Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,609
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 244
Gots: 242 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a hazy, milk chocolate brown, with off-white head that dissipated quickly, and little lacing. Aroma of malt, nuts and chocolate. Taste is malt, chocolate and spice, mostly clove. Could not detect much wheat flavor. Not a bad beer, but have had better Hefe Weiss.

Photo of karst
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a turbid dark bronze with dense double fist sized pillowy head nearly topping over the Erdinger Weisbier glass (half liter SOHM) leaving 3-D lace. Bottle number 6046 from the shelves of Lucas Liquors - Ellisville, MO.

Enticing aromas of light toasted malt, chocolate and banana contrast wheat.
A medium body and perfect mouthfeel that results from wheat and expert brewing. Like the Weihenstephanner Hefeweissbier the phenol-bananna-clove spices are phenominal! The additional caramel from darker roasts provide more complexity without overdoing the caramel. Hops (IBUs = 14) dry any lingering sweetness keeping the drinkability high.

Masterfully made by "the world's oldest brewery"

Photo of ghostwalker
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel colored body. Huge mounds of thick white head. I tried for a good head with an aggressive pour, may have tried too hard.

Smell is sweet and spicy. Banana and clove all over the place. This is a prototypical Hefe-Weizen nose.

Flavor is initially sweet, rapidly followed by a massive clove and spice presence. The clove and cinnamon spice blend is really interesting, coupled with the banana and brown sugar sweetness. A thing of beauty.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Drinkability is great. On a hot day, there is nothing like a world-class Weizen.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why haven't I tried this before, I've liked all the dark wheats I've seen... This was so good, maybe a little light in color (or maybe Aventinus and the like are too dark).

Poured into a tumbler, and it looked pretty good. The main visual cue is the massive head (and you can see the vigorous carbonation feeding the head from below).

The smell and taste are nearly perfect, bananas and cloves and cocoa and generally good hefe-weizen smells.

I completely recommend this, it's on par with Aventinus.

Photo of Hagbard
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown with a golden hue at the bottom where the light illuminates it. A huge head cascades up to fill the top of the glass with whiteness, which eventually fades to just a thin film. It has a very yeasty aroma. It smells dark and dank, but a bit subdued. The taste is full of yeast, imparting some subtle fruity esters. Banana is in the background. There is also some brown sugar in the background and maybe cinnamon. Throughout, a heavy wheat tang presides. Little to no hop bitterness or flavor, probably just enough to cut the wheat and yeast. It is very soft and easy, not biting in any way. The mouthfeel is full...a true German experience. This is 5.3% and goes down easy....very easy to drink. This beer is very intriguing to me, but I do prefer the straight hefe. I have a feeling this bottle wasn't the freshest specimen around and imagine that hurt it. Unfortunately, no easy to read freshness date was present.

Photo of atigerlife
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cider brown opaque with an off-white big fluffy head that has very good lasting power. Very good lacing.

Aroma is mostly malts and wheat with some light banana. Not much else.

Taste is wheat and malty but has more complexity than the smell. theres some clove and banana in the background. Also some citrus and spicy notes. At the end, there is some bitterness and nice dry feel.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and decent cleansing.

Overall, a very solid beer for summer drinking. Very drinkable.

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Tasty looking brew. Pours a very cloudy, copper-brown color. Very much looks like iced-tea. A huge three inch thick off white head forms, with excellent retention. Lots of malt of yeast smells, with hints of spices,cloves and bananas. Very nice combination of wheat and malt flavors. A little sweetness in there, like sweet apple cider. Excellent mouthfeel very light and refreshing. Way too easy to drink. A great beer to enjoy, on a hot summer's day. a must try!!

Photo of andrewmartin
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this brew with some homemade sausage and grilled cabbage, but it would pair well with a wide range of foods.

A-Pours carmel, cloudy, with a huge rocky head that dissapates very slowly

S-Yeast mixed notes of apple and bread

T-Malty with wheat notes, apple and yeast

M-Very soft

D-Very drinkable, a beer to be enjoyed year round

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the darker doppelganger to the hefe-weizen that is the benchmark.

I mean, what do you want to hear? its darker, more rich smelling, a bit more full of floaty particles; but man this one sure does deliver. This is like a more tan version of your significant other. Its just darker, and better. Its no less refreshing, but it would certainly pair a little better with stronger food flavors. It is really malt paradise. I prefer mine chilled up and consumed in the following manner. Since this is not a sipping beer, its best to take a giant swig every minute or so, until the beer is gone; repeat until empty, or until you start to understand German.

