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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
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
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382
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,095 | Ratings: 2,916
Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Track 84 on draft a couple weeks ago and thought it was excellent, but wasn't really able to take notes, so here goes. Served in my Oberon weizen. Poured a translucent brownish-amber with gold highlights. Tight, dense four inch off-white head with lots of sticky lacing present throughout the tasting. Scent of spices hits you immediately out of the bottle (corriander and clove), followed by bubblegum and a light banana essence. Wheat flavor dominates up front in the mouth; flavors identified in the nose are present, but very much watered down and somewhat muted and bland. Also detected a light yeastiness towards the finish. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery and light without very much effervescence; surprising considering the density of the head. Very good drinkability. Went down easy, but the experience was very different than when I sampled it on draft.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle, I've had this a few times but never reviewed it until now
A - hazed brown colored body with a tall ivory head that holds good retention
S - banana, clove, caramel, bread, yeast
T - different than a traditional hefeweizen with more of a caramel flavor mixed in with the clove, banana, bubblegum, yeast and wheat flavors; kind of a light weizenbock of sorts
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation
O - I think I prefer their regular Hefeweizen a bit more than this one, but this is great too!

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Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are mainly of German Hefe yeast; full of banana and apple. Vibrant spicy notes of clove and wheat. A light herbal hop presence stays mostly in the background. A very slight caramel note as well.

Tastes are of mild brown sugar up front, with firmer notes of wheat malt. A strong yeast presence steals the show here, however. Banana, cloves and apples. A faint herbal hop bitterness fits the style well. This beer is a medium-full bodied beer. Excellent, creamy mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation.

Overall I am very pleased with this beer, I was not a big fan of their lighter hefe but I'm very impressed with this beer. A delicious, supremely drinkable dunkelweizen. Highly recommended, especially for the low low price tag.

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Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange with a billowing, meringue like pale tan head. Great head retention. On the whole, it isn't bad but is a bit pale for a dunkel.

Clove and banana are here in droves as they should in a classic hefeweizen. Plenty of sweetness with a touch of toast, this comes across like a tasty banana bread.

Sweet, spiced banana is the simplest description of the flavour. Some interesting, subtle complexity in the malt profile with slight hints of chocolate and toast.

Great mouthfeel with a medium body being cut by high carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and yet substantial.

This is another great Weihenstephaner beer. Probably not as good as the standard Hefeweissebier but a tasty, refreshing beer that fills hits all the marks of a solid wheat beer.

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

Why haven't I tried this before, I've liked all the dark wheats I've seen... This was so good, maybe a little light in color (or maybe Aventinus and the like are too dark).

Poured into a tumbler, and it looked pretty good. The main visual cue is the massive head (and you can see the vigorous carbonation feeding the head from below).

The smell and taste are nearly perfect, bananas and cloves and cocoa and generally good hefe-weizen smells.

I completely recommend this, it's on par with Aventinus.

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brown color with a two-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of brown bananas and cloves with a bit of toasted malt lingering in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Soft banana flavors and clove up front are backed by solid amounts of robust toasted malt. The ending is sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a creamy thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have a few of these on a warm day.

Overall this is a tasty dunkel and once again Weihenstephaner does their job well. Worth a shot.

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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark and slightly cloudy reddish/orange color. A massive beige head forms with excellent retention. lace all the way down.
S: Malty with some toasted cereal grains and husky hay character. Banana, cloves and spice. A wonderful, well defined nose.
T: Very enjoyable. Malty and fruity with banana, clove and spice. The toasted malt character and baked bread flavor here is fantastic. Also, slightly woody even.
M/D: A medium body with supreme smoothness. Out of this world carbonation that is velvety smooth. Everything is so well defined and clean as well. This is something I can gulp and drink in no time. Every time I get this, I wonder why I don't pick up more bottles.

Without a doubt the best Dunkelweizen I can regularly get on the shelf. Like usual, Live Oak makes one that is a very good rival, but that is limited and almost exclusively in certain bars in Austin. Anyway, fantastic all around, as one would expect from this brewery.

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Photo of Rutager
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-gold with 1.5 fingers of frothy white head.

Smell Caramel and banana, spicy belgian yeast and some bubblegum and cloves.

Taste. Caramel, banana, belgian yeast and cloves, and a little bit of light malt. Pretty light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-strong but soft and smooth carbonation.

Overall. I was surprised by how much I like this one.

