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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:
2,871
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.51%
 
 
Wants:
314
Gots:
365
For Trade:
1
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Photo of afinepilsner
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pt .9oz brown bottle

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel was red-brown in color and hazy. The towering off-white head had great retention and left lots of lace stuck to the glass. The aroma was very fruity with banana dominating. The taste was fantastic with fruity flavors and some spice. The finish was dry. It was medium bodied with nice carbonation. Drinkability was excellent. This is by far the best dunkel weizen I have tried so far.

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Photo of potownbill
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle came out of a Weihenstephaner gift pack, including the 0.5l glass.
Appearance - An amber brown cloudy beer, with a perfect off white 3 finger head that receded to a thin layer after a few minutes.

Smell - Sweet malt with bready "hefeweisen" aroma that was not overpowering, bu in great balance with the malt and subtle hops.

Taste - Slight malt, sweet, hint of clove, with the bready wheat. Not much hops. everything in balance.

Mouthfeel - Smooth as silk

Drinkability - I expected a heavier beer, and I was very suprised and pleased with the "weight" or lack thereof, of this beer. Not too many better than this.

85 degree day, cooling off as dusk approaches, hard day working in the yard. Perfect beer to end the day.

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Photo of Drew966
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel pours a hazy copper color with a thick off white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. The aroma leans toward the clove side of the spectrum. There is a nice thickness to the mouthfeel. The flavor also is on the clove side, with banana being noticeable. A fine beer.

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Photo of ski271
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zeno’s in State College. A- Dark, murky brown with a small, foamy, off-white, quickly-diminishing head. Light lacing. S- Mild. Fruit, whole-wheat bread and berry. T- More pronounced than nose for sure. Clove, berry, honey, citrus, bread and straw. M- medium body, slightly oily texture and moderate carbonation. D- Oh I like this one. Meaty with a very nice light fruity character. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of rrg1gb
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark amber into a weizen glass. Had a generous head with finely beaded bubbles. The smell was just as impressive - it had a sweet, light banana & clove aroma with a hint of bubblegum.

It had a taste of nice yeasty sweetness with banana flavor - VERY filling. It was consistently sweet and creamy, and went easily. This dunkelweiss has great flavor and isn't at all dumbed down. I do wish that Dunkelweissbiers were more readily available, but oh well.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No one makes a better hefe than Weihenstephaner (those crazy Germans), but this is my first dunkel. Pours a light milk chocolate with the typical overflowing yeasty head of a wheat beer; the thick head will stay for the duration. Aroma has hints of banana and pie crust. Taste has a peppery spice with a gum like aftertaste, but the lemony hints the regular hefe has are not here. A refreshing beer that goes down smooth.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky brown color with a thick, creamy head.

Smell is very clovy and has lots of ripe bananas. The phenolic characteristics of the hops are overpowering the wheat and caramel smells, the latter comes somewhat through and adds a extra warmth and depth to the beer.

Taste is fresh with less cloves and bananas than the smell would suspect. The wheat is very much present and the dark malts add a nice biscuity taste. Aftertaste is dry and refreshing with a very low and almost non-existant hop presence. Drinkability is very good, I could drink this every summerday.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgandy color with a foamy, off-white, four-finger head. Left lace.

S - It smelled of malt, wheat and clove.

T - Tasted of wheat and malt. There is a light spiciness and a hint of yeast and clove.

M - It is crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good dunkel. Impressive appearance and a very good flavor.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love helles hefes so I was keen to hace a crack at this. Poured into Oz schooner glass and there was a good rich head which I made overflow. Bugger. Anyhow, there was a lovely caramel, wheaty aroma which was even more present in the taste. This flavour was cut by a nice clovey, stewed apple note which balanced off the sweeter taste. Not much hops and the more I drank the more interesting things I tasted. Roast beef? Dark chocolate? Its all there but the banana I like in the hefes. The mouthfeel was nice and rich with a full body but rather sticky like a dessert. The carbonation is perfect with continuous moderate bead. I love this and now have a need for it. Now!

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

For some reason I was always a little hesitant about this one, don't know why...but, alas, I finally picked up a bottle and here's how it went down.

Appearence was beautiful clouded caramel brown along with yeast from the bottle. The head poured a large, three fingers, that lasted a good while before fading to a light froth above the surface. Carbonation bubbles constantly rose from the bottom of the glass.

