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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Photo of alexolit
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this beer at Number One Liquor in Redondo Beach, CA.

The beer poured with a two-finger head and a cloudy, honey-brown complexion. The head retention was good seeing as the head lasted throughout. The aroma was pleasing, presenting with a light spiciness, fruity esters, a bread-like heartiness, and no noticeable hop presence. The taste bore a strong malt sweetness, light spiciness on the tongue, and cloves. The mouthfeel is pleasing with a light coating left on the tongue. Overall, this is a good beer, hearty and satisfying.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes...
A - Swamp water brown, very tall creamy head retained very well
S - Fresh banana,buttery bead, mild spices and yeast
T - Less banana and more wheat and spice than the nose, a mineral note with light blood-like flavour to round out the dunkel side of things
M - Refreshing carbonation, light and mildly spicy finish
O - an interesting meld of two German styles results if a very drinkable tasty brew, I'd like to see this style more often

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Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a ton of off white head. As the head fades, it leaves a nice layer on top of the pour. Good retention.

Smell: A mild sweetness, some caramel and molasses. Hints of banana and spices. There is an odd smell that reminds me of tomatoes.

Taste: Just okay for me. Definitely picking up some malt along with some clove and mild banana. Perhaps some molasses as well. The finish seems a bit watery to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I expected to enjoy this one more than I did. I'm going to have another to make sure I got an alright bottle. Not bad, just not amazing either.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into tulip glass

A - Massive head, with an only slightly aggressive pour. Pour gently! The head is gorgeous and is retained for an eternity. The color is an unfiltered medium nutty brown. Average lacing.

S - Spicy yeast aromas including cloves, but backed by a nutty breadiness, rather than a banana/lemon sweetness like in its lighter brother. A bit of banana does seem to present itself though.

T - Wonderful! Refreshingly light, crisp as fresh lettuce and unyielding in flavor. A bit less spicy and a bit more mellow than its brother, it also brings a nutty bread flavor to it, almost like a bit of banana-walnut bread, but with complexity of clove and yeast spiciness.

M - Light and refreshing. Sharp at first, then it rounds out. Feels nice, but there is a strangeness about the dry finish.

O - Overall this can't be missed. I like it just as much as it's brother, which is one of my favorites. This beer is essential. A great beer for a hot OR cold day, as the robustness it brings makes it a nice winter beer, while the refreshing crispness invites summer connections. A perfect year-round beer, and ideal for any occasion.

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

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle

A - Dark Brown with a haze. Has a nice head when poured

S - Nice flower, clover, and cinnamon smell. A very inviting smell.

T - Oustanding taste. Can taste the clove and cinnamon. Very nice and not overwhelming

M - Nce full rounded beer. Leaves a good after taste

O - A perfect representation of this type of beer. I would highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of seabass87
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from One Pint, 0.9 FL OZ bottle into glass.

A- Deep, glowing amber. Pour reveals 3 fingers of creamy, delicious looking head that slowly drifts into a thick cap. Leaves brilliant lacing down the sides of the glass. Small amount of carbonation. This is an amazing looking beer.

S- Caramel malts, honey, nuts, molasses, banana bread. Balanced by the hefeweisbier sweetness. A hint of spices.

T- Up front, we have the sweet, malty flavor from the nose combined with light wheat. We are then transitioned to a bit of a lager taste (?) with a slightly bitter bite. The finish is nutty. Although the tastes present aren't terribly complex, this beer has a very unique taste and transition phase.

M- Medium-light bodied, small amount of carbonation, medium dryness. The feel of this beer is unobtrusive, and acts as a simple canvas for the flavors.

O- My first dunkelweizen. I'm a big fan of the popular Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. This variation is quite good, and I would have it again.

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Photo of rarbring
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark, brown, clouded, has a tan high head leaving good lacing and has some curtains.

Smells of molasses, green boiled peas, nuts and honey.

The beer starts sweet, brown bread, burnt sugar, ripe fruits and hay.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a good body and a nice long dryness.

A nice, complex wheat beer.

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Photo of KingHeroical
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly cloudy - dark copper. Lots of thick rocky head which lasted for quite a while.

