Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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:
1,087
Ratings:
2,884
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.51%
 
 
Wants:
319
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364
For Trade:
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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.

"Quality"

John

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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

01/13/2010
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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Photo of BeerTaster
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance cloudy brown white head that left to quickly but had decent lacing on the edge. Smell tosted grains and hints of apple. Taste tosted grain caramel and again apple. Mouthfeel mediam body and high carbonation. Drinkability not bad if its late spring or early fall I will buy this one again.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a friend who was telling me about dark hefeweizens about a year ago and I thought he was full of shit (This was before I was on BA), and now that I'm drinking my first, I'm damn glad that he wasn't kidding. But let's get down to brass tacks, here:

A - Looks like a dark hefe, murky brownish-yellow, with plenty of yeast and lots of carbonation heading towards the soft, creamy head. Looks fantastic to drink.

S - Some definite yeast, earthy tones, maybe some grass.

T - Amazing! A little chocolaty about halfway through, and finishes up with a creamy flavor, like the foam from a root beer float. Seriously delicious!

M - Slight carbonation upon entry, but after that it's smooth sailing.

D - This would be a definite session beer for me - delicious, incredibly affordable, low abv, light, crisp, and sweet. I'll be buying these over and over again.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got to love the Dunkel!

Appearance - Dark, murky brown that seems to vary in the glass.. Nice effect and cream head

Smell - Bitter and mild noble hops. Hints of wheat but I wish it was more pronounced when opening

Taste - WOW! Malty, wheat and noble hop beginning. Fades to sweet malt. Great Taste

Mouthfeel - Sticks around with that orginal good flavor for several minutes. Cant beat continuing the right flavors

Overall - Now this is a Dunkel

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well it's a rainy day and I'm listening to wolves in the throne room so what better then a nice dark wheat beer to quench my thirst and suit the mood of the day.
Being a fan of their regular wheat beer I was quite looking forward to Weihenstephaner's dunkle offering. The pour was intriguing, the usual large, aerated, slightly off white head floated atop a very murky brown brew reminiscent of swamp water due to the unfiltered particles creating the opaque characteristics of such.

All the usual suspects were there in terms of smell banana, chewing gum, clove, and what always reminds me of fresh spring air nothing out of the ordinary here. Unfortunately no sight (or smell rather) of any malt character in the nose, which came as a bit of a surprise to me.

Time to taste and unfortunately the first sip did not produce much. It may have been my fault for having it a bit too cold but the initial taste was very subdued, no maltiness or spiciness really. Further on I perceived hints of the spices and malt I expected, whole wheat toast, raisins, black pepper, nutmeg and lemon zest. All of these were very subdued and sadly not as robust as I would have liked. The only other flavour I picked up was that of alcohol, which became more apparent towards the latter half said imbibed drink. Our dear friends hops made a almost nonexistent appearance as would be expected of the style, only hiding in the dark shadows for support.

Inside the oral cavity a things were very light bodied and smooth with the liquid becoming extremely foamy upon ingestion, nothing different or unusual here just the status quo.

Overall I'm a little let down, while it is a very refreshing wheat beer I didn't really get the hit of toasty darker malts I was looking for. Maybe I'll give it another shot but right now this dark Deutschlander will be on the backburner as far as wheat beers go.

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Photo of ttu94
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well what can one say about this beer?? Yes it is a dunkelweizen or dark wheat beer. but really it is an absolute fantastic beer. I have read so much latley about how German beers are one dimensional and boring but after drinking a beer like this how can anyone belive that stupid argument. This beer is great looking. Smells better and tastes better than that. Try one you will see.

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Photo of BeerMark
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel pours dark with a large tan fluffy head. It has a wheat and malt aroma. Tastes great with malt, banana, and wheat coming through. It's considered world class by many and I must agree. This beer really hits the spot when I'm looking for something sweet and malty. A must try. Purchased at Chan's Wine World in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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Photo of portwood
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell: Cereals, bread yeast, sourdough. Taste: Full bodied, balanced hops, roasted malt, hint of coffee. Finish: Spicy cinnamon, chocolate. (best before 30/06/16)

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Photo of sbe1
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down the best dark Hefeweissbier.

Appearance: Soft cloudy brown, with a billowy off-white head that lasts awhile, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt, caramel, hint of pepper, clove, yeast.

Taste: Crisp hop and spice with sweet pumpkin, roasted malt, light hint of fruit and alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Refeshing carbonation, moderate to light mouthfeel, clean and crisp.

Drinkability: excellent session beer. Highly recommended.

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

I had a stein full of this brew on a recent trip back to Tallahassee, Florida and needless to say, this stuff was class all the way.

