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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
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1,095
Ratings:
2,916
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
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Photo of ralree
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich caramel brown, fairly translucent. Has a creamy white head of 2-fingers with great retention.

S: Fruity enough to smell upon pouring, this beer smells pretty good. It may be a little bit cloying due to the fact that it smells like a Trippel. Very banana-flavored. Rich malt smell hides beneath the sugary overtones. Alcohol is also very present.

T: Very good tasting beer. Banana flavor is dominant, followed by a lightly smoky malt. Taste fades wonderfully after swallowing. Very clean and balanced flavor. A little bit sweet as the smell hinted, but it cleans itself up so nicely at the end that it isn't a problem. No detectable alkalinity in this one.

M: Medium-light bodied, perfectly carbonated, and pretty dry. There is a slight bit of astringency that fades in about 2 minutes.

D: Very drinkable - the cleanliness at the end keeps the flavors at bay so they don't interfere with a meal. This would be a great dinner beer, but it isn't really my style for casual drinking. I will be buying it again.

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Photo of Riggsy
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured in weizen glass

Appearance- Pours a cloudy brown with thin off white head.

Smell- Familiar clove/banana aroma characteristic of German hefes,.

Taste- Same banana and clove along with pepper notes. Tastes of bready yeast present as well.

Mouthfeel- Light/medium body, lightly carbonated.

A classic offering from "the oldest brewery in the world"

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours lighter than I would have expected, brown-orange colour. Head is off-white and quite humble. About half an inch of it maybe, but retains well. Bead coming from one source in the corner but is quite strong nevertheless. Lacing is lovely, cradling sheet around the edge. Looks nicht sehr dunkel, bitte quite good anyway.

Smells very wheaty, but at the same time quite chocolatey. Very interesting, really; spicey with a clove-and-herb kind of character but balanced with a soft chocolatey aroma, very sweet and with a hint of molasses. No hops, almost a rosewater character for some reason. Not a very powerful nose but extremely pleasant.

Taste is actually quite spicy, and while there are hints of that sweet, chocolatey nose, they're mostly absent here. The stronger, bitey weizen flavour is tempered by a darker malt that provides a sweetness but doesn't let the weizen esters fly and bloom quite as freely. Taste is actually quite phenolic, with a tart soda kind of character, a big gulp of ginger and a hint of eucalyptus. I tried this immediately following the hefeweißbier and this flavour is darker, but if they were pieces of music I'd say this one were simply transposed lower, as a lot of the notes are the same, it just registers lower.

Still has a nice spicy finish, and the mouthfeel is reasonably interesting, but it's a bit too tangy as a complement to the sweeter malt. As with the Hefeweißbier, a bit too bitey to be greatly drinkable.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: giant, dense, fluffy off-white/cream head; deep, hazy cider-brown; passes light; sudsy but fleeting lacing
S: malt and wheat, earth, clove, banana, apple
T: clove, malt, apple, increasing umami as the beer warms
M: light-medium-bodied, smooth, slightly dry
O: best chilled to mask the umami. Good if drunk quickly.

500mL / Weizen Glass

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle, got to love that great looking regal German looking bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light brown, with a full white head, lots of foam.

S: Fragrant yeast character, a lot of banana, sweet malt.

T: Light caramel hits at first and then melds into a lot of banana, with hints of molasses. Long lingering finish of clove.

M: Seems a tad on the thin side for a weizen beer, and it's hard to find the flavour at times, but it does have a rich carbonation appeal.

D: My first dunkelweizen in a while, a tasty beer, though I do prefer their regular hefe beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a big rocky tan head that is fizzing away with a strong carbonation. The body is a nice warm brown with a slight hazy to it.

S- The smell is soft phenols with a faint clove hint and some very faint banana hints. The smell of bubblegum is faint but a little stronger than the cloves and banana. Some notes of raw grain and bread are in there aswell.

