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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. The beer is a muddy brown liquid. It has a thin, off-white foam head. The beer is opaque, but I can still see some carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass and rising within. There are a number of aromas coming from this beer; I can smell clove, banana, and a slight sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar. It tastes of musty yeast, like a weissebier should. There is lots of banana and some clove in the flavor. The finish has a bit of peppery spice to it. The beer has a medium body and high carbonation. The coating is very good and it contains some sweetness. The pepper in the finish provides a bit of a bite, but otherwise it finishes cleanly. It is a very drinkable beer. I could easily have a few of these. It is a perfect beverage for the outdoor deck here at my favorite bier garden.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Color is a hazed caramel brown. Pours 2 and 1/2 fingers of slight an head. Very good retention but not a lot of lace sticking to the glass.

Aroma: Wow, this is a nice smelling dunkel. Big notes of chocolate, clove, and bananas. Very nice.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the aroma, but with some added nut flavors to it. Very typical taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a fairly clean roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, a good representation of the style. My bottle is going somewhat slow, but I will be able to finish it without a problem.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich dark amber with a very large head. Very inviting, and I'm excited to take my first sip.
S: Awesome smell. Couldn't keep my nose out of it! Immediate sense of orange rind and hints of barley. Very sweet smell reminiscent of flowers and honey.
T: Absolutely wonderful. Large robust orange flavor with traces of honey and just the perfect amount of booze. Finishes quickly leaving a pleasant aged taste on the palate. Very complicated.
M: Very lacy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Definitely an excellent beer. A little heavy for drinking more than one, but for a single drink it's definitely delicious.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- To me, it looks almost like a really dark apple cider with a nice off-white head. Brownish in color with a hint of cloudiness. The head lasted forever and persisted as a thin layer that clung to the sides of the glass.

Smell- A bit weak in aroma for what I expected but still some nice, subtle hints of malt and bananas.

Taste- Close to a hefe with a definite flavor of banana and clove but much more intense malt flavors. The hops are subtle.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Goes down easy and works great with food as a palate cleanser but stands up to heavier fare than perhaps a hefe (I tried it with grilled chicken and it was dynamite).

Drinkability- Definitely worthy of another purchase. A nice autumn beer with a nice refreshing quality balanced by a fuller malt flavor than a traditional hefe.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dunkel weissbier poured a cloudy, brown color with creamy, light tan foam. The smell was mild and malty with a slight sweetness and faint fruitiness. The taste was slightly sweet and malty with notes of wheat and yeast. Very little fruity ester flavors. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation. Very low hop presence. A nicely enjoyable weiss bier.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish color, looks like apple cider. Fluffy head, no lacing (what am I doing wrong?). Cloves, banana dominate in the smell. NIce wheat beer flavor, again with a bananas and a medicinal cloviness (is that a word) dominating. Mouthfeel is smooth, but seems a bit thin. This is a pretty good brew, I could drink a couple pints of this no prob.

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Photo of nano
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pick this one in my local beer shop "The BeerBox Monterrey"
poured from a bottle to my 500ml weissen glass

A- brown color, a good 4 figers head

S- Clove, bannana, and yeasts

T- very very spicy, a little bit of bannana bread

M- medium body qith a nice carbonation

D- this is a exelent choise for a session beer, i could drink 4 of this one with no problem, the best dunkel weissen that i have tried

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a very hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, banana, fruit, and subtle clove. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, fruit, clove, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really liked the spice aspect going on in this one as it added quite a nice touch to all of the typical bread and fruit flavors you would typically expect from the style. It was very easy on the palate and fairly well balanced throughout. Definitely worth trying for the curious and the fans of the style alike. A must try.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

