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 tony223366
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 25, 2011.

A: Very hazy and dark rusty brown. Light at the thin parts of the glass. Gorgeous head. Weihenstephaner always kills it with the head! Another beer another fantastic head.

S: Familiar banana and cloves but with an added fruity and nutty smell as well.

T: Awesome flavor. Not as strong on the cloves and bananas as the regular hefeweizen, which I don't mind. Really nice fruity and nutty backbone. Finishes slightly bitter and very clean. I wish I was drinking one right now.

M: Nice medium body or so with good carbonation.

O: This was a really great beer! Weihenstephaner brews probably my favorite classic German beers. Will probably buy again soon.

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Photo of PolarBear3
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy brown colour with an impressive off white creamy two+ finger head.

S - Banana and some caramel aromas with the sweet malts and a hint of vanilla

T - Wheaty flavour with banana and sweet malts shining through along with caramel and dark fruits.

M - Very smooth and creamy with right amount of carbonation

O - A very enjoyable drinking beer that can be consumed at any time of the day. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is full of wheat, toffee and cloves with quite a bit of banana mixed in. A very nice aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and brown sugar notes, as well as some wheat and banana. All of the notes meld together perfectly as I have come to expect from Weihenstephaner wheat beers.

Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

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

Picked up at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours like a muddy wheat copper with a very nice, super fizzy almost three finger head that quickly slumps to a thick creamy white blanket.

S - Yeah, definately german. Really nice wheat aromas here followed by some light sweet malts. There is an amazing banana aroma with light clove. Mostly a sweet banana, definately like banana bread.

T - The more I drink this the more I enjoy the flavor. Theres that slightly murky what and sweet malts. Nice yeasts too. The star though is the bananas.

M - Smooth, nice carbonation. Keeps things good and refreshing. Better on the cooler side though.

O - Rather surprised by this beer and the lovely qualities. As it warms it becomes a bit too cloy though; the banana and clove becoming too much. Cooler though, closer to 40-45 its incredibly enjoyable. Definately would buy again.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating but there is a 0450 on the bottom of the back label.

A= The pour is a hazy brown color with a nice thick off white head on it that holds nice lacing and good sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks like one sexy dunkel.

S= The smell isn't quite what I was hoping from it. It's a little muted. There's a little bannana to it but not much and there is a little caramel to it as well but not much.

T= The taste is much more what I expected. Smooth bananas in it as well as some nice wheat flavor. Just all around delicious. I don't even feel like searching out every little element of this it is so good.

M= Smooth and creamy. Perfection.

O= One tasty treat. Weihenstepan makes world class beers and this is no exception. Worth drinking all the time if you can find it. I wish these guys would make sixers or even twelve packs for me to always have on hand.

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

The appearance of the beer is very nice. It has a dark golden color that is very cloudy. The head pours extremely huge and then fades to a nice half inch and stays.

The smell is has a lot of sweetness and a lot of fruitiness.

The taste is amazing. It has some bubble gum flavors, some malt and a little bit of caramel.

The beer is very smooth has a small amount of crispness.

Overall this is delicious. One of the best German beers I have ever had.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddy caramel like colour, blanketed by a huge layer of thick soapy eggshell head. Sticky webs of lace coat the glass. Beautiful.

S - Wheat, sweet banana and honey, caramel malt with some spicy clove and cinnamon.

T - Full flavoured wheaty beer. Ripe banana, honey, clove, cinnamon, some mild hoppiness.

M - Great carbonation. Creamy full mouthful.

O - I love this beer, and this brewery. At its freshest, this stuff (along with its incredible hefe brother) is just german beer at its best. Simple, full flavoured, unpretentious, magnificant session beer.

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Photo of DKight
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just went out and got this beer, from 21st Amendment on 56 and Illinois, for a late night snack. Poured out of the 500mL bottle this beer has quiet the head on it. A lot lacing follows the slow settling head.

A- Golden/ Bronze coloring, very cloudy

S- Crisp, sweet, slight roasted wheat.

T- Wheaty with a hint of malts. Very smooth, not to heavy, not to light.