Appearance is a dark brown/creamy black with gobs of head retention and thick as a brick. This stuff doesn't mess around and knows how to make its presence known. Definitely a great looking dunkel.

Smell was strong in roasted malts and wheat. This stuff does not mess around and is not for the lighthearted. This dunkelweizen carried strong wheat aromas and did not disappoint at all.

Taste was great. This is a bitter beer no doubt, but it's an enjoyable bitterness with a sweet finish. This is also a very thick beer and certainly not one to hand to a friend to chug with. No no, this is a patience beer and drinking this beast with its great taste is something to behold.

Mouthfeel was thick, flavorful and overwhelming in retention. One of the strongest beers I've ever tasted and certainly look to trying again in the future.

Drinkability is killer. I had a stein of this and needless to say this was beyond magnificent. Great flavor, great volume, and overall provides a great buzz. Definitely grab a pint or two of this, as you will thoroughly enjoy it.

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

A: Pours an opaque, cloudy mahogany with a dense, fluffy white head of typical Weizen magnitude. Good retention, gradually settling to a cap of foam but leaving scant lacing.

S: Typical clove and banana spiciness joined by cinnamon, mingling with brown and wheat malts to produce an enticing banana bread aroma. Hints of clementines, yeast, and caramel round out the nose.

T: Mostly follows the nose: rich dark Munich and wheat malts are more prominent, but combine with banana and faint clove/brown spice flavours to produce an spicy banana bread taste. Yeast and nutty, slightly roasty malt notes come through towards the finish. Hops are undiscernable at any point, and a hint of ethanol develops as one drinks.

M: Medium-bodied with high, crisp carbonation that cleanly 'cuts' and balances the rich and somewhat sweet flavour. The nut and roasted malt notes in the finish also contribute a lot to the overall clean, dry finish. Superb balance.

D: I've had little experience with Dunkelweizen, but would still venture to say this ranks amongst the best examples of the style. I don't find it sessionable, but it's a rich, delicious beer all the same with a spicy, banana bread character. A real stand-out.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the local market! Let's see what's it all about.

Pours a nice hazy brown leathery color into the glass. Off white foam leaves no rings behind.

Smell is sweet and malty, pleasant yet apparently simple.

The taste is initially sweet, then it starts to feel like a great cup of coffee when about to swallow. All the flavor are perfectly balanced. And the slightly bitter, slightly meaty aftertaste is absolutely seducing.

The beer is just right to enjoy for casual drinking. Not too thick or watery. Not too much or too little carbonation.

This is the very definition of a perfectly enjoyable, drinkable beer. Cheers!

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. Dunkelweizen is very interesting German style. It has everything people look for in quality hefeweizen with out all the orange and coriander flavors. Instead they taste like applesauce. Tangy acidity, nice color, wonderful flavors, there is nothing not to like about this beer from the oldest still operating brewery in the world.

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Photo of obrendano
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolute treat. a little Christmas present to myself after my last day of crazy busy season at my job

A - insane head everywhere, thick and creamy straight out of the bottle. gorgeous shade of brownish amber. could stare at this for hours

S - the smell of amazingness. banana bread with even more toasty wheat over top of it

T - among the best I've ever tasted. rich toast flavor, even more cloves than most other hefe-'s I've tried, some vanilla singing backup. absolutely impressive

M - creamy and full, sticks to your mouth from lip to throat

D - when I get the chance I'm buying a month's worth of this stuff. Merry Christmas to me!

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

Medium dark brown and cloudy with 2 finger off white head.

Smells of Wheat, yeasts, mild caramels.

Tastes are mild, sweet toffee, caramel, grains, yeasts, bread in the finish.

Medium body with zesty carbonation that dances on the tongue. Mild alcohol warmth in the throat and a medium dry finish.

A good dark Hefe. Nicely flavored, nothing overdone. Generous carbonation and flavors make this a solid brew.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Top notch German import here from a brewery that makes it easy to understand their longevity.

Pours with a big and frothy head that threates to leave the glass and envelope the room...beautiful mocha color. Less than average lacing, but the head stays around to the end in a diminished form. The goodies beneath are a unique and cloudy reddish-brown hue that is murky and inviting. Moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is hugely grainy with big notes of yeast and cider spices and fresh pumpernickel that blend flawlessly with a green hoppy finish.

The taste is initially wholesome and bready before developing some definite frutiness along with very strong notes of clove and cardamom. This herbal attitude eventually gives way to sharp but gentle hop bite and ever-so-slight tart cider notes linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is intriguing if a little thin...perhaps the color was misleading as I am a newcomer to the Dunkels. Low carbonation allows for the full appreciation of the subtle nuances in the flavor.

Drinkability is fantastic, but this beer goes down like a rare treat not meant to be guzzled en masse.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.
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