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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,040 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,040
Hads: 2,677
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 260
Gots: 259 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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... (614 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the brewery restaurant on March 20, 2006.

A: Murky chestnut, fluffy white head, great retention and lace.

S: Bready malt, a little banana.

T: Bready malt, a little banana. Slight sweetness, but very nicely balanced.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

D: Exceptional (So much flavour, yet they go down so easy!) (364 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Draft, at the Maple Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Not quite up to what I hoped to find. Still pretty nice, though. Color is beer-bottle brown under a fizzy head. Taste is sugary and kind of light. Banana flavor builds up with not much else to balance it. (251 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy ice tea sort of color with that monstrous Weihenstephaner head.

S: Much like the original (although a bit subdued), with big banana and clove aromas, but with a bit of malt and grain thrown in as well.

T: Flavors of licorice, clove and other spices, and finishes a bit with flavors of wheat and nuts.

M: Medium to full bodied (definitely heavier than the original) and very chewy. The carbonation is a bit much for my taste, but acceptable for the style.

D: I think that I prefer the original Weihenstephaner Hefe, but this is definitely a good beer. Get some. (597 characters)

Photo of Riggsy
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured in weizen glass

Appearance- Pours a cloudy brown with thin off white head.

Smell- Familiar clove/banana aroma characteristic of German hefes,.

Taste- Same banana and clove along with pepper notes. Tastes of bready yeast present as well.

Mouthfeel- Light/medium body, lightly carbonated.

A classic offering from "the oldest brewery in the world" (381 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy amber...very active head..foamy..drops to 1/8 in....good looking.
Smells of sweet bread dough..banana and clove.
Tastes light and sweet...doughy malt. banana again...some clove..malt kicks in..then,very nice clove finish and aftertaste.
Pretty light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.
Fairly drinkable...it's a half liter...that will be good.
A nice hefe. (366 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the best sandwitch beer ever concocted. I'm having an early lunch soon on this lazy day, and I am aching for sommadis already! Light hazy amber with a nice thic head of pure white foam that stays around. Aromas of clove, spice, banana, and some nice malt complexity come through hardcore and make this one smell like wonderful fresh German bread. Taste is awesome as well, very 'bready' with spice and fruit notes as well. Not much hops, but the style calls for almost none anyways. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very, very, very good! Bring on the ham on rye! (592 characters)

Photo of Byeast
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark very hazy brownish dark red with a big foamy head of about 2 and a half inches. Smell is dark fruity , malty, slight green apple aroma, faint banana, and spicy yeast. Taste is a light bodied and refreshing blend of wheaty-tart malt , some fruit like green apple sweetness, subtle hops, phantom clove and banana, and a slighty spicy yeast profile. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A very renewing , flavorful , and thirst quenching Hefeweissbier. (461 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel, clear & bubbly with a a 4 fingers off white head that drops off gradually. Good head retention and some lacing

Smell: Slight mustiness & some yeast notes

Taste: Toasty with a slight bitterness & some chocolate notes. Not a ton of hefe taste at first, but as it warms the bandaid, bubble gum & yeasty tastes come through. Also aslight nutty taste. dry & estery on the finish

MF: More than slight undercarbonation, but otherwise balanced

Pretty drinakble, but I expected more from this. This didn't quite hit al the notes (more fruitiness) I expect from this style. Will try again this summer (617 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is an interesting Dunkel Weizen. It reminds me of the Ayinger Ur-Weiss, because the dark munich malts really make their presence known. Their rich, smooth malt character blends with the complex, grainy malt character of the wheat with spicy clove and other yeast notes balance the malts to produce one of the finest beers I've had in a while. Wow. (357 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss Dark

Appearance- hazy bloody brown with a huge whipped cream head. Laced the entire way down.
Smell- the usual clove, pepper, and banana but with a slight roasted caramel aroma.
Taste- banana and clove with a light grain bread taste.Mild caramel malt, very mild. but well balanced.
Mouthfeel- smooth and tingley. Strong clove aftertaste.