Photo of Winter
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown in color with a rising off-white head. Nice sudsy lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is pretty clean with a wheaty maltiness in combination with bananas and chocolate. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I was expecting. It's soft and airy toward the back. Flavors are rich in banana and chocolate. Pleasant spiciness from the yeast adds that little extra dimension to it. There's a mild bitterness toward the back. Some fruitiness to the dry finish also.
This is very solid dunkel weizen.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this dunkel into my hefeweiss glass and it foamed right up to the top. It took several pours to empty this hazy copper colored beer into my glass. The off white fizzy head dissolved rather quickly leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. A strong aroma of clove, banana and bready yeast hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a soft fizz on the palate. The flavor is similar to the aroma with notes of clove, banana and yeast. There's some bubblegum and hints of malt mixed in too. Once gone some clove and banana flavors remain behind.

Definitely no lemon needed for this wonderful brew.

Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a large fizzy head. The aroma consists of malt and yeast and slight hints of banana. Taste is very clean and crisp and extremely refreshing. There is a nice combination of yeast/banana/cocoa flavors over a nice malt backbone. This is simply another stellar brew from Weihenstephaner!

Photo of davidchollar
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

weihenstephaner's hefeweissbier dunkel, dunkel weizen pours out an awesome caramel toffee. what a beautiful color, light at the bottom and progressively darker towards the top of my weizen glass. big thick, impressive and off-white head.

the smell is right on par with the paler version. big wheaty clove and banana scents. i can't tell much of a difference between this and its light brother. perhaps more of a toasted malt smell, but it's really a fruity smell overall.

if i had to choose my favorite style, right now, it would be hefeweizen. and this offering is not so different. a nice, slightly darker version. highly recommended, i will get this again and again.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A nice lookin beer. Pours with a fluffy white head that settles down into a consistent foam. Has a hazy, sienna honey color.
The odor is striking, as has been my experience with the other beers I've had from this brewery. Pumpkin bread and/or pumpkin pie comes to mind. Cinnamon, allspice or clove, banana bread... autum baking smells.
The taste isn't quite as striking as the smell but it's pretty damned good. Same profile as the smells with a really silky texture to go along with it. The mouthfeel is a pleasurable experience. It almost feels like you're eating a tasty baked good (see above for which baked goods).
Probably my favorite brew from this brewery and that's saying quite a bit.
Hard to go wrong with the world's oldest brewery.

Photo of scooter231
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty brown/tan color, almost cinnamon, or honey. Thick and hazy, almost opaque. Beautiful head, thick and creamy looking which leaves really lovely lacing. Nose is quite sweet. Alcoholic. Banana bread, definitely, with some cinnamon touches. Allspice hits you quite hard. Pumpkin bread? Lots of spicyness going on. It smells like your grandmother's kitchen in the fall when she starts baking for the winter months. Makes me want to eat delicious things...

Taste is a biiit of a letdown after the smell. Isn't as potent. Still good, though. More of the cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice, banana thing going on, just a bit muted, more subtle. Mouthfeel is absoluvely lovely- thick and creamy, smooth, really good. Quite drinkable- perhaps too sweet, too spiced after a while, but if you're in the mood for this, it really hits the spot.

Photo of rjlemos
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes from the oldest brewery still producing beer, so they might know something about it... they have a really good reputation...
And, to say more, the master brewer of Eisenbahn, the best brazilian brewery (and shall i say, probably one of the best of the entire world), was taught there... so, a lot of things can be concluded from that...
I bought 3 different Weihenstephaner's beers at the same time (and drank all the three one following the other). This one was the second one i drank, and it's very similar to the Hefe Weissbier in taste and smoothness (the first i tasted). The color is unique - it's brown, completely light brown, not black or red. It's very soft, even for the style, specially if you compare with other highlights like Erdinger and so on...
Very easy to drink, refreshing, and excellent taste and malt concentration. Nice option.

Photo of aquatonex
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tan-brown, looks like A&W cream soda. Very carbonated, lots of lush head. As a hefe should be, nose is very yeasty with some nice malts and citrus. Taste follows as well, yeast is a bit overpowering, was expecting a bit of balance from a dunkel, this one is very hefe and not much else. The malts aren't expressed as much as I would like, but still very enjoyable.

Photo of akahn
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown honey color, hazy, with streaming carbonation and a fizzy but lasting head. Surprisingly, no lace. Faint wheaty aroma, with a hint of honey sweetness. Taste is quite mild. Wheaty, with the same hint at honey as in the aroma. A metallic edge, and a late spiciness. Quite smooth, with mild, small bubbled carbonation. Light to medium body. All in all a small, tasty beer.

