Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,606
Reviews: 1,037
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 244
Gots: 242 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a roughly-textured one finger heavy cream shade, featuring poor retention and no lacing. Not one of the prettier weizens I've encountered.

S: The typical weizen melange is here - banana, cloves, wheat, and noble hops, with the cloves being the most dominant note by a hair. Once it warms up a hair, caramel and brown sugar notes appear. Certainly a very good aroma, just not quite as inviting as their standard weizen.

T: It starts with pleasant notes of caramel and wheat, before its ester character (cloves, mostly) and ever-so-slight hoppiness finishes it off. While it's pretty damn simple, everything is in near-perfect balance, creating a fairly effortless brew.

M: While it's a bit sweeter than their standard weizen, it's still fizzy, light, and easy to drink. The body here seems to be fuller in texture, as well. As such, this is slightly more decadent-feeling.

O: Make no mistake, this really hits the spot in all the right ways. This is yet another solid offering from Weihenstephaner.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a genuine weizen glass. Rather lighter than I was expecting color-wise, a light reddish bronze with copious tan foam. Aroma is immediately spicy and semi-sweet, with clove, fresh ripe bananas, toffee, and dark bread crust all vying for attention. I was immediately struck by the sensuous, smooth, creamy mouthfeel ... Great weizen texture, rather chewy but smooth as a cue ball. As is the case for Weihenstephan's lighter-colored weissbier proper, there are a lot of clove phenolics on the palate, clove trumping the sweeter elements, but there is ample banana as well along with what registers as vanilla to my palate. Nice banana bread effect with clove and allspice accents, some sultana raisin, and cooked pears, a tinge of berry. Great stuff. The malt flavors are distinguished and classy, not aggressive, leaving plenty of room for the spice and fruit to shine through. The mouthfeel is amazing. An essential and iconic example of the style.

Photo of Beric
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint (unfortunately I don't have a weizen glass yet)
Served: 18 Jan 2014

Appearance: Opaque deep tan color. Cloudy from the suspended yeast. Marvelous head and great retention, as you would expect from a weissbier. Massive carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass keeps this one lively.

Smell: Banana, some caramelly sweetness.

Taste: Sweet caramelly banana, some spice on the edge. Very well rounded, elegant taste. Tastes more or less like a standard hefeweizen, but the darker malts do add a subtle Oktoberfest/Vienna Lager type character to it, but the banana-like hefeweizen notes dominate the palate.

Mouthfeel: Sublime. Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: Another incredible beer form Weihenstephaner. These guys can't be beat. Highly recommend.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market Basket
Pours a fairly clear reddish brown with a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of clove with hints of banana and peeper with a solid shot of caramelized brown sugary malt. The flavor is rich dark sugary malt sweetness with some clove and pepper to counter. Little to no hop presence. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable, not horribly complex but definitely a solid quaffer.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz brown German Style bottle with excellent, traditional Weihenstephan label. This is the same as the Hefeweissbier label but with brown used with gold on a white field. Poured into a Weihenstephan Weissbier glass.

A - pour is dark and muddy water looking. Dark burgundy to the muddiest of coppers with burnt orange touching the bottom edges of my glass. Hazy body. Shade of white head pours Massive, creamy with loads of pillowy fluff. and leaves very nice lacing throughout.

S - ripe banana, juicy pear, and the slightest hint of apple. and dark wheat up front. Toasty character with some nuttiness. Weihenstephaner style yeast whiffs with some spice.

T - nuts and dark wheat. More of that overly ripe banana brilliance with lovely ripe juicy pear. Clove stands out more in the spice department of the flavor. Yeast is spot on and adds to the overall quality. Just a delicious dunkel.

M - medium bodied and dang smooth. Excellent texture as always from Weihenstephan. I mean this thing is so smooth its almost unbelievable. Easy going and highly drinkable. Feel is excellent overall.

O - its been so long since I've had this gem. Too long... This is on equal terms with all the other favorites from Weihenstephan. The stick to traditional German styles and rightfully so, its delicious and they do it as good as anyone. Ill buy this again and again. It's just another solid and truly great wheat beer from this German Genius of a brewery.

Photo of TeamMathis
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky, light brown. Sediment. Excellent head. Left great lace.
Smell: Banana. Wheat. Floral. Fruit.
Taste: Wheat. Banana.