This beer looks like cider, like bubbly apple cider, the difference here being the enormous rootbeer float-like head that tops this baby off but doesn't cling too well. Oh yeah, it smells a whole hell of a lot different than a cider as well. Banana bread, but that is a bit of an overstatement to be honest. We've got slight bits of cinnamon-apple and/or cloves, but more of an apply kind of aroma rather than just plain cloves. Yeast is a beast on this, does some wonderful things to this beer, first sips reveals decent amounts of everything, sort of like picking and choosing different spices from your spice rack, sounds lame but it's true. Slight, standard banana, but with an added, creamier, depth to everything. I've never had a pumpkin beer but I feel like I get the idea of one as I drink this beer. The creamy and spicy characteristics of this beer lead me to believe this. Yet for all this beer has to offer, and it's a lot, something about this beer leaves me wanting more, the mouthfeel is just a bit lagging and taste is a bit one sided, a good, but not great, beer. This is a beer that I imagine would taste quite a bit better fresh, but then again, what beer wouldn't.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

A murky brown body with lots of carbonation for classic Hefeweizen look. Head is not as tight kind of small and doesn't stick around much. Color body is dark yellow and moves to brown amber to the top.

A nice hot clove smell on the nose, nutmeg spice as well, toasted brown spiced goodness. That's about it kind of nice.

Taste brings the spice. Nicely clove and nutmeg spiced, kind of spicy hot in a way. A little bit fizzy feeling though for mouthfeel, small banana taste as well with a bit more brown spice, even some brown sugar sweetness. Brown seems to be the theme here and the taste seems to reflect it.

Overall, alright I could have this beer in a pinch. It's probably not a fav style of mine, but if there was nothing else left I'd take it.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bobsy sent me this one during Automn 2009.

A: Opaque brown color, with a nice creamy head.
S: Light intensity. Banana with some cloves.
T: Light intensity. Banana with some cloves but with some roasted malts in there. A little bit of corn? maybe.
M: Thin in the mouth.
D: Easy drinker again. I could have more than one. Very well balance and nothing throws you off. A nice beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber or slightly darker shade. Nice creamy, fluffy head of white. Smells faintly of that typical weizen beer, bannanas and cloves. Tastes of slightly carmel malt with the hint of bannana. Not too thin. Very drinkable indeed. I will certainly need to investigate this style more. Refreshing.

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Photo of boss302
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Brown, cloudy, think head, but not as big a head as the regular hefe.

S Smells a little like cola. Estery, yeast aroma, malt, no hops.

T Some roast, but faint. Gone is the banana/clove flavor of the hefe, replaced with a light to faint chocolate.

M Med-high body, carbonation seems high, but the head didn't last.

D Good beer, good dunkel weiss, worthy of another round.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick off-white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has the nice fruity banana smell of a regular hefe, but with a little more of a malty scent. The taste is good. It is a malty hefe with excellent wheat/yeast flavor. It is sweet and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good dunkel, but I've had better; mouthfeel was lacking.

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Photo of stoutman
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has the classic, zesty, citrusy, gingery, hefeweizen aroma. The color is a hazy gold-tinged light-to-medium brown. The color is lighter than the "dark" designation might suggest. The beer pours with a large amount of head, as is typical to the style. It tastes just as it smells, which is a good thing, but whereas the aroma is powerful, the flavor is mellow. Has a steady stream of carbonation when poured right to the finish.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 16oz bottle into a Weizen glass. As with all the Weihenstephaner products, the bottle has a very nice presentation.

A: dark brown/amber color with a big creamy and foamy coffee colored head. Very good retention.

S: Hints of spices and banana, lots of yeast

T: Bready taste, with hints of banana and dark fruits. It has a somewhat dry finish with some degree of bitterness.

M: medium body with some carbonation

O: a very good beer, very representative of its style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark copper amber colored liquid that has a great haze to it. the head is tight and bubbly on the edges, off white to a very faint light brown. it lingers for a while leaving a thick lace covering the side of the glass.

S-the nose is strong and blends together very well. Spicy cloves, lemon, and wheat are right up front. Notes of pear fade into light sour apples. Hints of dark plums and a touch of black cherries come in towards the back.

