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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%

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 dutchlq7

New York

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A cloudy amber/dark orange. Creamy, off white 2 finger head, that leaves a thin layer on surface.

Smell-Strong banana with hints of apple. Can't pick out the other fruit smell in it though, maybe a raisin.

Taste- Banana and apple flavor with a smooth caramel malt flavor too. Just the slightest hint of hops after the finish. Just a really great experience from start to finish.

Mouthfeel-Smooth medium bodied, medium carbonation. So Good

Drinkability-WOW! Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:27:17 | More by dutchlq7
Photo of goatherder


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: small coarse head, dissipates quickly. I think my glass is dirty. Cloudy bronze in colour
Serving - 500ml bottle, use by 17 May 2006

s: nice weizen aroma. Sweet banana is dominant

t: sharp up front, helped along by the vigorous carbonation. very smooth flavour, subtle hops. Longish finish with a touch of roasted malt towards the end. Alcohol is discernable

m: carbonation is small sharp bubbles. I would describe the mouthfeel as medium - not too heavy, not too thin.

d: great brew for a hot summers day!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 09:17:30 | More by goatherder
Photo of Rhettbuck


4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a bottle in Denver, CO. I've been to Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium and this reminded me of them quite a bit.

Appearance: A slight foam when poured, that quickly dissipates. Lacing is almost nonexistent, but really who cares about that. The beer's actual color is a rich brown that resembles oak.

Smell: This was my favorite part of the whole beer. I buy candles that smelled like this. Sweet and a bit earthy .

Taste: Light, and clean. Had a bit of an aftertaste, but in a bad way. Reminds me of rye beers that I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, I don't know if that was the elevation or the beer. Clean finish and minimal aftertaste. Great for a starter at a beer tasting party.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:48:20 | More by Rhettbuck
Photo of Smixam


3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

A - Nice deep golden-brown with substantial hazing and a light cream colored tight-bubble head that lasts several minutes

S - All cloves and malt with a touch of citrus. Take a basic hefe and darken the whole nose - that's what you've got here. Maybe a bit heavier on the wheat/malt than I expected.

T - Strong malt body with a solid clove spice across the palate. No flavors here are overpowering - the finish is a surprising mix of raisin and banana, a bit of citrus in there as well. No bitterness at all, which speaks to quality of the ingredient pairings when dealing with a darker beer, even a hefe.

M - Fairly dry without any single strong lingering flavor. The muted frutiness lends a refreshing characteristic to an otherwise malty weiss.

D - I can see drinking a few, but these are much better when you take your time and enjoy them with some light food pairings. The fruit/citrus notes would do more to prevent a session with this more so than any 'heaviness.'

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 21:35:03 | More by Smixam
Photo of patmcd

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SYF in New Brunswick.

Ahh Wheat Beers...my personal favorite.

The original Hefeweissbier may be my #1 all time favorite brew, so this had a lot to live up to. I saw it at my favorite watering hole and it was even on tap...I instantly ordered a liter.

Pours a turbulent leather brown that his a bit of a river clay color to it with a cloudy, ever slightly off-white head.

On the nose I sense glimpses of predominately barley with hints of clove and citrus.

Tastes consist with the usual Hefe tastes of banana, clove, citrus accompanied by some darker, candied malts and more roasted barley.

Is extremely, extremely smooth and drinkable. One of my favorite Dunkels, and only second to Schneider Aventinus.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 20:28:53 | More by patmcd
Photo of Das_Reh


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 16 oz bottle into a weizen glass

A = brown and cloudy, with a 3 finger tan head. bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass and suspended yeast sediment swirls in the murky elixer.

S = crusty bread, cloves, banana, yeast

T = you know that brown bread they serve as an appetizer at steak houses? imagine that as a beverage, add a hint of banana and cloves and just a touch of hop bitterness, and you've got this beer. Yeasty and delicious, this -IS- liquid bread. The last sip, which contained a good deal of yeast that had dissipated from suspension, was especially tasty.

