Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,027 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,027
Hads: 2,650
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 253
Gots: 250 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 SFNC
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LOOK; Cloudy copper in a weizen glass with a rich cream colored head.
Smell; Banana, clove, dark bread. Not strong but enticing.
Taste; Banana, bread, caramel, subtle clove and hop flavors. Heaven!
Feel; Thick, moist, tingly.
Overall; I can't say that I've ever had a Weihenstephan that is less than great and this is a stellar addition. I had this years ago and proclaimed it the best beer I had ever had. Lots of competition, but it's still near the top. (460 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy chestnut brown and caramel color. Huge, thick, foamy, sticky, creamy off-white head (enough adjectives? the head really is impressive). Really good retention as well.

S - Lots of clove, overly-ripe banana, and caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Reminds me of a french toast made with banana bread.

T - Similar to the smell. A lot like a banana bread french toast (which is delicious by the way) with a touch of maple syrup. Good amount of banana, as well as toffee, caramel, brown sugar/molasses, and a touch of maple syrup. Good amount of clove, also a good amount of other spice (cinnamon and nutmeg mostly). Malted wheat also present along with the sweet malts, and they make up the backbone.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch sticky.

D - Goes down very well, and the favor is great. Just the right strength, not overpowering on the palate. Makes me want to keep coming back for more.

Notes: Really nice beer. Good mix of classical Hefewizen flavors and sweet dark flavors. I'll mention it for one more time, really reminiscent of a banana bread french toast. A touch sweet but a really enjoyable beer. I'm not sure if it is better than the original Hefewizen, rather it is just a different beer that I would crave at a different time for different reasons. (1,304 characters)

Photo of Sleestak
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a burnt orange with a head that looks like a dollup of vanilla ice cream. Just looks fantastic. Zesty banana bread on the smell. Citrus, spices, banana, yeast and wheat bread with a hint of roastiness towards the end. Creamy mouthfeel mmm this is a good beer. A great dunkelweizen from an exceptional German brewery, one of the best. (339 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nose highlights lots of brown malts and fruity esters. Flavors start with a welcoming brown malty sweetness, then a sour apple fruity esters, and ends with clove spice. Minimal hop presence. Perfect level of carbonation. Clean and refreshing. (243 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the half litre brown bottel a turbid and muddy light brown colour with a huge frothy head that retains itself well leaving plentiful lace. hefty aroma of spicy clove and a combo of banana/lemony goodness. malted wheat combines with touch of dark malts to start out the flavour profile, then plenty of spice comes through reminiscent of cloves, allspice and coriander. bananas and lemon grass...hints of vanilla and cocoa, and a herbal hop kick make this a delicious treat. crisp and clean mouthfeel. medium body. about perfect for this style of beer. damn drinkable for all the right reasons and overall another gem of a hefe from a brewery who has this style down.

now that i have access to these beers, i'm going to have strike a deal to stock up for summer. fantastic stuff! (792 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a nice cloudy brown color, a little darker than others I have had. The head is about 3 fingers, falling to to a quarter of an inch. The nose is nice and malty. What a blast of flavor. There is creamy banana with nice malty tones. I want to let this one warm up a bit and see where the flavors go. There is a nice thick creamy character to the mouthfeel. Very nice. Drinkability is outstanding. I would love to have a few more of these waiting for me. (465 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Light brown body, pure white head
S - fresh rich cloves yeasty spicyness and malty aroma
T - malty, cloves, dough, fresh, crisp, well integrated. Yeasty. Banana is present, but far in the background. Bready.
MF - fine carbonation, smooth, no bitterness.
D - amazing and delicious, clearly an amazing beer. (313 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at just over fridge temperature in the brewery's own hefeweizen glass.

Appearance- Pours the color of liquid caramel... hazy, with amazing structure. The beautiful, merengue-like head adorns the top and is constantly replenished by the neverending bubble ascension from below.

Smell- A deeper, richer cousin of the regular hefeweissbier... same banana, clove, mild ester notes but maltier. A yeasty, bready aroma wafts alongside.

