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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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95
world-class

2,354 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 174
Gots: 119 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 Vdubb86
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a .5L Weihenstephan Weiss Glass
On-tap at Schnitzel Platz in Glendale Heights, IL for Oktoberfest

I've had this beer in the past and remember liking it, now I finally got a chance to review it. The appearance is of a cloudy dirty brown color that is to be associated with the dunkelweizen. This was also given to me with two fingers of very pillowy head. The smell is of the traditional belgian yeasts which include the heavy smells of banana and clove. In addition there were aromas of orange zest and the overall bready malt aroma. The taste was strongly of the banana, clove and citrus most closely associated with orange. There were also hints of rock candy and brown sugar. The mouthfeel was creamy and delicious as only a good weiss bier should be. This was quite drinkable and very pleasant. I recommend having this if given the opportunity.

Vdubb86, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of MaximalC
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, burnt honey color with a cap of thick, craggy, beige foam. Aroma is fairly mild, smelling of caramel, banana, cloves, and yeast. The flavor perfectly matches the aroma, so I won't reiterate it here. I will say that the mouthfeel is divine, as the effervescent carbonation complements the flavor and body perfectly. This is very similar to their hefeweizen, just with more of a caramel flavor, which I actually find to be a little too sweet for my tastes. With that said, it's right for the style, and there's no denying the execution. This is one flavorful and refreshing beer.

MaximalC, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark maple brown color with a thick foamy tan head big and cloudy too. Nose is chocolate, brown sugar, clove, wheat and banana. Taste is smooth tasting beer with hints of maple, chocolate maltiness, banana and a touch of clove spiciness. Really good Dunkel overall.

barleywinefiend, May 10, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy copper colored brew. A huge, rocky and dense cream head slowly falls to a 1/4 inch pillow. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Lots of clove and coco initially. Toffee, plum and banana aromas added a layer of sweetness.

T: Starts out with a toffee and coco sweetness that's followed by a dry biscuit flavor. Bitterness comes on with a sharp clove and lemon bite. Dark fruits reside in the background. Finishes tart and dry, with lingering coco and clove flavors.

M: The grainy body has a high level of prickly carbonation that feels just right for this style.

D: This is a very nice Dunkel. The complexity of flavor and low ABV make it an easy drinker.

Rayek, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours a massive foamy off white head that recedes at a moderate pace leaving little lacing. The color is a nice even brown, a bit hazy.

a lot of cloves and coriander on the nose, maybe a touch of vanilla. a light toffee or even chocolate malt profile, very masked by the spice.

very light malt flavor, but a definite toffee like taste as well as a banana backbone. still lots of spice though much more muted than the nose would imply. a bit hoppy as well, more bitter than citrussy.

kind of watery but a touch foamy. light bodied. sweet and spicy finish.

very light and refreshing, interesting touch for a dunkelweizen.

this beer is very light and nuanced, different from what I expect from the style. interesting take, not a bad beer at all.

ryanonline, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating but there is a 0450 on the bottom of the back label.

A= The pour is a hazy brown color with a nice thick off white head on it that holds nice lacing and good sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks like one sexy dunkel.

S= The smell isn't quite what I was hoping from it. It's a little muted. There's a little bannana to it but not much and there is a little caramel to it as well but not much.

T= The taste is much more what I expected. Smooth bananas in it as well as some nice wheat flavor. Just all around delicious. I don't even feel like searching out every little element of this it is so good.

M= Smooth and creamy. Perfection.

O= One tasty treat. Weihenstepan makes world class beers and this is no exception. Worth drinking all the time if you can find it. I wish these guys would make sixers or even twelve packs for me to always have on hand.

jjanega08, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Procrastinator
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 9 oz. bottle poured into Nonic pint glass. Can't seem to find my weizen glass. 5.3% ABV and date of 1196 on rear label.

Appearance: cloudy, opaque light brown with golden fringes after pouring vigorously. Swirled last few ounces in bottle to produce fluffy off-white head which recedes to a constant layer of nice lacing.

Smell: definite wheat and overripe bananas, sweet molasses and gum. Yeasty bread and slight alcohol.

Taste: wheat,banana and clove followed by a twang of lemony citrus. Slight bitterness to balance out the gentle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: dry on the tongue with just perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: not too sweet makes for easy drinking. Thirst quenching brew. I love burping up that fine banana flavor. Bring on a few more!

