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 mynie
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks beautiful. Tarnished and cloudy, bubbles cascading upward, great head, great retention.

Smells is kind of light, toasted malts with hints of lime and melon. Tastes like a very sweet wheat malt, burt sweetness up front with hints of clove, lime and lemon in the back, a wheaty aftertaste with hints of light fruit, melons and bananas. Complex and very, very tasty.

Good mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Not too heavy. Goes down smooth as silk.

Nice beer.

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Photo of dwren89
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: brownish-gold, very hazy almost murky, good head retention

Aroma: banana, clove, can definitely detect a darker malt aroma than a normal hefeweizen, but it is very subtle

Taste: yeasty with balanced banana and clove hefeweizen taste with some hints of dark bready/caramel/toasty notes

Mouthfeel: effervescent, slight grainy mouthfeel with smooth edges, short finish, easily quaffable, medium-light body

Overall Impression: Great example of a traditional German Dunkelweizen, balancing fruit esters with some dark, toasty flavors. Easily quaffable, and refreshingly different character from most hefeweizens.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener- pours a slightly haze brown/ruby color with two fingers of smooth white head. Decent retention, no lacing.

Smell is pretty grainy in a very pleasant way- round, dark wheat notes and a little bit of yeast.

Taste is great- not an overwhelming wheat taste but full. Perhaps a little bit of plum, but definitely some yeast mid palate. Finishes sweet but not too much so.

Mouthfeel is great- medium light body with full carbonation; this is a great refreshing and full-flavored beer. At 2.99 a pop, it's a good buy.

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

Smells beautifully and tastes very smooth with a nice light fruity finish. After trying the Hefeweizen and really enjoying it I went and bought this one. Not sure which one I enjoy more. I will be buying this again soon.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass, yellow brown colored with a huge fluffy white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: yeasty, banana, clove, coriander, spice, toasted malt, biscuit

T: banana, clove, earthy, toffee, bread, caramel, malt, spices, lemon, anise

M: light to medium bodied with good carbonation, refreshing

O: an excellent dunkelweizen with all of the right qualities for the style

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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 natasharai
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with an amazing amount of foamy fizzy off white head, that dissipated to a 1/4 inch creamy layer leaving a chunky lacing. The beer is a beautiful cloudy orange-brown.

Smell: Sweet ripe bananas, spicy nutmeg and clove, fresh cut grass, and sweet caramel.

Taste: Mildly sweet bubble gum, pears, and bananas. Strong tangy wheat, spicy flavors like cloves and nutmeg, sweet caramel, and a roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, nice carbonation, good tangy spicy tingle on the tongue, leaves mouth a bit sweet.

Overall: Very drinkable, Delicious flavors but not overpowering. The subtleties are wonderful and make this beer very interesting. I could drink three of these and still want more! Nice roasted flavor I didn't expect. Very refreshing for how complex this is.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle with no freshness dating on it. the bottle says "7448" on the back. drank from a weizen glass

A- this one pours a very murky and dark golden/amber colored body with a fluffy white head that just wont quit. it lasts the entirety of the beer, and leaves heavy lacing behind.

S- very spicy. clove and coriander. banana in here too, and of course yeast. some light chocolate.

T- the taste follows the nose closely. very nice. pretty spicy.

M- medium to full bodied and creamy. a highish level of carbonation.

D- all night long. this one was finished in record time. ill check this one quite often this summer. probably the best dunkel ive ever had.

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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 mick303
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid head of off-white foam, leaving a good film and lacing. Colour is a dark almond brown, dark honey hue, it has a moderate haze and an appealing hue.

Nose is quite yeasty upfront. Also strong toasted clove and banana aromas. Strong banana and 'mature' toasted wheat character. Smell is perhaps more toasted and malty than I would have expected but it has an intriguing balance and complexity.

On the palate this develops a strong malty then ripe banana flavour before notes of cinnamon spice, toasted oak, vanilla come through. There is some bitterness toward the middle-end and the finish is creamy, with a bit of leather.

Mouthfeel is oh-so-smooth. The body is quite medium-fullish with a solid and creamy texture, the toastiness of the wheat is perfect. It is slightly dry while retaining creaminess.

This is basically firing on all cylinders, and hard to find fault for what it is. I was quite impressed by the simultaneous drinkability and complexity. Great beer, with robust flavour, excellent balance, great style.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper, amber, brownish color. Somewhat murky with a big, frothy head that lasts for days. Smell is subtle but nice and clean. Spices, mainly clove. Banana, light doughy scent. Some caramel and hints of brown sugar. Yeast. Taste is great. Nice and well-rounded. Basically same as the nose. A sweetness but a nice spice and light bitterness to counter it. Again, very balanced and tasty. Apples are also present here. Mouthfeel is perfection. Crisp but creamy if that's possible. So soft and delicate on the tongue. This makes it go down all too soon. Quite the drinkable brew and a classic example of this style. One of my favorite breweries...I think I need to revisit the regular Hefe...

