Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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
Ratings:
2,993
Reviews:
1,116
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
Wants:
342
Gots:
420
For Trade:
1
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Photo of movingtrain
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 oz. bottle poured into a small snifter.

Pours a cloudy, copper-colored light brown. Very good head, about one finger to start, but slowly lowers to about a half.

Smells of banana, clove, burnt brown sugar. Smells very sweet, nutty, malty. I am smelling some ginger, and some slight citrus here, as well.

Taste is traditional...banana, clove, caramel. Heavy malts. There is a slight metallic tinge to the beer, but it finishes strong. Light carbonation over the tongue, and a good balance of flavors.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Sweet, malty, and smooth.

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

This brew pours a cloudy brown color with abmer hues. The head is mammoth and white. The aroma screams of cloves. The taste is of cloves and banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is a good dunkelweizen, but I still prefer Franziskaner.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer with a nice brown color. Plenty of big foamy head here too, dense and leaving plenty of lacing.

Aroma is rich and malty with your prototypical banananana and clove esssence. The banana and clove aroma is very light.

Taste is all malt. Some banana and clove come through but not much.
I get more of a candied malt taste.

Mouthfeel feels thinner then one might expect.
Smooth and easy clean no aftertaste.

My overall feeling is that its good but lean and watery, just a tad though. I like the candied malt, it was dandy.

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

01/04/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass. 16.9 oz bottle with a code of "8383" on the back label.

Appearance- Rust colored pour with an inch thick creamy head and adequate lacing.

Smell- Light scents of banana, clove, cinnimon and other spices.

Taste- Pretty much like a weisbeir with a roasted kick to it. The flavors come out as it warms slightly. Muted banana taste, with a heavier aspect to the roasted and nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel- Starts out ultra carbonated but calms as it settles in. A meidum bodied beer.

Drinkability- Not my favorite style, but I have to say it was quite tasty. These guys make awesome beers for very reasonable prices.

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

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

Pours a cloudy light brown color, nice carbonation, nice creamy 2 finger head, tons of lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, yeast, bananna, cloves, slightly grassy, and slight caramel. The taste follows the nose malty/grassy, nice taste of cloves/bananna, nice crisp finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, very freshing brew, highly recommend.

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

Pours the color of milk caramel, topped with a huge four finger off-white head. Well carbonated with dozens of tiny streams of bubbles. Leaves large botches of lacing behind.
Caramel, banana that has been coated in sugar and then roasted with a cooking torch.
Fruity, wheatfield taste, caramel, banana, a bit spicy and zesty. Cinammon and brown sugar. Great roasted malt taste to provide the backdrop to the other flavors.
A bit powdery, medium bodied, goes good with grilled meat.

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

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

The oldest brewery in the world.. something like a thousand years old. That's an accomplishment if there ever was one. Imagine if people a thousand years from now were drinking whatever your beer of choice is.. even if the recipes had changed that would be something.

Anyway, back to the beer. Pours a murky brown colour with some golden highlights. The head initially is big and bready but settles down to a ring of foam and leaves a thin lacing behind.

The smell is a damp mix of clove and banana with some earth tones mixed in. In the taste we find a bit more to enjoy.. soft malts, more banana and clove and even a total lack of hops?! It's surprisingly light in taste.. even a tad watery in taste one might say - but goddammit is it ever drinkable! It just flows into your mouth and down your throat with just the right amount of taste and carbonation.

Clearly a thousand years of brewing has perfected the strength, flavour and mouthfeel because this just goes down in gulps. Bravo!

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Photo of Drew966
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel pours a hazy copper color with a thick off white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. The aroma leans toward the clove side of the spectrum. There is a nice thickness to the mouthfeel. The flavor also is on the clove side, with banana being noticeable. A fine beer.

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Photo of diablo14
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yet another pearler from this brewery. i wasnt sure whether id enjoy this hefe, but as soon as i poured it, smelled and had a sip, i knew id be back for more.

loved the appearance, a dark amber color that was very cloudy, topped with a generous creamy ecru colored head. i can tell you that there is no problem whatsoever with head retention on this beer at all. awsome nose of malt, some caramel, bananas, and a little vanilla bean that was as sweet as any ive smelled but not in the sickly way im used to with many other sweeter beers. the flavor was magnificent. like caremelized bananas. malt, bananas, vanilla, caramel, some cinnamon and cloves with the appearance of yeast right at the end as the hops start to chime in. nice level of bitterness that keeps the sweetness of this beer in check, but with a presence of its own. full bodied, quite thick in the mouth tho did have a good level of bubble action which meant it wasnt too syrupy. prolly couldnt drink this all night, but i could drink it as my nightcap on a regular basis.

considering the prices you can get weihenstephaners here in aus, you really cannot do any better for the dollars. this beer, and several of their others can proudly claim, and with plenty of justification, to be among the worlds best beers. if they laid that concept on me id agree wholeheartedly. a must buy.

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Photo of ski271
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zeno’s in State College. A- Dark, murky brown with a small, foamy, off-white, quickly-diminishing head. Light lacing. S- Mild. Fruit, whole-wheat bread and berry. T- More pronounced than nose for sure. Clove, berry, honey, citrus, bread and straw. M- medium body, slightly oily texture and moderate carbonation. D- Oh I like this one. Meaty with a very nice light fruity character. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Squire123
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Very much more orange hued than expected. Not quite the dunkle that the label colors implied. Attractive color, however, atop a huge head that took several minutes to pour properly.

Nice herbal notes, very slight tartness. Smooth and creamy malt that minimized banana flavors of the typical hefe.

Mouthfeel is fairly still after the pour. For a hot day, this does surprisingly well. No roastiness, very little nuttiness, slightest effervescence prevents this from being cloying AND stops the acidity of an overcarbed hefe.

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Photo of bradford
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at BevMo Huntington Beach, CA
Appearance was a bit muddy, cloudy light brown
Smell was very good. Lots of fruity banana in the nose and a strong whiff of wheat
Taste was alright, nothing special. I expected a bit more from the taste after smelling it and tasting the original Weihenstephaner Hefe
Mouthfeel was okay.A bit chunky and not as refreshingly coating as I expect in a wheat beer
Drinkability is very high though because it is refreshing as hell

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Photo of brewdudebeerguy
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of BcCraft710
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bmwats
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weizen.

A: Medium dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly and unevenly leaving little peaks and valleys as it does. Thick lacing.

S: Pecans, caramel, and roasted malt.

T: Woody, nutty, roasted malt, with hints of caramel.

M: Smooth. Syrupy and malty with a light buttery aftertaste.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty great. Nice head, and lacing. Nose is full and flavorful. Flavor is nutty, and malty with some hints of caramel. Very well balanced. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrebeka
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of stephensdh
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Hudson2508
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCalSuds
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HamdenHector
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy; brownish amber - like a watered down Coke; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: equal parts clove, nutmeg, and banana;

T: clove and nutmeg are predominant throughout; banana in the background at the beginning, but it becomes equal to the clove and nutmeg by the end; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; high carbonation - effervescent; dry finish;

O: too much nutmeg character for my taste:

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,993 ratings.
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