Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
Reviews:
1,098
Ratings:
2,928
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
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Photo of LittleCreature
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Poured a just about uncontrollable 4 fingers of pale beige head, which looks bubbly on the sides, and creamy on top. Had good retention. Colour is a slightly hazy orange-brown with a few tiny bubbles rising.

Smell - 4.0
There was a definite banana smell upon opening, but all-but disappeared. Sweet smells of roasted malt, spices and a little grassy hops. Vague fruitiness upon warming.

Taste - 4.5
A very rich and flavoursome beer this one. There is the classic wheat beer clove taste but that plays second fiddle to a strong flavour of roasted malt and grains, some malty sweetness, and a slightly bitter and rather dry finish. The aftertaste is particularly nice, toast-like. Not as sweet as the regular hefe, and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
As with all the Weihenstephaner beers I have tried, it is lightly carbonated, which is nice. Moderate to heavy weight in the mouth, almost creamy.

Drinkability - 4.5
Goes down very easily, especially for a darkish beer with a 5.3% ABV. Not sure I could see myself using this as a session beer, though, but I'm sure others would.

OVERALL - 4.4
This is not my favourite style of beer (I much prefer the regular hefe), but objectively, it is clearly excellent. While not as ridiculously drinkable as the regular hefe, this is just as tasty in its own way. I am as-ever, jealous of people who live in Germany, who pay less for excellent beer like this, that we Australians have to pay for most macro lagers.

Re-review:
This beer started off at 4.25 for me, but now rates 4.4 (you will see that some of the comments don't quite match up to the score). Very malty, moderately spicy and fruity, completely delicious. The second best wheat beer in the world after the regular hefe.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A massive four finger creamy beast of a head rises up like a demon from the depths of hell, and gets rocky with popping bubbles as it takes it's sweet time settling to a thick two finger lunar landscape of reddish tan foam. The brew beneath is a hazy and dirty brown hue, and it glows reddish orange when held to the light. A ton of foamy lace is left on the glass after a good swirl.

S - Sweet banana baby food spread out on a big chewy banana-nut bagel. Some tart citrus notes are there too along with a big donut-y yeast aroma. This is amazingly complex. I smell lots of bakery shop yeast notes and some caramel drizzled dark fruits also (raisins in a box, dates, and prunes).

T - Sweet and dark like rum soaked dark fruits. The flavor is more focused on the dates and prunes than the nose is, but all of the yeasty bakery flavors are there too. After swallowing, I'm left with the taste of a big banana-nut bagel washed down with some OJ. Oh, God this is good...breakfast in a bottle.

M - Full bodied with a gloriously fine and tingly carbonation that you barely notice as CO2...it's almost more like a tingling novocaine feeling! Slick, oily, thick, and sugary. But somehow still light on the palate! It's like a puff pastry that you know is loaded with lard and sugar, but somehow feels like its calorie-free. Swishing in my mouth creates a big foamy lush feeling that is really nice. The finish is sweet and wet with a bit of wheaty twang, and the aftertaste is long lasting.

D - This is good stuff! It's refreshing and complex at the same time, and that is the key to drinkability IMO, but the only reason that I didn't give this a five is that it is pretty damn sweet. I think that without big hop flavors, high ABV, or a little bit of roastiness, beer like this can get cloying after maybe two. That said, this is my second Weihenstephaner beer, and my second beer from "the world's oldest brewer" to receive a score of 4.5+! I'm impressed!

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

A: Into a weizen glass. Body is murky reddish-brown with a big, foamy 3-finger fluffy off-white head. Lots of bubbles in there.

S: Malty and yeasty -- cloves, bananas and spices over something sweet and bready. Think of banana bread or even spiced apples.

T: Real nice balance between the malt and yeast and there's even a tad bit of a lemony finish to it. Banana bread and cinnamon-coated green apples both come to mind. Cloves are very noticeable as well. Reminds me of a mix between an altbier and a hefeweizen. Interesting.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Well-carbonated.

D: Good. No problems drinking this one pretty quickly, though it is nice to slow down a little to enjoy the taste. . . .

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Photo of Lothore
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an unfiltered dark caramel color with a massive, creamy head. The head retains for quite a while and leaves lacing as it falls.

S- Smell is a very sweet, strong banana scent with hints of wheat and darker fruits.

T- Taste seems a bit anticlimatic in that it isn't nearly as flavorful as the nose lets on. Slight banana sweetness.

M- Something about the mouthfeel on this brew really rubs me the wrong way. A bit undercarbonated and leaves a sticky sweet coating on the inside of my mouth.

D- This beer seems like it would be pretty drinkable in that it is not too offensive but its not nearly as flavorful as I was expecting. None the less it seems to be a good thirst quencher

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Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a Weihenstephan glass:

Pours a beautiful hazed caramel light brown with a thick head that slowly descends to a thick, foamy, lasting sizable head. Some lacing sticks to glass (a bit more and this would be perfect).

The smell is of banana/clove and sweet toffee. Doughy wheat in the back with a fruity/wheaty tang.

The taste is of banana/clove with sweet toffee. Maple syrup sweetness is balanced by a banana fruitiness with a touch of red apple. Some doughy wheat, but subdued, allowing for full complexities to really shine forth. Well-balanced sweetness throughout. Complex, yet light and smooth. Great carbonation level. Flavor linger.

It is appropriately light to medium bodied. Crisp and smooth.