M = moderate carbonation with just the right amount of body. very easy to drink and at 5.4% a good candidate for a sessioning beer.

O = wish I had bought more than one, this thing is amazing. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 18:17:16 | More by Das_Reh
Photo of Ig0r


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

The pour gives a solid tan head of small bubbles that last a long time thanks to a lot of carbonation replenishing. The color is a cloudy dark-straw almost-amber. A little lacing is left after the head dies down.

The smell is a caramel sweetness with some spice and roasted hints; overall fairly subdued. The feel is light, very smooth, and well carbonated. The flavor is quite faint weizen with some spice, but goes well with the highly carbonated feel. There isn't any sourness until a slight jolt at the finish, which clears away quickly.

Overall this is a solid drink with a bit more character than the standard hefeweizen of the same brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 18:26:46 | More by Ig0r
Photo of carp420


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

bottle -> A Weihenstephaner weizen glass

nice dirty brownish hazy hue, two finger creamy vanilla head that didn't last but laces well.

lots of banana, more cloves and peppery spices, def. some yeast with more of a malty smell than its cousin.

taste really hits you strong, more maltyness with clove and pepper spices that really blend well with the citrus and floral notes, alcohol comes through esp. with warmth.

a little carbonated at first, but really settles in and blends well as it sits.

just really getting into the dunkel's and this is by far the best i've had, to me lots of drinkability but more of a night capper than anything, can't wait to get my hands on more

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 01:45:56 | More by carp420
Photo of mikes2923


4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew (along with everything from this brewery) is just another example of what excellent beer is all about. Nice chocolatey-looking color as you would expect from a dark weiss beer and the taste is nothing short of outstanding. Very smooth, not at all harsh or "too strong" even for those not accustomed to this type of beer. Generally, I prefer Hefe-weizens to their darker cousins but this is an outstanding exception as this ranks as one of my all time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 11:01:49 | More by mikes2923
Photo of billysj


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel appearance is a dark amber with a white large head.

The smell is a hint of banana and roasted malt. The taste has a nice malt flavor with a smooth mouthfeel and little carbination.

I like this beer and will drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 01:31:44 | More by billysj
Photo of turkob


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Two finger light brown head with no lacing. A hazy light brown

S: Light clove with a little maltiness

T: Somehow tamer than the blond version. Nice balance finishes with noble hops bite.

M: Fluffy and full

O: Just not as much flavor as the blond. A nice beer, but I'll stick to the blond for hefeweiss.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 03:01:32 | More by turkob
Photo of mcdevster


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark.. pond water, thick, not too pretty..
smell: very nice, very similar to regular weihenstephaner.. some clove/banana.. touch of maltiness..
taste: delicious.. beautiful build up of flavor nice finish.. it is a full experience that no other hefeweizen i have tried lives up to (except regular weihenstephaner..)
mouthfeel/drinkability: typical wheat beer.. easy going down.. be careful, however, they almost go down too easily.. nice body, refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 03:10:27 | More by mcdevster
Photo of TastefulNudity


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

My first dunkel, poured in to a tall Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Rusty brown with some orange showing through. Almost the same color as the bottle. Nice one and a half finger head that calms down a bit but remains. Little lacing. Strong carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Whoa, almost pure malt hits you in the face. Malt sweetness, spice (clove and black pepper), cinnamon, yeast, bubblegum, banana, faint dark fruit. This smells great. I've had and loved their Hefeweizen and it smells exactly like that with more malt and spice.

Taste: It's awesome. Malt and caramel sweetness up front while staying light and peppery. Moves to the back of the tongue where you get the traditional Hefeweizen flavors of yeast, banana, and clove. Refreshing flavor while remaining different from what I've had before.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and dry, just as it should be. Unsurprisingly no identifiable alcohol. Leaves a great finish that makes me want to pick the glass back up every time I put it down.

