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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
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:
1,095
Ratings:
2,918
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
Wants:
321
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383
For Trade:
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Photo of mscudder
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy light brown

S - Sweet, more malts than the traditional Hefeweissen, pleasant on the nose

T - Smooth and complex with an excellent array of spices. Possibly one of the best put together tastes I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

M - Light and well carbonated. Slightly watery at the ending, but it helps progress the taste off the pallet. Went excellent with my meal.

O - I love this beer. One of the few that I cannot say enough good things about. I really enjoyed the Hefeweissen but the addition of dark malts in this edition make it something to be sought after. Given the fair price and year round circulation, this brew will be in my fridge on a regular basis.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Ample white creamy head that will be there to stay for a long time. Very lively with a lot of bubbling.
Smell: Sweet maltiness, a lot of dark fruit such as prune
Taste: As they say, hint of very ripen banana, but also that of dark fruit. wheaty. Not much of roasted malt. Even though not too high in alcohol, alcoholic taste is there.
Feel: medium/full body. A lot of malty wheat after taste that persists for quite a while.

An excellent brew coming from an excellent brewery. Would recommend it to everybody and have it again.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - 4.5 - The beer itself is a nice medium brown hazy color that has a nice thick white head on top that leaves great lacing.
S - 4.75 - A lot of banana, spice, cinnamon, bread, wheat, some belgian yeast characteristics.
T - 4.75 - Again, banana, spice, cinnamon, bread, with some belgian yeast characteristics. Very smooth.
M - 4.75 - A nice medium smooth mouthfeel with alcohol completely covered. Aftertaste is spice and belgian-y yeast flavors.
O - 4.75 - Very smooth, another great one by Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

excellent copper coloring and a nice thick head that quickly dissipates, smells of wheat and has a perfect flavor balance and finishes quickly for a darker beer, remarkably light on the feel nothing like its appearance. a great beer when you will limit your intake for the evening, one of these satisfies greatly. will definitely put this into the rotation!

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice hazy copper color with a fluffy white head. Not much lacing, but not much expected from style.

Aroma is amazing. Good blend of maltiness with a hint of spice. I've heard green apple and pie spice and those are perfect descriptions.

Flavor is great as well. Good malts with the spice punching through nicely among a good level of carbonation.

A truly delicious wheat beer and another solid offering from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Jason
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Deep tarnish copper with a red hue, some haze from the addition of the yeast into the glass. After a proper pouring a thick meringue like head forms and stay for the duration.

Smell: Malty nose, light brown malt or toasted. Suggestions of green apple, yeast and pie spice also in the aroma.

Taste: Moderate body that is well structured and able to hold the soft malty palate, very crisp carbonation that is at a perfect level. As soon as the carbonation hits there is a spicy snap of clove and a twang from the fermented wheat. Nice even malt flavour with a bit of toasted and dry malt character. Neutral though a bit nutty yeast on the tongue. Minimal bitterness from the hops, barely noticeable. Vague fruitiness of over dried raisins and plantains though esters are controlled. All in all the finish is quite clean and is comparatively a dry beer.

Notes: By far one of the greatest dark wheat beers available in the US market to date, very soft on the palate … no harshness at all. Malt flavour is near perfection with all the other flavours kept as a backdrop to let the malt be dominant.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice hazy burnt red color with good hints of brown. The beer pours cloudy with a superior creamy head that lasts for a long time. Its almost like a meringue.
Smell: Very nice wheat malt flavor coupled with some aromas of bananas and other fruits.
Taste: First, I get a nice flavor off of the malt complimented by the yeast. The flavor is very complex and fruity with a nice spicy finish.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Nice subtle carbonation. It's a very hearty and refreshing beer.

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Photo of obrendano
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolute treat. a little Christmas present to myself after my last day of crazy busy season at my job

A - insane head everywhere, thick and creamy straight out of the bottle. gorgeous shade of brownish amber. could stare at this for hours

S - the smell of amazingness. banana bread with even more toasty wheat over top of it

T - among the best I've ever tasted. rich toast flavor, even more cloves than most other hefe-'s I've tried, some vanilla singing backup. absolutely impressive

M - creamy and full, sticks to your mouth from lip to throat

D - when I get the chance I'm buying a month's worth of this stuff. Merry Christmas to me!

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Photo of ZAP
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding dunkel...the best I have had thus far......pours a deep orangeish amber....with a nice white head...nose is fresh, sweet apples, banana, and a light caramel note....body is medium...very charged up in the mouth...this is a beer that justs "feels" like a great beer as you drink it....extremely tasty but very, very drinkable.....the taste has a restrained sweetness that is just fantastic....This has to border on Weizen doppelbock land....the taste profile is caramel sweetness...accentuated by soft layered flavors of banana, and cloves.....

