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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,040 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,040
Hads: 2,677
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 261
Gots: 260 | FT: 1
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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 CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper/brown in colour with an inch-high head that shows reasonably persistence.
Lots of overripe/cooked banana (like in banana fritters) apparent even during pour. Upon further inspection wheat and some spices (coriander and cloves) are detectable, as well as some sweet darker malts with contribute a caramel note.
Flavours are a mix of wheat and caramel malts, as well as banana and cloves. A restrained bitterness sits nicely in the background.
Spritzy carbonation works well to support the traditional watery wheat flavour/texture. Highly drinkable! (559 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark copper amber colored liquid that has a great haze to it. the head is tight and bubbly on the edges, off white to a very faint light brown. it lingers for a while leaving a thick lace covering the side of the glass.

S-the nose is strong and blends together very well. Spicy cloves, lemon, and wheat are right up front. Notes of pear fade into light sour apples. Hints of dark plums and a touch of black cherries come in towards the back.

T-the taste is pretty solid but a little watered down especially compared to a great nose. The clove and spiciness are muted, the wheat flavors are a little more dominant. Notes of lemon and soft pear with just a hint of dark cherries at the back. Some light grassy hops to finish this off.

M-medium to light body, it is actually a little thin in the back with a rough feel on the palate throughout. There is a low level of carbonation that leaves something to be desired.

D-this has a good taste but it is a little thin and watered down. Good flavors for the dunkelweizen and very easy to drink. (1,052 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky medium brown with yeast sediment floaties and a frothy, puffy 2 inch cream head that won't quit. As it does dissipate, it leaves sticky lacing.

Orange, coriander, and banana accompany yeast in the initial aroma. Notes if clove and lemon complement the wheat character well. Citrus dominates.
There's a slightly bready note and a touch of floral sweetness.

Flavor reveals tart lemon, bubblegum, and banana underlying a wheaty, slightly bready backbone. Clove, orange, and slightly plasticy phenols add complexity. The finish is fairly bready, peppery, and floral.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with fairly high carbonation.

Definitely more malt character than the hefe, which suits my palate well. Excellent yeast esters. (745 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown color, with a beautiful beige foam, compact and abundant.
Light and delicate smell, malt, caramel, a bit of biscuit.
At the taste is delicate, again, with malt, biscuit, caramel, a hint of light burnt. Not too sweet, pleasant.
Maybe a light fruity note of elder?
Same notes in the aftertaste, with a finish tending to liquorice and roots.
Average body. (364 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a clear yet darker sienna brown color that produced a mountain of an off-white fluffy head with great retention. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A light roasted-like caramel with clove, banana, and lemon.

(T)- A nice creamy banana, clove, bubblegum combo. Finishes with a very subtle caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Light and creamy with a sweetness to it. A tad thinner than expected.

(D)- A good Dunkel. Not quite up to par with their superb Hefe, but its a good one when looking for something in the style. (595 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding dunkel...the best I have had thus far......pours a deep orangeish amber....with a nice white head...nose is fresh, sweet apples, banana, and a light caramel note....body is medium...very charged up in the mouth...this is a beer that justs "feels" like a great beer as you drink it....extremely tasty but very, very drinkable.....the taste has a restrained sweetness that is just fantastic....This has to border on Weizen doppelbock land....the taste profile is caramel sweetness...accentuated by soft layered flavors of banana, and cloves.....

This is an awesome beer....maybe the best wheat beer I have ever tried to date..I will seek this out and buy many more... (683 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this one as the last beer in the Weiehnstephan gift pack my wife got me for Christmas...this one was one of the best.

This beer is a deep, rich medium brown with a reddish tint in the light. A big, foamy head forms and sticks around for a pretty long time, forming a thin foam when it finally does dissipate and leaving light patches of lacing in moderate volume.
A sturdy malt forms the backbone in the aroma. There's a light toasty aroma but what surprised me is the light fruit aromas: banana, possibly pear, etc.; this one really is light a dark hefeweizen. Pretty cool.
The flavor is a rich, complex balance of toasty malts, wheat / grains, fruits, mostly banana, and gentle spice (perhaps both clove and something peppery). To get this kind of complexity follwoing the purity law is pretty impressive. A get kind of a banana bread feel from this, with a stronger malty backbone.
The body is medium to full and moderately carbonation with a crisp snap to begin with giving way to a light, smooth feel. The finish is semi-dry and lingers moderately.
This is a very nice one and a great example of what a dunkelweizen is...essentially, a dark, maltier hefe. (1,169 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a very hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, banana, fruit, and subtle clove. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, fruit, clove, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really liked the spice aspect going on in this one as it added quite a nice touch to all of the typical bread and fruit flavors you would typically expect from the style. It was very easy on the palate and fairly well balanced throughout. Definitely worth trying for the curious and the fans of the style alike. A must try. (769 characters)

Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great, malty wheat beer with a flavor that is clean, spicy and full. The beer is a light brown with a frothy head. The nose has a ton of wonderfully-spiced banana. There are wonderful caramel malt flavors lurking in the aroma, as well. The malt is sweet and doughy. There is some light bitterness. Bananas and cloves come in from the wheat. It's a maltier version of the Hefeweizen. Great beer (393 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky light brown with a nice tan head and decent lace but not really active carbonation until swirled. Spicy banana-clove aroma and flavor from the yeast. Restrained caramel flavors in the finish. Light bodied and airy.

