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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: 282 | 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 rajendra82
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky reddish golden appearance is only slightly darker than the regular Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. The head is appropriately tall and foamy, and carbonation level is high as is should be. This beer is much less aromatic than its paler brother, with a lot more wheat bread on the nose than cloves or bananas. The taste is also quite malty, with only a mild level of sweet fruitiness, but a bit of a spicy bite and lemony tanginess. The mouthfeel is light and feels a bit watered down. A good Hefeweizen for the people who prefer their iced tea unsweet rather than sweet.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There’s something about this brew that speaks well of its character despite a modest play on the palate. It has a crisp, bright, citrus-infused aroma and pours to a lightly clouded oaken color with a tall ivory head. The body is a bit thin, but with a pleasantly spicy flavor that I’m sure would compliment – and not compete with – any good meal. I suspect a small wedge of lemon might provide some appropriate enhancement.

This is not a premium brew, but it is very easy to drink. I would call it likeable but not profound. The aroma exceeds the taste as the brewery’s lengthy and exalted history exceeds its modern product line.

I chose to rate this beer using the customary senses. Still, if I could employ a six sense, I might grant this one a higher score. It drinks like a refreshing tonic and may have appeal to some who are well content with modest tastes in a German beer.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy milk chocolate brown with an impressive tan head. Great lace drapes the glass.

Banana and cloves dominate the nose but are greeted by a nice malt presence.

The taste is fruity, spicy and delicious with a strong wheat character. There is a subtle chocolate essence as well.

This beer is smooth in the mouth with enough complexity to savor yet enough smoothness to make it an easy drinking beer.

This is a beer that can be sipped or gulped--I prefer somewhere in between. This can be a great after dinner beer or a great summer beer.

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

I haven't had a dark German wheat beer in several years. I remember loving them. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel backs up my fond memories.

The bottle I bought must have been sitting around for a while. It poured very clear. Only after swirling the last of the beer in the bottle did this beer become cloudy. Now it looks great. It has the typical foamy head. The smell is nice and estery. Banana, clove, everything I'd expect in a wheat beer. Good stuff. The taste is very good. I taste spices and yeast in this brew, along with a note of toasted malt.

The body is very good. It glides in my mouth but isn't too light.

This is an excellent dark wheat beer. It is one of the best around.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most drinkable beers I've had in a while. The same spicy, fruity notes as their Hefe, but with a nice round malt base. A nice cocoa taste complimenting the lemon and clove. Mouthfeel is perfect with a prickly carbonation and peppery flavor. No matter how many Dark Hefes I try I can never get over the contrast of the murky look and crisp flavor.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick off-white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has the nice fruity banana smell of a regular hefe, but with a little more of a malty scent. The taste is good. It is a malty hefe with excellent wheat/yeast flavor. It is sweet and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good dunkel, but I've had better; mouthfeel was lacking.

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

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel was served from a half liter bottle. In a hefe glass, the beer was a murky fresh cider-like orange brown, and was topped by a collosal and rocky off white head that wouldn't quit. The nose was quite nice and well-developed, consisting of a banana spice bread maltiness accented with clove and estery notes of dried apple and pear. The flavors resembled the nose closely, with a pear tinged doughy clove maltiness that builds in intesity and tartness towards the nicely bittered and powerful estery finish. The body seemed just a tad watery, but in other respects was appropriate. I found this beer to be quite drinkable, due to its deliciousness and lighter body feel. A very enjoyable, ester-laden dunkelweizen that satisfies.

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Photo of pheurton
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

murky brown with a huge slightly off white head that has some consistency. the foam stays around and sticks to the glass. subtle aroma of malted wheat, banana, clove, and spicy alcohol. lively carbonation...refreshing well constructed body. tasted is evenly sweet carmel and brown sugar, with a solid backbone of malted wheat and subtle banana. spicy clove and delicate hop finish.

man what a beer! a dark wheat at it's best, i really enjoyed this one. completely unique flavor done extremely well. kudos.

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

Cloudy, deep amber, copper, reddish hue? A bit cloudy, some yeasty sediments present towards the bottom of the glass. Slightly toasty nose, yeast, some apple pie and malts as well. Up front, a mild based malt body is clearly evident, some cloves and lemon notes. Evenly balanced and a bit dry, some cloves and vanilla beans noticed on the tongue. Tarty, twangy, yet very crisp and clean, ever so refreshing, some fruitiness towards the finish, perhaps grapes, plums, apples noted in the body as the glass is drained. Full flavored, rich, creamy, are you kidding me? Absolutely world class, one of the best dark wheats you can get your hands on.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color was amber, with a great white head. The smell was a nice caramel malt, with a slight wheat smell. The taste was caramel sweetness mixed with the tanginess and banana/clove taste of the wheat. Mouthfeel was well-carbed. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

A fantastic wheat beer from Weihenstephan. The mix of the malt and wheat makes for a simply fantastic experience, and this is a beer I'll certainly have again.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber or slightly darker shade. Nice creamy, fluffy head of white. Smells faintly of that typical weizen beer, bannanas and cloves. Tastes of slightly carmel malt with the hint of bannana. Not too thin. Very drinkable indeed. I will certainly need to investigate this style more. Refreshing.

