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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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Ratings: 3,029 |  Reviews: 1,126
Photo of FBarber
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy brown color. Thick bubbly head dissipates steadily to a thin layer of velvety tan foam along the top of the beer.

Smell has notes of wheat, peppery yeast, bread, all-spice, clove, and some hints of dark fruits.

Taste follows the nose with an array of spice flavors up front - pepper, allspice and clove encased in a strong wheat malt backbone that permeates the flavors. Some yeast come through with hints of dark fruits and bread. Has a bit of a twang to the flavor.

Feel is full bodied with mild carbonation. Somewhat drier finish.

Overall a very nice dunkelweizen. Certainly one I have and will drink again.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MagicJeff
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Caramel, golden, cloudy. Beautiful fluffy dark white head. The head and lacing on this are beautiful.

Smell: Brown bananas, some banana bread spice, slightest hint of gingerbread.

Taste: baking spices, bready malted notes with slight banana after tones. Not much bitterness but by no means overly sweet.

Feel: Medium bodied +, each sip invites another one.

Overall: My local beer stores seem to be getting fresh Weihenstephaner more consistently and thus this is becoming a go-to beer/brewery for me. Always consistent, good priced, excellent offerings.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deg
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This legend pours a murky orange tinged brown
color with a very nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick long lasting layer
that shows nice sudsy lacing. Nose of banana esters, breaded malts, soft sweet wheat,
and light toffee and caramel notes. Flavors follow but exceed with presentation of this
fine brew with caramel and subtle toffee notes awash in breaded malts and sweet
wheat flavors touched on all sides with a finely balanced banana note. Excellent mouth
feel; medium full body, medium carbonation that is lightly crisp and fulfilling, and a
sweet caramel and dark malt finish.

Glad to have tried this one again----a legend in it's own time. Excellent!


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Photo of sunsjammer
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle coded 9516 14.55.59

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Photo of StormAles
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D-18V
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrainBamage
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a semi cloudy brown color with super thick head. Smell has banana and clove aromas. Feels very thick and has no bitterness. Taste is that of bananas and phenol. First Dunkelweizen I've had and i'm fairly impressed. Would recommend.

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Photo of chris826
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EliW
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seangibbs60
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenMaalouf
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcbroome
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CNoj012
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very hazy brown with some lighter orange and golden highlights. At first when held up to the light it reminded me of apple cider until the last pour with all the yeast sediment turned it more murky and dark. The head is massive, creamy, thick and off white. Retention and lacing are both off the charts.

Smell is banana, clove, nuts, toasted bread, some sweet spices and a touch of caramel.

Taste is similar, but even more flavorful. The yeast flavors are the star of the show, but the toasted bread, and sweet spices and caramel add a nice layer of complexity in the background.

Feel is light side of medium with great carbonation. Smooth bordering on creamy with a crisp zing on the finish from the carbonation.

Overall this beer is awesome. As much as I love their Hefe, I prefer this beer for the added complexity. A absolute pleasure to drink.

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Photo of HobbesTheYounger
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

IMHO this Weihenstephaner Dunkel is much better than the original - although the original Hefe is already way better than any other weissbier around. The reason behind these could be that the yeast they are using is not that sour and characteristic as it is in other wheat beers, but rather suble and therefore allows the real taste of the beer play the leading role.
This Dunkel, as its name says, is dark, at least a darker and richer variant of their original wheat beer. The taste is more malty and less yeasty, though an acceptable amount of sourness is present especially in the aftertaste.
Overall this is a very nice and refreshing beer despite its heavy bodied nature - don't mistake it for a light beer. As heavy it might be, it is still very pleasant to drink and spares you from a yeast-sour sickness. Quite good, indeed. The best wheat beer I have ever had.

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

Reviewed from notes (July 1st, 2014). This was poured into a weizen glass. The appearance had a nice dark brown color with a three finger white foamy head that moderately dissipated and left a great deal of foamy white lacing sticking finely to the glass. The smell had a wonderful amount of sweet sticky chocolate to coat over some light banana along with some sweet German malts. I also get some light cinnamon as the beer warms up a bit. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to town and made a super nice sweet yet still had that slight cinnamon spice underneath. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about this one. The carbonation was good for the style and for me as it was just right on par all around. Overall, what a nice dunkelweizen well worth having again.

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

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,029 ratings
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