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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Reviews: 1,107 | Ratings: 2,959
Photo of ofYYC
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This truly glorious beer pours an effervescent golden brown, with a truly massive, creamy head; four fingers to a pint.

I can't smell much specifically, but it definitely smells like good beer. The flavor profile here is quite something, as well. I'm reminded of the powerful fruity notes of all of the cheap beer from my youth, but with none of the off flavors. Juicy, malty, and delicious; It all blends together quite well. Incredibly enjoyable.

Smooth, clean, and sparkly; this is damn good beer.

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Photo of pajfuwen
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz draft in a shaker glass. $7.

Light copper in colour and quite hazy with a fluffy, off-white head that faded quickly, but not entirely. A little lacing.

A tart and fruity aroma, with citrus and bananas, and some malted, bready wheat.

Assertive banana and clove flavours, with a little orange to back them up. Nicely malty with noticeable Maillard products. No hop flavours and a barely perceptible bitterness. Finishes a little sweet

Surpringly light-bodied witout much carbonation.

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

L: a brownish, coppery color. little bit orange, quite hazy. Huge creamy foamy head on top. very appealing to look at. zero lacing, but good film on top that really never leaves.
S: malts and banana bread. Smells yeasty and alive.
T: very complex and full bodied in the mouth, yet perfectly balanced. At 5.5%, it has the perfect amount of alcohol (i.e. you can detect it, but it never overwhelms). This is as close to perfection as I've ever had in this style. Weihenstephaner's recipe has had 1000 years to be perfected and it really is perfect to the taste.
F: Wonderful feel. simultaneously refreshing and intriguing. I get a really great feeling from this beer.
O: Weihenstephaner is a classic brewery that has this style down to perfection. this comes through in every aspect of this beer. This is an outstanding beer that is on my shortlist of all time favorites!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man any review from me on Dunkel-anything should come with a disclaimer that I don't like this shit by style. So if you're all geeked out on this style of beer, just ignore this, its for my records rather than an objective compendium on the style and worthiness.

Pours dark, looks like iced soy sauce that they freeze distilled the water out of, almost no head, some remnants of a tan head on the top 1/7". Aroma heavy on the booziness and dark fruit charred remains.

Taste, woof, lots of bananas and alcohol. Sticky but not in the dank way. Heavy burnt caramel notes. Nuts and chocolate malt. High amount of spice rack and clove that says it don't care. Yeast dominated. This came across more like a doppelbock than a dunkel, but all that dark wheat stuff almost never translates to an enjoyable beer for me. I like wheat as a lighter alternative to all barley, when you roast the shit out of it, it just doesn't make sense to my palate.

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Photo of OlaB
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: pours a cloudy copper color, with a gigantic top of creamy white head.Tge head disolves in a very slow pace .Sticky nice lacings on the glass.

A: banana, cloves,oranges, bread, caramel.

T&F: Starts off fruity with a flavour of banana, with the malt strong in the background where I sense bread and caramel. Inn the middle the spixes takes over with a strong presence of cloves.
Finishes of with a long spicy sweetness in the aftertaste that is balanced very well. The mouthfeel is creamy with a light carbonation, and is so easy drinking and delicious.

O: So far the best dunkelweizen I have tasted. This beer was very well made and I enjoyed it to the last drop. An amazing beer from an amazing brewery.

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Photo of jp32
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well-rated beer here, from an excellent brewery. I can't think of another dunkelweizen that I've had before, at least in any recent memory.

Pours a cloudy, murky, tan to copper color with a big, foamy head on top. Looks like a tasty beverage. Aroma of banana and clove nearly dominate the smell, with very subtle caramel malts and oranges lingering in the background. It's flavor has all the characteristics of a nice quality hefeweizen, paired with some malt roastiness. It has perfect effervescent carbonation. Really good stuff.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer from Weihenstephan! The best way to describe this beer is to take their already great Hefeweissbier, give it a more malty taste, feel, and add a subtle roasted component to the taste. Feel is also less carbonated than their Hefe, I assume the roast process has something to do with this, but either way this is IMO the best beer Weihenstephan brews hands down, and I am a big fan of Korbinian and their Hefeweissbier too.

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Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 500ml into nonic pint glass. A light mahogany brown with a 2.5 finger creamy white foam head with traces of lacing on my glass. It has a nice fruity sweetness with bread, hints of mature bananas, and roasted malt. Flavor is bready malts with some fruity banana notes, light caramel in the middle, and finishes with some spice. Feel is full-bodied with a creamy feel and excellent carbonation. A terrific beer for any time of the year.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a hazy copper color with a foamy white head. The beer has a sweet fruity aroma along with the spiciness of cloves. The beer is has a nice sweetness to it along with the spice, very similar to the aroma. The beer has a great carbonation feel to it and a little sticky.

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Photo of david_kruggel
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: dark amber, poured with a rich and thick head 2-3 fingers and long lasting. Large bubbles.

S: light scent, fruity and malty. I was expecting some of the banana, but this particular pour was much more on the clove end of the spectrum.

T: little to no banana as with the smell. Clove was there and not overwhelming. Very smooth and silky roasted malt flavor, also not overwhelming. There was the tiniest hint of noble hops in the background.

