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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.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
Ranking:
#776
Reviews:
1,125
Ratings:
3,019
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.73
 
 
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346
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Trade:
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Ratings: 3,019 |  Reviews: 1,125
Photo of ronbo5421
2.75/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dirty25
2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.87/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque caramel color with a pillowy white head. Coninous bubbles streaming from the glass bottom. Retention on par for a wheat.

Smells like mold, yeast, and sweaty tropical fruit...not unlike sweaty runner butt. I'm not getting any of the banana phenols everyone else seems to have. My bottle date seems to indicate a relatively fresh bottle. What's up?

First and foremost a crisp clove snap followed by a toasty malt. Nutty finish.

Subpar for Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at bottle barn. Couldn't wait to try as I used the same yeast strain in a homebrewed dunkel as well.

A - Poured a dark copper, with a 3 fingered off-white head. Dissipated moderately slow and left a little lacing.

S - Honey, burnt toffee, peanuts, and a little bit of wheat.

T - Wow, you can really taste the roasted malts. Honestly, it's a bit overwhelming. Burnt toffee, a little honey, and some wheat in the background.

M - Full-bodied, malt dominated, very viscousy.

D - A bit disappointed. I could not detect bittering hops and the roasted, almost burnt malts made this a tough one to drink. I really enjoyed Franziskaner's Dunkel and expected similar features to style.

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Photo of YvesB
2.95/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of fscottkey
2.98/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [4.00] The bottle has a date code "7206" that somehow I decoder ringed into (05/17/2016). The bottle lists the ABV (5.3%). The beer pours out a murky milk chocolate color. The glass is 50% beer and 50% dense off white head.

S: [2.75] Belgian yeast funk and some caramel.

T: [3.00] Light toffee, Belgian yeast (but not nearly as strong as the nose). Lemongrass.

M: [2.75] Thin body with low carbonation.

O: [3.00] I thought the Dunkel might improve the Belgian yeast flavor that I don't like. It didn't. The beer is pretty muted on flavor, feel and scent.

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Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Draft, at the Maple Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Not quite up to what I hoped to find. Still pretty nice, though. Color is beer-bottle brown under a fizzy head. Taste is sugary and kind of light. Banana flavor builds up with not much else to balance it.

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of ElJosharino
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dead brown color with a sparkling off white head. Lots of fresh cut apple on the nose with clove and raw dough. Moderate body with good crispness. Not explosive flavor wise in the least. Some roasted malt with clove and banana bread. Slightly stringy mouthfeel. Holds together really well but is a tad watery up front. Good and drinkable but nothing really wows me.

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Photo of farnold
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Moses_Malone
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of aswaller
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man any review from me on Dunkel-anything should come with a disclaimer that I don't like this shit by style. So if you're all geeked out on this style of beer, just ignore this, its for my records rather than an objective compendium on the style and worthiness.

Pours dark, looks like iced soy sauce that they freeze distilled the water out of, almost no head, some remnants of a tan head on the top 1/7". Aroma heavy on the booziness and dark fruit charred remains.

Taste, woof, lots of bananas and alcohol. Sticky but not in the dank way. Heavy burnt caramel notes. Nuts and chocolate malt. High amount of spice rack and clove that says it don't care. Yeast dominated. This came across more like a doppelbock than a dunkel, but all that dark wheat stuff almost never translates to an enjoyable beer for me. I like wheat as a lighter alternative to all barley, when you roast the shit out of it, it just doesn't make sense to my palate.

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Photo of starlight37
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Thullin187
3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Onibubba
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did a little Dunkel side by side last night with this, Erdinger,Julius Echter, and Franziskaner. All four were nearly identical in pour and appearance. All got a full aggressive pour with the yeast, cause that's how I like em. This gave the beers a somewhat (but not too) cloudy nut brown color. Head on all was present, but short lasting.

Smell was similar in all four beers, with a yeasty banana bread and almost medicinal clove aroma.

Taste was more of the same - Big yeasty banana bread. Nothing really remarkable here. It is good, but not as nice as the JE nor as unique as the Franz. A damn sight better than the Erdinger though.

Mouthfeel is where this really runs short. Thinner than the frontliners with a higher carbonation that really adversely affects the drinkability of this beer. An average Dunkel compared to the others. nothing wrong with that. Just that there are better and worse choices to be had.

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,019 ratings
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