Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
Reviews:
1,101
Ratings:
2,934
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
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Photo of jbertsch
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wheat beers are not my favorite. I don't dislike them, they're just not one of my favorite styles. Because of that, this beer had a strike against it before I tasted it. BUT, the fact that it won me over so well speaks volumes.

Had this on top at Jacob Wirth's in Boston - served in a nice, large weizen glass.

The color is a murky dark brown with some haze. I wish the head was larger (could have been the bartender's poor pour), but what head was there retained well as I drank it.

I love to smell a serious malt in a weizen style. What a great juxtaposition compared to the heffe's we all know too well in America. Behind the malt there were notes of banana, and a hint of clove.

The taste mirrors the smell, but there are llayers upon layers of flavor - it's one combined flavor balanced very well. Some nuttiness comes through at the end, as well as some fig/rasin. The hops are very far in the back.... Not absent, but agreeably not a big factor.

The Mouthfeel is easy, smooth, and on the thinner side while still feeling creamy. There is a dry finish without a bitter aftertaste.

I don't know if it was the mood I was in, or the day, or the gorgeous sauerbraten I had with it, but this beer hit the spot and just seemed so perfectly balanced and restrained in the right areas.

Can't wait to have another.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber-brown beer with perfect creamy golden head. Retention lasts and lasts. Smell of wheat, banana, fresh, but not very complex.Taste is heavenly & balanced - spices, wheat, smooth, clove. Full body and medium carbonation, the best dunkelweizen.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice cloudy brown with some slight yellow tints and a lovely foamy white head (pour these slowly!) Nose is all banana and wheat. Taste follows with super banana and cloviness. bubble gummy flavor and radical wheat and yeast flavor. A very light malty caramel note in here. Mouthfeel is nice with ample carbonation and a great smooth feel. Drinkability is second to none (that I have had) and makes me wish I had a case of these for a hot summer day. A near perfect example of the style, the closest to perfect I have found anyway. A goddamn delicious brew, really no other way to say it.

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Photo of Vec2267
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - brown with an orange twinge, big head, nice lacing

S - vibrant mix of spice (clove), sweet (banana), and sour (yeast)

T - incredibly rich, very malty, banana, clove, raisin, carob

M - medium body, good carbonation

O - an outstanding beer, best of the style I've had

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a huge, dense, light brown head that left puddles of lace as it slowly faded to a film. Hazy cider looking beer with streams of bubbles rising along the edges. Yeasty aroma mixed with doses of lemon zest and banana. Aromas carry over into the flavor with a dash of that zesty lemony wheat flavor on top. Solid yeasty base mixes with bananas and even a bit of cocoa. Soft, light mouthfeel that's almost crisp. I'm a big fan of the refreshing wheat beers (German and Belgian). The cocoa flavors along with increased yeasty flavors combine with traditional Weizen flavors to make this one of my favorite beers overall. The fact that it's 5% and so tasty just makes it all that more amazing.

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Photo of MadCat
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very cloudy light brown, pours with a good head that settles at a moderate pace, leaves good lacing

Smell: Toasted malts, wheat, yeast, hints of spice

Taste: Toasted malts, wheat, cloves, nuts, with hints of raisins. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, good level of smooth carbonation

Drinkability: Great session beer

Overall, it is clear why this is a top German beer. Good contrast to the hefeweizen. I'm going to be looking for more dunkelweizens, as I find the style very interesting.

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Photo of treque
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hue between clear and brownish red, of abundant creamy beige head with good retention, visibly opaque, with ongoing carbonation.

Aroma markedly acid, citrus-tinged fruit and a slight hint of caramel.

Taste meets expectations. is pleasing to wheat, and yet stands roasted bitterness is mild, with dry finish and consistent.

One of the best Dunkel weizen I ever had

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Photo of TripelJ
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now Quaffing: Weihenstephaner Dunkel (draught)

When I first saw the tap handle, I thought it must be a dream. Poured a deep, tawny brown with a nice familiar opaqueness. There was a nice, dense off-white head, which receded leaving minimal traces of lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweetness and accompanied by a pleasant yeast smell. Taste is also sweet, with the malts being the dominant one in this complex relationship. There is a light citrus in the flavor and a perfectly placed crispness from the carbonation. The mouthfeel is medium and incredibly smooth. I don't usually drink wheat beers in session, but this one would be the one I would choose. One of the strongest features is that this beer is very smooth and easy to drink which makes it perfect for people testing the waters of better beer. It also has enough character to please the veteran beer advocates.

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Photo of masonacoats
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Nice hazy brown with great head retention. I would like a little darker with the description "dunkel"

S: Nice balance between clove phenols and banana esters with a bit grain, bread, and caramel.

