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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,244
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 160
Gots: 89 | 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 philberinghele


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Kaiser's Army
Fun, Fun on the Autobahn
Rolf and Florian

So the winner in my dunkle weizen taste off is definitely Ayinger Ur Weisse. This one just doesn't have much character. While Ayinger has a banana bread quality, this is just a slight variation on the hefe weizen = boring. I want something that I have to chew, not a thin, meek beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 03:56:10 | More by philberinghele
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure on the date of this. Poured into an Erdinger Weissbier glass.

A - Pours a deep hazy golden brown with a great big lively head and bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Beautiful beer in this glass.

S - Crisp citrus, roasted malts, spicy yeastyness. Smells great.

T - A bit bland, not quite what I would have expected from the nose. It's all there, just quite subdued. Tastes pretty good, dark roasted malts, a citrusy bite, some yeast. Just not as lively as the nose.

M - Medium body, very smooth and crisp. Pretty nice mouthfeel.

O (D) - I don't particularly like or know this style, but it's a pretty good beer. I would seek it out in Germany, but not in the States.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 23:41:24 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of gmfessen


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky rust-orange color with a glistening off-white, bubbly head. The smell is like a typical hefe - cloves, yeast, slightly sweet and this one is a bit bready. Taste is similar to the nose, very clovey and spicy... very similar to Weihenstephaner's traditional Hefe. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a frothy, creamy carbonation and incredibly smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, another testament to the quality of beer from "the world's oldest brewery".

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 02:21:16 | More by gmfessen
Photo of bigalk


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle at our Octoberfest, hadn't had one since same time last year. Obvious phenolics in the aroma with that hint of caramel and chocolate. Slight wheat tartness and then rounded off with the coloure malt flavours. A bloody nice change from the lighter weizenbier

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 10:49:16 | More by bigalk
Photo of strangemusic

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what to expect going into this one, but was surprised!

It poured caramel-coloured hazy brown (kind of weird actually, almost rootbeer-like...), the head was nicely bubbly, not too dense, and stayed up well.

There was less of the typical orange and clove thing that one might expect from a regular wheat beer... instead, you get red apple, spice, vanilla, malt (none bursting out, but muted and subtle)... then sweet caramelized sugar.

The taste had lots of that spiced character contrasted with crisp red apple, biscuity flavours, earthiness, a hint of cherry and bitterness as well as that late caramelized sweetness. Really nice and lots of different layers.

Mouthfeel was delicately balanced: just enough body weight and fullness, but still very crisp and clean. There's a lingering dryness from the wheat at the end of the sip.

It's not as delightfully quaffable as its traditional wheat siblings, but makes up for it with loads more complexity!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 14:53:52 | More by strangemusic
Photo of Litterbean

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just a good, all-round dunkel.

Brownish mahogany color, nice head, fluffy, if you will.

Smells of yeast, grapes, lemon, and bananas.

Sweet, fruity, juicy taste. Sugary sweetness with a blend of grape jelly, bananas, and citrus. Refreshing on the palate. Yeast notes permeate throughout. Easy to put down, that's for damn sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 08:44:54 | More by Litterbean
Photo of mmmbeer


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle with a batch-code on the back label. It pours an opaque mahogany, with lively carbonation that builds up a three-finger head, which reduces to a quarter-inch and leaves little lacing. One the nose it's bananas, spicy yeast, wheat, chocolate?, some grassiness, a touch of cloves and perhaps some nuttiness. Light wheat and chocolate on the palate, yeast, a mild bitterness, and just a kiss of green hops on top of a medium, tingly and dry, yet smooth body. Very drinkable and quite delicious - one of the benchmarks for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 18:33:44 | More by mmmbeer
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown in color with a thick head. Hazy appearance.

S: Slight hint of black licorice. Mainly a musty, yeast smell with a aromas of green apples. Spot on for the style.

T: Very similar to a standard hefeweizen. Clove and green apple with undertones of banana. The flavor of the yeast seems to hold everything together.

M: Light and refreshing with a perfect amount of carbonation. The malt sweetness makes for a rounded mouthfeel. Airy and fluffy due to the wheat.

D: Highly drinkable and very refreshing. This would make a superb session beer. Also, a perfect brew for hot weather. This is the benchmark for this particular style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 00:06:15 | More by BassAssassin
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brownish orange colour, two fingers of white head, quite a bit of lace. Smell is of sweet malt with some banana and bubblegum, lots of yeasty qualities, clove and other spice there as well, almost a little 'christmas' like at times, also light cocoa/chocolate points. Taste is of darker sweet malts, dark bread like, bits of banana and slightly yeasty, a cocoa like sweetness, quite spicy, clove and pepper as well, the finish had a bit of warm spice thats kind of cinnamon like, spicy aftertaste. Medium and fairly active carbonation, medium body and a touch creamy. Very nice stuff here, very drinkable and something I will pick up as frequent as possible, spectacular on a nice warm day.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 15:11:10 | More by peensteen
Photo of tectactoe


4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review #100! Pours a swamp-like hybrid color, dark copper and dark tan, opaque and murky with an off-white head that plumps up big time and looks super thick and creamy. The head is long lasting and easy to conjure up from nothing due to the volatile nature of the brew. Nose hits just like you'd expect with an initial bubblegum hint, quickly surrounded by clove and some other kitchen spices, maybe coriander. Both malty and fruity on the tongue - bananas are, of course, the most prevalent, followed by plums and grapes. Yeast sinks into the tastebuds and provides a nice, toasted-bread-like backbone for the sweet fruity malts to stand upon. No real apparent bitterness here, and hops aren't noticeable unless you try extremely hard (and even then, it's probably all in your mind). But this brew was meant for the malt! Thin-medium body with a great deal of carbonation, leaving a nice snap on the tongue up front and through the finish.