T- A slight tartness in the initial taste. Some bubblegum flavors are not as strong as the raw grain and whole wheat bread flavors. The finish is a little carbonic with a slight sweetness.

M-medium mouthfeel with some fizz from the carbonation

D- It is missing a lot of the depth of fruits and yeast characters that I like in German wheat beers. It would be nice to have a little maltyness and maybe some other characters to tone down or balance the bubblegum notes.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy gold Amber color with a small head that dissipates quickly and no lacing.

S: Banana, clove and lemon, some darker stone fruits. Good but not mind blowing.

T: Banana and clove, notes of lemon and slight stone fruits. A slight plastic taste at the end.

F: Tastes a little watery not as creamy as expected.

O: Maybe I got a bad pour but this one didn't quite live up to expectations.

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Photo of tapman
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a amber honey color, unfiltered and dense, large and creamy off-white head that pours two fingers too quickly if you are not careful. Looks like an evil hefeweizen.

Pretty interesting. Heavy and sweet malt sugars mixed with sweet wheat and and apple-lemon fruit/ester aroma. Smells really sweet, like a dark hefe...go figure.

S-s-s-weet! Very sweet! Holy-moley, too sweet for me. Sweet wheat with a lot of malt sugar and not any hop presence outside of what is usually in a hefeweizen. The problem is that I feel the balance is off. Although I know my review goes against the average review grade, but I believe in a little more hop character in a dunkelweizen, to balance out the sweet.

Mouthfeel is really light for something so sweet. Hard to sip this one since its thinner than the regular Weihenstephaner hefeweizen, and much sweeter.

Throughout this review, you might have noticed that I found this brew really sweet. Wait until I brew my own hefewiezen and I bet I'll appreciate this one more, but for now, meh.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin pie filling (with a little extra pumpkin flesh orange). It is muddied and, despite its healthy glow, is for all intents and purposes opaque. It is fiery on the bottom like coals under a fire log. Its head, in typical weissbier fashion, was mountainous and, even now despite settling, maintains a surface of snow-capped alpine peaks.

The aroma, also in typical weissbier fashion, is extensively fruity. Foremost are notes of banana but the presence of apples, and even some exotic fruits like pineapple, can be noted too. The clove and bubblegum are toned down in comparison to their normal wheat beer but they haven't been completely suppressed.

The mouthfeel, typical of Weihenstephaner, is a balance of crisp malt and light citrusy tang. The texture is smooth and the carbonation is high. This beer doesn't have the savory spice that regular weissbiers do nor does it have the caramely graininess typical of most dunkels but, at least, it is equally refreshing as either of the two.

But unfortunately the same cannot be said for its flavour. It is, to be brutally honest, dull. It's boring. It doesn't have the spice-laden, citrus-spritzed, high-flying zest of a weissbier nor does it have the caramel melted over roasted grains, nuts and dried fruits sort of complex that dunkels do. It tastes of... nothing bold enough to easily be described.

Nor anything that makes it a worthwhile pickup when this same brewery offers a world-class weissbier, dopplebock and weizenbock. It's good but warranting a repeat purchase is hard to justify when the mighty Weihenstephaner Vitus, the flavour-packed Korbinian and the endlessly drinkable Weihenstephaner Weissbier are out there.

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Photo of genaro
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This hefeweissbier was a dark cloudy amber color capped with a good head. The lace was fairly decent. The aroma was complex- very metallic and spicey (clovey) with hints of banana apearing as it warmed. The taste was complex as well -spicey (clove) and citrusy with some caramel and sweetness. Mouthfeel was sharp and bitter. The finish was dry and clovey. I've never really cared for wheat beers, but I keep tasting them and this was the first German one that I've appreciated.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange. Big fat creamy head with incredible retention-- it never completely goes away and leaves little lacy chunks stuck to the glass.

Smell: Malty sweet, clove, banana, and a little yeastiness. Very good.

