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

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Photo of mactrail
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful appearance with the amber brew topped with a fine-grained foam and swirling with suds in the Kasteel chalice. Spicy, clove-scented nose. Flavor of slightly sweet malt with the Hefeweizen flavors and a dark roasted tang. Just a slight bitter note at the finish. Delicious and light bodied for a refreshing quaff.

The Germans seem to have this creamy mouthfeel figured out. One of the pleasures of this beer is how lush and mouthfilling is is. This seems like the gold standard for the Dunkelweizen style. From the half-litre bottle purchased at a Fred Meyer supermarket in a town in northern Washington, to give you an idea how world-wide this is.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, bottled 2/2/2011. Pours super hazy red orange color with a beautiful 3 finger fairly dense off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice thick lacing clings to the glass; with a ton of carbonation streaming up as expected. Took me a while to pour this as I anticipated. Aromas of huge banana, clove, bubblegum, orange, wheat, bread, and yeast spices. Huge on the bubblegum here, amazing. Taste of orange, clove, bubblegum, bread, caramel, light banana, pepper, and yeast spices. Fairly dry on the finish; with some light lingering notes of citrus, clove, caramel, and biscuit on the finish for a short bit. Great overall balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty much invisible, and this drinks incredible smoothly. Overall this is a fantastic dunkelweizen, and my first one in the style. Nice amount of complexity; with very smooth drinking and a great mouthfeel. I will definitely have it again.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark tawny with a hint of red. The beer is clear at the moment, but I have no doubt that subsequent pours will bring a great deal of yeast to the party. The ecru head is Rubenesque in size and was initially higher in fingers than I have on one hand. It's also impressively creamydense and is just sticky enough to deposit small dollops of lace, very little of which hangs around.

Wow, clove spice is really jumping out of the glass! This is one distinctive yeast strain. There's a certain maltiness to the aroma, but I anticipated something along the lines of malted milk balls. It doesn't smell very 'dark' at all; there's no hint of roastedness or even of toastedness. Still, it's a classy, appetizing nose that makes me want to begin drinking.

Hefeweissbier Dunkel is yummy stuff. I like the cloviness, but would prefer it to be scaled back a bit so that some of the other flavors can get some palate time. In other words, this yeast is a beast in terms of flavor contribution. There's a fair amount of lightly toasted malt with added elements of weak cocoa powder and bruised banana.

If the malty flavors and the banana were favored a bit more, the beer would come together more impressively. That said, this is undoubtedly the best dunkel weizen that I've ever had (not that I've had that many). The body is light-medium and somewhat enthusiastically carbonated; all to style and, therefore, all right with me.

I can't say that I prefer Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel over this brewery's standard hefe weizen, but it is exceptional beer all the same. It may be a while before I have another version that's this good.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, muddled brown body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Dull, earthy spices over malty scents of caramel covered wheat and cocoa with notes of fresh bananas.

Taste: Light, dry caramel mixed with a bit of cocoa and a taste of wheat grain. Rich blend of spice flavors: clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Banana esters perk up shortly. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Final hints of malt and spice on the soft, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A delightful dunkelweizen and a fine example of the style. Go out and get some!

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Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Daytona Beach FL.

Pours with a hazy copper body topped by a creamy off-white head that leaves sticky patterned lacing.

Fruity, spicy and lightly bready Way more balanced (think of the load of banana and clove notes in most competitors) and more complex than perhaps any other beer of this style in my experience. Body is a bit too thin.

Overall: world-class version

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malts, bananas and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with just a little sweetness and simple flavors of wheat and caramelized malts. There's a decent and complimentary hop presence that provides a good balance.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this brewery just continues to impress me with their knack for keeping beers simple and making them very, very well.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a deep dark hazelnut brown color. Very cloudy with a lot of sedimentation towards the bottom of the glass. An enormous tan colored head formed on the top of this one. I could not even finish the pour into a 24oz glass without stopping to let it settle. Very impressive looking to say the least. Now as soon as this finally relented it was replaced by copious amount of side glass lace which really helped to thicken up the overall appearance. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout. Overall this was a monster looking Hefe and was really excited to get to try it.



S – Aroma was full of wheat as one would imagine it would be. Lots of fresh wheat and grain smells came flying off of it. Also inside was a good solid amount of yeast. This did a very fine job of lightening up the overall aroma and really giving it some solid depth and a good amount of character. I could also pick up some decent amounts of fresh grass like smells in there as well. A very nice overall aroma, and a bit fuller then the typical.



