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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 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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Photo of keithmurray
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - murky golden brown liquid with off white head that lingers

Smell - caramel, toasted wheat bread, wheat, cloves

Taste - same flavor profile as the regular hefeweissen, wheat, cloves, lemon, only difference here is the presence of caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied yet still manages to be light and refreshing, flavors linger nicely similar to the flagship hefe

Overall - this is a really good, available, reasonably priced beer. Highly Recommended

Price Point - $3.19/ 16.9 oz. bottle

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

Presentation and Appearance – Slightly chilled 16.9 oz bottle poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass, a perfect fit with its bellowing, creamy, off-white head. Under the head is a beautiful cloudy brown/orange beer with rapid streams of carbonation.

Smell – Cloves, bananas, strong yeast and some dark malts.

Taste – It has all the spice, yeast and overripe bananas of a freshly baked piece of banana bread. It’s fruity without being overly sweet, and the malts express their roasted character without overpowering the subtleties of the wheat. Absolutely no hint of hops, but they are not missed. It has a really wonderfully complex taste.

Mouthfeel – Moderate and smooth with good carbonation and just a bit of slickness on the tongue.

Drinkability and Notes – Very drinkable, there is nothing objectionable in the flavor whatsoever. This is probably the best dark wheat beer I have had and one of the best wheat beers out there period.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall Erdinger glass. Pours cloudy with a characteristic massive, dense, white head. Head sticks around to the finish with very thick lacing to the bottom of the glass. Colour is a nice chewy brown with a dark orange tinge.

Yeast aroma jumps out with some nice spice backing and a tempting juiciness lurking behind.

This wasn't the beer I was expecting. Given the appearance I was expecting a big boozy malt hit. Instead, the malt is very smooth and rather subtle. It crosses the tongue first. Biscuity with some light chocolate flavours, nuttiness follows. Your standard weissbeer flavous are up next. Carbonation wakes the taste buds up. A spicy hit, led by cloves, is up next. The mouth is quickly coated with wonderful banana flavours.

Exceptional mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated, but not fizzy, just smooth. All the chewiness of a great malt-forward beer with the refreshing character of a wheat beer.

A great wheat beer from Wehenstephaner? Shocking, I know.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So far this is my favorite Dunkel Weiss. Slight friuty ester, didn't get too much phenols. Nice wheat sourness without being over done. All and all very tasty.

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Photo of dfclav
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into hefe-glass after long day at work.

A - nice dark amber color with a big, almost three finger head that stuck around for awhile. The look is by far the lowest quality of this beer.

S - bananas, peaches, cloves, brown sugar, fresh sourdough bread....if they made a candle with this scent i'd buy it...mmmm

T - first sip I am greeted with a nice balance of malt and banana...kind of like an old fashioned milkshake if it wasn't for the carbonation. I'm surprised they can lock this much flavor into a 5.3 abv! The rest of the first glass finishes with fresh bread and bubblegum, apples and caramel... I could drink this all day.

M - It's a great balanced mouthfeel. Almost like Chimay's ales are known for, goes down very smooth.

D - If I had an endless supply of this I wouldn't have a job because I would be too drunk due to constantly drinking this. I don't know if I could drink this on a 100 degree day but any other time I would. Whenever I see this on a shelf at a store, i'll be picking it up and I suggest you do the same. Outstanding, a little over a pint bottle was gone before I even had time to finish all of my notes for this review.

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Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a 16.9 oz bottle poured into an oversized Widmer Bros. hefe weizen glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: Hazy, dark amber color. The ale has some sediment (as it is unfiltered). It poured with decent head, but when the head dissapated, all carbonation seemed to go with it.

Smell: A yeasty aroma wafts from the glass, along with banana and clove scents. Very pleasing to smell.

Taste: The esters used provide a great tasting banana flavor (it is there and very minute, so search for it and you'll find it). Again, the carbonation is fairly low (which surprised me), leaving somewhat of a flat taste in the mouth. The taste is very light and refreshing and complimented by some caramelly flavors, as per the dunkel in the name.

Mouthfeel: The darker malts create a nice feeling on the palate, allowing some chocolate/caramel hints to interact with the banana undertones. It is a little undercarbonated, and that is the only thing preventing a 5.0.

Drinkability: I have not had a good weizen in ages. Having this reminded me of why they are fantastic. Light, refreshing and airy and relatively low in alcohol, this is one good beer (and style, too). I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a murky medium copper color, thick off white head with great retention and lacing. Pleasant banana, clove, caramel and wheat aroma. What a pleasant beer! Nice floral, almost Belgian spicy taste with a dry, slightly hopped and floral aftertaste. A medium pleasant malt in the middle. Refreshing and clean. A delightful beer. This is one of the worlds greatest breweries.

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Photo of Strix
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy orange-brown, big initial head, little lacing.

Very floral smell, with a bit of clove and banana.

Apple, clove, bread, banana, caramel, all blended together nicely.

Medium-light mouthfeel, very smooth and soft.

This disappeared before I knew what happened to it. So drinkable. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pt. 0.9 oz. bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

A: Poured a cloudy brownish-gold, forming a foamy, two-inch head.

S: Tons of bananas, with strong notes of lemon peels and some yeast and cloves.

T: Like biting into a slice of citrus-y banana bread! Almost no bitterness at all.

M: Very crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation.

D: It's crazy that a beer this good is also such an incredibly cheap buy. If you only have a $10 bill in your wallet, pick up three of these and call it a night.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,916 ratings.
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