Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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
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1,087
Ratings:
2,884
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.51%
 
 
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Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours like a muddy wheat copper with a very nice, super fizzy almost three finger head that quickly slumps to a thick creamy white blanket.

S - Yeah, definately german. Really nice wheat aromas here followed by some light sweet malts. There is an amazing banana aroma with light clove. Mostly a sweet banana, definately like banana bread.

T - The more I drink this the more I enjoy the flavor. Theres that slightly murky what and sweet malts. Nice yeasts too. The star though is the bananas.

M - Smooth, nice carbonation. Keeps things good and refreshing. Better on the cooler side though.

O - Rather surprised by this beer and the lovely qualities. As it warms it becomes a bit too cloy though; the banana and clove becoming too much. Cooler though, closer to 40-45 its incredibly enjoyable. Definately would buy again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a big rocky tan head that is fizzing away with a strong carbonation. The body is a nice warm brown with a slight hazy to it.

S- The smell is soft phenols with a faint clove hint and some very faint banana hints. The smell of bubblegum is faint but a little stronger than the cloves and banana. Some notes of raw grain and bread are in there aswell.

T- A slight tartness in the initial taste. Some bubblegum flavors are not as strong as the raw grain and whole wheat bread flavors. The finish is a little carbonic with a slight sweetness.

M-medium mouthfeel with some fizz from the carbonation

D- It is missing a lot of the depth of fruits and yeast characters that I like in German wheat beers. It would be nice to have a little maltyness and maybe some other characters to tone down or balance the bubblegum notes.

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

A: Poured a beautiful, hazy ice-tea color with a huge 3 finger pillowy light beige head that had very good retention. Visible carbonation was light-medium.

S: a soft yeastiness of bananas, and sweet caramel bread. There was also slight hints of cinnamon.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and spicy with cinnamon and brown sugar with rich creamy caramel. There was a nice breadiness to the palate along with some fresh bananas, and very faint cloves. The overall flavor was sweet, bready and very clean with some light chocolate hints in the finish as well a slight carbonation bite.

M: medium body, creamy and smooth leaving a light caramel-banana film lacing behind on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was incredibly, rich, creamy, sweet and very smooth going down.

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Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a 16.9 oz bottle poured into an oversized Widmer Bros. hefe weizen glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: Hazy, dark amber color. The ale has some sediment (as it is unfiltered). It poured with decent head, but when the head dissapated, all carbonation seemed to go with it.

Smell: A yeasty aroma wafts from the glass, along with banana and clove scents. Very pleasing to smell.

Taste: The esters used provide a great tasting banana flavor (it is there and very minute, so search for it and you'll find it). Again, the carbonation is fairly low (which surprised me), leaving somewhat of a flat taste in the mouth. The taste is very light and refreshing and complimented by some caramelly flavors, as per the dunkel in the name.

Mouthfeel: The darker malts create a nice feeling on the palate, allowing some chocolate/caramel hints to interact with the banana undertones. It is a little undercarbonated, and that is the only thing preventing a 5.0.

Drinkability: I have not had a good weizen in ages. Having this reminded me of why they are fantastic. Light, refreshing and airy and relatively low in alcohol, this is one good beer (and style, too). I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass for a thin, tawny brown (think thin syrup) with a soapy, three-finger head that stayed forever because of constant carbonation (left lace patches). A sharper than expected citric hop smell with some pepper clove notes. Also picked up vauge sugary malt smells along with some caramel and chocolate. A great citric bite when it first hit my tongue with banana and orange prominent along with clove and some pepper. Medium-bodied and smooth with some creaminess, also tasted some chocolate and roasted malts with a drying backbite (could've been some coffee malts also). Not an ultra heavy dunkle, this is a great beer to sip on and have a couple at any time.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a large fizzy head. The aroma consists of malt and yeast and slight hints of banana. Taste is very clean and crisp and extremely refreshing. There is a nice combination of yeast/banana/cocoa flavors over a nice malt backbone. This is simply another stellar brew from Weihenstephaner!

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Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer has a big head made of very little bubbles. The color is a cloudy light brown. You can barely see anythign through it.

The aroma has sweet sweet bananas, malty breadiness, yeast, bubble gum, and clove spice.

The flavor reminds me a lot of the hefeweizen and the weizenbock. It’s a maltier, bigger hefeweizen, but still refreshing. There’s a wheat, bready malt, yeast, then orange and over ripe banana. There’s a good bubbly body. There’s a slightly dry finish.

