Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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3.99/5 rDev -6.1%
A: 4.25 Pours a hazy, reddish-brown with a large off-white head.
S: 3.75 The aroma is mostly bread, esters, yeast, and malt with some light hops in the background. There’s a little bit caramel with the malt, but it’s very faint.
T: 4 Slightly sweet at first with a good amount of fruity, spicy esters following. The malt and hop levels are very nice, but not adding anything particularly interesting. This dark version is actually quite similar to the original.
M: 4.25 The body is pretty light and quite refreshing for a “dark” beer. Carbonation is very nice and enhances the fairly muted flavors.
O: 4 This beer is very nice, however it is not particularly interesting. As mentioned above, it’s very similar to the original version but there’s a little less going on. I was hoping for a bit more roasted malt to come through on the nose and palate, but it’s still very good and easy to drink.
07-17-2014 04:21:58 | More by Tele
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as part of a special Weihenstephaner commemorative World Cup 2014 glass giveaway. Apparently the "world's oldest brewery" made some unique glasses to commemorate the German national team's appearance (and victory) in the final. Poured into said commemorative glass, tall and flared like a weizen glass, but near the bottom, there is a soccer ball embellishment so that the glass grows directly out of the ball to the top and bottom.
Appearance - Pours a ruddy, cloudy brown that is completely opaque from the unfiltered aspect and has a slightly reddish tint to it. Atop the body sits a two finger head of creamy off white--just the faintest brown twinge to the hue. Retention is moderate, with the head slowly receding to a healthy film across the top of the body, but not much in the way of lacing. Just some faint lines intermittently along the sides of the glass.
Smell - A wonderful concoction of the spiciness you expect from a hefeweizen with lots of clove, and a slightly more subtle complement of banana and even spice cake. The dark malts seem to add mostly color, but also tone down the brightness that explodes out of the glass on their standard hefeweizen. There is a faint malty sweetness underlying the whole thing, which perhaps also contributes to the lack of brightness. But make no mistake, I don't say that as a negative--just different (but typical for the style).
Taste - Picking up right where the aroma left off, with a heavy does of spice led by clove and just a hint of banana, and bringing to mind things like snicker doodle cookies and spice cake, but not as sweet. The grain comes through with a nice bit of toasting that calls to mind toasted whole grain bread, but the yeast is the predominant flavor component here.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a creamy feel on the tongue.
Overall, just a fantastic beer. Weihenstephaner makes the best hefeweizen in the world, and they certainly can throw their hat into the ring on dunkelweizen as well--if you like clove and spice and everything nice. I also must say that the flavor profiles come through a lot more aggressively on tap than when I've had this out of the bottle. Not sure if that's due to a freshness issue and the likelihood that a keg will be fresher than a bottle, but this is by far the most I've ever enjoyed this beer.
07-14-2014 22:17:35 | More by LambicPentameter
3.85/5 rDev -9.4%
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
Look: Murky toffee brown. Foamy cream colored head with good retention. Light lacing.
Aroma: Malts, toffee, chocolate malts.
Taste: Malty, grainy, toffee notes, chocolate finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Overall: A delicious dunkel.
07-13-2014 22:35:30 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.29/5 rDev +0.9%
Cellar temperature in a weizen glass.
This dunkel presents a large, just off-white three-finger rocky head and a murky, dark amber-brown color. Looks like it should.
I smell caramel, orange zest, vanilla, raisins, plums, and ripe banana. Not bad.
Caramel and citrus play nicely in the flavor, with the raisins also coming through a bit. The finish is both nutty and bready in the nicest of ways, and hints of banana, cinnamon, and cloves are also apparent in the end.
The carbonation is jacked up, and the body is medium.
A dunkel that cannot disappoint.
07-09-2014 16:40:17 | More by Kuaff
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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