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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:
2,917
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
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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

01/13/2010
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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Photo of NightINgale
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a Schneider Weisse glass...

A - Beautiful cloudy brown body with a creamy, marshmallow-like beige head. I was able to see the bubbles rising rapidly to the top of the glass. The head retention was okay.

S - Banana, spices (cinnamon and clove), some caramel and/or toffee, a touch of chocolate, and yeast. Smells like a perfect dark wheat beer. You might also be able to pick up some dark fruit notes.

T - The taste is quite complex for a relatively light-bodied beer. Starts out with a sweet bready taste, with a strong banana suggestion, a fair amount of spices, and a touch of dark fruit (prunes and dates). Then comes the yeastiness, with a slight tartness to it. The finish is a little dry and bready, with some lingering banana notes. Everything you'd expect in a dunkel weizen is there.

M - Extremely pleasant! Light-to-medium body. Velvety smooth, with a bready sweetness, and a touch of tartness.

D - Excellent. This beer goes down so smoothly, that you might happen to lose count of how many you have!

This might be the best Dunkelweizen I've tried to date!

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

This is one of my favorite beers right now. I can't get enough of them. It pours a cloudy copper color with a thick head that lasts about half way through. Smells of malts, banana, and fruit spices. Tastes incredible. Very flavorful. All smells jump around in your mouth to create a unique flavor, and end with a slight hop bite. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick. I could drink this everyday!!!

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Photo of keeper006
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite dark wheat by a nose over Franziskaner. The finish here is better with none of the characteristic metallic aftertaste of some other smooth dunkels.


As the other Weihenstephaner styles are also exceptionally tasty (kristal and wheat), I recommend having one of each if you're having this for the 1st time. Having more than 3 of the dunkels starts to put you into that morphine-like stupor though, so I would recommend switching to another style at that point as far as drinkability goes.

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

this beer pours a nice hazy amber color with an amazingly thick creamy off white head... lots of co2. but that might be helping the aroma, the hefe yeast have done their thing, and there still might be a bit of malt in the back. the taste definitely hits the mark, the banana and spice is nicely rounded out by the roasted malts and wheat. the co2 was a bit aggressive, but a nice body none the less, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of sdj5
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy and light brown with a head that hangs around.

S - Banana, wheat, yeast.

T - Caramel malt, yeast, banana, bubblegum

M - Quite creamy and on the light side. Feels great.

O - Drinkable but with accompanying flavor and complexity. World class.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Weihenstephan Hefe glass. Originally pours billowing, fluffy clouds of head that settle into a thick silky layer, about 1 finger thick. Leaves tons of lace. Color is dark copper and cloudy
S: Tons of esters, clove, banana, and very lightly toasty malt, smells like fresh dough. Very sweet and inviting.
T: Very complex, yet incredibly balanced. Peppery notes, banana ester, sweet grain. Light sweet toast. Finishes with a slightly dry crispness at the end.
F: Ungodly smoothness. Very silky mouthfeel, full, yet never overbearing. Whispy and not dense, like whipped cream.
O: Classic, world class beer. Will always be a favorite.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a friend who was telling me about dark hefeweizens about a year ago and I thought he was full of shit (This was before I was on BA), and now that I'm drinking my first, I'm damn glad that he wasn't kidding. But let's get down to brass tacks, here:

A - Looks like a dark hefe, murky brownish-yellow, with plenty of yeast and lots of carbonation heading towards the soft, creamy head. Looks fantastic to drink.

S - Some definite yeast, earthy tones, maybe some grass.

T - Amazing! A little chocolaty about halfway through, and finishes up with a creamy flavor, like the foam from a root beer float. Seriously delicious!

M - Slight carbonation upon entry, but after that it's smooth sailing.

D - This would be a definite session beer for me - delicious, incredibly affordable, low abv, light, crisp, and sweet. I'll be buying these over and over again.

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Photo of loosey
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one pint, .9 oz bottle, poured into pint glass

a beautifully even iced tea tone with a full inch of beige head that dissipates slowly but never actually leaves

smells of baking bananas with some spice, most likely its gonna be clove, i'm eager

tastes like moist malted banana bread with poppy seeds, hops and clove are somewhere hiding, the finish is crisp with some liquorice.. this is good stuff

carbonation is strong but well balanced, the beer looks thick but drinks medium bodied, not necessarily a hot summer day beer but a maybe a warm summer evening after you've had a few hot summer day beers kind of beer

there was this month or two in my life, mid-summer, that i was living in a flop spot and looking for a job and i was eating all these granola bars someone threw out and cans of peaches in the oppressive summer heat, and i blew my grocery budget on a bottle of good single malt scotch that i would make a dinner out of... it was good but a case of this would've been a better way to spend that 50 bucks

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber brown , still clear but hazy at the same time. Head is off-white with a slight orange tint to it rising to maybe a full inch.

Smell: Rich banana peel and complex yeast.

Taste: Like the smell, it is rich, malts light sweet yeast you feel its banana aroma in your mouth (for real).

