Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Daytona Beach FL.

Pours with a hazy copper body topped by a creamy off-white head that leaves sticky patterned lacing.

Fruity, spicy and lightly bready Way more balanced (think of the load of banana and clove notes in most competitors) and more complex than perhaps any other beer of this style in my experience. Body is a bit too thin.

Overall: world-class version

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light-brown with orange tint and massive billowing head that leaves lacing. Nose is esters, yeast, some cinnamon and a bit of malt. Not quite as pronounced as the regular hefe. Flavor is crisp, a bit malty compared to the regular, a bit of anise and clove, and a slightly acidic note that keeps it very refreshing. Mouthfeel is lighter that some dunkels, but matches style and crisp nature. Overall, a classic that is almost as good as the regular, but nice for change.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Ample white creamy head that will be there to stay for a long time. Very lively with a lot of bubbling.
Smell: Sweet maltiness, a lot of dark fruit such as prune
Taste: As they say, hint of very ripen banana, but also that of dark fruit. wheaty. Not much of roasted malt. Even though not too high in alcohol, alcoholic taste is there.
Feel: medium/full body. A lot of malty wheat after taste that persists for quite a while.

An excellent brew coming from an excellent brewery. Would recommend it to everybody and have it again.

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Photo of Spike
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark copper. Greenish around the edges. Amazing, blood orange colour when held to the light. Some carbonation. Three fingers of foamy beige head has staying power. Yeast poured into the glass forms a film one centimetre below the head.

Rich aroma of banana, cloves and yeast.

Can taste the malt. Then the traditional wheat beer flavours arrive. Toffee banana bread.

Medium body. A little fizz on the tongue. Super smooth. A hint of sweetness. Dry.

Another fantastic beer from Weihenstephaner. Gotta go to Freising.

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Photo of JamLand
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I don't have anything to add to their description. Another ideal example of a Germany style beer done by Weihenstephaner. All four elements are exactly what you are hoping for from this style.

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Photo of thebeers
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber-brown color with a massive tan-tinted head. Smells of banana, bubble gum and maybe a little clove. Maybe there's a hint more bready malt in the nose than a plain hefeweizen, but the yeast is what stands out. Soft, lush, fairly full-bodied mouthfeel. The malt is more present in the taste than in the aroma, muting the banana flavor somewhat. Don't know that I'll reach for the dunkel all that often, but it's a nice change of pace.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a Weihenstephaner glass.

A: The head is two finger thick with a white coloration plus a nice coppery body.
S: The aroma has an almost perfect bready tone with a bit of toffee on top. I've created the image of a cake in my head.
T: This Dunkel had a perfectly hoppy profile with an amazing touch of toffee and clove. Weihenstephaner won me here.
M: They won again. Mouthfeel wise, this is just perfect for a dunkel. The bitterness and the carbonation are exactly au point.
O: Overall? This is the best Dunkel I've ever had. Simple.

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Photo of BWood
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: dark Amber, creamy head that costs the rum.

S: yeasty

T: I get a little banana with the yeast. Solid beer

F: smooth and tongue coating.

O: great beer. I've been getting into German lately. This is a good one .

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color, with a large foamy head that dissipates quickly. Quite a bit of visible carbonation, and a lot of lacing. This is a wild-looking beer.

The smell is conventional for a hefe. A lot of sweet wheat, bananas, almonds, and yeast.

Taste is akin to the smell, and generally fantastic. The sweetness of the wheat, combined with the banana flavor adds up to a candyesque, or caramel-type flavor. Overall, satisfyingly sweet - but just enough of tartness to make it nuanced and interesting. Mouthfeel is moderate-light, and carbonation is moderate. The body has a delightfully creamy texture.

This is most excellent!

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Photo of Dravin
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass. The bottled on code is 2365.

Look -- Pours a hazy deep amber with three fingers of creamy off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Classic hefeweizen clove, banana, yeast, and wheat. There are hints of apricot in there and a malty toastedness beneath it all. It's vaguely reminiscent of banana bread if you left out the cinnamon.

Taste -- Like the nose except the toasted character is more prominent and a refreshing tartness comes through.