A true dark hefeweizen and exactly what you would expect !

[16 oz for $2.59] (303 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken 6/21/12.

500ml bottle poured into weizen glass.

Appearance: a medium brown bodied beer thats just a touch darker in color than a copper. Huge off white to tan head. Lots of lacing clings to the glass as the head slowely drops, but never goes away.

Smell: Sweet smelling bready and yeasty notes, bananas, and just hint of clove. Maybe a little caramel or nuttiness.

Taste: Bananas, biscuity malts and whole grain wheat bread. Hint cloves and nuttiness.It tastes good, but I am not sure if the flavors all work together in harmony.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied beer with carbonation that is on the high end of moderate. This beer is really drinkable.

Overall: I really love the kristalwiezen better, but this beer is no slouch either. Over 400 reviews and I havent drank very many german beers!?! YET... What was my problem. Really liking the beers that this brewery makes. It was a bit of an eye opener for me. Will be trying alot more of beers from this brewery! Affordable at $5 price point for 500ml and its an easy beer to find! (1,069 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is what I compare to the river water of the Mississippi on a good day. It looks like what its suppose to for a dark hefe, one ugly ass murky brown. The top was super fluffy and tall, nearly two inches of fluffy frothyness, liked whipped coffee cream, crumbles slowly to a fine small head that never leaves. Lace is everywhere, some sticks, some drips, mostly patches with some strings.
Smell is quite simple yet very nice, soft and light airy lemon, some maltness, a bit musty and a touch of banana and spice.
Taste is a nice mellow lemon flavor, easy tartness, balanced nicely with darker malts and wheat, a bit of breadish dryness, touch of banana and spice in there, smooth the entire gulp. Nice open and mellow medium body feel, mostly midway action then thins out nicely in the finish leading it to be drinkable beyond comprehension. One excellent, fine beer to drink any Ol' time, but favors the warmth of summer. (927 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: huge head, cloudy, brownish-orange in color, high carbonation

Smell: banana, cloves, and yeast

Taste: banana, cloves, and some caramel malt

Mouthfeel: clean, medium body, semi-sweet, with high carbonation

Drinkability: Very good for the style. Love the mix of caramel and wheat. Not the most complex beer I have had, but a really good one. I could have several of these. (386 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very cloudy and “dirty brown” in color with a tight foaming head that sprang from the glass in an instant. The head showed good retention and was lightly tanned, making this very nice to look at.

Smell – Oh, Lordy, have I finally found a true imported Dunkel Weissbier? The strong yeast aroma is a long-awaited pleasure to my olfactory bulb. This one takes me back to the Stammtisch at the Goldener Anker.

The yeast aroma is slightly toasted and beautiful. There’s the traditional banana notes along with some spicing (maybe clove or cinnamon?), but all the second-tier players are in the background. The yeast steals the show here, as it should.

Taste – This has an excellent and traditional flavor. The toasted yeast from the nose comes out well at the taste and continues to improve as the bier warms (I should have poured this “warmisch”). The typical banana notes are muted but noticeable along with some light spicing.

Mouthfeel – This is where many miss the mark, but here we have an excellent, authentic example. The carbonation is not light, fizzy, and cheap as it is in a lot of wanna-be pretenders. Here it is soft yet full and completely unobtrusive to the flavor. This bier is medium-bodied and right on target.

Drinkability – I grabbed this big, yeasty bottle as a snack instead of a bag of chips. It is just as filling, much healthier, and tasted a hell of a lot better. I’ll nurse this through the afternoon, letting it warm to room temperature before starting on the New Year’s festivities.

Update – I rated this 2003 vintage on New Year’s Day ’04. I thought, now that a year has passed, I’ll re-review it with an ’04 vintage to see how it has withstood the test of time.

This is just a lovely example of the style by any measure. Brewed in the “oldest brewery in the world” just outside of Munich, this Bavarian import brings all the authentic Dunkel Weizen flavors right to your living room. The aroma is so dead-on for the style that they ought to have a picture of it on the BJCP style guide page. It is easily the most authentic Dunkles that I’ve had here in the US, and rivals most that I enjoyed in Germany. (2,186 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks beautiful. Tarnished and cloudy, bubbles cascading upward, great head, great retention.

Smells is kind of light, toasted malts with hints of lime and melon. Tastes like a very sweet wheat malt, burt sweetness up front with hints of clove, lime and lemon in the back, a wheaty aftertaste with hints of light fruit, melons and bananas. Complex and very, very tasty.

Good mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Not too heavy. Goes down smooth as silk.

Nice beer. (467 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had many Dunkels but I love the original Hefeweiss, worth a shot in my book.

A- Pours into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass with a deep amber, murky body. Massive and uber foamy head forms and takes up half to three fourths of the glass. I patiently wait for it to fall. A few thick webs of lace.

