Weihenstephaner Tradition | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-04-2003

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by foles:
Photo of foles
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Simesta
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper/ruby pour with a lovely, albeit rapidly diminishing, head.
Grainy and toasted nutty malts present in the aroma as well as some euro hops. Amazingly similar to the pilsner (apart from the darker malts).
Same thing with the flavours - it has the same grainy malt and cardboard notes, but whereas these are quite dominant in the pilsner, they are hidden is this beer by the darker malts.
Only complaint I have with the mouthfeel is that it's on the watery side.

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Photo of Anze
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Kulrak
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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 FreshHawk
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep copper amber color with an average to slightly below average sized head that is off-white, foamy, and a bit creamy. Decent retention with a nice lace left over.

S - A good amount of toasted grainy malts and some caramel and toffee.

T - A lot like the smell. A lot of toasted, grainy malt taste upfront make up the base. Also a good amount of caramel and toffee. Hints of some fruit, a bit of apple and some raisin. On the finish is just the slightest taste of some grassy and earthy hops along with some bread taste.

M - Somewhere between light and medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp taste and somewhat smooth.

D - Easy to drink beer that is well balanced and has a good amount of malt flavors.

Notes: Nice easy to drink beer that is a touch light on flavor and mouthfeel. Good session type of beer, and a solid beer from a very solid brewery.

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Photo of ozidreads
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- served in 500mL stein, poured a dark red/brown colour, with a 3cm off-white head which dissipated very quickly.

Aroma- dominant aroma of sweet malt and mild molasses/yeasty aroma reminiscent of Vegemite. Slight hint of alcohol. Little trace of hop or strong roasted character.

Taste- starts with a smooth, sweet molasses like flavour on the front palate, with mild hints of brandy-laced dried fruit. Finishes mildy bitter/roasty.

Mouthfeel- probably the most disappointing aspect, although not bad. Rather light bodied, low carbonation. When warmed up becomes slightly syrupy.

This is my first tasting of a Bavarian dark lager, so have no similar beers to compare it to. But overall it's an easy drinking, clean lager style combined with the sweet malty aroma, and mild roast character of a darker ale.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gnikola
2.49/5  rDev -34.1%
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 Stavage
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass, got a nice frothy head on top of a dark browny red body. The head retention was good for a lager and left a decent lacing.

Dark malt smells, with a mild caramel scent, perhaps more honey like than anything. A biscuit body, and there are some light hops notes too.

Smooth biscuit malt body with a honey like aftertaste. Hops is noticeable but very minimal. Theres a pleasant roasted nuttiness and a slight bitterness. The taste is watered down a little by the end of the mouthfull but overall enjoyable enough.

Medium bodied, carbonation was good, though I did get the impression this beer didn't know whether it was supposed to be crisp or chewy and achieved neither.

I quite enjoyed this. Easy enough to drink, enough complexity to enjoy

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Photo of rjimlad
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Macca
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a red tinged brown with a centimetre or two of beige head which drops to a persistent covering.

A nice rich bready/grainy nose from the malts. So nice that it doesn't have that metallic taint I keep finding lately. A bit yeasty as well.

Malts dominate the palate. Some fortified wine characteristics as well.

Fairly high carbonation makes it very smooth.

After trying most of their hefes I was very happy to give this a shot. It did not disappoint.

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Photo of WHROO
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle - Poured into Pint glass...
Dark Brown with red hues...nice head that quickly melted to a thin blothcy film.
S: Roasty - caramel, biscuity, toast, & vegemite!!!
T: quite strong...had a big dose of Vegemite straight up (I don't like much vegemite, so the first mouthful was actually a struggle to swallow. Thank god it did get better with each mouthful). Some dark fruit, raison.
Finishes a little sour, & dry with a hint of bitter that lingers.
M: Average mouthfeel...a little medicinal if anything, not leaving the mouth too excited.
D: This wasn't too bad, but definately not too good. The whole vegemite / sour / medicinal / dry sensations left my palate screaming "eeewww"
Needed to be smoother for me.
The Appearance & Aroma were the best part for me.

Kozel Dark is supposedly meant to be the same style - no comparison...the Kozel Sh*ts all over it for smoothness & enjoyment, & only 3.8%.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

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Photo of Wasu
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcCraft710
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of juju7
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper/amber, a good two finger head, laced well. A fruity, malty, slightly syrupy nose with some floral hop action. Low carbonation, alittle creamy on the palate with mild bitterness. A kind of sticky malt aftertase which I don't really dig much. It's a good, well made beer and I recommend it but it's not really my thing.

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Photo of YJY
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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