Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
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
Ratings:
2,992
Reviews:
1,115
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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342
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Photo of DackAchan
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Best thing about this beer is appearance. An opaque dark golden brown with a two finger head.

S- Not much too this, kinda weak smell, slight hint of orange.

T- Little bit stronger than the distinct citrus flavor. Little sour note to it. Slight taste of bananas.

M- Not a fan of the mouthfeel. Feels a little too heavy, the carbonation really bites into your tongue.

D- Was okay, the carbonation bite and the weight of the beer makes this a little cumbersome.

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Photo of Pdu8s
3.27/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- looks like a beer should. Has a thick, white foamy head with a good body. Dark golden color to the beer itself

S- Smell is top-notch, very refreshing. Smells almost like a "spring-rain"

T- Malty, although dissaointing. Has the banana taste, but not as strong as in, say, the Schneider Aventinus. Alcohol taste definitely there. Not as smooth as the Schneider either

M- as stated above, not as smooth. Although, it does swirl well in the mouth

O- for some reason, I just feel like this is a lesser version of the Schneider Aventinus. Although it has great qualities, the taste is lacking. It is however, a good beer

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Photo of KeefD
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is probably my least favorite style of beers, which is why it's the 90th style I've reviewed so far. I don't buy these often because I just don't like them, but I do like Weihenstephaner and hope they don't let me down with my least favorite style. Pours a hazy russet brown color with a large white head and decent lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma of wheat, light banana, and slightly flowery. Taste is wheaty, a strange minty flavor at first, gives way to some sugary sweetness, and another odd anise flavor on the finish. Yeasty. Medium body, carbonation is good and tingly. I still don't get this style. I think this would be a top notch brew if this your thing, but it's certainly not mine.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

From elcervecero. In Paulaner glass. Watching Better Call Saul 1x01. There is nothing wrong with it, but neither it is much special apart from a high drinkability and sessionability

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Photo of leaversuch
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good representation of the style although I've enjoyed others from the style more.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy light amber color, no yeast settling out. Nose is mostly yeast and some malt. Flavor is dominated by the yeast, some wheat, sweet yeasty finish. Not nearly as good as when I had it 7 years ago. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a hazy, milk chocolate brown, with off-white head that dissipated quickly, and little lacing. Aroma of malt, nuts and chocolate. Taste is malt, chocolate and spice, mostly clove. Could not detect much wheat flavor. Not a bad beer, but have had better Hefe Weiss.

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Photo of papat444
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9oz. bottle (code 5371 which means it was bottled the 37th week of 2011)

Appearance: Looks dark orange when held to the light but is in reality more of a brown tone. Cloudy with a whipped head.

Smell: Banana, cloves, hints of citrus and bread.

Taste: Spices, bit of pepper, citrus. Some bread but doesn't feel full. The malt is nice though giving hints of nuts and dry chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lively with nice carbonation and quite smooth. The only thing is it feels watered down a bit.

Overall: It's alright but i wasn't totally impressed. Too bad because i like the kristalweizen.

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Photo of jettjon
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle with no freshness date, into a pint glass a red-brown clear with moderate to low carbonation in the pour. Two-finger pale tan head fades slowly to a cap and scattered lacing. Decent looking. Nose is malty and hoppy, and average overall. Tastes crisply malty with subtle coriander spice; light by and large and not bitter at all. Mouth is semi-viscous, middle-bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and nicely pleasing. Drinkability is decent; it’s thirst-quenching, light and refreshing in the way that most macro beers wish they were (and claim to be). Sessionable, sure, though not remarkable.

Overall: A good “dark hefe,” definitely worth a try. This would be a good one to introduce to your friends who “like hefes but not dark beers.” Yet another step on the path to great beer.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a big h-w head, eventually settling to surface skim, not much lacing. Body was a cloudy apple cider brown.

Smell - bananas, plums, apples, and diacetyl.

Taste - same as the smell. Some bananas, mostly plums, and some apples, washed through with subtle creamy wheat. Diacetyl is a major taste also washing throughout, but especially strong on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full, creamy.

Drinkability - this is decent, not great. I'd rather have something different after one of these.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this to try some of the variety of the other Weihenstephaner brews, seeing as I quite enjoy the Hefeweissen and Original.

