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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,214 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,214
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 152
Gots: 81 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy and hazy medium amber color ale with a supper huge off-white foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of banana ester with some great wheat malt is quite excellent. Taste is very smooth with great notes of banana ester with some lightly sweet wheat malty which provide a great refreshing factor. Full creamy body with great carbonation. One of the best example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:46:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 22:31:05 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a light brown color, sort of like a glass of iced tea with a bit khaki colored head that sticks around forever.

S: The nose is distinctly German with some notes of clove, yeast, caramel, and light hints of bananas. A nice bready note to it as well.

T: There is some nice sweetness to the flavor, with banana bread leading the way, followed by some raisins and plums. A good caramel and toffee flavor along with a hint of yeast and cloves on the finish.

M: The body is medium with plentiful and smooth, rolling carbonation on the tongue.

D: Weihenstephaner is another brewery that doesn't seem to make a bad beer. A solid dunkel that I would pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:31:03 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-20-2013 02:01:57 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, muddled brown body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Dull, earthy spices over malty scents of caramel covered wheat and cocoa with notes of fresh bananas.

Taste: Light, dry caramel mixed with a bit of cocoa and a taste of wheat grain. Rich blend of spice flavors: clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Banana esters perk up shortly. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Final hints of malt and spice on the soft, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A delightful dunkelweizen and a fine example of the style. Go out and get some!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 22:32:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.6%

12-02-2011 15:42:50 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-02-2014 21:52:51 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-14-2013 01:46:56 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.6%

12-14-2011 10:13:43 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-10-2012 04:05:00 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been looking for a good beer in this style striking out a few times but I hit the jackpot with this one.Poured a rich brown/copper color with big blooming head.Smelled of caramel and toffee with come faint smokiness to it as well.Pretty nutty flavor with some fresh tartness in there,pretty complex and rewarding.Should have known this was the brewer who would get this beer right.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 09:43:33 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with nice lacing on a murky brown with golden hues body. Rich dark fruit and molasses aroma with honey notes. Flavor is more dark fruit with a caramel malt backbone and nice banana notes. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I really likete banana notes in this one which actually are orecelabt for the degree of dark fruit taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 22:49:19 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-19-2013 02:30:36 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-06-2014 14:41:40 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-08-2013 02:50:48 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-16-2012 17:54:50 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgandy color with a foamy, off-white, four-finger head. Left lace.

S - It smelled of malt, wheat and clove.

T - Tasted of wheat and malt. There is a light spiciness and a hint of yeast and clove.

M - It is crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good dunkel. Impressive appearance and a very good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 04:25:54 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Turbid brownish-amber with a huge frothy cap. Cocoa, caramelized banana and clove aroma, a bit like fried and spiced bananas. Light on the tongue but very flavorful, reminiscent of chocolate covered bananas and Grandma's spice rack. This is on the dry side, though the flavors suggest dessert; ultimately this is to the beer's benefit, it never becomes cloying. Spicy, peppery finish with lingering clove. A stellar example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 21:16:32 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, BBD: 29/11/2011.

This beer pours a dark, murky, over-saturated iced-tea brown, with two fingers of thin foamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few specks of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crisp roasted wheat grain, mild banana, spicy clove, and earthy yeast. The taste is more sweet, the toasted grain taking a backseat to the banana and yeast duad. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zingy, the body medium weight, a bit airy, but smooth overall. It finishes clean, drier than expected, with some lingering fruit and yeast.

A nicely balanced dark wheat beer - there's something to be said for Old World subtlety. However, that banana/yeast thing does grow stale sooner rather than later.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:57:22 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a beer! It offers all of the flavors and aromas of the standard Weihenstephaner weizen with the addition of a light caramel note. It pours a cloudy, tawny brown body with a full head of creamy off-white foam. Soft banana, light clove-like spice, light brown sugar and apples appear in the nose. The body is medium and it appears initially crisp and then creamy across the palate due to its very fine and effervescent natural carbonation. Gentle spice appears first in the flavor; followed by a soft maltiness that's just slightly tangy and backed by gentle fruitiness (bananas, apples). It's very well-balanced by an underlying bitterness, and it finishes with a lingering note of nutty malt and some drying clove-like yeastiness. Refreshing but full of flavor. Exceptional!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 15:45:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-09-2013 23:16:51 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mid sized head with a little lace and a hazy, amber-brown body.

S - Fruity, spicy, wheat with banana esters and a mild cinnamon note.

T - Some fruit and lots of clove. A bit of caramel in the middle precedes the sweet, spicy wheat finish.

M - Slightly thick body and moderately high carbonation with a bit of chalkiness in the finish.

D - Quite spicy, this is a nice example of the style and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 06:53:30 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malts, bananas and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with just a little sweetness and simple flavors of wheat and caramelized malts. There's a decent and complimentary hop presence that provides a good balance.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this brewery just continues to impress me with their knack for keeping beers simple and making them very, very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 05:07:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded gold brown with no head. Nose is slightly sweet in a banana kind of way. That is basically the prevalent fragrance that hits you the whole time. Bananas. Big fields of them. Flavor is smooth and a bit mild, but even. There is that hefe typical character there with a strong banana skin profile to it, just like the nose. Feel is smooth on the mouth. Definitely drinkable. A really good brew that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 01:30:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Deep tarnish copper with a red hue, some haze from the addition of the yeast into the glass. After a proper pouring a thick meringue like head forms and stay for the duration.

Smell: Malty nose, light brown malt or toasted. Suggestions of green apple, yeast and pie spice also in the aroma.

Taste: Moderate body that is well structured and able to hold the soft malty palate, very crisp carbonation that is at a perfect level. As soon as the carbonation hits there is a spicy snap of clove and a twang from the fermented wheat. Nice even malt flavour with a bit of toasted and dry malt character. Neutral though a bit nutty yeast on the tongue. Minimal bitterness from the hops, barely noticeable. Vague fruitiness of over dried raisins and plantains though esters are controlled. All in all the finish is quite clean and is comparatively a dry beer.

Notes: By far one of the greatest dark wheat beers available in the US market to date, very soft on the palate … no harshness at all. Malt flavour is near perfection with all the other flavours kept as a backdrop to let the malt be dominant.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2002 10:33:52 | More by Jason
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