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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: 285 | 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 KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy brown color with abmer hues. The head is mammoth and white. The aroma screams of cloves. The taste is of cloves and banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is a good dunkelweizen, but I still prefer Franziskaner.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a big rocky tan head that is fizzing away with a strong carbonation. The body is a nice warm brown with a slight hazy to it.

S- The smell is soft phenols with a faint clove hint and some very faint banana hints. The smell of bubblegum is faint but a little stronger than the cloves and banana. Some notes of raw grain and bread are in there aswell.

T- A slight tartness in the initial taste. Some bubblegum flavors are not as strong as the raw grain and whole wheat bread flavors. The finish is a little carbonic with a slight sweetness.

M-medium mouthfeel with some fizz from the carbonation

D- It is missing a lot of the depth of fruits and yeast characters that I like in German wheat beers. It would be nice to have a little maltyness and maybe some other characters to tone down or balance the bubblegum notes.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bronze, with a gigantic swiss cheeze head.

Smell: Rich, grainy aroma with plenty of yeasty spices and a bit of booze that mingled together very nicely.

Taste: Easy drinking, the wheaty malt can become a bit cloying. It finished silky smooth with witbier banana ester yeastiness. Mixed along with something salty to kill off the sweetness, this Beer is fantastic.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a huge, dense, light brown head that left puddles of lace as it slowly faded to a film. Hazy cider looking beer with streams of bubbles rising along the edges. Yeasty aroma mixed with doses of lemon zest and banana. Aromas carry over into the flavor with a dash of that zesty lemony wheat flavor on top. Solid yeasty base mixes with bananas and even a bit of cocoa. Soft, light mouthfeel that's almost crisp. I'm a big fan of the refreshing wheat beers (German and Belgian). The cocoa flavors along with increased yeasty flavors combine with traditional Weizen flavors to make this one of my favorite beers overall. The fact that it's 5% and so tasty just makes it all that more amazing.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It’s almost October, so I figured I might as well prime myself for Oktoberfest with a bottle of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel. Poured into a Weihenstephaner glass (that claims they’re the oldest brewery in the world), this beer pours with a massive almost white, but slightly tan head that takes forever to settle down, leaving behind nice lacing stuck to the side of your glass. The color is a cloudy light brown common with unfiltered wheats. The smell is a bit sharp and acidic smelling, maybe a little lemony, with sweet dark malt to smooth out the sharpness. The taste is light and fruity, with hints of orange or lemon, backed up by the subtle sweetness of the malt. If you see anyone squeeze a lemon into this beer, slap them. It’s got enough citrus taste already. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamier than what you would expect, and carbonation levels are fantastic in this beer. Drinkability is helped by this, but may be affected by the back-of-your-mouth bitterness that is different from the normal hoppy bitterness I’m used to. It’s almost like an acidic bitterness. All in all, a really nice beer. Good looking, good smelling, good tasting, and great mouthfeel.
Appearance: 4.5
Smell: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4.0
Drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of Domingo
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A excellent dunkel-weizen!
Not quite as good as it's Hefe sibling, but still world class in every way.
Pours a cloudy brown, but unlike a few others it's got just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being too foamy.
Taste is a little muddled at first but as it warms, lots of flavor comes through. It the overpowering chocolate flavor others have but I do taste fruit (banana, pear) and just the right amount of dark bready sweetness with a hint of cocoa.
A solid brew all the way around and likely the best Dunkel-Weisen you'll run into just because it seems like a style the US hasn't really welcomed yet.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's nothing like a good dunkel weizen, or a dunky beer, as it is usually known. This beer pours out a dull brown color with a big head. The aroma is a delicious blend of banana bread and chocolate. Nutty malt flavor with a wheat tang and plenty of spice. Huge flavors of banana and chocolate too. This is an incredibly complex beer. Thick mouthfeel. Great drinkability. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper with a large off-white head on top. Aroma is of malts, clove, and spiced apple. Taste is sweetly malty, a bit peppery with hints of fruit (banana?). Mouthfeel is excellent - full carbonation compliments the style perfectly, goes down without any effort.

Not my favorite style (I prefer the Heffeweissbier), but a genuinelly solid choice if you're in the mood for a dark German ale.

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Photo of antzman
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a real frothy head, with a good dark color. Not much of an aroma, but nothing displeasing either. This had a smooth flavor with medium body on the wheat, with a hint of malt to round out the taste. Overall this is a really good beer. A dark hefe, at least in the case of this beer seems to suit me more than a traditional hefe

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Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks amazing. Awessome floaty, substantial cream colored head, and a great almond, wood brown color, + hazy. I'd like the lacing to be a little stickier though. Smells of well blended wheaty malts complimented with spicey green apples and earthy floral hops. You taste smooth malty base with a good deal of spicey toasted wheat. There's a bit of nuttiness too. The spiced apple wheatiness makes its impact and then falls nicely onto the malty base. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant and carbonation is crisp. No signs of alcohol. Very drinkable and very good overall.