A: A deep honey colour, somewhat of a cloudy golden with a fast rising head that presumably came as a result of pouring a little too quickly. Creamy head, quick to dissipate, down to a half finger after only about a minute with a fair bit of lacing.

S: Fresh, crisp, sweet. Sweet clover, just a touch of citrus - while what is there is a clean and pleasant aroma, it is mild enough that I found myself a touch disappointed in it.

T: Not as sweet as I may have expected and I did not notice as much of the banana taste as I was expecting either, until well after a sip. A little nutty that persists all the way down, touches of citrus.

M: Perhaps a little heavy on the carbonation. Makes savouring each taste a little challenging, perhaps a little nicer on a hotter day when a bit of zing on a parched palate could be appreciated more

D: Again, the carbonation was a little strong. A touch of bloat, which I would not expect following only 2 drinks. Goes down seemingly light, but bottoms out a little on the heavy side.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque brown ale with a fairly thick white head that subsides fairly quickly leavingt a little lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is more on the malt side of things with a dark malt scent to be detected but not much else except wheat. The taste is very different from both Erdinger and Franziskaner as the esters are very subdued and i can only pick up the barest clove esters. Beginning with a rush of carbonation the toungue experiences a slight noble hop bitterness quickly overtaken by the dry wheat flavor which is blended with a delicate chocolatey malt flavor which segues into a clean finish. An excellent session beer it presents clean flavors with complexity as well as being different from the other Dunkelweizens out there so as to keep beer drinkers in a heaven of diverse beer choices.

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Photo of hero27
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've gotta say, it looked sharp in the glass. Dark, amber color. Lacing is gorgeous and the head retention is relatively low but very thick and creamy.
Slight smell of banana & hefty aroma of cloves & spice..some orange peel as a kicker..
Flavor is caramel toffee malt, vanilla, roasted nuts, and a great spicy yeast aspect.
Medium-bodied with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.
A good Dunkel from Weihenstephaner (but I gotta be honest, I still can't pronounce their name).

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Photo of desint
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PEBKAC
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugly, souvenir Vegas hef glass. Sleet still running down my shoulders. It was either order out & wait an hour in this weather, or week old chicken soup. I decided on a beer & a nap instead.

Slow to settle, the tan head begins congealing. The body is a murky honey brown. Not the most appetizing thing to look at in a 23oz glass. Looks like car wash runoff. Suds & mud.

Scent was sweet like banana bread, but not potent, like one would completely enjoy. Spice cake without the spices. Soil & a tin of assorted nuts. Pleasant bit of peppery yeast on the back.

First gulp was a long one. Starts off sharp, like bitter bruised grapes, but fades quickly into the doughy middle. Mildly sweet toast, no butter. Yeast & dirt throw it around for a bit, letting some light clove in. Finish remains yeasty, but with additional earthy bitterness.

Carbonation remains strong throughout, where as I sometimes notice straight hefs start to get flat half way through. Body feels gelatinous & thick, like cold soup.

Traded some esters for some warmer flavors.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/17/2010 (bottle coded 3179):

Pours a very cloudy dark brown color body, big foamy off-white head, somewhat lasting, decent lacing. Very fruity aroma, lots of banana and fruit like strawberries. Dry somewhat spicy too, maybe clove. Not overpowering. Nice thick mouthfeel, almost like drinking thick syrup. Very thick, some flavor, but not very much. Almost a chemical taste to it, plastic or something. Warming up a bit more, more dark fruit like grape, raisin. Not very complex a flavor, light. Better as it warms.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Into the Weihenstephan glass it goes. Huge springy khaki head dominates the glass, I'll need to let it fall before I continue the pour. Body is a playful brown sugar colored syrup with a touch of haze to it.

S: Bready yeast, over ripe banana, caramel corn and rubber.

T: Begins lightly malty with mild cinnamon dough. Tingly yeast mixes with banana peels and mineral water. Hints of red apple, ripe kiwi, raisins and molasses add a good backbone. Finishes with brown sugar, lightly fruity...somewhat cloying.

M: Medium body, somewhat hard and fluffy at times.

D: Weihenstephaner continues for me as one of the more over rated breweries out on the market. This beer was good but nothing special by a long shot.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: burnt orange with a nice big heady. Very cloudy.