T-the taste is pretty solid but a little watered down especially compared to a great nose. The clove and spiciness are muted, the wheat flavors are a little more dominant. Notes of lemon and soft pear with just a hint of dark cherries at the back. Some light grassy hops to finish this off.

M-medium to light body, it is actually a little thin in the back with a rough feel on the palate throughout. There is a low level of carbonation that leaves something to be desired.

D-this has a good taste but it is a little thin and watered down. Good flavors for the dunkelweizen and very easy to drink.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark wheat beer. Cloudy, brown-orange colour with a very thick head. Citrus, cloves and hins of banana and bubble gum in the head. Light hops, cloves and oranges dominate the taste. Rich, caramel malt taste follows. Faint bubblegum and banana.

A slight bit heavy on the carbonation, but a nice wheat beer and drinkable if a bit heavy.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy but still transparent weak coffe colour and a discoloured tight and retentive head.
It has the familar cloves in the taste and smell and as it should has a distinctive maltiness which is not sweet but balances the normal hefeweizen tartness.
Not my favourite style but would appear to be a good example.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark orange/brown with a medium off white head.

Smell-Spicy with a hint of banana/fruitiness.

Tastes-Banana is the most prominent flavor. There is also some clove and maybe a hint of chocolate or coffee. Very pleasant flavor. The sweetness is much more subtle than their Original Hefeweissbier and Vitus but I like it almost as much.

Palate-Crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

Overall-Not surprisingly it is great beer from what is probably my favorite brewery. It should please any beer drinker.

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Photo of Mit
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-Pours a nice dark hazy brown with a nice foamy head.

s- cloves, coriander, citrus peel, malty character

t- sweeter as it warms, fairly spicey, smooth finish. Slight banana flavour.

m-I thought it was fairly full, fuller than the ABV would suggest.

d-really nice to drink. I loved this beer. I could drink lots.

I have been on a US beer kick for the last few years, but this may have launched me back over the pond and away from IPAs. I will def be picking more of this up.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One pint 0.9FL.OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - This beer is a murky tea color with some burnt orange highlights. I got several inches of beige head.

S - I smell some banana immediately. I also get some caramel and some molasses.

T - The taste is kind of like a molasses cookie, but not as sweet. There is also some banana in the finish.

M - Medium with plenty of carbonation.

O - I had this on tap and absolutely loved it. I am not as impressed with the bottled version. It might be an old bottle. That being said I would not hesitate to have this beer on tap again.

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Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are mainly of German Hefe yeast; full of banana and apple. Vibrant spicy notes of clove and wheat. A light herbal hop presence stays mostly in the background. A very slight caramel note as well.

Tastes are of mild brown sugar up front, with firmer notes of wheat malt. A strong yeast presence steals the show here, however. Banana, cloves and apples. A faint herbal hop bitterness fits the style well. This beer is a medium-full bodied beer. Excellent, creamy mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation.

Overall I am very pleased with this beer, I was not a big fan of their lighter hefe but I'm very impressed with this beer. A delicious, supremely drinkable dunkelweizen. Highly recommended, especially for the low low price tag.

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Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky mud puddle brown color with an egg shell head that was average but left a nice cap once dissipated. The smell is subdued, but still has distinct clove and banana characteristics. The taste is of light clove and banana, the flavor are a bit subtle but good, a slight touch of metallic malt to offset the sweet banana/clove. The feel is moderately bodied with a nice creamy texture, nice and smooth, very balanced, finishes quite nice. Great dunkel weisse, not as good as their hefe or kristel, but quite superb.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bronze, with a gigantic swiss cheeze head.

Smell: Rich, grainy aroma with plenty of yeasty spices and a bit of booze that mingled together very nicely.

Taste: Easy drinking, the wheaty malt can become a bit cloying. It finished silky smooth with witbier banana ester yeastiness. Mixed along with something salty to kill off the sweetness, this Beer is fantastic.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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