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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,040 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,040
Hads: 2,678
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 262
Gots: 260 | 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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Reviews: 1,040 | Hads: 2,678
Photo of industrialswill
3.11/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy walnut stain color with a vigorous head.
Smell is of mildewy spice.
The flavor is dominated with banana and spice
Mouthfeel is a bit sour and medicinal.
It's fairly light bodied and would be drinkable if you enjoy it's other aspects.
I tried this out of curiosity, but would never buy it again. (309 characters)

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This poured a murky yellow brown, cloudy from the yeast, creating a frothy head.

The scent is malty but not aggressive.

The taste is malty and bready with a light mouthfeel, verging on watery.

This would be enjoyable on a bright day at a beer garden. (254 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a ton of off white head. As the head fades, it leaves a nice layer on top of the pour. Good retention.

Smell: A mild sweetness, some caramel and molasses. Hints of banana and spices. There is an odd smell that reminds me of tomatoes.

Taste: Just okay for me. Definitely picking up some malt along with some clove and mild banana. Perhaps some molasses as well. The finish seems a bit watery to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I expected to enjoy this one more than I did. I'm going to have another to make sure I got an alright bottle. Not bad, just not amazing either. (712 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.16/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head retention is good, lacing isn't very strong, and the brown color is cloudy and a little golden. The smell is os deep clove, with a little banana and a slight lemon backround. The taste is a little sweet, metallic, very clovey, and a slight banana backround. The mouthfeel is fine like a hefeweizen should be, crisp and foamy. Overall I thought this beer was a little metallic, but I might try it again later. (413 characters)

Photo of DackAchan
3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Best thing about this beer is appearance. An opaque dark golden brown with a two finger head.

S- Not much too this, kinda weak smell, slight hint of orange.

T- Little bit stronger than the distinct citrus flavor. Little sour note to it. Slight taste of bananas.

M- Not a fan of the mouthfeel. Feels a little too heavy, the carbonation really bites into your tongue.

D- Was okay, the carbonation bite and the weight of the beer makes this a little cumbersome. (465 characters)

Photo of Pdu8s
3.27/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- looks like a beer should. Has a thick, white foamy head with a good body. Dark golden color to the beer itself

S- Smell is top-notch, very refreshing. Smells almost like a "spring-rain"

T- Malty, although dissaointing. Has the banana taste, but not as strong as in, say, the Schneider Aventinus. Alcohol taste definitely there. Not as smooth as the Schneider either

M- as stated above, not as smooth. Although, it does swirl well in the mouth

O- for some reason, I just feel like this is a lesser version of the Schneider Aventinus. Although it has great qualities, the taste is lacking. It is however, a good beer (621 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is probably my least favorite style of beers, which is why it's the 90th style I've reviewed so far. I don't buy these often because I just don't like them, but I do like Weihenstephaner and hope they don't let me down with my least favorite style. Pours a hazy russet brown color with a large white head and decent lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma of wheat, light banana, and slightly flowery. Taste is wheaty, a strange minty flavor at first, gives way to some sugary sweetness, and another odd anise flavor on the finish. Yeasty. Medium body, carbonation is good and tingly. I still don't get this style. I think this would be a top notch brew if this your thing, but it's certainly not mine. (710 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy light amber color, no yeast settling out. Nose is mostly yeast and some malt. Flavor is dominated by the yeast, some wheat, sweet yeasty finish. Not nearly as good as when I had it 7 years ago. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (363 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9oz. bottle (code 5371 which means it was bottled the 37th week of 2011)

Appearance: Looks dark orange when held to the light but is in reality more of a brown tone. Cloudy with a whipped head.

Smell: Banana, cloves, hints of citrus and bread.

Taste: Spices, bit of pepper, citrus. Some bread but doesn't feel full. The malt is nice though giving hints of nuts and dry chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lively with nice carbonation and quite smooth. The only thing is it feels watered down a bit.

Overall: It's alright but i wasn't totally impressed. Too bad because i like the kristalweizen. (608 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle with no freshness date, into a pint glass a red-brown clear with moderate to low carbonation in the pour. Two-finger pale tan head fades slowly to a cap and scattered lacing. Decent looking. Nose is malty and hoppy, and average overall. Tastes crisply malty with subtle coriander spice; light by and large and not bitter at all. Mouth is semi-viscous, middle-bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and nicely pleasing. Drinkability is decent; it’s thirst-quenching, light and refreshing in the way that most macro beers wish they were (and claim to be). Sessionable, sure, though not remarkable.