T – Now here is where it gets good. Very nice blend of roasted malts going into this as well as the huge wheat and yeast profile. There was actually a decent amount of kick to it in the flavor. The first sips were pretty intense with a bit of a caramel or bitterness to the finish. Lots of yeast presence again and this served up some nice fruity flavors. A good mix of peach and maybe some apples were present way in the back and the major bread like backing just served to push forward the more subtle flavors that were present in the back. Overall here this was really a very full bodied flavor. E even noticed a bit of a roasted nuttiness to it. This was very nice is about it.



M – Very nice and very typical of what I would expect here. It had a great overall feel, lots of carbonation rippling through and really giving it a very nice feel and a great overall profile again. Somewhat thin but that is a bit to be expected here, but other then that it really was pretty darn good as far as the way it should feel. Naturally going to be a lighter type of brew, this did have a nice full body to it.



D – Excellent here. I could have had this all night long and really could not find a downside to it at all. It really felt as though I could have never stopped with this one. There was really nothing in the way of this going all night and it really was a fantastically crafted brew. So light and refreshing but yet at the same time, complex in flavor and body. Nothing at all bad can be said here, just a wonderful session type ale.



Overall I do not know what else I can say. I love all things German and this was no exception. One of the finest quality brews I have had in a very long while. I would be happy to try this one again any day and in fact will be looking forward to having some again very soon. Great choice here and another very solid offering.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: 750ml bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured a murky brownish-amber with a fluffy eggshell head that receded quite a bit but rejuvenated every time I poured more from the bottle. Aroma of sweet malts, banana esters, clove, and yeast. Taste of caramel, toasted pumpernickel, banana and cloves, spicy yeast, and a hint of honeydew. Medium-bodied, generously carbonated, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a light brown color, sort of like a glass of iced tea with a bit khaki colored head that sticks around forever.

S: The nose is distinctly German with some notes of clove, yeast, caramel, and light hints of bananas. A nice bready note to it as well.

T: There is some nice sweetness to the flavor, with banana bread leading the way, followed by some raisins and plums. A good caramel and toffee flavor along with a hint of yeast and cloves on the finish.

M: The body is medium with plentiful and smooth, rolling carbonation on the tongue.

D: Weihenstephaner is another brewery that doesn't seem to make a bad beer. A solid dunkel that I would pick up again.

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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 Jason
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Deep tarnish copper with a red hue, some haze from the addition of the yeast into the glass. After a proper pouring a thick meringue like head forms and stay for the duration.

Smell: Malty nose, light brown malt or toasted. Suggestions of green apple, yeast and pie spice also in the aroma.

Taste: Moderate body that is well structured and able to hold the soft malty palate, very crisp carbonation that is at a perfect level. As soon as the carbonation hits there is a spicy snap of clove and a twang from the fermented wheat. Nice even malt flavour with a bit of toasted and dry malt character. Neutral though a bit nutty yeast on the tongue. Minimal bitterness from the hops, barely noticeable. Vague fruitiness of over dried raisins and plantains though esters are controlled. All in all the finish is quite clean and is comparatively a dry beer.

Notes: By far one of the greatest dark wheat beers available in the US market to date, very soft on the palate … no harshness at all. Malt flavour is near perfection with all the other flavours kept as a backdrop to let the malt be dominant.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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 dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy medium brown in color with some golden and orange highlights when held up to the light and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of banana and clove along with some lighter notes of wheat, darker malts, yeast, and spices.

T: Tastes very similar to the smell with wheat and darker malts upfront and moderate to strong flavors of banana, clover, yeast, and spices.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Refreshing and smooth.

O: Enjoyable and extremely easy to drink - sessionable and refreshing.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light brown, quite hazy, with a very large off-white head with great retention. Left behind some rather thick lacing.

S: A good dose of wheat, bananas and a ton of cloves. There was light bready malt and a little bit of floral hops as well.

T: Very bready with a good bit of both banana and cloves, reminds me of banana bread for sure. There is a little bit of darker fruit mixed in, some raisins and a bit of fig.

M: Medium bodied, but a bit on the heavier side. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish.

