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:
#828
Reviews:
1,135
Ratings:
3,067
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.73
 
 
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350
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Ratings: 3,067 |  Reviews: 1,135
Photo of eric5bellies
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy brown mahogany colour with a two fingered head that stays around.

S - Classic banana and sweet clove aromas, and a touch of malt.

T - Malty sweet banana's up front and maybe a little roast too.

M - Medium body and carbonation that makes for a smooth drop.

O - Very sessionable beer with heaps on offer

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle

A: Poured a murky brownish with what I would call a cream color thick head that dissipated at a very slow rate. A little carbonation visible streaming to the top of the beer.

S: Very good bready/wheat aroma with maybe a hint of some citrus that provided that slight touch of sweetness.

T: Very good taste, really follows the aroma well, all wheat with a slight touch of citrus. I think that I was expecting a little more malt flavor, but still very good.

M/D: Carbonation not really that noticeable as in most beer of the style. The beer was smooth and creamy, but as noted above, slightly watered down. Overall, still highly drinkable.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bomber takes a few pours to find its way into my 22 ounce weizen glass. A tower of light beige foam retains at nearly three fingers of soft-peak eggwhite atop a deep, cloudy copper amber body.

Smells of toasty wheat bread and lightly fruity malts, cloves, with a sweet character.

Taste is of mild and toasty malts, savory wheat, banana, ripe plum, with a nutty, lightly buttery character that bears a hint of spiciness.

Perfect carbonation with a smooth finish and an intriguing essence of clarified butter. Easily quaffed, and frankly, hard not to.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle.

Light brown in color big slightly off-white head.  Something was off with the aroma.  Minimal lacing on the glass.  The usual hefe traits of banana and cloves were there, but it had a faint soapy smell to it.  Luckily, it was not picked up in the flavor and did not take away from what was an enjoyable mix of fruit and spice.  Light to medium bodied and plenty of carbonation. 

I had this side by side with Ayinger Ur-Weiss and preferred the Ayinger.  Comparably, they were very similar in flavor but the Ayinger had it beat in aroma and had a little more body to it.  I will come back to this beer again as I am a huge fan of Weihenstephaner's original Hefeweissbier and they are great values at < $3/bottle.

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Photo of TheSarge
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss Dunkel pours perfectly as to be expected. Plenty of carbonation to produce ample amounts of khaki colored head, with great retention. The body is a murky chocolate brown, and is nearly opaque.

The weizen glass supplied with this taster pack is key to providing a picturesque pour, for any weizen.

Aromas are of fresh banana nut bread, with cloves. There is a light peppery fragrance, which is shared with its lighter version.

The taste is an envelope of flavor. Sweet banana flavor dominates, with slight breadiness.

Mouth feel wise, there is plenty of bite from the carbonation, but a slick oiliness follows through.

This is the most refreshing dunkel weizen I've ever had. Too bad this isn't readily available in my neck of the Odenwald.

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Photo of victory4me
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured an attractive dark tea color with a 4 finger head in a Weizen glass.

The head resolved itself within minutes.

The aroma is intense clove, some chocolate, and spice.

The mouth feel was quite tart and carbonated.

The taste was intense with clove, spice, some chocolate , and lemon.

The finish is tart. I could taste clove on the back of my tongue.

Serve at 45F+ to bring out the taste/aroma profile.

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Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and light brown with a huge frothy head. Patchy lacing left all over.
S - Spicey and fruity. Funnily enough bananna dominates.
T - Pretty much along the same lines as the smell with a bit of malt sweetness and a slight hop bite.
M - Crisp and dry. A little bit on the watery side. Quite refreshing though.
D - A Nice beer but not all that different from their hefeweizen. A bit more malt to show a difference would have been good. Still tasty and highly drinkable though.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Tim725
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JayS2629
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, murky mud water brown with an off white thick fluffy head that leaves beautiful lace. The smell is wonderful but subdued. Bananas, faint clove, sweet caramel. The front of the taste is caramel and toffee with banana following. The banana and clove are subtle. Its nice and easy to drink. Crisp, and refreshing with a sweet edge.

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Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of AMCPhD
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of scootny
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 500 ml bottle int my Sisson's weiss glass. A dense creamy head from a regular pour yields a four finger head. It stays for what seems like an hour but really only five minutes. It slowly dwindles down to a half inch cap that stays the duration. The glass is a cloudy light chestnut brown and carbonation activity is light. Pretty

The smell is light chocolate, banana,clove and mild fruit like apple or pear. There is a light clove that develops as it warms.

Broad malt palate. Light roasted malt in the back and chocolate and banana. Mild tartness of green apple and more wheat malt. Finish is dry, slightly roasty with more yeasty banana. Superb.

Medium mouthfeel and excellent carbonation to tingle the tounge.

Supremely drinkable. A standard for Dunkleweiss, nothing better for cooler days and night. Delicious and easy to knock back as many as you want. It is a bit more filling than a hefe due to the more substantial body but who cares!

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Photo of mscudder
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy light brown

S - Sweet, more malts than the traditional Hefeweissen, pleasant on the nose

T - Smooth and complex with an excellent array of spices. Possibly one of the best put together tastes I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

M - Light and well carbonated. Slightly watery at the ending, but it helps progress the taste off the pallet. Went excellent with my meal.

O - I love this beer. One of the few that I cannot say enough good things about. I really enjoyed the Hefeweissen but the addition of dark malts in this edition make it something to be sought after. Given the fair price and year round circulation, this brew will be in my fridge on a regular basis.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to tulip. Copper/brown in color with quite a few fingers of off-white creamy head. Aromas of toasty caramel, banana, clove, vanilla, with taste both tracking aroma and bringing out the banana /vanilla /malt flavors. Creamy, smooth feel. Wonderful to have anytime.

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Photo of IndyDad
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HookemHoos
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,067 ratings