Procrastinator, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of dragonWhale
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never have had this dunkel so I scooped it up for the pleasure. Pours dark amber/light brown very cloudy with a huge airy white head. Not quite as dark as I was hoping for. Big banana esters, slight clove, a toastiness of malt and some wheat. The taste is very pleasant, a bit much on the banana but the feel is light and fun, with a bunch of stuff going on from the yeast and grains. Tastes like a decoction with either or munich malt in addition to the wheat, I can't point it exactly, finishes easy. An excellent drink, one I will certainly go back to in the future.

dragonWhale, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with a three-finger off white head. Great lacing and retention throughout. Aroma of Belgian yeast, bread and sweet malt. Big yeasty and bready flavor up front. Nice Belgian yeast flavor, a bit of banana, clove and spice before a bready sweet malt. Some dark fruits as well. Nice sweetness throughout.

uustal, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head on this is like light beige whipped cream. The retention is quite insane. The beer is a dull hazy light brown color. Nice amount of lacing.

Creamy banana, light spice.

Flavor is a bit lighter than I imagined. Very bread like, some banana, cream, a touch of yeast. A sense of vanilla. Light clove and spice as well. I'd like to try this with the standard Hefe using a blind fold. I get a more assertive malt flavor here, but I wonder if that' because I expect it.

Rather smooth and creamy with medium body.

A pleasure to drink.

Reagan1984, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of meatmallet
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky light brown with a thick white head that lasted for quite a few minutes.
Smells like banana, cinnamon, and yeast, very sweet smelling.
A little carmel and molasses in the beginning turns to banana bread at the end.
Crisply carbonated and a bit spicy.

meatmallet, May 24, 2008
Photo of Justin23060
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown w/ amber highlights. Head stiff but dissipated and laced only slightly.

S - Clove, yeast and slight malt.

T - Clove dominates, some subtle pepper. Banana comes out as it warms.

M - Light carbonation. A little thinner than I imagined it would be, but not watery.

O - Pretty cool that this is the oldest brewery in the world dating back to 1040. The quality is definitely there. Not too heavy. Wouldn't turn it down.

Justin23060, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of cjgiant
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle
Pours hazy brown with copious amount if foam head. The sustaining carbonation is tremendous as the head stayed atop the pour well into the drink. The nose has the smell if a typical hefe as it's base, banana and clove, but I also get a little breadiness and maybe some fig.

The initial feel is quite smooth, the carbonation present but far from overtaking the feel. The taste starts with a light gingerbread taste. The banana/clove hints come next, stronger in some sips than others. A more generic darker bread (sweet whole grain) settles in midway through the end taste. The carbonation plays nicely in the back to hold your tongue for the last few seconds.

Very solid beer, unsurprisingly. Nice balance, enjoyable flavors, great feel and appearance.

cjgiant, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of ToddMopps
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

ToddMopps, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml. bottle into a weizen glass and face to face with a Franziskaner. Pours a murky and muddled brown with a robust off white head. Retention and lacing are quite strong.

Offers a fruity and zesty nose, reminiscent briefly of a Tripel through the long lasting foam. More yeast comes to bear after some settling, along with light malts. Bready and wheaty on the tongue with just a hint of chewiness. Dry and full on the finish. High marks for drinkability given the lack of richness on the finish and full bodied yet light feel. A nice carbonation lasts through the glass. A slight sweetness becomes evident as the beer outgasses and settles down but never overwhelms and in fact allows the aroma to be more easily evident, trending from apple and pear earlier to dried fig and raisin later.

Interestingly complex for a wheat beer. One you can savor given its complexities, or quaff down some food with given it's moderate ABV. Preferred slightly over Franziskaner's offering given the lighter malt body and more evident subtleties.

HalfFull, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of TLove
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

Bottle from Rodman's in D.C.

Toasty brown, hazy color with soft, creamy head. Smell is spicy, with amber, wheaty malts with light blackberry flavor. Taste is quite good. I expected this to be a little on the lighter side, but this was really full-bodied and engrossing. Particularly full of nutmeg, brown sugar, and banana flavors. A little toasted caramel in there as well. Right there with Schneiderweisse, which I judge to be one of the best Dunkelweizens I've ever had.

Finishes soft and smooth. Refreshing, yet a real drinking experience.

TLove, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a good size white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of clove, banana, and some brown sugar.

Tastes of a soft fruit flavor followed by clove and spice with a decent amount of sweetness on the end. Some caramel and brown sugar come through. The fruit is characterized by banana and a little apple.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Weizen glass.

