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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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:
1,083
Ratings:
2,869
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
Wants:
314
Gots:
365
For Trade:
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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

*** ***

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

Bobsy sent me this one during Automn 2009.

A: Opaque brown color, with a nice creamy head.
S: Light intensity. Banana with some cloves.
T: Light intensity. Banana with some cloves but with some roasted malts in there. A little bit of corn? maybe.
M: Thin in the mouth.
D: Easy drinker again. I could have more than one. Very well balance and nothing throws you off. A nice beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber or slightly darker shade. Nice creamy, fluffy head of white. Smells faintly of that typical weizen beer, bannanas and cloves. Tastes of slightly carmel malt with the hint of bannana. Not too thin. Very drinkable indeed. I will certainly need to investigate this style more. Refreshing.

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Photo of boss302
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Brown, cloudy, think head, but not as big a head as the regular hefe.

S Smells a little like cola. Estery, yeast aroma, malt, no hops.

T Some roast, but faint. Gone is the banana/clove flavor of the hefe, replaced with a light to faint chocolate.

M Med-high body, carbonation seems high, but the head didn't last.

D Good beer, good dunkel weiss, worthy of another round.

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

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick off-white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has the nice fruity banana smell of a regular hefe, but with a little more of a malty scent. The taste is good. It is a malty hefe with excellent wheat/yeast flavor. It is sweet and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good dunkel, but I've had better; mouthfeel was lacking.

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

The beer has the classic, zesty, citrusy, gingery, hefeweizen aroma. The color is a hazy gold-tinged light-to-medium brown. The color is lighter than the "dark" designation might suggest. The beer pours with a large amount of head, as is typical to the style. It tastes just as it smells, which is a good thing, but whereas the aroma is powerful, the flavor is mellow. Has a steady stream of carbonation when poured right to the finish.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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 cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark copper amber colored liquid that has a great haze to it. the head is tight and bubbly on the edges, off white to a very faint light brown. it lingers for a while leaving a thick lace covering the side of the glass.

S-the nose is strong and blends together very well. Spicy cloves, lemon, and wheat are right up front. Notes of pear fade into light sour apples. Hints of dark plums and a touch of black cherries come in towards the back.

T-the taste is pretty solid but a little watered down especially compared to a great nose. The clove and spiciness are muted, the wheat flavors are a little more dominant. Notes of lemon and soft pear with just a hint of dark cherries at the back. Some light grassy hops to finish this off.

M-medium to light body, it is actually a little thin in the back with a rough feel on the palate throughout. There is a low level of carbonation that leaves something to be desired.

D-this has a good taste but it is a little thin and watered down. Good flavors for the dunkelweizen and very easy to drink.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.
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