1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Not Rated.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,426 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,426
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 185
Gots: 137 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,426 | Reviews: 999 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of johnyb
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

johnyb, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

samtrillo, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of xiaozhuzhu
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

xiaozhuzhu, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of maxwelldeux
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of KeefD
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

KeefD, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

chippo33, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of vidisad
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

vidisad, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Paige
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Paige, May 19, 2012
Photo of Adamostella
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Adamostella, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of CityofBals
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Darkhnum
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Darkhnum, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of GiantMidget
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

GiantMidget, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of DrBobPierce
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

DrBobPierce, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of BrewSTL
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

BrewSTL, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Rekrule, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of BradleyR
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

BradleyR, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

jrallen34, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of DackAchan
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

DackAchan, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

jujubeast6000, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

papat444, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

jdhilt, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of kimcgolf
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

kimcgolf, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

RenoZymurgist, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of jettjon
3.4/5  rDev -20%
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.

jettjon, Mar 29, 2007
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,426 ratings.