Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #48
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3.82 | pDev: 13.61%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Very Good
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Pisshhead from Ireland

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 19, 2020
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Hoppsbabo from England

2/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

Dec 15, 2016
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 1/2 litre of the Tradition vom Fass at the Biergarten at the Weihenstephan Brauerei, along with BierManVa. It pours an inviting, clear mahogany color. Has a big, whipped-up tan head, lasting very well, along with nice, sticky lacing. Very appealing malty, toffee/caramel nose...mmmm! Body fits into the medium slot, but it has lots (!) of carbonation-induced roughness and prickliness on the tongue. Too bad, really. Very appetizing caramel/toffee flavor, with just a slight suggestion of finishing bitterness. I'd like this a lot more if it had a bit more smoothness. Still a tasty offering. Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Oct 05, 2003
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stcules from Italy

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coke color. Right. Not a lot of foam, but well done, compact and creamy.
In the smell malt and caramel, and pleasant burnt notes.
At the taste again caramel, malt, and again a light burned. Quiet.
Quite harmonic, balanced, not too sweet.
A bit of raisins, and maybe dry plums.
Light body, drinkable.
Good dunkel.

Drunk after on tap in Berlin (march 2010). We found quite the same note (maybe a little of tofee and chicory above all in the aftertaste). A very balance dunkel so drinkable and well structured. The votes have been revised accordingly.

Mar 03, 2008
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diablo14 from Illinois

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

weihenstephan are by far the most consistantly good brewer ive had anywhere with a range as extensive as theirs. all their brews are spot on. minimum four stars, and this is no exception. pretty close to a bock this puppy.

looked a rugged dark brown color that had garnet hues, with a full, creamy tan head which had impressive staying power. sweetish nose with understated burnt aromas that were a touch smoky, some chocolate, treacle and dried fruits. flavor very robust, full roasted malt blast, strong molasses influence and just a touch of plums in there, and a little hint of a woodfire smoke. medium in body, but very very smooth, and finishes with a lovely hop bitterness that brings all the characters together in a neat liitle package. the hops and sweetness merge together for an impressive aftertaste thats not easily let behind. very crisp also which i found very enjoyable.

yet another cracker from this brewery, they just dont know how to brew a bad beer. stands out to me as one of the most sensational dark lagers ive had the privaledge to consume. a real keeper you can come back to again and again, without breaking the budget.

Nov 24, 2003
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koolk from Australia

3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean cola in colour with a small white head that persists.

Aroma is an interesting mixture of roast, sweet malt and even a touch of floral notes.

Flavours are dominated but dried fruit flavours as well as a strong yeasty aftertaste. Missing an extra dimension. A little watery on the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel with decent carbonation and good balance.

No a bad drop, nothing too exciting either. Good value for $.

Sep 19, 2008
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant deep reddish brown with a full and frothy boisterous German head of off-white foam. Lacing is pock-marked and speckled down the inside of the glass. Pretty still in the glass, however, leaving it flat and heavy. Looks good though.

Nose is full of German yeast character with a slight whiff of roasted cereal. Quite bright and roasty, dark but leavened, and with a refreshing twinge of noble hop coming through giving a slight greenness. Nice.

Taste is similar. That very constructed and clear German palate. Nice malt on the front, with a good grain mesh behind it holding it up. Dry finish, with a surprisingly lingering back of light roasted goodness. Feel is clear and crisp.

Nice brew. Very clear and clean and very classically German. It must be, I've mentioned "German" in every paragraph of this review. A good exemplar of the style. Light and subtle in places, but with loads of character in others.

Oct 02, 2010
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Kulrak from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown with plenty of creamy tan head that clings to the glass. Smells malty and estery with hints of chocolate and berries. The taste is malty as well, along with some roast and a faint hint of sweet cherry. There's just enough bitterness to balance it out and finish fairly clean. Mouthfeel is very creamy and heavy, almost like a porter. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially if you're a fan of real ales or porters. It's not really either of those, but it has lots in common with them.

Oct 30, 2007
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bruachan from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

the weakest of the three i sampled at the brewery biergarten (though it's no shame to lose out to their hefe and korbinian). good looking with some fine heading. i like Bierman9's description of it being "whipped-up"

great bready note in both the aroma and flavor. it was a little on the dry side for my taste, but still boasted some great malty characteristics in the form of toffee and bready caramel. too spritzy, though

Jul 04, 2006
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TheSarge from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last brew from the Weihenstephaner Taster Pack. Hopefully this beer keeps up with the rest of the best.

This is a prime example of how a dunkel should look. There is about two fingers thick of light khaki cranium, and sticks well to the glass. The body is cola/black tea in appearance. It easily shows vivid reddish hues when held up to sun light.

Immediately when I cracked the bottle open, there was a rush of bready toasted malts that filled the air. There is an herbal aroma along with a sweet cola and metallic fragrance too.