Definitely worth getting again, and one of the better dark wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep cloudy amber brown pours up a medium head. Dangerously close to overflowing! I need larger glassware. Leaves a nice ring of lace.

S - I can tell this is a little colder right now than it should be. A faint caramel malt and a wheaty malt are detectable. Very slight banana esters can be detected. After it warms a bit, banana esters are more prominent and a little cloves and anise are decernable. The odor is still dissappointingly faint.

T - Slightly sweet caramel malt, wheat and banana. This tastes like banana bread beer. High carbonation really dilutes some of the character. More like watery banana bread beer. I like it a lot, but it is just too mild. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste present. Sadly, no banana bread lingers, I love banana bread too. After it warms a bit, the banana bread flavor does linger for a bit, but the entirety of the flavor is still weak.

M - A slightly frothy watery brew, it is refreshing, but not to the extent I hoped. The carbonation is a bit high. It doesn't leave your mouth feeling too much better than it did before the beer came.

D - It is good, but it could be better. I will have it some other time, but with the elements presented for this style, I can dream of a truly awesome dunkelweizen, and Weinstephaner simply isn't it.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky brown with a huge 3 finger white head with scattered lacing.
Smell is of the trademark Weihenstephaner yeast that makes this an unmistakeable classic. Bananas, fresh bread, caramel, and perhaps a hint of anise.
Taste is of sugary bread, caramel candy, and light bananas. The finest of all dunel weizens. I wish I had this on draft right now...that is the true Capo di tutti capi in the world of Dunkel Weizens.
Mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied, and sugary. Nice.
Drinkability is very nice and enjoyable. One of the nicest German brews available.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured beautifully into my newest piece of glassware, the Weihenstephan weizen glass. Looks to be a dark and hazy amber/golden, almost brown color with a thick fluffy head that starts perfectly at the .5L line and rises up to the rim of the glass with a mountainous surface tension. The head recedes to a cm thick bit of froth with great staying power, but leaving only a thin and spotty lacing. This beer isn't as well carbonated as it's lighter brethren (ie: didn't turn half of the bottle to a foam projectile upon opening), but there is a medium carbonation that can be seen through the darkness.

The smell very banana and clove with a bit of a soapy backing. For some reason whenever I drink Weihenstephan I can smell and taste the "oldness," though the beer itself isn't necessarily old.

The taste is sweet and malty, packing a bit of a wheat bite. In the finish, the banana/clove flavor sticks around along with a mild spicy herbal hop. Dryness is light to moderate, as is the body. Feels very soft and smooth in the mouth, though it still seems to pack a bit of the crispness of most German beer.

I would not rate this as one of my favorite dunkels, but it was worth a drink. I prefer the Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier; or Ayinger Ur-Weiss and Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss Dunkel for other examples of dunkel. This was not a bad brew, but it just wasn't on par with any other dunkel I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With such a positive review of the original, I thought this one would have something exciting to write about. Nothing did it for me. It was above average for the style, but no characteristics stood out, other than the ease to finish. Maybe I'm not a dunkel fan, but i'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from arrowine

looks like thin chocolate in a glass with a tall head on top. the clove and banana aromas are slightly muted compared to weihenstephan's hefeweissbier, but the nose is nevertheless very similar

upon tasting it, however, the banana and spice are stripped of their flavor monopoly and forced to share the limelight with a rich nutty flavor (though it does not upstage them)

all the while, this is a very bright beer. despite its dark appearance and nutty character the generous carbonation lends to its overall zestiness

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Photo of niknar
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep, dark, burgundy-orangish with an almost chocolate tone to the color. Excellent head (slightly off-white) with much better than average retention and nice lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, and typical citrus notes. Very good flavor with very understated hop bitterness and aggressive sour wheat hitting the tongue first. Notable carbonation, but balanced well. Finishes strong with the sour flavor contributing to the dry ending. Mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from the style - light and refreshing with good carbonation. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. My only regret is that I only have this one bottle!

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Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah baby, this is one of my all time favorite styles and Weihenstephaner, turns out a very fine version! Plummy brown with a long lasting light tan head, the lacing is slippery and doesnt last long. The nose here is softly spicy and I also get some ripe fruit notes. this stuff is velvet on the tongue and bursting with fruity, yeasty, clove and banana goodness. Finishes with a drying winey, slight sourness. elegent, complex and all around fine stuff.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty medium brown, maybe a slight copper, and is slightly murky. Aroma is definite banana and malty. It may have the clove aroma too, but I'm not sharp enough to pick it up.

Flavor follows through, except the maltiness (breadiness) is stronger than the banana. A nice sweetness. No sharpness from hops at all- even less so than the lighter hefes.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. Drinkability was quite nice. I could have this- I think I prefer the lighter hefeweisse in general, but this is quite a happy beer!

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Photo of OldSock
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation and Appearance – Slightly chilled 16.9 oz bottle poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass, a perfect fit with its bellowing, creamy, off-white head. Under the head is a beautiful cloudy brown/orange beer with rapid streams of carbonation.