S- Right off the bat I get that signature Weihenstephaner yeast profile. A nice balance of banana, esters, cloves/spice and straw. A nice amount of wheat bread is present as well as dark fruit and malts. A bit of citrus peel. Overall I think it is just a tiny bit darker and a bit more heavy on clove/esters than the Original.

T- Follows the nose, pretty much like I expected. A nice balance of yeast esters, banana, spice, straw, wheat, bread, dark fruit, citrus peel, brown sugar and some dark toasty malt. If this is supposed to be a darker version of the Original Hefeweiss, it pretty much hits it on the head but a bit sweet.

MF- Light end body with silky smooth carbonation. Not much in the way of bitterness. Fairly sweet.

DB- Certainly a version of their classic beer with just a bit of darkness, in the way of malt and fruit. I just love the Weihenstephaner yeast profile. This beer could use a bit more body and maybe a bit less sweetness. (1,256 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Taco Mac Lindbergh.

Pours a hazy brownish amber that looks a bit like tea in the glass underneath a big off-white head that shows good lacing.

The aroma is just flush with bananas and bubblegum sweetness mixed with lots of clove spiciness. It definitely has a bit more malt presence than the hefe and a bit of lemon as well.

The taste ratchets the bananas down a notch and the malts come through a bit more. The finish brings back the spiciness of the cloves and leaves a dry, clean finish.

The mouthfeel is highly (almost too) carbonated and extremely smooth going down.

I was expecting this to be one of the best dunkels I've ever had and it lived up to the expectations. A supremely drinkable beer. (716 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours lighter than I would have expected, brown-orange colour. Head is off-white and quite humble. About half an inch of it maybe, but retains well. Bead coming from one source in the corner but is quite strong nevertheless. Lacing is lovely, cradling sheet around the edge. Looks nicht sehr dunkel, bitte quite good anyway.

Smells very wheaty, but at the same time quite chocolatey. Very interesting, really; spicey with a clove-and-herb kind of character but balanced with a soft chocolatey aroma, very sweet and with a hint of molasses. No hops, almost a rosewater character for some reason. Not a very powerful nose but extremely pleasant.

Taste is actually quite spicy, and while there are hints of that sweet, chocolatey nose, they're mostly absent here. The stronger, bitey weizen flavour is tempered by a darker malt that provides a sweetness but doesn't let the weizen esters fly and bloom quite as freely. Taste is actually quite phenolic, with a tart soda kind of character, a big gulp of ginger and a hint of eucalyptus. I tried this immediately following the hefeweißbier and this flavour is darker, but if they were pieces of music I'd say this one were simply transposed lower, as a lot of the notes are the same, it just registers lower.

Still has a nice spicy finish, and the mouthfeel is reasonably interesting, but it's a bit too tangy as a complement to the sweeter malt. As with the Hefeweißbier, a bit too bitey to be greatly drinkable. (1,463 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky caramel color with a voluminous fluffy off-white head. Aroma is bread crusts, bananas, vanilla, and clove. Flavor is similar, bready with a strong banana note and just enough clove. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Another well-crafted Weihenstephaner beer. (269 characters)

Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer has a big head made of very little bubbles. The color is a cloudy light brown. You can barely see anythign through it.

The aroma has sweet sweet bananas, malty breadiness, yeast, bubble gum, and clove spice.

The flavor reminds me a lot of the hefeweizen and the weizenbock. It’s a maltier, bigger hefeweizen, but still refreshing. There’s a wheat, bready malt, yeast, then orange and over ripe banana. There’s a good bubbly body. There’s a slightly dry finish.

A wonderful version of the Hefeweizen that Weihenstephaner makes. Extremely drinkable and smooth. Great flavors. I prefer bigger malts, like the Weizenbock. Quite good however. (659 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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! (592 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 gtermi
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the beer is very nice. It has a dark golden color that is very cloudy. The head pours extremely huge and then fades to a nice half inch and stays.

The smell is has a lot of sweetness and a lot of fruitiness.

The taste is amazing. It has some bubble gum flavors, some malt and a little bit of caramel.

The beer is very smooth has a small amount of crispness.

Overall this is delicious. One of the best German beers I have ever had. (452 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, bottled on 3/5/09, poured into a wheat beer glass (reviewed in October).

A: Pour a light brown that I can only think of as an over-ripe brown banana color. Has the same massive 3-finger head as the lighter version with the color being a little off-white. The head last forever as before and gives good lacing.

S: Pretty much exactly the same as the lighter version, albeit a little bit stronger and darker (no kidding!). Lots of nice banana that seems to be a little sweeter, other dark fruits, floral yeast, banana, malty bread, and esters.

T: Just as it smells. Everything is well balanced but definitely a bit more robust than the normal Hefeweissbier. I prefer this.

M: This is just a little bit more full bodied than the normal version, which is kind of hard to believe. However, it's something I don't mind one bit. If you want a thin beer, drink club soda.

D: Again it's a little bit heavier than the normal one so it's a bit harder to drink a lot of, but despite that, this is my favorite wheat beer.

Although this was an old bottle, it really held up great. This is easily my favorite wheat beer. I can't wait to find a fresh bottle of this stuff. (1,174 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)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.