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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

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.

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

My first dunkel, poured in to a tall Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Rusty brown with some orange showing through. Almost the same color as the bottle. Nice one and a half finger head that calms down a bit but remains. Little lacing. Strong carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Whoa, almost pure malt hits you in the face. Malt sweetness, spice (clove and black pepper), cinnamon, yeast, bubblegum, banana, faint dark fruit. This smells great. I've had and loved their Hefeweizen and it smells exactly like that with more malt and spice.

Taste: It's awesome. Malt and caramel sweetness up front while staying light and peppery. Moves to the back of the tongue where you get the traditional Hefeweizen flavors of yeast, banana, and clove. Refreshing flavor while remaining different from what I've had before.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and dry, just as it should be. Unsurprisingly no identifiable alcohol. Leaves a great finish that makes me want to pick the glass back up every time I put it down.

This is a great beer and a fantastic introduction in to the dunkel style. I'm loving it for the change it brings, but If I had a choice between this and their original Hefeweizen, I'd have to pick the original. Both are worth a definitely shot and amazing, try them and find your favorite.

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

Pours a deep brown amber in colour with a thick frothy head that leaves a lot of lacing.
Smells richly of banana and cloves. Quite spicy on the nose.
Sweet banana and fruity flavours - almost bubblegummy. Has a crisp mouthfeel with light carbonation. Very smooth. Very nice.

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Photo of weazal
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Immediately full of heavy spices - mostly clove and malt (yeast after being jostled). Ripe, pungent fruitiness - banana at the beginning turning into slight effervescent apple at the end.

T: Similar to aroma. Spices and dried banana stand out the most. Some well-done caramel sweetness carries through in the back. The body is wonderfully soft and slowly floats through your mouth leaving a juicy, clean finish.

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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 nocheinsbitte
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

After 508 reviews, I probably cannot add much more to the description of this wonderful bier. It is a pure Hefeweizen in terms of crispness, sweetness, appearance, and delight in drinking it. Weihenstephaner biers are some of the best in the world and this dunkel weizen is one of the top 3 out there.

I strongly recommend this bier and everyone should have it at least once in their life. This, along with hacker-pschorr, are the best weizens in the world. Prosit!

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Photo of sdj5
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy and light brown with a head that hangs around.

S - Banana, wheat, yeast.

T - Caramel malt, yeast, banana, bubblegum

M - Quite creamy and on the light side. Feels great.

O - Drinkable but with accompanying flavor and complexity. World class.

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

Poured a nice bronze/cinnamon color with a finger width head that left decent lacing. The head dissipated down to a light film on the surface of the beer.

The smell is of wheat and yeast with compliments of banana. The sweetness of the malt is present in the smell, along with a slight hint of spice. I can definitely smell the similarity to banana bread, although that might not be the 1st thing that comes to mind.

The taste is wheaty and yeasty with little, if any, hop presence. The wheat flavor comes in up front followed by the fruity banana and rich malt. The hint of spice in the smell comes through a bit stronger in the aftertaste.

A very pleasant mouth feel, too. The rich malts and fruit overtones really compliment the wheat well, making for a richer hefeweizen. This is a really pleasant and satisfying beer - especially for the price!

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Didn't have a glass on hand. Drank from a pint-sized 16 oz bottle.

S - Bananabread, cloves, caramel malts

T - Bananas, cloves, cola, a hint of chocolate

M - Thin, carbonated / soda feel

D - Overall a very delicious Dunkelweizen, but it doesn't live up to the hype. I honestly think that Franzikaner is superior. Regardless, this is a delicious brew.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into weizen glass.

A: Cloudy amber as it should be

S: Pleasant scents waft from this DW such as sweet bread and perhaps light fruit.

T: The taste on this DW is hard to pin down. Subtle roasted wheat that dries in the finish. Not much banana, a hint of clove. Kind of one dimensional, but deep and husky which makes this one stand out. Not as light as say Ayinger UR-Weisse.

M: Very full on the tongue, which is forshadowed by the wonderful lacing in the glass after every pull which IMO is one of the highlights of this one.

D: I'm good for a liter of this, and it's time to switch. The roastedness detracts from poundability...

Overall, a great Dunkelweizen, but I'd reach for an Ayinger first...

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptionally cloudy beer that pours a light orange brown hue with a two finger beige head.

The smell isn't particularly strong or pungent, although it is enjoyable. I'm getting notes of red McIntosh apples, toffee, and raisins. It's slightly sour overall.

The taste is smooth, fruity, malty and ever so slightly tart. I get lots of creamy, slightly sour, yeasty and spicy wheat upfront along with notes of brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Suggestions of vanilla beans. Sweet flavors of red and blue fruits like currant, grapes, apples, dates, raspberries and figs play an interesting role in the finish. Has a slight gingerbread aftertaste that I love.