Taste- A nice, mildly sour character braces the sides of the tongue and prepares you for the full, round elements of banana bread, clove, and malts. The faintest hop notes linger at the very end, closing the circle completely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Moderate carbonation that feels exactly right for the beer... the subtle characteristics of bread, malt, and especially the clove/banana notes are enhanced. Totally drinkable and very well done.

Paired with eggs over easy with 9-grain wheat toast, spiced with salt, pepper, and Herbs de Provence for brunch. (1,011 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A massive four finger creamy beast of a head rises up like a demon from the depths of hell, and gets rocky with popping bubbles as it takes it's sweet time settling to a thick two finger lunar landscape of reddish tan foam. The brew beneath is a hazy and dirty brown hue, and it glows reddish orange when held to the light. A ton of foamy lace is left on the glass after a good swirl.

S - Sweet banana baby food spread out on a big chewy banana-nut bagel. Some tart citrus notes are there too along with a big donut-y yeast aroma. This is amazingly complex. I smell lots of bakery shop yeast notes and some caramel drizzled dark fruits also (raisins in a box, dates, and prunes).

T - Sweet and dark like rum soaked dark fruits. The flavor is more focused on the dates and prunes than the nose is, but all of the yeasty bakery flavors are there too. After swallowing, I'm left with the taste of a big banana-nut bagel washed down with some OJ. Oh, God this is good...breakfast in a bottle.

M - Full bodied with a gloriously fine and tingly carbonation that you barely notice as CO2...it's almost more like a tingling novocaine feeling! Slick, oily, thick, and sugary. But somehow still light on the palate! It's like a puff pastry that you know is loaded with lard and sugar, but somehow feels like its calorie-free. Swishing in my mouth creates a big foamy lush feeling that is really nice. The finish is sweet and wet with a bit of wheaty twang, and the aftertaste is long lasting.

D - This is good stuff! It's refreshing and complex at the same time, and that is the key to drinkability IMO, but the only reason that I didn't give this a five is that it is pretty damn sweet. I think that without big hop flavors, high ABV, or a little bit of roastiness, beer like this can get cloying after maybe two. That said, this is my second Weihenstephaner beer, and my second beer from "the world's oldest brewer" to receive a score of 4.5+! I'm impressed! (1,958 characters)

Photo of dbaker61
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Drank same day.

Brew date on bottle: 2010.08.19

Enjoyed at Monnemer Eck, a German style restaurant in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. The bartender poured the 500mL beer into a weizen glass, making sure to add the yeasty bottoms.

Appearance: Coppery medium brown color, with a full three fingers of towering, creamy foam. The head lasted the entire glass, but left surprisingly little lacing.

Smell: Stellar, sublime. A full snoutfull of yeast, banana and clove. The new archetype of the style, at least for me.

Taste: Continues on from the smell. Here the maltiness dominates the banana and cloves, but they are still there. Yeasty and wheaty, but very little hops, as per style. This beer should be the standard to which others should be compared.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with enough carbonation. The finish is complex, ending sweet.

Drinkability: It was hard to say no to a second one. Definitely will have the scond one next time. Superb glass of beer. (989 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark toffee brown with honey highlights. Three inches of rolling foam head. Tons of streams of carbonation. Bit of lacing but low retention.

Sharp tangy aroma. Strong wheat smell. Steely.

Tastes like bubblegum and sweet ripe peaches. Cloves spiciness. It leaves a slightly herby (coriander) bitter aftetaste. This is the first 5 rating I have ever given.

Full round mouthfeel.

Excellent. First rate. Yummy. Complex and rewarding. (433 characters)

Photo of potownbill
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle came out of a Weihenstephaner gift pack, including the 0.5l glass.
Appearance - An amber brown cloudy beer, with a perfect off white 3 finger head that receded to a thin layer after a few minutes.

Smell - Sweet malt with bready "hefeweisen" aroma that was not overpowering, bu in great balance with the malt and subtle hops.

Taste - Slight malt, sweet, hint of clove, with the bready wheat. Not much hops. everything in balance.

Mouthfeel - Smooth as silk

Drinkability - I expected a heavier beer, and I was very suprised and pleased with the "weight" or lack thereof, of this beer. Not too many better than this.

