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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: 281
Gots: 285 | 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 mpedara429
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of screamking
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
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...

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Photo of Jas45678
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of admiral
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of utopiajane
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Poured a light golden brown color, lots of clarity, tons of streaming carbonation, with a massive fluffy white head that left no lacing.

S- Very big banana, clove, some toffee, big mineral, and light bubblegum notes.

T- Huge banana and clove notes up front. BIg toffee, caramel, nutty, and wheat bread notes. Some sweetness reminiscent of a cream soda and like vanilla. Some light bubblegum notes but not nearly as big as in their hefeweizen.

M- Prickly carbonation, very refreshing, smooth, almost creamy, and quite a bit of body.

O- I love their hefeweizen and I actually like this one more. The dark malt bill adds a ton of complexity to the usual hefeweizen flavor profile. It goes down so smooth too. I can't believe I have not had more dunkelweizens in my life, but this is incredible.

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Photo of fizzgig
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L euro bottle.

A: Deep copper, thick head that lingers. Careful pour required.

S: Banana and plumb or prune. Aroma hangs around to the end.

T: Banana and some kind of caramel apple.

M: Nice even coating, hidden carbonation fills everything.

O: A new favorite, a very excellent beer that will go with about anything.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark orange/brown with a medium off white head.

Smell-Spicy with a hint of banana/fruitiness.

Tastes-Banana is the most prominent flavor. There is also some clove and maybe a hint of chocolate or coffee. Very pleasant flavor. The sweetness is much more subtle than their Original Hefeweissbier and Vitus but I like it almost as much.

Palate-Crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

Overall-Not surprisingly it is great beer from what is probably my favorite brewery. It should please any beer drinker.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got to love the Dunkel!

Appearance - Dark, murky brown that seems to vary in the glass.. Nice effect and cream head

Smell - Bitter and mild noble hops. Hints of wheat but I wish it was more pronounced when opening

Taste - WOW! Malty, wheat and noble hop beginning. Fades to sweet malt. Great Taste

Mouthfeel - Sticks around with that orginal good flavor for several minutes. Cant beat continuing the right flavors

Overall - Now this is a Dunkel

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours an unusual yellowy, light amber color. Body is lightly milky. Big, cake batter head. Head never dies away. Keeps its girth but doesn't lace too much; its being quite stingy.

S-Estery and spicy with a hint of mustiness and some clear banana fruitiness. Cloves and light cocoa powder.

T-Banana bread with light chocolate undertones. Maybe chocolate chip banana bread muffins? Cloves and well cooked toast. Slightly tart. Tons of different flavors. There is an earthy, nuttiness to it and also a milk chocolate note (Nutella?).

M-Drinks easy but it has that pillowy mouthfeel that a great Dunkel should possess. Creamy yet light.

O/D-This brought a lot to the table. Its cheap, its complex, its easy drinking and its mysterious. I can see why anything with the Weihenstephaner label is regarded as beer royalty.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a light red-brown with some haze. A massive, 3+ finger head developed, and stuck around a while. Great looking beer.

S - Lot's of malt up front. Hints of banana, citus fruit and a bit of yeast. Quite powerful.

T - Wheat beers really aren't my thing, but I'm always willing to try new beers. I actually really liked this stuff. Lot's of malt and yeast going on, with a hint of banana bread. I wouldn't mind if the banana taste were a little more subtle. Overall, a pretty solid beer.

F - Light, with a medium crispness. Felt good going down and on the tounge. Not exactly a golf course beer, but I can see this being refreshing on a hot day.

O - Again, wheat beers really aren't my style. This is one of, if not the best wheat beer I've ever had. It's nothing that I'll sprint to the store to buy more of, but I'd highly recommend it to any wheat beer or strong flavored beer in general fans.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the docket: 1/2L bottle of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel 5.3% abv.

Poured into: Weizen glass courtesy of my ex-navy brother.

S: Tawny, muddy brown buddy dwarfed by an immense column of tan, spongy, billowy head that lasts longer than a prog-rock guitar solo. Lacing is delicate and even down the sides of the weizen glass. Tiny bubbles shoot to the top to join their bandmates.

A: Fruity esters of banana and bubblegum. A subtle spice phenol, clove-like. Malty sweetness with a very low hop presence. Think banana runts candy, which I happen to like. Inhale gently and you can also detect a little tang from the wheat. One may also get a hint of brown bread and caramel.

T: Much of the aroma is in the taste- notes of banana, malty sweetness, wheat-y tang. There are also suggestions of caramel and brown bread. Flavor wise, this beer boasts balance. Nothing overpowers anything else, the elements work in harmony. Hops take a back seat to the malt presence here, likely Vienna or Munich, or both.

F: Quite enough tingle. Overall, very smooth, rich, and coating. Creamy, and yet fluffy. Call it a medium-plus feel.

O: A fantastic rendition of the style, one of those “go-tos” for artistically crafted dark German beer; always a pleasure to drink.

Suggested food pairing: braised venison, chocolate cake, banana bread, asiago cheese

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Photo of hansavijaticar
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark tea, hazy brown, less appealing than it smells and tastes.

S: Cloves dominantly, bananas, lemon.

T: Same as smell.

M: Lacks richness of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but still very tasteful.