Feel is medium bodied and creamy with low carbonation. Not dry, slightly sweet and very refreshing.

Incredibly delicious, I'd recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Bavarian style beers.

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Photo of finepaws
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers right now. I can't get enough of them. It pours a cloudy copper color with a thick head that lasts about half way through. Smells of malts, banana, and fruit spices. Tastes incredible. Very flavorful. All smells jump around in your mouth to create a unique flavor, and end with a slight hop bite. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick. I could drink this everyday!!!

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

A - Poured a dark hazy butterscotch with a nice thick tan head that stuck around to the end of the tasting.

S - Nice sweet malt aroma with fruity banana and yeast undertones.

T - Significant malt and wheat/yeast up front with a nice fruity, banana finish.

M&D - Excellent balance of malt and yeast. Nice combination of carbonation and creaminess (it's not a creamy beer, but it has a very smooth, almost creamy texture). A nice somewhat dry finish and a lot of that bready/wheat/yeast flavor in the aftertaste.

Overall this is a very good beer. Not too sweet, not too thick - just right for a hefe weizen. Good work Weihenstephan!

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Photo of Denali
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN.

Brown opaque sort of like Mott's apple juice with small tan head that dissipated. Bready and malty aroma. Sweet burnt malt flavor dominates. Fruit flavors also come through (plums?). Very lightly carbonated. I did not detect any banana nor cloves flavors, which I would have also liked, but was good tasting nevertheless.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer was gently swirled in bottle to rouse some yeast, and poured in to a Pilsner glass, I don't have drink many wheat beers, so I don't have a proper Weizen glass. This is close enough. Label says the beer is "Hefeweissbier Dunkel". Very cloudy, as expected with the wheat content and yeast sediment. Its a medium brown color, golden around the edes when held to light, with excellent carbonation and a big fluffy white head that doesn't dissipate. Smell is moderatly phenolic, aromas of clove, wheat, slight tartness (green apple?), and slight banana ester are prevalent.

Taste has more banana that the scent would indicate, and clove is still quite prominent, apple-like tartness is present, but not overwhelming. Dry, toasty malty notes are there too, hop bitterness is almost imperceptable.

Mouthfeel is good, not exceptional, and drinkability is very high for this style. Stylistically, this is an excellent beer, one of the best Germans I've had, and I would consider it for future purchases.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked one up when the local store was out of Hopslam,very glad I revisited this one after a long time not having!
Very lovely when poured properly into a 'hefe' glass,semi murky burnt brown with thick dirty tan head,Sweet!
smelled like a hefe with all the typical bannana/clove stuff happening,vey nice.
Taste is pure joy! Nothing overpowering and extremely well balanced,Beautiful!
Suprisingly medium mouthfeel with a nice creaminess to it,semi-sweet and med. carbonation.
Very Good drink for a 'hefe',wish she came in 6ers!

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured an amber-brown color into a weizen glass. Upon hitting the surface, the beer created a massive foam head that billowed up like a puffy cloud and had excellent retention. Looking closely, I saw a nice cascading bubble effect. It actually took several pours to get this beer out of the bottle without causing it to foam over and spill. This probably was the neatest-looking beer I've ever seen. A strong banana scent came through on the nose, creating lots of anticipation.

Tasting: This is an exceptionally sweet beer. Banana flavors are most prevalent, along with malts up front to provide a nice, flavorful experience. I also noticed some citric flavor. Hop bitterness was minimal to nonexistent. This was medium-bodied, leaving a slightly fruity aftertaste. It went down exceptionally smoothly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I will drink it again. At $5 for two 16oz bottles, this is a great deal. I highly recommend it and would suggest it to people who are looking for better beer. It's approachable, yet full of character. I think I actually prefer this to the hefe, but I like them both very much.

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Photo of RobH
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.09oz brown bottle.

Yum. I really like this beer! What a really nice malty, bready-sweet flavor without being a cloying mess.

This is a very drinkable dark wheat beer that won't scare away the pale beer drinkers. It's not too dark in color nor is it thick and heavy.

I will buy this one again.

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Photo of Vec2267
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - brown with an orange twinge, big head, nice lacing

S - vibrant mix of spice (clove), sweet (banana), and sour (yeast)

T - incredibly rich, very malty, banana, clove, raisin, carob

M - medium body, good carbonation

O - an outstanding beer, best of the style I've had

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

A- 4 This dunkelweizen pours a very thick and fluffy off-white head over a hazy caramel colored body. It is bubbly and there is moderately sticky lacing. Not as dark as I envisioned it would be as it has the slightest transparency. The head remains about 1/2 finger throughout.

S- 4 I get a blend of sweet banana and clove. It is reminiscent of banana bread, actually. Very pleasant aroma that isn't all that strong, at least not as strong as I'd expected.

T- 4.5 More banana with just the right level of sweetness followed by a spiciness and then slightly wheaty finish. Very well-balanced taste.