Taste: Like the smell, there's lots of clove and sweet malt. The taste is not nearly as interesting or complex as the smell though. The finish is a little too sweet and ultimately slightly sour.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely carbonated which contributes to the fantastically creamy mouthfeel. Otherwise a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Great smell and mouthfeel, but the taste doesnt quite match. I'd be happy to drink it again though.

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Photo of Ego
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

music: Moke - Moke

eyes...
rice krispies snap crackle and pop head, that sticks around a bit for fun, hazy amber brown mud, dark red/brown clay, minimal lacing. nice.

nose...
sweet and grassy, some apricot notes, definite sweetness seems to be the fattest sensation, dried honeycomb, a pinch of cinnamon, smells very very good

taste etc...
the carbonation floats this one well, making the body feel medium, filling the mouth well, sligh bitter tastes are left behind inthe corners of your mouth when this one slips away, very easy drinking except maybe slightly over carbonated (burp), has a mild bannan esque flavor, oddly enough it reminds me somehow of Malheur 10... ? ?

verdict?
not totally for me, not bad, a little too fruit (sweet) like for my personal tastes.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss Dark

Appearance- hazy bloody brown with a huge whipped cream head. Laced the entire way down.
Smell- the usual clove, pepper, and banana but with a slight roasted caramel aroma.
Taste- banana and clove with a light grain bread taste.Mild caramel malt, very mild. but well balanced.
Mouthfeel- smooth and tingley. Strong clove aftertaste.

Overall- this is a good Hefe. I think I like the Dunkel Hefe more than a plain Hefe. This adds another dimension!

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel, clear & bubbly with a a 4 fingers off white head that drops off gradually. Good head retention and some lacing

Smell: Slight mustiness & some yeast notes

Taste: Toasty with a slight bitterness & some chocolate notes. Not a ton of hefe taste at first, but as it warms the bandaid, bubble gum & yeasty tastes come through. Also aslight nutty taste. dry & estery on the finish

MF: More than slight undercarbonation, but otherwise balanced

Pretty drinakble, but I expected more from this. This didn't quite hit al the notes (more fruitiness) I expect from this style. Will try again this summer

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, BBD: 29/11/2011.

This beer pours a dark, murky, over-saturated iced-tea brown colour, with a tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few broad swaths of streaky lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet roasted wheat grain, spice cake, mild banana chips, earthy clove, and perky, almost acrid yeast. The taste is even more sweet, the toasted graininess taking a backseat to the banana bread and mild baba cake spiciness, with the bittering duad of clove and yeast damned near falling off the edge of the earth, or something.

The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zingy in its high-palate frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, perhaps a bit airy, but smooth overall. It finishes clean, drier than heretofore experienced, with some reinvigorated spice and yeast tackling all that lingering fruit and dark malt.

A nicely balanced dark wheat beer, in the end - there's something to be said for Old World subtlety, when it deems to come along. However, that banana/yeast thing does grow a bit stale sooner, rather than later, so I can't really imagine having more than one serving of this at a time.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah a good old German brew, let's give it a whirl. Popping the tp the smell reminds me of the old Hungry Sailor in the Grove, beer and cloves. Smell also has hints of banana, spot on for a dunkelweizen. Pouring into a pils glass yields a cloudy light brown with a big two finger off white head made up of multi sized bubbles. Taste is more banana, almost banana flambe: banana, sweetness and alcohol. The only bitterness there is is right at the end of the taste. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation brings out the flavor. Overall a great example of the style, but much too sweet for my tastes, thus a lower drinkability rating.

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Photo of froghop
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy dark orange-brown with lots of sediment, very large off-white head, good lacing.

smell of ripe banana, malt, touch of cocoa, and some spice.

taste is creamy and thick, cocoa, malt, touch of spice, some wheat, slight banana, and some yeast.

