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:
3,004
Reviews:
1,119
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
343
Gots:
420
For Trade:
1
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Photo of breadwinner
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of younger35
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Spider889
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this bottle while at Winking Lizard on 4/08/2011. I really just wanted a plain ol' dunkel, but this was the best i was going to get.

Caramel in color, hazy, very tall whit pillowy head. Excellent lace and retention.

Smells like a hefe alright. I was truly hoping for a larger or bolder malt presence here. Ohh well. Lots of soapy aromas along with sweet and fruity clove and banana.

The flavor is quite clove heavy. not much darker malt here sadly. Honeydew was making an appearance along with very soft wheat notes.

Pillowy carbonation. Smooth and very easy drinking.

Overall: this was a great beer despite my traditional dislike of hefe's.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
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 -12.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is cosmetically perfect. Billowing, full-on three-finger width fluffy, creamy, off-white crown with top-notch retention the entire way through, leaving plenty of lace hanging around the edges of the glass. Deep brown, almost bronze hue, very cloudy with glowing honey colours around the edges in the light. Fantastic.

Smells sweet-forward on the nose, with banana, caramel malt, lemon candy, straw and cereal. Again, lots of sweetness comes through on the tongue with tons of banana, caramel, lemon candy, clove, giving way quickly to notes of yeasty bread, lightly roasted malt, cereal, grain, straw, grass.

Finishes rather on the light side, which was a little disappointing as this would be phenomenal if it had more body to it. That nitpick aside, this is still an amazing brew from a brewery that never disappoints.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jacobob10
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of gcamparone
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Purchased at nikkis liquors in north providence ri:

A- dark brown clear body with a huge white head that leaves little lacing. Chunky settling.

S - unripe bananas; yeast, cloves, malt.

T- big wheat, caramel, clove, belgian spices. Delicious and fresh and drinkable. Demands many sips and gulps.

M- low carbonation; medium high mouthfeel

Overall a delicious, fulfilling brew. Like their hereweissbeir but more flavorful.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kimcgolf
3.36/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a hazy, milk chocolate brown, with off-white head that dissipated quickly, and little lacing. Aroma of malt, nuts and chocolate. Taste is malt, chocolate and spice, mostly clove. Could not detect much wheat flavor. Not a bad beer, but have had better Hefe Weiss.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason, I have never tried this one from one of Germany's(and the world's) great breweries.

I poured this into a weisen glass. The head is superlative and does not subside. Beer is fairly clear with medium dark chocolate color. Nose is sweet, caramel and yeasty.

The first sip was a challenge. Getting through that head in the tall weiss glass is a challenge. Let's try again. Tip it a little further. Oh what beautiful carbonated tingling to the taste buds. Behind the tingle was some sweetness and citrus with hints of caramel. This is a fine drinkable beer. I would be hard pressed to find a better example of german wheat beer.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appears a lovely dark orange copper color with a nice three finger off-white head that turns into a big foam mountain in the center. A nice head sticks around and leaves big sheets of lace down the side of the glass.

Aroma is clovey, with a good amount of banana, some plums, and caramel.

Flavor is first somewhat fruity, kind of like apples and plums with a spiciness mixed in from the cloves. In the middle there is banana and for the finish the clove character leaves a nice spicy note on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is typical for a weizen. Light bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

This Dunkelweizen is truly one of the best as far as presentation goes. Be that as it may, I still think I prefer Franziskaner in the flavor department.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of CurtisD
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.25 out of 5 based on 3,004 ratings.
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