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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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Reviews: 1,093 | Ratings: 2,908
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


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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 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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Photo of mbusster88
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into weissbier glass.

A: Deep brown color with fluffy off white head. Very hazy and decently carbonated.

S: Very malty in the nose, get the cloves and some light toffee notes. Also get caramel and the clean weissbier smell.

T/M: Cloves right up front, some fruit notes, heavy malt backbone, very clean feel.

D: Easy drinking, very clean, good beer and well put together.

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

A-Murky brown with a prominent white creamy head. Retention of the head is perfect. Interesting color but still very attractive

S-A burst of banana. with a hint of citrus

T-a very smooth almost fruity taste. Suprinsgly light and refreshing. Also has a great malty taste. What a wonderful tasting beer.

M-medium body with light to medium carbonation

O- A great beer. I love the amount you receive for the price. This is really how beer should be made.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 16oz bottle into a Weizen glass. As with all the Weihenstephaner products, the bottle has a very nice presentation.

A: dark brown/amber color with a big creamy and foamy coffee colored head. Very good retention.

S: Hints of spices and banana, lots of yeast

T: Bready taste, with hints of banana and dark fruits. It has a somewhat dry finish with some degree of bitterness.

M: medium body with some carbonation

O: a very good beer, very representative of its style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | 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 BierManVA
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice example of a dunkel weiss from a world class brewery.

Excellent pour with good carbonation. The aromas are of wheat and spice and ripe (sweat) fruit. Taste is deliciously spicy with wheat, clove and pepper tones. Chewy and refreshing.

It's difficult to find any distractors for this bier.



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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- dark copper brown with a huge off white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- some malt with some banana clove a good nose to this beer

T-the clove and banana taste were tempered with the darker malts making this my favorite wheat beirt

M- balanced not to thick or thin

D- ultimatly refeshing a very very drinkable beir especially on a hot day

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pt. 0.9 oz. bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

A: Poured a cloudy brownish-gold, forming a foamy, two-inch head.

S: Tons of bananas, with strong notes of lemon peels and some yeast and cloves.

T: Like biting into a slice of citrus-y banana bread! Almost no bitterness at all.

M: Very crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation.

D: It's crazy that a beer this good is also such an incredibly cheap buy. If you only have a $10 bill in your wallet, pick up three of these and call it a night.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown w/ amber highlights. Head stiff but dissipated and laced only slightly.

S - Clove, yeast and slight malt.

T - Clove dominates, some subtle pepper. Banana comes out as it warms.

M - Light carbonation. A little thinner than I imagined it would be, but not watery.

O - Pretty cool that this is the oldest brewery in the world dating back to 1040. The quality is definitely there. Not too heavy. Wouldn't turn it down.

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

Undated bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Tasty looking brew. Pours a very cloudy, copper-brown color. Very much looks like iced-tea. A huge three inch thick off white head forms, with excellent retention. Lots of malt of yeast smells, with hints of spices,cloves and bananas. Very nice combination of wheat and malt flavors. A little sweetness in there, like sweet apple cider. Excellent mouthfeel very light and refreshing. Way too easy to drink. A great beer to enjoy, on a hot summer's day. a must try!!

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Photo of bradford
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at BevMo Huntington Beach, CA
Appearance was a bit muddy, cloudy light brown
Smell was very good. Lots of fruity banana in the nose and a strong whiff of wheat
Taste was alright, nothing special. I expected a bit more from the taste after smelling it and tasting the original Weihenstephaner Hefe
Mouthfeel was okay.A bit chunky and not as refreshingly coating as I expect in a wheat beer
Drinkability is very high though because it is refreshing as hell

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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