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Photo of dansmcd
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddy caramel like colour, blanketed by a huge layer of thick soapy eggshell head. Sticky webs of lace coat the glass. Beautiful.

S - Wheat, sweet banana and honey, caramel malt with some spicy clove and cinnamon.

T - Full flavoured wheaty beer. Ripe banana, honey, clove, cinnamon, some mild hoppiness.

M - Great carbonation. Creamy full mouthful.

O - I love this beer, and this brewery. At its freshest, this stuff (along with its incredible hefe brother) is just german beer at its best. Simple, full flavoured, unpretentious, magnificant session beer.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: was cloudy amber, slight head, didn't retain well
smell:Malts, cloves, spice
taste: A-a-h! delicious!, complex spices and fruit overwhelm, but pleasantly so! also chocolate notes!
mouthfeel: presents as creamy and well carbonated! very pleasant!better mouthfeel than many other's I've tried, in this vain.
drinkability: fantastic! I only wish I had a few more of these in the fridge!!! recommended! Cheers!!!

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dunkel Weizen, I love the way it sounds, even more the way it tastes. Poured a murky almost crimsonish brown color that was light at the top just below the head, but darker towards the bottom. Head started off being large, but quickly faded to a perfect lacing. Smell was very powdery and nice, with light fruit and cloves. Taste was breathtaking with loads of complexities. Apples and other fruits, tobacco, sweet meat, pumpkinish almost. There was a really nice nutty character to the beer. It is pure bliss to let this one swish around the palate. It is balanced while at the same time not, with new flavors coming out with each sip. Drinkability was nice as well, not overpowering or underepresented, its just right. I am dumbstruck with this beer, its very very good. I think with all of the tastes going on it would make for a great Thanksgiving beer, or at the very least a good one to pour when the leaves start changing color.

This review comes from 3/16/09, which is close to three years since I last reviewed it. On the other hand, I have had it numberous times since then. Pour went in to a Schneider Edel Weiss glass. Color was a light tan brown, about a finger of head. Smells of powdered brown bread, bananas, cloves. More fruit and bread in the taste...extremely complex. Drinkability is perfect, carbonation in just the right place. The best Dunkelweiss out there. One of the best beers out there.

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Photo of Eigenslam
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Misty brown body with a significant white cream head that retains quite well.

S - Prominent malty smell, a hint of what seems to be apples and bananas.

T - A nice smooth blend of malty flavors when it first hits your tongue, with a nice light hoppy finish. Nothing too significant, but just enough to remind you that its there.

M - Sits well, no taste is too overpowering. Feels creamy, medium weight, carbonation is very light.

O - A very good beer, especially given the price-to-quality ratio. Definitely something I'd like to have in reserve to share with friends.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this beer. First of all I highly enjoy Wheat Beers. Second I love German beers and third because of the great reviews I found on this website.

Poured from bottle into a standard glass. VERY cloudy. The most opaque wheat beer I have tried. Wasn't quite as "dunkel" as say Erdinger Dukel

Smell was a little on the sweet side. Not offensive at all.

Taste was a little stronger the the Weissen. Well balanced with little to no aftertaste. Tasted very close to Erdinger Weissbier

Mouthfeel was for a better lack of a word perfect. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. Although I still do prefer Erdinger Weissbier/Dunkel. Erdinger is has more of a full flavour. A little stronger then the one reviewed.

If your looking for an amazing Wheat Beer, you won't be disappointed with this one.

Erdinger Weissbier or Dunkel is still a better beer IMO


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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 jeffboo
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, summer's around the corner and the hefe weizens will be pouring on out of the breweries. Here's a bottle of one of the best, this one's a slightly tan color ( not as dark as most dunkelweizens) with the traditional big hefe foam. The aroma is huge! Lots of clove,banana cream, a hint of chocolate and spices. The flavor is malty and sweet with bubblegum,clove,more banana cream with a little yeast tangyyness on the tongue. It is lighter body with lots of carbonation at first with a creaminess as it settles. I like the flavor but the darker grains don't show themselves well in this one like others of this ilk. It is a very refreshing beer that's getting my groove on for the warmer months ahead.

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

Appearance: (Poured into a weizen glass at 48F.) This Dunkelweizen poured a murky amber color which reminded me of the the raw honey I bought at the farmer's market. Light gets through, but not easily. A robust off-white three-finger head is alive while the fairly large bubbles burst with sound like they're calling out for consumption.

