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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,426
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 185
Gots: 137 | FT: 2
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ale207, Jun 18, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 liter bottle I got in the brewery mixed 5 pack. Poured into a weizen glass bearing the name of the brewery. As you can see, I am intimidated by the name.

A: Poured a hazy medium to dark brown, when held to light has the appearance of a good clove honey. Really active in there with carbonation bubbles. The head was off white and beautiful, leaves som decent lacing and has decent retention.

S: This is where this beer shines. Has a great smell of fresh out of the fridge banana pudding. You can really smell some sweet bread, reminicent of Nila wafers, banana is big here and sweet. The malt and yeast comes together beautifully with sweet bread, I am repeating myself. There is a nuttiness to it. Just beautiful.

T: Taste is really big with the banana flavor, sweet cold bananas. The bread taste does not translate as sweet as it does in the nose, but is still great. Herbs and nuttiness is there. Very nice.

M: Very creamy. Goes down really easy, and has some nice active carbonation to it. After taste of sweet bread.

D: This is a very nice beer and although it comes across dark, it is still a very drinkable brew. It is not intimidating in flavor and very well rounded. Great beer.

everetends, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500mL brown glass bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a murky rusty color with some orange coming through. Brown or else very deep red. Strange and unique coloration, but I'm not sure it's the most appetizing looking beer I've ever seen. Topped with a 3 finger off-white or cream color head with great retention.

S: Interesting combination of light fruits in the nose, followed by berry or something. Malt backbone is mainly dark breads with a hint of brown sugar followed by a nice yeasty touch.

T: Some spiced apple and other fruit first in the taste, then some berry. Light touch of toasted malt in the middle there to balance things out. Finish is fruity with apples and spice and a light drying bitterness quickly covered by a yeasty character that sticks around.

M: Light and crisp, yet smooth. Nice.

D: So good and refreshing. This is light but with a rich taste. I could drink many of these at any time of year. Overall a great beer.

BucBasil, Jun 08, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

tpauer, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of brownbeer
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Widmer hefe glass. Looks a dark brown, cola color with a huge tan head that stick around and millions of bubbles.

Classic aroma of banana and clove, but has an added maltiness that really takes it to the next level.

Slightly sweet, toasty caramel bounces in and out of the flavor into the finish and fade. Soft with subtle spice character to compliment the malt. Fantastic!

brownbeer, Feb 16, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a ruddy brown with a dense and rocky two finger off white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of bananas and cloves
T: taste is bananas and cloves with a nice amount of malt sweetness and creamy wheat and some nice breadyness. swallow is more banana and clove with some honey sweetness and more breadyness.
M: this beer is fairly light with a creamy mouthfeel from the wheat. carbonation is slightly prickly and the finish on the beer is ever so slightly drying
O: A fantastic example of the style from a world class brewery. Definitely hits all the right notes with no apparent faults

SHODriver, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Nage37, Feb 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

alelover, Jul 02, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a translucent color of sun tea. Pillowy near white head of a couple fingers settles in nicely. Gold accents give it a nice look in the glass.

S- Esters, clove, banana bread, and bright fruits. Straight forward here.

T- A strong malt presence of baked breads come together oh so nicely with the lemon, apple, pear, raisin and clove. Sweet notes counter some of the earthy tones on the back side. Very crisp and clean.

M- Light body with a bit lighter carbonation than I prefer in the style. Sits well on the tongue. Smooth while providing a snappy, refreshing drinkability.

O- A fine example of a dark wheat. Would prefer a bit more depth in the body with some nuttiness or added complexity, but very delicious still.

Bosoxfan20, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

cfh64, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

PhineasGage, Dec 31, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

jjheinrichs, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

slimntubbs, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

mmilyko, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

cbnz, Apr 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

bsm80x, Sep 25, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a bomber sized bottle with my youngest son. I poured it into a Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse glass.

A: It poured a cloudy amber tainted blond body with mountains of sediment and a large two finger head that was sickly and lingered for a long time.

S: It had a big white bread yeast aroma, lots of white fruit (bananas and pears) and white spices.

T: The lightly toasted malts and fruity esters jumped to the front. They coated the tongue and provided a foundation for the slight citrus undercurrents and white spices (clove, all spice and white pepper). There was a very faint caramel flavor and the alcohol was recessive.

M: It was a medium to heavy bodied brew with a lot of carbonation early. It finished sweet and spicy with a lingering yeasty aftertaste.

D: It was refreshing complex with great balance and wonderful taste. A bit heavy for a long session but great for a session beer if you are a fan of heffwieissbier.

dnichols, Sep 18, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a ridonkulously murky oaken brown with a big, tan head. A thick ring sticks around for the entirety and leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is malty, spicy and sweet. Definitely smells a bit like banana bread.

The flavor is fantastic. It's got the big banana and clove action from Weihen's hefeweizen, mixed with a nice rounded maltiness. Really delicious stuff. It has a good sour zing to it as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and lively with good carbonation. Medium-bodied and dry, though not as creamy as the hefe. This is yet another killer summer beer. But shit, I'd drink it year-round.

Drinkability is as good as it gets. You'd be hard pressed to find a brewery that makes weizens as good as Weihenstephaner.

BigJim5021, Apr 30, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Sspeer1, Oct 19, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd of the five bottles of the gift pack. Poured the 500ml into traditional hefeweizen glass that came with the pack. Excellent, though not as inviting as Hefeweissbier.

Pours with a huge three-four finger thick off white head. Has good retention. Decent lacing. Color is copper-brown. Against the light, the top is darker compared to the bottom. A lot of cloudiness as is typical of wheat beers. Not very dark. Slightly less number of bubbles.

Smell is more banana and cloves, with the former dominating. Slight hints of dark malt and some sweetness. This one is more banana than hefeweissbier.

Taste is very much similar to the nose, with dominant wheat beer taste. Slight hop presence. Bready taste. Not a lot of sweetness. Overall taste is well balanced. No hints of roasted malts.

Mouth feel: Light to medium bodied feel. Moderate on carbonation makes it much more drinkable. Refreshing but not as much as its hefeweissbier brother.

Overall style wise it scores 4.25-4.5 Personally It is a good beer but nothing that i am a fan of. I did not like it much. 3.5

AmitC, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker: Musty, murky amber body under dense, creamy head that dips & sweeps. Attractive beer. Head drops to a finger & retains well, leaves sheets of lacing within an inch of the head.

Sweet smell of banana bread or pudding, some grapey soda character not too far from Belgian territory. Even some very subtle toasty notes show up.

Sweet, bready malt, banana esters, some more grapey sweetness. Smell translates very well, with some honey, even. Nicely lasting finish. Good good good!

Medium-bodied, creamy & smooth with a mild, flinty crispness at the finish.

Man, Weihenstephaner nails wheats. Flavorful without being too strong, well balanced, very drinkable. I'd go for it again without question.

OneDropSoup, Apr 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

4ster, Aug 18, 2012
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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