MF- very light in the mouth. A very pleasant and drinkable beer.

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Photo of karait95
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice brown cloudy color, medium body with permanent carbonation forming a big head of a light brown color that dissipates very slowly leaving a permanent layer on top of the beer.

Also lot of traces on the glass.

S: at first a fruity smell is sensed with a strong back of wheat, toasted.

T: full wheat flavor, some toasted malts can be feel and of course some fruits.

M: excellent balance between bitterness and sweetness starts easy and little sweet turns slowly to little bitter for a long ending full of flavor.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from s bottle into a Duvel goblet.

Pours a hazy orange brown with a generous inch of foam fluffing about.

Smells a bit of cloves and sweet bready malts.

Tastes of cloves but doesn't have the classic banana tones of a typical Hefe.

Mouthfeel is uneventful. There's a little bit of creaminess at the beginning from the head.

A straight 4 if I ever saw one. Nothing too special.

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Photo of sommersb
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted On: 09-18-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Pours with a mammoth head of 5+ fingers in my weizen glass. The color ranges from a light to dark copper in different parts of the glass (different diameters). The first pour is clear and shows quite a bit of bubbles; a later pour is more cloudy but still relatively clear. The tan head is creamy and lends to great lacing and has a good retention.

Aroma is strong and has the characteristic fruity esters (bananas) and phenols (clove), along with bready malts and wheat grain, vanilla, and sweet dark fruits.

Taste is a malty delight - rich, dark breads and caramel sweetness are front and center, with fruity and banana elements, plus spices such as cinnamon and allspice. Bitterness is low.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a high level of carbonation on a medium body. Finish is malty sweet and fruity, but not too sweet - its just right.

Overall a excellent, world class beer and highly recommended!

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 500ml? bottle into a weizen glass. Deep caramel pour, big foamy head, no lacing. Big notes of bubblegum. cloves, and bannana. It taste like it smells, lingering bubble gum finish. The beer is light in body, high carbonation, very easy drinking. This one is a classic, great example of the style.

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

So fresh off of a regular Weihenstephaner, this one pours a darker brownish opaque. More lacing on this one. Very clovey and banana bread smells. Taste is good, very fresh, but more toasty than the regular Hefeweisse. Unreal banana bread flavors coming through. Mouthfeel is medium. Great beer. I'd be pushed to say amazing.

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Photo of SteveS1
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: Pours cloudy amber with a large foamy head, slightly tan.

Smell: Strong spicy scent, overwhelming clove, sweet malts, and a musty woodiness (likely yeast)

Taste: Sweet malts on the tongue melds into dry spicy clove on the palate. Spices and musty yeast dominate the back end, and it finishes with a bit of malty sweetness.

Feel: Light body and well carbonated.

Drink: Outstanding and session-worthy. The lightness of the body makes this an easy drinker, while the different spices invite you to take sip after sip.

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Photo of RickS95
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive medium brown. The sharp contrast between the brown beer and the bright white head is impressive. Said head is relatively thick with good retention.

Smells fabulous with all the spices. Serious malt character, loads of cloves and ripe banana make this a must have. Truly the epitome of the style.

Again, serious malt in this thing. The cloves are ever present and the banana greets you in the swallow.

It's mostly sweet with lots of spicy undertones until the finish, where a slight sourness creeps in. It's very easy to drink.

There's a lot going on with this beer so it may not appeal to everyone. But it's a good representation of the type. They've been making beer for a billion years, so it's not surprising it's good.

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

First had: 750ml bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured a murky brownish-amber with a fluffy eggshell head that receded quite a bit but rejuvenated every time I poured more from the bottle. Aroma of sweet malts, banana esters, clove, and yeast. Taste of caramel, toasted pumpernickel, banana and cloves, spicy yeast, and a hint of honeydew. Medium-bodied, generously carbonated, and quite drinkable.