Wonderfully sweet on the nose, banana and green apple were the strongest scents up front, along with minor notes of orange and other citrus, a slight malt towards the end.

Taste picked up all the nuances from it's scent, along with some moderate carbonation. Very nice malty balance with the yeast and fruits. There is a spiciness just after the kick from the carbonation. Great, complex balance.

Feels nice and clean in the mouth...crisp, medium bodied, full of texture.

Wonderful beer, and one of the best dunkel weizens I've had for sure. I'd definitely drink it again and probably will soon!...Very drinkable, very enjoyable. I'm only dissappointed that I waited so long to try it!

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Photo of jkaufman
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Saturday, March 31 session notes:

Poured a 16oz. bottle into a tankard.

A: Pours cloudy dark orange/brown with a HUGE white head that slowly thins out to a finger-thick. Looks tasty.

S: Caramel sweetness and slight hop aroma.

T and M: This well-balanced lager goes down creamy-smooth with moderate carbonation. Fairly sweet character and medium-thin body. Finishes warm and a bit syrupy.

D: Very drinkable and sessionable.

Recommended.

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Photo of Duster72
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with a massive head that takes several minutes to subside. Very sticky lacing down the glass. Aroma is sweet bready yeast and some fruits. Taste follows the aroma with a certain brown sugar taste to it. Nice interplay of the sweets with the fruit. Mouthfeel is very good and beer is very drinkable. You could session this beer very easily.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-29-07

Pours a dark amber, with lots of bubbles rising to the surface and an almost permanent half-inch head.

Smell is very sweet and yeasty, with a definite honey presence.

Taste is wheaty and carmelly, with the honey coming in strong. Finishes much lighter, with a slight cereal aftertaste. Not much hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel is good, although a little thin, any thicker might make the sweetness a little too overpowering.

Drinkability is decent, again, the sweetness starts to add up.

Overall a good brew thats tastes much like the name would lead you to believe. A little sweet, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of jettjon
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle with no freshness date, into a pint glass a red-brown clear with moderate to low carbonation in the pour. Two-finger pale tan head fades slowly to a cap and scattered lacing. Decent looking. Nose is malty and hoppy, and average overall. Tastes crisply malty with subtle coriander spice; light by and large and not bitter at all. Mouth is semi-viscous, middle-bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and nicely pleasing. Drinkability is decent; it’s thirst-quenching, light and refreshing in the way that most macro beers wish they were (and claim to be). Sessionable, sure, though not remarkable.

Overall: A good “dark hefe,” definitely worth a try. This would be a good one to introduce to your friends who “like hefes but not dark beers.” Yet another step on the path to great beer.

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Photo of travelfrog
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I had tried the more common Helles Hefeweizen, I had never tried this version until now. I had it on tap in the USA, served in a traditional weissbier glass.

Appearance was medium-brown and cloudy, with a nice, long-lasting head.

Smell was not overpowering, but with pleasant parallels to fresh bread.

Taste was quite good: it tasted somewhere between a Scheider Weissbier and a Franziskaner Dunkelweizen. Yeast and fresh bread were the orders of the day, with maybe a hint of apple. Excellent, dry finish.

Mouthfeel was just fine, maybe a bit of acidity clinging to the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability was also above average. Perhaps the slight acidity makes you want to drink it less quickly (not necessarily a bad thing).

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy light brown, like fresh cider, with a fluffy white head. aromas of overly-ripe bananas, walnuts, toasted bread, cloves. tastes exactly how it smells, with an emphasis on the ripe bananas, and a bit of bubblegum sweetness. toasty malts and wheat flavors balance perfectly, and the finish is very dry. very smooth, unassuming, and natural tasting. goes down fast.

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Photo of blakesell
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At first glance I didn't think this beer would taste anything remotely like a dark beer. The appearance was brown at best, but after smelling it I knew it was going to fit to the weinstephaner reputation of quality. The slightly smokey smell that the hefeweisen has was present and the dark wheaty smells come in right after it. Great spicey mouthfeel that I look forward to trying again.

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Photo of lpayette
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a murky brownish color with a huge head. Pretty good staying power, and a bit of lacing.

Smell- Mild banana, vague nuttiness and chocolate pudding. Suggestions of honey and a faint burnt character.

Taste- Tastes much like the normal hefeweissbier with the addition of some near chocolatey flavors from the darker malt. The yeast is definitely the same. Overall quite tastey.

Mouthfeel- Very subdued, yet interesting. Medium body. A tad dry from lots of yeast at the finish.