Overall: A good “dark hefe,” definitely worth a try. This would be a good one to introduce to your friends who “like hefes but not dark beers.” Yet another step on the path to great beer. (815 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a big h-w head, eventually settling to surface skim, not much lacing. Body was a cloudy apple cider brown.

Smell - bananas, plums, apples, and diacetyl.

Taste - same as the smell. Some bananas, mostly plums, and some apples, washed through with subtle creamy wheat. Diacetyl is a major taste also washing throughout, but especially strong on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full, creamy.

Drinkability - this is decent, not great. I'd rather have something different after one of these. (523 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this to try some of the variety of the other Weihenstephaner brews, seeing as I quite enjoy the Hefeweissen and Original.

A: A deep honey colour, somewhat of a cloudy golden with a fast rising head that presumably came as a result of pouring a little too quickly. Creamy head, quick to dissipate, down to a half finger after only about a minute with a fair bit of lacing.

S: Fresh, crisp, sweet. Sweet clover, just a touch of citrus - while what is there is a clean and pleasant aroma, it is mild enough that I found myself a touch disappointed in it.

T: Not as sweet as I may have expected and I did not notice as much of the banana taste as I was expecting either, until well after a sip. A little nutty that persists all the way down, touches of citrus.

M: Perhaps a little heavy on the carbonation. Makes savouring each taste a little challenging, perhaps a little nicer on a hotter day when a bit of zing on a parched palate could be appreciated more

D: Again, the carbonation was a little strong. A touch of bloat, which I would not expect following only 2 drinks. Goes down seemingly light, but bottoms out a little on the heavy side. (1,162 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque brown ale with a fairly thick white head that subsides fairly quickly leavingt a little lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is more on the malt side of things with a dark malt scent to be detected but not much else except wheat. The taste is very different from both Erdinger and Franziskaner as the esters are very subdued and i can only pick up the barest clove esters. Beginning with a rush of carbonation the toungue experiences a slight noble hop bitterness quickly overtaken by the dry wheat flavor which is blended with a delicate chocolatey malt flavor which segues into a clean finish. An excellent session beer it presents clean flavors with complexity as well as being different from the other Dunkelweizens out there so as to keep beer drinkers in a heaven of diverse beer choices. (812 characters)

Photo of hero27
3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've gotta say, it looked sharp in the glass. Dark, amber color. Lacing is gorgeous and the head retention is relatively low but very thick and creamy.
Slight smell of banana & hefty aroma of cloves & spice..some orange peel as a kicker..
Flavor is caramel toffee malt, vanilla, roasted nuts, and a great spicy yeast aspect.
Medium-bodied with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.
A good Dunkel from Weihenstephaner (but I gotta be honest, I still can't pronounce their name). (471 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugly, souvenir Vegas hef glass. Sleet still running down my shoulders. It was either order out & wait an hour in this weather, or week old chicken soup. I decided on a beer & a nap instead.

Slow to settle, the tan head begins congealing. The body is a murky honey brown. Not the most appetizing thing to look at in a 23oz glass. Looks like car wash runoff. Suds & mud.

Scent was sweet like banana bread, but not potent, like one would completely enjoy. Spice cake without the spices. Soil & a tin of assorted nuts. Pleasant bit of peppery yeast on the back.

First gulp was a long one. Starts off sharp, like bitter bruised grapes, but fades quickly into the doughy middle. Mildly sweet toast, no butter. Yeast & dirt throw it around for a bit, letting some light clove in. Finish remains yeasty, but with additional earthy bitterness.

Carbonation remains strong throughout, where as I sometimes notice straight hefs start to get flat half way through. Body feels gelatinous & thick, like cold soup.

Traded some esters for some warmer flavors. (1,047 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/17/2010 (bottle coded 3179):

Pours a very cloudy dark brown color body, big foamy off-white head, somewhat lasting, decent lacing. Very fruity aroma, lots of banana and fruit like strawberries. Dry somewhat spicy too, maybe clove. Not overpowering. Nice thick mouthfeel, almost like drinking thick syrup. Very thick, some flavor, but not very much. Almost a chemical taste to it, plastic or something. Warming up a bit more, more dark fruit like grape, raisin. Not very complex a flavor, light. Better as it warms. (526 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Into the Weihenstephan glass it goes. Huge springy khaki head dominates the glass, I'll need to let it fall before I continue the pour. Body is a playful brown sugar colored syrup with a touch of haze to it.