A wonderful version of the Hefeweizen that Weihenstephaner makes. Extremely drinkable and smooth. Great flavors. I prefer bigger malts, like the Weizenbock. Quite good however.

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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 wordemupg
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into Aventinus glass jan7 2010

A very cloudy brownish orange with lots of bubbles popping up from everywhere floating up to a two finger tan head that falls fairly quickly and leaves no lace

S lots of banana with some yeast, clove, a little earth and faint milk chocolate very nice

T it's a great thing the taste mimics the smell only it's a little better. for the style this is dead on with the banana bread flavor you can't miss

M light and very refreshing with lots bubbles very well put together

D I could drink many of these beers any time of the year enough said?

this is one of the better beers I've had in recent memory with little doubt. a big thank you adil for this gem, I only wish this was available where I live it would be in my regular rotation all year round. this is a must try for any beer lover and for the style it's awesome, you could spend a lot of time and money searching for a better one and may not find it

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Photo of spinrsx
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a light brown colour with a massive fizzy/foamy off white head. There is a lot of carbonation showing. There is a fair amount of web like lacing on the glass, and the head sticks around for a long time.

Smell - The beer slight medicine type scent and some wheat and coriander. Also some caramel and some citrus peel zest.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has the perfect amount of carbonation. It starts off slightly sweet then the wheat taste comes in. I can also taste the caramel flavour and the malts. The beer has a nice finish with a perfect balance of sweet and sour

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this is the best one that I have had so far.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours an unusual yellowy, light amber color. Body is lightly milky. Big, cake batter head. Head never dies away. Keeps its girth but doesn't lace too much; its being quite stingy.

S-Estery and spicy with a hint of mustiness and some clear banana fruitiness. Cloves and light cocoa powder.

T-Banana bread with light chocolate undertones. Maybe chocolate chip banana bread muffins? Cloves and well cooked toast. Slightly tart. Tons of different flavors. There is an earthy, nuttiness to it and also a milk chocolate note (Nutella?).

M-Drinks easy but it has that pillowy mouthfeel that a great Dunkel should possess. Creamy yet light.

O/D-This brought a lot to the table. Its cheap, its complex, its easy drinking and its mysterious. I can see why anything with the Weihenstephaner label is regarded as beer royalty.

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

Pours a murky medium brown with yeast sediment floaties and a frothy, puffy 2 inch cream head that won't quit. As it does dissipate, it leaves sticky lacing.

Orange, coriander, and banana accompany yeast in the initial aroma. Notes if clove and lemon complement the wheat character well. Citrus dominates.
There's a slightly bready note and a touch of floral sweetness.

Flavor reveals tart lemon, bubblegum, and banana underlying a wheaty, slightly bready backbone. Clove, orange, and slightly plasticy phenols add complexity. The finish is fairly bready, peppery, and floral.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with fairly high carbonation.

Definitely more malt character than the hefe, which suits my palate well. Excellent yeast esters.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This may be the lightest Dunkel I have ever had. A shade darker than the Hefeweizen, hazy with a solid inch of sticky white head.
S - Like the Hefe its filled with banana like yeasts, coriander, and a touch of plums/dark fruit.
T - Taste is a bit sweeter than the Hefeweizen and the yeast is not as cloying which is nice. The fruity aspect blends well with the bready flavors of the malt perfectly. Wheat and orange peel is balanced.
M - Light to medium in body, very refreshing stuff.

Overall this is a great Dunkel my only gripe is not much dark fruit or dark color but I can let that slide since this beer is pure delicious.

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

Hazy deep caramel colour with a big, fluffy, beige head. As the foam subsided, fine bubbles clung to the glass in clumps. Head retention was supported by ample carbonation. All the aroma notes from a hefe were there (bready yeast, cloves, vanilla with citrusy undertones) along with mild caramel and a hint of cocoa. The same could be said about the flavour. There's a pleasing caramel backbone that played very well with the hefe character. And there's a bit of dry cocoa that came out in the finish. Very nice indeed! The body was on the light side, carbonation fairly high. Crisp and lightly dry on the palate. I was a fantastic beer that I really enjoyed a lot. I'll be picking more of these up at some point.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured this from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had the typically huge long-lasting head and lots of lacing. Sported a light brown color and a very cloudy consistency.

S: This had a very aromatic blend of bananas, malt and some mild spices. Very subtle.

