong but not overpowering or causing the overall taste to seem imbalanced. The feel was light-bodied, clean and crisp. Very refreshing.
Drinkability was off the chart. I quickly polished off the first glass and ordered up a second which I savored at a less greedy rate. I just couldn’t help it with the first glass - it was just so damn good. This dunkel wiess is a stellar offering from Brauerei Weihenstephan, to go with their superb hefeweizen.

Boilermaker88, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of diablo14
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yet another pearler from this brewery. i wasnt sure whether id enjoy this hefe, but as soon as i poured it, smelled and had a sip, i knew id be back for more.

loved the appearance, a dark amber color that was very cloudy, topped with a generous creamy ecru colored head. i can tell you that there is no problem whatsoever with head retention on this beer at all. awsome nose of malt, some caramel, bananas, and a little vanilla bean that was as sweet as any ive smelled but not in the sickly way im used to with many other sweeter beers. the flavor was magnificent. like caremelized bananas. malt, bananas, vanilla, caramel, some cinnamon and cloves with the appearance of yeast right at the end as the hops start to chime in. nice level of bitterness that keeps the sweetness of this beer in check, but with a presence of its own. full bodied, quite thick in the mouth tho did have a good level of bubble action which meant it wasnt too syrupy. prolly couldnt drink this all night, but i could drink it as my nightcap on a regular basis.

considering the prices you can get weihenstephaners here in aus, you really cannot do any better for the dollars. this beer, and several of their others can proudly claim, and with plenty of justification, to be among the worlds best beers. if they laid that concept on me id agree wholeheartedly. a must buy.

diablo14, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...what can I say. Another stellar brew by Brauerei Weihenstephan. This bier pours out of the bottle a deep rich brown, with a legitimate head, that eventually leaves a great lave on the glass. This brew has a great almost sweet, but roasted depth and complexity. I knew I would love it from the very get go, and I was not disappointed. A classic.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dee- licious! I thought I had already reviewed this one. A local store owner gave me a nice Weihenstephan glass, so I bought a dunkel for the occasion. What a tasty beer. Reminds me a lot of Aventinus, without the extra kick. Banana flavor stands out, some clove spice - but not too much. Pours a huge, foamy head with good retention. Nice full mouthfeel. Refreshing and crisp. This will be a regular for me. Great brewery, great beer.

JohnnyDuvel, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of TinusTime
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the colour of cola- with a nice fluffy tan head that lingers around like shaving cream. The scent if redolant with weak cocoa and banana bread smells. The taste is as it smells with the addition of the nice spicy clove like finish found in hefe's. Mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth. A very drinkable beer on a nice mild summers day. Would go really good with some sauerbraten with red cabbage and potatoes

TinusTime, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa-colored deep brown appearance, hazy, and a puffy tan head of good lasting power. Nice and simple, but complete, lace. Malty aroma, slight chocolate and an attractive ester balance. Very nice mouthfeel, creamy and pudding-like with a sweet chocolate malt impression with just a hinty of fleshy fruit. The aroma that "damps" some Dunkelweiss brews is more complimentary here. Yeast appears slose to the finish, giving added texture and more fruit. Not a favorite style, but among the best in style in my opinion.

ADR, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first ever of the style. And, as this is probably my favorite regular Hefe, I could not wait to try this. I was intrigued from the start with the beers typical fluffy white head that was accompanied by a nice nut brown color. The lacing was ample and remained throughout. The aromatics favored the malty side, more so that the regular. The mouthfeel was both creamy and cleansing-which is what I like about the regular hefe! In the mouth I found this beer very similar to the regular hefe, yet with a punch of heath bar toffee. Some banana and clove chimed in as well, yet more subdued than the regular. On the finish a rich maltiness prevails. The beer is nicely refreshing and offers rich malty, grainy, bready flavors on the finish. A spectacular selection to try on tap at an Octoberfest with your favorite sausage or German snack of choosing.

moulefrite, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a frothy, gassy, explosive head that leaps out of the glass and all over the table. Cloudy brown-amber color. Aroma is comprised of alcohol, phenolic yeast and sharp wheat malt. Flavor is crisp, tart and yeasty with noticable clove and banana intermingled with warm alcohol. Finishes dry and refreshing. A very good dunkel-weissbier.

EagleTalon, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dunkel weissbier poured a cloudy, brown color with creamy, light tan foam. The smell was mild and malty with a slight sweetness and faint fruitiness. The taste was slightly sweet and malty with notes of wheat and yeast. Very little fruity ester flavors. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation. Very low hop presence. A nicely enjoyable weiss bier.

UncleJimbo, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a furious action on the pour, amazing to watch, it poured a light chestnut color with impossible amounts of carbonation flying up inside. Created a pocky and cavernous, cream/khaki-colored head, huge and swiss cheese-like. Quite a beer to behold, as all Weihenstephan's are.

Smelled of bananas foster, as big banana scents mix with alcohol and roasty sugar/syrup notes. Also had a strange cleaning fluid smell that many dunkels have. Taste was sweet, of bananas and yogurt (in that both are sweet and slightly lactic sour), a spot roasty in the middle, and creamy at the end. The sour flavor cleared my palette, keeping my tongue fresh, which was nice. Tasted very fresh, active, and complex. Highly drinkable, a perfect mouthfeel, outstanding given it’s a style that I don’t care for.

nomad, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding dunkel...the best I have had thus far......pours a deep orangeish amber....with a nice white head...nose is fresh, sweet apples, banana, and a light caramel note....body is medium...very charged up in the mouth...this is a beer that justs "feels" like a great beer as you drink it....extremely tasty but very, very drinkable.....the taste has a restrained sweetness that is just fantastic....This has to border on Weizen doppelbock land....the taste profile is caramel sweetness...accentuated by soft layered flavors of banana, and cloves.....

