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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,040
Hads: 2,677
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 258
Gots: 259 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of Jinholic
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this today after having their hefeweizen last week.

Appearance - Dark amber, very cloudy 3 finger cream colored head thin lacing, can still see the carbonation throughout the glass.

Smell - Dark fruit, banana, spice and yeast, very strong scent.

Taste - Dark fruits and the ever nice banana bread notes with a slight spice at the finish, not as powerful as the smell and I feel that maybe the only down side here.

Mouthfeel - Medium body clean finish thats not rough that all even with the carbonation no real bitterness here, a little dry but I could still drink this all day.

Overall - First dunkelweizen I've had and I must say I like it, go find it if you can and give it a go with the hot weather coming. (718 characters)

Photo of FreightTrain
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper penny color with a nice even white head. Nose is malt and esters, caramel and tart fruit. Taste is a delightful light maltiness with a healthy serving of hef fruitiness/citrus; a deliciously light malty beer. Mouthfeel is nicely middle of the road, considerably fuller and chewier than a standard hef but light enough to still be an enjoyable warm-weather beer. At 5.30%, it's still very sessionable. A very good beer! (440 characters)

Photo of Arno
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bit of a Weisenstephaner session, with the Vitus as the clear winner. This one confused me a bit though. Never had a "Dunkel" (dark) white bear before, so can't compare it to others.

Update: Don't drink this one after a regular (Wiehenstephaner) white bear, because then it really tastes odd.

appearance: Bit of a cloudy dirty brown/copper/amber looking color with a big and full creamy looking foam head. Looks a bit weird.

smell: Banana bread, yeast, wheat and malts. Bit of a brown sugar / caramel malt scent. And some spices i can't really define.

taste: There's the expected banana bread, wheat, yeast flavor of a Hefeweiss, but combined with clove, caramel, brown sugar and some spiced malts. It makes it a little odd flavor combo but surprisingly works really well. It's all very light in flavor, making this very easy and refreshing to drink. And a nice variation to a regular Hefeweizen.

mouthfeel: Quite light and thin feel for a weiss beer. Medium carbonation. Quite refreshing.

overall: I didn't really like it at first. But i drank a regular Hefeweis, followed by this one. And then it really is kind of weird. Later i tried it just as a starter, and the more i drink it, the better it seems to get. It's got more depth to it than i thought at the beginning. Very nice refreshing beer with different flavors each time you drink it. (1,361 characters)

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

Appearance - Like cloudy ice tea. Rocky and pillowy head stuck around for almost the whole glass. Lacing left a great looking pattern. Some chunky yeast sediment was stuck to the bottom of the bottle. A few pieces broke loose during the swirling of the yeast. I didn't notice till I poured the last bit into the glass. But they sank to the bottom.

Smell - Toffee cream, banana nut bread, light clove, sweet yummy malt.

Taste - A quick snap of spice, then mellow banana and smooth malty flavor take over. Note of tartness turns to a minimum bitter finish. Aftertaste is wonderfully neutral and even.
I've found this with the regular Heffeweiss as well.

Mouthfeel - Hearty with good weight. Fills your mouth.

Drinkability - A couple in a row would go down smooth. A warm weather beer with a little more to it. I've yet to try a Weihenstephaner that I didn't like! (868 characters)

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into my .5L Weihenstephaner weizen glass. In case you're new to the style (and to beer in general), it is CRITICAL that hefe weizen be served quite cold and in a glass, for a number of reasons.

Appearance: This beer pours from a brown bottle with a complementary label, which touts Weihenstephaner as the "oldest brewery in the world." Once it's in the glass, a good "weizen pour" reveals a tan-to-brown beer with a frothy head. It's been my experience that the head and lacing on this one are somewhat less sturdy than those of the standard Weihenstephaner hefe weizen, but they're still quite striking compared to most beers. A little beer was left in the bottle for "swishing" in order to unleash that delicious, yeasty sediment into the glass (in my opinion, this is essential with traditional hefe weizens).