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Photo of peabody
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying the regular Weihenstephaner Hefe I was a little let down. I wanted the dark to have a more roasted flavor. The carbonation was not as prevelant and the aroma was not near as pronounced.
The color is amber to orange/brown and the head is thick and white to orangish brown. The bubbles stay with the beer till the end.
This is like a light version of the regular Hefe cause it taste kinda watery. All in all, get the regular Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier cause it is 10 times better.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.09 oz. brown bottle. This beer came recommended by the owner of the beer craft sore. When I told him that I was not crazy about wheats he told me that since this was a drak wheat it would not be so sharp. WRONG!

I see where this is rated as a world class beer. I will try to keep the style in mind because the strong wheat, yeast characteristics are just not my style.

Beer pours great with a tan head that has good retention.

Smell: YEAST, along with some toasty malts. I always get gloves when I am having a wheat beet.
True to it's style.

Taste: I'm sure it is true to it's style but I just don't like it.
Mouthfeel:
Full bodied, malty.

Drinkablility: I'm sure the what lovers find it great but I just can't go over 3.5 (and for me that is generous.)

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a towering, long lasting head. Medium-dark, hazy brown color. Slightly spicy aroma. Very mild esters and phenols. Soft, smooth, malty sweetness: very subtle beer. Medium body. Very nice.

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Photo of akahn
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown honey color, hazy, with streaming carbonation and a fizzy but lasting head. Surprisingly, no lace. Faint wheaty aroma, with a hint of honey sweetness. Taste is quite mild. Wheaty, with the same hint at honey as in the aroma. A metallic edge, and a late spiciness. Quite smooth, with mild, small bubbled carbonation. Light to medium body. All in all a small, tasty beer.

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Photo of DIM
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a muddy looking caramel color. It poured with a massive, rocky head that refused to dissipate.

s Banana, cloves, plus hints of caramel and cocoa. Very bready overall.

t: This wasn't quite as fresh tasting as I hoped it would be. Yeasty cloves and banans lightly dusted with cocoa.

m: Maybe an old bottle, this wasn't quite as full bodied does I hoped it would be.

o: A bit of a disappointment overall. I just don't think this bottle was very fresh. Still, this wasn't bad at all.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A: golden amber, with heavy carbonation and minimal cloudiness, with a very rich head that comes with the style. I would had preferred darker colors on my dark hefe, and a bit more cloudiness, but this is not bad at all
3.75/5

smell: the smell is dominated by cloves and phenol spice, as well as the familiar and rich smell of wheat malt.
4/5

taste: a very balanced, but minimilistic taste, that leans heavily on the clove side vs the banana and bubblegum flavors I much prefer. For the color, and the said "dark" hefewisen, their is not hint of darker, roastyer flavors. I jsut tastes like a more middle of the road hefewisen, and I cant say I'm very impressed .
3.25/5

mouthfeel: this is where the beer really shines. rich, creamy mouthfeel that is easy to drink and easy on the mouth, benefiting greatly from its heavy carbonation.
5/5

overall: to be honest, I was expecting more from this beer, as the reviews where high, and the brewery's reputation is VERY impressive, but really, it did not come off as the beer I was expecting, which was, a slight above average regular hefewisen with a amber color instead of a straw color.
3.75/5

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Photo of yesyouam
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel is a cloudy brown beer with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is of banana and clove and possibly nutmeg and vanilla. It is medium bodied, smooth and soft. The flavor is spicy: all of the elements from the aroma plus raisins, prunes and apples. It is bready and semi-dry. All of the flavor seems to be from the yeast. What a unique beer.
(rated Jun 26, 2008)

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy brown, similar to ice tea.

The aroma reminded me of caramel and wheat/grain. Overall it was pleasant.

The taste was sort of similar to its aroma. It had a light caramel wheat, but with a pale twist. There was a dry paleness to it, but not bitter. I liked the level of hops and thought it helped to make this a very good well rounded beer.

This had a good drinkability. It went down rather quickly.

This beer was okay, but not outstanding. I would not mind drinking this again as it is worth revisiting. I thought it was a step up from Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,916 ratings.
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