T: Nicely complex blend of bananas, malt, a little hops and cloves. Very tasty.

M: A decently high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer.

D: This is a drinkable beer, for sure. It's very well-constructed and goes down easy.

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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 sweemzander
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a clear yet darker sienna brown color that produced a mountain of an off-white fluffy head with great retention. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A light roasted-like caramel with clove, banana, and lemon.

(T)- A nice creamy banana, clove, bubblegum combo. Finishes with a very subtle caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Light and creamy with a sweetness to it. A tad thinner than expected.

(D)- A good Dunkel. Not quite up to par with their superb Hefe, but its a good one when looking for something in the style.

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

reviewed from notes taken 6/21/12.

500ml bottle poured into weizen glass.

Appearance: a medium brown bodied beer thats just a touch darker in color than a copper. Huge off white to tan head. Lots of lacing clings to the glass as the head slowely drops, but never goes away.

Smell: Sweet smelling bready and yeasty notes, bananas, and just hint of clove. Maybe a little caramel or nuttiness.

Taste: Bananas, biscuity malts and whole grain wheat bread. Hint cloves and nuttiness.It tastes good, but I am not sure if the flavors all work together in harmony.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied beer with carbonation that is on the high end of moderate. This beer is really drinkable.

Overall: I really love the kristalwiezen better, but this beer is no slouch either. Over 400 reviews and I havent drank very many german beers!?! YET... What was my problem. Really liking the beers that this brewery makes. It was a bit of an eye opener for me. Will be trying alot more of beers from this brewery! Affordable at $5 price point for 500ml and its an easy beer to find!

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber color with a thick, frothy head into my pint glass.

Aroma is smooth with hints of clove and banana in the nose. Kind of sweet as well.

Taste is smooth with a good amount of clove and banana flavors upfront. Feels clean and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of clove, banana and even a bit of caramel. Very light and goes down well. Mouthfeel contributes to the enjoyment of this beer as it is so easy to drink.

A very nice dunkelweizen. You can't get much more flavorful than this and it's so easy to drink, which adds to its' appeal.

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

I grabbed this at Norm's the other day. Bottled the 49th week of 2009, which makes this about 5 months old.

A hazy, glowing amber with a huge off-white head, this beer is very highly carbonated. Retention is exceptional. The nose is pure magic. An absolutely delightful combination of bananas, cloves, caramel and wheat, this really is like liquid banana bread with chocolate and caramel drizzled on top.

The palate opens light and airy with the clove-like spice quite dominant with some banana too. Not as balanced as the nose, this still tastes excellent. A definite cocoa presence is noted, and there's a touch of caramel, and a moderate toasted whole wheat bread character. Medium in body with high carbonation, this beer dries on the finish, leaving a strong clove character along with some banana. Thoroughly enjoyable, I wouldn't pick this over their regular hefeweissbier, but that's hardly a surprise.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: huge head, cloudy, brownish-orange in color, high carbonation

Smell: banana, cloves, and yeast

Taste: banana, cloves, and some caramel malt

Mouthfeel: clean, medium body, semi-sweet, with high carbonation

Drinkability: Very good for the style. Love the mix of caramel and wheat. Not the most complex beer I have had, but a really good one. I could have several of these.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was also shared with biegaman on the patio, it was a great day for beer drinking.

Pours a cloudy brown with orange edges, thick off white head forms, eggshell colour, leaves a few lace spots, settles to a thin ring. Smell is sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate, light vanilla and banana, touch of yeast and spice. Taste is similar, nice caramel and bready malts, banana, touch of citrus, spices, chocolate, yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Another solid beer from Weihenstephaner, a nice dunkelweiss! Thanks Jan.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a nice blend of scarlet red, amber and orange. A little murky. Nice creamy two finger off-white head tops it off. Aroma seems to indicate a fairly high phenolic content. There are also some spicy, peppery tones present on the nose. The mouthfeel is on the high end of the spectrum in regards to carbonation. Body is medium to full. I get some banana esters on the tongue as well as mild (to my surprise) phenolic content and peppery spice accents. Some slight roasted overatures are noted also. Not bad. Pretty decent dunkel weizen here.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky light brown with a nice tan head and decent lace but not really active carbonation until swirled. Spicy banana-clove aroma and flavor from the yeast. Restrained caramel flavors in the finish. Light bodied and airy.

A true dark hefeweizen and exactly what you would expect !

[16 oz for $2.59]

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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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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