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 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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Photo of xvertirx
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- beautifull brownish color with a thick creamy head

S- Malty smell but nothing really stands out.

T- wow tastes great. It is a balanced malty flavor. Nothing stands out but it just tastes great. no overpowering alcohol. delicious.

M- good smooth carbonation. creamy texture. I like it!

O- Great beer. Bravo! very enjoyable.

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Photo of Eigenslam
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Misty brown body with a significant white cream head that retains quite well.

S - Prominent malty smell, a hint of what seems to be apples and bananas.

T - A nice smooth blend of malty flavors when it first hits your tongue, with a nice light hoppy finish. Nothing too significant, but just enough to remind you that its there.

M - Sits well, no taste is too overpowering. Feels creamy, medium weight, carbonation is very light.

O - A very good beer, especially given the price-to-quality ratio. Definitely something I'd like to have in reserve to share with friends.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appears a very appealing darker colour of the normal Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, with good head retention.

Fairly malty smell and a balanced malty taste, along with the same fizziness I have come to associate with the Hefeweizen. Very well balanced between the spicy/herbal nature of the Hefeweizen and the malts added, reducing the overall power of the spices, and balancing out the beer overall.

A very good brew overall, one which I would definitely buy again. My favourite Weihenstephaner.

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

A-Murky brown with a prominent white creamy head. Retention of the head is perfect. Interesting color but still very attractive

S-A burst of banana. with a hint of citrus

T-a very smooth almost fruity taste. Suprinsgly light and refreshing. Also has a great malty taste. What a wonderful tasting beer.

M-medium body with light to medium carbonation

O- A great beer. I love the amount you receive for the price. This is really how beer should be made.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a bottle into a large wine glass - nice frothy well retained head of two fingers - after a couple of minutes settled to a 1/4 inch film - nice sticky lacing - cloudy as expected - colour of light coffee or caramel
- got lighter after 10 minutes as it settled

S - orange, banana, spicy - cloves?

T - nice rich wheat flavour up front - a mild orange banana flavour cloves - nearly finished and a hint of unexpected chocolate like dessert at the end of a good meal - little bitterness and well balanced

M - really enjoyed this aspect - good carbonation and consistency - pleasurable to swish in your mouth - substantial but not quite full bodied - quite refreshing as well

O - this is my second german dark wheat in a week and neither has disappointed - this beer is very sessionable and I will be going back for more when I pass by the Preston LCBO again - i could enjoy a few on a hot afternoon at the trailer this summer

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Photo of budgood1
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the half litre brown bottel a turbid and muddy light brown colour with a huge frothy head that retains itself well leaving plentiful lace. hefty aroma of spicy clove and a combo of banana/lemony goodness. malted wheat combines with touch of dark malts to start out the flavour profile, then plenty of spice comes through reminiscent of cloves, allspice and coriander. bananas and lemon grass...hints of vanilla and cocoa, and a herbal hop kick make this a delicious treat. crisp and clean mouthfeel. medium body. about perfect for this style of beer. damn drinkable for all the right reasons and overall another gem of a hefe from a brewery who has this style down.

now that i have access to these beers, i'm going to have strike a deal to stock up for summer. fantastic stuff!

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Photo of JayS2629
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, murky mud water brown with an off white thick fluffy head that leaves beautiful lace. The smell is wonderful but subdued. Bananas, faint clove, sweet caramel. The front of the taste is caramel and toffee with banana following. The banana and clove are subtle. Its nice and easy to drink. Crisp, and refreshing with a sweet edge.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very hazy light brown color. See-thru and slightly murky (to style though) with a thick foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of banana and clove with some slight caramel scents and sweetness.

T- The flavor is quite possibly the best part of this beer, as it should be. Strong caramel flavors integrate well with ripe banana, pear, brown sugar, and clove. A tiny presence of alcohol in the finish.

M- Light/medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- A very solid brew that I can see myself purchasing regularly.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure on the date of this. Poured into an Erdinger Weissbier glass.

A - Pours a deep hazy golden brown with a great big lively head and bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Beautiful beer in this glass.

S - Crisp citrus, roasted malts, spicy yeastyness. Smells great.

T - A bit bland, not quite what I would have expected from the nose. It's all there, just quite subdued. Tastes pretty good, dark roasted malts, a citrusy bite, some yeast. Just not as lively as the nose.

M - Medium body, very smooth and crisp. Pretty nice mouthfeel.

O (D) - I don't particularly like or know this style, but it's a pretty good beer. I would seek it out in Germany, but not in the States.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on February 2, 2011. I guess that's why I paid the Bierkraft premium ($4.25 for half a liter).

A: Muddy-looking brown with a huge, white head that lasts longer than the rest of the beer. Quite a good looking beer.

S: Lots of spice and banana and some bubble gum.

T: Spiced banana bread (I guess the smells came together and got sweeter and baked?), yet quite crisp. Just a touch of some herbaliness at the end. I'm not getting much to correspond with the color, though. The flavors work together harmoniously--nothing overwhelms or even competes too much with anything else.

M: Medium to thin and quite carbonated. (I remember it being a bit thicker and not so heavily carbonated on tap.)

O: This is an incredibly drinkable beer. It's not particularly complex, but it's still quite satisfying to drink. I want another.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a nice dark amber colour, somewhat cloudy with a very good volume of carbonation present. the head is white, fluffy and about 3 fingers. some good retention, very nice lacing.