This is an awesome beer....maybe the best wheat beer I have ever tried to date..I will seek this out and buy many more...

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Photo of guityler83
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: A hazy penny copper color on the thin part of the glass melds to dark brown leather on the thick part. Lots of pillowy big bubbles with an aggressive pour.

S: Cloves and bananna esters peek through the wheat bread armoma.

T: Bananna, toast, no hop flavor detected. Slightly sweet, but so sessionable you can't help but take big gulps.

M: moderate carb with a smooth body. nice crisp clean finish. A tingly sensation on the toungue possibly from the residual yeast, nice!

O: This is by FAR my favorite wheat beer... and its the first time I've had it. I'll be seeking out more Dunkelweizen's in the near future!

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appears a very appealing darker colour of the normal Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, with good head retention.

Fairly malty smell and a balanced malty taste, along with the same fizziness I have come to associate with the Hefeweizen. Very well balanced between the spicy/herbal nature of the Hefeweizen and the malts added, reducing the overall power of the spices, and balancing out the beer overall.

A very good brew overall, one which I would definitely buy again. My favourite Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of TommyW
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy, brown with tinges of redish-orange. Fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Leaves a beautiful lacing.

S- Smell of apple, toasted malt, and raisins. Also a slighty nutty aroma.

T- Very nice balance of toasted malt and sweetness coming from apple and raisin. There is a very nice toasted bread and nutty flavor coming in laster. No noticable bitterness from hops. Pretty clean finish.

M- Carbonation is perfect. Very nice balance of not too heavy or too light.

D- The mouthfeel and taste make this beer very drinkable. Very easy to have a few.

Overall, I'm usually not a big fan of dark weissbiers, but this one is just exceptional. A must try!

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Photo of mcdevster
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance..
dark.. pond water, thick, not too pretty..
smell: very nice, very similar to regular weihenstephaner.. some clove/banana.. touch of maltiness..
taste: delicious.. beautiful build up of flavor nice finish.. it is a full experience that no other hefeweizen i have tried lives up to (except regular weihenstephaner..)
mouthfeel/drinkability: typical wheat beer.. easy going down.. be careful, however, they almost go down too easily.. nice body, refreshing.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours light brown/dark copper color with a big beige head that recedes rather quickly, some lacing on the glass, cloudy, yeast floating.

S- sweet malts, and fruit flavors including (obviously) banana.

T- roasted malts with banana sweetness. Cloves as well. Nothing overpowering, mellow.

M- perfect carbonation, smooth, light bodied, dry finish

D- very mellow relaxing beer. So smooth, so tasty, and so freakin easy to drink. I could seriously dream about this beer. Amazing.

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Photo of sbe1
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down the best dark Hefeweissbier.

Appearance: Soft cloudy brown, with a billowy off-white head that lasts awhile, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt, caramel, hint of pepper, clove, yeast.

Taste: Crisp hop and spice with sweet pumpkin, roasted malt, light hint of fruit and alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Refeshing carbonation, moderate to light mouthfeel, clean and crisp.

Drinkability: excellent session beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hefty white pillowy head with plenty of stick atop a murky dark amber body with plenty of brown hue to it. Reeks of delicious ripe banana with subtle malt sweetness. Complexity of the taste is standout. A subtle peppery and very faint clove spiciness owes it to the yeast's work on the wheat. Bready malt sweetness covers the tongue. Banana settles down considerably after its work in the aroma, but still plays a solid part in the taste. Slightly drying finish. Man, words just don't really do it justice. Chewy mouthfeel with a great level of carbonation - not exactly viscous but it just coats your mouth in a similar way. A truly great beer from "the world's oldest brewery."

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a Weihenstephaner glass.

A: The head is two finger thick with a white coloration plus a nice coppery body.
S: The aroma has an almost perfect bready tone with a bit of toffee on top. I've created the image of a cake in my head.
T: This Dunkel had a perfectly hoppy profile with an amazing touch of toffee and clove. Weihenstephaner won me here.
M: They won again. Mouthfeel wise, this is just perfect for a dunkel. The bitterness and the carbonation are exactly au point.
O: Overall? This is the best Dunkel I've ever had. Simple.

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Photo of jovy1097
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16 oz bottle into nonic pint.

Appearance: Cloudy, brown, apple cider color. Three finger head that quickly settled down to a filmy finish.

Smell: The fruity, yeasty smell of weissbier comes through. The spice presence is very prominent. You can smell something like apple butter here.

