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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,095
Ratings:
2,916
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
Wants:
320
Gots:
383
For Trade:
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Photo of jettjon
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle with no freshness date, into a pint glass a red-brown clear with moderate to low carbonation in the pour. Two-finger pale tan head fades slowly to a cap and scattered lacing. Decent looking. Nose is malty and hoppy, and average overall. Tastes crisply malty with subtle coriander spice; light by and large and not bitter at all. Mouth is semi-viscous, middle-bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and nicely pleasing. Drinkability is decent; it’s thirst-quenching, light and refreshing in the way that most macro beers wish they were (and claim to be). Sessionable, sure, though not remarkable.

Overall: A good “dark hefe,” definitely worth a try. This would be a good one to introduce to your friends who “like hefes but not dark beers.” Yet another step on the path to great beer.

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Photo of travelfrog
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I had tried the more common Helles Hefeweizen, I had never tried this version until now. I had it on tap in the USA, served in a traditional weissbier glass.

Appearance was medium-brown and cloudy, with a nice, long-lasting head.

Smell was not overpowering, but with pleasant parallels to fresh bread.

Taste was quite good: it tasted somewhere between a Scheider Weissbier and a Franziskaner Dunkelweizen. Yeast and fresh bread were the orders of the day, with maybe a hint of apple. Excellent, dry finish.

Mouthfeel was just fine, maybe a bit of acidity clinging to the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability was also above average. Perhaps the slight acidity makes you want to drink it less quickly (not necessarily a bad thing).

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy light brown, like fresh cider, with a fluffy white head. aromas of overly-ripe bananas, walnuts, toasted bread, cloves. tastes exactly how it smells, with an emphasis on the ripe bananas, and a bit of bubblegum sweetness. toasty malts and wheat flavors balance perfectly, and the finish is very dry. very smooth, unassuming, and natural tasting. goes down fast.

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Photo of blakesell
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At first glance I didn't think this beer would taste anything remotely like a dark beer. The appearance was brown at best, but after smelling it I knew it was going to fit to the weinstephaner reputation of quality. The slightly smokey smell that the hefeweisen has was present and the dark wheaty smells come in right after it. Great spicey mouthfeel that I look forward to trying again.

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Photo of lpayette
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a murky brownish color with a huge head. Pretty good staying power, and a bit of lacing.

Smell- Mild banana, vague nuttiness and chocolate pudding. Suggestions of honey and a faint burnt character.

Taste- Tastes much like the normal hefeweissbier with the addition of some near chocolatey flavors from the darker malt. The yeast is definitely the same. Overall quite tastey.

Mouthfeel- Very subdued, yet interesting. Medium body. A tad dry from lots of yeast at the finish.

Drinkability- not bad.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Into the Weihenstephan glass it goes. Huge springy khaki head dominates the glass, I'll need to let it fall before I continue the pour. Body is a playful brown sugar colored syrup with a touch of haze to it.

S: Bready yeast, over ripe banana, caramel corn and rubber.

T: Begins lightly malty with mild cinnamon dough. Tingly yeast mixes with banana peels and mineral water. Hints of red apple, ripe kiwi, raisins and molasses add a good backbone. Finishes with brown sugar, lightly fruity...somewhat cloying.

M: Medium body, somewhat hard and fluffy at times.

D: Weihenstephaner continues for me as one of the more over rated breweries out on the market. This beer was good but nothing special by a long shot.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish brown, like a dark iced tea, yellow light passes through the bottom of the glass, head is ample and rocky and white.

Smell: Lots of sweetness, brown sugar, cloves, yeast, banana breadiness is less noticeable.

Taste: Big malty flavor like a tame tripel, less spicy than the hefeweissbier, brown sugar and a little maple, very dry in the finish, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Quality, smooth and fizzy carbonation that tickles your mouth and slips down your throat.

Drinkability: I prefer their light hefeweizen in flavor, but this is very delicious and went well with a reuben sandwich.

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Photo of supercolter
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When i think German beer, this is a perfect example.