A - Beautiful golden amber color, with amazing head. Cloudy.

S - Hints of caramel and banana and some mild spices. Subtle yet distinct.

T - Creamy, malty, bready. Again, subtle flavors yet always appealing and distinct. The kind of beer you can drink over and over without getting tired of. Very delicious.

M - Not as full bodied as Korbinian, yet just right for the lighter taste.

O - A very enjoyable and tasty easy drinker, with lots of style and craft. An excellent Dunkel.

Beer-A-Lot, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Turbid brownish-amber with a huge frothy cap. Cocoa, caramelized banana and clove aroma, a bit like fried and spiced bananas. Light on the tongue but very flavorful, reminiscent of chocolate covered bananas and Grandma's spice rack. This is on the dry side, though the flavors suggest dessert; ultimately this is to the beer's benefit, it never becomes cloying. Spicy, peppery finish with lingering clove. A stellar example of the style.

largadeer, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of minterro
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I believe this is my first beer of this style, and little to no experience means I don't have much to go off of. Bought this beer on a whim in Hancock, MI at their CO-OP, the whole oldest brewery thing caught my eye.

A&S: From the Dunkelweizen description this beer pretty much nails the appearance category; murky brown, huge clumps of yeast, great head retention (light brown coloration). The smell isn't very powerful but it does contain pleasant banana yeastiness along with some sweet maltyness.

T&M: Super drinkable for starters. Has the classic hefewisen banana and clove tones. Similar to the nose as far as the malts are concerned. Nothing surprising or nothing standing out. very crisp with little bitterness, medium to light body.

overall: I was happily surprised by this beer. Some of these old European breweries have beer that tastes remarkably similar (mostly due to the purity laws), but this beer and this style incredible delightful. The cost on this beer is extremely low compared to the quality (I believe it was around 3 dollars). Would highly recommend this beer to anyone.

minterro, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of JoeBloe
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the breezy point inn at greenwood lake - the waitress taught me the correct pronunciation when i ordered - following a hofbrau maibock - chunky brown with a 1 1/2 finger head - smells sweet and malty - i agree with the heffe/dark malt take on this beer's taste - crisp and malty sweet - goes down easy.

JoeBloe, May 23, 2009
Photo of KingHeroical
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly cloudy - dark copper. Lots of thick rocky head which lasted for quite a while.

Smell: some malt but mostly fruity esters (as it should be with a wheat-beer IMHO). Banana really stands out, without being overpowering.

Taste: really delivers on the smell - nicely malty with lots of fruity presence. Again, banana really makes itself known, but not in an intrusive way - sweet without being cloying, and a hint of hops to keep it all in check. There is also a sour tanginess that is really fantastic.

Excellent beer start to finish.

KingHeroical, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Tonmeister
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured in pint mug

Appearance: Dark, cloudy brownish, mahogany, with a half-finger head off white.

Smell: The aroma is just like a classic heffeweizen. Roasted malts, caramel with a fruity blend of apples.

Taste: It tastes like a toned down heffeweizen. The wheat presence is not as heavy, but to compensate for it there is a nice fruity blend along with this beer. Not bitter at all and can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: moderate body with crisp moderate carbonation. Very refreshing on my palate.

Overall: I could drink this all day, especially on hot summer days. This is a very refreshing beer that is perfect as a session ale.

Tonmeister, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of rjimlad
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love helles hefes so I was keen to hace a crack at this. Poured into Oz schooner glass and there was a good rich head which I made overflow. Bugger. Anyhow, there was a lovely caramel, wheaty aroma which was even more present in the taste. This flavour was cut by a nice clovey, stewed apple note which balanced off the sweeter taste. Not much hops and the more I drank the more interesting things I tasted. Roast beef? Dark chocolate? Its all there but the banana I like in the hefes. The mouthfeel was nice and rich with a full body but rather sticky like a dessert. The carbonation is perfect with continuous moderate bead. I love this and now have a need for it. Now!

rjimlad, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy medium brown in color with some golden and orange highlights when held up to the light and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of banana and clove along with some lighter notes of wheat, darker malts, yeast, and spices.

T: Tastes very similar to the smell with wheat and darker malts upfront and moderate to strong flavors of banana, clover, yeast, and spices.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Refreshing and smooth.

O: Enjoyable and extremely easy to drink - sessionable and refreshing.

dbrauneis, Oct 28, 2012
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,354 ratings.