Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,968
Reviews:
1,110
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
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340
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410
For Trade:
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Photo of veinless
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber, reddish brown, with a decent amount of offwhite, coarse looking head that didn't retain too much. Minimal lacing.

Smell was not too strong, but very nice, with banana, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, and wheat.

Taste was even better; banana bread is a great way to describe this guy, as the banana and wheat are melded together exceptionally by the creamy texture of the beer. A bit of sweetness is present, either brown sugar or raisin, but not too much.

Carbonation is intense at first but softens quickly. Creaminess again is awesome, reminds me of a milkshake somehow. Fantastic beer, arguably better than the regular hefeweissbier they make.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugly, souvenir Vegas hef glass. Sleet still running down my shoulders. It was either order out & wait an hour in this weather, or week old chicken soup. I decided on a beer & a nap instead.

Slow to settle, the tan head begins congealing. The body is a murky honey brown. Not the most appetizing thing to look at in a 23oz glass. Looks like car wash runoff. Suds & mud.

Scent was sweet like banana bread, but not potent, like one would completely enjoy. Spice cake without the spices. Soil & a tin of assorted nuts. Pleasant bit of peppery yeast on the back.

First gulp was a long one. Starts off sharp, like bitter bruised grapes, but fades quickly into the doughy middle. Mildly sweet toast, no butter. Yeast & dirt throw it around for a bit, letting some light clove in. Finish remains yeasty, but with additional earthy bitterness.

Carbonation remains strong throughout, where as I sometimes notice straight hefs start to get flat half way through. Body feels gelatinous & thick, like cold soup.

Traded some esters for some warmer flavors.

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Photo of mikeaji
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at Total Wine

A) Beer pours a cloudy darkish orange brown. The head on the beer is mildly thick, but pours real nice.

S) Smells extremely nice, you can smell the banana and spice/clove in this beer outright.

T) Another grand slam from the boys at Bayerische Staatsbrauerie. The beer is incredibly smooth and enjoyable. The beer is highly carbonated, but it does not take away from the taste. The lingering taste is one of a sweetness and fruit. A+.

M) Decent carbonation, smooth taste, you can taste the alcohol, but its nothing overwhelming.

D)Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is one of my favorite beers and the dunkel is expceptional. Everytime I make a trip to the distributor, I always pick up atleast 4-5 bottles of the Dunkel and Korbinian.

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Photo of ticklechicken
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - cloudy medium brown with yellow edges, creamy thick head
S - sweet fruity cherry scent
T - light malt and fruit taste, with a sweet aftertaste
M - a little thick with low carbonation
D - This is a very enjoyable beer with well-balanced flavours with a well-measured mildness that gives you no choice but to drink more. Is there nothing that Weihenstephaner can do wrong?

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

The head is an off-white color, with good lacing and retention. The brew is a darker version of their standard hefeweissbier, and curiously, this bottle has the same batch number (3310) as the bottle of standard issue hefeweissbier consumed a few days ago. A muddy, orange-amber color, it is dense with yeast -- especially after swirling around the last of the bottle before pouring.

A flower-scented yeasty aroma is apparent with just a hint of banana.

The darker roast gives some depth to the flavor, which is well balanced with a solid malt presence and complimentary hops. Well carbonated, it flows smoothly over the tongue as soft caramel notes and burnt orange accents emerge, finishing with a peppery tang.

Well constructed and a reasonable gravity to accompany a rich, meat and potatoes dinner.

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Photo of dutchlq7
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A cloudy amber/dark orange. Creamy, off white 2 finger head, that leaves a thin layer on surface.

Smell-Strong banana with hints of apple. Can't pick out the other fruit smell in it though, maybe a raisin.

Taste- Banana and apple flavor with a smooth caramel malt flavor too. Just the slightest hint of hops after the finish. Just a really great experience from start to finish.

Mouthfeel-Smooth medium bodied, medium carbonation. So Good

Drinkability-WOW! Awesome!

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

Medium dark brown and cloudy with 2 finger off white head.

Smells of Wheat, yeasts, mild caramels.

Tastes are mild, sweet toffee, caramel, grains, yeasts, bread in the finish.

Medium body with zesty carbonation that dances on the tongue. Mild alcohol warmth in the throat and a medium dry finish.

A good dark Hefe. Nicely flavored, nothing overdone. Generous carbonation and flavors make this a solid brew.

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Photo of cudmud
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a nice cloudy (lots of yeast)brown color with a rocky head that doesn't stop. The foam produces sticky lace on the glass. This is one handsome beer.

Smell: Pleasing odors of cloves and banana. The aroma is true to the style.

Taste: This is a very malty and yeasty treat. This beer definitely defines the term liquid bread.

Mouthfeel: This brew is thick and tangy with a wonderful level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful beer that makes you want more.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never have had this dunkel so I scooped it up for the pleasure. Pours dark amber/light brown very cloudy with a huge airy white head. Not quite as dark as I was hoping for. Big banana esters, slight clove, a toastiness of malt and some wheat. The taste is very pleasant, a bit much on the banana but the feel is light and fun, with a bunch of stuff going on from the yeast and grains. Tastes like a decoction with either or munich malt in addition to the wheat, I can't point it exactly, finishes easy. An excellent drink, one I will certainly go back to in the future.

