Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our dark wheat beer is impressive with its creamy white foam. A fruity-fresh sweetness and hints of mature bananas harmonise with delicious flavours of roasted malt, sparkling and full-bodied with a light caramel taste on the first sip. An excellent accompaniment from hearty meals and game to chocolate and nut desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of gkunkle
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After I had tried Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier figured I had to try this. I was in Germany a few years ago and it was then that I decided this was one of my favorite styles. This beer pours a little lighter than I expected it was a cloudy auburn color with a wonderfully tall off-white head. The smell was of clove and wheat. When I went for my first taste I initially got a little bit of foam on my nose (definitely a good sign, great head retention) the taste was similar to the smell but also brought out a nuttiness or a dark fruitiness of some sort, there is also just a slight bit of a roasted flavor to this. The beer is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, the perfect embodiment of the style.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly exceptional beer, and one I could drink all night.

I first read the label several times, in my best uncultured American accent. "Wee hens steffan err Hef uh wise beer dunk ull." It poured a rich copper color with a huge light tan head that stayed for the party. A+ for presentation.

Smell was sweet, with non-citrus fruits like apples and bananas, and a bit of brown sugar. Not at all what I was expecting, but very nice.

Taste lives up to the hype of the aromas. More banana, a bit of bread, and hints of caramel, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Leaves a splash of citrus on the back of your tongue for good measure. Leaves no taste buds untouched.

Mouthfeel? Holy smooth beer! Minimal bitterness, smooth texture, and perfect carbonation... you'll never get tired of having this in your glass. I wish I had a second bottle. Off Veetersayin.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, outstanding price of $3 for a 500ml bottle of a this beer. Local breweries can't touch that price, even without the commute over the pond (Germany to South Carolina to Massachusetts.)

Cloudy brown under a massive ivory head. Makes sense to be cloudy with the wheat content. Head retention is exceptional. Rings lacing my glass.

Smells awesome. sooo good. I don't know what to compare it to even. But highly appealing aroma.

Taste unique, very contrary to the smell I would say. Mouthfeel if superb. It does taste much better as I drink on, as well. Leaves a wonderful caramel-sweet-malty taste in your mouth.

I overlooked this beer for my whole drinking career, and by doing so have neglected a truly exceptional beer.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From this 16.9oz bottle pours a very beautiful deep copper brew with healthy looking white frothy head. Very delicious aroma of bananas, apples, along with sweet citrous and some toasted malt. Taste is a creamy blend of fruits, along with some good clean bittering hops that prickle the tongue. Full taste leaves me wanting nothing. A good blend of toasted pale malt with some darkness provides a hell of a backbone for the subdued sweetness. Some yeasty notes are there as well. Crisp carbonation moves the taste along, and compliments the beer well. This brew is hella good, and wickedly drinkable.

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Photo of hardy008
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light brown color with a 4 finger off white head which leaves a nice sticky lace. Has banana, lemon, and cloves in the aroma and taste. The taste is mildly sweet and malty. Light bodied, perfect carbonation, and very refreshing. Outstanding drinkability.

Weihenstephaner is an outstanding brewery. Try as many of their beers as you can find. All of the ones I have had so far have been great.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Widmer hefe glass. Looks a dark brown, cola color with a huge tan head that stick around and millions of bubbles.

Classic aroma of banana and clove, but has an added maltiness that really takes it to the next level.

Slightly sweet, toasty caramel bounces in and out of the flavor into the finish and fade. Soft with subtle spice character to compliment the malt. Fantastic!

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Sleestak
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of dbaker61
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ssmack
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of potownbill
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of brdc
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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..

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Photo of blakesell
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of burnstar
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of xvertirx
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,073 ratings.