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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:
2,918
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
Wants:
321
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,095 | Ratings: 2,918
Photo of Getinthevan
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a stein full of this brew on a recent trip back to Tallahassee, Florida and needless to say, this stuff was class all the way.

Appearance is a dark brown/creamy black with gobs of head retention and thick as a brick. This stuff doesn't mess around and knows how to make its presence known. Definitely a great looking dunkel.

Smell was strong in roasted malts and wheat. This stuff does not mess around and is not for the lighthearted. This dunkelweizen carried strong wheat aromas and did not disappoint at all.

Taste was great. This is a bitter beer no doubt, but it's an enjoyable bitterness with a sweet finish. This is also a very thick beer and certainly not one to hand to a friend to chug with. No no, this is a patience beer and drinking this beast with its great taste is something to behold.

Mouthfeel was thick, flavorful and overwhelming in retention. One of the strongest beers I've ever tasted and certainly look to trying again in the future.

Drinkability is killer. I had a stein of this and needless to say this was beyond magnificent. Great flavor, great volume, and overall provides a great buzz. Definitely grab a pint or two of this, as you will thoroughly enjoy it.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the local market! Let's see what's it all about.

Pours a nice hazy brown leathery color into the glass. Off white foam leaves no rings behind.

Smell is sweet and malty, pleasant yet apparently simple.

The taste is initially sweet, then it starts to feel like a great cup of coffee when about to swallow. All the flavor are perfectly balanced. And the slightly bitter, slightly meaty aftertaste is absolutely seducing.

The beer is just right to enjoy for casual drinking. Not too thick or watery. Not too much or too little carbonation.

This is the very definition of a perfectly enjoyable, drinkable beer. Cheers!

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

A: Pours an opaque, cloudy mahogany with a dense, fluffy white head of typical Weizen magnitude. Good retention, gradually settling to a cap of foam but leaving scant lacing.

S: Typical clove and banana spiciness joined by cinnamon, mingling with brown and wheat malts to produce an enticing banana bread aroma. Hints of clementines, yeast, and caramel round out the nose.

T: Mostly follows the nose: rich dark Munich and wheat malts are more prominent, but combine with banana and faint clove/brown spice flavours to produce an spicy banana bread taste. Yeast and nutty, slightly roasty malt notes come through towards the finish. Hops are undiscernable at any point, and a hint of ethanol develops as one drinks.

M: Medium-bodied with high, crisp carbonation that cleanly 'cuts' and balances the rich and somewhat sweet flavour. The nut and roasted malt notes in the finish also contribute a lot to the overall clean, dry finish. Superb balance.

D: I've had little experience with Dunkelweizen, but would still venture to say this ranks amongst the best examples of the style. I don't find it sessionable, but it's a rich, delicious beer all the same with a spicy, banana bread character. A real stand-out.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. Dunkelweizen is very interesting German style. It has everything people look for in quality hefeweizen with out all the orange and coriander flavors. Instead they taste like applesauce. Tangy acidity, nice color, wonderful flavors, there is nothing not to like about this beer from the oldest still operating brewery in the world.

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

an absolute treat. a little Christmas present to myself after my last day of crazy busy season at my job

A - insane head everywhere, thick and creamy straight out of the bottle. gorgeous shade of brownish amber. could stare at this for hours

S - the smell of amazingness. banana bread with even more toasty wheat over top of it

T - among the best I've ever tasted. rich toast flavor, even more cloves than most other hefe-'s I've tried, some vanilla singing backup. absolutely impressive

M - creamy and full, sticks to your mouth from lip to throat

D - when I get the chance I'm buying a month's worth of this stuff. Merry Christmas to me!

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

Medium dark brown and cloudy with 2 finger off white head.

Smells of Wheat, yeasts, mild caramels.

Tastes are mild, sweet toffee, caramel, grains, yeasts, bread in the finish.

Medium body with zesty carbonation that dances on the tongue. Mild alcohol warmth in the throat and a medium dry finish.

A good dark Hefe. Nicely flavored, nothing overdone. Generous carbonation and flavors make this a solid brew.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Top notch German import here from a brewery that makes it easy to understand their longevity.

Pours with a big and frothy head that threates to leave the glass and envelope the room...beautiful mocha color. Less than average lacing, but the head stays around to the end in a diminished form. The goodies beneath are a unique and cloudy reddish-brown hue that is murky and inviting. Moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is hugely grainy with big notes of yeast and cider spices and fresh pumpernickel that blend flawlessly with a green hoppy finish.

The taste is initially wholesome and bready before developing some definite frutiness along with very strong notes of clove and cardamom. This herbal attitude eventually gives way to sharp but gentle hop bite and ever-so-slight tart cider notes linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is intriguing if a little thin...perhaps the color was misleading as I am a newcomer to the Dunkels. Low carbonation allows for the full appreciation of the subtle nuances in the flavor.

Drinkability is fantastic, but this beer goes down like a rare treat not meant to be guzzled en masse.

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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 Dinglehacker
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured pint bottle into weizen glass. Dark weiss/whit amber color.

Nose is unremarkable, malty.

Taste is light roasty malt, classic citrus, and slight banana.

Mouth is foamy, which is fun I guess.

Not a darker dunkel, closer to weizenbock .Doesn't knock my socks off, but still enjoyable.

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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 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 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 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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,918 ratings.
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