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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:
1,095
Ratings:
2,917
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
Wants:
320
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383
For Trade:
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Photo of Tom_Banjo
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Don't know what to say about this beer other than that I really liked it. Will absolutely be drinking this again.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look- dark amber color, maybe a little murky, with about two or two and a half fingers' worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - exactly as it's described. It smells like a Bavarian hefeweizen, but darker due to notes of caramel or something along those lines maybe.

Taste - very interesting taste! Not at all what I was expecting. It does still have that Bavarian feel to it, but it's spicier than I would have imagined it to be. It's not wild and crazy though. The purity laws would prevent that.

Mouthfeel - very well balanced brew, not too far on the side of watery or creamy.

Overall - very good brew that fits exactly with the style.

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Photo of mpedara429
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a cloudy brown color with a whopping four fingers of off white head. Great retention.

S: Clove and bready yeast.

T: Clove, roasted malt, and some nutty flavors.

M: Medium body with a medium light carbonation.

O: Very solid brew. A perfect alternative to American seasonal fall beers. Weihenstephaner seems to master the balance between drinkability, flavor, and price.

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

imperial pint into a weizen glass. freshness date clearly marked.

pours a hazy, nut brown color with amber highlights and gives me a thick 2 finger off white head. head calms to a thin cap pretty quickly. leaves some nice chunky lace in the glass.

smell is toasty and spicy with brown sugar sweetness.

taste follows with big, bready malt character balanced by a bit of herbal hops. notes of clove, banana and carmel are in there as well. bitterness is mild at best and cleans up well.

on the lighter side of medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

a prime candidate for a session beer. seems to fit the style well and while it's pretty good, it didn't blow me away. i probably wouldn't buy this again, but i'd recommend it to someone looking for a good wheat beer.

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

A light brown colored brew with a good frothy head and nice carbonation. Mild aroma. Flavor and mouthfeel is light to medium with sweet roasty malts. Not as spiced or banana as other German Dunkelweizens. A good drinking brew, but perhaps a bit over-rated in my opinion.

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

Ah, smooth crisp and refreshing what a pleasant surprise. The pour is a murky water brown. An extravagent pillowey head forms and never leaves. The aroma fills my nose with some nice banana and clove scents. The flavor is good there is a nice touch of sweet maltiness that helps tame the yeast & wheat dominance. As stated before this beer is really smooth, and absolutely enjoyable. This Dunkelweiss is much better than their original Hefeweiss.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

epic value at under 4 bucks per bottle. the pour is really cloudy brownish pinkish color, kind of odd really, with a really robust pure white head of thick foam, long lasting, and leaves good lace. the color is funky, and I think this is far superior on tap, but the beer itself is amazing. it smells like good german hefe yeast and dark wheat malt, some solid toast on the grains, and a refreshing citrus element. the flavor is identical to the nose, rich and complex, quite fruity, but a little more roast than the weizenbock or the regular hef. I like the additional body it provides, there is a nice soft feel too, although the carbonation is still quite lively. its traditional, its cheap, and its damn good. how can you beat that? I think of the four ive had from this brewery, I like the regular hefe the best, but all have been extraordinary. again, the value cannot be beat!

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Photo of sleazo
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured lighter than i expeced for a dunkel. There was a nice head which it retained as i drank it down. The smell was excellent, banana, cloves with a bready yeast smell. this is how you want a hefe to smell. The taste was musty and delicious. A nice fine example of the style, the yeast really shone through, with some nice malt undertones. A very nice beer, perhaps not suited to the winter.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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 rjlemos
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes from the oldest brewery still producing beer, so they might know something about it... they have a really good reputation...
And, to say more, the master brewer of Eisenbahn, the best brazilian brewery (and shall i say, probably one of the best of the entire world), was taught there... so, a lot of things can be concluded from that...
I bought 3 different Weihenstephaner's beers at the same time (and drank all the three one following the other). This one was the second one i drank, and it's very similar to the Hefe Weissbier in taste and smoothness (the first i tasted). The color is unique - it's brown, completely light brown, not black or red. It's very soft, even for the style, specially if you compare with other highlights like Erdinger and so on...
Very easy to drink, refreshing, and excellent taste and malt concentration. Nice option.

