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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This dark hefe, or dunkelweizen, pours a slightly opaque medium, chocolate brown color with a nice foamy white head that quickly dissipates, but leaves a really nice lacing as you drink. The smell is of wheat and has a slightly sweet fruity hint to it. The first thing that strikes me is that the body is actually quite light. Despite the coloring I would say this is no heavier than a standard hefe. The second thing that strikes you about the flavor is the strong caramelized banana flavor that permeates. It is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. There is also a nice wheat bready malt flavor that backs it up and gives the beer balance. A faint clove flavor is in the initial sip also, but it is fleeting. The finish is not at all dry, but crisp and extremely refreshing. This beer reminds me of a warm spring day, but it could even be a great summer beer, which is very rare for a beer of this coloring. I am not usually a huge hefe / dunkel fan because I find them to typically be more boring than some the Belgian dubbels and triples or the saisons that have the same kind of summery appeal. This however, is a definite exception. I could drink these all day without the slightest hint of boredom.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptionally cloudy beer that pours a light orange brown hue with a two finger beige head.

The smell isn't particularly strong or pungent, although it is enjoyable. I'm getting notes of red McIntosh apples, toffee, and raisins. It's slightly sour overall.

The taste is smooth, fruity, malty and ever so slightly tart. I get lots of creamy, slightly sour, yeasty and spicy wheat upfront along with notes of brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Suggestions of vanilla beans. Sweet flavors of red and blue fruits like currant, grapes, apples, dates, raspberries and figs play an interesting role in the finish. Has a slight gingerbread aftertaste that I love.

Feel is medium bodied and creamy with low carbonation. Not dry, slightly sweet and very refreshing.

Incredibly delicious, I'd recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Bavarian style beers.

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Photo of teromous
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The date code on the back says "8046"

Appearance: Light caramel brown colored body that is slightly murky. The head is a very thick rocky eggshell white color. Great head retention...the head looks fantastic on this beer.

Aroma: It has a very light clove scent and just a bit of a copper note.

Taste: Fantastic sweet bread flavor with clove and some dried banana chips. Just a bit of an herbal hop character that is met at the end with a bit of bread crust flavor. It is a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Mouthfeel: It is a very smooth and easy beer to drink. It has just a bit of thickness to the mouthfeel without being heavy or sticky; it reminds me a bit of the way hardtack feels when eating it.

Overall: It's an amazing Dunkel and I wish I had bought more. I will probably go back and buy some more when I get the chance. I don't know why I'm not getting much aroma from this beer or where that copper penny aroma was coming from. Honestly I don't care because the flavor of the beer is so good.

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Photo of Flickerdart
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass. Pours a rich, opaque amber. Lots and lots of head subsides over the course of several minutes.

Smell is rather faint - malty sweetness predominates. Taste follows smell - the beer starts out sweet and finishes sweeter (though nothing close to the cloying sugariness of a Scottish wee heavy). The mouthfeel is a little light, with noticeable carbonation.

Overall, it's an okay brew. I've definitely had better dunkels (Erdinger Dunkel comes to mind), but it's by no means a drain pour.

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Photo of anon
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is cosmetically perfect. Billowing, full-on three-finger width fluffy, creamy, off-white crown with top-notch retention the entire way through, leaving plenty of lace hanging around the edges of the glass. Deep brown, almost bronze hue, very cloudy with glowing honey colours around the edges in the light. Fantastic.

Smells sweet-forward on the nose, with banana, caramel malt, lemon candy, straw and cereal. Again, lots of sweetness comes through on the tongue with tons of banana, caramel, lemon candy, clove, giving way quickly to notes of yeasty bread, lightly roasted malt, cereal, grain, straw, grass.

Finishes rather on the light side, which was a little disappointing as this would be phenomenal if it had more body to it. That nitpick aside, this is still an amazing brew from a brewery that never disappoints.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found this a local bottle shop. didnt even know it was ranked this high. pretty good dunkel. smell was fresh and it went down good. solid German beer

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Photo of larryarms847
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper with a slight haze and a huge three finger head of creamy slight off-white foam.

Caramel, toffee, roasted malt, clove, banana, and a faint yeasty spice.

Slight caramel and roasted malt sweetness, banana, clove, slighty earthy, and mild yeast spiciness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, soft crispness, creamy, silky smooth.

Overall, there's really nothing bad you can say about this beer. It's got an amazing mouthfeel and a nice complexity in both aroma and flavor. World class for sure.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: big creamy fluffy looking white head body is a deep caramel with a little bit of haziness to it the carbonation looks huge on this.

S: caramel malts sweet breadiness and a little clove and banana

T: lots more of the banana and clove come through in the taste the bready taste takes a back seat

M: very tingly on the tongue high carbonation very smooth on the finish

O: its not a bad beer but not really my thing the banana and clove tastes are too front and center for me.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured pint bottle into weizen glass. Dark weiss/whit amber color.

Nose is unremarkable, malty.

Taste is light roasty malt, classic citrus, and slight banana.

Mouth is foamy, which is fun I guess.

