Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
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
Ratings:
2,980
Reviews:
1,112
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours an orangey brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, banana, and clove.
T: Very sweet malt base with a very nice banana and clove taste at the end of it. The flavors mesh very nicely.
M: Very smooth, kind of heavier than it looks, but with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable and the flavors mesh really really well. Definately worth a try.

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

poured a HAZY BROWN color with a huge off white/tan head that lasted forever and left nice lacing
smell is lots of banana and a hint of clove
taste is huge banana
mouthfeel was medium to light, you could see carbonation but not feel it on the tongue
drinkability is perfect and most likely the fresher the better

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Photo of carteravebrew
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of TooGood
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Domingo
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A excellent dunkel-weizen!
Not quite as good as it's Hefe sibling, but still world class in every way.
Pours a cloudy brown, but unlike a few others it's got just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being too foamy.
Taste is a little muddled at first but as it warms, lots of flavor comes through. It the overpowering chocolate flavor others have but I do taste fruit (banana, pear) and just the right amount of dark bready sweetness with a hint of cocoa.
A solid brew all the way around and likely the best Dunkel-Weisen you'll run into just because it seems like a style the US hasn't really welcomed yet.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Dunkel. 500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Fluffy one & a half finger, slightly off white head. Lacing isn't great. Deep amber color. Fairly hazy. Big chunks of yeast (or maybe cloves?) at the bottom of the pour.

S: Sweet caramel first. Light cloves behind that. Just a little banana and lemon coming through.

T: Just like the aroma. Sweet caramel malts on the tip of the tongue. Light cloves swirling around the rest of the mouth. Faint banana and lemon finishing it off.

M: Light to medium bodied. Little bit creamy. Not as refreshing or as crisp as the regular Hefe.

O: Being my first Dunkel, I don't have a base to go on except that Weihenstephaner's Hefe is exceptional. This is a very good beer. The caramel malts are a nice deviation from a typical Hefe.

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Photo of 4ster
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

2nd of the five bottles of the gift pack. Poured the 500ml into traditional hefeweizen glass that came with the pack. Excellent, though not as inviting as Hefeweissbier.

Pours with a huge three-four finger thick off white head. Has good retention. Decent lacing. Color is copper-brown. Against the light, the top is darker compared to the bottom. A lot of cloudiness as is typical of wheat beers. Not very dark. Slightly less number of bubbles.

Smell is more banana and cloves, with the former dominating. Slight hints of dark malt and some sweetness. This one is more banana than hefeweissbier.

Taste is very much similar to the nose, with dominant wheat beer taste. Slight hop presence. Bready taste. Not a lot of sweetness. Overall taste is well balanced. No hints of roasted malts.

Mouth feel: Light to medium bodied feel. Moderate on carbonation makes it much more drinkable. Refreshing but not as much as its hefeweissbier brother.

Overall style wise it scores 4.25-4.5 Personally It is a good beer but nothing that i am a fan of. I did not like it much. 3.5

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Photo of mmorris15
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.16/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dunkely brown with orange on the edges. one-finger head packed tight with steadily rising carbonation through the body. thin lacing wastes no time returning to the body of beer. summery and light.

aroma is wheaty and leaves not much to say. smells good. smells like wheat, i like wheat, i want to drink it.

taste? smooth and wheaty, mostly bitter though with some sweet caramel notes also weighing heavy. fresh tartness of lemon and sweet clove back it all up. doesnt measure up to the regular hefe. flavors cancel each other our here moreso than complementing each other. banana is still here but forced into the background by a dark burnt breadiness. ok, good german session.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of doktorhops
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner again? Yeah there was a deal going at one of my locals, nonetheless I'm looking forward to a good Dunkel, as they say.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: The Dunkel looks Dunkel, cloudy and brown.. it's a Dunkel alright. The head fizzed a little at 2cm before it subsided to a thin lacing.

S: Like the Hefewiessebier (banana, cloves, hint of bubblegum) but with a slight caramel overtone... also delicious but I wouldn't make a cologne out of it (take note Calvin Klein).

T: More of the same; Banana, toasty biscuit malts and a clove spicy back note. The malts are more prominent (and toasty) in this than the straight Hefeweissbier but in a blind taste test this would be most negligible. It's really a case of pick your poison between the two and I've got to say the Hefeweissbier edges it for me... to each their own.

M: Yet again 'creamy' springs to mind quickly. Precision German brewing has created a mouthfeel identical to the Hefeweissbier.

D: Yep - on par with the Hefeweissbier, upon which I heaped much praise. To me it is merely a style choice in which case I prefer the Hefe, it's got the almost the same aroma, flavour and mouthfeel but I think the banana comes through just a little bit more with the Hefe and this to me makes it the winner.

Food match: Same as the Hefeweissbier... nuff said.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RKing44
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of joemochas
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of nataku00
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of younger35
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So a bit of a side note on this brew. I was purchased in August of 07 so this is sort of a experiment. No idea how a 5% Hefe holds up for a year and a half but we'll see. Drank from my New Glarus Weizen glas.

Appearance- Pours a semi hazed dark murky yellowish orange with a beautifully huge three finger orange pith white. The big head fizzes away fairly quickly leaving a thin cap and collar and not much lacing.
Smell- A light bit of dirty earthy mashed banana with subtle hints of clove and nutmeg. Very bready in a sort of whole wheat way with a light bit of sweetness. Some bubblegum at times and a tinge of wet dog hair.
Taste- Much like the nose it starts with a nice burst of yeasty clove and some lightly sweet banana. A bit wheat and whole grain a nice earthy malt aspect that I don't know I've experienced before. I think the time in the bottle really is what's keeping the beer flavors from 'popping'. I know its better fresh but it's good anywho.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light and sort of creamy with very light carbonation, especially considering how aggressive it was out of the bottle.
Drinkability- Well even after all this time the beer remains pretty darned tasty. Sure it's not as good as it could be but it's still better than a lot of fresh Hefs. Glad I tried this and I'll definitely edit my review upon trying this fresher.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of match1112
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of breadwinner
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

murky brownish, orangey copper, with a few chunks of yeast too (didn't swirl the bottle slowly enough?) lots of head, though it retains a little less than the regular weiss. decent lacing.

more of a toasted banana bread aroma, some nuttiness. mild cinnamon and brown sugar. yeast. not as aromatic as the regular.

taste is a little less fruity and more subdued as well, and also a tad more bitter. phenolic notes near the end, finish is semi dry.

a bit too fizzy

still a decent beer

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Photo of froghop
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy dark orange-brown with lots of sediment, very large off-white head, good lacing.

smell of ripe banana, malt, touch of cocoa, and some spice.

taste is creamy and thick, cocoa, malt, touch of spice, some wheat, slight banana, and some yeast.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,980 ratings.
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