Feel -- The carbonation and body give it a hefty and luxurious mouthfeel. However, the body isn't so heavy that it distracts and loses it's ability to feel refreshing. It has all the body that an unfiltered wheat beer should have.

Overall -- A delicious dunkelweizen. It is much like Weihenstephaner's normal hefeweissbier but the strength of the esters is subdued slightly by the light toasted character to be found in this beer. I prefer to have the esters pop more but it's still a fine beer.

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Photo of MECove
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I think I'm partial to this type of beer. I also like the texture of unfiltered beers, but I'm not sure if this one is. It smells like a spring garden. It looks like smooth liquid caramel. The lacing is quick and weak. If you pour it fast, it makes a huge fluffy head that doesn't linger. It tastes light and easy with a subtle sweet aftertaste. I'm delighted with it. The bottle says that it was "brewed under the purity law of 1516." Hmmm. Sounds interesting.

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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was given to me as a X-mas present this past year. I was surprised to see that I hadn't previously reviewed/rated it.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy, tannish orange amber color with excellent head retention and considerably lacing. The nose is pretty much everything you'd want in a dunkel weizen, as I pick up clove, light banana, nutmeg, a hint of burnt toast and dark chocolate, along with some light licorice. The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, although the beer seemed to be dominated by the clove, spice and burnt toast characteristics. There was some noticeable initial sweetness in the beer as well, that was nicely countered by the spice and burnt toast flavor. Mouthfeel was fairly light, though for such a low abv. beer, there certainly was no lack of flavor intensity. Alcohol was completely unnoticeable, and so drinkability was very good.

While I prefer the regular hefeweizen to this version, nevertheless, this was a very enjoyable, easy to appreciate beer from Weihenstephaner. Of course that's no surprise, as pretty much everything I've had from this reputable brewery has been excellent.

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Photo of bnes09
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, copper color with huge foamy head that never lets up. I actually have to wait several minutes to take a sip.

Smooth, rich yeasty, wheat aroma. Fresh, malty, and complex with pepper, clove and coriander spice added.

Flavor follows the nose well with exceptional balanced. Subtle banana undertones. Finishes clean.

Smooth medium body. Tiny, lively bubbles. Fine, grainy texture.

Everything I could expect from a dunkel.

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Photo of twage04
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightish brown with medium carbonation. Very bready with the banana flavor from the yeast. Hops aren't notable. Not terribly sweet or anything. MMMM liquid banana bread.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 1/2 liter bottle, it pours a hazy light brownish amber with a frothy head that stays a while, slowly dissipating. Yeasty, bready, banana-ey smell tickles the nose. A bit of banana hits the tongue, along with the maltiness. Feels just like a wheatbier should! Yum!

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Photo of drmeto
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-pours a cloudy chestnut brown with a medium,frothy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus caramel and bread
-medium,soft carbonation
-light to medium body
One of the best in it's Style.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a orange tinged copper color, that has plenty of haze due to yeast....the head is an off white color, and is creamy soap in texture....it retains quite well too. Carbonation, from what I can see, is mellow and lumbering...the lacing is quite well, with medium sized patches sticking to the side of the glass...overall, a winning look!

S- Traditional spicy notes, primarily coming from such goodness as clove, nutmeg, slight pepper, mild cinnamon, banana fruit and other tropical aromas. There is bread like biscuit noted, and yeasty creaminess too....the finish seems to be long and not bitter at all.

T- Very much of banana fruit, with some blends of various citrus fruit, however it is much more muted, but balances the richness. Spiciness coats the palate with ginger, clove, cinnamon and an underlying peppercorn. Yeasty richness ensues, with nuttiness and perhaps some milk chocolate....it is like dessert (banana/gingerbread)....the finish is clean, yet flavorful and it lingers on the palate.