This wins. The look is great. I've never seen another beer look like this, with its murky brown and perfect head. Banana is the main flavor I find in both smell and taste. It really is excellent. All around, this is an outstanding brew. Absolutely, I would get this again.

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle

A: Poured into a standard weisen glass. Nice thick head that grew for after the pour aggressively so be careful. great head retention.

S: good aroma, fresh wheat

T: the most complex wheat beer I have ever had. all the best of a wheat beer not much hop character. pretty damn good

M: highly carbonated soft mouthfeel

O: great beer. I wish i could find it more often. would like to have a few of these on hand at all times

Photo of Petey9790
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got the Weihenstaphan variety pack as an early Christmas present from my mother in law and did not disappoint. I am a huge fan of Dunkels and this may be on the lighter side but still has it's own distinct flavor to it. The German hops take precedent in this beer early and stay through all the way to the last sip. Poured a great dark amber color with a cloudiness to it as well. A small finger width head with an easy not overwhelming aroma. Sweet malty flavor followed by a fruitiness, however not overpowering at all. This is a great beer from a great brewery and I will always hold a spot in my heart for the Weihenstaphan brewery!

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a translucent color of sun tea. Pillowy near white head of a couple fingers settles in nicely. Gold accents give it a nice look in the glass.

S- Esters, clove, banana bread, and bright fruits. Straight forward here.

T- A strong malt presence of baked breads come together oh so nicely with the lemon, apple, pear, raisin and clove. Sweet notes counter some of the earthy tones on the back side. Very crisp and clean.

M- Light body with a bit lighter carbonation than I prefer in the style. Sits well on the tongue. Smooth while providing a snappy, refreshing drinkability.

O- A fine example of a dark wheat. Would prefer a bit more depth in the body with some nuttiness or added complexity, but very delicious still.

Photo of Wobbly
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Maybe my favorite dunkelweizen in the world, this is a true classic. A delight on tap, if you can get it.

Photo of Das_Reh
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 16 oz bottle into a weizen glass

A = brown and cloudy, with a 3 finger tan head. bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass and suspended yeast sediment swirls in the murky elixer.

S = crusty bread, cloves, banana, yeast

T = you know that brown bread they serve as an appetizer at steak houses? imagine that as a beverage, add a hint of banana and cloves and just a touch of hop bitterness, and you've got this beer. Yeasty and delicious, this -IS- liquid bread. The last sip, which contained a good deal of yeast that had dissipated from suspension, was especially tasty.

M = moderate carbonation with just the right amount of body. very easy to drink and at 5.4% a good candidate for a sessioning beer.

O = wish I had bought more than one, this thing is amazing. highly recommended.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers that I had ticked as a 5.0. Wanted to do a full review to see how it would stand up to the individual scrutiny. While it does not hold up the 5.0 in each category this is one of the best tasting beers in the world in my opinion. Simply outstanding.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/hazy brown with a insane 4+ inch head. It takes about 10 minutes to pour the whole bottle into the glass. Tons of sticky thick lacing.

Smell - Classic hefe aroma. Banana, lemon, wheat, spices, grains, bready, floral fruits, with the more noticeable addition of caramel malts.

Taste - Starts out with a nice combination of clove, banana and some nutty, caramel malts. Each sip is grainy with mild yeasts, wheat and spices. Fruits are nice and sweet, apple, grapes and lemon.

Mouthfeel - Wheat and floral fruits coats the tongue. Palate gets more wheat, spices and some caramel malts. The aftertaste is light, floral and wheaty.

Overall - Top quality again from this brewery. Nice light, smooth easy to drink flavors, nice balance, nice flavor. I wouldn't take this over the original hefe but its still quality, and worth a drink.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Jsteez
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dunkelweiss glass.

A-Brown and dark red. This fine ale had a nice foamy off-white head. It looked delicious! Not a lot of lace left on the glass. A cloudy look.

S-Clove, sweet caramel malt, grains, brown bread, wheat, some yeast. It had some dark fruit undertones as it warmed a bit.

T-Clove, some spice, caramelized banana bread, perhaps some toasted malt in the aftertaste. There was also a nutty quality to this brew, too. I sensed some wheat. Nice brew!

M-lighter bodied and light/moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

Overall, I thoughtfully enjoyed every last sip. This is a mighty fine brew and it is great that our German brothers and sisters want to share it with us. Cheers!

Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 mpedara429
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a cloudy brown color with a whopping four fingers of off white head. Great retention.

S: Clove and bready yeast.

