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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 212
Gots: 186 | FT: 2
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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 weizenbob
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 500mL brown bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. The code on the label indicates that this was bottled on September 1, 2010. I'm hoping this has held up well in the seven months since bottling. I popped the cap and poured into a weizen glass.

A careful pour still manages to produce four glorious fingers of foamy head. Retention is fantastic, and there is still a half finger of head by time I get down to the bottom of the glass. Patches of lace stick to the glass for a nice aesthetic. The beer itself is a dark amber, closing in on brown, with ample haze to give this a nice soft look. A lot of carbonation can be seen rising behind the glass. This is a beauty of a beer.

As expected, the aroma reeks of weizen esters. Clove is strong. There is a hefty (or should I say hefe) amount of bubble gum. Wheat smells nice. Despite the age it still smells crisp.

The taste is really nice. Caramel maltiness is huge and takes on a bit of toffee note as it rolls across the palate. It has a whole-grain wheat bread kind of thing going on in taste as well as body. Banana esters come on strong on the back end. Hints of bubble gum emerge. The finish is sweet, and per style, there is very little hop bitterness to be detected. You don't see the dunkelweiss in the states nearly as much as the standard hefeweizen, but dunkels are a great variation on the same basic style. I'm loving the bready backbone of this particular beer.

In the mouth this is a wholly inoffensive brew. The beer is medium bodied but the high amount of tingly carbonation makes it feel a little lighter. The malt is grainy and a little chewy and leaves a sharp sugary feeling in the mouth.

All in all you can't really go wrong with this dunkel. It scores highly in all of the sensory tests. It rests at a reasonable 5.3% ABV. It's sensibly priced for an import of its caliber; and comes in the perfect serving size. Weihenstephaner has been brewing great beers for a long long time and one can only hope that they never stop. Every beer in their lineup is a winner. You don't stay the world's longest continually running brewery by accident.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel/Dark. Prosit!

Photo of ToddMopps
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MaximalC
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of uustal
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of ramblinwreck101
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Stocean1
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a bottle into a large wine glass - nice frothy well retained head of two fingers - after a couple of minutes settled to a 1/4 inch film - nice sticky lacing - cloudy as expected - colour of light coffee or caramel
- got lighter after 10 minutes as it settled

S - orange, banana, spicy - cloves?

T - nice rich wheat flavour up front - a mild orange banana flavour cloves - nearly finished and a hint of unexpected chocolate like dessert at the end of a good meal - little bitterness and well balanced

M - really enjoyed this aspect - good carbonation and consistency - pleasurable to swish in your mouth - substantial but not quite full bodied - quite refreshing as well

O - this is my second german dark wheat in a week and neither has disappointed - this beer is very sessionable and I will be going back for more when I pass by the Preston LCBO again - i could enjoy a few on a hot afternoon at the trailer this summer

Photo of scooter231
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty brown/tan color, almost cinnamon, or honey. Thick and hazy, almost opaque. Beautiful head, thick and creamy looking which leaves really lovely lacing. Nose is quite sweet. Alcoholic. Banana bread, definitely, with some cinnamon touches. Allspice hits you quite hard. Pumpkin bread? Lots of spicyness going on. It smells like your grandmother's kitchen in the fall when she starts baking for the winter months. Makes me want to eat delicious things...

Taste is a biiit of a letdown after the smell. Isn't as potent. Still good, though. More of the cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice, banana thing going on, just a bit muted, more subtle. Mouthfeel is absoluvely lovely- thick and creamy, smooth, really good. Quite drinkable- perhaps too sweet, too spiced after a while, but if you're in the mood for this, it really hits the spot.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky brown with a huge 3 finger white head with scattered lacing.
Smell is of the trademark Weihenstephaner yeast that makes this an unmistakeable classic. Bananas, fresh bread, caramel, and perhaps a hint of anise.
Taste is of sugary bread, caramel candy, and light bananas. The finest of all dunel weizens. I wish I had this on draft right now...that is the true Capo di tutti capi in the world of Dunkel Weizens.
Mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied, and sugary. Nice.
Drinkability is very nice and enjoyable. One of the nicest German brews available.