85 degree day, cooling off as dusk approaches, hard day working in the yard. Perfect beer to end the day. (748 characters)

Photo of kosmoraios
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich hazelnut brown with a two finger off-white head. Aroma is of freshly baked dark bread, banana, clove, and a bit of roasted malts.

Taste is rich and complex, with all the hefe flavors enhanced. Fresh, toasted bread from the malts, banana and lemon, clove and white pepper. As another advocate noted, a bubblegum/candy flavor and an herbal/medicinal character emerge as the ale warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and substantial - creamy up front with a peppery finish, drinkable any time. (493 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a one pint, 0.9 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a weizen glass

The initial pour yielded a hazy, copper-mahogany body that was topped by a five-finger, light tan, billowing crop of foam. The head was super dense and creamy and it deposited drippy patches of lacing along the glass. When the sediment was added to the beer it became turbid. A dramatic plume of yeast cascaded down through the liquid, reminding me of when cream is slowly added to iced coffee.

The nose was fantastic. Spice notes dominated. Clove, nutmeg and allspice were quite apparent. Crisp, powdery and yeasty. Bubblegum came through strong. Semi-sweet overall. A hint of smoke was noticeable as well.

The flavor profile was a half step below the aroma but very impressive nonetheless. Like the nose, the it too was very spicy. Clove and nutmeg were the most dominant spice notes. The beer was wheaty and tart in the center. Yeasty and phenolic with strong bubblegum and banana notes. The finish was crisp and dry. Supremely balanced and drinkable. Toward the end of the glass, some earthy hops began to appear.

The mouthfeel was super slick and creamy. Lighter bodied but remarkably smooth.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel is an outstanding offering from an fantastic brewery. I love finding beers this good that are neither expensive nor that difficult to come across. (1,405 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hold Weihenstephan in very high regard. Their beers yield some of the most picturesque pours, especially from the bottle. This dunkel is no exception...

Enormous volume of head with stellar retention and generous drapes of lacing. The foam reminds me of a fresh, new white pillow or a soft, snow-capped peak. Underneath, a pale russet brown (not too dunkel), murky by way of yeast and wheat. Top notch.

The nose is exactly what I've come to expect. Signature Weihenstephan aromas - big malt and yeast - only a kiss of clove and a wink of banana. Dark, uber-bready malt reigns supreme, coming across muffin- or cake-like with a teeny touch of (milk) chocolate making its way out as it warms.

Okay, the banana comes out much bolder in the taste - thin and smooth - as does some faint spice. Compared to their regular hefeweizen, the darker malt flavors obscure that characteristic banana and clove just a bit more. Close your eyes and drink - this isn't much different than their standard hefeweizen. The darker malts could perhaps use a bit more depth- maybe not. Just my taste. The finish leaves that refreshing tart, kind of saline, feeling on my tongue, and wait!... Those dark malts DO come calling late in end. Delicate, subtle, with lightly nutty, cereal grain, chocolate malt flavors. Superb.

Don't know why, but this doesn't feel as creamy as their lighter hw's. The tartness imparts a wee bit drier feeling, no doubt aided by the stealth carbonation lifting and guiding the malt off the tongue. Wish it would linger a little thicker a little longer.

Really just nitpicking here. Bias derived from my taste for fuller-bodied (Amer.) ales? Yeah, take only a small fraction of a volume off the carbonation and I'd dub this perfect. I think I'll achieve nirvana with this from draft, we'll see. (1,805 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Aventinus glass, it is not like Aventinus, not as powerful (and not supposed to be), but nonetheless quite impressive.

It is cloudy, orange-brown with a magnificent foamy head that shows great retention but no lacing.
Aroma and taste are reminiscent of a caramelized banana, although delicate.
The first whiff brings the caramelized bananas with cloves, something I make and tastes great, I should have paired this!
Light bodied, but perhaps it is just my impression because it is too cold this time of the year; taste brings again the caramelized bananas, cloves, sugar, some nutty notes.
Very impressive. (625 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very large tan colored head. The bear itself shows ample carbonation rising through a dark amber colored beer.

Sugary cloves and banana in the nose, but very balanced with no scent overpowering and taking over. After taking a sip the first thing I notice is the mouthfeel of the beer is extremely smooth and moderately bodied. Carbonation serves up a sweet spicy taste that develops and finishes into a dry malt aftertaste. Almost no biterness as the hops serve only to balance out the malts without adding much flavor.

