Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
BA SCORE
4.25/5
3,014 Ratings
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.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
Ranking:
#769
Reviews:
1,124
Ratings:
3,014
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.73
 
 
Wants:
343
Gots:
421
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,014 |  Reviews: 1,124
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Stubbie1
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like most good dunkel weissbier, dark in color with fine beads of carbonation. A towering off white head is at the top of this beer. Aroma is of most beer of this type, cloves, banana, citrus and yeast. Taste is a bit malted but the natural flavors emerge. A bit dry in the finish but very drinkable. A good beer!

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Photo of PawG
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maddogruss
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a Hefe glass.

A: Pours a dark amber body with a thick, silky, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing all the way to the finish. A nice looking beer.

S: A nice, sweet malt smell with some banana ester undertones to balance.

T: A slight, banana ester sweetness with some roasted malt aftertaste which did well to balance. A smooth, toffee aftertaste which made itself more evident towards the finish.

M: A slightly watery and overcarbonated mouthfeel that seemed to be the lowest rated characteristic of the beer. It still maintained a Weihenstephaner smoothness that was even slightly refreshing, but still seemed like it was missing a little bit.

D: A pretty drinkable beer due to a nice combination of mouthfeel and taste. A good beer overall that is very drinkable.

Weihenstephaner, to me, still is my benchmark beer for Hefeweizens and other related brews in its family. An excellent brewery.

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Photo of heerboth
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardTarget
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Mostly fruit, strong apple and caramelized banana
Appearance: Hazy brown with an ocean of microscopic bubbles that lasted and laced
Flavor: Bananas, apples, dates, but with the Reinheitsgebot, I know this is all just Master Brewer trickery! Mmmm… trickery. Great balance, can’t taste any hop, but a crisp clean lasting finish. Can’t taste any malt, but a rich sweetness holds the fruit together.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a carbonation prickle.
Overall Impression: Crisp apple is the primary flavor. It’s dark in color, light in body, refreshingly spry in taste. It has a long tart lasting aftertaste that I enjoyed. Not as nice as the straight Weihenstephaner HefeWeissbier in my opinion, but a quality beer that should be sampled. Seek and find!

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Photo of Theogre83
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bobhits
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coca Cola in color, far finer carbonation and a well formed thick creamy head. Malt here we come!

Bananas and caramel. Some earthy spices and wheat. Maybe a touch of buble gum way in the back ground.

Sweet, brown sugary, just perfectly hit by earthy European hops to cut the sweetness and then finishing with bananas. There's a roasted flavor here, but the yeast flavor and the huge malt really keep it from doing much more than opening up this beer.

5.3% alcohol and it is about as thick and full bodied a beer as I've had without calling it a sipper. I love that with this beer.

The mouth is perhaps a touch harsher than is needed. Maybe the hops?

The most flavorful beer I've ever had under 6% and not a sour.

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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: January 11, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen glass...OCCASION: n unseasonably warm January night... APPEARANCE: cloudy brown, iced tea-colored body; thick, blanketing off-white head that settles with strength; lacing is nonexistent?... AROMA: dampened wheat esters; suppressed citrus sits below fragrant bubblegum; an extra malty presence manifests as dough... PALATE: soft, almost fizzy, warming--and highly drinkable; a six-pack of bombers seems possible!...TASTE: doughy, bready flavor balanced by bubblegum and resin; banana, clove and pear as well--not surprisingly, a beer well put together... OVERALL: as Weihenstephaners go, in the same class as its classic; a bit more filling than the hefe, but not as clean or articulated...

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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickynick
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was almost caramel colored, with ok head, and ok lacing. Smell was very fruity, not only bananas, but some citrus too. Taste matched the smell, bread, bananas and a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel was ok, a bit girtty, and there was some sediment in the bottle. Drinkability is above average. Goes down smooth. Overall I enjoyed this beer. This is a nice beer to drink in the autumn. Not to filling. Good with some grilled foods.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
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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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a light red-brown with some haze. A massive, 3+ finger head developed, and stuck around a while. Great looking beer.

S - Lot's of malt up front. Hints of banana, citus fruit and a bit of yeast. Quite powerful.

T - Wheat beers really aren't my thing, but I'm always willing to try new beers. I actually really liked this stuff. Lot's of malt and yeast going on, with a hint of banana bread. I wouldn't mind if the banana taste were a little more subtle. Overall, a pretty solid beer.

F - Light, with a medium crispness. Felt good going down and on the tounge. Not exactly a golf course beer, but I can see this being refreshing on a hot day.

O - Again, wheat beers really aren't my style. This is one of, if not the best wheat beer I've ever had. It's nothing that I'll sprint to the store to buy more of, but I'd highly recommend it to any wheat beer or strong flavored beer in general fans.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been looking for a good beer in this style striking out a few times but I hit the jackpot with this one.Poured a rich brown/copper color with big blooming head.Smelled of caramel and toffee with come faint smokiness to it as well.Pretty nutty flavor with some fresh tartness in there,pretty complex and rewarding.Should have known this was the brewer who would get this beer right.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

As all of the beers tried from this brewer, pours a beautiful glass of beer. Dark amber with a 3 finger tan head that slowly melts to a very, very thick lacing. So thick there is a mound of head in the middle of the glass...lacing is very sticky. Everytime I take a sip or gulp of this beer it powers carbonation back up to the top replenishing the head. It's amazing.

Aroma is bubblegum, toasted malt, and dry biscuit yeast.

Taste...hmmm....banana, clove...lots of clove...light citrus...bubblegum again.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly non-cloying and carbonation makes for a full and satisfying mouthfeel.

Aftertaste is biscuit and bubblegum

I think great...actually fantastic for style. I don't like what I perceive as bubblegum so much but I think for the style they are...how you say...'spot on'.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Opaque tea-like color with soapy sudzy head.

Smell - Caramelized, roasted notes with standard phenolics consistent with the style.

Taste - Same as smell with spice character along with orange citrus.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Wonderfully spicy and tangy finish.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into 23oz weizen glass.

Deep cloudy (opaque) burnt orange hue with a three finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick even cap.

The standard banana and clove is in there, along with a little bit of caramel.

The malts are tart, also lending some brown sugar on top of the biscuity malts. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is clean, with a little bit of lingering, slightly burnt malts.

A pretty good example of a Dunkelweizen. Not sure why I haven't had this before. Great flavors with juat a hint of tartness. Recommended.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,014 ratings
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