M- 4.5 This is medium in body and it is silky smooth. Active level of carbonation with a clean finish.

D- 4.5 Given the right time and place, I could drink this all night long. It has a great balance of tasty flavors and goes down easily. It really isn't heavy, either. Granted I wasn't as blown away by this as I was by the brewery's regular hefeweizen, but that's probably because the bar had been set so high! I'll definitely buy again and recommend.

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Photo of masonacoats
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Nice hazy brown with great head retention. I would like a little darker with the description "dunkel"

S: Nice balance between clove phenols and banana esters with a bit grain, bread, and caramel.

T: As in the nose, perfect balance between clove and banana for my tastes (no citrus). Backed by the noted grain, bread, and caramel notes. A bit yeasty as well. No hop flavor.

M: Sweet with medium-full body and a nice sharp wheat finish.

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Photo of MorgothBauglir
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Apsolute beer perfection!!! As much as I love their Hefe, there Dunkel is even better! My all time favorite beer & probably second to only water for favorite liquid consumable!

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

A: Poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass with a 5 finger head. Had to pour very slowly. Very little sediment sits in the bottle, most of the yeast is homogeneous with the rest of the beer. Very dark and opaque, some light shines through. Head dissipates to a foamy cap within a minute or two. Moderate lacing.

S: Yeast, banana, clove, and malt dominate. Very aromatic, smells like some of the best weiss beers I've ever had.

T: Banana, bubblegum, and clove dominate the flavor profile. The wheat malt backbone is crisp and fresh. There is a hint of tartness and dryness on the finish. Not too sweet and not too dry, perfectly balanced for the style. This beer is a bit sweet if you are not used to the style. A moderately pleasant aftertaste that is almost reminiscent of cherry. A bitter bite helps balance out the kick of maltiness.

M: Chewy. Viscous, thick, and full of starch. Carbonation is spot on. Perfect for the style. One of the best of any beer I've ever had.

D: I could drink a few of these. Very refreshing, but definitely a little heavy and flavorful (in a good way). I think the 5.3% alcohol is a lie, feels higher. A little too malty for me.

O: A truly world-class beer. My favorite wheat, favorite of the style, and one of my favorite beers of all time.

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Photo of Stavage
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a very full frothy cream head that sits on top of a nice cloudy amber liquid. The head has excellent retention finally reducing to a thick lacing.

Strong phenol smell as expected. Also a pleasant biscuit maltiness there too. Almost reaches a slight toffee scent. Definite fruit mince spiciness in there too.

I got a sour twang and pleasant nuttiness at first with this beer, a rye/sourdough bread kind of sourness. The strong wheat taste came in strong with the aftertaste and on subsequent sips a toasty sweet maltiness was evident. There was a dry spiciness there as well. Hops flavours took a definite backseat which I think is fine for the style and the malts were very pleasant but I found the flavours thinning out a bit after sitting in my mouth for a while.

This brew had a good solid medium body with fairly lively carbonation. Perhaps a little too lively for my tastes. But along with the dryness it did make this a very crisp drink.

This really is a year round all purpose beer. Refreshing and light enough to enjoy on a hot summers with a barbecue or salad or even sushi but with enough backbone to enjoy in winter with a stew or a more complex meal. It's always nice to have a beer in your fridge that will go down the gullet with ease without being boring and this is such a beer.

It must be noted I was given this as a gift. The best before date was approximately 6 months away but my experience with the style is freshest is best and seeing as it was part of a gift pack I wonder if I would enjoy this more if I drank one closer to bottling.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangy brown that is cloudy. When held up to the light you can see the bits of yeast floating in the beer.

Smell is a yeasty wheat.

Taste starts off with a slight banana and yeast. There is a subtle chewiness that finishes with an ever so slight carbonation mouthfeel. Smoothness and relatively low ABV make this one very drinkable beer. Due to the color I was expecting this beer to be a little bit thicker and a little more chewy. Very good beer though.

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Photo of strangemusic
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what to expect going into this one, but was surprised!

It poured caramel-coloured hazy brown (kind of weird actually, almost rootbeer-like...), the head was nicely bubbly, not too dense, and stayed up well.

There was less of the typical orange and clove thing that one might expect from a regular wheat beer... instead, you get red apple, spice, vanilla, malt (none bursting out, but muted and subtle)... then sweet caramelized sugar.

The taste had lots of that spiced character contrasted with crisp red apple, biscuity flavours, earthiness, a hint of cherry and bitterness as well as that late caramelized sweetness. Really nice and lots of different layers.

Mouthfeel was delicately balanced: just enough body weight and fullness, but still very crisp and clean. There's a lingering dryness from the wheat at the end of the sip.

It's not as delightfully quaffable as its traditional wheat siblings, but makes up for it with loads more complexity!

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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