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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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

Bottle: standard 500mL brown bottle, traditional German label.

Appearance: poured into a weizen glass. A mid-brown in colour with a light haze and plenty of carbonation. A wonderful inch of off-white head bursts up the glass and settles to a half-inch with fantastic lacing.

Aroma: there are the usual suspects of banana and clove, with caramels and heavy fruits.

Taste: very similar to Weihenstephan's Hefeweizen, but with the addition of the smooth caramel and heavy fruits. Very nice.

Aftertaste: all of the flavours last for a time, with the caramel malts up front. A tiny bit dry on the finish.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with higher carbonation. A nice, smooth feel.

Overall: another great example of the traditional German wheat beer from Weihenstephan - a classic. Good value too for an equivalent of AU$70 a case. One of the best wheat beers I have had - well worth it.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle.

Light brown in color big slightly off-white head.  Something was off with the aroma.  Minimal lacing on the glass.  The usual hefe traits of banana and cloves were there, but it had a faint soapy smell to it.  Luckily, it was not picked up in the flavor and did not take away from what was an enjoyable mix of fruit and spice.  Light to medium bodied and plenty of carbonation. 

I had this side by side with Ayinger Ur-Weiss and preferred the Ayinger.  Comparably, they were very similar in flavor but the Ayinger had it beat in aroma and had a little more body to it.  I will come back to this beer again as I am a huge fan of Weihenstephaner's original Hefeweissbier and they are great values at < $3/bottle.

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap at tavern on the square in northborough.

Nice creamy 1/2 finger head, hazy mahogany tan brown color.

Nose semi sweet malts, candy toffee mild caramel, toasty brown malts, toasted wheat, caramelized sugars.

Taste starts with sweet sugars, candy again, caramelized sugars and toffee, caramel, etc, with plenty of toasted wheat and brown candy wheat, mild biscuit, hint of candied raisin like fruit, etc. Finish brings more fruity flavours, caramelized sugars toffee and raisin, little grassy hop too.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, mild creamy, decent carb.

Overall quite nice, again Weihenstephaner delivers the standard for a great German beer.

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Photo of MikeKnauf
5/5  rDev +17.9%

This is by far my favorite Dunkelweizen.

I haven't had one in a while so I can't give an accurate description but it's toasted, bready malts all the way.

I like this a bit better than the Hefeweisen from the same brewer - it's more subdued in it's flavoring but not at all boring. Just tasty as heck.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Sampling right now on 9/16/14 after bowling. Single 550ml bottle for $3.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a brand-new limited edition 'Brazil 2014' .5L Weishenstephan soccer glass that the wife won on their FaceBook page that came in the mail yesterday. Beautiful tall glass with a soccer ball near the bottle. Awesome!

Pours a dark brown-copper color with a good 4-finger foamy off-white head that settles down to a good 1/2+ finger. A good amount of lacing is seen that sticks to the glass. Great aroma of German malts and hops with a dark bread aroma as well. Even more going on with the taste as this is very flavorful, more with every sip. Medium+/Full bodied with perfect carbonation but not a 'heavy' beer. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. This is a fantastic brew like their others since this the World's Oldest Brewery from 1040! PROST! ")

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Aroma is soft but distinct with clove and a touch of vanilla. The off-white head is large and frothy; the body is cloudy and dark amber. The flavor is dominated by a clove-like spiciness rounded off by some soft, bread crust-like sweetness; a touch of yeasty tartness lingers in the finish. The lively carbonation contributes to a medium-full body, but the finish is fairly light and crisp.

This is a very delicious, hearty, and satisfying beer with an alluring appearance, delightful aroma, and invigorating taste.

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Photo of Reegze79
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Ahhhh....an incredible drinker....pours dark amber with fairly heavy carbonation. Smell is banana/clove with a hint of yeast. Taste picks up the banana and clove right away but the maltiness and tinge of the roasted malts comes through. The flavor explodes in your mouth....is there a better summertime beer than this? German purity and craftsmanship at play here

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Photo of cjgiant
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours hazy brown with copious amount if foam head. The sustaining carbonation is tremendous as the head stayed atop the pour well into the drink. The nose has the smell if a typical hefe as it's base, banana and clove, but I also get a little breadiness and maybe some fig.