T: Clove, roasted malt, and some nutty flavors.

M: Medium body with a medium light carbonation.

O: Very solid brew. A perfect alternative to American seasonal fall beers. Weihenstephaner seems to master the balance between drinkability, flavor, and price.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hefeweissbier Dunkel pours a darker cooper color, with a nice frothy large lacing head. There is a sweet grilled charcoal aroma. The taste is complex. Lots of crisp wheat and malt undertones with a sweet, but not too sweet candy like flavor. Flavors come together so well, and nice crisp carbonation, not overpowering. Overall WOW.

Photo of screamking
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into 1L stein.

Pours murky brown with a very thick khaki head. Lots going on in the nose. Banana, clove, and bubblegum are the major players in the aroma. Some hints of roasted caramel in there as well.

Taste is wonderful, it follows the aroma very closely. The roasted notes are a bit bigger in the taste than the are in the aroma. Banana and bubblegum are here again, along with the clove, but it seems to blend better in this one compared to the regular hefe. The feel is very good as well, light bodied, nicely carbonated, and coats the palate perfectly. I think this loses nothing from their other hefe. Quality German dink for a quality German night.

Photo of lancecenter
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at the local Gabriel's liquor store. Poured in to a New Belgium globe. 6203 printed on the bottle.

A - Damn near opaque brown color with a couple fingers of puffy head. Pretty good lacing.

S - Banana nut bread and cloves. I'm comparing this to Schneider-Weiss (which may not be fair), but the smell is just not there.

T/M - Super bready with a chalky finish.

O - I just can't think of a scenario where I'd rather have a dunkel over a weizenbock...

Photo of Jas45678
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16.9 ounce bottle to tulip

Pours a murky brown with a big tan head that is slow to fade away. Smell is banana, clove and spices. Banana flavor stands out the most with some of the spice and malt flavor in there as well. Medium body with lower amount of carbonation. Overall a great beer nice and smooth without the weird aftertaste you get with a beer this style.

Photo of scotorum
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Duvel snifter.

a: Translucent deep amber with an inch and a half tall off-whuite head which dissipated slowly to heavy surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Peaches.

t: Ripe dark fruit, rather Belgian in flavor. Or perhaps many Belgians are like Bavarian Heffeweiss Dunkels.

m: Medium with great body.

o: A very tasty and refreshing brew. Just seems to blur any lines between Belgian and Bavarian. More fruity than I expected a German Weissbeir Dunkel to be.

Photo of KTCamm
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours light to dark brown, 1/2 inch bubbly fizzy white foam. Fruity esthers, loads of banana and clove. Classic german. Hefe nose with an edge. Light wheaty flavor. Smooth. Very fresh. Quite refreshing.

Photo of admiral
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

excellent, World class beer - a pleasure to drink. Luckily, it's also easy to find, being sold in many places around the World

aroma: clove, banana and malt

taste: caramelised and candied banana with malt, clove, spice, raisin and slight lemon/citrus

An enjoyable, easy to drink beer that is full of flavour

Photo of utopiajane
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a turbid mahogany color with a soft glow where the light strikes through. Lots of bubbles making their way to the top. Gold and orange hues. Fat scrumptious head of beige foam that fell slowly and leisurely to a ring and cap and then to a light layer on top. Handsome and stately in the glass.

Nose is fantastic. Wheat, deep ripe banana, soft malt with a light caramel. Bread, nutty and some apple to give it a crisp tartness with the crisp and dry smelling wheat. Spices are clove and nutmeg, cinnamon and light allspice. There's a tart aspect to the nose and it's complex but not enormously complex.

Taste is smooth, silky, soft malt. The fruits follow the nose all the way and the spices enhance your every taste of this well rounded body. Carbonation is ample but soft. The apple and the dry wheat give it a crisp flavor, the banana and the nutty malt accentuate the grain. It finishes dry and lightly sweet. Refreshing and well turned out. Silky deep and vibrant in character.

Vibrant is my favorite word to describe the malt character of a good hefe. It's a beer that lets it's malt shine. This one flowed like silk and had plenty of bread to offer but nothing heavy. Sweet, round and creamy. The mouthfeel is supple and sensational. The sweetness lies delicately and just underneath every flavor quality giving it it's dark character with the nuts and grain. Spirited, civilized, sensational. There's a good reason that this is one of the oldest brewers in the world and that they do hefewiezens so well.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,606 ratings.