T: As in the nose, perfect balance between clove and banana for my tastes (no citrus). Backed by the noted grain, bread, and caramel notes. A bit yeasty as well. No hop flavor.

M: Sweet with medium-full body and a nice sharp wheat finish.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...what can I say. Another stellar brew by Brauerei Weihenstephan. This bier pours out of the bottle a deep rich brown, with a legitimate head, that eventually leaves a great lave on the glass. This brew has a great almost sweet, but roasted depth and complexity. I knew I would love it from the very get go, and I was not disappointed. A classic.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. .Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, this beer has got a cascading four finger thick head, web-like lacing, and a clear mahogany brown body.

Smells like grainier malts, along with a touch of toffee and caramel

I taste toastier malts, a bit of raisin, and a reappearance of the aforementioned caramel.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up with this brew is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan a 4.75. This is a very easy drinking dunkel that has just the right amount of taste.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy, yeasty orange-brown. The ample head has a similar color and a dense, foamy/rocky texture. Retention is strong, with attractive bits of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: A big, fruity, yeasty nose full of banana and apple aromas. Vibrant spicy notes of clove and tangy wheat and yeast. A light herbal hop presence stays mostly in the background. A very slight caramel/brown sugar note as well.

T: Some mild brown sugar up front, with firmer notes of wheat malt. A tangy, fruity yeast presence steals the show here. Banana, golden apples, and perhaps a bit of pear. Moderate notes of clove and dusty spice. A faint herbal hop bitterness fits the style well.

M: Medium-full body. An excellent, creamy mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation. A bit of an inviting dryness into the finish.

D: I'm very impressed with this beer. A delicious, supremely drinkable dunkelweizen that should have near-universal appeal. In many ways, this drinks like a cross between a dubbel and a hefeweizen, and in this case the result is excellent. Highly recommended.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Das ist gut, ya! After so often sampling their superb hefe, I thought, what the hell am I doing not drinking everything else this brewery creates? Plus I've been in the mood for weeks for dark wheat beers (hello Ludwig's), so this is money drinking. Pours a deep copper color, a very burnished and burnt gold, not nearly as dark as I had thought, but looks beautiful in a weizen glass, with a thick frothy head atop. Aroma: kickass. Yeast, cocoa beans, wheat and bubblegum. Damn that's appealing.

Malt flavor is prevalent, with the slight bitterness of the hops just kissing the palate in the finish. In between there's a flavor of doughy biscuits, slightly salty yet sweet; the bubblegum and lemon citrus flavors floating on top of the wheat malt. Mouthfeel is undeniably perfect. Smooth, not cloying in the least and the carbonation is spot on - not overdone or bubbly like many wheat beers can be. I could drink this all day and night. An exceptional brew, and I've noticed this is becoming one of my all-time favorite styles.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to my girlfriend’s parents for bringing me back a Weihenstephaner gift pack straight from Bavaria. They’ll never see this, but I just wanted to mention them!

500 mL bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass at fridge temperature.

L – Hazy deep amber color with a big 5-finger cream-colored frothy, billowing head. Excellent retention but not much lacing unfortunately.

S – All the usual Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier players are here with bready and grainy malted wheat, banana, and cloves. The new addition is the toasty, caramel aroma from the Vienna/Munich malts. Really nice.

T – Follows the nose nicely. It is sweet all the way through with bready and grainy wheat coming in first, then bubblegum and banana, and then the toasted and caramel malt flavors. There’s a nice spicy yeast finish with peppery and clove notes.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a crisp but creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy and dry finish. Spicy yeast lingers for a great amount of time.

O – This beer is no different than the rest of their offerings – Weihenstephan is the king of German wheat beers. The beers from this brewery define their respective styles. Not much more needs to be said.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into Aventinus glass jan7 2010

A very cloudy brownish orange with lots of bubbles popping up from everywhere floating up to a two finger tan head that falls fairly quickly and leaves no lace

S lots of banana with some yeast, clove, a little earth and faint milk chocolate very nice

T it's a great thing the taste mimics the smell only it's a little better. for the style this is dead on with the banana bread flavor you can't miss

M light and very refreshing with lots bubbles very well put together

D I could drink many of these beers any time of the year enough said?

this is one of the better beers I've had in recent memory with little doubt. a big thank you adil for this gem, I only wish this was available where I live it would be in my regular rotation all year round. this is a must try for any beer lover and for the style it's awesome, you could spend a lot of time and money searching for a better one and may not find it

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Photo of Patrick999
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The family cat died today, 16 years, basically half my life. He was my companion and great friend through many a day. In his honor, I raise this glass of fine ale.

