1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Not Rated.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,504 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,504
Reviews: 1,014
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 210
Gots: 184 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,504 | Reviews: 1,014 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JoeBloe
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish brown, like a dark iced tea, yellow light passes through the bottom of the glass, head is ample and rocky and white.

Smell: Lots of sweetness, brown sugar, cloves, yeast, banana breadiness is less noticeable.

Taste: Big malty flavor like a tame tripel, less spicy than the hefeweissbier, brown sugar and a little maple, very dry in the finish, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Quality, smooth and fizzy carbonation that tickles your mouth and slips down your throat.

Drinkability: I prefer their light hefeweizen in flavor, but this is very delicious and went well with a reuben sandwich.

Photo of rjimlad
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Photo of magnj
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - First glass was a nice clear brown, second was hazy from yeast. Big fluffy head in my snifter.

S - Typical clean hefe yeast you expect from them, with a little dark fruit in the mix. Deeper malt aromas than in the normal hefe version.

T - Again pretty similar to their regular hefe but a bit of a bigger body, maybe a little less sweet. Major yeast contribution, this time with a deeper malt taste. Vaguely chocolate at the end. I like it very much.

M/D - Average body, great drinkability. I could easily drink a couple of these on a cool summer evening and it wouldn't kill the wallet, decent price near me for the quality.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy dark apple cider color with a large head of fluffy white foam. No lacing, medium to medium high level of carbonation.

S: Buttery dark caramel malts, sweet husk, some minor notes of spices and herbs. Very fresh aroma.

T: Light buttery malts marked with roasted earth and grain. A slight yeasty note toward the finish. A hint of natural sugar sweetness blends well. Solid wheaty backbone. Nice.

M: Medium/light bodied and quite bubbly. Goes down well. Smoothness from the wheat element is present.

D: Pretty good. Right on the money. Perhaps one of the better Dunkel Weizen's i've had this year.

Notes: Would be an excellent change up beer for summer months. Recommended drinking.

Photo of Terp96
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. I love how it combines the attributes of the underated dunkel with the ever popular hefeweizen.

This beer is a cloudy brown color in the glass. This particular bottle must have been disturbed as it took a couple of small pours to get it in my glass. Huge, thick off-white head.

Like a typical hefeweizen, you can smell the banana clove flavors but this one also has a dark malt, almost smokey aroma as well.

Like the smell, the taste says hefeweizen but the strong malt character is definitely present. Roasted malt dominates the front with a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Not thin but not cloying. Just right.

I could drink this all night. It is a shame it is so warm in October. This is a perfect fall/winter beer.

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

A: pours cloudy brown with a lasting frothy tan to light brown head. Head does leave some lacing on the glass.
S: a darker malty banana, yeast, not much clove but a little bubble gum
T: smooth flavors, a very light nuttiness to add along with the yeast is rather nice. Some banana and just a touch of clove. There is just a touch of hop grassiness in the aftertaste
M: very smooth, almost creamy. Carbonation seems light but is enough to maintain the head very well
Overall its a good example of a dunkel weissen. Smooth flavors, nothing too odd.

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

A: A slightly cloudy amber pour with an enormous slightly off-white head atop it. Excellent retention and just a hint of lacing on the glass.

S: Banana, pear, cloves and wheat.

T: More banana and cloves, with some pear. Wheaty bread with caramel.

M: Pretty thin but not overly so. Super smooth and crisp.

O: Super simple but tasty and drinkability is off the scale.

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

Burnished brown color with a huge, tightly-packed head that looks just magnificent in the glass. Some lacing but not a ton.

Pleasing aroma of clove that jumps right out of the glass and permeates the surrounding area. It hardly smells different from the regular hefe, which is a great compliment.

Mostly phenolics in the flavor as well; whereas the regular hefe leads with the banana and backs up with clove and spicing, this one is the opposite. While there is plenty of both, the clove is really huge.

Other than regular hefeweizen flavors, there's a touch of cocoa and baked banana bread. Some more malt flavor; significantly carbonated which is both pleasing to the palate with the scrubbing bubbles but also a little much in that it seems to lighten the body a bit.

Really terrific dunkelweizen, I need to drink some more, but compared with the standard hefeweizen versus an Aventinus I find it somewhat lacking in complexity and heft.

Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500ml bottle.

A - Amber with good clarity and a huge beige head.

S - Loads of banana, cloves and vanilla.

T - It's got the bananas and cloves you'd expect from a hef along with a malty sweetness that balances it out and tames the normally spicier flavors. I personally prefer a straight hef but the dunkel is a nice twist.

M - Moderate consistency and high in carbonation.

D - A very clean and crisp beer that's a pleasure to drink.

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!!

Photo of Toddv29424
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of brown with a bit of redness to it. Very large head, especially if poured with any slashing. Had to wait some time before I was able to pour the whole thing in. Definitely a matly nose, most likely of the toasted variety, and also a hint of brown sugar or something equally sweet. Taste is great. Perfect level of carbonation, noticeable but not overpowering. Again the sweet brown sugar taste is back in the middle of the tongue, this time with nut added. Finishes pleasantly with candied fruits and more clove-like spices. This beer goes down very easy as well, if this were more readily available I would drink it all the time!

