Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.de

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our dark wheat beer is impressive with its creamy white foam. A fruity-fresh sweetness and hints of mature bananas harmonise with delicious flavours of roasted malt, sparkling and full-bodied with a light caramel taste on the first sip. An excellent accompaniment from hearty meals and game to chocolate and nut desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,090
Ratings:
2,899
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.51%
 
 
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319
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371
For Trade:
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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L - 5 poured a .5L bottle into a Hefeweizen glass. Brown body with a caramel toffee head
S - 5 carmel, roasted hazelnut, banana, clove
T - 5 same as the smell
F - 5 very minimal carbonation, super smooth silky beer, almost creamy, moderat coat of the palate
O - 5 best beer I've ever had. Super smooth creamy beer that is full of flavor

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Photo of DarthVorador
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper orange with a thick off white head. Smells of carmal malt & bananas. Tastes like liquid banana bread! INCREDIBLE!!! Finishes murky but balanced completely concealing any alcohol.
...Beer perfection! As far as weizens go, their is NONE greater!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Sampling right now on 9/16/14 after bowling. Single 550ml bottle for $3.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a brand-new limited edition 'Brazil 2014' .5L Weishenstephan soccer glass that the wife won on their FaceBook page that came in the mail yesterday. Beautiful tall glass with a soccer ball near the bottle. Awesome!

Pours a dark brown-copper color with a good 4-finger foamy off-white head that settles down to a good 1/2+ finger. A good amount of lacing is seen that sticks to the glass. Great aroma of German malts and hops with a dark bread aroma as well. Even more going on with the taste as this is very flavorful, more with every sip. Medium+/Full bodied with perfect carbonation but not a 'heavy' beer. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. This is a fantastic brew like their others since this the World's Oldest Brewery from 1040! PROST! ")

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Photo of brandonmcneely
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I've had. Period. Everything about it says perfection. The head is thick. The color is a deep caramel color. And the flavor is complex, yet not overbearing at all. But hey, with a 1000 year old recipe, that's what you'd expect right? This beer is perfection. Must try for anyone.

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Photo of BrewingMN
4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Head forms nicely with a gentle pour, pushing the two inch realm. This is a real beauty! It dissolves to a perfect ring with islands across the top. The smell is of dark malty grains with hints of bananas and roasted nuts, followed by that familiar hefeweizen crisp yeast background. The taste really delivers on what the nose predicts. Caramelized sugar, banana, fresh baked bread with just the right amount of nutty yeast. Man, I love this beer!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a cloudy, nutty brown with a creamy tanned head. Smells like banana nut bread with cloves. Little toastiness too. Tastes like banana nut bread too. Little bit of sweetness in the finish. Creamy, fluffy mouthfeel. As always, Weihenstephaner puts out another stellar beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky light brown with a nice tan head and decent lace but not really active carbonation until swirled. Spicy banana-clove aroma and flavor from the yeast. Restrained caramel flavors in the finish. Light bodied and airy.

A true dark hefeweizen and exactly what you would expect !

[16 oz for $2.59]

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Photo of generallee
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a Weizen Glass. The abv is listed on the label at 5.3% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has a deep hazy orange amber body with visible carbonation. A quick pour fills the glass with foam. After a minute to settle I very slowly finished pouring and ended up with a nice three finger head. The light beige head hangs on well and makes lots of cool lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: Big German yeast notes rush up to fill my nose. The aroma is all about the classic banana notes with some mild clove and bready sweet malt.

Taste: The best way to describe this beer is that is like banana bread with nuts and chocolate chips. The palate is a firm medium body with nice active carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!! This beer is a work of wheat beer art.

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Photo of HeadFullaHops
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I most recently had this brew at a biergarden while out on the town but, I can (and do) get the same bottle every day at the party store at the entrance to my neighborhood.

A - Poured a hazy medium brown with a 1 1/4" head that dissipated pretty quick to light sticky lacing that marked each drink I took down the side of the big weizen glass it was served in. Beautiful!

S - Banana bread. Plain and simple. No hop or malt aromas. Typical of the style. Makes you want to tip the glass RIGHT NOW!!!

T - The banana bread smell is manifest in full on the palette with no noticeable hop flavors and has a clean finish. Dangerous!

M - The mouthfeel on this one is medium for an unfiltered wheat beer.

D - WOW! This one could be dangerous on a summer day, make that any day, when you've got a good thirst built up! If you like weizen beers, this is a MUST TRY!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a murky brown-red body with over an inch of khaki-colored head. Smells fruity, with ripe banana, date and nut. Tastes like banana, nut, spice, caramel, toffee, with chocolate and coffee notes in the background. Ample carbonation compliments a medium to full body to make this a super-drinkable super-complex beer. I'm beyond impressed.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours murky tan/brown with rich, luscious white head.