Smell: some malt but mostly fruity esters (as it should be with a wheat-beer IMHO). Banana really stands out, without being overpowering.

Taste: really delivers on the smell - nicely malty with lots of fruity presence. Again, banana really makes itself known, but not in an intrusive way - sweet without being cloying, and a hint of hops to keep it all in check. There is also a sour tanginess that is really fantastic.

Excellent beer start to finish.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have decided to embrace my inner hippie and as such, I will try anything once bottle still go back to CANs eventually.

This was one of my first overpours in a long time, just broaching the lip of the glass. Once it finished playing around, it settled into a finger of light-tan head with mild retention. Color was a very cloudy orangish-brown (or was it a brownish-orange?). Nose was very clove/spice-forward, underlain by banana esters. I am finding that the bubble gum scent fades when overpowered by clove. Yay! Mouthfeel was full, approaching creamy, with lots of spicy clove flavors up front with the banana taking a backseat. Now, here is another beer that I can solidly endorse! Finish continued to be extremely spicy and I could hardly get enough. I must mark this one down for future reference.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque, cloudy mahogany with a dense, fluffy white head of typical Weizen magnitude. Good retention, gradually settling to a cap of foam but leaving scant lacing.

S: Typical clove and banana spiciness joined by cinnamon, mingling with brown and wheat malts to produce an enticing banana bread aroma. Hints of clementines, yeast, and caramel round out the nose.

T: Mostly follows the nose: rich dark Munich and wheat malts are more prominent, but combine with banana and faint clove/brown spice flavours to produce an spicy banana bread taste. Yeast and nutty, slightly roasty malt notes come through towards the finish. Hops are undiscernable at any point, and a hint of ethanol develops as one drinks.

M: Medium-bodied with high, crisp carbonation that cleanly 'cuts' and balances the rich and somewhat sweet flavour. The nut and roasted malt notes in the finish also contribute a lot to the overall clean, dry finish. Superb balance.

D: I've had little experience with Dunkelweizen, but would still venture to say this ranks amongst the best examples of the style. I don't find it sessionable, but it's a rich, delicious beer all the same with a spicy, banana bread character. A real stand-out.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central Market is having a 25% off beer sale today... so I had to go buy a few that I haven't reviewed before. Weihenstephaner makes some good beers (and they're freaking old...), so I figured I should give this a try. Served in a Budweiser signature glass.

I try not to cuss too much in these reviews... but fuck yes, this is what a beer should look like. Huge, pillowy head that just doen't go away. Definitely the best I've seen on a beer and my new standard for what a beer's head can be. The body itself is a nice, hazy, orangey brown. It's not nearly as impressive as the head, but I can't get over how good that was.

The smell is classic Weihenstephaner. I've used the Wyeast version of their yeast before and, well, they do it better. It has the distinct banana-type flavor of that yeast, but also a bready, caramelly undertone. I love the mix of those smells in dunkels. This isn't a perfect smell, but it's darned close.

The taste just isn't there relative to what I want it to be. The initial bursts of flavor similar to the nose aren't there and it comes across as watery. The finish has a decent caramelly lingering ring and it's really quaffable, but the taste I wanted just isn't there. Kind of a disappointment.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown w/ amber highlights. Head stiff but dissipated and laced only slightly.

S - Clove, yeast and slight malt.

T - Clove dominates, some subtle pepper. Banana comes out as it warms.

M - Light carbonation. A little thinner than I imagined it would be, but not watery.

O - Pretty cool that this is the oldest brewery in the world dating back to 1040. The quality is definitely there. Not too heavy. Wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of ahq514
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weizen glass. Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy amber color with a thick head that dissipates quickly to a good solid head that stays throughout.

Smells like many hefeweizens do, banana, clove, wheat, but this one has a bit more caramel smell to it. Not an overly strong aroma.

Tastes almost exactly like the smell. Wheaty, slight banana, some clove, a little more caramel malty taste than the regular hefeweizen. There are also some real subtle hints of fruit in the background.

Mouthfeel is on par for a hefeweizen, it is slightly more medium bodied than most hefeweizens. A little bit more carbonated as well, which I'm not sure I was a huge fan of.