The taste is sharp and not as sweet as I had supposed. It is actually a little more herbal than anything else, with a slight acidic finish.

This is somewhat light in body and refreshing. There is a mild warming effect towards the end of each sip.

I've got to downgrade the drinkability for the almost too herbal trait to this beer. This is not something I'd go for on a summer Bavarian afternoon. Perhaps an early spring or late fall type of appeal.

Apr 03, 2009
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jarmby1711 from Australia

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring asemi translucent red/brown this has the smell of the seaside.It is pleasantly fishy salty and clean.
It tastes of bananas honey and malt with a wonderful burnt grain toasty finish .
Too me its got a lot of Porter about it ,which is a good thing.
This is a bloody pleasant drink
This brewery has never failed me

Feb 04, 2006
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wl0307 from England

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 11 Aug. 2006, served lightly chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark copperish hue with strong reddish hints; a creamy and tight, thick pale-beige beer head settles in two minutes to just a thin layer on the top, against very gently carbonated body.
S: an enticing fruity+malty aroma upfront, like slightly tartly-sweet canned pineapple slices blended in a semi-sharp grassy hop soup sprinkled with bits of doughy malts; a quietly sweet, mild dark malty base provides a solid platform, with a slightly burned edge of caramel, hints of dried longan-fruits and, surprisingly, semi-fermented honey! The overall aroma is well-balanced yet quite understated, not like most sweet dark lagers I've tried recently.
T: a stream of light brown-sugary maltiness approaches first, dragging a lightly metallic tail... gradually bringing more semi-chewy/bready dark malts along with a refreshing and faintly sour edge of dough, before a subtle tinge of burned black-sugar like bitter-sweet aftertaste slowly expands at the rear of the tongue. Clean finish, with a bitter-malty aroma lingering down the throat.
M&D: the light-medium body matches the mild flavour profile, while a softly-fizzy and crisp texture is retained throughout the drink. I'm satisfied with this beer's balanced flavour and body, but somehow it lacks a desirable complexity or a fuller taste to be an attractive-enough beer to hook one's palate and/or interest. Honest, solid, slightly boring, but easy-drinking all the same.

Jul 18, 2006
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a deep burnt amber toffee colour. Creamy head poured tight, thick and foamy with a good meringue like top which then faded to thin covering with thicker edging... barely any carbonation... some decent lacing...

Aroma - Toasted fruit loaf, strong and sweet caramel malts, some toffee, spicy dried fruits (raisins, figs and dates), quite yeasty, some leatheriness, nut brittle, some stewed plums, very light smokiness...

Taste isn't quite as good as the fine aromas... Tart and spicy fruits (red grapes, blackcurrents, figs, some apples), decent grassy hop bitterness, toasted nuts, cola notes, some saltiness, bready malts, nutmeg, treacle...

M&D - Quite sharp and dry... light / medium bodied... A good sessionable brew at only 5.2%...

Overall - A good straightforward example of a Dunkel... very quaffable and definitely worth a try...

Sep 26, 2008
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jamie2dope from Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from what looked like a bomber into a large pint glass. As I poured I could hear the beer fizzing, giving way to a small lace head that seemed to get smaller as time passed. Smell was of toasted grain, slight malt and a little caramel in there too. Taste was kind of sour, with some slight caramel flavors and maybe some chocolate, but besides that I couldn't detect much. Mouthfeel was decent at best, with some light hops here and there but in the end, this beer just seemed very watery. Not a very good introduction to the style in my opinion, but I have tried some of the other beers by them which are very good. Cheers

Apr 03, 2006
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rjlemos from Brazil

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As being said, I bought 3 different Weihenstephaner's beers at the same time (and drank all the three one following the other). I began by the Hefe Weissbier, followed by the Dunkel Weissbier, then this one... and i have to say that this one was the best of all three... (taking into consideration that i'm a weissbier lover). Dark, great aroma, superb maltiness, smoothness and taste... completely balanced... delicious, to end it. Drink it. Really soon.

Jun 07, 2006
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therica from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased by my son during Oktoberfest 2006 at Brauerei Weihenstephan and hand-carried home.

Nice-- not my favorite but rather nicely complex, it kept my interest with each new sip.

A= darker with off-white head but not as huge as other reviewers mention.

S= rich, inviting, complex with malt, rye, hops flowers evident.

T= not quite as "wow" as I'd expected from the "sacred bottle" but still very good. The molasses, malt & rye seemed prominent, with other tastes evident and seemingly different from sip to sip. After the last of the stein had set for a while due to interruptions, though, it had a bit of bitter-sour finish that didn't impress me.

M= a bit carbony beyond what I'd hoped, but the aftertaste was nice.

D= probably good for a few but I don't think I'd session on this beer.