Nose reminds me of candy apples at the state fair. Also very bready/yeasty. It screams "Fresh!".

Palate starts out with toasty caramel malt sweetness, with some typical hefe-weizen flavors mixed in (banana, slight clove).

Medium to light bodied and highly carbonated, for very quenching gulps of this fine ale.

One of the best dunkelweizens I've ever had.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

a: light brown color. a bit murky due to the yeast. some lighter notes coming through the bottom of the glass where the light hits it

s: wheat, sweet berries, clove, coriander, sticky caramel, a faint sweet pear note. really excellent smelling

t: taste follows the nose. wheaty, grainy, fresh dough, sweet berries, caramel, nut bread, a mild dark fruit flavor

m: lighter mouthfeel. medium carbonation - less than the regular hefe

o: excellent beer. fantastic representation of the style. perfect flavor harmony in here

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers that I had ticked as a 5.0. Wanted to do a full review to see how it would stand up to the individual scrutiny. While it does not hold up the 5.0 in each category this is one of the best tasting beers in the world in my opinion. Simply outstanding.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A hazy orange-brown with a white, half-centimeter head. Good retention of the moderately thick and moussy head and beautiful lacing signature.

S: Banana, pineapple and clove in the nose. Good balance and presence of phenols and fruity esters. Perhaps some bubblegum tones. As the beer warmed, banana bread was noted

T: Banana and clove very prominent in this one, with low malty notes. Roasted malt character comes through as the beer warms but maintains it supporting role in deference to the yeast's symphony. A nice tart and dry finish.

M: A fluffy fullness (not big or full-bodied nor with overpowering flavors) that finishes relatively lighter. Good and rich carbonation.

Notes: I am on a dunkelweizen push right now. Aventinus on tap was probably my favorite because of its darker fruit tones. The Moosbacker was also a favorite because it shared the dark fruit character. As far as hitting the mark for a catagory, this beer (and brewery) does it very well.

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Photo of Generik420
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of MJR
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful medium chocolate color with edges that are a shade lighter. Cloudy as all hell, with lots of bubbles racing to the top of my glass. It's head starts out massive and shrinks down to a steady 1-inch cap.

Smell: Fairly spicy with suggestions of apple, banana, clove, tart wheat, lemon, and bubblegum.

Taste: Dark wheat beer perfection with a glorious balance of the fruitiness from the banana and apple flavors, the soft spiciness, and the tart freshness from the wheat. All of the flavors intermingle well with each other, without overpowering and taking over control of the palate. This is the blueprint for what a Dunkel Hefeweissbier should taste like. Unmatched...

Mouthfeel: At first, the yeast in the body fools you into thinking it's thicker than it really is. But as it warms in your mouth, it shows it's true colors: a thin-to-medium body with a crisp and tart, yet soft and round mouthfeel that just begs for another sip. Then another...

Drinkability: As high as they come. I could easily drain glass after glass of this nectar in the summer...oh, who am I kidding?! This beer is amazing in any season.

Absolutely world-class. If you're curious what wheat beers are 'really' supposed to taste like, this and it's lighter brother are German Wheat Bier 101. Take a seat, 'cause class is in session!

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Photo of mikes2923
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew (along with everything from this brewery) is just another example of what excellent beer is all about. Nice chocolatey-looking color as you would expect from a dark weiss beer and the taste is nothing short of outstanding. Very smooth, not at all harsh or "too strong" even for those not accustomed to this type of beer. Generally, I prefer Hefe-weizens to their darker cousins but this is an outstanding exception as this ranks as one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous color and a whipped cream cap. Really pleasing aroma, low on banana and high on a sharp sour fruit flavor. Flavor is awesome! This is my kind of dunkel. Good soft wheat and a sharp cut of sour fruit. High level of carbonation feels nice and the body feels light and airy. This is really good beer! Hint of berry and slight mineral. Love it!

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Photo of MECove
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I think I'm partial to this type of beer. I also like the texture of unfiltered beers, but I'm not sure if this one is. It smells like a spring garden. It looks like smooth liquid caramel. The lacing is quick and weak. If you pour it fast, it makes a huge fluffy head that doesn't linger. It tastes light and easy with a subtle sweet aftertaste. I'm delighted with it. The bottle says that it was "brewed under the purity law of 1516." Hmmm. Sounds interesting.

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Photo of micmillon18
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen.