Smell: As with Weihenstephaner's standard hefe weizen, the prevailing scent is a uniquely yeasty breadiness. This one, however, offers a faintly toasted, malty note. I also a detect a mild chocolatey-ness, but it's faint.

Taste: A little weaker than the scent would lead you to believe, but still quite good. Hops are not apparent, which I believe to be a good thing in a hefe weizen. What you get is mainly a toasty breadiness, with discernible malt and a very faint rustiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp-to-moderate carbonation and a low ABV combine with the starchy yeast to produce a cooling, refreshing swallow. This beer is marginally "cozier" than the standard hefe weizen, but both are eminently drinkable in hot weather.

Drinkability: Again, the low ABV yields a fantastically drinkable beer. It's about a half-step away from perfection, in my mind, but it's still in the running for the standard of its style. (1,752 characters)

Photo of JohnnyS17
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted from a Hefeweizen glass.

A - Murky brown with a towering foamy head.

S - Light banana smell, relative to other weizen beers. Sweet and roasty. The aroma begs you to taste the beer.

T - Medium carbonation and very smooth. This is my first Dunkelweizen and I was expecting it to be a bit more like a Hefeweizen. Relatively sweet.

M - Carbonation is not over powering. Light to medium body. Smooth.

D - I picked the right Dunkelweizen for my first. This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again. (520 characters)

Photo of Sleestak
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a burnt orange with a head that looks like a dollup of vanilla ice cream. Just looks fantastic. Zesty banana bread on the smell. Citrus, spices, banana, yeast and wheat bread with a hint of roastiness towards the end. Creamy mouthfeel mmm this is a good beer. A great dunkelweizen from an exceptional German brewery, one of the best. (339 characters)

Photo of ditch
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"The World's Oldest Brewery!" With a slogan like that, you would expect to be getting the most evolved and damn near perfect beer on the planet! and guess what? It is! I was in the mood for something light, something quenching when i picked this up. I did not expect to be blown away with both refreshment and deliciousness.

Poured a dark copper with a lot of yeasty haze. The head was big and is still hanging around. I doubt it's going anywhere either!

Smells of baked goods!! there's yeast and spices, and almost a dried fruitiness to it. Not a strong bouquet, but e very deep one.

The taste is near perfection. It's a heffeweisen so it does have that yeastiness to it. But it is well balanced with the malts and spices. Not much to speak of in the hops other than the fack they were perfectly balanced to keep this beer from being too sweet. Uhh.. I don't know what else to say other than, near perfection!

Glad I picked this one up. This is my second beer from this brewery and it's got me wanting to try more German beers! (1,037 characters)

Photo of ClearDog
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance -- Impressive two finger soft white head. Slick lacing. Dark, cloudy, amber in color. One can see the carbonated bubbles rising to the top of the beer through the cloudy murk of this beer.

Smell -- Let the beer warm a little after it gets out of the fridge before really smelling it. I'm getting warm dark fruit, bananas, and brown sugar. A little raisin flavor.

Taste -- Just a little bit of malty sweetness. Dark fruits. Crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel -- Pleasant effervescence. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.

Drinkability -- A very agreeable beer and a nice introduction to the style. I would recommend this beer to fans of the weizen style. I look forward to trying additional beers of this style. (761 characters)

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured from the bottle a nice light brown with quite a bit of thick, frothy head that took a solid 5 min to dissipate to lace around the rim.

Smell is strong on banana bread and yeast, what I've come to expect from a good hefe.

Smell was a little misleading as to what the taste would be. It ended up being somewhat thin, but still very much a bready, yeasty brew. It's not deal-killer by any means, and it's not like water thin either, it's more taste thin.

Mouthfeel is just about right on for a hefe, a nice amount of carbonation to add a nice little burst.