Photo of jaluria
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky, yellow-brown color with a frothy, thick head that was colored white. Huge bubbles seemed trapped in the head. Rings of lacing were left behind in my weizen glass. Aromas of wheat, fresh bread, grains, bananas, and cloves. The taste was very much like that of a hefe with the addition of caramel and bread/grain flavors. The fruit flavors were present throughout the session and added depth, in my opinion. Not nearly as sweet as other beers I've had within this style, but still sweeter than bitter. Chewy texture with nice carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Das ist gut, ya! After so often sampling their superb hefe, I thought, what the hell am I doing not drinking everything else this brewery creates? Plus I've been in the mood for weeks for dark wheat beers (hello Ludwig's), so this is money drinking. Pours a deep copper color, a very burnished and burnt gold, not nearly as dark as I had thought, but looks beautiful in a weizen glass, with a thick frothy head atop. Aroma: kickass. Yeast, cocoa beans, wheat and bubblegum. Damn that's appealing.

Malt flavor is prevalent, with the slight bitterness of the hops just kissing the palate in the finish. In between there's a flavor of doughy biscuits, slightly salty yet sweet; the bubblegum and lemon citrus flavors floating on top of the wheat malt. Mouthfeel is undeniably perfect. Smooth, not cloying in the least and the carbonation is spot on - not overdone or bubbly like many wheat beers can be. I could drink this all day and night. An exceptional brew, and I've noticed this is becoming one of my all-time favorite styles.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1/2L bottle to a 1/2l tall swirl Weissen glass. Excellent murky reddish brown color. Huge light tan head towers over the nicely carbonated liquid. Why don't the all watering holes in this land carry this stuff, It's a sin.

Smell is of wonderfully fruity yeast with caramelized malt and just the right amount of hopy goodness. And to think I waisted 5 long years, 5 of the best beer getrinke years at college in macro swill hell. O' well I can afford to make up for it now and I wasn't sober enough to remember anything way, never mind. back to my Koenig brau.

Taste is superb. One of the best of this style. Tangy yeast, roasted malt, light fruits, bananas, & spice. This is a must try.

Mouthfeel is warm thick and pleasing. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is high. I got 1/2 a case left and it is all I can do to make it last through the week. MK

Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Glunz Bavaria Haus on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. .5 Liter correctly marked glass!

The beer is a slightly hazy coco brown with an impressive beige head.

The beer had a fresh aroma of banana, spices and a bit of toasted biscuit.

The taste was great. I found the expected clove/banana and a really nice toasty under pinning. This dunkel is slightly earthy with some dark fruit notes with a bit of a dry finish.

Great smooth mouth; this is an extremely easy drinker. Hats off the brewery & hats off to Glunz for taking such good care of this beer!

Photo of evanackerman
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a light brown orangey color with yeast haze and a nice head.

smell is faint toasty grain.

taste is toasty grain and a bit of spice character followed by a hint of bitter hops.

overall, not as robust in flavor as i expected for a dunkle, tasted more like a regular hefe-weizen, still a tasty beer though, very refreshing, not much to complain about.

Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall Weizen glass, the head reaches nearly two inches in thickness, with amazing retention. The color is a hazy caramel brown and the head is off-white. Aroma of citrus spice, banana, wheat, and yeast. The flavor is lightly sweet and bready, with a lemony spice, and bit of clove. The flavor carries through unchanged into a rather unremarkable finish. Strong on carbonation, the mouthfeel runs slightly thin. Alcohol seems low. I found it a very easy to drink beer, but I would have liked a little more kick from the taste to make it a top notch selection. I'd stick with the original hefeweissbeer...

Photo of geexploitation
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the self-proclaimed oldest brewery in the world, it's a... dunkelweizen. This beer pours only a medium dark brown, cloudy with yeast, with a suprisingly small head. The nose of this beer is quite attractive, being heavy with pie spices, raisins and just a touch of grain. The taste is at first just slightly snappy with carbonation, then sweet with a raisiny taste... but then it moves to the middle of the palate and the cloves come out. Quite complex and evolving, very nice. Mouthfeel is zesty with carbonation and a bit watery like most wheat beers, but fine for the style.

Overall, a very, very good dark wheat beer, one of the best I've had. Complex and pleasing, deep and easy to drink, Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen pulls off several seeming contradictions to make for an excellent drinking experience.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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