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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,110 Ratings

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Ratings: 2110
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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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Photo of gford217


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 20:59:38 | More by gford217
Photo of tone77


3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of banana bread with some spices. Taste is also of banana bread with some cloves and spices, quite tasty. Feels creamy in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 23:06:25 | More by tone77
Photo of flagmantho


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly opaque tawny color with a very large pillowy head which dissipated over a couple of minutes.

Smell: a little fruitiness on top of a nice wheaty aroma. Tiny citrus notes; overall quite pleasing.

Taste: deep wheat flavor with citrus and caramel. Slight citrusy bitterness but otherwise not a lot of hop character. Still, mighty tasty.

Mouthfeel: creamy and highly appealing.

Drinkability: this would make a great session beer. It's got a great flavor and texture that make this eminently quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 03:51:05 | More by flagmantho
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a murky medium copper color, thick off white head with great retention and lacing. Pleasant banana, clove, caramel and wheat aroma. What a pleasant beer! Nice floral, almost Belgian spicy taste with a dry, slightly hopped and floral aftertaste. A medium pleasant malt in the middle. Refreshing and clean. A delightful beer. This is one of the worlds greatest breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 23:16:46 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 05:18:23 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of dgilks


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange with a billowing, meringue like pale tan head. Great head retention. On the whole, it isn't bad but is a bit pale for a dunkel.

Clove and banana are here in droves as they should in a classic hefeweizen. Plenty of sweetness with a touch of toast, this comes across like a tasty banana bread.

Sweet, spiced banana is the simplest description of the flavour. Some interesting, subtle complexity in the malt profile with slight hints of chocolate and toast.

Great mouthfeel with a medium body being cut by high carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and yet substantial.

This is another great Weihenstephaner beer. Probably not as good as the standard Hefeweissebier but a tasty, refreshing beer that fills hits all the marks of a solid wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 05:46:28 | More by dgilks
Photo of cokes


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddied amber-brown with an ample beige top.
Apple pie, clove, and pepper on the nose.
Taste begins with the chalky yeast joining with the husky wheat flavors. Turns into the apple pie essence as promised by the nose. Loads of pepper, and quantatively smaller hues of clove. Touches of chocolate-coated banana follow to round things out. Lingering impressions of lemon.
Firm, yet soft medium body. And a dunkel drinkability that has not been surpassed in my experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 13:56:13 | More by cokes
Photo of nickfl


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
Photo of champ103


3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color. A two finger head forms and recedes to a small cap. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Malty with some toasty and husky hay character. Not much else. Some fruit banana and clove of course.
T: Very enjoyable. Malty and fruity. What bugs me the most though, is there is not much of a roasted and toasted character that I love in Dunkles. Not that it is bad at all, if it was a hefe this would be spot on.
M/D: Very creamy with a medium body. Velvety smooth on the tongue. So easy to drink and very sessionable.

A good Dunkle, but not my favorite of the style. This needs a more bold roasted flavor in my opinion. Still, very enjoyable and one I will not pass up very much when I see it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 22:41:06 | More by champ103
Photo of blackie


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

Pours from the bottle producing a HUGE off white head, which falls pretty slowly, with a half inch remaining throughout the experience. Bubbles rise from the bottom through the dark amber colord liquid.

Smell: Overripe bananas, toasted banana bread, peppery spiciness, some nuttiness, caramelized sugars, hops slight

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, not watery at all

Taste: Sweet with dark fruits, slight spiciness, and some herbs. Hops slight. Finishes with a lingering sweet and spicy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 08:14:14 | More by blackie
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why haven't I tried this before, I've liked all the dark wheats I've seen... This was so good, maybe a little light in color (or maybe Aventinus and the like are too dark).

Poured into a tumbler, and it looked pretty good. The main visual cue is the massive head (and you can see the vigorous carbonation feeding the head from below).

The smell and taste are nearly perfect, bananas and cloves and cocoa and generally good hefe-weizen smells.