F: bright and crisp on the tongue. High carbonation and very very refreshing.

O: if I had to pick one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it. Hands down. So refreshing and malty. Extremely well done.

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Photo of opieo
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Balanced and smooth but thinner than other hefes. No bitterness. Lacking the full bodied texture of other brands I've tried. However its easy to drink alot of this.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy, dark tea color, two finger white head, excellent lacing, loads of carbonation.

S: Banana, wheat.

T: Banana, wheat.

F: Very nice mouthfeel, extra refreshing.

O: Top beer, no question about it!

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Photo of fscottkey
2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [4.00] The bottle has a date code "7206" that somehow I decoder ringed into (05/17/2016). The bottle lists the ABV (5.3%). The beer pours out a murky milk chocolate color. The glass is 50% beer and 50% dense off white head.

S: [2.75] Belgian yeast funk and some caramel.

T: [3.00] Light toffee, Belgian yeast (but not nearly as strong as the nose). Lemongrass.

M: [2.75] Thin body with low carbonation.

O: [3.00] I thought the Dunkel might improve the Belgian yeast flavor that I don't like. It didn't. The beer is pretty muted on flavor, feel and scent.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to caramel colour, cloudy and unfiltered, poured a white head which settled to a white film on top of the beer. No apparent carbonation.

Smells of bananas, coriander and orange peels, cloves very similar to non dark version, but bananas more prominent at beginning.

Tastes of a sourness, followed by the cloves, coriander and orange peels, ending in a smooth cream, followed by a liquorice ending. Caramel and banana present.

Light refreshing body, with lots of carbonation.

Surprisingly light body, would say its light to medium. Very low carbonation. Had this one years ago, just now copying my review to BA.

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Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in late July for $3.79. Bottle Code 7016 09:26:15.

Beer poured light brown with a nice off white head that had some good hang time.

Nose was slightly sweet and fruity.

Taste was heavenly, a very light caramel malt baseline played nicely with banana and bubble gum yeast impartations. Each sip was a pleasure.

Feel was light to medium bodied.

Overall a delicious world class beer that beer fans should try if they like this style!

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Photo of JRed
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Orangey-brown in color with white frothy head that stays. Aroma of banana, wheat, vanilla, sugar cane, rock candy, dark fruit. Tastes of banana, wheat, vanilla, sugar cane, dark fruit Soda pop. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to tulip. Copper/brown in color with quite a few fingers of off-white creamy head. Aromas of toasty caramel, banana, clove, vanilla, with taste both tracking aroma and bringing out the banana /vanilla /malt flavors. Creamy, smooth feel. Wonderful to have anytime.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber in color with an amazing frothy, dense, fluffy head. Smells of malty wheat with subtle banana and bit of spice. Taste like a heartier, maltier version of their original Hefewiessbier as on would expect. Very nice. Feel is good , dry on the finish.. a bit thin maybe. Overall a very drinkable, tasty brew. Top notch.

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Photo of daydesiang
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden brown with one and a half finger bread. Smell of banana. Taste of roast malt, banana, and clove. End with little sour and alcohol taste. Light carbonation and medium body. A good smooth beer with little taste of alcohol like all other weihenstephaner beer. Good stuff

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Photo of Parmesan
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy gold Amber color with a small head that dissipates quickly and no lacing.

S: Banana, clove and lemon, some darker stone fruits. Good but not mind blowing.

T: Banana and clove, notes of lemon and slight stone fruits. A slight plastic taste at the end.

F: Tastes a little watery not as creamy as expected.

O: Maybe I got a bad pour but this one didn't quite live up to expectations.

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

Pours the color of a mixed fruit smoothie/golden plum color. Orange blushes, 90% opaque with a distinct haziness. Head goes on for days and remains mountainous, though it leaves no lace - just politely receding.

Aromas of wheat, marshmallow, orange, clove, and pineapple. Some off notes would include a touch of stale corn and tomato.

Flavor is a bit watery to start, and introduces some corn and wheat (an off-bottle maybe?), banana, pineapple, orange, blood orange, and a touch of metal.

Feel, as noted, is watery, with a hint of creaminess or even whipped fluffiness, with a nice light pucker on the finish.

Overall, I was really expecting more from this beer, but perhaps I set my sights too high. Weihenstephaner has been a totally groundbreaking brewery (aside from being the oldest), but there are a few that are less than their world-class offerings. This is one of them. It's not bad, it's not even just good, it is indeed great, just not eye-popping. Still worth a try.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours cloudy hazy dark amber brown with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like red apple, sweet spice, caramel, toasty wheat, with some banana and vanilla. Tastes like red apple, sweet spice, toasty wheat, bready cereal grain, clove, vanilla, mild banana, with subtle notes of caramel. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a real nice dunkelweizen.

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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 BrewingMN
4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Head forms nicely with a gentle pour, pushing the two inch realm. This is a real beauty! It dissolves to a perfect ring with islands across the top. The smell is of dark malty grains with hints of bananas and roasted nuts, followed by that familiar hefeweizen crisp yeast background. The taste really delivers on what the nose predicts. Caramelized sugar, banana, fresh baked bread with just the right amount of nutty yeast. Man, I love this beer!

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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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