M/O- Creamy and rich, but not to the extent that I would have expected, but it is very welcome at the same time. Highly sociable beer, and reasonably clean, but there is a lingering Vicks 44 feel to it. Medium-Full bodied and the wheat malt provides a nice backbone to the finish. the alcohol is very nicely hidden....another winner! Please try this at home :)

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Photo of josanguapo
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

From elcervecero. In Paulaner glass. Watching Better Call Saul 1x01. There is nothing wrong with it, but neither it is much special apart from a high drinkability and sessionability

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Photo of frothy_80
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy toffee brown with a nice frothy head. Classic aromatics of banana, clove, and bubblegum backed up by caramel, toffee, and toasted bread notes. Smells like a complex banana bread. The taste is very similar to the aroma, however, not one characteristic jumps out screaming here I am. It's a well balanced mix of flavors. Nicely carbonated and surprisingly crisp. Overall a nice inviting example of the style. Worth picking it this one up.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: murky light brown with a thick foamy tan head.
smell: banana and light aromatic spice with some yeasty notes.
taste: very much like the nose. A bit of sweetness. Very nice.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a fantastic amber color with a sweet and smoky aroma. A crisp palate that is very satisfying. A world class beer.

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Photo of ZachT
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark amber in colour, cloudy, three inches of white, fluffy head when poured into bavarian wheat glass
S: Banana, bread crusts, clove, white flour, subtle citrus notes
T: Banana bread, cloves, toasted bread, molasses, toffee, subtle dark fruit, semi-sweet
F: Medium bodied, well carbonated, rich mouthfeel, touch of bitterness on the finish
O: A world-class dunkelweizen! Embodies everything a dunkelweizen should be, banana, clove, dark wheat malt character, refreshing, easy drinking. Fantastic!

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Photo of dd43
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having never tried a dunkelweizen before, I wasn't sure what to expect. Going with Weihenstephaner seemed like a sensible choice to get a reference point on this style, given their world class pedigree with the hefeweizen.

Aromas are the traditional hefe characteristics of clove, banana, and a wheat bready yeast note. I didn't pick up much in the way of a roast quality, neither in aroma nor in flavor. Speaking of which, in addition to the clove/banana thing, there is a sweet wheat bread flavor that brought to mind dark honey drizzled over wheat bread crust. This sweetness improved the flavor of the beer as it warmed up. I drank most of this bottle in the low 40s, I would drink the next one in the upper 40s. It really opens up as the temperature rises.

I don't think I'd choose a dunkel over a standard hefe in most situations, but this was a damn tasty beer regardless. Its a slightly more malty and robust variant of the style, with the requisite sugars to provide a more substantial mouthfeel. This beer is worth seeking out.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 4035 - January 14, 2015! Hefeweizen glass. Allowed to warm for 20+ minutes from fridge.

Appearance: Pours a murky light brown, like chai tea, with slightly golden edges and 3+ fingers of extremely foamy, sandy head. Streams of carbonation flowing up. Retention is excellent, keeps a 1/2 inch head the whole way down. Lacing is remarkable.

Aroma: Banana, clove, bready citrus. Hard to tell if this is subdued on account of the age; it's my second Dunkelweizen (Schneider Weisse Original was my first, and I liked that better).

Taste: On the arrival, tastes pretty much like a hefeweizen, lightly tart, then across mid palate turns wheaty and dark-malty; not quite roasted or toasted, perhaps like a dark wheat bread. Like a real 100% whole wheat bread, not the fake stuff meant to look like wheat. A little yeasty sourness at the end, with lingering clove on the finish. Overall quite complex; more complex than most hefeweizens I've had, but at the same time more subdued. I plan on buying a newer bottle of this in the spring and re-reviewing.

Mouthfeel: Pretty highly carbonated, slightly slick, but finishes fairly (not totally) clean. It is a wheat beer, after all. Lighter side of medium bodied.

Overall: On paper, I should love dunkelweizens; the mixture of wheaty freshness and malty comfort. However by blending two things I love, this seems to favor neither. It is exceptionally complex, I could pick at this for hours; but I suppose you could say the same for a Hefeweizen. At least it is to style.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy copper pour with big thick white foam; good lace and long lasting cap and excellent carbonation. Clovey banana nose, fruity esters abound; lite caramel malt too. Flavors of cloves and subtle spicy "circus peanuts", with a sugary caramel malt underpinning. Lite, bready mouthfeel with a clean clovey tongue coating. Overall, nicely balanced with a lite malt base and a yeasty coriander linger.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,959 ratings.
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