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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 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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Photo of Kuaff
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.07/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark amber color. Exceptionally bubbly. It poured with a thick white creamy head. Mostly opaque, but some light comes through. Somewhat murky.

S - A sour citrusy smell and lots of wheat.

T - Front is a citrus orange taste. Middle is wheaty. Finish is malty. Not a very strong alcohol taste and not bitter at all.

M - Medium thickness. Lots of carbonation that you feel as it first hits your tongue.

O - This is a mellow beer with a nice malty, wheat taste. Almost no bitterness and very enjoyable.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 17 ounce Euro-brown bottle into a shaker. A moderate pour produces about an inch of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a pretty stick 1/8 inch residuum coating the top. The beer is a hazy yellow-amber color with moderate carbonation.

Very enticing, fruity aroma- yeasty, tart, spicy, tang, apple pie, banana, raspberry, cherry and a light earthy funk. These aromas/suggestions carry over into the flavor, with the banana accentuated a bit at first, but with the other fruits catching up. I perceive a burpy, frothy, pungent mass coating the back of the mouth and producing monumental burps. A nice rich caramelly malt backs up the yeast, fruit, funk, and tang. A strong hint of dark fruit lurks in the background and lingers in the aftertaste.

This pint-plus bottle was purchased for $3.49 at Hennessey Grocery in Butte, Montana. This strikes me as quite an excellent deal, considering the obvious excellence of this beer (and the distance traveled!). Kudos to the Hennessey for making this exotic foreign beer available in my little corner of the mountains...

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Photo of secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber with massive (!) head of off-white carbonation. Big, loopy lace.

Nose is nicely banana and clove-spice. Absolutely perfect and in line with a great hefeweizen. Very nice, yes.

Taste is sweet and spicy, with plenty of banana and clove notes. The finish shows a bit of honey and tart citrus, as well. Perfectly balanced and so drinkable, I could have these daily.

Refreshing, complex, and positively an ideal hefeweizen.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : dark amber color with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and chocolate aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel malty and roasted grain flavors.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German style Dunkel Weiss.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single bottle served cold in Hefe style glass beer challis

A) Cloudy & bright, mahogany colored fizzy mixture. Soft white head settles quickly. Looks terrific...

S) Classic hefeweissen - banana, sweet citrus fruit, clove. Slightly musky as the beer opens

T) Delicious. Banana bread, honey, very mild pepper, caramel, tart.

M) Well balanced with adequate fine carbonation, sticky sweet, mild hops and smooth.

O) Not only an excellent example of this classic style, easily found here in Chicago and reasonably priced.

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Photo of tmzl
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with large, very thick, billowy, off-white (yellow hue) head. It has a beautiful, slow retention that leaves medium sized, creamy, thick layer on the top. It stays till the end and leaves fair amount of lacing. Colour is cloudy, creamy toffee, caramel, like milk chocolate sundae shake - delicious. Also lots of active carbonation, lots of bubbly chains.

Smell: Clove and banana classic. Bit peppery, fresh sweet peeled apples, red earth. Grain, wheat, hay with light darker malt sweetness, hints of caramel and milk chocolate most obvious.

Taste: Clove and banana with some spice lead the way; also yeasty character gets some ground. Dry apples, light sour. Medium sweet middle, mostly grain/wheat - light caramel sweetness doesn't come out until in the aftertaste. Good balance of clove, banana and pepper play in the after - wouldn't expect anything different from Weinhenstephan. Some light noble hops at the end too.

Mouthfeel: Light crisp start, this lively carbonation suits it well. Smooth and creamy medium light heavy body.

Overall: Not that different from the classical hefeweissbier, superb yet relatively simple play of the classical banana clove formation, that looks and feel good. Expected a bit more contribution from the darker malts tho.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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