Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,610
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 245
Gots: 244 | 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 tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Backer2004
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of niknar
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

Photo of OldSock
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Gritsak
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Naerhu
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Slàinte!

Photo of blackie
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.16/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dunkely brown with orange on the edges. one-finger head packed tight with steadily rising carbonation through the body. thin lacing wastes no time returning to the body of beer. summery and light.

aroma is wheaty and leaves not much to say. smells good. smells like wheat, i like wheat, i want to drink it.

taste? smooth and wheaty, mostly bitter though with some sweet caramel notes also weighing heavy. fresh tartness of lemon and sweet clove back it all up. doesnt measure up to the regular hefe. flavors cancel each other our here moreso than complementing each other. banana is still here but forced into the background by a dark burnt breadiness. ok, good german session.

Photo of AltBock
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy amber with a huge head of foam that had a hint smell of banana to it. The smell had a fruity yet malty smell to it. The taste to me was a wheaty citrus that was actually very good. The mouthfeel had a citrus banana feel that lasted a little bit in your mouth. Due to the low alcohol content you might be able to drink 2 of these in a sitting. For $2.39 in a 16.9 oz bottle this is an excellent dunkel weizen that I sure to buy again. Keep up the good work Weihenstephaner.

Photo of bceaglejoe
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured an amber-brown color into a weizen glass. Upon hitting the surface, the beer created a massive foam head that billowed up like a puffy cloud and had excellent retention. Looking closely, I saw a nice cascading bubble effect. It actually took several pours to get this beer out of the bottle without causing it to foam over and spill. This probably was the neatest-looking beer I've ever seen. A strong banana scent came through on the nose, creating lots of anticipation.

Tasting: This is an exceptionally sweet beer. Banana flavors are most prevalent, along with malts up front to provide a nice, flavorful experience. I also noticed some citric flavor. Hop bitterness was minimal to nonexistent. This was medium-bodied, leaving a slightly fruity aftertaste. It went down exceptionally smoothly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I will drink it again. At $5 for two 16oz bottles, this is a great deal. I highly recommend it and would suggest it to people who are looking for better beer. It's approachable, yet full of character. I think I actually prefer this to the hefe, but I like them both very much.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, dull brown color with a huge, whipped cream thick white head. The aroma is spicy and fruity, dominated by malt, you can smell banana, corriander, lemon peel, and a biscuity maltiness. The taste, too complex to go throuh all of it, but this is a whopper of a Dunkel Weizen. Begins with a subtle banana taste that segues into a clove and corriander spicyness and then a bready malt flavor with hints of nutmeg and perhaps almonds. The benchmark for a dunkel, complex, easy to drink and very sessionable especially in the warmer months. Easily the finest dunkel out there

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

hmm.. Drank the Dunkel expecting much more.

Poured a dark brown, with a massive head. (Tried pouring it, slower, faster, tilted glass)

The beer gave a faint fruitty aroma. Nothing noteworthy though.

The taste was pleasant, fruitty, with a bitter follow through rounded off with a toasted malt finish.

Not overly carbonated so you could appreciate the beer much better.

Overall a good beer, but the hefe is better.

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

From this 16.9oz bottle pours a very beautiful deep copper brew with healthy looking white frothy head. Very delicious aroma of bananas, apples, along with sweet citrous and some toasted malt. Taste is a creamy blend of fruits, along with some good clean bittering hops that prickle the tongue. Full taste leaves me wanting nothing. A good blend of toasted pale malt with some darkness provides a hell of a backbone for the subdued sweetness. Some yeasty notes are there as well. Crisp carbonation moves the taste along, and compliments the beer well. This brew is hella good, and wickedly drinkable.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There is something about die Dunkelheit that I really like. This beer draws parallels to Kozel Dark, although naturally this one is a Weizen, although the only real effect of that is more pronounced carbonation and a slightly more acidic taste. This beer looks nicely nut-brown and cloudy in the glass (important for a Weißbier), but has inadequate head retention for the style. Despite this, smell is pleasing, and body is happily nutty, chocolatey and slightly sour on the palate. Mouthfeel is upset by the rabid effervescence as the beer enters the mouth, but is still good. I would drink this all night in Bavaria if there weren't other magnificent beers on offer. But in Australia, I'd buy the cheaper, similar but superior Kozel Dark (different style but close enough for the comparison).

Photo of medic25
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle served in a Hennepin glass.
Pours a deep chestnut color, with a fairly small head. Fairly subtle aroma; wheat, banana, but not as obvious as a standard hefeweizen. Taste is also like an understated hefe. Still the wheat flavor, but with a little more of a burnt malt characteristic. A little hint of banana. Very clean aftertaste; smooth drinking with little of the flavor lingering once it's gone. My first venture into this style of beer. I still prefer a hefeweizen, but all in all a very drinkable beer.

Photo of Quaffer
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer was a light golden brown at first. After the addition of the good stuff from the bottom of the bottle, it became a very murky, dark brown. The light beige head exploded and filled up more than half the glass. The rest of the pouring was slow going as I could only put a little beer in the glass at a time due to the production of foam. As the head settled it was fluffy, creamy, and dense, leaving a moderate amount of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Raw grains and citrus dominated the aroma. Compared to the straight Weihenstephan hefe, this one had quite a bit more lemon on the nose. There was less grain and the banana and clove were more in the background, though they were apparent. Very slight hints of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, but there was a nice chewiness along the sides of the tongue. Light and refreshing, with lively carbonation but no roughness.

Taste: A solid base of raw grain and wheat was present. A light lemon flavor floated over the top of this, and banana and clove provided some background depth. Well into the finish is where some dry cocoa kicked in and reminded me that I was drinking a dunkel.

Not quite as lively and complex as the straight hefe, in my opinion. A damn fine beer nonetheless.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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