Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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:
2,986
Reviews:
1,114
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
Wants:
341
Gots:
416
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,986 |  Reviews: 1,114
Photo of keithmurray
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - murky golden brown liquid with off white head that lingers

Smell - caramel, toasted wheat bread, wheat, cloves

Taste - same flavor profile as the regular hefeweissen, wheat, cloves, lemon, only difference here is the presence of caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied yet still manages to be light and refreshing, flavors linger nicely similar to the flagship hefe

Overall - this is a really good, available, reasonably priced beer. Highly Recommended

Price Point - $3.19/ 16.9 oz. bottle

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Photo of alelover
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jzlyo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

I've had the pleasure of having the three Weihenstephaner beers in the top 250 in the past week. I'll probably upload my written reviews for the other two along with several other beers soon. For now this is my first review, hopefully it's not done miserably!

A: Darkened gold, almost a bronze. Murky, see through around the edges, but not in the center. Foams up quickly when poured, dissipates quickly.

S: Fruit notes come through, I don't pick up much else. The fruit are the usual citrus notes for this style.

T: Light and fruity. Although this is darker than the not dunkel version of this beer, this is by no means a dark beer. The fruit compared to the lighter version is slightly lighter, but still enjoyable.

M: Light, which is to be expected with the style.

O: This is a great example of this style from a brewery who excels at it. I preferred the lighter version, but this was still enjoyable. If you enjoy the German style I would definitely look this beer up along with the other beers from Weihenstephaner. If you're not, this probably won't be your speed.

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Photo of brendaniel
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.24/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Tonmeister
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured in pint mug

Appearance: Dark, cloudy brownish, mahogany, with a half-finger head off white.

Smell: The aroma is just like a classic heffeweizen. Roasted malts, caramel with a fruity blend of apples.

Taste: It tastes like a toned down heffeweizen. The wheat presence is not as heavy, but to compensate for it there is a nice fruity blend along with this beer. Not bitter at all and can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: moderate body with crisp moderate carbonation. Very refreshing on my palate.

Overall: I could drink this all day, especially on hot summer days. This is a very refreshing beer that is perfect as a session ale.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into pint glass

appearance: very cloudy dark amber brown/mahogany, 2 finger bubbly white head

smell: wheat, clove, plum, banana, citrus, dark fruits, coriander

taste: clove, banana, nutmeg, some funkiness, also some dark fruits that mesh with the wheat backbone. In all honesty, this almost resembles what you could consider a "light" Belgian Tripel.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, thin to medium bodied

overall: One of the best Dunkels out there, and while Weihenstephaner may have the best Hefe, I think I prefer Franziskaner's Dunkel to this.

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Photo of Honus1
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of dspfballer
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of HawkIPA
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of michaelbdaley
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of RKing44
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of pascilla
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of TastefulNudity
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first dunkel, poured in to a tall Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Rusty brown with some orange showing through. Almost the same color as the bottle. Nice one and a half finger head that calms down a bit but remains. Little lacing. Strong carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Whoa, almost pure malt hits you in the face. Malt sweetness, spice (clove and black pepper), cinnamon, yeast, bubblegum, banana, faint dark fruit. This smells great. I've had and loved their Hefeweizen and it smells exactly like that with more malt and spice.

Taste: It's awesome. Malt and caramel sweetness up front while staying light and peppery. Moves to the back of the tongue where you get the traditional Hefeweizen flavors of yeast, banana, and clove. Refreshing flavor while remaining different from what I've had before.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and dry, just as it should be. Unsurprisingly no identifiable alcohol. Leaves a great finish that makes me want to pick the glass back up every time I put it down.

This is a great beer and a fantastic introduction in to the dunkel style. I'm loving it for the change it brings, but If I had a choice between this and their original Hefeweizen, I'd have to pick the original. Both are worth a definitely shot and amazing, try them and find your favorite.

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Photo of SoCalStout
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of IHyphySF
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Arrives a cloudy, rust brown with a small, light tan head. Retention is good though only as a film. No lace.
Smell is all malt and spices (cloves, cinnamon & pepper) with some yeast and mustiness.
Taste is malt, spices, yeast and I swear a very faint apple note though maybe it was just a wishful thinking. Good balance.
Slightly warming, very light effervescence. Medium bodied. Slightly watery at the start but filling in nicely midway through the finish. Good stuff, Maynard.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,986 ratings.
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