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

This hefeweissbier was a dark cloudy amber color capped with a good head. The lace was fairly decent. The aroma was complex- very metallic and spicey (clovey) with hints of banana apearing as it warmed. The taste was complex as well -spicey (clove) and citrusy with some caramel and sweetness. Mouthfeel was sharp and bitter. The finish was dry and clovey. I've never really cared for wheat beers, but I keep tasting them and this was the first German one that I've appreciated.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better dark Hefe's I've tried. It pours a cloudy orange-brown with a wispy white head. The aroma is very pleasant with some estery, yeasty twang, some bubblegum and a lot of cloves. The banana smell is very light and typically light banana / heavy cloves means a wheat brew was fermented on the cooler end of the yeast's range. The taste is a nice blend of light bubblegum and clove with a bit of caramel and bready malt. The malt is fuller and more pronounced in this hefe than in a lot of others I've tried putting this on the heavier end of the spectrum for hefe's, even dunkel hefe's. Not malty by O-fest or Bock standards, just malty for a hefe. Crisp, bubbly mouthfeel...prototypical for a hefe.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Mostly fruit, strong apple and caramelized banana
Appearance: Hazy brown with an ocean of microscopic bubbles that lasted and laced
Flavor: Bananas, apples, dates, but with the Reinheitsgebot, I know this is all just Master Brewer trickery! Mmmm… trickery. Great balance, can’t taste any hop, but a crisp clean lasting finish. Can’t taste any malt, but a rich sweetness holds the fruit together.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a carbonation prickle.
Overall Impression: Crisp apple is the primary flavor. It’s dark in color, light in body, refreshingly spry in taste. It has a long tart lasting aftertaste that I enjoyed. Not as nice as the straight Weihenstephaner HefeWeissbier in my opinion, but a quality beer that should be sampled. Seek and find!

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Photo of BierManVA
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice example of a dunkel weiss from a world class brewery.

Excellent pour with good carbonation. The aromas are of wheat and spice and ripe (sweat) fruit. Taste is deliciously spicy with wheat, clove and pepper tones. Chewy and refreshing.

It's difficult to find any distractors for this bier.



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Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel of toffe color, enormous head develops that dies quietly leaving gobs of terrific white lace on the glass.
Aromas of dark malt, banana bread, cloves, yeast and hint of green apple are present.
Tastes of sweet caramle, light raisins, bread/yeast and hint of hop bitterness prevail.
Mouthfeel is very good, dry yet refreshing on the palate, sweet yet spciy and balanced.

Beer is not quite as good as the normal Hefe but excellent nonetheless

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Photo of clvand0
2.38/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a brown color with a nice, thick head and it leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is that of malts, with some fruit and caramel as well. The flavor wasn't very enjoyable, in my opinion. There was something slightly skunky about it - which I've found rare in darker beers. The flavor was a mixture of the malts and the caramel, but I didn't find much of the fruit that was in the aroma. Again, not a terrible beer, but I didn't care much for it.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint bottle. Poured a hazy, dirty brown witha massive head that really stuck around and lots of nice lacing on the glass. Aroma typical of Weihenstephaner yeast. Cloves, bananas, spice. Taste is more of the same notes, throughly enjoyable. This beer reminds me why Hefe's are my favorite beers. I could drink this and never get tired of it. Smooth and yeasty!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very cloudy and “dirty brown” in color with a tight foaming head that sprang from the glass in an instant. The head showed good retention and was lightly tanned, making this very nice to look at.

Smell – Oh, Lordy, have I finally found a true imported Dunkel Weissbier? The strong yeast aroma is a long-awaited pleasure to my olfactory bulb. This one takes me back to the Stammtisch at the Goldener Anker.

The yeast aroma is slightly toasted and beautiful. There’s the traditional banana notes along with some spicing (maybe clove or cinnamon?), but all the second-tier players are in the background. The yeast steals the show here, as it should.

Taste – This has an excellent and traditional flavor. The toasted yeast from the nose comes out well at the taste and continues to improve as the bier warms (I should have poured this “warmisch”). The typical banana notes are muted but noticeable along with some light spicing.

Mouthfeel – This is where many miss the mark, but here we have an excellent, authentic example. The carbonation is not light, fizzy, and cheap as it is in a lot of wanna-be pretenders. Here it is soft yet full and completely unobtrusive to the flavor. This bier is medium-bodied and right on target.

Drinkability – I grabbed this big, yeasty bottle as a snack instead of a bag of chips. It is just as filling, much healthier, and tasted a hell of a lot better. I’ll nurse this through the afternoon, letting it warm to room temperature before starting on the New Year’s festivities.

