1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Not Rated.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,246 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 161
Gots: 89 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,246 | Reviews: 984 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Liveupthere
Liveupthere

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-15-2014 20:19:13 | More by Liveupthere
Photo of msumike89
msumike89

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2014 19:40:30 | More by msumike89
Photo of dandelin
dandelin

Korea (South)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2014 08:07:19 | More by dandelin
Photo of Dcrane1975
Dcrane1975

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-15-2014 02:43:48 | More by Dcrane1975
Photo of wdf210
wdf210

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-15-2014 01:09:15 | More by wdf210
Photo of LDuke
LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2014 00:51:07 | More by LDuke
Photo of LambicPentameter
LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as part of a special Weihenstephaner commemorative World Cup 2014 glass giveaway. Apparently the "world's oldest brewery" made some unique glasses to commemorate the German national team's appearance (and victory) in the final. Poured into said commemorative glass, tall and flared like a weizen glass, but near the bottom, there is a soccer ball embellishment so that the glass grows directly out of the ball to the top and bottom.

Appearance - Pours a ruddy, cloudy brown that is completely opaque from the unfiltered aspect and has a slightly reddish tint to it. Atop the body sits a two finger head of creamy off white--just the faintest brown twinge to the hue. Retention is moderate, with the head slowly receding to a healthy film across the top of the body, but not much in the way of lacing. Just some faint lines intermittently along the sides of the glass.

Smell - A wonderful concoction of the spiciness you expect from a hefeweizen with lots of clove, and a slightly more subtle complement of banana and even spice cake. The dark malts seem to add mostly color, but also tone down the brightness that explodes out of the glass on their standard hefeweizen. There is a faint malty sweetness underlying the whole thing, which perhaps also contributes to the lack of brightness. But make no mistake, I don't say that as a negative--just different (but typical for the style).

Taste - Picking up right where the aroma left off, with a heavy does of spice led by clove and just a hint of banana, and bringing to mind things like snicker doodle cookies and spice cake, but not as sweet. The grain comes through with a nice bit of toasting that calls to mind toasted whole grain bread, but the yeast is the predominant flavor component here.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a creamy feel on the tongue.

Overall, just a fantastic beer. Weihenstephaner makes the best hefeweizen in the world, and they certainly can throw their hat into the ring on dunkelweizen as well--if you like clove and spice and everything nice. I also must say that the flavor profiles come through a lot more aggressively on tap than when I've had this out of the bottle. Not sure if that's due to a freshness issue and the likelihood that a keg will be fresher than a bottle, but this is by far the most I've ever enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2014 22:17:35 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of JuicesFlowing
JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Murky toffee brown. Foamy cream colored head with good retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Malts, toffee, chocolate malts.

Taste: Malty, grainy, toffee notes, chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A delicious dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 22:35:30 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Flash844
Flash844


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-13-2014 15:37:14 | More by Flash844
Photo of paulytasker
paulytasker

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-13-2014 03:23:19 | More by paulytasker
Photo of edmiglia
edmiglia

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-12-2014 01:22:14 | More by edmiglia
Photo of drummermattie02
drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-10-2014 18:16:43 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of pat_usher
pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-09-2014 18:56:26 | More by pat_usher
Photo of Kuaff
Kuaff

Alaska

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cellar temperature in a weizen glass.

This dunkel presents a large, just off-white three-finger rocky head and a murky, dark amber-brown color. Looks like it should.

I smell caramel, orange zest, vanilla, raisins, plums, and ripe banana. Not bad.

Caramel and citrus play nicely in the flavor, with the raisins also coming through a bit. The finish is both nutty and bready in the nicest of ways, and hints of banana, cinnamon, and cloves are also apparent in the end.

The carbonation is jacked up, and the body is medium.

A dunkel that cannot disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 16:40:17 | More by Kuaff
Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
DutchcdnTEXAN

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-09-2014 03:06:56 | More by DutchcdnTEXAN
Photo of JohnBender
JohnBender

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-08-2014 23:37:56 | More by JohnBender
Photo of timontheroad
timontheroad

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-08-2014 04:27:05 | More by timontheroad
Photo of thatoneguymike
thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-08-2014 00:36:23 | More by thatoneguymike
Photo of titty_mcbitty
titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Darker golden brown not as murkey as expected. Big bubbly head.

S: Bananas, malt, and some spices.

T: Bananas and malt as above. Also pepper and spice, apples, some caramel, and light fruits. There's a nuttiness to it as well.

M: Creamy and bubbly. A nice aspect of this beer.

O: Great dunkel! Would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 06:28:55 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of speedvagen
speedvagen

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-05-2014 14:58:10 | More by speedvagen
Photo of BJasny
BJasny

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-04-2014 16:05:53 | More by BJasny
Photo of BeerThursdays
BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-04-2014 12:02:09 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of cambabeer
cambabeer

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's been too long since I've had wheat beer. I've gone like 6 months without one after a long phase of faithful wheat beer drinking. This stuff is delicious.

Perfectly white head sitting on just slightly cloudy, deep mahogany brown body. Smells very malty and sweet, yet somehow crisp as well. Floral and buttery. A little pear like.

Taste is super malty. The wheat is everywhere, buttery and slightly sweet, but not overly so. Crisp and zesty almost blueberry flavor. Malt all the way through to the end. Nothing harsh, very mild in all respects. Very smooth feel, nice carbonation. Goes down easy, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 02:39:31 | More by cambabeer
Photo of DRBiser
DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-03-2014 18:16:53 | More by DRBiser
Photo of emeyer
emeyer

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.6%

07-02-2014 02:39:34 | More by emeyer
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,246 ratings.