Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
BA SCORE
91.8%
Liked This Beer
4.25 w/ 3,007 ratings
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
Ranking:
#768
Reviews:
1,121
Ratings:
3,007
Liked:
2,761
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
10.12%
Alströms:
4.73
 
 
Wants:
342
Gots:
420
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,007 |  Reviews: 1,121
Photo of Phoodcritic
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Heeenrik
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dsshuck
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SeymourDunn
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours the color of a mixed fruit smoothie/golden plum color. Orange blushes, 90% opaque with a distinct haziness. Head goes on for days and remains mountainous, though it leaves no lace - just politely receding.

Aromas of wheat, marshmallow, orange, clove, and pineapple. Some off notes would include a touch of stale corn and tomato.

Flavor is a bit watery to start, and introduces some corn and wheat (an off-bottle maybe?), banana, pineapple, orange, blood orange, and a touch of metal.

Feel, as noted, is watery, with a hint of creaminess or even whipped fluffiness, with a nice light pucker on the finish.

Overall, I was really expecting more from this beer, but perhaps I set my sights too high. Weihenstephaner has been a totally groundbreaking brewery (aside from being the oldest), but there are a few that are less than their world-class offerings. This is one of them. It's not bad, it's not even just good, it is indeed great, just not eye-popping. Still worth a try.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours cloudy hazy dark amber brown with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like red apple, sweet spice, caramel, toasty wheat, with some banana and vanilla. Tastes like red apple, sweet spice, toasty wheat, bready cereal grain, clove, vanilla, mild banana, with subtle notes of caramel. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a real nice dunkelweizen.

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Photo of puck1225
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I cannot believe I had not reviewed this before. Is it really possible I had not this before? In any event, I am glad to drink this beer!

A beautiful beer, right out of the bottle. Deep rich brown, lovely head and lacing. Sensational smell and taste. Sweet, spicy, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, hazelnut. Just marvelous!

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Photo of StuMonkey
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is nothing not to like. Very drinkable.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewingMN
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Head forms nicely with a gentle pour, pushing the two inch realm. This is a real beauty! It dissolves to a perfect ring with islands across the top. The smell is of dark malty grains with hints of bananas and roasted nuts, followed by that familiar hefeweizen crisp yeast background. The taste really delivers on what the nose predicts. Caramelized sugar, banana, fresh baked bread with just the right amount of nutty yeast. Man, I love this beer!

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Photo of Warren2621
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madakassal
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oleg85
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SSGCujo
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cwkash
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of James954
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

All I will say is that this is the only dunkel that I have tried that has achieved the goal of having a richer and sweeter profile with the dark fruit while not becoming syrupy and sweet. It's like a dry Dunkel if there's such a thing. I can detect the Hefeweiss characteristics of banana, apricot, and clove, while incorporating some dunkel character into it at the same time.

One heck of a balancing act!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a light doppelbock tastes like a hefeweizen. It has all the clove and banana character plus some caramel and nuts. Its drinkable and not cloying at all. I love it

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L - 5 poured a .5L bottle into a Hefeweizen glass. Brown body with a caramel toffee head
S - 5 carmel, roasted hazelnut, banana, clove
T - 5 same as the smell
F - 5 very minimal carbonation, super smooth silky beer, almost creamy, moderat coat of the palate
O - 5 best beer I've ever had. Super smooth creamy beer that is full of flavor

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Photo of mattsucks
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 91.8% out of 100 with 3,007 ratings
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