Not a darker dunkel, closer to weizenbock .Doesn't knock my socks off, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I agree, in principle, with most of the ratings and reviews. This Dunkel probably deserves its #1 score.
However, I must have gotten a bottle that lost its freshness. Hence, my below average rating.

MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave this Dunkel 2.5 of 4 stars and said it is "permanently cloudy and has distinct banana with malty suggestions of maple syrup."

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Photo of tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy, deep amber, lacing tan head
S: some clove, light banana
T: banana, light malt
F: great mouthfeel
O: excellent representation of the style

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Photo of portwood
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell: Cereals, bread yeast, sourdough. Taste: Full bodied, balanced hops, roasted malt, hint of coffee. Finish: Spicy cinnamon, chocolate. (best before 30/06/16)

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep mahogany brown color with some light haziness. There's a half inch of very dense beige head resting on top. Aroma is of sweet dark bready wheat and light banana notes. The taste is sweet dark bready wheat very reminiscent of bread. The mouth is creamy and very smooth.

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Photo of Martine
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Dunkelweizen with good malty, yeasty flavours, cloves, bread, and some cereal. I found it quite light for a dunkel, however, and it has a bit of a watery taste to it which is why I can't give it higher ratings. It's still very enjoyable, but too light bodied and mellow for my tastes.

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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 chinchill
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Daytona Beach FL.

Pours with a hazy copper body topped by a creamy off-white head that leaves sticky patterned lacing.

Fruity, spicy and lightly bready Way more balanced (think of the load of banana and clove notes in most competitors) and more complex than perhaps any other beer of this style in my experience. Body is a bit too thin.

Overall: world-class version

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light-brown with orange tint and massive billowing head that leaves lacing. Nose is esters, yeast, some cinnamon and a bit of malt. Not quite as pronounced as the regular hefe. Flavor is crisp, a bit malty compared to the regular, a bit of anise and clove, and a slightly acidic note that keeps it very refreshing. Mouthfeel is lighter that some dunkels, but matches style and crisp nature. Overall, a classic that is almost as good as the regular, but nice for change.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Ample white creamy head that will be there to stay for a long time. Very lively with a lot of bubbling.
Smell: Sweet maltiness, a lot of dark fruit such as prune
Taste: As they say, hint of very ripen banana, but also that of dark fruit. wheaty. Not much of roasted malt. Even though not too high in alcohol, alcoholic taste is there.
Feel: medium/full body. A lot of malty wheat after taste that persists for quite a while.

An excellent brew coming from an excellent brewery. Would recommend it to everybody and have it again.

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Photo of Spike
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark copper. Greenish around the edges. Amazing, blood orange colour when held to the light. Some carbonation. Three fingers of foamy beige head has staying power. Yeast poured into the glass forms a film one centimetre below the head.

Rich aroma of banana, cloves and yeast.

Can taste the malt. Then the traditional wheat beer flavours arrive. Toffee banana bread.

Medium body. A little fizz on the tongue. Super smooth. A hint of sweetness. Dry.

Another fantastic beer from Weihenstephaner. Gotta go to Freising.

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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 thebeers
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber-brown color with a massive tan-tinted head. Smells of banana, bubble gum and maybe a little clove. Maybe there's a hint more bready malt in the nose than a plain hefeweizen, but the yeast is what stands out. Soft, lush, fairly full-bodied mouthfeel. The malt is more present in the taste than in the aroma, muting the banana flavor somewhat. Don't know that I'll reach for the dunkel all that often, but it's a nice change of pace.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a Weihenstephaner glass.

A: The head is two finger thick with a white coloration plus a nice coppery body.
S: The aroma has an almost perfect bready tone with a bit of toffee on top. I've created the image of a cake in my head.
T: This Dunkel had a perfectly hoppy profile with an amazing touch of toffee and clove. Weihenstephaner won me here.
M: They won again. Mouthfeel wise, this is just perfect for a dunkel. The bitterness and the carbonation are exactly au point.
O: Overall? This is the best Dunkel I've ever had. Simple.

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Photo of BWood
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: dark Amber, creamy head that costs the rum.

S: yeasty

T: I get a little banana with the yeast. Solid beer

F: smooth and tongue coating.

O: great beer. I've been getting into German lately. This is a good one .

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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 Dravin
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass. The bottled on code is 2365.

Look -- Pours a hazy deep amber with three fingers of creamy off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Classic hefeweizen clove, banana, yeast, and wheat. There are hints of apricot in there and a malty toastedness beneath it all. It's vaguely reminiscent of banana bread if you left out the cinnamon.

Taste -- Like the nose except the toasted character is more prominent and a refreshing tartness comes through.

Feel -- The carbonation and body give it a hefty and luxurious mouthfeel. However, the body isn't so heavy that it distracts and loses it's ability to feel refreshing. It has all the body that an unfiltered wheat beer should have.

Overall -- A delicious dunkelweizen. It is much like Weihenstephaner's normal hefeweissbier but the strength of the esters is subdued slightly by the light toasted character to be found in this beer. I prefer to have the esters pop more but it's still a fine beer.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,944 ratings.
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