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

I bought a bottle of this beer at Number One Liquor in Redondo Beach, CA.

The beer poured with a two-finger head and a cloudy, honey-brown complexion. The head retention was good seeing as the head lasted throughout. The aroma was pleasing, presenting with a light spiciness, fruity esters, a bread-like heartiness, and no noticeable hop presence. The taste bore a strong malt sweetness, light spiciness on the tongue, and cloves. The mouthfeel is pleasing with a light coating left on the tongue. Overall, this is a good beer, hearty and satisfying.

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.

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

Out of a bomber this beer was a cloudy copper color with lots of rising carbonation. The one finger of light khaki colored head displayed very good retention and left lacing in bands. The aroma was of caramel malt, butterscotch, candi sugar and some hints of dark fruits. The flavors were just like the aroma with a pleasant sweetness from the malts balanced by a good note of spicy, hoppy bitterness that seemed to blossom as the beer warmed up. I also tasted cloves, lots of wheat and some banana notes from the yeast. Complex and enjoyable. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium but the carbonation just a touch too high for my liking.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at RFD in DC.

Pours a dark copper to amber with lots of wheat haze and great lacing. Has a small ring of head that sticks around. The smell has a very nice clove and banana like the regular hefe, with other more Belgian spicy malt and yeast notes, bready and darker ripe fruit all of which translates to the taste. The taste has the elements of the smell but it seems muted in a way. It's great banana, ripe dark fruits, clove but it seems more watery to me. Nice carbonation accents the spice. Overall it's quite nice, but the regular hefe is just so divine it might almost be effecting my review. Definitely worth a try.

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.

Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: this beer is murky with many floaties to be noticed. Light amber color, great retention.
Smell: banana is noticed immediately in all the right proportions. More of a banana perfume. Light spices of clove and elements of sweet fruity malt make this aroma gorgeous.
Taste: More clove on the palate but still remains subtle. Banana bread seems to dominate while bread and grains remain prevalent. Light toasted malt adds a different facet to this german style. Lightly bitter to round out the palate ending in sweet bread. Good beer
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation
Overall: Beautiful beer and should be as well respected as it is. Not my favorite from Weihenstephaner but still remains the best of its style. The more apparent spices and toasted malt set this beer apart from regular weissbiers and for that reason...its good. props to beer love pow

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a deep dark hazelnut brown color. Very cloudy with a lot of sedimentation towards the bottom of the glass. An enormous tan colored head formed on the top of this one. I could not even finish the pour into a 24oz glass without stopping to let it settle. Very impressive looking to say the least. Now as soon as this finally relented it was replaced by copious amount of side glass lace which really helped to thicken up the overall appearance. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout. Overall this was a monster looking Hefe and was really excited to get to try it.



S – Aroma was full of wheat as one would imagine it would be. Lots of fresh wheat and grain smells came flying off of it. Also inside was a good solid amount of yeast. This did a very fine job of lightening up the overall aroma and really giving it some solid depth and a good amount of character. I could also pick up some decent amounts of fresh grass like smells in there as well. A very nice overall aroma, and a bit fuller then the typical.



T – Now here is where it gets good. Very nice blend of roasted malts going into this as well as the huge wheat and yeast profile. There was actually a decent amount of kick to it in the flavor. The first sips were pretty intense with a bit of a caramel or bitterness to the finish. Lots of yeast presence again and this served up some nice fruity flavors. A good mix of peach and maybe some apples were present way in the back and the major bread like backing just served to push forward the more subtle flavors that were present in the back. Overall here this was really a very full bodied flavor. E even noticed a bit of a roasted nuttiness to it. This was very nice is about it.



M – Very nice and very typical of what I would expect here. It had a great overall feel, lots of carbonation rippling through and really giving it a very nice feel and a great overall profile again. Somewhat thin but that is a bit to be expected here, but other then that it really was pretty darn good as far as the way it should feel. Naturally going to be a lighter type of brew, this did have a nice full body to it.



D – Excellent here. I could have had this all night long and really could not find a downside to it at all. It really felt as though I could have never stopped with this one. There was really nothing in the way of this going all night and it really was a fantastically crafted brew. So light and refreshing but yet at the same time, complex in flavor and body. Nothing at all bad can be said here, just a wonderful session type ale.



Overall I do not know what else I can say. I love all things German and this was no exception. One of the finest quality brews I have had in a very long while. I would be happy to try this one again any day and in fact will be looking forward to having some again very soon. Great choice here and another very solid offering.

Photo of minterro
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Squirrel/$8/500ml

This one looked incredible; a deep orangey-brown color with a huge frothy head that sat up there for forever. Nose was a ton of yeast, wheat, sweet but roasted caramel malt. Taste was likewise, really delicious, although not quite as overwhelmingly flavorful as their standard hefeweizen. Feel was nice and thick, good for the style. Overall, a very tasty beer that I would get again.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,504 ratings.