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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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

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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
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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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Photo of JamLand
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I don't have anything to add to their description. Another ideal example of a Germany style beer done by Weihenstephaner. All four elements are exactly what you are hoping for from this style.

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

Poured from a 1/2L bottle to a 1/2l tall swirl Weissen glass. Excellent murky reddish brown color. Huge light tan head towers over the nicely carbonated liquid. Why don't the all watering holes in this land carry this stuff, It's a sin.

Smell is of wonderfully fruity yeast with caramelized malt and just the right amount of hopy goodness. And to think I waisted 5 long years, 5 of the best beer getrinke years at college in macro swill hell. O' well I can afford to make up for it now and I wasn't sober enough to remember anything way, never mind. back to my Koenig brau.

Taste is superb. One of the best of this style. Tangy yeast, roasted malt, light fruits, bananas, & spice. This is a must try.

Mouthfeel is warm thick and pleasing. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is high. I got 1/2 a case left and it is all I can do to make it last through the week. MK

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

had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

After 508 reviews, I probably cannot add much more to the description of this wonderful bier. It is a pure Hefeweizen in terms of crispness, sweetness, appearance, and delight in drinking it. Weihenstephaner biers are some of the best in the world and this dunkel weizen is one of the top 3 out there.

I strongly recommend this bier and everyone should have it at least once in their life. This, along with hacker-pschorr, are the best weizens in the world. Prosit!

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

Pours with a hazy medium brown color and a decent head that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation races up the sides.

Great malty smell with faint banana.

Taste is of sweet malt and the aforementioned banana. Just a great tasting brew.

Feels great in the mouth, even smoother than their Hefe Weizen.

Very drinkable, I still have some Hefe and Korbinian left; gotta consider getting some more of this too.

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Photo of Nick3
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer poured into my Paulaner Weisbier glass. Brew is cloudy and brownish-orange in color. Beautiful pillowy 3 finger head is formed easily, even with a gentle pour. Rings of lacing cling to the glass and the head rescinds a bit initially but then holds 2 cm or so for most of the beer. Nose is malty with lemony notes as well as what I can best describe as jalapeno. Taste is sublime; beer is amazingly well balanced. Caramel is present and some malty sweetness. Beer is smooth and crisp and the finish leaves a light lingering caramel taste. You just want to keep drinking this and quickly and I polished this one off quickly. This and Gordon Biersch DW are the best I've had.

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

Cloudy brown body with a thick, slightly creamy off-white head showing remarkable longevity and terminating

Scent is strong banana and cloves. Spiced banana bread.

Taste follows the nose. Banana bread. Cloves and nutmeg. Sweet honey molasses. Soft bready malt notes. Slight dark fruit notes - figs. Even a hint of roasted and nutty flavors. A touch of herbal hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouth is creamy and soft.

An ideal dunkel.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle obtained from Gomer's, our own little oasis in the beer desert that is Kansas City.

Poured with a very, very large, tight, dense cream-colored head, that slowly -- and I do mean s l o w l y -- receded back into the beer. The color is difficult to describe. Not really an amber or copper, as there's no discernable "red" to it at all. It's a brownish-yellow, yellowish brown, clear muddy water.. no, that doesn't do it. Gab your box of 64 crayons. Burnt Sienna? That's about as close as any. Very appetizing, no matter how you describe it.

The aroma is of banana, first and foremost, with a bit of medicinal clove, and some earthiness that must come from a combination of the darker malts and yeast esters. A smell I'd only associate with wheat beers. It seems to get more and more "dirt-like" (and I mean that in a good way) as you continue drinking. Again, extremely appetizing and inviting.

In something of a rarity, it manages to smell *exactly* like it tastes. An overall slightly overripe banana flavor hits me first, followed by a slight earthy, dusty sweetness, which grows as the swallow progresses. The clove comes after the beers is down your throat, more on the air you inhale afterward. An ever-so-well-hidden trace of bittersweet chocolate seems to tease before disappearing behind that return of the banana. The first drink or two can leave you thinking "whoa... it's sweet", as there are no hops to speak of -- as it should be with a weizen. Just barely enough bitterness to keep the banana-ness from taking on a "breakfast muffin" flavor. That, coupled with the bite from the high carbonation, makes this beer finish a lot more dry than you'd believe possible based on the up-front taste. Absolutely exquisite.

Mouthfeel is much, much heavier than one would anticipate. Almost oily in its silky smoothness. It would be over the top were it not for the carbonation, which again pops up to rescue the beer from taking a good thing just a tad too far. The prickliness is just enough to break up the oily sensation. It's still a bit more than I'd want, yet perversely, it makes me continue drinking, in a "can it really be that creamy?" kind of way.

Overall, with the exception of the mouthfeel, this brew matches what you'd expect it to be all the way across the board. The look, the smell, the taste all come together to emphatically say "this is a dunkelweizen", and that's a good thing. Oddly, I'm not a huge weizen fan. Maybe I just caught this one at the right moment. Whatever the case may be, I found this to be a superb beer, and one I'd highly recommend.

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

A- Pours a big fluffy 3-4 finger head into my weizen glass over a hazy brown toffee colored body. It's not as dark as I had expected it to be.

S- Classic weihenstephaner yeast note of banana, clove, bubblegum and also some darker spices, slight roastiness, and a deep down dark chocolate note.

T- Starts off with some very dark chocolate, although very small, then leads into some great banana, clove, and silky smooth sweeter chocolate finish with banana. Although the darker malts are not huge in this, it is very subtle and a delight.

M- Medium carbonation is great and the finish, although only slightly darker than the original hefe is wonderful.

D- Amazingly drinkable here. Just a touch maltier than the original with a deep down notes of roastiness and chocolate. A definite must have staple in the fridge.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle

A: Poured into a standard weisen glass. Nice thick head that grew for after the pour aggressively so be careful. great head retention.

S: good aroma, fresh wheat

T: the most complex wheat beer I have ever had. all the best of a wheat beer not much hop character. pretty damn good

M: highly carbonated soft mouthfeel

O: great beer. I wish i could find it more often. would like to have a few of these on hand at all times

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

Sewage brown with a tall, brash sandstone-colored head that recedes quickly. Strong aromas of banana bread and banana muffins, complete with walnuts, clove and cinnamon. Dry. Some fresh tartness gives the flavors lift and clarity. Creamy, cOOl, velvety richness that plays light as a feather on the tonsils...

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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