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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 173
Gots: 116 | 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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

zenwatts, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of beeragent
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a deep medium copper, forming a massive tan head. Medium spots of lace slide down the glass.

S - Strong aromas of wheat and bananas, along with a light hint of spices.

T - Taste is a little lighter than the aroma would lead to believe. Nice malty wheat taste, bananas are presence but light, and finishing with a hint of caramel.

M - Lighter than I would like. I usually expect this style to be a little heavier. Smooth finish.

D - Overall, not a bad beer at all. I could easily drink this all night. Good flavor and aroma, and sessionable alcohol content. I dont think this is better than Franziskaner dunkelweiss IMO, but its definitely up there.

beeragent, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a big fluffy 3-4 finger head into my weizen glass over a hazy brown toffee colored body. It's not as dark as I had expected it to be.

S- Classic weihenstephaner yeast note of banana, clove, bubblegum and also some darker spices, slight roastiness, and a deep down dark chocolate note.

T- Starts off with some very dark chocolate, although very small, then leads into some great banana, clove, and silky smooth sweeter chocolate finish with banana. Although the darker malts are not huge in this, it is very subtle and a delight.

M- Medium carbonation is great and the finish, although only slightly darker than the original hefe is wonderful.

D- Amazingly drinkable here. Just a touch maltier than the original with a deep down notes of roastiness and chocolate. A definite must have staple in the fridge.

Greggy, Aug 19, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Bill235, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

bh123, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, May 18, 2013
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 200th review. If that means anything.

Pours a turbid, waxy looking dark honey brown with a nice thick, long-lasting head.

The aroma is spicy cloves and subtle banana, some nice plasticy bubblegum in there--very bright and very inviting.

The taste is like banana bread baked with dark fruit, cloves and just the smallest amount of bubblegum and chocolate. A slight pepperiness rounds things out in the finish, as does a hint of lemon.

The mouthfeel is equal parts crisp and creamy, very rich yet not heavy.

Um....I feel like I should have more to say about this beer...but that's all I got. And yeah. It's beyond excellent. What more is there to say?

MeisterBurger, Oct 27, 2009
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

bigox420, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Bandi, Apr 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy dark reddish-brown with a large, off-white head that dissipates quickly, but about a two finger length of head is retained before consumption. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are strong notes of banana and clove in the nose. There is plenty of wheat malt in the aroma as well. There is mild sweetness and breadiness from the malt and the yeast expression comes through very well with the banana flavor and spiciness. The body is medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is smooth and dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent and refreshing beer.

acevenom, Aug 03, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%

DenverHopHead, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

BJSmit, Jan 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

beergod1, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

bmurray10, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

gshak, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

srgj88, Nov 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

elec, Jan 05, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah a good old German brew, let's give it a whirl. Popping the tp the smell reminds me of the old Hungry Sailor in the Grove, beer and cloves. Smell also has hints of banana, spot on for a dunkelweizen. Pouring into a pils glass yields a cloudy light brown with a big two finger off white head made up of multi sized bubbles. Taste is more banana, almost banana flambe: banana, sweetness and alcohol. The only bitterness there is is right at the end of the taste. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation brings out the flavor. Overall a great example of the style, but much too sweet for my tastes, thus a lower drinkability rating.

mooseisloose, May 13, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugly, souvenir Vegas hef glass. Sleet still running down my shoulders. It was either order out & wait an hour in this weather, or week old chicken soup. I decided on a beer & a nap instead.

Slow to settle, the tan head begins congealing. The body is a murky honey brown. Not the most appetizing thing to look at in a 23oz glass. Looks like car wash runoff. Suds & mud.

Scent was sweet like banana bread, but not potent, like one would completely enjoy. Spice cake without the spices. Soil & a tin of assorted nuts. Pleasant bit of peppery yeast on the back.

First gulp was a long one. Starts off sharp, like bitter bruised grapes, but fades quickly into the doughy middle. Mildly sweet toast, no butter. Yeast & dirt throw it around for a bit, letting some light clove in. Finish remains yeasty, but with additional earthy bitterness.

Carbonation remains strong throughout, where as I sometimes notice straight hefs start to get flat half way through. Body feels gelatinous & thick, like cold soup.

Traded some esters for some warmer flavors.

PEBKAC, Jan 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

linnymtu, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Exeter, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Vogt52, Jun 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

berley31, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Kinsman
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy copper colored body with thick and froathy looking off-white head.

Clove spice has a strong aroma up front with a bit of the fruity banana like typical of the Weihenstephaner yeast with a bit more of the bready wheat aroma than the hefe.

Taste is not as yeasty upfront. Malty and bready initially mixed in with some sweeter caramel notes. Unlike the aroma, it takes a while for the yeast flavor to show up. Finishes with a nice clove spice flavor but not as fruity as expected.

Crisp and refreshing with a lively carbonation.

Highly drinkable and plenty refreshing. Overall, one of the best dunkleweizens available.

Kinsman, Mar 29, 2011
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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