Another amazing brew by Weihenstephaner. Hits all the marks and traits you'd expect from a hefeweissbier - bananas, cloves, breads, yeast, toasty malts, etc. Remains simple while exceeding at everything it does. This is a must-try, and the best part is that it's readily available in most places.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 13:20:40 | More by tectactoe
Photo of barczar


4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky medium brown with yeast sediment floaties and a frothy, puffy 2 inch cream head that won't quit. As it does dissipate, it leaves sticky lacing.

Orange, coriander, and banana accompany yeast in the initial aroma. Notes if clove and lemon complement the wheat character well. Citrus dominates.
There's a slightly bready note and a touch of floral sweetness.

Flavor reveals tart lemon, bubblegum, and banana underlying a wheaty, slightly bready backbone. Clove, orange, and slightly plasticy phenols add complexity. The finish is fairly bready, peppery, and floral.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with fairly high carbonation.

Definitely more malt character than the hefe, which suits my palate well. Excellent yeast esters.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 21:58:31 | More by barczar
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is full of wheat, toffee and cloves with quite a bit of banana mixed in. A very nice aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and brown sugar notes, as well as some wheat and banana. All of the notes meld together perfectly as I have come to expect from Weihenstephaner wheat beers.

Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:35:43 | More by Mora2000
Photo of niknar


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep, dark, burgundy-orangish with an almost chocolate tone to the color. Excellent head (slightly off-white) with much better than average retention and nice lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, and typical citrus notes. Very good flavor with very understated hop bitterness and aggressive sour wheat hitting the tongue first. Notable carbonation, but balanced well. Finishes strong with the sour flavor contributing to the dry ending. Mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from the style - light and refreshing with good carbonation. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. My only regret is that I only have this one bottle!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 22:26:30 | More by niknar
Photo of alovesupreme


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A murky Iced Tea looking beer with a thick rich head sitting on top.
Banana and clove dominate this beers smell, with some other spices such as cinnamon.
Excellent malt presence with some cinnamon and clove. Banana is more subtle but still present.
Great body, well carbonated with a good consistency.
I wish I could by this beer by the gallon, I would have no trouble finishing any amount of this beer. An absolutely fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 02:32:48 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of dbossman


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Slightly cloudy, golden brown beer with a huge frothy, tan head; lacing is good

S: Typical weiss beer aromas: coriander, banana, grains; also a subtle honey and tea leaf quality; some grainy malty underneath the yeastiness; a bit subdued in all, but at the end there is a touch of sour mash aromas that are interesting

T: Banana, cloves, lemon up front but a pleasant roasted (a tad burnt) malt undertone; this is a grainy and somewhat simple yet delicious beer

F: Seemingly thin and watery but the beer does sit nicely on the tongue long after it is down the throat

D: Such a refreshing beer; I could drink this all day--especially on a hot summer's day; another stellar beer from the world's oldest brewery

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:49:56 | More by dbossman
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the darker doppelganger to the hefe-weizen that is the benchmark.

I mean, what do you want to hear? its darker, more rich smelling, a bit more full of floaty particles; but man this one sure does deliver. This is like a more tan version of your significant other. Its just darker, and better. Its no less refreshing, but it would certainly pair a little better with stronger food flavors. It is really malt paradise. I prefer mine chilled up and consumed in the following manner. Since this is not a sipping beer, its best to take a giant swig every minute or so, until the beer is gone; repeat until empty, or until you start to understand German.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 12:36:10 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of Crack1Open

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy brownish with slight amber when held to light. 1/4 inch head and leaves some decent lacing. Noticeable carbonation.

S- Wheaty, malts, banana, a little dark fruit aroma. Also cloves/spices.

T- Starts with wheat to yeast/clove spices. Lovely banana with faint toffee and roasted malts. Even though low abv, can still slightly taste alcohol.

M- Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. A bit demanding on the tongue and still crisp.

D- Fairly good drinkability. Seems like this would be a especially enjoyable in the fall weather.

I know this bottle was not old at only six months and would definitely purchase another but still would like to try it a little bit fresher. All in all solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 04:24:38 | More by Crack1Open
Photo of Kinsman


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy copper colored body with thick and froathy looking off-white head.

Clove spice has a strong aroma up front with a bit of the fruity banana like typical of the Weihenstephaner yeast with a bit more of the bready wheat aroma than the hefe.

Taste is not as yeasty upfront. Malty and bready initially mixed in with some sweeter caramel notes. Unlike the aroma, it takes a while for the yeast flavor to show up. Finishes with a nice clove spice flavor but not as fruity as expected.