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Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, a clear deep amber color, impressive head, creamy in consistency, lace in fine sheets to coat the glass. Malt nose, clean, fresh, crisp, the front semi-sweet, top skimpy, the finish has a pleasing carbonation, daintily hopped, droughty aftertaste. The whole Weihenstephaner line of beers are quite quaffable, and well worth the time and effort to sample.

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a towering, long lasting head. Medium-dark, hazy brown color. Slightly spicy aroma. Very mild esters and phenols. Soft, smooth, malty sweetness: very subtle beer. Medium body. Very nice.

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Photo of ZAP
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding dunkel...the best I have had thus far......pours a deep orangeish amber....with a nice white head...nose is fresh, sweet apples, banana, and a light caramel note....body is medium...very charged up in the mouth...this is a beer that justs "feels" like a great beer as you drink it....extremely tasty but very, very drinkable.....the taste has a restrained sweetness that is just fantastic....This has to border on Weizen doppelbock land....the taste profile is caramel sweetness...accentuated by soft layered flavors of banana, and cloves.....

This is an awesome beer....maybe the best wheat beer I have ever tried to date..I will seek this out and buy many more...

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Photo of stcules
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown color, with a beautiful beige foam, compact and abundant.
Light and delicate smell, malt, caramel, a bit of biscuit.
At the taste is delicate, again, with malt, biscuit, caramel, a hint of light burnt. Not too sweet, pleasant.
Maybe a light fruity note of elder?
Same notes in the aftertaste, with a finish tending to liquorice and roots.
Average body.

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

Pours a murky opalescent tan-rose with a creamy head that instantly laces. Cinnamon candle nose. Golden raisin and graham cracker malts with cedar oil and a hint of clove at the end. Clean finish. Soft and round, medium.

Nuanced flavor, but better for it. Understated malts, so missing a lot of the fruit note signposting of a weizen. Bizarrely, I keep thinking of the yeast action that Orval brings. I guess that's a compliment!

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Photo of papat444
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9oz. bottle (code 5371 which means it was bottled the 37th week of 2011)

Appearance: Looks dark orange when held to the light but is in reality more of a brown tone. Cloudy with a whipped head.

Smell: Banana, cloves, hints of citrus and bread.

Taste: Spices, bit of pepper, citrus. Some bread but doesn't feel full. The malt is nice though giving hints of nuts and dry chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lively with nice carbonation and quite smooth. The only thing is it feels watered down a bit.

Overall: It's alright but i wasn't totally impressed. Too bad because i like the kristalweizen.

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Photo of mynie
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks beautiful. Tarnished and cloudy, bubbles cascading upward, great head, great retention.

Smells is kind of light, toasted malts with hints of lime and melon. Tastes like a very sweet wheat malt, burt sweetness up front with hints of clove, lime and lemon in the back, a wheaty aftertaste with hints of light fruit, melons and bananas. Complex and very, very tasty.

Good mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Not too heavy. Goes down smooth as silk.

Nice beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark copper amber colored liquid that has a great haze to it. the head is tight and bubbly on the edges, off white to a very faint light brown. it lingers for a while leaving a thick lace covering the side of the glass.

S-the nose is strong and blends together very well. Spicy cloves, lemon, and wheat are right up front. Notes of pear fade into light sour apples. Hints of dark plums and a touch of black cherries come in towards the back.

T-the taste is pretty solid but a little watered down especially compared to a great nose. The clove and spiciness are muted, the wheat flavors are a little more dominant. Notes of lemon and soft pear with just a hint of dark cherries at the back. Some light grassy hops to finish this off.

M-medium to light body, it is actually a little thin in the back with a rough feel on the palate throughout. There is a low level of carbonation that leaves something to be desired.

D-this has a good taste but it is a little thin and watered down. Good flavors for the dunkelweizen and very easy to drink.

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

Pours a dark, opaque, golden brown with a thick, foamy, pale tan head. Nice, fairly strong aroma is wheaty, malty and "rubbery" with hints of orange and spice. Flavor is rich, wheaty and malty, and has a spicy and orangy undertone. Texture is very smooth, and finish is pleasing and satisfying.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a roughly-textured one finger heavy cream shade, featuring poor retention and no lacing. Not one of the prettier weizens I've encountered.

S: The typical weizen melange is here - banana, cloves, wheat, and noble hops, with the cloves being the most dominant note by a hair. Once it warms up a hair, caramel and brown sugar notes appear. Certainly a very good aroma, just not quite as inviting as their standard weizen.

T: It starts with pleasant notes of caramel and wheat, before its ester character (cloves, mostly) and ever-so-slight hoppiness finishes it off. While it's pretty damn simple, everything is in near-perfect balance, creating a fairly effortless brew.

