Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,027
Hads: 2,650
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
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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 vkv822
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into weizen glass.

Hazy caramel brown, lots of rising carbonation. A thick, foamy off white head.

The aroma is of clove, with some weizen yeast and sweet malts.

The taste follows the nose, though a bit less pronounced.

A light to medium body with subtle, prickly carbonation.

A nice beer, another German style I enjoy. Definitely follows the style description of a darker Hefeweizen. (402 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Opaque medium brown color, with 3 fingers of light cream colored fluffy foam. Very good retention, and leaves solid wall of lacing.

S: clove, lemon, earthy malt, burnt sugar, hint of banana, sweet breadiness.

T: Taste is similar w/ some caramel, which is also on the finish. A little sweet.

M: Very light carbonation. Medium body. Kind of watery.

O: Not bad hefe. (386 characters)

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
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 (1,259 characters)

Photo of tcfishler
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, toffee-ish brown. Huge offwhite head with fabulous lacing. Aromas of sweet fruit (not just banana) and clove. Soft mouthfeel. Flavors are not too sweet. Yeastiness that appears on the back end is interesting and not unpleasant. Fine example of the genre. (262 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Weihenstephaner chalice.

In my chalice this dunkelweizen pours a translucent walnut brown color with a reddish tint. A tan head has a nice original size and density before gently fading.

The aroma is surprisingly strong on the yeast. Clove, some banana, and a bit of dark fruit. Maybe some caramel in the background.

Although I was expecting a burst of robust flavor from each sip, I was somewhat disappointed in the blandness of the Hefeweissbier Dunkel. The requisite banana and clove notes are there, as they are in the regular Hefe, but they are almost muted by what should be the dunkel part. The only thing is, there is not much in terms of caramel, toasted malts, or dark fruits to be found.

The carbonation is vivacious as I was expecting, with a rather light body. The beer wraps up pretty cleanly with no real aftertaste to speak of.

Overall I have to say this is the weakest Weihenstephaner offering I have had. I have no issue with how it was brewed per se, but the combination of flavors (or lack thereof) make it tough to say I would want to have this again. (1,114 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a lighter brown what I would almost called amber with hints of gold and a bit of a mellow oragne coming of it as well. A cream colored head sits atop and is rather bubbly and it leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.

Smell is a cacophony of fruit. Smell a bit of citrus coming of it, mostly orange more than lemon; also a bit of softer fruit smells, a mixture of banana and clover.

Taste is a mixture of apple and bananas to me; also the aftertaste is a bit tart, but more citurs tart that lingers on the tongue.

Rather carbonated on the mouth and then fades away into nothing left on the tongue. Almost becomes a bit watery after the inital burst of intense carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer that I could see myself possibly buying again but not one that I would actively look for or really try to buy frequently. (834 characters)

Photo of Lldeegan
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny copper color in the glass with a fluffy capping of foam.

Gives off aromas of bread, chocolate, toffee, orange zest, spices like cardamom, perhaps saffron. Also some sweet molasses, clove and banana, the latter two a result of the yeast no doubt. This beer has a very enticing and rich nose.

On the tongue it is sweet, and rich, with bready malts upfront. The high carbonation carries lemon citrus notes mid-palate followed by a clove, banana and spiced finish with some esters and hints of bubblegum.

This is a really nice beer good farm both warm and cold weather and large glasses to be quaffed heavily. Some smoked salmon on rye would be a pretty tasty lunch with this one. Pumpkin pie oddly enough comes to mind. I think it is the spices and other fall flavors that will harmonize well. Of course, this is a German beer so don’t forget the sausages! (872 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a light cloudy caramel hue, tall creamy off-white head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Toasty chocolate, a hint of caramel and some banana esters on the nose.

Mild toasty caramel malt, along with some bolder banana esters in the middle, while some spice comes out in the finish. Some nutty characteristics within the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, slippery texture, mild yet brisk carbonation.