Mouth: St5icky after taste not to mention smooth texture combined with it's medium carbonation.

Overall: Weihenstephaner might not make the "strongest" beer but drinking quite a few of their brews you don't need to be strong to be the best. This dunkel is almost borderline perfect, just by the first taste you will know one glass isn't enough...Salud!

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Photo of James954
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

All I will say is that this is the only dunkel that I have tried that has achieved the goal of having a richer and sweeter profile with the dark fruit while not becoming syrupy and sweet. It's like a dry Dunkel if there's such a thing. I can detect the Hefeweiss characteristics of banana, apricot, and clove, while incorporating some dunkel character into it at the same time.

One heck of a balancing act!

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured an amber-brown color into a weizen glass. Upon hitting the surface, the beer created a massive foam head that billowed up like a puffy cloud and had excellent retention. Looking closely, I saw a nice cascading bubble effect. It actually took several pours to get this beer out of the bottle without causing it to foam over and spill. This probably was the neatest-looking beer I've ever seen. A strong banana scent came through on the nose, creating lots of anticipation.

Tasting: This is an exceptionally sweet beer. Banana flavors are most prevalent, along with malts up front to provide a nice, flavorful experience. I also noticed some citric flavor. Hop bitterness was minimal to nonexistent. This was medium-bodied, leaving a slightly fruity aftertaste. It went down exceptionally smoothly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I will drink it again. At $5 for two 16oz bottles, this is a great deal. I highly recommend it and would suggest it to people who are looking for better beer. It's approachable, yet full of character. I think I actually prefer this to the hefe, but I like them both very much.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very cloudy and “dirty brown” in color with a tight foaming head that sprang from the glass in an instant. The head showed good retention and was lightly tanned, making this very nice to look at.

Smell – Oh, Lordy, have I finally found a true imported Dunkel Weissbier? The strong yeast aroma is a long-awaited pleasure to my olfactory bulb. This one takes me back to the Stammtisch at the Goldener Anker.

The yeast aroma is slightly toasted and beautiful. There’s the traditional banana notes along with some spicing (maybe clove or cinnamon?), but all the second-tier players are in the background. The yeast steals the show here, as it should.

Taste – This has an excellent and traditional flavor. The toasted yeast from the nose comes out well at the taste and continues to improve as the bier warms (I should have poured this “warmisch”). The typical banana notes are muted but noticeable along with some light spicing.

Mouthfeel – This is where many miss the mark, but here we have an excellent, authentic example. The carbonation is not light, fizzy, and cheap as it is in a lot of wanna-be pretenders. Here it is soft yet full and completely unobtrusive to the flavor. This bier is medium-bodied and right on target.

Drinkability – I grabbed this big, yeasty bottle as a snack instead of a bag of chips. It is just as filling, much healthier, and tasted a hell of a lot better. I’ll nurse this through the afternoon, letting it warm to room temperature before starting on the New Year’s festivities.

Update – I rated this 2003 vintage on New Year’s Day ’04. I thought, now that a year has passed, I’ll re-review it with an ’04 vintage to see how it has withstood the test of time.

This is just a lovely example of the style by any measure. Brewed in the “oldest brewery in the world” just outside of Munich, this Bavarian import brings all the authentic Dunkel Weizen flavors right to your living room. The aroma is so dead-on for the style that they ought to have a picture of it on the BJCP style guide page. It is easily the most authentic Dunkles that I’ve had here in the US, and rivals most that I enjoyed in Germany.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy warm wood brown beer in the always stunning weizen glass - fat cap of white foam left some lace arms down the glass

S: warm, sweet wheat malt and fruitier high notes

T: you are drinking dark semi-sweet wheat, hints of the banana/clove-ish-ness and traces of warm chestnut. Words can't do justice - one of the best wheat malt flavors you're going to find

M: soft, smooth, creamy, fuzzy

O: it's a world-class beer. Regardless of personal preferences, all BAs should find their way here at some point. It is an exemplary beer.

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Photo of Higravity
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a beautiful dark cascade and with a little lite-dark head that doesn't stay around for long, there is some lace as well.

I probably spent five minutes smelling this wonderful beer with all it malty notes and yeast contributing phenolic and fruity smells it was great. I would love woman who smell this good.

Terricfic taste very smooth and well balanced. The malt was present but not overpowering and the hops and yeast played well with each other. It was perfectly carbonated too, with an after taste that seemed to last quite a while and as I finished this beer I was determined to have more.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy tea like brownish yellow with lots of rising bubbles and a big five finger off white head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of yeast, wheat, banana, and cloves. Some good hints of lightly toasted caramel malts. Also some hints of brown sugar and nuts.A little scent of some earthy hops in the background. Smells very good.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a big taste of yeast and wheat with lots of banana bread. Cloves add to the spice. Bready and lightly toasted caramel malts. Also some brown sugar and light hints of nuts and earthy hops. Fruity and spicy. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Body on the lighter side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Finishes somewhat dry while a little fruity sweetness lingers.

Overall: A great Dunkel that is the standard of what the style should be.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,917 ratings.
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