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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
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:
1,095
Ratings:
2,916
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
Wants:
320
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383
For Trade:
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Photo of tykees88
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark overripened banana brown. Great rocky frothy head. Fantastic lacing.

S- Smells a little like banana bread, clove and hops.

T- Little bit of a letdown. Not much of a malty backbone. It's just a big wheat beer flavor, followed by a bready banana. I just don't think it goes well with this beer. The flavors are a little off putting.

M- It's a little lighter bodied than one would think. Not so chewy. I like that, gimme the flavor of franziskaner and the body of this and lookout.

O-It's just good. I think I am underwhelmed slightly just because I expect alot better from them.

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Photo of cratez
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from the LCBO, poured into a weizen glass. For me, this beer does not compare to the brewery's excellent hefeweissbier.

Pours a murky cinnamon brown with chunks of yeast and sediment in the body and a generous, foamy beige head. Like many great European brews, it looks like a beer float. Smell is banana and rye breads with some clove and yeast. Taste is banana, clove, caramel and wheat malts, the faintest hint of vanilla extract, dried figs, and a grainy, husk-like flavour with more wheat in the aftertaste. Despite some decent complexity, the taste is too restrained for my liking. It feels like the beer is missing something. Mouthfeel is pure silk with a luscious, medium body and moderate carbonation.

From a technical perspective, this is a solid dunkelweizen, as the appearance and mouthfeel are world class. But the aromas and flavours leave much to be desired. With a bit more boldness in those areas, this would be a kick-ass brew.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There’s something about this brew that speaks well of its character despite a modest play on the palate. It has a crisp, bright, citrus-infused aroma and pours to a lightly clouded oaken color with a tall ivory head. The body is a bit thin, but with a pleasantly spicy flavor that I’m sure would compliment – and not compete with – any good meal. I suspect a small wedge of lemon might provide some appropriate enhancement.

This is not a premium brew, but it is very easy to drink. I would call it likeable but not profound. The aroma exceeds the taste as the brewery’s lengthy and exalted history exceeds its modern product line.

I chose to rate this beer using the customary senses. Still, if I could employ a six sense, I might grant this one a higher score. It drinks like a refreshing tonic and may have appeal to some who are well content with modest tastes in a German beer.

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Photo of jaluria
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky, yellow-brown color with a frothy, thick head that was colored white. Huge bubbles seemed trapped in the head. Rings of lacing were left behind in my weizen glass. Aromas of wheat, fresh bread, grains, bananas, and cloves. The taste was very much like that of a hefe with the addition of caramel and bread/grain flavors. The fruit flavors were present throughout the session and added depth, in my opinion. Not nearly as sweet as other beers I've had within this style, but still sweeter than bitter. Chewy texture with nice carbonation. Quite drinkable.

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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

L:
-pours a cloudy chestnut brown with a medium,frothy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-banana,wheaty,clove,nutty,raisins
T:
-Follows the nose plus caramel and bread
F:
-medium,soft carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
One of the best in it's Style.

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Photo of tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy, deep amber, lacing tan head
S: some clove, light banana
T: banana, light malt
F: great mouthfeel
O: excellent representation of the style

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Photo of Backer2004
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With such a positive review of the original, I thought this one would have something exciting to write about. Nothing did it for me. It was above average for the style, but no characteristics stood out, other than the ease to finish. Maybe I'm not a dunkel fan, but i'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of vkv822
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into weizen glass.

Hazy caramel brown, lots of rising carbonation. A thick, foamy off white head.

The aroma is of clove, with some weizen yeast and sweet malts.

The taste follows the nose, though a bit less pronounced.

A light to medium body with subtle, prickly carbonation.

A nice beer, another German style I enjoy. Definitely follows the style description of a darker Hefeweizen.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Opaque medium brown color, with 3 fingers of light cream colored fluffy foam. Very good retention, and leaves solid wall of lacing.

S: clove, lemon, earthy malt, burnt sugar, hint of banana, sweet breadiness.

T: Taste is similar w/ some caramel, which is also on the finish. A little sweet.

M: Very light carbonation. Medium body. Kind of watery.

