Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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

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

After the very nice work that Erdinger Dunkelweizen did, I decided to see if I can find another and low and behold, the LCBO carries the current number one dark wheat. Let's giver a go.

Appearance: Two thumbs worth of monstrously large head, creamy that laces quite well and retains exceptionally. The body boast some solid carbonation as a hazy brown with orange notes speaks its case well. A little bit darker color and little bit more lacing would have netted the perfect.

Smell: It's so rare that you find a wheat beer where banana dominates the nose, and does so well. The background boast some light wheat and cloves with just a hint of malt and corriander. Great stuff, but the malt needs just a bit more roasting and bit more presence to perfect it.

Taste: Starts off a bit lame, as only a touch of wheat malt and banana makes an appearance. Thankfully the banana makes a much stronger appearance with the cloves, yeast and a slight touch of nutmeg to add a unique and nice well tempered bitter end.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is clearly present throughout the beer. Excellent transitioning between flavors and a nice mixed spice aftertaste with a hint of wheat malt is also quite good. Only complaint is that it does begin to build near the end of the beer and cloy a bit to long, but it's a minor complaint.

Drinkability: Next to no harshness in this beer and smooth going down. Medium bodied as to be expected and very refreshing. The only qualm however is that it is very gassy has me belching banana flavored burps quite a bit, although I wouldn't call that a bad thing.

Final Thoughts: This beer deserves to be at the top of the dark wheat beer pile and I think with a bit more roasting of the malt and some minor tweaks it would be perfect. Excellent desert beer, or perfect with sweet foods. I cannot recommend it enough, if you are reading this, go buy a bottle right now.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 1/2 liter bottle into pint glass

Appearance - pours a murky amber with a thick foam head, with medium retention and lacing.

Smell - Honey, clove, vanilla possibly some other fruit in there

Taste - Toasty malts, wheat, honey, vanilla, and spice. Very little detected in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel - Lighter than I was expecting, but a nice, smooth mouthful. Nothing offensive of course.

Drinkability - Very, very easy to drink, definitely

Overall - A very good example of the style. Definitely worth drinking.

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Photo of puck1225
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I cannot believe I had not reviewed this before. Is it really possible I had not this before? In any event, I am glad to drink this beer!

A beautiful beer, right out of the bottle. Deep rich brown, lovely head and lacing. Sensational smell and taste. Sweet, spicy, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, hazelnut. Just marvelous!

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

What an awesome introduction to German wheat beer!

The other reviewers certainly aren't exaggerating the absolutely unstoppable head that develops on this almost opaque, deep copper colored brew. The aroma is slightly that of berries or (as my friend commented) cheese and bread, and is a good indicator of the beers taste.

Hops are almost nonexistent as far as I can tell, but there is a little bite near the end of each drink. The taste of this beer really escaped me and in my notes I simply wrote "not malty, but wheaty". The description of taste might just come with more experience with this style.

Overall it was very smooth and drinkable, and I can definitely see myself downing too many of these in a single sitting.

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

This is really excellent, especially for a dunkelweizen, many examples of which I find underwhelming and boring.

Hazy dark amber, somewhat brownish with reddish hints, it has a huge, lasting, off-white head thaty slowly shrinks and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is a darker, heavier version of their own hefeweissbier, with fruit, banana, grass, yeasty dough, and a little caramel.

The taste is again a more darkly toasted version of their hefeweissebier, more darkly toasted grain, hint of toffee, some bubblegum and banana, but less than the hefeweissbier. It's light and smooth, yet has nice complexity and balance of flavours, making it unusually interesting and enjoyable.

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

An impressively foamy, bilious head tops a beer with a dark brown, almost pruney, or figgy hue. Aroma is lively and satisfying: citrus, notes of vanilla, banana, cloves, rich, deep, dark. Reminds me of Belgian abbey dubbels, a favorite. Taste is sharp, dry, with a hasty finish, that leaves you yearning for more. A very sociable beer: not too difficult to drink, and not in the least forgettable. Slight bitterness, medium body, and as for flavor, I feel like it's close to a lighter version of a barleywine, crazy as that sounds.

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Photo of nomad
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a furious action on the pour, amazing to watch, it poured a light chestnut color with impossible amounts of carbonation flying up inside. Created a pocky and cavernous, cream/khaki-colored head, huge and swiss cheese-like. Quite a beer to behold, as all Weihenstephan's are.

Smelled of bananas foster, as big banana scents mix with alcohol and roasty sugar/syrup notes. Also had a strange cleaning fluid smell that many dunkels have. Taste was sweet, of bananas and yogurt (in that both are sweet and slightly lactic sour), a spot roasty in the middle, and creamy at the end. The sour flavor cleared my palette, keeping my tongue fresh, which was nice. Tasted very fresh, active, and complex. Highly drinkable, a perfect mouthfeel, outstanding given it’s a style that I don’t care for.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into my .5L Weihenstephaner weizen glass. In case you're new to the style (and to beer in general), it is CRITICAL that hefe weizen be served quite cold and in a glass, for a number of reasons.

Appearance: This beer pours from a brown bottle with a complementary label, which touts Weihenstephaner as the "oldest brewery in the world." Once it's in the glass, a good "weizen pour" reveals a tan-to-brown beer with a frothy head. It's been my experience that the head and lacing on this one are somewhat less sturdy than those of the standard Weihenstephaner hefe weizen, but they're still quite striking compared to most beers. A little beer was left in the bottle for "swishing" in order to unleash that delicious, yeasty sediment into the glass (in my opinion, this is essential with traditional hefe weizens).