Smell - spices come fwd right away along with an apple present. I can pick up faint smells of banana as well. very well balanced and deep smelling beer.

Taste - very refreshing beer with a lot of taste. the apple comes fwd along with a hint of banana. there isn't as much spice to this beer as in the smell, but the smoothness is mind blowing.

Mouthfeel - some great levels of carbonation added to the mouthfeel, real good volume in the mouth. tends to be more bitterness to this beer and a longer aftertaste.

Overall - dominant! this is a classic beer that has so much to offer, one i will stock forever!

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Photo of weizenbob
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 500mL brown bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. The code on the label indicates that this was bottled on September 1, 2010. I'm hoping this has held up well in the seven months since bottling. I popped the cap and poured into a weizen glass.

A careful pour still manages to produce four glorious fingers of foamy head. Retention is fantastic, and there is still a half finger of head by time I get down to the bottom of the glass. Patches of lace stick to the glass for a nice aesthetic. The beer itself is a dark amber, closing in on brown, with ample haze to give this a nice soft look. A lot of carbonation can be seen rising behind the glass. This is a beauty of a beer.

As expected, the aroma reeks of weizen esters. Clove is strong. There is a hefty (or should I say hefe) amount of bubble gum. Wheat smells nice. Despite the age it still smells crisp.

The taste is really nice. Caramel maltiness is huge and takes on a bit of toffee note as it rolls across the palate. It has a whole-grain wheat bread kind of thing going on in taste as well as body. Banana esters come on strong on the back end. Hints of bubble gum emerge. The finish is sweet, and per style, there is very little hop bitterness to be detected. You don't see the dunkelweiss in the states nearly as much as the standard hefeweizen, but dunkels are a great variation on the same basic style. I'm loving the bready backbone of this particular beer.

In the mouth this is a wholly inoffensive brew. The beer is medium bodied but the high amount of tingly carbonation makes it feel a little lighter. The malt is grainy and a little chewy and leaves a sharp sugary feeling in the mouth.

All in all you can't really go wrong with this dunkel. It scores highly in all of the sensory tests. It rests at a reasonable 5.3% ABV. It's sensibly priced for an import of its caliber; and comes in the perfect serving size. Weihenstephaner has been brewing great beers for a long long time and one can only hope that they never stop. Every beer in their lineup is a winner. You don't stay the world's longest continually running brewery by accident.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel/Dark. Prosit!

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

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

A murky brown body with lots of carbonation for classic Hefeweizen look. Head is not as tight kind of small and doesn't stick around much. Color body is dark yellow and moves to brown amber to the top.

A nice hot clove smell on the nose, nutmeg spice as well, toasted brown spiced goodness. That's about it kind of nice.

Taste brings the spice. Nicely clove and nutmeg spiced, kind of spicy hot in a way. A little bit fizzy feeling though for mouthfeel, small banana taste as well with a bit more brown spice, even some brown sugar sweetness. Brown seems to be the theme here and the taste seems to reflect it.

Overall, alright I could have this beer in a pinch. It's probably not a fav style of mine, but if there was nothing else left I'd take it.

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

Picked this up at my local supermarket in a 500ml bottle because $2.99 for a large bottle of quality German beer was too hard to pass up.

Poured half the bottle out into a Miller Lite "flavor activator" pils glass. The beer appears thick and foggy and is copper/amber colored with a light, fluffy off-white head that rises up rapidly and lingered on top for quite some time.

The nose is comprised of sweet and toasty malts, some yeasty scents linger as well, also I can pick up on the added spices in the smell.

Good body, perfect amount of carbonation, complex flavor profile with an array of characteristics. The taste of this beer is clean and refreshing, the added spices complement the flavor and do nothing but enhance the flavor profile. A wheat-beer smooth, banana like flavor similar to the taste of Hoegaarden is present throughout.

Smooth and easily drinkable, in part due to a delectable flavor and just right carbonation.

Overall this is an outstanding beer, I would consider a as great example of its style.

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

A: pours cloudy brown with a lasting frothy tan to light brown head. Head does leave some lacing on the glass.
S: a darker malty banana, yeast, not much clove but a little bubble gum
T: smooth flavors, a very light nuttiness to add along with the yeast is rather nice. Some banana and just a touch of clove. There is just a touch of hop grassiness in the aftertaste
M: very smooth, almost creamy. Carbonation seems light but is enough to maintain the head very well
Overall its a good example of a dunkel weissen. Smooth flavors, nothing too odd.

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

Currently the #1 rated Dunkelweizen on BA. I've had it many times before, but my tastes have changed now and have a renewed love for this style.

A: Looks like a big vat of dark, toasted wheat. Dark brown, with carmel-like translucence. Massive foamy white head. TIP: Don't be a bonehead and pour this one too hard. I forgot the style of the beer I was pouring... doah!

S: Banana upfront, with a strong, wheaty presence. Nothing too strong.... just right down the middle.

T: Despite the formidable dark color, the ultra-soft taste is simple sublime! I mean, really... I couldn't imagine a better balanced brew. The thing I liked about it most is that there was no particular ingredient that stuck out or created a lingering aftertaste to shake off. Crisp, wheaty, malty, and delicious!

M: Bubbly and not in the least bit robust. The malt, wheat, and spices basically cut any potential cloying overly sweet elements down to size.

O: I see this brew sitting in the holster of a pool float, with me on it in my future...

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,057 ratings