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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 2113
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of vkv822


3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 06:58:32 | More by vkv822
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 04:30:49 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 04:14:51 | More by Backer2004
Photo of DaveFL1976


3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 22:14:31 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of tcfishler


3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 18:23:04 | More by tcfishler
Photo of jeonseh


3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 19:51:18 | More by jeonseh
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, BBD: 29/11/2011.

This beer pours a dark, murky, over-saturated iced-tea brown, with two fingers of thin foamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few specks of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crisp roasted wheat grain, mild banana, spicy clove, and earthy yeast. The taste is more sweet, the toasted grain taking a backseat to the banana and yeast duad. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zingy, the body medium weight, a bit airy, but smooth overall. It finishes clean, drier than expected, with some lingering fruit and yeast.

A nicely balanced dark wheat beer - there's something to be said for Old World subtlety. However, that banana/yeast thing does grow stale sooner rather than later.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:57:22 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Bighuge


3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2002 21:16:50 | More by Bighuge
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 04:13:23 | More by aquatonex
Photo of rapidsequence


3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange. Big fat creamy head with incredible retention-- it never completely goes away and leaves little lacy chunks stuck to the glass.

Smell: Malty sweet, clove, banana, and a little yeastiness. Very good.

Taste: Like the smell, there's lots of clove and sweet malt. The taste is not nearly as interesting or complex as the smell though. The finish is a little too sweet and ultimately slightly sour.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely carbonated which contributes to the fantastically creamy mouthfeel. Otherwise a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Great smell and mouthfeel, but the taste doesnt quite match. I'd be happy to drink it again though.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 00:48:44 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:21:03 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of Lldeegan


3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:30:00 | More by Lldeegan
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 04:22:27 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of Halcyondays


3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 02:46:08 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Overlord


3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 07:45:35 | More by Overlord
Photo of laituegonflable


3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 00:52:32 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 14:08:25 | More by mrmanning
Photo of sweemzander


3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 14:43:53 | More by sweemzander
Photo of RandomExile


3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 06:33:35 | More by RandomExile
Photo of genaro


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 14:48:53 | More by genaro
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

music: Moke - Moke

rice krispies snap crackle and pop head, that sticks around a bit for fun, hazy amber brown mud, dark red/brown clay, minimal lacing. nice.

sweet and grassy, some apricot notes, definite sweetness seems to be the fattest sensation, dried honeycomb, a pinch of cinnamon, smells very very good

taste etc...
the carbonation floats this one well, making the body feel medium, filling the mouth well, sligh bitter tastes are left behind inthe corners of your mouth when this one slips away, very easy drinking except maybe slightly over carbonated (burp), has a mild bannan esque flavor, oddly enough it reminds me somehow of Malheur 10... ? ?

not totally for me, not bad, a little too fruit (sweet) like for my personal tastes.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 04:07:10 | More by Ego
Photo of Riggsy


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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"

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 01:13:26 | More by Riggsy
Photo of ralree


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 01:08:52 | More by ralree
Photo of tapman


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 04:37:32 | More by tapman
Photo of BierFan


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 06:20:16 | More by BierFan
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,113 ratings.