Comes across a bit mild and watery to me, perhaps it's bolder on its local turf, but this imported bottle version leaves me wanting. (582 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from the LCBO- Decants a murky brown with orange hues as it is held up to the light. In the aroma, there is soft fruit, banana, some spice, clove, some dark fruit. Tastes of sweet banana and clove, dark fruit and a bit roasty/nutty with some yeast towards the end. Very creamy and fulfilling finish. I like this quite a bit. (338 characters)

Photo of aquatonex
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tan-brown, looks like A&W cream soda. Very carbonated, lots of lush head. As a hefe should be, nose is very yeasty with some nice malts and citrus. Taste follows as well, yeast is a bit overpowering, was expecting a bit of balance from a dunkel, this one is very hefe and not much else. The malts aren't expressed as much as I would like, but still very enjoyable. (379 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't found a Weihenstephaner beer yet that I haven't loved: until now. Pours a murky orange amber with a big white foam head that took a long time to setle down.

Smells of plums, raisins, maybe a bit of sweet citrus. Tastes of the same dark fruit background, some malt in there, some yeastiness ... I don't know, it just doesn't come together for me. It feels almost too fruity, but without having a true explosive fruit aroma/flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is effervescent and lively, but the entire package is just a bit wanting. (533 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a nice blend of scarlet red, amber and orange. A little murky. Nice creamy two finger off-white head tops it off. Aroma seems to indicate a fairly high phenolic content. There are also some spicy, peppery tones present on the nose. The mouthfeel is on the high end of the spectrum in regards to carbonation. Body is medium to full. I get some banana esters on the tongue as well as mild (to my surprise) phenolic content and peppery spice accents. Some slight roasted overatures are noted also. Not bad. Pretty decent dunkel weizen here. (573 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a clear yet darker sienna brown color that produced a mountain of an off-white fluffy head with great retention. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A light roasted-like caramel with clove, banana, and lemon.

(T)- A nice creamy banana, clove, bubblegum combo. Finishes with a very subtle caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Light and creamy with a sweetness to it. A tad thinner than expected.

(D)- A good Dunkel. Not quite up to par with their superb Hefe, but its a good one when looking for something in the style. (595 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (1,300 characters)

Photo of vancurly
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange amber, slight haze. Paler than I expected. Note I am parallel tasting with Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, and the colour difference is significant.
Offwhite head...that fades a bit... doesn't linger as long as I expected for wheat beer.
Interesting nose, of berries, amber malts, esters. Touch of toffee, particularly as it warms up.
Flavour of estery fruit, touch of clove/banana. Grainy wheat, specialty malts. Touch of citrus at the end, fairly dry finish, with not much length.
Light and refreshing. (524 characters)

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

A: Prune juice colour. Nice head. 4

S: cloves, herbs like in a Belgian (Duvel maybe), sourness (yeast?), apricots. 3.5

T: malty, apricot, bit of chocolate. Very drinkable. 3.5

M: Good. Nicely carbonated. 4

D: 4.

Nice beer, and I'm not normally a big fan of wheats at all (will need to revisit this one). (308 characters)

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

Poured from a half liter bottle into a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy caramel and brown with a nice off-white head. Pretty good head retention. A few clumps of thick lacing.

Smell: Smells alot like really ripe bananas.

Taste: A little bit of bananas and cloves. The taste isn't really wowing me, but it's still a quality beer. (345 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dated: Best before 27/07/2010
From LCBO, 500ml

G: Chalice

A: Hazy brown body, thick three fingers of froathy white head. Decent retention, and leaves great lacing.

S: Banana, figs, yeast, some caramel. Smells good and funky for a dunkel.

T: Funky yeast, cloves with a mix of banana and figs. Tastes pretty good. Nothing negative here

M: Medium-light bodied and medium-low carbonation. The mixture creates for something froathy and smooth. Feels great and leaves a banana/fig after taste.

D: Easy to drink, but I'm not a fan of the style. None the less, it's a good price for what it delivers. One to try out for sure. (626 characters)

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

A: Rich caramel brown, fairly translucent. Has a creamy white head of 2-fingers with great retention.