Overall, it was a tasty beer. Nice and refreshing, but a little too carbonated for me. Would definitely drink again though.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dark amber body with orange tint. Bright head atop, hanging to the glass.

S - Fruit rind, sweet wheat. Faintly acidic and aromas of chewy grains.

T - Huge chewy mouth of wheat, sweet and grainy, slightly bitter. Earthy bread flavor, with a spice of hops. Faint caramel sweetness and hints of banana and fruit rind/skin.

M - Fresh and crisp, refreshing. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Faint dryness at the finish.

O - A superb wheat beer, not terribly dark but a nice bundle of flavor on the palate. Try this if you love wheat beer..

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

Pours a murky light copper hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is bananna,dark fruits and caramel malts,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and feels velevty smooth and the taste is basically the same as on the nose with hints of bananna,caramel,dark plums,chocolate wheat and the finish is dry and very moreish and overall a very tasty drop and how could you can you complain from the worlds oldest brewery cheers.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light brown, quite hazy, with a very large off-white head with great retention. Left behind some rather thick lacing.

S: A good dose of wheat, bananas and a ton of cloves. There was light bready malt and a little bit of floral hops as well.

T: Very bready with a good bit of both banana and cloves, reminds me of banana bread for sure. There is a little bit of darker fruit mixed in, some raisins and a bit of fig.

M: Medium bodied, but a bit on the heavier side. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish.

O: Pretty tasty, like how the dark malt bill adds some complexity, the combination of banana bread and dark fruit was really good.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a stein. Code on the back is 8270. After some research I found out that the "8" means it was bottled on the 8th or 18th day of the month. "27" means the 27th week of the year and "0" means 2010. So this was bottled 7/8/2010. Hmmm... not too fresh. Wish I found that out before I bought this bottle.

A - Pours a dark, hazy brown with 3+ fingers of off-white head that lingers forever. Small amounts of lacing.

S - Bready with hints of spicy coriander and mint. Malt and caramel plays around in the background.

T - Sweet and caramely up front. Gives way to a crisp tanginess from the wheat and spices. Esters are prevalent too with mild hints of ripe banana and pear. Dry finish with only small hints of hop bitterness.

M - Thin body with good carbonation. Crisp, light and refreshing.

Despite the age of this beer, I can't help but be amazed that it's still so good! I can't wait to see how a fresher bottle tastes!

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny copper color in the glass with a fluffy capping of foam.

Gives off aromas of bread, chocolate, toffee, orange zest, spices like cardamom, perhaps saffron. Also some sweet molasses, clove and banana, the latter two a result of the yeast no doubt. This beer has a very enticing and rich nose.

On the tongue it is sweet, and rich, with bready malts upfront. The high carbonation carries lemon citrus notes mid-palate followed by a clove, banana and spiced finish with some esters and hints of bubblegum.

This is a really nice beer good farm both warm and cold weather and large glasses to be quaffed heavily. Some smoked salmon on rye would be a pretty tasty lunch with this one. Pumpkin pie oddly enough comes to mind. I think it is the spices and other fall flavors that will harmonize well. Of course, this is a German beer so don’t forget the sausages!

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Photo of doughanson78
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Dunkel. 500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Fluffy one & a half finger, slightly off white head. Lacing isn't great. Deep amber color. Fairly hazy. Big chunks of yeast (or maybe cloves?) at the bottom of the pour.

S: Sweet caramel first. Light cloves behind that. Just a little banana and lemon coming through.

T: Just like the aroma. Sweet caramel malts on the tip of the tongue. Light cloves swirling around the rest of the mouth. Faint banana and lemon finishing it off.

M: Light to medium bodied. Little bit creamy. Not as refreshing or as crisp as the regular Hefe.

O: Being my first Dunkel, I don't have a base to go on except that Weihenstephaner's Hefe is exceptional. This is a very good beer. The caramel malts are a nice deviation from a typical Hefe.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As the name states, it's basically a dark hefeweizen. Brown sugar or maple syrup brown murkiness. Great tan foam and good lacing.

