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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.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
Ranking:
#782
Reviews:
1,125
Ratings:
3,028
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.73
 
 
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347
Gots:
428
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,028 |  Reviews: 1,125
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

Photo of MJ64
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of m1nt
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of igl
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SGR1220
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben1313
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of g_rat
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: hazy dark brown that fades to a golden bas. Thick 3" cream head with incredible retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: sweet malts, honey, cream, toasted bread, sunflower seeds, pine, citrus

Feel: smooth yet high carbonation. Very nice contrast.

Taste: bread pudding, figs, prunes, cream soda, tropical fruits, grapes, banana, hints of lemon after taste

Overall: creamy, complex and savory like a stout. Light and refreshing like a lager. Hints of hops, fruit, and citrus like an IPA.
I am a stout/Porter guy who detests fruity beers but this was absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Tim725
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hudson2508
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhart96
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jphallenbeck
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Favorite wheat beer. Very full and balanced rich flavor, but manages to be extremely refreshing at the same time. Good for those who like their beer to taste like bread.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,028 ratings
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