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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,236 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,236
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 158
Gots: 86 | 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)
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Lothore

California

3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an unfiltered dark caramel color with a massive, creamy head. The head retains for quite a while and leaves lacing as it falls.

S- Smell is a very sweet, strong banana scent with hints of wheat and darker fruits.

T- Taste seems a bit anticlimatic in that it isn't nearly as flavorful as the nose lets on. Slight banana sweetness.

M- Something about the mouthfeel on this brew really rubs me the wrong way. A bit undercarbonated and leaves a sticky sweet coating on the inside of my mouth.

D- This beer seems like it would be pretty drinkable in that it is not too offensive but its not nearly as flavorful as I was expecting. None the less it seems to be a good thirst quencher

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 00:02:30 | More by Lothore
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PEBKAC

New York

3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 23:49:25 | More by PEBKAC
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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 01:34:20 | More by sstackho
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lancecenter

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 02:32:59 | More by lancecenter
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 02:13:25 | More by tweeder263
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dbalsock

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured thick and frothy (like rootbeer) into a weizen glass. The head is vanilla, and the body is brown with an orange/red tint, yet also murky from the yeast. There is no lacing, but the head retention is fantastic.

Smell: I've picked out bananas, raspberries, strawberries and morning dew in this brew, but I'm sure there are other fruits present too. It's an airy aroma and not intense, but quite pleasant.

Taste: I like the slightly bready taste with the malt backbone. I think this is quite well balanced, and again, fresh dew/fresh meadows comes to mind. It's not very sweet, and not very bitter, but the aftertaste accentuates both of these qualities.

Mouthfeel: This is smooth with almost no bitterness. As I said above, it's airy, but not really smokey, and quite light bodied.

Drinkability: It's definitely worth a try once, but I think there's better in the style and I probably won't try this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 05:31:09 | More by dbalsock
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 01:54:43 | More by ybnorml
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

10-31-2013 13:20:44 | More by Schlafly33
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-09-2014 18:56:26 | More by pat_usher
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Bighorn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

09-24-2013 00:21:23 | More by Bighorn
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matjack85

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-02-2013 22:43:22 | More by matjack85
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-19-2014 05:23:30 | More by CraigTravor
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atoulouk

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

11-18-2013 20:31:43 | More by atoulouk
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david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as good as the dunkel or the hefeweissbeer, this is nonetheless another great beer from weihenstephaner. Shared this one after the dunkel, had a good combination of both beers with a refreshing quality that will knock you out as much a the stonger dunkel. Would recommend this if you can find it in the states. And, once again, if in berlin, you should find this restaurant.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 20:09:49 | More by david18
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deac83

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-23-2013 23:41:18 | More by deac83
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-19-2013 19:09:59 | More by ChrisPro
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

10-07-2013 02:02:47 | More by IPAchris
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carteravebrew

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

08-11-2012 04:14:35 | More by carteravebrew
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tykees88

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark overripened banana brown. Great rocky frothy head. Fantastic lacing.

S- Smells a little like banana bread, clove and hops.

T- Little bit of a letdown. Not much of a malty backbone. It's just a big wheat beer flavor, followed by a bready banana. I just don't think it goes well with this beer. The flavors are a little off putting.

M- It's a little lighter bodied than one would think. Not so chewy. I like that, gimme the flavor of franziskaner and the body of this and lookout.

O-It's just good. I think I am underwhelmed slightly just because I expect alot better from them.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 13:42:44 | More by tykees88
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paulytasker

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-13-2014 03:23:19 | More by paulytasker
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-24-2013 23:41:17 | More by duracell
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IHyphySF

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-24-2013 05:43:14 | More by IHyphySF
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Keananmichael5

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

04-11-2014 16:48:58 | More by Keananmichael5
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KevMo84

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

05-21-2014 22:47:20 | More by KevMo84
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

10-21-2013 03:59:49 | More by drewone
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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