Overall- this is a good Hefe. I think I like the Dunkel Hefe more than a plain Hefe. This adds another dimension! (486 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy bronze/brown with a thick two finger head that slowly fades to a thick cap and leaves behind a substantial amount of lacing.

Smell; full of bananas and cloves. There's also a bit of a grassy smell, along with a nice caramel sweetness.

Taste; the cloves and bananas have a strong presence, but not to powerful. It has a yeasty bread dough flavor, as well as a bit of earthiness, and finishes with a good malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, and goes down really nicely.

I'm happy that I can get some of these Weihenstephaner beers in my area now. (582 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why it took so long to get to this one... a preferred style from a storied brewery.

Nice clove and banana beginnings, with a bit of spice (that grows over time) and a bit of fruity sweetness. Subtlier presence than regular hefe.
Big full tannish head. Amber of golden brown. Somewhat cloudy. Just as it should be.
Flavor has considerably heavier malt character than some of the others. Further it's a darker malt quality, pushing a roast (much past my preferred caramel). Yeasty spiciness increases with time. Wheat provides a solid background, but is always that. Dryness and astringency towards the finish.
Not particularly soft, especially for a wheat beer. Fullness from a somewhat soft carbonation.
I was hoping to be blown away. I wasn't. But having said that, this is still good and towards to top of the class for style. (845 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO, for $2.99.

All the cloudy opaqueness of a Hefe-weizen, darkened nicely, with a nice off-white head from a vigorous pour into my 23 ounce H-W glass. Pretty.

Nice banana-bread malt smell. Same flavor, with lots of spiceyness of clove and pepper, with an added bitter note from the darker roast of the malted wheat and barley. Mmmm.

Great mouthfeel -- really round and full. Exceptional.

Very quaffable at 5.3%: this would be an excellent session beer.

Weihenstephaner has made a class beer here. There's a reason this is the top rated Dunkel Weizen in the world -- because it is! (651 characters)

Photo of goatherder
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: small coarse head, dissipates quickly. I think my glass is dirty. Cloudy bronze in colour
Serving - 500ml bottle, use by 17 May 2006

s: nice weizen aroma. Sweet banana is dominant

t: sharp up front, helped along by the vigorous carbonation. very smooth flavour, subtle hops. Longish finish with a touch of roasted malt towards the end. Alcohol is discernable

m: carbonation is small sharp bubbles. I would describe the mouthfeel as medium - not too heavy, not too thin.

d: great brew for a hot summers day! (522 characters)

Photo of drewmprs
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very smooth, drinkable dunkel weizen. Some malty undertones, with a pumpkin spice flavor. Billowing head that lasted like some chunky clouds giving way on a bight summer morning. I would buy this again, i'm very happy with weihenstephaner's beers. This brauerei is fantastic. (277 characters)

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After some work to get the yeast in solution and properly poured, I'm rewarded with a primo looking dunkel weizen. I love these beers because they have all the flavor character, plus some, of a hefeweizen, and have far more visual impact. A little lighter than some I've seen, with a bit more of an oak glow to it, with an out of control but quick-dissipating head that's usual for a weizen.

Lots of banana phenols in the nose - you can really smell the yeast, and it's damn near Belgian in fluffy, bouncy banana-peach fruitiness.

Yup, lots more near-Belgian yeasty banana-bread fluff and bite - I can't honestly say that I taste marshmallow, but I get distinct swirls of buttery caramel. This is a hefeweizen times two. It's got all the delicious flavors, but they're more distinct, more impactful - just better all around.

The mouthfeel on this one is awesome, it isn't very carbonated at all - the mouthfeel is slightly swishy, mostly buttery, and finishes with a sticky, tasty caramel-banana-hops that lingers on and on.