Overall a very drinkable beer, I would drink it again for sure. It may sit at the bottom of my top 5 hefes, but that's still better than the vast majority of the hefes out there (752 characters)

Photo of Generik420
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of this by mistake, thinking I had grabbed two bottles of the regular hefe. I certainly wasn't disappointed in my blunder when I poured this beer into a hefe glass. Nice coloring, a dark khaki almost and of course hazy. Smell is incredibly robust. There is a sweetness in the aroma that is very difficult to describe and something I haven't really found in any other weisse beer before this one. This beer tastes phenomenal, hints of fruit flavors and very smooth. It was a little to easy to put down a 16.9oz bottle in no time. If imports didn't cost as much as they do, this would always be in my refrigerator. (630 characters)

Photo of ghurux86
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: light brown/dark orange color with a creamy light tan head, very little lacing.
smell: wheat, malt, banana, other fruit, and spices
taste: wheat, spices, it's pretty complex and hard for me to tell exactly what i am tasting, but nonetheless it tastes good.
mouthfeel: pretty good feel, nice and smooth and crisp, kinda bubbly.
drinkability: pretty good beer, definitely drinkable again.

overall pretty good, i've haven't had many dark hefeweizens, but this one's good, although i do like weihenstephaner's regular hefeweiss beer better. (555 characters)

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown, cloudy with a nice retentive lacing

S: Smells like beer

T: Sweet...clove, light concord grape, banana, cream, spicy hops, lavender

M: Creamy yet refreshing. Not much in the way of effervesence or carbonation, just a nice spicey tingle left on the tongue after it's effortlessly gone down the hatch.

D: Very, very drinkable. Could drink quite a few of these easily. The price makes this a really good deal...I'll be getting more of this one for sure. (469 characters)

Photo of BassAssassin
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown in color with a thick head. Hazy appearance.

S: Slight hint of black licorice. Mainly a musty, yeast smell with a aromas of green apples. Spot on for the style.

T: Very similar to a standard hefeweizen. Clove and green apple with undertones of banana. The flavor of the yeast seems to hold everything together.

M: Light and refreshing with a perfect amount of carbonation. The malt sweetness makes for a rounded mouthfeel. Airy and fluffy due to the wheat.

D: Highly drinkable and very refreshing. This would make a superb session beer. Also, a perfect brew for hot weather. This is the benchmark for this particular style in my opinion. (664 characters)

Photo of dbatch
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle poured into my LongTrail Hefeweiss glass. This was reviewed by my in January 2008 and transferred from my notes.

A: Pours cloudy brown, the color remind me of apple cider, with a beautiful thick head, about four fingers worth. The head is more of an ecru color compared to the Hefeweiss.

S: Wheat germ, clove, banana, bubble gum (like bazooka or the rock hard gum out of a pack of Topps from the late 80's. Its not a bad thing, dont lie and say you never ate the gum) are all present and meld well. There is a faint aroma of alcohol behind it as well, but fits well.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells - clove, banana with a nice flavor of roasted malt.

M: Very similar to the Hefeweiss - a bit chewy, carbonated well, but not as thick as a regular Hefe.

D: Great taste, easy drink, definitely a sessionable beer. (841 characters)

Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/brownish hue with a tall 1" off white head. Smells bright of typical banana and clove esters. Taste is spot on dunkelweizen, and the best version I have ever had. Crisp and clean without a strong aftertaste and easy drink ability of this beer makes it an excellent summertime treat. (300 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark amber color. Exceptionally bubbly. It poured with a thick white creamy head. Mostly opaque, but some light comes through. Somewhat murky.

S - A sour citrusy smell and lots of wheat.

T - Front is a citrus orange taste. Middle is wheaty. Finish is malty. Not a very strong alcohol taste and not bitter at all.

M - Medium thickness. Lots of carbonation that you feel as it first hits your tongue.

