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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,432
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 187
Gots: 138 | FT: 2
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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 BigDaddyWil
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Tasty looking brew. Pours a very cloudy, copper-brown color. Very much looks like iced-tea. A huge three inch thick off white head forms, with excellent retention. Lots of malt of yeast smells, with hints of spices,cloves and bananas. Very nice combination of wheat and malt flavors. A little sweetness in there, like sweet apple cider. Excellent mouthfeel very light and refreshing. Way too easy to drink. A great beer to enjoy, on a hot summer's day. a must try!!

BigDaddyWil, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of darklager
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich, creamy, bronze color with a rather large white head. During the pour, yeast is seen diving from the bottle and splashing gleefully into the glass, which makes me pause and reminisce about my last batch of homebrew which unfortunately is no longer with us. The aroma is a fruity caramel scent which is quite pleasing to the nasal passages. The taste is pretty sweet with almost a caramel taste to it. While it wasn't exactly love at first taste with this beer, by the time the bottle was finished, we had warmed to each other quite nicely. Now I'm looking forward to seeing her again.

darklager, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm partial to any Bavarian brew, because that is essentially what turned me into the beer geek/snob that I am. List of which is this exceptional offering from Weihenstephaner. Their Hefe is world class, I LOVE the Korbinian too. The Dunkel is another clear winner, let's take this for a test drive.

Big two finger head from the gentlest of pours. Nice cloudly brown. Foamy till the last drop, with a respectable amount of lacing.

Terrific Dunkel smell. Very sweet. Hint of bananas.

It tastes like liquid candy. Slightly sweet, but not over poweringly so. it's a Dunkel that also knows it's a hefe. Absolutely terrific to the last drop. Hints of chocolate, some banana, a little clove action. Tang of sourness from the wheat malt also detected.

Mouthfeel is nice. Creamy and well carbonated, true to style.

Fabulously drinkable. I'm ashamed that I only picked up one, as I forgot how good these are.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always having been a huge fan of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, it shocked me to realise I'd never reviewed their dunkel. Well, that's something that needs rectifying... Served in my half-litre Franziskaner weizen glass.

Pours a lovely deep and cloudy orange-brown colour, which glistens and shines in the light. A beautiful colour for a dunkelweizen. Head is a thick and boisterous froth of yellow-tinged white, that foams and crackles its way down to half a centimetre of film by the end, and leaves a bit of separated lacing. Carbonation is strong and boisterous, although looks like there's enough body to give it some trouble. It's a truly magnificent looking dunkelweizen.

Nose is redolent with delicious weizen characters, giving the classic banana and spice aromas. But it's also broadened with sweet caramel, brown sugar and banana bread, that give this wonderfully refined character and deepen the experience. Spice comes through with prickly clove and biting fresh pepper and ozone. Great nose. Just wonderful.

Taste is also good, although it's mellower than it might have been. The spiciness on the nose disappears here, although the languid, sweet toffee characters come through more prominently. Hint of banana through the centre, and there's a long, lingering back palate that gives off an odd freshness like lightly chlorinated water. Feel is light and fluid - whatever body the malty caramel may have suggested is a little absent.

A lovely beer, and an excellent dunkelweizen. As good as it is, I still feel that while the Weihenstephaner Hefe makes me think it's the peerless pinnacle of the art, this dunkel makes me think there may be another better one out there.

But maybe only one.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a slender branded weizen glass at Hotel California in Berlin, Germany.

A: Soft leather brown with frothy 1/2-to-1 finger off-white head with good retention and solid lacing mostly at the top of the glass.

S: Banana and bread crust are the most prominent aromas with some herbal hoppiness and caramel notes too.

T: Very bready and slightly yeasty with the classic banana bread flavor with plenty of crusty qualities. Very little other esters aside from banana/

M: Very creamy and smooth with low carbonation.

O: A classic rendition of the style with all of the nutty, banana bread notes and smooth, easy-to-drink feel.

argock, Apr 05, 2011
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%

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 ramblinwreck101
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

ramblinwreck101, Oct 18, 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
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,432 ratings.