A classic dunkel weizen that is absolutely delicious. This clearly outshines so many others. Unique, yet well within the style. Another great brew from this awesome brewery!

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

Pours a murky mud puddle brown color with an egg shell head that was average but left a nice cap once dissipated. The smell is subdued, but still has distinct clove and banana characteristics. The taste is of light clove and banana, the flavor are a bit subtle but good, a slight touch of metallic malt to offset the sweet banana/clove. The feel is moderately bodied with a nice creamy texture, nice and smooth, very balanced, finishes quite nice. Great dunkel weisse, not as good as their hefe or kristel, but quite superb.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very large tan colored head. The bear itself shows ample carbonation rising through a dark amber colored beer.

Sugary cloves and banana in the nose, but very balanced with no scent overpowering and taking over. After taking a sip the first thing I notice is the mouthfeel of the beer is extremely smooth and moderately bodied. Carbonation serves up a sweet spicy taste that develops and finishes into a dry malt aftertaste. Almost no biterness as the hops serve only to balance out the malts without adding much flavor.

Extremely enjoyable and drinkable Dunkel. I could drink this all day and at 5.3% I could attempt to. All around great beer that will turn me on to try out more of this style..

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

Pour reveals a rich caramel color with a huge, frothy head. Large bubbles flowing.

Smell the wheat--scent of rising bread dough, also fruit...banana?

Malty, very slight caramel, wheat taste. Also pick up the fruit...banana.

Mouthfull of carbonation. Light feel, goes down pretty smooth.

A very solid wiezen, especially on this hot summer evening.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Didn't have a glass on hand. Drank from a pint-sized 16 oz bottle.

S - Bananabread, cloves, caramel malts

T - Bananas, cloves, cola, a hint of chocolate

M - Thin, carbonated / soda feel

D - Overall a very delicious Dunkelweizen, but it doesn't live up to the hype. I honestly think that Franzikaner is superior. Regardless, this is a delicious brew.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky rust-orange color with a glistening off-white, bubbly head. The smell is like a typical hefe - cloves, yeast, slightly sweet and this one is a bit bready. Taste is similar to the nose, very clovey and spicy... very similar to Weihenstephaner's traditional Hefe. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a frothy, creamy carbonation and incredibly smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, another testament to the quality of beer from "the world's oldest brewery".

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

1 Pint 9 oz. bottle poured into Nonic pint glass. Can't seem to find my weizen glass. 5.3% ABV and date of 1196 on rear label.

Appearance: cloudy, opaque light brown with golden fringes after pouring vigorously. Swirled last few ounces in bottle to produce fluffy off-white head which recedes to a constant layer of nice lacing.

Smell: definite wheat and overripe bananas, sweet molasses and gum. Yeasty bread and slight alcohol.

Taste: wheat,banana and clove followed by a twang of lemony citrus. Slight bitterness to balance out the gentle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: dry on the tongue with just perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: not too sweet makes for easy drinking. Thirst quenching brew. I love burping up that fine banana flavor. Bring on a few more!

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Photo of beveritt
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a large weizen glass. Bottle code is 2086, not sure how to read that.

Appearance: Pours with the typical huge, weizen head. Several inches at first, requiring a pause before pouring the rest of the beer. The head settles out about 1 inch, and stays there, a light tan. The beer itself starts out clear, but with a little swirling to get the compacted yeast, it takes on a nice cloudiness. The beer is medium brown with hints of an almost red/orange.

Smell: Sweet malt upfront, with the expected twang from the wheat. Very fruity, with strong notes of bananas and bubblegum.

Taste: Very fruit forward, with a lot of berry and banana flavors. Finishes with a lingering twang from the wheat. A little bit of clove spiciness, but not much, in the end.

Moutfheel: Average carbonation level. Great body.

Drinkability: I have a soft spot for wheats, especially during the summer months. This one is nice, a little fuller than a regualr wheat.

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

Here it is, the final stage of the Weihenstephaner Invitational, its dark hefeweizen. Let the pouring begin:

Cinnamon brown in color with hues of red and orange in the body with a nice head. The nose gets notes of yeast and spiced cider. Now for the tasting: starts off with a mild tang, which is then pushed over for a cinnamon cider flavor with apple. The yeast then pulls out its phenolic flavors, and then hints of brown sugar and raisins. A little bolder than the hefeweizen. Drinks well.

And now, the moment of truth, the winner of the Weihstephaner Invitational. And the winning style...

The Original!

Four fantastic beers, but just one winner. What a shame, because all these beers deserved a nomination. The Wei Invite has been wrapped up, so check back to see what you missed. Good night everyone!

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Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and light brown with a huge frothy head. Patchy lacing left all over.
S - Spicey and fruity. Funnily enough bananna dominates.
T - Pretty much along the same lines as the smell with a bit of malt sweetness and a slight hop bite.
M - Crisp and dry. A little bit on the watery side. Quite refreshing though.
D - A Nice beer but not all that different from their hefeweizen. A bit more malt to show a difference would have been good. Still tasty and highly drinkable though.

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

The Kaiser's Army
Fun, Fun on the Autobahn
Rolf and Florian

So the winner in my dunkle weizen taste off is definitely Ayinger Ur Weisse. This one just doesn't have much character. While Ayinger has a banana bread quality, this is just a slight variation on the hefe weizen = boring. I want something that I have to chew, not a thin, meek beer like this.

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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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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