This is a great beer and a fantastic introduction in to the dunkel style. I'm loving it for the change it brings, but If I had a choice between this and their original Hefeweizen, I'd have to pick the original. Both are worth a definitely shot and amazing, try them and find your favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 22:52:24 | More by TastefulNudity
Photo of fizzgig


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

.5L euro bottle.

A: Deep copper, thick head that lingers. Careful pour required.

S: Banana and plumb or prune. Aroma hangs around to the end.

T: Banana and some kind of caramel apple.

M: Nice even coating, hidden carbonation fills everything.

O: A new favorite, a very excellent beer that will go with about anything.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:40:22 | More by fizzgig
Photo of rjlemos


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes from the oldest brewery still producing beer, so they might know something about it... they have a really good reputation...
And, to say more, the master brewer of Eisenbahn, the best brazilian brewery (and shall i say, probably one of the best of the entire world), was taught there... so, a lot of things can be concluded from that...
I bought 3 different Weihenstephaner's beers at the same time (and drank all the three one following the other). This one was the second one i drank, and it's very similar to the Hefe Weissbier in taste and smoothness (the first i tasted). The color is unique - it's brown, completely light brown, not black or red. It's very soft, even for the style, specially if you compare with other highlights like Erdinger and so on...
Very easy to drink, refreshing, and excellent taste and malt concentration. Nice option.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 23:00:52 | More by rjlemos
Photo of ticklechicken

Korea (South)

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - cloudy medium brown with yellow edges, creamy thick head
S - sweet fruity cherry scent
T - light malt and fruit taste, with a sweet aftertaste
M - a little thick with low carbonation
D - This is a very enjoyable beer with well-balanced flavours with a well-measured mildness that gives you no choice but to drink more. Is there nothing that Weihenstephaner can do wrong?

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 15:11:47 | More by ticklechicken
Photo of thefenst


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsener glass.
Nice white head, great carbonation, with a fair amount of sediment.
Very nice amber brown color, very cloudy.
Tastes of clove and banana, with a slightly tart aftertaste.
Very little hop bitterness, with malty notes throughout.
Decent mouthfeel, I like this one as much as their hefe.
Very drinkable for the 16.9 oz. I had, but this would only be sessionable if you can eat a loaf of bread in one sitting.
This is one heavy, chewy, but extremely delicious beer.
A great example of the style, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 21:21:39 | More by thefenst
Photo of darklager


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

This beer pours a rich, creamy, bronze color with a rather large white head. During the pour, yeast is seen diving from the bottle and splashing gleefully into the glass, which makes me pause and reminisce about my last batch of homebrew which unfortunately is no longer with us. The aroma is a fruity caramel scent which is quite pleasing to the nasal passages. The taste is pretty sweet with almost a caramel taste to it. While it wasn't exactly love at first taste with this beer, by the time the bottle was finished, we had warmed to each other quite nicely. Now I'm looking forward to seeing her again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 08:59:22 | More by darklager
Photo of travelfrog

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I had tried the more common Helles Hefeweizen, I had never tried this version until now. I had it on tap in the USA, served in a traditional weissbier glass.

Appearance was medium-brown and cloudy, with a nice, long-lasting head.

Smell was not overpowering, but with pleasant parallels to fresh bread.

Taste was quite good: it tasted somewhere between a Scheider Weissbier and a Franziskaner Dunkelweizen. Yeast and fresh bread were the orders of the day, with maybe a hint of apple. Excellent, dry finish.

Mouthfeel was just fine, maybe a bit of acidity clinging to the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability was also above average. Perhaps the slight acidity makes you want to drink it less quickly (not necessarily a bad thing).

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2007 00:33:45 | More by travelfrog
Photo of Subliminal64

Ontario (Canada)

4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this beer. First of all I highly enjoy Wheat Beers. Second I love German beers and third because of the great reviews I found on this website.

Poured from bottle into a standard glass. VERY cloudy. The most opaque wheat beer I have tried. Wasn't quite as "dunkel" as say Erdinger Dukel

Smell was a little on the sweet side. Not offensive at all.