Taste: Banana! I can really taste the banana in this one. Got a small bit of vanilla and a wonderful cloves presence. The malt really comes through in the middle of the quaff. Leaves a lingering clove presence on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Quite foamy at first, then followed by a good medium body. Tons of carbonation.

Drinkability: Being a dunkelweissen, this one has a little more substance than hefeweissens. I like it better for cold weather than the hefes. As tasty a beer as I have ever quaffed.

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Photo of scootny
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 500 ml bottle int my Sisson's weiss glass. A dense creamy head from a regular pour yields a four finger head. It stays for what seems like an hour but really only five minutes. It slowly dwindles down to a half inch cap that stays the duration. The glass is a cloudy light chestnut brown and carbonation activity is light. Pretty

The smell is light chocolate, banana,clove and mild fruit like apple or pear. There is a light clove that develops as it warms.

Broad malt palate. Light roasted malt in the back and chocolate and banana. Mild tartness of green apple and more wheat malt. Finish is dry, slightly roasty with more yeasty banana. Superb.

Medium mouthfeel and excellent carbonation to tingle the tounge.

Supremely drinkable. A standard for Dunkleweiss, nothing better for cooler days and night. Delicious and easy to knock back as many as you want. It is a bit more filling than a hefe due to the more substantial body but who cares!

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Photo of kbanks13
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a deep brown/copper hazy body with a huge, dense, tan head. Good head retention and a minimal lacing.

S: Sweet pears, bananas, apricots, and some prune. Clove and cinnamon, a little nutmeg. Bread and grains.

T: Savory and sweet together. Spice characteristics and fruits remain as a major flavor. Meaty breads, yeasts and other grains in the aftertaste.

M: Satin-smooth and coating texture with moderate carbonation.

D: Filling, tasty and easy to drink. I would easily be able to sit down with some friends in a Gasthaus and order a few with some good sausages or schnitzel.

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Photo of Jerone
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy nut brown color with a cream colored head that sticks around for a long time and leaves great lacing.

S - Yeast, wheat, toasted malt, bread and banana and bubble gum yum!

T - Great taste of predominately banana and bubble gum which is balanced out by bready yeast, toasted malt and some wheat. A great example of the style with tons of flavor.

M - Medium bodied, with medium carbonation, you can almost feel a bit of texture to this beer, definitely not watery.

O - Just a very solid beer that should please all beer lovers and even none beer lovers. Great beer for any time of year and any occasion.

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Photo of acelin
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large bottle into a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass.

Gorgeous head, beautiful medium nut brown color with golden edges, huge lacing all down the glass.

Smell of cloves, banana, nutmeg, wheat malt, and sugar.

A taste for the ages, beautiful banana flavors, with dark caramel, nuttiness, sugar, wheat, baked baguettes, absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick, but super sessionable.

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Photo of ticklechicken
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - cloudy medium brown with yellow edges, creamy thick head
S - sweet fruity cherry scent
T - light malt and fruit taste, with a sweet aftertaste
M - a little thick with low carbonation
D - This is a very enjoyable beer with well-balanced flavours with a well-measured mildness that gives you no choice but to drink more. Is there nothing that Weihenstephaner can do wrong?

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Photo of gfreed
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass, showing a pleasant iced-tea color with a huge dirty-white head that very leisurely skated down the sides, riding the beer to the bottom. This had an outstanding and understated aroma of prunes and cherries in addition to muted bananas and nutmeg. Mildly fizzy going in, lots of malt at the back end that lingered a long time. Definitely a bit denser than a plain hefeweizen, but not heavy. An absolute pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After some work to get the yeast in solution and properly poured, I'm rewarded with a primo looking dunkel weizen. I love these beers because they have all the flavor character, plus some, of a hefeweizen, and have far more visual impact. A little lighter than some I've seen, with a bit more of an oak glow to it, with an out of control but quick-dissipating head that's usual for a weizen.

Lots of banana phenols in the nose - you can really smell the yeast, and it's damn near Belgian in fluffy, bouncy banana-peach fruitiness.

Yup, lots more near-Belgian yeasty banana-bread fluff and bite - I can't honestly say that I taste marshmallow, but I get distinct swirls of buttery caramel. This is a hefeweizen times two. It's got all the delicious flavors, but they're more distinct, more impactful - just better all around.

The mouthfeel on this one is awesome, it isn't very carbonated at all - the mouthfeel is slightly swishy, mostly buttery, and finishes with a sticky, tasty caramel-banana-hops that lingers on and on.

I've always had a hard time getting hold of Weihenstephaner for whatever reason, and thought that what I had been drinking was as good as it can get, but I was wrong - this brewery really does make the best hefeweissbiers in the world.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,918 ratings.
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