O: Not bad hefe.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It’s almost October, so I figured I might as well prime myself for Oktoberfest with a bottle of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel. Poured into a Weihenstephaner glass (that claims they’re the oldest brewery in the world), this beer pours with a massive almost white, but slightly tan head that takes forever to settle down, leaving behind nice lacing stuck to the side of your glass. The color is a cloudy light brown common with unfiltered wheats. The smell is a bit sharp and acidic smelling, maybe a little lemony, with sweet dark malt to smooth out the sharpness. The taste is light and fruity, with hints of orange or lemon, backed up by the subtle sweetness of the malt. If you see anyone squeeze a lemon into this beer, slap them. It’s got enough citrus taste already. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamier than what you would expect, and carbonation levels are fantastic in this beer. Drinkability is helped by this, but may be affected by the back-of-your-mouth bitterness that is different from the normal hoppy bitterness I’m used to. It’s almost like an acidic bitterness. All in all, a really nice beer. Good looking, good smelling, good tasting, and great mouthfeel.
Appearance: 4.5
Smell: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4.0
Drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of tcfishler
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, toffee-ish brown. Huge offwhite head with fabulous lacing. Aromas of sweet fruit (not just banana) and clove. Soft mouthfeel. Flavors are not too sweet. Yeastiness that appears on the back end is interesting and not unpleasant. Fine example of the genre.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Weihenstephaner chalice.

In my chalice this dunkelweizen pours a translucent walnut brown color with a reddish tint. A tan head has a nice original size and density before gently fading.

The aroma is surprisingly strong on the yeast. Clove, some banana, and a bit of dark fruit. Maybe some caramel in the background.

Although I was expecting a burst of robust flavor from each sip, I was somewhat disappointed in the blandness of the Hefeweissbier Dunkel. The requisite banana and clove notes are there, as they are in the regular Hefe, but they are almost muted by what should be the dunkel part. The only thing is, there is not much in terms of caramel, toasted malts, or dark fruits to be found.

The carbonation is vivacious as I was expecting, with a rather light body. The beer wraps up pretty cleanly with no real aftertaste to speak of.

Overall I have to say this is the weakest Weihenstephaner offering I have had. I have no issue with how it was brewed per se, but the combination of flavors (or lack thereof) make it tough to say I would want to have this again.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a lighter brown what I would almost called amber with hints of gold and a bit of a mellow oragne coming of it as well. A cream colored head sits atop and is rather bubbly and it leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.

Smell is a cacophony of fruit. Smell a bit of citrus coming of it, mostly orange more than lemon; also a bit of softer fruit smells, a mixture of banana and clover.

Taste is a mixture of apple and bananas to me; also the aftertaste is a bit tart, but more citurs tart that lingers on the tongue.

Rather carbonated on the mouth and then fades away into nothing left on the tongue. Almost becomes a bit watery after the inital burst of intense carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer that I could see myself possibly buying again but not one that I would actively look for or really try to buy frequently.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny copper color in the glass with a fluffy capping of foam.

Gives off aromas of bread, chocolate, toffee, orange zest, spices like cardamom, perhaps saffron. Also some sweet molasses, clove and banana, the latter two a result of the yeast no doubt. This beer has a very enticing and rich nose.

On the tongue it is sweet, and rich, with bready malts upfront. The high carbonation carries lemon citrus notes mid-palate followed by a clove, banana and spiced finish with some esters and hints of bubblegum.

This is a really nice beer good farm both warm and cold weather and large glasses to be quaffed heavily. Some smoked salmon on rye would be a pretty tasty lunch with this one. Pumpkin pie oddly enough comes to mind. I think it is the spices and other fall flavors that will harmonize well. Of course, this is a German beer so don’t forget the sausages!

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a light cloudy caramel hue, tall creamy off-white head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Toasty chocolate, a hint of caramel and some banana esters on the nose.

Mild toasty caramel malt, along with some bolder banana esters in the middle, while some spice comes out in the finish. Some nutty characteristics within the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, slippery texture, mild yet brisk carbonation.

Comes across a bit mild and watery to me, perhaps it's bolder on its local turf, but this imported bottle version leaves me wanting.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from the LCBO- Decants a murky brown with orange hues as it is held up to the light. In the aroma, there is soft fruit, banana, some spice, clove, some dark fruit. Tastes of sweet banana and clove, dark fruit and a bit roasty/nutty with some yeast towards the end. Very creamy and fulfilling finish. I like this quite a bit.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tan-brown, looks like A&W cream soda. Very carbonated, lots of lush head. As a hefe should be, nose is very yeasty with some nice malts and citrus. Taste follows as well, yeast is a bit overpowering, was expecting a bit of balance from a dunkel, this one is very hefe and not much else. The malts aren't expressed as much as I would like, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't found a Weihenstephaner beer yet that I haven't loved: until now. Pours a murky orange amber with a big white foam head that took a long time to setle down.