Smell: Michael Jackson, the late great beer critic, noted that Weihenstephaner Dunkel has a maple syrup aroma. I definitely agree. Hints of banana in the background. Mineral notes as well. Good, but would have liked more.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically a hefeweizen with malty caramel, brown sugar, and maple notes in place of banana, lemon, or orange. A nice crisp hop note in the back, specifically more floral ones. Great creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Michael Jackson was right. This would go well with breakfast.

Overall: The best of the 3 Weihenstephaners I've had.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in its own weizen glass.

A - Big fluffy bubbled aired tan head. Good retention and many lacings formed and left in the glass. Cloudy chestnut color

S - Smells pretty much like a hefeweizen: The combination of banana and cloves and also very bready to the nose. The difference is the sweet caramel and honey in the end. Delicious

T - The taste is much more toffee caramel, caramel malts and roasted malts. Some banana esters and brown bread. Very light bitterness

M - Medium and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Dry taste and light bitterness. Very pleasant and drinkable

O - Delicious as expected from a Weihenstephaner. Refreshing and delicious

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Photo of jrenihan
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 22/12/2011 on the bottle.

Pours an interesting dark toffee colour, with two finger-widths of thick looking off-white head, which begins to dissipate at a decent pace. Not as dark as I had expected the beer to be, though clearly not a standard hefeweizen.

Smell is not noticeably different than a regular hefeweizen. Wheat, banana, peach, clove and general spiciness. It would be interesting to do a side-by-side on the scent, as I wonder if I would notice a significant difference between them by doing so. As it stands, I don't notice any real difference. Still a very nice smell!

The taste, however, is quite noticeably different. The banana and clove and the like is present, but the taste is dominated by a sweet, honey-like caramel flavour. The rest of the flavours hang underneath somewhat, though are still present. Dunkelweizens are not a style I have much familiarity with, but this seems to be a pretty unique beer, to me. I expected something maltier in the beer, or somewhat roasted, considering the darker hue, but that is not what I got at all. Very nice. Not sure if I prefer it to the regular Weihenstephaner Hefe, but I like it a lot. Nice to have both on hand, depending on the mood. I do think that, given the striking sweetness of this beer, I would not be able to drink as much of it as of the regular hefe.

Mouthfeel is quite good but, just like the hefeweizen, the carbonation is a bit too much for me. I sometimes find these beers to be a little irritating as a result. The body is otherwise great, nicely medium bodied and chewy.

Overall, really nice and quite a surprise. A nice switch-up from the hefeweizen, which I find makes a great beer for the summer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle consumed whilst throwing some beanbags.

The beer is chestnut brown and very hazy. The head is off white to light tan colored, standing in at two inches thick, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

The aroma is the same banana, clove, ester, wheat smell you get from the Hefeweizen, but with additional notes, of sweet breads (banana nut bread?)

Slightly sweeter than the hefeweizen. This is a delicious beer, and deserving of its #1 spot on the Top Beers - Dunkelweizen list. Full of flavor, well balanced and easy to drink. Banana, malt, yeast, bread flavors mingle beautifully.

The feel is creamy and smooth, with appropriate carbonation.

Overall, a shining example of the style. Well worth trying.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel is a delicious dunkel with lots of subtle flavour characteristics.

A: Cloudy light brown colour and a big 4 cm head that fades to excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Wheaty tang with hints of lemon surprisingly unroasty. 4.5

T: Wheatiness with some banana esters and lemon notes. There are also with some roasted flavours, especially in the aftertaste. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: Super nice Dunkel. 4.5

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Photo of Spider889
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this bottle while at Winking Lizard on 4/08/2011. I really just wanted a plain ol' dunkel, but this was the best i was going to get.

Caramel in color, hazy, very tall whit pillowy head. Excellent lace and retention.

Smells like a hefe alright. I was truly hoping for a larger or bolder malt presence here. Ohh well. Lots of soapy aromas along with sweet and fruity clove and banana.

The flavor is quite clove heavy. not much darker malt here sadly. Honeydew was making an appearance along with very soft wheat notes.

Pillowy carbonation. Smooth and very easy drinking.

Overall: this was a great beer despite my traditional dislike of hefe's.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,048 ratings