I completely recommend this, it's on par with Aventinus.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 00:35:37 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of woosterbill


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy mahogany body topped with a tall, dense, slightly off-white head that ever-so-slowly recedes into a solid cap. Some solid lacing. Only complaint is that a swirl of the last few ounces yields not an extra burst of yeasty cloudiness but a handful of dark dregs that sink to the bottom of the glass.

S: Spices are dominant, with clove outweighing all others. A little malty sweetness backs up the clove. Overall, a pleasant aroma but not a strong or striking one.

T: Starts out with the spiciness of the yeast and wheat, only to transition into a solid finish of roasted maltiness. Complex and delicious.

M: A little overly prickly with the carbonation for my taste, but not unpleasant for a wheat beer at all.

D: I could drink this all day. One of the tastiest and complex beers that I know of at this ABV.

Notes: Awesome Dunkelweiss. If you like the style at all, you will love this beer.


Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 18:07:49 | More by woosterbill
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market Basket
Pours a fairly clear reddish brown with a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of clove with hints of banana and peeper with a solid shot of caramelized brown sugary malt. The flavor is rich dark sugary malt sweetness with some clove and pepper to counter. Little to no hop presence. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable, not horribly complex but definitely a solid quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 23:06:12 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 15:42:46 | More by francisweizen
Photo of FosterJM


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1760th review on BA
Bottle to Speiglau Wheat glass
500 ml

App- Out of the bottle, a mix of browns and a bit of golds.A nice puffy 2-1/2 finger head that was a long time to settle. A bit of whites flecked in the center of the glass. Nice deep cling and lace.

Smell- A very good Dunkelweizen. A good mix of the base hefeweizen with a deeper richer malt nose. A bit of dark fruits like a quad with some rich caramels. A classic aroma to say the least.

Taste- Very similar to the the Hefe from this brewery. They nail the style with a bit of malts, wheat and caramel on the flavors. Well balanced and a bit spicy. The overall flavors and tastes dont overwhelm but compliment eachother.

Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium body with a pretty thick carbonation. A bit more caramel on the residual flavors than i wouldve thought, but very good non the less.

Drink- Its in the top 250 for a reason. I like the hefe better though.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:45:46 | More by FosterJM
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a light brown colour with a massive fizzy/foamy off white head. There is a lot of carbonation showing. There is a fair amount of web like lacing on the glass, and the head sticks around for a long time.

Smell - The beer slight medicine type scent and some wheat and coriander. Also some caramel and some citrus peel zest.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has the perfect amount of carbonation. It starts off slightly sweet then the wheat taste comes in. I can also taste the caramel flavour and the malts. The beer has a nice finish with a perfect balance of sweet and sour

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this is the best one that I have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:55:18 | More by spinrsx
Photo of RedDiamond


3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There’s something about this brew that speaks well of its character despite a modest play on the palate. It has a crisp, bright, citrus-infused aroma and pours to a lightly clouded oaken color with a tall ivory head. The body is a bit thin, but with a pleasantly spicy flavor that I’m sure would compliment – and not compete with – any good meal. I suspect a small wedge of lemon might provide some appropriate enhancement.

This is not a premium brew, but it is very easy to drink. I would call it likeable but not profound. The aroma exceeds the taste as the brewery’s lengthy and exalted history exceeds its modern product line.

I chose to rate this beer using the customary senses. Still, if I could employ a six sense, I might grant this one a higher score. It drinks like a refreshing tonic and may have appeal to some who are well content with modest tastes in a German beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2004 20:35:55 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Track 84 on draft a couple weeks ago and thought it was excellent, but wasn't really able to take notes, so here goes. Served in my Oberon weizen. Poured a translucent brownish-amber with gold highlights. Tight, dense four inch off-white head with lots of sticky lacing present throughout the tasting. Scent of spices hits you immediately out of the bottle (corriander and clove), followed by bubblegum and a light banana essence. Wheat flavor dominates up front in the mouth; flavors identified in the nose are present, but very much watered down and somewhat muted and bland. Also detected a light yeastiness towards the finish. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery and light without very much effervescence; surprising considering the density of the head. Very good drinkability. Went down easy, but the experience was very different than when I sampled it on draft.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 22:09:37 | More by Jwale73
Photo of alexgash


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

Beautiful tawny copper pulpy haze. Definitely darker than their normal hefeweizen. Almost looks like a smoothie (minus the chunks). Cumulonimbus size head of rocky, yeast-flecked, beige head. Great lacing and retention.