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Photo of rka758
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tasting tulip.
Received for birthday.

A: Pours a murky brown with a thick quickly dissipating head.
S: Smells of banana and bread.
T: While I'm missing the clove I do get the banana taste. Also a bit of sourness.
M: Clean and crisp.
D: This beer is highly drinkable. A nice flavor.

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Photo of goalie33
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into 500mL Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.
A: Hazy brown beer, cannot see anything through it, topped with 3 fingers of white head which sticks around. Highly carbonated with lots of fine bubble streaming towards the top.
S: Clove and banana, just like in the original, but with an added strong maltiness.
T: Initial strong flavors of banana clove and malt. Finishes dry with little lingering aftertaste.
M/D: Medium body with a soda-like mouthfeel. Fades to nothing. Very drinkable beer. Goes down effortlessly and quite refreshing.

The only fault I can find with this beer is the dryness that it leaves in the mouth. Otherwise, it is an excellent beer.

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

Poured from a pint bottle into a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Huge 4 finger light tan head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Light brown cloudy body.

Near textbook aroma for a hefeweisen with banana, clove, spices. A hint of fruity esters.

Delicious flavors following the aroma. Sweet flavors abound, but not in an offensive way. High carbonation but it works well. Just the slightest hint of roasted malt/chocolate seems to be the only difference I can note between this beer and their famous hefe.

Another superb offering from the world's oldest brewery. They obviously know what they're doing.

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

A: A murky brown-ish color. Tons of head. The head is frothy, bubbly and a light tan color. Lookin' good.

S: Clove and banana aroma with a nice malty bread scent. Smells like a lovely whole grain banana bread.

T: Yeasty with a hint of banana, and some nice clove flavor in there as well. It is still pretty clean tasting. Nice.

M: Light in body. Carbonation is good. Leaves the mouth fairly clean.

D: Very nice. A beer that tastes effortless, but I am sure it is anything but. A great beer to spend a day drinking.

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Photo of obrendano
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolute treat. a little Christmas present to myself after my last day of crazy busy season at my job

A - insane head everywhere, thick and creamy straight out of the bottle. gorgeous shade of brownish amber. could stare at this for hours

S - the smell of amazingness. banana bread with even more toasty wheat over top of it

T - among the best I've ever tasted. rich toast flavor, even more cloves than most other hefe-'s I've tried, some vanilla singing backup. absolutely impressive

M - creamy and full, sticks to your mouth from lip to throat

D - when I get the chance I'm buying a month's worth of this stuff. Merry Christmas to me!

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Photo of NODAK
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma has the typical hefeweizen banana and cloves in abundance. However, there's also a bit of a roasted malt presence there as well which differentiates this.

Pours a light brown with a considerable amount of haze to it. Head is pretty dense and good.

Carbonation is quite prickly. Taste is incredibly smooth, really. Loads of fruity esters, banana in particular, abound. Not cloyingly, however. A definite clove spiciness as well, as to be expected. No real hop presence at all. The wheat comes out as well at the finish, with a soft graininess that pleasantly rounds out the beer.

I know it is a dunkelweizen, but I really struggle to separate the flavor profile of this from the regular version. Maybe it's just me. However, it is one dang tasty beer. There are few beers that are going to go down easier than this. It's great just holding it in the mouth and savoring it.

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Photo of industrialswill
3.11/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy walnut stain color with a vigorous head.
Smell is of mildewy spice.
The flavor is dominated with banana and spice
Mouthfeel is a bit sour and medicinal.
It's fairly light bodied and would be drinkable if you enjoy it's other aspects.
I tried this out of curiosity, but would never buy it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/08/10 notes. Had on tap at The Saloon in Washington, DC. Served into a 0.5L Georgetown Saloon weizen glass.

a - Pours a darkish brown color with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.
Looks great.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, and toasted malts. Bananas jump right out at you.

t - Tastes of bananas, toasted malts, wheat, bready malts, very light spices, and sweet caramel malts. Tastes amazing, pretty perfect for the style.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue. A little less carbonated and the mouthfeel would be great.

d - A very good beer hurt by it's high carbonation. This was probably the best tasting dunkelweizen I've had and it looked great as well. Would certainly have again but I think if it was less carbonated it could be even better.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a Stella challis.

A - Huge, pillowy eggcream white 4-finger head that falls slowly, leaving rings around the glass. Cloudy and dark dried apricot orange.

S - Ripe bananas on the pour. Banana custard in the glass. Bazooka bubblegum. Hints of clove, dense and moist fresh bread, and lightly toasted malt.

T - Whole grain banana bread with a good touch of clove along the sides of the tongue, providing a great balance between sweet and spice. Sweetness of a thick banana and caramel cream with wafers dessert lingers on the finish, but it's not cloying. Spend some time between sips and tastes like peaches and nutmeg appear.

