Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,458 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,458
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 195
Gots: 157 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with a nice tight white head that fades to a ring. Light aromas of banana and bread. The taste is fuller and richer with lots of banana and more fresh baked bread. A touch of sweetness and possibly a touch of astringent clove in the finish. Really drinkable and a great late spring refresher. It has enough body and complexity to capture your interest before a hefe is required for the dog days of summer. Really pleasant.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always having been a huge fan of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, it shocked me to realise I'd never reviewed their dunkel. Well, that's something that needs rectifying... Served in my half-litre Franziskaner weizen glass.

Pours a lovely deep and cloudy orange-brown colour, which glistens and shines in the light. A beautiful colour for a dunkelweizen. Head is a thick and boisterous froth of yellow-tinged white, that foams and crackles its way down to half a centimetre of film by the end, and leaves a bit of separated lacing. Carbonation is strong and boisterous, although looks like there's enough body to give it some trouble. It's a truly magnificent looking dunkelweizen.

Nose is redolent with delicious weizen characters, giving the classic banana and spice aromas. But it's also broadened with sweet caramel, brown sugar and banana bread, that give this wonderfully refined character and deepen the experience. Spice comes through with prickly clove and biting fresh pepper and ozone. Great nose. Just wonderful.

Taste is also good, although it's mellower than it might have been. The spiciness on the nose disappears here, although the languid, sweet toffee characters come through more prominently. Hint of banana through the centre, and there's a long, lingering back palate that gives off an odd freshness like lightly chlorinated water. Feel is light and fluid - whatever body the malty caramel may have suggested is a little absent.

A lovely beer, and an excellent dunkelweizen. As good as it is, I still feel that while the Weihenstephaner Hefe makes me think it's the peerless pinnacle of the art, this dunkel makes me think there may be another better one out there.

But maybe only one.

Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Color is a hazed caramel brown. Pours 2 and 1/2 fingers of slight an head. Very good retention but not a lot of lace sticking to the glass.

Aroma: Wow, this is a nice smelling dunkel. Big notes of chocolate, clove, and bananas. Very nice.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the aroma, but with some added nut flavors to it. Very typical taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a fairly clean roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, a good representation of the style. My bottle is going somewhat slow, but I will be able to finish it without a problem.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a .5L at Abe's. Poured a light, hazy brown with a tall off-white head. I found this to be an aromatic and surprisingly smooth dunkel, but didn't think the flavor lived up to the reviews. I only got simple, dark bread malt and creamy (very slight banana) yeast character. Not exactly as deep as the Hefe, but a fine beer.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark maple brown color with a thick foamy tan head big and cloudy too. Nose is chocolate, brown sugar, clove, wheat and banana. Taste is smooth tasting beer with hints of maple, chocolate maltiness, banana and a touch of clove spiciness. Really good Dunkel overall.

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

500 mL bottle consumed whilst throwing some beanbags.

The beer is chestnut brown and very hazy. The head is off white to light tan colored, standing in at two inches thick, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

The aroma is the same banana, clove, ester, wheat smell you get from the Hefeweizen, but with additional notes, of sweet breads (banana nut bread?)

Slightly sweeter than the hefeweizen. This is a delicious beer, and deserving of its #1 spot on the Top Beers - Dunkelweizen list. Full of flavor, well balanced and easy to drink. Banana, malt, yeast, bread flavors mingle beautifully.

The feel is creamy and smooth, with appropriate carbonation.

Overall, a shining example of the style. Well worth trying.

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

A: Pours a light brown, quite hazy, with a very large off-white head with great retention. Left behind some rather thick lacing.

S: A good dose of wheat, bananas and a ton of cloves. There was light bready malt and a little bit of floral hops as well.

T: Very bready with a good bit of both banana and cloves, reminds me of banana bread for sure. There is a little bit of darker fruit mixed in, some raisins and a bit of fig.

