Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,993 Ratings
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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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not many bubbles. Massive oyster white head with transulcent golden/brown body.

SMELL: Getting banana, vinegar and bubblegum - nice.

TASTE: Effervescent. Lovely banana and bubblegum. Alcohol to flavour balance is perfect. As odd as it sounds, there's an aftertaste of toffee apples. Really nice beer.

Overall: This is my second re-review. I didn't get it the first time, not sure why, but now I prefer this to the original Hefeweissbier.

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Photo of vkv822
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into weizen glass.

Hazy caramel brown, lots of rising carbonation. A thick, foamy off white head.

The aroma is of clove, with some weizen yeast and sweet malts.

The taste follows the nose, though a bit less pronounced.

A light to medium body with subtle, prickly carbonation.

A nice beer, another German style I enjoy. Definitely follows the style description of a darker Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dead brown color with a sparkling off white head. Lots of fresh cut apple on the nose with clove and raw dough. Moderate body with good crispness. Not explosive flavor wise in the least. Some roasted malt with clove and banana bread. Slightly stringy mouthfeel. Holds together really well but is a tad watery up front. Good and drinkable but nothing really wows me.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Murky brown. Very cloudy/unfiltered. Swirling the bottle at about a 1/3 remaining to break up anything lingering in the bottle. Head is nice and creamy, and it remains throughout.

S- Cloves and banana: the classic German wheat beer smell. Also has a small malty scent to it.

T- Banana nut bread with cloves. Has a malty backbone and an overall spiciness. Only the slightest amount of bitterness. The brewer's site says the Bitterness Unit is 14, which seems to be on par with the beer.

M- Medium. Not harsh at all. Very easy on the drinkability. I found it refreshing, but that's just me.

Overall, the beer was just excellent. The flavors are very balanced and seem to complement one each other. If you like wheat beers/hefeweizens, dark beers, or both, this beer IS for you!

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Photo of nlriehl87
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Mdodge8837
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of rangerred
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with tons of carbonation. Had to wait awhile for the head to settle before I could pour the rest into the glass.

Smells quite yeasty along with banana and bubblegum. A slight bit of earthy caramel is detectable as well.

The banana/bubblegum yeastyness is quite prevalent on the taste but is quickly followed by a very light caramel malt. Quite a bit of sweetness is present as well as tons of carbonation. Just a very slight bitterness on the finish.

Overall this is a very refreshing and flavorful beer. My one complaint would be that it is a tad bit sweet but it is just a minor issue. A top notch beer in the end.

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Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of seanballs
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of nandika
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Griffith
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of stuckintraffic2
2/5  rDev -52.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Jonesyc13
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of flyingpig
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and light looking caramel brown colour that is topped by a massive, three-finger sized head that is light brown to white.

Sweet smelling with strong clove and wheat notes to begin with, this is quickly followed by some banana and a hint of orange zest too. There is some background spice and a little pepper along with some mild malty aromas. A very nice and somewhat complex smelling beer.

Good wheat and yeast notes right off the bat along with a good amount of clove and some light malts. There is the banana and spice mentioned in the smell, all of which is standard fair for the style but it is still an excellent beer. There is a little spiciness towards the end and a touch of dryness in the finish.

Solid medium mouthfeel with strongish carbonation and a nice creamy texture to it. It goes down outstandingly easy and is a wonderful beer to drink. The finish is slightly dry but nice.

An outstanding beverage and one the I insist you look out for and try, this was a steal at only £2.25 for the bottle; if only it was more readily available in my area. I don't think it is just quite as good as the original hefeweizen offering from Weihenstephaner but it is an excellent change and the flavours all work well together. Get a bottle if you can.

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Photo of tigrstylz
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of stevoj
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best dunkelweizens out there. Had a thick velvety head, and aroma has the perfect amount of banana, bubblegum with a hint of roasted grains. Taste is smooth and nutty, mellow and delicious. Truly awesome beer!

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Photo of Pdu8s
3.27/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- looks like a beer should. Has a thick, white foamy head with a good body. Dark golden color to the beer itself

S- Smell is top-notch, very refreshing. Smells almost like a "spring-rain"

T- Malty, although dissaointing. Has the banana taste, but not as strong as in, say, the Schneider Aventinus. Alcohol taste definitely there. Not as smooth as the Schneider either

M- as stated above, not as smooth. Although, it does swirl well in the mouth

O- for some reason, I just feel like this is a lesser version of the Schneider Aventinus. Although it has great qualities, the taste is lacking. It is however, a good beer

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,993 ratings.
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