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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,038 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,038
Hads: 2,673
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 257
Gots: 259 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 Tupperwolf
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

music: Moke - Moke

eyes...
rice krispies snap crackle and pop head, that sticks around a bit for fun, hazy amber brown mud, dark red/brown clay, minimal lacing. nice.

nose...
sweet and grassy, some apricot notes, definite sweetness seems to be the fattest sensation, dried honeycomb, a pinch of cinnamon, smells very very good

taste etc...
the carbonation floats this one well, making the body feel medium, filling the mouth well, sligh bitter tastes are left behind inthe corners of your mouth when this one slips away, very easy drinking except maybe slightly over carbonated (burp), has a mild bannan esque flavor, oddly enough it reminds me somehow of Malheur 10... ? ?

verdict?
not totally for me, not bad, a little too fruit (sweet) like for my personal tastes. (784 characters)

Photo of ClearDog
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance -- Impressive two finger soft white head. Slick lacing. Dark, cloudy, amber in color. One can see the carbonated bubbles rising to the top of the beer through the cloudy murk of this beer.

Smell -- Let the beer warm a little after it gets out of the fridge before really smelling it. I'm getting warm dark fruit, bananas, and brown sugar. A little raisin flavor.

Taste -- Just a little bit of malty sweetness. Dark fruits. Crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel -- Pleasant effervescence. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.

Drinkability -- A very agreeable beer and a nice introduction to the style. I would recommend this beer to fans of the weizen style. I look forward to trying additional beers of this style. (761 characters)

Photo of brewQ
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

code 9385 ... ?

Bottle says from the oldest brewery in the world.
I believe it is also a reknowned brewing school.

The color is rusty brown with a light haze.
A substantial chunky cream head.

The aroma is peppery, spiced with a malty background.
Taste for me is a complex mix of fruity (raisin?), and nutty flavors.

Finish begins slightly metallic and leaves a mellow taste on the tongue.

This beer surprised me in a positive way. Lots of potential with food. (478 characters)

Photo of custardcb
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed wheat beers and once I learned about the Dunkel style I immeadiately gravitated towards it. The richer and full mouth fell from the style is more to my likely. It is still as refreshing as normal hefeweissbier but often has more depth and character.

If poured properly into the correct glass it generates a nice foamy head that lasts for sometime.

The flavor has nutty and banana flavors to it with a nice finish.

With an alcohol content in the mid 5s this can be a nice session beer on warm nights will relaxing on the patio. (557 characters)

Photo of NClifestyle
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased the 16.9 fl. oz. bottle, which gave me nearly two pints of this outstanding beer. Once in the glass, the hefe-dunkel showed a dark orange/red color, quite nice, with a huge top of creamy, off-white foam. The beer leaves virtually no lace on the glass, and once the head finally dissipates, a thin layer never leaves the liquid. Aromas of sweet wheat, clove, honey and a touch of pepper cross the nose.
The taste of this beer is all malt, creamy and slightly sweet, with a hint of smoke and pepper in the aftertaste. Just the slightest tight hop essence can be discerned on the inner cheeks, but it’s not nearly as fruity as normal hefeweiss beers, with minimal tastes of apricot or grape, although these tastes are slightly more prominent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is near perfect, a slight fizz on the tongue but almost not carbonation in the back of the mouth, perfect for the creamy texture of the brew. This beer succeeds at staying somewhat easy drinking, almost light, and can be enjoyed in summer, but has more taste and body. This is a perfect choice beer-wise toward the cooler weather and the wonderful fall and Oktober selections to come.
This beer might possibly be the best dark wheat beer I have come across. It only gets a drop in drinkability because I'm not a huge hefe fan.

cheers… (1,327 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark hazy red with a huge sustaining off white head.

Huge banana clove smell. Ripe strawberry smell at the end.

Astringent tartness up front, also ends with some sour notes. Huge, banana nut bread flavors throughout.

Full bodied wheat characters, very refreshing and drinkable. (292 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up a light banana and clove aroma with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: tha banana tones are strong but pleasant, while a soft yeasty breadiness is the backbone of this beer. Some clove, brown sugar, and general nuttiness round it out.

Mouthfeel: perfectly crisp start and finish. The banana, cloves, and light nuttiness lingers briefly on the tastebuds after swallowing.

Drinkabilty: simply put - fantastic. Go out and grab one of these to bring home. (569 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a 16.9 oz bottle poured into an oversized Widmer Bros. hefe weizen glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: Hazy, dark amber color. The ale has some sediment (as it is unfiltered). It poured with decent head, but when the head dissapated, all carbonation seemed to go with it.