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Photo of beeragent
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a deep medium copper, forming a massive tan head. Medium spots of lace slide down the glass.

S - Strong aromas of wheat and bananas, along with a light hint of spices.

T - Taste is a little lighter than the aroma would lead to believe. Nice malty wheat taste, bananas are presence but light, and finishing with a hint of caramel.

M - Lighter than I would like. I usually expect this style to be a little heavier. Smooth finish.

D - Overall, not a bad beer at all. I could easily drink this all night. Good flavor and aroma, and sessionable alcohol content. I dont think this is better than Franziskaner dunkelweiss IMO, but its definitely up there.

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Photo of Tele
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: 4.25 Pours a hazy, reddish-brown with a large off-white head.

S: 3.75 The aroma is mostly bread, esters, yeast, and malt with some light hops in the background. There’s a little bit caramel with the malt, but it’s very faint.

T: 4 Slightly sweet at first with a good amount of fruity, spicy esters following. The malt and hop levels are very nice, but not adding anything particularly interesting. This dark version is actually quite similar to the original.

M: 4.25 The body is pretty light and quite refreshing for a “dark” beer. Carbonation is very nice and enhances the fairly muted flavors.

O: 4 This beer is very nice, however it is not particularly interesting. As mentioned above, it’s very similar to the original version but there’s a little less going on. I was hoping for a bit more roasted malt to come through on the nose and palate, but it’s still very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Following is for a bottle drank at the Brauerei 25SEP03... Same attractive appearance as above. Aroma similar as well, but I found this one with lots of carboated roughness on the tongue. Clove, choco, toffee flavors...still tasty!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Original review - 17JUL02. This one's a keeper! Had to give it a slow pour else I'd have all head! Did produce a big, creamy mousse-like topping, with decent lace. Was chestnut in color, a touch cloudy to start, more-so after swirling in the yeasties later. Lovely aroma, big-time on the clove, along with some banana, malty sweetness and yeaty spiciness. Really good body, and quite smooth for a Weizen! Enjoyed the flavor greatly. The malt produced a welcome sweetness, with a fantastic combo of clove/spice/fruit notes. The late addition of the yeast did not detract in any way from the experience! My fave DunkelWeizen to date! Thanks, Murph! (4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 = 4.50)

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Photo of TinusTime
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the colour of cola- with a nice fluffy tan head that lingers around like shaving cream. The scent if redolant with weak cocoa and banana bread smells. The taste is as it smells with the addition of the nice spicy clove like finish found in hefe's. Mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth. A very drinkable beer on a nice mild summers day. Would go really good with some sauerbraten with red cabbage and potatoes

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a sample glass.

Appearance: Cloudy light brown color with a beige head.

Smell: Stronger on the cloves, carmels, and banana than a regular hefenweizen.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied and maybe a little thicker than I expected. Taste was just as it smelled; cloves, banana, carmel, malts and maybe some grassy and citrus notes too.

Overall: Not a huse fan of this beer personally, just wasn't my style. Glad i tried it though.

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Photo of Macca
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy burnt orange colour with a generous head.

Phenolics on the nose. Lots of banana.

The palate is very long with the flavours sitting on the back of the tongue for ages. The banana continues.

It has a good balanced carbonation and a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. The beer is a muddy brown liquid. It has a thin, off-white foam head. The beer is opaque, but I can still see some carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass and rising within. There are a number of aromas coming from this beer; I can smell clove, banana, and a slight sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar. It tastes of musty yeast, like a weissebier should. There is lots of banana and some clove in the flavor. The finish has a bit of peppery spice to it. The beer has a medium body and high carbonation. The coating is very good and it contains some sweetness. The pepper in the finish provides a bit of a bite, but otherwise it finishes cleanly. It is a very drinkable beer. I could easily have a few of these. It is a perfect beverage for the outdoor deck here at my favorite bier garden.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Color is a hazed caramel brown. Pours 2 and 1/2 fingers of slight an head. Very good retention but not a lot of lace sticking to the glass.

