Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,970 Ratings
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.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
Ratings:
2,970
Reviews:
1,111
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
340
Gots:
412
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,970 |  Reviews: 1,111
Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lynn
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/17/2010 (bottle coded 3179):

Pours a very cloudy dark brown color body, big foamy off-white head, somewhat lasting, decent lacing. Very fruity aroma, lots of banana and fruit like strawberries. Dry somewhat spicy too, maybe clove. Not overpowering. Nice thick mouthfeel, almost like drinking thick syrup. Very thick, some flavor, but not very much. Almost a chemical taste to it, plastic or something. Warming up a bit more, more dark fruit like grape, raisin. Not very complex a flavor, light. Better as it warms.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Wow, blew my socks off from first sip to last glup! This fantastic hefeWeissbier was a dark, thick and creamy with loads of spices and wheat. Spices like, cloves, nutmeg and list goes on. The finish had a pleasant after taste that was absolutly outstanding in my mind. This Dark Hefeweissbier I would rate on the same scale as my favorite doppelbock, "Adventinus".

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

from arrowine

looks like thin chocolate in a glass with a tall head on top. the clove and banana aromas are slightly muted compared to weihenstephan's hefeweissbier, but the nose is nevertheless very similar

upon tasting it, however, the banana and spice are stripped of their flavor monopoly and forced to share the limelight with a rich nutty flavor (though it does not upstage them)

all the while, this is a very bright beer. despite its dark appearance and nutty character the generous carbonation lends to its overall zestiness

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Brown, cloudy, pour with a huge 3 finger off-white head. Very nice retention and lacing.

S: Smells very inviting. Clove, bananas and some caramel. Some roasted malts coming through.

T: Taste is earthy up front. Brown-sugar and maltiness starts it off. Banana comes out next, with a nice dry finish. Not 100% what I expected, but very good nonetheless.

MF: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied and full of good carbonation.

D: Very high. Low ABV and wonderful taste make me wish I had more than one.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Weihenstephaner chalice.

In my chalice this dunkelweizen pours a translucent walnut brown color with a reddish tint. A tan head has a nice original size and density before gently fading.

The aroma is surprisingly strong on the yeast. Clove, some banana, and a bit of dark fruit. Maybe some caramel in the background.

Although I was expecting a burst of robust flavor from each sip, I was somewhat disappointed in the blandness of the Hefeweissbier Dunkel. The requisite banana and clove notes are there, as they are in the regular Hefe, but they are almost muted by what should be the dunkel part. The only thing is, there is not much in terms of caramel, toasted malts, or dark fruits to be found.

The carbonation is vivacious as I was expecting, with a rather light body. The beer wraps up pretty cleanly with no real aftertaste to speak of.

Overall I have to say this is the weakest Weihenstephaner offering I have had. I have no issue with how it was brewed per se, but the combination of flavors (or lack thereof) make it tough to say I would want to have this again.

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Photo of TooGood
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Camjmorton
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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

A: poured into it's branded glass. cloudy amber/dirty copper color with a thick, persistent head and lacing coating all the way down the glass.
S: banana, clove, toffee, caramel, dark bready fruitcakey malts.
T: light to medium sweetness balanced out by sourish twang of the wheat, carbonation, and hidden smooth hop bitterness. finishes mostly crisp and dry.
M: frothy, medium-bodied, chewy.
D: the glass begs to be picked back up constantly.

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

Looks amazing. Awessome floaty, substantial cream colored head, and a great almond, wood brown color, + hazy. I'd like the lacing to be a little stickier though. Smells of well blended wheaty malts complimented with spicey green apples and earthy floral hops. You taste smooth malty base with a good deal of spicey toasted wheat. There's a bit of nuttiness too. The spiced apple wheatiness makes its impact and then falls nicely onto the malty base. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant and carbonation is crisp. No signs of alcohol. Very drinkable and very good overall.

Definitely worth getting again, and one of the better dark wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of zrab11
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of milk caramel, topped with a huge four finger off-white head. Well carbonated with dozens of tiny streams of bubbles. Leaves large botches of lacing behind.
Caramel, banana that has been coated in sugar and then roasted with a cooking torch.
Fruity, wheatfield taste, caramel, banana, a bit spicy and zesty. Cinammon and brown sugar. Great roasted malt taste to provide the backdrop to the other flavors.
A bit powdery, medium bodied, goes good with grilled meat.

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Photo of djgustafson
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

I haven't had a dark German wheat beer in several years. I remember loving them. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel backs up my fond memories.

The bottle I bought must have been sitting around for a while. It poured very clear. Only after swirling the last of the beer in the bottle did this beer become cloudy. Now it looks great. It has the typical foamy head. The smell is nice and estery. Banana, clove, everything I'd expect in a wheat beer. Good stuff. The taste is very good. I taste spices and yeast in this brew, along with a note of toasted malt.

The body is very good. It glides in my mouth but isn't too light.

This is an excellent dark wheat beer. It is one of the best around.

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Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of snansel
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of 510a
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle.

Light brown in color big slightly off-white head.  Something was off with the aroma.  Minimal lacing on the glass.  The usual hefe traits of banana and cloves were there, but it had a faint soapy smell to it.  Luckily, it was not picked up in the flavor and did not take away from what was an enjoyable mix of fruit and spice.  Light to medium bodied and plenty of carbonation. 

I had this side by side with Ayinger Ur-Weiss and preferred the Ayinger.  Comparably, they were very similar in flavor but the Ayinger had it beat in aroma and had a little more body to it.  I will come back to this beer again as I am a huge fan of Weihenstephaner's original Hefeweissbier and they are great values at < $3/bottle.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,970 ratings.
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