Drinkability- not bad.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Into the Weihenstephan glass it goes. Huge springy khaki head dominates the glass, I'll need to let it fall before I continue the pour. Body is a playful brown sugar colored syrup with a touch of haze to it.

S: Bready yeast, over ripe banana, caramel corn and rubber.

T: Begins lightly malty with mild cinnamon dough. Tingly yeast mixes with banana peels and mineral water. Hints of red apple, ripe kiwi, raisins and molasses add a good backbone. Finishes with brown sugar, lightly fruity...somewhat cloying.

M: Medium body, somewhat hard and fluffy at times.

D: Weihenstephaner continues for me as one of the more over rated breweries out on the market. This beer was good but nothing special by a long shot.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish brown, like a dark iced tea, yellow light passes through the bottom of the glass, head is ample and rocky and white.

Smell: Lots of sweetness, brown sugar, cloves, yeast, banana breadiness is less noticeable.

Taste: Big malty flavor like a tame tripel, less spicy than the hefeweissbier, brown sugar and a little maple, very dry in the finish, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Quality, smooth and fizzy carbonation that tickles your mouth and slips down your throat.

Drinkability: I prefer their light hefeweizen in flavor, but this is very delicious and went well with a reuben sandwich.

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Photo of supercolter
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When i think German beer, this is a perfect example.

Appearance is good, with a good amount of head that hovers for a bit and some lacing.
Smell is good as well, nice and malty with a touch of hops.
Taste is very similar to the smell.
Mouthfeel is decent in body, I would say medium.
Drinkability is pretty good as well.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown in color with a thick head. Hazy appearance.

S: Slight hint of black licorice. Mainly a musty, yeast smell with a aromas of green apples. Spot on for the style.

T: Very similar to a standard hefeweizen. Clove and green apple with undertones of banana. The flavor of the yeast seems to hold everything together.

M: Light and refreshing with a perfect amount of carbonation. The malt sweetness makes for a rounded mouthfeel. Airy and fluffy due to the wheat.

D: Highly drinkable and very refreshing. This would make a superb session beer. Also, a perfect brew for hot weather. This is the benchmark for this particular style in my opinion.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 16.9oz bottle(room temp) a cloudy brown with a large billowy head of foam that shrinks slowly and leaves a fine solid layer, with lots of lacing, right through to the end of the session.

The smell is Wheat dominated but I can also sense clove, banana, and maybe some dark fruit?

The taste on first sip kind of surprised me as I'm getting a lot of roasted malt and grain. After that, the fruitiness moves in with a good plum and banana presence and the clove, that I noted in the nose, finally shows up adding some most welcome complexity. I like this and I could drink more.

Bottom line: Plenty of flavour in this Dunkel Weizen....I can easily recommend it. Thanks go out to Wasatch for this sample!!

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Photo of mpyle
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a huge creamy off-white head with excellent retention. Pale brown color and fairly good clarity for a hefe.

Aroma was interesting. Dominated by a sweetness that had elements of vanilla, banana, and cola. No hop, and minimal wheat beer phenolic (clove) signature.

Rich dark malt flavor - melanoidans? Toasty maltiness starts a bit sweet, but balanced with some hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry (high carbonation helping here), and shows a hint of a citrus/tart finish. Only in the finish does the wheat character shine, but overall the flavors show the dual nature (dark malt/wheat malt) of the style.

Mouthfeel was exceptional - very creamy, highly carbonated but not harsh. Moderate body.

Overall quite mild and smooth, and a nice melding of a darker beer with a hefe-weizen. Neither component dominates, and the result is a nice, highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of dfried
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a toffee amber color, easy to see through, some yellow at the edges. Giant syrupy beige head that lasts throughout as a nice cap. Rich wheaty aroma, a lot of banana and yeasty bread, a a fair amount of spicy cloves with some underlying lemony zest. Rich wheaty flavor, a lot like banana bread but not dead on comparable. Spicy cloves show up on the itp of the tounge. As in the aroma there is some underlying zest. Some bubble gum flavors as well. A lot like their hefe but with some of the zest exchanged for toastier, breadier, caramel like malt. Fairly light bodied and really easy to drink.

Verdict: one of my favorite dunkels, but not quite the top of the list. It definitely had a ton of esters from the fermentation, but not quite as much as others that I would have to give the cake to, but make no mistake, dunkels don't get much better.

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