Appearance is good, with a good amount of head that hovers for a bit and some lacing.
Smell is good as well, nice and malty with a touch of hops.
Taste is very similar to the smell.
Mouthfeel is decent in body, I would say medium.
Drinkability is pretty good as well.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown in color with a thick head. Hazy appearance.

S: Slight hint of black licorice. Mainly a musty, yeast smell with a aromas of green apples. Spot on for the style.

T: Very similar to a standard hefeweizen. Clove and green apple with undertones of banana. The flavor of the yeast seems to hold everything together.

M: Light and refreshing with a perfect amount of carbonation. The malt sweetness makes for a rounded mouthfeel. Airy and fluffy due to the wheat.

D: Highly drinkable and very refreshing. This would make a superb session beer. Also, a perfect brew for hot weather. This is the benchmark for this particular style in my opinion.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 16.9oz bottle(room temp) a cloudy brown with a large billowy head of foam that shrinks slowly and leaves a fine solid layer, with lots of lacing, right through to the end of the session.

The smell is Wheat dominated but I can also sense clove, banana, and maybe some dark fruit?

The taste on first sip kind of surprised me as I'm getting a lot of roasted malt and grain. After that, the fruitiness moves in with a good plum and banana presence and the clove, that I noted in the nose, finally shows up adding some most welcome complexity. I like this and I could drink more.

Bottom line: Plenty of flavour in this Dunkel Weizen....I can easily recommend it. Thanks go out to Wasatch for this sample!!

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

Poured a huge creamy off-white head with excellent retention. Pale brown color and fairly good clarity for a hefe.

Aroma was interesting. Dominated by a sweetness that had elements of vanilla, banana, and cola. No hop, and minimal wheat beer phenolic (clove) signature.

Rich dark malt flavor - melanoidans? Toasty maltiness starts a bit sweet, but balanced with some hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry (high carbonation helping here), and shows a hint of a citrus/tart finish. Only in the finish does the wheat character shine, but overall the flavors show the dual nature (dark malt/wheat malt) of the style.

Mouthfeel was exceptional - very creamy, highly carbonated but not harsh. Moderate body.

Overall quite mild and smooth, and a nice melding of a darker beer with a hefe-weizen. Neither component dominates, and the result is a nice, highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of dfried
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a toffee amber color, easy to see through, some yellow at the edges. Giant syrupy beige head that lasts throughout as a nice cap. Rich wheaty aroma, a lot of banana and yeasty bread, a a fair amount of spicy cloves with some underlying lemony zest. Rich wheaty flavor, a lot like banana bread but not dead on comparable. Spicy cloves show up on the itp of the tounge. As in the aroma there is some underlying zest. Some bubble gum flavors as well. A lot like their hefe but with some of the zest exchanged for toastier, breadier, caramel like malt. Fairly light bodied and really easy to drink.

Verdict: one of my favorite dunkels, but not quite the top of the list. It definitely had a ton of esters from the fermentation, but not quite as much as others that I would have to give the cake to, but make no mistake, dunkels don't get much better.

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Photo of shaggy151
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beers pours a cloudy medium brown color with a very thick creamy head. Has a very fresh slighty sweet malt smell. Tastes like the smell with a hint of banana. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. This was my first dunkel weizen and was very drinkable.

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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 billysj
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel appearance is a dark amber with a white large head.

The smell is a hint of banana and roasted malt. The taste has a nice malt flavor with a smooth mouthfeel and little carbination.

I like this beer and will drink this one again.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy dark apple cider color with a large head of fluffy white foam. No lacing, medium to medium high level of carbonation.

S: Buttery dark caramel malts, sweet husk, some minor notes of spices and herbs. Very fresh aroma.

T: Light buttery malts marked with roasted earth and grain. A slight yeasty note toward the finish. A hint of natural sugar sweetness blends well. Solid wheaty backbone. Nice.

M: Medium/light bodied and quite bubbly. Goes down well. Smoothness from the wheat element is present.

D: Pretty good. Right on the money. Perhaps one of the better Dunkel Weizen's i've had this year.

Notes: Would be an excellent change up beer for summer months. Recommended drinking.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, toffee-ish brown. Huge offwhite head with fabulous lacing. Aromas of sweet fruit (not just banana) and clove. Soft mouthfeel. Flavors are not too sweet. Yeastiness that appears on the back end is interesting and not unpleasant. Fine example of the genre.