Freshly baked wheat bread sits beneath a perfect blend of bananas and cloves. More of a ripe banana bread esteryness rather than just straight up bananas. Bubble gum is there as well. Whiffs of caramel. Nice. Taste follows suit, more or less. Wheat bread twang up front. Nice and yeasty. Quick notes of noble hops as well (Tettnang?). Caramel and banana bread flavors take over. Some banana bitterness around the edges (and through the finish). Clove and rye bread spice come in near the finish. Thick, protein-rich feel. A bit drier in the finish. Damn good! Man these guys know wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 01:36:17 | More by alexgash
Photo of Brent


2.68/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I can't believe I'm giving this beer relatively low marks, since the other beers I've had from the brewery have been very good. Perhaps I expected too much. Poured a hazy ice tea brown. Not a lot of aroma. Mild banana yeast esthers jumped up at the front, but then surrendered to nondescript sweet yeast flavors. Did not detect a lot of wheat malt, which was surprising for a dark wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 14:31:05 | More by Brent
Photo of GClarkage


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

01/04/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass. 16.9 oz bottle with a code of "8383" on the back label.

Appearance- Rust colored pour with an inch thick creamy head and adequate lacing.

Smell- Light scents of banana, clove, cinnimon and other spices.

Taste- Pretty much like a weisbeir with a roasted kick to it. The flavors come out as it warms slightly. Muted banana taste, with a heavier aspect to the roasted and nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel- Starts out ultra carbonated but calms as it settles in. A meidum bodied beer.

Drinkability- Not my favorite style, but I have to say it was quite tasty. These guys make awesome beers for very reasonable prices.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 20:20:51 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Brenden


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 19:57:20 | More by Brenden
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky mud puddle brown color with an egg shell head that was average but left a nice cap once dissipated. The smell is subdued, but still has distinct clove and banana characteristics. The taste is of light clove and banana, the flavor are a bit subtle but good, a slight touch of metallic malt to offset the sweet banana/clove. The feel is moderately bodied with a nice creamy texture, nice and smooth, very balanced, finishes quite nice. Great dunkel weisse, not as good as their hefe or kristel, but quite superb.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 05:10:37 | More by Gmann
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Murky amber color with a fluffy beige head that hung around for the entire glass. Effervescent bubbles continuously rose from the bottom of the glass.
The smell is mainly malt with some bready yeast aroma and spices.
The taste is full of malt with some bread(yeast), spiced flavors and a gentle bit of hop bitterness. The malt wins out here and it is quite delicious.
Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.
Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 20:32:37 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of rudzud


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours like a muddy wheat copper with a very nice, super fizzy almost three finger head that quickly slumps to a thick creamy white blanket.

S - Yeah, definately german. Really nice wheat aromas here followed by some light sweet malts. There is an amazing banana aroma with light clove. Mostly a sweet banana, definately like banana bread.

T - The more I drink this the more I enjoy the flavor. Theres that slightly murky what and sweet malts. Nice yeasts too. The star though is the bananas.

M - Smooth, nice carbonation. Keeps things good and refreshing. Better on the cooler side though.

O - Rather surprised by this beer and the lovely qualities. As it warms it becomes a bit too cloy though; the banana and clove becoming too much. Cooler though, closer to 40-45 its incredibly enjoyable. Definately would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:15:28 | More by rudzud
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,110 ratings.