Dec 26, 2006
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david18 from New York

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

A full half liter with lunch. Excellent dunkel, dark lager that went great with german saugage at a traditional luncherie on the square that served only beers from this brewer. As with all their styles, this is at the top of the scale for style. I will definitely look for it when I'm back in the states.

Jul 12, 2009
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seanyfo from Scotland

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

500ml serving in a Weihenstephaner Seidel vom fass, at the Weihenstephan outlet in Berlin, near the S-Bahn station: Hackescher Markt.

A: dark ruby body, with a 3 finger tan head, that is sustained, the lacing is very good.

S: lots of fruits and roasted malts here

T: not as abrupt as the Augustiner dunkel. a fine balance between bitter roasted malts and the caramel sweetness in the aftertaste, slightly creamy

M: medium carbonation, creamy

D: Good honest dunkel, not inspiring or thought provoking, but a tasty session beer.

Aug 04, 2007
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich red-brown scorched earth colour with a nice beige head, nice and sticky with very pleasant sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation, but slow and migratory. Looks like a star show, and everything else about it is also very nice.

Nose is a sour, unripe fruit affair, although overridden by a malty, caramel sweetness. Has aromas of fig, berry and some compost funk. A light floral character with hints of tree bark, and a bitter chestnut character. Initial impulse is to dislike but overall it's an enticing smell thanks to that overriding sweetness. Interesting, anyway.

Taste is very pleasant, with a caramelised fruit sweetness underlying an earthy, organic bitterness, with a lightly roasted coffee character just hinting itself. An element of vegetable matter in there, with a slight funk, while finish has a slight nutty character to it and leaves the palate with a nice aftertaste, maybe a bit sweet and yet a very light ashiness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but it carries itself well, certainly a lot of lagery tingle in there; the carbonation I saw doesn't disappoint.

This is a very pleasant beer, with nice organic flavours achieving a good balance between the sweet, the sour and the bitter. Not quite quaffing quality, but an extremely pleasant sipping beer, and I'd say a good one to share with mates.

Jul 27, 2009
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

A - Pours a dark deep Ruby / Mahogany colour with an Ivory coloured head that retains OK.

S - Nice roasted caramelised aromas. Malt dominates but I detect a little hop.

T - Plenty of roasted malt up front. Mid palate there is plenty of grains before a slightly sweet finish that is bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A very solid brew that is made for trying with a hunk of meat of some description, Some Kaiser chops perhaps.

Aug 20, 2011
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vancurly from Australia

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Do Weihenstephan have this as a selective export label ? It surprised me that there are 5 consecutive Australian reviews, and over a two+ year period. Didn't anyone else try it in that time ?

Whatever...the more I have from this brewery, the more I am impressed....

Pours a rich, dark brown/red/mahogany, and clear. Off-white head with big froth. After 30 minutes, there's still a slick of thin bead on the surface. This stuff holds up.

Mega malt on the big rye bread notes and a dry yeast component.

Flavour as it smells, plus grain, honeycomb.... backed up with a subtle minty hop, maybe Haller or Hersbr...And a wee, wee note of mustard... This beer is begging for a plate of bratwurst & sauerkraut.

Body starts with plenty of medium-to-full malt body, but leaves behind a sweet memory....

A very good beer. I'm going to buy some for general consumption.

Sep 21, 2006
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pin from Australia

3/5  rDev -21.5%

May 21, 2013
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brendan13 from Australia

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Weihenstephan glass a dark rusty reddish brown colour with an inch or so of beige head.
S - Rich malty aroma dominates backed up by some floral & herbal hop notes.
T - Malt also dominates the taste but there is also some dark fruit notes buried in there too. The German hops also come through after the initial malt rush.
M - On the light side of medium bodied with a pretty smooth mouthfeel and fairly high carbonation.
D - A nice beer for sure. I'd get it again.

Nov 02, 2007
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rjimlad from Australia

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just bought the entire range of Weihenstephaner from the International Beer Shop in Perth (thanks IBS) and got two Weizen glasses with Weihenstephaner crests so I'm drinking my way through. I love this brewery long time. I drank this bloke after the Korbinian and found it not as complex or as big but more drinkable. I got less head and less sweet malty aroma but nice rye bread and a hint of molasses. The rye/pumpernickel flavour was well balanced just a hint of molasses to create some complexity. It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation and less sticky finish than Korbinian so I could stick with this for an afternoon.

Apr 25, 2007
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foles from Australia

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This a strange one for me. I really like the style. However this version is like a "light" dunkel and doesnt give of the full roasted barley taste. The pour is like a typical dunkel - but the colour is transparent brown/marone. The taste is a little syrupy and of caramel, but the cola-like after bite is present like a regular dunkel.

In my opinion this beer is interesting because it appears to be stuck between a light and dark beer, with the taste somewhere between the two.

Ill give this another go to re-assess.

Mar 21, 2008
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