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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,047
Hads: 2,719
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 280
Gots: 281 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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.
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Photo of aquatonex
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tan-brown, looks like A&W cream soda. Very carbonated, lots of lush head. As a hefe should be, nose is very yeasty with some nice malts and citrus. Taste follows as well, yeast is a bit overpowering, was expecting a bit of balance from a dunkel, this one is very hefe and not much else. The malts aren't expressed as much as I would like, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of akahn
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown honey color, hazy, with streaming carbonation and a fizzy but lasting head. Surprisingly, no lace. Faint wheaty aroma, with a hint of honey sweetness. Taste is quite mild. Wheaty, with the same hint at honey as in the aroma. A metallic edge, and a late spiciness. Quite smooth, with mild, small bubbled carbonation. Light to medium body. All in all a small, tasty beer.

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Photo of jaluria
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky, yellow-brown color with a frothy, thick head that was colored white. Huge bubbles seemed trapped in the head. Rings of lacing were left behind in my weizen glass. Aromas of wheat, fresh bread, grains, bananas, and cloves. The taste was very much like that of a hefe with the addition of caramel and bread/grain flavors. The fruit flavors were present throughout the session and added depth, in my opinion. Not nearly as sweet as other beers I've had within this style, but still sweeter than bitter. Chewy texture with nice carbonation. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Das ist gut, ya! After so often sampling their superb hefe, I thought, what the hell am I doing not drinking everything else this brewery creates? Plus I've been in the mood for weeks for dark wheat beers (hello Ludwig's), so this is money drinking. Pours a deep copper color, a very burnished and burnt gold, not nearly as dark as I had thought, but looks beautiful in a weizen glass, with a thick frothy head atop. Aroma: kickass. Yeast, cocoa beans, wheat and bubblegum. Damn that's appealing.

Malt flavor is prevalent, with the slight bitterness of the hops just kissing the palate in the finish. In between there's a flavor of doughy biscuits, slightly salty yet sweet; the bubblegum and lemon citrus flavors floating on top of the wheat malt. Mouthfeel is undeniably perfect. Smooth, not cloying in the least and the carbonation is spot on - not overdone or bubbly like many wheat beers can be. I could drink this all day and night. An exceptional brew, and I've noticed this is becoming one of my all-time favorite styles.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1/2L bottle to a 1/2l tall swirl Weissen glass. Excellent murky reddish brown color. Huge light tan head towers over the nicely carbonated liquid. Why don't the all watering holes in this land carry this stuff, It's a sin.

Smell is of wonderfully fruity yeast with caramelized malt and just the right amount of hopy goodness. And to think I waisted 5 long years, 5 of the best beer getrinke years at college in macro swill hell. O' well I can afford to make up for it now and I wasn't sober enough to remember anything way, never mind. back to my Koenig brau.

Taste is superb. One of the best of this style. Tangy yeast, roasted malt, light fruits, bananas, & spice. This is a must try.

Mouthfeel is warm thick and pleasing. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is high. I got 1/2 a case left and it is all I can do to make it last through the week. MK

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Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Glunz Bavaria Haus on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. .5 Liter correctly marked glass!

The beer is a slightly hazy coco brown with an impressive beige head.

The beer had a fresh aroma of banana, spices and a bit of toasted biscuit.

The taste was great. I found the expected clove/banana and a really nice toasty under pinning. This dunkel is slightly earthy with some dark fruit notes with a bit of a dry finish.

Great smooth mouth; this is an extremely easy drinker. Hats off the brewery & hats off to Glunz for taking such good care of this beer!

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Photo of evanackerman
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a light brown orangey color with yeast haze and a nice head.

smell is faint toasty grain.

taste is toasty grain and a bit of spice character followed by a hint of bitter hops.

overall, not as robust in flavor as i expected for a dunkle, tasted more like a regular hefe-weizen, still a tasty beer though, very refreshing, not much to complain about.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall Weizen glass, the head reaches nearly two inches in thickness, with amazing retention. The color is a hazy caramel brown and the head is off-white. Aroma of citrus spice, banana, wheat, and yeast. The flavor is lightly sweet and bready, with a lemony spice, and bit of clove. The flavor carries through unchanged into a rather unremarkable finish. Strong on carbonation, the mouthfeel runs slightly thin. Alcohol seems low. I found it a very easy to drink beer, but I would have liked a little more kick from the taste to make it a top notch selection. I'd stick with the original hefeweissbeer...