Smell: A yeasty aroma wafts from the glass, along with banana and clove scents. Very pleasing to smell.

Taste: The esters used provide a great tasting banana flavor (it is there and very minute, so search for it and you'll find it). Again, the carbonation is fairly low (which surprised me), leaving somewhat of a flat taste in the mouth. The taste is very light and refreshing and complimented by some caramelly flavors, as per the dunkel in the name.

Mouthfeel: The darker malts create a nice feeling on the palate, allowing some chocolate/caramel hints to interact with the banana undertones. It is a little undercarbonated, and that is the only thing preventing a 5.0.

Drinkability: I have not had a good weizen in ages. Having this reminded me of why they are fantastic. Light, refreshing and airy and relatively low in alcohol, this is one good beer (and style, too). I highly recommend this one. (1,215 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours into the glass a murky strong tea color. Thick, velvety, creamy tan head. Impressive lacing.
I am detecting a faint smoky undertone and lemons. The carbonation excites the tongue.

I am a fan of HEFEs. This dunkel was much more subdued or subtle than I was expecting.

Overall, a good HEFE and damned impressive to see. I will drink this beer again. (370 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Half-litre, Teutonic brown glass bottle. White crown cap with a brown logo seals the contents. Generic Weihenstephaner main and neck labels have a dark brown background as well. Listed at alc. 5,3% vol. Reverse label has the Code ‘7175’ if that means anything.

Appearance: Murky light chestnut brown body with a soft tickling light tan head. Retention of the expanded Kopf is very good, it settles though and does eventually break, but only as I finish the bottle. Finely dissolved carbonation, but it all looks good.

Nose: Has a little more malt than the other Weihenstephaner Hefe’s that I tried again and reviewed this week. Sliced cloves and soft but sweet rotting banana blend nicely. Yeasty with a very feint hint of milk chocolate covered banana sponge cake.

Taste: Spicy malt entrance soon fades to make way for a heavy banana and soft clove middle with a walnut tingle in the middle. Finishes with a dark fruity endearing final third that lingers a little. A soft and very comfortable Hefe with dark fruit highlights. Hints of brown sugar, baked pears and spiced apples add some depth to this wondrous Dunkel Weizen.

Mouthfeel: Scrumptiously soft and gentle on the palate. Finely dissolved carbonation eases the flavors onto the palate and spreads them evenly. Kicks in with a chewy presence that is way above its stated strength. Stands proud.

Drinkability: Quenches the fire-breathing back end of one of my 4 week old Curried Pickled Eggs perfectly. The half-litre was gone in no time.

Overall: Another exceptional offering from Weihenstephaner, I never had a bad one in the bunch that I had over the last two days. Superb.

Sehr Gut!!! (1,686 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy but still transparent weak coffe colour and a discoloured tight and retentive head.
It has the familar cloves in the taste and smell and as it should has a distinctive maltiness which is not sweet but balances the normal hefeweizen tartness.
Not my favourite style but would appear to be a good example. (312 characters)

Photo of Finite
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great dunkel wezien and I wouldn’t expect less from this great brewery. This is a quite fruity beer. Aromas of cloves and bubblegum with hints of some dark fruits. It’s a nice session beer and a good beer to have with a meal.

A solid but not overpowering taste. A classic dunkel! (286 characters)

Photo of tweeder263
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was aggresive with my pour and ended up with about 7 inches of head in a standard pint glass.Surprisingly doesnt look too carbonated. Cloudy amber brew head is slightly off white.Has a wheaty estery smell.Taste ofmalt and wheat not much else,low hopped if at all.Mouthfeel isnt too bad. Drinkability not too bad a lot milder then i thought it would be.Not a bad brew. (369 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooooh my goodness. Everything this brewery makes is excellent. They could spit in a bottle, cap it, and distribute it, and I would still rate it a 4. They've been at it long enough, sho they should have it down pat. This beer has all of the clove, estery, fruity, bubblegum, creamy, silky characteristic in flavor and aroma that you'd ever want in a wheat beer, but with soft caramel, maltiness, and a light maple syrup character. Bring out some nuttiness and earthiness. The addiditon of ingredients that make this beer a dunkel never dominate the wheat character or the yeast derived flavors. Supurb. Finishes clean, crisp with a mild and lasting sweetness. (659 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy brown color with abmer hues. The head is mammoth and white. The aroma screams of cloves. The taste is of cloves and banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is a good dunkelweizen, but I still prefer Franziskaner. (276 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a big rocky tan head that is fizzing away with a strong carbonation. The body is a nice warm brown with a slight hazy to it.