O - This is a mellow beer with a nice malty, wheat taste. Almost no bitterness and very enjoyable. (512 characters)

Photo of irrevjim
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy copper with a big foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving a trail of thin lacing that sticks around
smell; roasted caramel, banana,
taste; toasted banana bread with whipped cream, roasty malt, sourdough aftertaste
feels medium light body, lightly carbonated
overall a nicely balanced dunkel (305 characters)

Photo of Grohnke
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( BA / BJCP)

Large, moussy, condensed, long-lasting off-white head just lasts and lasts. Light lacing as it falls slowly. Deep copper with some beautiful yellow/gold and dark amber hues on the edges. Slight haze. Really a beautiful beer. ( 5 / 3 )

Strong banana and clove up front, that seem to be in perfect harmony. Medium-low grainy sweet wheat/malt, light crust. Very light noble hop. ( 4.5 / 11)

Bright banana and cove, again in perfect marriage. Grainy sweetness, with some underlying toasty/crusty malt flavor. Low hop bitterness, which carries the malt well to a dry finish. No hop flavor. Balance is yeast/malt heavy. Aftertaste is a light banana with some lingering sweetness. Mild tartness. (5 / 19)

Medium-light body with high carbonation. Very creamy in character. The tartness (if i am correct) can be perceived as astringency, but I do not believe that is the case. However, there is this "pulling" sensation. (4 / 4)

Wow! How has it taken me this long to drink the many wonderful beers of Weihenstephaner? This beer is complex, flavorful, and refreshing. Weigenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel defines balance and the style. ( 4.5 / 9)

(4.7 / 46) (1,166 characters)

Photo of Daniell
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Prune juice colour. Nice head. 4

S: cloves, herbs like in a Belgian (Duvel maybe), sourness (yeast?), apricots. 3.5

T: malty, apricot, bit of chocolate. Very drinkable. 3.5

M: Good. Nicely carbonated. 4

D: 4.

Nice beer, and I'm not normally a big fan of wheats at all (will need to revisit this one). (308 characters)

Photo of willjansen
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before February 2008, served in weizen glass.

Appearance - Cloudy, hazelnut color with copious head on a light pour. Many bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Always a substantial covering of head from beginning to end.

Smell - Spices hit the nose first - cloves. Light toffee and caramel mixed with sweet, cinnamon banana. Sweet maltiness and clove-like yeast phenols mixed in a complimentary manner.

Taste - Burnt-sugar maltiness mixed with a very light balancing hop presence. Touch of sweet molasses and dark fruit, racing with spices throughout. Banana comes out towards the end with pleasant blend of cloves and a slight nuttiness thanks to the Bavarian yeast used.

Mouthfeel - Silky, delicate medium-body supported by a pleasant level of carbonation which spreads across the tongue delivering the flavor efficiently and with great timing.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable dark wheat... one of the best examples of the style, and one of the best wheat beers available. My personal standard for a dark hefeweissbier. Just a great beer! (1,063 characters)

Photo of rka758
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tasting tulip.
Received for birthday.

A: Pours a murky brown with a thick quickly dissipating head.
S: Smells of banana and bread.
T: While I'm missing the clove I do get the banana taste. Also a bit of sourness.
M: Clean and crisp.
D: This beer is highly drinkable. A nice flavor. (311 characters)

Photo of BogleHill
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light brown colored brew with a good frothy head and nice carbonation. Mild aroma. Flavor and mouthfeel is light to medium with sweet roasty malts. Not as spiced or banana as other German Dunkelweizens. A good drinking brew, but perhaps a bit over-rated in my opinion. (270 characters)

Photo of jkaufman
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Saturday, March 31 session notes:

Poured a 16oz. bottle into a tankard.

A: Pours cloudy dark orange/brown with a HUGE white head that slowly thins out to a finger-thick. Looks tasty.

S: Caramel sweetness and slight hop aroma.

T and M: This well-balanced lager goes down creamy-smooth with moderate carbonation. Fairly sweet character and medium-thin body. Finishes warm and a bit syrupy.

D: Very drinkable and sessionable.

Recommended. (458 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Don't know what to say about this beer other than that I really liked it. Will absolutely be drinking this again. (207 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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