This is an awesome beer....maybe the best wheat beer I have ever tried to date..I will seek this out and buy many more...

ZAP, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy caramel brown in color. Light tan head.
Yeasty aroma with bits of clove and banana. Good dose of caramel malt mixed in.

Taste shows a smooth, roasty, caramel malt flavor. Hop balance and wheat give the beer some crispness. Yeast notes mixed in.

Good mouthfeel is somewhat creamy.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good dunkel hefeweizen.

PhantomVodoo, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of aracauna
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is swank beer. Not up to Aventinus standards, but damn near close (yes I realize they are different styles). Just a tad darker than Schneider Weiss -- cloudy tarnished copper. Big meringue head, the kind where bubble pop and a leave a permanent pit. The aroma, in addition to some of the typical aromas had this aroma I associate with stilton cheese. It's not a cheesiness, but that aroma that I can't really describe but think of as a smokey earthiness. Great hefe flavors, a bit milder than I prefer (I'm a Schneider Weiss aficionado) but this is made up by the darker malt flavors. A bit like caramel and bananas. Great, elegant beer.

aracauna, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of Brent
2.68/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I can't believe I'm giving this beer relatively low marks, since the other beers I've had from the brewery have been very good. Perhaps I expected too much. Poured a hazy ice tea brown. Not a lot of aroma. Mild banana yeast esthers jumped up at the front, but then surrendered to nondescript sweet yeast flavors. Did not detect a lot of wheat malt, which was surprising for a dark wheat.

Brent, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky, multi-shaded brown/dark amber with a massive, three finger’s worth of off-white head. Excellent retention. Minimal lace. Almost perfect Hefeweizen nose (spicy, yeasty, clove) then sprinkle in hints of caramel malt… what an invitation! The potency is a touch light, oh well. Very tasty palate, well balanced with pepper, clove, and spice upfront… yeastiness and apples (briefly) in the middle… the end is softly caramel, distant maltiness… the aftertaste is softly peppery and provoking carbonation that tickles your tongue… loiters on the dry side, rather clean. Medium body. Exceedingly drinkable! This is a great dark wheat ale, my high expectations were easily met… if you see the name Weihenstephaner on the label, buy it! As for this one, recommended.

bditty187, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of TheDM
2.73/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An initially large off-white head that almost overflowed the glass with moslty fine bubbles. This wheat beer was not one of my favorite, but more or less middle of the road for me. There was no strong after taste, but the taste did linger for a long time.

TheDM, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is what I compare to the river water of the Mississippi on a good day. It looks like what its suppose to for a dark hefe, one ugly ass murky brown. The top was super fluffy and tall, nearly two inches of fluffy frothyness, liked whipped coffee cream, crumbles slowly to a fine small head that never leaves. Lace is everywhere, some sticks, some drips, mostly patches with some strings.
Smell is quite simple yet very nice, soft and light airy lemon, some maltness, a bit musty and a touch of banana and spice.
Taste is a nice mellow lemon flavor, easy tartness, balanced nicely with darker malts and wheat, a bit of breadish dryness, touch of banana and spice in there, smooth the entire gulp. Nice open and mellow medium body feel, mostly midway action then thins out nicely in the finish leading it to be drinkable beyond comprehension. One excellent, fine beer to drink any Ol' time, but favors the warmth of summer.

tavernjef, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a beer! It offers all of the flavors and aromas of the standard Weihenstephaner weizen with the addition of a light caramel note. It pours a cloudy, tawny brown body with a full head of creamy off-white foam. Soft banana, light clove-like spice, light brown sugar and apples appear in the nose. The body is medium and it appears initially crisp and then creamy across the palate due to its very fine and effervescent natural carbonation. Gentle spice appears first in the flavor; followed by a soft maltiness that's just slightly tangy and backed by gentle fruitiness (bananas, apples). It's very well-balanced by an underlying bitterness, and it finishes with a lingering note of nutty malt and some drying clove-like yeastiness. Refreshing but full of flavor. Exceptional!

NeroFiddled, Jun 19, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i love the hefe-weissebier, figured this would be good too. pours a beautiul dark amber color with a nice medium white head. reduces a bit, but a nice small head stays and laces the glass nicely throughout the drinking session. smells of wheat, clove and a bit of spice, and pretty much tastes the same. not quite as "wheaty" as the normal hefe, but is a little heavier and fruitier tasting, reminds be of a mix between the hefe and the korbinian? i dont know. finishes a bit dry and the mouthfeel is great. good carbonation that just feels great on the toungue. this stuff is great.

DESTRO, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's muddy brown and lighter brown on the edges. The head is huge and laces well. The aroma is a direct early look into the flavors; of which include banana, chocolate, yeast, lemon, clove, spice, toasted malt.....very awesome and refreshing brew with crisp carbonation. It's kind of like a mellow chocolate covered banana with lemon zest to boot. Awesome stuff.

AudioGilz, May 27, 2003
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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