O: Pretty tasty, like how the dark malt bill adds some complexity, the combination of banana bread and dark fruit was really good.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/08/10 notes. Had on tap at The Saloon in Washington, DC. Served into a 0.5L Georgetown Saloon weizen glass.

a - Pours a darkish brown color with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.
Looks great.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, and toasted malts. Bananas jump right out at you.

t - Tastes of bananas, toasted malts, wheat, bready malts, very light spices, and sweet caramel malts. Tastes amazing, pretty perfect for the style.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue. A little less carbonated and the mouthfeel would be great.

d - A very good beer hurt by it's high carbonation. This was probably the best tasting dunkelweizen I've had and it looked great as well. Would certainly have again but I think if it was less carbonated it could be even better.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chestnut brown ruby effervescent offwhite chunky head leaves huge collar of lacing nice appearance big yeasty dregs pour out of my bottle it's nice. Aroma: I'm getting an array of fruit tones, green apples, raisins, and soft banana tones with a slight citrus hint to it all leaves me with spices and clove with some Hallertau in the finish giving it an herbal quality. Taste: Soft chocolate hints blended with banana clove yeast notes and other spices once again the plethora of fruit shines light upon my palate nice. Mouthfeel: Spritzy and bubbly but not overcarbonated medium to light in body this is a magnificant dunkel hefe. Drinkability: Unparalled for the style simply put just enjoy it's worth it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded gold brown with no head. Nose is slightly sweet in a banana kind of way. That is basically the prevalent fragrance that hits you the whole time. Bananas. Big fields of them. Flavor is smooth and a bit mild, but even. There is that hefe typical character there with a strong banana skin profile to it, just like the nose. Feel is smooth on the mouth. Definitely drinkable. A really good brew that is worth trying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle consumed whilst throwing some beanbags.

The beer is chestnut brown and very hazy. The head is off white to light tan colored, standing in at two inches thick, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

The aroma is the same banana, clove, ester, wheat smell you get from the Hefeweizen, but with additional notes, of sweet breads (banana nut bread?)

Slightly sweeter than the hefeweizen. This is a delicious beer, and deserving of its #1 spot on the Top Beers - Dunkelweizen list. Full of flavor, well balanced and easy to drink. Banana, malt, yeast, bread flavors mingle beautifully.

The feel is creamy and smooth, with appropriate carbonation.

Overall, a shining example of the style. Well worth trying.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have decided to embrace my inner hippie and as such, I will try anything once bottle still go back to CANs eventually.

This was one of my first overpours in a long time, just broaching the lip of the glass. Once it finished playing around, it settled into a finger of light-tan head with mild retention. Color was a very cloudy orangish-brown (or was it a brownish-orange?). Nose was very clove/spice-forward, underlain by banana esters. I am finding that the bubble gum scent fades when overpowered by clove. Yay! Mouthfeel was full, approaching creamy, with lots of spicy clove flavors up front with the banana taking a backseat. Now, here is another beer that I can solidly endorse! Finish continued to be extremely spicy and I could hardly get enough. I must mark this one down for future reference.

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Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a Weihenstephan glass:

Pours a beautiful hazed caramel light brown with a thick head that slowly descends to a thick, foamy, lasting sizable head. Some lacing sticks to glass (a bit more and this would be perfect).

The smell is of banana/clove and sweet toffee. Doughy wheat in the back with a fruity/wheaty tang.

The taste is of banana/clove with sweet toffee. Maple syrup sweetness is balanced by a banana fruitiness with a touch of red apple. Some doughy wheat, but subdued, allowing for full complexities to really shine forth. Well-balanced sweetness throughout. Complex, yet light and smooth. Great carbonation level. Flavor linger.

It is appropriately light to medium bodied. Crisp and smooth.

A classic dunkel weizen that is absolutely delicious. This clearly outshines so many others. Unique, yet well within the style. Another great brew from this awesome brewery!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market Basket
Pours a fairly clear reddish brown with a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of clove with hints of banana and peeper with a solid shot of caramelized brown sugary malt. The flavor is rich dark sugary malt sweetness with some clove and pepper to counter. Little to no hop presence. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable, not horribly complex but definitely a solid quaffer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An impressively foamy, bilious head tops a beer with a dark brown, almost pruney, or figgy hue. Aroma is lively and satisfying: citrus, notes of vanilla, banana, cloves, rich, deep, dark. Reminds me of Belgian abbey dubbels, a favorite. Taste is sharp, dry, with a hasty finish, that leaves you yearning for more. A very sociable beer: not too difficult to drink, and not in the least forgettable. Slight bitterness, medium body, and as for flavor, I feel like it's close to a lighter version of a barleywine, crazy as that sounds.

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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 rab53
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy semi-transparent brown. Big frothy white head. Sampled directly after the Hefeweissbier. Both have big clove, banana and bubble gum aromas, though this one is a little more subdued. Light on carbonation, making subsequent sips oh so easy. I generally don't care for wheat beers, but I may have to revisit this one.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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