Smell – Cloves, bananas, strong yeast and some dark malts.

Taste – It has all the spice, yeast and overripe bananas of a freshly baked piece of banana bread. It’s fruity without being overly sweet, and the malts express their roasted character without overpowering the subtleties of the wheat. Absolutely no hint of hops, but they are not missed. It has a really wonderfully complex taste.

Mouthfeel – Moderate and smooth with good carbonation and just a bit of slickness on the tongue.

Drinkability and Notes – Very drinkable, there is nothing objectionable in the flavor whatsoever. This is probably the best dark wheat beer I have had and one of the best wheat beers out there period.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review # 250, whoo-hoo!

Hazy chestnut brown body with a puffed up beige pillow on top, leaving spiderwebs all over my glass.

Banana bread, spices, yeast, grainy and roasty wheat, molasses, floral hops on the nose.

Taste is juicey ripe banana and pumpkin pie spice, hefty wheat flavors, brown sugar, spiced cider and has a dry floral hop finish that sweetens up as it warms. So delicious!

Body is medium with a very slick and juicey mouthfeel that is quite creamy and soft. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- hazel body with a large offwhite head that laces down the glass

S- malt and grain aroma

T- light roasted grain with a slight nutty presence. some hints of sweetness

M- medium body with a good amount of carbonation. a tad thick, but in a good way.

D- extremely easy to drink. taste is so well balanced that it would never get annoying

overall this is an awsome beer. The taste is so crisp and clean that i could drink this stuff anytime.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Light brown body, pure white head
S - fresh rich cloves yeasty spicyness and malty aroma
T - malty, cloves, dough, fresh, crisp, well integrated. Yeasty. Banana is present, but far in the background. Bready.
MF - fine carbonation, smooth, no bitterness.
D - amazing and delicious, clearly an amazing beer.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle obtained from Gomer's, our own little oasis in the beer desert that is Kansas City.

Poured with a very, very large, tight, dense cream-colored head, that slowly -- and I do mean s l o w l y -- receded back into the beer. The color is difficult to describe. Not really an amber or copper, as there's no discernable "red" to it at all. It's a brownish-yellow, yellowish brown, clear muddy water.. no, that doesn't do it. Gab your box of 64 crayons. Burnt Sienna? That's about as close as any. Very appetizing, no matter how you describe it.

The aroma is of banana, first and foremost, with a bit of medicinal clove, and some earthiness that must come from a combination of the darker malts and yeast esters. A smell I'd only associate with wheat beers. It seems to get more and more "dirt-like" (and I mean that in a good way) as you continue drinking. Again, extremely appetizing and inviting.

In something of a rarity, it manages to smell *exactly* like it tastes. An overall slightly overripe banana flavor hits me first, followed by a slight earthy, dusty sweetness, which grows as the swallow progresses. The clove comes after the beers is down your throat, more on the air you inhale afterward. An ever-so-well-hidden trace of bittersweet chocolate seems to tease before disappearing behind that return of the banana. The first drink or two can leave you thinking "whoa... it's sweet", as there are no hops to speak of -- as it should be with a weizen. Just barely enough bitterness to keep the banana-ness from taking on a "breakfast muffin" flavor. That, coupled with the bite from the high carbonation, makes this beer finish a lot more dry than you'd believe possible based on the up-front taste. Absolutely exquisite.

Mouthfeel is much, much heavier than one would anticipate. Almost oily in its silky smoothness. It would be over the top were it not for the carbonation, which again pops up to rescue the beer from taking a good thing just a tad too far. The prickliness is just enough to break up the oily sensation. It's still a bit more than I'd want, yet perversely, it makes me continue drinking, in a "can it really be that creamy?" kind of way.

Overall, with the exception of the mouthfeel, this brew matches what you'd expect it to be all the way across the board. The look, the smell, the taste all come together to emphatically say "this is a dunkelweizen", and that's a good thing. Oddly, I'm not a huge weizen fan. Maybe I just caught this one at the right moment. Whatever the case may be, I found this to be a superb beer, and one I'd highly recommend.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent dark hefe, very refreshing and quintessential for the style.

Pours a light amber brown in color with a huge slightly off-white head. Lots of carbonation immediatly apparent. Nose is of overripe banana and wheat, very fresh smelling, it begs me to drink it. Taste does not disappoint, lots of crisp banana flavors and clove, very wheaty, quite complex with all the flavors harmonizing just about perfectly. Not an over the top huge beer, but easily accesible and absolutely delicious and that combination is it's strongest point I think.

A superior dunkel, all others bow your heads.


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Photo of blackie
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle producing a HUGE off white head, which falls pretty slowly, with a half inch remaining throughout the experience. Bubbles rise from the bottom through the dark amber colord liquid.

Smell: Overripe bananas, toasted banana bread, peppery spiciness, some nuttiness, caramelized sugars, hops slight

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, not watery at all

Taste: Sweet with dark fruits, slight spiciness, and some herbs. Hops slight. Finishes with a lingering sweet and spicy bitterness.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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