Bit disappointing, but only in comparison with Hefeweissbier by the same brewery. This is still outstanding beer. Not great fan of dunkelweizen, but this was worth trying.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle from LCBO for $3.15 CDN into a pint glass.

Appearance - 3 fingers of creamy, voluminous, mountainous head off-white in color rest atop a chocolaty brown beer in color. Highly effervescent in appearance, and some lacing is retained around the glass. Head dissipates into a small white cap which sticks around for awhile.

Smell - Wheat, some bready, biscuity scents and clove. A few notes that are floral and maybe even a hint of bubblegum. Nose is pleasant but definitely not overwhelming, and is quite light given the appearance of the beer. Slightly underwhelmed, but still excellent.

Taste - Similar to the hefeweizen (not surprising), and refreshingly light, but with substantial wheat flavors. Malt notes are more significant and slightly less floral and fruity tasting as the hefeweizen, but that was too be expected given the nature of the beer. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel - Rich and full tasting, but retains its light and refreshing character shared with it's lighter brethren. Medium / high carbonation. Makes you want to go back for more.

Overall - Really nice, spectacular really and can almost live up to the comparisons to its lighter brother. Probably something that would be enjoyed most in spring and fall, given the overall crispness of the beer, but retention of its full taste, although could certainly be enjoyed any time.

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Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured an attractive dark tea color with a 4 finger head in a Weizen glass.

The head resolved itself within minutes.

The aroma is intense clove, some chocolate, and spice.

The mouth feel was quite tart and carbonated.

The taste was intense with clove, spice, some chocolate , and lemon.

The finish is tart. I could taste clove on the back of my tongue.

Serve at 45F+ to bring out the taste/aroma profile.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - A deeply hazy golden brown with an immensely thick head that retained well and left nice lacing on the glass. Personal preference is for the golden hues of the standard hefeweizen, but this is quite nice.

S - Nice yeasty weizen scents, although toned down from the beer that I had on tap. Subtle and quite nice.

T - The bananas and spice are toned down a bit, and the sweetness has been turned up by about the same amount.

M - Pillowy goodness. I love the feel on these Weihenstephaners. They have all been absolute stand-outs among all the beers that I've had recently.

O - Still prefer the standard hefeweizen, but this is certainly up there among the best beers that I've had recently. The mouthfeel in particular makes it a joy to swish around and explore the different flavors that permeate that beautiful beer.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - murky golden brown liquid with off white head that lingers

Smell - caramel, toasted wheat bread, wheat, cloves

Taste - same flavor profile as the regular hefeweissen, wheat, cloves, lemon, only difference here is the presence of caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied yet still manages to be light and refreshing, flavors linger nicely similar to the flagship hefe

Overall - this is a really good, available, reasonably priced beer. Highly Recommended

Price Point - $3.19/ 16.9 oz. bottle

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Photo of Saudereth
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had the pleasure of having the three Weihenstephaner beers in the top 250 in the past week. I'll probably upload my written reviews for the other two along with several other beers soon. For now this is my first review, hopefully it's not done miserably!

A: Darkened gold, almost a bronze. Murky, see through around the edges, but not in the center. Foams up quickly when poured, dissipates quickly.

S: Fruit notes come through, I don't pick up much else. The fruit are the usual citrus notes for this style.

T: Light and fruity. Although this is darker than the not dunkel version of this beer, this is by no means a dark beer. The fruit compared to the lighter version is slightly lighter, but still enjoyable.

M: Light, which is to be expected with the style.

O: This is a great example of this style from a brewery who excels at it. I preferred the lighter version, but this was still enjoyable. If you enjoy the German style I would definitely look this beer up along with the other beers from Weihenstephaner. If you're not, this probably won't be your speed.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into pint glass

appearance: very cloudy dark amber brown/mahogany, 2 finger bubbly white head

smell: wheat, clove, plum, banana, citrus, dark fruits, coriander

taste: clove, banana, nutmeg, some funkiness, also some dark fruits that mesh with the wheat backbone. In all honesty, this almost resembles what you could consider a "light" Belgian Tripel.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, thin to medium bodied

overall: One of the best Dunkels out there, and while Weihenstephaner may have the best Hefe, I think I prefer Franziskaner's Dunkel to this.

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Photo of TastefulNudity
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first dunkel, poured in to a tall Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Rusty brown with some orange showing through. Almost the same color as the bottle. Nice one and a half finger head that calms down a bit but remains. Little lacing. Strong carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Whoa, almost pure malt hits you in the face. Malt sweetness, spice (clove and black pepper), cinnamon, yeast, bubblegum, banana, faint dark fruit. This smells great. I've had and loved their Hefeweizen and it smells exactly like that with more malt and spice.

Taste: It's awesome. Malt and caramel sweetness up front while staying light and peppery. Moves to the back of the tongue where you get the traditional Hefeweizen flavors of yeast, banana, and clove. Refreshing flavor while remaining different from what I've had before.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and dry, just as it should be. Unsurprisingly no identifiable alcohol. Leaves a great finish that makes me want to pick the glass back up every time I put it down.

This is a great beer and a fantastic introduction in to the dunkel style. I'm loving it for the change it brings, but If I had a choice between this and their original Hefeweizen, I'd have to pick the original. Both are worth a definitely shot and amazing, try them and find your favorite.

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