Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,993 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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Photo of liamt07
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Distillery District Winter Festival yestereve, enjoyed while wandering around the area. Into a clear plastic pint glass.

Poured a murky milk chocolate brown (maybe drawn from the bottom of the keg?), with a thick frothy white head, leaving some sticky lace even on the plastic glass with some moderate retention. Nose has banana and light bubble gum as per the regular Weissbier, a bit of cocoa and caramel as well adding a touch of dunkel character. Taste has caramel, banana, bubble gum, light cocoa and some darker malt and bread notes, albeit subtle. Light chalkiness. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy (just as the original Weiss is), with some nice texture on the palate. Moderate to high carbonation. Certainly not my favourite style, but this is certainly a beer I could entertain more often if it was more available.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy tea like brownish yellow with lots of rising bubbles and a big five finger off white head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of yeast, wheat, banana, and cloves. Some good hints of lightly toasted caramel malts. Also some hints of brown sugar and nuts.A little scent of some earthy hops in the background. Smells very good.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a big taste of yeast and wheat with lots of banana bread. Cloves add to the spice. Bready and lightly toasted caramel malts. Also some brown sugar and light hints of nuts and earthy hops. Fruity and spicy. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Body on the lighter side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Finishes somewhat dry while a little fruity sweetness lingers.

Overall: A great Dunkel that is the standard of what the style should be.

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Photo of JonDubs
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle into a proper weissbeer glass. The beer was a hazy brownish apricot color with a massive billowy, creamy head. The nose offered bananas, toast, lemon, and apple.

The flavor started out a mild, bready, honey-like maltiness and quickly developed into tart, fruity, spicy flavors of apple and pear with a touch of clove and toffee. It is wonderfully refreshing and balanced with the perfect hop accompaniment. This is by no means a palate-wrecker. It leaves you thirsty for more. Mouthfeel was thin-to-firm and ideal for this style.

Overall, this was a terrific beer. It's just like the regular hefeweiss (which is a classic brew), but with a toffee-like hint to the flavor.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in West Omaha, NE
No obvious bottled on date, just a "0291" code.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a huge head that requires multiple small pours to fit the entire beer into the glass. Head composed of small bubbles, very dense foam, almost meringue-like when it dries out upon hitting air. Maintains a 1cm head throughout, but as it descends initially, there's some nice lacing that's left. Leaves lacing with each swirl and sip, too. Body is a hazy, brown color, but when held up to a light source, it's dark copper with yellow highlights. Carbonation is steady and substantial, supporting the consistent layer of foam.

Aroma of ripe bananas, banana bread, bosc pears, yeast, clove, and allspice. Dominance of malt, phenols, and esters in this beer, slightly heavier and "darker" than the hefeweizen. Trace flavors could be a bit more pronounced, but otherwise, really solid.

Opens with mild malt sweetness on tip of tongue. Mid-tongue reveals the depth of flavor, including banana bread dough, toasted malt, allspice, and yeast. Making way to the back of the tongue reveals a bit of tartness beginning on the transition to finish, fading to brown malt sweetness meets clove/allspice. Lingering aftertaste of semi-sweetness, clove/banana/yeast mashup. Good, could be slightly more expressive in the front.

Medium-bodied throughout, with a modest amount of carbonation that feels as if from "small" bubbles. That is, not an explosion of easily felt, painful carbonation in the mouth. This generally gives the feel of "softness" and "smoothness" on the palate. Finish is dry.

Overall, one of the better dunkelweizens I've had. May prefer the hefeweizen over this, but still quite good.

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Photo of Ruds
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Braustuberl Weihenstephaner, Freising and poured into the appropriate 0.3l glass with a couple of fingers head

Dark to mid/nutty brown in colour (there wasn't much lighting in the cellar room we were in, so difficult to be precise on this one!)

Full of flavour with banana, cloves other spices and a malty/bready taste, and possibly a small hint of caramel/something sweet?

Malty, slightly spiced and banana were the smells that hit me

The mouthfeel was good, but not up to the same quality of the hefeweiss, still a pleasure to drink none the less

kept a good finger of head throught drinking and lots of lacing present at the finish

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Photo of goochpunch
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a cloudy, nutty brown with a creamy tanned head. Smells like banana nut bread with cloves. Little toastiness too. Tastes like banana nut bread too. Little bit of sweetness in the finish. Creamy, fluffy mouthfeel. As always, Weihenstephaner puts out another stellar beer.

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Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Stoney123
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look- dark amber color, maybe a little murky, with about two or two and a half fingers' worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - exactly as it's described. It smells like a Bavarian hefeweizen, but darker due to notes of caramel or something along those lines maybe.

Taste - very interesting taste! Not at all what I was expecting. It does still have that Bavarian feel to it, but it's spicier than I would have imagined it to be. It's not wild and crazy though. The purity laws would prevent that.

Mouthfeel - very well balanced brew, not too far on the side of watery or creamy.

Overall - very good brew that fits exactly with the style.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Jerone
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy nut brown color with a cream colored head that sticks around for a long time and leaves great lacing.

S - Yeast, wheat, toasted malt, bread and banana and bubble gum yum!

T - Great taste of predominately banana and bubble gum which is balanced out by bready yeast, toasted malt and some wheat. A great example of the style with tons of flavor.

M - Medium bodied, with medium carbonation, you can almost feel a bit of texture to this beer, definitely not watery.

O - Just a very solid beer that should please all beer lovers and even none beer lovers. Great beer for any time of year and any occasion.

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Photo of SRossman
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of JustinQ
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of bpattt
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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