S: Bready yeast, over ripe banana, caramel corn and rubber.

T: Begins lightly malty with mild cinnamon dough. Tingly yeast mixes with banana peels and mineral water. Hints of red apple, ripe kiwi, raisins and molasses add a good backbone. Finishes with brown sugar, lightly fruity...somewhat cloying.

M: Medium body, somewhat hard and fluffy at times.

D: Weihenstephaner continues for me as one of the more over rated breweries out on the market. This beer was good but nothing special by a long shot. (724 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: burnt orange with a nice big heady. Very cloudy.

S: Wheat and clove. Big yeast with freshly baked bread. A touch of banana and the smallest amount of toasted caramel.

T: Huge wheat and bread. yeast. banana ester. its spicy with caramel on the end. big malt characteristic. i almost taste like an applesauce as weird as that sounds.

M: CRISP. Smooth with fantastic carbonation. clean.

O: Its definitely a nice, highly drinkable refreshing beer. But i consider this more of a hefeweissen than a dunkle. I think its good but for me it didnt quite live up to the hype. /85 (575 characters)

Photo of tweeder263
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was aggresive with my pour and ended up with about 7 inches of head in a standard pint glass.Surprisingly doesnt look too carbonated. Cloudy amber brew head is slightly off white.Has a wheaty estery smell.Taste ofmalt and wheat not much else,low hopped if at all.Mouthfeel isnt too bad. Drinkability not too bad a lot milder then i thought it would be.Not a bad brew. (369 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy bownish beer. Has a big foamy off white head and some lace. The aroma had a light sour aspect to it with a hint of clove in the background. The flavor also had bit of a sour character with a pleasant hint clove. Pleasant mouth feel with a resfeshing nice drinkability. (277 characters)

Photo of lancecenter
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at the local Gabriel's liquor store. Poured in to a New Belgium globe. 6203 printed on the bottle.

A - Damn near opaque brown color with a couple fingers of puffy head. Pretty good lacing.

S - Banana nut bread and cloves. I'm comparing this to Schneider-Weiss (which may not be fair), but the smell is just not there.

T/M - Super bready with a chalky finish.

O - I just can't think of a scenario where I'd rather have a dunkel over a weizenbock... (458 characters)

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well it's a rainy day and I'm listening to wolves in the throne room so what better then a nice dark wheat beer to quench my thirst and suit the mood of the day.
Being a fan of their regular wheat beer I was quite looking forward to Weihenstephaner's dunkle offering. The pour was intriguing, the usual large, aerated, slightly off white head floated atop a very murky brown brew reminiscent of swamp water due to the unfiltered particles creating the opaque characteristics of such.

All the usual suspects were there in terms of smell banana, chewing gum, clove, and what always reminds me of fresh spring air nothing out of the ordinary here. Unfortunately no sight (or smell rather) of any malt character in the nose, which came as a bit of a surprise to me.

Time to taste and unfortunately the first sip did not produce much. It may have been my fault for having it a bit too cold but the initial taste was very subdued, no maltiness or spiciness really. Further on I perceived hints of the spices and malt I expected, whole wheat toast, raisins, black pepper, nutmeg and lemon zest. All of these were very subdued and sadly not as robust as I would have liked. The only other flavour I picked up was that of alcohol, which became more apparent towards the latter half said imbibed drink. Our dear friends hops made a almost nonexistent appearance as would be expected of the style, only hiding in the dark shadows for support.

Inside the oral cavity a things were very light bodied and smooth with the liquid becoming extremely foamy upon ingestion, nothing different or unusual here just the status quo.

Overall I'm a little let down, while it is a very refreshing wheat beer I didn't really get the hit of toasty darker malts I was looking for. Maybe I'll give it another shot but right now this dark Deutschlander will be on the backburner as far as wheat beers go. (1,879 characters)

Photo of sstackho
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a murky, muddy brown with good head. The head does fade and there is little lacing. The aroma isn't overly strong, but then again I don't seem to be smelling all that much these days. The flavour is sadly weak. There's some OK wheatiness, but it fades quicker than I would like, and there isn't much in the way of the banana flavours that I like in a good weizen. That being said, this may be one of my first dunkelweizens, so perhaps those are different. (512 characters)

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