S- The smell is soft phenols with a faint clove hint and some very faint banana hints. The smell of bubblegum is faint but a little stronger than the cloves and banana. Some notes of raw grain and bread are in there aswell.

T- A slight tartness in the initial taste. Some bubblegum flavors are not as strong as the raw grain and whole wheat bread flavors. The finish is a little carbonic with a slight sweetness.

M-medium mouthfeel with some fizz from the carbonation

D- It is missing a lot of the depth of fruits and yeast characters that I like in German wheat beers. It would be nice to have a little maltyness and maybe some other characters to tone down or balance the bubblegum notes. (877 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bronze, with a gigantic swiss cheeze head.

Smell: Rich, grainy aroma with plenty of yeasty spices and a bit of booze that mingled together very nicely.

Taste: Easy drinking, the wheaty malt can become a bit cloying. It finished silky smooth with witbier banana ester yeastiness. Mixed along with something salty to kill off the sweetness, this Beer is fantastic. (380 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a huge, dense, light brown head that left puddles of lace as it slowly faded to a film. Hazy cider looking beer with streams of bubbles rising along the edges. Yeasty aroma mixed with doses of lemon zest and banana. Aromas carry over into the flavor with a dash of that zesty lemony wheat flavor on top. Solid yeasty base mixes with bananas and even a bit of cocoa. Soft, light mouthfeel that's almost crisp. I'm a big fan of the refreshing wheat beers (German and Belgian). The cocoa flavors along with increased yeasty flavors combine with traditional Weizen flavors to make this one of my favorite beers overall. The fact that it's 5% and so tasty just makes it all that more amazing. (694 characters)

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It’s almost October, so I figured I might as well prime myself for Oktoberfest with a bottle of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel. Poured into a Weihenstephaner glass (that claims they’re the oldest brewery in the world), this beer pours with a massive almost white, but slightly tan head that takes forever to settle down, leaving behind nice lacing stuck to the side of your glass. The color is a cloudy light brown common with unfiltered wheats. The smell is a bit sharp and acidic smelling, maybe a little lemony, with sweet dark malt to smooth out the sharpness. The taste is light and fruity, with hints of orange or lemon, backed up by the subtle sweetness of the malt. If you see anyone squeeze a lemon into this beer, slap them. It’s got enough citrus taste already. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamier than what you would expect, and carbonation levels are fantastic in this beer. Drinkability is helped by this, but may be affected by the back-of-your-mouth bitterness that is different from the normal hoppy bitterness I’m used to. It’s almost like an acidic bitterness. All in all, a really nice beer. Good looking, good smelling, good tasting, and great mouthfeel.
Appearance: 4.5
Smell: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4.0
Drinkability: 3.5 (1,259 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A excellent dunkel-weizen!
Not quite as good as it's Hefe sibling, but still world class in every way.
Pours a cloudy brown, but unlike a few others it's got just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being too foamy.
Taste is a little muddled at first but as it warms, lots of flavor comes through. It the overpowering chocolate flavor others have but I do taste fruit (banana, pear) and just the right amount of dark bready sweetness with a hint of cocoa.
A solid brew all the way around and likely the best Dunkel-Weisen you'll run into just because it seems like a style the US hasn't really welcomed yet. (619 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's nothing like a good dunkel weizen, or a dunky beer, as it is usually known. This beer pours out a dull brown color with a big head. The aroma is a delicious blend of banana bread and chocolate. Nutty malt flavor with a wheat tang and plenty of spice. Huge flavors of banana and chocolate too. This is an incredibly complex beer. Thick mouthfeel. Great drinkability. I highly recommend this beer. (403 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper with a large off-white head on top. Aroma is of malts, clove, and spiced apple. Taste is sweetly malty, a bit peppery with hints of fruit (banana?). Mouthfeel is excellent - full carbonation compliments the style perfectly, goes down without any effort.

Not my favorite style (I prefer the Heffeweissbier), but a genuinelly solid choice if you're in the mood for a dark German ale. (402 characters)

Photo of antzman
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a real frothy head, with a good dark color. Not much of an aroma, but nothing displeasing either. This had a smooth flavor with medium body on the wheat, with a hint of malt to round out the taste. Overall this is a really good beer. A dark hefe, at least in the case of this beer seems to suit me more than a traditional hefe (343 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.