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Massive head, cloudy brown. Head settled, but that cap stuck around all glass long. Excellent looking beer.

S - Now that is impressive aroma. Toasted wheat and the expected clove/banana hits.

T - Big wheat backbone, along with plenty of soft ground pepper and just a hint of sweet banana.

F - Yeast addition makes this feel divine. Spot on, nice and chewy but still refreshing and mouth-coating.

D - I wish I had another. And another. This is my new Dunkelweizen standard.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pilsner glass with a massive off-white foamy head. Nice murky light brown color.

I smell an aroma of bananas and sweet pineapple. Very appealing.

An amazing taste. So much smoother than I was expecting it to be. It sort of reminds me of a Belgian beer but without the huge fruit splash. Absolutely no harsh aftertaste. Just silky smooth and makes my mouth water for more.

I am really starting to like the German beers and this is an awesome beer to try.

Highly recommended. The Weihenstephan crew definitely know how to do it!

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Photo of qazelisc
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fluffy beige head that doesn't hang around too long Light brown color, cloudy yeast, and not much lacing.

Amazing aroma of banana, clove, bread/yeast and caramel dominates. Also some nutmeg/allspice, apple and lemon zest. Would love to keep smelling but can't resist the urge to sip.

Taste follows the nose. This stuff is delicious. There's a slight musty, woody yeast aftertaste that adds dimension to the awesome flavor upfront.

Medium bodied and smooth with nice amount of carbonation and spice that tingles and excites the tongue.

Yup, another incredible beer from Weihenstephan, who make many of my favorite beers. Goes down easy and is so well balanced. Just about flawless.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +12%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a ruddy brown with a dense and rocky two finger off white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of bananas and cloves
T: taste is bananas and cloves with a nice amount of malt sweetness and creamy wheat and some nice breadyness. swallow is more banana and clove with some honey sweetness and more breadyness.
M: this beer is fairly light with a creamy mouthfeel from the wheat. carbonation is slightly prickly and the finish on the beer is ever so slightly drying
O: A fantastic example of the style from a world class brewery. Definitely hits all the right notes with no apparent faults

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Photo of bfields4
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a perfect tight head that retains itself nicely creating a puffy cloud of goodness. The body is a hazy dark copper hue.

The smell brings me back to Munich with a wiff of peaches roasted malts, and light spices.

Wheaty banana to orangery tastes are accompanied by nice clove and spice seasonings. Malt also complements the rest nicely. IMO the most tasty of Weinhenstephaner's offerings.

The carbonation and light body remind me why the liter beers in Munich went down so quickly. Weinhenstephaner is a perfect example of German breweries. There's a reason why this is the world's oldest brewery. They know how to make a beautiful tasty beer.

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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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Photo of hyland24
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass I acquired with this great sampler. Poured a hazy iced tea brown with mysterious cloudy movement, very intriguing. I get my balls broken for always picking up banana smells in my weiss beers but this one had banana all over it followed by hints of fresh bread. Awesome smell. Loved the smell but was blown away by the taste. Banana sweetness followed by delicious chewy biscuit breadiness and finishing with a very faint malt flavor. Nice chewy thick mouthfeel. Each swallow left behind a delicious tasty coating. A perfectly balanced beer.

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

Served from a 16 oz bottle into a weizen glass

A = brown and cloudy, with a 3 finger tan head. bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass and suspended yeast sediment swirls in the murky elixer.

S = crusty bread, cloves, banana, yeast

T = you know that brown bread they serve as an appetizer at steak houses? imagine that as a beverage, add a hint of banana and cloves and just a touch of hop bitterness, and you've got this beer. Yeasty and delicious, this -IS- liquid bread. The last sip, which contained a good deal of yeast that had dissipated from suspension, was especially tasty.

M = moderate carbonation with just the right amount of body. very easy to drink and at 5.4% a good candidate for a sessioning beer.

O = wish I had bought more than one, this thing is amazing. highly recommended.

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Photo of Reegze79
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Ahhhh....an incredible drinker....pours dark amber with fairly heavy carbonation. Smell is banana/clove with a hint of yeast. Taste picks up the banana and clove right away but the maltiness and tinge of the roasted malts comes through. The flavor explodes in your mouth....is there a better summertime beer than this? German purity and craftsmanship at play here

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown, cloudy with a nice retentive lacing

S: Smells like beer

T: Sweet...clove, light concord grape, banana, cream, spicy hops, lavender

M: Creamy yet refreshing. Not much in the way of effervesence or carbonation, just a nice spicey tingle left on the tongue after it's effortlessly gone down the hatch.

D: Very, very drinkable. Could drink quite a few of these easily. The price makes this a really good deal...I'll be getting more of this one for sure.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,934 ratings.
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