Smells of plums, raisins, maybe a bit of sweet citrus. Tastes of the same dark fruit background, some malt in there, some yeastiness ... I don't know, it just doesn't come together for me. It feels almost too fruity, but without having a true explosive fruit aroma/flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is effervescent and lively, but the entire package is just a bit wanting.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a nice blend of scarlet red, amber and orange. A little murky. Nice creamy two finger off-white head tops it off. Aroma seems to indicate a fairly high phenolic content. There are also some spicy, peppery tones present on the nose. The mouthfeel is on the high end of the spectrum in regards to carbonation. Body is medium to full. I get some banana esters on the tongue as well as mild (to my surprise) phenolic content and peppery spice accents. Some slight roasted overatures are noted also. Not bad. Pretty decent dunkel weizen here.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a clear yet darker sienna brown color that produced a mountain of an off-white fluffy head with great retention. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A light roasted-like caramel with clove, banana, and lemon.

(T)- A nice creamy banana, clove, bubblegum combo. Finishes with a very subtle caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Light and creamy with a sweetness to it. A tad thinner than expected.

(D)- A good Dunkel. Not quite up to par with their superb Hefe, but its a good one when looking for something in the style.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep cloudy amber brown pours up a medium head. Dangerously close to overflowing! I need larger glassware. Leaves a nice ring of lace.

S - I can tell this is a little colder right now than it should be. A faint caramel malt and a wheaty malt are detectable. Very slight banana esters can be detected. After it warms a bit, banana esters are more prominent and a little cloves and anise are decernable. The odor is still dissappointingly faint.

T - Slightly sweet caramel malt, wheat and banana. This tastes like banana bread beer. High carbonation really dilutes some of the character. More like watery banana bread beer. I like it a lot, but it is just too mild. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste present. Sadly, no banana bread lingers, I love banana bread too. After it warms a bit, the banana bread flavor does linger for a bit, but the entirety of the flavor is still weak.

M - A slightly frothy watery brew, it is refreshing, but not to the extent I hoped. The carbonation is a bit high. It doesn't leave your mouth feeling too much better than it did before the beer came.

D - It is good, but it could be better. I will have it some other time, but with the elements presented for this style, I can dream of a truly awesome dunkelweizen, and Weinstephaner simply isn't it.

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Photo of vancurly
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange amber, slight haze. Paler than I expected. Note I am parallel tasting with Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, and the colour difference is significant.
Offwhite head...that fades a bit... doesn't linger as long as I expected for wheat beer.
Interesting nose, of berries, amber malts, esters. Touch of toffee, particularly as it warms up.
Flavour of estery fruit, touch of clove/banana. Grainy wheat, specialty malts. Touch of citrus at the end, fairly dry finish, with not much length.
Light and refreshing.

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Photo of Daniell
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Prune juice colour. Nice head. 4

S: cloves, herbs like in a Belgian (Duvel maybe), sourness (yeast?), apricots. 3.5

T: malty, apricot, bit of chocolate. Very drinkable. 3.5

M: Good. Nicely carbonated. 4

D: 4.

Nice beer, and I'm not normally a big fan of wheats at all (will need to revisit this one).

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Photo of BierFan
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy caramel and brown with a nice off-white head. Pretty good head retention. A few clumps of thick lacing.

Smell: Smells alot like really ripe bananas.

Taste: A little bit of bananas and cloves. The taste isn't really wowing me, but it's still a quality beer.

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Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dated: Best before 27/07/2010
From LCBO, 500ml

G: Chalice

A: Hazy brown body, thick three fingers of froathy white head. Decent retention, and leaves great lacing.

S: Banana, figs, yeast, some caramel. Smells good and funky for a dunkel.

T: Funky yeast, cloves with a mix of banana and figs. Tastes pretty good. Nothing negative here

M: Medium-light bodied and medium-low carbonation. The mixture creates for something froathy and smooth. Feels great and leaves a banana/fig after taste.

D: Easy to drink, but I'm not a fan of the style. None the less, it's a good price for what it delivers. One to try out for sure.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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