Smell: As with Weihenstephaner's standard hefe weizen, the prevailing scent is a uniquely yeasty breadiness. This one, however, offers a faintly toasted, malty note. I also a detect a mild chocolatey-ness, but it's faint.

Taste: A little weaker than the scent would lead you to believe, but still quite good. Hops are not apparent, which I believe to be a good thing in a hefe weizen. What you get is mainly a toasty breadiness, with discernible malt and a very faint rustiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp-to-moderate carbonation and a low ABV combine with the starchy yeast to produce a cooling, refreshing swallow. This beer is marginally "cozier" than the standard hefe weizen, but both are eminently drinkable in hot weather.

Drinkability: Again, the low ABV yields a fantastically drinkable beer. It's about a half-step away from perfection, in my mind, but it's still in the running for the standard of its style.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is an interesting Dunkel Weizen. It reminds me of the Ayinger Ur-Weiss, because the dark munich malts really make their presence known. Their rich, smooth malt character blends with the complex, grainy malt character of the wheat with spicy clove and other yeast notes balance the malts to produce one of the finest beers I've had in a while. Wow.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the self-proclaimed oldest brewery in the world, it's a... dunkelweizen. This beer pours only a medium dark brown, cloudy with yeast, with a suprisingly small head. The nose of this beer is quite attractive, being heavy with pie spices, raisins and just a touch of grain. The taste is at first just slightly snappy with carbonation, then sweet with a raisiny taste... but then it moves to the middle of the palate and the cloves come out. Quite complex and evolving, very nice. Mouthfeel is zesty with carbonation and a bit watery like most wheat beers, but fine for the style.

Overall, a very, very good dark wheat beer, one of the best I've had. Complex and pleasing, deep and easy to drink, Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen pulls off several seeming contradictions to make for an excellent drinking experience.

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Photo of ludachris
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnt caramel with an opaque center and honey amber edges. 2 and a half fingers of creamy off-white head top this beer. Excellent retention and nice lace.

Nose of a fine hefe; sweet banana, clove, wheat, and light bubblegum mixed with a sweet toasted malt presence. This stuff leaves me drooling. I don't think it can get any better than this.

Ripe banana, clove, cotton candy effortlessly melds into a buttery, toasted malt character. The sweetness of the banana and cotton candy carry all the way through 'til the end and are paired with a light biscuity malt presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy, rich, and very smooth. It feels like it expands once it hits your mouth. Goes down without a hitch and very refreshing.

Overall, an excellent beer and one I'm more than glad I picked up while the LCBO had it in supply. This beer marks the first A+ that I've given a beer while on this site (not that it means much), but it says something to me. The addition of toasted malt to the flavours of an excellent hefe really made this beer stand out. This one leaves me looking forward to trying their original hefeweizen. Fingers crossed that it will come around here soon. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint bottle. Poured a hazy, dirty brown witha massive head that really stuck around and lots of nice lacing on the glass. Aroma typical of Weihenstephaner yeast. Cloves, bananas, spice. Taste is more of the same notes, throughly enjoyable. This beer reminds me why Hefe's are my favorite beers. I could drink this and never get tired of it. Smooth and yeasty!

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Photo of JArami
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got it on tap at Mr. Dunderbak's

A: Came to me with minimal head and the color of the head was hard to discern in the dim light. Lacing was evident only toward the bottom, might have been the glass. Not too cloudy, and nicely dark for a weiss as the name promises.

S: Definite banana esters. Mixed with the roasted malts, it comes across almost like banana bread.

T: Where are the hops? The darker malts are delightful and the banana-ness dominates but not in excess. Great tasting wheat beer. Almost no hop in the aftertaste, but a cool fresh palate.

M: Clean and crisp, great for quaffing after a tasty sandwich.

D: Very drinkable.

Wheat beer is glorious, and this one is even better as its a dunkel. Very malty and fruity while not bogging you down with a huge amount of carbonation. If you like munich dunkels, and hefeweizens, you should give this a try. It's not the best of both worlds, but its pretty close.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Let's call it the color of an Arnold Palmer; cloudy brown-yellow sounds quite foul. It has a big white head and lots of spotty lacing.

S – Nutty, wheaty, and banana ester are the mainstay of the olfactory.

T – Very solid. Quite simply, half-way between Hefeweizen and Doppelbock. If Hefeweizen is for summer days, and Doppelbock is for winter days, then this one is for summer nights. Sweet wheat, tempered with the well-roasted treatment; the result is another winner for 'the world's oldest brewery'. Weihenstephaner always blows my mind with their tremendous quality.

M – A tad thin, though it is better than to err on the syrupy side.

D – Anyone who doesn't get their regular fix of Weihenstephaner brews is: A) nuts, B) missing out on great beer, C) getting sheisted (there is no greater value than Weihenstephaner).

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Photo of albern
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer right from the first sip. This is an excellent representation of the style. It pours a tawny, deep copper color with a smallish white head. The beer is fairly hazy and it laces ever so slightly. The aroma is terrific sweet malts, candied sugars, wheaty and apple tinges as well.

This is a medium bodied, very carbonated dunkel. It has a full palate of nice malty flavors, some apple and clove notes, and a big blast of sweetish wheat like flavors. There is a slight green apple tartness to the beer towards the finish, and a bubble gum sweetness in the middle. This is a fairly complex beer with loads of flavors drifting in and out. There is a nice balance of sweet malts, some a little toasted, some very wheaty, but all very enjoyable. The beer finishes a bit tart with a slightly metallic aftertaste, but very slight. This is a beer well worth seeking out. It is refreshing and eminently drinkable. L'Chaim.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,959 ratings.
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