Extremely enjoyable and drinkable Dunkel. I could drink this all day and at 5.3% I could attempt to. All around great beer that will turn me on to try out more of this style.. (709 characters)

Photo of blakesell
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At first glance I didn't think this beer would taste anything remotely like a dark beer. The appearance was brown at best, but after smelling it I knew it was going to fit to the weinstephaner reputation of quality. The slightly smokey smell that the hefeweisen has was present and the dark wheaty smells come in right after it. Great spicey mouthfeel that I look forward to trying again. (388 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice murky brown with a huge rocky head. Nice lacing on the surface the whole way down the glass. Aroma has cloves, bananas, a hint of smoke with some underlying sweetness. Taste has great wheat spicy complexity. Cloves, cinnamon, bananas and pears. A bit of roasted malt flavor. Some yeasty earthiness. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable and and an excellent dunkel (399 characters)

Photo of xvertirx
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- beautifull brownish color with a thick creamy head

S- Malty smell but nothing really stands out.

T- wow tastes great. It is a balanced malty flavor. Nothing stands out but it just tastes great. no overpowering alcohol. delicious.

M- good smooth carbonation. creamy texture. I like it!

O- Great beer. Bravo! very enjoyable. (329 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Light brown in color and very hazy. Pours a thick, foamy, three finger tall head.

Aroma- Caramel, chocolate, banana, spice (almost cinnamon like), and a bready wheat malt.

Taste- Sweet at first with caramel and banana flavors followed by a bready malt in the middle. Towards the finish the sweetness is balanced out by spice and chocolate flavors.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, and mostly clean in the finish but a little residual sweetness in here too.

Overall- Great balance, great flavor, and a great beer overall. Sometimes dunkelweizens can be too sweet, but this really blends the best parts of the caramel/chocolate off a dunkel and the banana/spice hefeweizen flavors. Neither part of the beer over powers the other. At 5.3% abv this packed with flavor and makes for a great session beer. A must try beer for the style. (865 characters)

Photo of J-Rye
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Wheaty cloudiness with caramel tones
Smell: carmelized banana, earthy spices, a little sharpness, maybe grassy
Taste: bubblegum, great wheat base, well developed malt
Feel: light to medium bodied, but the carbonation adds a deep chewiness.

Overall: One of the first beers to make me obsess over beer. Still doesn't disappoint. (335 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, deep amber, copper, reddish hue? A bit cloudy, some yeasty sediments present towards the bottom of the glass. Slightly toasty nose, yeast, some apple pie and malts as well. Up front, a mild based malt body is clearly evident, some cloves and lemon notes. Evenly balanced and a bit dry, some cloves and vanilla beans noticed on the tongue. Tarty, twangy, yet very crisp and clean, ever so refreshing, some fruitiness towards the finish, perhaps grapes, plums, apples noted in the body as the glass is drained. Full flavored, rich, creamy, are you kidding me? Absolutely world class, one of the best dark wheats you can get your hands on. (644 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.
A: Pours a wonderful hazy brownish yellow-orange with moderate to high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch thick tight bubbly white head. Good retention.
S: Wonderful banana, yeast, clove, and malt. Simply perfection.
T: Follows aroma well...banana, clove, yeast, and malt notes. Hint of cinnamon. Very nice.
M: Medium body. Taste lingers a bit on the palate which is nice.
D: Highly, highly drinkable. A great session beer. Would love to have this fresh from the brewery. Excellent example of style. (543 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. No date, just a code or lot number, '5099'

A: Cloudy dark amber/copper color. Off-white thick head that leaves heavy lacing.

S: Malty, slightly spicy aroma. Very nice complex scent.

T&M: Medium bodied with primarily malty palate and crisp, fine carbonation that is at a perfect level. As soon as the carbonation hits there is a spicy snap of clove and a twang from the fermented wheat. Nice complex flavors and minimal bitterness from the hops. Clean finish that fades slowly.

I have been typically steering away from dark beers and wheat beers lately, but this is the best wheat beer I have probably ever had AND it's dark! Go figure. (720 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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