Crisp and refreshing with a lively carbonation.

Highly drinkable and plenty refreshing. Overall, one of the best dunkleweizens available.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:55:10 | More by Kinsman
Photo of revolution


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour reveals a rich caramel color with a huge, frothy head. Large bubbles flowing.

Smell the wheat--scent of rising bread dough, also fruit...banana?

Malty, very slight caramel, wheat taste. Also pick up the fruit...banana.

Mouthfull of carbonation. Light feel, goes down pretty smooth.

A very solid wiezen, especially on this hot summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 03:54:08 | More by revolution
Photo of Stavage


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a very full frothy cream head that sits on top of a nice cloudy amber liquid. The head has excellent retention finally reducing to a thick lacing.

Strong phenol smell as expected. Also a pleasant biscuit maltiness there too. Almost reaches a slight toffee scent. Definite fruit mince spiciness in there too.

I got a sour twang and pleasant nuttiness at first with this beer, a rye/sourdough bread kind of sourness. The strong wheat taste came in strong with the aftertaste and on subsequent sips a toasty sweet maltiness was evident. There was a dry spiciness there as well. Hops flavours took a definite backseat which I think is fine for the style and the malts were very pleasant but I found the flavours thinning out a bit after sitting in my mouth for a while.

This brew had a good solid medium body with fairly lively carbonation. Perhaps a little too lively for my tastes. But along with the dryness it did make this a very crisp drink.

This really is a year round all purpose beer. Refreshing and light enough to enjoy on a hot summers with a barbecue or salad or even sushi but with enough backbone to enjoy in winter with a stew or a more complex meal. It's always nice to have a beer in your fridge that will go down the gullet with ease without being boring and this is such a beer.

It must be noted I was given this as a gift. The best before date was approximately 6 months away but my experience with the style is freshest is best and seeing as it was part of a gift pack I wonder if I would enjoy this more if I drank one closer to bottling.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 08:19:59 | More by Stavage
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper, with orange tinges. Big fluffy, welcoming head that laced nicely. Typical banana, clove and wheaty notes on the nose. Just a little restrained, would've liked it to jump out of the glass a bit more. Magic in the mouth! Smooth as silk, nice carbonation. Just right for a weiss. Those expected banana and clove notes melt nicely with a bit of malt. Could drink this everyday without getting sick of it. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 09:31:56 | More by juju7
Photo of BeerMark


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel pours dark with a large tan fluffy head. It has a wheat and malt aroma. Tastes great with malt, banana, and wheat coming through. It's considered world class by many and I must agree. This beer really hits the spot when I'm looking for something sweet and malty. A must try. Purchased at Chan's Wine World in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 20:37:50 | More by BeerMark
Photo of travelfrog

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I had tried the more common Helles Hefeweizen, I had never tried this version until now. I had it on tap in the USA, served in a traditional weissbier glass.

Appearance was medium-brown and cloudy, with a nice, long-lasting head.

Smell was not overpowering, but with pleasant parallels to fresh bread.

Taste was quite good: it tasted somewhere between a Scheider Weissbier and a Franziskaner Dunkelweizen. Yeast and fresh bread were the orders of the day, with maybe a hint of apple. Excellent, dry finish.

Mouthfeel was just fine, maybe a bit of acidity clinging to the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability was also above average. Perhaps the slight acidity makes you want to drink it less quickly (not necessarily a bad thing).

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2007 00:33:45 | More by travelfrog
Photo of GRPunk


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 liter bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- A careful pour left a > 2 finger, pillowy, light tan head that left nice sticky spots on the side of the glass. Tiny bubbles of carbonation struggle through the hazy orange-brown body.

S- A great banana and spice aroma up front accompanied by some slight citrus notes.

T- A nice mix of banana, spice, and citrus expected from a traditional hefe-weizen. The bready, rich flavors expected from a dunkel were a little more reserved than anticipated.

M- A little cleaner than expected. Medium carbonation with a drying effect from the underlying citrus flavors.

D- It's definitely an easy drinker and a nice transition from the warm-weather wheats to the fall seasonals. I drank this on an unexpectedly warm fall evening. I'd look for it again when I'm in the mood for a dunkelweizen.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 01:56:50 | More by GRPunk
Photo of DefenCorps


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at Norm's the other day. Bottled the 49th week of 2009, which makes this about 5 months old.

A hazy, glowing amber with a huge off-white head, this beer is very highly carbonated. Retention is exceptional. The nose is pure magic. An absolutely delightful combination of bananas, cloves, caramel and wheat, this really is like liquid banana bread with chocolate and caramel drizzled on top.

The palate opens light and airy with the clove-like spice quite dominant with some banana too. Not as balanced as the nose, this still tastes excellent. A definite cocoa presence is noted, and there's a touch of caramel, and a moderate toasted whole wheat bread character. Medium in body with high carbonation, this beer dries on the finish, leaving a strong clove character along with some banana. Thoroughly enjoyable, I wouldn't pick this over their regular hefeweissbier, but that's hardly a surprise.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 00:06:48 | More by DefenCorps
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