Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,970 Ratings
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

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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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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier Dark (henceforth "Dunkel") pours a dark, hazy tawny body that is slightly more translucent than expected when held up towards a dim ceiling light. The head on this beer is big and has tons of staying power. I can't recall the last time I had a beer whose head stuck around this long. I very gently swirled the glass as the beer reached the half-way point, and was delighted to see an eruption of slightly off-white foam.

Cloves dominate the nose at first, though notes of sweet roasted malts and floral hops do manage to assert themselves. As the beer warms, flavors of banana, golden raisins, and apricots move to the fore.

The taste follows the nose at first. At first sip the taste of sweet, roasted malt is just a touch too strong. But as the beer warms, and as the palate grows accustomed to the malt, the bittering hops emerage, and the sweetness recedes and integrates into perfect balance. The last 2/3 of this bottle were perfect. Golden raisins and unsulphured apricots accentuate aromas of clove and ripe banana. The roasted malt and buttery yeast play an important role here. In great Hefeweissbier, buttery yeast and lightly roasted wheat malts generate banana flavors. In this Dunkel, the roasted malt is toasted just enough to create the illusion of a brown-butter braise. The best sips of this beer taste of brown butter braised banana seasoned with a few golden raisins, apricots, ground cloves and just a hint of nutmeg.

It is difficult to imagine improving on the mouthfeel. At first, the carbonation is a bit sharp, just like the spicy clove flavor that dominates the palate. As the beer warms and richer notes of banana and sweet dried fruits come into balance, a gentle swish around the tongue transforms this beer's medium-full body into a mouthful of creamy, viscous foam. A perfect complement to this Dunkel's toasted, buttery flavors.

The fact that Hefeweissbier Dunkel is not my favorite of Weihenstephaner's beers ought to evince my admiration for this brewery. Each of their beers shows the kind of elegant balance that most breweries can only dream of achieving. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet, huge dense head with a color that is light tan, liquid is brown, and dense.

Smell is hefe yeast notes, banana, spice, clove followed by some light wheat notes and hints of toast and chocolate.

Taste is great, wonderful balance of yeast spices with banana, clove in the highlights, malt flavors from the wheat and hints of chocolate or toast.

MOuthfeel is great for a hefe, wheat leaves lingering flavors from the yeast spices and enough carbonation to pop the flavors.

Overall - style defining beer, love duknelweizens.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a very hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, banana, fruit, and subtle clove. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, fruit, clove, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really liked the spice aspect going on in this one as it added quite a nice touch to all of the typical bread and fruit flavors you would typically expect from the style. It was very easy on the palate and fairly well balanced throughout. Definitely worth trying for the curious and the fans of the style alike. A must try.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Attractive caramel tinged amber colour with a very tall creamy and dense foam head. Very good retention with decent lacing as it recedes.

(4.0) S: Dark fruits (plums, cherries), banana, fresh grains, subdued caramel, tart apricot, clove, yeast, and honey. Picking up a honey graham cracker aroma (like Golden Grahams cereal) and it smells good! Well rounded and definitely inviting.

(4.5) T: Grains, banana, cloves, and herbal elements of a hefeweissbier joined with honey, graham cracker, caramel, and some dark fruits (mainly plum). This still keeps a relatively lighter taste profile even with the darker characteristics making this very drinkable. A wide range of varying tastes that compliment each other very well. Outstanding.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate fizzy carbonation. Slightly chewy with a certain dryness and a faint bitterness.

(4.0) D: A solid Weihenstephaner option and a nice style to enjoy this time of year, while mother nature transitions from summer to fall. Great stuff.

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

Poured into a tall hefe glass. Cloudy, copper color with three! fingers of head.
Smells like ripe banana and wet hay... in the best way.
Tastes like banana too. Smooth bitter taste, some malty sweetness to it.
Low carbonation. Medium and sticky body.
A great dunkelweizen.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy brown amber color with a generous off-white head a decent lacing

S-malt, bananas, caramel, raisins

T-wheat malt, dark fruit, bananas,caramel, nice crisp bitter finish

F-medium body with nice fine carbonation, crisp

O-a delicious hefe, more caramel flavor in the dark

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a sample glass.

Appearance: Cloudy light brown color with a beige head.

Smell: Stronger on the cloves, carmels, and banana than a regular hefenweizen.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied and maybe a little thicker than I expected. Taste was just as it smelled; cloves, banana, carmel, malts and maybe some grassy and citrus notes too.

Overall: Not a huse fan of this beer personally, just wasn't my style. Glad i tried it though.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,970 ratings.
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