S: Fruity enough to smell upon pouring, this beer smells pretty good. It may be a little bit cloying due to the fact that it smells like a Trippel. Very banana-flavored. Rich malt smell hides beneath the sugary overtones. Alcohol is also very present.

T: Very good tasting beer. Banana flavor is dominant, followed by a lightly smoky malt. Taste fades wonderfully after swallowing. Very clean and balanced flavor. A little bit sweet as the smell hinted, but it cleans itself up so nicely at the end that it isn't a problem. No detectable alkalinity in this one.

M: Medium-light bodied, perfectly carbonated, and pretty dry. There is a slight bit of astringency that fades in about 2 minutes.

D: Very drinkable - the cleanliness at the end keeps the flavors at bay so they don't interfere with a meal. This would be a great dinner beer, but it isn't really my style for casual drinking. I will be buying it again. (1,019 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 laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours lighter than I would have expected, brown-orange colour. Head is off-white and quite humble. About half an inch of it maybe, but retains well. Bead coming from one source in the corner but is quite strong nevertheless. Lacing is lovely, cradling sheet around the edge. Looks nicht sehr dunkel, bitte quite good anyway.

Smells very wheaty, but at the same time quite chocolatey. Very interesting, really; spicey with a clove-and-herb kind of character but balanced with a soft chocolatey aroma, very sweet and with a hint of molasses. No hops, almost a rosewater character for some reason. Not a very powerful nose but extremely pleasant.

Taste is actually quite spicy, and while there are hints of that sweet, chocolatey nose, they're mostly absent here. The stronger, bitey weizen flavour is tempered by a darker malt that provides a sweetness but doesn't let the weizen esters fly and bloom quite as freely. Taste is actually quite phenolic, with a tart soda kind of character, a big gulp of ginger and a hint of eucalyptus. I tried this immediately following the hefeweißbier and this flavour is darker, but if they were pieces of music I'd say this one were simply transposed lower, as a lot of the notes are the same, it just registers lower.

Still has a nice spicy finish, and the mouthfeel is reasonably interesting, but it's a bit too tangy as a complement to the sweeter malt. As with the Hefeweißbier, a bit too bitey to be greatly drinkable. (1,463 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: giant, dense, fluffy off-white/cream head; deep, hazy cider-brown; passes light; sudsy but fleeting lacing
S: malt and wheat, earth, clove, banana, apple
T: clove, malt, apple, increasing umami as the beer warms
M: light-medium-bodied, smooth, slightly dry
O: best chilled to mask the umami. Good if drunk quickly.

500mL / Weizen Glass (339 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle, got to love that great looking regal German looking bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light brown, with a full white head, lots of foam.

S: Fragrant yeast character, a lot of banana, sweet malt.

T: Light caramel hits at first and then melds into a lot of banana, with hints of molasses. Long lingering finish of clove.

M: Seems a tad on the thin side for a weizen beer, and it's hard to find the flavour at times, but it does have a rich carbonation appeal.

D: My first dunkelweizen in a while, a tasty beer, though I do prefer their regular hefe beer. (566 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of tapman
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a amber honey color, unfiltered and dense, large and creamy off-white head that pours two fingers too quickly if you are not careful. Looks like an evil hefeweizen.

Pretty interesting. Heavy and sweet malt sugars mixed with sweet wheat and and apple-lemon fruit/ester aroma. Smells really sweet, like a dark hefe...go figure.

S-s-s-weet! Very sweet! Holy-moley, too sweet for me. Sweet wheat with a lot of malt sugar and not any hop presence outside of what is usually in a hefeweizen. The problem is that I feel the balance is off. Although I know my review goes against the average review grade, but I believe in a little more hop character in a dunkelweizen, to balance out the sweet.

Mouthfeel is really light for something so sweet. Hard to sip this one since its thinner than the regular Weihenstephaner hefeweizen, and much sweeter.

Throughout this review, you might have noticed that I found this brew really sweet. Wait until I brew my own hefewiezen and I bet I'll appreciate this one more, but for now, meh. (1,029 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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