Photo of beerdedking
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into weizen glass.

A: Cloudy amber as it should be

S: Pleasant scents waft from this DW such as sweet bread and perhaps light fruit.

T: The taste on this DW is hard to pin down. Subtle roasted wheat that dries in the finish. Not much banana, a hint of clove. Kind of one dimensional, but deep and husky which makes this one stand out. Not as light as say Ayinger UR-Weisse.

M: Very full on the tongue, which is forshadowed by the wonderful lacing in the glass after every pull which IMO is one of the highlights of this one.

D: I'm good for a liter of this, and it's time to switch. The roastedness detracts from poundability...

Overall, a great Dunkelweizen, but I'd reach for an Ayinger first...

Photo of Tonmeister
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a Weihenstephaner 0.5l glass then left to sit for a little while.

Held to the light this Dunkel comes off only slightly lighter then others in the class and the shade is easily tea in color.

Smell is very much floral with fruit notes coming through.

Taste is very much inline with other hefe weiss' and as always I get a very strong banana type taste.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and infact surprisingly crisp for what the appearance would lead you to believe.

I was a huge hefe lover a few years back and its probably best I didn't review this beer then as it would have no doubt been "brilliant" just like others. Now i'm a little jaded on hefe for reasons unknown, however, I can say that this is a great Dunkel.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not many bubbles. Massive oyster white head with transulcent golden/brown body.

SMELL: Getting banana, vinegar and bubblegum - nice.

TASTE: Effervescent. Lovely banana and bubblegum. Alcohol to flavour balance is perfect. As odd as it sounds, there's an aftertaste of toffee apples. Really nice beer.

Overall: This is my second re-review. I didn't get it the first time, not sure why, but now I prefer this to the original Hefeweissbier.

Photo of darklager
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of bigalk
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of strangemusic
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Photo of dragonWhale
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of meatmallet
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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.

Photo of THEMGG
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured up a three finger head in my tulip glass, massive head, tight small bubbles leaving a huge lace on the glass. Colours of copper and orange shining through.

S - Bready, yeasty, sweetbread all come through, subtle herby, clove like smell in the backround. Definitely malt driven with hops barely noticable.

T - Intial taste of fresh bread, followed by a yeasty, earthy, malt flavour that reminds me of chewing on some freshly cracked pale malt and wheat malt. Like the smell, the hops are all backround, balancing out the sweetness of the malt perfectly. Classic clove, banana, candi flavours of wheat beers are all there, but all very subtle. An impressive taste that lingers on.

M - A thick, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, that seems to stick to the roof of mouth forever.

D - Personally, I can't session wheat beer's like this. The bread flavours seem to fill me up too much and won't leave room for any other booze. But still an awesome beer that I will endeavour to drink more of.

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.

Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had many Dunkels but I love the original Hefeweiss, worth a shot in my book.

A- Pours into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass with a deep amber, murky body. Massive and uber foamy head forms and takes up half to three fourths of the glass. I patiently wait for it to fall. A few thick webs of lace.

S- Right off the bat I get that signature Weihenstephaner yeast profile. A nice balance of banana, esters, cloves/spice and straw. A nice amount of wheat bread is present as well as dark fruit and malts. A bit of citrus peel. Overall I think it is just a tiny bit darker and a bit more heavy on clove/esters than the Original.

T- Follows the nose, pretty much like I expected. A nice balance of yeast esters, banana, spice, straw, wheat, bread, dark fruit, citrus peel, brown sugar and some dark toasty malt. If this is supposed to be a darker version of the Original Hefeweiss, it pretty much hits it on the head but a bit sweet.

MF- Light end body with silky smooth carbonation. Not much in the way of bitterness. Fairly sweet.

DB- Certainly a version of their classic beer with just a bit of darkness, in the way of malt and fruit. I just love the Weihenstephaner yeast profile. This beer could use a bit more body and maybe a bit less sweetness.

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.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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