Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
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
Reviews:
1,104
Ratings:
2,948
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
333
Gots:
403
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 1,104 | Ratings: 2,948
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 SleepyMonk
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a Weihenstephaner 0.5l glass then left to sit for a little while.

Held to the light this Dunkel comes off only slightly lighter then others in the class and the shade is easily tea in color.

Smell is very much floral with fruit notes coming through.

Taste is very much inline with other hefe weiss' and as always I get a very strong banana type taste.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and infact surprisingly crisp for what the appearance would lead you to believe.

I was a huge hefe lover a few years back and its probably best I didn't review this beer then as it would have no doubt been "brilliant" just like others. Now i'm a little jaded on hefe for reasons unknown, however, I can say that this is a great Dunkel.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

excellent copper coloring and a nice thick head that quickly dissipates, smells of wheat and has a perfect flavor balance and finishes quickly for a darker beer, remarkably light on the feel nothing like its appearance. a great beer when you will limit your intake for the evening, one of these satisfies greatly. will definitely put this into the rotation!

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

Murky brown with a golden hue at the bottom where the light illuminates it. A huge head cascades up to fill the top of the glass with whiteness, which eventually fades to just a thin film. It has a very yeasty aroma. It smells dark and dank, but a bit subdued. The taste is full of yeast, imparting some subtle fruity esters. Banana is in the background. There is also some brown sugar in the background and maybe cinnamon. Throughout, a heavy wheat tang presides. Little to no hop bitterness or flavor, probably just enough to cut the wheat and yeast. It is very soft and easy, not biting in any way. The mouthfeel is full...a true German experience. This is 5.3% and goes down easy....very easy to drink. This beer is very intriguing to me, but I do prefer the straight hefe. I have a feeling this bottle wasn't the freshest specimen around and imagine that hurt it. Unfortunately, no easy to read freshness date was present.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Opaque tea-like color with soapy sudzy head.

Smell - Caramelized, roasted notes with standard phenolics consistent with the style.

Taste - Same as smell with spice character along with orange citrus.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Wonderfully spicy and tangy finish.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a cloudy, tea color into a weizen glass. There is a significant amount of carbonation bubbles floating up to a fairly dense, caramel head.

S - Very fragrant, which is what you want from a dunkel weizen. Scents of sweet malts, cloves, and banana.

T - This is a fairly complex beer. Malty, slightly fruity, almost smoky flavor with a tangy finish.

M - Fairly light bodied with just the right level of carbonation. Creamy too.

D - I'm a big fan of this style and this is probably my favorite version. Its extremely drinkable during any time of year. I could drink these all day.

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Photo of losdizzel
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cant judge this one on looks alone .
poured in a glass looks bad very murky .
smells very mellow cant place it almost brown sugerish to me,
with slight banana

Taste is awsome very malty
mouthfeel is very good
cant wait till Oktoberfest in Choctaw, Ok to try it off the tap

As one would say, dont judge a book buy its cover .

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

A- hazel body with a large offwhite head that laces down the glass

S- malt and grain aroma

T- light roasted grain with a slight nutty presence. some hints of sweetness

M- medium body with a good amount of carbonation. a tad thick, but in a good way.

D- extremely easy to drink. taste is so well balanced that it would never get annoying

overall this is an awsome beer. The taste is so crisp and clean that i could drink this stuff anytime.

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

murky brown with a huge slightly off white head that has some consistency. the foam stays around and sticks to the glass. subtle aroma of malted wheat, banana, clove, and spicy alcohol. lively carbonation...refreshing well constructed body. tasted is evenly sweet carmel and brown sugar, with a solid backbone of malted wheat and subtle banana. spicy clove and delicate hop finish.

man what a beer! a dark wheat at it's best, i really enjoyed this one. completely unique flavor done extremely well. kudos.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love helles hefes so I was keen to hace a crack at this. Poured into Oz schooner glass and there was a good rich head which I made overflow. Bugger. Anyhow, there was a lovely caramel, wheaty aroma which was even more present in the taste. This flavour was cut by a nice clovey, stewed apple note which balanced off the sweeter taste. Not much hops and the more I drank the more interesting things I tasted. Roast beef? Dark chocolate? Its all there but the banana I like in the hefes. The mouthfeel was nice and rich with a full body but rather sticky like a dessert. The carbonation is perfect with continuous moderate bead. I love this and now have a need for it. Now!