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Photo of sleazo
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured lighter than i expeced for a dunkel. There was a nice head which it retained as i drank it down. The smell was excellent, banana, cloves with a bready yeast smell. this is how you want a hefe to smell. The taste was musty and delicious. A nice fine example of the style, the yeast really shone through, with some nice malt undertones. A very nice beer, perhaps not suited to the winter.

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Photo of stoutman
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has the classic, zesty, citrusy, gingery, hefeweizen aroma. The color is a hazy gold-tinged light-to-medium brown. The color is lighter than the "dark" designation might suggest. The beer pours with a large amount of head, as is typical to the style. It tastes just as it smells, which is a good thing, but whereas the aroma is powerful, the flavor is mellow. Has a steady stream of carbonation when poured right to the finish.

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

Did a little Dunkel side by side last night with this, Erdinger,Julius Echter, and Franziskaner. All four were nearly identical in pour and appearance. All got a full aggressive pour with the yeast, cause that's how I like em. This gave the beers a somewhat (but not too) cloudy nut brown color. Head on all was present, but short lasting.

Smell was similar in all four beers, with a yeasty banana bread and almost medicinal clove aroma.

Taste was more of the same - Big yeasty banana bread. Nothing really remarkable here. It is good, but not as nice as the JE nor as unique as the Franz. A damn sight better than the Erdinger though.

Mouthfeel is where this really runs short. Thinner than the frontliners with a higher carbonation that really adversely affects the drinkability of this beer. An average Dunkel compared to the others. nothing wrong with that. Just that there are better and worse choices to be had.

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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 doppelmeup
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at a German restaurant, served in a Weizen glass.

Medium dark colored brew with several inches of creamy head.

Aromas typical of a weissbier, with some cloves, bananas, and yeast prevailing, but also some light chocolate notes.

Flavor was very interesting. This was my first Dunkel Weizen, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What I got was a hefe-weizen flavor, augmented by some caramel and chocolate flavors. It was very good.

I really liked the mouthfeel. It was much lighter than expected, yet had a full bodiedness about it as well.

All this made for an extremely drinkable brew. Recommended.

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

I've loved traditional Weiss beer for years but am slowly finding myself more attracted to the dark side for reasons unknown, but I am highly anticipating this example from highly respected Weihenstephaner..

An extremely attractive pour, featuring a compact, almost solidified head, nearly three inches high and very slow to recede atop a caramel body. Nose is a complex mix of malts featuring hints of banana bread, citrus, wheat, and yeast. Sweet but not overly so.

A sweet blast of fruit and crystal malts with clove to help balance the banana on steroids flavors. Texture is delicate and dances easily on the tongue without interference from carbonation or other inhibiitors.

This is high quality as anticipated and worth searching out for any afficianado of German brew. Tough to beat among dunkels.

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice pillowy head that follows the beer down the glace with a nice lace. Its color is a rusty gold with touches of amber and is quite hazy like a good hefe should be!

S: Its nose is malty sweet with hints of fruits (bannana?), toasted grains, and light alcohol.

T: Soft, malty, and fruity with a nice snappy finish. As with the nose, there are notes of fruit, corriander, and apple. For a darker beer, this style finishes quite smoothly ... an enjoyable beer for sipping or dinner.

Overall: I have to agree with pretty much everyone here ... this is one of the best Dunkel Weizens out there. Just like their Hefeweissen this hits the spot. The oldest brewery in the world ... and almost undoubtably one of the best!

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Photo of thefenst
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsener glass.
Nice white head, great carbonation, with a fair amount of sediment.
Very nice amber brown color, very cloudy.
Tastes of clove and banana, with a slightly tart aftertaste.
Very little hop bitterness, with malty notes throughout.
Decent mouthfeel, I like this one as much as their hefe.
Very drinkable for the 16.9 oz. I had, but this would only be sessionable if you can eat a loaf of bread in one sitting.
This is one heavy, chewy, but extremely delicious beer.
A great example of the style, highly recommended.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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