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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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

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Ratings: 3,019 |  Reviews: 1,125
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of NV9
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. Veronus in Peterborough.

Cloudy light brown in colour with a big white head that gives way to a fair amount of lacing.

Smell is mostly banana and spice with a bit of breadiness behind it.

Tastes of citrus with a little bit of banana and hops, very, very smooth.

Medium carbonation and body, this is just a great tasting beer. Not long after having it on tap, they had some bottles at the LCBO and I picked up a bunch of them.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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%

Photo of tviz33
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL served in a Notorious BIG pint glass

A- Pours a murky orange-brown body with a 3-finger off white head.

S- Not too potent. Mostly spice with a little bit of banana and cloves. Maybe some dark fruits trying to peak in.

T- Quite similar to the nose with a lot of wheat up front. Not as fruity as I was expecting, but spicier. There seems to be a bit of a disconnect between the different flavors at a colder temperature but it becomes much more enjoyable as it warms.

M- Medium feel and decent carbonation. FInishes quickly overall and a nice little tingle sticks around on the tongue

O- I'm no expert on the style, but I'd say this does the style justice. Easy to drink but I'd still take their regular hefeweizen over their dark.

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2.73/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 500ml hefeweissbier glass at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Reviewed from notes taken June 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice soft cream, good thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark brown.

Sm: Roasted barley (in a dunkel?) Floral hops. Heavy caramelized malt. Some nuts.

T: Caramelized malt dominates the first half, but the second half feels empty. Slight nutty character on the fringe with hints of cream. Quite imbalanced structurally, with radically different halves. Very strange build compared to most dunkels I've had; I have to wonder if the tap is set up correctly. I wish the flavour early on remained for the latter half.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body.

Dr: The caramelized malt is overdone. The balance is off. The price is fair, and she drinks pretty easy. Worth a go, but better out of the bottle.


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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of kagent777
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into my perfect pint. Batch 7102 is printed on the back of the label.

Appearance: A slightly hazy light brown beer. The beer itself does not look too nice but the head is glorious at a foamy three finger size that leaves splotchy lacing.

Smell: Wheat, bananas, and some cloves and general spiciness.

Taste: Similar to their regular hefe, except slightly more toasted. Toasted grains with wheat leading the way, a slight fruity note and nice spiciness backing it all up.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little piquant, while the body is thin to middling but really smooth. The flavors do coat the mouth all around nicely.

Overall: I do like this dunkel, but was not wowed by it. Maybe my palette is off tonight. I ought to give it another go.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of VaterRoss
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into hefe glass

Pours murky yellow/brown, not an entirely pleasant look especially for those unused to the style. Big fluffy off-white head but smaller than the normal hefe. Smell is spicy bananas. Taste is dry and spicy and yeasty, very dry finish and a bit of boozines (strange for the lowish abv). Malt is a bit more prominent than in the regular hefe and adds some sweetness. Mouthfeel is dry, spicy, and highly carbed. A smidgeon heavier in weight than the standard hefe.

Not as good as the classic Weihen hefe but still a very good beer, more yeast and malt flavor but doesn't seem to pull together as well as the classic.

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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review #100! Pours a swamp-like hybrid color, dark copper and dark tan, opaque and murky with an off-white head that plumps up big time and looks super thick and creamy. The head is long lasting and easy to conjure up from nothing due to the volatile nature of the brew. Nose hits just like you'd expect with an initial bubblegum hint, quickly surrounded by clove and some other kitchen spices, maybe coriander. Both malty and fruity on the tongue - bananas are, of course, the most prevalent, followed by plums and grapes. Yeast sinks into the tastebuds and provides a nice, toasted-bread-like backbone for the sweet fruity malts to stand upon. No real apparent bitterness here, and hops aren't noticeable unless you try extremely hard (and even then, it's probably all in your mind). But this brew was meant for the malt! Thin-medium body with a great deal of carbonation, leaving a nice snap on the tongue up front and through the finish.

Another amazing brew by Weihenstephaner. Hits all the marks and traits you'd expect from a hefeweissbier - bananas, cloves, breads, yeast, toasty malts, etc. Remains simple while exceeding at everything it does. This is a must-try, and the best part is that it's readily available in most places.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Amber and brown in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a huge, billowy off-white foam with excellent staying power that leave thick sheets of lacings on the glass. Sweet banana and clove aromas with an earthy sweet toasted malt aroma beneath. Creamy smooth delicate feel with a clean crisp finish. Combination of sweet banana and light toasted malt flavors up front followed by spicy clove flavors through the middle that usher in a light hop bitterness toward the end. Like the feel the flavors finish clean and crisp with a sweet fruity banana aftertaste. Fabulous, earthy, delicate aromas, flavors and feel.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,019 ratings
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