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Photo of unklesyd
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very much more orange hued than expected. Not quite the dunkle that the label colors implied. Attractive color, however, atop a huge head that took several minutes to pour properly.

Nice herbal notes, very slight tartness. Smooth and creamy malt that minimized banana flavors of the typical hefe.

Mouthfeel is fairly still after the pour. For a hot day, this does surprisingly well. No roastiness, very little nuttiness, slightest effervescence prevents this from being cloying AND stops the acidity of an overcarbed hefe.

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

On tap at SYF in New Brunswick.

Ahh Wheat Beers...my personal favorite.

The original Hefeweissbier may be my #1 all time favorite brew, so this had a lot to live up to. I saw it at my favorite watering hole and it was even on tap...I instantly ordered a liter.

Pours a turbulent leather brown that his a bit of a river clay color to it with a cloudy, ever slightly off-white head.

On the nose I sense glimpses of predominately barley with hints of clove and citrus.

Tastes consist with the usual Hefe tastes of banana, clove, citrus accompanied by some darker, candied malts and more roasted barley.

Is extremely, extremely smooth and drinkable. One of my favorite Dunkels, and only second to Schneider Aventinus.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this beer. First of all I highly enjoy Wheat Beers. Second I love German beers and third because of the great reviews I found on this website.

Poured from bottle into a standard glass. VERY cloudy. The most opaque wheat beer I have tried. Wasn't quite as "dunkel" as say Erdinger Dukel

Smell was a little on the sweet side. Not offensive at all.

Taste was a little stronger the the Weissen. Well balanced with little to no aftertaste. Tasted very close to Erdinger Weissbier

Mouthfeel was for a better lack of a word perfect. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. Although I still do prefer Erdinger Weissbier/Dunkel. Erdinger is has more of a full flavour. A little stronger then the one reviewed.

If your looking for an amazing Wheat Beer, you won't be disappointed with this one.

Erdinger Weissbier or Dunkel is still a better beer IMO

MB

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Photo of bigrzman
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a 500ml bottle and poured it into a wheat glass. It poured out with a deep woody mahogany color with plenty of excited bubble racing to the top forming a dull brown-white head that lingers throughout. I smell fruity esters that i can't put a finger on and banana. Later in the sniff i pick up bread, yeast, and grain, a fine bouquet. Very bready, banana, apricot, and a hint of cherry. Nice mild hop drying effect that balances off the malts. The mouthfeel is wet up front drying in the back and medium overall. Carbonation is prickly and burpy. This beer goes down like nectar with a wanting for more. I can see myself in a bar in Germany drinking the day away with this beer. Outstanding beer, one of the best in its style hands down.

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

Picked up this gem of a beer at Friar Tuck near Champaign, IL in the spring and it's been chilling in my mini fridge ever since -- largely due to an extremely hot spring and summer here in western Kentucky. To me, this style needs to be enjoyed in the cooler months and tonite is perfect.

This brewery makes some wonderful beer. This one is no different.

Appearance/Smell -- I apologize for not having the proper glassware. Poured into an oversized wine glass and it's not a bad choice at that as the oversized opening allows me to get a frothy pour with some wonderful earthy smells, such as overripe bananas.

Taste/mouthful/drinkability -- I'm trying to allow this beer to warm up to see what room temperature brings to this brew, but it is so good so I'm finding that hard to do. Nonetheless, this is an interesting beer. Not all that familiar with the style.

Age has not affected this beer. It is the king of beers for this style and I will re-visit it soon.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured pint bottle into weizen glass. Dark weiss/whit amber color.

Nose is unremarkable, malty.

Taste is light roasty malt, classic citrus, and slight banana.

Mouth is foamy, which is fun I guess.

Not a darker dunkel, closer to weizenbock .Doesn't knock my socks off, but still enjoyable.