M: While it's a bit sweeter than their standard weizen, it's still fizzy, light, and easy to drink. The body here seems to be fuller in texture, as well. As such, this is slightly more decadent-feeling.

O: Make no mistake, this really hits the spot in all the right ways. This is yet another solid offering from Weihenstephaner.

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

Review #100! Pours a swamp-like hybrid color, dark copper and dark tan, opaque and murky with an off-white head that plumps up big time and looks super thick and creamy. The head is long lasting and easy to conjure up from nothing due to the volatile nature of the brew. Nose hits just like you'd expect with an initial bubblegum hint, quickly surrounded by clove and some other kitchen spices, maybe coriander. Both malty and fruity on the tongue - bananas are, of course, the most prevalent, followed by plums and grapes. Yeast sinks into the tastebuds and provides a nice, toasted-bread-like backbone for the sweet fruity malts to stand upon. No real apparent bitterness here, and hops aren't noticeable unless you try extremely hard (and even then, it's probably all in your mind). But this brew was meant for the malt! Thin-medium body with a great deal of carbonation, leaving a nice snap on the tongue up front and through the finish.

Another amazing brew by Weihenstephaner. Hits all the marks and traits you'd expect from a hefeweissbier - bananas, cloves, breads, yeast, toasty malts, etc. Remains simple while exceeding at everything it does. This is a must-try, and the best part is that it's readily available in most places.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky brown swamp water with a nice hazy character, two fingers of fine bubbly beige head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - The spices dominate with cloves and nutmeg off the top, sweet fruity bananas and a musty red wine on the finish.

T - Surprisingly light with the spices again dominating followed by the banana flavours. The flavours are a bit more complex on the finish with some darker cocoa malts lingering alongside a bready wheat.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - Overall a very tasty dunkelweizen and a top notch sample of the style. The flavours are complex but not overwhelming, making it easily sessionable. Would be quite refreshing on a hot summer day and I will certainly be picking this one up again!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown color with a fine-bubbled light beige head. Retention is a bit sub-par for a wheat beer and lacing is nothing special either.

Smells like a hefe with some melted chocolate poured in. Perhaps a bananas foster? Fairly light nose and I dont seem to get as much punch as their regular hefeweissbier. Still a nice smelling beer though.

Taste is much more muted than I expected. This is very much a thirst quencher for a hot day. Clove flavor is the most prevalent yeasty ester, but there is some banana and bubblegum in there too. Zippy wheat tang finishes crisp and smooth. Can I have another please?

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper/brown in colour with an inch-high head that shows reasonably persistence.
Lots of overripe/cooked banana (like in banana fritters) apparent even during pour. Upon further inspection wheat and some spices (coriander and cloves) are detectable, as well as some sweet darker malts with contribute a caramel note.
Flavours are a mix of wheat and caramel malts, as well as banana and cloves. A restrained bitterness sits nicely in the background.
Spritzy carbonation works well to support the traditional watery wheat flavour/texture. Highly drinkable!

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Photo of gtermi
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the beer is very nice. It has a dark golden color that is very cloudy. The head pours extremely huge and then fades to a nice half inch and stays.

The smell is has a lot of sweetness and a lot of fruitiness.

The taste is amazing. It has some bubble gum flavors, some malt and a little bit of caramel.

The beer is very smooth has a small amount of crispness.

Overall this is delicious. One of the best German beers I have ever had.

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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 Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this one as the last beer in the Weiehnstephan gift pack my wife got me for Christmas...this one was one of the best.

This beer is a deep, rich medium brown with a reddish tint in the light. A big, foamy head forms and sticks around for a pretty long time, forming a thin foam when it finally does dissipate and leaving light patches of lacing in moderate volume.
A sturdy malt forms the backbone in the aroma. There's a light toasty aroma but what surprised me is the light fruit aromas: banana, possibly pear, etc.; this one really is light a dark hefeweizen. Pretty cool.
The flavor is a rich, complex balance of toasty malts, wheat / grains, fruits, mostly banana, and gentle spice (perhaps both clove and something peppery). To get this kind of complexity follwoing the purity law is pretty impressive. A get kind of a banana bread feel from this, with a stronger malty backbone.
The body is medium to full and moderately carbonation with a crisp snap to begin with giving way to a light, smooth feel. The finish is semi-dry and lingers moderately.
This is a very nice one and a great example of what a dunkelweizen is...essentially, a dark, maltier hefe.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,916 ratings.
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