M - Somewhat fizzy, with a smoothness that follows. Good carbonation. Excellent body for the style. Refreshingly snaps off at the swallow. Finish is longer than expected, and a tad dryer than the sweetness of the taste suggests it would be.

D - This is one very delicious dunkel. I'd love to find this on tap someday, or pair it with some grilled brats and sauerkraut. Has all the exceptional quality of its regular brother with a bit more character. I could easily drink several of these and still wish for just one more. Simply outstanding.

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

Appearance- poured into a weizen glass, pours a cloudy copper color with a moderate head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell- Banana, clove, some bubble gum, smells like a hefe- looks darker.

Taste- Pretty much follows the aroma exactly, a bit more bready, and a touch of caramel malt in this one. Sweet overall, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel- medium body, low carbonation for the style.

Overall- Solid beer, but had this back to back with Ayinger's Dunkeweizen and I thought that one was slightly better.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into it's branded glass. cloudy amber/dirty copper color with a thick, persistent head and lacing coating all the way down the glass.
S: banana, clove, toffee, caramel, dark bready fruitcakey malts.
T: light to medium sweetness balanced out by sourish twang of the wheat, carbonation, and hidden smooth hop bitterness. finishes mostly crisp and dry.
M: frothy, medium-bodied, chewy.
D: the glass begs to be picked back up constantly.

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Photo of dfclav
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into hefe-glass after long day at work.

A - nice dark amber color with a big, almost three finger head that stuck around for awhile. The look is by far the lowest quality of this beer.

S - bananas, peaches, cloves, brown sugar, fresh sourdough bread....if they made a candle with this scent i'd buy it...mmmm

T - first sip I am greeted with a nice balance of malt and banana...kind of like an old fashioned milkshake if it wasn't for the carbonation. I'm surprised they can lock this much flavor into a 5.3 abv! The rest of the first glass finishes with fresh bread and bubblegum, apples and caramel... I could drink this all day.

M - It's a great balanced mouthfeel. Almost like Chimay's ales are known for, goes down very smooth.

D - If I had an endless supply of this I wouldn't have a job because I would be too drunk due to constantly drinking this. I don't know if I could drink this on a 100 degree day but any other time I would. Whenever I see this on a shelf at a store, i'll be picking it up and I suggest you do the same. Outstanding, a little over a pint bottle was gone before I even had time to finish all of my notes for this review.

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Photo of tburus
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a beautiful 0.5L Weihenstephaner logo weizen glass!

Appearance: Cloudy, dark brown-- somewhat the color of a dark brewed tea. Thick, frothy, magnificent, 3-finger head.

Smell: Very similar to the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but darker and more subdued, with noticeable roasted notes to it.

Taste: Again, much like the Hefeweissbier, but with tad bit more bitterness and less of a fruity after affect.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy. The roasted-fruity sensation hangs there; not quite as long as the Hefeweissbier, but long enough. Very subtle, not overpowering at all.

Drinkability: This beer was half gone before I even knew it. Goes down so easy and is such a delight to drink. I won't go as far as to say that I like it better than the Hefeweissbier, but I would not be disappointed if this was all I had on me.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

An impressive billowy two fingers of creamy looking head crowns the murky light brown-orange body. The head is comprised of larger bubbles underneath and very small ones on top. I don't know if I have seen such clear stratification in a head before.

The nose is comprised of sweet and sticky yeasty clove and banana notes, nearly perfect for the style. Think of sour dough whole wheat bread with sticky-bun style sugar glaze on the outside. The smell just begs the palate to take a sip.

Lively colorful flavors cascade through the mouth in the first sip. Spicy clove is much more prominent in the flavor than in the nose. The yeast bites with a wonderful spicy snap and the malty wheat goodness balances. Nutmeg and mace make a showing as well. This is like holiday bread in a bottle, but it would taste good any day of the year.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with abundant carbonation. A little swirling lowers the bubbly a bit, and as I always prefer lower carbonation it becomes sublime. The original carbonation is spot on for the style however.

Drinkability is about as good as it can get. Wonderful from the time you crack the cap on the bottle to after the last swallow.

Conclusion: A triumph. There is little doubt that Weihenstephaner has mastered the art of the classic styles of German wheat beers. I love this style of beer and I can find no major faults with this example of the style. Drink it.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into weissbier glass.

A: Deep brown color with fluffy off white head. Very hazy and decently carbonated.

S: Very malty in the nose, get the cloves and some light toffee notes. Also get caramel and the clean weissbier smell.

T/M: Cloves right up front, some fruit notes, heavy malt backbone, very clean feel.

D: Easy drinking, very clean, good beer and well put together.

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Photo of Welsman
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh sweet Jebus, this beer is fabulous.
Exceptional in every way.
Pours a medium brown, the head is obscene,
so thick and creamy.
Tastes of bananas and cloves,
(blah blah blah), SO good on tap in the proper hefe glass,
(Brauhaus Schmitz, philly), lets all give in
to Delish-isness.
This brewery has to be the finest in the world, i know its the oldest, since 1050.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,968 ratings.
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