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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Ratings: 3,029 |  Reviews: 1,126
Photo of BcCraft710
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bmwats
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weizen.

A: Medium dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly and unevenly leaving little peaks and valleys as it does. Thick lacing.

S: Pecans, caramel, and roasted malt.

T: Woody, nutty, roasted malt, with hints of caramel.

M: Smooth. Syrupy and malty with a light buttery aftertaste.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty great. Nice head, and lacing. Nose is full and flavorful. Flavor is nutty, and malty with some hints of caramel. Very well balanced. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrebeka
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of stephensdh
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Hudson2508
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCalSuds
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HamdenHector
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy; brownish amber - like a watered down Coke; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: equal parts clove, nutmeg, and banana;

T: clove and nutmeg are predominant throughout; banana in the background at the beginning, but it becomes equal to the clove and nutmeg by the end; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; high carbonation - effervescent; dry finish;

O: too much nutmeg character for my taste:

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a genuine weizen glass. Rather lighter than I was expecting color-wise, a light reddish bronze with copious tan foam. Aroma is immediately spicy and semi-sweet, with clove, fresh ripe bananas, toffee, and dark bread crust all vying for attention. I was immediately struck by the sensuous, smooth, creamy mouthfeel ... Great weizen texture, rather chewy but smooth as a cue ball. As is the case for Weihenstephan's lighter-colored weissbier proper, there are a lot of clove phenolics on the palate, clove trumping the sweeter elements, but there is ample banana as well along with what registers as vanilla to my palate. Nice banana bread effect with clove and allspice accents, some sultana raisin, and cooked pears, a tinge of berry. Great stuff. The malt flavors are distinguished and classy, not aggressive, leaving plenty of room for the spice and fruit to shine through. The mouthfeel is amazing. An essential and iconic example of the style.

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Photo of Freiberger14
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy caramel brown in color. Light tan head.
Yeasty aroma with bits of clove and banana. Good dose of caramel malt mixed in.

Taste shows a smooth, roasty, caramel malt flavor. Hop balance and wheat give the beer some crispness. Yeast notes mixed in.

Good mouthfeel is somewhat creamy.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good dunkel hefeweizen.

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Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper with a large off-white head on top. Aroma is of malts, clove, and spiced apple. Taste is sweetly malty, a bit peppery with hints of fruit (banana?). Mouthfeel is excellent - full carbonation compliments the style perfectly, goes down without any effort.

Not my favorite style (I prefer the Heffeweissbier), but a genuinelly solid choice if you're in the mood for a dark German ale.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Slightly murky,brown beer, with a terrific tan head.( tight and bubbly). Very wheat filled aroma, some toffeeish malts. Nice flavor profile, semi-sweet milky almost maltiness, then a good strong wheat mouthful, can barely detect hops in the finish, overall very nice and well balanced. Very good palate, quite thick for the style and a pleasant after taste. Good drinking beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

It has taken me far too long to getting to try this stuff. Let's do it. It pours a mostly clear tawny topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose comprises clove, orange zest, and cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with a lot more clove and a hint of chocolate powder. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a damn tasty dunkelweizen, well worthy of its lofty reputation.

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Photo of drewmprs
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very smooth, drinkable dunkel weizen. Some malty undertones, with a pumpkin spice flavor. Billowing head that lasted like some chunky clouds giving way on a bight summer morning. I would buy this again, i'm very happy with weihenstephaner's beers. This brauerei is fantastic.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a last minute purchase at the Munich airport. Poured into a weizen glass from a .5l bottle.

A: Thick, frothy, foamy head. Brown in color and barely translucent.
S: Bananas right away. Subtle fruit smells.
T: Fruity, bananas, just like the smell. No bitterness. Yummy.
MF: Super smooth and lush.
D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of CTJman
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kshankar
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good foam, pretty rocky. Pours brown.

Smell: Bananas and wheat, predominantly. The banana scent is riper in this one than it would be in a regular hefe. Closer to the smell of banana bread than anything. Good so far

Taste: Pretty good. Banana, wheat...kind of like banana bread really. The taste follows the smell. Compliments it well, it was what I would expect.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and goes down smooth. Typical for a wheat beer, the finish seems a bit sweeter than a regular hefe though. Still good.

Drinkability: Refreshing enough, not as drinkable as the regular but still a good score in this department.

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Photo of kflorence
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper brown with some body to it. Looks to be the consistency of a hefeweizen, but obviously darker since it's a dunkel. On the pour, there's a nice half inch thick head atop that fades to nothing. No lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Smells like most wheat beers with a prominent aroma of bananas, wheat, yeast, bread, cloves and some other spices. There is absolutely nothing unpleasant in the smell, but nothing makes it stand out either.

T: Reminds me a lot of good, solid hefeweizens, although perhaps a bit heavier and with faint hints of dark fruits and caramel. That said, the wheat, yeast, banana and cloves are still the most prominent flavors in the brew. I guess I expected something different with the darker color, but it's still quite tasty.

M: I think the mouthfeel of this brew is probably it's strong point. It has an excellent consistency, smooth and creamy due to the yeasty particulates. Moderate body overall since it's pretty light and carbonated, but has some chewy substance to it. Very pleasing on the tongue.

D: Not quite what I expected, honestly, but a very solid beer. A tasty and drinkable wheat beer that will appease any wheat beer fan. Weihenstaphaner continues to impress me and I will definitely search out more of their products. No complaints here.

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Photo of PatGreer
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep mahogany brown color with some light haziness. There's a half inch of very dense beige head resting on top. Aroma is of sweet dark bready wheat and light banana notes. The taste is sweet dark bready wheat very reminiscent of bread. The mouth is creamy and very smooth.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goatherder
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: small coarse head, dissipates quickly. I think my glass is dirty. Cloudy bronze in colour
Serving - 500ml bottle, use by 17 May 2006

s: nice weizen aroma. Sweet banana is dominant

t: sharp up front, helped along by the vigorous carbonation. very smooth flavour, subtle hops. Longish finish with a touch of roasted malt towards the end. Alcohol is discernable

m: carbonation is small sharp bubbles. I would describe the mouthfeel as medium - not too heavy, not too thin.

d: great brew for a hot summers day!

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,029 ratings
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