S: Wheat and clove. Big yeast with freshly baked bread. A touch of banana and the smallest amount of toasted caramel.

T: Huge wheat and bread. yeast. banana ester. its spicy with caramel on the end. big malt characteristic. i almost taste like an applesauce as weird as that sounds.

M: CRISP. Smooth with fantastic carbonation. clean.

O: Its definitely a nice, highly drinkable refreshing beer. But i consider this more of a hefeweissen than a dunkle. I think its good but for me it didnt quite live up to the hype. /85

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Photo of tweeder263
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was aggresive with my pour and ended up with about 7 inches of head in a standard pint glass.Surprisingly doesnt look too carbonated. Cloudy amber brew head is slightly off white.Has a wheaty estery smell.Taste ofmalt and wheat not much else,low hopped if at all.Mouthfeel isnt too bad. Drinkability not too bad a lot milder then i thought it would be.Not a bad brew.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy bownish beer. Has a big foamy off white head and some lace. The aroma had a light sour aspect to it with a hint of clove in the background. The flavor also had bit of a sour character with a pleasant hint clove. Pleasant mouth feel with a resfeshing nice drinkability.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at the local Gabriel's liquor store. Poured in to a New Belgium globe. 6203 printed on the bottle.

A - Damn near opaque brown color with a couple fingers of puffy head. Pretty good lacing.

S - Banana nut bread and cloves. I'm comparing this to Schneider-Weiss (which may not be fair), but the smell is just not there.

T/M - Super bready with a chalky finish.

O - I just can't think of a scenario where I'd rather have a dunkel over a weizenbock...

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well it's a rainy day and I'm listening to wolves in the throne room so what better then a nice dark wheat beer to quench my thirst and suit the mood of the day.
Being a fan of their regular wheat beer I was quite looking forward to Weihenstephaner's dunkle offering. The pour was intriguing, the usual large, aerated, slightly off white head floated atop a very murky brown brew reminiscent of swamp water due to the unfiltered particles creating the opaque characteristics of such.

All the usual suspects were there in terms of smell banana, chewing gum, clove, and what always reminds me of fresh spring air nothing out of the ordinary here. Unfortunately no sight (or smell rather) of any malt character in the nose, which came as a bit of a surprise to me.

Time to taste and unfortunately the first sip did not produce much. It may have been my fault for having it a bit too cold but the initial taste was very subdued, no maltiness or spiciness really. Further on I perceived hints of the spices and malt I expected, whole wheat toast, raisins, black pepper, nutmeg and lemon zest. All of these were very subdued and sadly not as robust as I would have liked. The only other flavour I picked up was that of alcohol, which became more apparent towards the latter half said imbibed drink. Our dear friends hops made a almost nonexistent appearance as would be expected of the style, only hiding in the dark shadows for support.

Inside the oral cavity a things were very light bodied and smooth with the liquid becoming extremely foamy upon ingestion, nothing different or unusual here just the status quo.

Overall I'm a little let down, while it is a very refreshing wheat beer I didn't really get the hit of toasty darker malts I was looking for. Maybe I'll give it another shot but right now this dark Deutschlander will be on the backburner as far as wheat beers go.

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Photo of sstackho
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a murky, muddy brown with good head. The head does fade and there is little lacing. The aroma isn't overly strong, but then again I don't seem to be smelling all that much these days. The flavour is sadly weak. There's some OK wheatiness, but it fades quicker than I would like, and there isn't much in the way of the banana flavours that I like in a good weizen. That being said, this may be one of my first dunkelweizens, so perhaps those are different.

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Photo of Crimkj
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Lothore
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an unfiltered dark caramel color with a massive, creamy head. The head retains for quite a while and leaves lacing as it falls.

S- Smell is a very sweet, strong banana scent with hints of wheat and darker fruits.

T- Taste seems a bit anticlimatic in that it isn't nearly as flavorful as the nose lets on. Slight banana sweetness.

M- Something about the mouthfeel on this brew really rubs me the wrong way. A bit undercarbonated and leaves a sticky sweet coating on the inside of my mouth.

D- This beer seems like it would be pretty drinkable in that it is not too offensive but its not nearly as flavorful as I was expecting. None the less it seems to be a good thirst quencher

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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