Weihenstephaner Tradition | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
14.06%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Dentist666
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly disappointing beer. And it is from Weihenstephaner!

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cardboard and a touch of burned toast. Absolutely naff all else. Oh, a very soft touch of rhubarb crumble in the finish.

Sorry, buyer's remorse. If this is a good representative of the style then I've found a style I dislike. Boring rubbish. Amazing considering the same brewery pump out what I consider some of the best beer in the world.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This particular beer, from one of my favorite breweries, I have only seen in Germany and not in the States, so I am pretty excited to try this out. This dunkel pours a deep, russet brown color with a fairly thin white head. The smell is malty and sweet with fairly prominent caramel tones. The flavors are really nice though not as complex as some of their other beers. There is a nice bready maltiness to it with flavors of caramel, molasses, and maybe a little bit of raisin also. This is a really well done traditional Munich dunkel and as such it is of course delicious, however, this doesn’t blow me away as much as some of the other beers that I’ve tried from this brewery, some of which number among my favorite beers of all time.

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Photo of Squire123
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of risenz
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasu
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcCraft710
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YJY
4.79/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear brown colour, 1.5 inches of beige-ish head; aroma of toast, some ash, herbal and dark fruity notes; taste of malty sweetness with slight roasted bitterness, hints of spicy and fruity notes; really good dunkel

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevin67
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 2nd July 2015 bought in Bangkok, Thailand, carried back to Hong Kong and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a deep dark copper/amber brown with a slightly off white two finger head that dissipates over about a minute leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Light aromas of sweet and roasted malts, brown sugar and overripe plums.

Taste: Some bready roasted malts, dark fruits especially plum and also a hint of chocolate and caramel. As it warms, more grape and bubblegum appears in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, light carbonation and smooth but seems a bit thin (watery).

Overall: This went down easy but perhaps a tad bit ‘watery’. I prefer their Hefeweissbier Dunkel more.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Weihenstephaner restaurant in Berlin, Germany. Served in 0.5l Rastel stein mug.

Appearance: Clear bright dark amber with some ruby red highlights. 1/16" persistent light tan head. Plenty of persistent lacing including sheets and strands.

Smell: A bit herbal and floral, otherwise very little aroma. Some occasional smells of toasted malt and burnt sugars, but not with every sip. A bit more noticeable as the beer was fully warmed up.

Taste: Malty, metallic, noble hop bite/bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but not fizzy. A bit dry and mildly astringent. The description for the beer at the restaurant was "having a notable bitterness" and indeed this has a notable bitterness when combined with the mouthfeel.

Overall / Drinkability: This beer definitely fit the outside cafe with a German meal experience, but I think I would have problems finishing a whole liter of this stuff. The bitterness is not massively hoppy, but the initial sips are "huh?" and then it settles down a bit, but is still not always a good bitter finish. Still, the beer overall went well with food and I polished off the half liter slowly over an hour and enjoyed it. Definitely a good looking beer, but I can see how this beer may not be to everyone's liking.

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Photo of randomNBGD
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of renatopi
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Decko
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep copper in the glass with decent off white head which left some lacing. S - heaps of sweet coffee maltiness on the nose which brings up lovely roasted images. T - follows the nose in that the coffee malt comes through although I found the sweetness balanced out with a little dryness pretty well. Made it much more drinkable than some sweet dark ales. M - reasonably light body for the flavour and good carbonation. O - really enjoyed this dunkel and would have it again. May not be a classic going by other comments but very drinkable session like beer but when you want more rich flavours than a pale ale might give.

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Photo of gnikola
2.49/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A rather bland beer. Definitely not my favorite style.

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Photo of Simesta
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of magpieken
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. 26.08.15. Pours a bright, deep amber colour with a creamy, frothy beige head which lasted well and left some nice lacing. Gentle aroma of brown sugar, nuts and roasted malt. Comes across as quite nutty on tasting, medium sweetness. Bitterness develops in the dry finish. Light bodied; thin, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Went down very easily but didn't grab my attention. 7.

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Photo of Hyperionecta
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hutley58
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Anze
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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