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

pours a hazy light brown with a large head of light tan foam

nose: aromas of banana and spice with a bit of caramel and pineapple

palate: fullbodied, quite austere and dry for a Weissbier, soft, creamy, malty, flavors of banana, with some clove notes and a faint yeastiness in the finish. flavor lingers nicely and builds in spiciness at it warms

pairing: cabbage based hearty meals, cream cheese

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer with a nice brown color. Plenty of big foamy head here too, dense and leaving plenty of lacing.

Aroma is rich and malty with your prototypical banananana and clove esssence. The banana and clove aroma is very light.

Taste is all malt. Some banana and clove come through but not much.
I get more of a candied malt taste.

Mouthfeel feels thinner then one might expect.
Smooth and easy clean no aftertaste.

My overall feeling is that its good but lean and watery, just a tad though. I like the candied malt, it was dandy.

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

A- Banana bread brown with a soft thick off-white head. Lacing from the very top. Cloudy like it should be.
S- Just a soft hint of banana.
T- It took my third one of these over three night for one to taste like I though it should. I might not have gotten the yeast out enough on the first two, but his one is a wonderful ripe banana taste with just a bit of the clove in the finish.
MO- Smooth and creamy. Every wheat beer from these guys are very good, maybe even standard setting.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at RFD in DC.

Pours a dark copper to amber with lots of wheat haze and great lacing. Has a small ring of head that sticks around. The smell has a very nice clove and banana like the regular hefe, with other more Belgian spicy malt and yeast notes, bready and darker ripe fruit all of which translates to the taste. The taste has the elements of the smell but it seems muted in a way. It's great banana, ripe dark fruits, clove but it seems more watery to me. Nice carbonation accents the spice. Overall it's quite nice, but the regular hefe is just so divine it might almost be effecting my review. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 16oz bottle into a Weizen glass. As with all the Weihenstephaner products, the bottle has a very nice presentation.

A: dark brown/amber color with a big creamy and foamy coffee colored head. Very good retention.

S: Hints of spices and banana, lots of yeast

T: Bready taste, with hints of banana and dark fruits. It has a somewhat dry finish with some degree of bitterness.

M: medium body with some carbonation

O: a very good beer, very representative of its style. Highly recommended.

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

A) hazy brown with at least two inches of head with great retention and patchy lacing.

S) Banana right up front Sweet malt, bit of spice.

T) Malt and wheat. banana and clove you also get some mild hops on the backend and little hints of chocolate here and there very fant

M) Medium body, with a well balanced carbonation.

O) very good beer all the way around n

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

From tasting notes on 8/15/11

Poured out of a 500 ml bottle into a weissbier flute

A) A fairly deep brown with a slight haze. A solid two inches of head with decent retention and patchy lacing.

S) Sweet malt, light fruit, mainly banana, bit of spice.

T) Malt and wheat. There's some spice. It reminds me of my Mom's banana bread with walnuts. This is tasty stuff, really nice finish.

M) Medium body, well balanced with the carbonation. This was tough to judge at first, because I was really enjoying just drinking this brew.

O) This is a fantastic beer. I purchased it thinking it would be a good summertime selection. I could drink this beer anytime. I wish I bought more than just the one bottle. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/brownish hue with a tall 1" off white head. Smells bright of typical banana and clove esters. Taste is spot on dunkelweizen, and the best version I have ever had. Crisp and clean without a strong aftertaste and easy drink ability of this beer makes it an excellent summertime treat.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into an Ayinger-branded hefeweizen glass. A perfect pour leads to a three-finger ivory-colored foam head sitting atop a cloudy amber brew that is the color of caramel. This beer is just a thing of beauty.

Mild banana, toffee malt, hazelnut, and grassy straw combine for a sweet, lightly fruity aroma.

Mmmmm, toffee malt, banana, nuts and nutmeg are all present. While it has a drier finish, there is simply no bitterness in this brew. The banana taste opens up as it warms; it is simply key not to serve this beer too cold.

Medium-bodied, with soft, almost soapy feel and a dry finish.

Soft and sweet, it is a very easy drinking beer. Not quite as good as their standard hefeweizen, this dunkel is still an outstanding beer. It would be phenomenal to be in Munich having a glass or two of this beer. If you see this brewery in your store, grab it!

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,073 ratings