The initial feel is quite smooth, the carbonation present but far from overtaking the feel. The taste starts with a light gingerbread taste. The banana/clove hints come next, stronger in some sips than others. A more generic darker bread (sweet whole grain) settles in midway through the end taste. The carbonation plays nicely in the back to hold your tongue for the last few seconds.

Very solid beer, unsurprisingly. Nice balance, enjoyable flavors, great feel and appearance.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +12%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a ruddy brown with a dense and rocky two finger off white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of bananas and cloves
T: taste is bananas and cloves with a nice amount of malt sweetness and creamy wheat and some nice breadyness. swallow is more banana and clove with some honey sweetness and more breadyness.
M: this beer is fairly light with a creamy mouthfeel from the wheat. carbonation is slightly prickly and the finish on the beer is ever so slightly drying
O: A fantastic example of the style from a world class brewery. Definitely hits all the right notes with no apparent faults

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

500ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazy light amber/brown under a solid 1-finger thick off-white head which lingers and yields splotchy lace.

N: Bananas, estery, fruity, yeasty, faintly earthy and darkly malted.

T: Estery, yeast, clove and banana, trace bready roasted malts and caramel, mildly sweet and nutty.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Dry, yeasty and estery finish.

O: Clean and easy drinking. A superb dark hefe.

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Photo of Mojo
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into wheat beer glass

A - pours up a dark amber maybe the same color as an apricot, slightly cloudy at first, eventually clearing, with excellent lacing at good lacing.

S - spicy sweet nose with a definite banana aroma.

T - very crisp tasting with the usual banana and clove notes. However, where some beers are a bit too much in your face with the banana stuff this beer has subdued them somehow or another. The finish is satisfyingly sweet, never becoming cloying.

M - very clean with virtually no aftertaste

O - no ones seems to do weizen styles better than the Germans. While the USAs best offering are often hop forward, Weihenstephaner always seems to brew beer that is complex and interesting without going to extremes. This one is a definite yes as Daniel Bryan would say.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a murky, toffee-brown with a fluffy, three-finger, eggshell colored head with good retention. Stripes of spider-web like lacing.

S - Medium strength aroma of banana, pear, clove, and fresh baked wheat bread. Smells inviting.

T - Taste matches the nose, but with additional note of fine ground white pepper. The darker malts reduce some of the clove flavor of the normal Hefe, but bring more balance in return. Fruity and bready; almost cake-like. Really, really tasty. Nicely complex and rich flavor.

M - Light bodied, with prickly carbonation. A delightful creaminess makes this feel thick and smooth. Finishes crisp and clean.

O - Fantastic. Best example of the style I have had and a definitely rebuy. Well crafted.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a rich brown with ruby undertones with a tall cream colored head that has good retention and some lacing.

Smell is of sweet roasted malt, picking up some fruit like banana from the yeast, as well as clove and faint hops.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet malt up front, with banana and clove in the finish with slight spiciness present throughout. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and soft, some creaminess as well.

Overall, one of the best Dunkels out there and is always good to have some on hand.

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Photo of Tele
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: 4.25 Pours a hazy, reddish-brown with a large off-white head.

S: 3.75 The aroma is mostly bread, esters, yeast, and malt with some light hops in the background. There’s a little bit caramel with the malt, but it’s very faint.

T: 4 Slightly sweet at first with a good amount of fruity, spicy esters following. The malt and hop levels are very nice, but not adding anything particularly interesting. This dark version is actually quite similar to the original.

M: 4.25 The body is pretty light and quite refreshing for a “dark” beer. Carbonation is very nice and enhances the fairly muted flavors.

O: 4 This beer is very nice, however it is not particularly interesting. As mentioned above, it’s very similar to the original version but there’s a little less going on. I was hoping for a bit more roasted malt to come through on the nose and palate, but it’s still very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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