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

cloudy light brown, like fresh cider, with a fluffy white head. aromas of overly-ripe bananas, walnuts, toasted bread, cloves. tastes exactly how it smells, with an emphasis on the ripe bananas, and a bit of bubblegum sweetness. toasty malts and wheat flavors balance perfectly, and the finish is very dry. very smooth, unassuming, and natural tasting. goes down fast.

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Photo of Nick3
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer poured into my Paulaner Weisbier glass. Brew is cloudy and brownish-orange in color. Beautiful pillowy 3 finger head is formed easily, even with a gentle pour. Rings of lacing cling to the glass and the head rescinds a bit initially but then holds 2 cm or so for most of the beer. Nose is malty with lemony notes as well as what I can best describe as jalapeno. Taste is sublime; beer is amazingly well balanced. Caramel is present and some malty sweetness. Beer is smooth and crisp and the finish leaves a light lingering caramel taste. You just want to keep drinking this and quickly and I polished this one off quickly. This and Gordon Biersch DW are the best I've had.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- To me, it looks almost like a really dark apple cider with a nice off-white head. Brownish in color with a hint of cloudiness. The head lasted forever and persisted as a thin layer that clung to the sides of the glass.

Smell- A bit weak in aroma for what I expected but still some nice, subtle hints of malt and bananas.

Taste- Close to a hefe with a definite flavor of banana and clove but much more intense malt flavors. The hops are subtle.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Goes down easy and works great with food as a palate cleanser but stands up to heavier fare than perhaps a hefe (I tried it with grilled chicken and it was dynamite).

Drinkability- Definitely worthy of another purchase. A nice autumn beer with a nice refreshing quality balanced by a fuller malt flavor than a traditional hefe.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a rich rich cloudy auburn with bubbly white head and lots of haze.

rich aromas of sweet malt, figs, hops, and roasted malt as well.

on the palate the beer is wonderfully refreshing with malt upfront and slight fruitiness very reminiscent of a Belgian Dubbel, but without the weight, intensity, or sweetness that they often come with.

Very light, smooth, and refreshing. Maybe there is a reason they have been brewing for so long. A very elegant beer sure to impress and sure to satisfy.

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Photo of lefty
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring from a 16.9 oz bottle into a glass.

I decided to buy this beer based on the ratings from my fellow reviewers and I couldn't be more happy that I did. Right from the initial pour, this beer was absolutely perfect.

The pour was smooth and had a nice three finger head, the color was a nice amber brown/yellow. The aroma was an excellent banana-wheat smell with a perfect balance.

The taste fully lived up to my expectations based on previous reviews. A great wheat taste with a smooth fruit/banana/clove mix. In the mouth it was very smooth. It was so smooth it almost tasted like a "flat" soda on the palate, which shows how smooth it was (and yes, I am 100% confident this was a fresh beer).

Overall, I rate this right up there with the Hofbrau Dunkel Weisse as one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of WMBierguy
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite style beer from my favorite brewery. Great flavor, great color.A slightly stronger taste than an average Weiss beer, and the typically rich Wiehenstephaner quality.Anyone who likes Weiss beers would love this beer, and I suggest that they try it as soon as they can get their hands on this semi hard to find beer.

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Photo of jvajda
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark brown, earthy color. Substantial head. Very appeallling to the eye.
Smell: Big malt sweetness like a Belgian to some degree. Enticing.
Taste: Full bodied, hearty wheat blast. Excellent creamy flavor and superb malt character. Very sweet as well. This is the most perfectly balanced hefe I can recall trying.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and velvety due to low carbonation.
Drinkability: Man this is good. No reason to stop. Excellent all around.

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Photo of hyland24
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass I acquired with this great sampler. Poured a hazy iced tea brown with mysterious cloudy movement, very intriguing. I get my balls broken for always picking up banana smells in my weiss beers but this one had banana all over it followed by hints of fresh bread. Awesome smell. Loved the smell but was blown away by the taste. Banana sweetness followed by delicious chewy biscuit breadiness and finishing with a very faint malt flavor. Nice chewy thick mouthfeel. Each swallow left behind a delicious tasty coating. A perfectly balanced beer.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,948 ratings.
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