Taste was a little stronger the the Weissen. Well balanced with little to no aftertaste. Tasted very close to Erdinger Weissbier

Mouthfeel was for a better lack of a word perfect. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. Although I still do prefer Erdinger Weissbier/Dunkel. Erdinger is has more of a full flavour. A little stronger then the one reviewed.

If your looking for an amazing Wheat Beer, you won't be disappointed with this one.

Erdinger Weissbier or Dunkel is still a better beer IMO


Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:09:53 | More by Subliminal64
Photo of Injemanze


3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer at an International Beer festival in Hangzhou, China. This the most expensive bottle of beer I have ever purchased in China but as Weissbier Dunkels are one of my favorite styles I thought I would give it a shot, plus I though that with a brewing history of over 1000 years it should be something special. I must admit I was not convinced but I am willing to give it another shot if I find it somewhere else.

Appearance – Pours copper with significant head.

Smell – Barley and honey perhaps with hints of orange

Taste – Sweetness with possible light hints of banana, orange, brandy, and honey. Nothing in the flavor was truly memorable however. Mouthfeel was a lot lighter than I had expected

Drinkability – Average, the low ABV means you could imbibe quite a lot of these though nothing in the beer itself would have me coming back for more.

In my opinion, Erdinger is a superior Dunkel Weizen

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 05:41:43 | More by Injemanze
Photo of revolution


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour reveals a rich caramel color with a huge, frothy head. Large bubbles flowing.

Smell the wheat--scent of rising bread dough, also fruit...banana?

Malty, very slight caramel, wheat taste. Also pick up the fruit...banana.

Mouthfull of carbonation. Light feel, goes down pretty smooth.

A very solid wiezen, especially on this hot summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 03:54:08 | More by revolution
Photo of binkman


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A - looks muddy. not much head, I love a big fluffy head so appearance only gets a 3.5

S - banana bread

T - see smell. Banana bread with wheat. Very yummy if not a bit unexpected

M - very clean and crisp taste, like a fresh mountain spring morning. you know, when the snow is still on the ground. its like a ricola commercial

D - pretty drinkable but that banana flavor is a bit of an offput. It slows one down a bit.

Overall - you've probably heard that beer is liquid bread. well, this one is liquid banana bread. its really very good and one of my favorite dunkel hefewieizens, but not one that I would drink all the time, only when I am in the banana mood. It might not be a beer for every occasion but it comes highly recommended from me.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 01:09:41 | More by binkman
Photo of JArami


4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got it on tap at Mr. Dunderbak's

A: Came to me with minimal head and the color of the head was hard to discern in the dim light. Lacing was evident only toward the bottom, might have been the glass. Not too cloudy, and nicely dark for a weiss as the name promises.

S: Definite banana esters. Mixed with the roasted malts, it comes across almost like banana bread.

T: Where are the hops? The darker malts are delightful and the banana-ness dominates but not in excess. Great tasting wheat beer. Almost no hop in the aftertaste, but a cool fresh palate.

M: Clean and crisp, great for quaffing after a tasty sandwich.

D: Very drinkable.

Wheat beer is glorious, and this one is even better as its a dunkel. Very malty and fruity while not bogging you down with a huge amount of carbonation. If you like munich dunkels, and hefeweizens, you should give this a try. It's not the best of both worlds, but its pretty close.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2007 03:17:16 | More by JArami
Photo of EddieTheTrooper


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me of that movie beerfest when the guys brew the secret recipe and take one sip and start crying. The discussion of wanting to put one's dick in it and vice versa is fully realized after the first sip. Clean, flavorful, malty with traces of banana and vanilla, this beer has it all. The first time I tried this was at Schnitzleplatz in Addison, il. I drank a 2 litre "das boot" of it and every drop went down smooth. Those bavarians know their beer, but what else can be expected from the worlds oldest brewery?

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 07:32:42 | More by EddieTheTrooper
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