Aroma: Wow, this is a nice smelling dunkel. Big notes of chocolate, clove, and bananas. Very nice.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the aroma, but with some added nut flavors to it. Very typical taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a fairly clean roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, a good representation of the style. My bottle is going somewhat slow, but I will be able to finish it without a problem.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich dark amber with a very large head. Very inviting, and I'm excited to take my first sip.
S: Awesome smell. Couldn't keep my nose out of it! Immediate sense of orange rind and hints of barley. Very sweet smell reminiscent of flowers and honey.
T: Absolutely wonderful. Large robust orange flavor with traces of honey and just the perfect amount of booze. Finishes quickly leaving a pleasant aged taste on the palate. Very complicated.
M: Very lacy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Definitely an excellent beer. A little heavy for drinking more than one, but for a single drink it's definitely delicious.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- To me, it looks almost like a really dark apple cider with a nice off-white head. Brownish in color with a hint of cloudiness. The head lasted forever and persisted as a thin layer that clung to the sides of the glass.

Smell- A bit weak in aroma for what I expected but still some nice, subtle hints of malt and bananas.

Taste- Close to a hefe with a definite flavor of banana and clove but much more intense malt flavors. The hops are subtle.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Goes down easy and works great with food as a palate cleanser but stands up to heavier fare than perhaps a hefe (I tried it with grilled chicken and it was dynamite).

Drinkability- Definitely worthy of another purchase. A nice autumn beer with a nice refreshing quality balanced by a fuller malt flavor than a traditional hefe.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dunkel weissbier poured a cloudy, brown color with creamy, light tan foam. The smell was mild and malty with a slight sweetness and faint fruitiness. The taste was slightly sweet and malty with notes of wheat and yeast. Very little fruity ester flavors. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation. Very low hop presence. A nicely enjoyable weiss bier.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish color, looks like apple cider. Fluffy head, no lacing (what am I doing wrong?). Cloves, banana dominate in the smell. NIce wheat beer flavor, again with a bananas and a medicinal cloviness (is that a word) dominating. Mouthfeel is smooth, but seems a bit thin. This is a pretty good brew, I could drink a couple pints of this no prob.

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Photo of nano
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pick this one in my local beer shop "The BeerBox Monterrey"
poured from a bottle to my 500ml weissen glass

A- brown color, a good 4 figers head

S- Clove, bannana, and yeasts

T- very very spicy, a little bit of bannana bread

M- medium body qith a nice carbonation

D- this is a exelent choise for a session beer, i could drink 4 of this one with no problem, the best dunkel weissen that i have tried

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a very hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, banana, fruit, and subtle clove. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, fruit, clove, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really liked the spice aspect going on in this one as it added quite a nice touch to all of the typical bread and fruit flavors you would typically expect from the style. It was very easy on the palate and fairly well balanced throughout. Definitely worth trying for the curious and the fans of the style alike. A must try.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

This beer looks like cider, like bubbly apple cider, the difference here being the enormous rootbeer float-like head that tops this baby off but doesn't cling too well. Oh yeah, it smells a whole hell of a lot different than a cider as well. Banana bread, but that is a bit of an overstatement to be honest. We've got slight bits of cinnamon-apple and/or cloves, but more of an apply kind of aroma rather than just plain cloves. Yeast is a beast on this, does some wonderful things to this beer, first sips reveals decent amounts of everything, sort of like picking and choosing different spices from your spice rack, sounds lame but it's true. Slight, standard banana, but with an added, creamier, depth to everything. I've never had a pumpkin beer but I feel like I get the idea of one as I drink this beer. The creamy and spicy characteristics of this beer lead me to believe this. Yet for all this beer has to offer, and it's a lot, something about this beer leaves me wanting more, the mouthfeel is just a bit lagging and taste is a bit one sided, a good, but not great, beer. This is a beer that I imagine would taste quite a bit better fresh, but then again, what beer wouldn't.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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