Update – I rated this 2003 vintage on New Year’s Day ’04. I thought, now that a year has passed, I’ll re-review it with an ’04 vintage to see how it has withstood the test of time.

This is just a lovely example of the style by any measure. Brewed in the “oldest brewery in the world” just outside of Munich, this Bavarian import brings all the authentic Dunkel Weizen flavors right to your living room. The aroma is so dead-on for the style that they ought to have a picture of it on the BJCP style guide page. It is easily the most authentic Dunkles that I’ve had here in the US, and rivals most that I enjoyed in Germany.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chestnut brown ruby effervescent offwhite chunky head leaves huge collar of lacing nice appearance big yeasty dregs pour out of my bottle it's nice. Aroma: I'm getting an array of fruit tones, green apples, raisins, and soft banana tones with a slight citrus hint to it all leaves me with spices and clove with some Hallertau in the finish giving it an herbal quality. Taste: Soft chocolate hints blended with banana clove yeast notes and other spices once again the plethora of fruit shines light upon my palate nice. Mouthfeel: Spritzy and bubbly but not overcarbonated medium to light in body this is a magnificant dunkel hefe. Drinkability: Unparalled for the style simply put just enjoy it's worth it.

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

Murky hazy brown going on black going on brown!

Wonderfully complex nose of spice spice and more spice. Heavy clove, cinnamon, anise and friends bombard the senses with some malt, fruit and caramal notes following on through.

Palate is superbly long and full. Creamy texture gives way to spicey notes of malt, cloves, 'nana and othe fruits. So delicious!

The Hefewezien by these guys rules as one of my favorite beers. The dark follows strongly and is highly recommended!

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Photo of BeerManDan
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, blew my socks off from first sip to last glup! This fantastic hefeWeissbier was a dark, thick and creamy with loads of spices and wheat. Spices like, cloves, nutmeg and list goes on. The finish had a pleasant after taste that was absolutly outstanding in my mind. This Dark Hefeweissbier I would rate on the same scale as my favorite doppelbock, "Adventinus".

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, orangey bronze color with a nice thicket of beige-colored head in the weizen glass. Aromas of dark malt (especially wheat malt, luscious), some cloviness and yeastiness and throw in a bit of mustiness like a drawer that hasn't been opened in a couple years and is layered with a bit of dust over it's sitting. Very clean smelling. Taste is a little refined, too. A bit malty sweet, yet retaining a classic dunkelweiss style. Smooth and flavorful. Drinkability's good, a 5.3% ABV doesn't hurt that one at all. Effervescent and smooth, perhaps an underappreciated brewery with a rich heritage that brews quality beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this at a small German-themed restaurant/bar in Glendale, AZ. My brother-in-law and I ducked in there while our wives were doing the post-Thanksgiving shipping ritual. This dark wheat beer was presented in a 23oz Weihenstephaner weissbier glass. The beer was a beauty for the eye: cloudy, almost muddy, brown with a ton of little streams of carbonation rushing to the underside of a massive, pillowy, 2" thick off-white head that left gobs of webby lace down the sides of the glass.
The smell was a rich and inviting blend of bready malt, clove, and banana. I was constantly sticking my nose into the glass to enjoy the aromas. The taste was classic German weissbier: banana and cloves abounding atop a solid yeasty malt backbone. The addition of some mild caramel notes enhanced the flavors. The banana taste was strong but not overpowering or causing the overall taste to seem imbalanced. The feel was light-bodied, clean and crisp. Very refreshing.
Drinkability was off the chart. I quickly polished off the first glass and ordered up a second which I savored at a less greedy rate. I just couldn’t help it with the first glass - it was just so damn good. This dunkel wiess is a stellar offering from Brauerei Weihenstephan, to go with their superb hefeweizen.

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Photo of diablo14
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yet another pearler from this brewery. i wasnt sure whether id enjoy this hefe, but as soon as i poured it, smelled and had a sip, i knew id be back for more.

loved the appearance, a dark amber color that was very cloudy, topped with a generous creamy ecru colored head. i can tell you that there is no problem whatsoever with head retention on this beer at all. awsome nose of malt, some caramel, bananas, and a little vanilla bean that was as sweet as any ive smelled but not in the sickly way im used to with many other sweeter beers. the flavor was magnificent. like caremelized bananas. malt, bananas, vanilla, caramel, some cinnamon and cloves with the appearance of yeast right at the end as the hops start to chime in. nice level of bitterness that keeps the sweetness of this beer in check, but with a presence of its own. full bodied, quite thick in the mouth tho did have a good level of bubble action which meant it wasnt too syrupy. prolly couldnt drink this all night, but i could drink it as my nightcap on a regular basis.

considering the prices you can get weihenstephaners here in aus, you really cannot do any better for the dollars. this beer, and several of their others can proudly claim, and with plenty of justification, to be among the worlds best beers. if they laid that concept on me id agree wholeheartedly. a must buy.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.