A - Pours a deep coppery color with some red-orange hues throughout. The head is a thing of sheer beauty, thick and fluffy with long lasting retention. The bubbles slowly rise showing solid carbonation. The weizen glass truly showcases this beer perfectly. Lots of lacing.

S - Banana, bubble gum, yeasty, green apple. Incredibly clean and refreshing scents, especially as you imbibe in the first sip, intaking a strong whiff as the beer hits your lips.

T - Bubble gum, banana, cloves; yeasty with darker malts showing up at the end similar to toffee or some kind of caramel maybe. Hops are barely present. I should add that there is some kind of citrusy taste present which adds a nice touch. Absolutely delicious.

M - Incredible smooth and soft with a light to medium body. Carbonation is in complete check. Finishes very dry.

D - I could have this anytime of year, though I prefer it during the colder months. Easily my favorite dunkel, which should be no surprise considering its ranks among the style.

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Photo of Insomnicat
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours cloudy brown with boatloads of cream head

s - bananas take up the background behind malt

t - malt with some roasted malt and a background/aftertaste of banana

m - very light and crisp. This beer would be incredible after a hard day's manual labor

d - very drinkable. very very drinkable. I'd buy a 6 pack in a heartbeat.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased the 16.9 fl. oz. bottle, which gave me nearly two pints of this outstanding beer. Once in the glass, the hefe-dunkel showed a dark orange/red color, quite nice, with a huge top of creamy, off-white foam. The beer leaves virtually no lace on the glass, and once the head finally dissipates, a thin layer never leaves the liquid. Aromas of sweet wheat, clove, honey and a touch of pepper cross the nose.
The taste of this beer is all malt, creamy and slightly sweet, with a hint of smoke and pepper in the aftertaste. Just the slightest tight hop essence can be discerned on the inner cheeks, but it’s not nearly as fruity as normal hefeweiss beers, with minimal tastes of apricot or grape, although these tastes are slightly more prominent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is near perfect, a slight fizz on the tongue but almost not carbonation in the back of the mouth, perfect for the creamy texture of the brew. This beer succeeds at staying somewhat easy drinking, almost light, and can be enjoyed in summer, but has more taste and body. This is a perfect choice beer-wise toward the cooler weather and the wonderful fall and Oktober selections to come.
This beer might possibly be the best dark wheat beer I have come across. It only gets a drop in drinkability because I'm not a huge hefe fan.

cheers…

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a Stella challis.

A - Huge, pillowy eggcream white 4-finger head that falls slowly, leaving rings around the glass. Cloudy and dark dried apricot orange.

S - Ripe bananas on the pour. Banana custard in the glass. Bazooka bubblegum. Hints of clove, dense and moist fresh bread, and lightly toasted malt.

T - Whole grain banana bread with a good touch of clove along the sides of the tongue, providing a great balance between sweet and spice. Sweetness of a thick banana and caramel cream with wafers dessert lingers on the finish, but it's not cloying. Spend some time between sips and tastes like peaches and nutmeg appear.

M - Somewhat fizzy, with a smoothness that follows. Good carbonation. Excellent body for the style. Refreshingly snaps off at the swallow. Finish is longer than expected, and a tad dryer than the sweetness of the taste suggests it would be.

D - This is one very delicious dunkel. I'd love to find this on tap someday, or pair it with some grilled brats and sauerkraut. Has all the exceptional quality of its regular brother with a bit more character. I could easily drink several of these and still wish for just one more. Simply outstanding.

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Photo of StevieW
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich creamy deep brown color. Super fluffy marshmellow sweet tannish head. Very balanced banana, toffee malt sweet smell. Taste was unbelievable. Balanced sublte hops, followed by sweet malty body of bananas, cloves, hints of vanilla, and crisp delicious wheat and malty sweet finish. Make sure you swill the bottom of the bottle to get all the yeasty goodness out. Medium to thick bodied, great finish, malty sweetness throughout. Very delicious by itself or with a meal.

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Photo of bmike86
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up a bottle from Hyvee Wine & Spirits in Pella, IA.

Appearance --- a burnt brown with free flowing carbonation, nice two finger off white/yellow head

Smell --- malty, banana bread, with a little spice

Taste --- malty, wheat, banana bread, yeast, possibly apple, very mild hop flavor

Mouth feel --- bubbly carbonation, soo smooth, light to medium bodied, possible tartness

Overall --- The hefeweizen from Weihenstephaner was the first “good” beer that I had many years ago, so I have been looking forward to giving their other offerings a try for quite some time. All I have to say is wow-wee-wee-wah, I just want more and more of this. I am generally not a fan of wheat beers, but this blew me away. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants try try a great dunkel weizen, or any type of very good beer.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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