I've always had a hard time getting hold of Weihenstephaner for whatever reason, and thought that what I had been drinking was as good as it can get, but I was wrong - this brewery really does make the best hefeweissbiers in the world. (1,272 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

music: Moke - Moke

eyes...
rice krispies snap crackle and pop head, that sticks around a bit for fun, hazy amber brown mud, dark red/brown clay, minimal lacing. nice.

nose...
sweet and grassy, some apricot notes, definite sweetness seems to be the fattest sensation, dried honeycomb, a pinch of cinnamon, smells very very good

taste etc...
the carbonation floats this one well, making the body feel medium, filling the mouth well, sligh bitter tastes are left behind inthe corners of your mouth when this one slips away, very easy drinking except maybe slightly over carbonated (burp), has a mild bannan esque flavor, oddly enough it reminds me somehow of Malheur 10... ? ?

verdict?
not totally for me, not bad, a little too fruit (sweet) like for my personal tastes. (784 characters)

Photo of ClearDog
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance -- Impressive two finger soft white head. Slick lacing. Dark, cloudy, amber in color. One can see the carbonated bubbles rising to the top of the beer through the cloudy murk of this beer.

Smell -- Let the beer warm a little after it gets out of the fridge before really smelling it. I'm getting warm dark fruit, bananas, and brown sugar. A little raisin flavor.

Taste -- Just a little bit of malty sweetness. Dark fruits. Crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel -- Pleasant effervescence. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.

Drinkability -- A very agreeable beer and a nice introduction to the style. I would recommend this beer to fans of the weizen style. I look forward to trying additional beers of this style. (761 characters)

Photo of brewQ
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

code 9385 ... ?

Bottle says from the oldest brewery in the world.
I believe it is also a reknowned brewing school.

The color is rusty brown with a light haze.
A substantial chunky cream head.

The aroma is peppery, spiced with a malty background.
Taste for me is a complex mix of fruity (raisin?), and nutty flavors.

Finish begins slightly metallic and leaves a mellow taste on the tongue.

This beer surprised me in a positive way. Lots of potential with food. (478 characters)

Photo of custardcb
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed wheat beers and once I learned about the Dunkel style I immeadiately gravitated towards it. The richer and full mouth fell from the style is more to my likely. It is still as refreshing as normal hefeweissbier but often has more depth and character.

If poured properly into the correct glass it generates a nice foamy head that lasts for sometime.

The flavor has nutty and banana flavors to it with a nice finish.

With an alcohol content in the mid 5s this can be a nice session beer on warm nights will relaxing on the patio. (557 characters)

Photo of NClifestyle
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased the 16.9 fl. oz. bottle, which gave me nearly two pints of this outstanding beer. Once in the glass, the hefe-dunkel showed a dark orange/red color, quite nice, with a huge top of creamy, off-white foam. The beer leaves virtually no lace on the glass, and once the head finally dissipates, a thin layer never leaves the liquid. Aromas of sweet wheat, clove, honey and a touch of pepper cross the nose.
The taste of this beer is all malt, creamy and slightly sweet, with a hint of smoke and pepper in the aftertaste. Just the slightest tight hop essence can be discerned on the inner cheeks, but it’s not nearly as fruity as normal hefeweiss beers, with minimal tastes of apricot or grape, although these tastes are slightly more prominent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is near perfect, a slight fizz on the tongue but almost not carbonation in the back of the mouth, perfect for the creamy texture of the brew. This beer succeeds at staying somewhat easy drinking, almost light, and can be enjoyed in summer, but has more taste and body. This is a perfect choice beer-wise toward the cooler weather and the wonderful fall and Oktober selections to come.
This beer might possibly be the best dark wheat beer I have come across. It only gets a drop in drinkability because I'm not a huge hefe fan.

cheers… (1,327 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark hazy red with a huge sustaining off white head.

Huge banana clove smell. Ripe strawberry smell at the end.

Astringent tartness up front, also ends with some sour notes. Huge, banana nut bread flavors throughout.

Full bodied wheat characters, very refreshing and drinkable. (292 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up a light banana and clove aroma with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: tha banana tones are strong but pleasant, while a soft yeasty breadiness is the backbone of this beer. Some clove, brown sugar, and general nuttiness round it out.

Mouthfeel: perfectly crisp start and finish. The banana, cloves, and light nuttiness lingers briefly on the tastebuds after swallowing.

Drinkabilty: simply put - fantastic. Go out and grab one of these to bring home. (569 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.