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

From the self-proclaimed oldest brewery in the world, it's a... dunkelweizen. This beer pours only a medium dark brown, cloudy with yeast, with a suprisingly small head. The nose of this beer is quite attractive, being heavy with pie spices, raisins and just a touch of grain. The taste is at first just slightly snappy with carbonation, then sweet with a raisiny taste... but then it moves to the middle of the palate and the cloves come out. Quite complex and evolving, very nice. Mouthfeel is zesty with carbonation and a bit watery like most wheat beers, but fine for the style.

Overall, a very, very good dark wheat beer, one of the best I've had. Complex and pleasing, deep and easy to drink, Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen pulls off several seeming contradictions to make for an excellent drinking experience.

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Photo of Derek
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the brewery restaurant on March 20, 2006.

A: Murky chestnut, fluffy white head, great retention and lace.

S: Bready malt, a little banana.

T: Bready malt, a little banana. Slight sweetness, but very nicely balanced.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

D: Exceptional (So much flavour, yet they go down so easy!)

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Draft, at the Maple Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Not quite up to what I hoped to find. Still pretty nice, though. Color is beer-bottle brown under a fizzy head. Taste is sugary and kind of light. Banana flavor builds up with not much else to balance it.

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Photo of klewis
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy ice tea sort of color with that monstrous Weihenstephaner head.

S: Much like the original (although a bit subdued), with big banana and clove aromas, but with a bit of malt and grain thrown in as well.

T: Flavors of licorice, clove and other spices, and finishes a bit with flavors of wheat and nuts.

M: Medium to full bodied (definitely heavier than the original) and very chewy. The carbonation is a bit much for my taste, but acceptable for the style.

D: I think that I prefer the original Weihenstephaner Hefe, but this is definitely a good beer. Get some.

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Photo of Riggsy
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured in weizen glass

Appearance- Pours a cloudy brown with thin off white head.

Smell- Familiar clove/banana aroma characteristic of German hefes,.

Taste- Same banana and clove along with pepper notes. Tastes of bready yeast present as well.

Mouthfeel- Light/medium body, lightly carbonated.

A classic offering from "the oldest brewery in the world"

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Photo of Hautacam
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy amber...very active head..foamy..drops to 1/8 in....good looking.
Smells of sweet bread dough..banana and clove.
Tastes light and sweet...doughy malt. banana again...some clove..malt kicks in..then,very nice clove finish and aftertaste.
Pretty light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.
Fairly drinkable...it's a half liter...that will be good.
A nice hefe.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the best sandwitch beer ever concocted. I'm having an early lunch soon on this lazy day, and I am aching for sommadis already! Light hazy amber with a nice thic head of pure white foam that stays around. Aromas of clove, spice, banana, and some nice malt complexity come through hardcore and make this one smell like wonderful fresh German bread. Taste is awesome as well, very 'bready' with spice and fruit notes as well. Not much hops, but the style calls for almost none anyways. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very, very, very good! Bring on the ham on rye!

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Photo of Byeast
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark very hazy brownish dark red with a big foamy head of about 2 and a half inches. Smell is dark fruity , malty, slight green apple aroma, faint banana, and spicy yeast. Taste is a light bodied and refreshing blend of wheaty-tart malt , some fruit like green apple sweetness, subtle hops, phantom clove and banana, and a slighty spicy yeast profile. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A very renewing , flavorful , and thirst quenching Hefeweissbier.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel, clear & bubbly with a a 4 fingers off white head that drops off gradually. Good head retention and some lacing

Smell: Slight mustiness & some yeast notes

Taste: Toasty with a slight bitterness & some chocolate notes. Not a ton of hefe taste at first, but as it warms the bandaid, bubble gum & yeasty tastes come through. Also aslight nutty taste. dry & estery on the finish

MF: More than slight undercarbonation, but otherwise balanced

Pretty drinakble, but I expected more from this. This didn't quite hit al the notes (more fruitiness) I expect from this style. Will try again this summer

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Photo of shbobdb
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is an interesting Dunkel Weizen. It reminds me of the Ayinger Ur-Weiss, because the dark munich malts really make their presence known. Their rich, smooth malt character blends with the complex, grainy malt character of the wheat with spicy clove and other yeast notes balance the malts to produce one of the finest beers I've had in a while. Wow.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss Dark

Appearance- hazy bloody brown with a huge whipped cream head. Laced the entire way down.
Smell- the usual clove, pepper, and banana but with a slight roasted caramel aroma.
Taste- banana and clove with a light grain bread taste.Mild caramel malt, very mild. but well balanced.
Mouthfeel- smooth and tingley. Strong clove aftertaste.