M: Medium bodied, but a bit on the heavier side. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish.

O: Pretty tasty, like how the dark malt bill adds some complexity, the combination of banana bread and dark fruit was really good.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Here it is, the final stage of the Weihenstephaner Invitational, its dark hefeweizen. Let the pouring begin:

Cinnamon brown in color with hues of red and orange in the body with a nice head. The nose gets notes of yeast and spiced cider. Now for the tasting: starts off with a mild tang, which is then pushed over for a cinnamon cider flavor with apple. The yeast then pulls out its phenolic flavors, and then hints of brown sugar and raisins. A little bolder than the hefeweizen. Drinks well.

And now, the moment of truth, the winner of the Weihstephaner Invitational. And the winning style...

The Original!

Four fantastic beers, but just one winner. What a shame, because all these beers deserved a nomination. The Wei Invite has been wrapped up, so check back to see what you missed. Good night everyone!

Photo of akorsak
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy light amber color, no yeast settling out. Nose is mostly yeast and some malt. Flavor is dominated by the yeast, some wheat, sweet yeasty finish. Not nearly as good as when I had it 7 years ago. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

A murky brown body with lots of carbonation for classic Hefeweizen look. Head is not as tight kind of small and doesn't stick around much. Color body is dark yellow and moves to brown amber to the top.

A nice hot clove smell on the nose, nutmeg spice as well, toasted brown spiced goodness. That's about it kind of nice.

Taste brings the spice. Nicely clove and nutmeg spiced, kind of spicy hot in a way. A little bit fizzy feeling though for mouthfeel, small banana taste as well with a bit more brown spice, even some brown sugar sweetness. Brown seems to be the theme here and the taste seems to reflect it.

Overall, alright I could have this beer in a pinch. It's probably not a fav style of mine, but if there was nothing else left I'd take it.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Pours a cloudy light brown color, nice carbonation, nice creamy 2 finger head, tons of lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, yeast, bananna, cloves, slightly grassy, and slight caramel. The taste follows the nose malty/grassy, nice taste of cloves/bananna, nice crisp finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, very freshing brew, highly recommend.

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin pie filling (with a little extra pumpkin flesh orange). It is muddied and, despite its healthy glow, is for all intents and purposes opaque. It is fiery on the bottom like coals under a fire log. Its head, in typical weissbier fashion, was mountainous and, even now despite settling, maintains a surface of snow-capped alpine peaks.

The aroma, also in typical weissbier fashion, is extensively fruity. Foremost are notes of banana but the presence of apples, and even some exotic fruits like pineapple, can be noted too. The clove and bubble-gum are toned down in comparison to their normal wheat beer but they haven't been completely suppressed.

The mouthfeel, typical of Weihenstephaner, is a balance of crisp malt and light citrusy tang. The texture is smooth and the carbonation is high. This beer doesn't have the savory spice that regular weissbiers do nor does it have the caramely graininess typical of most dunkels but, at least, it is equally refreshing as either of the two.

But unfortunately the same cannot be said for its flavour. It is, to be brutally honest, dull. It's boring. It doesn't have the spice-laden, citrus-spritzed, high-flying zest of a weissbier nor does it have the caramel melted over roasted grains, nuts and dried fruits sort of complex that dunkels do. It tastes of... nothing bold enough to easily be described.

Nor anything that makes it a worthwhile pickup when this same brewery offers a world-class weissbier, dopplebock and weizenbock. It's good but warranting a repeat purchase is hard to justify when the mighty Weihenstephaner Vitus, the flavour-packed Korbinian and the endlessly drinkable Weihenstephaner Weissbier are out there.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of rab53
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy semi-transparent brown. Big frothy white head. Sampled directly after the Hefeweissbier. Both have big clove, banana and bubble gum aromas, though this one is a little more subdued. Light on carbonation, making subsequent sips oh so easy. I generally don't care for wheat beers, but I may have to revisit this one.

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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