Aroma: What can I say? Banana, banana, banana. Oh, and warm spiced apple cider, sweet brown sugary malts, and caramely. Makes my mouth water.

Flavor: Almost as good as it smells. The banana hangs in there for the duration and the spiced apple cider is in there as well. Once I let it breath and warm up a bit, some sour apple makes the show as well. This is much sweeter than I anticipated. Delightful.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a slight fluffiness of sorts. Carbonation is just about perfect. As the beer warms, some prickliness makes an appearance. The finish is a bit dry.

Drinkability: I wish I had another.

The $2.40 I paid for this 1 pt+ bottle is money well spent. Next time, I'm buying all of them from the shelf.

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

.5 liter bottle I got in the brewery mixed 5 pack. Poured into a weizen glass bearing the name of the brewery. As you can see, I am intimidated by the name.

A: Poured a hazy medium to dark brown, when held to light has the appearance of a good clove honey. Really active in there with carbonation bubbles. The head was off white and beautiful, leaves som decent lacing and has decent retention.

S: This is where this beer shines. Has a great smell of fresh out of the fridge banana pudding. You can really smell some sweet bread, reminicent of Nila wafers, banana is big here and sweet. The malt and yeast comes together beautifully with sweet bread, I am repeating myself. There is a nuttiness to it. Just beautiful.

T: Taste is really big with the banana flavor, sweet cold bananas. The bread taste does not translate as sweet as it does in the nose, but is still great. Herbs and nuttiness is there. Very nice.

M: Very creamy. Goes down really easy, and has some nice active carbonation to it. After taste of sweet bread.

D: This is a very nice beer and although it comes across dark, it is still a very drinkable brew. It is not intimidating in flavor and very well rounded. Great beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer demands patience due to its excitable carbonation...take it slow and easy and you eventually get a beer with a huge soapy head and a gorgeous toasted brown/caramel color with excellent cloudiness thanks to that yeast. Lotsa lace, to boot.

Aroma gives esters of honey, vanilla and banana, along with bready notes from the yeast and a nutty/caramel element.

Flavors are many, all of them delicious. The maltiness imparts flavors of banana, caramel, toasted marshmallow, and honey, while the yeast delivers elements of bread and nuts.

Long-lasting head gives the mouthfeel an extra dimension, you're always drinking through it in some way. Body itself is just a tad thinner than expected, but still creamy and with just enough carbonation to add depth.

A real pleasure, a meal in and of itself. Not because it's so heavy (it's not, it's extremely drinkable), but because it's so satisfying and the flavors are earthy and robust and completely, utterly satisfying. Top-notch.

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Photo of gameface23
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a murky, "unpasteurized apple cider" color with a creamy off-white head that leaves really nice lacing on the glass. Compact carbonation bubbles constantly race up the sides of the glass.

S: Green apples, wheat bread, bananas, spicy clove. Very enticing.

T: Everything that is in the smell is present in the taste. The only negative in the taste is a metallic/tinny aftertaste.

M: Crisp mouthfeel.

D: Exceptional drinkability. This is a prime example of a session beer. Flavorful, refreshing, exciting, and lower in alcohol. I could drink this year round.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark orange, almost brown with a nice murky haze. Great big foamy had that has great retention and leaves a tower in middle of the glass as the edges dissipate. Beautiful lacing down the entire glass.

S- Very citrusy spicy aroma to this beer. Lemon, oranges, cloves and some other fruity, maybe banana, notes come through. Very fragrant I could smell from across the room when after I poured it.

T- Very smooth and subtle flavors but work wonderfully together. Some citrus bight to start things off. After the initial citrus drys out there are great caramel and chocolate flavors that come through, fallowed by roasted almonds, marshmallows and cloves. This is a very tasty beer.

M- Very smooth and light not much there actually but feels great going down.

Overall I would say this is another success by Weihenstephaner. This is a great Hefe.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber color with two fingers of creamy white head.

Scent of wheat, grain,, earth, banana, and clove. Light and floral, a great simple scent.

Taste of banana and wheat start with some subtle maple flavors coming in. Finish is bready with lingering a banana flavor, excellent.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, a bit too much for my liking.

A refreshing and highly drinkable Dunkelweizen.

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Photo of cracgor
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark amber to brown hazy beer with a foamy, pillowy head. A flavorful banana with a light hop smell. Refreshing, light mouthfeel. Has a similar taste to the smell up front with a bit more of a caramelized aftertaste. An excellent beer. My second favorite of the brewery's offerings.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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