Overall- this is a good Hefe. I think I like the Dunkel Hefe more than a plain Hefe. This adds another dimension!

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Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy bronze/brown with a thick two finger head that slowly fades to a thick cap and leaves behind a substantial amount of lacing.

Smell; full of bananas and cloves. There's also a bit of a grassy smell, along with a nice caramel sweetness.

Taste; the cloves and bananas have a strong presence, but not to powerful. It has a yeasty bread dough flavor, as well as a bit of earthiness, and finishes with a good malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, and goes down really nicely.

I'm happy that I can get some of these Weihenstephaner beers in my area now.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why it took so long to get to this one... a preferred style from a storied brewery.

Nice clove and banana beginnings, with a bit of spice (that grows over time) and a bit of fruity sweetness. Subtlier presence than regular hefe.
Big full tannish head. Amber of golden brown. Somewhat cloudy. Just as it should be.
Flavor has considerably heavier malt character than some of the others. Further it's a darker malt quality, pushing a roast (much past my preferred caramel). Yeasty spiciness increases with time. Wheat provides a solid background, but is always that. Dryness and astringency towards the finish.
Not particularly soft, especially for a wheat beer. Fullness from a somewhat soft carbonation.
I was hoping to be blown away. I wasn't. But having said that, this is still good and towards to top of the class for style.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO, for $2.99.

All the cloudy opaqueness of a Hefe-weizen, darkened nicely, with a nice off-white head from a vigorous pour into my 23 ounce H-W glass. Pretty.

Nice banana-bread malt smell. Same flavor, with lots of spiceyness of clove and pepper, with an added bitter note from the darker roast of the malted wheat and barley. Mmmm.

Great mouthfeel -- really round and full. Exceptional.

Very quaffable at 5.3%: this would be an excellent session beer.

Weihenstephaner has made a class beer here. There's a reason this is the top rated Dunkel Weizen in the world -- because it is!

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Photo of goatherder
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: small coarse head, dissipates quickly. I think my glass is dirty. Cloudy bronze in colour
Serving - 500ml bottle, use by 17 May 2006

s: nice weizen aroma. Sweet banana is dominant

t: sharp up front, helped along by the vigorous carbonation. very smooth flavour, subtle hops. Longish finish with a touch of roasted malt towards the end. Alcohol is discernable

m: carbonation is small sharp bubbles. I would describe the mouthfeel as medium - not too heavy, not too thin.

d: great brew for a hot summers day!

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Photo of drewmprs
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very smooth, drinkable dunkel weizen. Some malty undertones, with a pumpkin spice flavor. Billowing head that lasted like some chunky clouds giving way on a bight summer morning. I would buy this again, i'm very happy with weihenstephaner's beers. This brauerei is fantastic.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After some work to get the yeast in solution and properly poured, I'm rewarded with a primo looking dunkel weizen. I love these beers because they have all the flavor character, plus some, of a hefeweizen, and have far more visual impact. A little lighter than some I've seen, with a bit more of an oak glow to it, with an out of control but quick-dissipating head that's usual for a weizen.

Lots of banana phenols in the nose - you can really smell the yeast, and it's damn near Belgian in fluffy, bouncy banana-peach fruitiness.

Yup, lots more near-Belgian yeasty banana-bread fluff and bite - I can't honestly say that I taste marshmallow, but I get distinct swirls of buttery caramel. This is a hefeweizen times two. It's got all the delicious flavors, but they're more distinct, more impactful - just better all around.

The mouthfeel on this one is awesome, it isn't very carbonated at all - the mouthfeel is slightly swishy, mostly buttery, and finishes with a sticky, tasty caramel-banana-hops that lingers on and on.

I've always had a hard time getting hold of Weihenstephaner for whatever reason, and thought that what I had been drinking was as good as it can get, but I was wrong - this brewery really does make the best hefeweissbiers in the world.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.